December 17-21

Monday– We finished talking about the seven churches in Revelation today.  We have been examining how the letters to the churches follow a specific pattern, and we have been growing in our knowledge of Revelation.  We are starting a week long project on advertising in the 1920’s compared to advertising today.  We went over some 1920’s slang today that can be added to our advertisement (which is the bee’s knees)!

Homework: Spelling homework is due Thursday.

Note: Remember to bring your secret Santa gift on Thursday.  We want to have it by Thursday so there’s no chance of forgetting it on Friday.  Students know who they have and can only spend up to $6.  Students can also bring a snack on Friday (either for themselves or to share).  

Tuesday– A couple students may need to finish a worksheet on prepositional phrases and major/minor characters.  Everyone was asked to go home tonight and read a shampoo bottle to look at advertising (especially how information is written in a persuasive way).  Students may want to bring items to help them with making an advertising poster on Wednesday or props for a commercial on Thursday.

Wednesday– Substitute teacher

Thursday– Spelling homework is due today.  Students worked on the planning portion of a writing assignment (we will be making picture books focusing on major and minor characters).




December 17-20

Monday– Students were given new spelling words.  Spelling words are based off Latin and Greek roots and are on a separate handout this week.  Each student picked 3 words for the week, and they will be tested on those words Thursday.  No spelling homework and no letter.  Two groups presented today on who Jesus said he was.  There are two groups left to present tomorrow.

Note: Bring a book you’re reading for Wednesday.  We will be having a make-up and silent reading day.  We won’t be having class on Friday.

Tuesday– We read chapter 5 together and started a prepositional phrase worksheet.

Homework: Prepositional phrases worksheet is due on Thursday

Wednesday– Make-up work and silent reading day.  The last two groups will present on Thursday.

December 10-14

Monday– Students picked their spelling words, read chapter 3, and filled out a worksheet.

Spelling homework is due on Thursday as usual.  There will not be a letter this week (as we’re in this book unit we won’t be writing letters unless I specifically assign one.  We aren’t given extra time to read our own book choice, so I don’t think it’s fair to assign a letter).

Case 4 Christ- Chapter 3

Tuesday– Students read chapter 4 today, and they filled out a worksheet on the chapter.  Students do not need to fill out the prophecy section of the worksheet.  We’ll do that tomorrow in class.

Case 4 Christ- Chapter 4

Wednesday– We did a book talk on The Seventh Tower series.  These books are at a little bit lower reading difficulty, so they would be a great book to read if you’ve been picking too challenging books.  They are fantasy books with real-life shadows, magical crystals, and an other worldly caste system.

We met in groups today to discuss what we’ve learned so far and to critique whether or not each of the author’s questions were answered effectively.

Students need to complete a journal response in their reader’s notebooks.  Write the question they critiqued as the title.  Write a summary of your evaluation underneath.

Thursday– We worked on prepositions, and we met in groups to prepare a presentation on why Jesus wasn’t crazy.  We will finish these projects tomorrow and present them to the other groups.

December 10-14

Monday– We took our Heritage exam today.  If you are interested in seeing your grade online, you can log into your account on engrade.  There is a tab on the right (on this site) that you can click.

Students: Please, please remember to bring your book tomorrow for language arts.

We go on our field trip tomorrow!  We won’t have afternoon classes because we will leave for the food shelf at 12:10.

Tuesday– We had a fun filled day today!  We were able to fit Exploratory Time into our morning, so the students worked on their houses this morning.  After lunch, we went to the food shelf.  The students had a wonderful time helping out!  Several students commented about how good it felt to do something to help other people, and they all said they would do it again!

Wednesday– We had chapel today and talked more about plate boundaries and faults.

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December 3-7

Monday– Students picked their spelling words today (10 regular words and 1 bonus word).  We started a new unit where we will be reading A Case for Christ [Student Edition].  This is a wonderful opportunity for us to read a nonfiction text and bolster our faith!  I couldn’t be more excited to kick this off!

Tuesday- We took notes on sola scriptura in response to yesterday’s class discussion.  We also did a role playing activity, and filled out pre-reading vocabulary.

Homework: Fill out before reading section of the worksheet.

Wednesday– Students worked on a grammar packet, read pages 7-16 in A Case for Christ, and completed the after reading section of their worksheet.

Homework: Spelling homework is due tomorrow.  Students need to complete anything they didn’t finish in class for tomorrow.

Thursday– We discussed whether or not it is okay to ask questions about faith.  We compared Zachariah and Elizabeth’s response to an angel of the Lord bringing news about the John the Baptist and Jesus being born.

In their reader’s notebooks, students should have the following written into the letter section of their notebooks:

  • Journal Response 1: Do you think it’s alright to ask questions about faith?
  • List of possible objections a person might have towards believing in Jesus Christ
  • 5-8 sentence on the following prompt: Is it possible to be a rational, intelligent person and believe in Jesus Christ?  Do you have to put aside your mind and accept Christianity on blind faith alone?

Friday– We took a spelling test, wrote notes on the attributes of God, and read chapter 2

In reader’s notebook:

  • 5-8 sentence summary of chapter 2 [paragraph format]
  • 1 paragraph reflection on how God’s attributes are different from mankind’s attributes.

Homework: Students need to finish chapter 2 and write the two paragraphs (summary and reflection) into their reader’s notebooks.

*Spelling homework is due on Thursday as usual, but we will not be doing a letter this week.

December 3-7

Monday– We finished reading to the end of the unit in Heritage, and we filled out a science study guide.  Students need to complete their study guides at home if they didn’t do so in class.  There will be an exam on Wednesday.
We started typing our national anthem essays today after watching the following video.  What an inspirational story!

Tuesday– The students are wrapping up the first draft of our essay.  We also took some time today to work on our Spanish and talked about the parts of our body.  The kids did a wonderful job!

There is a science exam tomorrow.  Remember that you need to know the difference between homozygous and heterozygous.  The essay question on the exam will be “Is cloning wrong?”

Wednesday– Pastor Michael Knott spoke in chapel today and gave a message on how children can do some things better than adults!  We took a science exam today.  If you got a B- or lower, you can correct your test for some extra points.  We are very close to finishing our unit on WWI and have spent some time in the past couple days reviewing the events of WWI. You can prepare for the Heritage exam by reading through the unit in the textbook straight through.

Thursday– We started a new unit in language arts and science.  In language arts, we are learning how to analyze character traits, and we are getting a preview of what reader’s workshop will be like in 7th and 8th grade. Students will need to decide on a “just right” book they want to read (bring one from home or check one out from school).

Our new unit in science is on earthquakes and volcanoes.  We learned about the three types of plate boundaries.  We used oreos to visualize how the different plate boundaries move.  Click here for a link to the activity we did!

Homework: Grammar Packet and spelling homework are due today.  Students need to bring WWI timelines home to finish.  We will be taking a spelling test tomorrow.

Friday– We took a spelling test today, had reading buddies, and filled out a study guide for Heritage.  We will be taking the Heritage exam on WWI Monday, Dec. 10th.  Remember to study over the weekend!!

Click the link here to read about the poem “Dulce et Decorum Est.”  Students will be asked to write about the meaning of the poem on the essay section of the exam.

Click the link here for an overview of World War I.

Homework: Study for Monday’s exam on WWI.  Bring the book you are reading to class.  This will be one of the required texts for language arts as we start the next unit.  Some student have homework in language arts (worksheet on character traits).

*Note: Our field trip to the food shelf has been rescheduled for Tuesday, December 11th.  We will be leaving the school at about 12:10 and returning before the bus leaves.  They have prepared a tour for us and a volunteer project.

Grades are up online.  Use the username and password sent home to access your grades.  The site is a little finicky in that it sometimes changes the points of assignments on the student account (this has never been by more than one or two points).