Welcome to our blog! We are a 2nd grade classroom at Stafford Primary School in West Linn, Oregon. Oregon is in the Pacific Northwest in the USA. Our community is a suburb of the city of Portland in the northwestern region of the state. We are situated in the Willamette Valley, which is a landscape of farm lands and rolling hills covered with fir trees along the Willamette River. The Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountain Range are to our west, and Mt. Hood and the Cascade Mountain Range are to the east. To the north is the the Columbia Gorge where the Columbia River is the border between Oregon and the state of Washington.
We use our blog to share our learning and to collaborate with other classes globally. Like all kids we have so many different interests. We are excited to explore how technology supports our learning in new and engaging ways. We have also experienced how it can bring us closer together as people in our world. By looking more closely at the differences between us, we are learning that we are actually the same in so many more important ways. This is a topic we want to explore more by connecting with our friends around the world.
We participate in the International Dot Day, The Blogging Challenge, The Global Read Aloud, Mystery Skype and The Flat Stanley Project. Each of these global collaboration projects provides a way for us to share our learning in an authentic way, and to connect with others who are excited to work together as a global community.