Monday, November 13, 2017

What is an important requirement for all good bakers? They must rise to the occasion.  After all, it’s the yeast they can do.  They trade recipes on a knead to know basis. These somewhat silly puns are just my way of saying, “Don’t forget to bring baked goods to school tomorrow. The children of the second through fifth grade will sell the food during lunch.  In addition, pies, cakes, donuts, cookies, bars, candy, or bread will be sold during parent-teacher conferences. All monies raised will help defray costs associated with the November 27 trip to The Henry Ford. So, bring some sweets and take some home tomorrow night.  Let’s make our Bake Sale a great success!

Religion: So, what was on the agenda today for Grades 4 and 5? First, we attended Mass where Deacon Hilker talked about the Bible passage that refers to forgiving people seven times seventy times.  The Deacon reminded us to be forgiving when people offend or hurt us.

Math: During math today, Grade 5 students worked on their test on multiplication.  Meanwhile Grade 4 students used their white boards to figure out the front end estimated answer for multiplication problems with 1 digit as the multiplier. Tonight’s homework is to finish problems 16-36 on page 135 using the graph paper provided to students in class.

Reading: Everyone learned what their role in the play was today.  Then, we did a read through of the play with students reading their assigned parts. On Wednesday, we will do another read through, but with the music added.  Tonight’s homework is to begin memorizing your lines for the play. Please note: students should be off book (not using your script, but having lines memorized) as of Tuesday, November 28. 

Spelling: We learned what interrogative sentences are today.  Interrogative sentences ask questions. Students had to use Unit 10 words found on page 70 and write questions with them using the 5W’s and the H word to start a sentence.  The words are: who, what, when, where, why, and how. Students should have the first 10 sentences written.  Tomorrow we will write the remaining 10 sentences.

Library and Latin were our specials today. 

Handwriting: We practiced the letters U, V, and W today which all start the same way, with a backward curl.  After writing 3 lines of U, V, and W, we wrote the following sentence three times: Uncle Victor lives in Washington.

History: After outside recess, we discussed our questions to our chapter on “Wandering Through Africa.”  We discussed famous people and places that played a role in David Livingstone’s exploration of Africa. We will finish checking this work tomorrow.

Have a great night and don’t forget to bring your baked goods.


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Today is All Souls Day.  We remember and honor all of our family members and friends who did good work on earth, but may still be waiting to be purified to enjoy the beatific vision.

Tonight’s homework is to finish all incomplete work in the Spelling book.  A paper was sent home tonight for a parent signature which carries the details of this assignment. Fourth graders have sticky notes attached to pages that need to be done; fifth graders need to finish the pages upon which was written the word “Incomplete.”

Here is a summary of today’s lessons:

  1. Religion/Mass: Father helped us understand that Purgatory is a place for some people to go to be purified before going to heaven. While some people go directly to heaven like the canonized saints; others need to be purified in Purgatory before going to heaven. Returning to class, each of us shared special intentions related to our deceased relatives and friends for which we wanted to pray. Congratulations to C. T who served his first Mass today.
  2. Mathematics: Grade 4 wrapped up the unit by checking worksheet #34 entitled “Addition and Subtraction Practice” and by doing page 120 in our textbook, “Check Your Progress.” Grade 5 students continued to work on multiplication with 3 digit numbers and zero in the multiplier and checked worksheet #22. Then, they began working on pages 84-85 in the text on “Multiplication with Money.” We will finish this page tomorrow in class.
  3. Reading: We completed checking worksheet #39 of phonics related to vowel sounds au, aw, al, and all. The Wizard of Oz movie came next.  We finished watching the film today.
  4. Physical Education: Mrs. Kuhr led us in gym including some Halloween-type athletic games.
  5. Spelling: We reviewed any assigned pages that we had not finished. Our homework tonight is to finish any incomplete work in our textbook.
  6. Science: The structure of the atom was our topic of discussion today. We began the lesson by reviewing and learning some definitions like matter, Democritus, atom, proton, neutron, electron, stable, unstable, radioactive. synthetic, atomic weight, symbol. and periodic table. We drew a picture in our notebooks of what a box on the periodic table contains.
  7. Atrium: We ended the day by participating in activities for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.

Have a great night!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Happy All Saints Day!

Congratulations to all our students who did such a fantastic job today in reciting their saint poems. They not only memorized their poems, but also dramatically interpreted them.  We look forward to many more outstanding dramatic performances from our talented group of thespians.

There is no homework tonight!

Here is a summary of today’s lessons:

  1. Religion/Mass: Father discussed the difference between adoring and honoring the saints.  He reminded us that the saints are our heroes and we can ask them to intercede for us in special favors. After Mass Grade 2 and 3 students recited a poem by Robert Frost entitled “The Last Word of a Bluebird.” Nicely done, 2nd and 3rd graders! Fourth and fifth graders then shared their specially prepared poems.
  2. Math: Both classes worked on a worksheet of mixed multiplication problems.
  3. Reading: Mrs. Dailey’s homeroom joined us today as we did the first read-through of our Christmas play, “The Wizard of Oz.”
  4. Recess: We enjoyed 40 minutes of recess today after which we ate our lunch.
  5. Music and Latin were our special subjects today.
  6. History class wrapped up today’s lessons.  We completed a map on “The Great Game.” This event centered around a conflict between Russia, Britain, and the Persian governments over Afghanistan. We talked about why the conflict occurred and the parties involved. We also discussed the key places where the battles happened. Questions came up by the students as to why our country is still involved with Afghanistan and how the history of the area has affected its current situation. The students really did some deep thinking about this topic and how it still influences our modern political policies.

Have a terrific night!