September 26-30

Monday: This morning we shared about our weekends and talked through our lockdown procedure.  Next, we discussed cause and effect relationships in language arts.  We practiced this together, participating in a language arts game show where the grand prize was forehead stickers.  For independent work, the students highlighted effect statements in an article on the Civil War and matched causes with their effects.  Our mentor text for this week is Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed.  We made observations about this week’s sentence, and learned some facts about naked mole rats.  Did you know they can live up to 31 years, making them the longest living rodent in the world?  They also lack Substance P, so they cannot feel pain.  We believe God made them this way because carbon dioxide can build up in their tunnels and create acid, so they have to be able to withstand that in their environment.  For grammar mini, we watched the interjection song below and the colons video.  We completed a practice on colons by inserting them where they were missing in sentences and creating lists of things we would like to buy at the grocery store.  Lastly, we reviewed the homework reading in Heritage (pages 29-31) and started gathering information we will use for a debate on Christopher Columbus.

Homework: Spelling test tomorrow, spelling homework is due tomorrow, cause and effect worksheet if unfinished, colon worksheet if unfinished are due tomorrow\

Tuesday: This morning we talked about messages we receive from the world and how they influence us.  We reflected on that through an acronym called TEST (Is it True?  Is it Edifying to others?  Is it Seen in God’s word?  Is it a Trap/enslaving?).  Later in language arts, we completed the parts of speech on our mentor sentence, took a spelling test, and read through a cause and effect article on school lunch.  In the afternoon, we practiced 5 new vocabulary words (lavatory, frenzied, douse, treacherous, and offbeat).  Then we had our debate over Columbus- the kids did a great job respectfully debating!  Lastly, we read about our 5 senses.

Homework: lunch room questions are due tomorrow 

Thursday: This morning we had a sharing time, prayer, and bus safety.  During language arts, we watched the Pixar film “Day and Night” as a warm to compare and contrast.  We also read an article on alligators vs crocodiles.  The students plotted information about those animals on a Venn diagram.  The students had a period of free write during grammar mini.  We read about Jamestown, watched the videos below, and graphed Jamestown’s population changes from 1607-1611.  Lastly, we read to the end of the unit in science and learned about sleep, memory, and hormones.

Homework: Jamestown graph is due tomorrow, 5 senses story is due tomorrow


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