Monday, March 30, 2020

Covid 19 Day 6: Monday Muppets Bohemian Rhapsody

Because....why not?



The band Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem may not be well known outside of the muppet circle, but several of the musicians also played in bands you may know. For example, Animal the percussionist played in the band The Animals but unfortunately quit before they hit it big with The House of the Rising Sun. Floyd Pepper, the guitarist, also played in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The strange thing is he wasn't the Sgt. Pepper the band was named for! Dr. Teeth also played in other bands before forming this one. Here is the backstory on Dr. Teeth and the rest of the band. 

Friday, March 27, 2020

Covid 19 Day 5: Friday Evolution of the "Friends" Theme Song

Well, it looks like we may be at home for a long, long time and I want to let you know that I am thinking about all of you. Here is a video I hope you like, if you have Netflix you probably have already been watching Friends (with parents permission ;) so you already know the song.



If you don't recognize, the two old guys at the end are The Rembrandts, the guys who performed the song on the show.

I would love to hear from you, if you are visiting the blog leave me a comment and say hello. Comment moderation is still on so it won't show up after you post until I see it. 

I am planning on adding a fun video every day for you to watch. If you have any recommendations (school appropriate) leave it in the comments.

Stay safe and we will talk soon.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Diversity in Europe



EQ:
  • What does the diversity in Europe look like?
Engage:
Explore:
Explain:
  • How do ethnicities, nationalities, and languages overlap in Europe?
  • How is Europe linguistically divers?
  • How has religious diversity developed over the last millenniaum?
  • How do different foods in Europe indicate ethnic and cultural diversity?
Evaluate:

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The War of 1812

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_of_1812#/media/File:War_of_1812_Montage.jpg

EQ:

  • What was the impact of the War of 1812 on early history of the United States?
Engage:
Explore:
Explain:
  • What caused tensions between the US and Great Britain?
  • What caused tensions between the US and Native Americans?
  • What finally started the War of 1812?
  • What were the major battles of the War of 1812?
  • What were the results of the War of 1812?
Evaluate:


Monday, March 09, 2020

Industrial Revolution in England



Engage:
Explore:
Explain:
  • Where do most people in Europe live?
  • How did the Industrial Revolution change the living patterns in Europe?
Evaluate:

  • Class Discussion

Sunday, March 08, 2020

They Said Yes! (If You Help Pay For It!)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denmark#/media/File:Vor_Frelsers_Kirke-view8.jpg

Congratulations, your presentation worked and your parents are excited to go to Denmark! You have won them over using your excellent sharing skills, but there is one problem, the cost.

Your parents have decided that you need to help contribute to the price of the trip, after all it was your idea. So, what are you going to do to raise the money? Now that you found out everyone in seventh grade is going to go as well, how will you split up the jobs so that everyone can raise the money needed? How will you track the amount of money you raise and how much money will you need to raise each month?

As you can see, there are a lot of questions to answer, I guess we need to work together in class to come up with some solutions that will solve these problems and get everyone ready for the vacation of a lifetime! 



Essential Question:
  • How can we collectively raise enough money to satisfy our parents while not over-saturating the community with everyone wanting to raise money the same way?

Engage: 
  • How many of you have jobs? 
  • How much do they pay weekly?

Explore: Class Discussion:  Students will use the Think/Pair/Share model
  • Worksheet
  • What kinds of jobs are there for kids your age?
  • What are other ways you can raise money?
  • How much money needs to be raised?
  • How long do you have to raise the money?
  • How can you track the money you raise to see if you will make enough?
  • Can you all do the same job to raise money?
  • How many students can do each of the jobs identified without oversaturating the market?
  • How will you decide who gets to choose which job?
Engineer: Students will create a model showing how much they must earn weekly.
  • Students will create a model showing expenses weekly.
  • Students will create a model to show how much money after expenses they will need to raise weekly.
  • Students will work in groups based upon jobs where they will work together to find solutions to the Explain questions.

Explain:
  • Worksheet
  • Why did you choose this group?
  • What will be your expenses?
  • How much money will you have to raise each week after expenses?
  • How will you keep track of your expenses and income?
  •  How will you divide up the work? 
  • How did you decide how you divided up the work?
Evaluate:

  • The students will present their answers to the Explain questions as a small group to the whole class.

Friday, March 06, 2020

Rick Steves Day

Today we are going to be watching some Rick Steves videos. The first is about Norway. How is this country like Denmark? How is it different?


Next we will watch a fun little video about five very small countries in Europe. Why do you think these countries still exist? I bet we can figure it out together.



The last video today is on Portugal's capital city, Lisbon. Portugal has very important ties to the Americas, Do you know any of them? I will give you a hint, one country in South America speaks Portuguese!


EQ
  • What can we learn about Norway?
  • What can we learn about Portugal?
  • Why are there micro-countries in Europe?
Explore:
Explain:
  • How is Norway like and unlike Denmark?
  • Why is Portugal important to the Americas?
  • Why are there micro-countries in Europe?
Evaluate:

  • Worksheet

Wednesday, March 04, 2020

The Age of Jefferson: Slave Catchers, Slave Resisters? Lord Dunmore's Proclamation




http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Murray,_4th_Earl_of_Dunmore


By His Excellency the Right Honorable JOHN Earl of DUNMORE, His Majesty's Lieutenant and Governor General of the Colony and Dominion of VIRGINIA, and Vice Admiral of the same.

A PROCLAMATION

As I have ever entertained Hopes, that an Accommodation might have taken Place between GREAT-BRITAIN and this Colony, without being compelled by my Duty to this most disagreeable but now absolutely necessary Step, rendered so by a Body of armed Men unlawfully assembled, firing on His MAJESTY'S Tenders, and the formation of an Army, and that Army now on their March to attack his MAJESTY'S Troops and destroy the well disposed subjects of the Colony. To defeat such treasonable Purposes, and that all such Traitors, and their Abettors, may be brought to Justice, and that the Peace, and good Order of this Colony may be again restored, which the ordinary Course of the Civil Law is unable to effect; I have thought fit to issue this my Proclamation, hereby declaring, that until the aforesaid good Purpose can be obtained, I do in Virtue of the Power and Authority to ME given, by His MAJESTY, determine to execute Martial Law, and cause the same to be executed throughout this Colony: and to ****** the Peace and good Order may the sooner be restored, I do require every Person capable of bearing Arms, to resort to His MAJESTY'S STANDARD, or be looked upon as Traitors to His MAJESTY'S Crown and Government, and thereby become liable to the Penalty the Law inflicts upon such Offenses; such as forfeiture of Life, confiscation of Lands, &. &. And I do hereby further declare all indented Servants, Negroes, or others, (appertaining to Rebels,) free that are able and willing to bear Arms, they joining His MAJESTY'S Troops as soon as may be, foe the more speedily reducing this Colony to a proper Sense of their Duty, to His MAJESTY'S Crown and Dignity. I do further order, and require, all His MAJESTY'S Liege Subjects, to retain their Quitrents, or any other Taxes due or that may become due, in their own Custody, till such a Time as Peace may be again restored to this at present most unhappy Country, or demanded of them for their former salutary Purposes, by Officers properly ***** to receive the same.

GIVEN under my Hand on board the Ship WILLIAM by Norfolk, the 7th Day of November in the SIXTEENTH Year of His MAJESTY'S Reign.
DUNMORE

(GOD save the KING.)




 During the battle of Yorktown Joseph Plum Martin experienced this:
During the siege, we saw in the woods herds of Negroes which lord Cornwallis, (after he had inveigled them from their proprietors,) in love and pity to them, had turned adrift, with no other recompense for their confidence in his humanity, than the small pox for their bounty and starvation and death for their wages. They might be seen scattered about in every direction, dead and dying, with pieces of ears of burnt Indian corn in the hands and mouths, even of those that were dead. After the siege was ended many of the owners of these deluded creatures, came to our camp and engaged some of our men to take them up, generally offering a guinea a head for them. 


EQ:
  • To what extent did Jefferson's actions as President reflect his principles?
Explore:
Explain:
  • What ideals did Jefferson bring to the Presidency?
  • How did American daily life change in the early 1800's?
  • How did Jefferson deal with foreign affairs?
  • What did Lord Dunmore's Proclamation do?
  • Why were there runaway slaves around Yorktown during the battle?
Evaluate:

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Vacation Location: Denmark

You say you are obsessed with Denmark? Well, why don't you vacation there? You say you are worried your parents will say no? I say, make them say yes!   

Watch the videos below and check out the websites underneath. Collect information that will convince your parents to take you on vacation to Denmark. Maybe if your presentation is good enough they may even decide to move! 







Requirements for this assignment:

  1. Make a Google Presentation on visiting Denmark with 15-20 slides.
  2. Embed at least one video
  3. Add pictures to at least 10 slides
  4. Cite your sources for all pictures, videos and information
  5. Include information that you think will make your parents want to go!
  6. Present your slides in class. 
  7. Due Monday, February 17.

How to make a Google Presentation Playlist

EQ:
  • What makes Denmark a place worth visiting?
Engage:
Explore:
Explain:
  • What places would you like to visit in Denmark?
Evaluate:
  • Make a Google Presentation on visiting Denmark with 15-20 slides.
  • Embed at least one video
  • Add pictures to at least 10 slides
  • Cite your sources for all pictures, videos and information

Thursday, February 27, 2020

The Age of Jefferson: Lowell Mill Girls

Watch the two videos below 



EQ:
  • To what extent did Jefferson's actions as President reflect his principles?
Explore:
Explain:
  • What ideals did Jefferson bring to the Presidency?
  • How did American daily life change in the early 1800's?
  • How did Jefferson deal with foreign affairs?

Evaluate: