January 19, 2018

Week of December 3rd

Today, we finished up our fungi unit. It wasn’t all gross and disgusting – we made pretzels with and without yeast as a science experiment earlier this week. Though many folks don’t care for fungi, it is a necessary and important component of our ecosystems. My undying gratitude to Shana Bucher for cleaning and disinfecting our petri dishes!

We are currently in the midst of our social studies unit on colonial America. Students chose historical fiction or informational books to read independently, and also picked one colony to research for a project. At this point, everyone should have recorded information on the geography of the colony, explorers, natives, settlers, and daily life (jobs, food, clothes, and homes).

If more information is needed, you may want to visit the library’s homework center at http://www.multcolib.org/homework/amhsthc.html#colam for websites that have already been checked by librarians for appropriateness. Also have your child visit http://www.hfmgv.org/exhibits/smartfun/colonial/intro/intro.html for a fun and interesting view of colonial life.

Don’t forget that each student needs to learn the location of all thirteen colonies. On December 17th, they will be given a blank map and expected to properly identify the colonies.

We have some amazing and creative poets in our room! For the past three weeks, students have been writing poems reflecting their experiences on our field study trips. We have tried list poems, persona poems, haiku, diamonte, and cinquain, as well as free verse. On Monday, each child will pick his/her favorite, and work to revise and edit it.

Then I would like to send the poems to a project called Honoring Our Rivers, in the hopes that one or more poems will be published in their next anthology. Please see http://www.honoringourriver.org/ for details and a copy of the last collection. Be on the lookout for a permission slip next week. Fill it out and return it right away, so that I can send our entries off before vacation. I also plan to compile the poems into a class book so that each of us may have a copy.

The Scholastic book fair for Corbett Grade School and CAPS K -8 program is scheduled for December 10th – 13th at Springdale School.  Daily hours are 7:30am-4:30pm.  Friends and family night will be held Wednesday Dec 12, 2012, from 3:30pm – 7pm.   Volunteers are needed to help make this bookfair successful. Please contact Nancy Gyerko if interested at ngyerko@corbett.k12.or.us or 503-261-4236.

See the article on the district webpage for details on how to buy online if you can’t make it down to Springdale.  You can also find our classroom with list at http://onlinebookfairs.scholastic.com/entrance.aspx?cid=x0TFvbXdlwQ%3d&eml=OFE/e/20121205/acq/OFEWishListEmail////////.

If your child is interested in being a member of our Math is Cool teams, please e-mail me. See last week’s post for details. Right now, we have three interested fourth graders and eight fifth graders. Four kids make a team, so we could use one or five more!


  • Monday, December 17th – Colony Map Test
  • December 21st – January 6th – Winter Break!!!!
  • Monday, January 21st – MLK Jr. Holiday
  • Friday, January 25th – Friday School
  • Monday, February 18th – Presidents’ Day Holiday
  • Friday, February 22nd – Friday School
  • Thursday, February 28th – End of Trimester Celebration
  • Friday, March 15th – Fifth Grade Math is Cool Competition
  • March 22nd – March 31st – Spring Break!!!!
  • Friday, April 19th- Fourth Grade Math is Cool Competition
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