Monday, August 29: Today we reviewed the first theme of geography, location. With a clock partner, students used an official highway map of Utah to complete W. 4 (Places in Utah). If absent, see Ms. Nay to borrow a map to complete the assignment. Next, we reviewed the second theme of geography: place. After our discussion of what place is (describing a location) students labeled and colored the physical feature maps of Utah on W. 6-7, using T. 25.
In Class: W. 4, W. 6-7
Homework: W. 6-7
Wednesday, August 31: In class today we reviewed the third theme of geography, region. To review, we viewed a Powerpoint on region (found on documents page). We labeled the three regions on our mountains map on W. 6 (if absent, view them in the Powerpoint). Next Ms. Nay told the "Counties Soap Opera" story as students labeled the names of the counties on W. 5. Students then colored their maps and practiced remembering the counties. If absent, please use T. 313 to label the counties map. Color each county.
Due: W. 6-7
In Class: W. 5
Homework: W. 5 (if not finished in class)
Friday, September 2: In class today students worked on the Chapter 1 Study Guide (W. 11-14). If not finished in class, it is homework. We also reviewed the maps of the counties, mountains, rivers, and lakes to make sure that everything was labeled properly.
Due: W. 5
In Class: W. 11-14
Homework: W. 11-14 (if not finished in class)
Tuesday, August 23: Class began with a Compare and Contrast Pre-Test. If absent, please come to a lab ASAP to make this up. During this time Ms. Nay checked that textbooks were covered. We then introduced our geography unit and talked about the 5 Themes of Geography. We completed W. 2 with our discussion. If absent, see Ms. Nay or a peer for the notes. Please see Ms. Nay if you are confused about the 5 Themes of Geography. In any remaining time, students were able to start their homework, the 5 Themes Practice on W. 3. Graded papers were passed out as they worked.
Due: Current Event #1; Textbook covered
In Class: Compare and Contrast Pre-Test; 5 Themes Notes (W. 2)
Homework: 5 Themes Practice (W. 3)
Thursday, August 25: We corrected the homework to begin with (W. 3). Then, as a class, we read T. 3-7 and started the Chapter 1 Study Guide (W. 11) using those textbook pages. Students worked with a clock partner on the study guide. We then reviewed the meaning of location.
Due: 5 Themes Practice (W. 3)
In Class: Chp. 1 Study Guide (W. 11)
Homework: Finish W. 11 if not finished in class
Tuesday, August 16: Welcome to 7th Grade Utah Studies! This is where you will look to find out what we did in class each day, in case you were absent or just in case you forgot. Today we started class with an ice-breaker activity, where we got to know some of our classmates just a little better. Then we discussed the disclosure document and took a tour of the room. Students received a disclosure today if they didn't get one at Back to School Night. That disclosure is due Friday.
In Class: Disclosure discussion
Homework: Disclosure signed by parent and student - due Friday
Wednesday, August 17: Students received their class workbooks today. If absent, please see Ms. Nay to get your workbook. These must be brought to class every day. We finished our discussion of the classroom rules and procedures (the information on the disclosure statement). To review some of the information, students worked with their table to complete Reference page A in their workbook (the very first page). Students also had a textbook checked out to them. If absent, please see Ms. Nay for your textbook. We explored the workbook and the textbook to see some of the things we will be learning this year. Lastly, students were given the assignment "How Well Do You Know Utah?" The goal is to find as many answers as you can using what you know, your family, or even the internet. Any student who gets 100% will receive a late work pass.
Due: none due today (Disclosures may be turned in)
In Class: Rules, Procedures, and Expectations Reference Page A; How Well Do You Know Utah?
Homework: How Well Do You Know Utah?; Disclosure signed by parent and student; Textbook covered by next Tuesday
Friday, August 19: In class we corrected the "How Well Do You Know Utah" homework. Anyone who got 100% received a late work pass. We then practiced completing a current event. Your first current event assignment will be due next Tuesday. The one in class today was a practice one. Next, we reviewed the rules and procedures of the class. Then, students make their partner clock on the inside cover of their workbook. If absent, we made a partner clock for you. Please see Ms. Nay for your clock.
Due: Disclosure signed by parent and student; How Well Do You Know Utah?
In Class: Current Event practice; Partner Clock made
Homework: Current Event #1; Textbook covered