4th Grade Resources

I’ve uploaded a few things to the VA Studies page.  These are items from the Year in Review Workshop last week.  (Sorry for the delay, but things have been a little hectic lately!) 

You’ll find the Repair History and People Accordion Book activities up towards the top (right under the Stick Person activity.)  The Review Questions of the Day are listed under the QOD section.  And the 5 regions and products/industries flash cards are listed twice, under VS.2 and VS.10.

New Resources

I’ve added several new resources to the blog (thanks to Sarah.)  Under the VA Studies page, you’ll now find a powerpoint for VS.8.  For third grade, you’ll find a review section at the very bottom of the page with review cards for grades K-2, as well as a Repair History activity and a question and answer bank.  The K-2 review cards are also listed under the appropriate grade level on the K-2 page.

New links

A couple of links have been added to the blogroll on the right sidebar.  They are “Encyclopedia Virginia” and “Virginia Memory.”  They each contain a wealth of information and would be very helpful in VA Studies.  They include photographs and lots of primary resources, a today in history, and many other features.  They are reliable sources in partnership with the Library of Virginia and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

Questions of the Day and new USII resource

The questions of the day for most of second semester for USI have been posted.  I’ve made it through week 30.  Once I finish the last 6 weeks I’ll get those added, but I wanted them to be posted since next week is week 19.

4th grade/VA Studies questions of the day will come through e-mail weekly for awhile until they’re compiled, and then I’ll post them.  So keep an eye on your inbox for those. 

Sarah made a massive people sort for USII.  That has been added to the USII page.  It covers all the key people for each SOL and is a quick and easy review.

Lost Pyramids and Monacan Voices

Here are a couple of interesting news items from the past few days.

First, archaeologists have discovered a new pyramid in Saqqara, which is an ancient burial site in Egypt.  The pyramid is estimated to be 4,300 years old.  For more info, check out http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/11/11/egypt.pyramid.discovery.ap/index.html.

Second, here is some information from WHRO on the re-broadcast of a special on the Monacan nation of Virginia.  Fourth grade teachers, this may be something you want to consider downloading and saving for future use in the classroom. 


NORFOLK:  With the 400year anniversary of the birth of America just behind us, many people are still unaware of the history of the Virginia tribes and the true stories regarding first contact at Jamestown in 1607.  WHRV 89.5FM will air a one-hour program featuring Monacan Chief Kenneth Branham and tribal members Karenne Wood and Sue Elliott, who sit down with Chickahominy tribal representative Powhatan Owen to share the history and culture of the invisible people; past present and future.

Bear Mountain in Amherst County has been the home of the Monacan people for more than 10,000 years. The earliest written histories of Virginia record that in 1607, the James River Monacan, along with their Mannahoac allies on the Rappahannock River, controlled the area between the Fall Line in Richmond and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The most western of Virginia’s eight tribes, the Monacan Nation – over 1,400 strong.

This a rare opportunity to learn the true history of the founding of this country from the direct descendants of the Virginia Tribes.

WHRO Chief Enterprise Officer John Heimerl served as Executive Producer for Monacan Voices.  “WHRV is pleased to be able to share this under reported perspective of the Jamestown experience with our listeners,” said Heimerl.  “Our region’s Native American stories and voices have been too long unheard, and we’re proud to bring these to our airwaves.”

Subjects covered are: First contact, Racial Integrity Act [also known as the paper Genocide of Virginia Indians]  Federal Recognition, culture and history of the Virginia tribes, healing for Native and Non Native People. Conversation, poetry and storytelling.

The program will be aired on the NAPTV/AIROS livestream http://airos.org/audio/en/monacanvoices.html at the following times:

11/22/08: 10am, 4pm, 10pm ET
11/23/08: 10am, 4pm, 10pm ET
11/24/08: 11am, 5pm, 11pm ET

The audio from Monacan Voices is also available for podcast and free MP3 download at the following sites


Massive Resistance Series in the VA Pilot

The VA Pilot began their six part series on Massive Resistance yesterday.  The series includes a quiz, podcasts, video, an interactive timeline, editorials, and transcripts of letters and speeches.  It is a very interesting series with a wealth of useful information.  Save your newspapers, add the links to your favorites-I think this information will come in handy when teaching about Massive Resistance. 


There’s also an article about the events Norfolk has planned to commemorate school integration.  They have quite a few events planned, but the one I want to mention is on February 1, 2009.  On that date the Chrysler Museum will waive it’s admission fee and have an open house for the exhibit “50 years Later:  The Lessons of Massive Resistance.”


How Much Do You Know About Massive Resistance?

There is an on-line quiz (ten questions) in today’s Pilot about Massive Resistance in Virginia.  This year marks the 50th anniversary of Virginia’s response to court ordered desegregation of public schools.  The Pilot will start a series on Massive Resistance on Sunday, September 28th, so be sure to check that out.  It will probably be a good resource to save and use later this year.