Thursday, December 14, 2017

Salmon Release Field Trip

Team 20's salmon release field trip was this morning. We hopped on a TriMet bus right outside of Lewis with several zip bags full of baby salmon and alighted near Milwaukie Riverfront Park. After walking down to the Willamette River, we checked the water's temperature, which was a chilly 44 degrees, and the water's pH, which as a healthy 7. Kids each acclimated their cup with salmon to the chillier water before releasing them onto their next chapter in the river. A big thank you to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Salmon Trout Enhancement Program and the Lewis PTA for making this year’s salmon study possible.






Oregon Field Guide


Now that our study of Oregon's regions has concluded, there are still ways to continue your learning. One way to do so, without leaving the comfort of your own home, is to watch OPB's weekly news magazine, "Oregon Field Guide." This show explores ecological issues, natural wonders, and outdoor recreation across all regions of our state.

Please visit the "Oregon Field Guide" website and scroll down to view episodes from the current season. Once you are there, you can also click on the episodes link to look back at earlier seasons.

Reading the "segments in this episode text," such as in the example image below, will give you a nice summary that can help you choose an episode segment that connects to your interests.


Embedded below are several episodes that I found interesting. You are welcome to start with these.







Discovering Valhalla: Oregon's Hidden Gorge

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Classroom Notes

Greetings!

It was a sunny and chilly week in Portland and busy and productive week in room 20. The kids did a great job maintaining their focus throughout the past week, despite “visions of sugarplums dancing in their heads.”  All in all, we managed to get quite a bit done. 

Our Road Trip Project concluded. Kids have been peer conferencing to edit and revise their writing, adding and adjusting images, creating consistent and pleasing layouts, organizing their references and including hyperlinks. We held our Road Trip Round Table Conference on Tuesday. Kids did a great job presenting about their state or region of Oregon.

Thanks for all of the donations that are coming in for our Street Roots Vendor Drive. We are collecting through Friday, so there is still time. If you are thinking about what to give, Street Roots has a nice list of things that help the vendors and the office out. There is a collection box near our door.

We had a wonderful visit to Reed College’s Cooley Gallery. A big thank you to Gregory MacNaughton for having us over and getting everyone seeing, thinking about, and making art.

We have had more conversations about the salmon in our classroom tank, specifically about their natural ecosystem, where they fit in their food chain, and their life cycle. We played a salmon life cycle board game and concluded that it’s really hard to be a salmon. Kids made slime during our final Reed Science of the semester. On Monday, kids were out in the Lewis garden planting flower bulbs with Ms. Kathleen.

Here’s a look ahead to what’s on tap for the next two days.

Tomorrow we will board TriMet with a couple bags full of baby salmon and head to Milwaukie Riverfront Park where we will send them swimming into their next chapter in the Willamette River. Since we will be outdoors and it will be mighty chilly, please help your kid be prepared with plenty of warm layers. And remember to wear your Team 20 t-shirt! A big thank you to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Salmon Trout Enhancement Program and the Lewis PTA for making this year’s salmon study possible.

Friday begins with the 4th/5th Grade Family Breakfast and Sing-Along. The 8:15-9:00 breakfast in room 22 and 23 is followed with a 9:00-9:30 sing-along led by Mr. Colvin in the cafeteria. For the buffet style breakfast, please bring a serving size of a store bought healthy breakfast item to share, such as pre-bought fruit salad or pre-washed small fruit, bagels and cream cheese, muffins, or granola bars. Please do not bring sweets, such as donuts. Teachers will provide drinks, dishes, and cutlery. Please come by when you can and stay for the whole event or part. A flyer came home two weeks ago and there is a reminder being sent tomorrow with more details.

Team 20’s third annual read-a-thon will be Friday. Kids will be able to enjoy a full day of reading in our room. For this reading event, kids are welcome to bring a couple of things to make them comfy while reading. They may bring a pillow and a blanket. Kids know to drop these reading comfort supplies off in room 20 and then head to rooms 22 and 23 for the Family Breakfast and Sing-Along to begin our day.

Last, but not least, a state testing opt-out form was shared from the school last Wednesday. If families choose to opt-out of state testing, they must submit this form to Tracy in the office before actual testing begins. Please be aware that you must mark on the form each test that you want to opt-out of. The statewide testing window for the Smarter Balanced tests will be sometime this spring. The district states that teachers can neither promote nor discourage participation in state testing; that opting out is a parent decision. However, if you have any questions about the tests, please do not hesitate to ask.

I wish you a very pleasant Holiday season.  The kids have worked very hard since September.  They have much of which to be proud!  They deserve a break (and I wouldn’t mind either!)

Team 20 will reconvene on Tuesday, January 2nd.  See you then.

Mark

Taking Our Virtual Field Trip

There are so many places to see in every region of Oregon and state in our country. We worked together to make our virtual field trip using Google Street View.

Cascade MountainCrater Lakehttps://goo.gl/w1eXftKara
TennesseClingmans Domehttps://goo.gl/s4Z94CAnna
ArkansasBufflo National Rivergoo.gl/GZnrsxGus
WisconsinMiddleton Mustard Museumhttps://goo.gl/7bRqoSSilas
New MexicoGila Cliff Dwellings National Monumenthttps://goo.gl/pjMr6uSophia
FloridaEvergladeshttps://goo.gl/RmqY3XLucy
AlaskaDenali National Parkhttps://goo.gl/XkFjgqLuka
ArkansasAir Museumgoo.gl/gVzeEo Gus
AlaskaHourglass Lakehttps://goo.gl/eoqZExLuka
Klamath MountainMt. Ashlandgoo.gl/94fSY3Jaime
Eastern OregonJohn Day Fossil Beds National Monumenthttps://goo.gl/qAZ3acLucian
WisconsinMilwaukee Art Museumhttps://goo.gl/UdBHiUSilas
HawaiiKilaueahttps://goo.gl/PZhDjtBella
AlaskaPark in Anchoragehttps://goo.gl/KRgeYoLuka
FloridaDisney Worldhttps://goo.gl/2sPQe6Lucy
WisconsinDiscovery Worldhttps://goo.gl/bCEDFMSilas
Willamette ValleyWillamette National Forest - Castle Rock Trailheadhttps://goo.gl/kj2YMkReuben
New HampshireMt. Wasingtongoo.gl/tuHn7qWolf
AlaskaNulbay Parkhttps://goo.gl/rwEQUfLuka
IdahoBlackfoot Potato Museum https://goo.gl/qJvFJARiley
New YorkStatue of libertyhttps://goo.gl/SZgSWtMimi
Willamette ValleyJapanese Gardengoo.gl/VL5EmXaugust
ArkansasMammoth Springs State Parkgoo.gl/UPzSHWGus
Klamath MountainApplegate Lakehttps://goo.gl/EikmqzAlex
AlaskaAnchorage Town Square Parkhttps://goo.gl/ntvagZLuka
Wyoming Old Faithful Geyser https://goo.gl/jN1XzKAdam
Klamath MountainTable Rocksgoo.gl/UxdzkPJaime
CoastPacific Oceanhttps://goo.gl/BA2SnyPaloma
AlaskaAnchorage Town Square Parkhttps://goo.gl/HUP2EuLuka
Cascade MountainTable Mountainhttps://goo.gl/QGiDvNKara
TexasBig Bend National https://goo.gl/3qcohwFather Time
Klamath MountainKlamath lakegoo.gl/26gqDxJaime
WisconsinAl Johnson's Restauranthttps://goo.gl/3naeNtSilas
Cascade MountainMount Hoodhttps://goo.gl/dm9hf8Kara
CoastTillamook Cheese Factoryhttps://goo.gl/KS8FCcDima
New YorkEmpire State Buildinghttps://goo.gl/hxkRULMimi
CaliforniaSalt Creek Trail, Near Death Valley National Parkgoo.gl/2Kj1ZyIan
WisconsinUniversity of Wisconsin - Madison's Memorial Union Terracehttps://goo.gl/1HVUEEMr. Mark
ArizonaGrand Canyon - Bright Angel Trailhttps://goo.gl/LpaEvXMr. Mark
Willamette ValleyMultnomah Fallshttps://goo.gl/4DZdWcMr. Mark
CoastHaystack Rockhttps://goo.gl/rCacj1Mr. Mark

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Making Our Virtual Field Trip

There are so many places to see in every region of Oregon and in every state of our country. Let's work together to make our virtual field trip using Google Street View. Later, we will share these places as a team. Here are the steps for making our virtual field trip.

  1. Think of a place in your region or state that you would like to share the team. Maybe it is a place that you have visited and really loved. Maybe it is a place that you have just learned about and would like to visit in person some day.
  2. Search for your place using Google Maps.
  3. Navigate the map by zooming and dragging to find a good spot to drop the yellow Google Street View Pegman. It may take a few tries to find a good spot.
  4. Simplify your link by copying and pasting the URL into Google URL Shortener
  5. Complete the Google Form below to add your place to our virtual field trip.


Road Trip Round Table Conference

Our Road Trip Project concluded. Kids have been peer conferencing to edit and revise their writing, adding and adjusting images, creating consistent and pleasing layouts, organizing their references and including hyperlinks. We held our Road Trip Round Table Conference this morning. Kids did a great job presenting about their state or region of Oregon. Here are some photos.













Monday, December 4, 2017

Fifth Grade Science Camp Form


Greetings!

Fifth graders will be going to Trickle Creek Outdoor School from April 4th to 6th. Here are two important to dos.

1) Please look for the letter that was sent home last Wednesday.

2) Please take a moment to fill out this form so we know how to best approach fundraising.

We’ll have a great time! Thanks for helping us get organized.

Thanks,
Mark

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Classroom Notes

Greetings!

It was great to see all of you at parent-teacher conferences. The kids of Team 20 have worked very hard. It was good to share their stories and their successes.  I learned a lot. I feel I know you and your child much better. Thank you!  

Our Road Trip Project continues. Kids are hittin’ the road as virtual tourists, using literature and the Web as our road maps. Earlier in the month, kids chose states (fifth graders) or regions of Oregon (fourth graders). From there kids worked in groups to highlight an informational reading and take notes. We had conversations about strategies for citing sources, paraphrasing, and plagiarism. More recently, kids have grown their research notes into rough draft slides and peer conferenced on their writing. Our next steps include some more editing and revising, thinking about layout design, and adding images.

The Children’s Book Harvest for The Children’s Book Bank concluded recently. School-wide we collected 215 books. After some good conversation, Team 20 chose to donate 285 more books from our Little Free Library book drive collection to make it an even 500 books donated from our school.

Last Tuesday, we spent part of our morning learning about the first Thanksgiving. We talked about how much of what is often told about Thanksgiving is not true. Afterward, kids shared their learning on mini-posters to help dispel Thanksgiving myths. If you have not had a chance to read it yet, this New York Times article about Thanksgiving is a good read.

Yesterday, we began making signs to advertise for a Street Roots drive that is being coordinated between several Lewis classrooms. The items needed in the drive are gloves, socks, hand warmers, and ponchos, which will be used by Street Roots vendors. There is an Amazon Wish List featuring these items. We watched a video to learn more about Street Roots and their vendors.

In science news, during our last Reed Science, kids were making molecules. The eggs in our salmon tank have hatched and we are now caring for over 475 baby salmon. A field trip to release our salmon into the Willamette River has been scheduled for December 14th. A permission slip was sent home today and must be returned by Tuesday, December 5th. I am hoping that several family members will be able to join us as chaperones.

Our visit to Reed College’s Cooley Gallery is tomorrow. Please help your kid remember to wear their Team 20 t-shirt and gear for walking.

Our final day together in December begins with the Family Breakfast and Sing-Along. This event will take place on Friday, December 15th, beginning with an 8:15-9:00 breakfast and followed with a 9:00-9:30 sing-along. For the buffet style breakfast, please bring a serving size of a store bought healthy breakfast item to share, such as pre-bought fruit salad or pre-washed small fruit, bagels and cream cheese, muffins, or granola bars. Please do not bring sweets, such as donuts. Teachers will provide drinks, dishes, and cutlery. Please come by when you can and stay for the whole event or part. A flyer will be sent home with more information.

Last, but not least, is time to start thinking about Fifth Grade Science Camp! Fifth graders will be going to Trickle Creek Outdoor School from April 4th to 6th. Here are three important to dos. 1) Please look for the letter that was sent home today. 2) Please take a moment to fill out this form so we know how to best approach fundraising. 3) If you are interested in helping with fundraising, please add your name to this form. I’m looking forward to camp. We’ll have a great time!

Please follow us on Twitter @LewisRoom20 and at LewisRoom20.blogspot.com for regular updates and photos!

Mark