Social Studies Warm-ups
Semester 1

Warm-Up Questions

Warm-up questions are given at the beginning of each class, while the teacher takes roll and takes care of important business. The students have about 10 minutes of quiet time to write at least a paragraph answering the question. The week's questions should all be on a single paper which is turned in on the last day of the week for credit. The teacher uses the warm-ups to assess the student's knowledge, review important points, review class rules, and to promote later discussion. The warm-up questions are always discussed, so that the student may add to their responses. The student may make up any warm-up questions which are missed because of absence.


Week of 8/29
(First Week Not graded, but checked)

1. Why do we study history? What is your favorite time in history?

2. Read the following quotation and then explain what it means. "When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world." (Harold Kushner)

3. What makes you "unique?" What are your special talents? How can your talents help others today and in the future?

4. Goofus has an ugly notebook. It is messy, unorganized, and missing pages and assignments. What does this say about Goofus? What does the way your work is presented say about you?




Week of 9/6


5. What is "culture?" Why is culture important? Describe your culture.

6. How do we know about the past? How can we learn about the events and people of the past?

7. What do you know about the September 11, 2001 attack on America?





Week of 9/12


8. What is your definition of a "hero?" Are there different kinds of heroes? Do you have a hero? Explain.

9. What is geography? Why do we study geography when learning history? What is the geography of San Diego?

10. What is a "Primary Source?" What is a "Secondary Source?" Explain and give examples.

11. What is an artifact? What artifacts do you own that someone might find in the future? What would they learn about you?





Week of 9/19


12. In order to protest certain issues, some sports players are not standing during the National Anthem. Do you believe this is right? Explain.

13. What is a "Resource?" Why did early people live near resources? Are we different today?

14. How did standing upright, controlling fire, and making tools help early man survive?






Week of 9/26


15. Tonight is the first debate between the 2016 presidential candidates. What qualifications and attributes should a president possess? Explain.

16. Look at page 32 in your textbook. describe the various activities of hunter-gatherers.

17.Review pages 33-34. What could be some reasons man invented language, art and religion?

18. What does the word "migration" mean? How were early humans able to migrate? Why did they do it?






Week of 10/3


19. Why are some people homeless? What can we do to help the homeless?

20. In the Mesolithic Era, what new tools and technologies improved people's lives?

21.What was the "Neolithic Era?" What major changes occurred during this time?

22. What is "domestication?" How did it change the way humans lived?






Week of 10/10


23. What is the Supreme Court? Why is the the Supreme Court important? What type of person should be on the Supreme Court?

24. Describe the village of Catal Huyuk found on pages 42 and 43 of your textbook. Would you like to live there? Explain.

25.Why was writing such an important invention? Why was it needed?

26. What are the correct procedures for an earthquake drill? How should you act?






Week of 10/17


27. What is "Global Warming?" How can it affect the environment?

28. How were rivers important to early civilizations? How were they used?

29.When a civilization changes from a small village to a large city, what new skills and inventions do you think were needed?

30. What type of religion did early civilizations probably believe in? What type of gods did they probably have?






Week of 10/24


31. What is your definition of a "brave" person? Who, in your opinion, is "brave?" Do you know someone who is brave?

32. What is the "Fertile Crescent?" What does "Mesopotamia" mean? Describe its geography.

33. (Periods 1, 3, and 6 only) Who was Sargon? What did he do?

33. (Periods 4 and 5 only) Read Page 35 about the Iceman. What can we learn about him?

34. (No written Warm-up today.)






Week of 10/31


35. What do you think scared the people of the past?

36. (Period 1 only) Read page 35 about the Iceman. What can we learn from him?

36. In ancient times, religion was central to daily life. What do you think people did to please the gods?

37. (Periods 3, 4, 5 and 6 only) What is a pictograph? What is cuneiform? How was writing used by the Sumerians?

38. In what ways did the Sumerians achieve in the arts?






Week of 11/7


39. Some say that changing the time twice a year is unnecessary. Should we continue to fall-back and spring forward? Explain.

40. In ancient times more people meant more conflicts. What kind of laws or conflicts do you think were needed or occurred in ancient times?

41. Who was Gilgamesh? What does he show us about ancient Sumerians?







Week of 11/14


42. Would you rather be in a tornado, a fire, or an earthquake? Explain.

43. Why do we have laws? What do you consider a "good" law? Do we have "bad" laws?

44. Who was Hammurabi? Why was he considered one of Babylon's greatest monarchs?

45. Who were the Phoenicians? What did they do? What was their most important achievement?






Week of 11/28


46. What do you know about Cuba? Why do some governments like or dislike the United States?

47. Create 3 or more questions about Mesopotamia. Answer them.

48. If you went to a party in Sumer, what would you probably see and do there?

49. Who was Nebuchadnezzar? What was he known for?






Week of 12/5


50. What would you tell a small child if he/she asked you if Santa Claus was real?

51. Who were the Assyrians? What did they do? What new technologies did they have?

52. Describe the life of MOST women in Sumer. What were some things that only a few women were allowed to do.

53. Tell about something that each king below is famous for: Sargon, Hammurabi, Nebuchadnezzar.






Week of 12/12


54. How would our lives be different if we did not use plastic bags or bottles? What problems do they cause?

55. What do you remember about rivers and why they are important? What do you know about the Nile river in Egypt?

56.The people of Egypt believe the pharaoh (king) was part god. How would this affect their lives?.

57. How will you "recharge your batteries" during winter break?






Week of 1/2


58. Who was King Tut? How was he found? Why is he important?

59. Who was Menes? What did he do? What do we know or not know about him?

60. What is the "Ka?" Explain why it is important and what Egyptians do to protect it.







Week of 1/9


61. Describe the worst weather you have ever encountered. Did it have to do with heat, cold, wind, rain snow, or another weather condition?

62. What are "Hieroglyphics?" How did we learn to read them? What can we learn from them? (p. 108-109)

63. Why do you think ancient Egyptians believed in gods and goddesses? What can we learn about the ancient Egyptians by learning about their gods and their religions?

64. Who was Hatshepsut? What did she do?







Week of 1/16


65. Who was "Ramses the Great?" Why was he called "Great?"

66. In ancient Egypt, what was the role of most women and children? What did they do? What was expected of them? (page 106)

67. Write and explain about the "Nile" to someone who has no knowledge about it.







Week of 1/23


68. What practical advice would you give the new president?

69. Martin Luther King, Jr. led the fight for civil rights. What do you know about the civil rights issues of the 1960's?

70. What methods did Martin Luther King, Jr. use to create change? Are the methods still used today?

71. What is the difference between prejudice and racism? What causes them?







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