November 30- December 4

Monday: This morning we started a worksheet on the fall of Judah for Bible.  In language arts, we talked about symbolism, practiced finding it together, and looked for symbolism in the next  chapter.  We continued this during grammar mini.  During science, we took notes on last week’s concepts, listened to the song below, and talked through a rap on solutions and mixtures.  Lastly, in Heritage we were introduced to mummification by acting out the process!

Note: No spelling this week but look for a vocab quiz at the end of the week




Wednesday: Our chapel speaker talked to us about the breastplate of righteousness and how righteousness means doing the right thing.  In language arts, the students read chapter 6: Los Melones and worked on identifying types of conflict.  We also worked on sentence fragments, which we continued in the afternoon for a game of jeopardy.  We created our boats and tested their buoyancy in science, and we read to page 74 in Heritage and completed workbook 41.

Homework: No spelling this week, but be prepared for a vocab quiz!

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Thursday: This morning we reviewed the kings by filling out highlights for each king of Judah.  In language arts, we started a prewriting activity and first draft to a narrative on a change we’ve experienced.  For grammar mini, we went over colors in Spanish.  In science we spent another day working on buoyancy and discovered that a boat with a large surface area worked the best.  The winning boat held 388 pennies!  Finally, we reviewed the Heritage pages we read yesterday and read two more together.

Homework: First draft of narrative is due on Monday

November 23-25

Monday: This morning we talked through Jeremiah’s calling and the time he renamed someone Terror on Every Side (wow!).  During language arts, we reviewed the last chapter of Esperanza Rising through quick questions and a quick write.  Then we examined her thoughts, words, and actions in the next chapter.  We continued this work for part of grammar mini and finished with the doubling rule in spelling.  We discussed science fair and came up with some questions, read a few print outs in Heritage and created a cut-away diagram.

Homework: Esperanza words, thoughts, actions due tomorrow

Tuesday: We read about Jeremiah and his imprisonment.  We started a comic strip recounting the events.  In language arts, we worked on chapter 4 with special attention to internal and external responses to conflict.  We continued the work into grammar mini, watched a video on pyramids and created one in a group.  Then we did reading in science, introducing new concepts and completed two workbook pages

Homework: Workbook pages are due tomorrow in science

November 16-20

Monday: It’s the start of a new quarter!  This week we have our end of the quarter reward, curling, for those who have turned in all their work.  This morning we took prayer requests, talked briefly about current events, and read about Amon and Josiah.  In language arts, we are working on a pre reading activity to learn more about the Mexican Revolution before starting our next book Esperanza Rising.  Students are examining primary documents to gain an understanding of the events.  The students worked on their next spelling list (list 10: #21-30) with a friend.  We practiced skimming and scanning an informational text (something we struggled with last Friday and needed to review).  Then we partner read in science on the states of matter.  The students used a bloom’s taxonomy cube to answer questions on their reading.

Homework: Spelling homework is due Thursday.  Look for permission slips for Friday’s curling

November 9-13

Monday: This morning we took some time to share about our weekend, and then we read through 2 Kings 18-20 where we learned about Hezekiah’s reign as Judah’s king.  Students should prepare for their memory verse for Thursday’s quiz (Jeremiah 31:33).  In language arts, the students were given directions on the final nonfiction book report.  We also started a new mentor sentence from the picture book Spork and made observations.  In the afternoon, we went outside to practice our spelling (list 10:11-20).  The students worked on their water wheel projects, and we read pages 56-59.  Lastly, we made annotations on an article introducing matter, mass, and volume.

Homework: Spelling homework is due Thursday

Tuesday:  This morning, we went over 2 Kings 18-20.  We filled out an organizer highlighting Hezekiah’s reign.   In language arts, we spent our time reading and working on the parts of speech for our sentence.  During grammar mini, the students started a new set of vocab words, and we played a game of Pictionary to practice.  In science, we practiced finding mass, volume, and density.  And the last thing we did today was finish working on our water wheels.

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Thursday:We watched the video below on properties of matter.  We made this recipe of Ful Medames and read about the Egyptian diet.

Friday: The students wrote a journal entry from the perspective of Manasseh’s personal attendant and filled out the highlights of his reign.  In language arts, we took a spelling test, vocab quiz, and mentor sentence quiz.  We worked on the final 3 paragraphs of our nonfiction book reports.  Some students have chosen to type the report at home.  The book report is due Monday.  In the afternoon, we edited each other’s reports and completed Heritage workbook page 31-32.

November 2-6

Monday: Welcome back after the long break!  In Bible, we worked on a personal devotion sheet and started quiet time before assembly.  Each student had a personal goal for the day that they were working toward.  In language arts we talked about what to do if we get stuck in our reading and practiced fix-it strategies in work time.  This afternoon we worked on our new spelling list (10: #1-10) outside.  In Heritage, the students took an exam and reviewed the chapter on fossils.

Tuesday: During Bible, we reviewed God’s covenants with his people in the Old Testament by completing a graphic organizer.  In language arts, we learned about main ideas and supporting details.  We read to find the main idea and wrote down supporting details from our reading.  During grammar mini, we played a dice game to practice 6 new vocab words for the week.  I will quiz them on these words when we take our spelling test Friday.  In science, we played a review game and went over the test in Heritage and read about the gift of the Nile.

Wednesday: Our chapel speaker talked to us about lying and connected it with the armor of God.  In language arts, we practiced strategies to think while we read our nonfiction books.  Some strategies included rereading, asking questions, and clarifying.  During grammar mini, we played a parts of speech jeopardy game.  In science, we made amber fossils.  The recipe is 2 parts sugar, 1 part karo (corn syrup), and 1 part water, with 5 drops of molasses for color.  Put the ingredients in a pot and boil, stirring constantly.  Cook about 10 minutes until the cracking point (put a drop in cold water and if it forms a solid ball instead of dissolving, then it’s ready).  In Heritage, the students did a map activity on Egypt.

Homework: Spelling homework is due Thursday and the test in science is also on Thursday (tomorrow)

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Thursday: The students finished their worksheet on God’s covenants and started working on their memory verse, Jeremiah 31:33.  We’ll take a quiz on this next Thursday.  In language arts, the students worked on context clues and figuring out unknown words in their reading.  During grammar mini, we practiced Creere, which I’d like to try for assembly possibly next week.  Feel free to practice on your own!  We also wrote an all about me sheet in Spanish.  For science, the students took a test on fossils.  Lastly, we read pages 56-59 in our Heritage textbooks.

Friday:  Happy Friday everyone!  This morning, we started a new unit in Bible on the kings of Judah.  We started with Hezekiah and went over a reader’s theater piece. In language arts, we completed our last section of notes on picking just right books of nonfiction.  We went out to the library to find a book of interest that the students will use for a book report next week.  This afternoon, we had another Spanish day for grammar mini.  We viewed a PowerPoint on water wheels and the shadoof and worked in groups to create a design for a water wheel that we will make on Monday.  We also completed science workbook page 33 to preview the next unit.