Just one last note to thank you all and wish you a safe and happy summer! It was a great year with lots of successes to celebrate! The last couple of weeks have been crazy for us, what with camp and the potluck, but it’s so worth it to be able to end the year on such a high note. Thanks to everyone who came out last night to make the potluck such a success. It’s so good to be able to provide a proper send-off for the 8s, as difficult as it is for us.
It’s been a privilege to teach your wonderful kids this year. Take care!
Dave and Tanis
Archive for June, 2010
Social Studies Exam Review
The Exam will be four parts:
1. Matching Terms
2. Multiple Choice
3. Short Answer
4. Long Answer (Short Essay)
Long Answer: You will write a page to a page and half comparing two societies/eras. (Examples: Rome, Greece, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Mayan, Aztecs, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Age of Revolutions, etc.) You will then compare three aspects of these societies. (Examples: Culture, War and weapons, architecture, art, fashion, religion, food, technology, etc.).
What We Covered This Year:
1. Early Humans
2. Dawn of Civilization
3. Ancient Societies
4. Middle Ages
5. Renaissance and Reformation
6. Age of Revolutions
1. Evolution – Creatures adapt and change to their environment over time.
2. Charles Darwin – “Father” of evolution. Wrote a book on evolution called “The Origin of Species.”
3. Early Humanoid Names:
-Australopithecus – Earliest known ancestor to humans
-Homo Erectus – First humanoid to walk on two legs
-Neanderthal – A brutish humanoid who lived at the same time as modern humans and died out around 30,000 years ago.
-Homo Sapiens (AKA Cro Magnons) – Modern humans
Ancient Societies :
Key Terms to Know For Each Ancient Society…
Mesopotamia – The earliest “civilization,” AKA “The Cradle of Civilization.”
-In modern day Iraq.
-The fertile land and abundant resources allowed for easy farming.
-Defining feature: The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
Egypt – Sphinx, Pyramids, Pharoah (king of Egypt)
-Pyramids were used as elaborate tombs
Greece – The Greeks invented… Democracy, plumbing, arch and column
-Greece included city states of Athens, Sparta, and others.
-At its height of power, its leader was Alexander the Great
Rome – Rome existed after the Greek Empire. It lasted from Approx. 500 BC until
-Julius Caesar – First Emperor of Rome. Before Caesar, Rome was a
democratic republic. Thereafter, it was a dictatorship.
-Roman Structures: The Colosseum (Huge arena where gladiator
THE MIDDLE AGES!!!! WHOOOOOOO!!!!!! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Middle Ages occurred between 500 AD to 1500 AD.
The Black Plague: AKA The Black Death: A disease spread by fleas biting infected rats. One third of the population of Europe died. Occurred near the end of the Middle Ages. (1300s)
Here are the answers to the Grade 8 practice math exam. Feel free to download this file to check your answers. I’ve also attached the final Grade 8 Health assignment.Churchill – Math – Answers for the Grade 8 Common Exam 2008Churchill – Health – The Rights and Wrongs of Fast Food
We have done all the work we’ll be able to do on the courtyard this year. We’re going to be doing some final cleanup tomorrow (weather permitting – make sure your child wears appropriate clothing). Many of you have lent shovels, wheelbarrows, etc. Please remind your child to bring these home asap or contact Tanis or I and we’ll set up a time when you can come pick up your stuff. Thanks again for all your help with this project. We could not have done it without you!
Just a reminder that tomorrow is Churchill “Fun Day” (a.k.a. track and field). We are going to go ahead with it even if it rains. We’ll stop if the weather becomes severe. Hot dog, chips, and drinks will be sold for $3.00.
Students are working hard for Science exam prep…it continues tomorrow. We’ll be focusing on Particle Theory of Matter.
Also, please return the camp forms tomorrow if at all possible. That way we can take another look at supervision required for the trip.
Tanis and Dave