January 19, 2018

Week 5 – Sept. 26 – 29

Each morning we begin our day listening to a couple of poems read by our classmates.  The variety of the poems has been delightful and it is really a terrific way to begin the day!  We have also been listening to at least one or two Native American legends daily.  We love to hear about nature, animals, the geology of our area, and how the Native Americans have used storytelling to explain it all.  We have been discussing the elements that they have in common and the general theme of them.

Our Gorge studies have included reading informational text each day and taking notes as a group.  We have learned about the homes, families, values, and food of the Chinook tribe.  Each student is responsible for at least writing down the group notes and some students are adding a few of their own.  We will be using these notes to create our own informational books about the Chinook.

This week during our Writer’s Workshop mini-lesson time we reference paper to help us with capitalization.  We noted that capitals need to be found at the beginning of a sentence, someone’s name, a state, country, day of the week and other areas.  The paper is a tool to help when students are editing their writing.  Next week we will be learning about editing for agreement (grammar) and will make another reference paper to keep in our writing folders.

This week we read about how energy moves and changes.  We also took a short quiz to see how much we have learned about energy so far.  Next week we will be investigating light.  The purpose will be learning about how light is a form of energy, learning about how it travels, and that it can be absorbed and reflected.

On Tuesday we worked with Bethany and Sarah from Ecology in Classrooms & Outdoors (ECO) on our outdoor classroom.  We will be checked the survival rate and analyzed plant density. This year and next, our focus will be on expanding the native habitat. Thanks to a Partners in Conservation grant from East Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation District, as well as the Corbett PTA, we will be removing Himalayan Blackberry and planting more native species.

We ended our week by painting the flowers that were grown in Corbett!  Each week we have had some beautiful flowers.  They really cheer up our room and the watercolor paintings will remind us just how beautiful nature is.

Our next field trip will be on Thursday, October 13th.  We will be visiting the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and then traveling across the river to view the petroglyphs in Columbia Hills State Park.  Thank you to those who have already returned the green permission slips, and especially to those who included a donation to cover the $3 admission fee. Remember that students are invited to come along, even without a donation, but chaperones do need to pay.

Our conference schedule has 27 out of 30 parents and students scheduled! I send home a paper copy today just to confirm dates and times.  The conferences are during the week of October 24 – 27.  Students should attend with the parents.  We will be discussing goals and expectations for the 2011-12 school year and how to best achieve them.  Each conference should last about 15 minutes.

Dates to Remember

  • Tuesday, October 11th School Pictures
  • Thursday, October 13th Field Trip to Discovery Center and Petroglyphs
  • Tuesday, October 18th ECO project  – be prepared to work outdoors



Michelle Dawkins About Michelle Dawkins

My husband and I have lived in Corbett since 1983 and I have taught at Corbett Grade School since 1994. Chris and I loved having our children grow up in the community of Corbett. They both received a great education and made many life long friends while attending school here. Both Steph and Joe graduated from Corbett. Joe is a graduate of Oregon State University and Steph has graduated from Linfield College and completed her MBA at University of Tennessee. Chris and I are extremely proud of our children! Both are enjoying life and share our love of nature.

"If a child is to keep his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in." ~Rachel Carson