Weekly Memo (January 20-24)

Martin Luther King Jr.

As we are learning about Joshua and Caleb leading the people of Israel after the death of Moses, we spent time discussing leadership and identifying key characteristics of godly leaders. Hearing what our students considered to be godly leadership characteristics was inspiring, and several of them mentioned their parents and grandparents (and even other students in class) as examples of godly leaders.

In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we also spent time learning about his life and the way he served as a key leader of the Civil Rights Movement in our country. Martin Luther King Jr. was a great leader, and he certainly exemplified many of the godly leadership qualities mentioned in our class discussion.

In the hall outside of our classroom, we’ve displayed a mural our class worked on to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and around it are papers students wrote describing the positive leadership attributes of Dr. King.

I’m proud of the thoughts our students shared, and I’m thankful to be in a learning environment where we can celebrate and recognize godly leadership qualities. I can’t wait for students to return tomorrow to see and be proud of their work that is posted.

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).

No School
(MLK Day)
Comp. 10:20-10:50

Music 1:25-1:55
Comp. 10:20-10:50

Music 1:25-1:55
Comp. 10:20-10:50

PE 1:25-1:55
Book Buddies 9:10-9:30

Library 2:10-2:40
No School
(MLK Day)

Memory Verse

Caleb & Joshua— Leadership (8.4)

Memory Verse

Caleb & Joshua—
Leadership (8.5)

Bible Test Review


Memory Verse

NO Bible Test (Moved… again. We’re working on some projects that are taking a little longer than expected)
Memory Verse Test


Project Presentations
No School
(MLK Day)
DLR- Monday & Tuesday

Good vs. Well
Very vs. Real
DLR- Wednesday

"There is/There are" sentences
DLR- Thursday

Adverb Clauses
Adverb Clauses (continued)
No School
(MLK Day)
List #21 (p. 100)
List #20 (p. 101 & 103)

Rewrite missed words five times
Test (if necessary)
No School
(MLK Day)
Lesson 54

Grade Lesson 54

Lesson 55
Grade Lesson 55

Pre-Test (11 A)

Test (11 B)
Social Studies

No School
(MLK Day)
Studies Weekly #13

Road to the Revolution
Studies Weekly #13

Road to the Revolution

Boston Tea Party Activity
Studies Weekly #13

Road to the Revolution Review
Test- Road to the Revolution
No School
(MLK Day)
Read "Tea Time!" (Journeys pp. 374-382)

Independent Reading (100,000 word goal)
Compare "Can’t You Make Them Behave, King George?" and "Tea Time!"

Independent Reading (100,000 word goal)
Independent Reading (100,000 word goal)
Independent Reading (100,000 word goal)
No School
(MLK Day)
Writing Conferences & Finish Final Drafts from last week (if necessary)
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
Draft Revisions
Write Final Draft

This Week’s Memory Verse

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

Joshua 1:9

This Week’s Spelling List
List 21 (p. 100)
  1. army
  2. starve
  3. scar
  4. garbage
  5. hamburger
  6. return
  7. purpose
  8. surface
  9. courage
  10. journal
  11. argue
  12. apartment
  13. guitar
  14. Arkansas
  15. curl
  16. purse
  17. furniture
  18. courtesy
  19. nourish
  20. journey

This Week’s Vocabulary List (Same list as last week— no quiz this week)

  1. Advantages— skills or situations that favor you
  2. Benefit— something helpful and useful
  3. Boycott— refuse to use or buy a product as a form of protest
  4. Cargo— goods carried on a ship, plane, or truck
  5. Contrary— goes against the majority; stubborn
  6. East India Company— company that had monopoly on tea sales in Britain and the Colonies
  7. Engraving— carved or etched picture
  8. Loyalists— colonists faithful to the King of England
  9. Midst— in the middle of something
  10. Monopoly— the exclusive possession or control of the supply or trade of something
  11. Objected— expressed an opinion against something
  12. Patriots— colonists for independence; against the King of England
  13. Previously— before something else
  14. Prohibit— to ban or forbid something
  15. Propaganda— spreading a rumor that promotes a particular idea, often political
  16. Protest— act or speak out against something
  17. Rebellious— acting against the authorities
  18. Redcoats— British soldiers
  19. Repeal— to formally cancel something
  20. Sons of Liberty— Patriot group founded by Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and others
  21. Temporary— only meant to serve for a short time
  22. Treason— a crime of trying to overthrow your country’s government

This Week’s Tests & Quizzes
  • Thursday
    • Spelling Pre-Test
  • Friday
    • Bible Memory Verse Quiz
    • Bible Test (Joshua & Caleb)
    • Math Test (11 B)
    • Social Studies— Road to the Revolution Test
    • Vocabulary Quiz (in-context words)
    • Reading Comprehension Quiz ("Tea Time!" and "King George")

Upcoming Projects

Chapel This Friday
  • Song— Gus
  • Song— Jude
  • Prayer— Robert

Safety Patrol Rotation

Important Dates & Upcoming Events
  • Thursday, January 23
    • Happy Birthday, Aidan!
  • Tuesday, January 28
    • CAC Elementary Open House (6:00 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. IF YOUR CHILD WILL NEED TO RIDE WITH ME, PLEASE EMAIL ME AND LET ME KNOW!

Resource of the Week

I’m pretty impressed with this parental control app for a child’s device. If you have another suggestion, I’d love for you to share it with me! Ultimately, no matter what control app you prefer, it’s critical you use one and stay on top of your child’s online activity. As a parent once shared with me, "Be all up in your kids’ business! They’re kids."

Helpful Links

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)