Friday, April 18, 2014


Jobs: April 21-25
Phone- Mariah
Write down homework (after specials)- Jacqueline
Technology Hook-up- Alex
Mail- Marcus
Room Assistance- Joey

Substitute- Nora

Monday, April 14, 2014

Room 20 Classroom Notes April 14-18

Good Week! We will be sending home two packets of information to you this week: one based on FLASH (Family Life and Sexual Health), and our spring science fair project. Also, PLEASE return camp packets and funds. Also also, many of our classmates from room 20 will be performing this Friday in, "We Open Tomorrow Night!" I'm going and hope you will, too. We visit Sellwood Middle School this Friday to see the real MaCoy- Middle School Life! Please check the classroom calendar on the classroom blog. We finish a poetry book project this week. The students have until Friday to finish the project. The poems are beautiful! In math, we finish decimals and will have an end of the unit test next week. We also do a mini unit on percentages. In reading, we read "Ghost Towns of the American West," and do associated vocabulary work and spelling. Essay of the week is a letter to ourselves as a thirty year-old. We are finishing up a video on the Mayflower journey and discuss the events about this harrowing venture. We begin our state reading assessment on Monday, April 21st. Be sure to get plenty of rest and good, clean food. I can't reiterate enough- Please remember to get your paperwork and money in for camp. I have not heard back from Noah (Johnson Creek Watershed Council), which means he is super busy or he is on a special project outside of Portland. I will let you know as soon as I hear back from him, but we may push our field study to May. We will be going to Reed College for a special Science Field Trip. I need at least four chaperones. Might you be one??? Let me know ASAP. It is all am, 8:40-11:30. Thanks in advance.


Monday, April 7, 2014


With your partner, please find the following information about your poet and create in a doc titled "Poet":
1. 5 events from their life.
2. 5 events in history that happened during their lifetime.
3. An example of their work.
4. What you think of the poem and why.
5. A picture of them included in your doc.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Room 20 Classroom Notes April 7-11

As we wind down our third quarter, we get closer to science camp (PAPERWORK AND FUNDS PLEASE) and the end of the year. This is a very exciting time for the fifth graders. Yet, these next ten weeks are arguably the most important of the year. It is the time the students finish up their fifth grade year and transition to middle school. I am very proud of our class and all we have accomplished this year so far. However, we still have a ways to go. This week, we will present our book reports. We will also be working on various poetry styles and literary terms like onomatopoeia, alliteration, metaphor and simile. We will be working on place value and decimals in math. In reading, as a whole class we will read an excerpt of "Journey to the Center of the Earth," along with words of the week associated with the story. We have begun a video called, "Desperate Crossing: the untold story of the Mayflower." We are moving into early American history and the development of the colonies and new government. Any books, videos, or information you find at home or at the library is a great supplement for your child to better understand the content. Note of Mistake: We will be starting the reading test first the week of April 19th. I stated in last week's notes that we would start math first. No Homework Club this week, as I will be at a professional development engagement. I would like to thank Alea for her excellent art project we worked on both last and this week. Also, thanks to volunteers Art, Julie and Monica for your weekly check-ins! Many thanks!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sensory Adaptation Experiment

We experimented with changing our senses via magnified goggles that shifted our vision to the left. We then tried an activity like this, then did activity without goggles, and eventually assessed whether our senses could adapt.