Thursday, December 4, 2014

past , present and future news and assignments.

Dear Parents,

 Thank you for being patient will my illness lately. I will be out for minor surgery 5 December 2014. I will be out the week after this. I have a good friend, who is my sub. She is Jo Carraro, a former engineer at ATT and Bed and Breakfast owner in Puerto Rico. She is a traveler like me and understands history. She has been subbing/teaching Spanish at Twin Lake the last few months.


My students will not start History Fair until January. I don't feel I would teach this project well before the Holidays. You may get information at www.NHD.org , you will find the rules and theme. I will give the students a packet after they return from break. I am going to try to get the students to learn some new topics and concentrate on Jacksonville and Florida history. I will have a list of people and places to help them use local resources.

The usual blog undated is as follows:

11/20-21- Egyptian Life- quiz 2.3
Chart p 88 in class home learning : Read p 88-93,voc p88 questions p 93,1ab,2ab.3ab

11/24-25- Nubia- Read p 96-100 voc p 96, questions p 100 1ab,2ab,3ab

11/26-12/1- HOLIDAYS

12/2-12/3- Review Egypt- P 101, 1-7 and p 102,questions 8abc-12ab

12/4-5- Review II- video and student review

12/8-12/9-TEST CHAPTER 3 EGYPT   draw and label Map p 309

12/10-11- Intro to Africa
Create Chart in class p 310
Home learning- voc p 310 and questions p 315

12/12-15- West Africa outline p 318-323
voc p 318 and questions p 323 1abc, 2ab

12/16-18- East Africa voc p 326 and questions p 330 abc, 2ab

12/19- Winter  Break- Take home test due after break 1/ 6-7

1/6-7- History Fair information.
 Chapter on India.





Thursday, October 23, 2014

test next wednesday and Thursday on chapter 2/ no CGA for this quarter

 This is the copy of the chart from 10/22-11/19:

10/22-23-Judaism II- Outline p 56-60
10/27-28- Review vocabulary p 61 1-14, Page 62 15abc,16abc,17abc,18abc,19abc
10/29-10-30- Test  Chapter 2,  Draw and Label Map p 67 and two questions
10/31-11/3- Movie Prince of Egypt and write compare and contrast with real story of Moses.
11/4-11/5-Geography of Egypt Read p 68-73 vocabulary p 68 and questions p 73, 1abc,2abc
11/6-11/7- I see the Nile- draw picture of the Nile and act out the flow of the Nile. also chart1010-11/10-11/11- Holiday
11/12-11/13- The Three Kingdoms chart p 74, Vocabulary 74 questions p 79,1ab,2ab,3ab
11/14-11/17- Copy Timeline on P 76,vocabulary p 80 questions p 85,1ab,2ab,3ab
11/18-11/19- Tour of Egypt,  Chart p 80, Read p86- 87, questions p 87, Identify and infer

 This can change with testing  or other required events.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Homework update: 9/30-10/17

 The portal was updated Wednesday with all work received by Wednesday.
 The portal was updated again on Sunday with test scores.

Over all for the 151 students: ( 10 students still need to take the test)
A-57
B-54
C-16
D-12
F- 2

 The chart:
9/30-10/1-voc p 30 questions p 35
10/2-10/3-Outlines- Students outline from 33-35, using method taught in class.
10/6-10/7-voc p 38, questions p 42
10/8-10/9-Hammurabi's code
                 voc p 43 questions p 47

10/10-10/13- Phoenicians
                      voc p 48 questions p 53
10/14-10/15- Alpha Beta
                        Review writing
10/16-10/17- Judaism-
                       voc p 56 questions p60

Prepare for chapter 2 test and CGA- 1st 9 weeks.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Posting updated 9/21

 Dear Parents,
 The grades were updated on 9/21. Every paper was graded and recorded by Friday, when I left school.
  Sunday, all of the grades in the book were recorded on the grade portal. Please remember, the grades may take a day to populate to your portal. My screen is very different from yours and must down load from mine to upload to your screen.
 Please remember, if children didn't follow directions, not put a name on a paper, or forget to turn the paper in on time, it will take longer to grade or show up on the portal.
As a teacher, I have learned children will blame the teacher for any issues, because children love their parents and don't want to disappoint them. The children do the same to you on these same matters, if they think they are in trouble with me. We need to work as a team to find out what really happened and how to fix it. I want the best for all of my students and to prepare them for the next grade and life. I know you want the same for them. We will get them there, together.
 This year I have 151 students; I want them to be treated fairly, work hard, and do the best they can. If, there is a problem, let's solve it.  Children need to learn to become self directed learners.

Thank you for your trust and help

 Please remember test September 26-29.
 Timeline due September 25-26.

Monday, September 15, 2014

homework update

 Students will be given a print out of their grades in my class as of 9/15(B) and 9/16(A)

The current chart for class work/ Home learning is:

9/16-17-civilizations- Read p 20-24,questions page 24 1a,b;2a,b;3a,b Remember rubric
 vocabulary p 20.

9/18-19-Iceman video-continue work on timelines


9/22-23- Growth of Cities- chart p 20-24 in class, Home learning pages 25-26 questions 1-10.

9/24-25- Review for test

9/25-9/26- timelines due!!

9/26-9/29- Test Chapter 1, Read page 28-29, draw and label map on page 29, questions under map Identify and Apply information.

9/30-10/1- Mesopotamia!! 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

 Dear Parents,
 I have updated the grades. The grades may not immediately populate to your child's grade portal. Sometimes there is a day difference between my grade book and your grade portal.
 Please remember I only update the grade portal once a week. I only see your child only two or three times a week. I don't always have an assignment to grade or I may have several assignments to grade. I will always work hard to return your child's papers by the next class I have them, but I may not always have them posted, since I only do this once a week.
 Please feel free to contact me anytime over a grade issue. Your children all have
   a rubric in their journals about my expectations. I have gone over this rubric several times to make sure they understand the way to do the work.
 I am asking for the children to restate the question in the answer, write complete sentences and give evidence to support their answer. This is to help them succeed on the eighth grade writing test.

 I am having trouble getting the students to take notes in their planners on how to do their work or home learning. The children seem to be relying on only my blog and not all the places the schedule is posted in the room. I am worried they don't see it as their responsibility to write information down in the classroom, when I ask if they understand a project, they reply, "just post it on the blog". This bothers me a bit. They need to learn about their responsibility to you and themselves.

Many examples of the timeline project have been given in class. I will follow here with more information.


Top- pictures and events of the student

Born

2003       2004           2005               2006      2007         2008                                           2014
/-------------/--------------/-------------/------------/------------/                                   ----------/
Shuttle
explodes

Bottom world event

Thursday, September 4, 2014

vocabulary words for index cards

 The students were given an assignment today using their index cards. The students were to write the vocabulary word and draw a picture showing the meaning of the word on the front of the card. On the back of the card, should be the definition. The definition should be from the book; glossary,  pages in the book,  context, dictionary.

 Vocabulary 9/4-9/5

History             key(legend)             physical map
historian           longitude                 political map
pre-history       latitude                     absolute location
geography                                         relative location