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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Weekly Plan – January 16th to January20th

3rd Grade

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

Tuesday – The Midwest States – Map Project Day

Thursday – The Midwest States – History and People

Friday – The Midwest States – Economy

There is no homework this week.

 

5th Grade

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

Tuesday – The Inca Empire

Thursday – The Inca Empire – Project Day

Friday – The Inca Empire – Project Day

Students will be working on a poster about the religion, government, society, geography, and economy of the Inca Empire in class later in the week and then partially next week.  There is no homework due this week.

 

6th Grade

This week students will concluded their project on the different amendments to the constitution.

Monday – Constitutional Amendments – Project Day

Wednesday – Constitutional Amendments – Project Day

Friday – Constitutional Amendments – Project Day

 

There is no homework due this week.

 

7th Grade

This week students will conclude their study of Japanese history.

Monday – Test Preparation Day

Wednesday – Test Preparation Day

Thursday – Unit Test

Students will be preparing for their test on Monday and Tuesday before taking it on Thursday.  There is no homework due this week though students can make a test revision sheet for extra credit to be handed in on the day of the test.

 

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 – The Manhattan Project

Thursday – Iwo Jima & Okinawa

Friday – Strategic Bombing of Japan

 

There is no homework due this week.

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Weekly Plan – January 9th to January 13th

3rd Grade

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

Tuesday – The Midwest States – Map

Thursday – The Midwest States – Map Project Day

Friday – The Midwest States – People & History

There is no homework this week.

 

5th Grade

This week students will continue their study of the fall of the Aztec Empire.

Tuesday – Fall of the Aztec Empire – Project Day

Thursday – Fall of the Aztec Empire – Project Day

Friday – Fall of the Aztec Empire – Project Day

Students will be working on a timeline showing the reasons for the fall of the Aztec Empire during this next week with the final version due on Tuesday of next week.

 

6th Grade

This week students will continue to learn about the means by which the Constitution is amended and examples of these over history.

Monday – Constitutional Amendments – Project Day

Wednesday – Constitutional Amendments – Project Day

Friday – Constitutional Amendments – Project Day

 

7th Grade

This week students will continue their study of Japanese history.

Monday – The Tokugawa Shogunate

Wednesday – The Tokugawa Shogunate – Project Day

Thursday – The Tokugawa Shogunate – Project Day

Students will have until Thursday to finish their projects on the challenges to the shogunate.  They will also be working on a chart of the different levels of Japanese society under the Tokugawa shogunate which will be due on Wednesday of next week.

 

8th Grade

This week students will be writing their essay on the Holocaust and Rwanda Genocide.  We will do a review on Monday of the materials and plan.  Students will then have Thursday and Friday to begin drafting/writing in class.  Chromebook will be available but students can bring in their own computers if they wish.  The final essay should be submitted before 9:00 PM on Monday of next week.

Monday – Essay Planning Day

Thursday – Essay Writing Day

Friday – Essay Writing Day

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Weekly Plan – November 28th to December 2nd

3rd Grade

This week students will commence their study of the states of the Southeast.

Tuesday – The Southeast States – Map

Wednesday – The Southeast States – Map Project Day

Thursday – The Southeast States – People & History

There is no homework this week.

 

5th Grade

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

 

Friday – The Aztec Empire – Project Day

Owing to the timetable changes students will have Friday’s class to complete their project which will be due at the end of class.

 

6th Grade

 

There are no 6th grade classes this week.

 

7th Grade

This week students will continue their study of Japanese history.

Monday – Heian Japan.

Wednesday – Heian Japan Projects

 

Students will be working on a fan project on the culture of Heian Japan which we will continue with next week.

 

8th Grade

This week students will continue their study of World War Two by looking at the Holocaust and then comparing it to the more recent Rwanda Genocide of the mid-1990s.

Tuesday – Planning the Final Solution

Wednesday – Treblinka & Auschwitz

Friday – Liberating the Camps

 

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Weekly Plan – November 14th to November 18th

3rd Grade

This week students will conclude their study of the states of the Appalachian highlands.

 

Tuesday – Appalachian Highlands – Economy Project

Thursday – Appalachian Highlands – Crossword Day

Friday – Appalachian Highlands – Map Project

There is no homework this week.

 

5th Grade

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

Tuesday – The Aztec Empire – Instructions & Project Day

Thursday – The Aztec Empire – Project Day

Friday – The Aztec Empire – Project Day

 

 

Over the next week students will be working on a project on the history and culture of the Aztec Empire of South America focusing on its government, society, and religious beliefs.  Students can research there own images but I also have sheets available here.  There is no homework due this week.  Students will be able to take their projects home with them on Friday and then will have one additional class once we get back from Thanksgiving break before handing them in.

 

6th Grade

 

This week students will continue to look at the creation of the U.S. Constitution by seeing how different compromises were reached between smaller/larger and free/slave states.

Monday – The Great and 3/5ths Compromises – Project Day

Wednesday – The Separation of Powers

Friday – Ratifying the Constitution

Students will be working on two projects to do with the Great and 3/5ths Compromises which will be due on Friday at the start of class.

 

 

7th Grade

This week students will commence their study of Japanese history.

Monday – Japanese Geography.

Wednesday – Early Japan

Thursday – The Influence of China & Korea

 

Students will have a vocab sheet and map to complete by the start of class on Thursday.

 

 

8th Grade

This week students will continue their study of World War Two by looking at the war on the Eastern Front in 1942/43.

Wednesday – The Battle of Stalingrad

Thursday – The Battle of Kursk

Friday – Primary Source Analysis – German Soldier at Stalingrad

 

There will be no specific essay on this unit, however students are working towards a major essay at the end of the overall WW2 unit with the following question:

“What different factors would eventually lead to the defeats of Nazi Germany and Japan in World War Two”?

Students will be asked to consider the following factors and the roles they played, creating an essay in which they begin to attribute varying levels of importance backed up by evidence:

1 – Leadership

2 – Wartime Production

3 – Military Strategy

4 – Geography

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Weekly Plan – October 31st to November 4th

3rd Grade

This week students will continue their study of the states of the Appalachian highlands.

 

Tuesday – Appalachian Highlands – Geography Project

Thursday – Appalachian Highlands – Geography Project

Friday – Appalachian Highlands – Economy Project

There is no homework this week.

 

5th Grade

This week students will continue their projects on the voyage of Ferdinand Magellan.

Tuesday – Ferdinand Magellan – Project Day

Thursday – Ferdinand Magellan – Project Day

Friday – Ferdinand Magellan – Project Day

 

On Tuesday and Thursday students will be expected to complete their maps and then commence their summaries/illustrations of the events of Magellan’s voyage on Friday.

 

1 – Sketch the route on the map first and then look at what areas are needed and which are not.  You can then use these unneeded areas for your summaries and illustrations.

 

2 – Remember to organize your summaries and illustrations in a way that they match the locations at which events took place.

 

 

6th Grade

 

This week students will continue their study of the Declaration of Independence and then review the Articles of Confederation and their strengths/weaknesses.

Monday – Halloween – No Class

Wednesday – The Declaration of Independence – Analysis

Friday – The Articles of Confederation

There is no homework due this week.

 

 

7th Grade

This week students will conclude their study of Ancient Greece by preparing for their first unit test.

Monday – No Class – Halloween.

Wednesday – Unit Test – Writing Preparation

Thursday – Ancient Greece – Unit Test

 

Students should revise for their tests but there is no other work due this week.

 

8th Grade

This week students will continue their study of World War Two by looking at the attack on Pearl Harborand subsequent internment of Japanese-Americans.

Wednesday – Japanese Internment Essay – Preparation & Planning Day

Thursday – Japanese Internment Essay – Preparation & Planning Day

Friday – Japanese Internment Essay – Writing Day

 

There is no homework this week, however students will be working in class on an essay dealing with the internment of Japanese-Americans:

” For what reasons did many Americans support the internment of Japanese Americans during the Second World War?”

 

This is the first essay in which students will be expected to use selections from different historical quotes.  On Wednesday and Thursday we will look at the different ways in which students can introduce these into their writing to support their claims.

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Weekly Plan – October 24th to October 28th

3rd Grade

This week students will continue their study of the states of the Appalachian highlands.

 

Tuesday – Appalachian Highlands – Geography Project

Thursday – Appalachian Highlands – Economy

Friday – Appalachian Highlands – Economy Project

There is no homework this week.

 

5th Grade

This week students will continue their projects on the voyage of Ferdinand Magellan.

Tuesday – Ferdinand Magellan – Project Day

Thursday – Ferdinand Magellan – Project Day

Friday – Ferdinand Magellan – Project Day

 

On Tuesday we will be working on completing our grid for students to create their maps on.  We will then continue work on the project for the rest of the week.  A few hints for this project are:

 

1 – Sketch the route on the map first and then look at what areas are needed and which are not.  You can then use these unneeded areas for your summaries and illustrations.

 

2 – Remember to organize your summaries and illustrations in a way that they match the locations at which events took place.

 

 

6th Grade

 

This week students will conclude their study of the French Revolution and then commence their study of the Declaration of Independence.

Monday – The French Revolution – Timeline Day

Wednesday – The French Revolution – Timeline Day

Friday – The Declaration of Independence

Students will be working on a timeline of the French Revolution which will be due on Friday at the beginning of class.

TIMELINE INSTRUCTIONS/HINTS

1 – The goal of a timeline is to show a logical and clear progression or journey.  As a result, its important to create some kind of theme which will continue throughout your work in terms of your writing, titles, arrangement of writing, and images.  If you keep switching styles then it makes it difficult to follow the information.

2 – As with many organizers, the goal is to summarize larger passages of text effectively.  You may have to create short sentences but there may be other times when you can use a title to establish the theme and then single words or illustrations to add details.  It’s important to focus on what people or groups did. For example:

3 – Using culturally appropriate styles of writing, art, and motifs can add value to your work.  Use google images to research common clothing styles of the era as well as the kinds of uniforms and weapons used during the French Revolution.  You could also, for example, look at the kind of money the French used at the time rather than use modern types/symbols.

4 – When illustrating it’s important to make items clear.  Rather than doing many small illustrations, its often much more effective to do a smaller number of larger ones which can be clearer and also allow you room to write inside or around them.  If you do an image large enough it also means that you often don’t have to draw all of it.  You can also overlap large images which allows you to make a better use of the space available.

5 – Rather than drawing lines on your work, get hold of a sheet of lined paper and go over the lines in a dark pen.  If you put this sheet behind the plain piece of paper then you will be able to clearly see the lines and write much more evenly with the bonus that you won’t then have to erase any lines on the poster.

6 – Make sure that you’ve finished your work in pencil first before going on to add any kind of pen or color.  Once you put these on you can’t then go back and change anything if you discover a mistake or realize that you might need to move items to make them fit.

 

 

7th Grade

 

This week students will continue with their study of Ancient Greece by looking at the history of the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars.

Monday – The Persian Empire

Wednesday – The Persian Wars

Thursday – The Peloponnesian Wars

 

Students have their olympics programs due on Thursday at the start of class.  There is no other homework due this week.

 

8th Grade

This week students will continue their study of World War Two by looking at the attack on Pearl Harbor and subsequent internment of Japanese-Americans.

Wednesday – The Attack on Pearl Harbor – Japanese Militarism

Thursday – The Attack on Pearl Harbor – Attack on Pearl Harbor & Japanese Expansion

Friday – The Attack on Pearl Harbor – America at War

 

There is no homework this week, however students will be starting work in class on an essay dealing with the internment of Japanese-Americans:

” For what reasons did many Americans support the internment of Japanese Americans during the Second World War?”

 

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8th Grade Essay Plan

Friday’s essay is about the reasons for Hitler’s success in rebuilding German power in Europe from 1933 to the end of 1941.  In writing the essay students should focus not only on the actions that Hitler and the Nazis took themselves, but also on the decisions made by others which may have inadvertently (or deliberately) assisted him.

INTRODUCTION

  • End of World War One and the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.
  • Limits on the army and navy / Abolition of air force / Loss of territories
  • Rise of Nazis to power on promises to overturn the treaty.

SECTION 1 – PRE WAR

  • Rearmament and creation of the Luftwaffe
  • Reoccupation of the Rhineland and Anschluss with Austria.
  • Occupation of the Sudetenland / Munich Agreement / Invasion of Czechoslovakia.
  • Nazi-Soviet Pact – Removal of threat from the east.

In this section, students should explain what role the British and French played during these events, if any.

SECTION 2 – EARLY WORLD WAR ONE

  • Invasion of Poland / Outdated Polish Army / Russian Collaboration
  • Phony War / Allied Inaction / Dropping Leaflets
  • Invasion of Norway / Lack of Allied Preparation / Puppet Regime
  • Invasion of France / Overreliance on the Maginot Line / Lack of Allied Offensive Action / Small size of British Force / Allies spread out to thinly / Blitzkrieg tactics / Installation of Vichy Regime
  • Invasion of Russia / Stalin’s dismissal of warnings / Execution of senior Red Army officers / Inexperienced replacements / Refusal to allow retreats / Mass casualties & prisoners / Blitzkrieg Tactics

CONCLUSION

  • Extent of German territories by the end of 1941 – Around 100,000 square miles of new land and/or geographical extent e.g. From the Atlantic Coast to Moscow.
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Weekly Plan – October 17th to October 21st

3rd Grade

This week students will commence their study of the states of the Appalachian highlands.

 

Tuesday – Appalachian Highlands – Geography

Thursday – Appalachian Highlands – Geography Project

Friday – Appalachian Highlands – History & People

There is no homework this week.

 

5th Grade

This week students will commence their study of the voyage of Ferdinand Magellan.

Tuesday – Ferdinand Magellan – Voyages & Navigation

Thursday – Ferdinand Magellan – Voyages & Navigation

Friday – Ferdinand Magellan – Project Day

 

Students will be learning about the circumnavigation of the world undertaken by Ferdinand Magellan.  This will involve learning some basic navigation principles of latitude and longitude and then a group project commencing on Friday.  I’ll put up more details about the project towards the end of the week.

 

 

6th Grade

 

This week students will continue their study of the French Revolution.

Monday – The French Revolution – Outbreak of the Revolution

Wednesday – The French Revolution – Revolutionary Government

Thursday – The French Revolution – Terror & Later Revolution

Students will be working on a timeline of the French Revolution towards the end of the week and over next week.

TIMELINE INSTRUCTIONS/HINTS

1 – The goal of a timeline is to show a logical and clear progression or journey.  As a result, its important to create some kind of theme which will continue throughout your work in terms of your writing, titles, arrangement of writing, and images.  If you keep switching styles then it makes it difficult to follow the information.

2 – As with many organizers, the goal is to summarize larger passages of text effectively.  You may have to create short sentences but there may be other times when you can use a title to establish the theme and then single words or illustrations to add details.  It’s important to focus on what people or groups did. For example:

 

3 – Using culturally appropriate styles of writing, art, and motifs can add value to your work.  Use google images to research common clothing styles of the era as well as the kinds of uniforms and weapons used during the French Revolution.  You could also, for example, look at the kind of money the French used at the time rather than use modern types/symbols.

4 – When illustrating it’s important to make items clear.  Rather than doing many small illustrations, its often much more effective to do a smaller number of larger ones which can be clearer and also allow you room to write inside or around them.  If you do an image large enough it also means that you often don’t have to draw all of it.  You can also overlap large images which allows you to make a better use of the space available.

5 – Rather than drawing lines on your work, get hold of a sheet of lined paper and go over the lines in a dark pen.  If you put this sheet behind the plain piece of paper then you will be able to clearly see the lines and write much more evenly with the bonus that you won’t then have to erase any lines on the poster.

6 – Make sure that you’ve finished your work in pencil first before going on to add any kind of pen or color.  Once you put these on you can’t then go back and change anything if you discover a mistake or realize that you might need to move items to make them fit.

 

 

7th Grade

 

This week students will continue with their study of Ancient Greece by looking at the history of the Olympics

Monday – Ancient Myths – Project Day

Wednesday – The Olympics

Thursday – The Olympics – Project Day

On Monday I will be going over and checking the final versions of the students’ myth comics.  On Wednesday and Thursday we will be learning about the ancient Olympics with students working on a program project which will be due on Monday of next week.

 

8th Grade

This week students will continue their study of World War Two by looking at the causes and early eventsof the conflict.

Wednesday – The Causes & Outbreak of WW2 – Essay Planning Day

Thursday – The Causes & Outbreak of WW2 – Writing Passage Analysis

Friday – The Causes & Outbreak of WW2 – Essay Writing Day

 

Due to schedule changes the final version of the students essays will be done in class on Friday.  We will spend Wednesday going over some more details and planning and then Thursday looking at some sample writing passages.  Students should remember the following things when planning their essays:

1 – You are looking at events BEFORE and AFTER the outbreak of war.  The question is asking you about the reasons for the rise of German power which includes the overturning of the Treaty of Versailles as well as invasions of Western Europe and Soviet Union.

2 – Its important to understand and express that the reasons for the early German successes involved both things that the Nazis did as well as things that their opponents did (or didn’t do).  For example:

– In what ways did the French not prepare properly for the conflict with Germany?

– What mistakes did Stalin make before and during the Nazi invasion of Russia?

 

More details will be posted on Wednesday.

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