Weekly Plan – May 15th to May 19th

3rd Grade

This week students will conclude their work on their booklet on the Great Plains.

Tuesday – Great Plains Booklet – Work Day

Thursday – Great Plains Booklet – Work Day

Friday – Great Plains Booklet – Final Work Day

Students have been practicing using titles and lists to help organize their information.  They will be presenting their sample pages on Tuesday and then should have finished their booklets by Friday.

 

5th Grade

This week students will continue revisions on their Spanish Armada projects.

Tuesday – Spanish Armada – Effective Summarizing

Thursday – Spanish Armada – Project Day

Friday – Spanish Armada – Project Day

 

On Tuesday, students will be working on their summarizing/templates.  I will then give them Thursday and Friday to work on their Spanish Armada projects.  Once again, the major goals/areas of focus for students are:

1 – Presenting information in a clear and logical order to show the chronology of the events of the Spanish Armada.

2 – Using short summaries and templates to maximize time.

3 – Using lines/symbols to help show order/progression.

 

6th Grade

This week students will begin to study the topic of taxation – looking at how governments both raise and spend money.

Monday – Taxation

Wednesday – Taxation – Research Day

Friday – Taxation – Making Charts

 

Students will be working on another research project for this topic with the main focus on showing them how to create basic graphs/charts to help people visualize government spending and revenue.  This can be done using PowerPoint, Keynote, or Google Slides.  I will demonstrate this in class on Friday and then students will have over the weekend to make their own.

Students will be asked to research the following questions :

1 – How much revenue in total did the Federal Government collect in 2013?

2 – What were the different sources of this revenue (percentages)?

3 – How much in total did the Federal Government spend in 2013?

4 – What were the major areas of federal spending in 2013 (percentages)?

 

The class is making very good progress using their computers so far.  I would normally recommend only that students have access to their own computer in 7th grade, and there will still be Chromebooks available, but it is definitely much easier to create some of these visuals/graphs using PowerPoint or Keynote than Google slides.  If you are thinking of purchasing a computer please get in touch with me and I can make some recommendations.  There is also an online PowerPoint option available at a relatively small cost.

 

7th Grade

This week students will continue their study on the Early Middle Ages.  Please see last weeks plan for more details.

 

This week students will be learning how to present both their paper and slideshow presentations with a focus on:

 

1 – Avoiding reading off the slide.

2 – Keeping eye contact with the audience.

3 – Creating easy/automatic transitions.

 

 

8th Grade

This week students will be continuing their projects on the history of the 1950s and 1960s/Tom Lehrer Songs.

I will be recording students starting this week.  During this time, other students can continue working on their presentation boards.  I am planning to have a public performance, hopefully towards the end of the month.

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Weekly Plan – May 8th to May 13th

3rd Grade

This week students will conclude their work on their booklet on the Great Plains.

Tuesday – Great Plains Booklet – Work Day

Thursday – Great Plains Booklet – Work Day

Friday – Great Plains Booklet – Work Day

This week students will be focusing on how to use templates to effectively summarize and write their information about farming, mining, and foods.  They should have finished copying over their rough draft onto their final sheet by Tuesday and then will spend Thursday and Friday putting the final touches to their work.

 

5th Grade

This week students will continue revisions on their Spanish Armada projects.

Tuesday – No Class – Willy Wonka Rehearsal – Substitute

Thursday – Spanish Armada – Effective Summarizing

Friday – Spanish Armada – Note Card Making

 

Over the last week/weekend I asked students to make a variety of different note cards/flaps which they could reuse during class which will save them significant time.  This week we will be working on creating effective summaries which will also save them considerable time – allowing them to then focus on how to develop their themes and visual clues (see last week’s weekly plan for more details).

 

6th Grade

This week students will continue their research paper project on voting in the United States.

Monday – Research Paper – Review

Wednesday – Research Paper – Work Day

Friday – Research Paper – Work Day

 

On Monday I’ll be reviewing some student examples in class and giving direct feedback so students can then work towards completing their final projects.  I have not given a final due date as I really want to see what the students have come up with by themselves on Monday.  However, they will probably be due on Monday of next week if everything goes to plan.

 

7th Grade

This week students will continue their study on the Early Middle Ages.  Please see last weeks plan for more details.

I will want to have the presentations completed by the end of this week.  If students think they need additional time I can give them an extension over the weekend to finalize their work but this needs to be arranged in class.  We will then start work on their oral presentations next week.

 

If students have laptops they should bring them into class.  If not, I will get hold of some Chromebooks to help them work/research.

 

8th Grade

This week students will be continuing their projects on the history of the 1950s and 1960s/Tom Lehrer Songs.

All the backing tracks have been uploaded (please scroll down this page).  I will begin recording hopefully mid-week and should be finished by early next week.  Students will then continue to work on their presentations/filming their music videos.

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Middle Projects – Question Sheets

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Weekly Plan – May 1st to May 5th

3rd Grade

This week students will continue their work on their booklet on the Great Plains.  They should have their rough draft finished by Thursday and will start on their final version on Friday.

Tuesday – Great Plains Booklet – Rough Draft Day

Thursday – Great Plains Booklet – Rough Draft Day

Friday – Great Plains Booklet – Final Version Day

The main goal for the next week is to get students really thinking about how to place both words and writing on their work to make the best use of the available space.  There is no homework but students can continue looking for appropriate images in the areas of farming, mining, and food processing if they wish.

 

5th Grade

This week students will continue revisions on their Spanish Armada projects.

Tuesday – Spanish Armada – Effective Summarizing

Thursday – Spanish Armada – Consistency in Themes

Friday – Spanish Armada – Project Day

Students need to really understand/use two main strategies for this project.  The first is to effectively research and make notes which they can then use later on their projects in a streamlined manner.  Currently students are writing far too much which actually gets in the way of completing their tasks.  They are also not really developing a consistent theme when it comes to creating titles or other visual clues which help to guide people around their work.  There is no homework this week but students can find additional images of the Spanish Armada for their posters if they wish.

 

6th Grade

This week students will being a research paper project on voting in the United States.

Monday – Project/Skills Introduction

Wednesday – Research Day

Friday – Research Day

Students will be creating an informative paper which answers the following questions:

1 – What is the voting age in the United States/California?

2 – What rules are there for people running for President, Senator, and the House of Representatives?

3 – What rules are there for people running for state offices?

4 – What rules does California have for in and around voting places?

5 – What different ways can people vote?

 

I showed students in class today how they can use PowerPoint or other presentation software to make reports in a much easier way than a program like Word which makes it rather more difficult to include text boxes, images, or graphics.  In particular I would like students to practice incorporating the following items into their papers to help them stand out while being more informative/entertaining:

 

1 – Background theme images

2 – Alternating but consistent styles of text

3 – Framing and/or annotating images

 

If students have their own laptops with PowerPoint it would be advantageous to bring them in.  However if they don’t then they can use the Chromebooks with google’s own presentation software.

7th Grade

This week students will begin their study on the Early Middle Ages.  This unit will be slightly different as the students themselves are going to take the lead in preparing visual/oral presentations to help inform their classes about the following topics:

  • European Geography
  • Missionaries & Monks
  • The Franks
  • The Vikings
  • The Feudal & Manor Systems
  • The Norman Conquest
  • Towns and Trade

Students will be asked to create a PowerPoint presentation which will be posted online for their fellow students to review at home.  There will also be a traditional poster to be used in class.  The key to this project is for students to realize that what they create for one project can be used for the other and that they should use their email accounts to send each other materials/ideas.  The basic schedule is as follows:

Week 1 – Research and instruction in how to create appealing PowerPoint presentations.

Week 2 – Students should have their presentations finished by the end of the week.

Week 3 – Students will be presenting and sharing information in class.

Week 4 – Students will be working on a information book project on the Middle Ages aimed at a younger audience (3-4th grade level).

 

If students have laptops they should bring them into class.  If not, I will get hold of some Chromebooks to help them work/research.

 

A reminder as well that the essay on the fall of the Western Roman Empire is due on Thursday before 8:00 PM

 

8th Grade

This week students will be continuing their projects on the history of the 1950s and 1960s/Tom Lehrer Songs.

 

I am currently in the process of recording the last of the backing tracks and should have the last of them up by Wednesday.  We will begin recording next week with the groups whose tracks have been up the longest going first.

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7th Grade – Early Middle Ages – Projects & Presentations

This week the 7th graders will be beginning some special projects about the history of the early middle ages.

 

Students will be working in pairs to craft a presentation which will then be used by other members of the class to learn about the various topics in the unit.  These topics include:

 

1 – The Geography of Europe

2 – Missionaries and Monks

3 – The Franks

4 – The Vikings

5 – The Feudal System

6 – The Manor System

7 – William the Conqueror

8 – Towns and Trade

 

Students will be given more details once they have their pairs.  It would be advantageous for students to bring their laptops, if they have them, with them to class over the next few weeks so they can research and work on their presentations.

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Tom Lehrer – 8th Grade Song Files

Here are the song files to help students learn their songs.  I’ll add the others as I make them so please be patient.  I should have the last up by early next week.

 

National Brotherhood Week

 

Normal Pitch – Song File MP3

 

Pollution

 

Normal Pitch – Song File MP3

Lower Pitch 1 – Song File MP3

Lower Pitch 2 – Song File MP3

Higher Pitch 1 – Song File MP3

Higher Pitch 2 – Song File MP3

Demo – Song File MP3

Smut

 

Normal Pitch – Song File MP3

Lower Pitch 1 – Song File MP3

Lower Pitch 2 – Song File MP3

Higher Pitch 1 – Song File MP3

Higher Pitch 2 – Song File MP3

Demo – Song File MP3

So Long Mom

 

Normal Pitch – Song File – MP3

Lower Pitch 1 – Song File – MP3

Lower Pitch 2 – Song File – MP3

Higher Pitch 1 – Song File – MP3

Higher Pitch 2 – Song File – MP3

Demo – Song File MP3

The Folk Song Army

 

Normal Pitch – Song File MP3

Lower Pitch 1 – Song File MP3

Lower Pitch 2 – Song File MP3

Higher Pitch 1 – Song File MP3

Higher Pitch 2 – Song File MP3

Demo – Song File MP3

The Old Dope Peddler

 

Normal Pitch – Song File MP3

Lower Pitch 1 – Song File MP3

Lower Pitch 2 – Song File MP3

Higher Pitch 1 – Song File MP3

Higher Pitch 2 – Song File MP3

Demo – Song File MP3

The Wild West is Where I Want to Be

 

Normal Pitch – Song File MP3

Lower Pitch 1 – Song File MP3

Lower Pitch 2 – Song File MP3

Higher Pitch 1 – Song File MP3

Higher Pitch 2 – Song File MP3

Demo – Song File MP3

Werner Von Braun

 

Normal Pitch – Song File MP3

Lower Pitch 1 – Song File MP3

Lower Pitch 2 – Song File MP3

Higher Pitch 1 – Song File MP3

Higher Pitch 2 – Song File MP3

Demo – Song File MP3

We Will All Go Together When We Go

 

Normal Pitch – Song File MP3

Lower Pitch 1 – Song File MP3

Lower Pitch 2 – Song File MP3

Higher Pitch 1 – Song File MP3

Higher Pitch 2 – Song File MP3

Demo – Song File MP3

Who’s Next

 

Normal Pitch – Song File MP3

Lower Pitch 1 – Song File MP3

Lower Pitch 2 – Song File MP3

Higher Pitch 1 – Song File MP3

Higher Pitch 2 – Song File MP3

Demo – Song File MP3

 

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7th Grade – Fall of the Roman Empire

 

Essay Question : What internal and external factors led to the decline and fall of the Western Roman Empire?

 

Main Focus : Students should reflect on how the different factors which contributed to the decline and fall of the Western Roman Empire impacted/reinforced each other.

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Weekly Plan – March 13th to March 17th

3rd Grade

This week students will continue their work on their map of the eastern United States.

Tuesday – United States Map – Project Day – Titles

Thursday – United States Map – Project Day – Titles & Information Cards

Friday – United States Map – Project Day

We will be doing some research in class to find national parks but if students want to do their own at home and find pictures (small size only please) they can do so.

 

5th Grade

This week students will conclude their study of the Inca Empire and begin looking at later Spanish explorers.

Tuesday – The Fall of the Inca Empire – Essay Revision Day

Thursday – Ponce de Leon & Coronado

Friday – Hernando de Soto

On Friday students will get a small homework on the explorations of Hernando de Soto.  This will be due on Tuesday of next week.

 

6th Grade

This week students will commence their study of the Government of the United States.

Monday – Federalism

Wednesday – The Three Branches of Government

Friday – Three Branches – Project Day

Students will receive a small homework on Monday on the basic ideas and functions of federalism.  This will be due on Friday.

 

7th Grade

This week students will continue their study of Ancient Rome by working on their group project based on the life of Augustus.

Monday – Augustus Mural – Project Day

Tuesday – Augustus Mural – Project Day

Thursday – Augustus Mural – Project Day

There is no homework due this week.

 

8th Grade

This week students will be looking at the eras of McCarthyism and Civil Rights.

Monday – China and Korea

Thursday – McCarthyism

Friday – The Civil Rights Era

There is no homework due this week.

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Weekly Plan – February 27th to March 3rd

3rd Grade

This week students will continue their work on their map of the eastern United States.

Tuesday – United States Map – Project Day

Thursday – United States Map – Project Day

Friday – United States Map – Project Day

There is no homework this week.

 

5th Grade

This week students will continue their study of the Inca Empire.

Tuesday – The Inca Empire – Project Day

Thursday – The Inca Empire – Project Day

Friday – The Fall of the Inca Empire

Students will be working on their Inca Empire projects in class on Tuesday and Thursday.  The final project will be due at the end of class on Thursday.  There is no homework due this week.

 

6th Grade

This week students will conclude their study of the bill of rights.

Monday – Bill of Rights – Essay Writing/Revision

Wednesday – Bill of Rights – Essay Writing/Revision

Friday – Bill of Rights – Essay Writing/Revision

 

Students will be writing and revising their essays during the week with the final version due at the end of class on Friday.  There is no other homework due this week.

 

7th Grade

This week students will continue their study of Ancient Rome.

Monday – The Punic Wars

Wednesday – The Republic in Crisis

Thursday – Julius Caesar

Students will be working on an election poster for Tiberius Gracchus which will be due on Monday of next week.  There is no other homework due.

 

8th Grade

This week students will be working on their posters about the origins and early years of the Cold War.

Monday – Cold War – Project Day

Thursday – Cold War – Project Day

Friday – Cold War – Project Day

 

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Weekly Plan – December 23rd to December 27th

3rd Grade

This week students will continue their study of the states of the Midwest.

Tuesday – The Midwest States – Economy – Project Day

Thursday – The Midwest States – Economy – Project Day

Friday – The Midwest States – Crossword

There is no homework this week.

 

5th Grade

This week students will continue their study of the Inca Empire.

Tuesday – The Inca Empire – Project Day

Thursday – The Inca Empire – Project Day

Friday – The Fall of the Inca Empire

Students will be working on their Inca Empire projects in class on Tuesday and Thursday.  The final project will be due on Tuesday of next week.

 

6th Grade

This week students will continue their study of the Bill of Rights.

Monday – The Second Amendment

Wednesday – The Third and Fourth Amendments

Friday – The Fifth Amendment

 

There is no homework due this week.

 

7th Grade

This week students will conclude their study of Japanese history.

Monday – Unit Test

Wednesday – Polynesian Geography

Thursday – The History of Polynesia

Students will complete their Japan test on Monday before moving onto a short unit about the history and culture of Polynesia.  There is no homework due this week.

 

8th Grade

This week students will start the conclusion of the WW2 unit by looking at the war in the pacific in 1944 and 1945.

Monday – Hiroshima & Nagasaki

Thursday – Post-War Europe

Friday – Essay Preparation Day

 

Students will be working on a short in-class essay beginning on Friday with the following question:

” For what reasons were the Allies eventually able to defeat the Axis forces in World War Two”.

The essay will focus on students assessing the following areas/sub-topics :

1 – Geography : To what degree did the geographies of nations impact their ability to wage/win the war?

2 – Industry : In what different ways did nations harness their industrial capabilities during the war?

3 – Strategy : What strategic decisions contributed to key victories or defeats?

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