Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Classroom Notes

Greetings!

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

During Language Workshop this week, Monday’s routine was as usual: telling stories and practicing communication skills. Kids have been planning a letter to their pen pal in Mrs. McCollister’s fourth grade at Marquette Elementary School in Madison, Wisconsin. They conferenced on their plan with another kid and with me. Now they are typing their rough draft in a Google Doc on their Chromebook.

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. 

During math, kids have been working on modeling division and on reviewing previous concepts such as larger addition and subtraction, telling time, and counting money. This week, kids drew and assembled a symmetry quilt during art. Kids are also beginning to choose and practice books to record for our first grade buddies.

Reed Science will begin on Thursday, October 6th. 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 help out during Reed Science on Thursday afternoons from 1:15 to 2:15, that would be great! Please send me an email (mrichner@pps.net) or drop me a note.

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Mark

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