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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
  • 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!

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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.

Helpful Notes:
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

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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:

https://www.bostonteapartyship.com/

Boston Tea Party Letter Home.docx

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Week of December 18th-December 21st Week of January 8th- January 12thst  
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.  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

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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! shinglerh@wws.k12.in.us

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:

  1. So what exactly are the Southern Colonies and how to identify these colonies on a map?
  2. Who was the founder of each Southern Colony?
  3. What year was each colony founded?
  4. What was the reasoning for settling each colony?
  5. What did the geography look like in each of the Southern Colonies?
  6. 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.
  7. What products did the Southern Colonies produce?
  8. What occupations did the Southern Colonies have during that time?
  9. What did the economy look like in the Southern Colonies?
  10. Who were the wealthiest people in the Southern Colonies and how did they get so wealthy?
  11. Defining the similarities and differences between indentured servants and slaves.
  12. What is the Triangular Trade and what does it look like in the 13 colonies
  13. Identify and order the Southern Colonies Social Class Hierarchy.
  14. What did the government look like in the Southern Colonies
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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! shinglerh@wws.k12.in.us

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:

  1. So what exactly are the Middle Colonies and how to identify these colonies on a map?
  2. Who founded each of the Middle Colonies?
  3. What year was each colony founded?
  4. What was the reasoning for settling each colony?
  5. What did the geography look like in each of the Middle Colonies?
  6. 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.
  7. What products did the Middle Colonies produce?
  8. What occupations did the Middle Colonies have during that time?
  9. What did the economy look like in the Middle Colonies?
  10. Why is Philadelphia called the City of Brotherly Love?
  11. What is a Quaker and how did this influence the settlement of the Pennsylvania Colony?
  12. Why did William Penn call Pennsylvania a “Holy Experiment”?
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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.

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Week of: September 25th-September 29th

Upcoming events:  
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:
http://bookunitsteacher.com/explorers/explorers.htm

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:

  1. Amerigo Vespucci
  2. Expeditions by French explorers Jacques Cartier and Samuel de Champlain
  3. Expeditions for England and Holland by explorers Henry Cabot, Henry Hudson and John White

Reminders:
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!

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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

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