Welcome back! I hope you were able out carve out some time for yourselves this weekend to relax and get reinvigorated for the weeks ahead. We have three full weeks coming our way and each one of them is packed full!
On Friday, we will be traveling to Milwaukie Riverfront Park to release our salmon fry into the Willamette River! Thank you to all the chaperones who have volunteered to join us! We will be outside for the duration of the trip and the forecast calls for rain, so please send your child with a raincoat and some sturdy shoes that can withstand the elements.
We spent some time on Tuesday talking about Thanksgiving myths. Hopefully your children shared some of their learning with you during the holiday.
Students are beginning to research their chosen region of Oregon. They will take notes a about their region’s climate, physical features, natural resources, and tourist attractions. Next week, they will compile their notes into an informational brochure about their region.
Our book clubs are up and running in Room 24! Students are reading books at their level and doing some sort of written response work each day with their group. This is a time when some groups benefit from having a volunteer with them. If you are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays from 10:15-11:00, please let me know – we would love to have you come in to support our learning!
In math, we have been working hard on mastering multi-digit multiplication arrays. This week, we will also work on multiplying money. Our class and Ms. Rotwein’s class will then do some social justice work around minimum wage and the cost of living in Portland. Students will be posed the question: “Can people working full-time at a minimum wage job afford to live in our city?” It is an eye-opening, impactful lesson for many students.
In writing, students are working to type, revise, and refine their personal narrative stories. Starting next week, we will be working with a professional actor, Anne Rutherford, to turn each student’s piece into a theater performance. It is going to be tons of fun to see these stories literally leap off the page and into the real world.
Upcoming News: Please mark your calendars for the following events…more details to come soon!
Personal Narrative Author’s & Actors Writing Performance: Thursday, December 14th, from 9:30-10:30 AM in Room 24
4th & 5th Grade Family Breakfast & Singalong: Friday, December 15th, 8:15-9:30 AM, Rooms 20, 21, 22, 23, & 24