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

Hot, Busy Days

PLEASE SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL WITH A FULL WATER BOTTLE!  It is very hot in the classroom and the water containers are far away from Room 22.  Additionally, it’s that time of year where 4th grade bodies are starting to change.  We had a class conversation on Friday about how our personal hygiene has … Continue reading

Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center

We had an incredible field trip to the Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center in downtown Portland.  Students were able to observe and discuss artifacts from Japanese American history in Oregon, view the “Yellow Terror” contemporary art exhibit by Roger Shimomura, and spend some time at the Japanese American Memorial Plaza along the waterfront.  A big thank … Continue reading


It was nice to see so many of you at Art Night last Thursday!  If you have not had a chance to stop by yet, I encourage you to come check out the art hanging outside of our classroom as well as the rest of the wonderful art throughout the school building. This week students … Continue reading


I am getting very concerned about the tardy habits that are forming in Room 22.  For the last three weeks, every morning when the bell rings, I am missing 5-9 students!  It is extremely disruptive to your child and the other students in the class when people are rolling in late.  We do work from … Continue reading