English: We will continue to work in the
Shurley Method to refine what we have learned from the beginning of the year to the present class. Check out the parts of speech that we have just learned: subject nouns, subject pronouns, verbs, helping verbs, prepositions, objects of the prepositions, adjectives, adverbs, Article Adjectives, Interjections, Possessive nouns and pronouns, and conjunctions. We have just completed the above and have recently learned about the Compound subject and compound verbs. We are just rolling along. After we have these down, we will move on to the last two pieces of the year, direct and indirect objects as well as the adjectives that describe them. WOOHOOO!!!!
Reading: We have recently finished THE WATSON’S GO TO BIRMINGHAM! I hope your child has truly enjoyed this novel. Our novel test is this Friday, April 13, 2012. We will review during this week. All questions are available on the class website. Our next novel is MATILDA. We will begin this novel on Monday, April 16. Please have your student’s novel with them as we will begin that day in reading class. Our next class book report reading due date has recently been posted on the class website. We will begin our 4th quarter book report on Monday, May 7, 2012. This gives the students at least 4-5 weeks to read the novel they chose. The students must report on the novel I approved in class.
Religion: We have recently discussed the importance to Holy Week and the gifts that Jesus gave to us. We will continue to discuss the sacrament of Holy Communion and the major parts of the Mass. We will continue to discuss this further in detail. As we enter into May, we will discuss our Mother Mary as this is a month that we reflect and give praise to the mother of Jesus.
Science: The week of April 9th, we will wrap up the chapter over the Earth’s layers, Volcanoes, and Hurricanes. Following this chapter we will next move into Rocks and Minerals and Simple Machines.
Social Studies: We have currently wrapped up Texas becoming the 28th state in the United States. We are currently reading about the Civil War, Slavery, Share Cropping, and the movement of Native Americans into reservations. We will wrap the chapter up and continue to discuss the continued movement to the western frontier. We will next move into railroads, oil, and government. WOOHOOO!!!! We love the history!
Math: Currently, we are working with fractions. We have just completed an improper fractions piece and putting fractions into their simplest form. Please make sure that the students are studying their facts nightly as we will pick up the mad minute quizzes on Fridays. We will also continue with cumulative weekly checkups as this will help cement long term memory building blocks. The next pieces we will cover by the end of the year include: Measurement, Time and Geometry.