December 21 and 22nd

Monday: It’s the last two days before Christmas break!  This morning we read Daniel 3 and filled out a journal for the fiery furnace.  Some things the students noted was that Daniel wasn’t in the furnace and how they were at peace with not being saved.  Suffering didn’t affect their faith.  Later, we worked on the last packet of Esperanza Rising, noting her flaws and how she’s being going up and down with successes and mistakes.  In the afternoon, we played Sparkle to review past spelling lists.  We read in our Heritage textbooks and completed workbook page 74.  Finally, we tested our houses by viewing them through a thermal filter on a camera and taking temperatures of different parts of the house before sealing up cracks and windows and again afterwards.  Each group saw a noticeable improvement in heat after insulating the house.  This small demonstration show how important energy conservation is in a home.

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Our Christmas party is tomorrow!  Remember a $5 gift for a classmate (a snack to share is optional).  I won’t be here for the party, but I hope everyone enjoys their break!!

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December 14-18

Monday: This morning, the students read Daniel 1, worked on a journal entry to reflect on the passage, and we took a memory verse quiz.  During language arts, we reviewed the last chapter and started work on Las Papas.  We did not have music today, so we went to the computer lab to play a game dealing with potential and kinetic energy.  You can play at home at:  Link to Coaster Creator

Our new spelling list (and the last for 2015) is list 11:1-10.  Lastly, we took a Heritage exam on Egypt.  To celebrate Christmas, we decorated gingerbread cookies at lunch!  Please keep in mind that we will have a class party Tuesday, Dec. 22nd with a $5 gift exchange.

Tuesday: This morning we started talking about dreams and how God used them in the Old Testament.  During language arts, we started the next chapter of reading, focusing on what Esperanza’s words and actions.  We’re practicing the RACE strategy to extend our answers, and we’ll continue this packet tomorrow.  During grammar mini, the students found words in the chapter they didn’t know and worked on writing definitions.  We read about temperature and thermal energy in science and conducted a lab.  We compared our sense of touch to using a thermometer.  Lastly, we went over yesterday’s exam and talked through some of the questions we had on it.

Homework: Spelling homework is due Thursday.  Heritage study guides on Egypt need to be turned in

Wednesday: We didn’t have a chapel speaker this morning, so we had a time of singing Christmas carols.  In language arts, the students worked on drafting a letter.  We ended ten minutes early so the staff could have some time celebrating together.  This afternoon, we finished our Esperanza packet during grammar mini.  We watched the videos below on thermal energy vs temperature and took some notes.  Lastly, the students chose between a mapping activity or a flag activity on India.  They read facts about India today, which we will compare to ancient India as we continue the unit.

Thursday: We met in small groups to continue a discussion on dreams and how God speaks to us.  In language arts, we worked on the next chapter, identifying character traits in Esperanza.  We will continue this tomorrow.  During grammar mini, we talked about the difference between the Spanish verb “ser” and “estar.”  This tied into language arts because the character traits we’re looking for in Esperanza would take the verb “ser.” For the rest of the afternoon, we started a heat loss project, where we’ll be building a construction paper house and observing how heat travels through a building and how it can escape.

Friday: This morning we read Daniel 2 and worked on a journal activity.  Next, we had reading buddies, took a spelling, and finished the packet from yesterday.  In the afternoon, we played finger twister for grammar mini.  We finished our house construction in science and completed a workbook page on the map of India.

December 7-11

Monday: This morning, we filled out a study guide for Bible class.  Tomorrow we will take a short quiz.  During language arts, we started reading the next chapter, focusing on important events.  This afternoon, we practiced spelling words outside and got our energy out.  Our list is 10, #26-35 (some of that is review, but the students struggled with it last week).  Later, we read about religion in Egypt, created a T chart showing the differences between Christianity and Egypt, and we watched a few Horrible Histories.  Then we did a demonstration on separating the hydrogen from oxygen in water to showcase how water is a compound composed of hydrogen gas and oxygen.  You can do this at home by attaching paperclips to the ends of a 9 volt battery and dipping the ends of the paperclip into a glass of water and baking soda.  You’ll notice that the hydrogen produces twice as many bubbles (H2O).  Then we made gummy bear molecule at the end.

Homework: Memory verse Philippians 4:4-7

Tuesday: This morning we took a Bible quiz and then made annotations on the song “It is Well with My Soul.”  In language arts, we worked on yesterday’s assignment and wrote down discussion questions to talk about tomorrow.  During grammar mini, we worked on four vocab words and completed an assignment on two of the words.  Later we read to the end of the chapter in Heritage and completed workbook page 49.  We ended the day with a study game in science.

Homework: Science exam tomorrow and I need study guides turned in as well

Friday:  I’ve been forgetting to update the blog, sorry about that for those checking for updates!  Today we started a new unit in Bible.  We left off with the fall of Judah, so now we’re learning about Daniel and what happened when the Jews were taken captive by Babylon.  This morning we also started our first day of reading buddies, took a spelling and vocab test, and finished the reading and packet on Plums.  In the afternoon, we worked on our memory verses by writing the verses in cursive on a handwriting sheet.  We also read the first two pages of the new science unit, viewed the videos below, and designed roller coasters with potential and kinetic energy.  Finally, we took a little bit of time to study for our Heritage test on Monday.

Homework: Heritage exam on Egypt due Monday.  Study guides will be due Monday as well

NOTE: Our Christmas party will be on Dec 22nd.  The students are doing a Secret Santa gift exchange with a limit of around $5.  Students can also bring a snack to share if they want.  Gluten and dairy free snacks preferred.