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Dragon Slayer’s Academy - When a traveling minstrel foretells that he is to become a hero, Wiglaf sets out to fulfill his destiny: he signs up at the Dragon Slayers' Academy. But how can he ever hope to be a dragon slayer when he can't even stand the sight of blood?
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way.
The Tail of Emily Windsnap - After finally convincing her mother that she should take swimming lessons, twelve-year-old Emily discovers a terrible and wonderful secret about herself that opens up a whole new world.
The Gollywhopper Games - Twelve-year-old Gil Goodson competes against thousands of other children at extraordinary puzzles, stunts, and more in hopes of a fresh start for his family, which has been ostracized since his father was falsely accused of embezzling from Golly Toy and Game Company.Gil Goodson competes against many other children at puzzles, stunts, and more in hopes of a fresh start for his family, which has been ostracized since his father was falsely accused of embezzling from the local toy company.
The Gollywhopper Games the New Champion - Tired of living in his brother's shadow, twelve-year-old Cameron Schein considers taking an unfair advantage to win the second Gollywhopper Games, in which children compete by solving puzzles, answering riddles, and doing stunts.
Poppy the deer mouse urges her family to move next to a field of corn big enough to feed them all forever, but Mr. Ocax, a terrifying owl, has other ideas
The Magician’s Nephew - When Digory and Polly try to return the wicked witch Jadis to her own world, the magic gets mixed up and they all land in Narnia where they witness Aslan blessing the animals with human speech
Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter
Peter Nimble and His Amazing Eyes - Ten-year-old orphan Peter Nimble is a gifted thief-and also blind. After five years thieving for nasty beggarmonger Mr. Seamus, he longs to escape. Opportunity arrives when Peter pilfers a mysterious box containing three pairs of eyes. Inserting the first pair, he is magically transported to Professor Cake's island home, where Peter's given a choice: return to his former life or find a vanished kingdom and save those in trouble. Though doubtful, Peter, along with knight Sir Tode (cursed to be part cat, part horse), embarks upon a quest fraught with dangers, unexpected enemies, and allies, where they'll be tested and tried before ultimately realizing Peter's destiny.
Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library - Mr. Lemoncello is an eccentric game designer who has just funded a very special new library in his hometown. In honor of the grand opening, Lemoncello has selected a dozen 12-year-olds to participate in an overnight lock-in event at the library. But when the kids wake up, they discover a new and unexpected game is afoot: whoever can find a way out of Mr. Lemoncello's library will win the grand prize. Avid readers will get a kick out of the references to classic and current children's literature as the kids solve clues to escape and win the game. Main character Kyle Keeley works hard to beat his nemesis, the conniving bully Charles Chilington, who constantly reminds everyone that he is always successful. As Lemoncello says, knowledge not shared remains unknown, and the group learns that working together just might be the key to solving the mystery.
A Wrinkle in Time Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.
Early Colonization- great site with actual documents.:
The Northwest Passage- The French and Native Americans
The British- Queen Elizabeth and Virginia Companies
Roanoke: 1585 Sir Walter Raleigh, John White became the leader. Upon return with more settlers and supplies, the settlement had been abandoned. It is unknown whether it was Indian attacks, death or they moved on elsewhere. (1590). Theories:
(Establishment of the 13 colonies)
Jamestown: 1607 established by John Smith with the Virginia Company in what is now known as Virginia.
Pilgrims: 1620 arrival to New World. The Mayflower Compact- first government document of Plymouth
(1624 Dutch settling along Hudson River)
1630- Puritans arrive in Massachusetts Bay colony- leader John Winthrop
1632- Land granted to Lord Baltimore for the settlement of Maryland.
1643- United Colonies of New England established (Massachusetts, Plymouth, Connecticut, and New Haven)
1670- English settlement in Carolina
1681- William Penn establish Pennsylvania
1682- Louisiana claimed by La Salle (after exploring the Mississippi River and reaching Gulf of Mexico.Established in 1699.
1705 Virginia established slave code (slaves were real estate)
1732 Georgia was founded
1733 Molasses Act- high tax on rum, molasses and sugar produced in the West Indies for sale in the colonies.
1754- 1763 French and Indian War- Fur traders and Virginia planters were interested in exploiting and developing the Ohio River valley region. The French, determined to secure the territory against encroaching British and American traders and land speculators, built a chain of forts along Pennsylvania’s Allegheny River. The British ministry ordered colonial governors to repel the French advance, “by force” if necessary. The war came to an official end in 1763, with the Peace of Paris. The treaty gave Britain all French land in Canada except for two fishing islands south of Newfoundland. To the south, the treaty gave Britain all of France’s holdings east of the Mississippi River, which Spain received from France before ceding Florida to Britain.
1763- Peace of Paris (Treaty of Paris)- End of French and Indian war. French ceded to Canada and gave land east of Mississippi to Britain.
The American Revolution
1763- Proclamation of 1763- King George ordered no colonization westward
1764- Sugar Act- It passed the Sugar Act, a law that imposed duties on foreign wines, coffee, textiles, and indigo imported into the colonies, and that also expanded the customs service. Britain also required colonial vessels to fill out papers detailing their cargo and destination. The Royal Navy patrolled the coast to search for smugglers, who were tried in special courts without a jury.
1765- The Stamp Act- Parliament passed the Stamp Act, which imposed a tax on all newspapers, legal documents, playing cards, dice, almanacs, and pamphlets. The act highlighted the issue of taxation without representation
1767- Townshend Act- taxed imports of glass, lead, paint, paper, and tea in the colonies. Also these taxes aided the salaries of colonial governors and judges, preventing colonial legislatures from exercising the power of the purse over those officials.
1770- Boston Massacre- British troops had arrived in Boston to suppress the tension and feelings of colonists against British. A group of colonists rallied outside of government building in Boston, British troops fired into the crowd killing 3 patriots.
1773- Tea Act- Parliament implemented act authorizing over taxation to tea merchants profits directly going to East India Company.
December 1773- Colonist dressed as Native Americans raided British cargo ship and threw all the tea into Boston Harbor (342 chests of tea)
1774- Minutemen established- colonial militia
1774- Intolerable Acts- letter sent to the King demanding unfair treatment and taxation of the colonist.
September 1774 First Continental Congress meet in Philadelphia, representatives from all colonies (except Georgia) present to discuss intolerable acts.
1775- Midnight Ride of Paul Revere- Rode to warn that the British were coming!
* Colonists in open rebellion
InfoBits - Power Library
These resources feature a diverse cast of eight characters who engage tweens on issues such as cyberbullying and sharing too much information. NSTeens simplifies complicated Internet safety concepts for children as they begin to interact with more sophisticated technology, such as cell phones and social networking sites.
Grade 5: Animal Studies
In this unit, students explore the relationship between an animal and its habitat, as well as some of the ways animal behaviorists study animals. By caring for and observing 3 unique animals during the Animal Studies unit-the dwarf African frog, the fiddler crab, and the millipede-students are able to focus on animal behavior, comparing and contrasting the needs, behaviors, and anatomical structures of each organism. Each student creates and maintains a personal observation log in which he or she records notes about each animal throughout the unit.
Grade 5: Motion and Design
This unit provides students an opportunity to explore the physics of motion and to apply those concepts to technological design. Students use plastic construction materials, weights, rubber bands, and propellers to design and build vehicles, then test how those vehicles respond to different forces of motion, like pushes, pulls, or rubber band energy.