Classroom Notes for Nov. 13-16

Two four-day weeks in a row! Then a week off for the kids while parents and I meet for conferences and later that week, eat lots of good food. So much to do and so little time to do it in!
We have so much to do this week that I have decided to skip Spelling for a week. Use the extra time at home to do a great job on the math homework and maybe add a few more minutes to your reading log.
Students will present their endangered animal reports during Reading this week. I have previewed a few of them and I’m looking forward to seeing the rest. During Writing, I plan on having the class write a humorous persuasive piece from a turkey’s point of view. We will cap off the week with an art project to illustrate their writing. In Math we are continuing with different strategies to multiply larger numbers.
On Thursday I will introduce a home project called “Pursuing the Past.” This is a project that is near and dear to my heart and is one of the few things that I do nearly every year. It is called “Pursuing the Past” because the students are heading back in time, starting with interviewing someone who knows about the day they were born and ending with another interview with somebody who remembers a historical event that has happened in the past 60-70 years. I will explain the project to the class and send home the packet that includes an explanation, too. If you have any questions, call or write me.
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About Mr. Colvin

I'm a retired elementary teacher (classroom and music) who taught at Lewis and Woodmere elementary schools in SE Portland. I like to teach, play guitar, take photos, and ride my bike.
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