March 25, 2017

Winter Break!!!!!

Dear Families,

I hope you’re enjoying your Winter Break thus far, or as you may affectionately call it, “Is it Over Yet?!” Break.

It’s only fitting that we’re learning how to strengthen our nonfiction reading skills through studying texts in class that are about the weather. The weather certainly played a role in how much we were able to get done before the Winter Break began. We did not get done as much as we had hoped, but we definitely learned how our atmosphere could definitely throw off our plans.

While your child has hopefully been busy relaxing, playing outside, and driving you bonkers, it is very important that they also read over Winter Break. The class has been absolutely passionate about reading nonfiction texts. Between Thanksgiving and the early start of our break, we began to learn how to read nonfiction texts. Each student was reading a nonfiction book on a topic of his or her choice. I recognize that your child may not read as much over a break, but it’s really important they do!!! If you could take them to the library to get a nonfiction book of their choice, that would be even more fantastic!

When we return from break, we will continue to learn about the seven different continents through reading articles and books, participating in activities focusing on different cultures of each continent, and strengthening our ability to read and comprehend maps. We will also continue to work on writing evidence-based argument essays.

There were no new spelling words assigned before break. Enjoy the rest of your break, and remember to have your child read, especially nonfiction!

~Mr. B

Idiom of the Week: String Along

Vocabulary of the Week: unexpectedly, trend, passion, horrendous

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.