Sunday, December 14, 2014



This Week:
IN THE NEST - The Revolution Begins [1775-1783]


"These are the times that try men's souls."
Thomas Paine
It's here.
The Revolutionary War...
The men who signed the illustrious Declaration of Independence did not know the outcome...George Washington could not have seen the end...the men in the field, essentially breaking the law and committing treason, were grasping for hope...

...will they win?

...will they have a free, new nation?



Remember to keep learning your Presidents!
Keep reviewing the first 33 PRESIDENTS! - make sure you know their names (first and last)!

Here's the sheet if you need it again.


PREAMBLE QUIZ THIS WEEK!...
It's a BIG ONE - 100 points!
It is 107 words - I will give you 7 points right off the bat. So you can miss 7 words and still have 100 points. I will not count off on spelling.

TRY THE ONE BREATH CHALLENGE! (BUT no black-outs!)

Click here for a copy of the Declaration of Independence.









# 14 - Pre-Revolution - is due this Monday.
But you will not have reading due the Monday you return.

YOU CAN read ahead, but you will not be required to during the break.
SANTA'S ORDERS!







NO CURRENTS due this week.

PREAMBLE TEST...study for that!








We will be preparing for the final competition that will be held in January. We will be hearing some NGB questions that may help you get ready...


KELVIN REPORT!

Yes, we will also have some KELVIN clues...






Sunday, December 7, 2014



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


"...we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."
Declaration of Independence
July 4, 1776

56 men signed a piece of parchment that had words that have changed the world; words that began a new country based on the principles of individual freedom, justice and equality - we will learn about the Declaration of Independence this week...and continue exploring the causes of the Revolutionary War...



Remember to keep learning your Presidents!
Learn/Review the first 33 PRESIDENTS! - make sure you know their names (first and last)!

Here's the sheet if you need it again.


PREAMBLE QUIZ NEXT WEEK!...
We will also be reading the Declaration of Independence this week. You will be required to write out the PreAmble to the Declaration of Independence [107 words] before Christmas Break - 100 points!

CAN YOU DO THE ONE BREATH CHALLENGE YET????

Click here for a copy of the Declaration of Independence.





U.S. History Reading [permission from the author and publisher to reproduce the readings is on file]
For next Monday - Ch 26, 27, 28

# 14 - Pre-Revolution - NOW that you have read the entire reading, here are the questions.





In case you wish to read ahead another week:







CURRENTS due this week.

TOPIC: to be announced...









REVIEW for the SECOND EXPEDITION COMPETITION...the questions will cover the PACIFIC COAST and ROCKY MOUNTAIN regions...and [drum roll] ZINGERS...including questions from National Geography Bee itself...so be prepared!!!

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 30, 2014





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


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

We will continue analyzing the causes compelling 13 British colonies to stand up against the most powerful army and navy in the world...the causes of the Revolutionary War...and our new nation!



Yup - we're continuing to review our Presidents.
Learn/Review the first 33 PRESIDENTS! - make sure you know their names (first and last)!

Here's the sheet if you need it again.


PREAMBLE QUIZ COMING!...
We will also be reading the Declaration of Independence in the next few weeks. You will be required to write out the PreAmble to the Declaration of Independence [107 words] before Christmas Break - 100 points!

Click here for a copy of the Declaration of Independence.





U.S. History Reading [permission from the author and publisher to reproduce the readings is on file]
For next Monday - Ch 13, 14





In case you wish to read ahead another week:

  • READING - Next Chapter
  • QUESTIONS - YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE THE QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE WHOLE CHAPTER READING! I will pass out the reading next WEDNESDAY - so you must have read the reading FIRST!!!






CURRENTS due this week.

TOPIC: to be announced...







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

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



We will also write questions for the SECOND EXPEDITION COMPETITION...the questions needs to cover the PACIFIC COAST and ROCKY MOUNTAIN regions...and ONE ZINGER...

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...








Saturday, November 22, 2014

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...