Week of January 11-15, 2010

Thanks to our crazy Alabama weather, we certainly had a bumpy start to our new year!! The extra day of rest (or play) last week was very nice, but I must admit I am anxious to get going on our new unit of study, World War II. As a point of reference for parents, Chapter 26 in our textbook is where we will be spending the next several weeks discussing this historical event. World War II was a powerful event with far-reaching implications for our nation as well as the world. I know my students will come away from our study with a new understanding of people & politics and the motivators that drive them both.

MONDAY, Jan 11th
Students will continue to create their charts of countries and leaders that played a key role in WWII; these charts will be a terrific reference tool as our class discussions begin; Writing Prompt today: After reading Chapter 26, Section 1, at this point in history, should the United States have joined the war effort in Europe?
~~~~~~Homework~~~~~~
none

TUESDAY, Jan 12th
Class discussion about the conditions in Europe that sparked war; Hitler & German anger at provisions of Treaty of Versailles; biography of Adolf Hitler and review of Nazi Party origins
~~~~~~Homework~~~~~~
read over pgs. 756-757 to gain an understanding of conditions in US during late 1930’s

WEDNESDAY, Jan 13th
Chapter 26, Section 1
Students will review transparency of German conquest of Europe 1938-1939; student creation of German movement timeline; French & British policy of appeasement
~~~~~~Homework~~~~~~
none

THURSDAY, Jan 14th
Chapter 26, Section 2
Opening question for students: Why were so many nations drawn into the conflict of WWII besides Germany, Britain, and France?
Students will work in learning groups to read and discuss items in Section 2; students will come back together and present findings; Mrs. Horton to distribute notetaking sheets
~~~~~~Homework~~~~~~
Define vocabulary words for Chapter 26, Section 2 (pg. 758); put these in the Vocabulary Section of your Social Studies notebook

FRIDAY, Jan 15th
Students will discuss the threat Japan posed to the United States; students will read account of attack on Pearl Harbor; students will review transparency 26-2 to give visual of WWII timeline;
Writing Prompt (Descriptive Writing): Write a news bulletin to announce the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.
~~~~~~Homework~~~~~~
none

Have a super weekend!!!!

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