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Presidents Research

posted Apr 3, 2017, 10:16 AM by Karen McMillan   [ updated Apr 3, 2017, 11:15 AM ]

How to evaluate a source

An eight-point evaluation checklist from the UC Berkeley Library.

  • What can the URL tell you?
  • Who wrote the page? Is he, she, or the authoring institution a qualified authority?
  • Is it dated? Current, timely?
  • Is information cited authentic?
  • Does the page have overall integrity and reliability as a source?
  • What's the bias?
  • Could the page or site be ironic, like a satire or a spoof?
  • If you have questions or reservations, how can you satisfy them?

Source Types




The Beatitudes

posted Feb 27, 2017, 10:58 AM by Karen McMillan

We will be working on The Beatitudes today. For each line, you will select an image that goes with it and add it to one slide in your presentation. Add a text box to the image and type the line from the Beatitudes.

To begin, go to Google Classroom.

Thirteen Colonies Map

posted Jan 23, 2017, 10:36 AM by Karen McMillan   [ updated Jan 23, 2017, 11:52 AM ]

We are going to begin working on a Google Map about the 13 Colonies. Here are the steps to follow:
  • Click on 
  • Hover your mouse over 
  • And then click on 
  • Next, title your map "[student #] The 13 Colonies"
  • Now, start adding pins to your map, one for each of the colonies
    • The title of your pin should be the name of the colony
    • Try to place your pin close to a major city 
  • Each pin should include the following information (you can copy and paste this into your pin):
Major Industry: 
Major cities: 
Colony named for: 
Became a state: 

The Thirteen Colonies
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Rhode Island
  • Delaware
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Virginia


posted Oct 24, 2016, 10:15 AM by Karen McMillan

We are going to spend some time looking at how to use a spreadsheet today. Your task is to spend up to $150 on clothes that will be donated to those in need. You must purchase enough clothing that will provide them with outfits for one week.

Native American Presentations

posted Sep 11, 2016, 7:04 PM by Karen McMillan   [ updated Sep 12, 2016, 6:25 AM ]

“In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue….” For many people, the history of America begins with the “discovery” and exploration of our continent – the New World – by a succession of Europeans such as: Christopher Columbus, Ponce de Leon, and Jacques Cartier. In reality man had reached the New World (the Americas) many years before this! Before Columbus landed on our shores there was culture here, religion, and prosperity. The purpose of this assignment is to learn all you can about these first Americans.

Your task will be to create a presentation about the Native American tribe that you have been assigned.

Here is what you will need to include in your presentation:
  • a map showing where the tribe lived
  • what kind of homes they built (be sure to include an image)
  • list 2-5 resources they used to survive
  • share 3 interesting facts you discovered about your tribe
To begin, go to Google Classroom
Open Native American Research doc

Last Day of Class

posted Jun 2, 2016, 9:02 AM by Karen McMillan   [ updated Sep 11, 2016, 3:36 PM ]

Today we are going to start working on your e-portfolios. To begin, click here:

Look for the site with your name and click on it. 

When you're done:

List of Items to include in your portfolio:
  • Explorer video script
  • Miner letter
  • Food Web
  • 22nd Mission project - Google Drawing
  • Gold Rush presentation
  • All About 4th Grade

How to Search Using Google

posted May 12, 2016, 10:44 AM by Karen McMillan   [ updated Sep 11, 2016, 3:37 PM ]

Create a Quality Presentation

posted Apr 7, 2016, 8:00 AM by Karen McMillan   [ updated Sep 11, 2016, 3:39 PM ]

We will be creating presentations using Google Slides today. To begin, go to:

You may need to sign into your school Google account first. Then open the assignment called The Gold Rush.

Please follow the guidelines in the presentation above, along with the following:
  • no more than five bullet points per slide
    • add your "script" to the speaker's notes section
  • each slide must have at least one image that goes with the information on that slide
  • your presentation must include a title slide AND a bibliography
  • the bibliography should include links to websites you used for information as well as links to the images you used
  • you must have between 5 and 10 slides (this includes the title and bibliography slides)

To create a proper citation for any books or websites you may use, go to: EasyBib

Missions Research

posted Jan 7, 2016, 10:12 AM by Karen McMillan   [ updated Sep 11, 2016, 3:36 PM ]

Here are some links to use for your Missions research project:

Explorer Videos

posted Nov 12, 2015, 10:50 AM by Karen McMillan   [ updated Sep 11, 2016, 3:38 PM ]

Congratulations! You have just been hired to create a video that documents the life of a famous explorer. Here's an example of what we'll be looking for in your video:

Before you can create your video, you'll need to write a script. This will be exactly what you will be saying in your video (the narration). And before you can write a script, you need to know as much as you possibly can about the explorer you are researching.

In class today, we created a Google Doc for our notes and our script. The document can be found by going to Google Drive and double-clicking on the doc titled [student #] Explorer Video. If you weren't in class today, you will need to create a new document and give it the title, [student #] Explorer Video. 

Here are some websites you might want to check out:
Here is the list of questions we came up with during class to include in our videos:
  • Major events of their life
  • Where did they explore? Where did they land?
  • What did they find when they got there? People, places, things
  • Did they find what they were looking for?
  • What country were they from? Did they sail for? Who sent them?
  • When were they born?
  • When did they die?
  • Interesting Facts - Drake related to Sir Walter Raleigh
  • Did they make it back home?
  • Did they stay with Native Americans?
  • How many miles and how long did they travel?

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