Journal

Monday January 9, 2017

What is your family's heritage (where do you or your ancestors come from)? What are some ways that you and your family celebrate your heritage? Have you ever visited where you come from? What was that like?

Tuesday January 10, 2017

Write about a time when you overcame a challenge. What was the challenge? How did you overcome it? How did you feel after you overcame it? Did you have help from someone?

Thursday January 12, 2017

What do you think our area looked like before immigrants from around the world arrived, and it was only native Americans living here? What might life have been like for them? What do you think the land looked like?

Friday January 13, 2017

What are some of the ways that Martin Luther King, Jr. helped to change people's lives? How can you continue the work of MLK to help people?

Wednesday January 18, 2017

If you moved somewhere new, how would you treat the people who lived there before you? How would you want to be treated by them? How would it feel to be new to somewhere?

Thursday January 19, 2017

What if you lived in a world where there were no adults? Write a story about what life would be like in this world.

Friday January 20, 2017

Using what we've learned about bee defense mechanisms, describe what life might be like living in a bee hive. Would you rather be a male bee or a female bee? How would you use your defense mechanisms?

Monday January 23, 2017

What issues are important to you to write to your Senators about and why?

Tuesday January 24, 2017

What if you were President or a Senator? What kinds of laws would you want to make? What would you change about our country? What would you keep the same?

Thursday January 26, 2017

What if you lived in the world of your favorite movie? What would your life be like in that world? Where would you live there, and what sorts of things would you do?

Monday January 30, 2017

Social Studies: According to our textbook, what is a right? Why are rights important? What is one of the most important rights that a citizen has? Do you believe that everyone in our country has equal rights today? Explain why or why not.

Word of the Day: Democracy

What is a democracy? In your own words, how does a democracy work? How can you be part of a democracy?

English: Choose one of the venomous sea creatures that we jut read about. What is its special defense mechanism? How might this help it to survive? Also, what is a way that humans have learned to use venom in good ways?

Tuesday January 31, 2017

Word of the Day: Government

What is the government? What does it do? Who is part of the government? How does the government affect you, and how can you affect the government?

English: Paraphrase (say in your own words) what Primary Defenses and Secondary Defenses are. How does one of the animals that we read about today use self-defense to stay alive (use details from the text)? What do you think are humans' Primary and Secondary Defenses?

Wednesday February 1, 2017

Social Studies: What are the three branches of government, and what does each one do? How does each branch affect you and your community?

Word of the Day: Tax

Write the definition of the word tax. Then, write in your own words what taxes are and how taxes affect you ad your community. Finally, answer this question: do you think taxes are important? Why or why not?

English: Choose Your Own Adventure!

Look at the image on page 59. Then look at the image on page 78. Choose ONE of these to write about:

Firstly, write some observations of the image: what kind of animal does it look like? What do you think its defense mechanisms are? Describe what you see.

Secondly, read the text (pages 58-60 OR pages 77-78). Summarize what the text says in your own words. Use at least 2 details from the text. Write a full paragraph (at least 5 sentences).

Friday February 3, 2017

Wednesday February 8, 2017

Birmingham Jail P. 1: Write a paragraph (at least 6 sentences) answering all of the following questions: What is segregation? Use at least 2 details from the text to show what segregation looked like in Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s day. Then, give at least one example of what segregation might look like today. Is our society still segregated in some way? How or how not?

Thursday February 9, 2017

Word of the Day: Congress

Use your article to answer the following questions: What is Congress? What does Congress do? How is Congress formed?

Use details from the text to describe at least one thing that each of the three branches of government does. Then, answer the following questions: what is the system of checks and balances? Do you think it's important? Why or why not?

Birmingham Jail P. 2: Write a paragraph of at least 6 sentences explaining why Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed that protesting was important. Use at least 2 details from the text to explain what protesting looked like in his day. Then, answer this question: do you believe that protesting is still important today? Why or why not? Give examples of what protesting today might look like.

Friday February 10, 2017

Social Studies: Write a paragraph (at least 6 sentences) describing what the job of the President is. What does the President have the power to do? How is the President elected? Use at least three details from the text to describe the job of the President.

Word of the Day: Veto

What does the word Veto mean? Why would the President use their power to veto?

Have you ever been told you couldn't do something that you wanted to do because of who you are, what you look like, or where you come from? Describe what happened. What did that feel like for you? Did you overcome it?

If you have never experienced this, imagine what it would feel like. Write about what you would do in that situation. How would it feel? How would you try to overcome it?

Monday February 13, 2017

English: Write a paragraph summarizing the text about centipedes. Use at least three details from the text to support your summary.

Tuesday February 14, 2017

Social Studies: What does the President's Cabinet do? How many people are in the Cabinet? Why do you think a Cabinet is important for a President to have?

Wednesday February 15, 2017

Social Studies: Write your answers to the following questions. Write at least two or three sentences for each answer.

1. Why did Ayanna Najuma and her friends go into Katz Drug Store?

2. Which details from the article support the idea that life in the 1950s was different for black people in the North than it was in the South?

3. How did the first day of the sit-in differ from the second day?

4. What does Ayanna mean when she says, "It was a slam dunk to be able to sit there and have a hamburger and Coke"?

5. Based on her quotes in the article, what can you infer about how Ayanna feels about kid power?

English: Write a paragraph answering the following question: How do animals use poison to survive? Give at least two details from the text to explain your answer.

Thursday February 16, 2017

English: Explain in your own words what the section read to you was about.

Friday February 17, 2017

Social Studies: Underline, highlight, or take notes of important details as you read this article. Then, write a paragraph summarizing what this article was about. Use at least 3 details from the text to support your summary.

Write about what you want to do with your 4-day weekend this weekend.

Wednesday February 22, 2017

Word of the Day: Colony

What is a colony? Who was setting up colonies in North America in the late 1700s?

Write a paragraph describing the American and European explorers' effects on the American Indians. Include details from the text, such as who these explorers were and where they came from. Also, include your own thoughts: do you think the explorers truly had a right to claim the land as their own? Why or why not?

Friday February 24, 2017

Write a story about what kind of animal defense mechanism you would want to have if you could have any defense mechanism in the world. What would you do with that power, and why would you want it?

Word of the Day: Territory

What is a territory?

Read pages 50-55. Then write a paragraph (at least 6 sentences) answering the ALL of following questions: What was Lewis and Clark's job? Who did they need help from to do their job? What are some of the things they accomplished with the help of this person, and how long did it take them? Finally, why do you think those accomplishments are important, and who deserves the credit for them?

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