Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Classroom Notes

Greetings!

We had another busy and productive week in room 20.  As always, you can find photos from our week on our blog.

The total is in...Lewis Elementary kids collected 772 food items for Project Second Wind and the Oregon Food Bank.

We began a survey project this week.  Kids brainstormed possible survey topics and questions, conferenced in small groups to refine their question for survey, wrote a rough draft survey online, and conferenced kid-to-kid to revise their survey.  Here's a link to their surveys on our blog: bit.ly/team20-surveys.  You are welcome to dive in.  They'd love to hear from you!  After that kids will analyze their results and publish their findings in our classroom zine.

During math we are shifting from a focus on multi-digit division to fractions.  We will spend the next couple of weeks adding, subtracting, and understanding equivalences between fractions while revisiting long division from time to time in class.

During our visit to Sellwood Middle School on Friday morning kids were welcomed by the principals and given tours of the school by middle school student leaders.

Kids are putting the finishing touches on audio books in GarageBand and beginning to burn CDs for our first grade buddies to enjoy at their listening center.  Kids drew and assembled a symmetry quilt during Art with Evie last week.

Ms. Luscher is teaching this week in room 20 on Tuesday and Wednesday while I and several other Lewis teachers are at professional development training through the district. 

A reminder that fifth grades will be off to the Portland Youth Philharmonic on Wednesday.  Please help your kid remember to dress for the weather and for some walking.

The Lewis play production of Jack and the Three Sillies is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, March 19th and 20th.  A number of Team 20 kids are involved in the production.  Tickets are now on sale: tinyurl.com/lewisplay2015.  More info: bit.ly/lewis-three-sillies.  I’m looking forward to seeing this performance!

Mark

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