Mrs. Giacalone

Week of October 15th, 2018


1). The last day for the TerraNova exam will be on Monday, October 15th.  Make-up exams will be taking place up until Friday, October 19th.

5th Grade

The students will be examining the lives of the Ancient Indians. They will be describing the type of settlements these ancient peoples lived in, and they will be exploring the impact that technology and agriculture had on the Indians.

10/15: STUDY!  Jeopardy- Wednesday and Test- Thursday: “Ancient Indians” on pages 62- 67. 15 Jeopardy questions and answers are due on Wednesday.

10/16: STUDY!  15 Jeopardy questions are due tomorrow!

10/17: To review for the test, the class will be playing Jeopardy.


10/18: The class will be taking a test on “Ancient Indians”.


6th Grade

The class will continue focusing on the Agricultural Revolution. They will be discussing how farming changed people’s lives, and they will be examining what life was like during the Neolithic Age. Lastly, the students will be exploring the characteristic of these early civilizations.

10/15: STUDY! Dart Game- Thursday and Quiz- Friday: “The Agricultural Revolution” on pages 62-69. 10 Dart Game questions are due on Thursday.

10/16: Finish the worksheet on “Civilizations Emerge”. Use pages 68-69 to help you answer the questions.

10/17: STUDY! Complete:   10 Dart Game questions are due tomorrow.

10/18: The class will be playing the Dart Game as a review for the quiz.

10/19: The class will be taking a quiz on “The Agricultural Revolution”.


7th Grade

The students will continue their study of Europe before transatlantic travel. They will be exploring the Greek and Roman forms of government. Then they will be discussing the Middle Ages and the impact the Renaissance had on Europe.

The class will also begin their study of European exploration.  They will be discussing the Vikings and how they were skilled sailors.  They will also be analyzing why the Vikings only stayed in North America for a short period of time.  Lastly, the students will be exploring the impact that Prince Henry and Portugal had on exploration.

10/12: Cartoon captions are due typed on Monday. Bring in any materials that you might need to finish your cartoon.

10/17: Cartoon: “Middle Ages and The Renaissance” must be completed and handed in tomorrow!

10/18: Read: “Viking Sailors Reach North America” and “Prince Henry the Navigator” on pages 38-40. Then answer the questions below:

  1. List the three stages of exploration that led to the Vikings’ landing in North America.
  2. How did Leif Erikson and his crew reach North America?
  3. Why did the Vikings stay in North America for only a few years?
  4. What economic reasons made Europeans eager to explore the world?
  5. How might the establishment of new sea routes help European countries break the monopolies on Asian spices held by merchants?
  6. How did Henry the Navigator promote exploration?

     Map of the Explorers- Fill in Leif Erikson’s route on your map

8th Grade

The students will continue their study of the Civil War.  They will be analyzing what daily life was like for civilians and soldiers during the war.  They will be also be discussing the causes and effects of the Emancipation Proclamation, and how African Americans participated in the war.  Lastly, the class will be discussing the opposition President Lincoln faced during  this point of the Civil War. 

10/16: Read- “African Americans Participate in the War” and “Growing Opposition” on pages 531-533. Then answer the questions below.  You must also create a chart depicting why African Americans joined the Union Army and the hardships they faced.  The chart will be collected and graded as a Journal Topic.

  1. Why did the 54th Massachusetts Infantry become the most celebrated African American unit of the Civil War?
  2. How did Frederick Douglas believe that military service would help African Americans? 
  3. How did African Americans support the Union?
  4. Who opposed the war, and how did Lincoln respond to the conflict?
  5. Do you think President Lincoln had the right to suspend the right of habeas corpus? Explain your answer.

 STUDY! Jeopardy- Monday and Test- Tuesday: “Daily Life During the War” on page 528-534. 20 Jeopardy questions are due on Monday.

10/17: Bring in research on Abraham Lincoln.

10/18: Finish answering the questions from “A Soldier’s Letter Home”.  Remember, this assignment will be collected and graded as a Journal Topic.

10/19: STUDY! Jeopardy- Monday! 20 Jeopardy questions are due on Monday. Test- Tuesday: “Daily Life During the War”.


The students will continue exploring the Book of Genesis. They will be reading and discussing the similarities and differences between the Creation Stories. They will be focusing on the truth that God is the source of all life and that human beings are created in God’s image and likeness.

10/16: Read and Highlight- pages 36-37. Answer the questions below.

  1. What are the attributes of God?
  2. What do the creation stories teach besides creation?
  3. How is the one true God unlike the gods believed in by some ancient peoples?
  4. Complete the “God is” activity on page 37. 

10/17:Read and highlight pages 38-39.  Answer the questions below.

     1. What makes humans different from the rest of God’s creation?

     2. Why does being created in the image and likeness of God bring responsibilities to humans?

     3. Write a paragraph using all three key words: human dignity, free will, and conscience.

     STUDY! Test- Tuesday: “Creation” on pages 32-42.  

10/18: STUDY!

10/19: The class will be reviewing for the test by playing the Dart Game.

10/22: STUDY!

10/23: The class will be taking a test on “Creation”.