January 19-22

Tuesday: Welcome back from the long break!  We reviewed where we’re at in Esther with a worksheet.  In language arts, we finished our mind maps, shared them, and we took a quiz on sentences.  In the afternoon, we went over our spelling words (#11-20 on the spelling bee list).  We also took a test in Heritage and were given our science fair packets/worked on our question.

Wednesday: In chapel we watched a video on Kidstown (the organization that sponsors Henrietta).   During language arts, we viewed a slideshare on plagiarism.  In the afternoon, viewed a slideshow introducing China.  We also started our log book in science and wrote pros and cons of each idea.

Thursday: This morning we read the reader’s theater on Esther’s Request and started a crossword and personal response on it.  In language arts, we worked on how to avoid plagiarizing by summarizing and paraphrasing instead of changing a word here and there from the original source.  In the afternoon, we finalized our science fair question and started working on the materials.  Then we came up with recipes using ingredients available in Ancient China.

Homework: Spelling test tomorrow, spelling homework due today

Friday: Today we read about the feast of Purim after the Jews were saved from Haman.  They have a few interesting traditions, such as dressing up as Esther and Mordecai and booing every time the name Haman is said.  Later on we took a spelling test, had reading buddies, and wrote the introduction to science fair.  This afternoon, we discussed subject-verb agreement and how it’s more complicated with indefinite pronouns.  In Heritage, we read 142 and finished a foldable on Ancient China.  During science, we met in groups to decide on a design for our boats.

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