Many of our projects are on display in the OMS showcase outside the auditorium. This display features both the science animal adaptation and colonial life projects. Please stop by to view them if you come to the school play.
Winter 2015 Newsletter
The ELA and social studies newsletter for Winter 2015 is located in the class files below.
Third Quarter Social Studies Art Projects
The projects for the third quarter are due on Friday, March 6. Students received project choice slips on February 3rd to be returned by February 6th. Upon return of those slips, students will receive a detailed success criteria sheet to use as a guide.
Students were provided with surveys for parents to complete, which were due by December 19 and extended until after the holiday break. Thank you to all families who participated. The results will be included in our next team newsletter.
European Settlement Test
We will have our test on New Spain, New France, Jamestown and Plymouth colonies on Friday, December 19. Students were provided with a study guide, map and analogies sheet on December 9. Suggested ways to study are making a game board, making one's own test, making flash cards, making matching cards or making an analogy game. It may be helpful to work with a study buddy. The study guide may be found in the class files below.
OMS MCAS Video
It took many hours for teachers to put together our MCAS video for our wonderful OMS students. A special thanks goes to Mr. Doig. We are so happy you all LOVED it! With such a great group of students in 5C and 5D, I already know you will do a fabulous job and make your parents as proud of your learning as I am. Use this link to see it again and share with your families.
Link to Publisher of our Textbook
When you click on the link on the right side of the page below, you will connect with a page from the publisher of our social studies textbook.
American Government Scavenger Hunt
American Government Word Bank
Use the Ancient Maya Daily Life information to answer these questions. The link is found under Useful Learning Links. This assignment counts as both a social studies and non-fiction reading grade.
Read about Ancient Maya Daily Life found under Useful Learning Links on the lower left side of the web page. This assignment counts as both a social studies and non-fiction reading grade.
Read about the Aztecs to compare and contrast this civilization with the Maya people.
Here is a PowerPoint on 10 explorers.
What do you know about citizens' rights? Respond to these statements before and after learning about the Bill of Rights.
This item presents the First Ten Amendments to the U.S. Constitution in easy-to-understand language.
Check your answers on your knowledge about citizens' rights. No Cheating! Try the questions on your own first.
Test your knowledge about the Bill of Rights by reading these scenarios and answering questions. Tell which amendment you have learned about to explain your decision.
This is the checklist for our American Revolution projects that will be presented using cereal boxes.
Click on these links to review some Chapter 5 topics.
These questions check your understanding of the colonial life in New England.
These matching study cards may be used to prepare for the European Explorers test.
This is a list of historical fiction books based on topics listed in the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. These books can be read throughout the school year to enhance learning of content material. The books are arranged in order of Lexile levels. Incoming students should have received their Lexile scores from their fourth grade teachers. Students should select books in their Lexile range for summer reading. Books are to be chosen at parent discretion for content, readability, etc.
Try using this Maya math at home.
This Maya PowerPoint has interesting info.
Mayflower II Photos & Info
Open your social studies books to find the answers to these 50 questions.
Take this survey to learn the many ways you are smart!
Here is a map of Massachusetts from the 1630s. See how some of the place names were spelled: Cape Codd, New Plymouth Baye, etc.
Here are links to websites containing information about other Oxfords along with a guide to organize your information.
Please show what you know about good writing skills!
Click on these links to learn more about the historical ships we have been studying.
Read social studies pages 56-63 to answer these fill-in-the-blank questions.
Check out the set of questions. Then read the information following to answer those questions.
Read about the Vikings then answer the questions.
No "Class Homework" exist(s)
American Government: Bill of Rights ExplainedThis "History for Kids" sites explains the Constitution's First Ten Amendments in easy-to-understand language. American Government: Bill of Rights Match GameThis game tests your knowledge of citizens' rights. It contains two levels. Can you answer both the elementary and upper grade challenge questions? American Government: Bill of Rights Match GameTry out this interactive game. It has two challenge levels. American Government: Bill of Rights PowerPointThis presentation puts information in simpler terms than the original did. American Government: Bill of Rights Rap #1Watch a teacher, Mr. Ragland, sing about the Bill of Rights as Billy Right. American Government: Bill of Rights Rap #2See "Ben Franklin" rap about the First Ten Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. American Government: Bill of Rights Rap #3Here are some other fifth graders from New Jersey doing their own rap about the Bill of Rights. American Government: Bill of Rights Rap #4Watch this Smart Songs video performed by Shoeless Jeff and Scott Free. American Government: Bill of Rights Read AloudHere you will find the First Ten Amendments read aloud on Zuitube for kids. American Revolution by the MuppetsWatch this fun and funny clip about the American Revolution as performed by Sesame Street characters. American Revolution - Schoolhouse RockWatch this video clip about the shot heard 'round the world. American Revolution: Tax Collector News ArticleThis fictitious Massachsetts Gazette newspaper article tells about a colonial tax collector who was tarred and feathered. Ancient AmericansClick on the links to learn more about the food, land, animals, etc. Ancient Americans: The AztecsView information about the Aztecs. Ancient Americans: The MayaWhen you watch this video, think about what is "new news" and what is "old news" for you. Ancient Maya Daily LifeThis site contains a number of links we will use for homework assignments. Animated BiographiesCheck out these animations featuring American colonial personalities: Washington, Lincoln and Franklin. Archaeological Dig of a Woodland Indian VillageTry your hand at uncovering artifacts from a Native American village. What did you find? What do you think it was used for? Archaeology: Dirt DetectiveLearn about the past by studying the layers of soil. Archaeology: George Washington's Mount VernonWhat can we learn from studying the trash at Mount Vernon? Archaeology: How archaeologists workView thus clips to see how archaeologists do their jobs. Aztec PowerPoint LinksLearn so much more about the Aztecs! Ben's Guide to Government for KidsBen Franklin explains all about U.S. government. Boston Freedom TrailView these video clips to prepare for our trip. Perhaps you will recognize some of these places when we go! Boston Tea Party on Schoolhouse RockWatch this animated video clip to learn more about the Boston Tea Party. Brain Games & MoreThis site contains Brain Games plus Math, ELA, and American History links. Civil War: A Media IntroductionView this video to see what caused the Civil War in the U.S. Civil War: A Room in TimeWhat would a home look like in Gettysburg, PA during the Civil War period? Civil War: Crossword PuzzleTest your knowledge with this online crossword puzzle. Civil War: North or South?Read each item and click to see if it relates to the North or South. Colonial Games and ActivitiesTry growing your own garden. Match up the colonial occupations (jobs) with the signs outside the shops. Colonial/Historical Location PhotographsTake a real quick "field trip" to locations we talk about in social studies. These photos are provided by the Mohican Press. Colonial House PanoramaView the inside and outside of early colonial buildings. Colonial Life: Early Settlers of New England in SalemThis video presents the daily life of settlers in the 1620s. Colonial Life: Puritan Settlers of New EnglandThis video presents what life was like for the Puritan families. Colonial MarylandLearn more about a voyage at sea, go on an archaeological dig, or start your own plantation to learn about the northernmost Southern colony. Colonial ShipbuildingWatch as modern day shipbuilders create a replica of the ship, Godspeed, from the Jamestown colony. Colonial Times in AmericaThis site presents social studies for kids. It has links to many topics. Colonial Trades 1Which occupation would you choose? What best suits your talents and interests? Colonial Trades 2Learn more about some jobs in the American colonies Colonial VoyageAs governor of a new colony, it is up to you to make decisions to take care of everyone's health, morale, supplies and more. How will you fare? Colonial Williamsburg TourGo on a virtual field trip to learn a bit more about Williamsburg without the expense of airplane tickets. CommasLearn about the uses and placements of commas. Encyclopedia: Columbia ElectronicThis site is also known as Fact Monster. English Grammar Lessons OnlineListen to the "guest teacher" explain the parts of speech or link on to a game or quiz. Explorers' Early World MapSee what the explorers thought the world looked like in the 1500s. Explorers Info from KidinfoClick on links to learn more about many explorers. Explorers: Make the Teacher Walk the PlankTry your hand at answering questions about the Age of Exploration. Each time you get one right, the teacher moves closer to going overboard. Explorers Memory GamesThese games include flashcards, matching, concentration, and a word search. Explorers Videos from DiscoveryWatch and learn more about Cortes and others. Food From Around the WorldView this to see where in the world many foods come from. Some may surprise you! Food From Around the World QuizTest your knowledge after viewing the presentation. French and Indian WarWatch brief video clips from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources to learn more about this war, Daniel Boone and Indian Life. Geography GamesTest your map skills with these games designed for kids. Government Video ClipsLean about our government by viewing these short clips. Historical Time MachineLet's go back in time to learn about money. http://www.gamequarium.comThis link provides access to loads of interactive learning games. http://www.socialstudiesforkids.comPractice your map skills and learn about your country's history and more. If You Were PresidentThis is an elections game from Scholastic. Inca Brainteaser GameTest yourself on this National Geographic interactive quiz game. Most of this information we learned in class. Inca TrailTake a virtual hike to see what the land of the Incas is like. Can you see why they had a relay system? Check out the pictures of Macchu Picchu, a city high up in the mountains. Plus, you will also see what the terraces for farming looked like. Industrial Revolution:A video introductionThis mini video contains a song, while the page shows the lyrics. Industrial Revolution: Power to the MillsThis shows the different types of mills and the gears used to power those mills. Industrial Revolution: Who wants to be a cotton millionaire?Make choices to see how much profit you will gain or lose of your investment. Interactive WhiteboardTry out this cool drawing board. Jamestown AdventureMake decisions as if you were an English captain starting a colony. Jamestown Capt. Smith Info & GamesListen and watch the cartoon clips, build a fort and more. Jamestown InformationLearn more about this colony and who tried to kidnap Pocahontas. Jamestown - Lists of SettlersNotice how many of the early colonists were gentlemen, who did not want to do the work! Jamestown - Powhatan LanguageLearn how the Powhatan natives spoke words we use today. Kids Click Search EngineThis search engine for kids was created by librarians. Lewis and Clark InteractiveGo west with Lewis and Clark. What decisions would you make for your expedition? Lewis and Clark Interactive What to Pack?Make choices about what you would do if you were exploring the west. Find out how well you would score. Lewis & Clark Scavenger Hunt ReadingThis National Geographic site shows the journey of Lewis & Clark and can be used to answer the scavenger hunt questions. Maps - Counties of MassachusettsHow many counties are there in our state? Maps - Day & NightSee what parts of the world the sun is shining on now.
Maps - North Pole RegionSee for yourself why it was so difficult for explorers to find a "Northwest Passage" through North America. Maps - Times of Locations in the WorldClick on the links to various locations around the world to see what time it is there. Maps - Time Zones of the USACan you use this map to figure out what time it is now in another region of the U.S.? Maps - Time Zones of the WorldZoom in on this map to see the time zones across the world. Marco Polo's JourneyFollow the travels of Marco Polo. Mayflower DeconstructedWatch this fact-filled fast moving clip from Discovery. Middle Colonies Video ClipsLearn more about the early colonies of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. National Geographic for KidsThis site contains interactive games and more. New England Colonies Video ClipsLearn more about the early colonies of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Old Farmer's AlmanacHere is a link to the website for the almanac. Just like in the past, readers can learn about weather forecasts. See what is offered in today's world. Old Farmer's Almanac for KidsFind out what happened in history and what the weather was like on the day you were born. Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids Activity Guide 1Fun facts and ideas for learning about a variety of science topics and more. Old Farmer's Almanac for Kids Activity Guide 2More fun facts and ideas for learning about many topics. Old Ironsides: Sail to VictoryWould you make it as an early 19th century sailor? Old Sturbridge VillageTake a trip back in time to another era. Oxford GIS MapAdd and remove layers to see the different streets, waterways, etc. of Oxford. Paragraph ParamedicsSearch for incorrect words, bad grammar, and words spelled incorrectly. In most passages there will be 10-12 errors. Paul Revere's RideHere is an interactive map of Revere's famous ride. Pete's Power Point StationPowerPoints & Activities for Kids Pilgrim and Wampanoag Daily LifeCompare and contrast the lives of the Plymouth colonists with the local natives. Pilgrims InformationHere is interesting info about the Pilgrims' food, animals, and much more. Pilgrims - Learn to speak like one.How do you fare? I have a mouser. Do you? Are your breeches on arsy-varsy? Find out what these words mean and how to pronounce them like Pilgrim at this site. Pilgrims - Mayflower TourScholastic presents information about the ship plus includes an interactive "dictionary" to help with unfamiliar words. Pilgrims, Mayflower, Wampanoag Info This is a site by a man named Caleb Johnson. He has researched the Mayflower and its passengers for many years. Pirate AttackPractice place value math skills while fighting off pirates. Public Speaking Tips for KidsImprove your classroom presentations by watching these video clips. Punctuation GamePlay the Semicolon Wars to show what you know. Puzzle Maker from Discover EducationChoose a type of puzzle from the list on the page and make your own puzzle for studying vocabulary. You can use science, social studies, math or ELA words. SCHOOL TUBEWatch videos here that relate to lots of information we discuss in school. Sentence Surgeon: PiratesUse your "doctor" skills to correct the pirate-related sentences. Sentence SurgeonsUse your "doctor" skills to fix these sentences. Social Studies PrintablesTry these free printable worksheets to practice social studies concepts. Social Studies Textbook LinksHere are some links to the chapters in our textbook- Harcourt Horizons United States History: Beginnings. Southern Colonies Video ClipsLearn more about the early colonies of Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. Study Island Study Island is a useful learning tool for studying skills from home. Sugar and Stamp Acts Mini ClipsHow did the colonists react to the Sugar and Stamp Acts? Survey LinkClick here to take our student surveys. Type in the code provided by your teacher. Think Like a Ship's CaptainAhoy Matey! How would ye fare with your own ship? Thirteen Colonies RegionsClick on each region to learn more about its location, climate, religion and economy. Thirteen Colonies Scavenger HuntRead the information to answer the questions. Check your answers as you go along? What percentage do you earn for your score? Timelapse VideosView these short videos to see changes over time. See seasonal changes, what it's like to travel through the Panama Canal aboard a ship, and lava flowing from a volcano. Treasure Ship Decimal GamePractice your math skills while trying to steal the treasure from 17th Century Spanish ships. Under the Sea in 3D VideoClick here to learn more about the the video, play games and tour several locations in the world featured in the 3D video. Viking Quest ChallengeThis game is for designed for grades 6-8, but is a great challenge for 5th graders. The Viking Quest game takes you back to AD 793. You can build a ship, cross the seas, loot a monastery and return home to claim your prize. Your chief has set the challenge, it's up to you to respond. Viking Quest Decision SheetHere is a place to write down your decisions and the outcome of your choices. Vikings - Game and MoreTry digging up artifacts to learn more about the Vikings. Vikings Village, Writing and MoreSee a 3-D model of a Viking village. Try to "write" your own name the Viking way. Viking Web QuestHow much can you learn about the Vikings? Vocabulary Letter Tiles 1Print and use these letter tiles to practice spelling vocabulary words you are studying in school. Vocabulary Letter Tiles 2Here are printable letter tiles in capital letters to use with the lower case letter tiles when forming proper nouns. Westward ExpansionHere are many links to sites about the Oregon Trail, Lewis & Clark, and more. World LandmarksLearn more about the Aztecs, Washington D.C. and other locations. Plus, see a video about Peru's Macchu Picchu and the land of the Incas. World MapUse this interactive map to locate places we discuss in social studies. Can you find the lands of the Vikings, Maya, Aztecs, Incas, explorers and more?