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Classroom ROCKS


       Be Positive


       Be Ready


       Be the Best You

       Be Emphathetic


      Be Attentative

      Be Powerful


     Be Protected

     Be Preventative

Find Below:

o Bell Ringer Questions

o Notes

o Syllabus

Be the change you want to see in the world.


The secret of change is to focus all your energy on, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.


Difficult roads often lead to beautiful places.

7th Grade Social Studies

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Bell Ringer 3

9/11 - Monday #1

A. Which climographs are located in the low latitude region?

B. Which climographs are located in the high latitude region?

C. Pick one climograph from the top row and name the climate you think it best matches.

D. Pick one climograph from the second row and name the climate you think it best matches.

Bell Ringer 2

8/29   Tuesday #1

A. Draw a diagram of the Earth that includes the lines of latitude in increments of 30o.  This diagram will show the lines of latitude as they run along the surface of the planet.

B. Draw a diagram of the Earth that shows the angles that determine the following latitudes: northwest hemisphere show the angle for 30o and in the northeast hemisphere show the angle for 60o

Examples can be found in the classroom copy of the bell ringers.

8/30  Wednesday #2

???????Use the map on pg 18 for the questions today or use a map of Germany from the internet.

C. What is the absolute location of Leipzig, Germany?

D. What is the distance between Hamburg and Munich, Germany?

8/31  Thursday #3 – Use handout

E. What is the absolute location of Sydney Australia?

F. What is the absolute location of Darwin, Australia?

G. How many miles is there between Buffalo and Rawlins, Wyoming?

H. How many miles is it from Cheyenne to Buffalo, Wyoming if a person were to drive I-25 from one city to the other?

9/1  Friday - #4

I. Draw and label a diagram that shows: 1.the tilt of the Earth on it’s axis, 2.the rays of direct and indirect sunlight coming from the sun to the Earth, 3.the three major latitude regions of the Earth (low, mid, and high latitude regions)

Example cam be seen in the classroom copy of the bell ringers.

J. Explain the diagram – why does the direct sunlight cause the low latitude region to be warm and the indirect sunlight cause the poles to be cold?

Bell Ringer 1

Thursday 8/17 - #1

A. What is social studies?  Explain in your own words.

B. Do you like social studies?  Explain why or why not in several sentences.

Friday 8/18 - #2

C. Draw the chart and then from the video pick out things you see that match each category.  Get at least one thing for each part of SS.

Geography          Economics         History            Government      Culture

Monday 8/21 - #3 

D. Which part of social studies is the most interesting to you?  Explain your answer in 3-4 sentences.

Wednesday 8/23 - #4

E. If geography is the study of the earth, what are some things geographers may do?  Think about the role they play in life, their job or service they provide.

F. How long do you think it would take to drive from Huntington, WV to Berkeley Springs, WV?  Western Edge to Eastern Edge of WV

G. What information would you need to know to accurately answer question F?

Friday 8/25 - #5

H. List the five themes of geography without looking at your notes.

Hint: MR LIP   or  MR HELP

Notes - 1st 9 Weeks

Social Studies Syllabus 2017-18

What is social studies?

          Definition – the study of how people live and organize themselves in society.  The different parts of social studies that we will cover this year are geography, history, economics, culture, and government.

Course Goals:

Students should…

1. be able to identify, describe, and apply knowledge of the different parts of social studies.

2. be able to use maps, charts, graphs, etc. to answer questions or overcome obstacles.

3. be able to describe the major changes in human history from early man to modern day. 

4. be able to write and support a thesis statement.

5. develop leadership and organizational skills to take accountability for and improve their own performance. 

Classroom ROCKS:

  1. Respect: classmates, teachers, staff, etc.  Be positive and helpful.
  2. Organization: Have all your materials when you walk into the classroom. Go to the bathroom between classes.  Be in your seat ready to work when the bell rings.  
  3. Considerate/Care:  Do your best. Ask questions, participate in class, and pay attention.  Help those around you.
  4. Knowledge:  Listen and learn.  Share what you know. 

5. Safety: Stay in your seat with all four legs on the floor.  Know the drill procedures.


All grades will be done on a point system.  Most regular activities such as classwork or homework are worth 10 to 30 points.  Quizzes are worth 50 points and tests are worth 100 points.  Late work will receive a 10% penalty for each day it is late.  Student grades can be found online at www.LiveGrades.com.


          Students are NOT required to go out and buy any of the following, but here is a short list of recommended materials: 

  • For bell ringers and class notes students should have a notebook dedicated to this class only.
  • A folder is also recommended for handouts, study guides, and other lose papers.

Contact Information:  School Phone: (304) 624-3271 or LiveGrades.com


  • Google - find answer to anything and everything.
  • youtube - instructional videos on any topic.
  • iCivics.org - information and games about government.