Let me start off by saying THANK YOU for taking the time out to conference with me last week. It was a pleasure meeting with each of you and I am excited for what’s to come! Moving forward into this next quarter, it would be great to keep the learning going with a little Halloween fun. Luckily, we are now approaching a time period in history that includes a number of great inventors and leaders that changed life in America. So on Tuesday, October 31st, your child is invited to celebrate the holiday by selecting a name below and creating their own fun costume to represent that person’s importance in history. In addition to dressing up, they must be prepared to give a brief (30sec-1min) description of why they choose that person and their significance/impact on life today. As this is not a graded requirement, every student is only encouraged to partake in the fun, but their participation will serve as an opportunity to gain a few extra credit points prior to the next progress report. Below are a few names that your child can choose from. I look forward to seeing some creative historic costumes.
Booker T. Washington
George Washington Carver
Alexander Graham Bell
W.E.B. Du Bois
John D. Rockefeller
Helen Wills Moody
Zora Neale Hurston
Franklin D. Roosevelt
2nd Quarter Social Standards
SS5H3: The student will describe how life changed in America at the turn of the century.
Describe the role of the cattle trails in the late 19th century; include the Black Cowboys of Texas, the Great Western Cattle Trail, and the Chisholm Trail.
Describe the impact on American life of the Wright brothers (flight), George Washington Carver (science), Alexander Graham Bell (communication), and Thomas Edison (electricity).
Explain how William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt expanded America’s role in the world; include the Spanish-American War and the building of the Panama Canal.
Describe the reasons people emigrated to the United States, from where they emigrated, and where they settled.Describe the impact of westward expansion on Native Americans; include the Battle of the Little Bighorn and the relocation of Native Americans to reservations.
turn-of-the-century (PPT used in class)
SS5H4: The student will describe U.S. involvement in World War I and post-World War I America.
Explain how German attacks on U.S. shipping during the war in Europe (1914-1917) ultimately led the U.S. to join the fight against Germany; include the sinking of the Lusitania and concerns over safety of U.S. ships, U.S. contributions to the war, and the impact of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919.
Describe the cultural developments and individual contributions in the 1920s of the Jazz Age (Louis Armstrong), the Harlem Renaissance (Langston Hughes), baseball (Babe Ruth), the automobile (Henry Ford), and the airplane (Charles Lindbergh).
SS5H5: The student will explain how the Great Depression and New Deal affected the lives of millions of Americans.
Discuss the Stock Market Crash of 1929, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Roosevelt, the Dust Bowl, and soup kitchens.
Analyze the main features of the New Deal; include the significance of the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Works Progress Administration, and the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Discuss important cultural elements of the 1930s; include Duke Ellington, Margaret Mitchell, and Jesse Owens.