January 21, 2018


We finished our super cool informational bulletin board on mountains! Every member of the class played a role in helping this bulletin board come to fruition. From researching key vocabulary words in different books about mountains, cutting out mountains, tracing trees, and linking glacial streams, this came out pretty good! It’s hard to tell in the picture all the details that went into it. You’ll have to see for yourself.

We live amidst some amazing mountains that also happen to volcanoes. Where I grew up in Vermont, the 4,393 foot tall Mt. Mansfield seemed like a behemoth until I first saw mountains out on the west side of this country. What was even cooler is that at one point, Mt. Mansfield stood much higher than it does today. (I recently moved to Parkdale and get to stare at Mt. Hood every day on my drive home. We’re pretty lucky to live in such a cool place). Simply put, I was mesmerized at the mountains here. Through learning about mountains using a variety of texts and watching some amazing movies, we just scraped the surface at understanding these pimples of our planet.

We learned how mountains are formed (plate tectonics), what happens when a volcano explodes (get outta there), the dangers of mountains (avalanches and landslides), what a scree is (rubble field), what a snout is (where a glacier terminates), and what a range is (a group of mountains in a specific spot). We watched some amazing documentaries about mountains. The first film we watched was a Discovery Channel production titled Raging Planet, specifically the episode on avalanches. This film focused on the unbelievable powers and dangers of avalanches. We also watched Everest: IMAX. This documentary taught us about the tallest mountain in the world while shining a light on the dangers of mountain climbing. I also read an excerpt from The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest by Anatoli Boukreev. All of it comes in time for hopefully a great ski season.

What’s next you may be wondering? Canyons.

Please mark your calendars for this Wednesday, October 30th. This Wednesday at 1:50 PM in our classroom, some of the students will be reading their published small moment stories that they’ve been working on. Even if your child does not read their small moment story, you’ll still get a chance to read them. Thanks to generous parents, there will be refreshments and some treats. If you can’t make it, don’t worry about it because we’ll have two more publishing parties this year. 


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Dan Barnard About Dan Barnard

Dan Barnard hails from the Green Mountain State of Vermont where he grew up skiing, biking, and exploring the nooks and crannies of the woods. He learned to drive on his parents' station wagons, learned to ski at Smugglers' Notch, and developed a love for traveling by participating in school trips to France and New York City. He worked in many jobs ranging from ski instructing to babysitting to an after-school program that helped him decide he wanted to be a teacher.

He enrolled in Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts and earned a BA in Humanities with a focus on history and a concentration in Elementary Education. After working for two years in a suburban Boston community as a fifth grade teacher, he decided to move west to discover the beauty and bounty of Oregon. He worked for four years as a third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grade teacher in Mosier, Oregon. While working in Mosier he enrolled in graduate school at Portland State University and earned a MS in Curriculum and Instruction from Portland State University.