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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 working through a mini-unit on Brazil through Document Based Questions (DBQ's) and some research

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...

Brazil Unit Bellringer:

Essential Question: How wealthy is Brazil?

***This is the question that should be thought about and focused on each day during the unit.  An essay will be written to answer this.


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:


Key dates for the India unit:

_____ Blue and _____ Gold-----Begin Unit

_____ Blue and _____ Gold----India quiz (use Taj Mahal study guide page to help prepare)

_____ Blue and _____ Gold-----India test (use crossword puzzle study guide to help prepare)

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