Social Studies Highlights 2016-17

Edriauna McIntyre, Isaiah Wickham, Austin White, Josiah Ward, Bryce Thacker


 

Presidential Election

2016

 

 

Students in Ms Sanders's 8th grade American History class recently completed a chapter about early English Colonies in America. Used as an extension to the lesson, students participated ina simulation related to this topic.
Students collaborated to "Create a Colony," and were required to use skills acquired in Social Studies and Mathematics classes to be successful.
They were given a limited amount of "money" to spend on supplies, people to join their expedition, a site to settle, and tasks that were needed to be completed when they arrived in the New World.
The 8th graders had to analyze, explain, and defend their respective choices during a whole class discussion after the simulation.


 


7th graders in Ms Sanders's World History class recently completed a project entitled, "Totally Tubular Greeks." This project was used as a supplement to the chapters related to the Ancient Greeks.
The objective of this assignment was to identify key facts about their "Totally Tubular Greek."
Students wrote a brief description of their Greek and included the following topics: Why is this Greek figure considered important in Greek History? What role did he or she play? Where did this figure live? Students were also required to create their historical Greek while incorporating a cardboard tube, construction paper, felt, yarn, ribbon, etc. to bring their Greek figure to life.

(L-R) Chad Gardner, with his Tubular Greek Achilles, Elexis Martin, with her Tubular Greek Demeter, the Goddess of Agriculture, and John Sidoriak, with his Tubular Greek Ares, the God of War.

Election Fever!

Students in Ms Sanders's Social Studies classes had their own presidential election at Harding Middle School on Election Day.
Important election history and voting requirements were topics of discussion during this lesson. Students analyzed and identified the difference between the popular vote and the electoral college vote, the number of electoral college votes needed to win the presidency, and the importance of casting a ballot.
Every student had the opportunity to cast a ballot for either the Republican or Democrat presidential nominee, with the knowledge that the popular vote in each class would determine which candidate would earn each class's electoral college votes. It was determined that 51%, or 62 electoral college votes out of the total 121 electoral college votes, were needed to "win" the presidency in Mrs. Fluharty's class.
Rashaan Mukes, Skyebony Longmire, Nasari Jackson, Jessica Green, Tice Mitchell
Cole Roscoe, Hayden Taylor, Robert Smith, Peter Satiropoulis, Sierra Ruble




Presidential Election

2016