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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Louisiana Purchase

Here is a map that we are using to discuss the Louisiana Purchase. We will also be watching the embedded video below about the importance of this purchase and how it changed the face of the United States of America. ESSENTIAL QUESTION: What was the Louisiana Purchase and why was it important to the history […]

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Westward Movement

We officially kicked off our next unit in Social Studies today. Our focus for the day was having students generate questions about the Louisiana Purchase. I used a research based questioning strategy called “Question Formulation Technique,” or “QFT” for short. Students were given a guiding statement and a photo called a Q-focus. They then worked […]

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