Mrs. Merrill’s Classes

March 11-March 14

No School Friday!  Have a wonderful and relaxing Spring Break!

  • Science 3
    • How do balanced and unbalanced forces affect the motion of objects?
  • Science 4
    • Building series and parallel circuits!
    • Testing conductivity in objects!
  • Religion
    • What makes a good friend?
    • No memory work this week!

March 4-March 8

  • Science 3
    • Force and Mass
    • STEM Challenge to build marble ramps
  • Science 4
    • Static Electricity
  • Religion
    • David and Goliath
    • Memory Work due Friday: 1 Peter 2:24

Feb 25 – March 1

  • Science 3
    • Where do we observe motion?  What forces cause motion?
    • What is relative position?  How can we model it?
    • What is speed?
  • Science 4
    • Test Friday on Chapter 12, Heat.
    • Reviewing all week!
  • Religion
    • How does God answer our prayers?
    • Memory Work due Friday: 1 John 1:8-9

Feb 19-22

  • Science 3
    • Test on Friday
  • Science 4
    • Testing our insulated cans
    • Graphing the data
  • Religion
    • Samson
    • Memory Work due Friday: Matthew 5:16

Feb 11-15

Valentine’s Party on Feb 14 at 2pm.  Info sent home.

  • Science 3
    • Dangerous Weather
    • STEM Challenge to build a hurricane-resistant tower
  • Science 4
    • Convection, Conduction, Radiation
  • Religion
    • God shows mercy to the Israelites.
    • Memory Work due Friday: 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

Feb 4-8

  • Science 3
    • We will be working on an in-class project to create a TV weather forecast. –Filming this week!
  • Science 4
    • What is energy?
    • What is thermal energy?
    • How are temperature and thermal energy different?
  • Religion
    • God shows mercy to the Israelites.
    • Memory Work due Friday: Psalm 103:13
      • This week we will be reciting the verse orally because it is a short one.  🙂

January 28-Feb 1

  • Science 3
    • We will be working on an in-class project to create a TV weather forecast.
  • Science 4
    • Test Friday!
    • We will be reviewing all week.
  • Religion
    • National Lutheran Schools Week
    • Memory Work due Friday: Psalm 46:1
      • This week we will be reciting the verse orally because it is a short one.  🙂

January 22-25

  • Science 3
    • Weather patterns
  • Science 4
    • Matter!
      • Physical changes vs. Chemical changes
  • Religion
    • Israel wandering in the desert.
    • Memory Work due Friday: Hebrews 4:16

January 14-18

  • Science 3
    • Water Cycle
      • Test Friday
  • Science 4
    • Matter!
      • Density
      • Solutions
  • Religion
    • Israel wandering in the desert.
    • Memory Work due Friday: John 3:14-15

January 7-11

  • Science 3
    • Water Cycle
      • Where is the Earth’s water?
      • How can we convert saltwater to freshwater?
  • Science 4
    • Matter!
      • Properties of matter
      • States of matter
      • Please bring a small object to class on Thursday for a lab.
  • Religion
    • God’s 10 Commandments
    • Memory Work due Friday: Commandments 9 and 10
      • Can be found here (no meanings)

Have a restful and joyful Christmas Break!

December 17-20

  • Science 3
    • How do environments change?
  • Science 4
    • How can we conserve resources in our school?
  • Religion
    • Tuesday Only: We will be reading various picture books about the Christmas story.  Students are welcome to bring a pillow to class to get cozy Tuesday.
    • No memory work.

December 10-14

  • Science 3
    • Competition in ecosystems.
  • Science 4
    • How can we lessen our impact on Earth’s resources?
  • Religion
    • Advent Celebration!  We sing an Advent song and “light” (battery-operated) candles to remember that Jesus is the light of the world.
    • This week we have a couple activities in the afternoon–caroling field trip and Christmas program rehearsal.  Because of this, we will be having a “free choice” memory work assignment. Students will pick a verse from a selection and write a paragraph about what it means to them.

December 3-7

  • Science 3
    • Research project due Monday, December 3!
    • Ecosystems–producers, consumers, herbivores, carnivores, omnivores
  • Science 4
    • Natural Resources
    • Renewable and Nonrenewable Energy
  • Religion
    • Advent Celebration!  We sing an Advent song and “light” (battery-operated) candles to remember that Jesus is the light of the world.
    • Memory Work due Friday: Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)

November 26-30

  • Science 3
    • Research project due next Monday, December 3!
    • Anything not finished in class will need to be finished at home.
  • Science 4
    • Test Friday!
    • We will be reviewing all week and completing a study guide in class.
  • Religion
    • We are beginning the season of Advent early (in class) because of Christmas break.  We sing an Advent song and “light” (battery-operated) candles to remember that Jesus is the light of the world.
    • Memory Work due Friday: Psalm 33:20 (NIV)

November 19-20

  • Science 3
    • Ecosystem project research
  • Science 4
    • Controlling erosion STEM challenge
  • Religion
    • No memory work

November 12-16

  • Science 3
    • What are ecosystems?
      • Different types of ecosystems
      • Ecosystem project research
  • Science 4
    • Rapid changes to the Earth’s surface
    • Earthquake investigation
  • Religion
    • Jacob’s brothers
    • Memory Work due Friday: Galatians 3:26-27
      •  So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

November 5-9

  • Field Trip Friday!  Please turn in permission forms!
  • Science 3
    • What are ecosystems?
      • Difference between population and community
      • Different types of ecosystems
  • Science 4
    • How are weathering and erosion alike and different?
    • How does the Earth’s surface wear away?
    • Observe a mineral wearing away
  • Religion
    • Jacob’s ladder–how does Jesus connect us to God?
    • How does God help us when we are lonely?
    • Memory Work due Thursday: Commandments 7 and 8
      • Can be found here (no meanings)

October 29- Nov. 2

  • Science 3
    • Review
    • Chapter 2 Test Friday
  • Science 4
    • Review
    • Chapter 8 Test Friday
  • Religion
    • A special “Little” guest will be visiting our classroom until Reformation on Oct 31!
    • Solas of the Reformation
    • Reformation Party on Wednesday!
    • Memory Work due Friday: John 14:6

October 23-26

  • Science 3
    • How do animals adapt to their environment to survive?
    • How are inherited and learned behaviors different?
  • Science 4
    • What is the rock cycle?
    • How are different types of rocks alike and different?
  • Religion
    • A special “Little” guest will be visiting our classroom until Reformation on Oct 31!
    • 95 Theses
    • Wartburg Castle
    • Memory Work due Friday: Ephesians 2:8-9

October 15-18

  • Science 3
    • How do animals adapt to their environment to survive?
  • Science 4
    • What is the rock cycle?
    • How are different types of rocks alike and different?
  • Religion
    • A special “Little” guest will be visiting our classroom until Reformation on Oct 31!
    • History of the Reformation and Martin Luther
    • No memory work–enjoy Fall Break!

October 8-12

  • Science 3
    • How are vertebrates and invertebrates alike and different?
    • Owl Pellet Discovery
  • Science 4
    • How are rocks classified?
    • What are minerals?
    • How are sedimentary rocks formed?
  • Religion
    • A special “Little” guest will be visiting our classroom until Reformation on Oct 31!
    • History of the Reformation and Martin Luther
    • Memory Work: 2 Timothy 3:16
      •  All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness…

October 1-5

  • Science 3
    • Quiz on Wednesday: Chapter 1, Lessons 4-5
    • How animals grouped?
  • Science 4
    • Quiz on Friday: Chapter 1, Lessons 4-5
    • Examining Owl Pellets for bones!

 

  • Religion
    • How can we obey what God has commanded of us?
    • Memory Work: Commandments 4-6, no meanings
      • Can be found here (no meanings)

September 24-28

  • Science 3
    • How do plants grow?
    • How can we learn about plants from long ago?
  • Science 4
    • How do animals adapt to their environments?
    • What causes animals to behave in a certain way?
  • Religion
    • What is prayer?
    • Memory Work: Philippians 4:6

September 17-21

  • Science 3
    • Bring back potato plant; observations due
    • How do seeds get around?
    • STEM Challenge–seed dispersal
    • How does a seed grow?
  • Science 4
    • Vertebrates vs. Invertebrates
    • Make mobiles in class to classify animals
  • Religion
    • How should we treat each other?
    • What happened when Lot and Abram fought?
    • Memory Work: Commandments 1-3
      • Can be found here (no meanings)

September 10-14

  • Science 3
    • Quiz Review
    • Quiz on Chapter 1, Lessons 1-3 on Friday
  • Science 4
    • Quiz Review
    • Quiz on Chapter 1, Lessons 1-3 on Friday
  • Religion
    • What are blessings?
    • How was the whole world blessed through Abraham?
    • Memory work due Friday: Genesis 12:3

September 4-7

  • Science 3
    • How are plants grouped?
    • How are plants pollinated?
    • Keep making observations on potato plants
  • Science 4
    • How are organisms classified?
  • Religion
    • Why is pride harmful?
    • Memory work quiz Friday: Psalm 25:8-9

August 27-31 Notes

  • Science 3
    • How do plants survive, grow, and reproduce?
    • Potato Plant Project
      • Make observations and predictions on worksheet at home for 3 weeks
  • Science 4
    • What are the building blocks of life?
      • Make a model of a cell in class
  • Religion
    • What are the consequences of sin?
    • Memory work quiz Friday: Romans 6:23

August 20-24 Notes

  • Science 3 and 4
    • Science Process Skills
    • Scientific Methodboy with magnify
    • Engineering Design Process
    • 4th Grade: Quiz Friday! (Study Guide went home Thursday)
  • Religion
    • Creation
    • No memory work

August 15-17 Notes

  • Please bring a NIV (New International Version) Bible to class this week!
  • Students also need a binder with a clear plastic sleeve on the cover for science.