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Abby Keever

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:
Colonial Test January 24th (A Day) January 27th (B Day) 
Life App Showcase: February 6th 
Mix-It-Up Lunch-February 12th 
Enrollment Goes Home-February 14th 
Professional Development Day-February 17th-No School for Students
Spring Pictures-February 20th 
Enrollment Forms Due-February 25th  
 
 

Lesson Plans

                     Mrs. Keever's February Plans & Assignments

January 24th & 27th (A/B Day)

Objective: We can show what we have learned from our colonial unit!

Outline: Students will study with a partner then take their Colonial Test. 

January 28th & 29th (A/B Day)

Objective: We can describe how alliances between Native Americans and colonists affected the French and Indian Wars.

Outline: We will listen to and discuss Studies Weekly #16.  Students will highlight important facts and concepts. We will complete the causes and effects of the French and Indian War section together. Students will complete the crossword on their own.

January 30th & 31st (A/B Day)

Objective: We can discuss ways trading impacted various cultures in the region.

Outline: Students will participate in a trading rendezvous simulation. We will reenact what occurred between various cultures and groups of people in the region. We will then discuss what we have learned from this simulation. We will also glue a map of the Proclamation of 1763 in our notebooks.

Outline: We will read Chapter 9 Lesson 1 “Americans and the Revolution,” (pgs. 338-343) and discuss key points and concepts. Students will then complete a brave women worksheet. 

February 3rd & 4th (A/B Day)

Objective: Students will explain why Americans were upset with British tax laws, such as the Stamp Act, after the French and Indian War.

Outline: Students will participate in a Stamp Act simulation. We will read together Chapter 8 Lesson 2 “Colonists Speak Out,” (pgs. 302-308). Students will then watch a Liberty Kids Clip.

February 5th & 6th (A/B Day)

Objective: We can identify the laws that caused conflicts in the colonies.

Outline: We will listen to and discuss Studies Weekly #18.  Students will highlight important facts and concepts. Students will complete the crossword on their own.

February 7th & 10th (A/B Day)

Objective: We can identify routes that the colonists took when warning that the British were coming!

Outline: Students will read Chapter 8 Lesson 3 (pgs. 310-315). We will then complete a graphic organizer on the “Shot Heard Round the World” and glue it into our notebooks. We will then view maps on the ride of Paul Revere.

February 11th & 12th (A/B Day)

Objective: We can explain why colonist refused to accept the new laws passed by Parliament.

Outline: Students will start the American Revolution Simulation Series. They will pick the role they will choose to play throughout the series, and I will assign them the part of loyalists, patriots, or neutralists. Student will participate in a town hall meeting scenario and will write about their experiences in their journal.

February 13th & 14th (A/B Day)

Objective: We can describe why fighting broke out at Lexington and Concord.

Outline: Students will participate in “The Shot Heard Round the World” simulation. They will write about their experiences in their journal. Teacher will then read Let it Begin Here by Dennis Fradin. We will discuss key points and concepts about the start of the Revolutionary War.

February 18th & 19th (A/B Day)

Objective: We can explain the significance of the Second Continental Congress.  

Outline: We will read and discuss Chapter 8 Lesson 4 “The Road to War” (pgs.318-322). Students will then complete a battle worksheet.

February 20th & 21st (A/B Day)

Objective: We can understand the people and events associated with the Declaration of Independence.

Outline: We will listen to and discuss Studies Weekly #19 (Declaration of Independence). Students will highlight important facts and concepts. Students will then complete the crossword on the back. We will take a CFA on Causes of the Revolution..

February 24th & 25th (A/B Day)

Objective: We can understand the people and events associated with the Declaration of Independence.

Outline: We will read Chapter 8 Lesson 5 “Declaring Independence.” (pgs. 324-331). We will discuss key points and concepts. Students will complete a worksheet over the lesson.  

February 26th & 27th (A/B Day)

Objective: We can identify the early battles, campaigns, and turning points of the Revolution.

Outline: We will listen to and discuss Studies Weekly #20 “Fort Ticonderoga.” Students will highlight important facts and concepts. Students will then complete the crossword on the back.

February 28th & March 2nd (A/B Day)

Objective: We can describe the economic effects of the war.

Outline: We will read Chapter 9 Lesson 1 “Americans and the Revolution,” (pgs. 338-343) and discuss key points and concepts. Students will then complete a brave women worksheet.

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