7th Grade Social Studies

Washington State History

During third trimester we will delve into Washington State History! Everyone should have a copy of our textbook, The Washington Journey. On Thursday, students also brought home their weekly geography for March 16-20, and a Washington State map project.

Current Assignments

Monday, March 16th

      •  Weekly Geography: The Region of Central America: Monday
      •  Work on your Washington State Map project for at least 25 minutes. There are obviously many maps available online but this project was created to be used with Chapter 1 of The Washington Journey. There is a map of the entire state on pages 6-7 and more specific maps for rivers, regions, volcanic mountains, etc. throughout the chapter.

Tuesday, March 17th

      • Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! I hope you’re wearing green because your teachers aren’t around to make sure your siblings and parents don’t pinch you. Happy leprechaun hunting! And click here to check out this graphic novel version of Saint Patrick’s story!
      • Weekly Geography: The Region of Central America: Tuesday
      • Work on your Washington State map project for 25 minutes. Again, you can use any map online but there are some good ones in Chapter 1 of The Washington Journey.

Wednesday, March 18th

      • Weekly Geography: The Region of Central America: Wednesday.
      • Keep working on your map. Again, you can use any map online but there are some good ones in Chapter 1 of The Washington Journey. You should be finishing up and I know some of you have finished already.
      • Read Chapter 1, Lesson 1 (pages 5-13) in The Washington Journey and respond to the questions on page 13. You can type into a Word document in 365 or use pencil and paper. You do not need to turn this in.
      • I realize we’re not working on the Middle Ages during distance learning, but for those of you who are interested, click here for the story of Joan of Arc.

Thursday, March 19th

      • You should be spending an average of 30 minutes per day on Social Studies.
      • Today is the feast of Saint Joseph! Say a prayer asking St. Joseph to watch over and pray for your family just as he watched over and prayed for the Holy Family during difficult times.
      • Weekly Geography: Region of Central America: Thursday
      • Keep working on your map. Again, you can use any map online but there are some good ones in Chapter 1 of The Washington Journey. You should be finishing up and I know some of you have finished already. Maps are due Friday. To turn them in, take a picture of your map and email it to me.
      • Finish reading Chapter 1, Lesson 1 (pages 5-13) in The Washington Journey and respond to the questions on page 13. You can type into a Word document in 365 or use pencil and paper. You do not need to turn this in.
      • I’m trying to do this assignment in Teams, so please check your Teams account and see if you can complete it there first. If you can’t, you can come back here to complete this vocabulary activity for the section you just read. You can type the answers to these questions right after your answers from page 13.

Friday, March 20

      • Maps are due today. Please take a picture of your map and email it to me. If this is not possible for you let me know.
      • Turn in your Weekly Geography on Central America. You can take a picture and email me, type the answers into an email, send me a Word document–whatever works best for you.
      • Finish the assignments from Chapter 1, Section 1: Geographic features. You were to read the section, answer the questions on page 13, and complete the vocabulary activity. Links can be found in yesterday’s post. You can turn in the vocabulary in the usual ways or through Teams if possible.
      • Then go outside and play.

Monday, March 23

      •  I realize it was made almost 70 years ago, but having watched several YouTube videos on the Columbia River, this one is pretty good, despite the old production value. So click on the title to watch The Mighty Columbia River.
      • The one thing in the film that is no longer true is that there is a now a bridge across the 5 mile mouth at Astoria called the Astoria-Megler Bridge. You can see a picture of it by clicking here.
      • Do you have a favorite memory of the Columbia River? Let me know.
      • Here this week’s geography on the Middle East.

Tuesday, March 24

      • Week 22 Geography: The Middle East: TuesdayRead Chapter 1, Section 2: Land of Many Regions in The Washington Journey. Answer the question on page 21. You can add these to the Word document you started with the questions from page 13.Nothing physical to turn in today.

Wednesday, March 25

      • Week 22 Geography: The Middle East: Wednesday
      • Continuing our review of Chapter 1, Section 2: A Land of Many Regions, complete the vocabulary and state song activities. Remember, you don’t have to print them. Typing answers into a Word document is just as good. Please try to turn these into Teams. If you’re having trouble using the turn in feature on Teams let me know.

Thursday, March 26

      • Week 22 Geography: The Middle East: ThursdayOver today and tomorrow, read Chapter 1, Section 3 and answer the questions on page 30 on the same document you’ve used to answer the other questions from this chapter.I’ve attached a picture of an anticline I took in Waterton National Park in Canada. You can see how the rock is folded.

Friday, March 27

      • Watch the video below for a cool, four minute video about the eruption of Mt. St. Helens from Smithsonian.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYla6q3is6wOther than that, today is a day to catch up on assignments for the week. For Social Studies, that means finishing Chapter 1, Section 3 and answering the questions at the end of the chapter.You can turn in assignments through Teams and/or through email. If you turn in an assignment late through Teams it’s nice if you can also email me and let me know that.Thanks for doing such a great job during these first two weeks! You’re rocking it!

Monday, March 30

      • Remeber, your Social Studies work shouldn’t be taking your more than about 30 minutes per day. If you feel you need to spend more time than that let me know.
      • If you haven’t turned in your Week 22 Geography: The Middle East, turn it in when you can. No rush. I know you’ve got a lot to do.
      • Instead of our usual weekly geography, we’re going to start learning the geography of the United States! This week we will focus on learning the New England states. You don’t have to print the map, but you need to learn the locations of the following states: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. There is a map of the United States on page 266 of your book. Or, you can look up a map of New England online. We’ll have a quiz on these states on Friday.

Chapter 1 Review: This is dueWednesday.

New Fun Feature! Just for fun, check out today’s You Know You’re In Washington When Post. It’s about Ape Cave, a lava tube that formed when Mt. St. Helens erupted. You can get a feel for what it’s like to explore the cave by copying and pasting this URL into your browser. (Or if it works as a link, even better!) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTB-8ZhVwFA

Tuesday, March 31

      • Do you know the locations of the following states? Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. Practice for Friday!
      • Keep working on your Chapter 1 Review. I’ll post an answer key for this tomorrow. I’ll be asking you to correct your work and then turn it in.
      • Just for fun, check out today’s You Know You’re In Washington When Post. It’s about the scablands in Washington. Here’s a 12 minute video about the creation of the Columbia Gorge. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMLCHTw_C04
      • This is NOT AN ASSIGNMENT but if you and/or your family are interested, here’s the full Nova documentary on the Megaflood. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUsms5fdi-s

Wednesday, April 1

      • Correct your answers to the Chapter 1 Review using the answer key and then turn it in.
      • Complete the Chapter 4 Activator activity and turn it in. You do not have to print the page. You can respond in a Word document through Teams.

You Know You’re In Washington When…

Thursday, April 2

You Know You’re In Washington When…

Friday, April 3

      • Download and take your quiz on the New England States and turn it in. You do not need to print. You can email me your answers. Just type the number followed by the state.
      • Then go complete any work you still need to finish for your classes and once you’re done, enjoy the day!

Monday, April 6

      • Read and take notes on Chapter 4, Section 1: The Treaty-Making Period. You can work on these today and tomorrow.
      • You do not need to print the notes. You can take them on notebook paper or in Word.
      • There are not two sets of notes to take. I have provided them in two formats (Word and .pdf) so you can use the format that works for you.

Weekly Geography

      • This week we’ll be studying the Middle Atlantic states. Use the blank map to help you learn where the following states are located: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. We’ll have a quiz on these Thursday, April 9th.

You Know You’re In Washington When…

Tuesday, April 7

      • Message From Mr. Thomas (use the link or copy and paste the URL below into your browser to watch)
      • https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/a2df1cbe-1e04-47c7-b069-172e12b9974b

Chapter 4: From Treaties to Statehood

      • Finish taking notes on Chapter 4, Section 1: The Treaty-Making Period on pages 84-89 of The Washington Journey. If you finished your notes yesterday, review them today.

You Know You’re In Washington When…

      • One of my family’s favorite things to do when we’re not in quarantine is to ride the ferry over to the peninsula to visit grandma and grandpa. Check out today’s You Know You’re In Washington When…for some information on our state’s ferry system and a great, short video on riding the ferries! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceWS0t93G24
      • Check out those views from the ferry!! We are lucky to live in one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Wednesday, April 8

Chapter 4: From Treaties to Statehood

      • Read and take notes on Section 2: Indian Wars on pages 90-97 of The Washington Journey. You have today and tomorrow to complete these.
      • I have provided the notes as both a .pdf and a Word document.

You Know You’re In Washington When…

Thursday, April 9

Chapter 4: Treaties to Statehood

You Know You’re In Washington When…

Friday, April 10th

      • This is a day to catch up on any work you need to do.
      • Also, don’t forget to pray the Stations of the Cross at 11:00. You can find a link to the Stations written by 8th graders in NewsViews.

You have all done a fantastic job with distance learning! Enjoy a well-deserved break and we’ll hit it hard when we come back!

Tuesday, April 21 (Gold Day)

The Washington Journey

Chapter 4, Lesson 2: Indian Wars (pages 90-97)

      • We took notes on this section of the textbook before break. Review those notes. If you don’t have them, here’s a new copy.
      • Read the biography of Chief Joseph and answer the questions. You can turn these in via Teams or email. Due date: Thursday, April 23rd.

Weekly Geography

      • I realize we didn’t have our quiz on the Middle Atlantic States before break. We’ll do that this Thursday. I’ve put a new copy of the map in resources just in case you need it.

Optional: You Know You’re In Washington When…

You can learn about tribal culture! Check out the attachment, and if you want to see some scenes from one of the Seattle Powwows held in Discovery Park, you can watch using this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bhan-fSlrW8

Thursday, April 23 (Gold Day)

Please join us for an all-school Mass today at 9:30. You can stream the Mass through Facebook (You can ask your parents if they can help you with this.)

https://www.facebook.com/StJohnSeattle/

The Washington Journey

Chapter 4, Lesson 3: Washington Becomes a State (pages 98-102)

      • If you have not turned in your questions from the biography of Chief Joseph we read on Tuesday, please do that today either over email or in Teams.
      • Take notes on this section of the book. You do not have to turn these in. They are to help you with the reading and to study. You should have these done by Monday.

Weekly Geography

You Know You’re In Washington When…

Tuesday, April 28

The Washington Journey

Chapter 4, From Treaties to Statehood

      • It’s time to review! Complete the Chapter 4 Study Guide. You can use your notes and/or the textbook. Be sure to ask any questions you have. We’ll have our Chapter 4 assessment on Thursday.

Weekly Geography

      • This week we’re learning the South Atlantic States. Use the blank map and a map in your textbook or online to learn the locations of the following states: West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

You Know You’re In Washington When…

      • Your house floats! Seattle is famous for its houseboats, especially the one used in the film Sleepless in Seattle(ask your folks). Here’s a fun, short tour of some of Seattle’s floating homes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBt_F3MYgKA

Thursday, April 30

The Washington Journey: Chapter 4

      • Use the answer key to correct your Chapter 4 Study Guide and then study your notes and that guide in preparation for a Chapter 4 assessment on Tuesday, May 5th.

Weekly Geography

      • Keep studying those South Atlantic states. Well take that quiz with the other assessment on Tuesday, May 5th.

You Know You’re In Washington When…

      • Glaciers eat rocks! This glacier isn’t in Washington, but if you’re interested in seeing a glacier move with time lapse photography, here’s a short video from the BBC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghC-Ut0fW4o

Thursday, May 7

Hi 7thGrade! Nice job on the assessment Tuesday. I will try to get those grades in PowerSchool over the weekend. I hope you have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine!

Weekly Geography

Chapter 5: A State of Growth

      • Read Chapter 5 Section 1: The Age of Railroads (pages 108-113) and use the attached template to take Cornell Notes.

You Know You’re In Washington When…

      • You can still ride on a train powered by a steam engine! Nothing to read today, but if you want to, check out this short film about the Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad. I am so doing this when we get out of lockdown! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt_8ywFEL8s

Tuesday, May 12

Weekly Geography

Chapter 5: A State of Growth

Section 1: The Age of Railroads

      • Sing I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad! (you can find this video in Teams)
      • Review your notes from last week and use your notes and/or your textbook to complete the vocabulary for Section 1 and turn it in.

You Know You’re in Washington When…

      • You can see the world’s largest collection of rosaries! May is the month of Our Lady so I thought this would be appropriate. Who knew Washington has the largest collection of rosaries? No video today, but check out the story.

Thursday, May 14

Weekly Geography

Chapter 5: A State of Growth

Section 2: The Tide of Immigration

      • You can use the attached answer key to check your notes for Section 1: The Age of Railroads.
      • Then use the attached Cornell Notes to take notes on Section 2: The Tide of Immigration (pages 114-121)

You Know You’re in Washington When…

      • Your tongue twists trying to say the name! Washington has some place names that are notoriously difficult to say. Read the attachment to learn how to say the names of some of these places correctly. If you want to, you can also check out this video the Seattle Times put together of random Washingtonians trying to pronounce some of the more difficult names in our state. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERDmIaSGQeA

Tuesday, May 19

Weekly Geography

Chapter 5: A State of Growth

Section 2: The Tide of Immigration

      • You can use the attached answer key to check your notes for Section 2: The Tide of Immigration (pages 114-121)
      • Then, complete the vocabulary for Section 2. This is due Thursday.

You Know You’re in Washington When…

      • A mountain loses its top! Yesterday was the 40thanniversary of the largest eruption of Mt. Saint Helens. I can still remember it getting very dark and seeing the ash falling in the streetlights. Ask your parents where they were when the mountain blew and if they have any stories to tell about their experiences with the eruption. You can also watch a quick Smithsonian video about the eruption of Mt. Saint Helens here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYla6q3is6w&t=2s

Thursday, May 21

Weekly Geography

      • Keep studying the South Central and Gulf States. We’ll have a quiz on those a week from today.

Chapter 5: A State of Growth

Section 2: The Tide of Immigration

      • Turn in your Section 2 Vocabulary from Tuesday if you haven’t already.

Section 3: The Growth of Cities

You Know You’re in Washington When…

      • “Big Sam left Seattle, in the year of ’92.” Those are the opening lines to a great Johnny Horton song about the Klondike Gold Rush you read about today. Here’s a link to the song with lyrics. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EzVIERADTs
      • Hollywood turned this song into a movie starring John Wayne. If you want a laugh sometime, see if your parents want to watch it with you.

Tuesday, May 26

Weekly Geography

      • Keep studying the South Central and Gulf States. We’ll have a quiz on those on Thursday.

Chapter 5: A State of Growth

Section 3: The Growth of Cities

      • Use the attached key to check your notes on Section 3 (pages 122-126).

You Know You’re in Washington When…

Thursday, May 28

Weekly Geography

      • Take your quiz on the South Central and Gulf States and turn it in.

Chapter 5: A State of Growth Wrap Up

      • Use your book and your notes to complete the Chapter 5 Wrap Up (in resources). I will post an answer key to this so you can check it and turn it in on Tuesday, June 2nd.

You Know You’re in Washington When …

 

7th Grade Social Studies Syllabus