January 29-31

Monday- Tuesday: We did not have school these days due to the weather.

Wednesday: Our chapel speaker this morning talked about God as our redeemer.  He did an illustration with kangaroos that you can ask your student about!  In language arts, we continued to go over how to conduct research for science fair and started looking in books at the library.  Students are encouraged to visit the public library to look for more sources for their research.  See the post below on how we go about writing the research paper for science fair.  In the afternoon, we started the spelling bee (we’ll conclude the final round tomorrow).  We worked on our Ming vases paintings and each student wrote two test questions that will be used for the final exam on China.

Thursday: We completed the final round of the spelling bee today.  Congratulations to Madeline for 1st place over all grades 3-8, Kia in 2nd place, and Willow in 3rd place.  I hope the students are encouraged for next year to study their lists and work on spelling before the spelling bee.  In language arts, we continued to gather information for science fair research papers.  In the afternoon, we celebrated the Chinese New Year (which is actually tomorrow, but we didn’t expect to be here at school with the planned ski day).  We made spring rolls, money envelopes for “good luck” and talked about the Chinese zodiac.  These are Chinese traditions, and the reason we talked about them was to learn about Chinese culture as we wrap up the unit on ancient China.  We also worked on the materials and hypothesis in science. Most, if not all, the students were able to get this finished in class.

Homework: A rough draft copy of the materials and hypothesis are due tomorrow if not finished in class

Please see the following description of in-text citations as we continue to work on research for science fair in class and at home:

In-text Citations

When a writer either quotes a specific source or refers to information from a specific source, he gives credit to that source by putting the author’s name and page number in parentheses at the end of the quote or sentence. These are called in-text citations.  Even though we write a bibliography of all the websites and books we used to learn new information, we still need to let the reader know which sections of our paper came from which source.  This makes it so much easier for the reader to find out more about a particular fact in your paper, and it’s the proper way to give credit to the author we learned from.

In-text Citations for Books

Put the author’s last name and the page number where you got your information.  You need to do this if it’s a quote, but you also need to do it even if it’s a paraphrase (in your own words).

“Regulated sport hunting has never driven any wild species into extinction” (Turbank 74).

Though the number of lion attacks on humans is low, the rate of increase of attacks since the 1960s is cause for serious concern (Rychnovsky 43).

In-text Citations for Books with more than one author

Put both authors’ name and the page number where you learned the new information.

The adult mountain lion population in California is at four to six thousand (Huxley and Smith 23).

In-text Citations for works without an author

If the author is not given, either use the complete title in a signal phrase or use a short form of the title in the parentheses.

In California, fish and game officials estimate that since 1972 lion numbers have increased from 2,400 to at least 6,000 (“Lion” 21).

In-text Citations for an internet source

Put the website in parentheses.  Do not put the entire web address, only the name of the website.

Example: There are 200 dogs in Bemidji (education.com).  There are 200 dogs in Bemidji (http://www.education.com/magazine/article/Dogs_Bemidji/2145)

Friday: Today was the first day with our wonderful sub Mrs. Corrington!  Baby Jude came a little earlier than his due date, so I wasn’t able to be there for my last day with the students this year.  We had our beautiful baby boy at 5 PM today.  He is our little miracle, but I will still miss the students immensely and will pray for each and every one of you daily.  I am so proud of their progress.  God bless the rest of your school year!

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