Number the Stars: We will be starting a new class novel this week; Number the Stars. Here’s a quick summary of the utter greatness that you can expect from this book:
As the German troops begin their campaign to “relocate” all the Jews of Denmark, Annemarie Johansen’s family takes in Annemarie’s best friend, Ellen Rosen, and conceals her as part of the family.
Through the eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie, we watch as the Danish Resistance smuggles almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark, nearly seven thousand people, across the sea to Sweden. The heroism of an entire nation reminds us that there was pride and human decency in the world even during a time of terror and war.
Winner of the 1990 Newbery Medal.
Be sure to ask you child/children what they think of the book, and to summarize what we’ve read of the book each day.
Some of the learning objectives (or WALT as we refer to them in Grade 4; We Are Learning To) that we will cover while reading are:
- Describe the characters’ traits, feelings, and motivations in Number the Stars.
- Refer to the text for evidence to support answers.
- Form an opinion about a character’s trait based on the character’s actions, feelings and motivation.
- Explain how the characters’ actions contribute to the sequence of events.
- Engage in discussions sharing their ideas and listening to others.
- Use context clues to determine the meaning of unknown words or phrases in Number the Stars.
- Distinguish literal and non-literal language and determine its meaning.
- Gain information about the past.
- Build upon their background knowledge of World War II.
- Explore themes of friendship and bravery during the times that scare us the most.
We will be meeting with Ava Schloss, the best friend and step-sister of Anne Frank, tomorrow. This is the perfect introduction to Number the Stars. If you haven’t done so yet, please send in the permission form for tomorrow’s field trip.
English: – Identify direct quotations in sentences. Use quotation marks before and after a direct quotation.
– Capitalize the first word of a quotation.
– Use commas and end marks correctly in quotations.
Spelling: – Study and prepare for our Spelling Test on Friday.
1. contempt – a feeling of scorn towards someone
2. sabotage – destructive action by an enemy
3. rationed – to limit portions, as in food
4. swastika – Nazi political symbol
5. Nazi – political party in Germany during WWII led by Adolf Hitler
6. kroner – Danish currency
7. synagogue – a place of worship for Jewish people
8. rabbi – a Jewish scholar or teacher
9. disdainfully – scornfully, haughtily
10. exasperated – extremely annoyed
11. submerged – go under, dive under water
12. lanky – long, lean, ungraceful, tall
Math: – Solve division problems that result in three digit quotients.
– Solve division problems that result in quotients that have zeros.
– Divide four-digit dividends by a one-digit number.
– Chapter Test Review (in preparation for our Chapter Test next week)
Science: – Review learned objectives on how Earth and Its Moon moves.
Social Studies: –Identify the causes and effects of the Holocaust.
Bible: – Study Bible verse for Friday. Parents, please encourage your child to study their Bible verse every week. These do impact their Bible grades.
– Examine Scripture about the Holy Spirit and complete exercises on the basis of what they have read.
– Examine ways that God has created them in His image.
Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith,” and her daughter was healed at that moment. Matthew 15:28
MATH: Reteach page 153
ENGLISH: page 88
MATH: Reteach page 155 4-7
SPELLING: Spelling Contract
MATH: Reteach page 157 4-7
ENGLISH: page 90
MATH: Homework Practice 63 1-5
SPELLING: Spelling Contract