Class Notes for March 17-21, 2014

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It’s been a busy week in Room 24. The class finished up its residency with Portland Taiko on Wednesday with a performance for parents and friends in the cafeteria. Please check the class blog for pictures, student observations, and a video. I think the kids were in awe of the energy and joy that Michelle and Toru brought to the residency. The three principles of respect, cooperation, and perseverance were embodied in the actions of the leaders and their commitment to their art form. Once again, we are all lucky to be at Lewis School with its many enrichment activities.

The students got a close up view of and handled artifacts that Lewis and Clark would have taken along on their journey. Among the items were a bullet mold, a candle mold, a compass, a pair of moccasins, and a Jefferson Peace Medal. These items were part of a kit on loan to us from the Oregon Historical Society. We will finish up our Lewis and Clark Expedition studies this week, then look into the early days of the fur trade here in Oregon before heading onto the dusty Oregon Trail. We have a field trip planned for April 10 that will take us to Fort Vancouver, the center of the fur trade in this area in the 1830s. I will get more information about that trip as we get closer to April 10.

We will be working on persuasive writing this week and after Spring Break. Students will be asked to provide compelling reasons to convince others of their point of view on a subject.

All homework went home on Friday of last week and is due on Friday, March 21.

I hope that everybody has a safe and enjoyable Spring Break. I hope to get over to the coast to get my feet wet in the surf, see Fort Clatsop, and to visit my parents in Madras. The rest of the time is dedicated to getting our yard back in shape. As usual, if you go anywhere interesting that you want to let the class know about, send me an email and pictures and I’ll add it to the blog! So far, our traveling correspondents have filled us in on New Zealand, Seattle, and New York. Write on!

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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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