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American colonies: Mrs. Rick's American Colonies.
It's time to order this year's yearbook. We have kept the price at $25.00 again this year (hardcover)! Order online 24/7 using your credit card. Please print and save your receipt. IMPORTANT: when entering your child's homeroom information online, please make sure to type in your child's homeroom teacher's last name followed by a comma and then their teacher's first name, since we have multiple teachers with the same last name. (do not leave this blank or enter the homeroom number). Yearbooks will be delivered to our school and passed out by homeroom during the last week of school. Order and pay for your yearbook before the deadline date (December 31st, 2014) so that your child's teachers and friends can sign each others' yearbooks before leaving for the summer. There will be NO extensions or late ordering. Thank you!
Parents should email Mrs. Ricks any student photos that they would like considered for the yearbook.
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Channel One The mission at Channel One News is to encourage students to be informed, digital-savvy global citizens.
This is a Peabody and Telly award-winning program broadcast to nearly 5 million young people across the country. Their daily broadcast and supplementary
educational materials are aligned to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and designed to help students, teachers and parents interpret the news and spark
TitlePeak from Destiny (OPAC):
After logging into our OPAC and finding your book, click on the title to see bibliographic information, a brief summary and more. From there, double-click on the cover image to go to TitlePeak (if you do not see an image of the cover, right-click and select "Refresh"). Appealing cover images make title recognition and identification easier, so your students can quickly find the titles they need. Each search result displays the book cover along with varied additional content such as title profile, table of contents, brief summary, author notes, first chapter or excerpt, published reviews and more. With more than 2.5 million available book jacket cover images, TitlePeek lets you create a more engaging library experience, encouraging greater library use and fosters the love of reading.
"Getting Started with Destiny Manager" Accessed September, 1 2013
"At the moment that we persuade a child, any child, to cross that threshold, that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever, for the better." ~Barack Obama (from a speech to the American Library Association June 25, 2005)
You can now read eBooks online!
Turn off popup blockers. More than just pages on a screen – Follett eBooks are dynamic teaching tools that enhance learning,
in the classroom. Bring a grammar lesson to life when you diagram sentences with a graphic novel, use the built-in dictionary introduce (highlight) new
vocabulary words, easily search for and take notes on important information with the eBook’s embedded tools, and best of all access them online from your
Kindle, Nook, iPad, Sony Reader or your computer with an Internet connection!
What should I read next? IfEnter a book title or author's name to see what books are suggested for you to read next.
Read these next... A list of books and book suggestions.
If you liked...then you will like... Good Reads.
Reading Conversion information and Chart: Using grade level,
DRP scores, Lexile levels and words read per minute.
Research has shown that students’ reading skills grow fastest when they select books that challenge them appropriately—introducing new words, more complex sentences and more abstract concepts—without being too difficult or frustrating. Reading Program Services such as Lexile® and Fountas & Pinnell helps schools in our district provide visibility and easy searching of books and materials that match students’ reading and comprehension levels by directing them to books in their optimal reading zone, encouraging literacy and the love of reading. Destiny allows students to be more self-directed and empowered to find the books they want quickly and easily.
You can conduct search with the History Content Gateway. Results will filter out materials not related to U.S. history and returns educational resources first.
Anything created before 1923 is in the public domain and therefore copyright laws do not apply. Find more than 1,000 Civil War photographs by Matthew Brady.
More copyright free images can be found at: National Archives
Library of Congress Digital Collection
Experiment of weekly Common Core Practice Prompts
What is a Primary Source?
Primary sources are materials from a topic's time period (firsthand accounts) or was created by a direct witness of an event or time. These materials include letters, speeches, diaries, newspaper articles from the time, oral history interviews, documents, photographs, artifacts, or anything else that provides firsthand accounts about a person or event. Quotes from original sources are primary sources, but quotes found in secondary sources (such as your text book are not primary sources). An interviews with Judith Altmann, who lived during the Holocaust, is considered a primary source but an interview with a Holocaust expert who did not actually have firsthand knowledge is not a primary source.
Places where you can find primary source material: