I cannot express enough how deeply sorry I am for the loss of Mrs. Marilyn Strutz. We keep her in our prayers and in our hearts. God bless her and her loving family, Daliah, Sarah, David, Drew, and many others. We pray for her soul to be in the glorious presence of God, our Father.
There was individual counseling, group counseling, and classroom counseling. There were prayers and expression through art. There were a myriad ways to help the students process our sorrow and feelings for Daliah and her family. In the midst of this, we also tried to have class time, Holy Hoops, and a performance by the cute kindergarteners. Here is some of what we did academically this week:
Math: Problem solving with long division, interpretation of the remainder in a division problem, and problem solving using a graphic organizer and multiple steps
Writing/ELA: The final draft of persuasive paper was due on Friday. Some students finished early and began their descriptive paper, “My Greatest Fear.” I will try teacher edit all of the rough drafts of the persuasive paper this weekend so students can write their final drafts next week. ELA: past participle of irregular verbs
Social Studies: A debate was held with a question of whether or not the Spanish, English, and French explorers and settlers were justified in forcibly taking land that was used by generations of various Native American nations, such as the Zuni, Hopi, Algonquin, Huron, and more.
Religion: Chapter 5: Original Sin, the Sacrament of Baptism, and the Body of Christ. Students reviewed how Catholics receive the Sacrament of Baptism in order to cleanse us of Original Sin and be welcomed as a member of our Church, the Body of Christ. 5th graders practiced for the November 1 mass and reviewed ACRE test vocabulary.
Literacy: Students read their books and discussed their readings in various literature circles. Some topics we discussed were hyperboles, metaphors, similes, names of characters and their meanings, humor, cliffhangers, and predictions.
STEAM: Students finished their teeter totter models and learned about the ways that fulcrums are used to balance an inclined plane. They made drawings to plan and revise their models and they worked together cooperatively to make their designs viable. Students had an opportunity to play with one of the simple machines, a pulley. They were assessed on simple machines and their potential uses.