Feb 11-15

Tuesday– We started our day off with speech class.  We will be having speech next Tuesday as well.  Some of the students need to redo their speech (the ones who didn’t have it memorized for today), and they have to decide on what they want to do for an expository speech to come.  In language arts, we are looking at primary documents from the great depression era.  From those documents, we will be writing original poems.  We will do this over a couple days.

Here is the link to the library of congress where they have a collection of typed interviews from actual people living in that time period.  I’ve already spent a couple hours reading through the manuscripts; it is absolutely fascinating!  As a warning, students may need parental guidance while browsing through the accounts.  There are a couple that use inappropriate language.

In the afternoon, we had our annual spelling bee!  Great job to all the participants and students who have taken time to study and prepare!  After the spelling bee, we worked on science.  We studied for the exam tomorrow on cells and classification.  Below are a couple of the links that may help you study tonight.

Homework: Science exam tomorrow, keep working on science fair, and make sure you’re caught up with all missing and make-up work!

Wednesday– This is the first regular day we’ve had in a while.  We continued writing poems from primary documents today in language arts.  Tomorrow we will work on editing and rewriting our poems and “Father of the Year” essays.  We took an exam in science and read about the stock market crash in Heritage.

Homework: Some students still have missing work and be working on science fair!

Thursday– In Bible, we created Valentine’s for people we care about.  In language arts, we did a Valentine’s scramble and worked on editing our “Father of the Year” essay and our poems.  For Heritage, we made a special Valentine’s Day snack from two recipes they used in the Great Depression era.  Students should have made it home with a copy of the recipes if they want to try them at home.  We also worked on a history frame covering the stock market crash (from pages 150-152).

*Science Extra Credit: Some students weren’t happy with their science exam score.  They have an opportunity for extra credit if they fill out their flip chart with the classification of any animal (can’t be one they’ve already done).  They will get 7 extra credit points for each class they correctly write down on their flip chart.

Homework: Finish history frame for tomorrow.  Science extra credit is due next Wednesday

Friday– We worked on a crossword today in Bible.  We’ve been going through Thessalonians, and what we read today was a perfect tie in to our last unit on Revelation.  In language arts, we had reading buddies, took a pop quiz on parts of speech, and we worked on revising our essays and poems.  In the afternoon, we continued working on rewriting.  We also started the new science unit on animal classification.  We assembled notes on invertebrates that we can use for studying later.

Homework: The rough draft of the research paper is due Tuesday, Feb. 19th.  Bible crossword will also be due on Tuesday.  Some students need to prepare for speech class on Tuesday as well.

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