Latest Event Updates
It seems like an eternity since I’ve written notes. So many things have changed our schedule and interrupted the flow of school. First and foremost the weather. I loved that several kids said they had “school” at home… the learning must continue. On that note, I’m hoping everyone is able to get on Lexia at home for additional sound/reading work. If you haven’t been able to do that, please let me know and I can have our tech person resend the instructions for you. While I was out on Friday and Monday, Amber did a fantastic job as head teacher. Last week we read some books and discussed the work that Dr. Martin Luther King JR. did in his lifetime. We learning about what it means to stand up for what you believe in and why at the time of the civil rights movement Dr. King marched peacefully in the streets in cities around this country to demand change. I’m sure kids are making connections to current events.
Looking ahead, We are beginning new units in Readers and Writers workshop. Both units are focusing on informational text. We are going to become expert readers and writers on real information.
February 10th we will be going to the Oregon Children’s Theater to see Fly guy. Permission slips will be coming home at the end of this week.
We created landforms with Cornmeal to experiment on how water effects landforms. We observed landslides and canyons form. Pretty cool stuff!
Hello Room 3 Families,
Wow! What an exciting week. So much to be excited about beginning with our 2 unexpected snow days. We are continuing to talk about the winter, and the many cultures that celebrate with light. Monday, Ms. Tori read a book about Winter Solstice. We demonstrated how we in the Northern hemisphere have such short days, while those in the Southern hemisphere have long days. We learned that Dec. 21st is the shortest day of the year, and that the days are going to begin getting longer once again. Hooray! We will be celebrating the season as a class on Friday with Hot Cocoa and a little party. We will learn the dreidel game, and play with our buddy class later this week. It is such an exciting time.
This past week, we began our new writing unit. It’s is an informational writing unit focusing on giving instructions. It is the “How To” unit. The kids have had a lot of fun writing how to pieces about so many things including, how to ice skate, how to walk a dog, how to draw a person, how to tie your shoe, how to make a milkshake and many, many more. We will be continuing this up until winter break. Amber has begun teaching her 10 lesson math unit. She started last week and is having a lot of fun with it. In science, we did another science experiment about how sand is created. It is a continuation of the last lesson about rivers and streams originating in the mountains and flowing to oceans. Next week, we are going to learn about erosion including canyons and landslides. Stay tuned. Mr. Hansen is taking half the class 2 times a week to do hands on technology lessons in the lab, giving me 30 minutes to work with smaller groups. Last week, the kids used Knex to build their names. A little design technology. So much fun.
On another note, the weather is getting colder. I am would like kids to have a warm enough layer that we can get outside even if its really chilly. We need the fresh air and to run.
Below are the photos from our science lesson on sand. We learned so much!
It was so wonderful to be back with the kids after the Thanksgiving break. I certainly focused on the things I’m thankful for and the Lewis community comes as one of the top things on my list. Last week, we worked with our buddy class to create our watercolor turkeys and worked with our buddies to write about what we are all thankful for. It was a lot of fun. The kids were very proud of their art!
This week, we are back to our daily routines. We started a new writing unit. We are going to start writing informational books, specifically “How To” books. Stay tuned. This is a very fun unit. In Reader’s Workshop, we are continuing our unit “Word Detectives”. As we enter the holiday season, I will be reading books and we will be learning about the many ways different cultures celebrate holidays around the world. The focus will be on the celebration of light. The holiday season is a good time to reflect on our own beliefs and to learn about the beliefs of others and to learn about the many different cultures around the world.
I would like to thank the parents who have been helping in Room 3. The volunteer sign up sheet is posted on the outside of the classroom along with the things parents can do to volunteer. I also always have busy jobs out of the classroom like hanging art, copying, cutting, assembling books etc. I can’t begin to tell you how helpful it is to have the help of parent volunteers. Thank you!
This week we began our unit about how water shapes the earth’s surface. Our first lesson was called, “If you floated down a river, where would you end up?” We learned how water flows from high to low, and how many rivers start up in mountains or hilly areas, and ultimately flow out towards the sea.
You can encourage your child’s curiosity at home! If you know where your nearest stream or creek is, plan a trip to go visit it! If you’re not sure, look on a map. Once you get there, ask your child if they can figure out which direction it’s flowing. Use a map to see if you can figure out where the water’s headed.