Room Twenty-Two

January 20, 2015

This week we are ramping up our Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest unit. Students have been put in pairs and have chosen which tribe/group they would like to study. They will be researching the housing, daily life, food, clothing, trade, and transportation of their group. They will also be researching the different roles...
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Class Notes for January 20-23, 2015

January 19, 2015

Boy, last week went by quickly! I think that’s what happens when you’re busy and having fun. The kids are loving our new read aloud The Princess Bride. In many ways the book is better than the movie, but the movie is the perfect adaptation of the book. Have your child tell you a...
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Music and Tech Notes – January 12

January 13, 2015

The new year is really kicking into high gear. This week sees the start of the 4th and final musical performing group, 4th grade Violin. I saw the fist group of eager students on Monday and will see the second group on Wednesday. We us a fiddle method book by Brian Wicklund. I think...
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Ms. Sarah’s Classroom Notes

January 13, 2015

This week in Room 23 feels a bit more relaxed. We are not flying at full speed! Instead we are enjoying a more leisurely pace. We have been immersed in learning through the powerful novel, The One and Only Ivan. We have been having incredible discussions about all kinds of issues ranging from animal...
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Ms. Kennedy’s 3rd Grade

January 13, 2015

The story of the week is Volcanoes, Nature’s Incredible Fireworks. It is a piece of expository non-fiction. We viewed fantastic science experiments of Professor Robert Wysocki of Syracuse University’s Lava Project http://goo.gl/xFQk8W If you have an interest, there are a total of 27 different lava pours! Oregon’s is home to our own impressive Crater...
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Notes from Mr. Post’s Classroom

January 13, 2015

The class is enjoying the Unique Learning System unit called “Staying Healthy”. We have done read-alouds and activities about being healthy. We have read about topics like why it’s important to get a good night’s sleep, how to move and stay active, and about how different kinds of food give our bodies different kinds...
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Ms. Camille’s Kindergarten

January 12, 2015

Storyline News: This week we begin to explore what kinds of animals might be found in or around a Douglas Fir tree. This morning we were surprised to find that someone/something had made several holes in the bark of our classroom tree. We think a woodpecker made the holes but we don’t know what...
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Room 24 Class Notes for January 12-16, 2015

January 11, 2015

The passengers of Room 24 set sail for the New World this week. It’s going to be a long trip, so everybody needs to pack everything needed for the journey across the Atlantic. There will be no stopping at trading posts or going back if something is forgotten. In this simulation students will choose a...
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Room Twenty-Two

January 11, 2015

I will be away this week from Tuesday to Friday in Atlanta for a conference. The conference is run by the non-profit Young Audiences, and it will be an opportunity for me to learn another writing curriculum like the “Authors and Actors” unit that I taught this fall. When I return to Portland, I...
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Ms. Kennedy’s 3rd Grade

January 6, 2015

Welcome to a brand new shiny year! It was such a delight to see all those sweet, sleepy faces waiting at the door Monday morning. After hearing tales of Winter Break, it sounds as if families spent many enjoyable hours together. A big thank you to the students and their sponsors who helped make...
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