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Sent April 7th 2015

Good morning! I hope you all enjoyed the spring break.  This week in social studies, students are continuing to learn about the abolition movement during the 1800s.  Students discussed people like Harriet Tubman and William Still the week before break, and are now learning about Frederick Douglass!  Students will read stories, analyze primary source speeches, write journals, and view an episode from the History Channel about the growing divide in our country between the north and the south over the issu...

Chalfin Social Studies Weekly Update

Sent February 17th 2015

Good afternoon, This week in social studies students will be learning about the Industrial Revolution.  Students will complete basic overview notes, analyze factory life by looking at pictures and stories, and compare/contrast childhood life today to the child labor in many factories during the 1800s.  Students will begin analyzing the divide that started as a result of this between the industrialized north and the agricultural south, too. Please remind your child that every day in social studies they must ...

Chalfin Social Studies Weekly Update

Sent February 8th 2015

Good afternoon, I hope you all are enjoying the weekend.  This week in social studies students will take a look at some of the acts and laws passed during Andrew Jackson's presidency.  Students will read fictional and nonfictional stories from the Trail of Tears, write journal entries, and analyze primary source quotes and political cartoons from the era of Jackson. Homework this week: students are to read the article on Achieve3000 assigned to them titled "U.S. Won't Recognize Tribe." &nb...

Chalfin Social Studies Weekly Update

Sent February 2nd 2015

Good afternoon, This week in social studies students will be learning about the presidency of James Madison.  We will discuss topics like the political views of James Madison, the War of 1812, and the creation of the Star-Spangled Banner.  Students will complete various activities that all involve reading, writing, analyzing, and comparing/contrasting. We have been talking a lot about the differences in presidents, and especially the first four US Presidents.  Ask your child which one was their favorit...

Chalfin Social Studies Weekly Update

Sent January 25th 2015

Good afternoon, I hope you all are enjoying the weekend.  This week in social studies students will learn about the importance of westward expansion.  Students will complete reading activities, create a brochure, and respond to writing prompts that will explain the reasons for traveling west and help them to understand what Americans gained by going west.  Students will have an article on Achieve3000 that they will work on during part of their time in class tomorrow.  If not done in school, student...

Chalfin Social Studies Weekly Update

Sent January 19th 2015

Good evening, Last week your child worked very hard to create a book for their social studies class.  Please remind them that this book that discusses the topic of "launching a new nation" is due tomorrow.  Many students have turned this in already, but if your child has not, please encourage them to place it somewhere safe to be turned in for credit tomorrow!  If they have forgotten the instructions or the online textbook account, I have uploaded both to my Canvas calendar webpage. In social...

Chalfin Social Studies Weekly Update

Sent January 12th 2015

Good evening, Students will continue to discuss the purpose of this quarter and the importance of westward expansion this week in social studies.  Due to the school closings over the last week and today, students will be taking their pre-test for the first benchmark tomorrow rather than last week.  Students will journal, complete primary source analysis, and create a book that covers the launching of the new nation this week.  The book students will create is a 100-point project I mentioned in last week...

Chalfin Social Studies Weekly Update

Sent January 5th 2015

Good afternoon, I hope you all enjoyed the break and holidays.  This week in social studies students will begin the third unit of the year that covers the growth of our nation.  Students will be covering topics such as westward expansion, the birth of political parties, reform movements, advancement of technology, and the beginning of the divide between the north and the south.  Students will complete activities this week that preview the information covered in the next nine weeks, as well as take a pre...

Chalfin Social Studies Weekly Update

Sent December 14th 2014

Good evening, Students have been hard at work the last several weeks learning about the Articles of Confederation, US Constitution, and what it means to be a citizen.  On Tuesday of this week, students will take the benchmark for quarter 2 covering the information they have learned.  This test will be graded and uploaded to Skyward by the end of the week. Students were provided a study guide on Friday.  We will go over this study guide tomorrow.  I will also upload a link on the calendar on my...

Chalfin Social Studies Weekly Update

Sent December 7th 2014

Good afternoon, This week in social studies students will finish up the current unit on American government by learning about what it means to be a citizen.  They will read articles, take notes, complete a practice citizenship test, and compare and contrast responsibilities with rights.  By the end of the week, students will begin reviewing for the benchmark exam that will take place the following week.  Be sure to ask your child at the end of the week about their study guide that you and they can use t...

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