Bear Branch Junior High School

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Texas A&M University in College Station is my alma mater. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science and began my career in the steel industry. This is my nine year teaching in Magnolia ISD. I teach Texas History in 7th grade at Bear Branch Junior High. .
 
My family consists of my wife Barbara, who teaches Culinary Arts at Magnolia West, Damon, who is a financial planner in Dallas, Evan, who is a financial analyst in Dallas, Travis, who works and is attending school and Tessa, who works for a local bank in Magnolia. Hayleigh, is our four year old granddaughter who has "Pops" wrapped around her little finger. Travis and Tessa both attended Bear Branch Junior High and graduated from Magnolia High. I am extremely blessed to be working at the best junior high in the state of Texas..
 
Junior High is a transition from elementary values to high school and beyond. I firmly believe in a good education, but feel our students need an identity and balance in their transition years.  This time is very awkward because of all of the physical, emotional, spiritual and even environmental aspects of their lives. Maturity is the key to success. 
 
                            My schedule is                                                                     Classroom expectations
  • 1st Period- 7:25 - 8:17                                                               Be respectful
  • 2nd Period-8:25 - 9:18 Planning                                                Be responsible
  • 3rd Period- 9:23 -10:17  Conference                                         Be safe
  • 4th Period-10:22 - 11:14                                                            Be prepared to learn
  • 5th Period-11:19 -12:39                                                             Be kind 
  • 6th Period-12:44 -1:38                                                               Be attentive
  • 7th Period-1:43 - 2:35                                                                Give maximum intellectual effort
 
The best way to contact me is by
 
Remind 101 -
On level Text to 81010 @ histexas
Pre-AP Text to 81010 @ histexasap
Bears for Christ to 81010 @ b4christ
 
School Phone:  281-356-6088
Conference time: 9:23 - 10:17
 
Tutoring time: Texas History 6:45 to 7:15 before school, except Monday and Friday
 
Quizlet Study Guide
for vocabulary and Chapter summary
 
 

7th grade Texas History

Grading policies

Standard

Formative and homework             40%

Summative (Tests)                        60%

 

Pre-AP

Formative and homework             30%

Summative (Tests)                        70%

 

 

Re-Test Procedures

Magnolia ISD offers re-testing for all students

  • Test Corrections
  1. ½ credit for corrected answers
  2. Must re-test within one week of original test
  3. Student must make corrections before school in their assigned teacher’s room.

If student cannot come before school then he/she must make arraignments after school with teacher.

 
 
  
 
 
 

Recent Posts

1st Test Study Guide 4th NW

Test 1-4th Nine Weeks Study Guide Texas Geography-Environmental Impact- Answer

Chapter 1-Lesson Two

 

  1. Identify and Define the “Five Themes of Geography”. (Pages 14-15)

            Regions-areas that share common characteristics

Movement-study of how and why things and people move

Place-geographic location such as a city or town and its physical or human

            characteristics

Location-position of a place on Earth

Human Interaction-includes how the natural environment has affected

            people

 

  1. Identify the difference between a globe and a map. (Pages 16-17)

Globe-sphere that represents earth;  locate latitude and longitude

Map-presents information about earth on a flat surface

 

  1. Advantage of a map over a globe. (Page 17)

            Maps are convenient ways to study the earth; focus on specific areas of the

                        earth

  1. Types of maps (physical, political and thematic). (Pages 17-18)

            Physical-shows the physical features of an area

            Political-shows human made divisions, capitals and cities

            Thematic-show population density, population migration, economic activity

  1. Negative effects of human interaction with the environment. (Pages 19-20)

            Replacement of natural grasses with crops in the Great Plains causes

                        drought

Chapter 2-Lesson One

 

  1. Elements of Texas Geography-Differences between physical and human

            characteristics. (Page 53)

            Physical-includes landforms, climate, plants, and animals

            Human-language, religion, music, architecture, and ways of life

  1. Give an example to show how people, ideas and goods move from place

            to place. (Page 54)

            Railroads- move people and freight

 

 

  1. City devastated by the Hurricane of 1900. Preventive measures taken by

            city. (Page 54)

            Galveston.  Seawall

  1. Impact of the railroads on Texas towns and cities. (Page 55)

            Movement of people and things and the increase growth of cities

                        And towns;  westward movement

            Ft. Worth became a cattle center due to the construction of the railroads

 

Chapter 2-Lesson Two

 

  1. Location of the mountain ranges in Texas. (Page 59)

            All in West Texas

  1. Importance of limestone in Texas. (Page 60)

            Filter water and manufacture paper

  1. Importance of water resources in Texas (Pages 60-61)

            irrigation

  1. Importance of the Rio Grande River (Page 60)

            Southern most border, longest river

  1. Effects of interaction between humans and environment on aquifers.

            (Page 61)

Large amounts of water are pumped out of aquifers for city and crop

            irrigation

 

Chapter 2-Lesson Three

 

  1. Define midlatitudes. (Page 62)

            Midway between the Equator and North Pole

  1. Explain and give an example of elevation affecting rainfall. (Pages 63-64)

            Mountains of west Texas receive more rainfall than the surrounding

            Desert because moisture filled air moving up the mountains is

            Cooled.  Davis Mountains can receive up to 17 inches of rainfall

            While the Chihuahuan Desert receives less than 10 inches of rainfall

  1. Area of Texas that has the most freezing temperatures and snow.

            (Pages 64-65)

            Panhandle

  1. Area of Texas referred to as “Tornado Alley”. (Page 65)

            Panhandle

  1. Reasons for return of dust storms in Texas. (Page 65)

            Drought and high winds

 

Chapter 21-Lesson 3

 

  1. Results/Changes made after the Hurricane of 1900. (Page 541)

            Galveston replaced City Council with Commission form of government

 

Chapter 23-Lesson 1

 

  1. Reasons for the Dust Bowl. (Page 586)

            Over planting, wind, and drought

  1. Area of Texas included in the Dust Bowl. (Page 586)

            Panhandle

 

Chapter 23-Lesson 2

 

  1. Farming practices adopted during the New Deal to reclaim farmland

            in the Dust Bowl area. (Page 594)

            Crop Rotation, planting of trees and natural grasses

 

Vocabulary: Chapter 1

 

  1. Landforms-natural feature of the land
  2. climate - general weather pattern of a place over time
  3. Urban-of or about the city
  4. Rural-of or about the countryside

 

Chapter 2

 

  1. Resource-a natural material that can be used by people
  2. Aquifers-a layer of rock or gravel that absorbs rainfall and keeps

It flowing underground                

 

Chapter 21

 

  1. Commission-a form of city government in which citizens elect

            Officials to head departments

 

3rd Nine Week Study Guide

7th Grade Texas History -3rd Nine Weeks DCA Review

 

  1. Progressive Reform Movement vs. Populist Reform Movement Ch 21 L3 pg 542

 

Both emphasized the concerns of ordinary people over the concerns of the elite

  1. Texas Industry after World War I Ch 22 L3 pg 574

 

Oil was Texas’s biggest growth industry

 

  1. Effects of Spindletop on Texas economy Ch 21 L1 pg 532

After Spindletop there was an increase in the population of Texas and a surge in the economy

 

  1. Concepts dealing with Boom and Bust Cycles Ch 22 L3 pg 573

            Texas Oil Towns  Ch 21  L1 pg 530--prone to boom and bust cycles

            Texas Cow Towns  CH 19  L1 pg 476 & 480-prone to boom and bust cycles

 Prices vs. Profits  Ch 22  L3  pg 572--boom cycles:  high market prices and high           profits;  bust cycle:  low market prices and low profits

             Agriculture  Ch 23  L3 584--prone to boom and bust cycles

 

 

  1. Texas women and voting-1920 Ch. 21 L 3 pg 543-544

 

Ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment

 

  1. What helped shape the Cotton, Cattle, and Railroads Era? Ch 19 L1 pg 476/ L2  pg 484 and 488

 

Barbed Wire

 

  1. Santa Fe Trail Movement Ch 6 L1  pg 150   

     The trail ran South and West to populated settlements

 

  1. Oil Boom

            Spindletop  ch 21  L 1   pg 529     Ch 22  L3  pg 574

 

            Increase in population, demand for lumber, housing, and agricultural products       

 

 

  1. Effects of population clusters in Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio Ch 27 L 2 pg723

Increased needs for public school funding and health-care services  

 

Question 15 Funds for public education and health-care services will likely be most needed in Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio

 

  1. Progressive Movement Ch 20 L3  PGS.  519-520   CH 21  L3   pg 540-543

 

Progressives in the nineteenth-century supported social, economic, and political reform movements in Texas

 

  1. Populism doctrine CH 20 L3  pg 519

 

Is a political doctrine that emphasizes the concerns of ordinary people over the concerns of the elite

 

  1. Zimmermann telegram--increase in amount of U.S. troops stationed on the U.S.-Mexico border CH 22 L1  pg 560

 

  1. Economic growth in Texas during World War II

            Increase in demand for oil, cotton, food, and lumber  CH 21  L1  531

 

  1. Texas Act of 1899 CH 20  L3  pg  520-521

 

It made unionizing lawful for any and all employed persons

           

  1. Hector P. Garcia CH 25 L1  pg 638

Was  awarded the Presidential  Medal of Freedom for his work on behalf of Hispanic Americans and veterans

 

  1. Oveta Culp Hobby

            Women’s Army Corps, chairperson of the board at the Houston Post, first

            Secretary of U.S. Dept. of Health, Education, and Welfare  CH 24  L1 pg 612-613

 

 

  1. English settlers in Texas helped with cattle breeding CH 19  L1  pg 477