January 25, 2015

Mr. Barnard

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Sound the Bugle!

Dear Families, Here are some highlights from the first-half of this week: One of our vocabulary words was “bugle” this week. Mr. Killgore came in with a bugle and performed some songs for us. It was terrific! In our read-aloud… [Read More…]

Dolphins, Honeybadgers, and Basketball

Dear Families, I have been extremely proud of the hard work, effort, focus, and determination that students are putting into their nonfiction texts that they are writing. A majority of the students have finished their rough drafts last week on… [Read More…]

Which Way to the Wild West?

Dear Families, Welcome back! I hope you were able to enjoy some time off over the break with your family. We finished reading Kate DiCamillo’s The Tiger Rising shortly before Winter Break. After we finished the book, we had a… [Read More…]

“Tell Me Something You Learned Today.”

Dear Families, I remember when I was a kid, I’d come home from school and my parents would ask me, “How was school today.” I always said, “Fine.” In the event there was a fire drill I always mentioned, “Fine…. [Read More…]

Raising the Roof With Metaphors

Dear Families, This past week, we took our learning to whole new levels! We are working on better understanding, identifying, and using figurative language in our oral and written language. We’ve been discussing idioms and puns all year long and… [Read More…]

Odds & Ends

Dear Families, Thanksgiving is upon us. That can only mean one thing and one thing only…we’re three weeks from Winter Break! There’s a lot of random information I need to share: We’ll be watching James and the Giant Peach tomorrow… [Read More…]


Dear Families, Well, last week was a short week, wasn’t it? I remember a discussion the class had at the beginning of last week where we were lamenting how we would have to come to school on Friday and we’d… [Read More…]

Sentence Surgery

Dear Families, Last week we transitioned from learning about the first people of the Pacific Northwest to learning about the exploration of Lewis and Clark. We journeyed out onto the East playground to use the map of the United States… [Read More…]

It’s a Celebration!

Dear Families, Last week marked the last week of our Gorge Studies unit on Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest. Our studied cumulated in a celebration that took place in the gymnasium on Thursday. All of the intermediate classes, or… [Read More…]

Reading to Learn versus Learning to Read

When I was a fifth grader, I had this grandiose vision that I could learn how to play the trumpet. One day, I could be as cool as Rashawn Ross, Jen Hartswick, Miles Davis, or Louis Armstrong. Heck, I’d even… [Read More…]