A New Semester
For most of us, a new year is a great time to start new things and make changes, and the same is true in a classroom. This semester, we’re going to do things a little differently than the fall semester. Here are few of the changes we’ll be making or have already made:
- New seating arrangement— For the first semester, our room was set up in cooperative learning groups of 4 (and one group of 5).For this semester, we our room is set up in more of a stadium-seating arrangement with students sitting in pairs. We’ll still be able to do many of the same cooperative learning activities that we did before, but just in a new arrangement.
- Spelling Tests— We’ll follow the same format of having a pre-test on Thursday and the test on Friday, but we’ll add a review assignment to help students master the words. For any words missed on the pre-test, students will need to rewrite them five times and turn in the next day prior to taking the spelling test.
- Vocabulary Tests— In addition to testing over the vocabulary words from the Journeys chapter each Friday, we’ll also include vocabulary words from our Social Studies and Science lessons.
- Class Novels— In addition to independent reading novels and reading stories from our Journeys textbook, we will also read two novels together this semester (Fish in a Tree and Indian in the Cupboard). Both are great books, and I’m looking forward to reading them as a class. We’ll start our first one in the next two weeks.
These are just a few of the things we’ll add to our routine this semester, and there will be a few more along the way. I’m looking forward to another great semester as we prepare to move to middle school next year.
What We’re Learning This Week (if all goes as planned)
I’ll mark each thing we get finished, and you can check back each day to see what we were able to get accomplished (and what we didn’t quite make it to).
Book Buddies 9:10-9:30
Learn Memory Verse
Caleb & Joshua— Leadership (8.3)
Key Question: What makes a good leader?
Caleb & Joshua— Leadership (8.3)
Caleb & Joshua— Leadership (8.4)
Caleb & Joshua—
Memory Verse &
Bible Test (DID NOT GET TO— WILL BE NEXT WEEK)
Adj. vs. Adverb Questions Chart
Good vs. Well
Very vs. Real
"There is/There are" sentences
Adverb Clauses (continued)
List #20 (p. 96)
List #20 (p. 97)
List #20 (p. 98 & 99)
Rewrite missed words five times
Test (if necessary)
Practice multiplying by 2-digit numbers
Choose Survey Topic & Run Sample
Grade Lesson 52
Gather Data for Chart
Grade Lesson 53
Sketch Draft of Chart
Grade Lesson 55
NO MATH SET (Art)
Work on Charts
NO MATH SET
Studies Weekly #13
Samuel Adams & Patrick Henry
Assign Topics to Research
Work Day (assigned topics)
Work Day (assigned topics)
Create Lesson and notes
What events led to the Boston Tea Party?
Boston Tea Party
Cause and Effect
Vocabulary— Word Wall
Facts vs. Opinions
Read "Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George?" (Journeys pp. 358-369)
Focus Question: How can people’s differences of opinion lead to a revolution?
Reading Comprehension Questions (from yesterday’s story)
Read "Tea Time!" (Journeys pp. 374-382)
Compare "Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George?" and "Tea Time!"
Pros & Cons
Prewriting: Planning a Problem-Solution Composition (Topic: Write a composition that states a problem in your community and a possible solution.)
Writing Draft with Idea-Support Map
Analyze a Model
Write Final Draft
This Week’s Memory Verse
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
This Week’s Spelling List
List 20 (p. 96)
This Week’s Vocabulary List (Quiz Friday)
- Advantages-- skills or situations that favor you
- Benefit-- something helpful and useful
- Boycott-- refuse to use or buy a product as a form of protest
- Cargo— goods carried on a ship, plane, or truck
- Contrary— goes against the majority; stubborn
- East India Company— company that had monopoly on tea sales in Britain and the Colonies
- Engraving— carved or etched picture
- Loyalists— colonists faithful to the King of England
- Midst— in the middle of something
- Monopoly— the exclusive possession or control of the supply or trade of something
- Objected-- expressed an opinion against something
- Patriots— colonists for independence; against the King of England
- Previously-- before something else
- Prohibit-- to ban or forbid something
- Propaganda— spreading a rumor that promotes a particular idea, often political
- Protest— act or speak out against something
- Rebellious-- acting against the authorities
- Redcoats— British soldiers
- Repeal-- to formally cancel something
- Sons of Liberty— Patriot group founded by Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and others
- Temporary-- only meant to serve for a short time
- Treason— a crime of trying to overthrow your country’s government
This Week’s Tests & Quizzes
- Spelling Pre-Test
- Bible Test
- Bible Memory Verse Quiz
- Vocabulary Quiz
- Reading Comprehension Quiz
Chapel This Friday
- Song-- Luke
- Song— Aidan
- Prayer— Jonah
Safety Patrol Rotation
Important Dates & Upcoming Events
- Tuesday, January 14
- Happy Birthday, Stella!
- Monday, January 20
- No School (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
- Thursday, January 23
- Happy Birthday, Aidan!
- Tuesday, January 28
- CAC Elementary Open House (6:30 PM)
- Wednesday, January 29
- 5th Grade Great Adventure at CAC Secondary Campus
- 8:15-8:30— Parents and Students arrive at Secondary Campus
- 8:30-11:45— Scheduled Activities/Meetings
- 11:45— Dismiss for Lunch (WLR Larry’s Pizza on Highway 10)
- $6.00 child’s pizza buffet w/ drink (add $.50 for salad bar)
- 9.98 pizza buffet w/ water
- $12.23 pizza buffet w/ drink
- $6.99 salad bar (does not include tax)
- Students are free to leave with parents.
- Transportation will be provided for students who will be returning to school.
Resource of the Week
(Click here of the above link does not work)
Classroom Resource Page (for class schedule, safety patrol rotation, textbooks, etc.)
Google Classroom (students may access this from their Google drive account)
Class ShowMe Page (video tutorials)