Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Oregon Timelapse



Invisible Oregon by Sam Forencich uses timelapse infrared camera settings to give a unique view of Oregon's diverse landscape. The visible light spectrum is light that our eyes can see. Infrared photography filters visible light waves while allowing infrared light waves to record. This creates a unique set of colors, such as the color green appearing to be white.

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds



From Wikipedia: "'Lucy' acquired her name from the song 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' by the Beatles, which was played loudly and repeatedly in the expedition camp all evening after the excavation team's first day of work on the recovery site. After public announcement of the discovery, Lucy captured much public interest, becoming a household name at the time."

Classroom Notes

Greetings!

Lewis Elementary School’s food drive called Project Second Wind continues through Friday the 3rd. Team 20’s colored pencil and watercolor signs are next to every door in the school to get the word out as are posters that we made with our first grade buddies. Here’s more info about Oregon Food Bank’s most wanted foods and a public service announcement about the food drive made by Team 20.

I am including this repeat from last week’s Classroom Notes to be sure that all families are aware that standardized state testing is on the horizon. These tests, called the Smarter Balanced tests, are very different from the former OAKS tests in their size and scope. A state testing opt-out form is available in the Lewis office. New this year is that if families choose to opt-out of state testing, they must submit this form to the Lewis office before actual testing begins. The statewide testing window for the Smarter Balanced tests is February 7 to June 9. Lewis plans to schedule tests to begin in April and end by June 2nd. 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.

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

Mark

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Classroom Notes

Greetings!

Standardized state testing is on the horizon. These tests, called the Smarter Balanced tests, are very different from the former OAKS tests in their size and scope. A state testing opt-out form is available in the Lewis office. New this year is that if families choose to opt-out of state testing, they must submit this form to the Lewis office before actual testing begins. The statewide testing window for the Smarter Balanced tests is February 7 to June 9. Lewis plans to schedule tests to begin in April and end by June 2nd. 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.


We have had another busy and productive week in room 20. During language, are writing Photo Stories, which are creative writing stories sparked by a photo. During math, kids have been working with fractions. Art with Ms. Gina, Lewis’s art resident, continues. Kids are learning about value and made value cones and value robots, which are on display in our hallway. Reed Science is back for a new semester. Kids are learning about the water cycle and experimented with clouds in jars and changing a variable in the experiment with their lab group.

Signs were completed this week in preparation for next week’s Project Second Wind food drive to benefit Oregon Food Bank. We also met up with our buddies in Mrs. Logue’s first grade to make posters to advertise the food drive, which runs from February 27th to March 3rd. Here is more information about the food drive, including a list of most wanted foods. Thanks for the boxes you have sent in for use as collection boxes in each classroom. We could still use more, so if you have any extra boxes that would be suitable on hand, please send them in.

In book news, we are continuing The Watsons Go to Birmingham –1963. As the Watson family makes their drive south, we listened to a podcast from 99% Invisible about The Green Book. Also, Read Across America will be celebrated at Lewis on Thursday, March 3rd. Family is welcome to stop by and join in some reading from 12:45 to 1:15.

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

Mark

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Green Book


Dad fixed up the Brown Bomber -- he even had a record player mounted on the dashboard. Momma had the whole trip planned in her notebook -- right down to what they would eat, where they would eat it, and how long they would stop. The Watson family was on their way to Birmingham.

Cross-country travel during this time was made all the more possible by the new Interstate Highway System. The Watsons could travel all the way from Flint, Michigan to Birmingham, Alabama along I-75.

As available as roads were in this nationwide network, the freedom to drive cross-country without fear or danger was not made available to everyone.

For African-Americans, driving these roads could be complicated or dangerous. Jim Crow laws and racial segregation meant that black travelers could be refused service at restaurants, gas stations, and motels. Driving through the night could be safer than stopping in an unfamiliar town.

Beginning in the 1930s, Victor Green created a guide to make travel safer for black motorists. This guide, called "The Negro Motorist Green Book" or "The Green Book," listed restaurants, gas stations, and motels that would be safe and welcoming.

This episode of the podcast, 99% Invisible, explores The Green Book and gives some context to what it would be like for the Watson family during their drive south.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Classroom Notes

Greetings!

Team 20 had another busy and productive week. We wrapped up pen pal letters yesterday by adding a photo from our classroom Twitter feed to our Google Docs. We celebrated Valentine’s Day in the classroom by making a mail delivery system using art supplies and delivering and opening mail.

Fourth grade classrooms will be leading Lewis’s participation in Oregon Food Bank’s annual food drive, called Project Second Wind. Team 20 has begun making signs that feature a collection of the foods that are most wanted by the food bank and will be displayed around Lewis to advertise the food drive, which runs from February 27th to March 3rd. Here is more information about the food drive, including a list of most wanted foods. We will need a collection box for each classroom, so if you have any extra boxes that would be suitable on hand, please send them in.

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

Mark

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Classroom Notes

Greetings!

Team 20 has had another very productive and busy week. During Language Workshop, kids are truckin’ along on reply letters to our pen pals in Madison, Wisconsin, editing and revising letters in partner and with me. We are also beginning our third week of word study, which is developmental phonics-based spelling practice.

Kids are creating library book posters with Ms. Cyndi, to advertise their favorite Lewis library books. We created a system for this project as a team. Kids began by choosing a book. Then they wrote a blurb to give a short summary advertisement of the book, created thumbnail sketches to plan the layout of the heading, subheading, body text, and images before laying out their design on their final copy poster. A number of kids have been listening to some podcasts that I curated after reading this article about great podcasts for kids.

We will celebrate Valentine’s Day in the classroom on Tuesday. As was mentioned in last week’s pink flyer, we will make Valentine “mail boxes.” Paper, ribbon, markers and other art supplies will be on hand, and if kids wanted to bring a shoebox, cereal box, or other “construction aids,” they certainly may.

Last, but not least, report cards will go home on Friday. Please sign and return your kid’s report card envelope by the following Monday.

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

Mark

Oregon Food Bank - Project Second Wind Food Drive 2017


Project Second Wind, the Oregon Food Bank’s annual food drive, will come to Lewis the week of February 27th through March 3rd. Each classroom will have a collection box. Fourth grade students will empty these boxes each day to record and box up each classroom’s collected food items. Please join Lewis and the Oregon Food Bank to provide a “second wind” of hunger relief after the holidays in our community. 

Please consider donating healthy, low fat and low sugar products from this list of most wanted foods.

·         canned meats (i.e., tuna, chicken, salmon)
·         canned and boxed meals (i.e., soup, chili, stew, macaroni and cheese)
·         peanut butter and other nut butters
·         canned or dried beans and peas (i.e., black, pinto, lentils)
·         pasta, rice, and cereal
·         canned fruits and vegetables 
·         100 percent fruit or vegetable juice (canned, plastic or boxed)
·         cooking oil
·         shelf stable milk

Please no glass, unlabeled, perishable, homemade, or open items, and no soda.

Birmingham, Alabama - 1963, United States Senate - Yesterday

Birmingham, Alabama - 1963




United States Senate - Yesterday


Congressional Black Caucus slams GOP senators for silencing Warren, compares Sessions to notorious Alabama racist official Bull Connor. via @christinawilkie




Sessions Prosecution of the "Marion Three"




via Washington Post

Senator Warren Silenced for Impugning Sessions's Character



via Washington Post