Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Classroom Notes

Greetings,

We’ve had another busy and productive week in room 20!  Can you believe that tomorrow is already October?

During Language Workshop this week, Monday’s routine was as usual: telling stories and practicing communication skills.  Kids revised and edited their summer episode with a partner before sharing their final copy.  On Monday, kids began planning a letter to their pen pal in Mrs. McCollister’s fourth grade at Marquette Elementary School in Madison, Wisconsin. 

During Outdoor Classroom, we’ve been using a conversation about form and function to make observations in our garden about nature’s design.  The kids practiced observational drawing strategies with some flowers and leaves.  They used these strategies as they collected data in the garden.  On Tuesday, they began drawing a final copy of a favorite leaf that they brought from the garden or from their neighborhood.

This was our first week of technology with Mr. Jamesbarry.  Kids are practicing coding using code.org.

Reed Science will begin on October 8th.  During Reed Science, three Reed College students take the lead in teaching the kids of Team 20 through a variety of hands on, inquiry-based experiences in science.  If you would like to volunteer during Reed Science on Thursday afternoons from 1:45 to 2:45, that would be great!  Please send me an email (mrichner@pps.net) or drop me a note.

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

Mark

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