Thursday, December 24, 2009

Extra Credit

Most people view the celebration of Christmas as a time honored tradition in America. In reality, the way Americans have celebrated this holiday has changed dramatically over the years. The secular symbols that have overtaken the religious aspects of Christmas have a varied, and often strange, history.

Write a 5 page, typed, 12 point, double-spaced report on Christmas in America. You can decide to do a general history or relate how certain symbols gained popularity (for example, Rudolph). This assignment is worth 300 points in social studies.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Weekly Schedule: December 14 – December 18

Finish your Presidential Glogster


1st Year

Monday:

Spelling: Consonant Digraphs NG and NK

Information Skills: Using Dictionaries and Books Posttest

Comprehension: Japan: Something Old, Something New; Part 1

Writing:

NEO: Sentence Writing: Level 1 - F_News (File 1)

Criterion: Feeling Happy (Due Dec. 18)

Social Studies:

Assignment: 48 - Almost Painless Guide to the US Constitution (Quiz)

Assignment Due: 46 - An American Nation Begins - 1789-1792

Tuesday:

Grammar: Commas with Introductory Words and Direct Address

Language Arts: Style, Structure, and Tone - 03 - Sentence Structure

Maps, Charts, and Graphs: Line Graphs

Social Studies:

Assignment: 51 - Almost Painless Guide to the Legislative Branch (Quiz)

Assignment Due: Almost Painless Guide to the US Constitution

Wednesday:

STAR Reading & Math

Information Skills: Using References Pretest

Writing:

NEO: Sentence Writing: Level 1 - G_More (File 2)

Social Studies:

Assignment: 49 - Almost Painless Guide to the Executive Branch (Quiz)

Assignment Due: Almost Painless Guide to the Legislative Branch

Thursday:

Grammar: Apostrophes: Contractions and Possessives

Language Arts: Style, Structure, and Tone - 04 - Sentences Don t Feed the Bears

Maps, Charts, and Graphs: Quiz on Lessons 8 through 11

Vocabulary: I’ll Pay You Back Later

Social Studies:

Assignment: 50 - Almost Painless Guide to the Judicial Branch (Quiz)

Assignment Due: Almost Painless Guide to the Executive Branch

Friday:

Writing Due: Feeling Happy

Health: Respect Yourself and Others, Too (Quiz)

2nd Year

Monday:

Spelling: Compound Words 1

Information Skills: Using Dictionaries and Books Posttest

Comprehension: Skill Lesson: Sequencing

Writing:

NEO: Character Sketch 1 - G_Dia (File 5)

Criterion: Desert Island (Due Dec. 18)

Social Studies:

Assignment: 47 - Religions of the World - Islam

Assignment Due: Religions of the World - Hinduism

Tuesday:

Grammar: Quiz on Lessons 6–7

Language Arts: Pronouns - 3 - Pronoun Cases

Maps, Charts, and Graphs: Line Graphs

Social Studies:

Assignment: 48 - Religions of the World – Judaism (Quiz)

Assignment Due: Religions of the World - Islam

Wednesday:

STAR Reading & Math

Information Skills: Using References Pretest

Vocabulary: The Perfect Gift

Writing:

NEO: Character Sketch 1 - H_Diades (File 6)

Social Studies:

Assignment: 49 - Religions of the World - A Comparison of Religious Thought

Assignment Due: Religions of the World – Judaism

Thursday:

Grammar: Quotation Marks around Titles

Language Arts: Pronouns - 4 - Relative and Interrogative Pronouns

Maps, Charts, and Graphs: Quiz on Lessons 8 through 11

Social Studies:

Assignment: Religion Timeline

Assignment Due: Religions of the World - A Comparison of Religious Thought

Friday:

Comprehension: Sybil Sounds the Alarm, Part 1

Writing Due: Desert Island

Health: Cliques: Who's In? Who's Out? (Quiz)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Monday, December 7, 2009

Weekly Schedule: December 7th – December 11th

1st Year

Monday:

Spelling: Schwa Sounds in Unstressed Syllables

Information Skills: Quiz on Lessons 7 through 9

Writing:

Criterion: Feeling Happy (Due Dec. 18)

Social Studies:

Assignment: Tora! Tora! Tora!

Tuesday:

Language Arts: Figurative Language - Polar Penguins

Maps, Charts, and Graphs: Circle Graphs

Comprehension: China: The Full Month Party

Social Studies:

Assignment: 45 - Revolutionary War - A Harvest of Victory (Quiz)

Assignment Due: The South Regained

Wednesday:

Grammar: Quiz on Lessons 3–5

Information Skills: Investigation: Investigating History

Writing:

NEO: Sentence Writing: Level 1 - E_Frag (File 4)

Social Studies:

Assignment: 46 - An American Nation Begins - 1789-1792 (Quiz)

Assignment Due: A Harvest of Victory

Thursday:

Language Arts: Powerful Paragraphs

Maps, Charts, and Graphs: Bar Graphs

Vocabulary: Neat as a Pin

Social Studies:

Assignment: 47 - America in a Changing World 1793-1799

Assignment Due: An American Nation Begins

Friday:

Health: When Friends Mean Trouble

2nd Year

Monday:

Spelling: Quiz on Lessons 8–10

Information Skills: Quiz on Lessons 7 through 9

Writing:

NEO: Character Sketch 1 - E_Set2 (File 8)

Criterion: Desert Island (Due Dec. 18)

Social Studies:

Assignment: Tora! Tora! Tora!

Tuesday:

Language Arts: Pronouns - 1 - What They Are and Why We Have Them

Maps, Charts, and Graphs: Circle Graphs

Comprehension: Skill Lesson: Author’s Purpose

Social Studies:

Assignment: 44 - Roots of Religion/Timeline

Assignment Due: Roman Timeline/Outline

Wednesday:

Grammar: Apostrophes: Contractions and Possessives

Information Skills: Investigation: Investigating History

Writing:

NEO: Character Sketch 1 - F_Setdes (File 5)

Social Studies:

Assignment: 45 - Religions of the World – Christianity (Quiz)

Assignment Due: Roots of Religion/Timeline

Thursday:

Language Arts: Pronouns - 2 - Personal Pronouns

Maps, Charts, and Graphs: Bar Graphs

Vocabulary: The Used-Clothing Store

Social Studies:

Assignment: 46 - Religions of the World - Hinduism

Assignment Due: Christianity

Friday:

Health: Cliques: Who's In? Who's Out?

Monday, November 30, 2009

Weekly Schedule: November 30 – December 4

1st Year

Monday:

Spelling: Quiz on Lessons 8–9

Information Skills: The Table of Contents

Writing:

NEO: Sentence Writing: Level 1 - B_Favor (File 1)

Criterion: No New Assignment – Character Dinner due Dec. 4

Social Studies:

Assignment: 41 - Revolutionary War - Winter at Valley Forge

Assignment Due: Student Declarations/Common Sense

Tuesday:

Grammar: Commas in Greetings and Closings of Letters

Maps, Charts, and Graphs: Prediction: Using a Clearer Crystal Ball

Vocabulary: Pretest on Family & Consumer Sciences

Writing:

NEO: Sentence Writing: Level 1 - C_Adject (File 2)

Social Studies:

Assignment: 42 - Revolutionary War - Price of Loyalty

Assignment Due: Winter at Valley Forge

Wednesday:

Information Skills: The Index of a Book

Comprehension: Skill Lesson: Author’s Purpose

Writing:

NEO: Sentence Writing: Level 1 - D_Adverb (File 3)

Social Studies:

Assignment: 43 - Revolutionary War - Dark Days

Assignment Due: Price of Loyalty

Thursday:

Grammar: Commas to Separate Items in a List

Language Arts: Fiction - 9 - Making Connections

Maps, Charts, and Graphs: Pictures Graphs

Social Studies:

Assignment: 44 - Revolutionary War - The South Regained

Assignment Due: Dark Days

Friday:

Vocabulary: Anything Else?

Writing Due: Character Dinner

Health: You Can Count on Me! Building Character

2nd Year

Monday:

Spelling: Silent Letters with Double Consonants

Information Skills: The Table of Contents

Comprehension: A Gift of Friendship, Part 2

Writing:

NEO: Character Sketch 1 - B_Des1 (File 5)

Criterion: No New Assignment – Designing TV Show due Dec. 4

Social Studies:

Assignment: 40 - Ancient Rome - Expansion and Conquest (Greek PowerPoint)

Assignment Due: None

Tuesday:

Grammar: Quiz on Lessons 3–5

Language Arts: Nouns - 3 - Plural Formations

Maps, Charts, and Graphs: Prediction: Using a Clearer Crystal Ball

Writing:

NEO: Character Sketch 1 - C_Des2 (File 6)

Social Studies:

Assignment: 41 - Ancient Rome - Fall of an Empire / Timeline

Assignment Due: Expansion and Conquest

Wednesday:

Information Skills: The Index of a Book

Vocabulary: Pretest on Family & Consumer Sciences

Writing:

NEO: Character Sketch 1 - D_Set1 (File 7)

Social Studies:

Assignment: 42 - Ancient Rome - Prosperity and Decline / Outline

Assignment Due: None

Thursday:

Language Arts: Nouns - 4 - Noun Cases

Maps, Charts, and Graphs: Pictures Graphs

Comprehension: The Early Colonies Quiz

Social Studies:

Assignment: 43 - What the Ancients Knew - Romans

Assignment Due: Outline & Timeline

Friday:

Grammar: Commas with Intro Phrases, Inter Phrases, and Direct Address

Vocabulary: New Homes for Oak View

Writing Due: Designing TV Show

Health: The Fourth “R”: Responsibility

Monday, November 23, 2009

Weekly Schedule: November 23 – November 24

1st Year

Monday:

Spelling: R-Controlled Vowels 2

Information Skills: The Title Page of a Book

Vocabulary: Posttest on Social Studies Vo c a b u l a ry

Writing:

NEO: Sentence Writing: Level 1 - B_Favor (File 4)

Criterion: Character Dinner

Social Studies:

Assignment: 38 - Revolutionary War - Declarations of Independence (Quiz)

Assignment Due: Declaration of Independence - A Foundation of Ideas for a New Age

Tuesday:

Grammar: Commas to Separate Dates and City and State Names

Language Arts: Fiction - 7 - Themes in the Wizard of Oz

Maps, Charts, and Graphs: Quiz on Lessons 6 and 7

Comprehension: Skill Lesson: Cause & Effect

Writing:

NEO: Sentence Writing: Level 1 - B_Favor (File 4)

Criterion: Character Dinner Due

Social Studies:

Assignment: 39 - Revolutionary War - Victory or Death (Quiz)

Assignment Due: Revolutionary War - Declarations of Independence

Extra Credit:

Movies: Fact or Fiction?

You may watch a movie based on a significant historical event or person. Significant means: “having or likely to have influence or effect.” You must be able to tell me why this event or person is significant, describe the event or person in historical terms, and then determine the accuracy of history presented in the movie. You may present your findings in many different ways, which I leave to your imagination. Your assignment will be evaluated based on its originality (100 points), presentation (100 points), and content (300 points). This assignment will be worth 500 extra credit points.

2nd Year

Monday:

Spelling: Sound of J Spelled with G

Language Arts: Words - 2 - Roots

Information Skills: The Title Page of a Book

Writing:

NEO: Character Sketch 1 - B_Des1

Criterion: Special Person (Due Nov. 25)

Social Studies:

Assignment: 38 - Ancient Rome - Rise to Power / Outline

Assignment Due: What the Ancients Knew - Greeks

Tuesday:

Grammar: Commas to Separate Items in a List

Language Arts: Words - 3 - Prefixes and Suffixes

Maps, Charts, and Graphs: Quiz on Lessons 6 and 7

Vocabulary: Posttest on Social Studies Vocabulary

Writing:

NEO: Character Sketch 1 - B_Des1

Criterion: Special Person (Due Nov. 25)

Social Studies:

Assignment: 39 - Ancient Rome - Struggles for Power - Roman/US Senate (Quiz)

Assignment Due: Ancient Rome - Rise to Power

Extra Credit:

Movies: Fact or Fiction?

You may watch a movie based on a significant historical event or person. Significant means: “having or likely to have influence or effect.” You must be able to tell me why this event or person is significant, describe the event or person in historical terms, and then determine the accuracy of history presented in the movie. 2nd year Intermediate students may also include movies based on Greek or Roman Mythology. You may present your findings in many different ways, which I leave to your imagination. Your assignment will be evaluated based on its originality (100 points), presentation (100 points), and content (300 points). This assignment will be worth 500 extra credit points.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Weekly Schedule: November 16 – November 20

Remember Conferences!

1st Year

Monday:

Writing:

NEO: Autobiographical Moments

Criterion: Character Dinner (Due Dec. 4)

Social Studies:

Assignment: 34 - Making the Thirteen Colonies - The Southern Colonies

Assignment Due: 33 - Making the Thirteen Colonies - The Middle Colonies

Tuesday:

Comprehension: Questions and Answers about the Cherokees, Part 2

Writing:

NEO: Autobiographical Moments

Criterion: Character Dinner (Due Dec. 4)

Social Studies:

Assignment: 35 - Countdown to Independence - Causes of the American Revolution

Assignment Due: 34 - Making the Thirteen Colonies - The Southern Colonies

Wednesday:

Writing:

NEO: Autobiographical Moments

Criterion: Character Dinner (Due Dec. 4)

Social Studies:

Assignment: 36 - Declaration of Independence - A Foundation of Ideas for a New Age

Assignment Due: 35 - Countdown to Independence - Causes of the American Revolution

Thursday:

Vocabulary: Who Will Lead Us?

Writing:

NEO: Autobiographical Moments

Criterion: Character Dinner (Due Dec. 4)

Social Studies:

Assignment: 37 - Revolutionary War - An Army of Amateurs

Assignment Due: 36 - Declaration of Independence - A Foundation of Ideas for a New Age

Friday:

Social Studies:

Assignment: 38 - Revolutionary War - Declarations of Independence

Assignment Due: 37 - Revolutionary War - An Army of Amateurs

Comprehension: Native Americans Quiz

2nd Year

Monday:

Comprehension: Craftspeople in Colonial Williamsburg, Part 2

Writing:

NEO: Autobiographical Moments

Social Studies:

Assignment: 35 - Ancient Greece - Philosophy - Socrates and Plato

Assignment Due: 35 - Ancient Greece - Mythology - Homer's Odyssey

Tuesday:

Writing:

NEO: Autobiographical Moments

Social Studies:

Assignment: 36 - Conquerors - Alexander the Great

Assignment Due: 35 - Ancient Greece - Philosophy - Socrates and Plato

Wednesday:

Grammar: Commas & Colons in Letter Greetings and Closings

Vocabulary: Vote for Me!

Writing:

NEO: Autobiographical Moments

Social Studies:

Assignment: 37 - What the Ancients Knew - Greeks

Assignment Due: 36 - Conquerors - Alexander the Great

Thursday:

Writing:

NEO: Autobiographical Moments

Friday:

Comprehension: A Gift of Friendship, Part 1

Monday, November 9, 2009

Weekly Schedule: November 9th - November 13th

1st Year

Monday:

Spelling: R-Controlled Vowels 1

Information Skills: Sequencing: Creating Order Out of Confusion

Writing:

NEO: Autobiographical Moments

Criterion: Feeling Happy (Due Nov. 25)

Social Studies:

Assignment: 32 - Making the Thirteen Colonies - New England Colonies

Assignment Due: 31 - New England Colonists - The Pilgrims and the Puritans / Founding Documents

Tuesday:

Language Arts: Fiction - 5 - Character Development

Maps, Charts, and Graphs: Charts

Comprehension: Questions and Answers about the Cherokees, Part 1

Writing:

NEO: Autobiographical Moments

Criterion: Feeling Happy (Due Nov. 25)

Social Studies:

Assignment: 33 - Making the Thirteen Colonies - The Middle Colonies

Assignment Due: 32 - Making the Thirteen Colonies - New England Colonies

Thursday:

Grammar: Quiz on Lessons 1–2

Language Arts: Fiction - 6 - Character Traits

Maps, Charts, and Graphs: Tables

Writing:

NEO: Autobiographical Moments

Criterion: Feeling Happy (Due Nov. 25)

Social Studies:

Assignment: 34 - Making the Thirteen Colonies - The Southern Colonies

Assignment Due: 33 - Making the Thirteen Colonies - The Middle Colonies

Friday:

Vocabulary: The Family Vacation

Writing Due: New Subject (Due Nov. 13)

2nd Year

Monday:

Spelling: Schwa Sounds in Unstressed Syllables

Information Skills: Sequencing: Creating Order Out of Confusion

Comprehension: Craftspeople in Colonial Williamsburg, Part 1

Writing:

NEO: Autobiographical Moments

Social Studies:

Assignment: 34 - Discovering Ancient Greece - 1500-100 BC.asf / Timeline & Outline

Assignment Due: 32 - Sneferu - King of the Pyramids

Tuesday:

Language Arts: Words - 1 - A Short History of Words

Maps, Charts, and Graphs: Charts

Writing:

NEO: Autobiographical Moments

Social Studies:

Assignment: 35 - Ancient Greece - Mythology - Homer's Odyssey

Assignment Due: 34 - Discovering Ancient Greece - 1500-100 BC

Thursday:

Language Arts: Words - 2 - Roots

Maps, Charts, and Graphs: Tables

Vocabulary: The Mapmaker

Writing:

NEO: Autobiographical Moments

Social Studies:

Assignment: Glogster – Presidential Poster

Assignment Due: 35 - Ancient Greece - Mythology - Homer's Odyssey

Friday:

Grammar: Commas to Separate Dates and City and State Names

Writing Due: Free Trip (Due Nov. 13)

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Weekly Schedule: November 2nd – November 6th

1st Year

Monday:

Spelling: Quiz on Lessons 5–7

Information Skills: Adding Suffixes and Plurals

Vocabulary: Running on Empty

Writing: New Subject

Social Studies:

Assignment: 30 - French Explorers - Colonization of Louisiana and the French and Indian Wars

Assignment Due: 29 - Early Colonists

Tuesday:

Grammar: End Marks after Sentences

Maps, Charts, and Graphs: Quiz on Lessons 1 through 5

Writing: New Subject

Social Studies:

Assignment: 31 - New England Colonists - The Pilgrims and the Puritans

Assignment Due: 30 - French Explorers - Colonization of Louisiana and the French and Indian Wars

Wednesday:

Information Skills: Quiz on Lessons 1 through 6

Comprehension: Passamaquoddy Drum Ceremony

Writing: New Subject

Social Studies:

Assignment: Founding Documents

Assignment Due: 31 - New England Colonists - The Pilgrims and the Puritans

Thursday:

Grammar: Periods after Initials and Abbreviations

Maps, Charts, and Graphs: Decision Making: The Muddy Gap Concert

Writing: New Subject

Social Studies:

Assignment: Founding Documents

Assignment Due: Founding Documents

Friday:

Glogster: Presidential Poster

Vocabulary: The Big Surprise

Writing Due: Favorite Animal

2nd Year

Monday:

Spelling: Quiz on Lessons 6–7

Information Skills: Adding Suffixes and Plurals

Social Studies:

Assignment: 31 - Great Egyptians - Ramses the Great, Pyramid Project: Due November 13

Assignment Due: 30 - Akhenaten - The Rebel Pharaoh

Tuesday:

Maps, Charts, and Graphs: Quiz on Lessons 1 through 5

Comprehension: The Voyage of the Mayflower, Part 2

Social Studies:

Assignment: 32 - Sneferu - King of the Pyramids

Assignment Due: 31 - Great Egyptians - Ramses the Great

Wednesday:

Grammar: Periods after Initials and Abbreviations

Information Skills: Quiz on Lessons 1 through 6

Social Studies:

Assignment: Glogster Poster

Assignment Due: 32 - Sneferu - King of the Pyramids

Thursday:

Maps, Charts, and Graphs: Decision Making: The Muddy Gap Concert

Vocabulary: Planet Hopping

Social Studies:

Assignment: Glogster Poster

Assignment Due: Egypt Outline

Friday:

Glogster: Presidential Poster

Writing Due: Transportation Trouble