After our spelling and vocabulary tests, the class jumped right into Language Arts. In grammar, both groups reviewed their at home review sheets. We went over each question, making changes and having discussions as we worked our way through. It is important to me that the class does not allow my extra review to stress them out! I enjoy challenging them to take things a step further. But, no learning can take place if students are overwhelmed! I will continue to bend and flex as needed to work our way through these grammar topics.
Both classes are doing a fantastic job of pointing out predicate nominatives and direct objects in sentences. However, I can tell that we need a little more practice recognizing state of being verbs versus linking verbs. We will be stepping back to review this more! The Happy Horses group learned about Predicate Adjectives today. The Girly Goats had an overall review before learning about conjugating irregular verbs. Next, they reminded themselves about the four types of sentences. Over the next couple weeks, they will be learning to diagram each of these types.
In literature class, Ms. Hilary taught the class about character development. She explained that characters show us their thoughts, words, feelings, choices, and actions to help us get a clear idea of what the expect from them. They talked about different characters and how the reader is able to get to know them. In the BFG, the class discussed the way that the author helps us to understand Sophie’s personality, without simply telling us what she is like.
During history, Ms. Hilary taught the class about the importance of spies during the Revolutionary War. The class watched a short video about the role of spies and the different techniques that were used to help win the war. Then, the kids each worked on creating their own hidden message using the mask technique. These were tricky! The kids had to write two letters and the same time… one that everyone could see, but another that expressed their feelings about their parents being patriot spies. They did a great job with this!