Friday, July 29, 2016


None. Plan on Test 1 toward the end of next week.  
It will include:
  • Spanish explorers
  • First settlers in North America
  • Analysis and comprehension of primary source documents related to the above two items

Thursday, July 28, 2016


Students glued the guided notes on "Spanish Conquests" on the left side of the next page in their notebook.

Lesson / Assignment

  • Students filled in the notes using these slides to guide them.
  • Students then watched a short video that chronicles the rise and fall of the Aztec and Inca Empires, as well as the lives of Spanish conquistadors Hernan Cortes and Francisco Pizarro. (link to video)
    • student log-in to Discovery Education:
      • Username: wcp and student id # (no spaces)
      • Password: student id #
  • Students then completed a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the conquests of Cortes and Pizarro.  (instructions and format on slides 7 and 8)

None tonight.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016



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Lesson / Assignment
1. Students used their flashcards to review independently and in groups.
2. Students took their first quiz on European explorers.  If a student was absent, s/he is responsible for scheduling a time to make it up as soon as they are able.

None tonight :)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tuesday In-Class

  1. What were the three major reasons explorers began their journeys from Spain and Portugal?
  2. What were the five major technological advances that helped explorers succeed?
  • We checked and went over the study guide
  • See the images below for the answer key.
  • Students individually selected the top 8-10 topics, concepts, or terms that they needed the most review for. 
  • Students should review their flashcards in preparation for tomorrow's first quiz
  • Students should finish flashcards if they did not in class today.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Monday In-Class

Students completed a letter reflection on their work ethic, productivity, and behavior while I was away.

Instructions for letter:

  • Start with “Dear Mrs. Hostetter,”
  • Paragraph 1: What the substitute would say about you if I asked her personally about your work ethic and behavior last week

  • Paragraph 2: What the substitute would say about your class as a whole (specific students, incidents, behaviors, work ethic, etc
  • Paragraph 3: Rate your level of work last week on a scale of 1-5. 1 = didn’t do work and 5 = did all of my work to the best of my ability.  Explain your rating with specific examples/actions.
  • Sign your letter at the bottom.
Students also worked on a study guide for their quiz on Monday using their notes/readings on
  1. Marco Polo
  2. Reasons for Exploration
  3. Portuguese Explorers
  4. Christopher Columbus
Study guide due tomorrow!

While I Was Out

Aloha!  First, a *big* thank-you to my students for working hard and making learning happen in my absence.  Although I had a wonderful time in Hawaii, I was happy to return today to see all that you accomplished while I was gone!  Kudos, and I'm glad to be back :)

Parents and students: Due to my absence, I was unable to update my blog with daily information of the goings-on in social studies.  The below post is a recap of everything students did each day, with links when available.  Please email me if you have any questions or concerns, especially since I was unable to attend open house.  Thank you for your time and understanding! Mahalo, in the words of Hawaiians!

Here is my final view of Hawaii before I left
...clearly edited (of course) with my favorite new photography app - Prisma.

Friday, July 22, 2016

7/15 - 7/22


Friday, 7/15

Monday, 7/16
  • Students completed a timeline AND a short reading passage on Marco Polo's life and contributions.  They answered some questions on the passage.  Digital copies of these items are not available, unfortunately.  Students should see me if they were absent.
Tuesday, 7/17
  • Students completed a reading and some questions on Motives for Exploration. (see page 1 of the document only)
  • Please view slides 8 and 9 for directions on reading the article and answering the questions.
Wednesday, 7/18
  • Students completed a reading and some questions on Portuguese Explorers. (see page 2 of document only).
  • Please view slides 8 and 9 (*note, these are not the same slides as Tuesday's) for directions on reading the article and answering the questions.
Thursday, 7/19
Friday, 7/20
  • Students watched an episode of "Mankind: The Story of All of Us" and completed a viewing guide.  If students were absent on this day, they should see me for further information.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Today in-class:
Warm-up: Students watched a video clip on the origin of first people in North America and completed a 3-2-1:

  • 3 things you learned about the continent's first peoples
  • 2 key terms 
  • 1 question you have on this topic
2) Students completed a reading: The Earliest Americans.  I modeled how to summarize informational text, and students practiced in groups and then on their own.

Students played a Quizzizz game to assess their learning.

For homework:

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tuesday, 7/12

Today in class:

  • 3 things that you remember learning last year in social studies. (3 complete, separate sentences)
  • 2 words you would use to describe history and why (2 complete, separate sentences
  • 1 question you have about this class (1 complete sentence) - you must write something!
  • Students worked in 4-person groups to complete the Marshmallow Challenge. High-five to each class's winners!
  • For more information on the purpose of/thinking behind this challenge, please check out this link.
For Homework:
  • Students need to complete the marshmallow challenge reflection by Thursday.
  • Social Studies supplies are also due by Thursday.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Welcome to 8.1 Social Studies!

Monday, 7/11/16

Warm-up: Students created a name card and decorated it 

1) Students completed an "About Me" sheet to help me get to know who they are academically, socially, extra-curricular"ly", etc.
2) Students learned the expectations regarding Rules and Procedures for social studies this year

For Homework:
1) Get Social Studies Parent Letter signed
2) Finish "About Me" sheet if you didn't in class
3) Have SS supplies no later than Thursday! (the sooner the better)
2 Marble composition notebooks-any color, pens and pencils, highlighters, index cards, glue sticks, scissors, and anything else that makes your heart happy