March 16-20

Monday: We are working on a quick project between units on self-esteem.  We’ve created an outline of our heads and have written 20 things we like about ourselves.  Our classmates will write things on the outside, and then we’ll go over it with watercolors.

Self Esteem Portraits...student writes 20 things they like about themselves inside the drawing and classmates write compliments outside the drawing.

During language arts, we reviewed what we read on Friday and started working on creating interview questions that we will perform for the class.  We received our spelling list for the week (List 5: #1-9, suburb and bonus: disappointed).  We practiced spelling during grammar mini.  In the afternoon we took a science test, started writing our abstract and conclusion (many students finished this in class), and we read a devotional on Dunkirk.

Tuesday: We continued working on our posters in Bible.  Two people have now finished.  We worked on and watched one group perform their interview during language arts, and we completed a special “Would You Rather” for grammar mini.  We are starting a new unit in science on animal classification.  We talked about the two main categories of animals: invertebrates and vertebrates.  We also watched a Bill Nye video on invertebrates and took a quiz over the material.  In Heritage, we read about Winston Churchill and wrote down three lessons we can learn from him.

Wednesday: Our chapel speaker presented on Camp Oak Hills and handed out brochures for each family to bring home.  We finished presenting our interviews after chapel.  Students did an excellent job coming up with “thick” questions to ask each character!  Later in the day, we worked on two mad libs for grammar mini, practicing parts of speech.  We completed notes on categories of invertebrates in the form of a flipbook.  We also read an interview with a couple that had witnessed the attack on Pearl Harbor, and we chose two scenes from the reading to illustrate.  Lastly, we went outside to play Capture the Flag in place of music class.

Homework: The remainder of the written report for science fair was due yesterday (this includes the abstract, conclusion, acknowledgments, and data).  It can be handwritten since it’s a rough draft, but it shouldn’t be late!  Science fair is one week from tomorrow, and I need time to be able to edit each student’s work so you can revise it before next Thursday

Friday: This morning we watched 20 minutes of Rick Warren’s sermon on identity in Christ.  Students how haven’t finished their identity in Christ poster worked on it while we watched.  In language arts, the students took a spelling test, went to reading buddies, and we examined theme by reading a passage and answering questions.  This afternoon we played a game on adjectives, made observations on photos from Pearl Harbor, and we read about and viewed a couple clips on the colossal squid.

Homework: Science Fair is next Thursday!  Remember to work on it over the weekend and the beginning of next week.  We’d like to have the boards in on Wednesday to practice sharing about our projects in front of an audience.

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