Class Notes for Movember, I Mean, November 18-22, 2013

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This is a week of finishing projects and units of study. Starting with our Oregon geography unit, the class will be gathering information on the climate, physical features, natural resources, and tourist attractions on a specific region of Oregon and presenting that information in the form of a brochure. Our Authors and Actors residency with Anne Rutherford started last week and runs through Thursday. The personal narrative that has been in the works for a few weeks will be finalized by Friday. We have a little more assessment to do in Reading and Math, plus the spelling test on Friday.


This will be the first full week that the Mastery Club Challenges will be in use. Thanks to Gwynn for putting the finishing touches on this project on Friday. I am really looking forward to seeing what kinds of topics students will want to explore. Those who master 16 of the 86 topics become members of the Mastery Club Wall of Fame in our room. This is a spare-time project for those who have finished all class work and want to challenge themselves to learn more.

If you haven’t got a chance to look at the Pursuing the Past packet, it would be a good idea to do that before Thanksgiving week. As I have mentioned, the long weekend coming up is ideal for getting friends and family together to answer questions. The project is due the Friday we get back from Thanksgiving vacation, Dec. 6. If you feel you need an extension on this, please email me at

In case you’re wondering about the slide show at the top with pictures from the Portland Art Museum, my wife and I went there this weekend. While I was there I was reminded of the wonderful collection of Northwest Native American artifacts they have at the museum. The main exhibit is about the Samurai and there are opportunities for kids to get involved in hands-on activities. Admission is free for children under 17!

I am looking forward to seeing everybody during conferences on Monday and Tuesday. I sent emails out to all parents on Sunday asking to confirm the date and time of your conference. Please reply if you haven’t already done so. If for some reason our paths don’t cross before Thanksgiving, have a wonderful time with family and friends.

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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