Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Here is tonight’s homework:

Math:

Grade 4: Use loose leaf to do problems 1-25 on page 97 of your textbook.

Grade 5: Do the worksheet, diagnostic pretest on multiplication.  It is number 65E. Write directly on the paper.

Reading: Both groups should memorize the first 10 lines of their saint poems.

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Here is a summary of today’s lessons:

Math: We checked the math homework from last night. Then we took a chapter test.  Following that, we worked on our homework. (See above for details.)

Reading: We first listened to the story and then discussed The Gunniwolf, a story by the Brothers Grimm. Then, everyone took a turn reading a section aloud of Chapter 4 of  My Brother Sam Is Dead. As we read aloud, we discussed the plot of the story guided by some discussion questions that Mrs. Hammang gave us.  Finally, we wrote a 5 sentence summary of the main points of the chapter.

Science: Today we learned the difference between weight and mass. We used our interactive notebooks to record the units of measurement for each as well as tools used to measure each.  We drew pictures in our notebooks of a pan balance and a triple beam balance and learned the names of the parts of these tools as well as how to use the tools. As we discussed how weight measures gravity, we noted that mass never changes, but weight does.  We wrapped up our lesson by talking about how high the pressure is at the bottom of the ocean and how animals have adapted to these conditions.  In particular, we mentioned the Betta splendens, the Siamese fighting fish, and saw some beautiful video footage of these gorgeous creatures.

Music and Physical Education were our specials today.

Handwriting: Hoorah!  Today we finished the last 2 letters of the lower case alphabet, x and z, and practiced writing words with them.

Language Arts: We recited together the 5 rules of capitalization that we have studied. Everyone also had an opportunity to share the first 5 lines of their poem which they memorized.  Tonight we will memorize the next 5 lines.

Religion: We practiced with Mrs. Bauer for tomorrow’s prayer service. We also heard about St. Luke, whose feast is tomorrow.

Recess: We enjoyed recess before lunch, 5 minutes after lunch, and for 10 minutes at the end of the day for a total of 30 minutes.  When added to today’s 40 minute gym class, we had 70 minutes of physical activity today.

That’s all for today. Have a great night and don’t forget to get homework papers signed.

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