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LATEST UPDATE!

10/1 After several conversations, I have decided to offer all 3 versions of my study guides, so parents and students can decide for themselves which works best. 9/23 It seems that the trial of “no work” study guides was not sucessful, with grades dropping substantially, so we will return to the study guides with questions. For all my visiting students, families, and teachers, I encourage you to use anything you can from the site. Thanks for visting and bookmark to find your way back!-Mr. Bower Mr. Bower’s LLS page!

Our Current Unit!

We are studying World War I

Fast Find It! The most searched for

sections on the site are here:

The News Page Games Page

Jumpstart your school year!

As we head toward the new school year, let mrbower.com provide lots of ideas and resources to students and teachers to jumpstart or catch up to start your the next school year strong, or just enjoy the history games and videos!

America is growing! New Census count released!

The number of residents of the United States grew 22,703,743 people in the last 10 years according to the Census count released today (April 26) To see the final count of people in the United States, as well as to see which 6 states will gain representatives in Congress and which 7 states will lose representatives , and for even more information, CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE CENSUS BUREAU AND READ THE PRESS RELEASE!

Presidential Innaugurations!

Celebrate this year’s innauguration by checking out artifacts from the Library of Congress from each of the past 45 presidents CLICK THE LINK to visit!

100th Anniversary of Women Voting

(19th Amendment)!

August marks the 100th Anniversay of the 19th Amendment. FMS is hosting a pop-up exhibit from the National Archives, but unfortunately due to social distancing needs, we are unable to have students visit it at this time. Until then, you can view sections of the exhibit and enjoy these videos and links to learn more about the fight for the vote for women! Exhibit 1 Exhibit 2 Exhibit 3 Exhibit 4 CLICK HERE to visit the National Archives page on Women’s Suffrage CLICK HERE to visit the National Parks Service page on the 19th Amendment

Solving (some of) the Digital Divide!

When I am asked why I have a website when not everyone has internet access, my answer is always “Why do we have roads when not everyone owns a car?” This is a personal site, not an official class site, and it gives me an oppotunity to help lots of students and parents, and a growing number of them not even in my school or state, as well as helping other teachers. In this time when we are reminded of how deep our digital divide is, I want to remind everone of a couple of options that can narrow the gap, even if I cannot fix it. Some internet service providers offer internet service at reduced rates for students who participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). These programs are provided through the FCC and are called Lifeline. Use this National Verifier to look through a list of providers and options here. In order to qualify, there will be an application process. Below are some of the Fluvanna Lifeline options, and special thanks to the Fluvanna IT dept. Fluvanna, as well as many other school systems, also beefed up wi-fi around school buildings, so you can use the internet from the comfort and safety of your car.

Mr. Bower on Television!

When Virginia scrambled to teach students without computers or internet access, WHRO in Hampton Rhodes asked me to be the 7th grade history teacher for their programming. Classes rotate each day with History programming each Thursday. Funding for history lessons, did not continue past the first season, but a second season continues the math and language arts instruction. Click Here for a complete listing of stations (Scroll down for stations, some air times have changed since the initial post). Episodes can also be accessed on EmediaVA. CLICK HERE to watch my episodes or CLICK HERE to watch all episodes.

The State of the Union EXTRA CREDIT

Assignment

CLICK HERE to go to the State of the Union page, where you can get the State of the Union Speech extra credit worksheet, watch the speech live, or watch several previous speeches going back to President Truman!

WELCOME TO mrbower.com

Tnaks for all the positive feedback on the recent redesign of my website. With more and more visitors using mobile devices to access the site, a lot of effort went into making the site mobile friendly. Site navigation is also improved, making it easier for students and parents to find the unit content they are looking for. I have also added specific news and pop culture pages in response to requests. Thanks to everyone who asked for help identifying objective and trustworthy sources of news and current events, and I hope the resulting page becomes a reliable resource for students and families. As you can see, I’ve done even more tweaking to the site to make navigating and using the resources easier for students, parents, and teachers. Some functions and menus may behave a bit wonky as I iron out problems. Please bookmark the site, keep coming back as I add more and more content. My goal is to make this a fun place to learn history and get help, for my current and former students and parents, teachers around VIrgina and the world, and anyone who wants to enjoy history. Let me know if there is anything you think should be added. NOTE: Some functions on the mobile version of the website may be limited. POP CULTURE PAGE IS GROWING The pop culture page is now live with some Cold War and World War 2 content. Studying what people used to entertain themselves can tell you a great deal about what was going on at the time and how it affected them. Keep visiting, and I will be adding much more content over the next couple of weeks, including songs of World War I. Enjoy how pop culture givesus an entertaining glimpse into history.

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© 2001-2019 Bob Bower, All rights reserved  mrbower.com is my personal website.  All opinions expressed on the site are my own and do not necessarily express the opinions of Fluvanna Middle School, Fluvanna County Public Schools, or the Commonwealth of Virginia.  While intended as a service to my students and their families, as well as the community and to students and teachers around the world, no student is ever required to use the site.  While all linked content is belived to be appropriate for middle school audiences, I cannot be responsible for linked content outside of the site.  As always, I strongly suggest parents closely monitor their student's computer and internet usage.  Please report any inappropriate links to me using the contact information, and feel free to suggest any content you believe students will benefit from.  Advertising revenue and affiliate commissions are used to offset the cost of producing and hosting the website.  Any excess revenue is used to purchase materials and supplies for my classroom.  Please let me know if you have any negative or positive experiences with any advertisers to help my consider if the deserve better placement or removal from the site.  While I do not collect personally identifieable information from users who acdess the site, aggrigate information such as search tems, access times, and browsers used to access the site are collected to better enable programming an enjoyable visit to the site.  Cookies are used to track advertising revenue and affilate commissions that pay for the site.  Content is regularly checked for viruses and malware.  Your use of the website constitutes your agreement to these conditions
HISTORY ONLINE 24/7/365
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LATEST UPDATE!

10/1 After several conversations, I have decided to offer all 3 versions of my study guides, so parents and students can decide for themselves which works best. 9/23 It seems that the trial of “no work” study guides was not sucessful, with grades dropping substantially, so we will return to the study guides with questions. For all my visiting students, families, and teachers, I encourage you to use anything you can from the site. Thanks for visting and bookmark to find your way back!-Mr. Bower Mr. Bower’s LLS page!

Our Current Unit!

We are studying World War I

Fast Find It! The most searched for sections

on the site are here:

The News Page Games Page

Jumpstart your school year!

As we head toward the new school year, let mrbower.com provide lots of ideas and resources to students and teachers to jumpstart or catch up to start your the next school year strong, or just enjoy the history games and videos!

America is growing! New Census

count released!

The number of residents of the United States grew 22,703,743 people in the last 10 years according to the Census count released today (April 26) To see the final count of people in the United States, as well as to see which 6 states will gain representatives in Congress and which 7 states will lose representatives , and for even more information, CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE CENSUS BUREAU AND READ THE PRESS RELEASE!

Presidential Innaugurations!

Celebrate this year’s innauguration by checking out artifacts from the Library of Congress from each of the past 45 presidents CLICK THE LINK to visit!

100th Anniversary of Women Voting

(19th Amendment)!

August marks the 100th Anniversay of the 19th Amendment. FMS is hosting a pop-up exhibit from the National Archives, but unfortunately due to social distancing needs, we are unable to have students visit it at this time. Until then, you can view sections of the exhibit and enjoy these videos and links to learn more about the fight for the vote for women! Exhibit 1 Exhibit 2 Exhibit 3 Exhibit 4 CLICK HERE to visit the National Archives page on Women’s Suffrage CLICK HERE to visit the National Parks Service page on the 19th Amendment

Solving (some of) the Digital Divide!

When I am asked why I have a website when not everyone has internet access, my answer is always “Why do we have roads when not everyone owns a car?” This is a personal site, not an official class site, and it gives me an oppotunity to help lots of students and parents, and a growing number of them not even in my school or state, as well as helping other teachers. In this time when we are reminded of how deep our digital divide is, I want to remind everone of a couple of options that can narrow the gap, even if I cannot fix it. Some internet service providers offer internet service at reduced rates for students who participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). These programs are provided through the FCC and are called Lifeline. Use this National Verifier to look through a list of providers and options here. In order to qualify, there will be an application process. Below are some of the Fluvanna Lifeline options, and special thanks to the Fluvanna IT dept. Fluvanna, as well as many other school systems, also beefed up wi-fi around school buildings, so you can use the internet from the comfort and safety of your car.

Mr. Bower on Television!

When Virginia scrambled to teach students without computers or internet access, WHRO in Hampton Rhodes asked me to be the 7th grade history teacher for their programming. Classes rotate each day with History programming each Thursday. Funding for history lessons, did not continue past the first season, but a second season continues the math and language arts instruction. Click Here for a complete listing of stations (Scroll down for stations, some air times have changed since the initial post). Episodes can also be accessed on EmediaVA. CLICK HERE to watch my episodes or CLICK HERE to watch all episodes.

The State of the Union EXTRA CREDIT

Assignment

CLICK HERE to go to the State of the Union page, where you can get the State of the Union Speech extra credit worksheet, watch the speech live, or watch several previous speeches going back to President Truman!

WELCOME TO mrbower.com

Tnaks for all the positive feedback on the recent redesign of my website. With more and more visitors using mobile devices to access the site, a lot of effort went into making the site mobile friendly. Site navigation is also improved, making it easier for students and parents to find the unit content they are looking for. I have also added specific news and pop culture pages in response to requests. Thanks to everyone who asked for help identifying objective and trustworthy sources of news and current events, and I hope the resulting page becomes a reliable resource for students and families. As you can see, I’ve done even more tweaking to the site to make navigating and using the resources easier for students, parents, and teachers. Some functions and menus may behave a bit wonky as I iron out problems. Please bookmark the site, keep coming back as I add more and more content. My goal is to make this a fun place to learn history and get help, for my current and former students and parents, teachers around VIrgina and the world, and anyone who wants to enjoy history. Let me know if there is anything you think should be added. NOTE: Some functions on the mobile version of the website may be limited. POP CULTURE PAGE IS GROWING The pop culture page is now live with some Cold War and World War 2 content. Studying what people used to entertain themselves can tell you a great deal about what was going on at the time and how it affected them. Keep visiting, and I will be adding much more content over the next couple of weeks, including songs of World War I. Enjoy how pop culture givesus an entertaining glimpse into history.

CLICK HERE for TODAY’S NEWSPAPERS

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