Feb 23-27

Monday: In Bible, we read student textbook page 78 and worked on a worksheet about using your whole body to tell people about Christ.  During language arts, we started a final project on our Great Depression novels.  We will be working on a dodecahedron book report like this:

This afternoon, we were given our spelling list (list 4: #11-20 and bonus word: organelle) and chose an exercise spelling practice for grammar mini.  Afterwards we created cell models with jello and candy.  Students can earn extra credit by making a cell model out of a different material (One year a student made a beautiful cake like this picture for extra credit!).

We read the first few pages of a new unit in Heritage on dictators. We discussed our reading, and talked about the inherent problems of having absolute power over a country.

Here our a couple of our cell models:

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Tuesday: We completed a worksheet on Saul’s conversion (contrasting his life before Christ to his life after) and read through Acts 9:1-19.  We organized our desks and worked on our final project in language arts.  In the afternoon, we practiced science and Heritage vocab during grammar mini.  In Heritage, we read about Hitler’s background prior to WWII and did a character walk.  We started working on an organelle skit (from workbook page 57) in science.  We will finish planning that tomorrow and perform for the class.

Homework: Spelling homework is due tomorrow.  I have a few missing research papers.  Please remember to turn them in so I have time to proofread everyone’s paper


Thursday: We read through the end of Acts 9 and talked about the causes of prejudice.  Today was the last day to work on our final project for language arts.  If they aren’t finished, then students need to put together their dodecahedron at recess or home.  During grammar mini, we watched a video on the difference between ser and estar in Spanish and worked through Spanish conjugations.  We read to the end of the chapter in Heritage and learned about mitosis in science.  We watched the video below and completed a worksheet to review the video.  Lastly, we used play dough to go through the phases of mitosis.

Homework: Procedure is due tomorrow

Friday: We drew pictures of scenes from Acts 10 and talked about the difficulty of the Jews reaching out to the Gentiles.  We had reading buddies in language arts, took a spelling test, and fixed our science tests to be in complete sentences.  This afternoon, we did a handwriting activity over commonly misspelled words.  We worked on a Fakebook for the dictators we’ve been learning about in Heritage.  In science, we’ve been learning about cell reproduction.  We watched the video below on meiosis.


Feb 17-20

Monday: No school!

Tuesday: This morning we read through Acts 6:8-15 and chapter 7 to find out about Stephen’s trial before the Sanhedrin.  We also read in our Bible textbooks on page 77.  During language arts, we completed our daily reading/activity and talked about how to write a bibliography.  I’m encouraging students this year to use easybib.com to help them with their bibliography.  You can copy/pasted the URL and it’ll generate a citation for you.  As an FYI, we use MLA formatting to write our bibliography (keep it double spaced, Times New Roman, if it’s 2 or more lines, indent the 2nd).  In the afternoon, we played a couple vocabulary games for grammar mini.  We worked on a study guide in Heritage and did a class activity to demonstrate how important details are in writing a procedure.

Homework: Heritage test on Thursday; no spelling this week

Wednesday: We didn’t have a chapel speaker today so we read through Stephen’s speech in Acts 7.  We took a close look at how he presented his speech and why he talked so much about Moses.  In language arts, we worked on writing bibliography citations and in-text citations.  We also completed our daily reading/activity.  In the afternoon, we played a study game and finished bibliography work.  These activities took up our whole afternoon and we didn’t get to science.

Thursday: In Bible, we started a worksheet titled “Stephen” that we will finish tomorrow.  We worked on today’s reading and activity, and the students looked over their work so far to make sure they had complete sentences and answers.  In the afternoon, we worked a little bit on Spanish vowels, talked through a few numbers, and listened to a couple Spanish songs.  We completed a worksheet analyzing a political cartoon and worked on notes on the functions of organelles from science textbook pages 84-85.

Friday: We finished the Bible worksheet “Stephen” and read through Acts 8.  We had reading buddies this morning and did our last activity for our Great Depression novel unit!  Next week, we will complete a culminating activity on our novels.  In the afternoon, we worked on our face drawings for art class.  We took a Heritage test and finished the notes on the organelles.

I have updated the science fair packet.  You can view it here: Science Fair Packet

Homework: Science fair procedure is due next Friday

February 9-13

Monday: This morning we read through Acts 5 and talked about the story of Ananias and Sapphira and why they were punished so harshly.  We are continuing to read and work on a daily activity in language arts.  Many students finished early and were able to work on spelling homework for the week.  It’s been a long time, but we are back in our spelling books (list 4: #1-10).  This afternoon, we played spell-a-roll for grammar mini.  We watched an informational video on the dust bowl, and played a game to see if our pretend family would survive 8 weeks of the dust bowl.  Students had to budget and ration food to survive.  After the activity, we took a science test and answered questions about the activity.

Homework: Spelling homework is due on Wednesday (list 4: #1-10)

Tuesday: This morning we talked about our identity in Christ and taped a sheet onto our desks to remember who we are in Christ.  We also worked on a crossword to review Acts 5.  Students are completing their Great Depression books in language arts.  In grammar mini, they created vocabulary cartoons.  We viewed a few minutes of a documentary and reflected on it using these questions.  Then they met with a friend to read science pages 78-83 and worked on higher level thinking questions by rolling a cube.

NOTE: Valentine’s Day is coming up and students can choose to bring in valentines to share on Friday.

Thursday: We read Acts 6:1-7 and Bible textbook page 76.  This afternoon we read to the end of the chapter in Heritage.  We also looked at science page 82 and completed workbook page 54.  Students had the opportunity to experiment with microscopes.  They learned about the different parts of microscopes, viewed slides, and created slides of their own.  Part of the assignment was to make a slide of their saliva, sketch what they saw, and write down observations.

February 2-6

Monday: In Bible we read through Acts 2.  During language arts, we took a spelling test we missed from Friday and completed some science fair research.  In the afternoon we had our annual spelling bee competition.  Mikah Cerven received 1st place, Isaiah Cerven got 2nd place, and David Coffin got 3rd place.  Congratulations to our finalists!  Afterwards, we watched a video on earthships which we will continue tomorrow.  Something to ponder: Can you use recycled materials to construct a house?  Would you like to live in an earthship?

Homework: NO spelling homework this week.  Our short stories are due on Wednesday

Tuesday: We completed a worksheet this morning to review Acts 2.  We’ve been spending a little time talking about how this is now an indwelling of the holy spirit and the significance of Peter’s speech.  During language arts, we viewed a PowerPoint on Plagiarism One of the most important things to keep in mind with plagiarism is that your paper should sound like your formal self, not an encyclopedia.  The paper needs to be almost entirely in your own [5th or 6th grade] words.  You shouldn’t have more than about 3 consecutive words from the source.  We practiced paraphrasing an encyclopedia excerpt in class and completed a worksheet on common knowledge.  This afternoon, we played a memory game with Heritage terms for grammar mini.  We read in our Heritage textbooks and took notes on bull and bear markets.  Finally, we continued watching a video on earthships.  We wrote a reflection on the design of the earthship we viewed and whether or not we would like to live in a similar house.

Wednesday: Our chapel speaker talked about his mission trip to Africa and encouraged students to take a mission trip at some point in their lives.  After chapel, we had time to research for science fair in the computer lab.  This will probably be our last day of research in school (aside from talking about how to write the bibliography) before the rough draft is due.  Students should take time in library or over the weekend to finish their research.  This afternoon, we practiced writing metaphors and similes for grammar mini.  In Heritage, we learned about how to write found poetry and composed poems from primary documents from the Great Depression.  We used our knowledge of metaphors and similes to incorporate figurative language into our poems.  The last thing we did today was add more text annotations to an article we read yesterday on solar building design.  When the students had finished, they met in groups to brainstorm actual things they can do at school to practice conservation.  We want to implement those changes immediately and start thinking about similar changes we can make at home.

Homework: Science fair research paper rough draft is due Feb 18th

Thursday: We talked about the differences between disciples and apostles and read Acts chapter 3-4 about Peter and John healing a crippled man.  In language arts, we started a new unit that will last about 2 weeks.  The students are each reading different books related to the Great Depression.  Each day in class, they will be working on reading their book and completing an activity for the day.  This is an independent unit since we’re all reading different books and will require a certain amount of self-discipline to finish the daily assignments.  During grammar mini we had extra time to work on language arts and any other unfinished assignments.  In Heritage, we read pages 160-161, viewed photographs from the 1930-40s, and created dust bowl art.  In science we worked on a study guide for a short test tomorrow.  Tomorrow’s test is only 10 questions and will wrap up our unit on conservation.

Homework: Science test tomorrow