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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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