Thursday, October 21, 2010

Constitution (Interactive Games, Activities)

Supreme Court Landmark Cases Interactive Game:
U.S. Citizenship Quiz (History, Civics):
Scholastic Constitution Game:
U.S. History
Framework of the Constitution Activity:
Preamble, Articles 1-7, Article I, Article II, Article III, Bill of Rights, Amendments 1-27, Civil War Amendments, Voting Rights Amendments
1. Cut handout into strips
2. Fill in the blanks
3. Place the strips in the proper order
Lecture: Principles of the Constitution
Popular Sovereignty
Separation of Powers
Checks and Balances
Judicial Review
Study Guide:
What is your Constitution I.Q.? (Handout)

Monday, October 11, 2010

October 11-15

United States History
The Boston Tea Party:
Reading Materials and Discussion Questions:
Highlight or underline the following terms: Tories, Patriots
Find the answer to the following question: How did Native Americans and slaves determine "sides" before and during the Revolution?
Discuss the answers in class.
Read in class:
Writing Assignment: Look up the word "revolution" Write down the definition. Based on what you've learned so far from lecture and reading, do you believe the American Revolution was a "revolution"?

Class discussion: Compare and contrast the goals of national leaders, loyalists, women, traders and slaves in the American Revolution. Complete a graphic organizer on the white board. Draw a web on the board. In the center, write Revolution. Branching out draw two circles. In one, write yes and in the other, write no. Branching out from these circles, list which groups were likely to support or not support independence. Branching from each of these groups, list reasons why or why not.

Cause and Effect Sequencing of Events worksheet (to be worked on throughout the week)

Declaration of Independence Treasure Hunt:
Sign the Declaration:
Brainstorming/Lecture (Pros and Cons of Independence):
Advantages Disadvantages

Possibility of foreign aid from France

Legitimacy in the world community

Captured soldiers treated as POWs not spies or rebels

Independence might unite different areas of the colonies

Stating for the world the ideological basis of this new country

Freedom from subservience to the King

Might lose friends in England who supported cause of colonists in regard to representation in Parliament but not independence

Might cause division within the colonies

If Revolution failed, the and leaders might be tried and executed as traitors.

Colonies were poorly
prepared for war
Fighting the largest military
power in the world
No weapons nor
manufacturing to make them

Dependent on England for
elements needed to fight a
Chances of winning the war
were slim.
Colonists would be cutting
themselves off from the
biggest, freest empire in the
Sentimental attachment to

Which Founding Father are You?
Continue Marley: A Dog Like No Other
Text to Text writing assignment. Write one complete paragraph comparing Marley to another book you have read.
Text to Life writing assignment. Write on paragraph comparing Marley to an experience in your own life.

World Studies
Scholastic Magazine (Read and Activities)
Smart Board Geography:

Reading (in class):

Child Soldier Facts:

Child Soldiers are being used in over 36 countries worldwide.

Today, there are approximately 300,000 child soldiers fighting in armed conflict.

Child soldiers are under the age of 18.

Children are used as soldiers because they are easily manipulated and are too young to understand their actions.

Child soldiers use AK-47s, M-16s and grenades because they are easy to use.
Orphans and refugees sometimes see their only hope for survival is by joining a militia.

Child soldiers are used to clear landmines and as human shields.
Child soldiers are often given drugs to help them cope with their emotions making it easier for them to kill.

Girl soldiers are often used as domestic sex slaves.

Child soldiers carry supplies and act as messengers, cooks and lookouts.

Child soldiers are sometimes forced to commit atrocities against their own families and villages.

Many child soldiers are not welcome back home after a conflict ends because of cultural superstition.

Children are the victims of conflict after witnessing or participating in murder and rape, becoming disabled, homeless or psychologically traumatized.

October 11 is National Coming Out Day

Friday, October 1, 2010


History Channel Video:

Sept. 27-Oct.8

United States History:
View the History Channel "History of Thanksgiving" video
The First Thanksgiving Scavenger Hunt Worksheet (Use National Geographic Website and History Channel Website as resources)
Complete National Geographic Online Thanksgiving Quiz
The Salem Witch Trials:
National Geographic (Salem Witch Interactive)
Discovery Education Video
PBS Videos
Online Game: "You're Accused!"
Salem Witch Trials:
Events leading to the Revolution:

Continue reading Marley: A Dog Like No Other
Continue Story Board Activity
Continue Vocabulary

World Studies:
Complete United States Maps
Daily Review on the Smart Board: States and Capitals
Timed State Capital Game:
How to Read a Map- Game: