Inspirational Missionaries, Rounding, Latitudes, and Attitudes :)

The Bible is the Inspired Word of God.  This week in the Gentleness Fruit Stand, we learned more about scripture being the “Inspired Word of God”.  We investigated synonyms for the word inspired.  Words such as “motivated”, “guided”, “encouraged”, “influenced”, and “prompted” were words that came up in our research and discussion.  When we studied  scriptures from both the Old Testament and the New Testament, we found that all “scripture is given by inspiration”.  We decided that the most fitting definition of inspired was “God- breathed“.  We focused on the fact every word God breathes is filled with His nature and character.  His words are filled with life, understanding, and perfection!  During Chapel this week, we were privileged to meet real- live Missionaries from the countries of New Zealand, Belgium, and the United Kingdom (London)!  We asked questions and learned so much about their lives and about the customs of the countries in which they serve.

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Our Math studies took us to the world of “rounding“.  We brainstormed reasons that we would need to “round” or “estimate” numbers with decimals.  We decided that rounding decimals is used primarily when shopping for groceries or items at a department store.  We practiced rounding decimals to the nearest…whole number, nearest tenth, nearest hundredth, and nearest thousandth.  Wow, what a work-out!

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We took our second test on the novel, The Lion, the Witch, and the WardrobeAs our study of the novel progresses, we are seeing many character traits unfolding.  This week, we constructed our own individual double- bubble maps to compare and contrast character traits with the main characters.

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In Social Studies this week, we continued our study of geography by playing games with Latitude and Longitude. It is a difficult skill to master, but we are associating it with a popular game we know about called “Battleship”.  We played a game called “Message in a Bottle”, in which we tried to rescue castaways from deserted islands.  We had to locate the islands by their coordinates of latitude and longitude.

We’ve learned so much this week!  And… we’ve had great ATTITUDES!

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Week Four… “Matters More” !!!

Matters More“… We have completed our study of “Matter, Matter, Everywhere”, and have taken our BIG MATTER TEST!  Check out the pictures of our PHYSICAL CHANGES and CHEMICAL CHANGES PYRAMIDS!

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In our Bible studies during week 4, we  continued our research into the TRUTH of the Bible.  We continue to memorize scripture that will stay with us for the rest of our lives.  We need to be able to retrieve words of scripture during various times of need and during times when we are given the opportunity to witness to others.

As we continue to explore the world of “Narnia” in our reading of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, we are digging into the text to see how the author, C.S. Lewis, develops the characters.  We compared character traits for two of the main characters: Lucy and Edmund.  Check out our “Character Double- Bubble Map” in which we compared and contrasted character traits.  We brainstormed and came up with a variety of high- level words such as “benevolent”, “egotistical”, “optimistic”, and “pessimistic”, to describe characters.

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In Math class, we learned how to compare decimals.  We constructed a decimal place value chart and learned how to line numbers up using “decimal alignment” to compare.  We are progressing nicely with IXL skills using decimals too!

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The BIG NEWS this week was ” Honor Our Police Officers Day“!  We made cards and brought in goodies to help fill baskets for our local sheriff’s department and out local police precincts.   We are thankful for our police officers and members of our sheriff’s department for keeping us safe.

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A Fruitful Third Week!

The Saints in the Gentleness Fruit Stand studied scriptures that would help us reflect on our “F.R.U.I.T.” goals this week and give them meaning for our lives.  As we discussed these scriptures, we related them to our Spiritual Goals, our Academic Goals, and our Social Goals.  Deep, meaningful conversations took place, and our fifth graders shared ideas about ways to help each other in our goal attainments.

With the continuation of our Literature study, reading the novel, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, we are beginning to make connections with characters and events from the book to Biblical people and events.  We are pulling out character traits from each character, based on their thoughts, words, and actions.  We finalized our “Letters to Lucy”, and learned about the descriptive writing techniques of C.S. Lewis.  Using descriptive adjectives helped us to visualize and actually experience the things that were happening to the characters.

Our Math explorations took us on an adventure into “Decimal Land“!  We brainstormed and came up with ways that decimal numbers are used in our everyday life.  It was amazing to see how much we use decimals in counting money, ordering pizza, keeping score at a basketball game, and many other ways that are important to us in the world we live in.  We played decimal games on the floor and practiced decimal skills on the computer with IXL Math.

In Science we discovered more as we investigated mixtures and solutions.  Did you know that a solution is a mixture in which one substance (the solute) is dissolved (broken down into tiny parts) evenly into another substance (the solvent)?  We watched and saw how some things such as oil and water or vinegar can mix, but eventually settle down and separate due to their differences in weight and density.  Then we observed how salt or sugar dissolve in water and become solutions that are not easily separated.  We took an imaginary trip to a dairy farm (via video) and saw how milk was processed to make ice cream, which is a solution.  What a tasty solution!

In Chapel this week, we explored the emotion of Anger.  We distinguished the difference between Godly anger and human anger.  We learned to be SLOW to anger and keep our self- control.

September 11, 2015 marked the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attack on our country.  In our Social Studies lesson, we viewed a power point slide show about 9/11.  Our discussion centered around God’s  Plan and how leaders of our country came together on that day and sang “God Bless America” on the steps of the Capitol Building in Washington D.C.    In Music class, we reviewed ” This Is My Father’s World”, and then watched a video of Kate Smith, who introduced the song “God Bless America” to our nation during World War II.  We compared it to the singing of the song on September 11,2001.

Take a moment to view pictures which highlight some of our happenings this week:

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The Second Week Was Twice as Nice!

I can’t believe our Saints have already been in school for two weeks!  We are really digging into God’s Word and studying the Doctrine of the Bible– the Word of Truth.  We have been studying scripture that tells us about the Word.  I’m sure many parents have memorized II Timothy 2:15 right along with their children.

In Science this week, we were able to further explore the world of atoms, molecules, and compounds.  We applied experimental design, also known as the scientific method to conduct an experiment that we called “A Matter of Molecules“.  The fifth grade students formulated a hypothesis, followed a procedure, recorded observations in a data chart, drew conclusions based on their observations, identified independent variables, dependent variables, and constants in the experiment.  We concluded that temperature definitely affects the rate at which molecules move!  Ask you fifth grader about our “food coloring” experiment. (Pictures of our observations will be included in our blog today as well.)

We have just begun our journey into the land of “Narnia” with the reading of chapters 1-3 of the classic novel The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,by C.S. Lewis.  Character development and setting are two of the main comprehension tools we focused on this week.

Our Math skills are e-x-p-a-n-d-i-n-g also, as we finish up our study of place value into the hundred billions.  The students worked on a “hallway- walk- about” as the culmination of their math study on standard form and expanded number form.

And…. Last but not least….  The Kindles are here, the Kindles are here!!!! Now we will be able to complete IXL Math and Language skills at home, as well as other teacher- given projects.  Our Saints attended a class on internet safety today, given by Mr. Smith, an expert on the subject.  We learned about safety on computers as well as cell phones.  We also learned about cyber bullying.  This class was a prerequisite to the students receiving their Kindles to take back and forth from home to school.

I have included a few pictures from our math walk- about and from Art class this week.  We learned about “Pointillism” and the mixing of primary colors to create “Impressionistic” art.        And… Our “Adventure” continues…………….

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