Sipsey Valley Middle School Civics - 7th Grade Social Studies

Teacher: Mr. Shumate
Room: 1619

Phone (205) 342-2870
Fax (205) 342-2871


Welcome to the blog!

Welcome to the 7th grade Social Studies blog for Sipsey Valley Middle School! My goal is to update this blog daily, but realistically I expect this blog to be updated 2-3 times weekly. This helps both parents and students. Most handouts I give will be available in the download section and information for days missed will be posted here. You can either get the information from the teacher or print directly from this site. I am very excited we have yet another way to communicate with each other!

8/16 - Today the students will begin learning about the formations of government. In order to start this unit, we will be having entire class discussions, individual readings and individual work on Thomas Hobbes and John Locke.

8/15 - Today we learned about active reading. Throughout the year, Social Studies works with English in order to make sure the students' reading and writing advances as much as possible. In Social Studies will do this through passages. We also use a site called Newsela, which the students registered for today.

8/14 - We created our accounts on iCivics today. The students will use this site to compliment what is being taught in the classroom. Then, they were allowed to explore the site and make their account unique.

8/11 - Compassion
The first Friday of the new school year! Today we went over the rules and guidelines for the final time. Students were reminded this is the last day they may have backpacks in the classrooms and that they will have new seating arrangments on Monday. Today's character education (the final one) was one compassion. I hope everyone has a great and very relaxing weekend. We have a fun week planned coming up!

8/10 - Respect and Responsbility
Once again we went over the rules, expectations and how the students should move around the classroom. Especially while we are in groupwork settings. Today's character education mini-lesson was on respect and responsbility.

8/9 - Perserverance

The main focus of this week will be getting the students acclimated to a room where they have more freedoms than most. In order to do this, the teacher must recite rules, guidelines and expectations each day. This gives the students time to understand how a group work centered classroom operates and results in much better classroom management - which helps both the teacher and the students. The other part of today's lesson was how to perserve. We all have tough times in our lives and as the students become middle schoolers in the 7th grade, things begin to move faster. Each day this week is aligned with a smart amount of character education. This will not only help them at school, but if they embrace what is being taught this will help them in their lives on a daily basis.

8/8 - Welcome Back, Kiddos!
Today we will be reviewing class expectations, rules and guidelines.