Class Notes for April 28-May 2, 2014

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The highlight of last week was Dana Katz’ art lesson on Friday. Dana presented information to the students about the still life genre throughout history, then the students chose a style/artist to work in (Baroque, Picasso, or Lichtenstein) and created their own interpretation of a still life in the classroom. The finished results will be available for viewing at Art Night on Thursday, May 8. Speaking of Art Night, we will need docents to help explain the works that evening. I will send home information on that later in the week.

We are back to normal homework for the week! New reading logs should have gone home last Friday. Spelling and math packets will go/went home on Monday. The spelling test will be on Friday.

I want to emphasize home reading and reading logs these next few weeks. Research (and common sense) shows that students who read 20-30 minutes a day at home have a better vocabulary and improved comprehension skills.

Why read each day?

Why read each day?

After much preparation and planning, the class has finally embarked on the Great Westward Migration, otherwise known as the Oregon Trail. After adding up points for work done (diary entries and pioneer-related worksheets), each wagon moved a designated number of “miles” along the trail. The simulation is divided into several rounds during which the class learns about different aspects of the journey across America. This will culminate in an Oregon Trail day in June. Students who want to participate can dress up as a pioneer and take the long walk to Jean’s Urban Farm, located just off Johnson Creek Blvd. The exact date for the trek has not been set, but I will let everybody know when we get it scheduled.

Don’t miss the Garden Fair on Saturday, May 3. There will be lots of plants available for purchase and my band, Slippery Slope, will be playing in the morning. Mr. Jamesbarry, along with our friends Tim Hahn and Chris Kurtz will be joining us.

This week’s words all have common prefixes. There is no SpellingCity assignment, but the list and activities can be found at http://www.spellingcity.com/view-spelling-list.html?listId=650554&x=ac51f

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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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