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Alex M. Martino
Junior High School
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Mr. Laack
7th Grade Social Studies - Martino Jr. High

Welcome to 7th grade social studies!  Throughout this school year, we will be covering a variety of cultures from around the world, along with the US Civil War. Please use this page as way to stay current with topics being covered in class!

Click on "Mr. Laack's Site Hub" for current calendar.

As a reminder...

*Extra handouts can be found in my classroom

*Absent work can be found in your class's folder in my classroom

*Remember to keep up to date with information in Google Classroom as well

We are currently studying the country of Japan.  Please remember to check the class calendar under "Mr. Laack's Site Hub," your assignment notebook, and Google Classroom for current information.  The quizzes and tests in this unit will be open note.

Core Vocabulary Terms

Core Vocabulary Terms.pdf

Flashcards for the Final Test


These terms will be referred to throughout the year.  Terms that are covered will be tested halfway through the school year, but all the terms will be tested at the end of the year.

Technology Helpful Sheet / Google Classroom

Google Classroom/School E-mail

Technology Helpful Sheet  ---click here for the link

Below is a video for teachers and students to preview how to use Google classroom.

Current Bellringers...

***The students have been given a bellringer page that should be completed each day upon entering the classroom.  The question will be written on the board in class, and the students will be writing down the answers on the bellringer page.  This page will be turned in at the end of the unit.

***If you are absent, please remember to check that absent page that is attached to your work in your class's absent folder.  This page will have the bellringer on it and items that were covered in class.  Please let me know if you have any questions!



The Japan unit began on 3/12 Gold and 3/13 Blue.
***Please remember to keep all of your notes throughout the unit for the open note quizzes and test!

Quiz 1 on Japan's Geography, Nature, and City Life: 3/23 Gold and 4/3 Blue

Quiz 2 on the Meiji Restoration and WWII: 

Japan Test: 4/26 Gold and 4/27 Blue

The DBQ's for this unit will be on Pearl Harbor.  There will also be a Research Simulation Task on the atomic bombs.

Key dates for the India unit:

__1/10___ Gold and __1/11___ Blue-----Begin Unit

__1/29___ Gold and __1/30___ Blue----India quiz (use Taj Mahal study guide page to help prepare)

__1/23, 1/25___ Gold and __1/24, 1/26___ Blue----India - Pakistan research simulation task (2.5 classes to review documents and then create slides to wrap up task))

__2/7___ Gold and __2/8___ Blue-----India test (use crossword puzzle study guide and your notes to help prepare)


China is our current unit and it began on 9/21.  Please keep track of your note packet, stay current with your bellringers, and refer to the study guide at the back of the packet.

China Quiz is scheduled for ___10/3_____ for Blue Day and ___10/4_____ for Gold Day

China Test is scheduled for __10/24_____ for Blue Day and ___10/25_____ for Gold Day

The day after the test will be used to research and present with a China topic with a group.

***Please remember to refer to Google Classroom for notes, assignments, and other helpful information.

Unit 1--Intro to Culture

Please see Google Classroom for notes, assignments, and other updates.

Unit 1 quiz = 9/7 Blue and 9/8 Gold ---Study guide here --this will also be handed out in class.

       ***Answers will be in Google Classroom

Unit 1 test date = 9/19 Blue and 9/20 Gold

Unit 1 Note Packet

      ----Study guide and recommended flash cards are in the note packet

Sudan/Year of No Rain

The main focus of this unit will be based on the novel A Long Walk to Water.  Please make sure to have the novel with you each day and to keep up with the readings/assignments.

Tentative Dates:

Middle East

Here are some key dates for the Middle East Unit:

_____ Blue and _____ Gold----Middle East Unit begins

_____ Blue and _____ Gold----Quiz over Middle East (refer to highlighted pages in notes for what to study)

_____ Blue and _____ Gold----Middle East test