Class Notes for Feb. 11-14, 2014 (No School Monday)

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It’s been a few crazy days around Portland, hasn’t it? Starting last Thursday with the early closure, then Friday’s snow day, and ending with Monday’s field trip cancelation and school closure, I’m ready for some normal. There are many different ways of getting out of a math test, but this takes the cake!

I’m going to recommend that students use some of their spares time working on the fractions section of ixl.com/signin/lewis , starting with Section Q6 and working through Q11. Go for mastery rather than just dabbling from one to another. I will not send any paper and pencil homework home this week; instead, work on mastering at least one of the  ixl fractions modules mentioned above. Two modules would be even better!

For Spelling, please have your child take last week’s spelling test on http://www.spellingcity.com and get started on this week’s assignment. For reading homework, keep working on the reading logs. I’m seeing more check-plus work being done on those. I’m enjoying reading about the books your child has been reading.

We got a start on researching the six Native American groups that represent specific geographic areas in the state of Oregon. Have your child tell you some interesting facts about the group he or she is reporting on. The kids were treated to a Native American guest speaker last week. Her name is Karen Kitchen and she is a member of the Osage group of Oklahoma.

This week’s spelling words features words that end in er and ar. Final syllables with er and ar often sound alike but are spelled differently: calendar, summer.

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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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