Is it May already? This is the time of year when calendars fill up with so many events it’s hard to keep track of them all. Room 24′s May calendar is no exception. We’ve got a field trip downtown and Art Night this week, a Family Dance and Singalong next Friday, May 11, and two more field trips later in the month. Not to mention the second round of testing in reading and math (for some), work samples, and yes, our regular classroom activities. I am looking forward to seeing our docents showing grownups the art we have done this year. Thanks to everybody who has returned the fall leaf project so far. We’ve got about ten to go.
In Math, we are switching from decimals and fractions to probability and data analysis. That means we will be playing some games of chance and using words like likelihood, outcomes, predict, range, and chance. Even though our focus is on probability, I would like students to go onto the Geometry section of ixl.com/signin/lewis and work on activities P15 through 23. Work for mastery on the skills.
We are still working our way through Unit Two in our Oregon book. Some of the kids are making connections with things we saw at the Oregon Historical Society earlier this month. One observant student even brought in a nickel with the Lewis and Clark friendship symbol on it to share with the class. Making those kinds of connections with things in our everyday life is an important skill.
We still need volunteers for the Family Dance and Singalong coming up the week after next. Kathy Bartlett has made a very cool signup form that you can access at http://bit.ly/IfnFRM (watch out for those upper and lowercase letters). Please check to see if there’s anything you can help with. The more the merrier.
Our field trip to see The Storm in the Barn is coming up this Wednesday. We will eat an early lunch at school before we go to the play downtown, so just have your child bring whatever he/she normally brings for lunch. We will have some sack lunches for those who normally get a hot lunch at school. The play starts at 11:45. This is a Tri-Met trip, so we will be walking over to the bus stop by the Delta Cafe at 46th and Woodstock. I will contact chaperones separately.
Math homework this week is spending as much time on ixl math as possible. Students are excused from the math sheets if they can show that they spent 15-20 minutes a night on ixl, Monday through Thursday. Spelling and reading logs are also due on Friday.