January 2016

  • When New York Was New – This non-fiction study is an eight-part history of the early explorers and settlers of our state and their first contacts with the people who lived here. We will feature 1 chapter per week for 8 weeks. It will primarily focus on the 16th and 17th centuries, including figures such as Henry Hudson and Giovanni da Verrazzano in the south and Samuel de Champlain in the north, with discussion of the Iroquois Confederacy and how the coming of
    Europeans and the fur trade impacted the Haudenosaunee’s existing conflict with other indigenous nations. The geographic, cultural and political formation of the state will also be covered, including the sorting out of Dutch, British and French claims and how — beyond the natural borders of the Great Lakes, Lake Champlain and connecting rivers — the borders of the state were established.
    In addition to the story we are offering a teaching guide with graphic organizers, audio podcasts of each chapter, and a virtual
    “Meet the Author”/discussion blog. Students are encouraged to ask questions and post comments after reading each chapter. The blog will be monitored and each posting will be approved before it appears on the site. Teachers interested in setting up a live interactive videocast should contact the author, Mike Peterson at teachup@gmail.com to arrange the details. Audio podcasts allow students who are blind or dyslexic the same ability to enjoy the story as their peers. There is also a student essay contest available online. Details can be found here.
    Students are strongly encouraged to read through the quiz and essay questions ahead of time, write his or her response and then complete their entry online here. Up to 6 regional winners will be selected from all complete entries received by the Friday, May 13, 2016 deadline.
  • Free Winter Lessons from Scholastic Explore the effects winter weather and cold climates have on living things. Activities cover various student groupings, subjects and skills, grades, extension ideas, and assessment suggestions.
  • Learning about the Inverted Pyramid – Usually the basic news story is written in the inverted pyramid style. After the main ideas, more details are given to the reader depending on the space available. Look through your print newspaper and then your online edition. Is the same amount of space given to the same article? If not, why do you think it might be different?
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – The National Education Association has a webpage full of classroom resources.  These lessons divided up between grades K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 are designed to help students put in perspective Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life, his impact on the Civil Rights Movement, and his significance to American culture and history.
  • Holiday Newspaper Scavenger Hunt – 
    Directions:  See how many of the following winter related items you can find in your newspaper.  For an added challenge time yourself – see which person or team in your class can complete the list the quickest!
    1. An ad featuring something winter-related
    2. An activity you can only do in the winter
    3. A weather map featuring cold temperatures
    4. Something related to snow
    5. Clothing or accessories you need during the winter
    6. A picture of someone wearing warm clothes

    7.Any headline that includes a winter word for example: SNOW, ICE, SLEET, BLIZZARD, Etc.
    8. Information about a outdoor winter event

    9. Information about an indoor winter event

    10. A story about people enjoying winter sports
    11. A yummy recipe people tend to eat when it’s cold outside
    12. A story or forecast of winter weather
  • SAT/ACT Test Prep – 
  • 14 Brain Power Snacks for Kids 
  • Weekly News Driven Questions in the daily paper every Tuesday – Can be found by logging in to your e-edition account.

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