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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Social Studies Exam is Wed. June 13, morning.

SS - 5:  Students are to complete the remaining items on the  "subway" pass study guide tonight. We put together all our newspapers for review. This week students received review newspapers Weeks: 2,3,4, 10,11,18,19, 25. On the study guide they were already assigned review (read main article p.1,2,3, highlight /annotate) for weeks 2,3,4,10.   Friday, (they are dismissed at 9:30) they should use the time to review the main articles of newspapers for weeks 11/18/19.  Saturday, Review 25 and any two Interactive Notebooks,    Sunday: Review any two interactive notebooks   Monday Review last Interactive Notebooks.   Definition of Review means :  ACTIVELY Work with the materials by writing some blocks in the subway pass of anything student does not feel strong about.   REVIEW IS NOT staring at the notebook with background noise, TV , headphones etc. 

Tuesday afternoon, bring any remaining questions, with the subway pass, I will hold a review in the afternoon for one period. 

SS -6: Students are to complete the remaining items on the study guide tonight; on Friday,(they are dismissed at 9:30), they should use the time to review one to two Interactive Notebooks, including the Newspapers. Definition of Review means: Actively work with the Interactive Notebook, making notes on weak areas on the subway pass of anything the student does not feel strong about.  REVIEW IS NOT staring at the notebook with background noise, TV, Headphones etc.  

On Saturday: Review 1-2 more Interactive Notebooks with Newspapers ( REVIEW as defined above); On Sunday one-two more Interactive Notebooks, On Monday complete any notebooks not reviewed and thus complete the subway pass.

Tuesday afternoon, bring any remaining questions with the subway pass. i will hold a review in the afternoon for one period. 

SS 7: Tonight complete 15 items on the subway pass; On Friday, you are dismissed as 9:30am. Use the day to complete more items on the subway pass,  Use Saturday to complete still more,  and Sunday, complete all.  Bring subway pass in on Monday morning.

SS 8:  Read your project assignment sheet carefully and be sure you are checking off and including all items asked for.  Project is due MORNING 8:00am,  of June 13. 


Thursday, May 24, 2018 : Don't forget to Honor all those who have served our country and passed on.  Flags!

For Saturday, May 26: 

Only those students/parents who I have received (personally, not my mailbox) written permission slips/responses from by 1:45 today, Thursday May 24 are allowed to attend the Fifth Annual OLV /Knights of Columbus Civic Participation Event.  Students must be in 5,6,7,8 Social Studies classes. Please do not bring younger children to this event. 

Arrive in parking lot. (park away from fences as we will be cleaning up there.  9:50am     Start 10:00 am     Lunch: approx start 11:30 (hotdogs, pop etc.)        Pick-up students:   11:45 to 12:15. Knights will provide water during clean up. 

Bring: Workgloves, a tool ( ex.  rake, broom, push broom, handled strong dustbin, long handle shovel), age appropriate work clothes, closed toe shoes, sunscreen, hat, etc. (NO electronics please) 

SS -5 : Copies of exam  review sheets will be out on Tuesday, we will make a "subway pass"  in class.

SS -6: Copies of exam review sheets will be out on Tuesday, we will make a "subway pass" in class.

SS- 7 : Of course you will make progress and work  on your President's Project and Monument, due JUNE 7, Thursday. Copies of exam review sheets will be out on Tuesday.

SS -8 : Of course you will make progress and work on your Gilded Age Economics Project, due June 13. 


Monday, May 21, 2018

SS 5: Vocabulary test coming Wed.5/23; Use the Economics Flashcards pocket in your I.N. and flip book list of vocabulary.to review.

SS 6. Ancient Greece Packet : Lesson 2: The Greek City States p.58, 59 and 62 ( pages are at the bottom left). Do NOT Guess. LOOK up answers that are not apparent in the reading, using the textbook . The reference pages are listed on the top right of the handout under the flag "Lesson 2 Summary.". 

SS 7: Of course, you are working on your President's Project tonight. 

SS 8: Of course, you are working on your Economics in the Gilded Age Project tonight.

Thursday, May 17,2018

SS 5: Review Economics Interactive Notebook and Vocabulary, write questions to ask in class.

SS 6: No additional assignment; Review Greek Interactive Notebook

SS 7: Work on President's Project. Be sure to do research before you decide on the monument. Be sure to understand the powers of the President ( I gave you some sources) before you write the section " If I were President."  All work on monument and President's Report must be student work. 

SS 8: Work on Economics of the Gilded Age Project. Be sure you are using quality sources, citing your sources.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

SS 8: 

DO wkbk pages 322-324 in the WW I Interactive Notebook. 

SET UP: Roaring 20's /Great Depression I.N.: Punch in wkbk pages 333-344, 10 sheets lined paper, 15 punched vocab. cards

SET UP: WW II Interactive Notebook: Punch in wkbk pages 364- 377, make 15 punched index cards and 10 sheets of lined paper.

PERMISSION Slips due Thursday, May 17.

SS 7: Complete handout pages ( Are all governments created equal?) Anarchy, Direct Democracy and Representative Democracy.  Permission slips due Thursday, May 17

SS 6: Complete handout pages : The Geography of Greece P. 56,57, 61; Be sure to read and annotate the pages ; REFER to txbk for answers . Complete vocabulary cards for this unit:   philosopher, reason, plague, mercenary (SEE Tuesday, May 15 instructions) 

SS 5: Permission slips for Saturday, May 19 due tomorrow, Thursday, May 17. 

May 15, Tuesday:

SS 8

Permission Slips for Saturday , May 19 due Thursday, May 17

Punch:  319 thru 330 into WW I notebook. ; DO ONLY 319-320  NOT the chart on 321. Continue Project Work!!! 

Punch : 20 index cards prepare to do vocabulary.

SS 7:  

Permission Slips for Saturday, May 19 due Thursday May 17. ; Finish the handout : Are Governments created equal? MONARCHY only. Continue project work!!! Due June 1, 2018

 SS 6: Permission Slips for Saturday, May 19 due Thursday, May 17. Complete vocabulary cards for agora, plunder, myth, immortal, aristocracy, democracy, marathon -   All cards must include: Definition plus page number, 2 context clues and an original sentence demonstrating you understand the word. 

SS 5 

Permission slips for Saturday May 19, due Thursday, May 17. 



Monday, May 14, 2018

SS 6 : 

1. Re-read the Myth of Persephone (p. 3 ) Week 10 World News Weekly; Draw your favorite scene, use color media, draw on the paper provided, label the characters; you may use "cartoon bubbles". Write your name at the bottom right of the paper.

2. Review the letter, with parents,  regarding the Civic Participation Event: Clean Up at Father Baker Council, Knights of Columbus. Ask parents to sign, under the rake, as an acknowledgment of receiving the info.  Worth 2 HW points.   If you/and/or parents plan on coming please fill out the very bottom(PRINT) . Keep the Letter. A permission slip will be given tomorrow. 

SS 7: 1. Review the letter, with parents, regarding the Sat. Civic Participation Event: Clean up at Father Baker Council, Knights of Columbus. Ask parents to sign the letter, under the rake, as an acknowledgment of receiving the info.  Worth 2 HW points. If you/and/or parents plan on coming, please fill out the very bottom (Print). Keep the letter. A permission slip will be given tomorrow. 

2. Set up your notebook: Constitution: 15 sheets of lined paper and 20 punched index cards, Do vocab cards ( def., 2 context clues, sentence) : minimize, devise, constitution, executive, economic depression

3. Review your President's Research and Monument  Project with parents. Ask them to sign the first page acknowledging their awareness of the project due June 1.   Ms. Abram provides the monument base. 

SS 8: We began discussing the causes of World War I and filled in a MANIA chart students made in their notebook.  Be sure you get started on your Economics Project.  See Friday's May 11 below  for a recap your assignments below. Review the letter on Civic Participation Event and have parent sign it as an acknowledgement ( next to the rake at the top) . If you are attending (and your parents) please fill out the bottom portion, printing the full names.  These will be used to make AWARD Certificates and as a preliminary count for food and water on Saturday.  

Friday, May 11, 2018

Social Studies 8 : The U.S. in the Gilded Age- a business case study- Independent Study was assigned today. Students have created a project notebook with full details of the assignment and a guide sheet on how to cite sources. Expensive and Purchased materials and Scrapbooks are not allowed. All work must be student work. 

The following is a list of the approved topic/company assignments. Refer to the number on the assignment list of Industrialization of America.  I substituted some  company choices as more than one person picked the choices. 

Company Description 1. David W.

    3. Stephen P

    6. Christian D

    10. Marko K.

    13. Grace A.

    14. Logan B.

    17. Ryan H.*** grading exempt

    18. Brady K.

     19. Andrew T.

      20. Dominic V.

      22. Ben Z

      29. Desiree D-T

     31. Tyler B.

     32. John M.

     34. Aiden M.

     35. Ryan B.

     36. Alice D.

Social Studies 7:   President's Research and Monument Project assigned today.  Due June 2.Teacher will provide monument base. Expensive purchased materials are NOT required.  Must be student work. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

SS 6

Color your dragons, authentically, using the symbolic color you chose from the instruction sheet in your notebook.  You may use more than one color, at the same time your dragon must clearly show the original choice of color predominately. You may use Google Images: Chinese Dragons for inspiration as demonstrated in class. 

Monday April 9, 2018

SS 8  -  Westward Expansion  - Set up 20  vocab cards, 15 sheets of paper and punch in the following workbook pages:

159-160, (MCA copy); 198-209, 260-271)

       Do 198, 199,200

Monday, March 26, 2018

SS 5: Neighborhood and the 5 themes of Geography projects are due tomorrow. Be sure your research is in your own words and you have included a list of the websites (NOT search engines) and other sources of information.  Be sure you have written about and explained how your neighborhood fits each of  the five themes of geography as listed on the project sheet. Be sure your name is on all parts of your project.  If for some reason you will not be in school on Tuesday, please arrange to send your project into school.

SS 6: China vocabulary quiz. 11 words! Everyone aims for 100%. We will be working on Chinese Dragons and Geography. Be sure you have your pouch supplies. 

SS 7:  Interactive Notetaking pages: Winning independence  p. 87,88,89. One student has been given permission not to do this tonight because I have his notebook. We will be working on LAPBOOKS. Be sure you have your pouch supplies. 

SS 8: Test on Civil Rights ERA. 

Tuesday, March 20,2018

SS 5: My neighborhood project are due next Monday, March 26 in class. Students have experienced 4 periods in the Computer lab of guided research. Projects are to be "museum quality" and address the 5 themes of geography ( see project folder) in their research.  If a trifold is the student presentation choice, they  may make trifolds from cardboard in the dimensions of the demonstrated trifold.   They must stand up on their own. 

SS 6: Bring Textbooks to class. Ancient China: complete one vocabulary word - loess, using the vocabulary card format

1- glossary definition with page number of "clues."

2 - At least 2 context clues 

         M.M.C.  make the meaning clear by writing an original sentence including ideas from above at the same time using only your own words.   

SS 7: Review class concepts and notes from today. Be sure Section 1 and 2 of the handout workbook are complete.

SS 8: Review Civil Rights Interactive Notebook; test Thursday. 

Monday, March 5, 2018

SS 5: Students received a handout of a research project:  The Five themes of Geography and My Town/ neighborhood. I will complete the explanation of the project on Tuesday and sign-out the computer lab for at least one guided project work session. Students must turn in a summary of the project including what product they are committing to by Friday March 9.  The project is due on Monday, March 26. Students are to imagine they are making a project for a museum.  Projects must be detailed, attractive, well planned and informative and address each of the 5 themes of geography. Students are allowed a choice of products and can also suggest products with prior teacher approval; some choices are : a tri-fold poster display, a 3-D box display, a powerpoint,prezi with some original photo, art  etc;, a brochure,  a guest speaker and brochure, a video.  All work must be student work.  Tonight:   Students are asked to review pages H10 and H11 Geography skills and write the 5 themes of geography notes at the top of H10 and the 5 themes, and the "red" questions associated with each theme. (Write these on the back of the project assignment sheet)

SS 6: Mesopotamia test Tuesday. 

SS 7:  Review Declaration of Independence notes p. 78,79,80. Know your "quill pen" statements.

SS 8: We analyzed photo's of school classrooms from the 1950's/60's for "separate but equal." We practiced visual literacy and analyzed a photo of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Assignment: 395,396,397 of Interactive Notetaking Workbook.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

SS 7: We received up to 6 homework points for reciting the "quill pen" parts of the Declaration of Independence.

SS 5: We made mini-posters of who, what, when, where, why and practicing Summarizing and obtaining evidence from the first page of the teacher packet. I checked in homework on the Summarizing sheet.

SS 6: We completed Mesopotamia review; students are asked to take materials home tonight and review for Mesopotamia assessment.

SS 8: We listened to the "I have a dream speech"; Powerpoint presentation on Civil Rights Era.

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018

SS 8: We completed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter from a Birmingham jail. We viewed/discussed visual primary sources on the Montgomery Bus Boycott, The March on Washington. We discussed the difference between  segregation  and  integration ; Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka Kansas ; Study the days material and master it.

SS 7: We did trial runs reciting the memorization of  two lines of the Declaration of Independence (see I.N. for 'quill pen" written hand out);We watched a Ted Talk (What you don't know about the Declaration of Independence); We de-briefed the video doing an on screen outloud multiple choice test.  We reviewed and augmented p. 78 Key Events of the hand-out packet (The American Revolution); Assignment:   Memorization of two lines (for credit) of the Declaration of Independence; complete p. 78.79, 80 of the American Revolution Packet. (Read a chunk, Read again, highlight and annotate to the bullets in the section 1 Focus Question, then and only then answer all questions, charts; Use txbk to go deep.

SS 6: We reviewed the leaders and Empires of Mesopotamia; Gilgamesh (Read txbk. p. 44 Biography) , Sargon (read-p.47 -Biography) , Hammurabi (read p. 51 Biography), Ashurbanipal (p. 52) and Nebuchadnezzar II (p. 52). We compared the Legend of Sargon to the Old Testament - Moses. We reviewed highlighting and Annotating : Who, What, When, Where, Why and How and practiced this technique on the first paragraph of the hand out, Quick Study, Lesson 3. We reviewed Lesson 3 (Quick Study packet) - Assignment - Complete the 5 Quick Study Questions for Lesson 3. 

SS 5: We watched a brief video on how to summarize and annotated p. 13 using some of the video,  Hand-out (Workbook) Summarize. We drew a 6 fingered hand in our I.N's adding a pinky. Who, What,When, Where, Why and How are the labels for each digit. We read the paragraph. Tonight: Re-read the paragraph and highlight and label Who, What, When, Where , Why and How .  Now complete the 3 multiple choice questions. 

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018

SS 8: We affirmed our STREAM Academy assignments.

SS 7: We affirmed our STREAM Academy assignments; Memorize the two lines from the Declaration of Independence for class.

SS 6: We affirmed our STREAM Academy assignments: Review newspapers and hand-outs; Topic test coming up Friday.

SS 5: We affirmed our STREAM Academy assignments; Complete the hand-out ( in your packet) Regions; use the textbook to look up. Don't practice incorrect information. 

Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 (post Winter Break)

SS 8: I collected the Core Question p. 15, Breaking the Color Barrier, JS (see Feb. 14). Hand-out : Civil Rights Why We can't Wait, Letter from Birmingham Jail, Dr. Martin Luther King. Teacher read aloud  and discussed sidebar and all paragraphs except last. Teacher will read aloud last paragraph; Review classwork. Denny discussed Religion in U.S. and discussed Cameroon. 

SS 7:   Listened to The Texas Tenors , Rise, God Bless America, Discussed the emotions of this song and  discussed the committee drafting the Declaration. Reviewed the time line on p.78 of previous handout: The American Revolution. Reviewed the major parts of the Declaration.   Memorize for Wed. the preamble and statement of rights excerpts which you wrote using quill pens.  

SS 6: Mesopotamia Test - Wed/Thurs.  Close Read Lesson 2 : Mesopotamia ( Quick Study Guide pages in your I.N.); complete the graphic organizer and questions 1-5; Review/ Use Txbk p. 40-46

SS 5:  Watched brief video and made a list of U.S. specific geographic features; Reviewed Puerto Rico as a territory, it's location and climate. Discussed the word diverse and students made 21 diverse exit tickets for display of specific geographic features of U.S.; Review class notes for 10 minutes. 

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018

SS -8 : I collected the core question, JS Feb. 19,  p.21 (The Civil Rights Hero You've Never Heard of);  The Article was read and discussed i(p.18-21) in class.  Students were asked to complete reading of: p. 21 A Tale Nearly Lost to History and 1955 Rosa Parks on Tuesday night. Today we complete a history play (hand-out - American History Play pp 12- 15, , JS Nov. 23, 2015 - Breaking the Color Barrier) ; Complete- p. 15 - Your Turn on lined paper; Students not in class tomorrow, are assigned to re-read and annotate the play as we will be discussing it in class tomorrow and turn in the question above on Friday 2/16.

SS 7:  We completed a hand-out on which we used a "quill pen" to write two sections of the Declaration of Independence. These two sections must be memorized by Friday. Hand-outs: Comparing Viewpoints p. 21 only, Revolution or Compromise, Read, Re-read, highlight, annotate answer questions, especially number 3 with brilliance.!  Hand-out Wkbk pages: 78-91 , given already punched, place in I.N. (No assignment ) 

SS 6: We had an Academic Vocabulary Quiz. We completed a review of other Academic Vocabulary related to government and economics. Handout of a Study Guide for Mesopotamia: We completed Lesson 1 review; Lesson 2 review p. 10 Mesopotamia: Don't guess: use I.N/TxBk/Newspaper to find the correct answer; Complete tonight.

SS 5: We had an Academic Vocabulary Quiz

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 

SS 8- We read the article : A forgotten Civil Rights Hero, JS 18-21; complete reading captions and p.21; Complete core question on lined paper p. 21.

SS 7 - Review Classwork for at least 10 minutes to build on material

SS 6 - Study Mesopotamia vocabulary for test.

SS 5 - Study Highlighted vocabulary for test. 


Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018

SS 5 : We put our vocabulary words into two categories ( economics related words and government related words)

SS 6: Classwork - We wrote 3 facts about city states, 5 facts about religious beliefs/ We read about King Nebuchanazzer, viewed concepts of the Hanging Gardens and wrote 5 facts about the King N; We watched a 3 minute film about how empires were built and lost  in Mesopotamia from the Sumerians to Alexander the Great. Be sure all classwork is complete and actively review it tonight.

SS 7:  double period We created a chart and found 3 reasons with reliable evidence  that women are on the front lines in combat and 3 reasons with reliable evidence that they should not be. We used Junior Scholastic as a reference. Complete the chart for HW. Quiz tomorrow on article. 

SS 8: No class 


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

SS 8 - No class; 

SS 7 - Double period class; We examined 5 events from Women in Combat article, wrote them on lined paper and were given a quiz to put them in chronological order using the visual time line in the article.  We worked to organized the STREAM Project - Bake for Good King Arthur Flour for Thursday,.

SS 6- We did close reading of city states and Religious Beliefs of Mesopotamia.  Review this tonight.

SS 5 - We took a Social Studies Skills test; this is a progress test. 

Monday, January 29, 2018 - Catholic Schools Week 

There are schedule changes this week to accommodate all the great activities surrounding Catholic Schools Week. 

SS 8- No class

SS 6- Double Period :  Students took a Social Studies Skills Test; this is a progress test. 

SS 7- Junior Scholastic, Dec. 11 issue, We examined the article on Women on the Front lines, students are to complete independent reading and highlighting and wrestling with the text of the article.

SS 5 - No class


Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018- Friday, Jan. 26,2018

SS 8  Students turned in Interactive Notebooks for me to check assignments; On Friday we completed a Social Studies Reading Skills Test; We began examining Modern Day Slavery in the Clothing Industry, as Junior Scholastic Dec. 11 issue was handed out;   Article: Know the News:  Modern Day Slavery  page 14-17. 

SS 7: Students completed a Social Studies Skills Test. Junior Scholastic was handed out.

SS 6: We examined the Historic Times Begin Newspaper, p. 1 Mesopotamia

SS 5: We completed Fair Trade Flowers and Corporate Benefits, Flip Book was created but not yet filled out for Bananas and Child Labor. A list of the vocabulary words which will be tested, after our review, was created both in our planners and highlighted in the index card cable tie bundles. Test to be later determined.  These words were previously completed, students were instructed to review the cards and improve them. 

Wednesday, January 24

SS 7 : We examined the hand out of the American Political cartoon by Ben Franklin , cut out and glued in I.N., We will finish this in class tomorrow.;

Using txbk and/or history.com or Gilder Lehrman.com (or other reliable history website)  , research and color authentically, (historical accuracy) the handout of the Patriot soldier and the British soldier. Cut out and glue onto the  American Revolution I.N. 

Complete the War Begins , handout packet in your I.N. p. 73.74.75; 

SS 5: In class we watched a 3 minute video for the purpose of learning why we would want to buy Fair Trade Products. We wrote a list of 6 reasons in our I.N. Tonight we copy that list, one item per inside of the petal. Decorate the petal with Fair Trade Products.  

SS 8:  I reviewed each of the vocabulary card assignments for the class for Reconstruction.    I individually discussed with the student , how the cards must be improved for some students and I also noted the students who did not complete the assignment.  These cards must be improved and  completed by tomorrow. ADD these  words: require and inferior  ( P. 560 and 561)

SS 6 - We viewed a poster of Hammurabi's Code and examined some of the 282 laws; we read and highlighted in our "Historic Times begin " Newspaper, p. 2 Hammurabi's Code.  Asssignment: p.4  Mesopotamia Mapping and Charting only.

Thursday, January 18,2018

SS 6 Vocabulary Cards- (as per normal procedure) Finish all cards from Wednesday's classwork (listed in your planner)

covenant       slavery         descendant     synagogue     barter

SS 8  Complete the "T-shirt " design advocating for the 15th amendment. Remember on this T- shirt you are demonstrating your deep understanding of the historical time, the issues and the importance to groups of the 15 th amendment.  Color media is required. 

Wednesday, January 17

Social Studies 8: Make vocabulary cards and learn for the following: black codes, scalaway, carpetbagger, impeachment, register, segregation, sharecropper.

Copy the Quick notes Study guide and essential question into your I.N. p. 565 txbk

Complete workbk pages: The End of Reconstruction p. 252,253,254

NOTE: Students had 20 minutes of class time today to start this assignment.

SS -6 Complete vocabulary cards, using the normal procedure for the following: irrigation, city-state, artisan, region, ziggurat, polytheism, monotheism, scribe, cuneiform, conquer, empire, dynasty, conquest.  Note: students had 45 minutes of class time to start this assignment. 

Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018

Social Studies 8: We reviewed the 14th amendment. Students started a draft of a "T-shirt" advocating for the 14th amendment. Students were given a hand-out template to be used to complete the final product. Color Media is suggested. Demonstrate understanding of the 14th amendment while encouraging Americans from the Reconstruction Period to ratify it.  Cut out the final copy and put your name on the back.

Social Studies 7: We completed the Play Boston Massacre; we read about the punishments inflicted on customs officials pre-Revolution. Complete the questions on the back of today's hand out (Tar and Feathers- Protest?) and complete 67-68-69 The Colonists Resist Tighter Control, using the routine classroom procedure ( reminder - outlined in Wed. Jan. 10)

Social Studies 6: We completed the Play - The Epic of Gilgamesh. Re-read Act II and Act III; complete the classwork study guide: The Epic of Gilgamesh;   Complete Lesson 1: The Fertile Crescent of the Quick Study Guide Handout.  (p. 8,9,10)

Social Studies 5:  Review class work from today on Corporate Contributions.

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

Social Studies 8:  We discussed and wrote the wording of parts of the 14th amendment in our I.N. Review the material from today's class for understanding and come to class with any questions.

Social Studies 7: We performed Scene 1 & Scene 2 of the Boston Massacre. We unpacked Scene II by using the play to write the viewpoints of Mrs. McDeed and Mrs. McCreedy ( in our I.N.). Complete classwork as needed and review Scene 1 & 2 of the play in preparation for tomorrow's class. A packet: The Road to Revolution was distributed.  Complete pages 64,65,66 (Trouble on the Frontier) according to the class procedure:

a. Read the Focus questions carefully, Review the time line. 

b. Read the paragraphs , one at a time, first time all the way through, second time highlight and annotate according to the focus questions and other questions. It is a requirement to demonstrate this skill on all Social Studies assignments. Credit will not be given if not completed. 

c. Then and only then complete the questions, using the paragraphs and if necessary the TXBK for additional depth. DO NOT Guess. 

Social Studies 6: 

We performed two ACTS from the Epic of Gilgamesh in costume. We will finish Act II and the conclusion in class tomorrow. We unpacked each act by completing a Think ( answer the brief section on the question handout The Epic of Gilgamesh) Pair (discussing with a partner), Share with the class.  Be sure to highlight your part in ACT III for tomorrow and practice it at home.  Re-read Act 1.

Social Studies 5: 

We continued with the Inquiry - The Real Cost of Bananas exploring the supporting question regarding Corporate Contributions to Society. We discussed Chiquita, Dole and DelMonte.  We viewed the original Chiquita Banana commercial which assisted us. Test corrections and parent signature were collected for credit.  Review I. N. for ten minutes tonight. 


Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018

SS 8: 

I recorded parent signature for credit.  We began a discussion of the 14th amendment and citizenship using HipHughes History. Workbook pages 246,247,248 ;If you can't find 246 see last Thursday's entry.

SS 7: I collected the Roots of the American People  corrections and parent signature for credit. If you have not done so, return the test for your portfolio.  We did a run through of Act 1 of the Boston Massacre. PRACTICE with your scripts. We need actors and actresses.

SS 6: I collected the Neolithic Revolution test corrections and signature for credit; We did a run through of ACT I of Gilgamesh. PRACTICE with your scripts. We need actors and actresses. 

SS 5: I returned the Economics vocabulary test and reviewed the answers.  Students are asked to write corrections 3 times each as demonstrated in class multiple times and obtain parent signature. Return the test tomorrow for credit (Ms. Abram's One Day Sale!) We discussed the meaning of Corporation and started a page in our I.N. titled Corporate Contributions. (The Real Cost of Bananas). 

Monday, January 8, 2018

SS 8: Students were asked to record several grades for assessments in their planner, review with parents and ask parents to sign planner. This will be checked tomorrow for homework points.

SS 7: Student props for the Boston Massacre Play were reviewed and assessed. If student did not complete a prop one must be completed by tomorrow. Students did not receive credit for the prop if it wasn't completed. SEE FRIDAY Jan. 5  and Thursday Jan 4 below. Students were returned a test, answers given ; tests are to be returned tomorrow with parent signature and corrections completed, as explained in class multiple times, to receive bonus test points. Note: Write corrections 3 times, question with correct answer. 

SS 6: Student props for Gilgamesh Play were reviewed and assessed. If student did not complete a prop one must be completed by tomorrow. Students did not receive credit for the prop if it wasn't completed. See Friday Jan. 5 and Thursday, Jan. 4 instructions below.  Students were returned a test, answers given; tests are to be returned tomorrow with parent signature and corrections completed as explained in class multiple times today. 

SS 5: Reconciliation and Character Awards were given today and ran longer. No Social Studies 5 class today. 

Friday, Jan. 5, 2018

NO SCHOOL Weather Related; See however Thursday assignments. Students were asked to complete these assignments on Friday during the day as the weather was dangerously too cold to go out. 

Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018

Social Studies 5: We explored Supporting Question 1 : Where do bananas come from? by examining data and graphs of the % of world banana supply from various countries. We were given two hand-out's:  a blank map of the Western Hemisphere and a sheet with 4 titles, starting with Importing Bananas.   We examined the data, used the map on p. R- 6 of the textbook to locate the countries with the top banana production and added those countries with the percent to the map.  

Social Studies 6: We were given several important hand-outs:  Gilgamesh character sheet , Gilgamesh Props, Gilgamesh Study Guide and the play script : The Gilgamesh Epic.  All students were assigned roles and props. Ms. Abram will provide Mesopotamian costumes to all students.  Props may not be purchased. Cardboard is the preferred material. Students should read through their assigned role, review the Mesopotamian period on the internet (pictures) and make their props using inspiration from their research. Props must be authentic. Students of course, may not die their hair and must come to school dressed and conforming to handbook rules. 

Social Studies 7: We were given two hand-outs:   The script of : The Bloody Massacre and A film Guide to Revolution, which were punched into the Interactive Notebook. We are examining points of view of the Colonists and the British Government Pre- Revolution. Students were assigned roles in the play and asked to create a prop. No props are to be purchased; cardboard is the preferred material; Students should be authentic in their creations by researching the time period of 1770-1776 visuals.  They should review their parts in front of a mirror. 

Social Studies 8:  Current I.N. must contain Interactive Workbk pages 246 ( need to take it out of Civil War and transfer it to Reconstruction) to p. 258; 291-293, 297-302

Wednesday, Jan 3, 2018

Social Studies 5:

We set up a new Interactive Notebook;  (15 sheets lined paper, pocket and prong folder stored in the classroom, 20 index cards and we created the cover with hand-outs : bananas and made a title of 

What is the Real Cost of Bananas. This is a New York State Inquiry. We discussed and wrote 4 supporting questions which we will be exploring, one each day. 

Social Studies 6:

We set up a new Interactive Notebook: Mesopotamia, with 15 sheets of lined paper, 20 index cards . We placed two World Studies Weekly Newspapers (Week 3 - Historic Times Begin and Week 4 - Phoenicians) in the left pocket. We examined the map on p. 4, Week 3 , tracing the Tigris and Eurphrates Rivers.  We torn out workbk pages 8-16 and punched them into our I.N. 

Social Studies 7:

We completed a review by reading through the hand outs already in the I.N., Slave Ships cross the Atlantic

Social Studies 8: We read a brief article about the failure of Reconstruction, by Eric Foner, contemporary and eminent historian at Columbia University. 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Social Studies 5-6-7-8

Congratulations to the Buffalo Bills and thank you Bengals for the assist! No homework in Social Studies Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. 

All classes: We continued with "Planner bootcamp" . All planners must be in class everyday. If you have "lost" your purchased planner from September, an acceptable approved alternate is possible.   It must conform to the following:  An I.N., or spiral dedicated as a planner, signed by Ms. Abram and set up with a last page chart for classroom bathroom. This one cannot be changed to another notebook. 

In class, we discussed "Just for Today" New Year's Resolutions and prayed St. Francis of Assisi's prayer to start us off the New Year. 

Dec. 14, 2017, Thursday

Social Studies 7:

The test tomorrow will be limited to these topics:

1. The Earliest Americans ( see wkbk pages Roots of the American People Sec. 1 Earliest Americans) 

2. The Colonies and Trade (mercantilism)

3. Triangular Trade

4. Middle Passage and Slavery

December 13, 2017

Social Studies 5: All students are required to bring their School Planner to class each day, write down all assignments, and teacher announcements (or a summary of the class) and ask questions to clarify anything they do not understand about an assignment.If for some reason they do not understand an assignment, I am available at lunch to clarify.  They are required to check the planner before they go home, take the planner home and bring it back.

To further encourage this, starting tomorrow and through Dec. 20 (and possibly longer) students who have their Planner in class will receive 2 homework points, students who do not will receive a 0. If  the planner has been lost, students must come to class with a substitute reasonable spiral notebook(full size)  dated by day  and the restroom teacher sign out page recreated in the last page. This was explained in detail in class today. 

We have a new schedule this week and it seems to be going great!

Students will have a vocabulary test on Friday.

Social Studies 6: 

All students are required to bring their School Planner to class each day, write down all assignments in class, as well as teacher announcements, or a summary of the class.  Students are asked to ask questions to clarify anything they do not understand about an assignment while in class. If for some reason they need additional assistance, I am available at lunch to clarify. Students are required to check the planner before they go home, take the planner home and bring it back. 

To further encourage this, starting tomorrow and through at least Dec. 20 students who have their Planner in class will receive 2 homework points, students who do not will receive a 0. If a planner has been lost, students must come to class with reasonable substitute spiral notebook (full size) dated by day and the Restroom sign-out page recreated in the back.  This was explained in detail today in class. 

Assignment:  Finish questions 1-4 on the hand-out Developing cultures. Don't quess. Use your I.N. and/or texbook to do a great answer.  We did number 5 together. Note: this is  how a model answer is done.  Continue to review I.N. Test Friday. 

Social Studies 7:

All students are required to bring their Planner to class each day, write down all assignments in class, as well as any teacher announcements, reminders or summaries of the class. Students are asked to ask questions to clarify anything they do not understand about an assignment while in class. If for some reason they need additional assistance, I am available at lunch to clarify. Students are required to check the planner before they go home, take the planner home and bring it back each day.

To further encourage this, starting tomorrow and through at least Dec. 20 students who have their Planner in class will receive 2 homework points, students who do not will receive a 0. If a planner has been lost, students must come to class with a reasonable substitute spiral notebook (full size) dated by day and the Restroom sign-out page recreated in the back. This was explained in detail today in class. 


Today we set-up a lap-book titled the American Revolution (1775-1783). I also handed out several materials which students will need in the coming weeks. I checked with each student that they got the proper materials.  I gave students paperclips. If a student was called out of class today for Altar Server Training, I assigned a "guardian angel" to collect the proper materials and give them to the student when they returned to my class. Any student who needed additional explanation was asked to come to lunch with me, where I worked with several students who wanted first hand instruction because they missed class. 

The materials and the Lapbook itself  are to be carefully stored in the American Revolution I.N. DO NOT Cut out any sheets below until assigned in class.  As I checked with each student on their materials, replacement materials will not be given out. 

- 2 "Biography sheets" ( 4 rectangle cards per sheet) starting with Name, dates lived

-1 Important People sheet

-2 Timeline sheets

-1 Important Events that led to American Revolution. 

Other materials will be handed out at a later date.

DUE tomorrow: Dec. 14

Authentically decorate the front of the lapbook to show a  visual view of the American Revolution. Remember the British too.  You must choose visual material between the years of 1775 to 1783 and draw or trace it. Authentic color is a good idea too.  You may use your textbook for inspiration (1775-1783)  and/or research on the History.com, Gilder Lehrmann.com or other reliable website. "Googling" is a search engine, not a website.  Write the source on the lower right in small print.  If you would like to print something to use, be sure it is interesting and authentic, fits on the cover. You may use up to 3 pieces printed. Printing is an option not a requirement. Simple captions for all visuals are a good idea too. 

You must put a title of American Revolution on the front in at least 1 inch letters. 

Social Studies 8

Emancipation Proclamation Quiz tomorrow.

Assignment:   Hand-out Packet: Reconstruction Webquest.   Due Tuesday, Dec. 19, morning. Please start this right away, so that you can come to class with questions if you need clarification. The top sheet, number 4 - Correct to say- 15th amendment. GO DEEP. 

All students are required to bring their planner to class everyday and use it. All students are required to write assignments in their planner as they are given and ask for clarification in class if they need it. Additionally, any student needing further assistance or clarification may have lunch with me. Students are to take planners home every night and bring back everyday. Teacher announcements, reminders etc. are also to be written in the planner and checked. 

To encourage this valuable habit, all students who bring their planner to class starting tomorrow, Dec. 14 through at least Dec. 20 will receive 2 homework points. Students who do not will receive a 0. Students who have "lost" their planner may bring in a reasonable substitute such as a full size spiral notebook, dated and with the last page re-created for restroom /teacher signatures.  





December 5, 2017 Tuesday

SS 8  : Reviewing each night! Civil War Interactive Notebook, Unit Test next week. REVIEW NOW. I have given you assignments to help you review actively.

Set up : I.N.- RECONSTRUCTION - The Second Civil War

15 sheets lined paper

35 punched index cards

SS 7 

1. Review Roots of the American People I.N. each night. Unit Test next Tuesday and Wed. ; Review assignments were done in class last week, there will not be additional  review in class. 

2. Set up new Interactive Notebook- Title - The American Revolution (lower right with your name)

15 sheets of lined paper

25 punched index cards

SS 6

1. Several students have not brought in a classroom portfolio. This portfolio contains student work for the next 3 years. This was due in September and they have been reminded several times.  Anyone without a blue plastic pocket (no prongs) portfolio by Monday, Dec. 11 will receive appropriate consequences .

2. Classwork must be completed.  We cut out and glued a two page foldable on the characteristics of Hunter Gatherer Period and the Agricultural Revolution. See instructions on front. This was modeled and  demonstrated at length in class today. All cutting and glue down must be completed at home tonight. Students were invited to lunch if they needed additional instruction. We will fill the information tomorrow in class.

3. There will be a Unit test next Tuesday or Wednesday. Cramming is popular with students but is an ineffective study skill. Students were given active review assignments last week, each day I was on bereavement leave. Students must be reviewing the material in their I.N. little by little each night.

SS 5 

1. Students were asked to finish their list of vocabulary cards last week in class. They must master the process (see earlier posts on this page) of how to create a vocabulary card, as it has proven very effective adding depth to the understanding of vocabulary words. This process will be used over their Social Studies career. 

2. Students must review vocabulary each night and not attempt to cram before a test. Cramming is a popular student method of study but it is ineffective. The vocabulary cards really help.


Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017

Social Studies 7: TXBK Ref. 68-89, handouts : Outline map of U.S and Instruction sheet.  Use the reference pages to create a historically accurate map of the 13 colonies , using the list on the handout. Include a 3 color key designating Middle, N.E. and Southern colonies and color appropriately. Complete the blanks on the handout. 

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017

SS 6 :   Complete the Lesson 1,2,3 Review Handouts which were begun in class: Use your textbook for depth, 

Read Lesson 1 handout p.2 twice, highlighting and annotating, 

Complete p. 3 graphic organizer and questions, make an attempt at every question, use your notes and textbook as support.

Complete Lesson 2 and 3 in the same way.

SS 8: Review material on film guide  and add to your graphic organizer (5 column T chart)

SS 7 : Review material on film guide; Study, write questions for clarification.

Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017

No Assignments

Monday, Oct 30, 2017

No assignments , Bills Won

Friday, Oct. 27, 2017

Teacher STREAM Professional Development: No school for students 

Thurdsay, Oct. 26, 2017

No Assignments

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

No assignments 

Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017

Social Studies 8: We analyzed the words to The Battle Hymn of the Republic and then sang it. We made a T-chart in the Civil War I.N, titled The advantages of the Union and the Confederacy in 1861, We viewed a data display, and categorized the advantages providing evidence.  We discussed a summary statement of what "story" the data told us. 

Classwork assignment from Monday (complete tonight) Interactive Workbook pages (in your I.N.) The Coming of the Civil War, p. 224, 225, 226. Complete according to procedure. (read previous assignments on this page for details).

SS-6: We made a new I.N. folder, titled Early Hunters and Gathers; We transferred some materials from Geography I.N. to it. Be sure to keep all materials in the prongs in chronological order.  Bring both the Geography and the Hunters and Gathers I.N. to class. We watched an discussed a brief video about the Caves of Lascaux (France) cave drawings from 17,000 years ago. Papers for Geography I.N. were handed back. 

Classwork assignment from Monday, must be completed tonight: Transfer this assignment to Hunters and Gathers I.N.

TXBK: p. 10 Copy timeline into I.N. Hunters and Gatherers on lined paper

            Read twice, study, study all pictures, graphics and captions as well. ( p. 10-16 txbk)

            Copy the Summarize on p. 16 on the same lined paper as the timeline above.

    Answer, on the same lined paper, in complete sentences Review Questions, 1-5 only on p. 16. Make an attempt at all questions, using the txbk reading above as assistance.

SS 7:  Assignment from yesterday's classwork must be completed for HW. TXBK. p. 36-41 Read twice, study, study all pictures, captions, inforgraphics, charts, etc. 

Copy the title and the chart on the top of p.40: The Columbian Exchange on lined paper in your I.N.  (day/date paper)

On page 41, do check your progress, question 1-5 only, making an attempt at all questions, answering in depth using the text for inspiration, evidence. Complete sentences.

SS 5: We made a new Interactive Notebook titled Mexico and received 2 large handouts: Mexico Geography and a powerpoint slide guide, Mexico, pre-punched and ready to put in the prongs.

Classwork assignment from yesterday was collected: (Make a vertical timeline on lined paper in your I.N., use 1 year as the interval, and include at least 10 significant events in your life thus far starting with your birthday, the approximate year you received sacraments, and other significant events for you and your family in the time period represented . 

Finish the classwork assignment from yesterday for homework tonight (Yea! the Bills won) on lined paper day and dated, 

TXBK p.10 Read twice and Study Where we came from and answer the review question on the bottom of the page, in complete sentences .

p. 11 Read twice and study -  One Nation and complete the review question in the same way as above.  


Monday, Oct. 23, 2017

Classwork not completed will be assigned as homework on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Yea! The Bills won Sunday.

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

SS 8: Gave back two  classwork/ homework assignments and noted to the class, once again,  that highlighting and annotating text in all assignments is required and is not an option. This requirement was noted on the large post-it note in class. As previously indicated,   any assignment that is not highlighted and annotated with accuracy will receive 1/2 credit. Students who received 1/2 credit today  are to re-do and  complete the pages (the Erie Canal 23/24 at the bottom) and turn in tomorrow in class if they would like full credit. Students who originally completed the work as it was assigned will receive an extra homework point. 

We used a 4 minute Discovery DVD, The Nation Divided ,  to review the eventful years from 1850-1860 that increased the crisis/conflict  in the U.S., which will eventually lead to a civil war. Students mastery include being able to put these events in sequence. See notes of students. 

Hand outs: America the Story of Us: Civil War Film guide;      Assignment: Interactive Workbook pages  The Crisis Deepens 221, 222, 223 See Note above! This assignment adds to your notes/teaching  on the video in class. 

SS 7: We used two Discovery Videos and discussed the Spanish Conquest in the Americas ; we will begin Colonies take Root tomorrow. Be sure you are reviewing your notes each night and doing something active with them.  No other assignment.

SS 6: We had a vocabulary test and questions on Sequence. No other assignment.

SS 5: We added A.D. images to our timelines; Complete glueing the rest of the A.D. images for homework. Study Timelines, steps to making, and the decades, centuries, milenium, intervals, A.D, BC, BCE, CE and all notes on timelines.  

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

SS 8 : We discussed Ken Burns as a Historian who makes documentaries. We reviewed Lincoln's path to the Presidency discussing the electoral college and popular vote. We viewed the year 1862 and discussed Lincoln's generals, Bull Run, Richmond Va., Lincoln's team of rivals. We discussed photography as a technological impact.  We viewed primary source photographs of Civil War soldiers, generals and Presidents of the Confederacy and the Union.   No assignment.

SS 7: We review a Discovery Video on the Aztecs and discussed the great civilization and elements of Aztec culture. We explored what it was that allowed the Spanish conquistadore to defeat them (alliances?); We watched a video: Europe looks outward discussing the English, French, Dutch and Spanish in the Western hemisphere; No additional assignment.

SS 6: We reviewed Social divisions, surplus, the Agricultural Revolution, nomads and diverse as vocabulary and concepts. Vocabulary test tomorrow.

SS 5: We learned how to use a bracket on a time line to represent an era or time period. We placed events and eras from Ancient Civilizations on our time lines, gluing events. We discussed where we would find the life of Jesus  on our time line. Students are to complete gluing the B.C. only images on their timeline. NO A.D images tonight. 

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017

SS 8: We completed our writing assessment. A new Junior Scholastic was distributed. Students are to read, read again, highlight and annotate the Article - Can your phone testify Against you? pages 6-9. Pay careful attention to the Supreme Court, Fourth Amendment  and Constitution Review on p. 9.

SS 7: We viewed and discussed a Discovery Video, Roots of the American People. We discussed the Renaissance, Reformation and Enlightment impacts leading to the American People. 

SS 6: We reviewed vocabulary cards. Test postponed to Thursday.

SS 5: We began to put pictures/images and place specific events on our time line. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

SS 8 :  Interactive Notebooks were handed back; review the teacher notes and improve and complete where needed. We wrote the formative assessment, using the student created primary source chart, a minimum of 6 paragraphs of a well constructed essay:  How did Harriet Beecher Stowe describe Slavery in Uncle Tom's Cabin.

SS 7:   Interactive Notebooks were handed back; review the teacher notes and improve and complete where needed. We worked in groups to pick our  cultural element for our Indigenous People of America project/totem. A new Junior Scholastic was distributed, Oct. 9 issue, Unnatural Disasters? 

SS 6: We completed vocabulary cards together using the process previously outlined. Students are asked to use the reteaching done in class today by reviewing their own cards from last week and improving them. Remember every card must have:  glossary def. and page number, a minimum of 2 context clue and then M.M.C ( demonstrate learning by making meaning clear) writing an original sentence restating the above without plagiarism.

SS 5: We watched a brief video- Timelines for Kids which reviewed the Steps to making a timeline. We wrote those steps in our I.N. We learned to put decades on our time lines. Students need to study the day's work each night for a least 10 minutes and come to class with questions and/or request assistance. 

Thursday, Oct., 12,2017

Social Studies 6, 7, 8 : Finish classwork; you were given ample time and hand outs to copy all details on the large "post it" in class. 

SS 5: Study the timeline learning we have done so far, take your I.N. home and write down any questions.  I will be working on time lines for anyone who missed a class this week. Take the opportunity tomorrow at 12:15 ( my lunch!) 

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

Social Studies 8: Today in class we discussed John Brown: Hero or Terrorist; We discussed Kansas and Nebraska, the Fugitive Slave Law, and completed the analysis of the final illustration for our Source Chart. Students must improve the source chart, study the passages on Harriet Beecher Stowe for an assessment.  

Interactive Workbook pages - Compromises Fail pp. 218,219,220

Social Studies 7: We organized into groups of 3, were assigned a North American Region in Pre-Columbian North America, chose 4 elements of culture to research further.  Tonight pick one Native nation in the region you are assigned, and come prepared to discuss this why the group should pursue more knowledge about the native nation.

SS 6: Master the material in class by reviewing the terms and the number line associated with timelines. STUDY it and write down any questions. Students who were absent on Mon/Tues or who had difficulty in class today are asked to seek me out for lunch/study hall to continue work on timelines.

SS 5: We learned how to choose timeline intervals, A..D and C.E as well as b.c and b.c.e; we placed our birthday on the timeline. Study and master the material from today, including decades, centuries and millenia (millenium) as intervals on a timeline. 

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017

SS 8:  Complete two hand outs, punch into I.N., Write on the paper or back; Apply Information: Along the Erie Canal (p. 23 at bottom) and Apply Information: The Erie Canal ( p. 24 at bottom); Of course, reading twice, highlighting and annotating is always required. 

SS 7  Complete the hand out, punch into I.N,  Roots of the American People, Biography Marco Polo. Of course, Read twice, (including reading the questions)  highlight and annotate 2nd reading, and answer the questions, completely and fully .

SS 6: Complete the handout, How many syllables, Punch into I.N., Be sure it is name, day, dated. 

Monday, Oct. 9, 2017

No school, Columbus Day observed

Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017

All classes, finish the individual classwork assignments that you were asked to write in your planner. 

ON Friday, I.N's will be collected in 7th and 8th grades; index card packets will be collected in 5th and 6th grade 

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017

Social Studies 8: Via film clips from America the Story of Us, Division, and a hand out film guide, we viewed the first  segment comparing and contrasting the economies of the the "north" and the "south". We explored the north's profiting from slavery.  No additional assignment, except of course, classwork must be reviewed and film guide section one on the Erie Canal completed. Bring textbooks to class and current I.N. 

Social Studies 7: U.S.  We viewed migration in the world and to North/South America,  via video and began to view the development of culture in the Americas from 15,000 BC to 1400 A.D. (Pre-Columbian) . We viewed maps of migration to California coast (pre-Columbian) and archeological digs.  Bring textbooks to class and current I.N. Master material covered in class.  No other assignment.

Social Studies 6: Eastern Hemisphere  - We viewed geographical features of Eastern hemisphere via video. We use archeology to learn about early cultures.  Complete  5 vocabulary cards,( archeology, archeologist, artifact ,migrate, glacier) using the method taught in class and your pre-history card as a model.  To recap:  1 glossary definition, write page number also, 2 context clues from page number and 1 original sentence (using your own words to demonstrate your understanding). If you do not have a textbook, use the handouts that you tore out of your SS Quick Study for the glossary definitions and to find the context clues.

Social Studies 5:  We used online resources from New World Studies  Weekly to view major geographical features in North America and identified unique features in New York State. We defined geological forces and natural disasters.  We played a NWSE learning review using p. 4 of New World Studies weekly - Direct Context Clues. We are learning how to better guess the meaning of a word in Social Studies Informational Text and used a list of words that say "LOOK HERE" that help us.  Complete question 4 & 5 on p. 4 of New World Studies Weekly, p.4, Direct Context clues. 

Tuesday, Oct 3, 2017

Social Studies 8:   In class we continued analyzing primary sources material ( passages and illustrations) from Harriet Beecher Stowe. The Interactive Workbook pages on 176,177,178 are tonight's assignment. They summarize the South's point of view and "The Plantation South".   Master the material as you go along, Use the textbook for supplemental material to answer any questions. These are your notes. 

Additionally: Using the method demonstrated in class today, analyze illustration 1, by annotating and labeling the handout in your notebook. Identify the individuals and symbols by labeling them on the handout; then using the Source Analysis Guide, Fill in the appropriate information.

Social Studies 7: Complete the handouts Trade Networks of Asia and Africa; p. 8,9,10. Read twice, highlight and annotate to the focus questions/What you will learn.  Use the textbook for supplemental material as needed to add depth to your answers. Including the chart. These are your notes.

Social Studies 6: 

Finish the one vocabulary card from class by writing an original sentence, demonstrating that you understand the word. Use the glossary definition and the context clues that you have already written in class, but you must use only your own words.

Social Studies 5: 

Complete vocabulary cards for 3 words:  census, immigrants and democracy.  Remember the process is: glossary definition, use the page number in the glossary definition, find the word, read around it to give you at least 2  context clues that will add to your knowledge.Write the context clues on the card.  Then write an original sentence, using your own words to demonstrate you understand the term, just  like we have practiced. Remember relax, you had success today, you can do it on your own!!! Remember to wrestle with the word and make your own good effort at it. 

If you were unprepared for class today,  did not finish the cards we have completed so far ( for : culture, ideals and ethnic group) , do use this opportunity to improve your learning and complete all the cards.   Remember also how you learned to add a card by placing a dot of glue in the corner. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

NO Assignment Bills win over ATLANTA!!!

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 

No assignment : Skating Party

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

SS 8:  We are continuing the inquiry, Can Words Lead to War?, Today we examined the background of Harriet Beecher Stowe and the circumstances that led her to write "Uncle Tom's Cabin." Two hand outs were given - p.12 Source Analysis Chart and p. 14 Source B: Harriet Beecher Stowe, novel about antebellum slavery in the United States, excerpts 1852. I read the passage to students and also reminded students of the maturity of the subject matter. 

Assignment: Based on Source B, ( and other sources this week) we are examining the supporting question 1: How did Harriet Beecher Stowe describe slavery? To collect information to answer that question later in the week, tonight re-read Source B annotating it for items in the hand out chart.  

Passage 1

Plot (the start in Source B, summarize)

What are the main ideas?

What details support those ideas?

Tone/What emotions...

Intention/what was STOWE trying to accomplish in her writing?

Reactions/ How do you think people reacted ...

 You will continue to fill in this chart as we examine different sources. Today, use source B. If you run out of room, and I said I knew you would, continue any answers on the back of the paper, being clear about what section.

SS 6:  In your Newspaper, p. 4, read and annotate the section Latitude and Longitude and complete the questions.

SS 7:  Three pages of handouts were given in class today, Interactive Notetaking and Study Guide. Complete pages 5,6,7, using the way I modeled how to do these assignments.

Understand the focus questions, Study the Key Event Timeline. You also should add some events to the timeline as you read, extending it as necessary (REMEMBER Last year how we got really good at time lines?)

Read a paragraph once; read it and highlight /annotate it for the focus question information. Less is more. Complete all reading in this way.

Answer all questions  and complete the chart.  USE YOUR textbook if you require information. Go deep.

SS 5:  Need textbook, index cards,  Complete the vocabulary card assignment you started in class with the words: culture, ideals, ethnic group, census, immigrants, democracy, republic, constitution, citizen, private property, economy, free enterprise, profit, supply, demand. 

Use the glossary which is in the back of your book to find these definitions. 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

SS 5 : We finished our first assessment of Social Studies Information Text skills. A hand-out titled HELP was distributed. This was punched into our Today's News I.N.  Assignment: Read twice, highlight and annotate the tips in the article (both sides) as to how they might apply to you and how they might help your success in school.

SS 6: Completed Social Studies information skills test (2 days). Read twice, reading for the purpose of tips for you. Highlight and annotate accordingly.  Be sure you have your paper pronged folders for the year handed in, your pouch is ready, your portfolio is handed in, and New World Weekly Newspaper payment is in.

SS 7: We caught up with the following: 

Completed Social Studies Information Skills test. (absentees from Monday); 

Finished Reading for tips on the Help hand-out both sides.  Read twice, reading for the purpose of tips for you. Highlight and annotate accordingly. Be sure you have your paper pronged pocketed folders handed in for the year, your pouch is ready, your portfolio is handed in, and Junior Scholastic payment is in. 

I collected 3-4 paragraph essay on the core question, Junior Scholastic, Sept. 4, p. 12-13, Skills: Citing Textual evidence, Knowing the News, 

I will collect tomorrow:   Interactive Study Guide hand-outs, pages, 2,3,4 and 15 (chart- top 3 boxes only).

SS 8 : We started a NYS Inquiry titled:   Can Words Lead to War?, which is centered around a book by Harriet Beecher Stowe, and other primary sources.  Material deals with the compelling question in the context of U.S. History approximately 1840-1860.  Be sure cover hand out is completed and glued; 

Interactive Study Guide pages: (background and content for this time period) The North Transformed, pages 173,174,175. These are your notes, so be sure to read each section twice, highlight and annotate to focus questions , answer completely and use the textbook if necessary. 

I handed back evaluations of 170-172, read my notes and re do any questions that were not accurate.

Monday, September 25, 2017

There is no formal homework assignment today, due to the Bills win over Denver! However, several things were written in student planners for SS 7.

SS 7: See the assignment below. As I indicated to you on Friday, since many of you did not check this page and did not do the assignment, it is due Wednesday, without excuse.

Several people were absent in SS 7 today.  Expect to make up the Social Studies Information Text test in your Study Hall with me. Please make arrangements to pick up the hand-out today titled : Help

STREAM ARCADE ACADEMY:  Clean out  and look for:   games pieces, interesting recyclable material, duct tape, ping pong balls, marbles, puffs, rubber balls, paper towel tubes, wrapping paper tubes, PVC pieces, etc.etc., plastic wrap, aluminum foil

 Things that someone who is designing an Arcade game might use.

Need at least 10 never used, clean large (not sheet)  pizza boxes . I already asked Bella, so try another Pizzeria.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

SS 5 Master the Material in your I.N. on Latitude and Longitude. Complete page 8 in your packet.

SS 6 Complete p. 8 Map Master Skills, Latitude and Longitude

SS 7 Junior Scholastic, page 12-13  Fighting Fake News Read twice, highlight less is more and Annotate, Do the core question, 3 paragraphs minimum.

SS 8 Junior Scholastic p. 14-15,16-17Danger Zones, Read twice the remainder of the article , Annotate with at least 3 dangers or problems for U.S foreign policy; Do not do the core question

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Parents:  I hope to see you tonight at the Back to School Night Program. The general meeting for grades 1-8  will start promptly at 6:00 P.M. so please come a few minutes earlier. The meeting will be in the school cafeteria.After the general meeting by you will go to Grade 1-5 classrooms. Grade 6-8 classroom teachers will be presenting in the Cafeteria.  You will also have an opportunity to sign up for 5 week Parent Conferences. 


SS 8 - We completed a lesson on compromise, in preparation to learning about the compromises that were made in the U.S 1820-1860 regarding States Rights and the institution of Slavery. We completed a second class today, dissecting the issue of Fake News and how to find reliable sources. Students are to complete reading, highlighting and annotating the last two sections of the Article on p. 12-13 of Junior Scholastic and answering the core question at the bottom of p. 13 on lined paper. Use the article for evidence, minimum 3 paragraphs.

SS 7: p. 4 handout, place in the current I.N., Section 1 Notetaking guide: How did early civilizations develop in the Americas?   and p. 15 handout, Notetaking Study Guide : How did different cultures and traditions develop around the world?  Only the first three boxes in the chart.

SS 6:  We are learning about the 5 themes of Geography, and specifically Location. We have learned about Latitude and Longitude and what the grid looks like on a globe. STUDENTS must master this information tonight, using the handout p. 2 Location. We continue to practice highlighting using a less is more concept and annotating text.

SS 5: We are learning about the 5 themes of Geography, and specifically Location. We have learned about Latitude and Longitude and what the grid looks like on a glove.  STUDENTS must master this information tonight., using the handout p.2 Location. We continue to practice highlighting using a less is more approach and annotating. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Today was "registration" for grades 5-8 for STREAM Academy. From 1:30 to 2:15, students were shown a course list and asked to pick their top 3 choices. STREAM Academy courses are one part of the STREAM Education Initiative. These courses are non graded, non homework, hands on and fun. Thank the school's teachers, for each and every one is teaching/organizing a course. Session 1 will run every Monday, 1:30 to 2:15. On early dismissal Mondays the courses will run earlier. Students are asked to turn in their choices by tomorrow (if they haven't already done so) to their homeroom teacher. They will be notified later in the week of which course they will take. ATTENDANCE counts. In these courses, students participate in teams and collaborate to get fun tasks completed. If a student is absent, it negatively impacts the production of the entire team. 

Social Studies 8 : No class today

Social Studies 7: Class handout from Friday ; two pages ( 6 paragraphs and questions); These are your Interactive Notetaking Guide and align with the lesson given in class last Friday and today on the Roots of the American People.  Today I handed out an additional chart to be filled and apparently two different charts were distributed. This was brought to my attention at 2:15. Ignore the chart until we can talk about it in class tomorrow.

SS 6 - Bring 20 index cards to class.

SS 5 - Bring 20 index cards to class.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Social Studies 8: We discussed the time period from 1820-1860 and the different path development of the "North" and the "South". We discussed two major differences/issues during that period as  slavery/abolition and States rights/nullification.   We categorized the North as more "industrialized/urbanized" and the South as more agrarian/plantation like. We discussed the differences between the economies and labor forces. 

The Interactive Note-taking book was returned to students. We modeled a guided reading of pages 170,171,172, especially annotating the Key Event Time Line and the essential question.

Students are assigned:  complete p. 170,171 and 172 (The Industrial Revolution)  and to punch the following pages into their I.N. Titled the Civil War. 170-183 and 212-244.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Social Studies 8: If you did not finish your assignment from yesterday, finish it. Junior Scholastic subscription payment is due:  $9.25, cash or check to OLV, in an envelope to Ms.Abram, with student name and grade. 
In class we put together a packet of 20 vocabulary cards, (cable tie) and reviewed major elements of the Constitution (unit from last year) close reading and discussing the article on p. 4-5 of Junior Scholastic (JS, Sept. 4, 2017) 
Make vocabulary cards ( glossary def., 2 context clues and demonstrating original sentence) for all the words on p. 4. You have already practiced most of this assignment in class. 
Be sure you have been assigned a textbook, cover it (preferably brown paper bag) and write your name in it with the school year 2017-2018 ( inside cover) . Do not carry your textbook to class unless it is requested. As always bring to class your current I.N., your Today's News folder and your properly outfitted pouch to class everyday. Starting tomorrow, homework assignments will count towards Breakfast of Champions for the first trimester. 

Social Studies 7:  We discussed developing nations,diplomatic, industrialized nations, exports, imports in class using Junior Scholastic , Sept. 4, p. 4-5 Constitution 101. We will be doing a more indepth unit on the Constitution and Government of the United States a little later in the year. We discussed the purpose of a primary election ( held yesterday) and Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief efforts.  Junior Scholastic subscription payment is due now.  $9.25 cash or check ( made out to OLV School) in a sealed envelope, to Ms. Abram with grade , student name, Junior Scholastic. 
Make vocabulary cards (glossary def., 2 context clues, one demonstrating sentence) for all the vocabulary words on p. 4-5 of the current Junior Scholastic.  Check to see that you have been assigned a textbook, be sure it is covered (brown paper bag preferred). You do not need to carry your textbook to class each day. I will request it from time to time. Starting tomorrow, homework assignments will count towards Breakfast of Champions for the first trimester. 
Social Studies 6:  We practiced "less is more" highlighting, using the hand out "The five themes of geography". Students must work on organization skills such that hand outs are punched into I.N.'s immediately.  Be sure you have been assigned a textbook and that it is covered (preferably with a brown paper bag) and that you have written your name and school year, 2017-2018 in the inside cover.Do not bring the textbook to class each day. I will ask for it from time to time, but it need not be carried to class each day. 
I checked all I.N.'s for the completed Eastern Hemisphere map, the Five Themes of Geography handout. If you did not complete this ( and many of you did not) finish this tonight. Starting tomorrow, homework assignments will count toward Breakfast of Champions.
Payment for World History Studies Weekly is due, $6.55 cash or check ( made out to OLV school) to Ms. Abram in a sealed envelope, marked with World History, Student name and grade. 
Social Studies 5:  We modeled (were editors and gave stars and wishes)  the writing assignment that was yesterday's homework.  Students were asked to make a poster writing 3-4 inches high, quoting their writing from yesterday. They picked one original  sentence of their writing (not Dr. Suess)  that they liked the best, that reflected a theme of Oh the Places you'll Go.  They were also asked to add a picture that expressed their chosen sentence.   Starting tomorrow, homework assignments will count towards Breakfast of Champions. Payment for New World Studies Weekly is due. $7.55 cash or check (made out to OLV school) in a sealed envelope to Ms. Abram, with Student name, Grade, New World Studies Weekly written on front of envelope. 
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
For all Social Studies students (Grades 5,6,7,8)  and their parents/guardians.

The key to success this first full week of school is mastering organization and being ready for class. There is no greater time waster than being unprepared with the basic materials for class. Organization is to practiced every day. It takes a few minutes but pays great dividends.  The following terms and organization hints are to be mastered now.
I.N. - Interactive notebook; This is a paper notebook with pockets and prongs and is brought to class each day. It represents the current topic/unit or a special topic/project.   All handouts given in class must be 3 hole punched into this folder each day and put in chronological /date order. NO loose papers are to be kept in the pockets except for the class newspaper or magazine.  Students must keep this I.N. organized each day.  I have kept the 11 remaining folders organized in the classroom for the students and they will be distributed as we change units or do a special project. If students have not turned in 11 folders (keeping one to use now) this must be completed as soon as possible, as not doing so is impacting the class, teacher and the student. Parents please look at the I.N.'s and student work.  Homework assignments are also completed in the I.N. I collect the I.N.'s and rate the homework or assignment.  I write notes to students and parents. I ask parents to sign certain papers.  I.N's always contain 15 sheets of blank lined paper to start and must be ready in the I.N. each time a new topic is begun. If this successful procedure is followed, students do not leave papers home, in their locker or lose the paper.  
Portfolio:  This is a blue plastic folder with pockets (no prongs). The folder is kept in the classroom for 3-4 years and is only purchased once. Only 5th and 6th graders were asked to purchase this folder. The folder contains student tests, writing samples, rubric grades for projects and other assessments.  Portfolios may be viewed by parent and teacher. If interested, please contact me.
Today's New = Tomorrow's History: A blue plastic folder with pockets that is kept by the student and brought to class each day. This is contains Junior Scholastic (7/8 grades), current events assignments, discussion questions related to current events or topics of student interest.
Pouch - This is a zippered pouch, sturdy, not overpacked. It comes to classes everyday and are the basic tools for success.  It contains the basic materials needed for all subjects. 2 pens, 2 sharpened pencils, eraser, scissors, school glue (not glue sticks), small pack of color media (8 crayons, 8 pencils, not sharpies), highlighter, hand-held hole punch, 7 index cards ( if the teacher needs more on a particular day, she will tell the students to have them for the next day) 
Textbooks:  Are not carried to class and are mainly used for vocabulary assignments. Various workbooks that were ordered have not come in.  I am providing handouts , which must be day ( Monday, Tues, etc) and dated, and put in I.N. chronologically. These materials are study materials and should be reviewed for 10 minutes each night. 
Social Studies 8:
Improve the annotating, if needed of the Words to know on p. 4, Junior Scholastic (Sept. 4, 2017). We gave examples in class.
On your own complete reading and understanding (look in the article on p. 4-5 for context clues) of media literacy, NATO, sanction , undocumented. Look in the article for context clues and  use these to highlight and annotate these for the vocabulary words.  
Organization: Last Friday, you were to organize your first I.N. with 15 sheets of lined paper and punch 20 index cards.  I will provide cable ties (thank you parents!) in class to secure them. There was no homework assignment on Friday. 
Social Studies 7:  
Be sure you have your current I.N. set up with 15 sheets of lined paper; 20 punched index cards; Bring this folder and Today's News which contains the Junior Scholastic you were given in class today. 
Social Studies 6:
Be sure you have your current I.N. set up ( 15 sheets of lined paper)  with the handouts punched, day/dated  from today: Eastern Hemisphere Map and 5 themes of Geography.  Finish classwork- color the continents of the Eastern Hemisphere, color the title the 5 themes of Geography.  Cirlce the 5 words in the first sentence which represent "less is more" for highlighting as demonstrated in class today. 
Social Studies 5: Be sure you have your current I.N. set up with 15 sheets of lined paper, hand-out punched, day/dated : Western hemisphere, 5 themes of geography.
On the index card we set up in class, on the lined side, thinking about the themes in Oh the Places You'll Go and that we reviewed in class today, Pick one of the themes that grabbed you (resonated with you) describe the theme, write about a personal experience where that theme related and then write how learning about the theme might help support you this year.  example: in a slump, the waiting place , the famous place, "you have brains in your head and feet in your shoes, you can steer your yourself in any direction you chose.  Write in a well developed paragraph using the lined side and if needed the blank side. 


Along with the mission of OLV School, the following quotes are illustrative of a view of teaching and education, with emphasis on the importance of Social Studies Education as a skill.


I seek to:

  • “Instill in every individual “student an” understanding of America’s past and it value in today’s world and the future”
  • To equip students individually in developing their own “knowledge and understanding” Social Studies to form a basis of life-long learning and “individual inquiry and engaged citizenship” and to develop the skills they need to “succeed in college, careers and the global marketplace.(Reference: The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
  • “Self-efficacy means having the belief in your abilities to complete a task, reach goals and manage a situation…is about having a realistic sense of one’s accomplishments (neither overblown not undersold)…it’s about learning that when at first you don’t succeed you can indeed try try again and you’re likely to make progress perhaps even to a point of mastery…self-efficacy is built by doing the work and seeing the success that came from effort.” ~How to Raise and Adult, Julie Lythcott-Haimsinv


As the above philosophy indicates, doing the “work” is an important success indicator. Student “work and citizenship” are assessed in a variety of ways, both formal and informal, each ten weeks. These assessments include project based learning, media based learning, voluntary class participation and individual participation, teacher/student activities, skills tests and traditional quiz and test grades inform the “grading” policy. It is important for students to maintain exemplary attendance records. See OLV handbook for assignments non-school calendar vacations.

Lifework assignments are given 2-3 times a week, and represent acquisition of knowledge and practice of skills. Assignments are generally not given on weekends or holidays (or when the Buffalo Bills win a weekend game). These lifework assignments are reviewed, recorded and represent an equivalent written “unit” test. It is difficult to “make up a class(s)” when absent, as students are exposed to a specific objectives, activities and formal and informal assessments. All students are required to keep a detailed “planner” with details about their assignments as well as well-organized topical notebooks, with date/dates pages. Students are asked to make it their first priority when returning to school from a brief absence, either from single class or the full day’s absence to see out a student partner to review the planner, notebook for days missed. It is recommended students beyond simply doing the assignment. Students are asked to make a real effort as to what learning they missed and to work with the teacher to find an alternative way of “making up the material”. Parents are asked to contact the homeroom teacher or subject area teacher, via email, for significant periods of absence to work out mutually convenient and effective ways to “make up the materials”. Unless mutually agreed upon in advance, lifework assignments, test make-ups, material make-ups must be completed within 2 days of the absence. For longer periods of absence, unless arrangements have been in advance with the teacher, no credit for assignments will be given beyond one-week of the absence(s).


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