The big ideas...
What is GEOGRAPHIC LUCK and how did it influence the rise of civilizations?
What is SOCIAL JUSTICE? How do people work to address social injustices?
How does our UNIVERSE OF OBLIGATION impact the way we interact with others?
Over time, how have we progressed toward UNIVERSAL HUMAN RIGHTS?
Methods of Investigation:
Facing History And ourselves (video link)
Depth and Complexity Prompts
Dr. Sandra Kaplan developed these prompts to help us think critically and deeply about any unit of study. This is another great way to keep asking questions.
What is a microloan? How can something small make such a big difference? As we learn about the world around us, we can decide to take action. Kiva helps small business owners that cannot take out a loan from a large bank. We will choose several small businesses to loan our class money to, and then re-lend our money after we are paid back. Throughout the year our class will make several loans to entrepreneurs across the globe. When our funds are paid back, we will loan again...now that is some humanitarian magic! In 2008 we started with just $25.00. Since then, we have made 77 loans. We have loaned the equivalent of $2,825.00 by re-lending the money that was returned back to us. We have helped small business owners in 37 countries!
Study for Map Tests
Learning the countries of the world can help us become informed, thoughtful, global citizens. When you are aware of the larger world, you are opening doors for future opportunities. These websites can help you sharpen your geography skills. Just want to ace the next map test? Try playing these games at home and watch your scores soar!
Stay curious with brainpop!
Now students can access Brainpop at home. Curious about something we learned in class? Want to know more about something that intrigues you? Look it up on Brainpop for a kid friendly summary. Curious minds never stop, and asking questions opens doors and empowers us! Use this link for information on how to set up your own account.