I hope you all had a fun and relaxing Fall Break. Welcome to the last week of the first quarter of the school year!
This month it’s 5th grade’s turn to raise money for Asres, a girl in Ethiopia who Morrison Academy sponsors through Compassion International. We are planning to have a bake sale next week on Tuesday, October 23rd (not tomorrow!). Please encourage your child to bake something themselves as their contribution. Parents, you are welcome to help, if necessary, but please don’t just do it for them. I have collected some easy recipes that students can use (some of them don’t even require an oven!). You can see them in our Class Portal to the Universe.
This week is EMS Spirit Week! Students are encouraged to dress up according to the following themes each day:
Monday – PJ (pajama) Day
Tuesday – Sports Day
Wednesday – Twin Day
Thursday – Mustang Spirit Day
Friday – Fake Injury Day
National Novel Writing Month
Did you know that November is National Novel Writing Month? I have told the students about this, and many of them are excited to tackle the challenge of writing their own novel in one month! There is a website with lots of helpful information about how to do it, along with forums where participants can find support and encouragement as they set a goal for how many words long their novel should be. The kids’ version is http://www.ywp.nanowrimo.org/ (and I’ve put the link on our Portal to the Universe). Though this is not a school assignment, I would strongly encourage anyone who is interested to participate. It’s fun, educational, and will be a memorable experience! (I’m planning to do it myself!) Parents, if you or any adults you know are interested, the adult version of the site is http://nanowrimo.org. If you have any questions about this, feel free to contact me.
Here’s what we’ll be Learning This Week:
Bible – We will be discussing Joshua and Caleb, particularly how they were faithful in standing alone for what was right (lesson 8).
Our memory verse for the week is Romans 10:13-14, which says, For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
Language – We’ll continue to read and study the novel Esperanza Rising. We’ll learn about two-voice poetry and read some, then students will work on creating their own two-voice poems.
Spelling – Yellow Group: Sort 12
Blue Group: Sort 2
Green Group: Sort 2
Math –We’ll review for the test on chapter 3 and then begin chapter 4: Divide by a Two-Digit Divisor. We’ll learn how to estimate and adjust quotients and divide using base-ten blocks.
Science – Students will do an activity to identify “mystery” materials based on their properties.
Social Studies – We’re going to learn about the French and Indian War and Native Americans’ interactions with European colonists in America as we review for the test on chapter 4.