Heirloom Project

Dear Parents and Guardians, Today I am introducing the Heirloom project. Students will be doing the research for this project as purposeful and relevant homework: – choose a family heirloom or artifact – ask relatives about the object, its purpose/function, how it came to be in the family, why it was passed on through the […]

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Unit 2: Archaeology and Early Humans Overview

Essential Questions to be answered as we navigate this inquiry based unit. How does archaeology provide knowledge of early human life? How does the availability or scarcity of resources affect the settlement of people? _____________________________________________________________________________________ These are the three main topics of the unit. More information will be forthcoming as we get deeper into the […]

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EdPuzzle Tutorial

Parents, I am trying out a new tool called “EdPuzzle.” This site allows me to upload a video and create questions based on the content of the video. We used it in class today, with great success. This is valuable because it not only checks for comprehension, but enhances and augments listening comprehension. I can […]

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Supplies for Westward Journey

Today we learned about what supplies pioneers needed for their journey west. I created a green screen video for the students as a hook. Groups were challenged to watch the video, use the supply list I provided and spend up to $1,000 in supplies for their five month journey. Students had to think critically and […]

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Westward Expansion

Today we started our focus on the Westward Movement. I had students imagine they were pioneers during 1843. I used “Chatterpix” and acted like a local former, James McVee, to introduce the lesson. I challenged the students to read articles from multiple sources to synthesize information to learn why pioneers traveled west. Check out the […]

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Lewis and Clark

ESSENTIAL QUESTION: What effects did the Lewis and Clark expedition have on westward expansion of the United States? Today we worked on an introductory lesson for Lewis and Clark and reviewed the Louisiana Purchase. We watched both videos below to encourage active listening skills and improving on our note taking abilities. We had a brief […]

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