Monthly Archives: August 2008


SAS Spain In The New World

Watch this movie about the Spanish explorers.

We will also watch a movie about slavery.


Complete Spain In The New World activity and email it to Mr. Ferlazzo.

Complete Aztec Resistance and email it to Mr. Ferlazzo

Read about Ponce de Leon and the Fountain of Youth and do the activity.



View this animation of European Explorers of the Americas.


Watch this movie on the Conquistadors.

Video: Pope Francis To Canonize A Controversial Spanish Friar

Video: Who was Junipero Serra?

Learn About The Missions

Map: California Missions

Pope Francis Courts Controversy Over Junipero Serra Sainthood


Junipero Serra left mark in ways that weren’t saintly, many say,

Write down three new things you learned beyond what we read about in the two clozes.

Fr. Junipero Serra Writing Prompt

The Pope is making Fr. Junipero Serra a Saint this week. Please learn about Serra's life and the work of the California Missions by looking at the materials and videos on our class blog. Then, list the reasons some people support him being named a saint. Next, write about the reasons why some say he should not be made a saint. Then, say which side you agree with and why.

This is a version of:

They Say

I Say

Why I Say It

Add information to your Christopher Columbus Data Set. from these movies and articles.


We'll watch a movie on the Continents and Oceans.

We'll watch this movie on Columbus Day and this movie on Christopher Columbus.


Log-on to Columbus and the New World. Complete the activity and email it to Mr. Ferlazzo.

Watch these movies on Christopher Columbus:

Christopher Columbus' Big Surprise

Famous People (Click on Christopher Columbus)

Watch Columbus Explorations.

Watch Europe Looks Outward.

Take this test on Columbus and play this game.



Write in the comments section how you felt when you first entered the United States.  If you were too young to remember, please ask your parents how they felt and write what they say.

Watch this movie on Reading Maps.

Columbus Day

Why Do We Celebrate Columbus Day?

Do this cloze on Christopher Columbus.

Christopher Columbus Game


Imagine how you would feel if people you had never seen before came to your house and told you they were taking it for themselves. What you would do?


Native Americans in the Northern Plains painted stories on the skins of buffaloes. They are similar to Hmong story cloths.


Read about Buffalo Hide Paintings.


On a sheet of paper, draw your own Buffalo Hide painting on the "parchment paper." You can choose one of these three stories to tell in at least six or seven pictures:

* Your family's immigration story

* An important event in your or your family's life

* Put yourself in the position of an ancient Native American and recount a story that you might experience

After you are finished with your drawing, please write about it.

If there is time, record your explanation using Vocaroo and paste its url address into your comment.