Sunday, December 13, 2009


Make a virtual cartouche of your name in hieroglyphics! Just click on the link below and follow the instructions:

Friday, December 11, 2009

"I am" Poem Structure

“I am an Egyptian”

I am (2 special characteristics you have)

I wonder (something of curiosity)

I hear (an imaginary sound)

I see (an imaginary sight)

I want (an actual desire)

I am (the first line of the poem repeated)

I pretend (something you actually pretend to do)

I feel (a feeling about something imaginary)

I touch (an imaginary touch)

I worry (something that bothers you)

I cry (something that makes you sad)

I am (the first line of the poem repeated)

I understand (something that is true)

I say (something you believe in)

I dream (something you dream about)

I try (something you really make an effort about)

I hope (something you actually hope for)

I am (the first line of the poem repeated)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Ever wonder where and how Egyptians mined their gold?

Where did the Egyptian Gold come from?
The golden treasures of the Ancient Egyptians is legendary but where did the supply of Egyptian gold come from? The Ancient Egyptians had access to the richest of all the gold supplies in the Ancient World. The two major sources of Egyptian gold were found in Nubia to the South and in the Eastern desert.

How was Egyptian Gold obtained?
The Egyptian Gold was obtained by crushing the white quartz rock which was found in the desert and also panned from silt found in the river beds. The nuggets and precious particles of gold were then stored in linen bags and transported by donkey trains back to the Nile Valley of Egypt.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Nile River Resource

Want to be an expert on the Nile River?

Go to the following website for information:

Monday, November 9, 2009

Become an Expert on Mesopotamia

Curious about Mesopotamia? Want to be an expert on how the wheel was invented? Or how Babylonians designed plumbing for their city?

Explore this website for tons of information.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Foreign Words Frequently Used in English





grand prix


A competition of cars



A command for ships to leave the dock

tour de force


To accomplish a feat with great ability and skill



A kind of food



To adapt to style



A person who has expert knowledge or excellent judgment




a la carte


Separate, side dishes

Don Juan


A man that tries to get many women

bona fide


Genuine, or completely real



Freedom from governmental control



A meeting of two people

Monday, November 2, 2009

Donate Rice and Study Grammar!
Click on the English Grammar subject and feed the hungry while improving your English language skills!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

How high are we going to ACHIEVE on the benchmark?

Go on these website to learn more and practice for the Benchmark Assessment! Make your time matter because you CAN achieve your best (but it takes practice!)

There are many tabs to navigate on the bbc website. Try out the grammar and spelling quizzes + more.

This is a really cool interactive map and timeline that talks all about the earliest civilizations, like Mesopotamia. Be a researcher and find out as much as you can.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Advice on What to Quote

What should I quote?
Choose something that:

-Elicits feeling (answer, determination, excitement, frustration).
-Surprises you.
-You consider worth sharing.
-You disagree with or you agree with.
-You feel is wrong information.
-Is said in an unusual, catchy way.
-Is important for other people to know.
-You would like to talk or write about.
-Reminds you of a similar situation

Remember: Selecting a quotation does not mean finding a sentence with quotation marks. It means finding a full sentence or part of a sentence--with or without quotation marks-- that you copy word for word and attribute to the original writer.

-Taken from "Step Up To Writing"

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Experiencing History

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Week 4 History Power Point

Social Studies Vocabulary

Please know the spelling and meaning of all the following words:
n artifact, Neanderthal, homo-sapien, innovation, nomad, Stone Age (Paleolithic), hunter-gatherer
nfossil, protection, modify, adapt, layer, material, intelligent, symbol, expose, ancestor
narcheologist, migration, populate, environment, complex,
nAfrica, Asia, Antarctica, Europe, North America, South America

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Ultimate Library List, Made by Kids for Kids

Realistic Fiction
Nothing But The Truth by Avi
Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer
Tangerine by Edward Bloor
Frindle by Andrew Clements
School Story by Andrew Clements
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech
Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman
The Clique by Lisi Harrison
The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place by E.L. Konigsburg
Silent to the Bone by E.L. Konigsburg
The Sixth Grade Nickname Game by Gordon Korman
Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life by Wendy Mass
Tripping Over the Lunch Lady by Nancy Mercado
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John Ritter
The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman
Peak by Roland Smith
Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
Loser by Jerry Spinelli
Wringer by Jerry Spinelli
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie Tolan
Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles
Love, Ruby Lavender by Deborah Wiles

The Word Eater by Mary Amato
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
The Sea of Trolls by Nancy Farmer
The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Children of the Lamp by P.B. Kerr
Guardians of Ga'Hoole: The Capture by Kathryn Lasky
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
The Lion, the Witch, and the wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Midnighters by Scott Westerfeld
The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Rick Yancey

Historical Fiction
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Catherine, Called Birder by Karen Cushman
Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
A Boy at War by Harry Mazer
Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo
Private Peaceful by Michael Morpugo
Soldier's Heart by Gary Paulsen
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan
Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan
Under the Blood-Red Sun by Graham Salisbury
The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt
Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan
The Ravenmaster's Secret by Elvria Woodruff
Hiroshima by Laurence Yep
The Devil's Arithmetic by Jane Yolen

Science Fiction
Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements
The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer
The Last Dog on Earth by Daniel Ehrenhaft
The House of the Scorpions by Nancy Farmer
The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer
Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The Beasties by William Sleator
Cryptid Hunter by Roland Smith
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliet
Half-Moon Investigations by Eoin Colfer
The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
Last Shot: A Final Four Mystery by John Feinstein
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
On the Run: Chasing the Falconers by Gordon Korman
How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found by Sarah Nickerson
Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Theif by Wendelin Van Draanen

Traditional Literature
D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths by Ingri D'Aulaire
D'Aulaire's Book of Norse Myths by Ingri D'Aulaire
Myths and Legends by Anthony Horowitz
The Rough-Face Girl by Rafe Martin
The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley
Beast by Donna Jo Napoli
Bound by Donna Jo Napoli
Favorite Greek Myths by Mary Pope Osborne
The Once and Future King by T.H. White
Greyling by Jane Yolen
Here There Be Dragons by Jane Yolen

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
If You're Not Here, Please Raise Your Hand by Kalli Dakos
Joyful Noise by Paul Fleischman
Toasting Marshmallows by Kristine O'Connell George
I Never Said I Wasn't Difficult by Sara Holbrook
Dirty Laundry Pile: Poems in Different Voices by Paul Janeczko
The Headless Horseman Rides Tonight by Jack Prelutsky
For Laughing Out Loud by Jack Prelutsky
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein
One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones
What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones

Biographies, Autobiographies, and Memoirs
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Helen Keller: A Photographic Story of a Life by Leslie Garrett
The Tarantula in My Purse by Jean Craighead George
Water Buffalo Days: Growing Up in Vietnam by Quang Nhuong Huynh and Jean & Mou-sien Tseng
Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio by Peg Kehret
Tree Shaker: The Story of Nelson Mandela by Bill Keller
How Angel Peterson Got His Name by Gary Paulsen
My Life in Dog Years by Gary Paulsen
Guts by Gary Paulsen

Hitler Youth by Susan Bartoletti
World War II by DK Eyewitness Books
The Way Things Work by David Macaulay
Castle by David Macaulay
Oh Rats! The Story of Rats and People by Albert Marrin and C.B. Mordan
You Wouldn't want to Be an Egyptian Mummy! by David Stewart, David Salariya, and David Antram

Click on the link to find even more books:

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Geography Quiz

Take this online quiz to become a pro at the location of:
-the continents
-the oceans

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Writing Inspiration

A prompt is a QUESTION or an IDEA that you respond to.

Daily Prompt Generator

Are you a LISTENER?

Want your brain to EXPAND? Careful, if you listen too much of this, your brain might just PoP!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Geography Assignment #1

Geography includes five themes:
Location, Place, Regions, Movement, and Interaction (the way people and the environment come together)
Text Color

Directions: Using the following video and Googlemaps, you will:

1) write down the location of each musician singing or playing in the song, "Stand By Me."

2) Once you have a list of locations, it will be your job to locate each city using Googlemaps

3) Then color and label each city on the paper world map that I provide for you.

4) Label each of the 7 continents on the map in UPPER-CASE letters.

5) If you have extra time, watch the video again and add detail to your map

(such as: write or draw the instrument that is used in each location, do research in your text book to find out something interesting about the location, or include whatever creative facts you decide to)

History Websites

The following websites are superb resources for studying history topics:

Ancient Hebrews and Judaism:

Ancient Middle East:

Ancient Greece:

Ancient Rome:


Awesome Grammar Websites

The following websites are a great resource to help you conquer grammar: