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!
Please tell us what you think about our video.
Can you recommend any other quality apps for us to try?
You’ve done so well with your daily language practice this year! However, I found some celebrities who would benefit from your editing skills. Please read these “tweets” and correct their “typos.” I’m sure they’ll appreciate your support!
What errors do you find in your own writing?
Think of a spelling, grammar, or punctuation mistake. What should other students remember to make sure they don’t make the same error?
Good morning, 5th grade! Let’s take a Minute for Math with Mrs. Yax. You have been learning about estimating quotients. Mrs. Yax wanted to share an easy estimating strategy with you.
What did you think about the video?
How do you feel about using a video to get some extra practice?
What other questions do you have for Mrs. Yax?
Wowie! Our Kindergarteners have been working hard this year. They have learned so much!
They strengthened their fine motor skills while they practiced using the mouse. They learned how to double-click, “Click-Click!” They practiced using different menus and icons. We made shapes in the drawing programs, “Click it, Hold it, Drag it out!” They learned how to make a small window bigger, “maximize.” We learned how to navigate websites, choosing games, videos, and stories that interested us. Kindergarteners scrolled their Internet window down and exited programs when they were done. They practiced finding letters on the keyboard and they even learned how to unlock the login screen, “Control, Alt, Delete,” then type in their username and password.
For some summertime fun, we wanted to share our super cool version of the alphabet with you.
We hope it makes you smile, too!
Have a wonderful summer!
This is a student post by Jacqueline.
This Snapguide shows how to draw a cartoon elephant. It is a step by step tutorial. I was learning about how to make tutorials and different ways to publish my ideas.
I hope you enjoy it and like making your own elephant.
What other animals would you like to learn how to draw?
Have you ever made a tutorial?