February 19, 2018

Our Own AAA Travel Guide

We successfully finished our All About/How To research papers. I’m really pleased with the outcome, the hard work that the students put into them, and the different styles of writing that came out during the writing process. The papers have been binded and are displayed on our Writer’s Workshop wall. Check them out next time you’re in the school.

Next up on the writing docket is a unique opportunity to create a travel guide to a natural landmark from somewhere throughout the world. This week, students will watch a slideshow of 30 natural landmarks located around the world. Students will then select a natural landmark that is of interest to them, spend a significant chunk of time researching that natural landmark, and will create a travel guide that includes different information about the landmark including history, geography, interesting facts, nearby restaurants and hotels, activities, etc.

Last week, we spent our time in writing looking at different travel guides and looking at important information that is included in travel guides online. We also practiced writing our own travel guides about Smith Rock, one of the destinations that we went to on our Journey through Time Field Study in September.

We’re looking forward to this new writing project that will take us to right around the end of February.

~Mr. B

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.