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My Brother Sam Is Dead

Using Primary Source Materials.

One of the great things about the Internet is its ability to transmit primary source documents right into our classrooms! Archives and museums are constantly digitizing photos, diaries, notes, manuscripts, and more. The sites below will give you a start as you begin to search for appropriate primary source materials.

Activity: Read newspaper articles published in the Revolutionary War period from America and Great Britain to better understand the feelings on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Library of Congress is the best place to start.

National Archives Digital Classroom is impressive.

Digital Vaults is a Flash powered site where kids can create posters and movies with primary sources.

Making Sense of Evidence is a learning site that helps students better understand primary sources and how to use them/how they are used.



Before the students leave class each day they will be given time to record their homework assignments and gather the supplies they need to take home.  Your child should be able to show you their list of homework assignments each night and should have everything they need to complete the work.  In addition, after school I post the homework assignments to the calendar on this website.  Parents can sign up to receive a 5pm email with the daily homework assignments, as well as, general announcements from the school and district. 

Every night students are expected to read for at least 20 minutes and practice their math facts or JiJi.   Most students will need to review to prepare for tests.  Periodically, students will work on project-based assignments.  The majority of the work for the project will be completed in class.  There may be some finishing touches to be completed at home.  You will receive ample notification and details about these types of homework assignments as they are assigned.

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California State Standards

Use the following link to locate the fifth grade California state standards.