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Feel free to browse around our classroom, p eruse your student’s desk (beware!), & investigate our textbooks and materials. Make yourself at home! . Welcome!. Curriculum Night Henry David Thoreau Elementary Mrs. Emily Patterson 3/4 Quest. Agenda . Welcome; About Mrs. Patterson

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Feel free to browse around our classroom,

peruse your student’s desk (beware!),

& investigate our textbooks and materials.

Make yourself at home!


Curriculum Night

Henry David Thoreau Elementary

Mrs. Emily Patterson

3/4 Quest

  • Welcome; About Mrs. Patterson
  • Curriculum Night Purpose
  • Quest Program & Students
  • Curriculum
  • Details & Communication
  • Parent Volunteers, Field Trips, Enhancement projects
mrs patterson
Mrs. Patterson
  • A LWSD Quest kid
  • B.A. Communication, Magna Cum Laude: Washington State University 2003
  • M.A. Elementary Teaching, Cum Laude: University of Washington 2005
    • Special Education Endorsement
  • Lake Washington School District 2006-Current
    • High-needs Special Education (Elementary, Jr. High, High School)
    • Special Education (Elementary, High School)
    • Gifted Education (Elementary)
  • National Board Candidate
    • My Family
  • Mr. Ede “Eddie” Patterson
    • H.S. Principal, SPED teacher
  • Brandon Patterson
    • Kentridge class of ‘09, Public Storage employee
  • Taressa Patterson
    • Kentridge class of ‘11, Starbucks employee
  • “Gizmo” (Chihuahua-miniature pinscher)
  • “Rocky(tabby cat)
curriculum night purpose

To facilitate the parent-teacher partnership

To review skills and content your child will learn

To get involved in our classroom community

quest about the program
Quest: About the program
  • Acceleration 1 to 2 years beyond the regular classroom
  • Enrichment through the teaching of critical thinking and research skills
  • Curriculum ‘compacting’ + enrichment
a day in our class
A day in our class…

9:00-9:30 Unpack, Silent Reading + Response

9:30-10:45 Math instruction

10:55 RECESS

11:10 Writing instruction

12:00 Lunch, recess

1:00 Reading instruction


2:15 Social Studies/Science

3:00 Planners, Calendar, Homework, CNN student news

3:30 Dismissal

  • P.E. Monday & Friday
  • Music Tuesday & Thursday
  • Library Wednesday
reading writing
Reading/ Writing
  • Balanced Literacy Approach:
  • Comprehension skills
  • Word work
  • Fluency
  • Independent practice
  • enVision is an exciting new curriculum, with a rich array of challenge options for our students
  • http://portal/private/envisionsso.aspx
science a
Science: A

Magnetism & Electricity

Attraction, orientation and repelling: magnetic force; detecting, sorting and categorizing elements, circuits, motors, electromagnets, telegraphs


Respect for Life, Terrestrial & Aquatic Systems, Controlled Experiments, Optimum Functioning, Environmental Preferences, Organizing Data, Changes Over Time, Lab Life Connection, Biology Vocabulary


Properties, surface tension, slope & flow, temperature and energy transfer, density, evaporation and condensation


Social Studies: A

Marketplace, classroom economy.

Washington State History:

Geography, Pacific NW, U.S. Regions, Cultural changes in WA state, State/National Government, Historical timelines

Current Events:

On a weekly basis we will read Time for Kids (Intermediate level) and view CNN student news to learn about current events & the world around us.

  • Netbooks: 3:1 ratio
  • Math…available Sept. 26
  • Keyboardin:g Type to Learn 4
    • 3rd WPM goal: 25
    • 4th WPM goal: 40
  • Use and creation of ActivBoard flipcharts & voting charts
  • Operation of document camera
  • Digital camera documentation and sharing
  • Navigate teacher-selected websites for research and enrichment
  • Utilize computer programs to assist with math, language arts, social studies, and documentation of learning
  • Types of lines
  • Balance: Shapes and Colors
  • Textures & still-life
  • Portrait sketching
  • Figures in action
  • Elaboration
  • Scale & size
  • Pastoral scenes
  • Sketch journals
  • Conveying time & place
life skills
Life Skills
  • Pyramid of Success
  • Morning meeting
    • Listening
    • Giving and receiving compliments
    • Social problem-solving
    • Bullying
    • Civics
  • Rewards
    • Team
    • Class
      • PJ party
      • Read-a-thon
      • Technology time
home folder planner
Home Folder & Planner


  • Are meant to foster independence with homework management
  • A tool for students and parents
  • A means of reviewing daily lessons and reinforcing learning
  • Will begin to help with time management of long-term reports and presentations

We use ‘Home’ folders to add structure and organization to our daily routine.

  • Newsletters
  • PTA announcements
  • Activities flyers
  • Corrected work
  • Homework
  • Office forms

Please look for the HOME folder and planner each day and assist your child in maintaining order in their “Home” folder

  • Blog: www.mrsemilypatterson.wordpress.com

Provides information on what units/concepts we are studying, any special events in our classroom, notes from the office, and other information I would like to share with you.

I also post polls and invite your comments & questions !

  • Email: epatterson@lwsd.org

Best for brief, simple communication.

  • Phone: 425-936-2720 ext. 7233

Useful for exchanging/gathering of information, gives opportunity to clarify and reflect together.

  • Meeting: before or after school

Ideal for discussing complex or sensitive issues; provides opportunity for brainstorming and collaboration.

important details
Important Details…
  • Snack

Students have a few minutes after AM recess to have a healthy snack. The class will not have an “emergency” snack supply, so it is your decision as a family to decide what is best for your student.

  • Birthdays

We will celebrate birthdays as a class by recognizing students during our morning meetings as students wish. In support of our district nutrition policy, please observe healthy “birthday treat” policies and bring them during snack time (10:45) or the end of the day.

field trips enrichment
Field Trips & Enrichment
  • WA State corn maze: next Friday!!!
  • Toy Workshop Dec. 7th
  • UW World Dance (spring)
  • Guest speakers
  • Art docent/Science docent Wednesdays
  • Evening “Gallery Events”
visiting opportunities
Visiting Opportunities
  • I welcome parent visitors in our classroom!
  • Lunch with your student can be fun!
    • If your schedule permits, eating lunch with your child can be a fun treat. You may purchase school lunch or bring your own from home.
    • Contact the main office to check-in before entering the lunch room and check out if you plan to go off-campus for lunch
  • Many opportunities!
    • In-room
    • Docents
    • Enhancement
    • Special Events/ parties
  • Room parent/liason: Kathy Fries
general good of the order questions
General ‘Good of the Order’ Questions?

Ask Questions,

Seek Understanding