Couplets to the Rescue

Words have the power to motivate and inspire us. Words can touch our hearts and make them smile. Our digital poetry project called Couplets to the Rescue is a gift of words to our families and friends on this special day that celebrates love and friendship. A couplet is a short, 2 line poem that ends in a rhyme. We learned that we can become couplet super heroes as we pass on happiness with each couplet we compose. Will you be a couplet super hero today? It is easy to do. Listen and learn!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

Can you write a couplet for your special Crew member and leave it in a comment below?

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A Celebration of Friendship and Love

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Valentine’s Day is a special day when we celebrate friendship and love with family and friends. Let’s invite a special guest to join us on Tuesday morning, February 14th to celebrate together from 7:50-9:10. Invite your mom or dad, grandmother or grandfather, aunt or uncle.

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We will prepare for them a special breakfast of toaster waffles, fruit, juice, hot coffee, a little Valentine Bingo, a valentine exchange AND A SPECIAL SURPRISE!

What do you like most about Valentine’s Day? Who will you invite?

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Great People in History

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Monday, January 16th we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It is a national holiday when we remind ourselves of his compassion for others, his courage in speaking out about injustice, and his determination and perseverance to bring about positive change in our world. These two video presentations give us different information about his life and his work. You will need to click on the You Tube icon under the BrainPop video to watch it there.

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Over the next month we will be reading the biographies of people in history. We know that we can learn important lessons by understanding the stories of their lives. We are inspired by the personal strengths they have in common:  determination and perseverance, curiosity and creativity, honesty and integrity, respect and responsibility, compassion and courage. They use their skills and talents in the service of others and have changed many people’s lives because of it.

Enjoy watching these excerpts from the Great People In History projects from former students.  You will be selecting someone to research this next week. I will be sending home a list of names and resources. As you are doing your research project remember to focus on the personal strengths of your great person, and show how they have made the world a better place.  We can’t wait to see you up there next.  Let your greatness shine! 

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What interesting fact did you learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?

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Snow Day Challenge

image1 (2)Today we awoke to beautiful drifts of snow, tree limbs bending low under the snow’s weight, and big snowflakes falling gently to the ground. Today is a true snow day. For those who don’t experience the beauty of a snow day often, it is a real gift.

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So here is my Snow Day Challenge for you:

Mrs. Amri measured 6 inches of snow in Tigard

Mrs. Amri measured 6 inches of snow in Tigard

  1. Be your neighborhood’s junior meteorologist. Find a ruler and measure the snowfall amount in inches. Take a picture of yourself as you are taking the measurement. Send me the picture and the number of inches. I will add them to this blog post.
  2. Send me a picture of you enjoying a snow day activity
  3. Write a snow day poem (Haiku = a 3 line poem, 17 syllables in the pattern of 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables) or any other type of poem. The beauty of nature is very inspirational.
  4. Write a snowy day story (narrative or imaginative)
  5. Write a Snowy Day Math Problem for us to solve. Be sure to solve it yourself. Share it with the class. Send it to me and I can post them.
  6. Start a Gratitude Journal at home.  Start by writing the things you are grateful for with a snowy day. Think of all the reasons that snow is important for us here in the Northwest.

Here’s to you for sending us some photos!

Junior Meteorologist Georgia. 3.5 inches of snow.

Junior Meteorologist Georgia measuring 3.5 inches of snow

Sledding down a big hill

Sledding down a big hill

Junior Meteorologist Isaac measuring 8 inches of snow in the Fox Hills neighborhood.

Junior Meteorologist Isaac measuring 8 inches of snow in the Fox Hills neighborhood.

Getting some air on this sledding run!

Catching some air on this sled run

Meteorologist Emma measured 6 inches at Stafford.

Junior Meteorologist Emma measured 6 inches at Stafford.

Giant snowman with nice scarf.

Giant snow person with a nice hat and scarf.

Junior Meteorologist Chloe measured 10 inches in the Marylhurst Heights neighborhood.

Junior Meteorologist Chloe measured 10 inches in the Marylhurst Heights neighborhood.

A most excellent sled.

A most excellent sled.

Junior Meteorologist Noah measured 8.5 inches of snow. A gigantic snowperson. Bravo Noah, Carson, Cooper, Jackson and Ben!

Junior Meteorologist Noah took advantage of all this snow and built a gigantic, 8.5 foot snow person. Bravo Noah, Carson, Cooper, Jackson and Ben!

Junior Meteorologist Xander measured 7 inches.

Junior Meteorologist Xander measured 7 inches.

Giant snowball ready to go down the slide.

Giant snowball ready to go down the slide.

Junior Meteorologist Kiera measured 4 inches of snow on Ribera Road.

Junior Meteorologist Kiera measured 4 inches of snow on Ribera Road.

Meteorologists Kiera and Elliott were busy helping to clear a fallen tree from their street along with other neighborhood heroes (from right) Elliott, Nico, David, Thomas, Phillip, Kieran, Kiera, Pela and Django.

Junior Meteorologists Kiera and Elliott were busy helping clear a fallen tree from their street along with other neighborhood heroes (from right) Elliott, Nico, David, Thomas, Phillip, Kieran, Kiera, Pela and Django.

Meteorologist Cooper doing some night skiing in the Fox Hill neighborhood.

Junior Meteorologist Cooper doing some night skiing in the Fox Hill neighborhood.

Building a snow cave.

Building a snow cave.

Junior Meteorologist Eva measured 3.5 inches of snow in the the Fox Hill neighborhood.

Junior Meteorologist Eva measured 3.5 inches of snow in the the Fox Hill neighborhood.

Yet another monster-sized snow person in the Fox Hill area. How did they do that?

Yet another monster-sized snow person in the Fox Hill area. How do they do that?

The ultimate sledding experience. Thank you Winter!

The ultimate sledding experience. Thank you Winter!

Emma wrote a Winter math story for us. Thanks, Emma!

Emma is the first to write a Winter math story for us. Thanks, Emma!

Meteorologist Claire measured 11.5 inches of snow.

Junior Meteorologist Claire measured 11.5 inches of snow.

The perfect snow slides!

The perfect snow slide!

Meteorologist Ira measured 3 inches of snow

Junior Meteorologist Ira measured 3 inches of snow

Isaac wrote for us another math story. Thanks Isaac!

Isaac wrote for us another math story. Thanks Isaac!

Our first Winter Haiku. Thanks Cooper!

Our first Winter Haiku. Thanks Cooper!

Cooper's Winter Math Story: a whopper of a challenge. Thanks Cooper!

Cooper’s Winter Math Story: a whopper of a challenge. Thanks Cooper!

Cooper's rhyming poem about a popular treat: chocolate!

Cooper’s rhyming poem about a popular treat: chocolate!

Eva's math problem: There are 12 icicles hanging from the roof. If 9 fall down, how many icicles are left?

Eva’s math problem: There are 12 icicles hanging from the roof. If 9 fall down, how many icicles are left? Solve the problem and leave the answer in a comment at the bottom of this post. Thanks Eva!

A free verse poem: The snow is falling while I sip hot cocoa sitting by the warm fire watching a husky running around. Yay! By Eva

A free verse poem:
The snow is falling while I sip hot cocoa sitting by the warm fire watching a husky running around. Yay!
By Eva

Meteorologist Max measured 7 inches of snow at his house.

Junior Meteorologist Max measured 7 inches of snow at his house.

Here is the proof with his tape measure.

Here is the proof with his tape measure.

Find a class mate or two in your neighborhood and do one or more of these activities together. Just last week we invited our buddies, Mrs. Gilkey’s class, to read an article from our Time for Kids with us about what to do if we begin to lose too many days because of snow.

Let’s show what we know about determination and perseverance. We won’t let a little snow get in our way of sharing the joy of learning together. Send me some of your pictures and writing to post.

Let’s get to it!

Snow Day fun here we come!

Which of the challenges will you do?

 

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Happy New Year

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Happy New Year to all you heroes! Yes, that is you Crew! We are excited to begin a new year with the promise of great things to come. The world is a beautiful place. We each play an important role in making this world a better place every day. There are opportunities everywhere to make someone’s day a little brighter, to help someone in need, and make a difference in the world. Find your inner hero and make someone smile today. What will you do? Let’s get to it!  Write your ideas on our Padlet.

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What will you do to make someone smile today?

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