The Kneighborhood of Knowledge

"Hey…Neighborhood is spelled wrong!"

Ladies and Gentlemen…Start Your Engines!!

Da World School (with students) is about to begin here in (ahem) sunny  New Jersey.  As far as the curriculum goes…I know the kids will enjoy  it.  For the bulk of the year, we will examine the Birth of Civilization  through the Renaissance.  Luckily, I’ve almost finished Guns, Germs,  and Steel…this book is extremely excellent in explaining how certain  societies have developed and prevailed and how other societies have  not evolved on the same pace.  Big Book!!!  Took a while to finish.  I  hope I can use some of the excerpts in class. 

Teaching Social Studies at the middle school level, you always have to spend time on certain “Social Studies Skills.”  So, for the first week or two, we’ll have to review geography, map skills, primary and secondary sources, and all that good stuff.  

There are also various other topics I’d like to touch upon as well.  I’m thinking about starting an economic club, so teaching all about economies would be ideal.  

I’d like to teach Current Events in some capacity.  New Jersey history is also a great topic!!

Of course I’d also like to keep the technology themed projects alive, but there might be some limitations with the building.  I’m sure I’ll figure something out.  

I’m still up in the air on how I will use the Kneighborhood.  I am leaning towards keeping it a place for assignments, worksheets, announcements…with a little bit of commentary.  


6 responses to “Ladies and Gentlemen…Start Your Engines!!

  1. Tara September 26, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Hey Mr. Granito!!!!!
    It is Tara!!!!!! S.S is awsome you make it sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much fun!!! : ) See ya in school on Monday!!!!!!

  2. Mary C September 26, 2008 at 7:42 am

    You go, Mr. G!
    Teach on!

  3. Carolyn September 24, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Hi Mr. G it’s Carolyn! Cool website =D See you at school tommorow!

  4. Marisa September 24, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    HEYYY mr.g its marisa from ur class! S.S. is awesome. ur website is so cool! see ya in school!!! =]

  5. mrgranito September 6, 2008 at 12:04 pm


    Good to hear from some of my former students. I hope you’re having fun in 8th grade. No…unfortunately, I don’t think the Yankees can pull it out this year. It would be pretty sweet if they did. I hope you guys had a nice day off for Hurricane Hanna. We’ll have a few snow days this year!! And luckily the Jersey Devil only hangs out down in South Jersey…I’m in the North…pheww!!


  6. matt September 6, 2008 at 11:06 am

    hey mr.g whats goin on??? 8th grade is goin good annd i like most of my teachers.Just wanted to say hey from everyone here at tech savvy cms.Do u think the yankees can pull it out? i sure hope so.Anyway have a good year in jersey.

    P.s. look ou for the jersey devil :]

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