Class Notes for Dec. 15-19, 2014

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Welcome to the final edition of Room 24 Class Notes of 2014. I hope everybody’s time off is filled with friends, family, and football. Go Ducks on New Year’s Day 2015!

I’m looking forward to seeing Room 24 parents at our Fifth-Grade Family Breakfast on Friday. A flyer went home last week, but if you missed it, please check the blog for details. In a nutshell, we will start at 8:15 on Friday in Ms. Speer’s room (21) and at 9:00 we move to Mr. Richner’s room (20) where we will have a singalong. Join us if you can!

Several teams showed their Native American presentations last week. There will be an opportunity for “do overs” for those who want a higher score. I am encouraging students to add more information and fact check before presenting again. Students will also display their Native American dwelling project starting this week.

During Winter Break I’d like to have each student continue to read at least a half hour a day and go onto Front Row Math as much as possible. Front Row Math is a powerful site that can challenge students with material up to 8th-grade level. BrainPop is also available thanks to a site license for Lewis. Students should be able to log in with their account. Of  course, is open and ready for students to continue the Hour of Code that we began last week. Another resource over vacation is Newsela, a current events website that has news stories written at different reading levels all the way up to high school. I’ve been challenging students to go for 100% (four out of four) on the quizzes. If you have questions about any of these sites or your child has difficulty logging in to them at home, send me an email and I’ll see if I can help.

See you in 2015!

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Join us for the 5th-Grade Family Breakfast and Singalong on Friday

You are cordially invited to the Winter 5th Grade Family Breakfast and Singalong!

An opportunity for all the 5th grade students and families to get together and celebrate the hard work and wonderful community of the 5th grade classes.  We will be eating a buffet-style breakfast and then doing a big sing-along.

-Please bring a serving size of a store-bought HEALTHY breakfast item to share, some examples are:

*pre-bought fruit salad or pre-washed small fruit (berries, clementines, bananas)

*bagels and cream cheese


*granola bars

*Please don’t bring sweets (such as donuts)

-The teachers will provide drinks and dishes/cutlery.

-If your child has food allergies, please bring something that he or she is able to eat.  We will have separate tables for foods with and without nuts.

-A little before 9:00 we will clean up and then move over to Room 24 to do a family sing-along until 9:30

When & Where:
Friday, December 19, 2014

8:15- 9:00 AM Breakfast served in Room 21 & you may eat and mingle in Rooms 20 or 24

9:00- 9:30 AM Sing-along in Room 20

Please come when you can!  You can stay for the whole event or just come by for a bit.  If you have to leave before school begins at 8:40 AM, we will take responsibility for your child, but it is best to pair them up with another family or adult.

We look forward to seeing you then!


Mr. Colvin, Mr. Richner, and Ms. Speer







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Class Notes for Dec. 8-12, 2014

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First a shout out to our friends down at Reed College. Lewis Elementary is lucky to have close proximity and a close relationship with two components of Reed College’s various outreach programs.

One is the Science Outreach program. That brings world-class experiments and experiences to 4th and 5th grade students. Last year this class got to watch salmon eggs hatch and develop through the alevin stage, then release them into the Willamette River. This year the class was able to explore physics by making a small electric motor, working on a Rube Goldberg device, and finally, watch liquid turn into solid by making sorbet from fruit juice. We said goodbye to our Reed teachers and their leader Kristy Gonyer on Wednesday and hope to see the same ones in early February when Reed Science starts up again.

The other Reed outreach program is through their Art department. Reed’s art gallery, Cooley Gallery, changes exhibits every 9-12 weeks and Lewis students are offered the opportunity to visit and learn about the current shows. Outreach Coordinator Gregory MacNaughton has a gift for engaging students of all ages in discussions about not only the specific pieces of art on display, but art in general. He came into the class on Wednesday to give a preview and led the class through the gallery on Friday. See the blog for student observations of our trip down to Reed College. I take a calligraphy/lettering class from Gregory and other calligraphers once a month at Reed College. We will start working with calligraphy in January.

We will participate in the Hour of Code (more about this week. Last year’s class did this and the kids loved it. Millions of other students from around the world will be joining us for this annual (for the time being) event.

On Friday, the class got a short tour of the village, Lewisville, that almost everybody in the class contributed to (we’ve got two more students to go for 100% participation). I was amazed by the fluent way many of the class members constructed their houses when it was their turn. I’m thinking the people of Lewisville will need a school soon, so that could be our next project.

The class worked on Native American presentations last week and will finish up and start presenting them this week and next. I’m looking forward to learning along with the class.

Please put the morning of Friday, Dec. 19th on your calendar for the inaugural 5th-Grade Family Breakfast and Singalong. Modeled after last year’s successful 4th- grade family breakfasts, 5th graders and their families are invited to join in for a fun time from 8:15 to 9:30. I will send more information home during the week.

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Supports/Surfaces Exhibit at Reed College’s Cooley Gallery!

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 The class walked down to Reed College’s Cooley Gallery on Friday to view the newest exhibit called Supports/Surfaces. The following are student thoughts written right after we got back from the trip. Read on:

At Reed College we took in many sights. We sat and said our thoughts with Gregory saying, “What are you thinking?” While we were in a big group, we all thought of the art starting with, “What is that?” We thought of the colors, the shape, the wrinkles in it. All of it.

Once we were free to roam around, the first thing that you caught your eye is a rope. It has many knots and each knot is sprayed deep blue. Then you would see what looked like sacks on the floor. They each had a strange design to them. One quote was that it looked like lips. Each a different color. There were many others to talk about but last I’ll talk about a ladder.

The ladder was thin wood that was very bendable. The shape was like a toboggan and was so light and fragile that it swayed with the light breeze floating in. The ‘ladder’ had many squares fit in them.

We then grouped together and worked on our own piece. By Melanie


Today we went to the amazing Cooley Gallery at Reed College and explored and saw a lot of amazing paintings that didn’t even look like paintings, like this one that looked like a toboggan with square-shaped holes all over it. And another one that was orange on the outside and blue in the middle, looked like two Spongebob Squarepants on the outside of the painting, and his best friend Patrick Star in the middle (By the way, that was made out of a bedsheet).

I also saw saw an amazing, and a little scary as well, but bottom line, it was amazing, sheet of what looked like blood-stained bedsheet, and it had really cool  designs on it. McKela and I came across that painting twice and I freaked out the first time and said, “Cool painting, but I’m outta here!”  I really liked it, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t like blood or its color. I also saw an amazing rope tied in knots (every what? 1 foot?) and the knots were colored blue.

The artwork I saw was so beautiful. I really loved all of the amazing artwork that I saw and marveled at each one of them (even the creepy bloodstained one). By Lilyana

Today we went to Cooley Gallery at Reed College. The  guy who was talking to us was Gregory MacNaughton. I probably have written about him every time I write about visits to Reed College. Anyways, we walked from school to Reed College. By Fred


We went to the Cooley! Yay!

It wasn’t like the last time, last time it was literature… This time it was art, yes art. Pretty cooley.  Heh heh. Get it? Cooley because it’s a Cooley Gallery.

I thought the bed sheet with splat things looked like a paper airplane if you cut of the thingies on the side. The blobs look like little mole dudes marching, then turning blue, then orange again. By Elliott


Today I went to the Cooley Gallery and we got to see Gregory MacNaughton. On every painting Gregory would ask, “What are you thinking?”

There was a painting that looked like a toboggan! And another painting had what it looked like two pillows and Patrick Star in the middle. When we were able to roam free the first thing that you saw was a rope! We got to make our own art with a paper and duct tape. We spent an hour talking about art and the bedsheet with all the blobs that look like orange and blue ducks.

Lilyana and I were looking at one of the paintings and Lilyana got scared of one of the paintings because on one of them it looked like there was blood on it! She is no longer scared of it anymore (I don’t think). I saw some of the Reed College students there and all of them look very busy and smart. When we made our own art out of tape and paper, I made a car (out of one piece of paper). This was a really fun experience for me and I hope to do it again! By McKela


The Reed College walk was amazing! We got to check out the Cooley Gallery with Gregory MacNaughton. Everything was wonderful. The art and the rope which is still art. We got to make some too. Mine was a folded piece of paper and lots of tape, especially blue. My favorite art was the rope because it had dark blue or something on every knot. There was one that was a sideways 9 it had some red and the canvas was in the little tiny spaces and another one that looked like candy but it was just shirts with two rubber bands and some paint that looked like lips. My second favorite one was the fabric. By Sandra


Today we went to Reed College. With our instructor Gregory MacNaughton we went to the Cooley Gallery art room. We were learning about Support/Surfaces. We saw abstract art work with many different shapes and colors and material (with every art piece he would ask us “What are you thinking?”).

My favorite was the wooden abstract piece and that was made of a flimsy wood. After a couple minutes of looking around we got back into the circle and we made an abstract piece of our own only using paper and colored tape. The colors we chose from where orange, blue, beige and green. My favorite color of the colors was the pretty green. After we were done we went back to school. This field trip was really fun. By Sevyn


Today we walked to Reed College. We went to the Cooley Gallery. I’ve been there before in 3rd and 4th grade, and it’s always the same person there: Gregory MacNaughton.

We were talking about supports and surfaces. We also made our own work of art. We made a creation out of colored tape and used “the items at hand instead of going out somewhere to buy fancy things.” I made a mask. We also walked around the exhibit to look at the other art. By Liam


We walked to Reed College today. When we got there, we were greeted by Gregory Macnaughton. We were invited into the art room. We spent about an hour talking about the art. Later we got explore the one, small, room. We got to make an art piece with tape and paper. Now that was fun! He asked us a lot of questions. The main one was “What are you thinking?” By Sage


My trip to Reed College was fun. We did stuff like go to the Cooley Gallery. We were led by Gregory MacNaughton. It was really cool. We got to make abstract art from paper and colored tape. I made mine with two I’s. It was really cool. By Isaac


Today we went to Reed College. We had a lot of fun. We looked at pictures and Gregory MacNaughton showed us a lot of pictures. We got to look around the room of pictures. I named it the picture room. We also got to make our own pictures with paper and tape.

My favorite picture was the big blanket that they used to make beds with.They made little ducks on it with some kind of stamps. There was one that looked like a folding ruler or a fruit rollup. One also looked like a puzzle.

Gregory MacNaughton was really nice and he taught us a lot about most of the pictures. One looked like a sled that curled up at the end but it was called a “ladder with flexible wood.” Another one was a fish net and a it made out of newspaper. It was really cool.

I asked a couple of questions about some of the pictures, one of them was about the big blanket that looked like it was a bridge and the triangle in the middle was going  straight, so it looked like a road.

I really like Reed College and I want to go there.

P.S I like drawing or painting and the room was actually called the Cooley Gallery. There was a rope hanging from the ceiling. It was a rope that was probably spray painted different colors. There was a big piece of stuff that looked like a giant put a bunch of lipstick on it, they looked like big sleeping bags. Another one was a medium piece of paper with an outline of a different colored paper. It was the funnest place I’ve ever been to, and I hope to go there again. By Joe


I went to the Cooley Gallery to look at the Supports/Surfaces exhibit. I saw a sled-like thing that looked a chocolate roll-up bar. We made our own art with colored tape. I saw a giant rope going up and down. By Sean


Reed College was fun because we went to Cooley Gallery. Gregory MacNaughton was our host. He showed us around the gallery. There wasn’t the video room like always.

Instead there were two big rooms and the rooms were full of paintings! The paintings were usually big or small. By Miles


Today we went to Reed College. Gregory MacNaughton showed us around the Cooley Art Gallery. There were a lot of different types of art there. There was one piece that a bed sheet that was used as a canvas. Which pretty much proves that anything can be a canvas. The art gallery was really fun just to look at the art and talk about it a little bit.

After we looked at the art we made some. We each got to make a piece of art with tape and a blank piece of paper. Mine wasn’t supposed to be anything, but it looked pretty cool. There were different shapes, colors and sizes of art. It was really fun.

One of the two of my favorite pieces of art was what looked liked a toboggan upside down. The wood was woven in and out with very thin pieces. Second was what looked liked a big robot that was very colorful. I didn’t even reach the top of the leg. By Claire


Today we went to Reed College for a field trip. We walked there on foot. When we were there, Gregory taught us about the art exhibit called Supports/Surfaces. Then we got to look at all of the art. My favorite piece of art was a sled-like thing. After that we made art using tape I made a paper airplane. I really liked that field trip. By Henry

Supports and Surfaces was the name of the show. It was super cool because it was interactive or modern and it had tons of awesome stuff. My favorite piece of art was a rope hanging from the ceiling and it was painted blue so it was technically a painting.

Another part was this flexible wood that was hanging from the wall and it looked like a ladder but it was technically a painting because it was painted and like just a different canvas. Then another one was like this bedsheet and it had a bunch of blobs and so it was like fab.

Another cool part was we got to make our own art out of tape, not duct tape. By Declan



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Class Notes for Dec. 1-5, 2014

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I am looking forward to our walking field trip down to Reed College’s Cooley Gallery this Friday morning. If you would like to come along on the trip, let me know. I would like to have 4-5 parents come along if possible. This is a great way to spend part of the day with your child and his/her friends. Gallery Outreach Coordinator Gregory MacNaughton always gets the kids to make connections between their daily lives and what they see in the art gallery. Please make sure your child wears comfortable walking shoes and appropriate clothes for the weather.

Our Native American unit is starting in earnest this week. Selections of groups will be made, research will begin, and presentations will be made. Last week we watched and took notes on a National Geographic video about what the Americas were like before Columbus arrived in 1492. More information about the home project will be coming home shortly.

Our field trip to OMSI was a total success. The kids were great, the exhibits were outstanding, and everybody came away with a better appreciation of science. Read what your child had to say about the trip on the blog.

I’m finding that students who study for the spelling test on Thursday night are doing well on the tests. It’s a good habit to get into.

Don’t forget the Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 6th. There will be a 5th-grade fundraising table or two to help support Science Camp tuition.

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First of all I want to thank our parent volunteers Sean, Amy, Ezra, and Tom who went along with us on what turned out to be a great field trip to OMSI. They did a great job keeping track of the class in a large open space.

We started out at the planetarium where the students got an amazing overview of the solar system and then we went to the animation station. After lunch, the class visited many different stations in the Turbine Hall that featured flight, air pressure, chemistry, light, sound, technology, electricity, water power, and skills of logic.

I am so proud of this group. Two incidents involving bus drivers help explain why I feel this way. One of the TriMet drivers told me as the class got off on the Hawthorne Bridge that they were the best class she’s had on a bus. Ever. Another bus driver felt comfortable enough with our class that he decided to tell a couple jokes over the speaker system.

Below are student comments on the trip.

OMSI was so fun. I loved it. My favorite part was Chemistry. We got to put a wire into a bunsen burner. On the wire there was some different types of chlorides. One of the types was sodium chloride. By Sebastian

My favorite part in OMSI was the Planetarium, because each movement was phenomenal and amazing. When it got fast it really hurt my eyes, that was one of the downers of it. The other was making sure my dad was awake during it and not falling asleep.

I also liked working on the Brain Teasers. I worked hard on the wooden blocks. What you had to do was make a cube with different shapes of blocks. I finally got it and I felt a surge of happiness, I was so frustrated with it and I finally got it.

The last thing I enjoyed was drawing, in the Animation Station there were drawing stations where you could copy art from books, which I have a talent for. I drew a girl that looked like Alice from Alice in Wonderland, and an “attractive” looking lady in a swimsuit. I showed everyone the pictures and they all liked the Alice and had strange feelings for the swimsuit lady.

In all I really liked going to OMSI, it was a blast and I hope I can really learn how to draw like that. I would totally would tell kids to go there to learn about animation. I had tons of fun. By Melanie

My favorite part of OMSI was the Planetarium. It is my favorite because it always has been and I love the giant dome.

I felt really sick a little bit before we got to the first bus stop. So now I’m a “Sicky,’’ as my mom would say.

My least favorite part of the trip was getting sick. That is the only thing that I didn’t like about the amazingly wonderful field trip to OMSI! By Lilyana

My favorite part was was the ball place and the chemistry lab with the flubber. I liked the planetarium. When I got up to stretch the seat went back up and I hit the floor and sat for a second then I got back up on the seat. I forgot my book and my leftover lunch. I really liked the flubber; maybe I should make some. I liked watching those lamps with the weird bubbly stuff. By Elliott

Today my class and some of Mr. Post’s class went on a field trip to OMSI. We went on a Trimet bus to get there. When we got there it wasn’t that crowded and when I walked in I forgot how huge it really was. A man came up and asked us to put our lunches in a bin with our school name on it. Then after everybody put their lunch away, the man asked us to walk to the Planetarium and wait in line then he asked us to be quiet.

When I walked in it looked like we were in a ball because the ceiling was shaped like a ball. When we all got seated a lady holding a microphone told us to silent our phones if we had any and then she told us that the video was about the planets and that it was 45 minutes then she told us that the lights were going to turn off. When the lights turned off it was pitch black, then all of a sudden the ceiling started to glow and big planets appeared. When the ceiling stopped glowing the lights turned on it looked really weird outside because I was so used to the darkness, then we had to wait because some people had to go to the bathroom.

After we waited we went to the Animation Station. When the class walked in it looked like were in a arcade because there were tons of games! The first game I went to you had to make a pose and keep it for three seconds then when that photo was done you had to get into a different pose and keep doing that 14 times then at the end you can watch you do the poses all at the same time. The class stayed in the Animation Station room for about 35 minutes. When whole class got bored we left and had lunch. After lunch we got to go around one big room and do all the other activities. I enjoyed going into the Ball Room the most.

Out of the whole trip I enjoyed going to the Planetarium the most. By June

My favorite part of OMSI was the station where you got to sew things! I liked that part because of I love to do that kind of stuff, I do knitting, crocheting, and finger knitting. I made a pillow, but I didn’t have enough time to make it well.

I also liked the animation station, because of the 14 pictures that you could do to a movie about yourself and I liked the TV screen thing that you could do and you would take a green sheet and put it over you so you can be invisible, and I made it look like I was a floating head. I thought OMSI was great and I can’t wait to do it again! By McKela

I liked all the activities but my favorite one was the sewing, and the animation room. I loved sewing because it lets me sew all my stress up. I was about to sew something for Amiya but it was hard cutting the fabric with non fabric scissors  so I had to create a pillow. Well it took me half of my time to get the thread in the little so it took me a while. The rest of the half I was sewing very slowly. When it was time to go I was disappointed but I could work on the pillow at my house.

The animation room was like a dream come true. Marceline and I would love it. With all the old cartoons I got crazy. Sevyn and I went everywhere. When we got to the big television we saw Powerpuff Girls and got excited. We were there for about five minutes and got bored and went off.  By Sandra

My favorite part of OMSI was the Planetarium. The Planetarium was a big dome and on the top of the dome was a big screen and that is where they played the show. It was really cool. Next we went to the Animation Station. I the Animation station there was a big TV room of animated shows, and a green screen and so much more. Then it was lunch. After lunch we went to the Physics lab. In the Physics lab we did the Van de Graaf generator. That makes your hair stand up.

Another thing in the Physics lab was a thing where you touch two bars and someone spins the lever and it made electricity go trough your body and I also liked a thing where you put the palm of your hands in the water then rub the handles and it make the water heat and bubble. Next we did the Chemistry lab we put a wire is a flammable gas and put it in the fire and see what color it was, and we made flubber and we put baking soda in a toy submarine top and flip it up side down and it will float in the water. Next we went in to the tech room. In the tech foom I sewed but there were other things like dominos and more. Then we had to go back to school but we had a lot of fun! By Sevyn

Today my classmates and I went to OMSI. it was so much fun because we got to play with 3D pens and we got to play and make flubber. By Bridger

My favorite part of OMSI was making a stop-motion film. I made many with Liam, Claire and Miles. First we went to see a planetarium show that was about the sky and all of the planets. Then we went to have lunch. My pudding had spilled and pudding was over everything! I ate everything that was not mushy and washed off my water bottle. Then I went and played with Miles. We went upstairs a lot and we got stuck in the elevator. Then we drove back home. By Alexander

Today we went to OMSI. My dad came and we had a group. Our group had six people, me, Kennedy, Isaac, Fred, Lilyanna, and Elliot.

We went to three exhibits: the Planetarium, the Animation Station, and the “Big Fun Room.” My favorite was the Planetarium. It was really cool to see our solar system 2D that looked like it would fall on top of us.

We took four Trimet busses to get to and from OMSI. The bus was always cramped so some of us had to stand up. I don’t think the passengers liked it when 23 students climbed on a bus that only had 20-30 on it.

In the animation exhibit there were little games and things that animators used, such as a green screen, stop motion, sounds, and of course, drawing.

In the “Big Fun Room” (The room with a bunch of science related games like playing with air, building a bridge, making flubber, turning fire different color (like putting a penny into fire to make it green fire), and a bunch of other things.

I had a really fun time at OMSI and I wish we could go there every day. (Maybe not everyday because that might be boring after a while.) By Liam

Some of my favorite places at OMSI where the Planetarium. The seats where very comfy and were tilted upward so that you didn’t get a neck cramp. The ceiling was in a dome shape. Very architecturale. We “visited” each of the planets and the asteroid belt. We also visited the animation room. I checked out the sound chamber, and made a short animation. By Sage

Today we went to OMSI. it was so cool. We watched a planetarium show! But my favorite part was the planetarium show. It was cool in the dark. I had so much fun but I also enjoyed watching the 3D printer. It made so much cool stuff like phone cases, plastic bananus, pigs, bulls, names, a tree, kittens, submarines, and for heaven’s sake, there were little milk shakes!

I had the best field trip ever. By Kennedy

At OMSI I did a lot of things. Like go to the Chemistry Lab, Planetarium, play with Legos, and other fun stuff but lets get to the actual detail. While other people had fun the whole time. I didn’t have fun the whole time because we didn’t get to do the thing where you go into this room and put on a pair of 3D glasses and see lasers and have to dodge them that and we only spent five minutes in the Ballroom but I did get to play with Legos. By Isaac

My favorite part of the field trip to OMSI was the laser room. It was awesome because it had all kind of pictures and when you put on some glasses it showed a lot of them. One of them had a white color and when you put on glasses it turns to a lot of colors. That was my favorite part of OMSI. I also liked the ball room because it had these machines that shot balls out of them if you put some balls in them and turned on the fan, it had a lot of hoops to try to shoot them into, and it had a real submarine that you can take a tour in it.

I really liked the robot arm and the water bottle rocket because the robot arm that you can control and you can play connect four with it, I liked the water bottle rocket because you can fill it up with water with one button fill it up with air with another button and you can launch it and it will go really high straight up. You can also play this game where you have a bunch of wooden pieces that you had to make a cube. Another of the games was this ball thing where you had to roll some balls it was really fun. It was really fun and I really want to go to OMSI again. By Joe

I went to the Physics lab and I touched the Plasma Tube that was invented by Nikola Tesla and tested the Chinese dancing water bowl. It could literally dance by magic the I tried the Hypnotic Eye trick thing and everything was spinning when I looked at it for 20 seconds. When we went into the Chemistry lab I tested flubber and it looked like it was alive and forming on my hand. By Sean

My favorite part of OMSI was the planetarium because the giant dome was awesome. So I think that the planetarium was awesome because we got to see space and it felt like I could touch the planets. It was awesome! I also learned that from Pluto, the Sun just looks like a tiny dot in space.

I found out that you can become dizzy just by looking at a wheel. By Miles

Today went to OMSI. I had a lot of fun. I liked pretty much everything. I especially enjoyed these three four things: The Planetarium, The Animation station, The Wooden blocks game, and making a stop motion movie. I liked the Planetarium because I learned even more about the planets. I liked the Animation Station because there was a station where you could take  14 pictures and the computer would make it into an Animation. There was another one where you could watch cartoons of old shows.

I enjoyed the wooden block game. Me and Melanie were trying to figure it out. The thing was you had to make a 3×3 block with seven pieces. I left because I was done trying to figure it out. Melanie had her dad help her and eventually they solved it. Last I liked making stop motion movies with Melanie.

We did this weird one that started out with an ice cream cone, it ended up being a giant rainbow person with rainbows and text language like ttyl, lol, btw, ikr etc…. That was mine. Melanie made one of a girl and her scarf blowing in the wind.  By Claire

Today we went to OMSI. First we went on 3 buses. Once we were finally at OMSI we put our lunches in the tub put our coats on a seat and went to see the planetarium. In the planetarium I almost threw up three times. After the planetarium we went to the animation exhibit. I didn’t like the exhibit too much. Finally we had lunch by that time I was so hungry! By Henry

I enjoyed watching classic TV with Joseph at the animation station and lunch. We watched Flintstones, Jetsons, Top Cat, Avengers, Scooby Doo,  Yogi Bear and more stuff.

I also liked the planetarium. It was basically like a large Imax theater. We watched stuff about the universe.

I also built legos in the technology room and I built legos. By Declan










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Class Notes for November 24-28, 2014

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November has always been a chopped-up month for school, with or without conferences. Last week seemed like the first time we have had five days in a row in a long time. Teachers appreciate the continuity of having longer stretches of time so we can work on projects with the kids without interruptions. November has always made that a challenge.

The high point of last week had to be what we did last Friday afternoon during bike safety. The neighborhood ride to Woodstock Park via some of the muddy alleys between 46th and 40th Streets was either “awesome” or “epic,” depending on who you talked to. Another word that would describe the ride was “wet,” as in soaking wet. It poured down the whole way, but that didn’t stop very many kids from totally enjoying the ride. Smiles and laughter were the order of the day.

There was plenty of practice at four-way stops and uncontrolled intersections, where the kids worked on their principles of right-of-way. There were also mud puddles galore, which I avoided with my skinny-tire bike and many of the students plowed through. The saving grace, weather-wise, was the fact that the temperature soared into the mid-50s by the time we were into the ride. The kids came back to school wet, happy, and a little bit tired. Shoes and socks were off in a flash, coats were hung over chairs, helmets were put away, and goodbyes and thanks were said to Emily and Laurie, our bike safety instructors.

We are starting on our study of Native Americans of North America. There will be a home project coming home this week that involves making a model of a habitat for a specific Native American group. At school, students will be working on a research project about their group.

We have a walking field trip to Reed College next Friday, Dec. 5. We’ll leave Lewis at 9:00 and return by noon for lunch. Our destination is Cooley Gallery, where Education Outreach Coordinator Gregory MacNaughton will guide us through the new exhibit. Let me know if you are interested in walking down with us.

Homework is due Dec. 5. The spelling test will be the same day. We are getting close to the end of Unit Two in Math and will take the post assessment shortly after we return from Thanksgiving weekend.

I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with family, friends, and gratitude, not to mention good food. I know that I am thankful to be working with each and every one of your children this year.

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