This week, your child will be introduced to our next Social Studies unit, Unit 4: American Revolution. Students have been doing research on a chosen topic from this unit, so many are familiar with the events that took place leading up to the American Revolution.
During this short unit, students will trace the events that led up to the revolutionary movement in America. In interactive notebooks, students will be given timelines and resources throughout the unit to help them visualize the events in chronological order. Some events that will be discussed include: the French and Indian War, British Imperial Policy that led to the 1765 Stamp Act, the slogan “no taxation without representation,” the activities of the Sons of Liberty, the Declaration of Independence, the Boston Tea Party, the Battles of Lexington and Concord, Saratoga, and Yorktown. On top of learning about these important events in American history, students will also learn about key figures who helped shape early America. Some key figures we will be studying include: King George III, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Benedict Arnold, Patrick Henry, and John Adams. Students will also start a new Project Based Learning project that ties these standards together! We are all very excited to see what the students create!
Students will be given their unit vocabulary sheets early this week. These can also be found on our Social Studies weebly page. Because of the large number of words for this unit, the vocabulary words are divided by a line and split into two groups. Students will have two separate vocabulary quizzes. The first quiz will cover the words above the line. The second quiz will cover the vocab words below the line. Vocab quiz #1 will be on Tuesday, March 1st. Vocab quiz #2 will take place on Wednesday, March 2nd!
*Mark your calendars for these imporant dates:
*Because we have many vocabulary words on this unit's list, we are breaking apart the vocab quizzes into two days :).
American Revolution Vocab Quiz #1: Tuesday, March 1st
American Revolution Vocab Quiz #2: Wednesday, March 2nd
Standards for the American Revolution Unit:
SS4H4 The student will explain the causes, events, and results of the American Revolution.
a. Trace the events that shaped the revolutionary movement in America, including the French and Indian War, British Imperial Policy that led to the 1765 Stamp Act, the slogan “no taxation without representation,” the activities of the Sons of Liberty, and the Boston Tea Party.
b. Explain the writing of the Declaration of Independence; include who wrote it, how it was written, why it was necessary, and how it was a response to tyranny and the abuse of power.
c. Describe the major events of the American Revolution and explain the factors leading to American victory and British defeat; include the Battles of Lexington and Concord, Saratoga, and Yorktown.
d. Describe key individuals in the American Revolution with emphasis on King George III, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Benedict Arnold, Patrick Henry, and John Adams.
Social Studies Homework for the Week:
Monday (12/14/15): Study vocabulary (quizzes next week)
Wednesday (12/15/15): IXL Social Studies Link: D2 & D3
Please let us know if you have any questions!
Mrs. Alterman, Ms. Getzfred, Ms. Densmore, and Ms. Spaeth