October 7-11

Monday: We had bus safety during Bible class today.  We finished watching Old Yeller the movie.  This afternoon we made amber fossil candy (which looks very much like a real amber fossil), and we talked about Sumerian ziggurats.

If you would like to try making “amber fossils” at home and fossilizing different things, this is the recipe:

Materials needed:

  • Karo syrup
  • Sugar
  • pan
  • muffin tin
  • Pam
  • bugs
  • molasses
  • measuring cup.


  1. Combine 1 part Karo, 2 parts sugar, 1 part water, and 5 drops molasses in a sauce pan.
  2. Heat on high till it reaches the “cracking point” (i.e. place a drop of the heated mixture in a glass of cold water. If it instantly turns to a nice solid ball, you have reached the cracking point. This usually takes about 10 minutes of boiling time).
  3. Spray muffin tin with Pam or some other non-stick substance (i.e. butter, Crisco, etc.). Place bugs in muffin tin and pour in “amber” mixture. Let cool until mixture becomes solid (at least 20 minutes).
  4. Carefully flip the muffin tin onto a towel or cloth to avoid breaking the amber fossils.
  5. These amber fossils are edible, but we do not recommend eating the bugsJ.

Note: The dryer the bug, the better. Bees and wasps work well, grasshoppers, especially large ones, do not work as well, but feel free to experiment.

Homework: Spelling homework is due on Wednesday

Tuesday: In Bible, we had our discussion on Adam and Eve.  It was really fun to listen to the students debate and share their opinions.  I hope we have other instances throughout the year where we can have a friendly discussion and share our ideas with each other.  In language arts, we met with our groups to work on our final presentations.  We will also meet tomorrow, but that will be the last day we’ll have in class time to work on it.  This afternoon, we completed workbook pages 22-23 to review what we’ve been learning about in the past couple days of science.  We had time to share some of views on creationism and evolution.  In Heritage, we worked on building a ziggurat.

Homework: Finish science workbook page 22-23, picture day tomorrow!

Note to Parents: Please check grades online.  There is a link to the right hand side (under GO TO) that will connect you to online grades.  Midterm grades were sent out yesterday, but progress to the end of the quarter should be monitored online.   

Wednesday: Our chapel speaker talked about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.  Everyone filled out notes and was given a coloring sheet from the story.  During language arts, we took our class picture and worked on our group presentations.  Each group will present tomorrow and will need to bring work home if they are not prepared for their presentation.  This afternoon, we read about archaeological digs and completed a grid drawing activity.  We also watched a short clip on Mesopotamia and discussed with a partner things we would like and dislike about Sumerian life.

Homework: Group presentations tomorrow.  Students have the option of getting extra credit in Heritage if they build a ziggurat with building materials from home (e.g. Legos, wooden blocks).  For credit, they can either bring in their ziggurat or take a picture.  How many points they get depend on how detailed it is.

One student has brought in their extra credit project of a ziggurat

One student has brought in their extra credit project of a ziggurat

Thursday: We worked on a crossword in Bible today and talked about God’s covenant in Genesis 3:15.  We had group presentations in language arts.  I’ll try to grade the presentations quickly and get them on the grading website.  This afternoon, we spent a lot of time working on Heritage.  We read about the leisure activities of the Sumerians and learned to play a game that originated from there, the game of Ur (pictured below).

Homework: Some students need to finish the Bible crossword puzzle.  Spelling test tomorrow


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