Ms. Ducato’s Classes
4th Grade Social Studies – 5th Grade Social Studies
1 Spiral Notebook
- 1 test folder (to be handed in to teacher)
- 1 class folder
Pens and Pencils
Current Events: The goal of this weekly assignment is that students become aware of all of the things that go on around us each day. Learning to navigate through different sources like newspapers, internet news websites, and magazines is an important skill to develop. Below is a list of internet sources that students can use (but are not limited to) for their current events. I will be available for students who need extra assistance in finding articles or any other task required by this assignment.
Extra-help: I will be available most mornings from 7:00-7:30 am. I will only be available upon request so please be sure to give at least one day notice.
Class DOJO: Our classes will be tracking our progress through Class DOJO. Students are encouraged to stay on task, work hard, help others, and participate. The class can earn class points and individual students can earn individual points. Points will be able to be exchanged for prizes such as “Current Events Pass”.
Week 3 ~ September 16- September 20
1.) If you did not complete the Chapter 1 vocabulary in class, please complete the following vocabulary list in your notebook:
- Landforms– the shapes that make up the Earth’s surface. (Ex. Mountains, hills, and plains)
- Geography– the study of Earth and the way people, plants, and animals live on it and use it.
- Border– a line people agree on to separate on place from another.
- Coast– the land that lies along an ocean
Landform Interactive Notebook Key
- River– a large natural stream of water flowing in a channel to the sea, lake, or another stream
- Strait– a narrow (or thin) passage of water connecting two seas or two other large areas of water.
- Isthmus– a narrow strip of land with sea on either side, forming a link between two larger areas of land.
- Island– a piece of land surrounded by water
- Glacier- a thick mass of ice that covers a large area of land
- Desert- any region that gets very little rain each year
- Archipelago- a group of islands
- Peninsula– a body of land surrounded by water on three sides
- Plateau– a raised area of land that is flat on top
- Plain– large areas of land that are mostly flat
- Mountain– a landform that rises high above its surroundings and usually has steep slopes and a rounded or sharp peak (top of the mountain)
- Volcano– a mountain that opens downward to a pool of molten rock below the earth’s surface
- Hill– a highland that is much smaller than a mountain
- Valley– a long ditch in Earth’s surface that usually is in the middle of hills or mountains
- Canyon– a deep ditch that usually has a river flowing through out
- Delta– a piece of land that is the shape of a triangle or fan made by deposits of mud and sand at the mouth of a river
- Lake– a large body of water surrounded by land
- Forest– a piece of land with many trees
2.) Ch. 1 L. 1 Quiz – Tuesday 9/17
1.) If you missed any vocabulary or information from this week’s lesson, please find the missed information below.
- Small-Scale Map- Shows a large land area but little detail
- Large-Scale Map- Shows a small land area with a great amount of detail
- General Purpose Maps- Show natural and human-made features (ex. Coastlines, Boundaries, etc.)
- Special purpose maps- Made to present specific types of information (ex. Climate, vegetation, population, etc.)
- Graphs- Present and summarize information visually.
- Charts- Represent related facts and numbers in an organized way. Data is arranged in rows and columns.
- Diagrams- Drawings that show steps in a process, point out the parts of an object, or explain how something works.
- Bar Graphs- graphs that use bars or wide lines to compare data visually are called bar graphs
- Circle Graphs- you can use circle graphs when you want to show that the whole of something is divided into parts
- Line Graphs-help show changes over a period of time
If anything is not covered in class, it may continue into the next week or be assigned for homework.
Chapter 1- The Geography of New Jersey
New Jersey has many different land forms, plus a variety of waterways used for transportation and recreation. Our state’s weather is varied and our climate is moderate.
Lesson 1- Landscape of New Jersey
Lesson Objectives: define geography, coast, border, wetland, landforms (recognize different kinds) Identify and describe the major land forms of New Jersey.
Monday: NJ Postcards due if not completed in class on Friday
-Vocabulary review game!!
-Vocabulary quiz on Chapter 1 Lesson 1 vocabulary and landforms.
Lesson 2- Waters of New Jersey
Lesson Objectives: Students will define waterway, transportation, source, tributary, mouth, recreation, aquifer, and port. Students will learn about the Raritan River, Hudson River, Musconetcong River, Newark, and Elizabeth.
-Pages 14-15 in textbook with coinciding Power Point
-BINGO with Vocabulary and Places
-Pages 16-17 in textbook with coinciding Power Point
-BINGO with Vocabulary and Places
-“Think About It” activity on pg. 17 # 1-3
Friday: Current event due
-“Water for Recreation” activity. Students will illustrate a way that they have used water for recreation. Along with the illustration, students are asked to write a description of their drawing.
Geography Skills Handbook
Lesson Objectives: Students will study the five themes and six essential elements of geography as well as define “globe” and “map”. Students will also learn to differentiate between different types of maps, different types of map projections and dissect the parts of a map. This section also includes location, hemispheres, and using scale. Lastly, students will learn to recognize different graphs, charts, and diagrams.
-Pages 26-33 Coinciding Power Point on parts of a map, using scale, types of maps, graphs, charts, and diagrams
-Introduce interactive notebook activity on parts of a map and types of a map, if not finished in class, it is homework due no later than Tuesday
Tuesday: Parts of Map and Types of Map Interactive Notebook Due
-Introduce “Map my School” project. Students will be asked to create a map of Saint Joseph Academy. Each map must include a title, a compass rose, a key, and boundary lines. Students may work individually or in groups of no more than 3. Students can choose to make their map on paper, poster board, or a 3D model. We will discuss the grading rubric and details of the project.
-Work on “Map my School”
Thursday: “Map my School” Due at the end of class
-Work on “Map my School” DUE AT THE END OF CLASS
Friday: Current Event Due
-Students will present their “Map my School” projects