Mrs. Giacalone

Week of April 9th, 2018


1). School resumes on Monday, April 9th.

2). The NYS ELA Exam takes place this week for Grades 6 and 8; the first day of this exam will be Wednesday, April 11th, and the following day, Thursday, April 12th, will be the final testing day. The make-up day for this exam will be on Friday, April 13th and Monday, April 16th. 

3). Trimester Two Awards Ceremony has not been scheduled yet; students and parents will be informed as soon as the date is set. 

5th Grade
The students will be continuing their study of the English colonies, and they will be focusing on the Breadbasket colonies. They will be identifying the various groups that settled in the Middle Atlantic Colonies. Lastly, the students will be analyzing the contributions made by different religious and cultural groups that settled in this area.

4/9: Create sentences and riddles for the vocabulary words on page 210. Make sure your illustrations are completed because the class is going to be playing Pick the Pic and the Riddle and Sentence Games tomorrow!

4/11: Finish creating the outline for “New Netherland” on pages 210-211.

6th Grade
The students will continue their study of ancient China. They will be focusing on the Qin and the Han dynasties. They will be discussing how a stable government builds growth and strength in a civilization, and how Shi Huangdi united China. They will also be analyzing the improvements that were made in China during the Han dynasty.

4/9: Create riddles for the vocabulary words on pages 292-299. Make sure that your illustrations are completed because the class will be playing Pick the Pic and the Riddle Game tomorrow!

7th Grade
The students will begin their study of the American Revolution. They will be discussing in detail the purpose and outcome of the First Continental Congress. They will also be analyzing the impact of the fighting at Lexington and Concord and the “Shot Heard ‘round the World”. Lastly, the class will be exploring the contributions of the Second Continental Congress and analyzing the early battles of the Revolution.

4/9: Finish outlining “The First Continental Congress” and “Shot Heard ‘round the Word” on pages 112-114. Then answer the questions below:
Why did the First Continental Congress alert the colonial militias to prepare for war?
Why did the British force march on Concord?
How did the colonists react to the British advance?
How did the minutemen respond to the battle at Lexington?
In your opinion, which side won the fighting at Lexington and Concord, and why?

Worksheet– “Don’t Tread on Me”

4/10: Use the outline from “Second Continental Congress” to answer the questions below:
Why did the Second Continental Congress meet? Who was at this meeting?
What was the outcome of the Second Continental Congress? Be specific!
Do you think the Second Continental Congress was wise in having Washington prepare for war as it sought peace? Explain.

Then read “Early Battles” on pages 115-116 and answer the questions below.

  1. Why was the Battle of Bunker Hill considered a tragic victory for the British?  2. Why do you think retaking Boston was important for the Patriots?  3. Why was the geography of the Boston area important in forming a battle plan?

4/12: Bring in research and materials for your Front Page News Project.

Work on your Continental Congress Newspaper. You should be typing whatever needs to be typed and printing out pictures and other items, so you can begin to put the project together in class with your partner.

8th Grade
The students will be continuing their study of World War I. They will be focusing on when the American soldiers started to arrive in Europe in 1917. The class will be analyzing the ways in which the Americans helped the Allies win the war, and they will also be exploring the final battles of WWI. Lastly, the students will be discussing why the Germans agreed to an armistice.

4/9: Use your outline on “American Soldiers Arrive” on pages 730-731 to answer the questions below:
What were U.S. troops known as?
What conditions led to the Russian pullout?
Why do you think General Pershing refused to put American troops in foreign units?

4/10: Read: “Winning the War” and “Armistice” on pages 731-734. Then answer the questions below:* These questions must be typed and will be collected and graded on Friday!*
1.Which side had an advantage after the Russian pullout?
2.Why do you suppose the Allied victories happened in the same geographic location?
3.How close to Paris were the Germans when U.S. forces joined the battle?
4.What led to the death of German civilians near the end of the war?
5.Do you think the kaiser should have fled to the Netherlands? Explain your answer.
6.What did the Harlem Hellfighters do that no other American force achieved?
7.How did Allied troops break the stalemate with Germany?
8.How was the Second Battle of the Marne a turning point in the war?
9.What was Germany required to surrender in the armistice?
10.Do you think the terms of the armistice were fair? Explain your answer.

4/12: Questions are due tomorrow!

The class will be discussing how and why Egypt became the home of the Israelites and why God chose Moses to lead his people. Lastly, the students will be analyzing how God guided his people to freedom.