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

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

Please use this page as a resource for:

*Study Guides

*Bellringer Questions

*Updated information on the current unit

*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

The Middle East is the current unit!

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...

Day 1 = ________________ is the belief in one god.

Day 2 = The 4 major colors of Middle Eastern flags are _____________, ______________, ____________, and ________________.

Day 3  = The government type of Saudi Arabia is a __________________.

Day 4 = The ______________ is a holy journey to Mecca to pray.

Day 5 = The 3 monotheistic religions stemming from the Middle East are _________, __________, and _____________.

Day 6 = The city of __________________ is considered holy for all 3 monotheistic religions.

Day 7 = The country of ______________ has a flag that is much different than a majority of Middle Eastern flags.

Day 8 = _____________ and _____________ both have claims to land that is called Israel.

Day 9 = 2 countries that border Israel are ____________ and _______________.

Day 10 = In order to use your notes on your test next class, they need to be _______________ together before you come to class next time.


Note Packet (click "note packet" for an extra copy)...Study guide for test is attached to back of note packet

China Quiz will be on ____10/4____ for Blue Day and ____10/5____ for Gold Day

Research Project (quiz grade) due on ___10/21_____ for Blue Day and ___10/24_____ for Gold Day

       ***This will be worked on inside and outside of class

China Test will be on ____10/25___ for Blue Day and ___10/26_____ for Gold Day

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

Sudan/Year of No Rain

The main focus of this unit will be based on the novel Year of No Rain.  Please make sure to have the novel with you each day and to keep up with the readings/assignments.

Tentative Dates:

Chapters 1-9 Novel Quiz: 11/28 Blue and 11/29 Gold

Sudan and Diseases Quiz: 12/6 Blue and 12/7 Gold

Chapters 10-end of Novel Quiz: 12/12 Blue and 12/13 Gold

Core Vocabulary Test (1st half of the year terms): 12/14 Blue and 12/15 Gold

Sudan/Novel Test: 12/16 Blue and 12/19 Gold

Introduction to Culture / Geography

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

Unit 1 quiz date = Blue (9/6); Gold (9/7) ---Study guide here --this will also be handed out in class.

      *****Answers found in Google Classroom

Unit 1 test date = Blue (9/14); Gold (9/15)---STUDY GUIDE ANSWERS IN GOOGLE CLASSROOM

Unit 1 Note Packet

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


Key dates for the India unit:

1/8 Blue and 1/9 Gold-----Begin Unit

1/24 Blue and 1/25 Gold----India quiz (use Taj Mahal study guide page to help prepare)

2/1 Blue and 2/2 Gold-----Use crossword puzzle study guide to help prepare


This will be updated when the unit is being taught.

Middle East

Here are some key dates for the Middle East Unit:

2/3 Blue and 2/4 Gold----Middle East Unit begins

2/17 Blue and 2/21 Gold----Quiz over Middle East (refer to highlighted pages in notes for what to study)

3/6 Blue and 3/7 Gold----Open note test 

                   *****Make sure that you have all of your notes stapled together before test day so that you can use them on the test.  Check the sheets hanging on the board in class for what can/should be used.

US Civil War

This will be updated once the unit is being taught.