Social Studies & Science
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Week of March 30th-April 6th
*** Spring Break**
Have a fun and safe Spring Break, everyone! 🙂
Week of March 26th – March 29th
This week we will continue working on the “Let the Battles Begin” group projects. (Project description below)
Students will have until Tuesday to complete their final draft of their newspaper article. After, we will be completing a mini lesson on each battle followed by the students presenting their newspaper article to the class to teach them more about each battle. We will be taking notes on each battle and adding them into our composition notebooks!
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns!
Spring Break is almost here! Lets hope there will be no snow!
Thank you for all of your support! You ROCK!
Week of March 19th-March 29th
*** Upcoming events: 50 States Test #3 on FRIDAY, March 23rd
This week we will be working on:
1. Advantages vs Disadvantages of the American Army and the British Army
2. The strengths and weaknesses of the American Army and the British Army
3. We will also be practicing our States AND Capitals! The students are SO excited and eager to learn 🙂
4. Let the Battles Begin Project
Students will be in groups of 4-5 working on a project highlighting each battle fought in the American Revolutionary War. This project is named “Let the Battles Begin”. Students will use several of their SS books, online resources, and informational texts provided for them as they gather data and facts about their assigned battle. After, the students will be creating a newspaper article describing their battle including items such as: Who was involved in the battle? Where/When did the battle take place? Why did the battle take place? What happened during the battle? and Who won the battle? The students will also be required to create a “sidebar”. This sidebar is a 5 sentence minimum section of their newspaper article that will allow the students to be creative! The students can create ads that the colonists would have seen during the time of the battle, highlight influential women, Native Americans, African Americans, Generals or important leaders of the American Revolution, stating facts about the battle, etc.
The total point worth for this project is 50 points. Students have a rubric and checklist with all criteria necessary to lead their way towards a 50/50. Students will be given several days to complete their projects and may do work outside of school if they wish. I cannot wait to see what our kiddos come up with!
The project will be focusing primarily on the different battles that occurred during the American Revolution . These battles are:
(*= New Content)
- The Battles at Lexington and Concord
- The Siege of Fort Ticonderoga
- The Battle of Bunker (Breeds) Hill
- The Battle of Long Island (Brooklyn Heights)*
- The Battle of Trenton*
- The Battle of Princeton*
- The Battles at Saratoga*
- The Capture of Savannah*
- The Siege of Charleston*
- The Battle of Camden*
- The Battle of Cowpens*
- The Battle of Yorktown*
Week of March 5th-March 16th
This week we are studying the Declaration of Independence!
We will also be learning about the contributions of women and minorities during the American Revolution
Throughout the week we will be:
- Working on reading and translating the famous “break-up letter” to Britain
- Identifying and summarizing the 4 main sections of the Declaration of Independence:
- The Preamble
- The Statement of Rights
- The Charges Against the King
- A Statement of Independence
- Discussing how this document effected the 13 United Colonies
- The 56 Signers of the Declaration of Independence and what happened as a result of their courageous signatures
Week of February 26-March 2nd
*** This is the first week of trimester 3! Times flies when you’re learning about US History and Science! 🙂
This week is ISTEP testing!
We will be reviewing topics such as:
- Native Americans
- 13 Colonies
Week of February 19th- February 23rd
The American Revolution has officially begun! The Battle of Lexington and Concord gave us the “shot heard around the world” and we are on the road to independence!
This week we will be adding onto our American Revolution knowledge!
Events that we will be learning about this week are:
- Fort Ticonderoga
- Battle of Bunker Hill
- The Olive Branch Petition
- Dorchester Heights
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns! I would be happy to set up a phone call or schedule a meeting! Thank you, parents, for all of your support!
Week of February 12th- February 16th
** Quiz MONDAY, February 19th over The Battles of Lexington and Concord
For the quiz: The students will have notes over each battle and they are encouraged to use these notes to study for the quiz Friday!
This week we will be working on reading and summarizing The Battles of Lexington and Concord. The students will also be working on taking these key events leading up to this 1st official battle by working in groups to read over assigned passages from their reading packets and then collaborating to come up with a summary to present to the class. From there we will be using these summaries to discuss the events of each battle and how these actions created a chain reaction in the American Revolution.
The Battles at Lexington and Concord
- 1st official battle
- British wanted to capture the Sons of Liberty and weapons ordered by Thomas Gage, the Royal Governor of Massachusetts at the time
- Midnight Riders and their role in communicating with the Patriots and warning of attack from the British Army
- By the end, the Patriots (20,000) chased the British back to Boston
Week of January 8th- February 9th
** Quiz FRIDAY, February 9th over our Economics Vocabulary Terms #1-10.
I will be sending home a list of words as well as the definitions. The students will be encouraged to make flashcards or use study tools to help them practice these vocabulary terms!
This month we will be learning all about the events leading up to the American Revolution!!
I am VERY excited for this unit and I know that the students will be, too!
The events leading up to the American Revolution that we will be focusing on are:
1754-1763– The French and Indian War
1763– The Proclamation of 1763
1764– The Sugar Act
1765– The Stamp Act
1767– The Townshend Acts (glass, tea, paint, paper, etc.)
1770– Boston Massacre
1773– Boston Tea Party
Mar. 1774– Coercive Acts/Intolerable Acts
Blockade Port of Boston
Made Meetings Illegal
The Quartering Act
Sept. 1774– 1st Continental Congress
Apr. 1775– Battle of Lexington & Concord
May 1775– 2nd Continental Congress
June 1775– Battle of Bunker Hill
July 5, 1775– Olive Branch Petition
July 4, 1776– Declaration of Independence
** On Tuesday, January 16th and Wednesday, Jan. 17th we will be participating in the Boston Tea Party Skype Sessions with The Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. I have attached a copy of the informational flyer sent home and signed at the beginning of the school year. I have also provided a link below for the website where you can learn more about these interactive and exciting learning experiences! I cannot wait!
I will be contacting parents via email or letter home if your child has not yet turned in their permission slip. If you do not receive an email or letter sent home, that means you have already turned in the necessary forms and your child is good to go!
Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum website link:
Boston Tea Party Letter Home.docx
Week of December 18th-December 21st Week of January 8th- January 12thst
Quiz over the Southern Colonies on Monday, December 18th
This quiz will have the same format as the New England & Middle Colonies Quiz. Students have been provided with a study guide to help them prepare for the quiz. ** See the attached PDF below for the answer key to the study guide.
Answer Key click here: ____ Answer Key– Southern Colonies Study Guide
IRT Field Trip — Wednesday, December 20th
If your child did not sign up for Chick-Fil-A, please make sure they have a sack lunch from home or from the school. We will be taking sack lunch orders Monday morning to send down to the cafeteria. We will also be sending home additional information regarding the field trip. Below is a copy of the IRT Field Trip reminder form. If you do not receive a pink piece of paper titled IRT Field Trip by Monday evening, please email me and I will be happy to send another copy home.
13 Colonies Project
We have officially learned all 13 Colonies start to finish! I am beyond proud of the students for their hard work and perseverance throughout this unit. To bring all of our new understanding of the colonies we will be working on a persuasive brochure. The purpose of this brochure is for the students to showcase what colony THEY believe is the best colony and WHY. The students will be selecting their colony based on the colony’s region, geography, products, occupations, reasons for founding, government, and more! We will be working on the brochure until Winter Break. They will be displayed around the room! I cannot wait to see how these brochures showcase their knowledge on the 13 Colonies.
Thank you for all of your support! Please let me know if you have any questions!
— Miss Shingler
Week of December 11th- December 15th
Upcoming events: Quiz over the Southern Colonies on Monday, December 18th
This quiz will have the same format as the New England & Middle Colonies Quiz. I will be providing a study guide for the students to help them as they prepare for the quiz! Please email me if you have any questions or concerns! email@example.com
The students did GREAT on their Middle Colonies Quiz this Monday! I am so proud of all their learning and success. They have been working so hard and these quiz scores most definitely reflect their effort. Keep up the awesome work!
This week we will be learning about the Southern
Here are some of the main topics/ideas that we will focus on with the Southern Colonies
We will be learning about:
- So what exactly are the Southern Colonies and how to identify these colonies on a map?
- Who was the founder of each Southern Colony?
- What year was each colony founded?
- What was the reasoning for settling each colony?
- What did the geography look like in each of the Southern Colonies?
- How did the geography in the Southern Colonies influence their daily lives in terms of food, trade, and adaptations crucial to the survival and success of these colonies.
- What products did the Southern Colonies produce?
- What occupations did the Southern Colonies have during that time?
- What did the economy look like in the Southern Colonies?
- Who were the wealthiest people in the Southern Colonies and how did they get so wealthy?
- Defining the similarities and differences between indentured servants and slaves.
- What is the Triangular Trade and what does it look like in the 13 colonies
- Identify and order the Southern Colonies Social Class Hierarchy.
- What did the government look like in the Southern Colonies
Week of December 4th -December 8th
Upcoming events: Quiz over the Middle Colonies on Monday, December 11th
This quiz will have the same format as the New England Colonies quiz. I will be providing a study guide for the students to help them as they prepare for the quiz! Please email me if you have any questions or concerns! firstname.lastname@example.org
The students did GREAT on their New England Colonies Quiz this Monday! I am so proud of all their learning and success. They have been working so hard and these quiz scores most definitely reflect their effort. Keep up the awesome work!
This week we will be learning about the Middle Colonies
Here are some of the main topics/ideas that we will focus on with the Middle Colonies:
We will be learning about:
- So what exactly are the Middle Colonies and how to identify these colonies on a map?
- Who founded each of the Middle Colonies?
- What year was each colony founded?
- What was the reasoning for settling each colony?
- What did the geography look like in each of the Middle Colonies?
- How did the geography in the Middle Colonies influence their daily lives in terms of food, trade, and adaptations crucial to the survival and success of these colonies.
- What products did the Middle Colonies produce?
- What occupations did the Middle Colonies have during that time?
- What did the economy look like in the Middle Colonies?
- Why is Philadelphia called the City of Brotherly Love?
- What is a Quaker and how did this influence the settlement of the Pennsylvania Colony?
- Why did William Penn call Pennsylvania a “Holy Experiment”?
Week of November 27th-December 1st
Continue with the 13 Colonies
Focusing on the New England Colonies
We will be learning about:
1. Who founded each of the New England Colonies
2. What was the reason for settling each colony
3. What year each colony was founded
4. The geography for the New England Colonies
5. What types of food did they eat?
6. How did their geography influence their daily lives in terms of food, trade, and adaptations necessary to see the colonies expand and thrive.
7. What products did the New England Colonies produce?
8. What occupations did the New England Colonies have during that time?
9. King Phillip’s War
10. Correctly identify each colony that makes up the New England Colonies and what do they look like in present-day North America
** QUIZ OVER ALL #1-10 ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 4TH
Students will be taking notes and working in their composition notebooks throughout this unit. The quiz will be a direct reflection of the notes we take. This meaning that if your child studies his/her notes, they will have no problem completing the quiz.
Week of: September 25th-September 29th
1. Quiz over all explorers: Friday, September 29th
2. Picture day Thursday, September 28th
3. Please be on the lookout for an email with parent-teacher conference sign-ups!
What your child should do to study for the Explorers Quiz Friday: We will be going through an Early European Exploration chart that has all of the explorers listed. Each day, we will be learning about a new explorer and then filling in the chart with the required information i.e. Home Country, years of exploration, reason for exploring, land explored/discovered, etc. This chart will be used as a study guide and review for their quiz. Their quiz will consist of the information located on that chart.
Click on the link below to view a website filled with information over explorers:
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call or email me! I would suggest studying each night and making flash cards to help your child do the best they can! 🙂
This week our class will continue working on examining accounts of early European explorations of North America including major land and water routes, reasons for exploration and the impact the exploration had.
The explorers we will be learning about this week are:
- Amerigo Vespucci
- Expeditions by French explorers Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain
- Expeditions for England and Holland by explorers Henry Cabot, Henry Hudson and John White
1. Please check Class Dojo frequently. The triad is continuously using Dojo points (both positive and negative) and this is a good way to see how your kiddo is doing.
2. We will continue working on learning our states! Located inside their SS/SCI composition notebook are maps and regions that can help your child study. We have learned 27 states already!
Week of: September 18th – September 22nd
Located below is a list of explorers we have already introduced and “explored” in the classroom.
All students should have an in class “research” activity that is a summarized biography of each explorer. These are located in their composition notebooks.
1. The Viking explorations and settlements in Greenland and North America
(Erik the Red and Leif Eriksson)
2. Spanish expeditions by Christopher Columbus
3. Hernán Cortés
4. Hernando de Soto
5. Francisco Vásquez de Coronado