Class Notes for Dec. 16-20, 2013

Set some time aside this Friday morning to join us the the Second Annual 4th Grade Holiday Breakfast and Singalong! The action starts at 8:15 in Ms. Rotwein’s room and then moves over to Ms. Sarah’s room at 9:00 for a rousing singalong packed with holiday songs.

Be sure to check the class blog for Kellen’s three reports (so far) from New Zealand. Also, I encourage anybody who is going to a different part of the country or the world during Winter Break to write and share your adventures with the rest of the class. All you have to do is send me an email with pictures and I’ll do the rest.

Here in Portland we’ve been busy. Last week saw us getting out on our own excellent adventure down to the Willamette to release our salmon fry. The trip was a complete success, with some solid learning going on and a lot of fun, especially the game at the end. The game was documented in a slow motion video that shows a lot of happy faces, even when they were “caught” by a hawk or a bear. “Roarrrrrrr!” Once again, check it out on the blog.

The other highlight of last week was the Hour of Code that we did on Wednesday with Alex’ dad Steve helping out. Talk about a lot of fun! Although there was some frustration at times, the coding and logic challenges put in front of the kids were solvable if enough time and concentration (also known as persistence) were applied to the problem at hand.

This is a week of finishing things we have started so we can start fresh with new units of study after Winter Break. On the to-do list: finish all writing projects that were started, put finishing touches on art projects, finish our Bones and Skeletons unit, and continue with fractions and division in Math.

This week’s spelling homework will be posted on http://www.spellingcity.com. I was disappointed to see that only seven students completely finished all of the modules of the online spelling homework. It can still be finished and marked for credit. Only 11 students had turned in their math homework by Friday afternoon. Check those backpacks! Fourth grade is a great year to get into a routine of finishing homework and turning it in. Middle school is right around the corner and the workload increases.

Our spelling words this week are all homophones, meaning that they have the same sound, but different spellings and meanings. For example, “piece” (a piece of pie) and “peace” (Let There Be Peace on Earth) have completely different spellings and meanings, but they sound the same. Be sure to practice them in context.

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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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