This week in knight time we read the story The Journey: The Stories of Migration. In it we learned all about the migration patterns for locusts and whales. We also watched a youtube video on locusts to give us a better idea of what hundreds to billions of them would look and sound like. Ask your child what they learned about both animals. It was pretty fascinating! In grammar we worked on creating adjectives and adverbs to compare different objects and activities. For writing we continued working on reading our biographies and began finishing up our note taking chart. This week we will put it all together and teach the class about our famous person.
In math we started working on division with a 2-digit number. We have been using the base 10 blocks to build the numbers then shared them into equal groups. Since we’ve mastered our multiplication facts and have gotten really good at multiplying 3-digit numbers by 1 digit we have also moved on to multiplying 2 digit by 2 digit numbers using the box method. In it the students split their numbers into 10s and 1s and then multiple each group. Have them show you a few at home.
In science we are continuing to work on our motion and design unit. This week the kiddos learned how to pull a vehicle by putting a force (with washers) at the end of a string attached to their vehicle. The greater the weight, the greater the force. We also tested vehicle force by putting a load on our vehicles and seeing how well they moved. They quickly realized that the greater the load, the slower their vehicle moved. I then presented each group with a challenge to create a vehicle that could care a load of 2 blocks but still move at a speed of 4 to 6 seconds. It was a lot of trial and error but each group eventually got it!
In social studies we started reviewing government and began learning the origins of our United States government. We started by discussing what they remembered about government, why they thought we needed government, and what government helps us do. We then talked about our independence from England and we talked about the need for a constitution. We watched a Schoolhouse rock video called No More Kings and a Charlie Brown video to help us better understand what the early colonists were feeling in the early days of the United States. Finally we completed 2 flip charts of important vocabulary which included community, rules, laws, government, life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, and equality under the law.
In religion we learned about the Sacraments of Healing which are Reconciliation and Penance and Anointing of the Sick. We talked about how important it is for us to turn to God and get his help when we’ve sinned just like it’s important for us to go to the doctor if we are seriously hurt or go to the dentist if we have a tooth ache.
I hope you all got outside to enjoy this beautiful spring weather!
Have a great week,