Mrs. Sicignano United States and North Carolina History
I want to express how proud I am of the students and the growth they have made over the past month. The project once again exceeded my expectations. The display at the Parent Night was successful. Currently they are displayed in the Media Center. I hope to find another spot to display them to the community.
Some students still do not have the proper Interactive notebook. They need to be five subject and with a vinyl cover. The best ones come from Target because are one of the few that are almost exactly 8.5 by 11.
The wiki I will be adding information about the very important component of my class. To be able to reach all my students and every learning style, I researched many tools. I came across this method. I was excited for it was very similar to what I had been moving towards each year.
Please go to the wiki page here for more information on the purpose and some other important links.
8th Grade North Carolina History
Welcome to my classroom,
I expect we will have an excellent year!
You will need the following: Folder, A 5 subject vinyl cover spiral Notebook, tape, scissors, color pencils
(at least two sets one for class and one at home) and pencil box or bag.
The Spiral Notebook is for the INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOK, this is a very important section of the class. It must be 5 subject for the first three sections are for notes and homework, the forth section is for vocabulary and the last section is for the atlas, which is made up maps that they complete and submit and then enter in their notebooks. One subject notebooks are do not have enough sheets nor are they large enough to fit worksheets in properly. Furthermore, the five subject notebook has pockets to carry work in transit. The Cover page is test grade, this cover reflects who they are and symbols of the topic. Here is a link to an excellent sample from a class in Va. http://www.nonags.org/members/dasaunders/other.htm
T hey will also need a side opening page protector for the cover of the notebook. Because I can buy in bulk, and you can not buy them individually I will being them for .40 a piece.
We will be using our interactive notebook with the WIKI which assignments and dialog with be taking place. Each student will have their own access to the wiki. Parents can request a read only access as well. The wiki and the live binder website will be very important because I will converting the classroom over to the concept of is called a Flipped Classroom.The Flipped Classroom, This is new this year so it will introduce and worked out slowly. This technique gives me as the instructor many ways to teach all types of students. More information will coming on this topic.
This year we will cover US/NC history spanning pre-1492 to current times.
Skills are strongly emphasized based on the standards set by the state of North Carolina.
The links below give you access to these goals.
Curriculum is based on the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and Forsyth's pacing guide
Forsyth pacing guide includes the vocabulary words
used over the year both are found:
Pacing quide: to be up dated
user name : sicignano
Spelling test: ON Fridays students may have scheduled or unscheduled spelling test.
The spelling list is simple and constant.
Includes but not limited to the following
1st nine weeks- continents and oceans and teacher’s names.
2nd nine weeks- adjoining states and capitals
3rd nine weeks- local counties and county seats
Note I simply add to the list not take away. Not only will you be able to spell them but also label them on a variety of maps on a consistent basis. This is designed to ensure students learn not only the spelling,but also be able to locate and label the any map. Great and helpful web sites that and will help you.
Time Line home work assignments: Over the year students will be given time line date assignments. They must make a letter size poster.It must be on copy paper (unlined) it must include:the date, event and a picture.The words must be large and legible. Pictures must be relevant to the topic. Somewhere on the assignment must include color. The assignment may be computer generated or hand drawn or a combination. The color can be added with a computer or with color pencils.
Projects: we will have a variety of projects,some individual, some done in pairs and some are groups.
1st quarter will be 911 Project and Begin Past Present and Future
2nd quarter Finish up Past Present and Future Bio Poem joint with Language Arts
3rd quarter Civil war group Project
4th quarter The Five Project
Sound to Sea: There is only one trip planed November . This is for all three teams, which means first come first serve. This trip is excellent and well worth every penny. We need as many chaperones as possible.The cost is somewhere around $250.00.Please look out for further notices.