Mrs. Giacalone

Week of March 18th, 2019


1). Report Cards will be sent home on Monday, March 18th. Please sign, and return on Tuesday, March 19th. 

2). 12:00 p.m. dismissal will take place on Tuesday, March 19th.  Report Card Conferences today-unless a parent requested a meeting, this conference is not mandatory. 

3). Merit and Honor Award Ceremony for Trimester Two will be announced at a later date. 


5th Grade

The students will continue their study of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.  They will be discussing the accomplishments of significant colonial leaders such as John Winthrop. They will be identifying examples of representative government in the American colonies.  Lastly, the students will be examining the political, religious, social, and economic institutions that evolved in the colonial era.

STUDY! Jeopardy- Wednesday and Test- Thursday: “The Massachusetts Bay Colony” on pages 188-193.  20 Jeopardy questions are due on Wednesday.

3/18: Today in class, the students will be preforming their skits on “A Day in a Puritan Village”. This assignment will be graded as a Journal Topic.

       Worksheet- “A Puritan Village” and “The Meetinghouse”  


3/19: Finish outlining “Home and Farm Life” on pages 192-193.

3/20: STUDY! Jeopardy questions are due tomorrow!

3/21: The class will be playing Jeopardy today.  STUDY! 

3/22: The class will be taking a test on “The Massachusetts Bay Colony”.


6th Grade

The class will being their study of ancient Chinese civilizations.  They will become familiar with the geography of China- focusing on how the rivers, mountains, and deserts shaped the development of China’s civilization.  The class will also be examining the Shang and Zhou dynasties.

3/15: STUDY! Jeopardy- Friday and Test- Monday: “The Birth of Chinese Civilization” on pages 278-285. 20 Jeopardy questions are due on Thursday.

3/18: Worksheet– “The First Chinese Dynasty”


3/19: STUDY!

3/20: Finish outlining “The Zhou” on pages 283-285.  

 3/21: Jeopardy questions are due tomorrow!  STUDY!

3/22: The class will be playing Jeopardy tomorrow. STUDY!

3/25: The class will be taking a test on “The Birth of Chinese Civilization”.


7th Grade

  This week the students will be continuing their study of the American Revolution.  They will be discussing how Thomas Paine’s Common Sense led many colonists to support independence.  They will also be exploring how the colonists had to choose sides when independence was declared.  Lastly, the students will be analyzing how the Declaration of Independence did not address the rights of all the colonists. 

3/15:STUDY! Quiz- Tuesday: “The Revolution Begins” on pages 112-116. 10 Dart Game questions are due on Monday.

3/18: STUDY!

3/19: The class will be taking a quiz on “The Revolution Begins”.

3/20: Finish creating the illustrations and riddles for the Key Terms and People on page 118.  The class will be playing the Vocabulary and Riddle Games tomorrow.

3/21: Read “Paine’s Common Sense” and “Independence is Declared” on pages 119-120, then answer the questions below:

  1. What argument did Thomas Paine present in Common Sense?

  2. What was the significance of Common Sense?

  3. Would you have agreed with Thomas Paine? Explain.

  4. Who were the members of the committee that were to write a document declaring   the colonies’ independence?

  5. What was the significance of the Declaration of Independence?

  6. What were the three main arguments in the Declaration of Independence?

  7. How would you have reacted if you were a Patriot and your friend was a Loyalist?


8th Grade

This class will discuss why and how the United States entered World War I.  They will be exploring the impact of the sinking of the Lusitania and the Zimmerman Note.  They will also be discussing that the United States mobilized for war by training troops and stepping up production.  Lastly, the students will be discussing how labor shortages created new wartime opportunities for women and other Americans.

3/15: Quiz- signed and corrected

3/18: Read and Outline: “The United States Enters World War I” on pages 725-726, then answer the questions below:

  1. What did most Americans think about involvement in the war?

  2. State two ways the United States supported the war before sending troops.

  3. What two incidents caused Americans to turn against the Germans?

  4. Do you think America had the right to declare war on Germany? Explain.

3/19: Journal Topic: (Due onThursday) Imagine you are a speechwriter for President Wilson.  Write a one page speech justifying America’s entry into the war against Germany.  Make sure that you are being warm and friendly, but you are using a serious tone.  This assignment must be typed and will be collected and graded.  

3/21: Read and Outline: “Wartime Opportunities” on pages 728-729.

STUDY! Jeopardy- Monday and Test- Tuesday: “Americans Prepare for War” on pages 725-729. 15 Jeopardy questions are due on Monday.



  Over the next few weeks, the 6th Grade students will be working with their 3rd Grade buddies to create a children’s book on the season of Lent,  the Triduum, Easter, and Pentecost.

3/18: Make the corrections to the Chapter Review page.  This is due corrected tomorrow!