Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Classroom Notes


We concluded the Write_On Challenge, the project to write 30 letters in 30 days for the month of April, by having a Last Letter Party complete with lemonade, popcorn, and a last letter. For this last letter, kids designed and wrote a thank you card to the project’s sponsors, Egg Press, Hello!Lucky, and Mohawk Paper, who provided Lewis fourth grades with a generous supply of letterpress cards and envelopes to make this project possible. It was wonderful to see the kids reflecting and writing to friends and family as a daily practice.

Field trip forms for our visit to the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center to learn more about Oregon history related to the story of people of Japanese descent before, during, and after World War II were due today. Thank you for turning them in on time. It really helps me out. If your kid has not yet returned theirs, please do so.

Lewis Art Night is tomorrow, May 4th, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Team 20 made thaumatropes, zoetropes, praxinoscopes, and flip books, four early forms of animation. Docents will be on hand to guide you through different art pieces. Music groups will be performing, including Boomin’ Beats, and there will be sweets in the Paintbrush CafĂ©. It’s a night you won’t want to miss!

Please keep practicing that good ol’ multiplication fluency. We have worked through this set of multiplication strategies in class. Having these facts down opens doors for efficient multi-digit multiplication and daily math for years to come. The language portion of state testing has concluded. Kids will begin working through the math portion over the course of several days. Kids who have opted out are continuing to work on some independent activities during our testing time.

Lastly, Lewis held its annual spring earthquake drill this past Friday. If you haven’t recently, consider talking about your earthquake plan as a family. Here’s a link for building a budget-minded earthquake kit and a link to a more detailed set of emergency plans.



  1. Love your Blog. Would like to work something like this but at a little earlier skill level into my class next year. May I or How do I follow you for inspiration. lficaro@gmail.com I have a 5th grade class in Orange, CA at a Magnet School, 33 students and no windows that open.

    1. Thanks, Lauren. I use our classroom blog to share a weekly newsletter with families. Kids use it to access websites via the news feed or the "Links for Kids" tab. From time to time, I will post project steps or a video in the news feed when frontloading a project. So our blog has a number of different uses. You can follow us on Twitter @LewisRoom20. Here's a link for how to set up your own blog using Blogger, which I find more intuitive than the other blogging platforms I have tried. http://bit.ly/blogger-how I hope you have a good finish to your school year. ~Mark