October 16-20, 2017

I am so excited to see what students have created for their free choice book projects!  I know they have been working hard and have lots of ingenious ways to share about their reading. Later in the week, students will use inference to deduce which replicas of colonial artifacts could have belonged to different people of different social classes and genders in colonial society. Students will also learn a third set of Latin roots this week.

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October 9-12, 2017

This week, students will have their final test on the U.S. map, as well as a quiz on Latin roots 2. Additionally, students will learn about various aspects of life in the original 13 colonies, by making inferences from physical artifacts and historical images. They will also be provided with class time to work on their free choice book projects, which are due Monday, October 16. 

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October 2-6, 2017

This week, students will continue their learning with the U.S. map, a second set of Latin roots, and their free choice books. Additionally, they will present a sales pitch, using a mix of historical fact and propaganda, in order to convince classmates to move to their British colony. Students will also have a hands-on experience with many replicas of artifacts, where they will be asked to make observations and inferences about colonial era life.

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September 25-29, 2017

This week, students will continue work on their basic geographic knowledge as a foundation for understanding U.S. history.  Expect to see them studying the 50 states and a few geographic locations (oceans, rivers, and mountain ranges) that played a role in the development of our nation’s history. Students will also learn about one of the original 13 colonies, and create a sales pitch to convince others to immigrate to their colony.  Additionally, students are reading a free choice book for a book project, and are studying their first set of Latin roots as a strategy for decoding unfamiliar words.

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September 18-22, 2017

I am so excited to get to know all of my students over this last couple weeks! They are a really enthusiastic, thoughtful, creative group! We have had a lot of fun working towards building our ideals as a community, which is a process we'll continue throughout the year. This week, students will investigate primary and secondary sources to discover some of the more tragic sides of early European exploration and enslavement in the Americas.

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June 19-23, 2017

I am so VERY proud of all of my students for their huge accomplishments with Constitutional Debates!  They all did incredibly well in their public speaking, and made strong, well-reasoned arguments. I’m glad that so many parents were able to come see your children perform! This week, students will learn about the many conflicts leading to the Civil War, they’ll have a Latin Roots final exam, and we’ll have our final First Friday class meeting.

I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to have this amazing group of young people in my life this year.  I’m going to miss them terribly!  

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June 12-16, 2017

Your students have been working so hard since March to prepare their Constitutional Debate and the day is finally here!  I am so incredibly proud of them and what they have accomplished!  Please know that you are invited to watch your child debate on Friday, June 16.  They can tell you the time and room number for their debate.  Please plan to check in the office about 10 minutes before their start time. Each student should continue to practice their debate speech at home this week.  You are welcome to help them out by videoing or using the rubric in their orange packet to give them some feedback.

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