03/16/17 Science

Students and Parents,

Today in class we cleaned out our binders from the third nine weeks and got them set up for the fourth nine weeks. We received entry number one for our new table of contents called, PC Nation Big Fifty. This is a set of the fifty most pertinent vocabulary in our Earth Science curriculum. Each Friday, beginning next Friday, we will take a quiz on five words at a time beginning with the first five on the top left column. They have until next wednesday to complete this packet. Below is a copy of the packet in case anyone needs to print off another one.

PC NATION Big Fifty

Question Precipitation
Hypothesis Evaporation
Procedures Condensation
Data Atmosphere
Conclusion N.A.S.A.
Research N.O.A.A.
Analyze Tornado
Examine Hurricane
Explain Thunderstorm
Compare Develop
Contrast Crest
Identify Trough
Revolution Direct
Rotation Indirect
Gravity Frequency
Orbit Model
Solar Scale
Lunar Meter
Nebula Force
Investigate Inertia
Field Satellite
Convection Crater
Evaluate Pressure
Conduction Tides
Produce Wave

PC NATION BIG FIFTY
Directions: If the word is not defined, use the black or red textbook to define it.

  1. Question/ Problem: What is the purpose? What are we trying to solve?
  2. Hypothesis: An educated guess or prediction, that can be tested.
    – If, Then, and Because .(If, is a fact. It is something you will do. Then, your guess of what will happen. Because tells you why you think it will happen.)
  3. Procedures: The steps you took to complete the activity. (HAVE TO BE DETAILED)
    -They can be written, or drawn.
  4. Data/ Making Observations: What you observe before, during, and after the activity.
  5. Conclusion: What is the result? Did it prove or disprove your hypothesis?
  6. Research: systematic inquiry or investigation into a subject in order to discover facts.
  7. Analyze: to examine critically.
  8. Examine: to inspect or scrutinize carefully.
  9. Explain: to make clear and known in detail.
  10. Compare: to examine in order to note similarities and differences.
  11. Contrast: to compare in order to show unlikeness or differences.
  12. Identify: to recognize or establish as being a particular person or thing.
  13. Revolution: the movement of an object around another object.
  14. Rotation: the spinning motion of a planet on its axis.
  15. Gravity: the force that pulls objects toward each other.
  16. Orbit: the path of an object as it revolves around another object in space.
  17. Solar: of or pertaining to the sun.
  18. Lunar: of or pertaining to the moon.
  19. Nebula: large cloud of gas and dust in space, spread out in an immense volume.
  20. Investigate: to examine, study, or inquire into.
  21. Field: an outdoors location for an investigation.
  22. Convection: the transfer of thermal energy by the movement of a fluid.
  23. Evaluate: to judge or determine the significance.
  24. Conduction: the direct transfer of thermal energy from one substance to another substance that it is touching.
  25. Produce: to create, make, or manufacture.
  26. Meter: A unit of measure on the metric system equivalent of 39 inches.
  27. Indirect: Not in a direct path; deviating from a straight line.
  28. Direct: Proceeding in a straight line or by the shortest course.
  29. Trough: The lowest part of a wave.
  30. Crest: The highest part of a wave.
  31. Develop: To cause to grow or expand or bring out the possibilities.
  32. O.A.A.: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  33. Precipitation: any form of water that falls from clouds and reaches Earth’s surface.
  34. Evaporation: the process by which water molecules in liquid water escape into the air as water vapor.
  35. Condensation: the process by which molecules of water vapor in the air become liquid water.
  36. Atmosphere: the envelope of gases that surrounds a planet.
  37. A.S.A.: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
  38. Tornado:
  39. Hurricane:
  40. Thunderstorm:
  41. Frequency:
  42. Model:
  43. Scale:
  44. Force:
  45. Inertia:
  46. Satellite:
  47. Crater:
  48. Pressure:
  49. Tides:
  50. Wave:

03/16/17 Social Studies

Parents and Students,

Today in class the students received a copy of their Chapter 11 Study Guide so that they can complete the guide as we complete each section instead of waiting until the end of the chapter. We also wrote down all of the main ideas for this Chapter. Chapter 11 covers World War II. This is a big chapter with five sections and 15 main ideas. After we complete each section, talk it over with your child and have them explain the events to you. If they can tell the story around the main idea, they will find success on my test!!!

Study guide chapter 11 blank (click on link to open study guide)

Chapter 11 Main Ideas
Section 1

  1. During the 1930’s, totalitarian governments rose to power in Europe and Japan.
  2. German expansion led to the start of WWII in Europe in 1939.
  3. The United States joined the war after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941.

    Section 2

  4. Businesses, soldiers, and citizens worked to prepare the United States for war.
  5. The war brought new opportunities for many women and minorities.
  6. Japanese-Americans faced internment during the war.

    Section 3

  7. The Allies fought back against the Axis Powers in North Africa and Europe.
  8. Key Allied victories halted the German advance.
  9. In the D-Day invasion, Allied forces attacked German-controlled France.

    Section 4

  10. The Japanese continued advancing across the Pacific in 1942.
  11. The Allies stopped Japan’s advance with key victories over the Japanese navy.
  12. The Allies began battling toward Japan.

    Section 5

  13. The Allies gained victory in Europe with Germany’s surrender.
  14. Nazis murdered millions of Jews and other people in the Holocaust.
  15. Victory in the Pacific came after the United States dropped atomic bombs on Japan.

03/15/2017 Social Studies

Students,

Below you will find a defined copy of the 12 vocabulary words for Chapter 11. I will be checking these tomorrow in class for a bronze grade. Enjoy!!!

Chapter 11 Vocabulary

  1. Totalitarianism – a form of government in which every aspect of citizen’s lives is controlled by the government.
  2. Fascism – a political system in which the state or government is seen as more important than the individual.
  3. Nazi’s – the National Socialist Party of Germany, headed by Adolf Hitler.
  4. Benito Mussolini –a fascist dictator of Italy during WWII.
  5. Adolf Hitler – dictator of Germany during WWII. Gained his power by inspiring huge audiences by vowing to restore Germany to prosperity and a position of international power.
  6. Joseph Stalin – dictator of Russia during WWII. He terrorized anyone whom he saw as an enemy by killing or imprisoning millions of soviet citizens.
  7. Appeasement – the policy of giving into the demands of a nation in order to avoid war.
  8. Internment – the imprisonment of Japanese-Americans in special camps during WWII.
  9. Kamikaze – Japanese pilots who flew suicide missions during WWII.
  10. Holocaust – a program of mass murder in which the Nazis tried to kill all Jews.
  11. Genocide – the complete destruction of a racial or ethnic minority.
  12. Atomic bomb – a weapon that receives its explosive power from the splitting of atoms.

03/08/2017 Social Studies

Students,

Today in class we reviewed for the benchmark test that will be tomorrow. The study guide i posted yesterday stated what each item was. Below you will find that, and i have added the importance to the chapter for each individual one. Remember, for tomorrow’s test you need to read over ALL of your chapter 9 documents, AND chapter 10 documents!!!

Chapter 10 Study Guide:

Define the following:

  1. unemployment insurance: payments by the government for a limited period of time to people who have lost their jobs. This helped the people be able to get by until they found a better job during the great depression.
  2. relief: aid for needy; welfare. Any help given to people that were struggling during the depression.
  3. on margin: to buy stock by paying only a fraction of the stock price and borrowing the rest. Its important because this led to one of the major issues during the depression, when too many people borrowed money or bought stocks that they could not afford to repay.
  4. stock exchange: a place where shares in corporations are bought and sold through an organized system. It crashed. Know the reasons why. See #3.
  5. pension: a sum paid regularly to a person, usually after retirement. Another form of help given to people that were struggling during the depression.
  6. Dust Bowl: a name given to the area of the southern Great Plains severely damaged by droughts and dust storms during the 1930’s. The people who were effected the most by this were farmers. It was caused by the uprooting of sod in the great plains. The wind was able to pick up the loose soil, and dust was even hitting ships 300 miles out in the Atlantic .
  7. Hundred Days: a special session of Congress that dealt with problems of the depression. During the first 100 days of his presidency FDR met with congress to pass different relief programs to cure the ailments of the depression.
  8. New Deal: the name given to the new laws aimed to relieving the Depression, which were passed by Congress during the Hundred Days and the months that followed.
  9. Second New Deal: a set of programs and reforms launched by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935. These reforms were meant to fix the problems that the original new deal did not fix.
  10. Social Security Act: a law requiring workers and employers to pay a tax; the money provides a monthly pension for retired people.
  11. Great Depression: a severe economic crisis during the 1930’s in which the nation’s total economic output dropped forty-three percent in three years.
  12. public works: projects such as highways, parks, and libraries built with public funds for public use. Many projects were started by President Hoover and Roosevelt to add more jobs to America. Unfortunately, money was mismanaged during many of these projects causing more disruption that solution to the public works’ efforts.
  13. TVA: Tennessee Valley Authority – Built dams to provide cheap electric power to seven Southern states; Set up schools and health centers. (NOT BEING TESTED)
  14. CCC: Civilian Conservation Corps – Provided jobs for young men to plant trees and build bridges. (NOT BEING TESTED)
  15. SEC: Securities and Exchange Commission – a commission with the power to punish stockbrokers and speculators who violate laws that regulate the stocks and bonds. (NOT BEING TESTED)
  16. the Brain Trust: a group of lawyers, economists, and social workers that helped develop relief programs for the state. These individuals were hand-picked by the president to aid him in his decisions for the best of the country.
  17. default: to fail to meet an obligation; especially a financial one. Bank loans and stocks that were purchased on margin ended up being defaulted when the people could afford to pay them back. This was one of the leading causes of the stock market crash.
  18. the Bonus Army: WWI veterans who marched to Washington to claim their $1,000 bonus check promised to them by Congress. Upon arrival they were denied their bonus. Only 2,000 remained of the peak 20,000 people. President Hoover called in the Army with machine guns to disperse the remaining veterans by burning their homes. This action by the president caused many Americans to doubt their government and their Commander in Chief.
  19. List ARE the causes for the Great Depression:

– farm income shrank

– industries declined

– growing gap between the rich and most Americans

  1. What disease caused FDR’s legs to be paralyzed? Polio

03/7/2017 Social Studies

Students,

Below you will find all of the answers to the study guide that is due tomorrow. I hope you get this information before i check it tomorrow. You’re welcome for the freebie!!!

Chapter 10 Study Guide:

Define the following:

  1. unemployment insurance: payments by the government for a limited period of time to people who have lost their jobs.
  2. relief: aid for needy; welfare.
  3. on margin: to buy stock by paying only a fraction of the stock price and borrowing the rest.
  4. stock exchange: a place where shares in corporations are bought and sold through an organized system.
  5. pension: a sum paid regularly to a person, usually after retirement.
  6. Dust Bowl: a name given to the area of the southern Great Plains severely damaged by droughts and dust storms during the 1930’s.
  7. Hundred Days: a special session of Congress that dealt with problems of the depression.
  8. New Deal: the name given to the new laws aimed to relieving the Depression, which were passed by Congress during the Hundred Days and the months that followed.
  9. Second New Deal: a set of programs and reforms launched by Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935.
  10. Social Security Act: a law requiring workers and employers to pay a tax; the money provides a monthly pension for retired people.
  11. Great Depression: a severe economic crisis during the 1930’s in which the nation’s total economic output dropped 43 percent in three years.
  12. public works: projects such as highways, parks, and libraries built with public funds for public use.
  13. TVA: Tennessee Valley Authority – Built dams to provide cheap electric power to seven Southern states; Set up schools and health centers.
  14. CCC: Civilian Conservation Corps – Provided jobs for young men to plant trees and build bridges.
  15. SEC: Securities and Exchange Commission – a commission with the power to punish stockbrokers and speculators who violate laws that regulate the stocks and bonds.
  16. the Brain Trust: a group of lawyers, economists, and social workers that helped develop relief programs for the state.
  17. default: to fail to meet an obligation; especially a financial one.
  18. the Bonus Army: WWI veterans who marched to Washington to claim their $1,000 bonus check promised to them by Congress. Upon arrival they were denied their bonus. Only 2,000 remained of the peak 20,000. President Hoover called in the Army with machine guns to disperse the remaining veterans by burning their homes.
  19. List some of the causes for the Great Depression:

– farm income shrank

– industries declined

– growing gap between the rich and most Americans

-stock market crash

  1. What disease caused FDR’s legs to be paralyzed? Polio

Social Studies 2/26/2017

Parents and Students,

I hope you all enjoyed the Speakeasy project! With Chapter 10 upon us i wanted to make a post of what Chapter 10 will cover. On Friday we began discussing the Stock Market Crash of 1929 and what the main causes of the crash were. To assist you in preparing your students i am including the following documents. Chapter 10 Vocabulary, Chapter 10 Study Guide, and the Main Ideas for Chapter 10. Please review these with your students to you can have meaningful conversations at home to follow-up what they are learning in class.

Chapter 10 Vocabulary (completed)

Chapter 10 Study Guide

Chapter 10 Main Ideas

1.The U.S. stock market crashed in 1929.

  1. The economy collapsed after the stock market crash.
  2. Many Americans were dissatisfied with Hoover’s reaction to economic conditions.
  3. Roosevelt defeated Hoover in the election of 1932.
  4. Congress approved many new programs during the Hundred Days.
  5. Critics expressed concerns about the New Deal.
  6. New Deal programs continued through Roosevelt’s first term in what became known as the Second New Deal.

8.Roosevelt clashed with the Supreme Court over the New Deal.

  1. Parts of the Great Plains came to be known as the Dust Bowl as severe drought destroyed farms there.
  2. Families all over the United States faced hard times.
  3. Depression-era culture helped lift people’s spirits.
  4. The New Deal has lasting effects on American Society.

02/15/2017 Social Studies

Parents & Students,

Several students had been asking me about what they should wear for their researched person. Attached you will find the power-point that i shared with the students that includes both women and mens’ fashion.

Also, many of the students have been talking about wanting to bring food during our “Speakeasy.” I have told them that i think it is a great idea SO LONG AS they have it approved by their parent. No one is REQUIRED to bring food. This is on a volunteer basis to make our Speakeasy a little more enjoyable!

Speaking of Speakeasy, on Friday of this week I will be in meetings all day long. Since i do not want to miss out on the presentations of one of my favorite assignments, the Speakeasy has been moved to next Wednesday, February 22. This gives us two extra class days to finalize any research, business cards, or character development prior to presentations! I am extremely excited and cannot wait! I apologize for having to postpone it!

1920sFashion[1] (Click on link to open power-point)

2/14/2017 Social Studies

Parents & Students,

Today we began working on our business card for the American Gangster Project. The template that i showed the students is a “bare-bones” example.

The front of the card should include at the very least; a picture, the person’s name, their job (what they did for a living), and a quote of theirs.

On the back, the students may include as little or as much information as they would like to help guide them during the speakeasy. Tomorrow we will be working on the cards again during class. Anyone that does not complete their business card by the end of class tomorrow should take it home to complete it. I am looking forward to Friday for us to finally have our speakeasy!!!

 

Science 02/13/2017

Students and Parents,

Today we discussed in class the importance of having a good Emergency Preparedness Kit in the event of a natural disaster. Attached is an extra-credit opportunity of actually putting one together and creating a video that documents each item, and its importance! Please let me know if you have any questions about the assignment. Anyone who chooses to participate should turn their video in no later than Friday, February 17th.

 

Emergency Preparedness Kit

Extra Credit Opportunity

(10 points silver or 5 points gold)

Directions: Research and create an emergency preparedness kit for you and your family.  This kits needs to be based on the catastrophic events that strike our area most often.  Each kit should include the following items below in detail.  This assignment, should you choose to accept the challenge will be due on February 17, 2017.

Kit requirements:

  • Detailed drawn and labeled map of home and location of safe place
  • List of emergency documents and contact numbers
  • Explanation of emergency preparedness kit items
  • Picture of your safe place
  • Make a video detailing all the items including walking us through a practice emergency situation.
  • Signed or approved by your parents (Mom or Dad in video giving approval)

Items that should be included in your kit are:

  • Cell phone
  • NOAA weather radio
  • An item you couldn’t live without (personal or sentimental)
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Food and Water
  • First aid kit
  • Essential medicines
  • Safety helmet
  • Boots
  • Anything else you can think of