5B Mrs. Barberesi

Attention Parents: Please note: I strongly believe that an established partnership with parents is crucial to support student learning. Please feel free to contact me any time. sbarberesi5589@st-josephschool.com 

 Your children have been given online access to their Journeys textbook. Below is the website: https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/ They have all been given their logins and passwords. Here they can access both Journeys and Go Math


******* The bulk of this will be completed in class. Please make sure your child has all necessary supplies, and works on their ideas at home, prints out anything they may need at home, and works on the content at home for at least 10 minutes per night this week.********* Grade 5 End of Year Final Project - Interdisciplinary (ELA/SS) Assignment: Create Your Own Board Game

Task: You are a board game manufacturer and you have been assigned the task of creating a board game that will help introduce what the incoming 5th graders will learn next year in an interesting way.


  1. Using a piece of drawing paper (I will provide you), colored paper, colored pencils, and markers, create a game board.  

  1. Put the name of your game on the front of the drawing paper  and decorate the inside so that it is a game board. Make it neat, colorful, interesting and creative!

  1. Create at least 25 questions and answers for your game that relate to a specific subject you learned this year.  The questions must be somehow be incorporated into playing the game. Example Subjects: Math, Science, Health, ELA, Social Studies, Spanish, Religion, Art, Gym, Technology

  1. Relate the information and purpose of the game to the grade 5 subject you liked. Join that particular collaborative group. Example: If you are in the SS group, the game board can be in the shape of the USA or if you are in the ELA group, the purpose of your game can be to return from Narnia, etc.

  1. Write directions for your game that will make it perfectly clear how to play the game. Type the directions and glue them to the back of the drawing paper.

  1. Make sure the content and difficulty of your game are appropriate for your subject and for the new 5th graders’ abilities.

Creative Suggestions: use dice, create game cards, figures, pieces, rewards, game cash, or other rewards. Use coins, a stopwatch, clock or egg timer. Use a counter, pawn, or playing piece, dice, a dice cup, and maybe create a game box as an extra Rubric for Grade 5 Culminating Project is posted on google classroom. ______________________________________________________ 6th Grade ELA/SS Culminating Final Project Roman Newspaper Final Project Grade 6 SS

Aim: To create a newspaper based on the events of Roman times with a group.

What do I need to do?

You are the newspaper editors and journalists, writers, reporters,  illustrators, photographers, layout specialists and publishers of a Roman newspaper (use your imagination because there were no newspapers in Roman times.)  Your task is to collaborate with your group members to design a newspaper from the time of the Roman Empire

What do I need to bring to class?

Your materials (markers, colored pencils, scissors, glue, tape, articles, photographs, pictures, research, printed out articles, works-in-progress, your enthusiasm, your brains, your kindness, and patience, strong work ethic and your knowledge of Roman Times

What must the newspaper include?

  • A title banner with the name of your paper, the date, the volume etc.

  • At least 5 main articles that's AT LEAST 150 words long with paragraphs, written in columns, with titles and captions

  • Advertising and at least 5 small articles to fill in ALL empty space

  • Pictures with captions (Can be hand-drawn or from the internet)

  • At least 5 of the following additional features:

  • Editorials

  • Comic Strips

  • Political Cartoons

  • Obituary

  • Small word search

  • Crossword

  • Trivia section

  • Help Wanted

  • Classified Advertisements (for sale, services, jobs, personal ads, real estate, lost pets, adoption notices)

  • Recipe

  • Sports

  • Weather

  • Maps

  • Marriage, Engagement or Birth announcements

  • Interview: Augustus, Julius Caesar, Cicero, Constantine the Great, Gaius Marius, Nero, Spartacus the Gladiator, Trajan, Emperors of the Roman Empire, Women of Rome

  • Beauty Tips

  • Advice Column (like Dear Abby or Ann Landers, etc)

  • Medical Advice

What do I need to remember when writing my newspaper article?


  • Make your headline short and snappy.

  • In the first sentence sum up what the story is about.

  • Write your report in the third person and the past tense.

  • Split your newspaper report up into paragraphs to help the reader clearly understand the information.

  • If you use quotes to make your report more interesting, don't forget to use speech marks!

  • Use a photo with a caption to give the reader more information.

  • Fill your newspaper report with both facts and opinions. Facts give the reader all of the information they need by using the 5 W's.

What are some examples of types of articles that should be included in my newspaper?

  • Story of Romulus and Remus

  • Geography - Impact of the location of the Roman Empire on Roman life

  • Religion - Significance of the Roman gods and how they impact life, and/or compare to Greek gods, rise of Christianity,

  • Art, Architecture - Literature, Paintings, sculptures,

  • Politics - fall of the Roman Republic, Julius Caesar, ,rise of Augustus and other kings ,    

  • Economics - Business - Trade and commerce, economic problems

  • Science/Technology - architecture, other advancements, construction, roman numerals,  expansion, etc.

  • Society, the daily life of Rome (in the city, in the country, food, clothing, cooking, family life, slaves and peasants, women and men, plebeians and patricians)

  • Arts and Leisure - Roman Art, literature, mythology, the Arena and Entertainment, the theatre

  • Rise of Constantinople

  • Fall of the Roman Empire

  • Sports

  • Education/Philosophy

  • Travel

  • Any of the following can be topics for your 5 main articles -

  • Overview of Ancient Rome and significant events about the Roman Republic, The Early History of Rome, How Rome when from a republic to an empire, The various wars and battles of Rome, The fall of the Republic

  • An article about the cities and engineering of rome (the city of Rome, the City of Pompeii, the Colosseum, the housing and homes of the wealthy/poor,  

Creative Hints:

  • Use Roman Numerals - I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X   50 =L, 100 = C, 500 = D, 1000 = M

  • Roman months - Januarius, Februarius, Martius, Aprilis, Maius, Junius, Julius, Augustus, (the rest are the same as now)

  • Roman money was called Denari… abbreviated as D.

  • Common male names were: Marcus, Julius, Caesar, Rufus, Trajan, Claudius, Marius, Triberious,

  • Common female names were Julia, Livia, Drusilla, Athena, Helena, Sabbina,

What are some options/suggestions for small or extra articles. You can come up with your own!

  • The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius and the destruction of Pompeii in 79AD

  • Pirate Attack!

  • How to get ahead in city life

  • Emperor Nero burned down the city of Rome in 64 CE so that he could build himself a new capital. He later committed suicide

  • A chariot race. Who won? How close was it? Were there injuries?

  • Watching the gladiators - there were even some women slaves who trained as gladiators and how fought (Achillia and Amazon)

  • Rising taxes, no jobs, too much money being spent on fancy buildings

  • The opening of a new aqueduct, theatre, forum, amphitheater, market, bathhouse, library, temple

What should I have on the cover page?

  1. A title banner with the name of the paper, date, volume

  2. Main headlines and one sentence summary of articles  and page numbers

  3. Names of students in your group

What should be inside of the newspaper?

All the articles (but your name on the articles you personally write!!!)

What should I have on the inside page?

  1. Table of contents (sections, titles of articles and page #s, pictures introducing articles, map of Roman Empire)

  2. Letter from the editor

Due Dates: Decide on articles and personal responsibilities  and begin research by Tuesday June 5th

Main articles Brainstorm due Thursday, June 6th

Main article, hard copy due in class Monday June 10th

Small article and additional feature due in class on Wednesday June 12th

Final layout design due Thursday June 13th

Final Newspapers due Monday June 17th!