Social Studies 4/24

Today in Social Studies we learned a little about the Lawmaking process. First, we went through our homework about how the lawmaking process works. Also, today in class we worked on the study guide and made note cards to help us study for the quiz tomorrow. Today’s homework is to study for the quiz about Article 1. If you want a good grade study for the quiz.

Ali Issa P. 6


April 22, 2014~Compromise!

Today in class, the goal was to explain what compromise is. Compromise is when each side of a disagreement has to give up a little something in order to get part of what they want. We talked about why compromise is important for our government to function. The class also watched a video that explained and gave examples of compromise in “kid-friendly language”. Tonight’s homework is to study for the Article 1 Quiz on Friday, and Unit 10 from Our Federal and State Constitutions book due Thursday.

Happy Earth Day!

~Erin Edwards, 8th Period

Chciago Project: Progress and the Final Steps

So far, we’ve completed (or nearly completed) the following steps:

  1. Identified our project objective.
  2. Identified how we are going to do that (project selection).
  3. Collected (at minimum) 10 resources from which we will gather our information.
  4. Created (at minimum) 20 notecards that identify the facts from which we will build our product (that answers our question).

The next steps begin the construction of our product, the “thing” that will show what we’ve learned. Remember to always keep your “big question” in mind. It should drive all of your work.
Some of the below dates are changes, so notice the ALL CAPS or bold type.

  1. The Rough Draft is due at the end of class on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12. Examples of what a rough draft is are on my board, and have been handed out to students. They’re also listed below.
  2. Students may bring materials to build their product in class next week, but remember, time is limited. And another reminder regarding banned items: hot glue guns, spraypaint, styrofoam, and glitter.
  3. FINAL PROJECTS will be due on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18. They may be turned in earlier, if needed.

Remember: rough Drafts are due at the end of class on Friday. These are the expectations for each.

  1. Building a Skyscraper: You’ll need to “sketch” the poster on paper, drawing each side and piece of the building. You should include all measurements, as this will be the starting point for your building. Without blueprints, you cannot build. Every height, length, width, etc. must be measured and listed. Don’t forget – use that 1:585 scale (divide the real measurement by 585 to get the model size). Finally, list the materials and components you’ll need to build.
  2. Photo Album/Scrapbook or Play/Skit/Video: You’ll need to write up a page-by-page (or frame-by-frame, slide-by-slide, or scene-by-scene) list of what you’re doing. This can be a script of sorts, but you need to plan out exactly what you’re doing before you do it.
  3. 3D Poster/Map: Please sketch out what you’re doing, layout what you’re project will look like. If you need to label anything or create a legend, do that now. Finally, list the materials and components you’ll need to build.
  4. Newspaper Article/Research Paper: Outline what you’re going to write. You may use a graphic organize, instead. Whatever the method, you must have at least 3main ideas (for your 3 body paragraphs), and support each of them with facts. Also, write your entire introduction paragraph.

Rubrics for each project can be found here:

3D Poster/Map Rubric

Building a Skyscraper Rubric

Video/Slide Show/Skit/Play Rubric

Newspaper or Research Paper Rubric

Scrapbook/Photo Album Rubric

Homework Clarification for 9/15

I gave a homework assignment to my first 5 classes today, but I’ve just canceled it, and they may not hear the PA announcement declaring just that.  I have only 45 copies of this supplemental text we use, and far more than 45 students need to borrow a book to complete the work at home.  Therefore, it’s unreasonable to expect the students to finish, so I’ll allow them to finish tomorrow in class.

I’m very sorry if there’s confusion, but canceling the assignment is the fair thing to do.  I’m sure they’ll be all broken up about, so please help your children through this trying time.