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Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year. I am very excited to teach Pre-AP World History and Geography to your child this year. This is my 21st year teaching Geography at Hyde Park Middle School and my 29th year with the district. Before teaching Geography at Hyde Park, I was a G.A.T.E. teacher for 3 years, and a 5th grade teacher for 5 years. This should be a very exciting year with a lot of new experiences for your child. Please subscribe to my site and click on notifications on this site with your email address so that you will be notified whenever I add anything to this site. This site is great to keep abreast of what we're doing in class and any assignment due dates. You may email me at [email protected] with any questions you may have during the year. If you would like to see me in person, you may make an appointment with the office. I am available every day from 7:30am - 7:55am and 3:00pm - 3:15pm in room 305.
 
Pre-AP World History and Geography Supply List:
1 One and a half inch white binder with clear plastic flap in front. Put your name in bold writing (black sharpie) on the spine or on a piece of paper to be put into the spine. This will be used for your portfolio. Nothing else should be in it besides possibly page protectors. It will stay in the classroom for the whole year.
2 (1 for each semester) one subject spiral notebook to be used for Daily Geography, the Critical Question, Current Events, vocabulary and notes of any kind.
2 black pens
2 pencils
1 folder to be used for any handouts
100 page protectors...50 for each semester
1 package of 3x5 index cards
1 box of colored pencils to be kept at home or in your backpack.
1 ream of white copy paper (I would really appreciate it and it will make students' lives easier.) 
Kleenex or tissues (required)
hand sanitizer (optional)
scissors (optional)
glue stick (optional)
 
 

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Next week 2/6/23 - 2/10/23

Next week the other half of students will meet Holocaust survivor, Ben Lesser. Students will write thank you notes to Ben Lesser for "visiting" our classes. Students will review and take an assessment on the Holocaust. Students will receive information about the genocides of the 20th -21st centuries. Students will receive directions for the Genocide presentation.

This week 1/30/23 - 2/3/23

This week students will have an opportunity to explore one of the many Holocaust books in the classroom. Students will listen to Holocaust survivor, Ben Lesser, talk about his experiences during the war. Students will be able to have a question/answer session with Ben Lesser.

Last week 1/24/23 - 1/27/13

Last week was a short week because of Staff Development Day. We completed the Holocaust lecture. Students learned about justice. Students watched Holocaust video clips. Students received directions for the Holocaust assignment. Students listened to an allegory of the Holocaust, answered questions and participated in a class discussion.

Week 1/17/23 - 1/20/23

This was a short week because of MLK Jr.'s birthday. Students continued with the Holocaust lecture. Students learned about The Final Solution, liberation, the resistance, and the reaction of the world. Students filled in tickets-out-the-door. 

Week 1/9/13 - 1/13/23

We continued with the Holocaust lecture. We learned about the beginnings of WWII, Poland and the ghettos, the invasion of Russia, and the concentration camps. Students filled out tickets-out-the-door . They filled out 4 tickets-out-the-door. Students received permission slips to watch movie clips pertaining to the Holocaust.

Week 1/3/23 - 1/6/23

Students worked on their portfolios. Students began the Genocide Unit with the Holocaust. Students received an outline that they need to fill in during the Holocaust lecture. Students learned about the rise of Hitler and the Nazis. They learned about the persecution of the German Jews before WWII started. Students received tickets-in-the-door to reinforce their learning. The first ticket in the door had students list 3 events that led to the rise of Hitler and the Nazis. The second ticket in the door asked students to list 3 ways that the Nazis persecuted the German Jews.

Week 12/12/22 - 12/16/22

Students debated whether the U.S. is the best country to live in. They also took an assessment on the Early Modern Period of World History. They studied the 4 packets of primary sources. Finally, students had time to work on their portfolios. They needed to bring their page protectors. 

Week 12/5/22 - 12/9/22

Students learned about the Islamic Empires during the 15th and 16th centuries. In groups of four, students analyzed a primary source and then taught each other about what they've read. Students also had their debate arguments checked on whether or not the U.S. is the best country to live in. Students had an opportunity to meet with their teams and discuss strategy for the upcoming debate. Finally, students learned about the Chinese and Russian empires. 

Week 11/28/22 - 12/2/22

We went over the reasons why the Spanish and Portuguese explored new worlds and expanded their empires. Students analyzed primary sources to understand the motivation and obstacles of Western European countries' exploration and expansion. Students used a jigsaw method to analyze a specific source and taught it to other members of their group. Students continued to learn and discuss current events.

Week 11/21/22 - 11/22/22

Students learned about how the Spanish and Portuguese explored the world and expanded their empires. Students analyzed primary sources to compare and contrast the different approaches of exploration and expansion of Spain and Portugal. Happy Thanksgiving!!

Week 11/14/22 - 11/18/22

Students took an assessment on population, population pyramids, the demographic transition model and the human development index. Students  also began to learn about the Reconquista and the Iberian Peninsula. Students  continued with current events. 

Week 11/7/22 - 11/10/22

This was a 3 day week. Students learned about the HDI (Human Development Index) and completed an activity where they compared/contrasted  3 different countries at different levels of development. Students reviewed for the upcoming test next week on population, population pyramids, the demographic transition model and the human development index. Students played a Kahoot to have further review.

Week 10-31-22 - 11-4-22

Students completed a political and physical map of North America. Students worked on a population pyramid activity where they were required to create several population pyramids based on specific data. They then analyzed those pyramids and made conclusions based on the data/pyramids. Finally, students learned about the HDI (Human Development Index) and completed an activity where they compared/contrasted  3 different countries at different levels of development.

Week 10-24-22 - 10-27-22

This week was a short week because of Nevada Day. Students learned about population, population pyramids, and the demographic transition model. Students learned about how the world population is distributed, and where and why it's growing in certain regions. Students followed a Powerpoint and watched several videos pertaining to this topic.