We are preparing for our last day at STARBASE. Our instructor, Shutterbug, issued us a challenge to memorize the International Phonetic Alphabet. We accepted the challenge and are practicing using this SlideShare. Learn along with us.
How many did you get correct?
Tell us when you think someone would need to use this special alphabet.
Tell us about another language you’ve learned.
Figurative language is fun. We love to find similes and metaphors as we read and use them as we write. Lately, we’ve been having fun with idioms.
She spilled the beans.
You’re pulling my leg.
Step up to the plate.
He let the cat out of the bag.
Idioms are phrases that have a different meaning than the literal meanings of each word by itself.
Listen to this fun song that helped us understand more about idioms.
Share your favorite idiom with us.
We have begun reading a new novel, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret.” This book is unique to others we’ve read because it is a graphic novel. That means that, out of the 544 pages, about 300 are illustrations. We are intrigued by the mysterious beginning.
Have you read this book?
Do you have other books you’d like to recommend?
Well, that was fun! Our class is participating in an awesome STEM, Project Based Learning program called, STARBASE.
This program investigates areas of Chemistry, Engineering Design Process, Robotics, Logic and Math, Fluid Mechanics & Aerodynamics, to name a few. The students were so excited (and I was too!) Check out our Animoto to have a look at some of our learning.
We have 4 more STARBASE sessions, so stayed tuned for more awesomeness!
Techie Kids- What was your favorite part of our first day of STARBASE?
Blogging Buddies- Have you participated in any similar programs or projects in your class? Tell us about it.
The Student Blogging Challenge, Week 2, asked us to share about our area for new blogging friends to learn a little about life where we live. If you come to Michigan, here are some of our favorite places that we think you’d like to see.
Our state’s capital. You can see the capitol building’s beautiful architecture and take a tour of the House and Senate galleries.
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Visit any of our 3,200 miles of fresh water coastline. We have an abundance of beautiful beaches. We also have 11,000 inland lakes.
Pronounced “Mack-i-naw,” this bridge connects Michigan’s lower and upper peninsula. The Mackinac Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere and the third longest in the world at 26,372 feet. That’s 5 miles long!
The “Soo Locks” in Sault Ste. Marie are the connection between Lake Huron and Lake Superior. These locks are important because the 2 lakes are at different elevations. Large freighters enter the locks and rise and fall 21 feet, changing the elevation safely so they can continue on their journey.
This is Michigan’s largest amusement and water park. It has rollercoaster’s and water rides making summer days, super fun!
Ok, so those are 2 cute kids, but it shows a Michigan Adventure rollercoaster in the background.
This is another summertime favorite of ours. Here you can feed the giraffes and walk through the polar bear tunnel. The zoo has more than 2,600 animals of 265 species.
Sleeping Bear Dunes
This is part of Michigan’s more than 300,000 acres of sand dunes. Located on Lake Michigan’s eastern coastline, it was named, “The Most Beautiful Place in America,” by Good Morning America.
This museum collects American history. When you visit here, you’ll find inventions and exhibits over 300 years of American life.
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This is the home of our Major League Baseball Team, the Detroit Tigers. There is also a carousel, ferris wheel, and games for some extra fun.
Here’s a 360 Cities peek around the main entrance to the stadium in downtown Detroit. Click on the photo, then hold and drag to spin and take a look around.
Have you visited any of these places before?
Do you have something similar where you live?
Which place might you like to visit?
Challenge Week 1
We have joined the Student Blogging Challenge . We are very excited to see what we will learn.
Please see our “About Us” page. We will continue to share updated information as we learn from our new blogging buddies.
Here is a video created by our state’s tourism department sharing some activities that we love during our current season of winter.
I was planning to ask everyone in class which winter fun activities they have done this season. Unfortunately, we’ve had another 2 “snow days” this week for inclement weather conditions. That makes 11 snow days this year. Since we aren’t together in class today, I’ll post this poll and you can tell me from home.
Here are some questions for our blogging buddies.
Do you have snow where you live?
Please tell us about your weather.
Our class has been very excited about the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. We have read about the athletes and events, while watching the medal count rise. Since we practice our reading skills like comprehension and fluency, along with informational text, we thought this would be a perfect way to share our learning with you.
We found this fabulous little app called, Tellagami. It is free and allowed us to make an avatar while recording our voices. Please listen in and enjoy this Winter Olympics update!