Winter Break

With only a few days of school left before Winter Break, we are busy wrapping up units and projects.  Here’s what we’ve got going on in Room 22: Social Studies:  We are spending a lot of time this week on our Geography brochures.  Students are finishing rough drafts and then typing final drafts on Google … Continue reading


It was a pleasure getting the time to speak with all of you at conferences.  I hope you and your family had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday and spent some time celebrating the things you are grateful for. We’ve got a lot going on in Room 22! Science:  We will be releasing our Salmon fry during … Continue reading


Science:  The salmon eggs have arrived!  We are looking forward to watching them grow and learning about the salmon life cycle. Social Studies:  Our focus the last two weeks has been on Crater Lake.  Students are creating graphic storyboards to show how Mt. Mazama erupted, created a large caldera, and eventually evolved into Crater Lake. … Continue reading

Mid-October in Room 22

Social Studies:  Thanks to everyone who helped out last week by making dough for our topographical maps of Oregon and coming into the classroom to help us make them!  They turned out very well and I couldn’t have done it without your help.  This week, students will be painting the maps and learning about the … Continue reading


We are fully in 4th grade mode these days!  Let me catch you up on all the goings on in the classroom. Reading:  This week in reading, we are focusing on engaging with the text by asking questions and wonderings.   Our mentor text is the aptly named “Wonder,” by R.J. Palacio.  Student are practicing … Continue reading

Back to School Night

It was nice to see so many of you at Back to School Night yesterday evening!  If you weren’t able to make it, I encourage you to pop by some afternoon and see what the kiddos have been working on Hopefully your child gave you copies of his/her “Random Autobiography Poem.”  Aren’t they wonderful?!  As … Continue reading

Welcome to 4th Grade!

We have had the most wonderful start to the year in Room 22!  Your children came in last Wednesday excited about 4th grade and ready to start learning.  I cannot believe how quickly they have picked up the classroom routines!  We are having a lot of fun getting to know each other with community games … Continue reading

The Last Two Weeks

On Monday, students learned about Executive Order 9066, which was the order evacuating all persons of Japanese descent from their homes and moving them into incarceration centers for the duration of World War II.  Residents packed suitcases and wrote journal entries expressing their sadness, anger, and confusion.  This week we will focus on Japanese American … Continue reading

The Final Three Weeks

On Wednesday, the residents of Japantown were carrying on with their regular lives when they heard an emergency radio broadcast.  It was December 7, 1941, and Pearl Harbor had just been bombed.  A curfew order was quickly imposed on all Americans of Japanese descent.  Residents wrote about their reactions in their journals. The next two … Continue reading