Subject: History

Phoenicia and Persia

The fifth grade will begin studying Phoenicia, followed by the Persian Empire, on Thursday, Dec. 7th.  Students will continue to give lectures for their homework assignments.

History Letter to Parents Reviewing the Lecture Homework Assignments

Fifth grade students will resume giving lectures to a parent for history homework this week.  You will recall that this homework system was used early in the year when we covered Early Man and Mesopotamia.  The lecture topic for the next few days will be the Indus and Saraswati River Valleys.  Below, you will find the original letter from September that describes how the homework assignment should be completed.

 

Dear Fifth Grade Parents and Guardians,

The fifth grade has entered the Stone Age.  Parents and guardians often ask how they can help their children realize the most productive academic year.  Starting this week, you will have a specific role to play in your son or daughter’s history homework.  During each day’s history class, all students will receive an outline of the material I cover in a lecture from the history textbook, Oxford First Ancient History.  The students should use the outline to present a “lecture” on the material to you.  The purpose of this exercise is to allow students to learn the subject in a variety of ways (listening to me, reviewing the outline, reading the material from the book, and presenting the history verbally to you).  The goal is for students to achieve the highest possible retention.

Feel free to listen to your fifth grade lecturer in any location convenient for you-the car, family room or dining room table are only a few of the possibilities that might work for your family.  As long as you consistently spend five to ten minutes listening, your child will gain the greatest benefit from the history lesson.  Please sign and date the outline immediately after hearing the lecture, so that it is clear to me that your child has completed the history assignment.  The outline should return to the (green) history pocket folder that goes home almost every day to hold history assignments and vocab lists.  By the way, this system should also address the chronic parental frustration that results from asking about the student’s school day, only to hear, “I don’t know.”   

Finally, if you need to contact me, please use e-mail rather than voice mail.  My email address is kmclarn@novaclassical.org.  As you probably know, our phones are located in our classrooms, so privacy is difficult.  During the school day, telephones are off to prevent outside calls from disturbing the class too.  As a result, it is more efficient for teachers to check e-mail, rather than attempting to access voice mail.  I regularly check my e-mail throughout the school day, so it is possible to respond to messages quickly when necessary.  Thank you!

 

Sincerely,                                                                        

Kathleen McLarn (5A)

Ancient Pakistan

The fifth grade will begin the study of Ancient Pakistan on Tuesday, Nov. 28.  It is a short unit of seven days, with the quiz scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 6.

Quiz on Monday, Nov. 20,2017

Students should prepare to take a quiz covering Chapters 7-9 and  vocabulary on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017.

Quiz on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017

A history quiz will take place on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017.  It will cover Chapters 4, 5, and 6, as well as vocabulary.

Quarter 1 Cumulative Exam

The cumulative exam for the first quarter will take place on Wednesday, October 18th.  All students should have taken their binders home yesterday to begin preparing for this test.  We are also reviewing in class.  The test will cover all material and vocabulary words studied since the start of the year.

Ancient Egypt

On Tueday, all fifth graders received their copies of The Story of Ancient Egypt by Suzanne Art.  These relatively new books include colored photographs and illustrations.  Please treat yourself to a look at this book, and remind your children to take good care of these beautiful textbooks.  Thank you!

Regarding homework, starting tonight, students will answer assigned questions that are found at the end of the chapters.  All questions should be answered in complete sentences, so that they will be more useful as study guides for quizzes.