7th Grade Social Studies


Language Arts  •  Math  •  Science & Religion  •  Social Studies



Welcome to U.S. Studies (1800-present day)

Mrs. Koch


Seventh graders study American history from 1800 to present day using Prentice Hall's American history text.  History Day is a major research project for this class. 

Week ending Friday, May 19, 2017

The New Deal and the Great Depression have been topics for the seventh graders this week.  We will wrap up our unit on Friday with a Reader's Theater.

Week ending Friday, April 28, 2017

This week students took their World War I test and started learning about the Roaring Twenties.  Students are working with a partner about a particular subject of the era.  We attended the 5th graders dance program on Friday and did not have class.  We wish Grace and Mikayla good luck at State History Day on Saturday.

Week ending Friday, April 21, 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful break and a blessed Easter.  We returned to school on Tuesday, but the 7th graders took part of their NWEA test during social studies class.  Wednesday was our first day in class after a long time.  We wrapped up World War I.  Students had retained the information, and I was very pleased.  As a result, we played Cahoot on Thursday and took a test on Friday.  Monday we will start the Roaring Twenties.

Week ending Friday, April 7, 2017

This week we learned about World War I, the Great War.  The students completed a cause & effect chart, analyzed posters supporting the war effort, made their own posters, sang "Over There", took notes and watched a video clip.  Friday the class participated in a trench warfare activity.

Week ending Friday, March 31, 2017

Congratulations to Noelle, Mary, Julia, Mikayla and Grace for participating in regional History Day.  Special recognition goes to Mikayla and Grace who qualified to state.  We wish them the best of luck.  This week the students continued to learn about America's growth as a world power with special focus on the Spanish American War, relations with Mexico and the Panama Canal.  Next week we will add World War I with a test as well.

Week ending Friday, March 24, 2017

The seventh graders finished studying the Progressive Era.  We started learning about the United States at the turn of the century when they emerged as a new world power.  We focused on the terms, completed a map and analyzed some political cartoons.  Good luck to the regional History Day qualifiers who will compete on Saturday.

Week ending Friday, March 17, 2017

Our focus this week was the Progressive Era and President Theodore Roosevelt.  Students took notes, watched a video clip about TR and created slogans and headlines for Progressive causes.  Next week we will America's rise to a world power.

Week ending Friday, March 10, 2017

Students played a combination of Charades, Catchphrase and Dictionary with Ch. 19 terms, people and places.  All the students had fun using their creativity to master the key concepts.  The class also spent some time watching video clips of the industrial titans of the time.  Toward the end of the week we started Ch. 20 about the Progressive Era.  Second trimester ended on Friday, so all assignments and test corrections were due.

Week ending Friday, March 3, 2017

The seventh graders returned to a regular schedule this week after a successful completion of History Day.  We wrapped up our unit on Reconstruction and started Ch. 17 The West.  After a quick activity students took a quiz.  Friday we started Ch. 18 Industry and Urbanization

Week ending Friday, February 24, 2017

Congratulations!  All students presented their exhibits on Thursday!  It was a wonderful day.  Friday we celebrated!

Week ending Friday, February 17, 2017

Students had this week to work on History Day which is Thursday, February 23.  Good luck!

Week ending Friday, February 10, 2017

On Monday students finished their Civil War test.  Tuesday was a History Day work day for Wednesday's check-in.  Thursday was an extra work day as I continued to meet with students.  Friday we started Reconstruction.  Next week students will be preparing for History Day on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

Week ending Friday, February 3, 2017

Happy Catholic Schools Week!  Students started this week with Mikayla and Gabrielle as the 7th grade representatives in the Geography Bee.  Tuesday the middle school went to Feed My Starving Children.  Wednesday and Thursday we wrapped up our Civil War unit by tying up loose ends and then playing Kahoot.  After playing with our preschool buddies, studies took their Civil War test.  

Students should continue work on their History Day projects.  Exhibit boards should be purchased and students can start putting them together.  

Week ending Friday, January 27, 2017

Today is mid trimester, so it is a good time for students to reflect on their success.  Monday we continued the History Day progress checks and students had time to ask questions.  The rest of the week students worked in groups to analyze special areas of interest in the Civil War such as the role of women, new technology and soldier life.  Next week students will take the Civil War test.  As always, students should be working on History Day, specifically the display board at this point.


Week ending Friday, January 20, 2017

Students finished their study of the key battles of the Civil War and will focus on the devastating effects next week.  Friday was a History Progress Check.

Week ending Friday, January 13, 2017

Students had the beginning of the week to work on History Day.  We went over the annotated bibliography, thesis statements again and the process paper.  We continued our study of the Civil War for the rest of the week.

Week ending Friday, January 6, 2017

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a wonderful break.  This week students participated in the National Geographic Geography Bee.  Mikayla and Gabrielle will be representing the 7th graders in the finals.

Week ending Friday, December 16, 2016

Monday students shared some of their History Day visuals with me as they continue to work on their research paper and project.  The rest of the week we continued our study of the Civil War by looking into the causes of the war and discussing the two sides of the war.

Week ending Friday, November 18, 2016

The seventh grade is back to their regular routine after hosting the Veterans Day program and discussing the presidential election.  To cover some key areas in history, students worked in partners to complete a power point activity about various historical events between the War of 1812 to 1850.  Students will present on Monday and Tuesday of next week.  Friday was their first History Day check in.

Week ending Friday, November 11, 2016

Students worked on the Veterans Day program this week.  All the kids did a wonderful for making the event truly special for all who served our country.  The presidential election was another focus this week as we learned about the process of electing a president and voted in our mock election.

Week ending Friday, November 4, 2016

Students have been working on History Day.  They have been selecting their topics and beginning preliminary research. The class went to the Roseville Library for further research.  The class is also working on the Veterans Day program for the school.  MMSA's Veterans Day program will after mass on Wednesday, November 9.

Week ending Friday, October 28, 2016

We've officially started History Day!  Most students have already chosen their topic, but final selections are due Monday, October 31.  We will be going to the Roseville Library Thursday, November 3.  Students need their library card and $1.50 in quarters for the city bus.  There are choices of two optional parent information sessions for History Day.  One is Saturday, October 29 at 9:00 a.m. in my room.  The other meeting will be Thursday, November 3 at 7:15 a.m., also in my room.  We are off to a fantastic start.  

Week ending Friday, October 14, 2016

This week we learned about the Thomas Jefferson's changes in government and the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  Students read excerpts of primary sources and conducted skits.

Week ending Friday, October 7, 2016

We wrapped up our Government Unit by reviewing the Bill of Rights this week and taking a test on Thursday.  Our class will now start American history beginning in 1800 and Thomas Jefferson.

Week ending Friday, September 30, 2016

This week we learned about the branches of government and responsibilities of citizenship.  After the presidential debate on Monday, the class watched CNN Student News as a recap of the debate.  Students wrote their opinions and feelings on a piece of paper to share with their families, if desired.  Wednesday and Friday students took a quiz on different parts of the Constitution.

Week ending Friday, September 24, 2016

The 7th graders are becoming quite experts on the principles of the Constitution and the different sections of the document, especially the branches of government.  Friday they shared their Constitution posters with the class.  

Week ending Friday, September 16, 2016

The fire drill didn't stop the 7th graders for learning about the Preamble to the Constitution and the fundamental principles of the documents.  Friday we celebrated Constitution Day with a Red, White and Blue party in the cafeteria.  

Week ending Friday, September 9, 2016

We've had a great start to the year.  After taking some time to get reacquainted, we went over the syllabus and played a social studies game.  Friday we received our books.  We are off and running!




National History Day in Minnesota website http://education.mnhs.org/historyday/