Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Classroom Notes


On Friday, Team 20 visited the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center to learn more about Japanese American history in Oregon. Our guides, June and Colin, led groups through the museum and art exhibit. In the museum, kids chose an artifact, wrote why they chose it, and what story they thought it told about the Japanese American experience, learning more about life in Japantown (Nihonmachi) and Japanese American incarceration during World War II. 
After sharing their findings the groups traded places. The art exhibit, Yellow Terror, featured the work of Roger Shimomura and his collection of objects showing racial stereotypes of Asians and Asian Americans. Kids chose an item in the exhibit, wrote why they thought the item was made, who would buy the item, how people pictured in the item might react, how the item could show a stereotype, and what effect these messages could have. We walked to the Japanese American Historical Plaza along the waterfront for lunch before catching the bus for our return to Lewis. Here are some photos by Bella.

Our poetry project continues.  Kids are growing the seeds (poetic images that they collected in their sketchbooks through observation in the Lewis garden and at Reed Canyon) into poems. We are working on poetry revision by focusing on line breaks, alliteration, similes, and repetition. We practiced Ghanaian drumming with Alex from the Obo Addy Legacy Project and performed for the school.  We also began writing a play as a class, which we will perform during the last week of school.

Looking ahead, all Lewis Library books are due by May 31st. A correction on the Spring Music Concert date – the concert will be the evening of Thursday, June 1st, and the afternoon of Friday, June 2nd. Everyone who has volunteered this year is welcome to attend the Annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Friday, June 2nd, at 8:00 a.m. in the Lewis Cafeteria. On Friday, June 9th, we will be having our 4th Grade Family Breakfast. It will be a great opportunity for students, families, and teachers to come together to celebrate our year. The breakfast is for all 4th graders and will take place from 8:15 to 9:00 a.m. in room 22. A flyer with more details will come home soon.


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