Third quarter beginnings

Third quarter has begun and the saints in the gentleness fruit stand sure are busy! In math, the saints are working on measurement. There is no better way to learn the difference between perimeter and area than to measure the classroom, the hallway, and the tables. When the concept of volume was added, saints had fun using cubic inch blocks. Saints engaged in  higher order thinking to determine shapes that met certain total volumes. In literature, students are reading, DuBois’ The Twenty-one Balloons, so saints are making models of hot air balloons out of paper mache. Once they dry, students will paint and hang them. There are so many fun and educational things happening in the gentleness fruit stand this quarter.


Proud to do flag duty

As the oldest group of kids in the school, certain responsibilities fall to us. One of those includes flag duty.  To teach us about proper flag folding and handling protocol, Mrs. Stephens asked Chief Warrant Officer Shaw , a CCA parent and naval officer, to teach us the basics. We learned the history of the flag, why we fold the flag the way we do, and how to handle the American flag properly. Did you know that the American flag is folded like a triangle to represent the three pointed hat that the revolutionists wore? Learning about the flag taught us to respect it more. Each day we handle, raise, and lower our flag with respect and gratitude.

Welcome to 5th Grade!

gentlenessWelcome to 5th grade and the Gentleness Fruit Stand! We have a great year in store for us at CCA! My name is Mrs. Norris and I have been excited to work with you ALL summer! I have been praying and preparing for our year ahead.

The theme of our first quarter is Gentleness Reborn. We will study all kinds of interesting things including: phases of matter and atomic structure in Science; Numbers through the billions , decimals, prime and composite numbers in Math; The Renaissance and European Exploration in History; The Doctrines of the Bible, God, and Christ in Bible Class; and focus on the C.S.Lewis’ novel The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe in Language Arts.

Remember to come with your school supplies if you have not dropped them off already. Also, we have snack each day at 10:15, so bring one if you want! Water bottles are allowed as well.

I cannot wait to see you all tomorrow!

🙂 Mrs. Norris

Resolving to Live a Future for Christ

The final quarter in the Gentleness Fruit Stand, fifth grade saints have been learning how they can resolve to live a future with Christ.

During their studies in science, the saints took a field trip. They were excited to go inside Jefferson Lab in Newport News. It truly is an amazing place where scientist are making new discoveries as they study the inside of atoms. Their studies will affect what what is known in the future. The saints conducted several experiments to see what happens when objects are placed in Hydrogen and they are brought below freezing temperatures. Some objects could resolve back to their normal state once they were restored to room temperature. The saints discussed if their futures might find themselves working in places like The Jefferson Lab where new discoveries are being made.

son lab

In History and Bible, the saints have been studying The Pilgrim’s Progress, a Christian allegory written by John Bunyan. It is regarded as one of the most significant works of religious English literature. The story follows a man’s journey to salvation and into heaven. It is helping the saints understand how their walk with Christ will be resolved one day in Heaven too. The saints are studying the text and performing the story as a puppet show to the younger saints at CCA.

In between our studies, the saints have been creating a “Monster Wall” using Philippians 4:5. They want their gentleness to be evident to the future 5th grade saints at CCA.

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A “Fruitful” Fifth Grade Year!!!



The Saints in the Gentleness Fruit Stand have experienced “Gentleness… Reborn, Reformed, and Reasoned.  In this final quarter we experienced… Gentleness Resolved”!

What a wonderful year we have shared together!  This year has been such a blessing to me. The students and I have  learned so much, as we traveled the path of knowledge together.  Memories have been made and experiences that will live in our hearts for a lifetime have been gained !  I will miss each one of my Saints next year, as they move forward into sixth grade.

Take a look at some of our final- quarter experiences.  Seed how our learning through the resolution of gentleness  took us on a journey through biblical studies,  literature, language, science, and history.

Finalblog995This is our “Caddie Woodlawn Summary Quilt” that we constructed by summarizing each chapter of the novel, Caddie Woodlawn, on a square and designing quilt squares to resemble the quilts that the pioneers made during the late 1800s.


Here are some highlights from our fruitful event: “Gentleness Resolved”.  Parents and others participated in our event as we shared our studies of how God resolved the earth through:  Earth’s Structures of Rocks and Rock Formations, Evidences of the Great Flood, Scientific Studies of God’s Amazing Oceans,  Artistic Displays, Historical Evidences During the Age of Resolve, Writings of John Bunyan and John Milton, and The Story of an Amazing Girl, Caddie Woodlawn, who made an incredible journey from childhood into adulthood, resolving to live a life of kindness, faithfulness, truthfulness, and honor.


Finalblog991Finalblog993Finalblog99Here are just a few pictures from our studies in music class. We enjoyed learning about various instruments, music theory, composers, and sacred music through history.


The Academy Awards Night was a great conclusion to a wonderful school year!



From Professor Sherman’s Balloon Trip Around the Earth, to Our Earth Day Celebration in Music!

The fifth- grade “Professors” completed their awesome balloon adventure and are “taking off” for many other adventures, as they steer their learning toward Earth Patterns, Cycles, and Change.  During out Bible study, we are exploring how we can be “Salt” and “Light” in our world.  We memorized and explored the true meaning of the words found in Matthew 5: 13- 14, when Jesus is telling His followers that they are the “salt of the earth” and the “light of the world”. We are finding ways to be “salt” and “light” here at CCA and in our world.  We are learning about metaphorical language in our study of poetry, and we have analyzed famous works of poetry and the figurative language that is used in them.  One of our  favorites poems has been, “The Road Not Taken”, by Robert Frost.  Keep posted as we publish some of our own works of poetry.

Here are a few pictures of the “Professors” with their “Parents”.

The saints in the fifth- grade Gentleness Fruit Stand are also learning about rock types, the rock cycle and how transformations between rocks occur, Earth history and the six main geologic evidences for the Genesis Flood, the basic structure of Earth’s interior, and plate tectonics.  Check out some of the books we are reading, movies we have viewed, and our own “rock cycle” movable diagrams we created.  We also added some photos of our volcano models from a few weeks ago.

In music class, we were honored to have Miss Cait visit us and share her cello.  This was a great addition to our musical studies.



From Cell Structure to the Structure of Colonial Economics

The Saints in the Gentleness Fruit Stand are exploring God’s intricate design of cells.  We are studying plant cells, animal cells, fungi, amoebas, bacteria, and planarian.  Wow! What an amazing world of microbes has been discovered- both helpful and harmful!  Stay tuned for more from our “world of cells” next week.

The big new is that we went on an amazing field trip this Friday to Colonial Williamsburg.  We are learning about the “Age of Reason” and how exploration led to amazing discoveries.  The entire structure of the Colonial economy and how the trades of the early settlers in America were carried out, had us mesmerized.  We watched blacksmiths at work, forging iron in the fire.  We observed tinsmiths bending and creasing tin to make lanterns and tin cans.  We were intrigued by the silversmith as he explained the difference between silver mixed with copper and pure silver. The cabinet makers had us in awe because they were able to construct beautiful furniture out of very simple tools such as the planer.  The cooper demonstrated barrel- making, and told us that the only difference between the barrel- making of the 1500s and the 1700s was that the coopers (barrel- makers) wore different types of clothing.  Apparently, barrel- making is an art or trade that has remained unchanged throughout history.

Our fifth- grades enjoyed a wonderful tour of the Governor’s Palace and were able to enjoy a casual lunch on the palace green.  It was a beautiful day!

The questions asked by our fifth- graders really displayed the knowledge that they already y possessed about exploration, trades, and the science involved within each trade.  We have included some pictures of our “Adventure in Colonial Williamsburg”!

The Blacksmith’s Shop
The Cooper
The Cabinet Maker
The Silversmith

Gentleness “Enlightens” Us As The Word of God is Our “Light Saber”

The saints in the Gentleness Fruit Stand have completed their scientific studies of “light”.  We examined various properties of light, such as reflection, refraction, absorption, transmission, and the fact that light can travel through outer space.  We compared and contrasted the properties of light with the properties of sound that we had already studied.  We used our study of light and color to construct a 3- way Venn Diagram in colors of light mix to ultimately form white light.  We compared three historical figures, Martin Luther, John Calvin, and William Tyndale, placing them on our color wheel Venn Diagram.  Check out their similarities and differences and the blending of colors at the same time.


Our recent “Star Wars Day” helped us culminate out studies of light.  We compared the “light saber” in Star Wars to the Word of God.  God’s word is our “light” and we hide its words in our hearts.  We use God’s word as our sword of truth and light.

We are finishing up the novel, The Twenty- One Balloons.  Our adventure has taken us around the world to the island of Krakatoa.  BOOM!!!!  We are distinguishing between facts and elements of fiction that are in the novel related to this small volcanic island.

Expository writing concepts area being incorporated into our study of Krakatoa, as we  utilize the 4- square method of planning for expository/ informational reports.  We certainly are finding a significant amount of information from our internet searches.

In History, we have been traveling back in time to the Elizabethan Age.  We discovered how Queen Elizabeth I became the queen after her father, Henry VIII died.  She was actually third in line for the throne, but after the deaths of Arthur and Mary Tudor, (Bloody Mary), Elizabeth finally took over the throne of England.  We are learning about how kings and queens actually determined the religion of the country.  England changed from Catholic to Protestant to Catholic to Protestant, when new rulers took over.


Gentleness Reformed… “Compression Waves”, “Pitch”, and “Frequency”

The Saints in the Gentleness Fruit Stand thought that we would share a few highlights from our most recent Fruitful Event, titled “Gentleness Reformed”.  We presented our thoughts on the word “REFORMED”, as we shared an acrostic that we created for the word, to give parents and guests and idea of how gentleness was reformed in us this quarter through our Bible study, Literature, and other learning.IMG_0711

R– Respect that we gained for God and for others through working together for God’s glory

E- Establishing a closer relationship with God and other saints through meaningful prayer about the needs of others

FFriendships that were strengthened as we got to know each other as brothers and sisters in Christ

O– Omnipresence of God because He was within us at all times, guiding us.

R-Revealing of God’s word through Bible study and the application of God’s words to our lives.

MManeuvering around obstacles that would be in our way and take our focus off God.  We learned to stay on course.

EEverlasting life that we are given because of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and God’s grace

D- Discovered- We discovered that through God’s help we could accomplish things that we had never done before.


As part of our Fruitful Event, we shared some of the things we learned from our scientific investigations with “Sound”. (Pitch/ Frequency/ Compression Waves)







After Christmas, The New Year’s Fruit Goals, and Gearing Up for a New Fruitful Event!!!


Wow!!! We were so excited and renewed spiritually by our “Christmas Inside Out” program, and now we are setting out sights on lofty New Years Fruit Goals and a brand new Fruitful Event entitled “Gentleness Reformed”.  The saints in the Gentleness Fruit Stand have been brainstorming thoughts about what Gentleness really means in our lives and how we can have “Gentleness Reformed Within Us”.  We are looking at how Gentleness was Reformed in the lives of historical figures, literary characters, and in scientific endeavors.  Our brains have really had a workout!

Our studies during the past week have brought all of this quarter’s work  together under our theme.  We LOVED the novel Amos Fortune- Free Man!  Many of us felt that it was the best book we had ever read.  We saw how the character, Amos, was reformed in his thinking and received salvation.  We saw how our country was reformed after the Revolutionary War, and we saw how the prejudicial thinking of many people was reformed through character development in the novel.

Our studies on sound energy, sound waves, pitch, frequency, sonar, etc… have been great!  We hope to share some of our experimentation with sound during our Fruitful Event on Thursday, January 14th at 2:00 P.M.

Here are a few pictures of our artistic creations regarding Gentleness Reformed as well as a few pictures from recent science experiments.