Neuroplasticity

Today we discussed the idea of neuroplasticity, which explains how the brain can change throughout an individual's lifetime. With repeated and focused attention, we can create new habits and re-wire our brain. It is so important that kids understand that their attitude and mindset can have a profound impact on their lives.

Teachers Traveling

Mr. Wavra, Mr. Porter, and I went on a memorable trip to Cambodia and Thailand this summer. We saw so many new things, met so many great people, and ate so many delicious meals. Here is a little glimpse into our experience:

Summer Break

I hope everyone is enjoying their time off. I decided to do something a little ambitious this summer and head to Asia with Mr. Porter and Mr. Wavra. We spent our first couple days in Siem Reap, Cambodia where we visited my sister (who teaches there) and experienced the city. After a few days we decided to cross the border into Thailand. We are currently sitting on a beach on Koh Chang island, listening to the rain falling and the waves crashing on the beach. I hope all of you are finding ways to enjoy your time off, whether you are traveling the world or staying in West Linn.

Metric Measurement Olympics

This morning students participated in the Metric Math Olympic Games.  Events included Left Handed Sponge Squeeze, Right Handed Marble Grab, Bigfoot, Cotton Ball Shot Put, Straw Javelin, and Paper Plate Discus.

Students had fun competing and measuring.  Awards were given to students for outstanding performance as well as to the students whose estimation was closest to their actual result.

OFB 2019

We took our annual trip to the Oregon Food Bank this week to help repackage food for families in need. We had a great time working together to put potatoes in bags for food box distribution. Thanks to all the students and parent volunteers for helping to make this a successful service project.

Data Collection and Analysis Project

Students recently brainstormed questions that they could measure. Some of the questions were:
      • How long can you hang from a bar?
      • How fast can you run around the bases twice?
      • How long can you jump rope without messing up?
      • How long can you keep your eyes open without blinking?
      • How many basketball shots can you make in 1 minute?
      • How long does it take you to type a sentence?
      • How far can you jump?
      • How long is your foot?
After preparing to find out the answers to these questions, we went outside to collect data from classmates. Eventually, we will collect data from our first grade buddies and then organize and graph our results. Conducting these experiments with two different groups will allow us to compare and analyze multiple sets of data and identify any trends, outliers, key differences, etc. between first graders and fourth graders. img_0992.jpg img_0994.jpg img_0995.jpg img_0996.jpg img_1001.jpg img_1005.jpg img_1007.jpg img_1003.jpg

Willamette Market 2019!

The sun came out and made for a perfect day of shopping at the annual Willamette Market. Students sold their hand made crafts to their peers, parents, and other members of the community and in the process, raised a lot of money to help offset the cost of the fourth and fifth grade overnight field trips. A portion of the proceeds are also being donated to two of Mr. Silverman's favorite charities, the Dougy Center and the Portland Audubon Society. Thanks to all who were able to make it out and take part in a fabulous day. img_0646.jpgimg_0645.jpg img_0644.jpg img_0643.jpg img_0642.jpg img_0640.jpg img_0639.jpg img_0638.jpg

Oregon Trail Overnight 2019

We recently returned from our overnight field trip adventure at Camp Collins along the Sandy River. This wonderful outdoor experience helped us gain an understanding of early Oregon history and gave us a better understanding of the variety of perspectives of the people involved in the settlement of the west. On day one, we learned about what it was like to settle the frontier by doing activities like building log cabins, making candles, doing laundry, and using logging tools. Day two was spent understanding the reasons why people moved west and included activities like mining for gold, packing a wagon, and tracking animals and understanding the fur trade. A little line dancing, campfire, and cabin time were thrown in for some extra entertainment and fun. All in all, we had a wonderful time together and were thankful that the weather cooperated! img_0538.jpg img_0539.jpg img_0540.jpg img_0541.jpg img_0543.jpg img_0544.jpg img_0547.jpg img_0548.jpg img_0549.jpg img_0546.jpg img_0550.jpg img_0551.jpg img_0552.jpg img_0553.jpg img_0554.jpg img_0555.jpg img_0556.jpg img_0557.jpg img_0558.jpg img_0559.jpg img_0560.jpg img_0561.jpg img_0563.jpg img_0565.jpg img_0566.jpg img_0567.jpg img_0568.jpg img_0570.jpg img_0572.jpg