Hello Everyone! Welcome to Sixth Grade and Mr. John Capps' Class!

Class Stuff

Social Studies Vocabulary list here - will update throughout the year

(Dolphins calendar of events - with homework - at bottom)

"What are Continents?" video link here

Egyptian Hieroglyphic Fun Links:




Trojan War Song - Parody of Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" about the Trojan War

Today in Class:
11/13:  [MR CAPPS ABSENT] Students completed a map of Greece.  They then began learning about the earliest civilizations at Minos and Mycenae using a "Finding Your Way Through History".  
11/14:  Students completed their "Finding Your Way Through History" from yesterday.  We reviewed Greek geography and the earliest civilizations at Minos and Mycenae and how they shaped early Greek culture.
11/17:  [UPDATED LATE] [MR CAPPS ABSENT] Students read about the Greek gods and goddesses.  They then chose a myth and began illustrating it or writing a script for it.
11/18:  Students continued their Greek myth illustration or script for a play from yesterday, which they should finish for homework if they did not do so in class.
11/19:  [UPDATED LATE] Students finished up their Greek myth illustration or script, and those that created a script acted it out.  Students were then introduced to the myth behind the start of the Trojan War.
11/20:  Students learned about the Trojan War and its effects on ancient Greece.
11/21, 11/24, 11/25, 12/1 - 12/5:  MY APOLOGIES FOR NOT HAVING UPDATED THIS THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS.  A QUICK SYNOPSIS:  Our topic has been Ancient Greece, and that has included:  

1) Greek Daily Life, which also includes the three main types of government - monarchy, oligarchy, democracy - in the ancient Greek city-states; 
2) the great philosophers of ancient Greece - Socrates, Plato, Aristotle (this was a worksheet);
3) a comparison of Sparta and Athens, the two greatest city-states of ancient Greece;
4) an examination of the Greco-Persian Wars and their effects on ancient Greece.

Students were also assigned Part I of the "Golden Age Vocabulary" to be completed by Wednesday, 12/10.

There will also be a quiz on Ancient Greece on Wednesday, 12/10.  Topics will include the Greco-Persian Wars, the Peloponnesian War, the philosophers of ancient Greece (Socrates, Plato, Aristotle), and the three types of government in ancient Greece (oligarchy, monarchy, democracy).

12/8:  Students watched a documentary on the Peloponnesian War and Socrates and answered questions while watching it.
12/9:  We reviewed the questions (with answers) from yesterday and discussed the Peloponnesian War.  Students were then introduced to Alexander the Great and Macedon.
12/10:  [UPDATED LATE] Students took a quiz on Ancient Greece.  They then completed a webquest on Alexander the Great.
12/11:  [UPDATED LATE] We reviewed the webquest from yesterday and read a short play on the life of Alexander the Great.  Students were then introduced to a project on Ancient Greece [due next Friday, 12/19].
12/12:  [UPDATED LATE] [MR. CAPPS ABSENT]  Students began working on their Ancient Greece projects (same link as above, 12/11).
12/15-12/19:  [UPDATED LATE] Students worked on their Ancient Greece projects.
1/5:  Students were introduced to Ancient Rome by labeling a map of the Roman Republic/Empire.  They then read the "Myth of Rome" and answered a few questions about it, which should be finished for homework if not completed in class.
1/6:  [UPDATED LATE] Students took notes on the beginning of historical Rome and its expansion.  Students then began reading about Roman soldiers and the armies.
1/7:  [UPDATED LATE] Students watched a video on the Punic Wars between Rome and Carthage.  They then compared Rome to Carthage (and Hannibal!) in a double-bubble map.
1/8:  [2 HOUR DELAY] Students learned about the Roman soldier, particularly about their equipment and gear.
1/9, 1/12 - 1/13, 1/15 - 1/16, 1/21 - 1/23:  MY APOLOGIES FOR NOT HAVING UPDATED THIS THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS.  A QUICK SYNOPSIS:  We are continuing our study of Ancient Rome, and that has included:

1) Golden Age Vocabulary, Part II (Part I was already completed in December) - this is due Friday, 1/30
2) Roman Daily Life, especially the differences between plebeians and patricians
3) Roman Republic - Consul, Senate, and Assembly
4) A study of Julius Caesar and how the Republic came to an end following his death
5) A study of some of the most famous (or infamous) Roman Emperors.  Students should have completed a Wanted or Hero poster in class on Thursday and Friday, and if they didn't, they should have finished it for homework.

***A TEST ON THE GOLDEN AGE (GREECE AND ROME) WILL BE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4.  THE TEST WILL ALSO INCLUDE A FEW REVIEW TOPICS FROM EARLIER IN THE YEAR.  STUDY GUIDES WERE SHARED WITH STUDENTS ON FRIDAY, 1/23.

Homework:
1/7:  Study Island assignments begin this week.  Every week a Study Island review topic will be assigned, and students are expected to complete the 10 questions on the website (linked below).  These should be completed by Sunday afternoon of each week.  The topic for each week is listed below.

        STUDY ISLAND TOPIC(S) FOR THIS WEEK:  
Ancient India  



Any exit slip/quiz corrections - Don't forget to turn them in to Mr. Capps!

       
Can you identify the above image?

Dolphins Team





Fun Stuff

THEY SAID IT: 
"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it." - George Santayana

Who is this?


TODAY IN HISTORY:

American History (mostly) - History.com


This latest update brought to you while listening to the terrific jam "Pompeii" by Bastille.  Is it really about the eruption in 79 CE?