Monthly Archives: October 2012

Scholastic Online Book Orders Available

I want to try something different with book orders this year. Scholastic offers online ordering that allows you to browse their catalog. The following is a form letter from Scholastic that explains the program. Please email or call me … Continue reading

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Excellent Article About Endangered Animals on Scholastic News Online

For a short time, Scholastic News Online is available without registering. There is a great article and a short video about the plight of endangered animals that fits in nicely with the research project we started on Monday. Go to to … Continue reading

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Class Notes for Oct. 29-Nov. 2

We just came off a really busy week filled with the end of a great book (The One and Only Ivan), a fun art project based on the book (see the class blog for details on that), and animal bones … Continue reading

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Releasing the Inner Ivan

It’s a big wall. But it’s a big pile of dirt, and I’m a big artist. I slap handfuls of mud on the warm cement. I make a handprint. I tap my nose with a muddy finger. I make a … Continue reading

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A Double Dose of Science

Today (Wednesday) we spent the afternoon focused on Science. First was Reed College’s Science Outreach Program where students learned about the different stages of the Salmon Cycle and set up an experiment that will investigate how spawned-out salmon carcasses are … Continue reading

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Class Notes for Oct. 22-26

We had a Bon Voyage celebration on Friday for student teacher Ms. Altz, who will make the transition to working with kindergartners in Teacher Dana’s class next week. The celebration included handwritten notes to Ms. Altz, lots of hugs, a … Continue reading

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Bonneville Field Trip Change–From Friday, Nov. 2 to Wednesday, Nov. 7th

Because of transportation issues, we had to reschedule our trip to Bonneville Dam and Fish Hatchery from Friday, Nov. 2 to the following Wednesday, Nov. 7. I realize that some chaperones changed their work schedules to accommodate the Nov. 2 … Continue reading

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Skyping with Forest City, Iowa

As part of our involvement with the Global Read Aloud Project, we made contact with students in Forest City, Iowa this morning. The main topic of conversation was The One and Only Ivan, but we also had the opportunity to … Continue reading

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Two Hundred Fifty Eggs Over Easy

Adam from Reed College came in after school today and dropped off 250 salmon eggs in our fish tank. And so the journey begins!

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Classroom Notes for Oct. 15-19

This is Ms. Altz’s last full week with us as a student teacher. Her student teaching program at Concordia has her spending the next couple of months in Miss Dana’s kindergarten class to get experience with younger students. We will … Continue reading

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