Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Classroom Notes

Greetings,

Team 20 has had another busy and productive week. While state testing has devoured a hefty chunk of our classroom time (we are now officially halfway done), we were able to keep a number of routines in motion and even start a new chapter in our study of Oregon history.

For Oregon history, we are learning the story of people of Japanese descent before, during, and after World War II, with a focus on Japanese incarceration. We began with some background information on World War II and on early immigration to the United States from China and Japan. The kids were very curious about World War II and I did my best to give an age-appropriate explanation. I told the kids that if they want to learn more, it is not a topic to just “look up,” but is rather something to talk about with an adult in their lives. For our study, our primary resource is densho.org, a website about Japanese American history that was created by the Japanese American Literacy Project. It has specific resources for educators and students, including several that the kids are accessing through the Japanese Incarceration page on our classroom blog.

Also last week, kids met up to read with their buddies in Mrs. Logue’s first grade, we mailed letters to our pen pals in Madison, Wisconsin, we continued the #Write_On Challenge, made some more progress on survey project articles, were out in the garden with Ms. Kathleen, wrote limerick, haiku, and acrostic poems with Ms. Cyndi, and dressed up for the annual Book Character Day. It was fun running into so many Team 20 kids with Evie and my girls at the garden fair last Saturday.

Looking ahead, we have our field trip to the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center on May 4th. If you did not sent the $5, please get that to us so we can reimburse our class account for the bus pass and museum entrance. Then on May 11th we will head to Reed College’s Cooley Gallery to meet up with Gregory MacNaughton and see Alan Sonfist’s exhibit Natural History. According to the gallery website, this exhibit features ninety works of art, including photographs, films, drawings, and sculptures, many of which explore humankind’s relationship with the environment. Family is more than welcome to join us. We will leave Lewis at around 9:10 on the 11th and return at around 11:00. If you are interested, just send a note, email, or stop by room 20 to express your interest by the 4th, so that I can give a list of those interested to Tracy in the office.

Mark

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