December 10-14, 2018

In ELA/SS class this week, we'll read the next few chapters of Nothing but the Truth, as well as continue studying Latin Roots and practicing Daily Language. We'll also examine the Constitution as we interpret the Preamble, analyze the structure of the Constitution, and understand the specifics of how this foundational document delineates the powers and limitations of our federal government system. I am so amazed at your generosity! Our class donated 335 cans to Stuff the Bus, and I matched their gifts, for a grand total of 670!  :) 

In Fitness this month, we are learning and practicing the fundamentals of volleyball, which will culminate in a tournament. Students will also set specific personal fitness goals and create a 10-minute daily workout that they can do in class and at home.

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December 3-7, 2018

This week in ELA/SS, we will begin our study of the Constitution by studying the three major compromises that resulted from the Constitutional Convention: The Great Compromise, The Three-Fifths Compromise, and the Electoral Compromise. We will also begin a new work of realistic fiction, Nothing but the Truth, by Avi. This novel deals with themes of truth and how interpretations of truth are often based on perception, bias, and promotion of self-interest. Uses and abuses of First Amendment rights of free speech and a free press are also addressed in this short novel. Additionally, we will resume our study of Latin Roots and Daily Language Practice.

In Fitness this month, we are learning and practicing the fundamentals of volleyball, which will culminate in a tournament. Students will also set specific personal fitness goals and create a 10-minute daily workout that they can do in class and at home.

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November 13-16, 2018

In ELA/SS this week, students will understand the significance of the Siege of Yorktown and the Treaty of Paris as the military and diplomatic resolutions, respectively, of the Revolution. Our class will learn to interweave historical details with their own creativity as they create a historical fiction narrative of their own. Students will focus on building a plot structure, developing characters, including an author's message, and writing an engaging lead. See my website for specific due dates and learning targets. Please mark your calendars for November 29! We are excited to have parents drop in the Liberty library any time between 5:30-6:30 p.m. to experience a student-created Revolutionary War showcase.

In Health this week, our class will examine the interconnections between culture, government, and economics in how we form our eating habits. Students will critically analyze the influence of media and marketing on our nutritional choices, and they will research and evaluate various popular nutritional plans. See my website for specific due dates and learning targets.

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November 5-9, 2018

This week in ELA/SS, students will analyze the conflicts and democratic ideals that contributed to the writing of the Declaration of Independence, as well as its effective use of rhetoric to garner support from colonists and other world powers. Our class will also evaluate how the battle of Trenton came at a crucial time to boost the flagging morale of colonists, as well as how Saratoga was a turning point in the Revolution. See my website for specific due dates and learning targets. Please mark your calendars for November 29! We are excited to have parents drop in the Liberty library any time between 5:30-6:30 p.m. to experience a student-created Revolutionary War showcase.

This week in Health, students are participating in many learning activities as they watch the documentary, Fed Up, in order to evaluate how nutrition affects our lives and our health. Our class will evaluate the interconnections between culture, government, and economics in how we form our eating habits.

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October 29-November 2, 2018

This week in ELA/SS, students will dive deeper into the events that led to the American Revolution. We will also examine current events that reflect some of the same struggles regarding political representation, abuse of power, and various forms of protest and petition. Additionally, students will continue their practice with Latin roots and conventions, as well as reading, analyzing and discussing Cast Two Shadows. Please mark your calendars for November 29! We are excited to have parents drop in the Liberty library any time between 5:30-6:30 p.m. to experience a student-created Revolutionary War showcase.

As our class returns to Health this week, they will review the basic macro and micronutrients of food. We will also watch the documentary, Fed Up, in order to evaluate how nutrition affects us. Students will begin tracking their own individual nutrition for their personal evaluation.

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October 22-26, 2018

In ELA/SS, as students learn about the American Revolution, they will imagine the events through the perspective of a person who might have lived in that time period. Students have been preparing themselves with research and will continue to develop a realistic fictional character, who will become the protagonist of their Revolutionary War narrative writing. Additionally, students will continue their practice with Latin roots and conventions, as well as reading, analyzing and discussing Cast Two Shadows. Please mark your calendars for November 29! We are excited to have parents drop in the Liberty library any time between 5:30-6:30 p.m. to experience a student-created Revolutionary War showcase.

In Health/Fitness, our class will be in Fitness from now until October 26. Activities include soccer, bombardment, ultimate ball, and 8-base. Students will also participate in fitness tests such as the mile, sit-ups, push-ups, pull-ups, shuttle run, and sit-and-reach. Please note that participation points lost due to absences can be made up on students' own time with a Fitness Make-up form, which are available in my classroom, the locker room, and the office. Fitness Assessments, however, must be arranged to be made up during lunch or 7th period with me. 

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October 15-19, 2018

This week in ELA/SS, As students learn about the American Revolution, they will explore how the French and Indian War led to the Stamp Act, as colonists felt that their rights were being violated by the British government. Students will also evaluate the ethical issues surrounding British abuse of power and colonial propaganda as these both inflamed colonists following the Boston Massacre. Additionally, students will continue their practice with Latin roots and conventions, as well as reading, analyzing and discussing Cast Two Shadows. See my website for specific due dates and learning targets. Please mark your calendars for November 29! We are excited to have parents drop in the Liberty library any time between 5:30-6:30 p.m. to experience a student-created Revolutionary War showcase.

In Health/Fitness, our class will be in Fitness from now until October 26. Activities include soccer, bombardment, ultimate ball, and 8-base. Students will also participate in fitness tests such as the mile, sit-ups, push-ups, pull-ups, shuttle run, and sit-and-reach. Please note that participation points lost due to absences can be made up on students' own time with a Fitness Make-up form, which are available in my classroom, the locker room, and the office. Fitness Assessments, however, must be arranged to be made up during lunch or 7th period with me. 

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