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Welcome to Mrs. Keever's Social Studies Class!

 

         Hi, I’m Mrs. Keever and this is my 7th year at Canyon Ridge and my 12th year teaching! I’ve been blessed with the privilege of teaching American History for all those years and love how much time I’m able to devote to this subject at our school. I hope my students develop a love for learning about the past and develop a curiosity for diving deeper into all the amazing lives of people who were willing to give all they had for becoming a free nation.

Aside from being a history fanatic, I also love being a mommy, singing, shopping, reading, exercising, and driving around in my Jeep. My husband is Nathan Keever, we are high school sweethearts and love spending time with our child Luke, family, and friends. He is the Director of Information Technology at Mustang Church of the Nazarene and the Director of Audio Visual at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for Canyon Ridge. I’m excited to teach all these wonderful kids and help grow their love for learning!

Upcoming Projects/Tests/Events
Upcoming Events:
September 16th& 17th: Timeline Project Assigned
October 8th & 9th: Timeline Project Due 
October 8th & 10th: Parent Teacher Conferences 
October 14th & 15th: Four Square Tournament
October 16th-18th: Fall Break 
October 24th: Costume Dance 4:30-6:30 
Lesson Plans
                                                                 Mrs. Keever’s October Plans & Assignments

October 2nd & 3rd (A/B Day)

Objective: We can learn how the Virginia Colony was settled.

Outline: Teacher will read the book, The Lost Colony. We will discuss what we think happened to the Colony of Roanoke. We will read Chapter 4 Lesson 2 “The Virginia Colony” (pg.155). Students will then write a newspaper article on what they think happened to the Colony of Roanoke.

October 4th & 7th (A/B Day)

Objective: We can learn how the Virginia Colony was settled.

Outline: We will read together and discuss Chapter 4 Lesson 2 “The Virginia Colony.” Students will complete a worksheet over the lesson on Jamestown. Students will then create an acrostic poem on Pocahontas together.

October 8th & 9th Timelines Due! (A/B Day)

Objective: We can describe the appearance and layout of the Jamestown Colony.

Outline: Students will create a 3D map of Jamestown. We will discuss the layout of the fort and the hardships they endured in their settlement.

October 10th & 11th (A/B Day)

Objective: We can describe the relationship between English settlers and Native Americans.

Outline: We will read together and discuss Studies Weekly #3 “Jamestown, Part 1.” We will complete the Pocahontas and John Smith primary source section together. Students will complete the crossword on their own.

October 14th & 15th (A/B Day)

Objective: We can describe the size of the three ships that went to Jamestown.  

Outline: Students will get to outline one of the recreated ships that sailed to Jamestown. We will fill out a graphic organizer on the size of the ships to put into our social studies notebooks.

October 21st & 22nd (A/B Day)

Objective: We can describe the relations between English settlers and Native Americans

Outline: Students will be given an article on Jamestown. Students will create a brochure abut Jamestown and describe the fort design, facts about John Smith, Pocahontas, and other interesting facts about the colony.

October 23rd & 24th (A/B Day)

Objective: We can describe the relationship between English settlers and Native Americans.

Outline: We will read together and discuss Studies Weekly #4 “Jamestown, Part 2.” Students will complete the crossword section and mapping and charting sections on the back of the newspaper. Students will take a quiz (CFA) on Jamestown.

October 25th & 28th (A/B Day)

Objective: We can describe the life of an indentured servant.

Outline: Students will participate in an indentured servant simulation. Students will listen to the book: Molly Bannaky. We will discuss important concepts.

October 29th & 30th (A/B Day)

Objective: We can explain how English settlers developed way to govern themselves.

Outline: We will listen to and discuss Studies Weekly #5 “Plymouth Part 1.” Students will highlight important concepts throughout the newspaper. Students will then complete the crossword on the back of the newspaper.

October 31st & November 1st (A/B Day)

Objective: We can explain how English settlers developed way to govern themselves.

Outline: We will read together and discuss Chapter 4 Lesson 3 “The Plymouth Colony,” (pgs. 162-167). Students will then watch a video clip on the life of Patience Whipple.

Contact Information
Phone: 405-256-6955
Email: keevera@mustangps.org
5th Grade Social Studies Syllabus

5th Grade Social Studies


Teacher-Mrs. Keever                                        Room #- B5

Contact #- 405-256-6955   Email address- keevera@mustangps.org


Welcome to 5th grade Social Studies!  I am delighted to start a new school year.  I have many exciting lessons planned for your student designed to engage and enrich their learning.  We will have a rewarding and successful year!


Course Overview:


Map Skills

Native Americans

European Explorers

Early Settlements

The 13 Colonies

The American Revolution

American Government

Pioneers and Westward Movement

Studies Weekly:

Studies Weekly is a newspaper students will complete on a semi-regular basis.  It is an excellent source of information and primary documents in American history that will prepare your student to be successful in the classroom.  The students typically complete their newspapers during class. They will only take them for homework if the student does not finish during class time.  


Agenda Procedure:

Students are given time and expected to write in agendas daily.  This is a valuable communication tool. All 5th grade teachers will use this to inform parents of due dates, study guides, tests, and behavior issues that may occur.  


Homework- Students will not usually have homework in Social Studies.  I only assign homework three times throughout the school year.  In September they will create a timeline of their lives as an at-home project.  If a student is unable to complete it at home, then I will work with them at school.  The students will also be required to memorize two passages from important historical documents.  They will memorize the Statement of Rights from the Declaration of Independence in November, and the Preamble to the Constitution in February/March.  They will be listed on the website, and copies will be sent home a week (or more) in advance.


Grading Procedures & Evaluation-  

Grading Scale:  

A= 90-100

B= 80-89

C=70-79

D=60-69

F=59 & below

Tests are worth 2 grades.

At least ½ of an assignment must be completed in order to receive a grade.  If not, students will have an opportunity to complete these assignments at Finish Line.  

CRI Grading Policy:

  • Full credit is given for assignments that are 1 day late if completed during Finish Line @ lunch and recess.

  • 1 day late = 80% (if not finished at Finish Line)

  • 1 week late = 70%

  • After 1 week late students are required to attend Last Chance Study Hall during school-wide intramural tournament at the end of the 9 weeks.  

  • Students can redo assignments below 70%.  The maximum score allowed is 70%.

  • Any test or quiz below 70% must be redone.  Full credit is given for quizzes and tests that are retaken during Quiz/Test Redo Lab during lunch and recess.


Discipline: In our class we work hard to be positive, encouraging, and respectful. However, if a student is struggling to follow expectations, he/she will be given a verbal warning first, and if the student continues to not follow expectations he/she will be given “strikes.”  After receiving three strikes, the student will be assigned an after-school detention. In instances of severe misbehavior, a detention may be assigned without strikes or warnings. I will contact parents to make arrangements.


Website - Assignments and class information can be located on my website.  I will update this on a monthly basis.


If you ever have any questions, please feel free to ask.  The easiest way to contact me is through email, but don’t hesitate to call if you feel the need. I am looking forward to working with your student this year!


  Thank you,

  Mrs. Keever

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