I spent the hour driving home the point that social studies encompasses all areas. Last week during a brief aside we discussed the overlap between 7th grade social studies and The Outsiders.
The social structure is much like the ancient Indian caste system. And each level has its own culture. They have their own style of dress, their own customs, their own slang, etc...
Today (among other things) we read and discussed Yertle the Turtle.
The story hits on several topics we've discussed this year, and it drives home the fact that social studies is all around us. Often we're like young children who have the book read to them - we're unaware of the inspiration and deeper meanings.
To get the extra credit, you had to have read and discussed the blog with an adult. (Discussion questions might include "how does Yertle the Turtle tie in with 7th grade social studies?) If you did that, find a scrap of paper and write your favorite part of the story. Then have the adult you read and discussed the blog with sign the paper.
See you tomorrow.