Class Notes for May 11-15, 2015

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Art Night and our field trip to Reed College’s Colley Gallery were the highlights of last week. It was great seeing so many kids show up at Art Night to help out as docents and to participate in Mr. Jamesbarry’s music groups. An added bonus is seeing former students and parents who come back to visit. The desserts were pretty good, too.

We have been focusing on problem solving in math the past week. Specifically, we are using a four-step method that involves the following:

  1. Find out what the problem means and what question you must answer to solve it.
  2. Choose a strategy that will help solve the problem.
  3. Calculate and solve the problem.
  4. Look back by rereading the problem and checking to see if the answer makes sense.

Strategies include making a table, an organized list, guessing and checking, Using or looking for a pattern, making the problem simpler, using logical reasoning, making a picture or diagram, and working backwards.

We finished Charlotte’s Web last week. Thanks to a couple of students who helped read some of the sections that were hard for me to read aloud. Our new read aloud book will be I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives, a book about well, how one pen pal letter changed the course of two lives, one in the USA and one in Zimbabwe.

If your child is going on the safety patrol field trip to Oaks Park on Thursday, remember that there is no need to bring a lunch, as it is provided. Dress for the weather.

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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