Friday, February 20, 2015


This Week:
HATCHED! - War of 1812 [1800-1815]

"Strike wherever we can reach the enemy, at sea and on land. But if we fail, let us fail like men, lash ourselves to our gallant gars, and expire together in one common struggle, fighting for free trade and seamen's rights."

Henry Clay

Great Britain refused to remove her troops and forts from the territory we gained after the Revolutionary War.

Great Britain was encouraging indian attacks within our western regions.

Great Britain was impressing our sailors on the high seas.

James Madison decided it was time to go toe to toe against our former Mother country...

we are no longer their colonies...




# 21 - Tecumseh...

READING #21

QUESTIONS - read the text FIRST!!!



If you want to work ahead click here for the next reading link, and here for the next questions link. READ THE READING before you complete the questions.







CURRENTS due this week.


To be announced.









Our FOURTH EXPEDITION on the NORTHERN PLAINS will continue this week. You will be presenting your findings so be ready!

KELVIN REPORT!

WHAT is He? WHERE is He?






Sunday, February 15, 2015

This Week:
HATCHED! - Launching a New Nation [1789-1800] - continued


"No, no, not a sixpence!"
Charles Cotesworth Pinckney
United States Minister to France


John Adams had to stare down the French during the X,Y,Z Affair, an unfortunate "misunderstanding" between the French Foreign Minister, Charles Talleyrand, and our envoy - we Americans do not bribe other nations to stop treating us unjustly!

But it showed we were hatching out of the egg! We were establishing ourselves as a real-live nation!...and the world was watching...

But back at home...

Thomas Jefferson came to the White House with some different ideas about DEMOCRACY that would change us - and bring, yet, more power back to the people - what our Founding Fathers originally wished in the Constitution.
This week we will be introduced to the author of our Declaration of Independence and his expansion of our nation - the Louisiana Purchase!



Keep reviewing the first 33 PRESIDENTS! - make sure you know their names (first and last)! 

Remember to go over the "5s" - George, James, John, James, James, William, Calvin . . . 

You can also use the PRESIDENT MAP, if that helps you too...

Here's the PRESIDENTIAL RAP song, it that helps...

Here's the sheet if you need it again.







# 20 - Jefferson 
- is due next Monday.



If you want to work ahead click here for the next reading link, and here for the next questions link. READ THE READING before you complete the questions.







CURRENTS due this week.


To be announced.









We will start analyzing our FOURTH EXPEDITION REGION...the NORTHERN PLAINS...you will receive new Mission Report Sheets to prepare...

KELVIN REPORT!

So WHAT is He and WHERE is He? Do you know yet?






Saturday, February 7, 2015

This Week:
HATCHED! - Launching a New Nation [1789-1800] - continued


"People need freedom, choices, and room to improve, and people should not pay too much money to their government."
Thomas Jefferson

John Adam's Alien & Sedition Acts caused some people distress on a Constitutional level - but a new President, Thomas Jefferson, would return the swing back to the people having more power - and a reduction in the power of government. This week we will analyze the Revolution of 1800 - and a new sense of Democracy...




SINCE WE DID NOT HAVE TIME until Wednesday to go over the PRESIDENTS, we moved that test to THIS MONDAY.

Remember to go over the "5s" - George, James, John, James, James, William, Calvin . . . 

You can also use the PRESIDENT MAP, if that helps you too...

Here's the PRESIDENTIAL RAP song, it that helps...

Be ready to know the first 33 PRESIDENTS! - make sure you know their names (first and last)! 

Here's the sheet if you need it again.





# 19 - John Adams 
- is due next Monday.



If you want to work ahead click here for the next reading link, and here for the next questions link. READ THE READING before you complete the questions.






CURRENTS due this week.


To be announced.







We will continue the THIRD EXPEDITION COMPETITION...the questions will cover the PACIFIC COASTROCKY MOUNTAIN and SOUTHWEST regions...and [you guessed it] your ZINGERS...go over your Mission Report Sheets and be prepared...

KELVIN REPORT!

So WHAT is Kelvin and WHERE is he?





Saturday, January 31, 2015

This Week:
HATCHED! - Launching a New Nation [1789-1800]


"Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives."
John Adams

Our first President, George Washington, established a precedent how U.S. Presidents have acted throughout history. All Presidents (except FDR) have honored two term presidencies, all Presidents place their hand on the Bible when giving their oath to the office, and all Presidents strive to uphold the Constitution (even if we don't always think they are doing so)...

...even our second President, John Adams, tried to uphold the Constitution...but did he really with the Alien & Sedition Acts? We will see...




TEST ON WEDNESDAY OVER THE FIRST 33 PRESIDENTS AND YOUR CLASS NOTES. We will review and discuss...

Be ready to know the first 33 PRESIDENTS! - make sure you know their names (first and last)! 

Here's the sheet if you need it again.

Someone was asking for the PRESIDENTIAL RAP song. Here it is...





# 18 - George Washington 
- is due next Monday.



If you want to work ahead click here for the next reading link, and here for the next questions link. READ THE READING before you complete the questions.






CURRENTS due this week.


To be announced.







THIS WEEK we will hold the THIRD EXPEDITION COMPETITION...the questions will cover the PACIFIC COASTROCKY MOUNTAIN and SOUTHWEST regions...and [you guessed it] your ZINGERS...so get ready!

We will finish up one report on OKLAHOMA....then get our questions ready...

KELVIN REPORT!

Are you getting closer in figuring out WHAT Kelvin is and WHERE he is?





Saturday, January 24, 2015

This Week:
HATCHED! - Creating a Constitution [1777-1789] - continued


"Our peculiar security is in the possession of a written Constitution. Let us not make it a blank paper by construction."
Thomas Jefferson

As our Founding Fathers met to provide the U.S. Constitution, a "BUNDLE OF COMPROMISES", some were not too excited. They wanted to keep the Articles of Confederation and maintain a Confederation of the 13 individual states - not a larger, federal government. But they were willing to COMPROMISE and sign it if one accommodation was made - adding a BILL OF RIGHTS.


Our government was leaving its nest...
Our first President was coming into power...
Our nation was just beginning to fly...




TEST NEXT WEEK OVER THE FIRST 33 PRESIDENTS AND YOUR CLASS NOTES. We will review and discuss...

Keep learning your U.S. 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.







# 17 - The U.S. Constitution 
- is due next Monday.



If you want to work ahead click here for the next reading link, and here for the next questions link. READ THE READING before you complete the questions.







CURRENTS due this week.


To be announced.









THIS WEEK you and your table team will be presenting to the class what you have discovered about your states in the SOUTHWEST region.

NEXT WEEK we will hold the THIRD EXPEDITION COMPETITION...the questions will cover the PACIFIC COASTROCKY MOUNTAIN and SOUTHWEST regions...and [drum roll] ZINGERS...so get ready!

KELVIN REPORT!

Are you getting closer in figuring out WHAT Kelvin is and WHERE he is?






Monday, January 19, 2015

This Week:
HATCHED! - Creating a Constitution [1777-1789]


"The happy Union of these States is a wonder; their Constitution a miracle; their example the hope of Liberty throughout the world."
James Madison

We are on the verge of creating the U.S. Constitution...but it will take convincing half the nation of Southerners to either give up slavery...or COMPROMISE...and force small states to give up their equal representation...or COMPROMISE...and nudge larger states to not demand more representation...or COMPROMISE...

...hmmm...I guess the whole thing was a "BUNDLE OF COMPROMISES"...and it kept our freedom alive!





Keep learning your U.S. 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.


Declaration of Independence PREAMBLE

SO, CAN YOU STILL DO THE ONE BREATH CHALLENGE?!?

Click here for a copy of the Declaration of Independence.







# 16 - The U.S. Constitution 
- is due next Monday.










CURRENTS due this week.


To be announced.









THIS IS IT!
Thursday during projects/music we will be the FINAL NATIONAL GEOGRAPHY BEE COMPETITION between 5th Grader's CHAMPIONS and the 6th Grader CONTENDERS. Come ready to take the challenge together ( you will all be writing out your answers along with the contestants - see how well you do... ).

We will determine who will be the honorary NGB AGENT for North Idaho STEM!

In the morning, we will be moving onto our next USA Expedition - the SOUTHWEST!







Sunday, January 11, 2015

This Week:
HATCHED! - Creating a Constitution [1777-1789]


"...We, the People, instead of We, the States? States are the characteristics, and the soul of the confederation.
If the States be not the agents of this compact, it must be one of great consolidated National Government of the people of all the States."

Patrick Henry
Virginia Debates, 1788

Our nation, while fighting the British, had a government system under the Articles of Confederation. But it had many weaknesses that needed to be addressed - this week we continue our analysis leading up to the Constitutional Convention...and the beginning of our New Nation!






Keep learning your U.S. 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.


Declaration of Independence PREAMBLE

SO, CAN YOU STILL DO THE ONE BREATH CHALLENGE?!?

Click here for a copy of the Declaration of Independence.





# 15 - The Revolution 
- is due this Monday.



THIS WEEK - our READING will be a bit different. We have a SPECIAL TREAT - we will be going to The Hermitage in Tennessee (the home of President Andrew Jackson) through out IEN PROJECTION SYSTEM on Wednesday.

I will give you questions I want you to ponder and answer from that presentation. Since we won't have a work day this week due to this event, these questions will be your reading assignment for next Monday.

I'll fill you in on Monday...we will go back to our regular reading next week...





CURRENTS due this week.


To be announced.







THIS IS IT!
Thursday we will be taking the PRELIMINARY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHY BEE COMPETITION for 5th Grade. We will prepare to go up against the 6th Graders (NEXT THURSDAY - January 22nd).

Even if we are not completely ready, it will be GREAT to get you ready for the contest...so you too may be NGB AGENTS!!!






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...