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Ms Erin Deering 5th & 6th Social Studies

Ms. Deering:  Welcome back to SJF!!  My name is Erin Deering, and this is my sixth year teaching at St. John Fisher.  My husband and I have two children, Shannon is starting her junior year at Marian University and our son, Declan, is in 7th grade.  I graduated from St. Xavier University with my degree in elementary education.  I am working to finish my special ed endorsement this fall at St. Francis University.  I have always enjoyed working with children and look forward to working with your student this year in social studies.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at students can share any work with me at




Posted on Mar 17, 2020

Please feel free to email me with any questions during the next two weeks, I will be working online with Google Classroom everyday and will respond either on Classroom or via email.

5th grade has the packet that outlines their daily reading and vocabulary that should be entered into their notes.  This is Unit 6, where we will be studying the American Civil War.  The outline is also posted on Google Classroom where students can access the outline incase they misplaced the packet.  

6th grade we will continue reading through chapter 7, Ancient China.   We will be reading about Confucius this week and will focus in on just key vocab terms and ideas.  

Primary Sources 9-17-19

Posted on Sep 17, 2019

Today in class, the 6th graders had time to look at a few different types of primary sources.  I brought in for them to look at items that belonged to my Grandpa, Harry Mallory, from WWII.  These items included an army ration book that he was issued, several leave passes while in Belgium and a roster of soldiers he served with.  I also was able to show them two of his driver's licenses, "chauffeur" licenses, one from 1927 and another from 1935.

Students were also able to look at four photos taken from different vantage points on Archer Ave from around 1910.

After looking at these different items students answered two questions about using primary sources

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Welcome 2019-20

Posted on Aug 19, 2019

Welcome back to SJF, Falcons!

This week ahead will be a busy three days.  Please feel free to send me an email with any questions or concerns.

5th Grade Social Studies:

  • Students will receive their text books, please make sure your students book is covered by Friday, August 23.
  • Students will be taking notes daily.  In class we read together, have discussions on the content that we have read, work on making connections to what we may know about the topic and go over vocabulary terms and key people/ideas.
  • My power points are always posted on Google Classroom.  Students who are absent, or missed something during class are able to complete their notes from Classroom.  
  • Due Aug. 28: signed Social Studies classroom rules and topics.

6th Grade Social Studies:

  • Students will receive their text books, please make sure your students book is covered by Friday, August 23.
  • We will be taking notes in class daily.  Students can always access my notes via Google Classroom.  If your student is absent, or may have missed something they can always find it on Classroom.
  • This year, 6th grade will be presenting Current Events.  Students will bring home a paper explaining how this assignment is to be presented, how it is graded, and due dates explained.  Please return the signed portion by Aug. 28.
  • We will be studying ancient civilizations this year, students will be learning about the different polytheistic religions, and how technologies continue to develop in different parts of the world.  We will often talk about the process of archaeology, and how archaeologists and historians have to work to piece together the puzzles of the past.
  • Due Aug. 28: signed Social Studies classroom rules and topics and signed Current Events form.


Posted on Apr 03, 2019

Sometimes you need a baby chick break after taking an ASPIRE test.  Thank you, Mrs. Scannell for letting us visit these guys.

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Naper Settlement pictures

Posted on Mar 31, 2019

We were glad to have beautiful weather on Friday for our field trip.  The staff and characters at Naper Settlement were wonderful and our students, the Class of Naper Academy 1858, did a great job responding to questions at each stop, with great manners.

I was proud to see how our students behaved, and listened to each presenter at each stop on our way.  I wish we could have taken pictures inside each location, but I was able to catch a few outside and we were lucky that the Blacksmith was on location and showed us how important the blacksmith was to the town in those days and he also showed the kids how to make a leaf hook.  It was a great day!

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Naper Settlement

Posted on Mar 25, 2019

We are a few days away from our trip to Naper Settlement.

Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered to chaperone our trip, it is greatly appreciated.  

  • Students are to wear their SJF gym uniform and gym shoes.  This is outside, so make sure your student has a jacket and umbrella if needed.
  • Lunches: Students need to bring a lunch, brown paper bag no glass or cans please.  Please be sure to write your students first and last name on their lunch bag.


  • Please check in at the school office by 8:25 and go to Kane Hall.  
  • You will be given a paper bag to put your students lunches in.
  • We are going to be in five groups, so there will be more than one chaperone per group of 14-15 kids.
  • Once at Naper Settlement you will get into your groups, we will be given a place to put our lunches while we are exploring.

Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Erin Deering

Naper Settlement Trip

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

Thank you to all of the parents who have volunteered to chaperone.  We have all of our spots full.  Thank you for volunteering your time to help us on our trip. 

Notes will be going home this week for our chaperones.  Please check in at the office by 8:30 and head to your students homeroom. I have asked the buses to be here by 8:30 so that we can be on the road by 8:45.

5th grade field trip

Posted on Mar 02, 2019

Thank you for all of the volunteers so far!  Room 204 has filled our 6 spots for chaperones.  Thank you so much to all who have volunteered.  We will keep your names for back ups. 



On Friday, March 29th the 5th grade class will be taking a trip to Naper Settlement to experience the Voices of the past: The Underground Railroad in Northern Illinois program.  This is a living history program and I am looking forward to this trip.

Students will bring home permission slips on Monday with information on the trip as well as a section for chaperone volunteers, please make sure you are Virtus certified if you would like to chaperone.  Students will need to bring a brown bag lunch and wear their SJF gym uniforms. The cost for students is $20, chaperones $8.  Please email me with any questions you may have.  All permission slips must be turned in by 3-18.


 Thank you,

Ms. Deering 

Catholic Schools Week 2019

Posted on Feb 04, 2019

What a fun week, although short!  Catholic Schools Week was full of activities and service.  The week was ended with a faculty vs. SOAR volleyball game, and let me say that I had a blast participating in the game.  

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Jan 7

Posted on Jan 06, 2019

Welcome back to school!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.  As we come back this week, we are jumping right back into our studies. Thank you all for the Christmas wishes, one of the things I am most proud of is the community and traditions at SJF.  I love our Christmas prayer service and I think it's a great way to come together as a community to celebrate and prepare for the celebration of Christ's birth.


Current Events:  6th graders have been presenting current events every Friday this year.  The way the assignment works is that five students volunteer each Monday to present on Friday. The google doc they submit must have their proper heading, the title of the article, date of the article (must be within 2 wks), author of article, and where the article came from. (Newspaper name, magazine, website. . . ) Students are then to write a paragraph explaining the event and how it relates to us, why is it important?  Does it affect us? Does it affect the world? Our city? Our country?  In PowerSchool, the current events assignment has a due date that is several weeks away.  This is so that each student has a chance to present.  If your student signs up to present on Friday, and they do not have it completed, it will be put in as missing in PowerSchool.  Students should have it turned in for half credit the next day. If they do not complete the assignment, it will be a zero.

Current Event Comments:  Students who do not present on Friday, take notes during their classmates presentations.  Their assignment is to write a thoughtful reflection.  This is submitted via Google Classroom, it must have a full proper heading, students should state who they are reflecting on, a brief summary of the topic presented and then what they thought of the topic.  I am looking for my students to write thoughtful reflections on a topic that they found interesting.  Many of the reflections that are being turned in are just a recap of a presentation and nothing more.  I am trying to get the students to expand on their writing and their thoughts.  Reflections are due the Monday after the presentations.

* Please make sure that your student has the supplies needed for class, this includes pens, highlights, paper, test folders and notebooks.  

Dec. 19

Posted on Dec 19, 2018

Merry Christmas!!!!

You can sense the excitement from the kids as they are counting down to Christmas morning.  What a special time of year, I absolutely love to hear their stories about what makes Christmas special to them and their traditions as we prepare our hearts and homes for the celebration of Jesus' birth.

Friday is our Christmas "party" day.  Students were able to order cookies and milk, we will watch a Christmas movie, have our grab bag gift exchange game, and we have our wonderful Christmas Prayer Service at 11:30 AM that is always a highlight of the school year.

In room 204, we will have breakfast together, I will have waffles and orange juice for the kids.  If your student would like to bring in a snack, they may.


I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

~Ms. Deering

Pearl Harbor Presentation

Posted on Dec 10, 2018

On Monday, Dec. 3 we were lucky to have Dr. Stritch come and talk to us about the attacks on Peal Harbor.  Dr. Stritch always gives great presentations to our students and it is always a great experience.  I am sharing some pictures from his talk.







Christmas Cards for the Troops

Posted on Nov 28, 2018

This week the fifth and sixth grade will be making cards for the Troops stationed in the Middle East.  My Aunt Mary's sister, Col. Shannon-Ball, is stationed in the Middle East for the United States Army.  We will be sending a care package to Col. Shannon-Ball filled with Christmas Cards, some decorations and well wishes to share with the soldiers she is stationed with.  

I would like to get these in the mail by Dec. 5 to make sure they arrive before Christmas.  Please feel free to email me with any questions, I think this is a great project for the kids to work on during the Advent season.

Thank you,

Ms. Deering

Veteran's Day Program

Posted on Nov 16, 2018

IMG_9198On November 9 we had a wonderful opportunity to welcome 9 Veterans to come and speak with our 5/6 and 7/8 grade students and then join us for a Veteran's Day Prayer Service.   I cannot thank our Veterans enough for their selfless service to our nation, and for taking the time from their day to come and speak with our students and share in our prayer service.












Nov. 12

Posted on Nov 11, 2018

At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the Great War ends.  “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations …” President Woodrow Wilson, 

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI

We take the time to honor those men and women who have served our country in all branches of the military on Nov. 11. Thank you to all who came and honored our Veterans with us on Friday during our prayer service.  

The fifth and sixth grade did a great job during our panel discussion with our veteran volunteers.  Thank you so much to our veterans who came and spent the afternoon with us.


Nov. 5

Posted on Nov 01, 2018

6th graders have been working hard to gather information and write their papers about the Egyptians.  I am proud of their hard work in class.

Students started sketching out their sarcophagus on Thursday, I have suggested a thin black marker, or a Sharpie to outline their artwork before coloring in.  Students may use colored pencils, crayons, or markers to color in.  Students may like to use a metallic marker to fill in some of their artwork, I have been able to find these markers at the dollar store.

Please check in with your student to be sure that they are following the guidelines for this project.  The typed five paragraph essay is due along with their packets.  Students also need to attach any of their rough drafts to the back of their packets.  I look forward to sharing pictures with you all when they are finished.

Oct 30-Nov.2

Posted on Oct 26, 2018

Students may be out of uniform on Halloween and wear black and orange.  No costumes.  Students may bring a treat to pass out if they like.

6th Grade Egypt:

  • In the past I have given an extra credit option for the kids to create an art project along with a 6-8 sentence paragraph about the project they created.  This can be about anything that we have studied in Ancient Egypt so far, it does not have to be about the afterlife since our research project is about that aspect of Egyptian life.  Students in past years have made dioramas, paintings, scrolls, clay canopic jars. The paper that goes along with extra credit must have proper heading and should be typed, double spaced.  
  • This is for three points possible, I will add these points onto whichever grade is lower the research project or the final Egypt test.
  • I stressed to the kids that this should be a very cheap activity. Students have used playdoh, croutons, legos, bar soap, tooth paste, shoe boxes and so many different items that are probably already at home to make some creative Egyptian scenes.


Egypt project

Posted on Oct 23, 2018

Students received their Egypt packet today in class.  We read through the packet together and your students highlighted important information in the instructions.  We set a tentative due date of Wednesday, Nov. 7 for the paper and project to be turned in.  This date may change if we need more time. 

Your student must turn in the completed packed with their typed research paper and colored sarcophagus. The packet is filled with graphic organizers and places for students to fill in information.  Your student needs to have their packet with them everyday, we will work in time in class to research.  The packet will be filled in by your student and counts as a grade.  Also, students need to be working on this project in class, being prepared for class includes having the supplies needed to work on the project.

The essay is a five paragraph research essay about the Egyptian afterlife.  Students are to use three sources, one must be a book and one must be a website.  We will work together in class to make our works cited page.  The essay will go into powerschool as its own grade, so there will be two grades for this assignment; the Egyptian project including packet and colored sarcophagus, and the essay with works cited list.

I have posted many websites on Classroom for your student to use while researching.  I also have some books from the SJF library in my room as well as some books from the local library by my house.  

This is a fun project and the kids always do a nice job, I look forward to working through this activity with them and sharing pictures with you all when finished.

Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you,

Ms. Deering

Oct. 12 Current Events

Posted on Oct 12, 2018

I wanted to share with you one of the current events that was presented today.  In class each Friday, five of the sixth graders present a current event that they picked.  Today, one of my students in period 2 presented a current event that I found to be very inspirational and moving. I must say, period two saw me with tears today.  

I am sharing his article today and I hope you have the chance to watch the video.  I took this opportunity to again remind my students that they can achieve anything they put their mind to, this young mans determination and dedication is something that was so touching, I hope period 2 walked away with a new perspective on the challenges that we can face in life.

The sixth grade has been doing a great job with sharing thoughtful events that are important to us and leading class discussions.

Jake F.


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Current Events

    Recently,  Nike signed a professional running contract with University of Oregon cross country runner Justin Gallegos. He is the first person to receive a professional sports contract to have Cerebral Palsy. Cerebral Palsy is a disability.  When someone has Cerebral Palsy it can affect their  body movement and Nervous System. Justin Gallegos finished his race and found out the best news of his life. He finds out that he is going to be running professionally with Nike. After the news given to him by a worker from Nike, Justin was very emotional and started to cry.  I think that this is a turning point for Justin's life. I think that this is important because it tells people to keep on trying your best at whatever problems that you face and to never give up. I think that Justin's story is very inspirational.

October 9

Posted on Oct 08, 2018

Ancient Egypt:

  • Please check in throughout the chapter to see any updates and upcoming due dates for our project.



Sept. 11 Lesson

Posted on Sep 16, 2018

9-11Our 9-11 lesson was about finding the positive in a negative.  We often talk in class about finding the positive in negative situations.  I often refer back to my favorite quote from Mr. Rogers, "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” 

The mini essays turned out great, and I couldn't have been prouder of the work that the kids put into them.  I showed them four pictures from 9-11 and asked them to look at each picture, pick one picture that touches you.  What do you think?  How does it make you feel?  Does it give you hope? Comfort in a time of chaos? Peace?  Students then were to restate the picture they chose and then write about it.  

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