Good day to all of my parents,
This week should be a nice, calm, and stay-on-schedule kind of week before the flurry of activities begin the second week of May. Therefore, we should get much accomplished.
Fourth Grade This Week
Reading. What a coincidence! The most recent Time For Kids I received to share with the class has as its cover story an article about Gorilla doctors; these veterinarians treat gorillas that require medical treatment in the wild. Since we have been reading about the gorilla, Koko, in our reading series, I am happy to have the children read this story. If you have your child visit the website
they can watch a video related to Gorilla doctors. The issue is a special one, focusing on environmental issues: saving the jaguar, coral reef survival, providing safe drinking water around the world, product designs to help keep our earth clean, and the controversy about plastic bag use. It is a great issue, and I know the diverse, yet related topics, will be enjoyed.
Spelling. Our unit test will be on Thursday, May 4th. A small number of students received accelerated lists to study in addition to the original list of words.
English. We will be concluding our structured lessons on punctuation and capitalization with an open-book test that will probably take two or three days. However, the importance of this skills in the mechanics of our language will have the children reviewing the skills in their “Jumpstart” editing activities and other things that I come across as being helpful tools. I would like to begin diagramming sentences with possessives and adjectives at week’s end.
Science. I will have the class begin to study their class notes on biological hierarchies starting on Monday, May 1st. I plan to have a quiz on Friday, May 5th. Also, they will be creating their own food web as a part of that assessment.
Grade Five This Week
Our week will begin by concluding a lesson begun the prior week on adverb and verb suffixes. I am not certain if we will be done by Tuesday or Wednesday; however, when that skill is accomplished, we will focus our learning on correctly revising rambling sentences. Yes, those are the famously written sentences that go on and on and on without a piece of end punctuation in sight. Hopefully, we will become much more aware of that tendency and give our sentences more direction and have them “head home” in a shorter amount of time.
Sixth Grade This Week
A quiz will be given on Monday. The content of that quiz contains the content of lessons 7.6-7.8. Also, we will do lessons on apostrophe and hyphen use.
Well…as I get ready to conclude this short missive, may I wish you a day where you are reminded how very good the good God is 🙂