This week we begin a unit of study with Julia, based on plant identification, scientific names of plants, observing and recording information about native plants in our learning garden, and eventually, each doing a study on an individual native plant and creating a book of Lewis native garden plants. This project will occur once a week for the next four weeks. We also will finish up any state testing. Ms. Bamber will be teaching two full days this week. Reading this week: we continue our journey on the Oregon Trail via “Journey West.” Thursday is our Lelooska trip. Please see past posts for details or go to http://www.lelooska.org/. Our data collection project has been awesome! Every day, two room 20 students survey every classroom in the school. On Friday, we gathered the raw data supplied by our friend Dennis Wiswell via the poll I created that was automatically sent to a spreadsheet. Lennie also helped us organize and present our data. Julia is helping us display the graphs in the dip. Please take a look! Every Friday, we will be changing up our graphs to correspond with the previous week’s data. There were many factors to consider, when analyzing the information. The main purpose of this data project is to support Walk and Bike Month and show the importance of data. In math, we continue with probability and data analysis. For writing, we are finishing up our rough drafts of our five-paragraph persuasive essays. This week we talk editing and revising. The week of the 18th, we will be pouring our pieces into a digital publishing format such as Pages to create our “editorials.” Our last long field trip is Bonneville Dam, on May 17th. Please let me know if you can chaperone. Homework: Math and Spelling. Read 30 minutes every night! May 11th from 6:00-7:30 is our Lewis Square Dance and Singalong! If you can, make sure you sign up for volunteering at http://bit.ly/IfnFRM.