May 18-22

Monday: We have snow!  This morning, we talked about how Paul introduced revolutionary ideas about Christianity.  We also read in Acts 21-22 about Paul’s dangerous trip to Jerusalem and the mob mentality of the people there.  During language arts, we filled out a vocab sheet previewing new words we’ll encounter in our next short story.  We read for the rest of language arts.  This afternoon, we worked on our last spelling list of the year!  We’re on list 7: #1-10 and chose our very last spelling activity for Monday’s grammar mini.  After that we took a science exam and turned in study guides.  The last thing we did today was complete a history frame over the Watergate Scandal and read about President Ford.

President Carter’s look-a-like?


NOTE: Our field trip is tomorrow!  We will be leaving at 10:30 to visit Camp Rabideau, we’ll have lunch there, head over to Blackduck’s history center at 1, and come back to school in time for the afternoon bus.  The forecast for tomorrow says partly cloudly and 0% precipitation.  Let’s hope that’s the case after a week of rain!  Either way, dress appropriately and bring a sack lunch/drink.  We will not be rescheduling.

Tuesday: We worked on visualization of yesterday’s reading in Bible.  The students went to math, and then we left for our field trip.  We had nice weather and positive attitudes!  We arrived back at school with extra time, so we played outside for the remainder of the day.

Homework: Last spelling homework of the year is due tomorrow

Wednesday: Our chapel speaker taught us a cadence this morning to remember the fruits of the spirit.  We ended chapel early and looked in 2 Peter 1 to see Peter’s order, noticing that self-control comes early on in maturing as a Christian.  In language arts, we finished reading “Monsters are Due on Maple Street.”  We noticed similarities between this story and Paul and talked about conformity of a crowd.  We went over possible themes and filled out a character profile sheet.  During grammar mini, we completed a Bell Work activity.  We read about the 80’s in Heritage and did a worksheet to review the reading.  The last thing of the day was planning out a design for a marshmallow challenge.  We don’t have enough time to start another science unit, so we’re doing activities until the end of the year.  Tomorrow students will be constructing spaghetti noodle towers to see which group can build the tallest free standing structure.

Homework: Character profile sheets are due on Friday

Thursday: This morning we read in Acts to find out what happened to Paul when he faced the Sanhedrin.  Later on we watched the 1960 Twilight Zone episode of “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street.”   We filled out an organizer comparing the story and television adaptation, which was a challenge since they had very few differences.  In the afternoon, we practiced our Spanish tongue twister song and watched an episode of Pocoyo.  If any students are serious about learning the language this summer, I recommend watching children’s programs in Spanish.  We also filled out a study guide for Heritage and competed to build the tallest noodle structure.

Homework: Character profile sheets are due tomorrow with a spelling test.  Heritage short essay exam will be on Tuesday and study guides will be due that day also

Friday: This morning we read to the end of Acts.  During language arts, we had an ice cream social with the Kindergarteners to celebrate a year of reading buddies.  We took our final spelling test, turned in spelling books, and played a game of jeopardy to review the year.  In the afternoon, we played an uno game with suffixes and prefixes.  We also reviewed for Tuesday’s Heritage test and completed an activity on alien visitors.

May 11-15

Monday: We had sharing time this morning and then reviewed Paul’s second missionary journey.  We will be having a short quiz tomorrow over this unit.  During language arts, we worked on vocabulary for a story we’ll start tomorrow.  It’ll be a more difficult read, but we’ll work through it together.  This afternoon, students who hadn’t finished vocab worked on it for grammar mini and the rest of us practiced our new spelling list.  Afterwards, we reviewed what we knew of the Civil Rights Movement and watched half of the movie “Ruby Bridges.”

Homework: Vocab is due tomorrow for those who did not finish in class, spelling homework is due Wednesday (remember to get it finished in time to move up!)

NOTE: Field trip permission slips sent out today.  All work needs to be turned in to attend!

Tuesday: The students took a Bible quiz this morning, and then we started reading about Paul’s 3rd missionary journey where he spends time in Ephesus.  During language arts, we started reading the short story “Robbie” together as a class.  The story is at a higher reading level so we took some to walk through it together.  In grammar mini, they met in partner groups to quiz each other on the vocab from yesterday.  We practiced defining it, drawing it, and writing it in a sentence.  Lastly, we finished the Ruby Bridges movie and responded to it in writing.

Wednesday: Our chapel speaker talked to us about self-control and how messy and destructive our life will look without it.  During language arts, we finished the short story “Robbie” and talked about the character’s attachment to the robot/how we would respond.  In the afternoon, we examined the  structure of a couple sentences from the short story.  The students worked on imitating the structure in their own sentence.  We also examined a painting by Norman Rockwell, “The Problem We All Live With” and created our own watercolor renditions of the iconic painting.  Lastly, we read to the end of the unit in science.

Ruby Bridges





Thursday: We worked on a personal response worksheet “What would Paul Say?”.  Later we started reading a new story “Little Lost Robot” and will finish tomorrow.  In the afternoon, we practiced our Spanish song.  The students are getting good at saying the lyrics quickly.  We completed science workbook pages 92, 95-96 (which are the study guide pages for this chapter).  We also read pages 269-271 in our Heritage textbooks and read an article about Nixon and the Watergate Scandal.

Homework: Spelling test tomorrow, science test on plant classification will this coming Monday


May 4-8

Monday: This morning we talked about a worksheet we completed last week on things that keep us from devotions.  We talked about balancing devotions with other activities and which activities stand in our way of becoming a better person.  During language arts, we typed and formatted our poems and analogies.  I will be printing their final product to hang in the classroom.  We also practiced spelling this afternoon (list 6: #15-24).  Lastly, we read about Vietnam and completed stations to learn about Vietnam.

Homework: Spelling homework is due on Wednesday

Tuesday: This morning we went over a map activity together as a class.  We read a little bit about the geography and culture of Corinth and about Paul’s experience in the city.  We started a new unit in language arts on science fiction.  We read a poem by Jackie Koller titled “What If.”  The science fiction genre asks the question, “what if?”.  We made predictions about the future and met in groups to discuss our predictions.  In the afternoon, we worked on vocabulary skills by identifying context clues.  We also went to the computer lab and created PowerPoints on our conifer that we’ll be sharing with the class.  If you would like a copy of the PowerPoint, please ask and I will email it.

NOTE: We have set a date for our field trip to Camp Rabideau in Blackduck!  We will be touring the historic CCC camp as a tie-in to what we learned about WWII this year.  I could use one more driver (for 4 passengers) on May 19th.  More information to follow.

Wednesday: Our chapel speaker talked to us about bullying and thinking about other people aside from ourselves.  In language arts we filled out an anticipation guide for a short story we will be reading.  It sparked quite a bit of discussion about equality.  In the afternoon, we talked about apostrophes, analyzed photographs from Vietnam, and completed a workbook page in science.

Thursday: We started a worksheet on Paul’s stay in Corinth, which we will finish tomorrow.  We read the short story “Harrison Bergeron” in language arts, responded to the story in writing, and discussed the events and themes.  In the afternoon, we began learning a tongue twister of a Spanish song (see below).  We also viewed a PowerPoint and went through an overview of the Vietnam War.

Friday: We finished the worksheet we started yesterday in Bible.  We had reading buddies, a spelling test, and worked on a project for language arts.  In the afternoon, we wrote two paragraphs on equality (one on why equality is beneficial and another on how it could go wrong based on the short story).  We examined flowers and seeds today to determine whether they are dicots or monocots.  We also read about civil rights in Heritage.

Homework: Some students still have paragraphs to write- due on Monday