Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Rippowam needs a little help.....

To All,

We are trying to get a claymation studio going at our school and would like a little help. Here is a link to our Donors Choose page. Click on the picture or the link to help.

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Press here to Donate.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Homework for Tuesday, May 10th

Homework for Tuesday, May 10th: The Role of Monasteries

Monday, May 9, 2016

Monday, May 2, 2016

Homework for Monday, May 2nd and Tuesday, May 3rd

Homework for Monday, May 2nd and Tuesday, May 3rd: Economic Life in the Roman Empire

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Homework for Wednesday, April 27th

Homework for Wednesday, April 27th: Empire of Augustus

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Friday, April 15, 2016

Rippowam Middle School Parent Survey

To All,

Your chance to tell us about your child's experience at Rippowam. Please click on the link below and take a few minuets to complete this survey.

Rippowam Middle School Parent Survey

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Greek God or Goddess Advertisement

To All,

This is the project we are working on IN CLASS - This is due on Tuesday, March 17th.

 Here is an example.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Greek Myths Webquest

Myths webquest

Click here for the webquest worksheet
Part 1: Greek gods
Part 2: Ancient Arcade 
Part 3: The Myth of Hercules

Part 4: The Myth of Narcissus
Part 5: Adventures in Ancient Greece
Ancient Greece Games

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Homework for Wednesday, March 9th

Homework for Wednesday, March 9th: Love yourself, But Not Too Much

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Homework for Tuesday, March 8th

Homework for Tuesday, March 8th: The Perfect Woman

These are the pages to finish the Olympian Review...

Use these pages to complete the Olympian Review sheet if you did not finish in class:

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Homework for Thursday, March 3rd

Homework for Thursday, March 3rd: From Flight to Fall

Homework for Wednesday, March 2nd

Homework for Wednesday, March 2nd: A Princess and a Continent

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Homework for Tuesday, March 1st.

Homework for Tuesday, March 1st: Greek City-States
*My 1st and 2nd period classes did not get the homework last night so I gave them 10 min. in class to work on it.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Homework for Monday, February 29th, 2016

Homework for Monday, February 29th, 2016 - Happy Leap Year!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Three Gorges Dam Facts

Three Gorges Dam Facts

How Stuff Works Article to fill out chart in packet.

Three Gorges Dam Article Questions

Guided Reading Questions
Directions: Use the CNN reading to answer the following questions.

1) What are the dimensions of the proposed dam? How big of a reservoir will it create? How long will it take to finish?

2) Name the river that the project will be built on. In what part of China is it located? How does it rank to other rivers around the world?

3) Which Chinese city would benefit the most from the lock system that will be built with the project? Why?

4) Who is Dai Qing? What happened to him and why?

5) Some experts predict some environmental hazards that will need to be addressed for the reservoir. What are they?

6) What is the social cost of the project? How many people will this effect? Where will they go and how will there lives possibly be different?

7) Why are historians critical of the project?

8) How does China get much of its current electrical supply? How much could this project help? Give the equivalent of how much energy this could produce for the United States.


Three Gorges Dam Article

China's Three Gorges Dam
China's biggest construction project since the Great Wall generates
controversy at home and abroad
By Bruce Kennedy CNN Interactive
(CNN) -- It is the virtual definition of a monumental project -- a dam one and a half miles wide and more than 600 feet high that will create a reservoir hundreds of feet deep and nearly 400 miles long. The reservoir, its engineers say, will enable 10,000-ton ocean-going freighters to sail directly into the nation's interior for six months of each year, opening a region burgeoning with agricultural and manufactured products. And the dam's hydropower turbines are expected to create as much electricity as 18 nuclear power plants.

The project is China's Three Gorges Dam, and it has already been the subject of great international scrutiny. It is being called the largest construction project in China since the Great Wall. Many high-ranking Chinese officials expect the dam to become a potent symbol of their nation's vitality in the new century and the new millennium.

Chinese authorities hope the dam will take care of several major national problems with a single monumental stroke. The Three Gorges project is seen as an important future source of energy for China's growing electrical consumption. It is also expected to tame the fabled Yangzi River. The Yangzi's notorious floods have been recorded for millennia and have claimed more than 1 million lives in the past 100 years.

Known to most Chinese as Chang Jiang (Long River), the Yangzi at 3,937 miles is the third longest river in the world behind the Nile and the Amazon.

The father of modern China, Sun Yat-sen, is credited with first proposing the idea of a hydroelectric dam at Three Gorges in 1919. And in the mid-1950s, after devastating floods along the Yangzi, Mao Tse-tung ordered feasibility studies on damming the river.

The project includes a system of locks, the largest ever built, intended to bring ocean-going ships 1,500 miles inland to Chongqing, the capital of the municipality created from Sichuan Province in 1997 to encompass the project. The municipality, with more than 30 million people, is under the direct control of the central government in Beijing. Officials hope the combination of inexpensive electricity and cheap river transportation will further open the region to international investment -- making Chongqing a major business center.

The great expectations surrounding the Three Gorges Dam project also have generated a huge reservoir of controversy from within China and abroad.

Concerns have surfaced about the dam itself. Allegations of corruption among officials involved with the project have raised fears of shoddy construction. The Chinese media recently reported several incidents in which corruption and poor construction have led to disasters at major building projects. Notable among the reports was the collapse of a steel bridge in the city of Chongqing in January 1999 that killed 40 people.

Such incidents also have prompted rare open criticism from the Chinese leadership regarding the Three Gorges Dam. In early 1999 Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji inspected the dam site. He warned those involved in the project that "the responsibility on your shoulders is heavier than a mountain. Any carelessness or negligence will bring disaster to our future generations and cause irretrievable losses." Zhu also suggested China might invite top international engineers to inspect the dam and monitor its construction.

Non-governmental criticism of the project also has surfaced. Journalist Dai Qing was jailed for 10 months in 1989-90 after criticizing the Three Gorges project and, by extension, Li Peng, the former Chinese premier and Soviet-trained engineer who spearheaded the dam's construction.

Dai calls Three Gorges "the most environmentally and socially destructive project in the world." She also calls for a halt to construction and supports the idea of a series of smaller, less disruptive construction projects on tributaries of the Yangzi.

Of further concern are claims the dam might become an environmental disaster. There have been little to no attempts made toward removing accumulations of toxic materials and other potential pollutants from industrial sites that will be inundated. Experts say such materials could leach into the reservoir, creating a health hazard. The relative lack of waste treatment plants in China also could mean run-off from communities around the dam would most likely go untreated directly into the reservoir and into the Yangzi.

"By severing the mighty river and slowing the flow of its water, the dam will cause pollution from industrial and residential sources to concentrate in the river, rather than be flushed out at sea," writes Chinese journalist Jin Hui in "The River Dragon Has Come!" a recently published collection of criticisms against the dam. "The result will be a poisoned river."

There are also claims that the dam will actually contribute to the silt accumulation in the Yangzi, rather than allow larger ships to travel the river.

And others dispute whether the electricity generated by the dam will be efficiently used.

"I think China has embraced an energy dinosaur," says Dr. John Byrne, director of the University of Delaware's Center for Energy and Environmental Policy. "In terms of an American scale, this dam is somewhat akin to the electrical load between Philadelphia and Washington D.C. being served from a single power plant."

Byrne is skeptical whether the huge amount of electricity expected to be generated by the Three Gorges project -- meant to produce power for Chongqing and places as far away as Shanghai -- can be efficiently and economically absorbed by China's electrical system.

The social element of Three Gorges has generated more questions than answers. The dam will "drown" more than 100 towns once the water starts to rise

in 2003. Government estimates say 1.2 million people will be resettled and that new land is being provided for 300,000 farmers. Some observers say the government may be underestimating by as many as 700,000 the number of people who actually will be relocated.

The issue of the farmland, much of which has been tilled by the same Chinese families for centuries and will be lost under the reservoir's waters, is particularly important, Byrne says.

"One of the tragedies of this [project], if just from a regional standpoint, is that the land that is going to be flooded is some of the most fertile in China," says Byrne. "The land to where the population is to be relocated is much less fertile."

The Yangzi River is home to some of China's most
spectacular natural scenery, a series of canyons known

as the Three Gorges

The frustrations of those caught up in the resettlement process have been well covered by the Chinese media. Even the People's Daily, the Chinese Communist Party's official newspaper, has editorialized against corruption and poor construction that have either delayed new housing or resulted in sub-standard buildings.

Historians also have questioned the dam's impact on attempts to preserve some aspects of China's long and illustrious history. Archaeologists and historians have estimated nearly 1,300 important sites will disappear under the reservoir's waters.

Most irreplaceable, according to some experts, are sites that are remnants of the homeland of the Ba, an ancient people who settled in the region about 4,000 years ago. A former curator at Beijing's National Museum of Chinese History describes the area as "the last and best place to study Ba culture."

For its part, the government is well aware of the problems and challenges posed by the Three Gorges project. Nevertheless Guo Shuyan, deputy director of the Three Gorges Project Commission under the State Council, has described the project as "environmentally sound, on the whole."

Chinese officials note the dam may end up providing as much as one-ninth of the nation's electrical production. Considering that China burns 50 million tons of coal each year for energy, their point is that the environmental benefits outweigh the environmental damage.

It appears the Three Gorges project is too far along to be halted. More than 20,000 workers are working around the clock on the dam itself. The reservoir is expected to be at its full depth by 2009.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016

The Mongols Daily Life Webquest

To All,

Mongolian daily life WebQuest:


The Mongols Daily Life Webquest

 Click on and read Daily Life on the Steppes


1.      On what continent did the Mongols live?

      2.   Who did the Mongols trade horses with?

3.   Why are the Mongols sometimes called the Felt Tent People?

4.   About how big were the groups that the Mongols traveled in?

5.   What did the Mongols use to travel?

6.   What were Mongol homes called?

7.   What was Mongolian royalty later known as?

8.   What types of games were popular with children?

9.   List three skills that were taught to Mongolian children.

10. What was the most important thing that Mongol parents taught their children?

Click the back button and click on and read White Food & Salty Tea

     11.  List at three of the common foods that the Mongols ate.

     12.  What resource did the Mongols use to fuel their fires?

     13. List three items the Mongols sometimes added to their tea.

Click the back button and click on and read Dels & Fabulous Hats

   14. What is a del? What kind of material was used to make a del.

   15. Explain the difference between a man and a woman del.

   16.  What kind of jewelry did both Mongolian men and women wear?

  17.  Why was hair so important to the Mongol people?

   18.  What kind of hats would the Mongols wear?                       

Click the back button and click on and read Tent Homes (gers, yurts)

  19. Describe what a Mongolian yurt looks like.

 20.  How quickly could a yurt or ger be taken apart and moved?

 21. What is one possible reason why it was considered bad luck to move around

       counterclockwise in a yurt. 

Click the back button and click on and read Well-wishing Customs

22. Who was greeted first in Mongol families?

23.  Pick and explain the importance of three Mongol Customs

Click the back button and click on and read Music & Dance

24. What type of instrument did the Mongols invent?   

Click the back button and click on and read Religion, Shaman, Tasm Figures, Ovoos

25. Why did the Mongols never become an agricultural society?

26. What did the ancient Mongols worship?

27. What is a shaman?

28. How did a person become a shaman in Mongol society?

29. What is an ovoo?

30.  What religion are most Mongol people today?

Click the back button and click on and read Festivals & Competitions

31. Why was Tsagaan Sar so important to the Mongol people?

32. What are the three “manly games” in Mongol culture?

33. Do the Mongol people still celebrate their major festivals today?

Click the back button and click on and read Inventions & Achievements

34. How have modern people learned about the customs and beliefs of the ancient

     Mongol people?

35. List three items that the Mongols invented or improved on.

Click the back button and click on and read Warriors

36. How were the horses of the Mongols uniquely decorated for battle?

37. Why were whistle arrows so terrifying?

38. When did the Mongols start having trained armies in their culture?

Click the back button and click on and read  Genghis Khan (Chinggis Khan, Khaan Khan) - Many Names, Same Man

 39. What kinds of behaviors did Genghis Khan think were important?

40. What is the most interesting thing you learned about the Mongols by doing this


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Homework for Wednesday, January 6th

Homework for Wednesday, January 6th: Vocabulary Builder 1

Midterm Exam Schedule

Math            Jan 20

Science        Jan 15

ELA            Jan 11

Social Studies       Jan 21 - Jan 22

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Monday, January 4, 2016