Friday, June 6, 2014

Monday, May 26, 2014












Almost done...but not quite...


We have two more weeks yet so, finish strong!

This week ~ something different...

After we discuss what you have learned with your INFOGRAPHICS on the Second Amendment, AND take a retake test on the 44 Presidents - I have a surprise I think you'll like...

And just to see how many are still with me - the first 5th grader to tell me who wrote the actual 2nd Amendment to the Constitution wins a prize...nah, I won't tell you what it is until you answer the question...

[Offer only lasts until Monday at midnight. Answers must be posted ONLY on this blogspot below - click on "No comments" to place your answer. Comment under "Anonymous" if you are not set up in Blogger - see the drop down option. Void where prohibited. Eagles, squirrels, employees or family members of employees of this blogspot not eligible. Void in Hawaii, Alaska and Upper New York State.]

Friday, May 16, 2014












FINAL EXAMS WEEK



"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

George Santyana

BUT the 5th Grade final will be a test over all 44 Presidents. Remember you will be provided dates in American history and you will need to place the President next to that time period. So study all 44, first and last names with the dates of their administrations.

We will review on Monday - but we will also prepare for our DEBATES for next week!

Thursday, May 8, 2014


 










The Prelude to the Civil War 1820-1860

"When I strike, the bees will begin to swarm, and I want you to help hive them."

John Brown

There's a storm coming....

...and it is already here in our class discussions.

With the violence of Bloody Kansas and the fiery terrorism of John Brown, the country is heading right into a brutal storm that will rock our nation, and rip it apart...the Civil War.

This week we will discuss the causes leading up to the bloodiest conflict in our nation's history - and the most radical conflict. 

Our culture will never be the same again...

...here comes the storm...




TEST next Wednesday!

***KNOW ALL 44 UNITED STATES PRESIDENTS FOR THIS TEST***
...first and last name - dates of their administration... 
Be able to place them into slots of history of our nation! (Like on the last test)






DUE next Monday (May 19th):


  • READ The West, pp. 5-8
  • QUESTIONS pp. 3-4




    • You heard right....this is the FINAL reading assignment in Mr. Johnson's class. Let the parades begin!!!!

      DEADLINE: due next MONDAY! (May 19th)




      KEEP staying aware... 
      ONE CURRENTS entry is due this week.



      DUE: we will do this in class on Thursday  






       





      The INFOGRAPHIC is due TUESDAY (May 27) - the day of the FIRST DEBATE!

      The DEBATE schedule will be in the month of May toward the end of the year.



      Click here for the assignment sheet and rubric..




      DON'T FORGET THE









      REMEMBER THIS IS A 100 POINT ASSIGNMENT
      DUE: THIS THURSDAY, May 15th!


    • RUBRIC and INSTRUCTIONS
    • PRESIDENTIAL LIST


    • Monday, May 5, 2014


       










      Westward Expansion 1820-1860

      "The far-reaching, the boundless future will be the era of American greatness. In its magnificent domain of space and time, the nation of many nations is destined to manifest to mankind the excellence of divine principles; to establish on earth the noblest temple."

      John O'Sullivan

      TEXAS! OREGON! CALIFORNIA! GOLD! 

      Each has significance as we slowly continue moving out west...

      As we continue our analysis of MANIFEST DESTINY this week, we will see the country expand from "sea to shining sea" -literally...


      TEST this week!
      REMEMBER to go over your notes 3-5 minutes daily...


      ***KNOW UP TO 33 UNITED STATES PRESIDENTS FOR THIS TEST***
      ...first and last name - dates of their administration... 






      DUE next Monday (May 12th):

    • READ The West, pp. 1-4
    • QUESTIONS pp. 1-2




      • DEADLINE: due next MONDAY! (May 12th)




        KEEP staying aware... 
        ONE CURRENTS entry is due this week.



        DUE: we will do this in class on Thursday  






         





        The INFOGRAPHIC is due TUESDAY (May 27) - the day of the FIRST DEBATE!

        The DEBATE schedule will be in the month of May toward the end of the year.



        Click here for the assignment sheet and rubric..




        DON'T FORGET THE








        REMEMBER THIS IS A 100 POINT ASSIGNMENT
        DUE: Thursday, May 15 (ONLY 2 WEEKS)

        Friday, April 25, 2014








        SUBJECT: Westward Expansion 1820-1860

        "Go West, young man, go West and grow up with the country."

        Horace Greeley

        The nation was growing, expanding, reaching out - and that meant, berginning with the Louisiana Purchase, to quickly buy, annex, access and win more and more territory - WEST!

        We will analyze and ponder the concept of MANIFEST DESTINY this week - our push into the extreme western frontier as pioneers, farmers, miners, religious migrants, and soldiers.


        Count on another QUIZ this week!
        REMEMBER to go over your notes 3-5 minutes daily...


        ***KNOW UP TO 33 UNITED STATES PRESIDENTS FOR THIS WEEK***
        You know the drill...first and last name - dates of their administration... 




        DUE next Monday (May 5th):


      • READ Reform Era, pp. 5-8
      • QUESTIONS pp. 3-4



        • DEADLINE: due next MONDAY! (May 5th)





          KEEP staying aware... 
          ONE CURRENTS entry is due this week.



          DUE: we will do this in class on Thursday  






           





          The INFOGRAPHIC is due THIS THURSDAY (May 1).

          The DEBATE schedule will be in the month of May toward the end of the year.


          Click here for the assignment sheet and rubric.




          DON'T FORGET THE








          REMEMBER THIS IS A 100 POINT ASSIGNMENT

          DUE: Thursday, May 15 (ONLY 3 WEEKS)


          Thursday, April 17, 2014



          CONTINUED




          Yup - SBAC testing for MATH is continued this week. So Monday and Wednesday will be regular days - Tuesday and Thursday, not as much....but you are pioneers - you can do it!





           










          SUBJECT: The Reform Era 1820-1860

          "No government is lawful or innocent that does not recognize the moral law as the only universal law, and God as the Supreme Lawgiver and Judge, to whom nations in their national capacity, as well as individuals, are amenable."

          Charles Finney


          Let's face it - we started out as a "Christian" nation.
          And that Christian mindset, which brought about the Second Great Awakening, as well as the empowering of "Universal" Male Suffrage (the right to vote), opened up an eruption of REFORM in our early nation.

          We will continue our analysis of the Era of Great Reforms in our growing nation; the move to deal with alcoholism, the momentum to equalize women's rights, and the constant struggle to end slavery....a struggle which will eventually lead to a great war - the Civil War!

          A storm is coming...


          Count on another QUIZ this week!
          REMEMBER to go over your notes 3-5 minutes daily...


          ***KNOW UP TO 33 UNITED STATES PRESIDENTS FOR THIS WEEK***
          You know the drill...first and last name - dates of their administration... 






          DUE next Monday (April 28th):



        • READ Reform Era, pp. 1-4
        • QUESTIONS pp. 1-2




          • DEADLINE: due next MONDAY! (April 28th)




            KEEP staying aware... 
            ONE CURRENTS entry is due this week.



            DUE: we will do this in class on Thursday  







             




            The INFOGRAPHIC is due on May Day (May 1).

            FOR THIS WEEK - work on your final concept and continue your research.

            The DEBATE schedule will be in the month of May toward the end of the year.


            Click here for the assignment sheet and rubric.




            DON'T FORGET THE









            DUE: Thursday, May 15

            Saturday, April 12, 2014












            This week will be the Smarter-Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) testing for LANGUAGE ARTS. So Monday and Wednesday will be regular days - Tuesday and Thursday will be a bit mixed up....but you will survive and do just great!










             





            SUBJECT: North/South Different Paths 1800-1845

            "The Government of the absolute majority instead of the Government of the people is but the Government of the strongest interests; and when not efficiently checked, it is the most tyrannical and oppressive that can be devised."

            John C. Calhoun


            We analyzed the NORTH last week.
            Now what about the SOUTH? This week we will be observing and discussing the southern states during the Pre-Civil War era as our nation continues moving west and going through its growing pains.

            A storm is coming...


            Count on a QUIZ this week!
            REMEMBER to go over your notes 3-5 minutes daily...


            ***KNOW UP TO 28 UNITED STATES PRESIDENTS FOR THIS WEEK***
            YUP!...first and last name as well as the dates of their administration... 





            DUE next Monday (April 21st):

          • READ North and South, pp. 5-8
          • QUESTIONS pp. 3-4





            DEADLINE: due next MONDAY! (April 21st)




            Stay aware of your world! 
            ONE CURRENTS entry is due this week.



            DUE: we will do this in class on Thursday  







             




            CURRENTS now have a real purpose - you will not only be DEBATING a topic drawn from the class CURRENTS assignments, but also producing a table team INFOGRAPHIC, to help you research and prepare for your debates.
            The INFOGRAPHIC will be due on May Day (May 1).

            FOR THIS WEEK - thesis statement and outline - Due Thursday, April 17

            The DEBATE schedule will be in the month of May toward the end of the year.


            Click here for the assignment sheet and rubric.




            DON'T FORGET THE









            DUE: Thursday, May 15

            Friday, April 4, 2014


























             


            SUBJECT: North/South Different Paths 1800-1845
             
            "This Union is my country. The thirty states is my country."

            Henry Clay
            Speech: Preserving the Union (1850)

            With the growth of a new, flourishing country came SECTIONALISM and even DIVISION...but not bloodshed.
            At least not yet...


            As we analyze the early 19th century in our nation's history, we will see a blossoming new nation, vibrant and eager to expand and grow...yet old unfinished arguments (slavery and states' rights) start festering...
            ...a storm is forming just beyond the horizon!...

             
            Count on a QUIZ this week!
            REMEMBER to go over your notes 3-5 minutes daily...


            ***START LEARNING UP TO 33 UNITED STATES PRESIDENTS!***
            YUP!...first and last name as well as the dates of their administration... 



            DUE next Monday (April 14th):




            DEADLINE: due next MONDAY! (April 14th)




            You will only be required to provide ONE CURRENTS entry for each week until the end of the year (yeah!).



            This is to keep you informed about your world...  

            DUE: Completed in class each Thursday 





             



            CURRENTS now have a real purpose - you will not only be DEBATING a topic drawn from the class CURRENTS assignments, but also producing a table team INFOGRAPHIC, to help you research and prepare for your debates.
            The INFOGRAPHIC will be due on May Day (May 1).
            The DEBATE schedule will be in the month of May toward the end of the year.


            Click here for the assignment sheet and rubric.



            DON'T FORGET THE







            DUE: Thursday, May 15


            Saturday, March 29, 2014

















            YOU GUYS HAVE A WONDERFUL SPRING BREAK!
            You earned it! See you in April...

            .

            Friday, March 21, 2014












            SUBJECT: Different Paths  [1800-1845]

            "Our Constitution is no longer a doubtful experiment, and at the end of nearly half a century we find that it has preserved unimpaired the liberties of the people, secured the rights of property, and that our country has improved and is flourishing beyond any former example in the history of nations."
            Andrew Jackson
            Farewell Address
            March 4, 1837

             
            The Era of Good Feelings makes way for the dynamic time of the Andrew Jackson Era. But as our nation grew, underneath was bubbling division - division that would eventually erupt into the violence that would be the Civil War. We are still years away from this tragic event - but it is there...
            ...just on the horizon...

            We will begin discussing the different paths the three major regions of our nation (North, South and West) brought about fantastic growth (and disruption) in our nation's history.
             
            TEST this week! Wednesday!
            The test will cover from Jefferson to the Era of Good Feelings.


            ***KNOW THE FIRST 22 UNITED STATES PRESIDENTS!***
            As you know, their first and last name as well as the dates of their administration must be known... 





            NO READING THIS WEEK!
            (IT'S SPRING BREAK NEXT WEEK)








            DUE THIS THURSDAY!
            Think about what you want to debate!
            We will work on this in-class.


            We will talk about your DEBATES this week...
            We will work on these after SPRING BREAK. 

            Sunday, March 16, 2014













            Hey folks - we have been getting a bit sloppy in my classroom, leaving things behind and not picking them up later at the end of the day.

            SO....from now on, anything left in the LOST AND FOUND in my class will be tossed out at the end of EACH WEEK!!!
            So if you are missing anything and can't find it in the school's LOST AND FOUND, check the one in my class...

            ...or I'm selling it all!!!
            (I'll get my cat paid off one way or another...)