May 20-24

Monday: This is our final Monday of the year!  How bittersweet that is!  In Bible, we did a final reflection on Christianity and our faith.  We will only be having one more Bible class together as a whole group this year.  In language arts, we continued to work on our stories and we went over the spelling rule for our final list.  *Students need to have 15 words this week.  10 words have been chosen for them, and the other 5 come from their spelling dictionaries.

Rule: Double the last consonant when adding a vowel suffix to a single syllable word ending in one vowel and one consonant.
For example: hop, sit, pat, shop,skin,sad,spot, slop.
hop + ing = hopping
sit + ing = sitting

Exceptions: this rule does not work for single syllable words ending in the following consonants: w x y.
Examples: snow – snowed, play – played, box – boxed.
2) Consonant Suffixes
Rule: There is no change when adding a consonant suffix to these words (i.e. you do not double the final consonant).
For example: fit, ship, mad,skin,sin,sad,spot.
ship + ment = shipment
skin + less = skinless

In Heritage, we talked about the Watergate Scandal.  In science, we read about Mars and completed a Venn Diagram with Mars and Earth.  Tomorrow we will start to think about whether or not we’d like to live on Mars and what supplies we would need to survive.
*Reminder: Students need to bring in permission slips for health class and next Tuesday’s field trip.

Students have decided to take both the Heritage test and the science test this Friday. Students can prepare for that by looking over books and worksheets.

Tuesday: Click this link to go to the Mars One website.  This will be today’s science lesson.

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May 20-24

Monday:  We spent a while talking about our spelling list for the week.  This is our last week of spelling for the year!  We picked words that dealt with double consonants.  We learned when to double the last consonant and when not to.  It’s a bit confusing but here is the rule:

Rule: Double the last consonant when adding a vowel suffix to a single syllable word ending in one vowel and one consonant.
For example: hop, sit, pat, shop,skin,sad,spot, slop.
hop + ing = hopping
sit + ing = sitting

Exceptions: this rule does not work for single syllable words ending in the following consonants: w x y.
Examples: snow – snowed, play – played, box – boxed.
2) Consonant Suffixes
Rule: There is no change when adding a consonant suffix to these words (i.e. you do not double the final consonant).
For example: fit, ship, mad,skin,sin,sad,spot.
ship + ment = shipment
skin + less = skinless

We also watched a video to a story we read in class.  We compared the story to the video.  Open Window Link

May 6-10

Monday: We picked out spelling words, took an apostrophe quiz, and worked on vocabulary for “The Monkey’s Paw” which we will read tomorrow.

Tuesday: We read “The Monkey’s Paw” in class today.

Wednesday: Today we reviewed “The Monkey’s Paw” by responding to a few questions.  The students had a choice of either writing a sequel/alternate ending or creating an interview with the Whites for the rest of language arts.

Homework: Spelling homework is due tomorrow, the writing piece we did today is due on Friday

Thursday: We read “The Sniper” in class.

Friday: We took a spelling test.  We compared the story to the poem, “Et Decorum Est.”

May 6-10

Monday: We talked about literary devices in language arts.  We completed worktext pages 133-136.  We had a longer science lesson that was an activity of being on the moon.

Tuesday: We covered several Biblical principles of conflict resolution and will be writing a reflection on how we successfully dealt with conflict this week.  In language arts, we listened to Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.  We went through the speech and highlighted the literary devices used.  The students are working on teaching a Heritage lesson.  We are covering the civil rights movement, and the two groups are focusing on important events of the 1960’s.  In science, we discussed the phases of the moon.  We used Oreos to demonstrate the phases.  Student should appreciate this picture with their new-found knowledge of the moon: 

Homework: Students should be filling out their 2 week Bible reading chart to try to meet their reading goal.  Spelling homework is due on Thursday.

Wednesday: Mr. Bera gave a short message today for chapel.  He talked about robins and what we can learn from them as Christians.  In language arts, we decided on the theme of Martin Luther King  Jr.’s speech “I Have a Dream.”  Then we rewrote the speech in modern day terms.  This afternoon, the kids finished planning their lessons they will be teaching in Heritage.  The first group will present tomorrow and the second group will present on Friday.  We also made a class moon phase project and cut out mini moon phase viewers.  We will be using these to record the moon’s phase tonight (weather permitting).

Homework: Record the moon’s phase tonight, spelling homework is due tomorrow

Thursday: Click this link for science!  We had our first group share their Heritage lesson on civil rights.  In language arts, we worked on Martin Luther’s speech.

Friday: We did a internet assignment on how the moon affects things on earth.  The other group shared their lesson on Ruby Bridges.  We had reading buddies today and took a spelling test.

April 29- May 3

Monday: We took a quiz over Unit 11 in Bible.  In language arts, we picked our spelling words and wrote 3/4 page on what we’ve learned from reading the true accounts of the holocaust.  We finished our book on the holocaust the same day we had a Heritage exam on WWII, so that ended nicely.  We continued to talk about the constellations, and we will be focusing on the zodiac constellations because they show the path that the sun follows throughout the year.

Homework: Some students did not finish their language arts work today.   Make sure that all missing work is getting turned in!

Tuesday: We started a new Bible unit today, and we focused on how we could read the Bible more.  Students came up with a 2 week chart where they will try to reach their goal of how long they think they can spend reading their Bible.  We are starting to look at Greek mythology in language arts.  We will be learning about Greek mythology by working on a reader’s theatre piece over the next few days.

In science, we did a pretty tricky activity with the constellations.  Don’t worry!  The hard part is over now, and the kids made it through!  And in Heritage we briefly covered the Korean War and looked at its effect on today’s conflicts.

Homework: 2 week Bible chart

Wednesday: Our chapel speaker this morning talked sang songs with us and talked about truth decay, which we’ll want to avoid!  We read through our reader’s theatre script today and practiced expression.  As is common in Greek mythology, this story deals with love, jealousy, and shows the sin nature of the gods.  It is very interesting to see how their gods compare to our God because their deities are so very different from the God we serve.

Later in the afternoon, we read our own constellation myths that we wrote and took notes on the remaining 6 zodiacs we haven’t covered from this website: Stargazing for Beginners.  We also looked at a PowerPoint: Space Race and Technology of the space race between the United States and Russia and took notes on this sheet: Graphic Organizer- Space and Technology.  We will be spending the majority of May talking about the Cold War.  This will help create a timeline of all the history we’ve covered this year (from the invention of the first automobile in the very early 1900’s to postwar tensions in the decades immediately after WWII).

Homework: Spelling homework is due tomorrow.  Students may choose to bring props for reader’s theatre tomorrow.  We will be taping our script to put on the website.  I encourage students to read over their lines tonight to become more fluent in their reading. There will be an apostrophe quiz on Monday, May 6th.

Thursday: This morning we took notes on the genres of the books of the Bible.  We also took extra time to pray in groups since it is National Day of Prayer today.  In language arts, we completed exercise 1 on apostrophes and reviewed everything we’ve talked about with apostrophes.  We then worked on creating props for our script.

In the afternoon, we rehearsed and recorded our play.  We even had extra time (we didn’t have music) to show the 7th and 8th grade class.  We also worked on a short story assignment on the space race for Heritage.  Click Narrative- Space and Technology for a copy of the writing assignment.

Homework: Spelling homework is due today.  Spelling test tomorrow

Friday: For Bible, we read in our student textbooks on page 10 (Rainbow of Writers and Bible Categories).  We completed a matching worksheet to go along with our reading.  In language arts, we had reading buddies, took a spelling test (can be done with a parent at home if absent), and read part 2 of our reader’s theatre play.  In Heritage, we read pages 262-264 about the Cuban Missile Crisis.  We compared that to current events and took a pop quiz over the material.  Students that were gone should write a paragraph summarizing the material.  In science, we made zodiac constellation paintings.  Willow has Sagittarius and Pisces.  Cale has Capricorn and Aquarius.  The paintings were done on white paper (positioned vertically).  We put star stickers where the stars should go and white crayon to connect the stars to form the constellation.  Then we went over that with watercolors.

Homework: There will be an apostrophe quiz on Monday.

Here are some speech ideas for the procrastinators among us:

Link to historical speeches- connect your speech to what you’re learning in Heritage.  Link to a few monologues for children (some from Huck Finn and Alice in Wonderland).  Link to Kid at the Movies humorous speech.

Someone might do part of Charlie Chaplin’s speech in The Great Dictator.

Lewis Carroll poems make wonderful dramatic speeches.  Here is an example of The Walrus and Carpenter:

April 29- May 3

Monday: The students read a short story, “A Visit of Charity.”  They read this individually and tried to come up with an idea of what the theme of the story might be.  We also talked about apostrophe rules.

Tuesday: We discussed the story as a class and reread it.  Students took notes on the story that they will use later this week.

Wednesday: We finished taking notes on the story and watched the following video of “A Visit of Charity”:

We evaluated the video, whether or not we agreed with the creator’s interpretation of the short.  Tomorrow we will use our notes to write an short essay on the theme of the story.

Homework:  Spelling homework is due tomorrow.  There will be an apostrophe quiz on Monday, May 6th.

Thursday: The students decided to write a 5 paragraph in class essay today.  They used their notes from the week and the book to create an essay that addressed the theme of “A Visit of Charity.”  Spelling homework was due today and there will be a spelling test tomorrow.

Practice apostrophes at home to prepare for the quiz on Monday: Apostrophe Interactive

Friday: We took a spelling test, worked on grammar, and briefly talked about what speech class next week.  Students should also be thinking about their testimony and what Christianity means to them.  Before the end of the year, we will be doing a writing reflection on those two topics.

Here are some speech ideas for the procrastinators among us:

Link to historical speeches- connect your speech to what you’re learning in Heritage.  Link to a few monologues for children (some from Huck Finn and Alice in Wonderland).  Link to Kid at the Movies humorous speech.

Someone might do part of Charlie Chaplin’s speech in The Great Dictator.

Lewis Carroll poems make wonderful dramatic speeches.  Here is an example of The Walrus and Carpenter: