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Welcome to Mr Berlanga's Social Studies Class Site! I am excited to be starting my third year teaching Social Studies to 5th & 6th graders. Use this website as a resource for class handouts, announcements, assignments, and project updates. While you can contact me through the website, the best way to contact me is through email. If contacting me by email about your child's progress, please include your child's name and homeroom number in the subject of the email.

Recent Announcements

  • Choices in Little Rock Parent Letter Dear Parents, We will begin our Civil Rights unit focusing on efforts to desegregate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957. I feel it is important to prevent “surprises” and therefore wanted to inform you of sensitive language used in primary sources throughout this unit. Some sources will contain the use of the “N word” as said by protesters fighting integration of Central High School. This topic will  be discussed in the classroom by me as we work on this unit. I will use a strategy called “Contracting” which was taught to me by the Facing History and Ourselves Organization (facinghistory.org). Nevertheless, I like to include  parents in this discussion because each of you may feel differently ...
    Posted May 24, 2017, 11:30 AM by Javier Berlanga
  • Field Trip Reminders Since this is a walking field trip, students will need to be dressed appropriately for a 15 minute walk to the Museum Campus.We will leave promptly at 845 am. We will enter through the east Group Entrance.Students will eat their bag lunches at 1045 am in the Siragusa Lunchroom.Please visit the Silk Road and The Outsiders Inside exhibits so that students can complete their handouts.Students will need something to write with. Before leaving make sure your students are prepared.We will be leaving the Museum at 200 pm.
    Posted Apr 5, 2017, 3:14 PM by Javier Berlanga
  • History Fair Final Products Students have received History Fair packets for their final products due March 7th. Most Story Board graphic organizers have been handed back along with guiding questions. Students should use the following handouts/assignments to assist in completing their final product:History Fair Thesis G.O. (Google Classroom)Exhibit Story Board (paper handout)Guiding Questions (Google Classroom / Google Docs)History Board Sections Sentence Starters (Google Classroom)If your child does not have these items they have either not turned it in or turned it in on Friday Feb. 17th at the end of class and will receive it back on Tuesday. I have also included links to these above items and the packets that were handed out today in class. Feel ...
    Posted Feb 17, 2017, 1:16 PM by Javier Berlanga
  • History Fair Update As the History Fair project comes to its final month of work I wanted to reach out to parents so that they are aware of the remaining checkpoints and work that will need to be completed.First, here is the remaining time table for History Fair for 5th and 6th grades.5Rough Draft of Content to be put in board/website Thesis & Body Paragraphs for Papers Script of Documentary with full storyboardWeek of February 13, 20176Final Project DueMarch 7, 20177History Fair ShowcaseMarch 16th: 5th/6th5th: 1-2pm6th: 2:15- 3:30pmSecondly, students will begin to draft up their content for their trip-fold boards, documentary (6th), website (6th), or ...
    Posted Feb 5, 2017, 5:18 PM by Javier Berlanga
  • Friday Celebration Hi Middle School Parents,I reaching out to you for a little help making the Friday Celebration a success at South Loop. On Friday, students will be allowed to pick an activity held in any of the Middle School rooms from 1-3pm. We are doing this to incentivize students to be on their best behavior as this time of year students tend to get antsy and lose focus on school. I think this is a great idea that the administration came up with and I hope that you could help me make it a huge success. For my activity, I will be bringing my Playstation 3, 4, Wii and Xbox 360 so that the students can enjoy a little ...
    Posted Dec 21, 2016, 1:53 PM by Javier Berlanga
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