Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Book Review Tuesday: The Best One Hour History - The Renaissance

From the publisher:

Perfect for Students, Their Parents, Educators or The Arm-Chair Historian! 

What if, for the price of a latte and an hour of your time, you could really learn about and enjoy history? We’re not just talking about memorizing dates and names, but truly grasping the ideas, feelings and passion behind major events and how humans have clashed over them for centuries? 

The Best One-Hour History series by history teacher Robert Freeman is for those who want a quick but coherent overview of major historical events. It will also serve those who need a competent high-level introduction before going further. Each volume is less than 60 pages long and provides a clear and concise account of the episode under discussion. Details include the context in which it arose, the major actors, the event itself, and the major consequences. In about an hour, the reader will obtain a thorough understanding of why each subject holds iconic status in Western Civilization. And it will NOT be boring!

This was one hour that was well worth my time!!  This book on the Renaissance, was jam-packed full of information. I've taught about the Renaissance for many years and thought I knew a good amount of information about it, this book proved how much I didn't know!  

It starts out by giving an introduction to the Renaissance and how it evolved from the Middle Ages. It covers the most important people of the Renaissance as well as the different forms of media that developed during the time.  I enjoyed the book as a lover of history and as a teacher that teaches this time period.  

Some of the reading might have been a bit much for my 6th graders, but I would definitely love to have a copy of this for my shelf.

You can also get books on the Reformation, Scientific Revolution, French Revolution,  WWI, and the Vietnam War.  They also have many more topics planned including Ancient Rome and Greece, the Middle Ages, the Enlightenment, the Industrial Revolution and the American revolution.

You can purchase this book at Amazon by clicking on the picture below.

Thanks to NetGalley and Smith Publicity - Kendall Lane Publishers for a copy of the book in exchange on an honest review.

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Friday, December 27, 2013

Foldable Friday: Early European Settlements in North America

When we start our colonies unit, we start with the earliest European Settlements in North America.  This interactive foldable graphic organizer was an easy way to keep all the information together in one spot.

Inside the graphic organizer, the students included when the settlement was founded, what country founded it and why it was founded. There is also a map included to place the location of the settlement.

If you like this graphic organizer, you can find it in my TpT store. Just click on the picture below. This set also includes interactive foldable graphic organizers for the 13 colonies.

13 Colonies

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Skool Friendz: MrHughes

I needed a fun activity for my students to practice their divisibility rules.  My friend MrHughes had the perfect thing! My students love playing games to practice their math skills. They just loved doing the math mystery mazes.

Click on the picture below to get this great activity!

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Science Sunday: Biomes Research

One of the first activities that we do in our life science unit is research different biomes. We focused on what type of plant and animal life the biome had, how the climate and weather effected those plants and animals, resources that the plants and animals had available to them, where the biome was located in the world and then the students had to create a food chain that could be found in that biome.

The students compiled all their information and put it on chart paper. They then presented the information to their classmates.

As the students presented their information, the students at their seats took notes in their interactive foldable graphic organizer.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Foldable Friday: Types of Potential Energy

One of our 6th grade science standards is knowing the different types of potential energy. My students put the definition and examples of each type in their interactive foldable graphic organizers.

This interactive foldable graphic organizer can be found in my Energy Posters and Graphic Organizer set. Click on the picture below to find it in my TpT store.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Book Review Tuesday: History of just about Anything by MacLoud and Wishinsky

History of just about Anything by Elizabeth MacLoud and Frieda Wishinsky with illustrations by Qin Leng.

The book starts in 6,000,000 BCE when the first humans appear and goes through 2011 with the earthquake in Japan.  

The stories are not your normal boring history lesson. The reading is kid friendly and full of fascinating facts that kids will be intrigued by therefore making learning their history lesson "fun".

Included in the book are "Ripples" which include facts on how humans have changed the world. These facts are very interesting to me as a lover of history, but I think they will also appeal to my students.

The illustration by Quin Leng are beautiful.  The cartoon images are a nice addition to the informational text.

This is definitely a must have for my classroom!

This book contains so many facts that I decided to narrow it down by the topics that I would use it for each of my social studies classes (although some might be used for both). I hope this gives you an idea of the topics you will find in the book.

World History

Rise of Greece
Founding of Rome
Rise of the Roman Empire
Golden Age of the Maya
King John signs the Magna Carta
Black Death Breaks Out
Renaissance Begins
Gutenberg invents printing press
Aztec Empire at peak
Da Vinci reaches paints Mona Lisa
Michelangelo paints Sistine Chapel ceiling
Magellan sets out to sail around the world
Cortes meets the Aztecs
Copernicus shows Earth orbits the Sun
Shakespeare writes Romeo and Juliet
Kepler publishes his laws of planetary motion
Galileo revolutionizes astronomy
Newton "invents" physics
Steam engine invented
Industrial Revolution begins in England
Stephenson builds first steam railway

US History

Age of Vikings
Columbus reaches the Americas
Cabot reaches the "New World"
African slaves first shipped to the Americas
Jamestown becomes first colony in America
Champlain established permanent settlement in Canada
Defeat of the French in Canada
American Revolution
You can purchase the book at Amazon by clicking on the picture below.

Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review.

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Love For Sandy Hook

As educators, we remember and honor our fallen colleagues and their students from Sandy Hook School. We honor them each day in our classrooms in which we continue their dream of teaching our children. We honor their memory with our service. 

Join with teachers everywhere in committing random acts of kindness to show our love for Sandy Hook.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Foldable Friday: Fractions, Decimals and Percents

Our fraction, decimal, percent unit is probably one of the hardest we do all year. One aspect of it is converting between the three. This interactive foldable graphic organizer is a way that the students can organize the rules for converting.

I have a FREE fraction, decimal, percent conversion chart in my TpT store. Click on the picture to download it.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Science Sunday: Biotic and Abiotic Lab

This first day of school we did our biotic and abiotic lab.  I had several objects out on the lab tables and I had the students group them however they wanted (feather, paper, plastic and a coin).  I led a discussion on how each group had grouped their objects.  We then talked about what biotic and abiotic was. We looked around the room to classify things as being one or the other. We then went outside to do the same thing.

When we came back inside, I had them draw a picture. The picture had to include 5 biotic and 5 abiotic items. Here are some of the pictures in progress.

An example of a completed picture.

As educators, we remember and honor our fallen colleagues and their students from Sandy Hook School.  We honor them each day in our classrooms in which we continue their dream of teaching our children.  We honor their memory with our service.  

Join with teachers everywhere in committing random acts of kindness to show our love for Sandy Hook.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Book Review Tuesday: Mumbet's Declaration of Independence by Gretchen Woelfle

Mumbet's Declaration of Independence by Gretchen Woelfle.

Publisher's description:

"All men are born free and equal."

Everybody knows about the Founding Fathers and the Declaration of Independence in 1776. But the founders weren't the only ones who believed that everyone had a right to freedom. Mumbet, a Massachusetts slave, believed it too. She longed to be free, but how? Would anyone help her in her fight for freedom? Could she win against her owner, the richest man in town?

Mumbet was determined to try.

Mumbet's Declaration of Independence tells her story for the first time in a picture book biography, and her brave actions set a milestone on the road toward ending slavery in the United States.

My review:

The pictures are beautiful and so vivid in color. I love that the book covers parts of the American Revolution that is not normally talked about.  I had no idea that there were slaves that petitioned for their freedom after hearing about the Massachusetts Constitution. Even though this book does not use primary source documents, it is a fictional story based on a real person. I think my students will connect with it more than what we read in our textbooks. I will definitely be getting a copy of the book when it is published.

The back of the book tells a little more history of Mumbet and what she did after gaining her freedom and also gives several websites that offer additional resources.

The author also has a book on the life of Mercy Otis Warren that I would love to add to my library.

This wonderful book doesn't come out until February 2014, but you can pre-order it at Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

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