Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Classroom Notes


Last Wednesday we spent our whole day learning about how women have changed our world. We began by watching clips from a PBS documentary about the history of the Women’s Rights Movement. Then we shared our own interview stories about important women in our lives. We began this sharing by facetiming with my Grandma about what school was like for her and how women’s rights have changed during her lifetime. Kids then shared in small groups and in a circle as a whole team. Thank you for supporting your kid with completing their interview. I loved hearing their stories! During the afternoon, kids read books about important women in history from the Lewis Library and the Multnomah County Library. We finished our day with an art activity; kids wrote a takeaway from their interview and added watercolor. You can see the collection from all third, fourth, and fifth grades on display between rooms 16 and 17.

Team 20’s collection of photo stories is now published as a zine on our blog. We are continuing our research on specific moments in Oregon’s history with a focus on Native American history and how the arrival of European settlers affected their ways of life. Once students complete their research and notes in pairs, they will create a summary of their time/event to teach their teammates and place it on our Oregon History Timeline. This timeline will stay with us for the rest of the year and we will add historical events as we cover them.

During Reed Science, kids explored magnetic forces. They made watercolor landscapes during art with Ms. Gina. We finished reading The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 and began our new book, George, by Alex Gino, which addresses topics of gender and identity.

Thank you for returning Oregon Historical Society field trip slips and a dollar for TriMet fare. All forms must be returned by this Friday.

Lastly, a reminder that state standardized testing opt-out forms can be found in the Lewis office and must be submitted before testing begins for any family choosing to opt their child out. Please do not hesitate to ask, if you have any questions about these tests.

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