Mrs. Giacalone

Week of November 11th, 2019


1). On Monday, November 11th, we honor Veterans’ Day; school is closed.

2). The students will be taking their Lifetime individual school pictures on Tuesday, November 12th.

3). There is an H.A.A. meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12th.

4). On Wednesday, November 13th, it is Kindness Recognition Day.

5). Lifetime class pictures will be on Wednesday, November 13th.

6). A Ladies Night Out Meeting will be taking place on Wednesday, November 13th, at  7:30 p.m.-Lenny’s.

7). In honor of National Diabetes Day, we will be having a $2 blue dress down on Thursday, November 14th.

8). The chocolate sale ends on Friday, November 15th. 


5th Grade

  This week the students will  continue their study of the world in the 1400s.  They will be identifying powerful Native American empires in Central and South America.  They will also be exploring the changes brought about by the Renaissance. Lastly, the students will be analyzing the economic motivations for exploration in Asia.

   The students will also be using their Chromebooks to complete a project on early European explorers.  They will be working independently to discuss the reasons for their explorer’s explorations, the country that sponsored the voyages, the hardships that their explorer faced, and the successes/failures of his explorations. Lastly, the students will also be creating a time line of the explorer’s life. This project will be done during social studies class.

11/11: STUDY! Jeopardy- Wednesday and Test- Thursday: “The World in the 1400s” on pages 106-111.  20 Jeopardy questions are due on Wednesday.

11/12: STUDY!

11/13: The class will be playing Jeopardy today.  STUDY!!

11/14: The class will be taking a test on “The World in the 1400s”.

11/15: The students will begin using their Chromebooks to research their early European explorer.


6th Grade

 This week the students will be continuing their study of Ancient Mesopotamia.  They will be working with partners to create a Mesopotamian city-state based on what we have studied.  The groups will be following a detailed rubric to guide them throughout the project.

11/11: STUDY! 

11/12: The students will be taking a test on “The Sumerians” (pages 76-83).

 Mesopotamian City-State Project– Your materials are due on Wednesday! Make sure that your group has one shoebox, clay, and whatever other materials you all need.

11/13-11/15: In class this week, the students will be working on their “City-State Dioramas”.  

11/12 Homework: “Ancient Civilizations” Worksheet Packet- The students will be working on completing the packet this week.  They should be reading, highlighting, taking notes, and creating one thinking question for each brief. on the briefs.  Once the packet is finished, the class will be taking an open note book test.  The students will be able to use the notes they took but will not be able to look at the actual packet. When taking notes, makes sure that you are not copying everything but are using short phrases, names, and dates.

Brief #1: “Ancient History and Civilizations” (pages 19-20) Read, highlight, and take notes!

11/13: Worksheet Packet-  Brief #2 “Mesopotamia” (pages 21-22) Read, highlight, and take notes!

11/14: Worksheet Packet- Brief #3 “Hebrews and Judaism” (page 23) Read, highlight, and take notes!



7th Grade

    This week, the students will continue their study of European exploration.  They will analyze the voyages that the Vikings took to North America and discuss the reasons why they didn’t set up permanent colonies there.  They will also be discussing the impact that Prince Henry of Portugal had on ocean exploration.  Lastly, the students will be examining the voyages of explorers such as: Dias, Da Gama, Columbus, and Magellan and the impact they had on trade, travel, and new settlements in the Americas.

11/7: STUDY! Jeopardy- Wednesday and Test-Thursday: “Europeans Set Sail” and “Europeans Reach the Americas” on pages 38-45. 20 Jeopardy questions are due on Wednesday. Make sure that you add all of the explorer’s voyages to your map!

11/12: STUDY! Jeopardy questions are due tomorrow.

11/13: The class will be playing Jeopardy today. STUDY!

11/14: The class will be taking a test on “Europeans Set Sail” and Europeans Reach the Americas”.


8th Grade

  The students will begin their study of the Second Industrial Revolution.  They will be discussing the impact that the Bessemer Process had on America. They will also be analyzing the importance of the inventions of Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford, and the Wright Brothers and the impact these inventions had on America in the late 1800s.  Lastly, the class will be discussing that the growth of big business in the late 1800s led to the creation of monopolies. 

11/12: Groups will be presenting their End of the Civil War Story Boards.

11/13: Create meanings, illustrations, and riddles for the Key Terms and People on page 614. Make sure that your illustrations are completed because the class will be playing the Vocabulary Game tomorrow!

11/14:  1-Read “If YOU were there…” on pages 614, and answer the question that follows.

           2- Read “Breakthroughs in Steel Processing” on page 615, then answer the questions below:

  1. How did the Bessemer process change the steel industry?
  2. How did the Bessemer process affect industry in the United States?


Religion-On Tuesday, the class will be presenting their Saint CD’s; from now until the Christmas show, the students will be practicing for the show during religion/SSR periods; (be sure to view the website daily for any changes.)