Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Classroom Notes

Greetings,

Team 20 has had another busy and productive week.  Highlights from the week include beginning a poetry project, continuing the much loved read-a-loud Lizard Music, finishing up watercolor self-portraits that are now on display in our room, and a field trip to OMSI.  Here are some photos from that trip: http://goo.gl/HbhVza


As part of our Language Workshop, we began a poetry project.  Kids were outside in the Lewis Garden, observing and collecting images (or “seeds” as we call them).  We shared images aloud and wrote a group poem.  Kids will continue to collect images and “grow” their “seeds” into poems.  We are making use of the poet’s tool kit—line breaks, alliteration, repetition, and that wonderful word “like.”  We will go on a few more poetry excursions into the Lewis community over the next two weeks.


We head to Reed College this Thursday morning, where Team 20 will be tour guides for Reed students at our Eco-Critters Exhibit that is now on display in the Biology Building.  We will also have a walking trip to Reed College next Thursday, December 11th.  We’ll leave Lewis at 9:00 and return by noon for lunch.  Our destination is Cooley Gallery, where Education Outreach Coordinator Gregory MacNaughton will guide us through the new exhibit.  Please let me know if you are interested in joining us.


We start up our unit on Native Americans this week.  The unit will culminate in a home project that will involve building a shelter representative of the group that your child is focusing on.  More information will be coming home late in the week.  The project will be due on Tuesday, December 16th, giving kids two weekends to work on it.


The Lewis Holiday Bazaar & Tree Sale is set for December 6th and will include a fundraising table to support Science Camp tuition.  Hope to see you there!


Thanks,

Mark

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