Sunday, November 16, 2014



This Week:
IN THE NEST - On the Road to Revolution [1752-1776]


"Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States..."
Richard Henry Lee
June 7, 1776

The Revolutionary War.

That title is in the heart of all Americans - the breaking point that permitted us to create our nation of liberty, freedom and equality. But what caused it...what lead up to that hot point where a few, small colonies in the American continent chose to take on the most powerful army and navy in the world?

We will begin analyzing those causes...




Be ready for a
TEST of Our First 22 PRESIDENTS! - make sure you know their names (first and last)...WEDNESDAY!
Here's the sheet if you need another one.




U.S. History Reading [permission from the author and publisher to reproduce the readings is on file]
For the Monday following the break - Ch 11, 12




In case you wish to read ahead another week:







NO CURRENTS due this week.

STUDY your Presidents instead...






For this Thursday's weekly National Geography Bee you will continue learning all 50 STATES - this week come prepared to share what you discovered for your Rocky Mountain Expedition Mission.

Here's the Expedition Sheet, if you need another copy.

KELVIN REPORT!

Do you think you know WHERE he is and WHAT he is?
Remember - he moves fast (almost as fast as he erases the clues we get from NGB Headquarters each week). The first one to answer BOTH questions will be awarded an official NGB Agent position!

More clues coming this week...






Sunday, November 9, 2014




This Week:
IN THE NEST - Colonies Begin to Roost [1587-1752]


"For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us."
John Winthrop
Massachusetts Bay Colony Leader, 1630

We will continue analyzing the early days of the 13 Colonies who were maintaining SELF GOVERNMENT just before the Revolutionary War.

It was a time in which the world would change forever...thanks to our ancestors.




Be ready to name the next 11 PRESIDENTS! - make sure you know their names (first and last) - you do NOT need to know the dates of their administrations (that was a typo last week). Here's the sheet if you need another one.




U.S. History Reading [permission from the author and publisher to reproduce the readings is on file]
For next Monday - Ch 8, 10




In case you wish to read ahead another week:







CURRENTS due this week.

TOPIC: National or State News






For this Thursday's weekly National Geography Bee you will continue learning all 50 STATES - we will start hearing the lasclass reports on the Rocky Mountain Expedition Mission.

Here's the Expedition Sheet, if you need another copy.

KELVIN REPORT!

Remember, you will receive a clue each week not only WHERE Kelvin is, but WHAT he is. And he will only be able to move from state to state - so he is in a state right next to the last one he was in (where ever that was)...

And remember, you have to be quick to get the clues, since that naughty, naughty...whatever he is...keeps erasing the clues as soon as the NGB gets them.

More clues coming this week...




REMEMBER...


Monday, November 3, 2014



This Week:
IN THE NEST - Colonies Begin to Roost [1587-1752]


"If no restrictions were placed on the colonies, they would flourish."
Sir Robert Walpole
Prime Minister of England (1607-1763)

The mighty BRITISH EMPIRE stretched across the seas to expand their colonial hold - especially in their 13 American colonies on the eastern seaboard of the Atlantic. It was during the days following the Glorious Revolution thathose colonies did flourish - becoming wealthy while maintaining SELF GOVERNMENT.

It was also the age of MERCANTILISM, where the colonies existed only to serve their mother country.

But, it was also during this time the English Monarch looked the other way if the colonies did something that did not exactly follow the rules....as long as the king received his payment from the colonies, he maintained what would be known as SALUTORY NEGLECT...

...that's abouto change...




Be ready to name the next 11 PRESIDENTS! - make sure you know their names (first and last) and dates of their administrations. Here's the sheet if you need another one.





U.S. History Reading [permission from the author and publisher to reproduce the readings is on file]
For next Monday - Ch 3, 6, 7





In case you wish to read ahead another week:







CURRENTS due this week.

TOPIC: Mid-term election results







For this Thursday's weekly National Geography Bee you will continue learning all 50 STATES - the lasclass reports on the Pacific Coast Expedition Mission will be heard...THEN we will move ontthe ROCKY MOUNTAINS!!!

Here's the Expedition Sheet, if you need another copy.

Here's Wakko's 50 States/Capitols lyrics, if you need another copy.
AND if you want to watch it again - here's a copy of the .mp4 file.





REMEMBER...

Monday, October 27, 2014

This Week:
IN THE NEST - Colonies Begin to Roost [1587-1752]
With the defeat of the SPANISH ARMADA the BRITISH EMPIRE begins to rise to power. This sets up a period of English expansion into the New World - in particular - 13 colonies on the eastern seaboard of the Atlantic.

We will review and get ready for the test on WEDNESDAY!



this WEDNESDAY!!!






BE READY to name the First 11 PRESIDENTS! - make sure you know their names (first and last). Here's a sheet we will pass out in class this week.




U.S. History Reading [permission from the author and publisher to reproduce the readings is on file]
For next Monday - Ch 38, 1





In case you wish to read ahead another week:







NO CURRENTS due this week.

This week study for your test...






For this Thursday's weekly National Geography Bee you will continue learning all 50 STATES - this week we will finish and present to the class your Pacific Coast Expedition Mission Report...

Here's Wakko's 50 States/Capitols lyrics, if you need another copy.
AND if you want to watch it again - here's a copy of the .mp4 file.




REMEMBER...


Sunday, October 19, 2014

This Week:
IN THE NEST - European Exploration [1000-1720]
We will finish exploring the fall of SPAIN [with the defeat of the SPANISH ARMADA] and the rise of the BRITISH EMPIRE...

Don't forget your essays on what it would be like to be an ANIMAL in the New World, observing the coming of the EUROPEAN EXPLORER arriving in your land.
If you lost your ESSAY RUBRIC, click here for another copy.
DUE ON WEDNESDAY!




POSTPONED until
next week...





There will be some standardized testing (MAP testing) this week - so to avoid "testing burn out", I'm postponing this weeks test - so go over your notes!!!

Continued going over the First 11 PRESIDENTS! - make sure you know their names (first and last). Here's a sheet we will pass out in class this week.




U.S. History Reading [permission from the author and publisher to reproduce the readings is on file]
For next Monday - Ch 25, 31





In case you wish to read ahead another week:







THANK YOU CURRENTS due this week.

This week we will finish the GENERIC article you wish to add to a THANK YOU CARD to the CdA Press.







We fell behind last week - this Thursday's weekly National Geography Bee you will begin to learn all 50 STATES and the 13 Provinces/Territories of Canada...





REMEMBER...



Sunday, October 12, 2014


This Week:
IN THE NEST - European Exploration [1000-1720]
We will finish exploring Europe's Migration to America!

We will discuss what it was like to really be there when those heroic EXPLORERS landed on the new land...



next week...






Are you ready to list the First 11 PRESIDENTS? - make sure you know their names (first and last). Here's a sheet in case you need another one.




U.S. History Reading [permission from the author and publisher to reproduce the readings is on file]
For next Monday - Ch 24, 13





In case you wish to read ahead another week:







WEEKLY CURRENTS due this week.

This week we will begin with a GENERIC article you wish to add to a THANK YOU CARD to the CdA Press.







For this Thursday weekly National Geography Bee you will begin to learn all 50 STATES and the 13 Provinces/Territories of Canada...





REMEMBER...





Sunday, October 5, 2014



This Week:
IN THE NEST - European Exploration [1000-1720]
We will start exploring Europe's Migration to America!

We will discuss the first European influences in the New World. With the fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1546, Europe was seeking a new path to the land of China - the NORTHWEST PASSAGE. That search lead many voyages and explorers to new territory, new cultures, and new conquests for GOLD and GOD.

REMEMBER you must have a U.S. CONSTITUTION DAILY. This is not optional....ever!

A QUIZ over the First 11 PRESIDENTS is coming next week - keep going over all their names (first and last). Here's a sheet in case you need another one.




U.S. History Reading [permission from the author and publisher to reproduce the readings is on file]
For next Monday - Ch 36-38, 4





In case you wish to read ahead another week:







Wednesday CURRENTS will be completed in class on WEDNESDAY!

Come see me for THIS WEEK'S TOPIC if you wish to work ahead.





REMEMBER...







For this Thursday weekly National Geography Bee you will have a "test" over class notes, and UNITs I and II. Part "test", part contest to get you ready for the National Geo Bee, you are required to do two thing:


  • Provide at least THREE QUESTIONS on 3x5 notecards [be tough, but since everyone will be using the same questions, including you, do not be TOO tough]
  • Come ready for a "test"/competition - study and prepare for any question on GEOGRAPHY (including North America)


If you need another copy, Unit I Sheet and Unit II Sheet can be downloaded here (although, these have already been graded).

KNOW NORTH AMERICA (the nations and their capitols). Check on the 50 states, and Canadian Provinces?










Saturday, September 27, 2014


REVIEW...

We will review last week's TEST and talk about the importance of STUDYING FOR OUR TESTS!!! Many did wonderfully last week - but I could tell not all of you were prepared. I want to slow down a bit and discuss HOW TO STUDY...and techniques to help you not only prepare for tests and quizzes, but HOW TO TAKE A TEST (or what I prefer calling "SHARING WITH A TEST" - I'll explain this week...).

SO...I am providing you an opportunity.
For those who did not do very well, I will be giving A SECOND TEST on Wednesday over the same material (Pre-Columbian America). 
IF you chose to keep your same score, I will give you the same score on the second test (SO...those who studied and have an "A" or "B" or the score they like, you will be rewarded the exact same score). You will also be rewarded for your hard work (doing it right the first time) with a free work day - on anything you need to work on for school!

This is your chance to help your grade....but more importantly, to help you learn how to take tests in the future to help you be successful!!!




This Week...or Next Week:
...if we have time we will move on to (drum roll please)...

IN THE NEST - European Exploration [1000-1720]
We will start exploring Europe's Migration to America!



REMEMBER you must have a U.S. CONSTITUTION DAILY. This is not optional....ever!

We will also start learning our First 11 PRESIDENTS - keep going over all their names (first and last). Here's a sheet in case you need another one.




U.S. History Reading [permission from the author and publisher to reproduce the readings is on file]
For next Monday - Ch 22, 23, 32, 34





In case you wish to read ahead another week:







Wednesday CURRENTS will be completed in class on WEDNESDAY!

Come see me for THIS WEEK'S TOPIC if you wish to work ahead.





REMEMBER...





I gave you an extension on National Geography Bee UNIT I and II. Those MUST be turned in this Thursday. We will also be discussing the EXPEDITION challenge for next week.

If you need another copy, Unit I Sheet and Unit II Sheet are due this Thursday (we will work on them in class).

Do you know NORTH AMERICA (the nations and their capitols). Do you know the 50 states, and Canadian Provinces?


NORTH AMERICA MAP

Here are the LYRICS for the Yakko's World Song.








REMEMBER the STARK the EAGLE statue holds a DUE! signboard in my classroom. If you do not check the blogspot for deadlines, you can always check that signboard.


REMEMBER - next week you will no longer be allowed to leave class to get anything you forgot in your backpack or home room!

COME TO CLASS PREPARED!!!


Friday, September 19, 2014


This Week:
LAID - ...BEGINNINGS...(continued) [PreHistory-1500]
We will finish our analysis on PreColumbian America!

Prepare for a TEST on Wednesday! [BRING YOUR NOTEBOOKS FOR GRADING]
Study the CONSTITUTIONAL PRINCIPLES we discussed the first week, and the details on EARLY AMERICAN CULTURES.

REMEMBER you must have a U.S. CONSTITUTION DAILY. There could even be a test question on you having your copy....hint, hint, nudge, nudge, say-no-more, say-no-more, wink, wink...


NOT on this week's test...44 PRESIDENTS - keep going over all their names (first and last). Here's a sheet in case you need another one.
YOU WILL BE EXPECTED TO KNOW THE FIRST ELEVEN BY THANKSGIVING.

ALSO the material on National Geography Bee is NOT on this test, either...




U.S. History Reading [permission from the author and publisher to reproduce the readings is on file]
For next Monday - Ch 14-16,20





NOTE! - the Reading from this next week will not be on this Wednesday's test - but questions up to this point COULD be on this week's exam. Go over your reading sheets...

In case you wish to read ahead another week:










NO WEEKLY CURRENTS this week.

BUT BRING YOUR NOTEBOOKS WEDNESDAY!





REMEMBER...





We will finish working on National Geography Bee UNIT I and II sheets on Thursday. If you need another copy, Unit I Sheet and Unit II Sheet are due this Thursday (we will work on them in class).

You need to learn all the names of the countries in NORTH AMERICA (and their capitols). ALSO you will learn the 50 states, and Canadian Provinces.


NORTH AMERICA MAP

Here are the LYRICS for the Yakko's World Song.








REMEMBER the STARK the EAGLE statue holds a DUE! signboard in my classroom. If you do not check the blogspot for deadlines, you can always check that signboard.

No one should NOT know what is due...when it is due...