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We're learning about the Summerians, Egyptians, & Phoenicians.
Now You Can Make Your Own Rosetta Stone!
1. Google "Your Name in Cuneiform",
    AND "Your Name in Hieroglyphics",
    AND "Your Name in Phoenician" (Watch your spelling).
2. Get a piece of clay at a craft store (Mexican Pottery Clay?) and put your initials in the clay with a wedge shaped stylus, use glitter glue or paint to write your name in Hieroglyphics, and scratch your name in Phoenician.
3. Write your name in English on the back. LET IT DRY BEFORE you bring it to school! Don't worry if it cracks! Just glue it back together and it will look REALLY OLD!
    Due Oct. 23 in order to get credit for this Quarter.
    Otherwise it will go on the second quarter grade.
Of Course, you could always turn it in early!
"Click Here" for Sample Student Rosetta Stones!      
"Click Here" for MORE Sample Rosetta Stones!

Be able to recite the Ancient Civilizations Timeline (Above)
(also on page R20 in the back of the Textbook).
OR Watch Mr. Peel's Video "Does History Repeat Itself?", VOTE,
and then write a persuasive essay defending your position !

OR complete the "7 Wonders of the World" Project. 

OR complete the "Paraprosdokian Project"

OR archive vacation memories by making a G-MTV.

That's History Too!

Earn DOUBLE Credit!
Science Fair - Science / Scientific Method, etc. -
Extra Credit-Social Studies / Research, Charts, etc. that you did for the science fair project
(You may also do the Ancient Civilizations Timeline if you haven't done it yet!)
OR As we read about the Roman Republic
 this quarter, see if you can find the ideas about Government that we borrowed from them!    
EARN EXTRA CREDIT ! Watch a Video & Complete the Skillsheet(s):
1. History Video --------------------------History Skillsheet
2. Government & Economics Video ----Government Skillsheet
                                                                Economics Skillsheet
3. Geography & Cultures Video --------Geography Skillsheet
and describe the different world cultures. 
4. Presidents Video ----------------------Presidents Skillsheet
Ancient Civilizations Timeline
OR Roman Republic/American Gov. Worksheet
OR Watch Mr. Peel's Video "Does History Repeat Itself?",
VOTE, and then write a persuasive essay defending your position!
OR watch Mr. Peel's "Mony Mony Video" (Money Economics Video),
Write a Summary, and complete the Economics Skillsheet




“Rocks 2 Rock ‘N Roll”
History Music Videos
Short Video Explanations for Mandated 
Discussion Days & School Holidays 



Labor Day - 1st Monday in Sept.http://youtu.be/fBAzyLs1t1Y 
Legislation making Labor Day a national holiday was rushed through Congress unanimously and signed into law a mere six days after the end of the Pullman Strike in 1894.
2 1/2 Weeks!


911 Remembered - Sept. 11, 2001


19 terrorists from the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda hijacked four passenger jets. The hijackers intentionally crashed two planes into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Hijackers crashed another jet into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The fourth jet crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.



Constitution Day - Sept. 17, 1787
Constitution Day (or Citizenship Day) is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.


Yom Kippur  Sept./Oct.

Also known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jewish people traditionally observe this holy day with a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer.  2012 – Wed. Sept. 26,

2013 – Sat. 14 Sept. 14,  2014 – Sat. Oct. 4




Columbus Day – Oct. 12, 1492

Many countries in the New World and elsewhere celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas, which occurred on October 12, 1492, as an official holiday.



Teacher's Institute –
Teachers gain empathy for students by spending the whole day sitting through Lectures & Training!




 Halloween History! Oct. 31  
Halloween is a yearly holiday observed around the world on October 31, the eve before the Western Christian feast of All Hallows.  Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating (also known as "guising"), attending costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.


Thanksgiving (Traditional) 4th Thur. in Nov.

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada. Traditionally, it has been a time to give thanks to God, friends, and family. Currently, in Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October and in the United States, it is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. Thanksgiving in Canada falls on the same day as Columbus Day in the United States.



Veteran's Day – Nov. 11

Veterans Day is an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans. A federal holiday, it is observed on November 11. November 11 is the anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.)


Pearl Harbor - December 7, 1941




Bill of Rights-Dec. 15 http://youtu.be/h0QrbUz5IW8

The amendments were introduced by James Madison to the 1st United States Congress as a series of legislative articles. They were adopted by the House of Representatives on August 21, 1789, formally proposed by joint resolution of Congress on September 25, 1789, and came into effect as Constitutional Amendments on December 15, 1791, through the process of ratification by three-fourths of the States.


Winter Break – Traditional   


Christmas Day is a holiday generally observed on December 25 (with alternative days of January 6, 7 and 19) to commemorate the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity. The exact birthday of Jesus is not known, and historians place his year of birth sometime between 7 BC and 2 BC. The details of his birth are recorded in two of the Canonical gospels in the New Testament of the Bible.

Country Christmas http://youtu.be/HolnmjSsb9A

News Year's Eve/Day  


Where did New Years Day Come From?
How did all this get started?


Kwanzaa  Dec. 26-Jan. 1


Kwanzaa is a celebration that has its roots in the black nationalist movement of the 1960s, and was established as a means to help African Americans reconnect with their African cultural and historical heritage by uniting in meditation and study of African traditions.


Martin Luther King B-Day Jan. 15
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a United States federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year. King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement. February is observed as African-American History Month. Since 1976, it is celebrated annually in the U.S. and Canada in February and the United Kingdom in the month of October. Black History Month Project!


Lincoln’s B-Day Feb. 12
Lincoln's Birthday is a legal holiday in some U.S. states including California, Connecticut, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, and Indiana. It is observed on the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth on February 12, 1809.


Washington’s B-Day Feb. 22  http://youtu.be/cjxAWYDYYbQ 

Washington's Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States. It is also commonly known as Presidents Day (sometimes spelled Presidents' Day or President's Day). As Washington's Birthday or Presidents Day, it is also the official name of a concurrent state holiday celebrated on the same day in a number of states. President’s Day  http://youtu.be/WWJCcvBtLaQ


March - Women's Hist. Month
Women's History Month is an annual declared month worldwide that highlights contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. March has been set aside as this month in the United Kingdom and in the United States. Women's HERstory Month Project!


Spring Break (Traditional) March/April
Good Friday http://youtu.be/SbNsd0TUPxQ 
Easter Sunday http://youtu.be/UQrD0UV60AE

Easter is the central feast in the Christian liturgical year. According to the Canonical gospels, Jesus rose from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion. His resurrection is celebrated on Easter Day or Easter Sunday (also Resurrection Day or Resurrection Sunday). The chronology of his death and resurrection is variously interpreted to have occurred between AD 26 and 36.   Where did the Easter Bunny Come From? 


Memorial Day – Last Mon. of May
Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated among black and Northern white communities after the American Civil War to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers of the Civil War.  By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died in all wars.


Flag Day - June 14th, 1777
Commemorates adoption of the U.S. flag on June 14, 1777.
 The 50 stars on the flag represent the 50 states of the United States of America and the 13 stripes represent the thirteen British colonies that declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain and became the first states in the Union.


 July 4th -
The Declaration of Independence was a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies then at war with Great Britain regarded themselves as independent states, and no longer a part of the British Empire.


Ramadan – July9-August7 (2013)

Ramadan dates vary in different countries, but usually only by a day.

It is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims worldwide observe this as a month of fasting. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam.



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Rocks 2 Rock ‘N Roll
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Why Study History?

The "Classics DeClassified"










Student Birthdays










National Fire Protection Week
Oct. 9








Red Ribbon Week

Last Week in Oct.







25 or 6 to 4 –

Daylight Savings Time

Nov. 4


















Are You Ready?









Leap Year Feb. 29







Sunshine of Your Love –

Daylight Savings Time

March 10







St. Patrick’s Day March 17







Where did the

Easter Bunny Come From?







 April 1







Walk Right In!
National Walking Day
April 4, 2012







Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

First Week in April








The Book of Love –

National Library Week

April 8-14








April 22 Earth Day








Teacher Appreciation Week
1st full week in May









Mother’s Day

2nd Sunday in May








Father’s Day

3rd Sunday in June









July 4th


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