Friday, December 10, 2010

Glogster Help Video

Use this link to watch the movie on Glogster Tips.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

November 11th is Veterans' Day

We will use this link in class to complete the Veterans' Day Scavenger Hunt.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Chapter 3 Review

Play this review game to prepare for the test on Wednesday!

Monday, November 1, 2010

History of Halloween

Watch this video :

Post a comment that starts like this: I was most surprised to learn...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Field Trip Warm-Up

Our field trip on Friday will involve the items unearthed from the tomb of Tut.

Visit this site to play a mummification game!

or this one

one more to try

Comment on what you thought about these sites, which site do you prefer?

Are We There Yet?

Last weekend I ran the Denver Marathon, I did not get the finishing time I was hoping for, training for, but it was still a good time, 3:31.
Do you ever study really hard for a test or put in a lot of time on a project and not get the result you were hoping for?
I learn something every time I compete. You learn something every time you are faced with task. We don't always end up with the results we want, even though we put our all into it.
I don't give up and you shouldn't either! We are all a work in progress!
Describe an experience that really tested you and you were able to grow from that experience. Thanks for sharing!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Summary Writing Notes

Click on this link and read through this slide show to gain a better understanding of how to write a summary.
Summary writing is a skill we will be focusing on this quarter.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

New Quarter, New Discoveries

The 2nd qtr. brings new civilizations to explore.
1st qtr. introduced us to the Old Stone and the New Stone Ages. We then learned the stages that need to occur for a group of people to grow into an actual civilization!
The civilizations of the Fertile Crescent was our first destination, next up is Egypt!

The Fertile Crescent civilizations achieved many thing; cuneiform, Phoenician alphabet, monotheism, city-states and sea trade.

Please comment on this question: Which event is the most important, making the biggest difference to your life? Why?

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Chapter 2 Review Opportunity!!!!

Take a few minutes and use this quiz to review for the Chapter 2 Test, on Thursday.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Ancient Beginnings Chapter 1 Test Review Game

Feeling lucky????
Feeling prepared for Thursday's test????
Try out my review game and post a comment expresssing your thoughts about the review game!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Oetzi, The Iceman

In the first section of your textbook we read about Oetzi, the Iceman discovered in Europe. Oetzi has given archeologists lots of clues to the world's prehistory, but not everything is crystal clear. At first there was confusion surrounding his death, was he killed by another human, did he freeze to death, was he attacked by wild animals?

Your assignment is to read one of the articles and respond to these questions on my blog, remember to select anonymous and sign with your first name ONLY and period:

1. According to the National Geographic article, why was the Iceman killed?
2. Why do archeologists believe this to be true?
3. Why do you think the copper axe was left behind?
4. What is your theory on the death of the Iceman?
1. What clues led archeologists to determine the season of Oetzi's death?
2. Describe the disaster theory.
3. What is your theory on his death?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

March is Women's History Month!

Complete this'll get 1pt. extra credit for each correct answer!

Test Your Women’s History I.Q.

Fifteen women to identify by their achievements.

1. Which mother led a 125–mile march of child workers all the way from the mills of Pennsylvania to President Theodore Roosevelt’s vacation home on Long Island?

2. One of the most important Union spies and scouts during the Civil War was a Black woman who had escaped from slavery. Can you name her?

3. Before the 1960s, farm workers in the U.S. were not paid even the minimum wage, and had no influential representatives to fight for their rights. What part did Dolores Huerta play in changing this situation?

4. The line of beauty products she created for African–American people made her the first Black woman millionaire in the United States. Who was she, and when did she do this?

5. She came to the U.S. when she was a teenager to study science and stayed to become “the world’s foremost female experimental physicist.” Her most famous experiment disproved what had been thought to be a fundamental scientific law. Who is this outstanding Asian–American scientist?

6. She took her job as “First Lady” seriously, traveling the country and the world to gather information about the problems and concerns of workers, children, minorities, and the poor. She wrote a daily newspaper column and made frequent radio broadcasts. Who was this active wife of a president?

7. When the Mexican Revolution of 1910 reached the Texas border, she and her friends organized La Cruz Blanca, The White Cross, to take care of the wounded. They nursed people from both sides of the fighting. She was also known as a journalist and community activist. Who was she and where did she live?

8. Who was the last reigning monarch of the Hawaiian Islands, deposed when American business and military interests wanted to annex Hawaii to the U.S.?

9. She opened “Hull House” in a run–down Chicago neighborhood, a community center to improve conditions for poor immigrants. The program of English–language classes, childcare, health education and recreational opportunities soon inspired hundreds of other settlement houses throughout the country. Her name?

10. Daughter and granddaughter of Paiute Indian chiefs from Nevada, she lobbied Congress, wrote extensively, and traveled across country during the late 1800s lecturing on the hardships brought upon Native Americans by the U.S. Government. Her name?

11. Her 1939 Easter Sunday concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial drew a crowd of 75,000. Who was she, and why was she singing there?

12. Who printed the first copy of the Declaration of Independence that included the signers’ names?

13. Clara Barton (1821–1912) is best known for founding the American Red Cross, but she also played a vital role during the Civil War. What did she do?

14. She is regarded as the greatest ballerina born in America. Her father was the Chief of the Osage Indians. Can you name her?

15. Why is Rachel Carson (1907–1964) considered the mother of the environmental movement?

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

2/9/10 Project Alert, Project Alert!!!!!!

Advertisements or commercials inform the public about products they can buy (like cars, shoes or
fireplaces) or services they can pay for (like lawyers, music concerts or cinemas). Public service
announcements (PSAs) instead inform the public about a message or an idea. Some of the most
famous PSAs that might be familiar to students involve campaigns encouraging people to stop
smoking, or to vote for a certain political party. Public service announcements can be effective
because they use traditional advertising techniques in a familiar format.

Are they Controversial? Not necessarily! Some public service announcements express a strong
opinion, or try to encourage people to change their mind about an idea (eg messages about
government policy). Other announcements try to raise awareness (eg environmental issues), raise
money for a charity (eg an AIDS campaign) or encourage better health (eg healthy eating, stopping
smoking or drinking and driving).

I am going to take advantage of your interest—and practice important critical thinking and literacy skills—by having you make and edit your own videos that deal with important social, economic, and political topics in Africa.

First, students will watch examples of online public service announcements (PSAs) and probe the multiple meanings of these video texts by asking challenging, open-ended questions.

You will research your topic in-depth, identifying the causes and effects.

Students use their research and a Persuasion Map tool as a basis for writing scripts for their own PSAs.

You will then create a PSA and use Windows Movie Maker to edit their videos.

Persuasion Map Tool:

2/9/10 Educational Game

Take a look at this site


How far would you go to end poverty? Your mission here is to locate the place given to you [e.g. Rome, Italy] and how many cups of water we donate on your behalf depends on how accurate your answer is. Once you have located one city or landmark, another location will be shown to you. You may play the game however many times you wish. Of course, the more you play and the more you are correct, the greater difference you will make with your donation. If your answer is correct, 10 cups of water will be donated. The further away you are from the location, the number of cups will decrease. If your answer is nowhere near the exact location, no cups of water will be donated. Therefore by playing this game, not only are you doing a good deed for others, but you are also gaining knowledge for yourself.

Give this game a try and tell me what you thought!

Monday, February 8, 2010

2/8/10 Water, water, everywhere but they can't use it.

Why Water? Get the story.

* Nearly 1 billion people don't have safe water to drink.
* A child dies every 15 seconds from a lack of clean water.
* 1 in 4 children who die before age 5 worldwide, die of a water related disease.
* Children often walk miles every day to collect dirty water to drink.

Did you also know?

* Most people without access to clean water live right above it.
* In many cases the only thing preventing access to clean water is money.

For extra credit, visit this site and complete the questions, print off and turn in to me by Tuesday, the 16th.

2/8/10 Darfur

Today we used the following website to create a magazine cover that would summarize the crisis in Darfur.

Monday, January 25, 2010


I've created an online quiz for you to use to practice before the China test on Tuesday.
Take a look and give it a try!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Help for Haiti 1/19/10

A week ago the country of Haiti suffered a massive earthquake killing hundreds of thousands of people and leaving even more homeless.
We are safe in our homes in Colorado Springs, thousands of miles away. You may be having an urge to help the Haitian people in their desperate time.
I came across this, Shelter Box USA.
I thought we could have a "Hats for Haiti' Day to raise money to send a Shelter Box to Haiti. The cost to fill a box is $1,000. We could easily raise this money during 1 hat day. What do you think? Can we rise to the challenge???

Sunday, January 10, 2010

1/10/10 Nicknames

There is a river in China, the Yellow River, it is nicknamed China's Sorrow. Do you know why?

When I was really young I acquired a nickname, it was Cass. Short for Cathi. When you are young sometimes it is difficult to pronounce the 'th' sound in words, so I called myself Cass. I don't think anyone outside of my family ever called me Cass because we moved so much and I never had the same friends for very long.

Do you have a nickname? How did you earn it?
Try to answer the question: why do the Chinese call the Yellow River, China's Sorrow?

1/10/10 Inventions

The Chinese are credited with creating many devices that we still use today such as the wheelbarrow, firecrackers, moldboard plow

If I could invent a special pillow that would not mess up your hair so that when you took a shower at night my hair would not be all messy when I woke up in the morning and I would not have to wash it again, ladies, I know you understand what I am going through. Boys have it easy!

If you could invent something that would make your life easier describe what it would be.
Click on this link to watch a short video about a Chinese invention:

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

1/6/10 I have always wanted to...

I have finally taken the leap and created a blog to use with my students.
I will use this site as an extension of my classroom. Sometimes you can't get to everything in 50 minutes. This blog will be a safe place to share ideas and ask questions. This blog is also a place to find out information about what is going on in my class.

Now that I have shared something I have always wanted to do, it's your turn.
Tell me something you have always wanted to do or maybe at your age, what you hope to do one day.

1/6/10 New Year, Exciting Opportunities

Half-way through the school year, whew, that went fast.
This is the time of year that peole usually make a resolution-a way to better themselves.

I have not finalized my new year's resolution but I have a few in mind...

  • eat healthier

  • have more patience

  • use my time more efficiently

I do have a goal, different from a resolution, it involves my resolution ideas... I want to place in the top 5 in my age group at Ironman St. George. This event takes place on the first Saturday in May. Wish me luck!

Share with me a resolution you may be thinking about. This resolution does not have to be school related. Remember don't post anything that is private, your classmates will see anything you write.

Chinese New Year

2010 is the Year of the Tiger, which is also known by its formal name of Geng Yin.
Why should you care? China is our next unit of study.
The Chinese New Year begins on January 26th, corresponding with the new lunar calendar.

Watch the following videos to learn more about the Chinese New Year

Describe any New Year's traditions that exist in your family.