Process

View the following websites and take notes on the similarities and differences between the two cultures.  You may choose to look up the definitions of "culture" and "custom" to help guide your thinking.  Create a Venn Diagram on lightly colored construction paper showing how the cultures are alike and how they are different.

American Culture (Third Paragraph)

Chinese Culture (The Traditional, or Historic, Way, and the Modern, or New, Way)


View the following websites and take notes on the similarities and differences between the geography of the regions.  Think about what landforms (mountains, valleys, canyons, etc.), waterways (rivers, lakes, streams, etc.) and vegetation (trees, grass, none, etc.) are in both places.  Create a T-Chart on lightly colored construction paper showing how the geography of these places is alike and how it is different.

United States Geography

China Geography


View the following website and take notes on the way of life in the United States in 1940's and in the 1990's when you were born.  Think about what jobs people had, how much things cost, what people wore, what they did to have fun, etc.  Write two paragraphs, one explaining how they are similar, and one explaining how they are different.  These websites were made by students just like you!

1940's 

1990's

 

Read the following excerpt from In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson, then read informational excerpt about Jackie Robinson.  Create an Idea Fan explaining how fiction and non-fiction are alike, and how they are different.  To make an Idea Fan, get a light sheet of construction paper and fold it into a fan.  Each fold becomes a strip of the paper for you to write on.  One one side of the fan, put similarities on the strips.  On the other side of the fan, put differences on the strips.  Remember to refer to the notes you took in reading on comparing and contrasting fiction vs. non-fiction.

"Before long, Shirley was infected by a most severe case of Dodger fever.  Not even strawberry ice cream could lure her away from the radio when Red Barber was broadcasting the latest adventure of de Bums.  Truly nothing else mattered.  Not the heat that glued her skin to the plastic chair, not an outing to the beach, not even a movie followed by a beef pot pie at the Automat.  Every time number 42 came to bat, she imagined herself in Jackie Robinson's shoes.  Every time the pigeon-toed runner got on base, she was ready to help him steal home.  And when Jackie's sixteen game hitting streak ended, Shirley blamed herself.  On that day, she had had to accompany her parents to greet Mr. Lee from Chungking.  Obviously, it was her absence from the radio that made all the difference."

Nonfiction Article- Read First Two Paragraphs and Compare 

 

 

Use the websites listed below, your social studies book, maps, and globes to find out more about 15 types of landforms. 

www.geocities.com/monte7dco www.enchantedlearning.com/geography/landforms/glossaryprintable.shtml

http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/types_of_land_2/glacier.html

  Create a passport showing that you “visited” 15 landforms.  This can be done as a Word document.  Your passport should include the following for each landform you visited: picture of landform, name of landform, description of the landform (definition), and one location of the landform in the U.S. and one in China   **SEE YOUR TEACHER AFTER YOU COMPLETE THIS STEP**  

Once you have visited 15, choose the one landform that you think is the best.  Create a travel brochure about that landform.  Your travel brochure should include the following: FRONT:  Name of landform and partner names. INSIDE:  Description of landform, location of landform in U.S. and China, how landform is formed, and why landform is special. BACK:  How and why people can change that landform

ALL SECTIONS SHOULD HAVE PICTURES!

Your brochure can be done in Microsoft Publisher.  View the directions below:

Page 1

Page 2 

View the graph about Jackie Robinson.  Type in your answers to the questions below the graph and print out the sheet when you are done.  When you save your work, do not click on save.  Click on "save as."  Then, open up your folder, and save it in there.  If you accidentally save it incorrectly, simply ask the teacher to help you.

 

 Visit  The Baseball Cube.  Find out how many homeruns Jackie Robinson made on the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers team, and that of five of his team mates.  Even though it looks like a bunch of numbers, find the column labeled "HR."  HR stands for home runs.  Use Microsoft Excel to graph the information.  Read the entire set of instructions before you begin.  Print your graph when you are done.


 

 Using the friendly letter guidelines from your language book as a resource, write a friendly letter to Shirley.  As you read, Shirley had a difficult time adjusting to her new life in America.  Imagine you are Fourth Cousin, Shirley's best friend.  Shirley has written to you explaining her problems and has asked for your advice.  What would you tell Shirley to do?  How will you make Shirely feel better?  Make sure you open up your letter by explaining the reason you are writing it, and end your letter by telling Shirley what you hope she will be able to do if she takes your advice.  Your letter must be written in cursive on loose leaf.

 

FINALLY, TAKE THE ONLINE QUIZZES BY CLICKING THE LINK BELOW.  THERE IS ONE READING QUIZ AND ONE SOCIAL STUDIES QUIZ.  YOU WILL ONLY HAVE ONE CHANCE TO TAKE EACH QUIZ.  ONCE YOU BEGIN, YOU MUST FINISH.  YOU MAY NOT USE YOUR BOOK OR YOUR NOTES, AND YOU MUST TELL THE TEACHER WHEN YOU ARE READY TO TAKE THE QUIZ.  GOOD LUCK!

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