Presentation Techniques & Skills

Please review the information in the image below as you begin to create some of your first organizers and posters.  This especially applies to students in the 5th, 6th, and 7th grades.  Please click on the image for a full size/clearer version.

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Weekly Plan – August 29th to September 2nd

3rd Grade

This week students will continue their study of the different regions of the United States by looking at the history and economy of New England.

Monday – The New England States – History

Tuesday – The New England States – Economy

Thursday – The New England States – Economy Project Day

There is no homework this week but students may wish to find and print some online images based on the farming, manufacturing, fishing, and tourism of the New England region.

 

5th Grade

This week students will conclude their look at the technologies which enabled early exploration and will begin to look at the journey of Marco Polo.

Tuesday – New Technologies – Project Day

Thursday – Marco Polo

Friday – Marco Polo – Project Day

Students should have their new technologies project finished for Tuesday.  On Thursday we will begin to study the travels of Marco Polo with students receiving instructions for an upcoming project/timeline.  We will continue to work on this in class next week.

 

6th Grade

 

This week students will being their study about the impact of Magna Carta on limiting the powers of rulers and the goals of Enlightened Despotism.

Monday – Magna Carta

Wednesday – Magna Carta – Project Day

Friday – Enlightened Despotism

Students will be working on a small project on the elements of democracies and dictatorships which will be due on Friday.  Students will start work on a small organizer on the philosophy of Enlightened Despotism which will be due on Monday of next week.

 

7th Grade

 

This week students will conclude their study of historical concepts by looking at the structure of societies, economics, and geography (scroll down the linked page to find the presentations for these other units)

Wednesday – Societies

Thursday – Economics

Friday – Geography

Students should remember to have their timeline on the history of religions ready to be handed in at the beginning of study hall on Tuesday.

 

8th Grade

 

This week students will commence their study of the era of the Great Depression.

Monday – The Boom Economy of the 1920s.

Tuesday – Causes of the Crash & Depression

Wednesday – Causes of the Crash & Depression

Students should remember to email me their essay on the society of the 1920s by 8:00 PM on Monday.

There will be no essay assigned this week but students may wish to prepare for an upcoming in-class essay (with limited time) based on the following question:

In what ways did Roosevelt’s New Deal programs attempt to deal with the causes, events, and consequences of the Great Depression?

 

We will be writing this essay after concluding the next unit in around 2 weeks time.  Students will be allowed to use a detailed plan in class while writing the essay.

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Elements of Democracy & Dictatorships – Spare Sheets

Save and print the images below if you need a spare sheet to complete the project over the weekend.

 

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8th Grade – Writing Skills – Initial Objectives

These are some items we went over in class last year but which bear repeating as they will be what I am looking out for in the first essay to be completed by Monday.

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8th Grade Movie Project – Music Files

I’ve put the background music files on the website here.  Please click on the link to download.

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5th grade project – Instructions update

Students will be working on a project showing the important of the following technologies to early sailors:

 

  • Astrolabes
  • Compasses
  • Triangular Sails
  • Caravels
  • Rudders

 

Students will be working on a small poster and will also be expected to select two of these technologies and make a small example of them which can be attached to their work.  Students can use the backs of these examples to give more information about them or can hide other items beneath them to create a 3-dimensional work.  More instructions and materials will be given out in class over the week but students can start by researching some images of the items they wish to do.

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8th Graders – Extra Credit – 1920s & 1930s Songs

8th Grade students have the opportunity to record their own version or versions of famous songs from the 1920s and early 1930s.  Please go to the page here to download materials and instructions.  If students do wish to do this then I would appreciate if they could complete the task before the end of September.

Students do not need to have a microphone or professional recording software to complete this assignment.  If they, or a friend, have an iPhone/ipad with garageband then its all they need.  Students can send me their fully completed track or, if they wish to, they can send me the audio of their voice only which I can then mix using my copy of Logic Pro.

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Weekly Plan – August 22nd to August 26th

3rd Grade

This week students will continue their study of the different regions of the United States by looking at the states of New England.

Monday – The New England States – Geography Project Day

Tuesday – The New England States – Geography Project Day

Thursday – The New England States – Geography Project Day

Students will be completing their first maps this week.  Please be on the look out for examples of them posted on here on Friday.

 

5th Grade

This week students will continue their study of the Age of Exploration by looking at the technologies which allowed them to do so.

Tuesday – New Technologies

Thursday – New Technologies – Project Day

Friday – New Technologies – Project Day

Students will be working on a project about the new technologies which allowed for longer voyages of exploration during the 15th and 16th centuries.  This would have been started last week but we took a little longer on the map assignment than anticipated.  Students will be given time in class to complete the project each day this week and can also take it home or work on it during study hall.

 

6th Grade

 

This week students will being their study about the development of constitutional government in the United States by learning about the key elements which distinguish democracies and dictatorships.  On Friday we will begin to look at the impact of Magna Carta on limiting the powers of rulers.

Monday – Elements of Democracy & Dictatorships

Wednesday – Elements of Democracy & Dictatorships – Project Day

Friday – Magna Carta

Students will be working on a small project on the elements of democracies and dictatorships which will be due on Friday.

 

7th Grade

 

This week students will continue their study of world history by looking at the differences between democracies and dictatorships, the emergence of nationalities, and the development of religion (scroll down the linked page to find the presentations for these other units)

Wednesday – Democracies & Dictatorships

Thursday – Nationalities

Friday – Religions

Students should remember to have their organizers on the different forms of government ready by Wednesday.  Students will be beginning work on a timeline about the development of religions on Friday. This will be due on Thursday of next week with time given the previous Wednesday to work on it in class.

 

8th Grade

 

This week students will continue their study of the era of prohibition and the roaring 20s.

Monday – Changing Societies in the 1920s

Tuesday – Music & Culture of the Jazz Age

Wednesday – Essay – Preparation Day.

Students will be concluding their study of this first unit on Wednesday.  On that day I will give them the first essay question and will go over a few of the basic strategies/instructions to make a plan.  The completed essay will have to be emailed to me by 8:00 PM on Monday of next week.

There is also an extra credit opportunity for students to record their own version/versions of a famous jazz/blues song from the era of the 1920s/1930s.  Materials to do this will be posted early this week.

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New School Year – Welcome Back

Welcome back to the 2016-17 school year.  As with last year I will be posting weekly updates about whats going on in each class.  Please check back from time to time for information on class projects, student work, and additional resources to help your child study and complete assignments.

 

3rd Grade

This week students will begin their study of the different regions of the United States by looking at the states of New England.

Monday – The New England States – Geography

Tuesday – The New England States – Geography Project Day

Thursday – The New England States – Geography Project Day

There is no homework due this week but students can, if they wish, research some images about the geography of New England for their projects.

 

5th Grade

This week students will begin their study of the Age of Exploration by looking at the reasons why Europeans began exploring the world and the technologies which allowed them to do so.

Tuesday – Reasons for Exploration & New Technologies

Thursday – New Technologies – Project Day

Friday – New Technologies – Project Day

Students will be working on a project about the new technologies which allowed for longer voyages of exploration during the 15th and 16th centuries.  They will be allowed to take their work home after Friday’s class and the final version will be due on Tuesday of next week.

 

6th Grade

 

This week students will being their study about the development of constitutional government in the United States by learning about the different forms of government and their functions during the course of human history.

Monday – Different Forms of Government

Wednesday – Different Forms of Government – Project Day

Friday – Different Forms of Government – Project Day

Students will be working on a project about the different forms of government which different societies have created over the previous 4,000 years.  The can use the internet to research appropriate images to use in class on Wednesday and Friday.  The final version will be due on Monday of next week.

 

7th Grade

 

This week students will begin their study of world history but looking a key concepts such as government and nations.

Wednesday – Forms of Government

Thursday – Forms of Government – Project

Friday – Nations

Students will be working on a small in-class organizer on different forms of government which will be due on Wednesday of next week.

 

8th Grade

 

This week students will being their study of U.S. History by looking at the Inter-War years starting with prohibition and the roaring 20s.  We will also be reviewing the movie instructions for their 7th grade work project which will be due at the end of the month.

Monday – Movie Instructions

Tuesday – North America in the 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Wednesday – The Prohibition Era – Growth of the Temperance Movement.

There is no homework due this week.  However, students should make sure that their gmail account is up to date as they will be using googledocs to submit their written work this year.

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7th Grade – Summer Reading

This upcoming year I would like to look at a few additional units later on in the second semester which will require a slight condensing of the first three units (Prehistory, Mesopotamia, and Egypt).  We will do a quick summary of these topics at the start of the year but it would be greatly beneficial if students could do some pre-reading and complete this sheet:

Summer History Reading – Worksheet

All the readings can be found online by clicking on the links below:

Prehistory Unit

Mesopotamia Unit

Egypt Unit

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