Mrs. Giacalone

Week of November 26th, 2018

5th grade

  The students will be using their research 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 their 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.

11/26: Research on your explorer is due today! 

          STUDY! Vocabulary Quiz- Wednesday: Words from “New Spain” on page 144.

11/27: STUDY! Vocabulary Quiz- tomorrow

11/28: The class will be taking a quiz on the vocabulary words from “New Spain”.

          All rough drafts of your paragraphs for the explorer report need to be complete.  You will be transferring them on the actual project tomorrow!

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.

11/26: Create riddles for the vocabulary words on pages 86-93.  Make sure that your illustrations are completed because the class will be playing Pick the Pic and the Riddle Game tomorrow.

11/27: Research four of Hammurabi’s laws, and explain them. Due Thursday.

11/28: Read and outline: “The Assyrian Empire” on pages 87-89.  Then, complete the “Geography Connection” questions on page 89.

11/29: STUDY! Jeopardy- Tuesday and Test- Wednesday: “Mesopotamian Empires” on pages 86-93.  20 Jeopardy questions are due on Monday.

11/30: STUDY!

7th Grade

   This week the students will continue their study of why the Europeans wanted to colonize the Americas.  They will be discussing the events that took place in Europe that affected the settlement of North America.  They will also be exploring why many explorers were searching for a Northwest Passage in North America and the effects these explorations had on claiming new land in North America.  Lastly, the class will be analyzing the early settlements of the English, French, and Dutch in the New World.

11/26: Read and outline: “Events in Europe” on pages 52-53.

11/27: Read and outline: “Search for a Northwest Passage” on page 54. Then answer the questions below:

  1. Even though none of the explorers found a Northwest Passage, why were their voyages considered successful? Explain your answer.
  1. In your opinion, why did countries continue to send explorers in search of a Northwest passage even though previous attempts were unsuccessful? Explain.

STUDY! Jeopardy- Friday and Test- Monday: “The Race for Empires” on pages 52-57.  20 Jeopardy questions are due on Friday.

11/28: STUDY!

11/29: Jeopardy questions are due tomorrow! STUDY!

11/30: The class will be playing Jeopardy today. STUDY!

12/3: The class will be taking a test on “The Race for Empires”.

8th Grade

  This week the students will begin their study of immigration.  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.  Lastly, the students will be discussing why some Americans opposed immigration and how they worked to restrict it.

11/26: Create riddles for the Key Terms and People on page 636.  Make sure that your illustrations are completed because we will be playing the Vocabulary Game tomorrow.

 Read: “Industrial Workers” on pages 624-627.  Then, complete the Section Assessment on page 627 #s 1-3.  This assignment must be typed, and it will be collected and graded.  It is due on Friday.

11/29: Section Assessment on “Industrial Workers” is due tomorrow.


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