Here in social studies, we're closing out 2014 by introducing a topic. It may be counter-intuitive, to start something that I'll have to reintroduce in a couple weeks, but I think it's worth it.
Teaching about religions in the United States can be a little bit tricky. But there they are in the 7th grade standards. Standard indicator 7.1.2 to be exact.
So, we're trying to foster understanding: what do we believe? What do other people believe? Why?
Students will need to be familiar with some terminology early on in this unit:
Whether you're celebrating a holiday or not, I hope you enjoy the break. It'll be 2015 when we get back. Hopefully we have some hoverboards.
If you want some extra credit when you return, discuss what you believe with an adult in your house. Have them tell you what they believe about God or gods or the supernatural. Write down 4 sentences from your discussion and have them sign it. Turn it in when we return.
Until then, take it easy.