Hello, Declaration of Independence. Goodbye Great Britain!

We are resuming our study of the founding of our country this week. Today we started looking at the Declaration of Independence and the key ideas contained therein.

We also watched a music video rendition of this founding document. Take a look and listen for yourself! I dare you not to tap your foot or sing along! 🙂

Homework: Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Math: Complete “Show What You Know” and the “Vocabulary Builder” for Chapter 2 Dividing Whole Numbers pages 59-60 all questions.

Reading: Read 30 minutes.

Social Science: Read Lesson 2 We the People for the “gist.” If you have time, read it a second time and put a question mark by any parts of the text that seemed confusing to you.


Homework: Monday, September 21, 2015

Math: SPB Extra Practice P27-28 ALL Q’s. Chapter 1 final exam tomorrow.

Reading: Read 3o minutes.

Reading/Social Science: Lesson 1 WTP (We the People) questions tonight. Students need to write complete paragraph answers citing evidence from the text to support. We reviewed that evidence tonight could consist of summarizing information from the text, providing reasons, or even quoting small parts of the text.

Here is a sample answer we wrote for question 1:

Many Europeans wanted to move to the American Colonies. According to the text many people “came with the hope of owning their own land.” Land was cheap in the colonies. There was a lot of land available to buy. Only the rich could afford land in Europe.

There will be a lesson 1 WTP quiz tomorrow. This will consist of vocabulary matching, multiple choice, short answer. These quizzes will occur as lesson are concluded and reviewed.

Spelling: Word root students need to complete word root worksheets tonight. They must also begin working on SpellingCity.com tasks if they are to be complete by Thursday night. The sentence writing they need to take the most effort in. Students should plan on doing about 4 sentences per night.

Homework: Thursday, September 17, 2015

Math: Finish SPB odds Lesson 1.12. Chapter 1 test Tuesday of next week.

Reading: Read 30 minutes.

Social Science: Finish reading last page of Lesson 1 WTP (We the People). Annotate and highlight text using the Two Word Protocol like we’ve used in class. YOU know you’ll need more than two words to summarize a section, but start with the two most important words you find. Two Word Protocol can be found on our blog by clicking HERE.

Lesson 1 WTP quiz Tuesday of next week. 

The Atlantic Slave Trade in 2 minutes.

Today in class we celebrated our nation’s Constitutional birthday by launching into the We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution program.

Lesson 1 looks at who lived in the colonies in the 1770s and what life was like. During reading, we learned that slaves were not afforded the same quality of life as other colonists.

This sparked an interesting discussion on slavery, and it reminded me about an animation I saw.

Witness the 315 years of the slave trade in 2 minutes by clicking the animation below. You will be taken to Slate Magazine. There you can read more about who made the animation and how it was made.

Big shout out to our students for asking me to click on one of the dots. We discovered we could find the name of the ship, the number of slaves the ship was carrying, and sadly the number of slaves upon the ship who survived the voyage across the Atlantic.

Watch. Wonder. Talk about this. Notice how slave importations taper off and stop around 1808 to the United States? Why might that be? What would cause the slave imports to stop prior to the Civil War?

Atlantic Slave Trade