Weekly Update: Week of September 28, 2015

Overview This Week:

Students are working on a National Geographic Feature story about themselves. This assignment sums up our unit on the Identity and counts as a performance task. In short, students had to explain their identity using objects to represent their cultural features.  The assignment has a picture and a written component and requires students to complete work in and outside of the class. Students had time to work on the written component in class.  They should be completing the picture component of this assignment at home.

Need To Know:

National Geographic Feature Story assignment is due this Wednesday, October 7. Students should be turning this in via google classroom.

Extra: 

Parent-teacher conferences are starting next week, Wednesday October 14. I hope to see many of you to discuss the progress of your child.

WEEKLY UPDATE: WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 21, 2015

Overview This Week:

We had two short weeks of class with CWW and holidays interfering in our regular routine. Students had a blast during CWW as did the teachers I think. It’s always nice to have a little break from school to regenerate and come back motivated and ready to learn!

We spent the class time discussing Third Culture Kids and how that term applies to the students at ISM. Students watched a short video about the TCKs and then worked in small groups to recreate the movie and answer simple questions regarding their own identity as TCK. Students filmed and edited their movies at school. We spend the last day of class before the break watching their movies and providing feedback to the groups.

Need To Know: 

We are wrapping up our first unit on Identity and students will begin working on The National Geographic Features assignment which will be their second performance task of the quarter. Students will have time to work in class but certain tasks will need to be completed at home. This will be due Wednesday, October 7.

Extra: 

There is no school next Friday, October 2

WEEKLY UPDATE: Week of September 7, 2015

Overview This Week:

This week we focused on Culture in relation to our values, attitudes, and beliefs. Students defined the terms and completed a worksheet reflecting on their own culture in relation to those ideas. In addition we also discussed rights and responsibilities and how those can be different based on where we come from. Students completed a short HW assignment together with their parents where they discuss their own rights and responsibilities as citizens of their respective countries.  This was followed by a class discussion where we compared and contrasted their findings and finally came up with a workable class definition for Culture.

Need to Know: 

Students worked on several short worksheets in class today. I am not collecting those worksheets but it’s important that students complete them and keep them in a social studies folder as they will use them for a performance task assignment at the end of the unit.

Extra:

This is the video we watched in class to help us better understand the difference between values, attitudes, and beliefs. It is a good review if you are still unsure as to the difference between those three terms.

Weekly Update: Week of August 31, 2015

Overview This Week:

This was a short week due to the holiday on Monday.  The students peer edited their Stereotypes Assignments and we all had a gallery walk so that they could see, and comment on other students work.

We begun discussing Culture and Cultural Norms. Students created a Cultural Iceberg mind map where they discussed visible and hidden parts of culture. Finally, we looked at pictures of dining practices and different classrooms from around the world and students completed a worksheet comparing and contrasting those pictures. This was followed with a discussion.

Culture Iceberg Mind Map
Culture Iceberg Mind Map

This is the slide show we looked at to do the compare and contrast activity: Cultural Traditions & Practice

Need to Know:

All students should have finished and submitted the Stereotypes Assignments by now. There was no other homework this week.

Extra:

Next week we will try to come up with a class definition of what is culture. Students might want to ponder this before coming to class. Culture is a word we use all the time but it is hard to come up with a concise  definition.

Weekly Update: Week of August 24th, 2015

Overview This Week:

This week students begun working on a wrap up assignment on stereotypes (attached below). We went over the assignment in detail and students had time to look at some examples of assignments completed by students last year. Students had a class period to work on the assignment and we conducted individual student/teacher meetings where I had a chance to answer  questions as well as give suggestions on their work. The assignments are due next week.

We also begun discussing culture and students completed a simulation where the class was divided into two made up, and completely different societies and forced to interact with each other in order to retrieve information. Students had a lot of fun with this one and it lead to some great discussions about culture and cultural confusion. Video attached.

Hokie and Heelot Simulation

Need to Know:

Students should be working on the Stereotypes Assignment. We will do peer editing in class this week but that requires students to bring nearly completed work for our next class.

Stereotypes Assignment

Extra: 

It was a pleasure meeting many of you during the Open House. I have attached the evenings presentation for your reference.

Open House Presentation

Weekly Update: Week of August 17th, 2015

Overview this Week:

Students begun the week by taking a look at stereotypes. Students watched several short vide clips showing stereotypes of different people and completed a graphic organizes with cause and effect of stereotypes followed by a class discussion. After that we  looked at examples of stereotypes in the media and discussed different ways the media stereotypes different groups of people. Students completed a vocabulary four square activity followed by a jigsaw activity where they define important terms for this unit (such as discrimination, prejudice, and racism). We wrapped up the week by watching Eye of the Storm, a documentary about racism. Students were required to answer discussion questions about the film and make comments on each others answers on the class blog for homework.

Need to Know:

All students should have completed the My Story assignment and submitted it via google classroom by now. Students who have competed watching Eye of the Storm documentary should have also posted answers to discussion questions and comments on this blog.

Extras:

Open House is this week! I hope to see all of you on Thursday, August 27.

Eye of the Storm Class Discussion

After watching the film please leave a comment responding to at least one of the questions below. You also need to respond to at least one other student.

Questions:

  1. Which particular moment in the film has shocked you the most? Why?
  2. Could you feel how badly and ashamed the students wearing the collar felt? How did it make you feel?
  3. Why do you think the students without the collar came to adopt so easily a discriminative position?
  4. Why was that kid trying to tear apart his collar? How do you think he felt during this experiment?
  5. Why do you think that all the kids looked so happy and relieved once the experiment was over?

Weekly Update: Week of August 10th, 2015

Overview this Week:

This week we begun our first unit of the year, “Identity”.  In this unit students will explore the concept of identity using themselves as the model.  We begun by brainstorming different aspects of a persons identity and students worked in groups and examined things they can and cannot change about their own identity. This lead us into some interesting discussions. After that students begun working on the “My Story” assignment and reflecting on who they are and where they belong in the world.  Students had time to work on this in class but they will have to finish this for homework. Finally, we begun examining different perceptions of people. Students completed  the See, Think, Wonder activity which will lead us into examining cause and effect of stereotypes next week.

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Need to Know:

Google classroom is up and running. All students should be getting an email invitation to join our class. All the assignments will be turned in through google classroom including “My Story” due next Thursday.

Extras:

My classroom number is 2039 and you are  welcome to come in with any questions. Appointments are appreciated but all parents are always welcomed.

The Open House is on August 27. I am looking forward to meeting all of you.

 

Greetings from Mr. Milewski’s Classroom

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Luke Milewski and I will be teaching Grade 7 Social Studies. This is where you will be able to find weekly updates on our classes, reminders about upcoming assignments, and pictures celebrating all that we accomplish this school year. I have also attached a link to our SS newsletter for you to look through. Please feel free to email me with any questions you might have. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you during our Open House on August 27th.

SS Newsletter

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