September 21-25

Monday: This morning the students wrote their testimonies and responded to the question, “What is Christianity?” in Bible class.  This is a writing assignment I have all students complete every year in grades 5-8.  It gives them the opportunity to practice responding to questions about their faith, and hopefully they will see growth over this span of 4 years.  I file these and return them when the students graduate.  During language arts, the students read chapters 5-6 and marked 5 different parts in their reading where they thought about the text.  During grammar mini, the students practiced their spelling words on their own or with a partner.  We are on list 9: #11-20.  In the afternoon, we finished making paper minerals to show their crystal-like structure, and we dissected cookies to “mine for minerals.”  We are thinking of minerals as individual ingredients (chocolate chips) and rocks as the combination of those different ingredients (the cookie).  Finally, we read about colonial homes in our Heritage textbooks.  Our art lesson for the day was to make a watercolor sunset covering a large piece of paper.  We will add to this next week.

NOTE: Students will need a large shirt to protect their clothing when we work on processing natural clay in art later on.

dandelions and dragonflies: Notice and Note (part two):

Tuesday: In the morning, we talked about yesterday’s Bible worksheet and read through 1 Peter to get an overview of the entire book.  Later in language arts, we worked on our mentor sentence for the week.  We made observations about the sentence and wrote down each word’s part of speech.  Then the students met with their groups, filled out session 5 over the post-it notes they discussed.  We continued literature groups after recess and then wrote down two new vocab words from chapters 5-6 in our vocab journals for grammar mini.  We watched the video below in Heritage and built log cabins with Lincoln Logs.  The students practiced daubing the cracks with mud similar to how the pioneers would have done it.  The pioneers used other materials such as corn husks, stones, animal dung, and moss between the logs.  Afterwards, we read science pages 22-25.  Students wrote on a post-it note their definition of a rock and shared their responses to create their group’s best answer.

Wednesday: After chapel, we completed Wednesday’s activity with our mentor sentence from Old Yeller.  We read chapters 7-8 afterwards.  Next, we talked about the difference between infinitives and prepositions.  We watched the preposition video below.  The students watched the science video and discussed the differences between sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic rocks.  We went to the cafeteria to make crayon rocks.  Students have the opportunity to receive extra credit by making their own “rock” at home.  They can bring in their model or take a picture, but they will also need to explain how it’s a sedimentary, igneous, or metamorphic rock.  They can do crayon rocks, food rocks, or come up with their own materials.  Extra credit rocks will need to come in by Sept 30 (a week from today).


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