Class Notes for January 5-9, 2015

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Welcome to 2015! Let’s hope it’s a good one for everybody!

We will start out the new year with a new unit of study that looks into the early colonization of North America. The unit is similar to what students kid last year when we studied the Oregon Trail. In this simulation students become colonists—thinking as colonists, suffering as colonists, and, hopefully, succeeding and prospering as colonists. A few of the key points students will learn about are: why people explore and establish colonies; how the availability of natural resources can affect a colony’s success or failure; why careful planning and preparation are necessary for the successful completion of a task; why nations have flags and what they mean; how geography, weather and nature affected the American colonists; what supplies colonists needed to survive; and what hardships and hazards colonists faced on a daily basis. It promises to be a great learning experience. Land ho! And watch out for the Dread Pirate Roberts on the high seas!

In Math we are starting a unit on geometry, focusing on identifying different types of triangles, finding the area and perimeter of parallelograms and other polygons, then onto an exploration of measuring the volume of three-dimensional objects. If your child has not already finished it, the geometry section of Front Row Math is an excellent place to explore. I would like all students to have finished that section by the end of January.

Please keep an eye on the safety patrol schedule, especially those students who help out in the morning.

A few random notes: Homework is continuing to go out on Fridays. Please encourage your child to get a head start on it over the weekend to take the burden off during the week. Ms. Tori has scheduled an informational meeting on Monday, Feb. 9 from 3-5 for students who are interested in this year’s Dram Club production of “The Three Sillies.” I will be helping Ms. Tori with the play again this year and look forward to putting on a great production. I’d love to see Room 24 well represented in the play.

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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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