Friday, May 5, 2017

The End is Near...Kind of.

Throughout the next few weeks we will be learning about the decline of civilizations, review the Middle Ages, and briefly hit the Renaissance and Reformation.

This is the time for all of us to keep our foot on the gas pedal, no brakes.  It is the end of the year and there is no better way to finish than at the best of your abilities.

Please be sure to pay attention to our weekly Dolphin Newsletter.  It has great information for what is going on and coming up on the Dolphin Team.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Government and Laws...

The More You Know, the more you know...

Think about who makes the laws in our study of civilizations.  How could a civilization's government influence what laws were created?  What makes a law fair?  

We are chipping away at the key people, governments, and factors so that we are able to answer some of these difficult questions.  Keep in mind that they often do not have a definitive answer...but they are a great way to get a thoughtful conversation going.  Let the cognitive thinking begin.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Oh the Things We achieve with Achievements of the Ancient Civilizations...

Where we have been will often help us decide where we want to go.  The achievements of our past have driven us to the brinks of science, mathematics, navigation, efficiency, and understanding and yet we have so much more to learn.  Connections continue to be made that will create the successes of our future.

In this unit we will focus on the achievements, big and small, that have brought us to where we are now.  

Friday, November 18, 2016

Final Roster for DDMS Girls Basketball

Carter L.
Faith M. 
Tamsi E.
Isabela G.
Reese L. 
Kimmie B.
Chasity S.
Keanna R. 
Jameisha P.
Emily O. 
Markayla M.
Savannah D.
Alana S.-D.
Taylor M. 

Congratulations to the this year's DDMS squad.  We will practice from 4pm to 5:45pm on Monday and Tuesday of next week (Nov.21 and 22).  If there are any conflicts please let Coach Houghton know as quickly as possible. 

Thank you to all of the girls that tried out.  You made my job very difficult.  Continue to play and enjoy basketball.  Do not let this be the last time you are on a court.  
                                                               Coach Houghton

Monday, October 3, 2016's both!!!

Geography: the study of both physical features of Earth's surface and human features of Earth's societies. 

Our Earth impacts and influences us in so many ways and we, in turn, do the same. 
Humans continue to modify and adapt to their surroundings.  Where did it all start?

Our ancient civilizations often have common themes that show us the beginnings of survival, development, and expansion.  It is an amazing journey that has come so far only to know that there is still a long way to go.  


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The FIVE Themes start here...

Where are we???

The 5 Themes of Geography will be reviewed throughout this year.  I do not expect them to be experts but we will be introducing/reviewing the 5 Themes for the first two weeks.  

location: Where am I and how do I get there? There is absolute and relative location.

place: What is it like to live there?  Physical and Cultural features.

the environment and human interaction: How do we/they interact with the Earth?

movement: How and why are people, goods, and ideas moved into and out of this place?
(My personal favorite...they are all pretty cool, though.) 

regions: Student:  Isn't this just another place?  
              Me:  No.
              Student:  Well then what is it?
              Me:  It's complicated and sometimes made up.  :)
Regions can be based upon physical or cultural characteristics.  

---We begin with a crash course in the 5 Themes and then compare and contrast ancient civilizations based on the themes.  We will focus on Geography, Religion, Achievements, Politics/Governmnet, Economics, and Social Structures.  

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Good to be @ DDMS...

So Happy to See You at this Great Place to Learn!

Welcome 6th graders!  I can't wait to start another great new year.   

My name is Shelby Houghton. I teach Social Studies for the 6th Grade Dolphin Team. This will be my sixth year teaching at Dillard Drive. I have taught for 15 years total with 6 of those years teaching 5th graders. 

I grew up in the Midwest in the states of Iowa and Nebraska and graduated from 
the University of Nebraska in 2001.

*In September we will have a curriculum night to explain the grading system and basic descriptions of what will be taught throughout the year.

*The F.I.R.E. Matrix will be sent home on Monday (Aug.29) to show the expectations for student and staff behavior while in school. It is part of our PBIS program. It is a positive behavior program that is universal across all grade levels here at DDMS.

*Communication for the team is mostly e-mail and phone based. To contact me simply send an e-mail to and I will reply as quickly as possible. We can be contacted by phone at (919)233-4228.

***Much more information will be coming as the school year gets rolling. I am chomping at the bit to usher in a new class of 6th graders for my Ancient Civilizations class. I look forward to building relationships and teaching all of your children.