Saturday, August 24, 2019

Creating a World Map

In this lesson you will take a quick pre-assessment to see how many continents and oceans you remember. Then you will hand draw the continents and label them and the oceans. You will finish up by coloring them. 

Essential Question: Can you label the continents and oceans of the world?

Engage:

Explore:
  • Identify the continents and oceans of the world
Explain:

Evaluate:
  • Hand draw, label and color a map. Identify the continents and oceans. 
Extend:

Thursday, August 22, 2019

The First American Immigrants


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Glyptodon_old_drawing.jpg
The history of the Americas started well before Columbus. Unfortunately, because of the lack of or destruction of written histories, archaeologists have to rely on the discovery of artifacts to further our knowledge of these peoples. In this lesson we will learn about different theories of migration and also discover that this area is constantly changing and updating do to new discoveries. 

Essential Question: Where and when did the first immigrants to the Americas arrive?
Engage:
  • Review the Kenniwick Man lesson
Explore:
Explain:
  • How did the first immigrants come to the Americas?
  • When did the first immigrants come to the Americas?
Evaluate: 
  • Video Worksheet
Extend:

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Which Right is Right? Kennewick Man

Essential Question: 

  1. Should scientists be allowed to study the remains of indigenous peoples?

Engage: 

  • What would you think if a scientist dug up the remains of your ancestor?
  • On occasion, archaeologists have dug up the remains of ancient Native Americans. Should scientists be allowed to study these remains? Native Americans feel such remains should be immediately reburied according to Native American customs. Scientists worry that if reburied, the remains will deteriorate and lose their value for present and future scientific study.

Explore: 

  • Discover Magazine: The Earliest Immigrants video (25:02)

Elaborate: 

Evaluate:

  • How did this story evolve over time?
  • What eventually happened to Kennewick Man?
  • What should have been done with the remains?
  • What would you want to have done with the remains if they were your ancestor?
  • According to the map below, what indigenous people group use to live here in southwest Missouri? 
  • What should you do if you find the remains of an indigenous person?

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Early_Localization_Native_Americans_USA.jpg


Extension:

Monday, August 19, 2019

Even the Founders Made Mistakes: Why the Articles of Confederation Was Replaced by the Constitution

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Articles_page1.jpg
The Second Continental Congress, after signing the Declaration of Independence, had to come up with some rules with which they could govern the colonies. They created the first constitution, the Articles of Confederation, which lasted through the winning of the American Revolution. Eventually its weaknesses were exposed and was replaced by the US Constitution.


https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Constitution_of_the_United_States,_page_1.jpg


Essential Question: What events led to the writing of the US Constitution?

Engage:

Explore:
Explain:
  • How did Shay's Rebellion expose the weakness of the Articles of Confederation?
  • Who were the Federalists? Anti-Federalists?
  • Why did some of the Framers demand a 'Bill of Rights'? 
Evaluate:

Extend:

Friday, August 16, 2019

Does the Foot Soldier of Birmingham Statue have Historical Value?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revisionist_History_(podcast)

In this lesson we are using the podcast The Foot Soldier by Malcolm Gladwell to discuss inherent bias.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Birmingham_campaign_dogs.jpg

In this lesson we will look at the above picture and try to decode it. What are we seeing happen here? Then we will listen to the podcast by Malcolm Gladwell. Is what we believe to have happened what actually happened?

After the lesson you will need to answer these questions:
  1. Can the art we create be used to influence belief systems? 
  2. As we examine the story as well as look at the statue and the picture from which the statue comes, what can we learn about ourselves and how we react based upon what we have learned?
  3. How will this change your view of historical artifacts as we move forward?

Essential Question: Does the Foot Soldier of Birmingham statue have historical value?

Engage:
Explore:
Explain: 
  • The statue is a misrepresentation of the facts. Does this matter as an art piece? 
Evaluate:
  • The students will question if the statue is a reliable historical source.
  • Does the Foot Soldier of Birmingham statue have historical value?
  • Can the art we create be used to influence belief systems? 
  • As we examine the story as well as look at the statue and the picture from which the statue comes, what can we learn about ourselves and how we react based upon what we have learned?
  • How will this change your view of historical artifacts as we move forward?

Thursday, August 15, 2019

What Are Our Rights In School? What Are Our Responsibilities?

In 1776 a group of men were meeting to discuss how to react to their country's lack of response to questions about their rights as citizens. A group of these men decided that independence was the only way to address their grievances, effectually breaking ties with a government they felt was not respecting their rights. Before they could bring their idea to a vote, the decided to form a committee to explain why they felt they needed independence. The Declaration of Independence identified rights that all men have 'certain unalienable Rights, that are among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.

In 1789, inspired by the United States, the French National Constituent Assembly created the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen. Its second article defined the rights of man as, "liberty, property, safety and resistance against oppression."

In 1848 in Seneca Falls, New York the Seneca Falls Convention was held. It was organized by female Quakers from the area along with Elizabeth Cady Stanton. During that meeting the Declaration of Rights and Sentiments was passed, which was modeled after the Declaration of Independence. It stated, "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness;..."
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Woman%27s_Rights_Convention.jpg

If we had to come up with our Declaration of Student Rights, what rights would it identify? Let's create a statement that identifies these rights and finish the sentence below.

We the students of Noel Elementary hold these truths to be self evident; that all students are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights: that are among these.......



https://everythingfunny.org/funny-quotes/41193/attachment/today57-4

What does it mean to be a responsible student? Here is the definition of responsibility:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/responsibility

How do we show responsibility in the classroom? In the school? What things should we be responsible for while at school?

Make a list of 5 responsibilities you have at school. We will compare these with the other students. Can we identify five together that we agree are important?

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Artefact Historique: The Mystery of the Tombstone

Photo by Me
This is a tombstone that resides in my yard. It has been there as long as I can remember (45+ years). Today we will be looking at this artifact and try to learn as much as we can about it.

Your assignment is to come up with 20 questions that I will be able to answer with a yes or a no. I will then answer 20 of these questions for you. You will then write down everything you know about this artifact. 

I will finish by telling you all I know about this artifact, and some of the conclusions I have drawn about it. Will what you write match my story?