Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Going From Rome to Islam - August 31-September 1, 2010

In history class, we had lots to keep us busy today!  Let's go through these one-by-one so you know what we did:

Restroom Passes - Students are expected to use the restroom before school, at brunch, lunch, or after school.  However, when you gotta go, you gotta go.  To minimize the disruptions to our learning from the constant "I gotta go!" that seems to happen in junior high, I hand out restroom passes.  If you need to use the restroom, just use a pass.  If you don't use your passes, then as a reward for staying in class you can turn your passes in at the end of the quarter for bonus points.  If you have a medical reason, don't sweat it; we'll work something out.  I'm not an ogre.

Hand back the Fall of Rome Quiz - All the Fall of Rome quizzes are now graded, and I handed them back today.  If you didn't get the grade you wanted, you do have an opportunity to improve your grade this Friday at lunch.  If you got below an 80% on the quiz, you can raise your quiz score to a maximum of a B-.

Fact, Opinion, Belief - We will discuss several world religions during the course of our school year, so we had a brief discussion about the difference between facts, opinions, and beliefs.  Facts can be proven through observation with one of the five senses ("the sky is blue").  Opinions are personal judgments that can vary from person to person ("Justin Bieber is the best musical artist of all time").  Beliefs are thoughts which people hold to be true, but may not necessarily be observable using the five senses.  Religious beliefs are personal and powerful, and so when we talk about someone else's beliefs, it's important to be respectful, even if your beliefs are very different from the other person.

Infinite Campus Training - Over the last couple blocks, I taught each student how to log into the Infinite Campus student records system so students can see their own attendance and grade information, and can see exactly what their parents see when they log in.

Cover Page - "Fall of Rome/Rise of Islam" (pg 1 in INB) - We're finally ready to create our very first Unit Cover Page, and I've decided that because we don't spend too much time on either topic, I will combine the "Fall of Rome' unit with the "Rise of Islam" unit into one big unit.  For each cover page we do in class, you will write the unit name in big, bold letters in the center of the page, and then place six different symbols that represent what we learn in each unit around the center title.

HW:  5-4-3-2-1 for Chapter 3, Section 1 (pg 12 in INB).  This homework is due on our next block day (Friday for A-block and Monday for B-Block).  Also, remember that the Legacy of Rome Project is due this Thursday, our Back-to-School Night minimum day.

Need handouts?  Need another 5-4-3-2-1 worksheet?  Need the instructions for the Legacy of Rome Project?  It's all in the Digital File Cabinet.  Go to the top right corner of this website and click on the picture of a file cabinet.  It's all in there!


Monday, August 30, 2010

Today in Mr. Ippolito's Class

The Legacy of Rome - August 27-30, 2010

1. Attendance/Check HW
2. Journal - "The Legacy of Rome" (pg 11 in INB)
HW:  The Legacy of Rome Project (not in INB)

Today we spent most of our time discussing the LEGACY of the Roman Empire.  The word "legacy" means what a person or a culture leaves behind when he/she/it is gone.  Rome has left the world a rich legacy, and especially here in the United States, where evidence of the Romans' language, architecture, engineering, art, and culture can be seen in our everyday lives.

Your homework for this week is the "Legacy of Rome" project.  Details are available in the PowerPoint you can find in the Digital File Cabinet (just like all other handouts and assignments in my class).  This homework is due Thursday, September 2, our first minimum-C day of the year.


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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Rome Quiz - August 26, 2010

1.  Take attendance
2.  Rome Quiz
HW:  Vocabulary - Rome/Islam units

Today we took our quiz on the expansion and fall of the Roman Empire.  If you were absent today, please see Mr. Ippolito at brunch or lunch to take the quiz.  The homework tonight is our very first VOCABULARY assignment.  For each vocab assignment this year, I will give ten words, and your job is to provide a definition, use the word in a sentence, and to draw a picture that best represents the term in your mind.

Because there are so many different definitions out there, and because you won't necessarily find all definitions in the glossary of the textbook, I have started my own glossary of terms.  You can find this in the Digital File Cabinet.

You have a choice to either draw each picture, or you may find a picture online and print it from your computer, BUT be careful when looking for an image online.  You might just be tempted to go to Google Images and print the first image you see.  That's lazy, and it may cost you points.  Choose an image that best represents the HISTORICAL definition of the term as we learn it in class.  Choose wisely.


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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mapping the Roman Empire

1.  Attendance/Check HW
2.  Reminder:  quiz in our next class
3.  Review our Chapter 1, Section 3 5-4-3-2-1 Assignment
4.  Start "Roman Empire Map" (pg 9 in INB)
HW:  Finish Roman Empire Map

Today was a shorter day because of our Spirit Drive and Academic Recognition Assemblies.  We began by reviewing the 5-4-3-2-1 assignment, followed by a homework check for completion and understanding.  PLEASE NOTE:  all students had the opportunity to review and complete this assignment in class if they did not understand it for homework.  For those students who did not turn it in today, you have one more opportunity to complete it tonight and turn it in tomorrow.

Tonight's homework is the Rome Map.  Use the pic on the website if you need the directions, and be prepared for tomorrow's 15-point Rome quiz!


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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Map homework instructions

Here are the instructions for how to properly label the map we handed out in class today for homework. Enjoy!

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Monday, August 23, 2010

BrainPop - The Fall of the Roman Empire

Introducing 5-4-3-2-1 - August 20-23, 2010

1.  Attendance/Check HW
2.  Finish BrainPop on "Fall of Rome" and the Fall of Rome PPT
3.  Introduce the 5-4-3-2-1 Method for taking notes on textbook reading
4.  Read 1:2 and take notes using the 5-4-3-2-1 Method
HW:  Read 1:3 and take notes using the 5-4-3-2-1 Method

Today in class we finished our discussion on the Fall of the Roman Empire that we began in our last class.  We then looked into our history textbook, Medieval and Early Modern Times, and read Chapter 1, Section 2.  Mr. Ippolito then introduced his 5-4-3-2-1 method for taking notes on the reading.  While it may seem a bit confusing at first, my hope is that this method will give students a good framework for critical thinking and reading in the textbook.

If you need a blank copy of the notes sheet, you can go to the Digital File Cabinet, or you can get it HERE.
If you need to see a sample of what the notes for Chapter 1, Section 2 look like, you can check that out HERE.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

What's in your wallet?

Why have the people at Capital One been using the barbarians in their ad campaigns for the past 10 years?  What do they represent?  What is the connection between these types of ads and the Roman Empire?  Comment on this post on Mr. Ippolito's website (http://mrippolito.blogspot.com) or on our classroom Facebook page (http://facebook.com/MrIppolito).

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5-4-3-2-1 Sample by Mr Ippolito

So here is the sample I created for the 5-4-3-2-1 assignment.  I don't expect you to be an amazing artist (I certainly am not an artist, as you can see).  What I do expect is that you read the section carefully, and interact with the material in a number of different ways.  Approaching big ideas, creating questions, drawing pictures all stimulate different areas of the brain so hopefully each section will sink in even better.  Here is my sample for Chapter 1, Section 2.  Now it's your turn to try Chapter 1, Section 3.  Good luck!

5-4-3-2-1 sample to be posted by 2pm

Here's what's GREAT about my students:  they WANT to do their homework!  I've gotten multiple messages saying, "Mr. Ippolito, when are you posting the 5-4-3-2-1 sample?"  Here's your answer:  by 2:00 p.m.  I'm spending the morning with my family, and in just a few minutes will be heading over to Rio Norte to get my history textbook (left it there on Friday).  I will complete the sample, then post it by 2.  Stay tuned!


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Saturday, August 21, 2010

5-4-3-2-1 update

I've been hard at work today on our 5-4-3-2-1 project.
First, here's the good news:  I turned it into a form.  You now have the choice to either create it on notebook paper, or use Mr. Ippolito's 5-4-3-2-1 form!  Woo-hoo!  Now, here's some temporary bad news that will later turn into good news:  I left my own copy of the textbook at school, so to those students going onto my website to look for the filled out version of the notes for 1:2, you'll have to wait for one more day.  Thanks for your patience!!  For those of you looking for a blank copy of the notes sheet, you can go to the Digital File Cabinet, or get it right here:
Mr. Ippolito

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Fall of Rome - August 18-19, 2010

1. Attendance/Check HW
2.  Re-organize into our new seating chart
3.  Journal - The Greatness of America (pg 5)
4.  BrainPop - The Fall of the Roman Empire
5.  The Fall of Rome PPT (pg 6)
Today we began our history curriculum with an overview of the fall of the Roman Empire.  We first started out with the following journal prompt, which students responded to on page 5 in the Interactive Notebook:
"The United States of America is a great country, but we also have our problems and challenges.  List three problems America has.  What can we do to fix one of those problems?"
It was amazing to hear student responses, and to see how similar some of the challenges we face are challenges that the Roman Empire faced near the end of its existence.  We focused our discussion on the positive aspects of American culture and government, and how we can hopefully learn from the Romans and draw from our own strength so we don't repeat their fate.  We then watched a brief video from BrainPop.com on the Fall of the Roman Empire, followed by a PowerPoint presentation and discussion on the Fall of Rome.
The homework for tonight is actually something I need parent help with:  the Online Parent Survey.  Parents can find the survey by clicking HERE.  There a few brief questions that help me to better connect with parents so we can form a partnership to help your child be successful this year.  Thanks so much to parents for taking the time to complete this survey!

Parent Survey


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The Fall of Rome

I'm getting on my computer later today to type this up more formally, but in the meantime here is our agenda. Parents, please complete the brief parent survey using the link provided on my website, my Twitter feed, or my classroom Facebook page. I'm getting very excited to meet you in person at Back-to-School Night on Thursday, September 2. Thank you again for all you do to support your child during this transition into junior high! RVI

Monday, August 16, 2010

Setting up the INB (Interactive Notebook) - August 16-17, 2010

1.  Attendance/Check homework
2.  Finish "Binder Reminder Scavenger Hunt" (pg 3 in INB)
3.  Finish Class Procedures in Mr Ippolito's Classroom PowerPoint
4.  Setting up the INB (Interactive Notebook)
5.  Mr Ippolito's Web Resources
HW:  Class Procedures in Mr Ippolito's Classroom (pg 4 in INB)

We began class by finishing up a few items that we needed to complete from our last class (too much fun stuff, and not enough time in the day on Friday!).  We then spent time starting to prep students' Interactive Notebooks (INBs).  This notebook (really, a three-ring binder) will be the vessel that holds virtually all the homework and classwork we will do during the course of the year.

I then gave students an introduction to the web resources that I have available to students and parents.  Check out my website at http://www.LincolnIsMyHomeboy.com to see all the different ways that you can connect with information and resources.  These resources include my blog, Facebook fan page, Twitter page, and my Digital File Cabinet.

For homework, students should complete the worksheet, Class Procedures in Mr. Ippolito's Classroom, and place it in the number "4" position in the INB.  We will check this at the beginning of our next class.


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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Reviewing the Binder Reminder Scavenger Hunt - August 13, 2010

1.  Take attendance
2.  Check the Binder Reminder Scavenger Hunt homework
3.  Seating chart
4.  Go over the Binder Reminder Scavenger Hunt
HW:  Bring a 1-inch three-ring binder to our next class

Today in history was another really fast day due to our C-day schedule.  We began by checking the homework and going over it.  I also reminded students that beginning next week, we will have assigned seating for all students.  Any student who needs to sit near the front of the classroom for any reason should contact Mr. Ippolito as soon as possible so I can make sure to properly place you.  In some classes, we began "Classroom Procedures in Mr. Ippolito's Classroom."  For most classes we simply ran out of time, and we will resume this activity next week.

For homework, please get a 1-inch three-ring binder for use exclusively in this class.  If there is any kind of financial hardship that prevents you from getting the binder, please let me know and we can make other arrangements to ensure your child has all the supplies he or she needs to be successful in my class.


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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Welcome to Mr. Ippolito's Class - August 12, 2010

1. Welcome!
2. Binder Reminder Scavenger Hunt

HW: Finish the Binder Reminder Scavenger Hunt --and--
Get a 1-inch three-ring binder by the first BLOCK class (next Mon or Tue)

Today in class we didn't have very much time. I spent much of my time today just taking attendance, getting to know kids' names, and then we started our first assignment, the Binder Reminder Scavenger Hunt. Whatever was unfinished today is homework tonight.

If you are ever absent, please go to the Digital File Cabinet (click on the File Cabinet icon on the upper right-hand corner of my blog at http://mrippolito.blogspot.com) to download the handouts you missed. Welcome to my class, and I hope you had a great first day!


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The First Day of School - VIDEO

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Sunday, August 8, 2010

The world is just awesome

I know this video from the Discovery Channel is a couple years old now, but I never get tired of it. Enjoy!

We have a world of learning to discover in Mr. Ippolito's class. I'm excited to share it with you!

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