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...



Saturday, September 13, 2014


This Week:
LAID - ...BEGINNINGS...(continued) [PreHistory-1500]

We are still in our time warp to the past...PreColumbian America!

We will finish discussing ANCIENT AMERICAN CULTURES before hitting the fast-forward button to European colonization...the era that lead into 13 small colonies deciding to do something extraordinary - create a nation where the PEOPLE RULE...where the PEOPLE have freedom to do with their lives what they may...

REMEMBER you must have a U.S. CONSTITUTION DAILY. You may have another quiz this week making sure...be prepared!

TEST - next week...



44 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 4+?





NOTE! - the Reading this week is a bit different. You need to read CHAPTER 4, then CHOSE the next CHAPTER you want to read and focus on. The next few chapters will cover:


  • Chapter 5 - Eskimos
  • Chapter 6 - Cliff Dwellers
  • Chapter 7 - NW Indians
  • Chapter 9 - Plains Indians
  • Chapter 10 - Mound Builders
  • Chapter 11 - Eastern Indians
  • Chapter 12 - Iroquois
  • Chapter 13 - Vikings
FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS for this chapter you have chosen - come ready to describe to the class what you find...

In case you wish to read ahead another week, the next chapter reading can be found here and the sheet for the next questions can be found here







We will work in class on our WEEKLY CURRENTS assignment. You will have ten minutes to finish in class.







REMEMBER...





We will continue working on National Geography Bee on Thursdays. We will finish the handout sheet we worked on last Thursday (here's another copy, if you need one)

We will also begin learning all the names of the countries in NORTH AMERICA (and their capitols).


NORTH AMERICA MAP

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









Saturday, September 6, 2014


This Week:
LAID - THE BEGINNINGS OF AMERICA [PreHistory-1500]

We are taking a journey through a TIME WARP...waaaaay back to the past, long before people like Christopher Columbus, Thomas Jefferson and Elvis Presley even were born...long before anything "American" was even known.
We will going as far back as history permits us...PreColumbian cultures!

THIS MONDAY! Since last week was such an odd week, being the first week, I will give you some time this Monday in class to work on your reading assignment from last week - you will turn it in THIS WEEK ONLY on Tuesday. In the future, you will have time in class to work on your reading.

WE ALSO HAVE A SPECIAL EVENT THIS TUESDAY...NO I CAN'T TELL YOU...it's a surprise!!!

AND REMEMBER you must have a U.S. CONSTITUTION by this Thursday. The deadline was extended for our new students - bring it daily, folks!


44 PRESIDENTS - remember I told you we will be learning ALL our nation's Presidents' names this year? Here's a sheet I will pass out in class to help you out, in case you lose yours...




U.S. History Reading [permission from the author and publisher to reproduce the readings is on file]
For next Monday - Ch 2-3




NOTE! - the Reading Questions will be due every Monday at the beginning of class! Remember, unless there are "fill-in-the-blanks", your answers must be in FULL SENTENCES!

In case you wish to read ahead another week, the next chapter reading can be found here and the sheet for the next questions can be found here. If you chose to work ahead, read this one carefully - you do not need to read the entire section (follow the instructions). But we will have time in class to work on these each week!





ALSO beginning this Wednesday, you will have time IN CLASS to work on and finish your WEEKLY CURRENTS assignment. I will explain this later in more detail but essentially you will be expected to keep "current" with what's going on in this world and nation. I will provide you a TOPIC each week so wait until Wednesday to get started...remember, no Social Studies homework (unless you don't use your time wisely at school...which will NEVER happen, I'm sure!!!)



A SPECIAL THANK YOU - the Coeur d'Alene Press once again is graciously donating to our classroom daily newspapers so we can get this thing done!
If you think of it, send a letter to the editor of Thanks to the Coeur d'Alene Press! Excellent folk!








Saturday, August 30, 2014

WELCOME to North Idaho STEM Charter Academy's third year!

You are about to join in an adventure - an adventure that spans over 10,000 years of human migration to our continent, exploring and colonizing, and eventually, setting up the greatest country this world has ever seen - the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!

This blogspot is dedicated to Mr. Johnson's Social Studies 5th grade class - it is "secret base" where you will learn what we are discussing, learning and studying, as well as gain access to your assignments and reading. It will be updated weekly by each Monday.

We will be participating in the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHY BEE with the 6th graders, learning all 44 Presidents, meeting great leaders who started our nation and....and....and learning just alot of great things!

Hang on for a TREMENDOUS YEAR! Let's learn together...

(By the way, this is the letter sent home to your parents).














If you don't already have a copy of the
U.S. CONSTITUTION 
your first assignment is to get one. You will be asked to bring one by this Thursday. In our class you MUST have your Constitution handy at all times...

If you are a new student and do not have a copy, you may order one for free. Order at least one by Thursday. I recommend you order two (a printed copy and a digital copy).

[1] ORDER a FREE PRINTED COPY. It will only cost you $0.65 postage
[and please let me know if you do not have $0.65 - do not let that stop you from ordering your own copy]

Go to http://www.nccs.net/us_constitution.html.

Locate on the page where it says "Get your FREE Pocket Constitution". Follow the instructions and order your own copy.

[2] ORDER a FREE DIGITAL COPY. You will need to determine what technology you are using then download what works best on your machine. You may not be able to use your digital device in class, but you should at least still have a digital copy handy - for your own good!
Here are a few options:




This semester, you will be reading from Joy Hakim's excellent history set on U.S. History [permission from the author and publisher to reproduce the readings is on file]
For next Monday, read the Introduction - pages 9-11




Reading Questions will be due each Monday - at the beginning of class! Make sure your answers are in FULL SENTENCES!

I'm so excited to join you again on our journey into our nation's wonderful, exciting history!