The year 2017 is off to a Roaring start! Let’s update you on the events of the class.
HISTORY: The students learned all about The Great War, otherwise known as World War I. The students learned the causes of World War one with the acronym MAIN. Militarism, Imperialism, Alliances, and Nationalism. The students learned that the United States stayed isolated from the war at first, but after Germany declared open submarine (U-boat) warfare and sunk the Lusitania, the United States finally entered the war. The students were taught about trench warfare, tanks, the Red Baron and airplane dog fights, and other new methods of war. The students ended the unit with a project where they wrote about famous women in the war, created propaganda posters, or researched new technology used in the war. Those projects will be hung in the hallway outside our rooms.
We are now learning about the fabulous Roaring 1920’s. The students are listening to famous jazz artists such as Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, and Duke Ellington. We learned about scat, just ask them about Scatman John. We learned about Henry Ford and his assembly lines. We saw all the new luxuries the American people created when their houses were wired with electricity. The class also was taught about the Harlem Renaissance, Babe Ruth and the Golden Age of Baseball, and Charles Lindergh’s famous flight across the Atlantic.
We will now be moving into the Great Depression, The New Deal, and soon World War II.
ELA: After meeting with the middle school teachers in a vertical articulation event, we realized how little spelling was stressed in middle school. The middle school teachers wished their students had a better vocabulary and writing mechanics. We will be switching up our methods and learning and using vocabulary words for two weeks, and every third week we will focus on spelling. Hopefully, this will better prepare our students for middle school. We will be using Wordly Wise 3000 words. They can be accessed online.
The students are working on opinion writing prompts right now. We are stating an opinion about a topic, and backing our opinion up with well written thoughts and facts. I still am trying to convince the class that the Steelers are the best NFL Franchise!
Also, The students are really excited for the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl.. Rise UP!