W7: BHP Unit 2, Lesson 2.2

W6: BHP Unit 2, Lesson 2.2

Opening

Please remember to watch the “Introducing Unit 2: The Big Bang” video if you haven’t already done so. It provides some important information that will help you throughout the unit.

This Week’s Plan

The priorities for the week are explained below. Please remember that watching the videos BEFORE jumping in is critical, please do so in order to get clear about what is expected.

Complete Lesson 2.2 – What are Disciplines?

Specific Instructions:
All activities, videos and articles are REQUIRED, except the ‘Vocabulary: Part 2‘ and the ‘Analyzing Investigation Writing‘.

Video Links:

There are 2 Links for this lesson, please click on and watch both.  Videos provide clear instructions for the things you’re required to complete this week. Please remember that you can change the speed of these videos if you’d like to go faster/slower. You can also re-watch videos as many times as necessary.

Instructions: BH Lesson 2.2 – What are disciplines?, part 1

Instructions: BH Lesson 2.2 – What are disciplines?, part 2

Questions?

If you have questions at any time, please start with re-watching the instructions video(s), linked to above, or reviewing other videos in the Big History Playlist. Instructions and tutorials are added regularly. If that isn’t enough, ask your peers – they’re incredibly capable young men and women and they likely have the answers you need.

If you still hit a dead end, please email me, or come see me. Aside from class time, I’m always happy to meet with you before or after school, or during lunch (you may need to make an appointment to ensure I’m available).

Quote of the Week

“Everyone who is doing important work is working on something that might not work.” Seth Godin

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W6: BHP Unit 2, Lesson 2.1

W6: BHP Unit 2, Lesson 2.1

Opening

Please remember to watch the “Introducing Unit 2: The Big Bang” video if you haven’t already done so. It provides some important information that will help you throughout the unit.

This Week’s Plan

The priorities for the week are explained below. Please remember that watching the videos BEFORE jumping in is critical, please do so in order to get clear about what is expected.

Complete Lesson 2.1 – How did our understanding of the Universe change?

Specific Instructions:
All activities, videos and articles are REQUIRED, except the ‘Views of the Universe Debate‘.

Video Links:

Please click on the below link(s) – videos provide clear instructions for the things you’re required to complete this week. Please remember that you can change the speed of these videos if you’d like to go faster/slower. You can also re-watch videos as many times as necessary.

Instructions: BH Lesson 2.1 – How did our understanding of the Universe change?

Questions?

If you have questions at any time, please start with re-watching the instructions video(s), linked to above, or reviewing other videos in the Big History Playlist. Instructions and tutorials are added regularly. If that isn’t enough, ask your peers – they’re incredibly capable young men and women and they likely have the answers you need.

If you still hit a dead end, please email me, or come see me. Aside from class time, I’m always happy to meet with you before or after school, or during lunch (you may need to make an appointment to ensure I’m available).

Quote of the Week

“There’s no real substitute for caring enough to do the work. Shortcuts are rarely that…they might get you somewhere in the short-run, but they almost always delay your growth in the ways that matter.”

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W5: Introducing BH – Unit 2, and Lesson 2.0

W5: BHP Unit 2, Lesson 2.0

Opening

If you’re keeping pace with the weekly agendas, you’ll be starting Unit 2 – The Big Bang. However, please remember that BEFORE you do that, you need to take the assessment for Unit 1.

I’ll provide the link to that assessment when you let me know you’re ready to take it. More details about the assessment can be found in last week’s post.

This Week’s Plan

The priorities for the week are explained below. Please remember that watching the videos BEFORE jumping in is critical, please do so in order to get clear about what is expected.

Get Familiar with Unit 2 – The Big Bang:

Specific Instructions:
Watch the “Introducing Unit 2: The Big Bang” video below. Also, something new I’ll be doing moving forward…I’m providing a link to a slide presentation that, if you choose to review, should help you identify key concepts and focus on the most important information. If you’d like to look through it, please click here.

Video Links:

Please click on the below link(s) – videos provide clear instructions for the things you’re required to complete this week. Please remember that you can change the speed of these videos if you’d like to go faster/slower. You can also re-watch videos as many times as necessary.

Introducing Unit 2: The Big Bang

Complete Lesson 2.0 – The Big Bang:

Specific Instructions:

  • ACTIVITY: Who Knows What? – REQUIRED
  • ACTIVITY: Vocabulary, p1 – NOT REQUIRED
  • VIDEO: A big history of everything – REQUIRED
  • ARTICLE: Complexity and Thresholds – REQUIRED
  • VIDEO: Threshold 1, The Big Bang – REQUIRED
  • ACTIVITY: This Threshold Today, The Big Bang – REQUIRED
  • VIDEO: Questions about the big bang – REQUIRED
  • ACTIVITY: Claim testing worksheet – REQUIRED
  • ACTIVITY: Big Bang Infographic
  • QUIZ – REQUIRED

PLEASE NOTE: I am no longer going to print out Worksheets. Everything is to be done in your notebooks.

Video Links:

Please click on the below link(s) – videos provide clear instructions for the things you’re required to complete this week. Please remember that you can change the speed of these videos if you’d like to go faster/slower. You can also re-watch videos as many times as necessary.

Instructions: BH Lesson 2.0 – The Big Bang, part 1

Instructions: BH Lesson 2.0 – The Big Bang, part 2

Questions?

If you have questions at any time, please start with re-watching the instructions video(s), linked to above, or reviewing other videos in my Big History Playlist. Instructions and tutorials are added regularly. If that isn’t enough, ask your peers – they’re incredibly capable young men and women and they likely have the answers you need. If you still hit a dead end, please email me, or come see me. During class I may not be available to answer many questions, but you can always make an appointment with me before or after school, or during lunch.

Quote of the Week

“Change is a word for a journey with stress. You get the journey and you get the stress. At the end, you’re a different person. But both elements are part of the deal.”

Seth Godin

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W4: BHP Unit 1, Lesson 1.4

Opening

If you’re keeping pace with the weekly agendas, this week will have you finishing Unit 1. That’s pretty exciting…especially since it means that you have your first assessment. Yay you.

This Week’s Plan

The priorities for the week are explained below. Please remember that watching the videos BEFORE jumping in is critical, please do so in order to get clear about what is expected.

Complete Lesson 1.4 – Yardsticks and Clocks:

Specific Instructions:

  • ACTIVITY: Measuring great distances, P1 – REQUIRED
  • READ: How did we find the distance to the sun? – REQUIRED
  • WATCH: Crash Course: Astronomy – Distances – REQUIRED
  • ACTIVITY: Measuring distance using a Parallax – NOT REQUIRED
  • WATCH: How old is the earth? – REQUIRED
  • ACTIVITY: Modeling measuring time using radioactivty – NOT REQUIRED
  • ACTIVITY: Measuring great distances, P2 – NOT REQUIRED

Video Links:

Please click on the below link(s) – videos provide clear instructions for the things you’re required to complete this week. Please remember that you can change the speed of these videos if you’d like to go faster/slower. You can also re-watch videos as many times as necessary.

Instructions: BH Lesson 1.4 Yardsticks and Clocks

Assessment for Unit 1: What is Big History?

Specific Instructions:

Time to show what you’ve learned in Unit 1. Naturally, now would be a great time for you to review your notes, and revisit any resources on the Big History website that you think you could use some refreshing on.

When you think you’re ready, please come see me and I’ll set you up with a link to the assessment. 

Couple things to keep in mind:

  • You will need to sit inside to take your assessment.
  • Your assessment is done alone – this is not a group assessment.
  • You may use your notes to complete your assessment.
  • You will probably need almost a full class period, and you won’t be permitted to work on it over multiple class periods. Once you start, you must finish that period, so please plan accordingly.

Questions?

If you have questions at any time, please start with re-watching the instructions video(s), linked to above, or reviewing other videos in my Big History Playlist. Instructions and tutorials are added regularly. If that isn’t enough, ask your peers – they’re incredibly capable young men and women and they likely have the answers you need. If you still hit a dead end, please email me, or come see me. During class I may not be available to answer many questions, but you can always make an appointment with me before or after school, or during lunch.

Quote of the Week

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

Aesop

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W3: BHP Unit 1, Lesson 1.3

Opening

Please get in the habit of checking your email daily. I’ll be providing feedback on your work that way, and it’s important to read that in order to continue to improve your work.

Reminders:

  • Notebooks are very important to your overall grade, so they must be done thoroughly.
  • You can turn in work late, it just won’t be reflected in the gradebook right away.

This Week’s Plan

The priorities for the week are explained below. Please remember that watching the videos BEFORE jumping in is critical, please do so in order to get clear about what is expected.

Complete Lesson 1.3 – Claim Testing:

Specific Instructions:

Below I’ve listed all the activities in this lesson, and clearly shown which ones are required…(red is not required, green is required)

  • ACTIVITY: Claim Testing Snap Judgment – NOT required
  • ACTIVITY: DQ Notebook – REQUIRED
  • ACTIVITY: Vocabulary – NOT required
    • However, I do suggest you include SOME vocab in your notes because some of your assessments may require you to understand those words. 
  • READ: Approaches to Knowledge – REQUIRED
  • VIDEO: How Do We Decide What To Believe? – REQUIRED
  • READ: The Claim Testers, Episode 1 – REQUIRED
  • ACTIVITY: Analyzing Investigation Writing – NOT required
  • ACTIVITY: Investigation 1 – REQUIRED
    • This is super important and will be useful in completing your assessment for Unit 1 (coming soon)

Video Links:

Please click on the below link(s) – videos provide clear instructions for the things you’re required to complete this week. Please remember that you can change the speed of these videos if you’d like to go faster/slower. You can also re-watch videos as many times as necessary.

Lesson 1.3 Instructions – Vid 1

Lesson 1.3 Instructions – Vid 2

Questions?

If you have questions at any time, please start with re-watching the instructions video(s), linked to above, or reviewing other videos in my Big History Playlist. Instructions and tutorials are added regularly. If that isn’t enough, ask your peers – they’re incredibly capable young men and women and they likely have the answers you need. If you still hit a dead end, please email me, or come see me. During class I may not be available to answer many questions, but you can always make an appointment with me before or after school, or during lunch.

Quote of the Week

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” John Muir

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W2: BHP Unit 1, Lessons 1.1 and 1.2

Opening

Quick reminder…part of the goal of being on the independent track is that you are able to pace yourself. It’s not about doing exactly what I ask the moment I ask it. Rather, it’s about knowing what you’re responsible for, and completing those responsibilities as you see fit in the overall time you have.

For us, that ‘overall time’ is going to be a week. Each week you’ll have a set of things you’re responsible for. You can turn any of them in at any time throughout the week, but they are due on Fridays, which is when I will be checking them for completion. Some items will only be checked for completion, others will be assessed for effort, quality, understanding, etc.

Naturally, you’re always welcome to work ahead if you like.

This Week’s Plan

The priorities for the week are explained below. Please remember that watching the videos BEFORE jumping in is critical, please do so in order to get clear about what is expected.

Complete Lesson 1.1 – Scale

Specific Instructions:

  • VIDEO: To Scale: The Solar System- REQUIRED
  • ACTIVITY: Vocabulary – REQUIRED – but only to look through it and get familiar with the vocab resources
  • ACTIVITY: DQ Notebook – REQUIRED
  • ACTIVITY: BH On A Football Field – NOT REQUIRED
  • ACTIVITY: Scale of Human History on a String-  NOT REQUIRED
  • ACTIVITY: Timelines and Scale – REQUIRED

Video Links:

Please click on the below link(s) – videos provide clear instructions for the things you’re required to complete this week. Please remember that you can change the speed of these videos if you’d like to go faster/slower. You can also re-watch videos as many times as necessary.

Instructions: BH Lesson 1.1 – Scale 

Complete Lesson 1.2 – Origin Stories:

Specific Instructions:

  • VIDEO: Big Questions, H2 – REQUIRED
  • ACTIVITY: Intro To Origin Stories – REQUIRED 
  • ARTICLES: There are 8, starting with the Modern Scientific, ending with the Efik – REQUIRED
  • ARTICLE: Cosmology and Faith – REQUIRED
  • ACTIVITY: DQ Notebook – NOT Required

Video Links:
Please click on the below link(s) – videos provide clear instructions for the things you’re required to complete this week. Please remember that you can change the speed of these videos if you’d like to go faster/slower. You can also re-watch videos as many times as necessary.

Instructions: BH Lesson 1.2 – Origin Stories

Questions?

If you have questions at any time, please start with re-watching the instructions video(s), linked to above, or reviewing other videos in my Big History Playlist. Instructions and tutorials are added regularly. If that isn’t enough, ask your peers – they’re incredibly capable young men and women and they likely have the answers you need. If you still hit a dead end, please email me, or come see me. During class I may not be available to answer many questions, but you can always make an appointment with me before or after school, or during lunch.

Quote of the Week

“The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” John Muir

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