Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Utah Studies--Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Yesterday I was gone.  In class students read news articles about subjects related to Utah geology.  Today in class students continued working on their geology group presentations.  DUE MONDAY: Nothing.  DUE TUESDAY: 15 more points in learning centers (10 points for Period 3)!  By Tuesday students should have earned 35 total points in learning centers.  This includes the 20 points from Learning Center Check #1 (Sept. 16) and the upcoming points due Tuesday.  If a student is behind in learning centers and has not turned even 20 points yet, they still can get credit.  But they need to get on the move!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Utah Studies--Monday, September 28, 2009

Today in class students worked on creating their geology presentations.  Tomorrow we will have a sub, so students will be reading current events related to geology.  Students MUST be on their very best behavior!  DUE TOMORROW: Nothing, but 15  more points in learning centers (10 points for my 3rd period class) are due next Tuesday, October 6.  Students need to be working on those mostly at home.  If students did not turn in any learning centers for check #1 (see Skyward on Sep. 16) than they can still turn those points in too, but this means they're behind and need badly to catch up.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Today in class students began working on their geology presentation projects.  The first step was to gather knowledge on Utah's geology from the textbook.  DUE MONDAY: Nothing, as we will continue working on our projects in class for the whole of next week.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Today in class students took their Geography quiz.  Assuming they passed, they were then assigned to the alien commando force to begin the invasion of earth starting with Utah.  Then we talked about just how ancient the earth is in preparation for our Utah geology quiz.  DUE TOMORROW: Nothing.  DUE IN THE NEXT WEEK: We will be working in class on a geology presentation project.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Utah Studies--Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Today in class students prepared work for their student led conferences.  (IMPORTANT:  Conferences are tomorrow and Thursday evening.  Students and parents should go to the child's 
TA teacher at the time you scheduled.  See you there!)  Also students worked on a study guide for the Utah geography quiz we will take tomorrow.  DUE TOMORROW: Be ready for the quiz tomorrow by studying tonight!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Utah Studies--Monday, September 21, 2009

Today in class students finished notes on the Colorado Plateau and then we discussed natural resources of Utah.  DUE TOMORROW: Nothing.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Utah Studies--Friday, September 18, 2009

Today in class students watched part of a film that highlighted the debate over land use in the Colorado Plateau region. DUE MONDAY: Nothing.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Utah Studies--Thursday, September 17, 2009

Today in class students took a Utah map quiz.  We also had our first Rise and Stretch session.  If your child went to Stretch ask them what they learned to do.  If they went to Rise ask them how they think they did in re-learning the subject.  The first time through was a little chaotic, but once the students get the hang off it then students will have more time to learn!  DUE TOMORROW: Nothing.

Utah Studies--Thursday, September 17, 2009

Today in class students took a Utah map quiz and then reflected on their academic effort and performance so far this school year.  DUE TOMORROW: Nothing, but if students have not turned in learning centers yet those are overdue (20 points for Periods 1-2, 4-6; 10 points for Period 3) so get them in as soon as possible!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Utah Studies--Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Sorry about not posting the other day.  I have been having trouble accessing my blog lately.  Today in class we reviewed for the map quiz that is tomorrow.  We also turned in learning centers that were due today (20 pts. for Period 1-2, 4-6; 10 pts. for Period 3).  DUE TOMORROW: Study for the Utah map quiz tomorrow!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Utah Studies--Monday, September 14, 2009

Today in class we finished the Utah maps that students began on Friday while I was out of town.  DUE TOMORROW: Nothing, BUT Periods 1-2, 4-6 need to turn in 20 points in learning centers by Wednesday!  Period 3 needs to turn in 10 points by Wednesday!  DO NOT FORGET!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Utah Studies--Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Today in class students took their first quiz to determine if they are to go to Rise (to redo) or to Stretch (if they pass assessments in Utah Studies, Language Arts, and Science).  The quiz was on definitions from the 6 Historian Skills.  DUE TOMORROW: Nothing, but the first 20 points in Learning Centers are due next Wednesday!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Utah Studies--Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Today in class we finished going over the definitions from the Six Historian Skills. Then we reviewed those definitions for the test tomorrow. DUE TOMORROW: Study for the test!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Utah Studies--Friday, September 4, 2009

I forgot AGAIN to post!  So I will explain the last TWO days.

Yesterday I demonstrated how cause and effect rules our world.  Then we discussed various reasons why people should study history.  

Today, we did an activity designed to show students how historians are like detectives because historians use evidence and witnesses to solve historical mysteries.  Also we discussed the difference between a primary source ("eyewitness") and a secondary source ("anyone besides the eyewitnesses").  DUE TUESDAY:  Nothing, but it's not a bad idea to study the 6 Historian Skills definitions we've learned so far since there will be a quiz on them on Wednesday.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


A few of you have been, I think, requesting access to my Google Document called "Q1 Learning Centers." You do not need to do that to be able to print the documents at home. I think some of you are clicking on "Share" and then choosing to request access. This is a way to group edit things on Google Docs. Since I am the author of these assignments there's no reason for you to need to request to share access, since you do not need to edit these. Just choose "File" and then "Print" to print all (or some) of the documents you need. Email me if I am misunderstanding your requests. My email is

Utah Studies--Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Today in all classes we began discussing the 6 skills one needs to become a great historian.  Today we discussed the skill of listening to different perspectives.  We also examined different perspectives on what history is.  DUE TOMORROW: Nothing.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Utah Studies--Tuesday, September 1, 2009

I'm still rusty--I forgot to post for yesterday so here goes.  Yesterday we went around the school to various stations to have one more day of learning how to use the RATTLE rules around the school.

Today in class we FINALLY began studying historically related topics!  We created short biographies of ourselves since history is simply the study of humans and we are humans!  DUE TOMORROW:  For all classes (except Period 1 and 2) the biography is due at the beginning of class!