Class Notes for May 19-23, 2014

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During last week’s heat wave we took advantage of a shade tree on the field to do reader’s theater and read aloud. Room 24 is notorious for being overly warm even in the winter and the cool grass and shade took a welcome edge off the heat.

Our current read aloud is the 1911 Frances Hodgson Burnett classic The Secret Garden. It is a challenging book to read aloud because it deals with turn-of the-last-century Yorkshire that requires frequent pauses to explain details that would be easily understood by 1911 readers, but the storyline and memorable characters make it worthwhile. Have your child compare and contrast the main character Mary Lennox with Martha Sowerby, the maid.

Our class has Technology with Mr. Jamesbarry for two more weeks. The students are working on keyboarding (typing) skills for a few minutes at the beginning of class, then they switch to coding activities on Scratch or MaKey MaKey. If your child is interested in continuing to work with MaKey MaKey over the summer, the kits are available on their website. Pictures on the blog show the kinds of activities the class is working on with Mr. J.

The class has started working on our letters from the future. I am asking each student to write a letter to me, their former (and 80-some year old) 4th-grade teacher, from the year 2034, or twenty years into the future. They are to reintroduce themselves to me, then tell me what they’ve been up to since they left Lewis School, and finally share what they are doing “now.” These letters have been a lot of fun in previous years and this year should prove no exception. I will add the letters to the blog when they are all finished.

Homework this week is the spelling and math packets plus the reading log.

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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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