Mrs. Giacalone

Week of December 3rd, 2018


1). First Trimester will end on Monday, December 3rd.

2). Second Trimester begins on Tuesday, December 4th.

3). 5th and 6th Grade will be attending Confession on Wednesday, December 5th.

4). There will be a Bake Sale on Thursday, December 6th.

5). Report Cards will be distributed on Thursday, December 6th; dismissal is at 12:00 P.M.

6). Trimester One Awards Ceremony will follow our school Mass on Friday, December 7th. There will be no after school on this day, too.



5th Grade

  This week the students will continue their study of New Spain.  They will be exploring when, where, and why the Spanish colonized North America.  They will also be analyzing how the Spanish tried to maintain control of North America.  Lastly, the class will be discussing the introduction of slavery into the Americas.

12/3: The students will be presenting their Explorer Posters today.

12/4: Finish picking out important facts for “Building New Spain” on pages 144-145.

12/5: Journal Topic: Imagine that you are Bartolome de Las Casas, and write a letter to the King of Spain persuading him to outlaw slavery in New Spain.  Use details and information in your writing.  This assignment must be typed and will be collected and graded! 

12/6: Finish picking out important facts for “The Spanish Borderlands” on pages 146-147.

      STUDY! Quiz- Thursday: “New Spain” on pages 144-149. 

6th Grade

  The students will be continuing their study of Mesopotamia. They will be be discussing how Mesopotamia’s empires greatly influenced other civilizations and how Hammurabi’s Code even influenced the legal codes of Greece and Rome.  Lastly, the class will be analyzing why Babylon was such an important city in the ancient world.

 This week the students will also begin their study of ancient Egypt.  They will begin by analyzing the geography/location of Egypt.  They will be discussing the importance of the Nile River and how it impacted the development of ancient Egypt. Lastly, the students will be analyzing how Egypt became united.

11/30: STUDY! Jeopardy- Wednesday and Test- Thursday: “Mesopotamian Empires” on pages 86-93.  20 Jeopardy questions are due on Wednesday.

12/4: STUDY! Jeopardy questions are due tomorrow.

12/5: The class will be playing Jeoaprdy today.


12/6: The class will be taking a test on “Mesopotamian Empires”.

7th Grade

  This week the student will begin their study of  the beginnings of slavery in the Americas.  They will be discussing how European diseases wiped out much of the Native American population, causing colonists to look for a new labor force.  They will also be discussing how/why the Europeans enslaved millions of Africans and sent them to work on their colonies.  Lastly, the students will be analyzing how slaves lived in the Americas.

12/5: Read: “The Slave Trade” on pages 59-61. Then answer the questions below:

  1. Approximately how many enslaved Africans were shipped to the Americas between 1520 and 1860?

2. Describe what the voyage was like on the Middle Passage.

  3. Why did only one in six enslaved Africans survive the Middle Passage?

  4. Explain the concept of forced immigration and how it led to the African Diaspora.

 STUDY! Quiz- Tuesday: “The Beginnings of Slavery in the Americas” on pages 58-61. Ten Dart Game questions are due on Tuesday.

12/6: STUDY!

12/7: STUDY! Ten Dart Game questions are due on Tuesday.

8th Grade

The students will continue their study of immigration in the late 1800s and early 1900s. They will be analyzing how the immigration patterns changed during the late 1800s as new immigrants arrived from Europe, Asia, and Mexico.  They will also be exploring how these new immigrants adjusted to their new life in America. The students will be discussing why some Americans opposed immigration and how they worked to restrict it. The class will then be focusing on the growth of cities and how both immigrants and native-born Americans moved to growing urban areas in record numbers in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  Lastly, they will be analyzing how new technology and ideas helped cities change and adapt to this rapid urban growth.  

12/3: Section 1 Assessment- page 641 #s 1-4

12/6: Create meanings, illustrations, and riddles for the Key Terms and People on page 642.  Make sure that your illustrations are detailed because the class will be playing the Vocabulary Game tomorrow.

12/7: STUDY! Jeopardy- Thursday and Test- Friday: “A New Wave of Immigration” and “The Growth of Cities”.  20 Jeopardy questions are due on Wednesday.


Over the next few weeks the class will be focusing on the seasons of Advent and Christmas.  They will be working within a group to create an Advent skit and an Advent billboard.   The students will be following a detailed rubric that was given out in class.