Welcome to Mr. Vail's 7th Grade Social Studies
I want to take students on an adventure this year that opens their eyes to the amazing world we live in. I want students to explore the past, think critically, and create amazing projects to show what they have learned.
Above all, I want students to love to learn. A motivated learner can conquer any challenge.
All Time Social Studies Gamers
A Different Direction...
Posted Sep 18, 2014, 10:21 PM by Justin VailMonday (5-6)--Today we will start a new lesson about economics and government using the video Food Inc. We will watch and discuss this movie and students will respond to questions throughout the week. As a reminder ever student should have shared a Ancient History reflection from last Thursday and Friday.Tuesday (5-7)--We will continue watching Food Inc.Wednesday (5-8)--Today the 7th grade students will take part in a 1 day PBL throughout the entire day. They won't have their regular class and will be on a different schedule.Thursday (5-9)--Today we will pick back up with Food Inc.Friday (5-10)--Today students will write a reflection about Food Inc. It should be a quite day of writing in class. Students need to create a new Google Document and share it to Mr. Vail (email@example.com). I will grade this starting Monday, but you should finish by the end of class. Your reflection needs to address one or more of the following writing prompts and be about 3 paragraphs in length--at least 5 sentences in each paragraph.
In case you forget parts of the movie, here is a Film Description by PBS. If you finish early, put a new artifact in your Museum of Learning.
- What are some of the dangers of large-scale farming and food production and how can they be avoided?
- Do farm animals have the right to a good quality of life? Explain the details and reasons behind your opinion.
- Who is/should be responsible for keeping our food safe?
- How can we make healthy organic food available to everyone and how can we encourage people to care about healthy food?
- What can people do to change the food system?
- Why is it important to be an informed, active citizen?
More ISTEP Anyone?
Posted May 10, 2013, 5:20 AM by Justin VailMonday (4-29)--Today we will play a famous review game called Bell Ball. It has a long history in this class, and we will use this game to revisit some of the things we have studied this year.Tuesday (4-30)--Today students will begin the 2nd session of ISTEP in Apache Way groups. This is the multiple choice section. Students will report to Apache Way class at 7:45. Students will miss 1st and 2nd period for most of the week.In this class we will continue to play Bell Ball review or learn more about ancient civilizations through some in-class video activities.Wednesday (5-1)--Today we will continue to play Bell Ball review or learn more about ancient civilizations through some in-class video activities.Thursday (5-2)--Today afternoon classes will have a substitute. Students will work their way through the following interactives:Students need to use the last 15-20 minutes of class and write a reflection about what they learned from the interactives. The writing should be multiple paragraphs and provide several details to show what they learned--below are some writing prompts to help you. Remember paragraphs need to have at least 5 sentences. Students will do the same tomorrow and add more to their reflection. Students need to write their reflection on a google doc and share it to firstname.lastname@example.orgWriting Prompts to help you think:
Friday (5-3)--Today students will have a substitute again and continue where they left off yesterday. Students need to use the last 15-20 minutes of class--or whatever is necessary--to complete a detailed reflection.
- How do the civilizations compare?
- Which is the most interesting and why? Least interesting?
- How did they live their lives?
- What was unique to each civilization?
- What is the most important facts about each?
- What do these civilizations have in common?
- How does their architecture compare?
Present your Religious Questions!
Posted Sep 18, 2014, 10:19 PM by Justin VailMonday (3-25)--Snow day.Tuesday (3-26)--Today students will begin their presentations, but most students will grade-out individually without presenting.Wednesday (3-27)--Today students will grade-out on their presentations. While Mr. Vail and/or Mr. Collet grade out, students need to write a few paragraphs about their home build. The newspapers will be visiting the school at the end of the week and this will help answer their questions. Students need to explain their home build by meeting the following requirements:
Students need to write this up even if they didn't complete their home build--this will help save the grade of those who didn't (won't?) finish their home build.Thursday (3-28)--Final day to grade out presentations--if a student does not grade out, they need to share their presentation to Mr. Vail (email@example.com).
- WRITE IN YOUR OWN WORDS
- Explain what you made and the connection to a religion--details, details, details (history, importance, age, story, etc--impress me!!
- The materials used
- The building process
- What you learned
- Insert 1 or 2 pictures of the real thing that you tried to make
- (If you have a digital project include pictures of your work too)
- Share your writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
Message to My KidsFriday (3-29)--NO SCHOOL!
World Religion Presentations and Home Builds
Posted Mar 18, 2013, 6:54 AM by Justin VailMonday (3-18)--Today, I am in Chicago! Students need to continue working on their presentations in class and building projects at home. The requirements can be found on the World Religions Journal Project document. This will all be due by the end of the week. If students finish their presentation early, they should try to add more pictures slides or more questions slides.(Check out the green river below--you may have to click the image to see it. Who can figure this out why this is like this? First one to email me with the answer is my Genius of the Day!) That didn't take long... Shyanna is the GENIUS OF THE DAY!!Tuesday (3-19)--Today students will continue working on their presentations.Wednesday (3-20)--Today students will continue working on their presentations.Thursday (3-21)--Today students will continue working on their presentations.Friday (3-22)--Presentation and home builds are due today!!!
World Religion and Home Building
Posted Mar 14, 2013, 8:46 AM by Justin VailMonday (3-11)--Today most classes will begin working on their 'What I Learned on My Own Presentation' from the World Religions Journal Project. Most classes should have their Building Contract turned in with a parent/guardian signature. As a reminder, the building must take place completely at home and the due date is March 21st (Thursday). Students in period 1 are getting caught up today.Tuesday (3-12)--Students will have the entire week to work on the What I Learned on My Own Presentation in class. The requirements can be found on the World Religions Journal Project.Wednesday (3-13)--Today students will continue working on their presentations.Thursday (3-14)--Today, we are honored to welcome Bhante Devananda from the Fort Wayne Buddhist Temple. They are having their Grand Opening soon--see below if you are interested.Friday (3-15)--NO SCHOOL (More building time!!!)
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