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September 26, 2017


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Social Studies (TCI)  

Chp. 14 beginning April 8, 2019  The Constitution

Chp. 14 Objectives:

  • Identify the weaknesses in the Articles of Confederation and the work of the delegates to the Constitutional Convention that led to the creation of the U.S. Constitution.
  • Examine and list the key powers of the three branches of government created by the Constitution.
  • Identify which branch(es) of the government can act in certain situations.
  • Identify three issues that the delegates to the Constitution Convention agreed on and three that they debated.
  •       Vocabulary:
  • Articles of Confederation: the document that set up the first government of the United States; the government had limited power
  • Constitutional Convention: the meeting called by the states in 1787 to improve the Articles of Confederation that instead wrote a new constitution
  • constitution: a document that describes how a government will work
  • legislative branch: the branch that makes laws
  • executive branch: the branch that carries out, or executes, laws
  • judicial branch: the branch that interprets laws and settles disagreements about them
  • compromise: an agreement in which each side gives up some of what it wants
  • cabinet: a group of advisors to the president, including the heads of important departments in the executive branch
  • impeach: to accuse or charge a government official, such as the president, with a crime or misconduct
  • checks and balances: the system under which each branch of government limits, or checks, the powers of the other branches
  • rule of law: a set of public laws that apply to all people equally, with no one getting special treatment
  • constitutional republic: a form of government in which citizens elect representatives who are responsible to the people, and those representatives govern according to a constitution
  • Test dates will be given at least a week in advance.   The children will need to take notes in class, pay attention during discussions, and study at home for all tests in order to do their best. Understanding the meanings of the vocabulary words is particularly important for our tests. It can be very helpful to make flashcards to practice the definitions at home. The students are provided with Study Guide sheets before tests. These should be used when studying, also.


Science:  Chp. 9  beginning April 8, 2019  Planets


  • Students will describe how Earth rotates and revolves. They will understand why the sun, moon, and stars appear to move across the sky. 
  • Students will describe the physical characteristics of the sun and understand why the Polaris is important.
  • Students will identify the outer planets, inner planets, and Earth's position in the solar system. How has technology help us explore space?
  • Students will understand the difference between moons, asteroids, comets, meteoroids, meteors, and meteorites.