The Primary Source March Edition




Just three more months and we have so much to get done in that time!  Having just finished up with ancient Greece, we will be spending a lot of time on Rome this month.  There is so much to cover from the ancient Romans that there is no way we'll get to everything but we'll definitely get the basics down.  Like the Greece test, we'll be splitting this unit up into at least two tests, most likely three.




The seventh graders are learning about the advent of the railroad in the U.S. and how it impacted life in Kansas.  We'll spend a lot of time going over the economy of early Kansas and how farming, industry, and railroad affected all who lived here.  This is also a good time to learn the difference between facts of "The Old West" and just myths or legends.  There are lots of ways to prove or disprove this information using primary sources which is a skill that our standards require the students to be proficient with.




It's all about the war between the states for the next month or so.  The Civil War was such a regrettable time period in our history that we should be careful it doesn't repeat itself.  Helping students understand what people were going through using historical empathy is one way for us to accomplish that goal.  By using primary sources, students can actually see the handwriting and hear the words uttered by fallen soldiers and their families.  This type of learning should have a positive impact on learning and really help the information stick.  We'll try to see the war from all points of view, North, South, West, as well as from the slave's perspective.


This website is used as a way for students to utilize the internet as a learning tool.  There are so many ways that Social Studies can be fun and interesting when presented in the right way and I believe this modern technology is the perfect way for all students to learn.  This site will consist of:

  • Interesting and helpful Social Studies sites of all kinds
  • Documents to download for projects
  • Media such as movies, pictures, and songs to reinforce people, places, and events
  • Text book information and chapters
  • Maps and files of electronic maps for free mapping software
  • Links to free software and safe downloads to assist with learning
  • Economics tools and documents
  • Useless tidbits of information that middle schoolers love
  • Anything else I come across that I feel will help the kids make connections and spark their interest.



I won't ever get completely done with updating this site so check back often to see what has changed and what's new!

Mr. Sabala

Middle School Social Studies






Catholicism Around the World

Click on the map to make it work. This shows the percentage of Catholics in each country of the world.  The larger the country appears on this map, the more of the world's population of Catholics it contains.