Dear Parents,

In Spelling, the students started off the month with a cumulative review of the previous five lessons covered in November. This review focused on word containing various vowel sounds. The month continued with work on vowel sounds found in words such as ‘joy’ and ‘point’; as well as looked at words that use vowel sounds in conjunction with the letter “r”. The next three lessons were focused on different variations of the letter “r” with vowels “o”; “a” and “u”. In the last lesson of the month the students looked at long vowel sounds used in words like “spoon” and “wood” and how it is best used in writing.

In Grammar, we spent the month on the subject of nouns and laid out a map of exactly all the noun work we would be covering. The students worked their way through nouns, starting from common and proper nouns, then learned about all the different kinds of regular and irregular plural nouns, especially focusing on some of the more unique and difficult plural nouns. The focus then shifted to pronouns and the use of possessive nouns. The students spent a lot of time learning what happens when using a singular or plural noun in its possessive form.

In Social Studies, we learned about technology and took a look back at some of the earlier inventions that played a crucial role on shaping the future of human beings and then slowly moved towards the last two decades and learned about the massive increase of technological innovations that took place in this short time. During this unit the students not only learned about what an invention is or why it is important, but also to see how fast innovation happens in recent times as opposed to a hundred years ago. In the work that we covered the students could see how communication has been one of the biggest drivers for innovation, as well as how industries such as transport have become more convenient and efficient due to advances in technology.

In Science, we learned about adaptation and survival and how certain plant and animal species have evolved to survive in harsh environments; or in some cases needed to change their diets and behavior to be able to survive. The students had the opportunity to take what they have learned from the unit on food chains, to see what affect competition in a certain environment had on the physical and behavioral aspects of animals and plants. The students learned about how the shape and size of a bird’s beak is directly related to its respective diet and the environment it lives in, keeping in mind that some of these changes are evolutionary and took thousands of years to accomplish. The students also learned about the wonders of cellulose and how many practical applications this abundant organic material has in modern lives of humans.

For Writing, the students completed their first attempt at making a brochure. All the students had to conduct research on a travel destination and learn how to use only the most important and relevant information to compile a marketable brochure that would attract readers. The aim of this unit, among many, was to force the students to write within a word limit, ensuring they use words carefully and focus on planning.

Teacher Chris