American Revolution Test
Our test on the Revolutionary War has been moved to Monday, May 20th. Please use the study guides completed as homework on Monday, May 13 and reviewed in class on Tuesday.
Boston Museum of Science Field Trip
We will be going on our annual field trip near the end of May. This year we will go to Boston to see exhibits on New England habitats, weather, simple machines, alternative energy and more. Please return your permission slips by May 10 along with a check to FOMS or cash in the amount of $6.00. Notices for parent chaperones will be distributed as well.
Please see the children's newsletter in our class files on the web page below the announcements. The children worked with partners to write and edit their own work.
At-Home Study Plan Survey Winter 2013
Please follow this link to take our new survey regarding the At-Home Study Plan. Hard Copies will also be sent home this week. We would appreciate the survey being completed by Tuesday, February 12.
At-Home Study Items and Key Points
You will find several items related to the at-home study plan in the web page class files. The plan has been extremely motivating for students. We have received tremendous positive feedback from the students regarding the plan. The key points are as follows:
* Students must complete one assignment per month, however students are strongly encouraged to complete one small project per subject area (math, science, social studies, English Language Arts).
* Students will earn a participation grade of 100 toward the subject the activity addresses.
* An in-depth project may count towards two subject areas. For example, a student-written report on the Vikings may count towards social studies and ELA or reading a chapter book about an academic topic (American Revolution) may count towards two subjects.
For parents who have additional questions, please feel free to contact us.
December At-home Study Calendars and Discussion Slips
The students have expressed pleasure with the at-home study plan. The new calendars went home on Friday, November 30th. Most students have returned their November calendars and the parent/student discussion slips for December already. If you have not done so, please return those this week.
Maya Aztec Inca Test Reminder
Please use the study guides you received last week to prepare for the test on Wednesday, November 14th.
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.
5C and 5D Winter 2013 Newsletter
Here is the American Revolution study guide.
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.
Please fill in the calendar whenever you complete an at-home study activity. On each date you worked on an at-home activity, please write the specific activity, title of book you read, etc.
Please review your academic success with an adult family member. Next, make a plan of the specific topics upon which you need to focus. For example, state division, not math or Vikings, not social studies.
This is the letter sent to families introducing and explaining the at-home study plan. Please note, students are required to complete one project for each month. However, we strongly suggest the completion of one for each of the four subjects: math, science, social studies and English Language Arts. Each completed project will earn a participation grade of 100.
Here is the list of academic topics we will study in grade five this year along with a list of suggested activities. Please keep in mind, families may add to the list of activities as long as those activities address appropriate curriculum topics.
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.
You be the judge. Use this template to score the Bill of Rights rappers. Who do you think created the best multimedia presentation?
You be the judge. Watch these clips to decide the best video.
Click on these links to review some Chapter 5 topics.
These questions check your understanding of the colonial life in New England.
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.
Here is the letter sent to parents in November of 2012 explaining the at-home study plan.
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.
Social Studies 3D Project Notes
Spring Student Newsletter 2011
These are the Study Island ELA Lessons we will be working on this year.
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.
Here is a copy of our winter newsletter. The students worked in pairs to write, edit and type their own work.
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. 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. 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. 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?