I hope you were able to look on Facebook and see the wonderful pictures that Mrs. Stephens posted from our Literacy Event, “Gentleness Reformed”! (I have posted a few more here today.)We traveled back in time to the Colonial Days in America and took our parents on a ride through the life of Amos Fortune. We taught our parents about the Atlantic Slave Trade and, we sang the African Spirituals that we learned: “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”,” Let Me Fly”, and “Ezekiel Saw the Wheel”. In addition to singing, we played a variety of African drums and instruments. As a treat at the end of our literacy event, we were able to enjoy lots of colonial foods such as pound cake, gingersnaps, baked apple pie, apples, and berries. We also enjoyed hot, spicy apple cider!
This coming week we will be learning more about Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation. It has been hard for the students to understand that some aspects of church were corrupt during the Middle Ages and needed to be “reformed”. The students are questioning many of the practices that took place in the Catholic Church during the 1400s and 1500s. We are really learning a lot!
And….. in addition to our novel and history, we are continuing word work with Greek and Latin roots, sorting words with those roots, making arrays of vocabulary on our desk for vocabulary games, solving advanced fraction problems in Math, and working on language skills. Keep up the great work, students! It’s a brand new quarter, and we are picking up the pace! Have a great week parents!