February 26-March 2

It is hard to believe that we are at the end of the second trimester! We have been working hard and are beginning to settle back into our "normal" routine of things. Hopefully, the worst of the winter weather is behind us and we will have fewer interruptions to our schedule. With THAT said, next week we begin IOWA testing.  We will test only in the mornings and then rotate which classes we fit in the rest of the day in an effort to keep somewhat on track. A good night's sleep, a healthy breakfast and snack willl go a long way in helping your child feel good about and do well with the IOWA's. I will send a reminder notice later this week :).
Here's a peak at what we are doing this week.
Religion: This week we are busy finishing our look at the 1st Commandment. We are also working on decorating some lunch bags for a prison ministry retreat that is coming up soon. Students are decorating the bags with symbols of faith and illustrations of their favorite bible story or a Christian inspirational quote or bible verse. This week we are also beginning our look at the Stations of the Cross. We will do a few each week leading up to Holy Week.
Language Arts: 
     Reading:  We are reading Roald Dahl's The BFG as our first look at the fantasy genre. Right now we are concentrating on using our senses as we look at the setting of the story. We are also working on the author's choice of sensory language and how that evokes different emotions in us as we read about Sophie's experiences with the BFG. 
     Written expression: Our WOW this week is replenish.  We will be writing about healthy ways to replenish our bodies. Our spelling words this week all have either au or aw. Spelling homework should be done nightly in their spelling notebooks. Additional activities are available on Spelling City. Please encourage your child to get on and do an extra spelling practice. 
Math: This week we are working with fractions of a group, fractions of a set and geometric transformations. Daily practice of multiplication and division facts are highly encouraged. 4A students have been given their login information for the MobyMax website. This is a great place for them to go and get a little extra practice time in.
Science: This week in Science we are looking how the mass of an object is measured, what happens to it when we change the shape, what happens when it changes states and what happens when we add something to something else. There will be plenty of hands on activities for them to discover the concept of conservation of matter