Saturday, July 18, 2020

Term Two Evaluation ~ Monkey


Reading ~
* You can see from my weekly reviews that we read LOTS of books, aloud and independent.
* A book list is included in Monkey's portfolio with a list of all books read each term.

Writing ~
We still use, and LOVE, our Institute for Excellence in Writing Program
Teaching Writing: Structure and Style

In Term Two, Monkey wrote paragraphs on the following topics: "How the Hippo Was Humbled" (narrative re-write), African Helmeted Turtle (non-fiction), Tree Kangaroos (non-fiction), "Jack and the Golden Goose" (narrative re-write), and Australian Savannah Grassland (non-fiction)  

Spelling ~ 
We continue with Ozspeller lists that I source online.
Monkey is working through the Year 6 lists.
He has an oral quiz Monday through Thursday and a written test on Friday.

Handwriting ~
Foundation Handwriting Yr 5

Grammar ~
We are taking a break from our grammar curriculum this year. Monkey is not ready for Analytical Grammar (the high school version) so we are just taking a little break for now.

Literature ~
"The Wind in the Willows" by Kenneth Grahame
"The Cay" by Theodore Taylor
"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson
"Charlotte's Web" by E.B. White
"Beezus and Ramona" by Beverly Cleary
"Ramona the Pest" by Beverly Cleary


Haese Mathematics Yr 5
He covered the following concepts during Term 2 while completing chapters 4-9 of the book: Polygons, Circles and Solids, Fractions, Decimal Numbers, Time, Measurement: Length and Area, and Money


Below is a list of the science related books we read:

"Wild in the City" by Kate Baker
"World's Strangest Places" by Lonely Planet Kids
"World's Cutest Animals" by Lonely Planet Kids
"Australia's Greatest Inventions and Innovations" by Christopher Cheng & Lindsay Knight
"Indescribable: 100 Devotions about God & Science" by Louie Giglio
"World Health" by Dr Ronan Foley
"Space: Visual Encyclopedia" by Heather Couper & Nigel Henbest


We finished up our Bushrangers Unit Study. Below is the list of books we read aloud:

"Ned Kelly's Jerilderie Letter" by Ned Kelly
"Captain Thunderbolt" by Jane Smith
"Captain Starlight" by Jane Smith

Other History Books We Read:

"DK Life Stories: Katherine Johnson" by Ebony Joy Wilkins
"A Street Through Time" by DK Books
"China Through Time" by DK Books
"The Camel Who Crossed Australia" by Jackie French
"The History of Money" by Julie Haydon


Below is the list of books read aloud and/or independently through Term Two:
"The Houses We Build"


Monkey spent LOTS of his free time during the term sketching and drawing.
We also started an Elements of Art unit study.
Term 2 we also began a music unit study. We are listening to examples of a variety of types of music, learning about musical instruments, and also learning about world music.

"Pick Bite and Scratch" by Julia Garstecki
"Wonder" by R.J. Palacio


Term Two Social Events:
Weekly Facebook video chat with my brother, SIL and their two girls
Daily walks around the neighbourhood greeting people as we see them
Celebrated Munchkin's 8th birthday during April school holidays
Returned to weekly trips to the library for "click and collect" borrowing service

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