Background Building “America’s People”

Who are “America’s People?”

These pictures represent America’s people….

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Why are all of these people important to America?

Do people in history make the United States change?

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States.  He helped end slavery.  Can you name some other presidents?  Can you name some other important people in America’s history?

Background Building “Exploration”

What is “Exploration?”

Pictures of exploring to get you thinking…

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Where are some places that you have explored?

What are some things you’ve discovered?

If you discovered something or somewhere new, what do you think it would be?

Some synonyms of explore:  discover and search

Can you think of other ways to explain what it means “to explore”?

Background Building “KINDNESS”

What is “kindness”?

Pictures to get you thinking….

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What are some acts of kindness someone has done for you?

What are some acts of kindness you have done?

Just a few synonyms of kind:  nice, friendly, gentle, and caring.  

Can you think of more?

At the end of this unit, we will create our own page under “Children’s Summary” about what we think kindness is.  It will show what have we learned.  So…START thinking.  START LEARNING!


Math Connects 10

Chapter 10- Hundreds


10-1 Hundred:  I can relate hundreds, tens, and ones.

Vocabulary:  Hundreds:  the numbers 100-999.  Also, a number place.  Example:  In the number 234, 2 is in the hundreds place which means there are 2 hundreds in this number.

10-2 Hundreds, Tens, and Ones:  I can read, write, and model numbers to 1,000.

make a list10-3 PSS: Make a List:  I can use make a list as a strategy to solve problems.

10-4 Place Value to 1,000:  I can identify and use words, models, and expanded form to represent numbers to 1,000.

expanded formVocabulary:  Expanded form:  the representation of a number as a sum that shows the value of each digit.  Example:  536 can be written 500+30+6.

10-5 Read and Write Numbers to 1,000:  I can read and write numbers to 1,000.

Vocabulary:  Thousand:  a place value of a number.  For example, in 1,253, the 1 in in the thousands place.

10-6 PSS:  Choose a Strategy:  I can choose the best strategy to solve problems.

10-7 Compare Numbers:  I can compare three-digit numbers using <, >, and =.

10-8 Order Numbers:  I can us place value to order three-digit numbers.

10-9 Number Patterns:  I can use number patterns to help you count.

6-5 Cesar E. Chavez

Title:  6-5  Cesar E. Chavez  by: Don McLeese

happy Cesar Chavez Day! (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Middle School, Girard between Bacon/Burrows)
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Summary:  In this biography, we learn about Cesar Chavez, another human rights leader.  His parents came to America to make a better life for themselves.  He was born to poor farm workers, moving from school to school, and watching his parents struggle.   As he grew, he was forced to drop out of school in order to help support his family.  He began to fight for farm worker’s rights.  He led strikes against owners in order to ask for fair wages for himself and others.    He formed a huge union, asked for boycotts, and changed right for many people.

Spelling Words:  Review lessons 6:1-4.

Words:  law, low, boot, book, doom, door, allow, arrow, string, spring.

Challenge Words:  describe, strict.

Vocabulary Words: 

Treated (v)  to behave toward or deal with in a certain way.    Border (n):  a line where one country or another area ends and another begins.   Weakened (v):  to grow less strong.  Strike (v): to stop working in order to get better pay and working conditions.  Union (n):  a group of workers who join together to get better pay and working conditions.  Boycott (v):  to refuse to buy something until workers are treated better.  Crops (n):  fruits, vegetables, or other plants that are grown on a farm and sold.  Awarded (v): to give a prize.

adverbsGrammar Concept:  I can use proper punctuation when writing a letter.  I can identify an adverb and what it does.  When writing a letter, introductions and closings should be capitalized.  Commas should be placed in the proper place.  Dear Aunt Sally,   TEXT   Love, Maria    Adverbs clarify how, when, and where.  My dog jumped up happily.  How did he jump?  Happily.

6-4 Jingle Dancer

Title:  6-4  Jingle Dancer  by: Cynthia Leitich Smith

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Summary:  A young Native American girl wants to dance at Powwow like many of her relatives have over the years, but cannot because her dress does not have jingles.    She goes from one family member and friend to another to find out a way to give her dress a voice without taking the voice from their dresses.  When she goes to the Powwow, she dances for all those who gave her dress a voice.

Spelling Words:  Contrast sounds:  /aw/ and /ow/.

Words:  tawny, tower, pause, pounding, shawl, shower, claw, clown, awe, owl.

Challenge Words:  applaud, awkward.

Vocabulary Words: 

Calves (n):  the back part of the lower legs.    Ached (v): to hurt with a dull, steady pain.  Pounding (v):  beating.  Pale (adj):  light in color.  Glimpse (n):  a quick view or look.   Shuffled (v):  to drag the feet while walking.   Slipped (v):  to put on.  Strolled (v):  to walk in a slow, relaxed way.

contractionsGrammar Concept:  I can identify when the subject and verb in a sentence agree.  I can understand the meanings of contractions.  Sentences that have a singular subject must have a verb that in also singular.   Incorrect:  Joshua are going to school.  Singular/ plural.   Correct:  Joshua is going to school.  Singular/ singular.    Contractions:  Can’t= can not   I’ll= I will  She’s= she is.

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Dancers from Blackfoot schools 2013-14 school year (my cell phone).

6-3 Martin Luther King, Jr.

Title:  6-3  A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr. 

by: David Adler

I have a dream that my four little children will one day ...
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Summary:  In this biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. we explore the life of this historical human rights leader from the time he was a young man to his death.  We learn the reason behind his passion, his education, his speeches, and a few of important people to him, including Rosa Parks, Abraham Lincoln, and Harriet Tubman.

Spelling Words:  3-letter consonant blends.

Words:  straw, split, scrape, stretch, splash, scream, sprawl, sprout, strange, scratch.

Challenge Words:  strength, spry, screen.

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Vocabulary Words:

Demanding (v):  asking for forcefully.    Fair (adj):  not favoring one more than another.  Laws (n): rules made by a government.  Graduated (v):  to finish school.  Arrested (v): to be held by authority of the law.  Prejudice (n):  unfair treatment of a group of people.  Content (n):  what is in something.   Section (n): a part.

Grammar Concept:  I can use plural nouns correctly.  I can identify the proper comparative adjective to use in a sentence.  When using plural nouns, remember, most nouns just have an “-s” added, however, some have an “-es” added.  Other rules may apply, like changing a “y” to an “i” before adding the “-es” or “f” to a “v.”  When using comparative adjectives here is a hint:  -er (two letters) is on the end of the adjective when comparing two things.  –est (three letters) is on the end of adjectives when comparing three or more.  Me & my sister—two things.  My sister is taller than me.   Me, my sister, and my brother.  My little brother is the shortest of the kids.

6-2 New Hope

Title:  6-2  New Hope  by: Henri Sorensen

The Covered Wagon of the Great Western Migration
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Summary:  In this historical fiction story, we learn the history of a town called New Hope.  The town begins when a family is journeying across the country and their axel on their wagon breaks.  They notice that it would be a great place to settle.  As their hopes rise, more and more new people come to settle too and a new town starts.

Spelling Words:  Silent letters.

Words:  listen, castle, rustle, whistle, rhino, answer, doubt, island, would, could.

Challenge Words:  chaos.

Vocabulary Words: 

Brisk (adj):  quick and lively.    Doe (n):  a female deer.  Leather (n):  material made from animal skin.  Shed (n):  a small building used for storing things.  Recycling (v):  using throwaway items for another purpose.   Fabric (n):  cloth.  Citizens (n): a person who was born in a country or who chooses to live in and become a member of a country.  Adopted (v): to take as one’s own.


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Grammar Concept:  Review: I can make a complete sentence that starts with a capital and ends with a correct punctuation mark.   A sentence always starts with a capital and ends with either a period (imperative or declarative), question mark (interrogative), or exclamation point (exclamatory).  A complete sentence has a subject and predicate.   Incorrect:  when she went biking  (Incomplete, no capital, and no punctuation)   Correct:  She left the library an hour ago.  (Complete, capitalized, and period).

6-1 April and Her Family

Title:  6-1  April and her family  by: Susan Kuklin

The Opposites of Chinese characters
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Summary:  This is a non-fiction story about a girl named April.  She tells of her family’s life in the U.S. as Chinese immigrants.    April attends Chinese school and Saturdays where she learns more about her heritage and culture.  She shares her experiences with the reader.

Spelling Words:  Contrast sounds with the long /o/ sound spelled ow and long /oo/ spelled oo, long /u/ spelled u and /o/.

Words:  flow, flower, cook, cube, tool, took, nook, noon, fume, loom.

Challenge Words:  moonbeam, mountain, mowing.

Vocabulary Words: 

To my dear friend Henny HR                 Compfightsesame truffles
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Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Eduardo Amorim via Compfight      an  orchid    and some   sesame seeds

Explorer (n): a person who travels to a new place for the purpose of discovery.    Orchid (n):  a type of flower.  Chores (n):  small jobs around the house.  Discovered (v):  to be the first to find, learn of, or observe.  Sesame (n): a tropical Asian plan bearing small, flat seeds used as food and as a source of oil.  Popular (adj):  liked or accepted by many people.  Wiser(adj): smarter.


Common verses proper nouns.

Common verses proper nouns.

Grammar Concept:  Review: I can use nouns and verbs properly in sentences.  A common noun is a person, place, thing, or idea.  A proper noun names a particular or specific noun and must be capitalized.  A verb is the action in the sentence.   Bob rode his bike to school.