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Week 34- May 6-10, 2019

Concepts covered this week

Religion:

  • We listened to and discussed the Gospel story of Fish for Breakfast.
  • We learned that Sacraments are special signs of God’s love.
  • We learned that we receive the Holy Spirit through the Sacraments. We focused on the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation.
  • We discussed ways that the Holy Spirit can help us to make good choices.

Language Arts:

  • We practiced reading and writing long a (ai, ay, a-e) words.
  • We read and discussed stories about feelings, our five senses and what happens when a person or animal gets lost.
  • We completed a “How to” Book.  We began to share them with our classmates.
  • We wrote two part answers to literature questions where we supported our answer with evidence from the story.
  • We published beautiful stories about some very special women.

Math:

  • We used blocks, pictures and numbers to represent numbers to 100.
  • We compared groups of numbers by using the vocabulary words more than, less than, greatest and least.

Science/Social Studies:

  • We used tissue paper to make a translucent window and displayed the results in our classroom.
  • We went on a scavenger hunt to find real-life transparent, translucent and opaque materials in our school.
  • We began to look at our different cultures and how this influences our family choices.

Physical Education/Spanish/Music/Art

  •  In Physical Education, we practiced striking skills using bats and golf clubs. We practiced the baseball skills of throwing and fielding in stations. Students are expected to practice sportsmanship by using encouraging words to support others
  • In Spanish, we reviewed colors, letters and food items and made a plate of our favorite foods.  We welcomed Maestro Christina who was our teacher this week.
  • In Music, we listened to songs that we learned and analyzed them for rhythm. We explored sixteenth notes visually, aurally and physically. We added an Orff instrument accompaniment, and practiced a “mi re do” pattern on xylophones.
  • No Art with Mrs. Gottschalk this week. In class we listened to a story about Henry Matisse and used our scissors to “paint” a picture in style he used later in his life.

Week 33- April 29-May 3, 2019

Concepts covered this week

Religion:

  • We listened to and discussed the Gospel story of Thomas and the Risen Lord.
  • We learned that the Holy Spirit is God.
  • We learned that the Holy Spirit helps us and guides our choices.
  • We discussed that May is a month devoted to Mary, the Mother of God. We learned a song to honor Mary.
  • We visited the residents of Saint Francis Care Center, passed out cards and flowers and spread joy.

Language Arts:

  • We practiced reading and writing long a (ai, ay, a-e) words.
  • We read and discussed stories about how you would feel and what to do if you got lost.
  • We completed a “How to” Book.  We began to share them with our classmates.
  • We began to share our own stories that were created during Writers Workshop center.
  • We wrote a journal entry about what we do if there were no windows.

Math:

  • We used blocks, pictures and numbers to add and subtract numbers to 50 without regrouping.
  • We used the strategies of factoring, make a ten or find a double to simplify addition problems.

Science/Social Studies:

  • We learned how light travels through or around objects by sorting items into the categories: transparent, translucent and opaque.
  • We discussed and answered the question: What would life be like without transparent materials?

Physical Education/Spanish/Music/Art

  • May 1- May 7 is observed as National Physical Education & Sport Week.  Your child has had the opportunity to learn some of many movement skills and games during Physical Education class this year!
  • In Spanish, we learned about Spanish speaking countries in South America. We watched segments of the show “Where in the World is Carmen Santiago” that highlighted these countries.
  • In Music, we listened to songs that we learned and analyzed them for rhythm. We explored sixteenth notes visually, aurally and physically. We added an Orff instrument accompaniment, and practiced a “mi re do” pattern on xylophones.
  • No Art with Mrs. Gottschalk this week. In class we began a water color picture for a very special person.

 

Week 32- April 22-26, 2019

Concepts covered this week

Religion:

  • We listened to and discussed the Gospel stories related to Easter Sunday and the Resurrection.
  • We made some pictures to represent the Risen Lord and New Life.
  • We practiced and lead the school and parish in Mass. We highlighted New Life in Christ.
  • We lead the Church assembly in The World Pledge, in honor of Earth Day.

Language Arts:

  • We practiced reading and writing long e (ee, ea, e-e) words.
  • We practiced making and using words with double consonants and  –ed endings.
  • We thought of a task that we do well and listed the direction in order.  We are turning this into a “How to” instruction book.
  • We turned our own stories into books during Writers Workshop center.
  • We wrote a journal entry about what we learned from the water safety demonstration.

Math:

  • We used blocks, pictures and numbers to add and subtract numbers to 50 without regrouping.
  • We looked at addition of three numbers. We used the strategies of factoring to make a ten or find a double to simplify the problem.

Science/Social Studies:

  • We worked with a partner to list and illustrate ways we can help endangered elephants. We turned this into a class poster.
  • We participated in a water safety demonstration put on by the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Physical Education/Spanish/Music/Art

  • In Physical Education, we practiced catching with scoops and throwing to a partner for accuracy.  We also begin to practice striking off a baseball tee.
  • In Spanish, we practiced words for foods we commonly eat, drew and labeled a plate of food and watched a video about Spanish names for foods from the Calico online program.
  • In Music, we practiced aural skills by writing down note patterns that we hear. We played musical games to practice solo singing and read a book about the instruments of the orchestra.
  • In Art, we reviewed color as we made a painting of spring flowers.  We read many stories about a mischievous bunny by Rosemary Wells from the Max and Ruby series.

Week 31, April 15-19, 2019

Concepts covered this week

Religion:

  • We listened to and discussed the Gospel stories related to Palm Sunday and Holy Week.
  • We made some symbols for Holy Week to add to our Lenten suitcases.
  • We participated in a Stations of the Cross Prayer Service let by the Fourth graders and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the Church.
  • We participated in the Good Friday observances lead by the Sixth and Seventh graders.
  • We read stories, participated in a discussion and made symbols for Good Friday.

Language Arts:

  • We practiced reading and writing long e (ee, ea, e-e) words.
  • We practiced making and using compound words.
  • We began to list direction in order to make a “How to” instruction book.
  • We continued to turn our own stories into books during Writers Workshop center.
  • We wrote a journal entry about our favorite color and how it makes us feel.

Math:

  • We used blocks, pictures and numbers to add and subtract numbers to 50 without regrouping.

Science/Social Studies:

  • We learned some interesting facts about elephants, talked about why they are endangered and came up with some ways that we can help to save them from becoming extinct.
  • We practiced a World Pledge and made illustrations to go with the words. We will lead the assembly in the pledge at the New Life Mass.

Physical Education/Spanish/Music/Art

  • In Physical Education, we practiced catching with scoops and throwing to a partner for accuracy.
  • In Spanish, we listened to a graphic novel, looked at the panels and thought about how an author has to balance their words to fit the panels. We then drew some panels of our own, then finished watching the movie we started before spring break.
  • In Music, we learned to notate music that we hear aurally with a song called Cluck Old Hen. We differentiated the sounds of a quarter note and eighth notes and putting them down on paper.
  • In Art, we learned about organic shapes as we studied Henri Matisse’s late work and created a work of our own in his cut paper style.

Week 29- March 25-29, 2019

Concepts covered this week

Religion:

  • We listened to and discussed the Gospel story of a second chance for the fig tree.
  • We described sin as choosing to do something that we know is wrong.
  • We discussed why it is important to ask for forgiveness when we make a wrong choice. We also discussed why we should forgive those who wrong us.
  • We made some symbols of forgiving to add to our Lenten suitcases.
  • We attended Mass with the school and parish community.

Language Arts:

  • We practiced reading and writing long u words (u-e).
  • We read a folk tale and a tall tale that took place on a ranch and in the desert.
  • We practiced using the verbs: is, are, was and were.
  • We continued to practice reading and writing two part answers to literature questions.
  • We wrote a journal entry about an animal adventure. We chose either an animal fantasy or non-fiction format.

Math:

  • We reviewed the math vocabulary words associated with 2 digit numbers.
  • We practiced using blocks, pictures and symbols to represent numbers to 40
  • We compared, added on or subtracted from numbers to 40.

Science/Social Studies:

  • We watched a video and read books explaining vibrations and sound waves.
  • We worked with a partner to design and build a “recycled” musical instrument that produces three sounds.

Physical Education/Spanish/Music/Art

  • In Physical Education, we used paddles with a variety of balls to improve striking skills.
  • In Spanish, we learned some vocabulary words for classroom objects, listened to a story about St. Joseph’s Day and watched a movie titled, The Emperor’s New Groove.
  • In Music, we learned about the instruments of the orchestra and listening to Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev. We created Listening Journals and actively responded to the music that we heard.
  • In Art, we continued to learn about geometry in quilt patterns and created our own patterns for a paper quilt.
  • We listened to many stories about spring, animals and families.

 

 

Week 28- March 18-22, 2019

Concepts covered this week

Religion:

  • We listened to and discussed the Gospel stories of the Transfiguration.
  • We described prayer as listening and speaking to God.
  • We wrote our own Lenten prayers.
  • We made some symbols of prayer to add to our Lenten suitcases.
  • We attended Mass with the parish community.

Language Arts:

  • We practiced reading and writing long i words (i-e).
  • We read some stories about cats, rats, mice and owls.
  • We practiced decoding words with double middle consonants.
  • We practiced reading and writing two part answers to literature questions.
  • We wrote a journal entry about our favorite parts of the show at MBT.

Math:

  • We reviewed the math vocabulary words associated with the math chapter.
  • We practiced using blocks, pictures and symbols to add and subtract numbers to 20.
  • We began to look at three-digit addition by first adding a double, then adding one or 2 more.

Science/Social Studies:

  • We completed the Arch-Diocesan safety curriculum by discussing safe and unsafe touches and what to do if someone breaks the touching rule.

Physical Education/Spanish/Music/Art

  • In Physical Education, we used paddles with a variety of balls to improve striking skills.
  • In Spanish, we looked at numbers 1-50, practiced counting and solving simple math problems.
  • In Music, we listened to the story Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood, to learn about the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay. We were introduced to Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofiev, by learning about the composer and the orchestra instrument families.
  • In Art, we learned about geometry in quilt patterns and created our own pattern for a paper quilt. We also painted spring pictures and worked on color #2 on our city landscape.
  • We listened to many stories from James Edward Marshall

 

 

Week 26- March 4-8

Concepts covered this week

Religion:

  • We visited the Blessed Sacrament Chapel and discussed the significance of the tabernacle.
  • We described Lent as a 40-day journey with Jesus. We made Lenten suitcases to take on our journey.
  • We talked about the three pillars of Lent: praying, fasting and almsgiving. We gave examples of what this might look like for a first grader.
  • We learned about little boy from Guatemala and how important nutritious food is for all people.

Language Arts:

  • We practiced reading and writing long o words (o-e words).
  • We read and wrote words with sh and wh diagraphs.
  • We read realistic stories about extended families.
  • We practiced backing up an opinion with literary proof from the story.
  • We wrote a journal entry about a new constellation of stars.
  • We read interesting non-fiction books about stars, constellations and space.

Math:

  • We reviewed the vocabulary words associated with addition of numbers.
  • We reviewed the strategy of breaking a number in to a ten and ones and used this to solve addition problems.
  • We made flash cards for the double number addition facts. (3+3=6)
  • We used double addition facts to learn the double plus one addition strategy.

Science/Social Studies:

  • We learned about Polaris and the constellation Ursa Major.
  • We made pictures of the night sky and located Polaris and Ursa Major in our pictures.
  • We made a pictures of our own constellations and wrote a stories to explain these new stars.

Physical Education/Music/Art/Spanish

  • In Physical Education, we practiced ball handling using basketballs and volleyballs. Next week we will participate in Jump for Heart. This American Heart Association supported event is an opportunity to learn more about our healthy heart and to donate to this national organization. Each student is encouraged to raise $15.00
  • In Music, we learned a song with solfege using the new pitch Do. We learned about musical ostinato, and added a body percussion rhythmic ostinato to the song. We also learned to sing the new Mass setting.
  • In Art, we learned about geometry in quilt patterns and cut out shapes for our paper quilt.
  • In Spanish, we continued to review family names and colors. We listened to popular children’s stories in Spanish.

 

Week 25- February 25-March 1

Concepts covered this week

Religion:

  • We listened to the Gospel story where Jesus heals the daughter of Jairus.
  • We defined Jesus as the “Good News.”
  • We discussed different ways we can share the Good News of Jesus with others.
  • We began to learn about the Eucharist.
  • We participated in a school lead Parish Mass.

Language Arts:

  • We practiced reading and writing long a words (a-e words).
  • We read and wrote words with th and ch diagraphs.
  • We read realistic stories about families.
  • We wrote a journal entry about what we would do as the president of our country.
  • We worked on writing complete sentences with a subject and predicate.

Math:

  • We practiced addition facts of numbers that add up to ten.
  • We added together two numbers with answers greater than 10 by using the strategy of making a ten.
  • We practiced factoring teen numbers into groups of tens and ones.
  • We looked at three digit numbers on our new 101-200 number chart.

Science/Social Studies:

  • We reviewed how things change over time and completed the unit test.
  • We read books and an article about 2 famous presidents.
  • We began to learn about stars and constellations

Physical Education/Music/ Spanish/Art:

  • In Physical Education we practiced ball handling using basketballs and volleyballs.
  • In Music we practiced active listening. We responded to music and described what we heard and how it made us feel. We also learned about Guido d’Arezzo and the invention of music notation.
  • In Spanish we learned family words and reviewed colors
  • In Art we learned about geometry in quilt patterns and created our pattern for a paper quilt.
  • We listened to many different versions of the Gingerbread Man.

Week 24- February 17-22

Concepts covered this week

Religion:

  • We discussed the gospel story where Jesus tells us to treat others the way we want to be treated.
  • We identified Jesus as the Son of God.
  • We shared ways we can celebrate and spread the Good News of Jesus.
  • We participated in a service project where we decorated cards for guests attending the school auction.

Language Arts:

  • We practiced reading and writing words with long a sound (a-e).
  • We practiced reading and writing words with beginning blends and the ch diagraph.
  • We read a folk tale about a boastful, braggy cookie.
  • We wrote a journal entry about how we spent our unexpected break from school.
  • We worked on writing complete sentences with a subject and a predicate.

Math:

  • We completed the chapter on writing and comparing numbers from 0-20.
  • We used problem solving skills to find a mystery number.
  • We began to look at addition and subtraction facts to 20 by reviewing ways to add two numbers.

Science/Social Studies:

  • We reviewed the following vocabulary words; past, present, future, change, timeline and tool.
  • We read about ways schools and communities change over time.
  • We discussed the significance of Valentine’s Day and President’s Day.

 

Physical Education/Music/Art/Spanish

  • In Physical Education we worked on exercises and played games to help with abdominal strength and flexibility.
  • In Music, we sang African American spirituals in celebration of Black History Month. We also learned a new note value, the half note. We explored this new note with singing, using body percussion, and drawing it on a music staff.
  • In Art, we made and decorated Valentine’s Day boxes and cards.
  • In Spanish, we learned about articles of clothing by making and labeling picture colleges.

We ended the week with a class party to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Week 21- January 28-February 1

Concepts covered this week

Religion:

  • We attended a K-8 Mass honoring our distinguished alumni.
  • We discussed what makes our school a Catholic school and found items that show our Catholic identity.
  • We participated in a service project where we wrote thank you signs to first responders in our community. We also participated in an assembly honoring these community members.

Language Arts:

  • We practiced reading and writing words with short vowels and blends.
  • We practiced reading and writing words with inflected endings and making contractions.
  • We presented our animal narratives and puppets to an audience.
  • We wrote a journal entry about Assumption Catholic School.
  • We worked on writing complete sentences with a subject and a predicate.

Math:

  • We wrote and compared 2 digit numbers by looking at groups of tens and ones.
  • We reviewed the words; more, greater, less and fewer and used them when comparing two numbers.
  • We used problem solving skills to write sentences about two sets of numbers.

Science/Social Studies:

  • We read about and discussed the following vocabulary words; past, present, future, change, timeline and tool.
  • We read about and shared items from family members that have changes over time.
  • We watched a demonstration where 3 “guest “students shared their timelines.  We asked very good questions about the process they used to make the timelines.

Physical Education/Music/Art/Spanish

  • In Physical Education, we are working on children’s dances and practicing the Mexican Hat Dance for the event on February 10th.
  • In Music, we reviewed quarter notes, eighth notes, and quarter rests and learned to decipher them aurally by doing ear training exercises. We also reviewed Solfege syllables mi, sol and la.
  • In Art, we made a dragon mask for Chinese new Year.
  • In Spanish, we learned about fruits and vegetables and selected other foods by designing our favorite foods on a dinner plate, and by word finds.
  • We listened to many stories about the odd bird, “Tacky the Penguin.”
  • Our fourth grade friends helped us to find digital images of people preforming the Mexican Hat Dance.