I am truly looking forward to conferencing with each family next week. I will do my best to show which areas your student is excelling, and which areas may need additional assistance at home. As always, if you feel there is something that we need to discuss before or after conferences, do not hesitate to contact me. Click here to find my conference schedule.
Last week, I assigned the next book report which is due in about a month. They should try to finish the book within the next two weeks, by December 1. This turns out to be a fun report for many of the students. They are going to be a character from a realistic fiction book. Their “report” is a presentation as the character of their book. Here is the information sheet that I sent home last week. The realistic fiction book should be more than 125 pages. It should not be a book from a series, nor a graphic novel. Their Character Day Presentation is on Dec. 5.
Now that we have finished our Young Peacemakers curriculum, we will starting a new bible curriculum (Purposeful Design) which will last for the remainder of the year. We will study the basic doctrines of the Church. With this curriculum we will get to the heart of what God's message is and how it applies to each and every one of us. Students will have homework several times a week from this workbook.
Sometime in the first part of December, we will be participating in the preliminary classroom evaluation portion of the National Geographic Geography Bee which is open to grades 4-8 nationwide. (There is no grade associated with this!) If your student would like to visit the website to prepare or study, there are sample questions located at http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/ . Again, this is an optional activity, but all students will be asked the preliminary Bee questions.
Current bible verse: "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:32 (Test on Friday)
What we are studying this week:
Bible: God's word is truth (verse test on 11/17)
Grammar: Begin prepositions
Math: Ch. 3 - Multiply by 2-digit numbers (Test on Friday)
Reading: The Raft - working on character traits
Science: Begin Unit F - Body Systems: respiratory system
Social Studies: Begin Explorers of the Pacific Northwest (1600-1800)
Writing: 6+1 writing traits: Ideas
What's coming up:
- Nov. 20/21 - No school - Parent/Teacher Conferences
- Nov. 22-24 - No school - Thanksgiving Break
- Dec. 1 - Spirit Wear Day
- Dec. 5 - Character Day Presentation
- Dec. 8 - Christmas Concert for 5/6 grade (Auditorium at 7pm)