- We'll have our all-school meeting on Tuesday this week to accommodate our leaving on Wednesday. It will be their last regularly scheduled All-School Meeting. (On the last day of school, there is one final All-School Meeting that is both symbolic and poignant. It is when the six graders rise and ceremoniously relinquish their benches to the upcoming elders. They are subsequently dismissed, leaving the auditorium in solemn silence as their school family bids them farewell.)
- We're finishing up Poetry Anthologies for Language Arts, and
- concluding our discussions about the Revolution as we prepare for watching the PBS documentary, Liberty!
- We'll take a final writing assessment this week (either tomorrow or Friday),
- and a Spelling assessment as well.
- We're also concluding Reading assessments in the next few days.
Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Liberty's Kids #07: The Green Mountain Boys -- 1/2
Liberty's Kids #07: The Green Mountain Boys -- 2/2
Liberty's Kids 08: The Second Continental Congress -- 1/2
Liberty's Kids 08: The Second Continental Congress -- 2/2
Liberty's Kids 09: Bunker Hill -- 1/2
Liberty's Kids 09: Bunker Hill -- 2/2
Liberty's Kids 10: Postmaster General Franklin -- 1/2
Liberty's Kids 10: Postmaster General Franklin -- 2/2
Liberty's Kids 11: Washington Takes Command -- 1/2
Liberty's Kids 11: Washington Takes Command -- 2/2
Liberty's Kids 12: Common Sense -- 1/2
Liberty's Kids 12: Common Sense -- 2/2
Liberty's Kids 13: The First Fourth of July -- 1/2
Liberty's Kids 13: The First Fourth of July -- 2/2
Liberty's Kids 14: New York, New York -- 1/2
Liberty's Kids 14: New York, New York -- 2/2
Liberty's Kids 15: The Turtle -- 1/2
Liberty's Kids 15: The Turtle -- 2/2
Liberty's Kids 16: One Life to Lose -- 1/2
Liberty's Kids 16: One Life to Lose -- 2/2
Liberty's Kids 17 -- Captain Molly -- 1/2
Liberty's Kids 17 -- Captain Molly -- 2/2
Liberty's Kids 18: American Crisis -- 1/2
Liberty's Kids 18: American Crisis -- 2/2
Liberty's Kids 19: Across the Delaware -- 1/2
Liberty's Kids 19: Across the Delaware -- 2/2
Liberty's Kids 20: An American in Paris -- 1/2
Liberty's Kids 20: An American in Paris -- 2/2
I think we'll call this enough for today. I'll post the rest soon--you'll have to admit, it's pretty good!
Be looking for information about the class trip, and please return any necessary forms at your earliest convenience.
Before it becomes "good morning" I'd better say good night, everybody. I'll talk to you soon!
Friday, May 21, 2010
Hello again, families--
The kids forgot these forms, so here they are for you to peruse. I'll be sure the hard copies get to you on Monday.
The information here should give you a pretty good idea about what to expect at Camp Pok-O-MacCready. It's a great place!! The boys will be staying in the Junior House and the girls will stay in the Farmhouse next door (see map). There are shower stalls for privacy, and each room has multiple bunks. I'm not sure how much of the packing list you need to worry about, but do read it. The kids will need a sleeping bag or bed roll and a pillow; enough clothes for the next day (underwear, extra shirt, sweatshirt, long pants/shorts); lounging/cooler weather wear; good shoes for walking/hiking (sneakers would be fine...) toiletries, bug spray, flashlight or headlamp (fresh batteries) for the night hike, etc. PLEASE read what NOT to bring. A few healthy snacks would be OK, but not a bunch of junk food, candy, etc. That kind of stuff will be confiscated.
If you have any questions, you can always call me.
Take care- Teri
May 21 "I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering." ~ Robert Frost
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
- Literacy groups ended on Thursday. This time will now include completing reading assessments, and providing time for additional content work.
- We've got visitors (Addison seniors) for one more day--we're all helping prepare a community float for the Memorable Day parade. Hopefully, we'll be able to pull 'em all back [after 3 days of fun] so that we can finish up our work for the year....
- Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of those who generously offered to chaperone this year's trip to Pok-O-MacCready. Using call sticks, it was determined that Pam Stearns and Kyle Clark will come along. I hope you all offer them your support as they bravely embark on this great adventure...
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Liberty Kids 01: The Boston Tea Party, Part 2/2
Liberty Kids 02: The Intolerable Acts, Part 1/2
Liberty Kids 02: The Intolerable Acts, Part 2/2
Liberty Kids 03: United We Stand, Part 1/2
Liberty Kids 05: Midnight Ride, Part 1/2
Liberty Kids 05: Midnight Ride, Part 2/2
Liberty Kids 06: The Shot Heard Round the World, Part 1/2
Liberty Kids 06: The Shot Heard Round the World, Part 2/2
The American Revolution: The Conflict Ignites Part 2
The American Revolution: The Conflict Ignites Part 3
The American Revolution: The Conflict Ignites Part 4
The American Revolution: The Conflict Ignites Part 5
Lots of Ways to Approach Understanding -- or -- A Kid-Friendly Review of the Events Leading to the Revolution
Events Leading to the Revolutionary War -- Part 1
Events Leading to the Revolutionary War -- Part 2
(Video from Discovery Education)
Events Leading Up to the Revolutionary War -- Part 3
(Video from Discovery Education)
On July 8, 1758, the Battle of Carillon, also known as the Battle of Ticonderoga was fought near Fort Carillon on the shore of Lake Champlain. In the battle, which took place primarily on a rise about three-quarters of a mile from the fort itself, a French army of about 4,000 men under General Louis-Joseph de Montcalm and the Chevalier de Levis decisively defeated an overwhelmingly numerically superior force of British troops under General James Abercrombie, which frontally assaulted an entrenched French position without using field artillery. The battle was the bloodiest of the war, with over 2,500 casualties suffered, of which over 2,000 were British soldiers.
The Siege of Louisbourg was a pivotal battle of the French and Indian War in 1758 and led directly to the loss of Quebec in 1759 and the remainder of French North America the following year. The British government realized that with the Fortress of Louisbourg under French control, there was no way that the Royal Navy could sail down the St. Lawrence River for an attack on Quebec. An Expedition against Louisbourg in 1757 led by Lord Loudon failed due to a strong French naval deployment.
The Battle of the Plains of Abraham, also known as the Battle of Quebec, was another pivotal battle in the French and Indian War. The culmination of a three-month siege by the British, the battle lasted less than an hour. British troops commanded by General James Wolfe successfully resisted the column advance of French troops and Quebec military under Louis-Joseph, Marquis de Montcalm, using new tactics that proved extremely effective against standard military formations used in most large European conflicts. Both generals were mortally wounded during the battle. Wolfe died on the field within minutes of engagement and Montcalm died the next morning.
The French forces continued to fight and prevailed in several battles after Quebec was captured, but the British did not relinquish their hold on the fortress. It was the beginning of 250 years of occupation.
British Invasion of Quebec—1759
The conquest of Quebec is more than just a single battle; it is the result of a long siege that lasts from June 26th to the 18th of September, 1759. During this interminable confrontation, Montcalm adopts a purely defensive strategy and chooses to take no initiative against the enemy. Wolfe attempts twice to take the city before September, but his troops are defeated and repelled on both occasions. Despite these failures, the English surround the city with their boats and bombard it day and night for weeks, reducing the once proud capital of New France to a desolate pile of smoking ruins. We estimate that about 15,000 bombs were thrown on Quebec that summer, and the fate of the surrounding villages is also far from lenient. Farms are pillaged and burnt, villages are ravaged and the inhabitants who did not join the militia (women, children, the elderly, and priests for the most part) are incarcerated in prisoner camps. The inhabitants are the ones who suffer the most from the British invasion.
This is amazing. So much to learn...
I hope you have a chance to watch and enjoy these videos... I tried to fix the problems on the last blog [that covered the French and Indian War] and simply couldn't. So...I wrote everything over and redid it here. It appears to be OK.
NOTE: Scripts are from YouTube also, so that the words and the videos matched.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
What follows is a six-part episode By Ray Mears who allows you follow in the footsteps of Rogers' Rangers as they withdrew through New England, fighting off both the approaching enemy and starvation as fall turned into winter. This is part of BBC's third series of "Ray Mears Extreme Survival". It's a fascinating episode, and knowing how much we all love the outdoors, it provides great lessons for surviving in the woods! Enjoy!
- Ray Mears: Rogers' Rangers--Part 2 of 6
- Ray Mears: Rogers' Rangers--Part 3 of 6
- Ray Mears: Rogers' Rangers--Part 4 of 6
- Ray Mears: Rogers' Rangers--Part 5 of 6
- Ray Mears: Rogers' Rangers--Part 6 of 6