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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Agricultural calendar seasons- The Circuit Due 1-13-09

-submit a calendar
-with a cover page
-legend(key) is provided to represent the various CA regions. You may want to include a map!
-regions are displayed and clearly labeled
-crops (at least one per month [not the same crop per month])
-have at least 12 crops
-description of the growing season
-additional information about the crop is given
-pictures that relate to the crop
-calendar is colored

crops grown - season - region - comments

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Articles of Confederation activity Due Monday

Objective: To understand the limited powers under the Articles of Confederation.
Product: Construct a T-chart- Click on this link for a T-Chart template you can print out and use.
that determines
Congress established under the Articles--foreign affairs, war, finance, and the post office. Choose 2 out of the 4 departments and determine one or two things the department could do under the Articles, and one or two it could not do. Present your findings drawing a T chart with the required information.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Dear Parents:

Our class is learning words related to personality. Help your student apply these words to real life by completing this activity together.
-Read the word list below. Write definition clues for some of the words on the word list. Then write answer to the clues. Here's an example:
It's what I'm really good at. Answer: forte

part 1
forte, audacity, authentic, exude, bizarre, exotic, tenacious, captivating, stately, visionary.

part 2
contended, conceited, staid, contentious, deceitful, impertinent, incapable. steadfast, receptive, obstinate.

part 3
indignant, condescending, impulsive, sullen, notorious, pretentious, immodest, timid, despicable, defensive.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

7th chapter 3 less 3 PPT

Hello 7th graders,
Please make sure that you are reviewing lessons 1 and 2 on a daily basis. For lesson 3, you will need to review Muhammad's role in establishing and spreading the religion of Islam (lesson 2). As you begin reading the lesson, think about what Muhammad's followers might do after his death and whether Islam will continue to spread.
The key terms for lesson 3 are : caliph, council, Shiite, and Sunni.

-explain the origins of the caliphate, describe how the Muslim empire expanded under the first 4 caliphs, and describe the issues that divided the Islamic religion.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

7th ch3less2 activity due Monday

Create a flow chart chronicling events in the life of Muhammad, including his trip to Mount Hira, his teaching in Mecca and emigration to Medina, and his eventual return to Mecca.

Use this link to download a template for your flow chart.

8th chapter 4 lesson 4

Hello 8th graders,
We are covering our final lesson before the chapter 2 test. Please make sure to continue reviewing the past 3 lessons to better prepare yourselves for the test next week.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Thursday, October 30, 2008

7th ch3 lesson 1

Hello 7th graders,
For lesson 1 you will need to think about the title of the lesson, "Desert Bloom-Caravan Cities," and see how "Blooms" is being used as a source of life and activity. As you read and complete your notes, think about:
-How cities thrived in AD 500 and how early Arabian cities developed.

6th Subject and Predicate

Hello 6th grade students and parents,
Below are a few links that can aide in your understanding of subject and predicate.

Subject and Predicate Song

Complete Subject and Predicate

Simple Subject and Predicate

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

6th chapter 2 less 3 PPT

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Mosaic Presentation

This week the 7th graders have been learning about Byzantine accomplishments. Under Emperor Justinian’s rule, mosaic art was fully developed. After discussing Justinian’s focus on mosaic art (a picture or design made from small pieces of colored material, usually quartz or glass, embedded in plaster), Mr. Shulman gave us a presentation on mosaic art by showing us some projects that he has done involving mosaics. He showed us various techniques for making mosaics out of pieces of stone or glass cut into squares or cubes. With this method, mosaic pictures can be detailed and have sharp images when designing pools, bathtubs, and even entire walls of buildings. On behalf of the 7th grade class, we’d like to say thank you Mr. Shulman for an insightful presentation on mosaics.

ch2less2 PPT

Use these notes to aide your understanding of latitude and longitude lines.

Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright

This month’s Gateway to Art focused on students drawing facial features of a tiger in “close up,” inspired by Michael David Ward, by blending watercolors. Below are a few pictures from the 6th grade Gateway to Art class.

Monday, October 20, 2008

ch2 lesson 1 ppt 8th grade

Hello 8th grade,
This week we will be focusing on the problems that existed between the colonies and England in the mid to late 1700's. As you copy the PPT, think about some of the causes for resentment in the thinking focus on page 54.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

ch2less3 Thematic map/ Due date: Friday 10-10-08

Hello 7th graders,

As discussed in class, you will be creating a thematic map showing the cultural interaction between Persia, Rome, China, and India. Below are the directions you will need to create your thematic map. Please come prepare with questions tomorrow as you will have time to begin working on the map in class.

Due date: Friday 10-10-08

Product: Thematic map

Create a thematic map showing the cultural interaction between Persia, Rome, China, and India. You must draw symbols to represent goods, inventions, and ideas exchanged; lines to show important routes; and arrows to show the direction of movement.

**You may use the map on page 36-37 to help you draw the boundaries of each empire. However, you will need to draw your own trade routes and arrows to represent the exchange of ideas, goods, and inventions.

Thematic Map must:

1. Include symbols representing exchange of
1. Ideas
2. Goods
3. Inventions
2. Lines that show trade routes
3. arrows that show direction of movements
4. Use a variety of colors to identify the empire’s boundary and trade routes.
5. Include a legend that includes information for identifying the symbols, Empires, and trade routes.

ch2less1 PPT

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Ch1Less4 activity DUE 10-3-08

Draw a map of the English colonies, using symbols to show the type of soil, crops grown, and amount/kind of labor required to farm in each colony. Be sure to make a legend for your map and to show both types of farms in the Southern colonies.
-Map must include various colors that correlate with your legend. Therefore, your legend
needs to have colors/symbols that represent regions, soil, crops grown, and amount/kind of labor in each region.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

ch1less3 PPT

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Ch1 Lesson 4 notes

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

ch1less2 notes

Descriptive writing assignment

Imagine you are in the wilderness and you run across this animal. Your "meeting" may be humorous, scary, or even a blessing.

Next fill out the Imagery Chart and the Figurative Language Chart. In Lesson 9 you will use the information from the charts to help you write a descriptive passage.

1- choose an animal and print out the information about your animal. Bring the print out to class tomorrow.

2- Choose a meeting ground. (will it be scary, humorous, or a blessing encounter)

3- Create 2 charts

a. Imagery

b. Figurative chart

Monday, September 22, 2008

Spelling test Thursday 9/25/08

Hello 6th graders,
Here are the spelling words for this week. As you correct your spelling words, see if there are any similar errors and discuss a memory trick with your parents that could help you with the words.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

ch1less2 activity (Due Friday 9/19/08)

Draw a map (on a blank white sheet of paper) of the world the way Columbus thought it looked after he landed in the Bahamas. Use a current map as a model, and don’t forget that Columbus thought he had landed in India.
  • Your DRAWN map should be
    • distorted (not accurate)
    • colored
    • annotated with at least a paragraph (6-10 sentences) explaining your drawing.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

7th grade 9/11 letter to a teenager

Hello 7th grade,
Here is the code for the video we watched in class today. Use the video to help you write your letter 50 years from now.

Copy and paste this code into the student center page: T7897-5A93

Click here to direct you to the student center page.

Due: Monday

Objective: To understand the importance of the feeling of unity and events that

Took place on 9/11

Product: letter to a teenager 50 years from now.

Procedure: Write a letter describing the events of September 11 to a teenager

fifty years from now (2057). The letter should describe:

-Your personal reaction to the events:

-where you were on September 11, 2001

-how you heard about the attacks

-how you felt after it happened

-Your compassion/demonstration of heroism for the victims

-you may use information from the video for this section.

-Your hope for the future

-what you hope the long term response will be from

  • Americans
  • International leaders

reflecting absence links

reflecting absence

Merril Lynch

Memorial competition

Stories from the Ruins

Hello 6th graders,
Here is the code for the videos we watched in class today. Use the videos to help you answer the post-viewing responses handed out in class.

Copy and paste this code into the student center page: T789A-4B4C

Click here to direct you to the student center page.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008


Descriptive Paragraph

"Imagine you have just stepped into the wilderness for the first time. You look around. Describe what you feel, see, hear, smell, etc. What are you doing? Do you try to walk around? Do you simply stand still and watch?"

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

ch1less1 notes

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Dear St Jerome parents and students

I would like to take the opportunity to welcome all new and returning families back to St Jerome for the 2008-2009 school year. As with each new school year, so many new adventures and opportunities lie ahead. I wish all the students great joy and success as they embark on a new school year.