Second Trimester is in full swing!
This trimester we are preparing for our First Confessions in February! We are mastering our Basic prayers and learning our Act of Contrition.We are learning how much jesus loves and forgives us. We are learning the stories from the New Testament when Jesus forgave: Zacchaeus, the woman at the well, and the woman who washed his feet with her tears We are learning how Jesus told parables to teach about forgiveness and the Father's love in the Prodigal Son and the Good Shepherd. It will be a time of real growth in our faith!
We finished a chapter on Mapping and we are finishing our Map projects of Routes from Home to School. We will be learning about Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream for peace and tolerance in the world.
We are also beginning a unit on our Human Body and How we Grow and Change. The children will learn about their bones and muscles, respiratory system and their Digestive System. They will do little activities teaching them how their body works. They will see short science clips about how their respiratory system and digestive system work.
We will be learning about the Winter Olympic Sports, and choose which sports are our favorites and write opinion pieces about why they are our favorite winter sports. We will do crafts about the sports.
We will be reading more challenging stories and novels. We are learning the different types of writing: Persuasive, Informative and Entertaining. The children will be writing about their 2018 Goals. The children will continue to read at home with Book It. Remember at least four books a month read at home or read to them is mandatory. There will be a Book Report due each month. In class we continue to read silently, and take Accelerated Reader tests. We read in novels and chapter books in small groups. We read our story of the week in large groups and take tests at the end of the week. We continue to take spelling pretests each week and take the list of words assigned at our own level. We use Spelling City to reinforce our learning in Spelling and Vocabulary. We will continue to do our Readers Theater. Our next one is the First Week of January.
In Math we begin Chapter 5, Place value, and Ordering Numbers from 100-999. The majority of the children did a wonderful job on their Chapter 4 Math Test on Subtracting with Regrouping. We will be using ixl.com Math Section H to support our learning. We will enjoy fun coloring games using a program on the SmartBoard. It will practice and reinforce place value.
One of the high points of this trimester is Catholic Schools Week the last week of January. We will be making posters about what reconciliation means to us later this month to post during Catholic Schools week. Our Bishop the Most Reverend Kevin Vann will be attending our Mass at 9:15 am that morning.