This week students will conclude their work on their booklet on the Great Plains.
Tuesday – Great Plains Booklet – Work Day
Thursday – Great Plains Booklet – Work Day
Friday – Great Plains Booklet – Final Work Day
Students have been practicing using titles and lists to help organize their information. They will be presenting their sample pages on Tuesday and then should have finished their booklets by Friday.
This week students will continue revisions on their Spanish Armada projects.
Tuesday – Spanish Armada – Effective Summarizing
Thursday – Spanish Armada – Project Day
Friday – Spanish Armada – Project Day
On Tuesday, students will be working on their summarizing/templates. I will then give them Thursday and Friday to work on their Spanish Armada projects. Once again, the major goals/areas of focus for students are:
1 – Presenting information in a clear and logical order to show the chronology of the events of the Spanish Armada.
2 – Using short summaries and templates to maximize time.
3 – Using lines/symbols to help show order/progression.
This week students will begin to study the topic of taxation – looking at how governments both raise and spend money.
Monday – Taxation
Wednesday – Taxation – Research Day
Friday – Taxation – Making Charts
Students will be working on another research project for this topic with the main focus on showing them how to create basic graphs/charts to help people visualize government spending and revenue. This can be done using PowerPoint, Keynote, or Google Slides. I will demonstrate this in class on Friday and then students will have over the weekend to make their own.
Students will be asked to research the following questions :
1 – How much revenue in total did the Federal Government collect in 2013?
2 – What were the different sources of this revenue (percentages)?
3 – How much in total did the Federal Government spend in 2013?
4 – What were the major areas of federal spending in 2013 (percentages)?
The class is making very good progress using their computers so far. I would normally recommend only that students have access to their own computer in 7th grade, and there will still be Chromebooks available, but it is definitely much easier to create some of these visuals/graphs using PowerPoint or Keynote than Google slides. If you are thinking of purchasing a computer please get in touch with me and I can make some recommendations. There is also an online PowerPoint option available at a relatively small cost.
This week students will continue their study on the Early Middle Ages. Please see last weeks plan for more details.
This week students will be learning how to present both their paper and slideshow presentations with a focus on:
1 – Avoiding reading off the slide.
2 – Keeping eye contact with the audience.
3 – Creating easy/automatic transitions.
This week students will be continuing their projects on the history of the 1950s and 1960s/Tom Lehrer Songs.
I will be recording students starting this week. During this time, other students can continue working on their presentation boards. I am planning to have a public performance, hopefully towards the end of the month.