Friday, May 31, 2013

Congratulations Auston!

For the third year in a row, Auston has brought in the most donors and run the most laps for our Run For The Arts Program! Way to go Auston!

Thank You St. Johns Starbucks!

This morning we were able to go visit our I Am From Poems at Starbucks.  
We were able to enjoy some of their delicious hot chocolate and take in the view.  Thank you Starbucks for providing a great venue for our work!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

I Am From Poems Hanging In Starbucks

Stop by the St. Johns Starbucks and see our new I Am From Poems!   They will be up for the next 3-4 weeks.  
Big thank you to our local Starbucks supporting our local school.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Speech! Speech!

Today we continued practicing for our speeches that we are going to give Friday on our Vanport Unit.  Just like last year, we are hoping to video tape them and put them up on the blog. Here are a few of the kids that practiced being "on stage" this morning.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

How Vanport Changed Portland

The Social Studies curriculum for third grade is Portland.

So we have been working with maps to make connections with Portland history.

We are studying "How Vanport Changed Portland".  We started out finding where we live in relation to where these historic World War II shipyards and housing projects were.

Then the kids presented their findings to their class.

Next, they used historic images and research text to begin telling the story of How Vanport changed Portland.

In groups of four they are researching Vanport's  affect on Education, Jobs, Racial Diversity, and Housing in Portland.

They are making some great connections . . .

. . . and learning a lot about the history of their city!

Friday, May 10, 2013

I Appreciate the Appreciation!

@PAST&E  @jamesjohnpta
We just wrapped up a week full of appreciation for the teachers here at James John and boy do I feel appreciated!  From the great breakfast and lunches provided by our PTA and Mexican Mamas group to the cards and gifts from students and their families- your gratitude has been truly overwhelming!  Thank You!
Oscar made this amazing poster at PAST&E yesterday and brought it in today.
Thank you Oscar!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Wood Magic & World Forestry Discovery Museum Today!

We went to Wood Magic and The World Forestry Discovery Museum and learned so much about wood that it almost made our heads hurt!

We learned that difference between White Oak and Red Oak.
Ask your 3rd Grader which kind they would kind they would want to build a boat out of?

We learned some types of wood are permeable while other types are impermeable.

We learned that permeable wood lets air through.

We learned that we use every part of a tree!

We saw a really cool portable saw.
We learned that wood is actually in a lot of the food that we eat!

After lunch we were off to the World Forestry Discovery Museum!

There were lots of fun exhibits!

We were able to see all of the different instruments made out of wood . .

. . . some really scary masks.

Everyone had a great time!

Thank you to Ida's Dad, Aaron's Mom and Dad,  Auston's Mom and Ashley's Mom for coming with us!  We couldn't have done it without you today!