Monday, February 19, 2018


Huckleberry classes learned about the witty writing of Lauren Child as we read, "I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato."  In this book, Charlie, the big brother creatively tries to get his sister, Lola to eat her vegetables in a fun way.   This connected well with our garden classes as our focus has been eating healthy food to make healthy body systems.  Hopefully, the inspiring Charlie convinced our Huckleberry students to take a risk to try our seed sprouts.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Author Highlight: Ed Young

Image result for lon po poOur Trillium have been learning about some favorite illustrators along with the Caldecott Award winning books.  Our focus for the past week has been on Ed Young.  He was the winner of the Caldecott Award in 1990 for Lon Po Po, a Chinese version of Little Red Riding Hood.   His artwork is inspired by the Chinese philosophy of art.  He is quoted saying, "A Chinese painting is often accompanied by words...They are complementary.  There are things that words do that pictures never can, and likewise, there are images that words can never describe."
A beautiful illustrated book about a bird who discovers who he truly is.

The Emperor and the Kite (Paperstar Book)
Another beautiful Chinese tale of the importance of the smallest one.

Please take time to check out more of Ed Young's books.  

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Battles Will Begin...

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3rd-5th grade OBOB battles begin this week!  Please come support your readers this Tuesday, Jan. 30th in Mr. Dante's room beginning at 11:30!  The first battle will be between Master Books and The Readers.  The second battle will happen around 11:55 and will be between The Book Battlers and The Enchanted Readers.  In the following weeks all battles will be on Wednesday for the 3rd-5th grade teams.   They will be battling for the chance to go to Regionals on Saturday, March 17th at Clackamas Community College.   They have worked hard to compete so any support is so valuable for our young readers. 

The 6th-8th grade school battles will begin on Thursday, Feb. 8th.  at 11:30 in the Media Center.  They will compete for their Regional spot which will happen Sunday, March 11th at Estacada Middle School.  

Monday, January 22, 2018

What's Your Number?

Making our MRA students successful in the search for the right resource is one of our main focuses in the media center.  The Huckleberry students have been continuing to strengthen their detective skills by learning how to read the call numbers on our Everybody Books.  They have learned where Ted Arnold's Fly Guy books are found along with the famous Jan Beret, Lois Ehlert, Mo Wilems, and many more. 

Using cut out spine labels we are practicing how to place books in alphabetical order by the author's last name. 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

MRA Logo Animations

We are continuing to develop our coding skills during our elective classes.  Here are a few of our projects.


Saturday, January 6, 2018

Changes for 2018

As we start a new year back from the holidays, we have a few changes happening in the Mountain Meadow.  We are thrilled to have Mr. Kevin Mahr on board as our Cedar/Alder math associate and computer teacher for Clarkia and Alders.    Mr. Mahr and I will be sharing the media center for our classes.  Your student's library times may have changed slightly to accommodate our shared space.  I am excited to be able to bring more time and energy to our garden and library classes.   Please remember to encourage your child to remember their library books on their library day.

We are continuing to weed our library collection and have a table outside the library where you can help yourself to books to add to your own collection.  We currently have  A to Z Mystery books available.

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Our Trillium classes are continuing to learn about well-known authors and illustrators.  We will beginning a unit on Caldecott Award winning books.

Our Huckleberry classes are working on becoming expert library detectives as they develop a strong sense of where certain genres of literature are kept and how to use alphabetical order to decode where a book's call number will be on the shelf.  

Our Clarkia classes are continuing with their nonfiction text element scavenger hunts to unlock information quickly for their upcoming research project on weather.  

OBOB (Oregon Battle of the Books) meetings will begin this week.  3rd-5th grade will be meeting at lunch/recess time on Wednesdays and 6th-8th grade meetings will be held on Thursdays.  

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Learning How To Google Draw

The Alder classes have been learning how to use drawing tools in google.  They were assigned the task of creating a water transportation system to alleviate a common problem that was meet by the ancient Mesopotamian civilization.  Here are few of the completed projects.