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Mrs. Ansley
Room 215
Social Studies

                                                                               This site is designed to keep my students informed about Social Studies.

I teach Social Studies on team 6-1.   I will try and keep readers of this page informed about our current focus in Social Studies.
 I will try and remind students of due dates, and give occasional hints about how to be successful at school.
 I'll also try to include school happenings and events.  

This course looks at ancient history.  We will examine the early cultures of the world.
Some of our focus will be about why they settled where they did, how societies were organized, and beliefs that they shared.  We will look at those characteristics and how they have influenced us.
Mastery of concepts will be achieved through a variety of learning activities.
Projects, class discussions and computer labs are just some of the activities in which we will be engaged.
  Students will build on their knowledge of geography as we study ancient civilizations.  Students will have an understanding of how and why the settlements of these civilizations came  to be---or more specifically why they settled where they did, and how they adapted the earth and how they adapted to the earth.

Our Ancient civilization post test was Thursday, March 27.  Student's grade is posted on Power School.  This was entered as a quiz grade.

We have moved on to the economics portion of our course.  Students are writing vocabulary words on index cards and  keeping them on a ring.   Vocabulary will be a part of quizzes and tests.

We are reading Lawn Boy by Gary Paulsen.  We are using it to reinforce concepts of our economics unit.  Students are working in small groups, or literature circles.  There are six jobs for each group of chapters.  Sudents are assigned a specific job to do for their next meeting.  Jobs are begun in class, but may have to be finished outside of class.

Economics quiz 1 on Monday the 21st.  Students should review vocabulary.  It will not be matching terms and definitions......it will be more about application.

On a personal note:
I couldn't have been any more pleased with the progress of our students under the guidance of Mrs. Gwen Tomaso.  The students thrived under her nurturing guidance. I know the students will miss having her as their teacher, but will see her on occasion as she does other sub jobs around our school.

See the course syllabus below

Buckeye Valley Middle School
6th Grade Social Studies
2013-2014 Syllabus
Mrs. Karen Ansley
(740) 363-6626

Course Description

In this course, students will be immersed in information gathering, discussion and activities relating to ancient cultures of the Eastern Hemisphere. This information will aid students in developing further understanding about our current world.

Course Guidelines  Course specifics can be found at: www.ode.state.oh.us

- Early civilizations (India, Egypt, China and Mesopotamia) flourished as a result of favorable   
        geographic characteristics.
- The cultural practices and products of early civilizations can be used to help understand the Eastern   
            Hemisphere today.  
- Geographic tools can be used to gather process and report information about people, places and environments.
- Latitude and longitude can be used to identify absolute location.
- Various environments within the Eastern Hemisphere influence human activities.
- Factors cause people, products and ideas to move from place to place in the Eastern Hemisphere in the
                past and today and to alter the physical environment.
- Modern culture shows the influence of tradition and diffusion.
- Effective economic decision making requires students to be able to reason logically about key economic issues.
- The fundamental questions of economics include what to produce, how to produce and for whom to produce.
- When regions and/or countries specialize, global trade occurs.

Assessment Types  

Tests/Projects –  Some units of study will be assessed by a project or test.

Quizzes - Quizzes may be given during a unit of study to assess student understanding, guide  
                 lessons or reinforce concepts.

Class work -class work is used to reinforce lessons:  This may be notes or application of concepts.
                Most days class will begin with a bellringer question.  This work is accumulated
                    throughout the week and collected on Friday.

Homework – The amount of homework is dependent upon the unit of study. Most often homework will
                     be finishing work begun in class.  

Composition/Writing – On occasion, students will be asked to write a paragraph to form an opinion or
                    apply concepts for a unit of study.  Scores will be based on content, however  
                    punctuation, spelling, capitalization and format will also be figured into the grade.

NOTE: Students are responsible for completing schoolwork when absent.  An absent notebook is in the classroom.  It is the student’s responsibility to check the notebook when returning to school.
The best time to do this is before class begins.

Grading Plan

Student grades will be available to parents and students online. Grades are weighted in this manner:

           Tests, Projects, writing = 40%
Quizzes = 25%
Class work = 15%
Homework = 15%

I have a web page connected to the Buckeye Valley web site.  I try to keep students and parents updated by giving a summary of the current unit of study, as well as long term assignments.  
It will not be updated daily.

About the Teacher

I hold both undergraduate and graduate degrees in education from The Ohio State University.  I have taught in the Buckeye Valley school district for over 15 years.
I have taught 4th grade at B.V. West Elementary, 7th grade Social Studies and Language Arts and 6th grade Social Studies.
My husband and I live in the district.  Both of our daughters are graduates of Buckeye Valley.