Today is Memorial Day. A day to remember and honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice defending the United States of America. Being that I am a history/social studies teacher, here is a quick Memorial Day lesson. Memorial Day was originally called "Decoration Day" and was first created to honor all those who died in the Civil War. Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, general of the Union army and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971, to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states still have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead.
We enjoy an amazing amount of liberties here in the USA. What allows that? Well, it is the men and women fighting and dying to protect our country and to protect our rights. Today is a day that can not pass without us giving some time to think about what today means and why we have it. It is a day that we must be conscious of and be appreciative of. We tend to take a lot of things for granted in America (myself included) but please, stop and think about all the people who have died for this country. Find a war veteran. Talk to them. Thank them. Be a good American and show respect and honor for all those who died protecting you.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Here is a video you might find interesting. This is a video my brother-in-law and I made for the West Mall 7 Theatre. I play the role of "Sioux Falls Rocky" and I'm running to the West Mall theatre because of the cheap tickets. It was fun to make and yes, I did drink real raw eggs at the beginning.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
|This is me standing on a roof.|
Like I said in school, I will posted once in a while during the summer, so check back to see what I've been up to. Please feel free to comment on anything you want. It's fun to hear from you.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
PS: If you have time and would like to, post a comment to this blog post about anything you are thinking about that you would like to say to me...
Monday, May 14, 2012
Today during our 6th grade awards assembly, we donated $4,000 to the Make-A-Wish foundation, which we raised during the 2012 Wax Museum. We do the Wax Museum for many reasons: reading, writing, thinking, learning, researching, speaking, etc, but because of the way we do the Wax Museum, money is collected. It only takes a penny to make our wax statues come to life, but that penny soon turns into thousands of dollars, which is a testament to the generous community we live in and to how awesome you all did. The 6th grade awards assembly is a time when individuals are honored for various things. However, each student in 6th grade had a huge part in making the 2012 Wax Museum a success. Great job. I am so very proud of you.
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
If you are unable to reach 1,000 words, then just post how ever much you have.
Example of what 1,000 words looks like in Microsoft word.
Deadline: May 16th, 2012
Deadline: May 16th, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012
WSG Live! will begin at 7:00 sharp.
Watch this video and discover some questions that will be on your test. Crazy Izzy has a bunch of questions for you, but you must figure out the answers. Good Luck!
Saturday, May 5, 2012
Monday in class: Review Looping, Word Chop challenge (difficult)
Review on your own:
-WSG Live! 7:00-7:30 p.m.
-Study your physical feature map
-Study your European countries map
-Complete Information packet/Questions (Life in Medieval Times, Rulers/Invaders, and Crusades)
-Finish Manor Map
-Complete "I Stop the Black Death"
-Go through ONLINE FLASHCARDS review on WSG
-Watch "Crazy Izzy's Got Some Questions" (coming soon on WSG)
-Complete Islam Wheel
-Review Black Death notes
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Islam is the second largest religion of the world behind Christianity. Islam has roughly 1.5 Billion followers. During the Medieval Times unit, we study the Crusades, which was a holy war between Christianity and Islam. We shall now take a closer look at the religion of Islam. With this prezi, fill out your graphic organizer exactly how it shows. The pictures the prezi takes you to is just for your information. This graphic organizer needs to be filled out for your test. Good Luck!
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Black Death Eye Witness Account
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The Manor system was a very important aspect of the Medieval Times. It set the stage for farming and land-owning. It wasn't just a farm. It was basically its own complete unit. Above, is video of me taking you through the Manor system and explaining what the components are and showing you a diagram of its layout.
STUDENT EXPECTATION: Watch the video, write down the components of the Manor system, and understand what each item is/does. In class on Thursday, we will work on sketching out the Manor system of poster paper so we can get a better idea of what they look like.
IMPORTANT: You need to watch the VIDEO before Thursday's class period!
How to view the Video: It will be posted on Water for Sixth Grade. It will also be in the Apps drive under the folder: "Klumper" If you do not have computer/internet at home, you need to watch it at school (before school, after school, during lunch, during study hall etc.)
The video is only 7 minutes long.
Good Luck and make sure you are prepared for Thursday.