Not So “Itsy Bitsy” Spiders

This week in reading we are learning about spiders. We have read a variety of selections, both fictional and informational, that discuss the various types of spiders, spiders that are venomous vs. ones that are harmless, how spiders spin their webs and even how they keep from getting stuck in their own web. One of the spiders we’ve learned about is the Orb Spider. This video shows a type of orb spider — the Spiny Orb Weaver Spider — spinning its web. Notice how the spider pulls down on each of the spoke webs to attach the next row of silk. Fascinating!

Literacy Spirit Week Coming April 9th-13th

In celebration of reading, Clear Lake is hosting Literacy Spirit Week April 9th through the 13th. Kids and staff can participate by dressing up for the daily book/reading-related theme. Reminder texts will go home to Room 13 families, as well, to help kiddos remember which theme we’re planning each day. Here’s a run down of the week:

Monday, 4/9: Read My Shirt Day–wear a shirt with words on it.

Tuesday, 4/10: Book Character Day–dress like a character from a book (costumes must be school-appropriate and no hats or masks, please).

Wednesday, 4/11: Clear Lake Bear, Clear Lake Bear, What do you see?–4/5 grade will dress in purple in honor of Purple Cat from Eric Carle’s beloved book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?

Thursday, 4/12: Crazy About Reading Day–dress with crazy hair, socks and/or clothes.

Friday, 4/13: Cuddle Up with a Good Book Day–wear comfy clothes or pajamas (no slippers, please).

It should be a fun week in honor of one of my favorite things to do–read!

2018-19 OBOB Books Announced!

Looking for suggestions for Spring Break reading? Why not get ahead on some of the 2018-19 Oregon Battle of the Books? The titles have recently been announced and include some fantastic stories. These titles are readily available from both brick and mortar and online retailers.

• Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
• George by Alex Gino
• Hana’s Suitcase by Karen Levine
• The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy
• In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III
• The Infinity Year of Avalon James by Dana Middleton
• Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce & Maggie Stiefvater
• Real Friends by Shannon Hale
• Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
• Ugly by Robert Hoge
• Waylon! One Awesome Thing by Sara Pennypacker
• When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin
• A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildner
• The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
• Wish by Barbara O’Connor

Happy reading!

Jim Dine Inspired Art!

Students in room 13 recently studied Jim Dine, an American artist who pioneered “pop art” with the likes of artists Claes Oldenburg and Allan Kaprow. Dine was featured 1960’s art shows alongside artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Jim Dine’s artwork often features hearts, which was timely with Valentine’s Day upon us!

After talking about the theme of his work and examining the many mediums he worked in, we also discussed how he created texture in his pieces and about the technique of embossing in aluminum — repoussé or repujado. We then took our turn at trying pop art. The students’ resulting artwork were these beautiful aluminum embossed hearts!

Room 13 Wins Cocoa the Bear!

Congratulations to Room 13 for winning Cocoa the Bear! Cocoa is awarded to the classroom with the best assembly behavior–focused on and listening to the speaker, hands to ourselves and so on. The class who last won Cocoa is who chooses the new winner. The class who recognized us said we won because we were calm and focused during the assembly and that we patiently waited to exit the gym afterwards. Mrs. Cox is particularly impressed with our win because halfway through the assembly, a substitute teacher arrived to take over class for the last hour of the day. We earned TWO Class Stars for our excellent behavior, giving us 29 of the 40 stars we need for a class party.

Additionally, we get to design a new bead to be added to Cocoa’s necklace. We will have a Bead Design Contest where students can design a bead proposal for the class to vote on. Students received a copy of the Bead Design Proposal in class today, and we will vote on Friday for the winning design. The winner will get to decorate the wooden bead with their design to be added to the necklace before the next assembly. Well done, Room 13!

March Madness Tournament of Books Starts Soon!

Students have been devouring books at an amazing rate this year as they work to meet their #40BookChallenge goal. Watching them grow and work as readers has been a real joy. Since they’ve worked so hard, it seemed a celebration was in order. AND, since my students {love} sports and, it seems, they spend most of their afternoons and weekends involved in some type of athletic event, it seemed appropriate we incorporate the two! Enter the March Madness Tournament of Books!

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Coffee, Anyone?

Recently, we studied a variety of art elements that we combined to create these gorgeous cocoa/coffee mugs placed on a table. We discussed perspective, lines, patterns and color to develop our images. Students started by creating two patterns using color pastels–one on the top two-thirds of their paper and a second one on the bottom one-third of their paper. This created their table and a background. Then, they created a third pattern (and a fourth one, if they opted to do different patters on the cup and saucer). Finally, they outlined the cup and saucer, cut it out and glued it on to their table background. They turned out positively beautiful! If you find yourself in the building, please come take a look at the students’ fine work; they’re hanging just outside our classroom door.

Airplane Flight Lab Data Analysis

Last week, students created paper airplanes to use in a science lab where they would test to determine how the weight of a plane (modified by adding paperclips to their aircraft) impacted its distance flown. Each student identified the variables in our experiment, made their own plane, conducted test flights, measured the distance flown and are now ready analyze their results.

To do this, they first converted their measurements into inches from yards and inches. We used Google Classroom and Google Sheets to make these conversions. Next, they entered their results into the spreadsheet to create a graph of their results. Tomorrow, we will review their data and begin drawing conclusions on their findings. We’ve had a lot of fun conducting this experiment and the kids are learning a lot about how technology can be used to analyze data. Onward and upward!

December Students of the Month

Congratulations to Kaitlynn and Hailey, our Self Manger and Student of the Month for December! These girls are two very hard working students with infectious smiles and positive attitudes! Kaitlynn is a go-getter who wrestles on a local team. If you see her in the halls, be sure to ask her about this. It’s impressive! And, although she’s dedicated to her wrestling team, she doesn’t fail to keep up on her studies. Well done, Kaitlynn!

Hailey has been working so, so hard this year to meet 4th grade standards. She has even been spending extra time after school to improve her skills and her relentless work ethic is something to be admired! Couple this with her bubbly personality and you have a winning combination! Nice work, ladies! 

Annie Play Cast Announced

Before winter break, students auditioned for parts in our upcoming play, Annie. Today, the names of students cast for parts were announced. Several students in room 13 have been cast:

Claire: Orphan Duffy
Jordan: Orphan July
Gabi: Miss Hannigan
Elizabeth: Officer Ward
Kaitlynn: Grace Farrell
Kailey: Street Vendor, Cecille and Louis Howe
Terry: Announcer’s Voice and Bert Healy

Each student who has been cast received a copy of their rehearsal schedule. The schedule is not the same for all parts, so you should reference your child’s personalized schedule for practice time questions. If you have other questions or need additional information, please contact Lori Kelley, Clear lake Music Teacher and Play Director Extraordinaire.

Congratulations to all who auditioned! I was thoroughly impressed with the high number of students who turned out for auditions. I can’t wait to see Annie!