Thursday, March 30, 2017


Agree or disagree with the four statements on the sheet given in class. You must provide at least 2 reasons for for decision for each statement

SS Assessment - Basic Research

Go to the above link

Make a copy

Share with me

Fill in all steps

Be sure to ask me for clarification on anything that you are not sure about

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Practicing Citations

Do a google search for anything
.  Choose a website and create a citation for it using

Paste your citation in the comment.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Introduction to a Speech on this Year's Topic: What it means to be a hero?

How do you survive with your children while hiding from a government and its soldiers who are hunting you down?  How is it possible to survive and  raise 2 children hidden from the world for three years and yet these two children thrive.  They develop and grow up...hiding from haters who have invaded their country, their city, their neighborhood.  Invaders who persecute and kill just because they hate Jews.  And yet somehow both children are happy children.  I recently had the honor of meeting a survivor of The Holocaust.  Her name is Louise Lawrence-Israel and her parents, I believe without question,  are heroes.  Please allow to me  explain and tell their story.


Earth's oldest rock
A chunk of Earth's Original Crust

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Math for Tuesday 3/21

Today we explored how to use models to represent percents. 

Homework: page 250 questions 11-20

ELA Tuesday

Due Wednesday:

The Introduction to your final speech.

  • Find a quote about what it means to be a hero (see the link above, if you like.)
  • Draft a first paragraph for your essay.
  • Include the quote and the speaker
  • Include the thesis sentence:  What it means to be a hero
  • Include your voice and personility

Name your Google Doc:  Speech

Monday, March 20, 2017

ELA Monday

  1. Create a detailed definition if " The Meaning of a Hero."
  2. Use the printed sheet "Vocabulary Four Square" for your notes.
  3.  Research the meaning from 3-4 different sources (one can be a person you know).
     4.  Neatly write notes in each section of the handout "Vocabulary Four Square." 
 On back of template:

Number your paper 1-3 and provide the following info for each source you used:

  1. Title of source,
  2. Where you found it?
  3. Include link and page number

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Resources for Social Studies

Photos for Class:  for pics

Teacher Tube:  for pics, videos

Ancient Chinese inventions:

China inventions:

more inventions:

Or, you can search on your own.  Be sure to save the url's for the sites you gather information from.

Questions to answer for your invention/achievement:

ELA: Directions for Speech Due Today

This is a practice speech...not the final speech.

  1. did a quick research job someone from history, right? You have notes, right? 
  2. Type in a size 12-14 font. On a Google Doc. Title it “History’s Heroes” and send it to Mrs. Leighton this morning ( Type a speech on ONE of your historical figures. An expository speech. Doesn’t have to be terribly long. Maybe 2-3 paragraphs. It’s just another practice opportunity to practice your speaking and listeningskills. Same classmate groups as last time. Your mission, should you accept, is to present what you know about this historical hero AND make it interesting. No pressure. But there’s a catch: Begin your speech with a hook.  Try one of these strategies:
“What If” Scenario. 

“Imagine” Scenario. 
A Question. ...   or
Silence. ... 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


Please complete the notes for your assessment, "Was Qin ShiHuangdi and effective leader?"  
Remember you need 3 reasons to support your claim, each with details, and 1 argument against your claim with details.  

These notes are due at the beginning of class Thursday.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Math due Thursday

Today we looked at proportional relationships! 

HW tonight: page 220 questions 3-7

Extra credit: find a recipe that uses ratios and print it off and bring it in!

ELA due Thursday

1.  You need to access an article here:

2.  We studied how the digital text and site had special features.

3.  Use the highlighting feature to find vocabulary words to highlight (approximately 20);  these are words which you may not know the meaning of OR you predict are important to the article.