April 22-26

There will be no language arts this week due to Iowa Basics.


April 22-26

Monday-Wednesday: We will be doing the Iowa Basics these days.  We should finish testing by the end of the day on Wednesday if everything goes according to plan.   Remember to get enough sleep these days, pack brain foods and brain snacks, and bring something to read if you finish early.  I am allowing students to chew gum during test, but they are NOT allowed gum anywhere outside of the classroom on these days.

Thursday: We finished Mathei’s story (one more to go).  We had an extended Bible and wrote found poems from 1 John.  We worked on the Heritage study guide for the WWII unit, and we learned about myths surrounding the constellations.

Friday: We had a couple unplanned things happen today.  Right away in the morning we listened to a kindergarten lesson and came back after language arts to teach the kindergarten students a math lesson.  Later we worked on our study guides and wrote a myth about our made up constellation.

Homework: Bible crossword if not completed, finish language arts reading and worksheet, write a 1-2 page story on your constellation.  There will be a Heritage exam on Monday.  Many students finished all their work, but some students have things to work on over the weekend.

April 15-19

Monday: We did not have language arts today because we had a two hour late start.

Homework: Spelling homework is due Thursday.  Character speeches will be given Friday.

Tuesday: Today we worked on getting ready for our character speeches on Friday.  There are several things they students need to finish as we wrap up this unit, so we had a work day to start getting things accomplished.  Tomorrow will also be another work day.

Wednesday- Thursday: We worked on all the assignments for the end of this unit.  We also practiced together for the Iowa Basics.

Friday: Students gave their character speeches and we reviewed parts of speech.  We closed with watching a few Schoolhouse Rocks songs.

Homework: Students need to complete a reading passage assignment.  They were given the answer sheet to check their answers, and it will be due on Monday.

April 15-19

Monday: Halfway through April and we had yet another late start (sigh).  We had a short lesson on theme in the morning and took a look at reading passages that will be similar to the Iowa Basics and located the theme of each passage.  We also worked on a science study guide over plant classification and read about Japan’s involvement in the war.  At the end of the day, we wrote a paragraph on Japan’s involvement in WWII.

Homework: Science study guide, speech worksheet, and spelling words should be picked for tomorrow.  Science exam will be on Wednesday. We will need to have 1 Peter 1:13-16 memorized for Friday.

Tuesday: We met in partner groups this morning to read James and Jude and partner talk.  There were some awesome insights shared at the end of Bible class today.  We also read halfway through Walter’s story (through page 112).  We will be working on theme as we finish the story tomorrow.  In the afternoon, we examined two historical perspectives on the bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima.  We had a debate on whether or not we thought the bombings were necessary.  Tomorrow we will watch a video, and I will be curious to see if our perspectives change after learning more about the event and historical context.

Homework: There is a science exam tomorrow.  Be sure to study and skim the chapter

Wednesday: We had a chapel speaker talk to us about the armor of God.  He compared the armor of God to the armor he wears in the National Guard.  We finished Walter’s story and completed two worksheets.  In the afternoon, we watched a video on the atomic bomb and took a science exam.

Thursday: We started looking at 1 John and met in groups to talk about situations that are difficult to love others.  In language arts, we met in partner groups to read Sarah’s story.  We used task cards to practice language arts skills.  We also completed a Venn Diagram on Eisenhower and MacArthur and filled out a survey form on what we’d like to learn about next in science.

Friday: We continued to discuss 1 John and took some time to share about how God has been working in our lives.  We had reading buddies, took our weekly spelling test, and came up with interview questions for either Sarah or Walter’s story.  We made up our own constellation in the afternoon and had another debate about the atomic bomb.  Now that the students have more information about the events, our debate was much more deeper.

Homework: Reading passage (practice for Iowa Basics) will be due on Monday.  Remember to get enough sleep Sunday night to be ready to take the Iowa Basics next week!  You might want to pack some brain foods for lunch and snack, bring a water bottle, and maybe some gum to chew during testing.

April 8-12

Monday: We continued to look at the historical context of 1 Peter (there is sooo much to learn)!  Historical Context of 1 Peter and Background of 1 Peter

We worked on creating interviews for Markus Reich in partner groups.  We also finished our PowerPoints and half of the class shared their presentations.  Those presentations turned out wonderfully!  The students took their own photos for their PowerPoints and became experts on their conifer.  We were also blessed to be given the materials from my mother to make our own terrarium!  Each student was given a gymnosperm, mason jar, and fancy rocks and shells to create a terrarium.  Terrariums are easy to maintain and each student brought home a maintenance information sheet.

Homework: Spelling homework is due Thursday.  If you choose to complete the alternative assignment to the WWII film, you need your blue sheet signed by this Friday.






Here are more of the photos the kids have been taking while studying conifers:



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Tuesday: We had speech class today.  The next speech the students will be doing is over current events, and I’m very pleased that the students have taken an interest in current events lately.  We also gave our interviews on Markus Reich.
Here is a link to what we read in Heritage: Pearl Harbor Interview.  We created 2 illustrations based on the interview we read about Pearl Harbor.

Homework: Spelling homework is due Thursday

Wednesday: We worked on a science lab on telling the difference between monocots and dicots.  We read in our textbooks about Pearl Harbor and filled out a cause and effect worksheet.  We also read the first half of George’s story and wrote down the major events.  The chapel speaker talked about joy.

Homework: Spelling homework due tomorrow

Thursday: We made observations on 1 Peter.  There will be a memory verse quiz on 1 Peter 1:13-16 next Friday.  We finished the story in language arts and ordered the main events that happened in chronological order.  We read to the end of the chapter in science and completed workbook pages 91-92.  We also read about D-Day and V-E Day and watched the following Horrible Histories:

Homework: Science workbook page if not completed in class, spelling test tomorrow.  Students can bring a snack for the movie tomorrow.

Friday: We spent most of the day watching Empire of the Sun to go along with our unit on WWII.  We also started reading James and talked about temptation.

Homework: There will be a memory verse quiz on April 19th over 1 Peter 1:13-16.

Favorite Pictures

Here are some of the unedited photos the kids have been taking to study conifers:


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We took a look at this slideshow on Winston Churchill: 6 Life Lessons

We also watched these Horrible Histories:

April 1-5

Monday: We read chapter 13 today with a partner and worked on partner sharing.  Groups wrote down 5 things they talked about in their group.

Homework: Spelling homework is due Thursday.

Tuesday: We read chapter 14, filled out an exit ticket, and worked on vocab.

Homework: 10-14 vocab is due tomorrow

Wednesday: We worked on sequencing events today.  We read a short reading passage and ordered the events in chronological order.  Then we took cut out strips and ordered them in groups to form a story.  Lastly, we jotted down events in The Westing Game to this point.

Homework: Spelling homework is due tomorrow.  There will be a vocab quiz over chapters 10-14 tomorrow.

Thursday: We took a quiz over vocab from chapters 10-14.  We read chapters 15 and 16 together as a class.  We stopped to discuss new vocabulary and talked about our opinions on some big events that happened in chapter 16.

Homework: Spelling test is tomorrow

Friday: We read chapter 17 and part of 18 together.  We also took a spelling test and worked on character trackers and sequencing events.