Windemere Ranch Middle School

Mrs. Souza



You can use any of these sites to help create your word cloud from your list of adjectives (when we create them in class).


Click the link provided to watch a short video of Buddhist Monks creating mandalas.


Mandala (Sanskrit: मण्डल, lit, circle) is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Indian religions, representing the universe. In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe.

Here are a few places to look for information on your country.  Please use one of these resources to safely search for credible information.


1) CIA World Factbook (see link below)

2) go to WRMS Library from schoolloop

    -Log into SIRS (use wrms_stu, falcons) and search for your   


3) go to WRMS Library from schoolloop

    -go to Facts on File (use wrms_stu, falcons to log into Ed1Stop)

    -search in Issues & Controversies for articles on your country

4) AIC (Arab-Israeli Conflict) Background Page

    -use the link below to go to the background page for the


    -scroll toward the bottom of the page and look for your country

    -find the link that says "What you need to know about..." and if

    they have a link about their neighbors you can read that, too

    -timeline of the country may be helpful, too

    (don't worry about the people yet, as you don't know what

     country or which person you will be playing yet)


If you are completely stuck, see if Ms. Turner can help you with your search.


Feel free to read the article on the latest research on settlement in the Indus River Valley.  It is a current, relevant connection to our study of Ancient India.


Please use this link to view the video on figurative language.


Please use this link to analyze the song lyrics for figurative language.


Below are links for a number of articles and on line resources related to Ancient India. All of these articles and links will help you with your India Research and to develop an understanding of the Ancient Indian civilization.


Attached are a number of primary source documents related to Indian religions: Hinduism and Buddhism.  Feel free to read or scan these text to help with your research.


If you are interested in looking at Hindu story books, I have attached pdf versions of 2 story sets here.  Feel free to read them for interest sake.  You do not have to practice or believe in the religion to enjoy stories from the culture.


Mrs. Souza

I joined the Windemere Ranch staff in 2007. Prior to working in San Ramon, I worked for 2 years in Dublin Unified and 8 years in New Haven Unified, in Union City. I attended California State University Hayward (East Bay) and earned my Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies with a  minor Psychology. I also earned my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from Cal State Hayward. I absolutely love teaching and couldn't imagine doing anything else.

As a lifelong learner, I  attended Saint Mary's College and earned my Masters in Teacher Leadership in May 2014. I am excited to be  teaching  6th Grade Core  and 6th Grade ATP Core this year after teaching all ATP classes last year. I learned a lot while teaching ATP last year and plan to continue growing as a teacher while challenging my students to grow as learners.  I love learning and trying new strategies in the classroom and hope the students will be as excited about learning this year as I am.  I'm looking forward to a great year.

Kirstin Souza Locker

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