This week in Social Studies and English – June 5th – 7th

Hayes prepares to share her poem during Friday's "Coffeehouse!"

Hayes prepares to share her poem during Friday’s “Coffeehouse!”

In Social Studies…

On Monday, we will find time to play Emperor Jeopardy. There may or may not be candy prizes. Please prepare by reviewing the Jeopardy game and PowerPoint I posted last week. Congratulations to all who did a great job on the last test. This has been a wonderful experience for me teaching this class with you all.

In English…

We will find some fun way to spend our last English class together on Monday! We might be joining Mrs. Klemunes for some Science fun. Stand by!

In other news….

On Tuesday, fifth, sixth, and seventh grade will  visit Adam’s Ricci park.  Students should wear comfortable cloths (like gym cloths) for this day at the park.  We will transport students to Adam’s Ricci park via school bus.  Students should pack a lunch for this day and bring water to drink.  We will be at the park for most of the day, so a few extra snacks and multiple water bottles might be a good idea.  Bring sunblock, creek shoes and a towel (if you want to hike down to the creek and explore—teacher supervised), and any activities you might want to do, such as a scooter and helmet, or tennis racket. 

On Wednesday, the closing ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. Students do not have to report to classes that morning, so plan to arrive by 10:45. Dress nicely (no jeans or sneakers) and follow dress code guidelines for appropriate dress. This is an enjoyable assembly to celebrate academic accomplishments for the school year and to say “goodbye” for the summer!  

Mrs. Klemunes and I are encouraging the students to send us a post card or email with a precept like Mr. Brown did in Wonder.  Here is a link to the details:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tyXvy-BlvEZEGC2y40UkHAjZTVSDlDEcgVsJg2be40g/edit?ts=5931689c

 

 

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This Week in Social Studies and English – May 30th – June 2

We just finished covering Chapter 8 this week and a test for this material is scheduled for Thursday, June 1. It will include both Chapter 6 and Chapter 8 study guides. This is the last test of the marking period, so it’s a good idea to prepare well! The Chapter 6 PowerPoint was posted two weeks ago. The Chapter 8 one is below. Correction from last week: I do not have a Jeopardy for this material — turns out there are more essay questions than short answer and vocabulary. I did create a Quizlet. See link below.

https://quizlet.com/211532976/chapters-6-8-caesar-and-the-fall-of-the-republic-flash-cards/?new

Chapter 8 – Caesar

Also, this week, we will be analyzing the “Marc Antony” and “Brutus” monologues from Shakespeare’s play, Julius Caesar. We will learn a little about the more notable emperors and the fall of Rome.

In English…

We will spend the rest of the school year finishing up our chapter on verbs. I am also planning a Poetry Coffeehouse to share our work.  Mrs. Blanchard will visit our classroom this Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss summer reading!

WeeklyHoplite May 26

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Field Day fun with fifth grade!

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This Week in Social Studies and English – May 22nd-26th

In Social Studies…

During this upcoming week, we will be reading about Julius Caesar and working to complete the study guide for this chapter. A test for this material is scheduled for Thursday, June 1. It will include both Chapter 6 and Chapter 8 study guides. This is the last test of the marking period, so start studying now! You all have your Chapter 6 study guide completed — begin looking over it. That way, you won’t have to cram a whole lot of information into your head at once! The Chapter 6 PowerPoint was posted last week. The Chapter 8 one is below. Correction from last week: I do not have a Jeopardy for this material — turns out there are more essay questions than short answer and vocabulary. I did create a Quizlet. See link below.

https://quizlet.com/211532976/chapters-6-8-caesar-and-the-fall-of-the-republic-flash-cards/?new

Chapter 8 – Caesar

Once we are done covering these two chapters, we will learn a little about the more notable emperors and the fall of Rome.

In English…

Students have been learning about the elements of poetry! We’ve analyzed songs and poems, and all fifth graders will be writing a poem. There is a quiz scheduled for this unit on Tuesday, May 23. Use your poetry packet to study. The PowerPoint is posted below.

Poetry Power Point

Once we are done with poetry, we will conclude our study of verbs. I am also planning a Poetry Coffeehouse to share our work. More on this later!

In other news…

Don’t forget, next Friday, May 26th is Field Day! Wear sunscreen and comfy clothes and shoes, along with your Field Day t-shirts! Go Blue! Go Gold! Go Spartans!

WeeklyHoplite May 19

 

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This Week in Social Studies and English – May 15th – 19th

In Social Studies…

Athens begins the week with a quiz on the Roman Republic and on the documentary we watched on Hannibal. Study your challenge questions and “points to ponder” packet, and bring your notes from the documentary to class. The quiz will be worth 20 points.

Immediately following, we will be reading Chapter 6 and completing the corresponding study guide. This chapter deals with what happened to the Roman Republic after the Punic Wars. The next test will be combined with Chapter 8 on Julius Caesar.

Chapter Six

Also, for a special treat this week, Michael Henry, Julia and Sarah’s cousin, will be presenting a talk and activity about ancient Pompeii. Michael is a Harvard student specializing in Roman history! We are excited to welcome him into our classroom!

In English…

On Monday, Novelists will finish their movie for winning the DoJo competition. We will work on our poetry packet, analyze popular songs for poetic elements, and explore those elements in actual poems. Students will have a quiz on the poetry packet information on Tuesday, May 23.  We will also work on more verb tenses this week.

WeeklyHoplite May 12

https://quizlet.com/140781919/flashcards

 

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This week in Social Studies and English – May 8th – 12th

In English…
Next week, we will begin a new vocabulary unit, continue studying verbs in grammar, and begin the Poetry Unit! Let’s get creative and use all the wonderful skills we learning in using figurative language to enhance our writing!

In Social Studies…
The results of last week’s test are in and all students did exceedingly well — all As and Bs! Now, we move on to the Republic phase of ancient Roman civilization. We will explore how Rome went from a regional power in Italy to the ruler of the entire Mediterranean Sea! We’ll also watch a documentary about Hannibal and his influence on these events. Sparta will take a quiz on these events on Friday, May 12th. Athens will take the same quiz on Monday, May 16th.  The quiz will include questions from the Rome Republic packet, and also questions from your notes on the BBC documentary, Hannibal, the Man, the Myth, the Mystery. The answer key to the Rome Republic packet is posted below.

 

Weekly Hoplite…
WeeklyHoplite May 5

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This week in Social Studies and English – May 1st through 5th

In English…

Next week. we will celebrate the end of Esperanza Rising with a fiesta! Students are asked to bring in a treat that relates to the book. You can choose from chapter names (almonds,  grapes, peaches, etc.) or a food served in the book. Also welcome would be any food with a Mexican or Spanish flavor (tortilla chips, salsa, etc.), or any dessert or sweet treat. Our fiesta will be on Thursday, May 4th during our regular English period. The next day, on Friday, May 5th, we will have a final test on the book. The test will include a vocabulary fill-in-the-blanks section, a character matching section, a section entitled “Who Said It?”, a multiple choice segment on the details of the novel, and a figurative language segment where you decide whether a quotation from the book is a simile, metaphor, personification, or onomatopoeia. There is also a five point essay question on symbolism and theme. It is not a difficult test if you read the novel. Students may use their books.

In Social Studies… Our test on Chapter 1 and the Prologue of our Rome book will be held on Thursday, May 4th. Sparta will review the day before, and Athens will review on Tuesday. If you have not completed your study guide, feel free to use the PowerPoint below:

Prologue and Chapter 1
https://quizlet.com/80272972/ancient-rome-prologue-and-chapter-1-flash-cards/

In other news… Students will be taking ERBs in the morning next Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Please get a good night’s sleep and eat a good breakfast! The school will provide a snack on Monday, as well as number 2 pencils. Next Friday is the middle school dance, and for the first time, 5th graders will be attending! It’s an exciting time and both Mrs. Klemunes and I look forward to chaperoning and “partying” with our students! Just a note about the dance — it is not a formal affair. In fact, the theme is “Luau Fiesta,” so that means beach wear. In the past, students over dressed for this dance and were sorry they did so. Also, dates are absolutely not necessary or even appropriate. Come with your friends and expect to jump around, have fun, and eat Rita’s! It’s a great time.

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This week in Social Studies and English – April 24th-28th

In Social Studies…

We have just started the new study guide for Rome. It was hard to say goodbye to Greece, the gods and goddesses, the wars, Alexander the Great, and the Golden Age, but time marches forward.

Our first test for the Rome Unit will be held on Thursday, May 4th.

In English…

My hope is to have us finish up with Esperanza Rising this week. The final test will be held on Friday, May 5, and will include the second set of vocabulary words (see PowerPoint), a character matching section, and multiple choice questions on the story. The test will also include a section on identifying figurative language.

Vocabulary Part 2

A Brief Review of Figurative Language and Literary Devices

Figurative Language

Newspaper Club…

WeeklyHoplite March 24

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This week in Social Studies and English – April 11th-13th

In English…

Students will take a test on part I of Esperanza Rising on Wednesday, April 12th. This was moved from Tuesday to Wednesday due to community service activities last Friday. The test will include the vocabulary words we learned from the novel, the worksheet on figurative language (similes, metaphors, personification, etc.), and the two packets of comprehension questions we worked on in class. Students should bring the novel with them as they are allowed to use it to find text evidence when answering questions. The PowerPoint presentations for the vocabulary and figurative language definitions are posted below.

Figurative Language

Esperanza Vocab – I

In Social Studies…

Students in Sparta will finish up their Cause and Effect essays on Tuesday, then will move on to a worksheet on Alexander the Great. In Athens, we will begin the week by finishing up the worksheet and reading. Both classes will perform a short play on Alexander’s life either this week, or next.

Field Trip this Thursday!

Don’t forget the fifth grade field trip is this Thursday, April 13. The bus will leave Harrisburg Academy at 9:00 a.m. and leave the Whitaker Center to return at 2:30 p.m. While there, we will tour the Science Center, view the Imax film, Journey to Space, and participate in a sixth grade level science lab on tessellations.

We will eat lunch at Strawberry Square. Each student will need about $10 to purchase their own lunch. Also, students are given the opportunity to shop at the Science Center’s “Wonder Store.” $10 should be enough to purchase a nice souvenir.

Backpacks are not allowed in the Science Center. Students should wear comfortable shoes, as we will be walking a lot. Students can wear jeans, but should wear Academy-Wear shirts on top.

Have a wonderful week, and a fantastic holiday weekend! happy-spring1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This Week in Social Studies and English – April 3rd-7th

Welcome Back! I hope everyone had a wonderful, restful break! I know I did, and I am ready to get back to work on Social Studies and English! Let’s see what is happening this week.

In Social Studies….

Students have until Friday, April 7th to finish up their research papers. Everyone should make sure that I have read their papers at least once. You will make revisions to the paper on your own time this week. Please feel free to make an appointment with me if you do not understand  my comments or suggestions. The final draft is due on April 7th — turn your paper in by turning in the rubric with your name on it, and share your paper on GoogleDocs.  I have attached the rubric to this post. If you have lost yours, feel free to print a new one off.

Research Paper Rubric

We begin Chapter 14 on Monday with our study of the Peloponnesian War and how it lead to the eventual fall of Greece. Students will read the chapter and note important cause and effect factors as they read. We will then write a brief cause and effect essay in class using your organizer. See below for the essay instructions, organizer, and rubric.

Cause and Effect Essay

In English…

On Monday, we will have a G.U.M. day, finishing up the review for chapter two on nouns. You will also have a homework packet. On Tuesday night, students will complete the chapter four book quiz as homework. You may use the information in the chapter to complete the quiz.

We will also continue reading Esperanza Rising this week and complete a study guide. A test on the first seven chapters will be held on Tuesday, April 11th. The test will include study guide questions from both packets, as well as vocabulary matching and fill-in-the-blanks questions. The vocabulary PowerPoint is posted below, along with both study guides.

Lots to do this week! Let’s get to work!

Esperanza Vocab – I

Esperanza Rising reflection questions – Las Guayabas and Melones

Esperanza Rising reflection questions 1924 and Las Uvas

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This week in Social Studies and English – March 20-24

In English…

Next week, we will begin reading Esperanza Rising, a wonderful book by Pam Munoz Ryan about a young girl who moves to American for reasons beyond her control.  The book is beautifully written with many examples of figurative language.

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In Social Studies…

Students will continue to work on their research papers this week. Rough drafts are due next Friday, March 24th.

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Spring is right around the corner!

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