Monthly Archives: November 2015
The Oregon Battle of the Books is a statewide voluntary reading motivation and comprehension program sponsored by the Oregon Association of School Libraries. It is a competition among teams of 4-5 students who read and study 16 pre-selected books. EY students have competed in OBOB the last two years and qualified for the “final 16” last year. This year we have had 4 sets of books donated to our school, so we are encouraging all students to read the books even if they don’t plan on being on a team. The EY teams will start competing against each other around January, and all students enjoy watching the competitions. For more information on the battle, you can go to http://oboblsta.pbworks.com/w/page/5653620/FrontPage
Our alevin friends have grown a bit since the last video clip. All along, we have been learning about salmon survival rates, external features, and life cycles. Students have started research about salmon species will be writing reports after Thanksgiving break. In December we have some exciting plans regarding learning about stream surveys and stream engineering as well as releasing our finned friends.
Our 4th and 5th grade students researched the salmon life cycle, and specifically they placed emphasis on hazards, habitat, and other important facts about each stage. They illustrated each stage and used the app 30Hands to construct an audio slideshow to demonstrate their learning. Most projects are posted, but a few are still being worked on. Students will be able to identify their project numbers.
All of our eggs have hatched in both of our incubators. Our students have noticed that the alevins behave differently between both incubators as one has more gravel spread out than the other.
Our fifth graders have been reading about early cultures of Mesoamerica (Aztecs, Incas, and Mayans) in the Amplify reading series. Throughout the unit, students chose to read and research indepth about the cultures’ architecture, farming methods, or social classes. They paraphrased their notes and wrote paragraphs for each Mesoamerican group. Students now are in the final stages of the project and are creating Codex books (a certain type of Mayan book)to demonstrate their learning.