5C Social Studies Homework

Homework 5/24 & Notes for Web Quest Test


History- Web Quest Test on Tuesday

Students also had one last double-sided mythology story worksheet to complete.


Social Studies Web Quest Test

The Test will be on Tuesday when we get back from school (I didn’t realize at the time that we were off Monday).  I have the packets that were submitted to me during last class session…these packets will be returned tomorrow so we can continue our Review.  The reason I have them is so students will have the correct answers to study from (guaranteed) rather than whatever they may have written (or left blank).  They’ll have plenty of time to study – the Test won’t be overly difficult as the final is coming up as well, I just want to make sure that everyone is paying attention.


I’ll try to update the gradebook further tonight…I’ve been doing it on a rolling basis the past week + so if assignments were submitted late/recently, it will be reflected soon.

Homework 5/22

Today’s class was cut into by the Project Lead program to prepare for the trip on Thursday so we didn’t get much done.  I’ll be taking the kids from 5C tomorrow for a little bit to go over the things we need to cover and during that time they will receive some light class/homework (depends on them).

I am looking to have the Web Quest ‘Test’ on Monday now with our Review taking place on Wednesday.  It will cover material from questions #1-58.

Best Fidget Spinners and Cubes

Hi…so I saw this on one of the sites I frequent and even though they’ve been a bit of a nuisance in class :-), I figured that it’d also be a nice read for the kids…these are a bit more unique than the ones I’ve been seeing as well so maybe they’ll find it interesting to see what else is out there.

Enjoy your Saturday!

Best Fidget Spinners and Cubes


There’s also a wealth of Do It Yourself (DIY) videos I’ve been seeing online lately…this one I found kind of neat (although where can you buy zip ties?  ha!)

Homework 5/18

Background: Alexander’s Mutiny play packet w/ questions due on Monday.  Please use the text to support your answers in complete sentences and when we review the material as a class, please make any changes/corrections on your paper before I collect it if you would like full credit!  Thanks!

  • Quiz on questions #1-58 early next week (likely Wednesday)


After working w/ Mr. Carr, we decided to sensibly stagger the final exams for Math, Science, and Social Studies.

The Social Studies Final Exam will be held on Monday, June 5th.  The exam is cumulative meaning that it will contain information that we’ve studied all year long, however, there will be a slightly larger emphasis on the material from Quarters 3 and 4.  We will of course have a sufficient review beforehand and students will be given all they need to ultimately be successful as they have been provided all year long, and I expect the exam to be around 50 questions just like last year w/ a blend of vocabulary w/ a word bank, short answers, and multiple choice.  

Because 5th graders have not taken final exams before, my only concern is that our students become ‘fearful’ of the Test as opposed to considering it as a personal challenge.  Of course studying and doing well is important, but I also do not want our kids to become ‘paralyzed’ during the assessment as I’ve seen happen before because the importance of doing well is over-emphasized at home.

Again, the grades do count and the scores are a direct reflection of how much focus, time, and effort a child has put into Social Studies all year long and during our review.  I’m going to approach this the same way I would any other assessment in order to remain consistent so that the kids are as comfortable as possible during the exam, my only request is that students use the time leading up to it to prepare as best they can without feeling overwhelmed.

If you have any questions just let me know.  Our review and any notes/materials will be distributed and uploaded to the blog next week.  Thanks!


Science– May 31st (take home exam)

Math– June 2nd

Homework 5/16

Complete the Web Quest problems through #58.  We will have a Quiz on the first half of this material early next week.  

UPDATE: Hi,  so after taking a peek at the papers I have to grade, I noticed that I had a few packets from students in 5C in my possession so I’ll be sure to get you those tomorrow so you can work on the assignment.  Not many, just a few (Kai, Logan, Julian, Monroe, and Azariah).  (In the meantime, the PDF was  posted online if you were ambitious enough to write the answers on a separate piece of paper :-)These were the only students to turn in this particular assignment the other day, and there was another assignment about Archimedes that maybe 10 people turned in so please keep an eye on the grade book in the next day or two because we are starting to see students fall back into not submitting their work again.  Thanks!

Homework 5/12

Chapter 8, Lesson 3, pg. 288, please properly label your paper and complete all the vocabulary and definitions…these words will be used along with the questions on the Web Quest to create a short assessment on ancient Greece if not next week, early on the week after.


Homework 5/10

History/Reading begin reading page 1, the background, of the Archimedes’ Bath play in order to familiarize yourself with the story before we break into groups again tomorrow.

Next, I returned your Web Quest packets yesterday, #s 1-28.  For our next class session please complete the questions through #39 as we will be reviewing the first set of responses.


Gradebook Updated 5/9 (2:29am)

  • Side note:  I just wanted to say that while in general, my class sessions together with 5C have always been entertaining to say the least, the last two times we have met have gone a lot smoother and I just wanted to thank you guys for that.
  • With that said, while in general the behavior has been improved, I still have a handful of students getting up w/ out permission, yelling at each other and across the room, giving attitude if I ask them to sit elsewhere due to disruptions, doing art projects or other things during lessons, copying assignments from their classmates rather than listening when we review everything before collection (hence why less 10s this quarter), etc.  While I take the materials away along w/ things like Fun Day and Recess, many don’t seem to care so I might have to resort to assigning sets of Presidents for the small few that have unfortunately been putting their needs above the right of others to learn.  More to the point, though, is that I have to constantly stop class in order to refocus my students because of this poor behavior.While we’ve been trending in the right direction, I hope that we can keep this good work going until the end of the year as I know it becomes easier and easier to kind of check out once June arrives.  We have one small project left, creating our Greek/Roman shields, and so I expect fantastic creativity from this project once I give out the paper and instructions next week (many of last year’s are posted around my room).  
  • Long story short, if your child comes home with a set or set(s) of President’s it’s because they have been highly disruptive to the class and/or not paying attention or missing excessive work.  Miss Tina Pimental has also been sitting n the back helping me out in a variety of ways, specifically she is keeping track of the students that are (and are not) paying attention during lessons, those that are talking, copying work, etc., so if you’re starting to see grades slide, I have enough indisputable data now to back up my end.


Hi, just a quick update…the gradebook for both classes is about 95% completed…when you leave comments on everyone’s work it often takes a little bit longer to get things returned 🙂

The Gods & Goddesses Quiz grades for 5C turned out pretty well, though in many cases students left points on the board by not explaining all they knew from the notes we took together on the concepts.  In fact, what I thought would be an easy A for everyone turned out more in the B-C range and so if it makes sense to curve the scores I will.  As of right now, though, it wouldn’t be much, and if a student were to have really under-performed, say with a 22, no student of mine will receive lower than a 50 grade regardless.  Furthermore, they will have the opportunity to gain extra points doing some type of different work.

Finally, I can start putting up grades for the Maps as 5C has finally taken my ‘threats’ of today being the last day to finish seriously.  They had multiple more weeks to work on this project than my class and so the final results should have bore that out.  I’m still waiting for 1 or 2 maps, but my focus is less on map grade and more on the overall group grade as I find them to be directly related.  My hope is that in the near future, certain students, group-mates in this particular case, my hope is that we all recognize our faults and differences and learn to grow from them rather than to fight/argue/get upset over every little thing.  While most students did display adequate maturity and self-control, the ones that did not were the ones that participated the least and therefore will receive a grade that they earned.  Most importantly, you can see just in the details and quality of work how a solid, trusting, equal, and understanding partnership can lead to a better final product.

  • all group members will fill out an anonymous card w/ questions so I can get a feel for who did what work on the assignment…this way it’s anonymous and so I expect the truth to get out of four people as opposed to one’s word against the others.

The next time I meet w/ both 5S and 5C we will discuss the maps, what went well, what did not, what we practice we can do in groups to improve during our next assignment – a reflection of this nature is always important when a simple project such as this takes far too long to complete (this should have been done weeks ago).

For the majority of 5C, I really appreciate your hard work as a few of your maps came in on time and extremely accurate, colorful, and detailed with numerous physical features.  I’m so proud that you took your time, saw the vision that I had planned out for you guys and were then able to take that vision and create an ultimate plan of action.  The bulk of you worked well together in groups that Mr. S set up so that the kids had to work w/ students aside from their immediate friends, a task that isn’t always easy when working w/ new people.  Those students who did not participate much at all, hopefully next time we do something like this or you’re involved with other pre-selected group members in the future, you reflect on this moment and think of ways you can better behave and contribute as it was your distractions that led to the few picking up all the slack.

Anyway, I’ll post a picture of the final results either tomorrow or Wednesday (I think I’m still waiting on one or two maps).  Aside from that, the grades for that assignment will go up this week.

Any other questions just let me know, thanks again!


Homework 5/8

Complete the Trial of Socrates packet w/ question in complete sentences using the information from the play as a guide to help support your answers.

  • Also, if you would like to get a head start on our next assignment, you may complete the Web Quest packet questions through #39.

Homework 5/4

Social Studies complete the fourth double-sided Greek Mythology worksheet for this quarter and answer the problems in complete sentences when able to.  I believe this one talks about Icarus and Daedalus and the title of the second story is about the Most Beautiful Woman in the World  (I wasn’t in today so don’t quote me on that exactly, I’m pretty sure that is correct, though).

There’s a handful of other things I’d like to get done project-wise as well, but well see where the time takes us. (make replica Greek shields, mini-Trojan horses, and more depending on if we get to the unit on ancient China.  Most importantly, though, the thing that is holding us up from progressing to these other projects is stated below…

  • Groups in 5C still working on their maps have until Monday to complete them.  If someone in your group has to take the work home, so be it.  If not finished by Monday, both your group and map grades will be no higher than a C and likely lower depending on how much you actually got done together in over a month.  This project has gone on way too long and I have extended far too many opportunities for you to complete this task only for you to ignore the work in favor of watching movies or doing whatever else.  Monday, latest, that’s it!

The gradebook has been updated a bit and will be fully up to date by the weekend.  Thanks!

Homework 5/2

5C– complete up to #28 in your Web Quest packet for Thursday, please read the sections while answering in detailed sentences whenever possible.  This packet will be where I get the majority of your test questions from.

Homework 5/1

Social Studies– Gods and Goddesses quiz on Thursday for 5C (notes should have been taken in class and some were posted below last week)…I’ll try and post the second picture of the board this evening with the last remaining Gods, but if not, we’ll review the material tomorrow.


Homework 4/28

History/Reading– two double sided worksheets, Greek myths, In the Beginning is the heading of one worksheet and Homer’s Tale of Troy is the heading on the other.  Read and complete the short answer questions.

We will have a simple History Quiz on the Gods and Goddesses we’ve been studying in class next week.  I posted notes and related resources on the blog below and we completed the information for the Quiz today in class.  The notes that were taken in class will be collected on the day of the Quiz (for 5C I’m expecting that to be around Tuesday, no later than Wednesday).

Homework 4/27

Reading/Social Studies– attached is the double-sided worksheet tonight on 2 separate Greek myths, the topic we’ve been covering in class.  Simple and easy for this evening.  Have a good night!


Homework 4/26

None this evening due to PARCC and because Mr. Carr gave the kids Math this evening.  I’ll give the kids something for this weekend.  

Below is a picture (sorry, kind of blurry), of the solid notes we took today.  Overall our best day in a long time…also attached is the Power Point we used to supplement a book that we used to develop these notes.  We’ll have a brief quiz on the gods and goddesses next week so use this info as a resource for now!  Thanks!



DOWNLOADSocial Studies Chapter 8 Lesson 2 Notes   (this is a copy of the notes that we worked on in class and that the kids took on their own the other day…just a more complete copy for their notebooks)

DOWNLOAD: GodsGoddessesNotes (Power Point)


Gradebook Updated as of 4/25

Current as of tonight.  Any assignments with zeroes have not been turned in but can be made up and be submitted within a reasonable time-frame for credit.  Thanks!

Homework 4/24

None this evening, however, I will be giving students a short  supplementary worksheet tomorrow night (didn’t want to overdo it because I know Mr. Carr wanted to give an assignment tonight).

We’ll be focusing on our Web Quest assignments by the end of the week.

The gradebook will be updated this evening so keep an eye out for any missing work – if you see a zero that means the assignment was not turned in and each student has signed off on that fact on a special document in class.  Missing work, as always, can be made up, this is just to avoid students stating work was already turned in.



I know Mr. Carr has been discussing this in class, but I figured why not put the same info I use for my class here for 5C…hopefully you’ll find it as useful as we have…


PARCC Practice links below for Math and Language Arts

PARCC Testing begins Monday so please S-T-U-D-Y and PRACTICE!


I’ll also post a few different links to different Math and Language Arts practice pages that cover all the concepts that will be on the test.

Lumos Learning website links below, you will have to log in to access the resources posted below…

  • USERNAME: lyrix4@gmail.com
  • PASSWORD: Marvin5859

http://www.lumoslearning.com/llwp/resources/common-core-parcc-math-english-worksheets.html (this is the primary website hub for all grades,click on the 5th grade Math or ELA Download Worksheet links and it will bring you to the pages below…)

http://www.lumoslearning.com/llwp/resources/free-math-english-worksheets/sample-worksheets.html?cur=1118 (Math, summative reviews at the top, individual concepts as you scroll down)


http://www.lumoslearning.com/llwp/resources/free-math-english-worksheets/sample-worksheets.html?cur=1114 (Language Arts, same as above, summative reviews at the top, individual concepts as you scroll down)

Other Resource Links below…


This link below allows you to take the actual NY version of the PARCC Exam from last year…just click 5th grade and click on Computer Based Unit 1, 2, 3, or 4.  The only stipulation is that I believe it only works with the Firefox browser…


Anyway, I truly believe that our kids are ready so long as they prepare on thier own time, but that is just as much on them as it is on myself and Mr. Carr.  Just relax, do your best, and the scores will take care of themselves.

Thanks and enjoy your weekend!


Homework 4/20

Hi, sorry about the late update, was having some trouble with the Word Press site…

The following assignment is due on Monday.  I didn’t assign a specific set of review questions during class today but if you want to get a head start on that you can do so below…

Chapter 8, Lesson 2: Early Civilization in Greece (discusses the Minoans and Mycenaeans), pgs. 278-284

First, please make sure that your paper is properly labeled- each section should be clearly separated: Vocab, Notes, and Review Questions w/ lines skipped in between so it’s easier to read.

  • Copy down the 7 vocabulary words w/ complete definitions in proper context so that you understand how the words relate to the material
  • 15 notes minimum on the 5 purple sections from Lesson 2, please make sure that you explain why the particular notes you chose are important to the lesson and important for understanding the overall objectives detailed in Lesson 2
  • Review questions 1, 3, 4, and 6 on pg. 285
  • Tomorrow before the end of the day I will also distribute the accompanying workbook page for the section for students to bring home…I’ll also scan a copy and upload it to the blog.  (workbook page 79)

Again, much of the material going forward will be done via Web Quests so some material will overlap w/ the book and some I will simply supplement during class discussion.  We will cover a lot of ground on Greece this quarter and so I feel the online resources are a good way for student’s do that more at their own pace and on their own time.

Any questions just let me know…thanks!

Homework Policy Update

Hi, just a quick update.

It was suggested to me over the break that during this final quarter, if a student does not submit their homework the day that it is due, they will now be signing their name on a sheet of paper that has labeled both the due date as well as the title of the assignment so that we have yet another level of redundancy built into the homework collection process.  

While the current system in place is accurate and works well when followed, too many students are either submitting work into the bin in 5C without their names on them (about 5 kids did this the other day which I had to clear up during class time) OR they are simply claiming to have done the work when in reality they did not.  Already we have a few candidates that did not submit the first assignment for Quarter 4, so you will be seeing this reflected on Net Classroom shortly if not done already.  This new system is intended to protect both myself and the students moving forward as well as a way to avoid any confusion between the teacher and parents.  

I will be updating the gradebook this evening as well as tomorrow (w/ the Tales from the Odyssey assignment) and so my advice moving forward will still be the same.  If there is a zero listed in Net Classroom, that indicates that the student did not submit their work on time.  This zero will then correspond with the child’s signature verifying that the assignment was not turned in.  Once the work is submitted, the gradebook will be updated to reflect that.  

Lastly, this is not meant to be a substitute for Net Classroom, rather, it’s just another set of data that we can point to in order to supplement and back up the online gradebook.  If you have any questions regarding this idea just let either myself, Mr. Schultz, or Miss Serrano know.  

I hope this helps us all moving forward.  Thanks again for all your support at home!

Homework 4/18

5S & 5C History– read pages 266-269 from the textbook, Tales from the Odyssey, and answer the 2 Response Corner Question in thorough and complete sentences.

We are reading a graphic novel version of Homer’s Odyssey in class and so this is a nice supplement to that wonderful epic poem and also a great introduction to our unit on ancient Greece.


Homework 4/4

Social Studies– USA/World Geography Worksheet, double-sided

You may need your book to complete this assignment if you are not too confident about your geography skills. 

Assignment should be simple review as the students continue finishing up their map projects this week.

Gradebook Updated (Final)

Gradebook is updated.  As I’ve explained before, the final grades that are posted will be slightly different than will what appear on the report cards (I usually add a point or two to the final grade – I also make changes if students did all of their Homework but did poorly on the Test or Quizzes).

Thanks for your patience and understanding this quarter.  My hope is that Q4 will showcase across the board all of our hard work and efforts in preparing for next year as students more than ever understand what is expected from them (and of themselves).


Work Collection Tomorrow

Hi, Mr. Carr is sending out a heads up that Miss Pimental will be collecting all of the class and homework that has been given out since my absence and it will be given to Mr. Shultz who will then give it to me.  Please make sure you submit any late/missing assignments along with the more current material you have worked on with the sub.  Please make sure you’re assignments are properly labeled with a clear heading and that your answers are up to our Quarter 3 standards if you would like full credit, and please make sure that your name is on your papers before turning things in.  

I should be back soon but for now, this will be best for all so I can update the gradebook in a more current form.

Furthermore, the work that I wrote about yesterday on the blog is still meant to be done at your own pace; it is going to be given in class and for homework and will be collected over the next week or two.   If you would like to get a head start you can get working on the assignments now, but the geography work that I posted for History I expect to be completed in my absence as a close to Quarter 3.




Homework 3/27/2017

Hi, so I will be collecting the work you have been submitting tomorrow evening so I can get working on the gradebook.

With that said, I’m going to post below a variety of different assignments that can be completed at your own pace over the course of the rest of the week and into early next week; I’ll hopefully know by this evening when I’ll be returning to class; all I can say is that right now my absence has been far too long and I cannot wait to return to you all.

The assignments posted below do not have specific due dates although I would like for them all to be completed by next week at latest.  Below is a combination of class/homework.

I have also been posting assignments on my blog along with helpful Math (on my page) and Geography resource videos in an effort to supplement what you may not be receiving in class.  My hope is that you are reading this website and using the links that I provided to help supplement your study of Geography (as well as taking good notes!!!).  Remember, just because I’m not present in the room with you does not mean I do not get daily reports as to what is going on behavior and work-wise so please follow Miss Pimental and the blog for at this moment it is the best resource you have available to you.

The first items listed are what Miss Pimental assigned for tonight…after that I will post assignments that I expect to be completed at your own pace over the next week or so.  Again, I’ll be collecting your most recent assignments tomorrow so if you have been slacking in certain areas, now is your time to step it up!!

Lastly, please use the geography videos that I posted below as they are extremely helpful in showing students how our Earth has evolved over time not just geographically but also in term of human populations.

Today I believe you were supposed to hand in that grid assignment on Kenyan wildlife…hopefully you went over it first as in Math class you’ll be looking at coordinate planes very soon.

  • Once I return the dates of these assignments will be more specific but I plan on still doing the same work so it’s okay to get started.  If you have any other specific questions, just let me know…thanks!

Tonight’s Homework DUE NEXT CLASS

DOWNLOADParadise Lost Question Sheet

Paradise Lost Amazon Reading Packet


FUTURE ASSIGNMENTS (all download links below)  

These assignments will be done in class and homework.  If I return this week, I’ll have a better idea of how to space things out, but expect this along w/ our Map Making project to be the bulk of the rest of Quarter 3 Social Studies.


Again, these assignments above are work that will be assigned in the upcoming days and over the weekend so you can get a head start if you want to!

Current Event

Just another incredible video showcasing the power of water and the potential dangers a rise in sea level will have on our coastal cities within the next 50-100 years!  Imagine Manhattan and all it’s buildings just crashing into the sea in an instant…our planet is an incredible wonder and blessing to cherish and behold.