Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Classroom Notes

Greetings!

Surveys created by Team 20 are now open on our blog.  You are welcome to dive in and complete the kids’ surveys.  You are welcome to share them with friends and family.  The kids will love hearing from you!  Their surveys will be open through Sunday, March 27, at 6 p.m.  The kids created their surveys with Google Forms using a familiar inquiry process that begins with asking a question and then collecting data.  After we return from spring break, kids will continue this process by analyzing their data and sharing their findings in a classroom zine.

Lewis’s artist-in-residence, Ms. Gina, worked with the kids again this week to complete a printmaking project.  Kids used their drawings from last week to carve a foam plate. Then they inked their plates and created a series of five prints.  They will use their cards for an upcoming project.

We continued reading The Watsons Go To Birmingham—1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis and watched a short PBS video to get some context about Birmingham at that time.

During Reed Science, kids looked into the question, “How can we engineer earthquake-safe structures?”

We began our times tables quizzes this week.  Please help your kid with ten minutes of practice daily.  Since kids will take a quiz on one number at a time of their choosing, I suggest studying one number at a time.  Third and fourth grade teachers tend to teach multiplication facts in this order: x2, x5, x10, x3, x4, x6, x9, x8, x7).  Here is a condensed explanation of multiplication strategies for this sequence.

Please return the form for our Oregon Historical Society field trip by this Friday, if you have not already done so. 

Twelve Team 20 kids are in this week’s school play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Here’s more information about the production and tickets.  I am looking forward to seeing the Thursday performance. 

We will have our second read-a-thon of the year this Friday.  Kids will be able to enjoy a full day of reading in our room.  For this reading event, kids are welcome to bring a couple of things to make them comfy while reading.  They may bring a pillow and a blanket. 

Mark

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