Sunday, March 30, 2014

But every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice." ~ Noah Webster On the Education of Youth in America

Hello families--
We are exiting March--at long last!  We can look forward to warmer days this week! The true harbinger of spring for me is the coming of peepers (if you live near water you're sure to have heard them); they usually arrive around the 10th regardless of how miserable the weather has been beforehand. I so anxiously await  them. . .


Monday:  Pages 117 & 118
Tuesday:  Pages 119 & 120
Wednesday: Pages 121 & 122
Thursday:  Pages 123 & 124
Friday:  Review & Corrections


All this week we're practicing for SBACs, the new rigorous replacement for NECAPS which we'll pilot later this month. Monday, we watched a short video to familiarize ourselves with all the "tools" they'll be able to use.  It is helpful, so I'm posting it here in case anyone wants to go over it again. Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday will be individual practice days.  Playing around with it a bit and getting familiar with the format will hopefully demystify the process and prepare our students for the actual test. 



Use the following two sites to gather information for a graphic organizer I will provide in class:

Regions: Find out about which colonies are in each region. Also, get information about climate/geography, religion, and economy.
Regions: What were the geographic regions of the 13 colonies? Find out about the environment, natural resources, and religions of these regions.
Scavenger HuntIndependent Assignment-due Friday. 


LINKS FOR THURSDAY/FRIDAY ASSIGNMENT (I'll provide the graphic organizer for this assignment.)

Colony Profiles: Learn about how each colony was established.

Another Map Interactive that might be helpful.

Chart of the 13 Colonies--good, quick information

The following powerpoint will provide more information to help those who may still need to complete their graphic organizer. 

13 Colonies Village and Trades--Find out what a colonial town was like.