Thursday, May 28, 2015

What I've Learned - 5/28/2015 through 6/3/2015

1. Make a Difference Presentations
2. Make sure all blog posts #1-18 are completed
3. Want to add more photos to our Science Center slideshow? Email your best photos to
4. Above and Beyond points--last day to turn in your form is Monday, June 1

HW: Blog Post #18 - What I’ve Learned

Think of everything you have learned over the course of the school year in Mr. Ippolito’s history class. What lessons stand out to you the most? What vocabulary? What history lessons? What life lessons? Make a list of the 30 things you have learned that you will most remember from Mr. Ippolito’s class. Respond in a numbered list of 30 complete sentences.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Movement, Migration, Push-Pull Factors, and Zombies - 5/26/2015

1. Our Science Center Field Trip is TOMORROW. Check out all the field trip groups HERE. If you are not attending the Science Center Field Trip, check out this guide for where to go each period tomorrow:
  • The class period you have PE, go to PE.
  • The class period you have math, go to math.
  • The class period you have your elective, go to that elective.
  • The class period you have Viana for English, go to Viana.
  • The class period you have Borelli for science, go to Borelli.
  • The class period you have Ippolito for history, go to Room 105.
  • The class period you have Stauch for English, go to Room 105.
  • The class period you have Terranova for science, go to Room 105.
2. Make a Difference Presentations begin today

3. Movement, Migration, Push-Pull Factors, and Zombies

HW: Blog Post #17 - Push-Pull Factors
What are push and pull factors as they relate to geography? How did the zombie apocalypse video we watched relate to push-pull factors? What are the pull factors for Santa Clarita? What are the push factors for people who move from another place outside of the SCV to come here to Santa Clarita? Respond in a paragraph of 5-7 sentences.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Should Sierra Vista Celebrate a Columbus Day Holiday? - 5/22/2015

1. Team Titans field trip to the California Science Center - you must submit your group request by the end of C Period today (scroll down to the bottom of this agenda)

2. Let's talk briefly about bias. Some of what you are about to read is biased. When you better understand bias, you can approach an article, video, or any other source understanding where the author is coming from, and if they are trying to convince you one way or the other.

3. Should we celebrate Columbus Day? Resources to check out:

What Is Columbus Day?

We Should Celebrate Columbus Day

We Should NOT Celebrate Columbus Day

Does this video have a bias?

HW: Blog Post #16 - Should We Celebrate Columbus Day?
Check out all the resources I shared with you on Columbus Day. Once you have reviewed all these resources, make one bullet point list of five reasons that people give to celebrate Columbus Day. Then make a bullet point list of five reasons that people give as to why we should NOT celebrate Columbus Day. Finally, in a paragraph of 3-5 sentences, explain why you think Sierra Vista Junior High School SHOULD or SHOULD NOT celebrate Columbus Day this coming October.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Christopher Columbus and the Start of Exploration - 5/19-20/2015

1. Summer Reading at the Santa Clarita Library
2. Please schedule your "Make a Difference" presentation with Mr. Ippolito ASAP
3. CAASPP Testing one more day this week

4. BrainPop - Christopher Columbus
5. Is your blog up-to-date? Do you have the grade you want in Mr. Ippolito's class?

6. Are you going on the Science Center field trip next week? Want to be put in a group with your friends? Choose ONE representative from your group of friends to fill out the Science Center Group Sign-Up form at the bottom of this blog post.

HW: Blog Post #15 - Salvador Dali painting
In 1959, Spanish painter Salvador Dali created his Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus. Examine the painting in detail. What details do you notice? Is Dali's painting favorable or unfavorable toward Columbus? What evidence can you find? Based on what you know so far about Christopher Columbus, should he be considered a hero or a villain? Respond in a paragraph of 5-7 sentences.

ASB Candidate Statements:

CAASPP Activity

Monday, May 18, 2015

Finishing Mesoamerica - 5/18/2015

1. Grading - As we enter the last three weeks of the semester, please make sure you make all grade inquiries in person

2. Make a Difference Projects - presentations next week
  • 2-3 minute TED-style memorized presentation (here are young people doing TED talks)
  • Your presentation must answer these three simple questions: 1) What did you attempt to do? 2) To what extent do you believe you were successful? 3) What did you learn from this process?
  • Slideshow may contain words, but may not contain a script
  • You must make the effort to schedule your presentation between May 26 and June 1
  • I realize how time-intensive some of these projects have been! I have decided that a successfully-completed Make a Difference Project is now worth 4 Above and Beyond points

3. CAASPP Testing this week - final week of testing! All students will return to their original testing rooms from Wednesday and Thursday of last week.
4. Kahoot! Quiz - visit

HW: Complete your vocab sentences and vocab pictures from the Mesoamerica vocab sheet. Lost yours? You can download and print HERE.

Next unit: Age of Exploration! You can get a sneak peek with John Green:

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Mesoamerica in the News - 5/14/2015

1. Fill out your 8th Grade Elective Form if you haven't already

2. Take out your Maya, Inca, and Aztec Graphic Organizer

3. Let's finish up the Inca and the Aztec civilizations.
Don't have access to PPT? Here is the Inca presentation in Google Drive
Don't have access to PPT? Here is the Aztec presentation in Google Drive

4. Blog Post #14 - Using Google News search
  1. Visit Google News and search for a story that involves the Maya, the Inca, or the Aztecs. Use search terms such as Aztec, Aztecs, Aztec Empire, Aztec civilization, Inca, Incan, Incan Empire, Inca Empire, Maya, Mayan, Mayan ruins, Mayan civilization. When you change your search terms just a little bit, you can get completely different search results.
  2. Look for a story from a reliable news source. If you're not sure how to evaluate reliability, check out this great resource from the University of Texas.
  3. Write a one-paragraph summary (5-7 sentences) to explain what the article is about.
  4. Write a second paragraph (5-7 sentences) in which you explain how this article relates or connects to something you have already learned about the Maya, the Inca, or the Aztec civilizations.
  5. Write a third paragraph (this one can be short) where you say something to your reader like this: "To check out this article for yourself, visit . . ." and then copy and paste the web address you visited. Highlight the web address and make sure it is a hyperlink. You can do this by clicking the Link button in the Blogger toolbar, or by using the CTRL-K keyboard shortcut.

HW: Complete Blog Post #14 (finish by next Monday)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Inca and Aztec Civilizations - 5/13/2015

1. Chromebooks are back! Please take a moment to review our best practices as we head into the end of the school year:

2. Fill out your 8th Grade Elective Form

3. Take out your Maya, Inca, and Aztec Graphic Organizer
4. Finish up our review of the Inca and the Aztec civilizations.

Don't have access to PPT? Here is the Inca presentation in Google Drive
Don't have access to PPT? Here is the Aztec presentation in Google Drive

HW: Find one way to be helpful around your home today. Do that helpful thing without being asked to do it (take out the trash, load the dishwasher, feed the dog, etc.)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Inca - 5/12/15

1. Take out your Maya, Inca, and Aztec Graphic Organizer
2. Storytellers! Tell us the story of your civilizations.
3. Finish up our review of the Inca and the Aztec civilizations.

Don't have access to PPT? Here is the Inca presentation in Google Drive
Don't have access to PPT? Here is the Aztec presentation in Google Drive

Monday, May 11, 2015

Did the Maya predict the end of the world? -

1. Pok-ta-Pok: The Mayan Ball Game

3. Did the Maya predict the end of the world?

Article/Discussion: Why do some people want to believe doomsday predictions?

CHALLENGE: If the last bak'tun began on August 11, 3114 BCE, and the current bak'tun began on December 21, 2012, when will the next bak'tun begin?

STORYTELLERS: Here is the information you need for the Inca and the Aztec civilizations. You're going to be our storytellers tomorrow!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Mayans, Gratitude, Storytellers, and Space Travel - 5/8/2015

1. Finish Maya PPT
2. Storytellers - If you would like to be an Aztec or Inca Storyteller, please sign up with Mr. Ippolito
3. Exploration and The Space Shuttle Program

4. Thank Yous and Gratitude

HW: Make sure your blog is up-to-date through Blog Post #13

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Last Four Weeks - 5/4/2015

1. Blog Post #13 - The "Make a Difference" Project is in its final four weeks. You should have your project completed by Sunday, May 31.
  • Part 1 - What progress have you made on your project in the last six weeks since we began? Do you feel like you are on pace to finish successfully? Are you still motivated to complete your project? (respond in 2-3 sentences)
  • Part 2 - Have the goals of your project evolved or changed over time, or have they always remained the same? What do you hope to accomplish by May 31? (respond in 2-3 sentences)
  • Part 3 (complete this after you watch BrainPop) - Read "Way Back When" from BrainPop's FYI (at the bottom of today's blog post). What is a conquistador? What does the word inevitable mean? Do you think it was inevitable that the native empires of Mesoamerica and South America would be destroyed by Europeans? In your opinion, was there any way for the native empires and the European settlers to peacefully co-exist? (respond in 4-6 sentences)
2. The next six days - Our Chromebook cart will be used by eighth graders for testing

3. Grades - Those who told me their blogs were finished, grades are already entered. Everyone else will be graded today.

4. BrainPop - The Inca Empire

HW: Complete Blog Post #13

Friday, May 1, 2015

4th Quarter Progress Report - 5/1/2015

1. Make sure all your blog posts are up-to-date
  • Do you have all your blog posts? Use the Blog Checklist to check.
  • Are all your blog titles labeled? (Blog Post #1, Blog Post #2, etc.)
  • Did you respond to the entire prompt each day?
  • Did you follow instructions for the length of each response?
  • Did you include images, when necessary?
2. Is your blog done NOW? If so, fill out the form below and come see me for a fun (optional) assignment.
All done with your blog, dog?