Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Learn Zillion links for summer practice

Summer Work!

Here are the links for your LearnZillion videos!

Please practice and watch the assigned videos this summer.

All grade 3 math videos

All grade 4 math videos

Spot to put in your Quick Code link:

  • Type in the quick code at the top of the webpage. 
  • Distributive Property - LZ3721
  • Telling Time and word problems with time - LZ577
  • Find the area of complex shapes - LZ1166
  • The relationship with shape and perimeter - LZ1168
  • Putting fractions on a number line - LZ77
  • Equivalent fractions - LZ1521
  • Story problems with division - LZ9

Summer Reading Plan

Your job is the following:

Write down a plan for your summer reading.

  • When are you going to read?
  • How many books are you going to read?
  • Will you listen to someone read to you? Do you already have a routine around that? What is that routine?
  • What is your goal in the Summer Reading Program?
  • Write down one book that you would like from the Time For Kids mini-site.
  • Read the instructions for My Librarian
  • Choose one event you would like to attend at the library

After you finish, you may listen to a TumbleBook from the library! 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Important Dates Update From Ms. Luria

Important Dates

Monday June 9th - 9 AM - Final Awards Ceremony in the auditorium.
Monday, June 8th - PJ Day. Students may bring ONE stuffed animal that that is small.
Tuesday June 9th - Field Day in the PM
Wednesday June 10th - First Grade Buddy field trip to the park in PM  -
Thursday June 11th - Last day of school

Friday June 12th - Boxing Hours and Lunch from 10 - 12 noon (Help Ms. Luria pack and move classrooms for next year) and then have pizza lunch (location TBD). Students are welcome as long as there is an adult with them!

Dear Families,

As you see, there are a lot of important dates and details above this letter. Please read them over carefully so you know what is going on.

On Monday, we will do a read-a-thon along with PJ day. Students should wear PJ's that are for the weather. We will still have recess and get moving around that day! They are welcome to bring one SMALL stuffie, some books to read, and one blanket that can go outside for reading time.

One Tuesday we will have Field Day in the afternoon. That will be from 1 pm - 2:30 pm. Students should expect to get SOAKED during field day and should bring a full change of clothes in their backpack. After Field Day we will have our Ice Cream Party to celebrate being the school wide winners in the canned food drive.

Wednesday we will have our annual walking field trip to Irvington Park. Thank you for all of the adults that signed up to help out during the trip. We still need more volunteers. This is a very fun event and one that you will not want to miss. It is quite the Luria/Crowder tradition that has happened every year we have been at the school!

On Wednesday we will do the GREAT LOCKER CLEANOUT. Please have your child come to school with either reusable grocery bags of a paper bag to bring home all of their things!

Thursday is our last day of school. Students will receive their Blog books, we will write letters to each other and say goodbye. For the afternoon, students are welcome to bring one board game to share with the classroom. They should also bring one chapter book to read and a towel for reading outside in the garden.

I highly recommend that during the summer you plan some sort of a routine for your child. Many people have luck with a list of things that should be completed before any screen time during the summer occurs. If your child does not practice math or writing for 2 months they WILL loose skills and then next years teacher will start the year having to review 3rd grade skills. 

For example your list might have some of the following ideas:

  • Bed made and room tidy
  • Small chore for house done from a list
  • At least 45 minutes of outdoor play time, creative time or project time
  • At least 25 minutes of reading a book that is not a comic
  • At least 1 page of summer work packet complete - 
    • this should be something that can be completed independently. You might need to go to someplace like learning palace to find the right level work. It should alternate math one day and writing the next day. 
After these things are completed, then your child can have whatever screen time you allow. You can adjust the list as you want or wish, I would just be clear that whatever you choose, everything has to be complete before screen time. It is ok if the child chooses not to complete the jobs and not get any screen time. No arguing, negotiating or nagging is needed on your part! You want your child to get into the habit of being independent! 

It has been a fantastic year!

More news from the classroom:

As you probably heard, our Praying Mantis bugs hatched! Students brought them home this last Friday. Hopefully you were able to put them in the garden.

Also, you may have heard that we made three loans on KIVA. All of those loans are now fully funded and we will be making one last loan before the end of the year. After reading our book about South Sudan and learning more about Guinea Worm, students are excited to loan money to that part of Central Africa. Our next loan will be for another country affected by Guinea Worm!

These last two weeks have been full of learning. Students continue to have regular math lessons. We are working on the distributive properties of division and multiplication. In science we spent two weeks learning and making simple machines. We are now exploring magnetic forces and the properties of magnets.

  • Ask your child about the hangar catapult that they built in science class! 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, May 22, 2015

Update and Pictures

Important Dates

Monday 25th - No School
Tuesday 26th - State Math testing
Wednesday 27th - Ramona Play - be in the classroom at 8:15 am
Thursday 28th - Math testing
Friday 29th - Math testing and Ms. Luria and Ms. Bennett exchange classrooms (I'm taking them on the walking tour)

Thursday June 4th - Ms. Luria subs for Administration all day
Tuesday June 9th - Field Day in the PM
Wednesday June 10th - First Grade Buddy field trip to the park in PM
Thursday June 11th - Last day of school

Friday June 12th - Boxing Hours and Lunch from 10 - 12 noon (Help Ms. Luria pack and move classrooms for next year) and then have pizza lunch (location TBD). Students are welcome as long as there is an adult with them!

Dear Families,

Thank you for a fantastic Bridges Tour this week. We learned so much about bridges and had a wonderful time walking all over. I couldn't have done it without your support and all of the volunteers that came along on the walk. Thank you!

We are making cuttings of some violets in the classroom. They spent a long time rooting in water. Students then learned about different diseases that affect African Violets. Now, they are all potted up and we are observing their growth.

In gardening class, we harvested our radishes. Students also continue to observe their pea plants and update their science journal every week with their plants growth. This is a great opportunity to practice making predictions, measuring in centimeters, and learning more about the life cycle of plants

We continue to watch our Praying Mantis. Hopefully they will hatch before the end of the school year! 

As an art connection to our IB unit on bridges, students made prints of different bridges. They are all hanging up in the classroom, but should come home soon. Students learned about the different between an original and a print. First they created an original, which was copied, and then students made a print. This is an important art concept - the different between an original and a print! 

Students finished their timelines of Portland History. They are all scrolls that are rolled around a pencil. Some students have some finishing touches to do at home! Students learned about the history of our city from before it was Portland through the present! 

Thank you for coming to Global Experience night. We enjoyed sharing our musical instruments with you! It was a wonderful night and students were excited to have you attend! In preparation for the night we also learned about Guatemala, made Guatemala flags and watched the video Living On One Dollar.

Students also learned more about micro-finance and I helped students make three loans through Ask your child about who we lent money to and what they are going to be doing with the money! (It was my money that was lent FYI).

Have a wonderful 3 day weekend!


Monday, May 18, 2015

Bridge Tour and homework due 5/22

Homework due 5/22

Dear Families,

We are all very excited for our bridge tour that will be happening on Tuesday. Here is some information from the tour organizer:

I will begin the tour with a discussion of Portland's history as it relates to bridges. We will plan to walk over the Broadway Bridge, and then stop at Union Station for a snack and rest room break. We will continue, walking over the Union Station Pedestrian Bridge to McCormick Pier and then we will discuss the Steel Bridge, before walking over the lower level.

We will plan to have lunch on the Eastbank Esplanade, and then we'll travel along the Esplansade to OMSI for a rest room break. From there, we will be able to see the Tilikum Crossing, Ross Island and Marquam Bridges. We will return to the west side via the Hawthorne Bridge. I will then lead the students to Bus 17. They will see "Portlandia" before heading back.
It should be a fun and informative day.

As a reminder, please arrive at 8:15 am so we can get to Bus 17 and leave by 8:25!


Thursday, May 14, 2015


Chester went for a hike in the woods. He smiled. Everything was so peaceful and the sunlight streamed through the branches of the birch trees.just felt like running but his backpack quickly stopped him from that.his back hadn't matches and magnifying glass how old rope plus a pack of gum drops. Chester is overloaded with utensils anything would happen. Chester's father had took care of that.
"you have to be prepared my lad" patting Chester's shoulder have to be prepared."

Chester shook his head and focused on the trail ahead. Well there wasn't a trail. There was a log bridge crossing the streams that was too large to jump. Chester took a deep breath and stared hard at the bridge. Chester wasn't afraid of the bridge for you to watch plenty of movies where bridges fall and people die.  He didn't want that happening to him. God! he told himself. I am 15 and I'm scared of walking across a bridge. Chester took a deep breath and started across the bridge. Snap!!! The bridge Snapped  and Chester plunged into the water. Chester did a powerful backstroke to avoid getting hit by falling logs. He climbed to the other side of the shore and said,"that water is cold I am freezing!"

He said his backpack by a tree and started collecting logs of wood. He started arranging them in a fire worthy pile. "I think I can start a fire" he said as he opened a box of matches. He scraped and match across the box and a small flame burst to life.he set the logs on  fire with the match. He got a magnifying glass and set it in a position where the sun shone into it. "This will make the fire bigger" said Chester.

When he was done with making the fire bigger he tied a rope above the fire suspended by to tree trunks. He took off his clothes and hanged them on the rope above the fire. "that will dry them" he said. He quickly put the towel on him to cover up himself so nobody would see him. Chester smiled. His father was right! You do have to be prepared when you go hiking!