Room 13 Celebrates Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Box Contest Winners: Jordan, Spencer, Ryland, Tru & Colton

Room 13 celebrated Valentine’s Day today with a valentine exchange, cookie decorating and, of course, our Valentine Box Contest! The box designs students came up with were remarkable! We saw everything from monsters to cowboy boots to basketball courts. As part of our festivities, students voted for their favorite box in each category.

We are delighted to announce the winners (a clean sweep of boys, I might add!):

  • Cutest: Ryland with his monster box
  • Sports Theme: Tru with his basketball court
  • Sweetest: Colton with a red, white and pink heart themed box
  • Most Original: Spencer with a teal and brown wrapped box
  • Overall Favorite: Jordan with the Flash!

Oh, Bob! (OBOB)

Gabriel, Maddox and Rolan advance to the Clear Lake semi-finals on February 10, 2016.

Eleven students in room 13 participated in the Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) program this winter. OBOB is a statewide reading program sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries. The goal of the program is to encourage and recognize students who enjoy reading, to broaden reading interests, to increase reading comprehension, promote academic excellence and to promote cooperative learning and teamwork among students. Continue reading Oh, Bob! (OBOB)

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 just around the corner!

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!

Whooo’s Reading? We are!

owl-green-polka-dotYou’ve likely heard your child talking about “Whooo’s Reading” recently. Wonder what they’re talking about? We recently started using Whooo’s Reading, an online program designed to motivate students to read, talk and write about what they’re reading and develop comprehension skills.

Students have an owl-avatar that they can dress, accessorize and customize. To do this, they have to earn coins to ‘purchase’ various garments and accessories. How does a student earn coins? By reading and then logging in to report how long they read and what it was about! A variety of Common Core-aligned comprehension questions are presented for students to select from to report about what they’ve been reading. As they answer questions, log their reading minutes and interact with their classmates’ responses to the questions, they earn coins to spend on customizing their owl. Continue reading Whooo’s Reading? We are!

Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly

Students from room 13 performed as part of a school wide assembly celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day today. Saleena, Ryan, Kaylin, Hyde, Addison, Wyatt, Maddox, Gabriel and Morgan recited the poem Following Martin in remembrance of Dr. King. Students from throughout the school recited poems, played music and performed skits. Our most sincere appreciation to Mrs. Kelley who coordinated the festivities.

What is this new math, anyway?

Math assignments coming home today look so much different than what you and I remember math homework looking like. Remember the long, tedious class lectures followed by endless pages of algorithms needing uniform responses? Yeah. Me, too. Now, though, assignments are asking for students to explain their thinking process, show the problem solving steps they used and develop responses beyond the “right” answer. But, rest assured of this: the core concepts in math haven’t changed. Two times two still equals four, ¼ of a pie is still more than ⅛ and angles measuring 90 degrees are still called “right angles”.

So, how do you help your student when the math assignment that has come home looks nothing like what you remember in school? Panic not! There are a number of resources you can turn to if your child is stuck. Continue reading What is this new math, anyway?

Literacy Shines with Chrome!

Mrs. Cox named as BEF Grant Recipient
Mrs. Cox named as BEF Grant Recipient

Teachers in Bethel School District are very fortunate to have the support of the Bethel Education Foundation (BEF). BEF seeks to promote the academic achievement of all students in Bethel and as part of their mission, awards mini-grants to teachers for a variety of projects and purposes. This year, our class is a beneficiary of their work. Continue reading Literacy Shines with Chrome!

School Garden Club

Mrs. Cox's Students Enjoy Garden ClubClear Lake participates in a program called the School Garden Project. This program, referred to as the “Garden Club” with our students, is designed to help Lane County schools create, sustain and use on-site gardens by providing resources, professional consultation and educational programming.

Instructors from the program visit Clear Lake on a weekly basis and lead classes through lessons focused on everything from plant parts and functions to soil ecosystems to pollination. Lessons are correlated to the Oregon Common Content Standards (lessons are currently transitioning to the Common Core State Standards). Continue reading School Garden Club