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The Differences between the North and South Prior to the Civil War


In your Social Studies journal, I want you to explain the major differences between the North and South prior to the Civil War. Use these resources to help you:

Social Studies textbook- pgs. 78-81

North and South: Different Cultures, Same Country

Compare Two Worlds: North vs. South 1861
(Answering the Think About It Questions will help you identify the differences)

The Civil War

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What’s your character?


In a comment to this post I want you to provide at least 2 character traits you would use to describe yourself. Stay positive! After you give the character traits support the traits you provided with details of you exhibiting the given trait.

For example: I am honest. I always tell the truth even when it could get me into trouble. Once I was pulled over for having expired tags on my license plate. When the officer asked if I was aware that my tags were expired, my response was, “Yes, I knew they were expired, and I have no excuse for not having them renewed.” The result of my response was a ticket. You will be happy to know that I went and renewed my tags that afternoon.

I cannot wait to learn more about each of you through your responses!

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Practicing Decimal Place Value


After finishing your STAR Math test, you may practice decimal place value using these websites:

Learn more about decimal place value

IXL (if you remember your username and password) earn a Smartscore of 100 in these practices: C.1-C.6

Decimal Place Value Activity

Expanded form of decimals

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Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year!


I am so excited to have your child in my class this year. Please refer to this blog for updates and published projects from our class. Parents please complete the student information form HERE.
Please be sure to include an email address because that will be how I communicate with you weekly. I know this is going to be a great year!

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WWII, Part 5- The formation of the United Nations


Using the information you gather from research, explain the formation and purpose of the United Nations including the role of Cordell Hull.

Why was the United Nations formed? How was it formed? What role did Cordell Hull play in the formation of the UN? What is it’s purpose? How does it serve its purpose?


The Formation of the UN

The History of the UN

The UN is born

An International Organization

Cordell Hull and the UN


You may choose how to present this information; however, you need to be thorough (be sure to answer the questions given in the assignments with lots of detail) and use your own words (be sure not to copy from the websites- Ms.Hopper will catch you).

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World War II, Part 4- Ending the War


Use the provided links and your textbook to answer these questions related to how WWII ended:

What events led to Germany’s surrender?
What were the reasons for the European division of Germany?
What role did the Manhattan Project, Oak Ridge, TN, and the atomic bomb have in ending WWII?
Why did the US decide to drop the atomic bomb on Japan?


Germany surrenders

German Surrender

The Manhattan Project

Oak Ridge, TN

Dropping the Atomic Bomb

Create a foldable, a timeline of events with explanation, a picture book, or google slides presentation. Be sure that you clearly answer all of the questions and understand the events that led to the end of the war.

World War II Project Part 3: The Holocaust


Use your textbooks and the links provided to write an informative essay about the Holocaust and it’s impact on the world. You should type your essay in google docs, and be sure to include an introduction, key points, and a conclusion. You should use a graphic organizer such as an outline to organize your information before you begin writing your essay. Be sure to answer these questions in your essay: What was the Holocaust? How did it impact the world?


The Holocaust
Holocaust Basics
The Holocaust on

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World War II Project Part 2


Compare and contrast different stories from media, and informational text regarding the bombing of Pearl Harbor and its impact on the United States, including the USS Arizona and USS Tennessee and America’s entry in the war.

According to the texts, how did the bombing of Pearl Harbor impact the United States? Did it lead to America’s entry to WWII?


Pearl Harbor
Eyewitness to History- Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor Timeline
U.S. History- Pearl Harbor
USS Tennessee


Create a foldable- ex. 4-door book, informational article with pictures on Google docs, create a graphic organizer that summarizes the causes and effects of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, write a story as a soldier stationed at Pearl Harbor and recount the events of the day using your research.

World War II Project Part 1


Compare and contrast the types of leadership of the following countries during World War II: Japan, Germany, and Italy. Be sure to include Fascism, Totalitarianism, and Nazism. What were the goals of the leaders of the Axis Powers during World War II?


Axis Powers

The Axis Powers of WWII

The Axis

The Nazi Party


Fascism WWII


foldable- ex. 3-tab book, chart or graphic on Google docs, graphic organizer, essay, Google slides presentations. If you have an idea not listed, please see me for approval.

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