Monday, March 2, 2015

Classroom Notes

Greetings!

Team 20 had another busy and productive week.  Here’s a collection of photos of our most recent goings-on: bit.ly/team20-photos-25.

The first issue of Neeble, the official zine of Team 20, is available for your reading pleasure.  Inside is a collection of creative writing “photo stories.”   bit.ly/team20-neeble-photo-stories

The Lewis Food Drive to benefit Oregon Food Bank continues through Friday the 6th.  Team 20 kids made colored pencil and watercolor signs to get the word out.  We met with our buddies in Mrs. Logue's first grade to make posters for the hallways.  Here's more info: bit.ly/PSW-info.

During math, we've been learning ways to approach two and three digit division problems.  One strategy has us taking the problem apart and constructing a multiplication menu by thinking about how many, for example, groups of 12 there are in 252 or how many groups of 12 it takes to build up to 252.

Ms. Luscher taught in room 20 on Thursday while Mark was at the IntegratedEd conference.  The kids had a great day!

What color is that dress?  What began as a small group conversation led to learning about how to create a survey, looking at our data, kids finding an article about the science of why no one agrees, and then conversations about visual systems and Photoshop.  bit.ly/nytimes-dress-article

In field trip news, fifth grades will be off to the Portland Youth Philharmonic on Wednesday, March 11th.  Please return the field trip form went home with kids on Friday.  On Friday, March 6th, Kids who are zoned for Sellwood Middle School will bus to Sellwood with Mr. Mark and Ms. Natalie from 9:30 to 11:15.  Kids zoned for other schools will stay at Lewis with Mr. Colvin.

Last, but not least, please keep tracking those reading minutes for the 5th Grade Read-A-Thon.  More info: bit.ly/lewis-read-a-thon

Mark

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