Mrs. Merrill’s Classes

September 16-20

  • Science 3
    • Working on Ecosystem Final Project
  • Science 4
    • Classification of the Animal Kingdom
    • Exploring Invertebrates
  • Religion
    • Jesus Raises Jarius’ Daughter
    • Memory Work Final Grade Quiz Friday: 2nd Commandment and Meaning

September 9-13

  • Science 3
    • Animal Habitats
    • Animal Survival Traits and Behaviors
  • Science 4
    • Yeast Exploration Presentations
    • Animal Symbiosis
    • STEM Challenge–Can you build like a beaver?
  • Religion
    • Jesus Heals the Officer’s Son
    • Memory Work Check-in Quiz Friday: 2nd Commandment and Meaning

September 3-6

  • Science 3
    • Classifying Predators, Prey and Scavengers
    • Animals living in Groups
  • Science 4
    • Yeast Exploration Powerpoint Presentations
  • Religion
    • Baptism and Being Born Again
    • Memory Work Check-in Quiz Friday: 2nd Commandment and Meaning

August 26-30

  • Science 3
    • Ecosystems
    • Food Chains and Webs
  • Science 4
    • 5 features of organisms
    • Is yeast alive? Exploration
  • Religion
    • Jesus Turns Water into Wine
    • Memory Work Final Quiz: 1st Commandment and Meaning

August 19-23

  • Science 3
    • Classifying living and nonliving things
    • Ecosystems
    • Food Chains
  • Science 4
    • Scientific Method
    • 5 features of organisms
  • Religion
    • John the Baptist
    • Jesus Tempted in the Desert
    • Memory Work Check-in Quiz: 1st Commandment and Meaning

August 13-16  Welcome Back!  I am so excited to be working with this great group of kids this year!

  • Religion- Friday Check-in Quiz (not graded) 1st Commandment and meaning
  • Routines and Procedures

Have a great summer!

May 28-30

  • Wrapping up our STEM Challenges
  • Review for the Year
  • No Memory Work

May 20-24

  • Science 3
    • Moon Lander STEM Challenge
  • Science 4
    • Test Monday, May 20
    • Potential Energy Catapult STEM Challenge
  • Religion
    • Prophecies of the Messiah
    • Memory Work: John 20:31

May 13-17

  • Science 3
    • The Sun and Planets
  • Science 4
    • Study for Test
    • Test will be Monday, May 20
  • Religion
    • Daniel in the Lion’s Den
    • Memory Work: Titus 3:4-5

May 6-10

  • Science 3
    • Star Constellations Project due Friday, May 10
    • Why is the Hubble Telescope so valuable to scientists?
    • How can we model the distance between the Sun and planets?
  • Science 4
    • Eye Model Project due Friday, May 10
  • Religion
    • Jonah
    • Fiery Furnance
    • Memory Work: 1 Peter 4:19

April 29-May 3

  • Science 3
    • Star Constellations Mini Project
  • Science 4
    • How do our eyes interpret light?
  • Religion
    • Elisha and Naaman
    • Memory Work: Psalm 103:2-3

April 23-26

  • Science 3
    • Moon patterns
  • Science 4
    • How can we transmit information across the globe?
  • Religion
    • No Memory Work

April 15-18

No school Friday.

  • Science 3
    • Patterns that repeat in the sky everyday
    • Patterns that repeat in the sky yearly
  • Science 4
    • Test Monday
    • What is sound energy?
    • What is light energy?
  • Religion
    • Solomon builds the temple
    • No Memory Work

April 8-12

  • Science 3
    • Review for Test on Friday
  • Science 4
    • Test Monday
    • What is sound energy?
    • How does sound travel?
  • Religion
    • David and Bathsheba
    • Memory Work Psalm 51:10-12 (ESV)
    • Create in me a clean heart, O God,
          and renew a right spirit within me.
      11 Cast me not away from your presence,
          and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
      12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
          and uphold me with a willing spirit.

April 1-5

  • Science 3
    • How do simple machines affect work?
  • Science 4
    • Generators
    • Review for test
    • Test will be next week Monday
  • Religion
    • David becomes King
    • Memory work- Mark 1:15

March 25-29

  • Science 3
    • Non-contact forces
    • Gravity and Magnets
  • Science 4
  • Electric Currents
  • Religion
    • David and Saul
    • Memory work- Matthew 28:19-20

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 Method
    • 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.