Class Notes for April 7-10, 2014

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We started Round One of our Oregon Trail simulation and it was a great success! The students are ready to roll, but there are a few things they need to take care of before they hit the dusty trail that ends in Oregon City. Two things we did last week were the portrait of their character and a diary entry that centered on introducing themselves and giving some reasons for leaving the comforts of life in the eastern part of the United States in 1843. I am looking forward to traveling along with the four different wagon trains as they make their ways westward. Good luck and may the Fates be with you!

Math was a little different last week. For review and reinforcement, along with some new material, I had the class using Front Row Math (works on only on Chrome browser and iPads).  There are four domains the class worked on: Fractions, Numbers in Base Ten, Algebraic Thinking, Measurement and Data, and Geometry. This site covers all the math concepts in the 4th-grade Common Core curriculum and goes up to 8th-grade concepts for students that want to challenge themselves. We have several students who have “maxed out” the Geometry section and a few more who have done the same with the NBT section. I would like everybody who is able to to use it as much as possible at home this week. If you can’t access it, please use the IXL site on Section T, which is decimals.

We are covered as far as chaperones for our trip to Ft. Vancouver goes, but still could use a couple volunteers to join us for next Monday morning’s walking trip to Cooley Gallery. Send me an email or call if you are able to come on the walk down to Reed College. The exhibits are always amazing.

Spelling homework came home last Friday. The words all have the schwa sound. In many words, the vowel sound gives no clue to its spelling: science, iron, Canada. That vowel sound is a schwa. Think of it as the “uh” sound.

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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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