Archive for September, 2008

Review of the Brainpop Movie on Voting.

Here are some facts you need to know about voting in the United States. Voting is a right. Every American citizen has a right to vote. Voting is also a responsibility. As a citizen in a democracy you get to choose your leaders. That is what our government is called a democracy. Democracy means government by the people for the people. The people choose their representatives in the government.

In a way the President of the United States and the Congress, the Senate and the House of representatives work for us. We pay them and give them money to run the country through tax dollars. They use our taxes to run schools, pay police, build roads and many other things .

On Election Day citizens go to vote in their state for the candidates. In order to vote you must be 18 years of age, you must live in the state you are voting in, and you must be a United States citizen.

If you cannot get to the polls you can vote with what is called absentee ballot. Reason they would grant you an absentee ballot would be if you were traveling out of state on Election day, if you were going to college in another state, if you were sick, or if you are handicapped.

A verbal quiz will follow.

Calliou and Glibert

Read the book on line Calliou and Gilbert. Answer the following questions

1. Calliou wants to play with his cat Gilbert, true or false?

2. Name some of the games he plays with his cat Gilbert?

3. Does Gilbert the cat like these games? Why?

4. What does Calliou do to make Gilbert enjoy playing with him?

Play the word game at the end.

Writing Contest Template


Here is a template to help you write the piece “What Qualities do you think a president should have”

Below is a rubric that will tell you how the writing will be judged and prizes awarded.

9/11 Movie by Nathanael From Ms. Roche’s Class

I know it is a little late but here is an animation Movie Made by Our own Nathanael C. (8 years old) on the September 11th attacks. Here it is:

If you are having problems viewing this animation you can also download it at this url

I asked Nathan how he made this animation.

Well all of my old pointer animations had died, but two of the old ones are still free. So I decided to make new ones. I used power-point, Presto 2, Super Screen recorder( which is giving me trouble) EZ Screen recorder which I using to recover Super Screen recorder, and I used Windows Movie to finish it.

September 17th The anniversary of the U.S. Constitution!

U.S. Constitution

The Constitution of the United States of America The oldest federal constitution in existence was written by a convention of delegates from twelve of the thirteen original states in Philadelphia in May 1787, Rhode Island failing to send a delegate. George Washington presided over the session, which lasted until September 17, 1787. The draft (originally a preamble and seven Articles) was submitted to all thirteen states and was to become effective when ratified by nine states. It went into effect on the first Wednesday in March 1789, having been ratified by New Hampshire, the ninth state to approve, on June 21, 1788. All 13 states then ratified the Constitution.

Click on the graphic above to watch a Brainpop movie on the U.S. Constitution.

Answer the following quetions

Who “wrote the Constitution?

Name the principles that the Constitution are based on?

What does popular soveriegnty mean?

What Supreme courts role?

Announcing our First Writing contest of the Year!

We are kicking off our writing contest off with a contest dedicated to our Presidential Election. We have been talking in our classes about the Presidential Election and what the president does exactly. We came up with a list of jobs the President has 1. Passing Laws, 2. Making a budget for how the country will spend their money, , 3. Making policy which are plans for the countries future, (E.G. the president come up with a plan for education, the environment, the countries defense , the presidents makes plans for every facet of our country. These plans are called his policy. 4. He also puts together a group of experts called a Cabinet to help him make policy and help him decide what to do. 5. He appoints judges on the Supreme court, 6. He works with other nation’s leaders, making decisions on how we will interact with other countries. 7. He makes speeches and keeps the nation informed on how things are going in our country, 8. He leads the armed forces.

This is just part of what a president does. It is as extremely big job. So here comes our writing assignment what qualities do you think a president needs to have in order to lead the nation. List at least 5 qualities or traits you think a person needs to be president. Things like honesty, loyalty, or being strong (tough), being forgiving, having patience, being brave, being kind, and perhaps empathy ( the quality of being able to understand other peoples pain as if it were your own). List five qualities that you think a president should have. Describe how these qualities would help a person leading our country. The entries should be no longer that 1 and 1/2 pages handwritten. All entries must be typed in here. Prizes will be gift certificates to ToysRUs . The Deadline is October 2nd

Click here to listen to this post. Writing contest

You can download a rubric of how entries will be judged here later in the week.

Our Presidential Election

This year our country, the United States is picking a new President. We have two candidates for president. A candidate is someone who is running for a political office like president. The two candidates running for President are

Senator Barrack Obama


Senator John McCain.

The election will take place on November 4th 2008. Barrack Obama is the Democractic candidate. Democratic is the party or group of people who support him and want him to win the election.

John McCain is the Republican candidate. John McCain is part of the republican party. Republican refers to the the party or group of people that support him for president.

Both candidates have chose running mates these are people running for Vice President. Barrack Obama has chosen

Senator Joe Biden as his vice-president.

John McCain has chosen

Governor Sarah Palin as his vice-president.

So basically there are two teams running for the White House

John McCain and Sarah Palin


Barrack Obama and Joe Biden

Jack & The BeanStalk on Tumble books

Listen to the story and tell me what happens. What was the problem in the story? Who are the Characters in the Story? How does the problem get solved?

September 11th, 2008

This is the 7th anniversary of September 11th, in which almost 3000 people lost their lives in a terrorist attack. What do you remember about the terrorist attack of September 11th 2001?

Below is a link to a good educational site to discuss the attacks with your class.

Election lessons Blog Test #1

Answer the following questions in full sentences: You can Re-watch the Brainpop movie if you like.

1. What is the title of the leader of our nation?

1. How do presidents get their power to lead?

2. What document created our present form of government in the United States?

3. What is the Presidents Job? Name at least 4 things he does.

4. What does veto Mean?

5 What exactly is the presidential policy?

6. What exactly is the president’s cabinet?

7 . Who can become president?