Archive for October, 2014

Halloween History, Polls and Games To play And stories

History of Halloween

Below Take our Halloween Polls

Garfield Halloween Game

Carve a pumpkin 

Nick Halloween Games

Halloween Puzzles

Ms. Roche’s and Leston’s Class

Watch the Movie and Lets come up with a post on how you can stay safe on Halloween.


Watch the Brainpop movie Here

You can also play the games after we finish.

Ms. Pantelli’s Class

Writing assignment. Look at the foods we assembled for our Nina-Pinta- Santa Maria food museum. IMG_0377Using evidence from what we have read, watched and discussed tell me what you think life was like sailing on the Nina, Pinta, Santa Maria?


Malala Yousafzi

Malala Yousafzi

U. N. Speech

Ms. Saroya’s Class Make your own Story Here.

Story Maker

Tales from a fourth Grade nothing Summary of chapters 1-3

Chapter Summary Thus far:

The Big Winner
  • Peter Hatcher is the narrator of the story.  He is 9 years old and in the 4th grade.
  • Peter wins a turtle at Jimmy Fargo’s birthday party by guessing the number of jelly beans in a jar.  Everyone else got goldfish.  He names his pet turtle Dribble.
  • Peter lives in an apartment in New York City.
  • Peter’s mom was not excited about him having a turtle as a pet.  She thinks they smell.
  • Peter’s father is in the advertising business.  He wrote a commercial for the Juicy-O Company and the family got a whole crate of Juicy-O from the president of the company.
  • Peter’s biggest problem is his two-and-a-half year old brother.  His name is Farley Drexel Hatcher, but he goes by the name of Fudge.
  • Fudge is always a pest to Peter.  The only time Peter likes him is when Fudge is sleeping.
  • Peter warns Fudge that Dribble is his turtle and he is not to ever touch Dribble.

Chapter 2

Mr. and Mrs. Juicy-O
  • Peter’s dad comes home from work and tells their family that Mr. and Mrs. Yarby are going to stay with them
  • Everybody wants them to stay at a hotel but their dad thought they would be more comfortable.
  • Fudge ate two of his mom’s flowers.
  • Mr and Mrs. Yarby arrive.
  • Mrs. Yarby gives Peter a picture dictionary and she gives Fudge a train.
  • Fudge brings in Peter’s old picture dictionary.
  • During dinner Fudge brings out dribble.
  • Fudge comes out with a gorilla mask on during dessert.
  • Fudge puts stamps on the Yarby’s suitcase.
  • In the morning the Yarby’s leave and Peter’s dad loses his Juicy-o account.
  • Chapter 3

    The Family Dog

    • Peter’s dad got fired from the Juicy-O company
    • Peter learns to stand on his head
    • Fudge stopped eating
    • Peter’s mom worries about fudge not eating
    • Peter stands on his head and Fudge eats
    • Fudge starts acting like a dog at dinner,he eats under the table and says WOOF
    • Dad got mad at Fudge for not eating
    • Dad put Fudge in the bath tub and said ” Eat it or Wear it” and dumped the cereal on Fudge
    • Now Fudge’s favorite saying is ” Eat it or Wear it” 

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai Biography

Women’s Rights Activist, Children’s Activist (1997–)
As a young girl, Malala Yousafzai defied the Taliban in Pakistan and demanded that girls be allowed to receive an education. She was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012, but survived.


Malala Yousafzai was born on July 12, 1997, in Mingora, Pakistan. As a child, she became an advocate for girls’ education, which resulted in the Taliban issuing a death threat against her. On October 9, 2012, a gunman shot Malala when she was traveling home from school. She survived, and has continued to speak out on the importance of education. She was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2013. In  2014,  she was nominated again and won, becoming the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Early Life

On July 12, 1997, Malala Yousafzai was born in Mingora, Pakistan, located in the country’s Swat Valley. For the first few years of her life, her hometown remained a popular tourist spot that was known for its summer festivals. However, the area began to change as the Taliban tried to take control.

Initial Activism

Yousafzai attended a school that her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, had founded. After the Taliban began attacking girls’ schools in Swat, Malala gave a speech in Peshawar, Pakistan, in September 2008. The title of her talk was, “How dare the Taliban take away my basic right to education?”

In early 2009, Yousafzai began blogging for the BBC about living under the Taliban’s threats to deny her an education. In order to hide her identity, she used the name Gul Makai. However, she was revealed to be the BBC blogger in December of that year.

With a growing public platform, Yousafzai continued to speak out about her right, and the right of all women, to an education. Her activism resulted in a nomination for the International Children’s Peace Prize in 2011. That same year, she was awarded Pakistan’s National Youth Peace Prize.

Targeted by the Taliban

When she was 14, Malala and her family learned that the Taliban had issued a death threat against her. Though Malala was frightened for the safety of her father—an anti-Taliban activist—she and her family initially felt that the fundamentalist group would not actually harm a child.

On October 9, 2012, on her way home from school, a man boarded the bus Malala was riding in and demanded to know which girl was Malala. When her friends looked toward Malala, her location was given away. The gunman fired at her, hitting Malala in the left side of her head; the bullet then traveled down her neck. Two other girls were also injured in the attack.

The shooting left Malala in critical condition, so she was flown to a military hospital in Peshawar. A portion of her skull was removed to treat her swelling brain. To receive further care, she was transferred to Birmingham, England.

After the Attack

Once she was in the United Kingdom, Yousafzai was taken out of a medically induced coma. Though she would require multiple surgeries—including repair of a facial nerve to fix the paralyzed left side of her face—she had suffered no major brain damage. In March 2013, she was able to begin attending school in Birmingham.

The shooting resulted in a massive outpouring of support for Yousafzai, which continued during her recovery. She gave a speech at the United Nations on her 16th birthday, in 2013. She has also written an autobiography, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, which was released in October 2013. Unfortunately, the Taliban still considers Yousafzai a target.

Despite the Taliban’s threats, Yousafzai remains a staunch advocate for the power of education. On October 10, 2013, in acknowledgement of her work, the European Parliament awarded Yousafzai the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. That same year, she was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. She didn’t win the prize, but was named a nominee again in March 2014. In August of the same year, Leanin.Org held a live chat on Facebook with Sheryl Sandberg and Yousafzai about the importance of education for girls around the world. She talked about her story, her inspiration and family, her plans for the future and advocacy, and she answered a variety of inquiries from the social network’s users.

In October 2014, Yousafzai received the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi. At age 17, she became the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. In congratulating Yousafzai, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said: “She is (the) pride of Pakistan, she has made her countrymen proud. Her achievement is unparalleled and unequaled. Girls and boys of the world should take lead from her struggle and commitment.” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described her as “a brave and gentle advocate of peace who through the simple act of going to school became a global teacher.”

Materials ….. Multi-flow map cause and effect.

What is the Nobel Peace prize?

What is the Taliban?

What is cause and effect.


Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).
Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity:

By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4-5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


Ms. Sacchieri’s class Voting Chapter 3.

Reread chapter 3 to yourself in your Book on Voting.

Write at least 5 sentence telling what you learned about voting.

Include when different groups of people got the right to vote. (African-Americans, Women, Native Americans)

What group of people could vote in the beginning of our democracy?

Include information on what are the requirements  to be able to vote ?  Hint : There are four requirements.


Democracy Continued

The earliest forms of democracy were direct democracies. People gathered to talk about issues and make decisions. This form of democracy worked well in the beginning. When the U.S. government formed, people met in a

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Not many countries use direct democracy as a form of government, but many community organizations use it. For example, U.S. labor unions often meet to discuss issues. They decide issues that relate to the whole group by majority vote.

Answer the Questions Below.

Using evidence from the text explain the difference between the a direct democracy and a representative democracy?

Using evidence from the text in your own words tell what a referendum is.