Week 19 & 20- January- 14-24

Concepts covered this week

Religion:

  • We discussed what it means to be a peacemaker.
  • We discussed Baptism as a celebration of welcome into the Catholic Church.
  • We discussed and drew pictures of the sacramentals associated with Baptism.
  • We discussed Grace as a gift of God’s loving presence in our lives.

Language Arts:

  • We practiced reading and writing words with short vowel sounds and consonant blends.
  • We read animal fantasy stories about two good friends.
  • We practiced organizing words and statements into instructional phrases.
  • We continued writing sentences where we use the question asked in the answer.
  • We completed the final draft of our animal narrative stories.

Math:

  • We completed the chapters on ordinal numbers and positional words.
  • We are working as a group to find the sum or difference in math problems.
  • We reviewed the vocabulary words associated with addition and subtraction.

Science/Social Studies:

  • We learned some facts about Martin Luther King, Jr. and read a news article about his family.
  • We worked in groups to complete habitats for 5 different hibernators.
  • We shared our habitats with the class. We told how light from the sun (a flashlight) will affect the hibernator in the habitat.

Physical Education/Art/Spanish/Music

  • In Physical Education, we are learning the Mexican Hat Dance for the History/ Multi-Cultural Fair.
  • In Art, we made a stable sculpture.
  • In Spanish, we worked on numbers, 0-20.
  • In Music, we composed rhythms in a new time signature, practiced, and performed these rhythms in front of the class on a percussion instrument.
  • In the computer lab, we used the google search engine to help us find information about winter hibernating animals.  The fourth graders helped us to accomplish this task successfully.

Week 18- January 7-11, 2019

Concepts covered this week

Religion:

  • We listened to the Gospel story of the Epiphany and made group pictures of the three wise men.
  • We learned about the Holy Family and compared Jesus family life to our family lives.
  • We learned about the Liturgical Year and why Father Scott’s chasuble changes colors for different religious seasons.
  • We participated in an all school Spanish Mass.

Language Arts:

  • We practiced reading and writing words with short u vowels and beginning blends.
  • We read nonfiction books about trucks, community workers and hibernators.
  • We practiced reading and writing proper nouns and adult titles (Mr., Mrs., Dr., etc…).
  • We wrote two part answers to literacy questions.
  • We began a narrative story about an animal.

Math:

  • We reviewed vocabulary words associated with shapes.
  • We practiced making and completing different kinds of patterns.
  • We completed the chapter on plane and solid shapes.
  • We began to look at ordinal numbers and number position words.

Science/Social Studies:

  • We learned about different animals that hibernate through books, videos and websites.
  • We learned some new vocabulary words associated with winter animal behaviors such as hibernators, survive and torpor.  We drew pictures in our science journals to help us remember these words.
  • We worked in groups to design habitats for 5 different hibernators.
  • We explained how the amount of sunlight in the winter affects hibernators.

Physical Education/Spanish/Art/Music

  • In Physical Education, we began a rhythm and dance unit by dancing to simple children circle dances.
  • In Spanish, we learned about animals and made paper bag animal puppets.
  • In Art, we worked on a mobile sculpture.  We also made animal puppets to go with our narrative stories.
  • In Music, we learned how beat and rhythm relate to each other, how to clap the beat and rhythm of a song, and how to notate rhythm with iconic and traditional symbols. We also learned to sing the new Mass setting.
  • In the computer lab, we looked at the National Geographic website to learn some interesting facts about hibernating animals. We also practiced patterns on the IXL math website.