Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Classroom Notes

Greetings!

Our poetry project continues.  Kids are growing the seeds (poetic images that they collected in their notebooks through observation in the Lewis garden) into poems.  We are working on poetry revision by focusing on line breaks, alliteration, similes, and repetition.  Here are some photos of collecting poetic images: http://goo.gl/2QYQ5F.

Team 20 served at tour guides to Reed College students last Thursday at our Eco-Critters Exhibit in the Reed College Biology Building.  The exhibit will be on display for the next week.  Here’s a link to photos of the kids sharing their work with the college students: http://goo.gl/6HBt4o.  Here’s a link to the kids’ Eco-Critter Essays: http://goo.gl/AFufuT.

Kids have begun researching their chosen Native American groups.  This is a two part project.  Part 1 happens in class.  Part 2 is homework.  Part 1: each kid will create a Google presentation to share their findings with the class.  During these presentations, they will also be sharing the Native American Dwelling they completed at home.  Part 2: the Native American Dwelling homework should include the required three elements -- a dwelling, an artifact, and a spirit animal.  These three elements should be displayed on a platform that is approximately 12” by 24”.  All elements should be labeled and explained.  Here’s a link to the homework assignment sheet and several examples from Ms. Natalie: http://goo.gl/l1rNlm.  The due date for the classroom project and the Native American Dwelling homework is Wednesday, December 17th.

In other news, here’s a link to the kids’ watercolor self-portraits that are on our classroom wall: http://goo.gl/Vggpx7.  Kids are doing a nice job of bringing library books every Tuesday.  I also appreciate that everyone is here consistently to school on time.  Having everyone here every day allows us to begin our day together and for us to have continuity from day today, which benefits all children. (Thank you!)

Mark

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