• The Social Studies Buzz  

     
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    1st 9 Weeks-Go to bottom of this section for Project 1
    Project 2 for Fall 2018
    Please click on "Project Guidelines" and "Sample Layout" for access to the documents that were given to students. (***Project DUE DATE, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2018***).

    Some people may ask what is the difference between Mexicans, Hispanics and Latinos...well here is some information that I found on the subject.

    What is the difference between Hispanic and Latino?
    The difference between the terms Hispanic and Latino is confusing to some. The U.S. government defines Hispanic as anyone from Spain and the Spanish-speaking countries of the Americas. The term Latino has developed more varied definitions. One definition of Latino is "a Latin male in the United States".
     
    Hispanic Heritage Month Links for Information:
     
    If you care to read up on Hispanic and Latino Americans, please CLICK HERE to see what Wikipedia has to say.
    Please CLICK HERE to see a link to the Smithsonian Institute.
    Please click here: HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH to see the official Hispanic Heritage Month website.
    Please CLICK HERE to see Notable Hispanic Women is History at Biography.com.
    Here is a link to Scholastic's Latino's in History at the www.scholastic.com website.
    If you want to check out the link to Fact Monster for Hispanic Heritage Month, please CLICK HERE.
    Also, please click on: Notable Hispanic Americans, A-Z to find links to many Biographies at the infoplease.com site.
     
     
                                          Clemente Jersey w/Bernal Roberto Clemente jersey gift from a parent in 2012.
     
    Project 1 for Fall 2018
     
     

     
    We will use Animoto.com for our "All About Me" projects. We may also use Animoto for other projects throughout the school year. Please click on https://animoto.com/sign_up to sign up for free for the 30-second LITE membership. To check out Ms. Bernal's video please CLICK HERE.  Animoto Video Project Grading Rubric Sheet - This will show you how I will grade Projects. If you are unable to get all of the components in to your project in the Free 30-second version, please let me know ahead of time and I will give you pointers to help you. This should be a fun quick project! ENJOY and I know students CANNOT WAIT to see their classmates' projects!! Ms. C.Bernal
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    4th 9 Weeks
    State Projects
     
    3rd 9 Weeks
    Presidential Projects (DUE Tuesday, March 22, 2016)
    Since February is when we have President's Day, I wanted to have students complete projects on the Presidents. I also felt that this was important since I had a few parents balk at the thought of having his/her child complete a Black History project. I feel it is important for children to learn about the significance of what our parents, grand-parents and great grand-parents may have faced during their lives in regards to racism. Not only are people of all races still facing some obstacles, but children should understand that these injustices happened not that long ago...ALSO, it is not only in our curriculum to read biographical text, but to also complete research projects in 2nd grade. So what better way than to complete them and have them cover both Reading, Writing and Social Studies ALL at the same time!!! So, since I couldn't do both projects in February, the Presidential project is due this month, in March. To see the Presidential Project Letter, Guidelines and Grading Rubric PLEASE CLICK HERE.or go to my "The Buzz" section of my website.
     
    Black History Projects (Due Thursday Feb. 11, 2016)
    February is Black History Month and it's just not enough time to learn all about some great Black Americans throughout history. We will check out library books, fill-in graphic organizers, complete book reports, as well as a quick project. Black History projects are for students to complete in order to learn about a Past or Present Black American and their contributions to their field of expertise. Please click on the link to find out the BLACK HISTORY PROJECT GUIDELINES and the SAMPLE LAYOUT for posters for these quick and simple projects. To see an A-Z Powerpoint, please click on the following link: Black History A-Z Powerpoint
     
    2nd 9 Weeks
    in class projects
     
    1st 9 Weeks
    All About Me Animoto Video Project Guidelines/Rubric (Projects Due September 10, 2015)
    We will use Animoto.com for our "All About Me" projects. We may also use Animoto for other projects throughout the school year. Please click on https://animoto.com/sign_up to sign up for free for the 30-second LITE membership. To check out Ms. Bernal's video please CLICK HERE.  Animoto Video Project Grade Sheet - This will show you how I will grade Projects. If you are unable to get all of the components in to your project in the Free 30-second version, please let me know ahead of time and I will give you pointers to help you. This should be a fun quick project! ENJOY and I know students CANNOT WAIT to see their classmates' projects!! Ms. C.Bernal
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    2014-2015 (2nd Grade)
     
    4th Nine Weeks March 2015-July 2015)
    Flat Stanley Projects (Due May 25, 2015)
    We are linking our Reading of Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure to Social Studies with a Virtual Geography Project.
     
     
    3rd Nine Weeks January 2015-March 2015
    Black History Projects (Due Feb. 3, 2015)
    February is Black History Month and it's just not enough time to learn all about some great Black Americans throughout history. We will check out library books, fill-in graphic organizers, complete book reports, as well as a quick project. Black History projects are for students to complete in order to learn about a Past or Present Black American and their contributions to their field of expertise. Please click on the link to find out the Black History Project Guidelines and the Sample Layout for posters for these quick and simple projects. To see an A-Z Powerpoint, please click on the following link: Black History A-Z Powerpoint.
     
    2nd Nine Weeks 2014
    Community Map Project Guidelines (Projects Due November 20, 2014)
    In order to help students understand our community a little better, we will be completing a Community Map Project. This project will be a quick and fun way for your child to be able to understand his/her surroundings. You can click above on Community Map Project Guidelines for project details or CLICK HERE to see the grade sheet. Please only help your child with the "Layout" of where roads and landmarks may go, but the project should be in your child's handwriting. Also, please use only a 1/2 sheet of posterboard. Also, make sure that the Compass Rose is facing the correct direction on the map. Enjoy!! :) Ms. C. Bernal
     
     
    1st Nine Weeks 2014
    All About Me Animoto Video Project Guidelines/Rubric (Projects Due September 10, 2014)
     
    We will use Animoto.com for our "All About Me" projects. We may also use Animoto for other projects throughout the school year. Please click on https://animoto.com/sign_up to sign up for free for the 30-second LITE membership. To check out Ms. Bernal's video please CLICK HERE.  Animoto Video Project Grade Sheet - This will show you how I will grade Projects. If you are unable to get all of the components in to your project in the Free 30-second version, please let me know ahead of time and I will give you pointers to help you. This should be a fun quick project! ENJOY!! C.Bernal
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    2013-2014 (2nd Grade)
     
    Black History Month Projects (Projects Due Feb. 27, 2014) 
    February is Black History Month and it's just not enough time to learn all about some great Black Americans throughout history. We will check out library books, fill-in graphic organizers, complete book reports, as well as a quick project. Black History projects are for students to complete in order to learn about a Past or Present Black American and their contributions to their field of expertise. Please click on the link to find out the Black History Project Guidelines and the Sample Layout for posters for these quick and simple projects. To see an A-Z Powerpoint, please click on the following link: Black History A-Z Powerpoint.  
     
     
    Community Map Projects (Projects Due Dec. 3, 2013)
     
    In order to help students understand our community a little better, we will be completing a Community Map Project. This project will be a quick and fun way for your child to be able to understand his/her surroundings. You can click on: Community Map Project Guidelines for project details. Please only help your child with the "Layout" of where roads and landmarks may go, but the project should be in your child's handwriting. Also, please use only a 1/2 sheet of posterboard. Also, make sure that the Compass Rose is facing the correct direction on the map. Enjoy! :) CBernal
     
     
     
    Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15)
     
    Since it is Hispanic Heritage Month and I believe that everyone should learn something new each and every day, I would appreciate if you would spend a few minutes and read about Roberto Clemente.
     
    Please click here to learn some interesting facts about Roberto Clemente. Ms. Wilson (our school counselor) has been teaching us some great facts about many different Hispanics during morning announcements. We will complete in class projects to close out Hispanic Heritage Month. Thank you! :) Ms. Bernal
     
    Clemente Jersey w/Bernal
    Ms. Bernal posing with Pittsburg Pirates' Roberto Clemente jersey that was donated by Mr. Mario Aguirre in 2012!
     
     
     
    All About Me Animoto Video Project Rubric (Projects Due September 25, 2013)
    We will use Animoto.com for our "All About Me" projects. We may also use Animoto for other projects throughout the school year. Please click on https://animoto.com/sign_up to sign up for free for the 30-second LITE membership. To check out Ms. Bernal's video please CLICK HERE. This should be a fun quick project! ENJOY!!
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Community Map Project Guidelines
    Community Map Projects are a quick and fun way for your child to learn about their Community around them. Please help only with the layout of roads and helping to show them where different landmarks will go. You may also help them to make sure their Compass Rose is facing the correct direction.  
     
     
    We will use Animoto.com for our All About Me projects. We may also use Animoto for other projects throughout the school year. Please click on https://animoto.com/sign_up to sign up for free for the 30-second LITE membership. To check out Ms. Bernal's video please CLICK HERE.
     
    Colonial "Pilgrim" Day Unit
    We will begin our Colonial "Pilgrim" Day study with the Mayflower voyage, then Native Americans and Colonial America. We will use this unit to pick our "Costumes" for Harvey Brown Elementary's Book Character Parade and end this unit of study with a look at The First Thanksgiving during Thanksgiving week. Please visit the following links for a preview of some of what we will study. 
     
    For a tour of the Mayflower, please visit: http://www.scholastic.com/scholastic_thanksgiving/voyage/.
    For the video link to the Pilgrim Village, please visit: http://bcove.me/9s53p65m.
    For the video link to the Woampanoag Village, please visit: http://bcove.me/m5b5ehss.
    For the video of Plimouth Plantation, please visit: http://bcove.me/pqbqqkq0.
     
     
     Native American Unit
    We will combine our Native American Unit with the Colonial "Pilgrim Day" Unit.  
     
    Christmas Around the World Unit
    The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas will be when we study whether if andor how many "Cultures Around the World" celebrate Christmas. We will make a booklet and complete questions. We will also read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and other books on Kwanza and Hannakah. Please know that I will in no way attempt to sway your child's belief system that you have instilled in them with regards to Christmas and/or religion.  
     
    Black History Month Projects 
    February is Black History Month and it's just not enough time to learn all about some great Black Americans throughout history. We will check out library books, fill-in graphic organizers, complete book reports, as well as a quick project. Black History projects are for students to complete in order to learn about a Past or Present Black American and their contributions to their field of expertise. Please click on the link to find out the Black History Project Guidelines and the Sample Layout  for these quick and simple projects.  
    To see an A-Z Powerpoint please click on the following link: Black History A-Z Powerpoint.
     
    Biography Research Cereal Box Project
    Our last Social Studies Project will be combined with Reading...so you guessed it...it will be worth two grades, one major test grade for Reading and the same for Social Studies! Letters went home in Wednesday folders, but if you want another look at the letter or rubric, please click here to access Biography project letter and grading rubric. Also, please make sure to sign and return the bottom portion of the second page that states that you are aware of the project details.