Ms. Kercher's Class

January 17th and 18th, 2018

Currently we are learning...

Reading: literary devices
Math: geometry
Social Studies: colonization of North America
Science: pollution and its effects

Please do all work on separate sheets of paper. Parents, it is okay if your student types their work into a Word document and emails it to me, but some of it will have to be handwritten this time. It needs to be in by Friday, January 26th
January 18th, 2018


Complete your play from yesterday.

Explain to an adult or sibling:

  1. What are characters?

  2. What is a setting?

  3. What is dialogue?

  4. Why do we have sound effects in theater?

Parents-- please send in a written signature that students completed this explanation.


Watch the Quadrilateral song again as review:

Then, play the following game. You should play until your score at the end of the 6 rounds is 90% or better. Review your song and the information at the beginning of the game if you need to!


Watch this video on ways kids can help the environment.

Then, write a letter to another kid about how important it is to help our environment!

The first paragraph should: explain what pollution/waste is, and what it does to the earth. Tell them about biodegradable and nonbiodegradable waste (you can watch yesterday’s video again if you need to :) ) and the effect it has on plants, animals, and people.

The second paragraph should: tell them specific ways they can help the environment. You can use some examples from the video, or think of your own. You should provide at least 3 ways.

Don’t forget to give your letter a proper introduction (Dear ________,) and conclusion (Your Friend, _________)

Social Studies:

Explore and read this Webquest!

There is a recording under “Activities” if you would like to hear someone read the page to you.

Then, under “Activities”, take the ten question quiz. Write the questions and your answers on a separate sheet of paper. Don’t forget to number them! All of the information can be found on the page you just read.

At the bottom of the page, you will find many links about specific colonies, daily life, people, and events.

Select one of these links-- your choice. Read the page you chose, and then write on the same page as your quiz:

  1. Which page you chose and why.

  2. Three interesting facts you learned from your page

January 17th, 2018 Reading:

Watch this video on the five elements of drama. It will be important to our Reader’s Theater this week!

  1. What is a cast of characters?

  2. What does the setting do?

  3. What is dialogue?

  4. What are stage directions?

  5. What are acts?

  6. What are scenes?

Now, you are going to write your own very short play-- but don’t worry! I’m going to help you.

  1. Pick two characters. They can be real people, people from TV, characters from books, etc. Tell me who your characters are in a list.

  2. Below your character, write what your setting is-- it can be a store, a city, or anywhere you’d like! A setting also tells “when”, so make sure you tell me if it takes place in current times, in the future, or sometime in the past.

  3. Now, you’ll be writing dialogue for your two characters! It will be just like two people talking back and forth. You should decide what your characters are saying to each other. There should be 6 lines, which means each person says 3 things. You can make it longer if you want, but not shorter.

  4. It’s okay if it’s silly!


Characters: Batman, Ms. Kercher

Setting: In Ms. Kercher’s classroom, present time

Ms. Kercher: Good morning, Batman! Are you ready to learn?

Batman: I am ready to stop the Joker.

Ms. Kercher: But Batman, this is a school, not Gotham City.

Batman: I don’t have time to go to school, I have to save people.

Ms. Kercher: Even heroes need an education!

Batman: Maybe teachers are the true heroes.


Watch the video:

Remember, we use right angles and the number of parallel and equal sides to decide which quadrilateral is which.

On separate paper:

  1. Draw a parallelogram. Underneath, write a sentence telling why it is a parallelogram.

  2. Draw a trapezoid. Underneath, write a sentence telling why it is a trapezoid.

  3. Draw a rectangle. Underneath, write a sentence telling why it is a rectangle.

  4. Draw a rhombus. Underneath, write a sentence telling why it is a rhombus.

  5. Draw a square. Underneath, write a sentence telling why it is a square.


Watch the video and answer the following in complete sentences.

  1. What is waste?

  2. What is the special word for waste that can break down back into the earth?

  3. What are two possible effects of nonbiodegradable waste?

  4. What are the “3 R’s” of things that we can do about waste?

  5. What does reduce mean?

  6. What are two things you can do to reduce waste?

  7. What does reuse mean?

  8. What are two things that you could reuse?

  9. What does recycle mean?

  10. What are two examples of things that can be recycled?

  11. What are natural resources?

  12. Name three ways you can help save natural resources.

  13. What does compost do?

  14. What are two things you will do now to help protect your earth?

Social studies:

Fold a piece of paper in half (short/hamburger style) and then in half again the same direction (hamburger style) so that it has four columns when you unfold it and have it sideways in front of you (with the holes along the top).

Label the top of the first column “Colony”, the next “reason”, the next “geography”, and the next “economy”.

You may need to pause the video to copy the information in the right sections! It doesn’t need to be complete sentences.

  1. Write “Massachusetts” under “colony”. Write “religious freedom” under Reason. Under Geography, you should write “rocky soil, large forests, clean water, cold winters”. Under Economy, write “small farms, fishing, lumbering, shipbuilding, and whaling”.

Draw a line beneath this information so you’re ready for your next colony!

  1. Repeat this for Rhode Island. Remember, you can pause to copy down each section as you watch it! Try to put it into your own words if you can.

  2. Go on through all of the colonies talked about in the video.

We will be discussing the differences between these colonies when you come back to school.


We have a division quiz every week! Students should be practicing either 0's, 1's, and 2's or 5's and 10's facts.