Researching Michigan

So many of our blogging buddies have created informational videos and posts about the area they live in. We are learning so much about our world through all that they’ve shared. It’s about time that we did the same thing. Today, our third graders will be starting to research important facts that we can share with all of you about our great state of Michigan. We will be using informational websites, Google Earth, United States apps, and a World Atlas text to find out more. When we are done, we will share our information with you on a Michigan page using tools like Prezi, Photo Story 3, and EduGlogster.  

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Here are some examples of how our friends have shared information with others about their area.

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Mr. Salsich’s Class created a video about Stonington, Connecticut.


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Watch the video on The Local Environment in Sointula created by Mrs. Watson’s 2/3 Class.


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Here is a link to the 2/3’s Our Province page.

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Watch the PhotoPeach Mrs. McKenzie’s Class created to tell others about Reefton, New Zealand.

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Can you share any apps, tools, or websites that would help us with our research?

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Do you have any questions about Michigan?

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8 thoughts on “Researching Michigan

  1. This is a greta idea, I loved the Stonington post by Mr Salsich’s. I am seriously thinking of going to Michigan, so I need to know where I can stay. Do you have bed and breakfast stays at people’s homes, like we do in England?
    We recently posted about our local chip shop http://bit.ly/xL67sQ Mr Salsich showed us the ice cream parlour, my kids would love to know about food. I’d also like to know if I came in August what sport could I watch and could I get a ticket? what are the cinemas like and where could my wife go walking?

    I think your local tourist information office might like to be interviewed.

    Best wishes
    Mr E
    Hawes

    • Dear Mr. E,

      You would love our state! There are definitely different places available for you to stay. We do have Bed and Breakfasts, although I’m not sure how many compared to other locations.

      Going on location to share local restaurants is a great idea. We do have a lot of time constraints, so I’d have to think about that and get back to you. There are some foods that are made here in Michigan like, Vernors Ginger Ale, Better Made Potato Chips, and Saunders Hot Fudge. You will find many restaurants that serve Coney Dogs, Gyros, and pizza that is a square shaped and deep-dish or others with flavored crusts. Many of us love the butter-cheese flavored crust!

      In August, you would absolutely want to go see the Detroit Tigers. For the most part, tickets are easy to get. Many of us love to go to a game when we can. We have lots movie theaters and great places to walk and hike. There are many nature centers, state parks and wildlife preserves in Michigan. Here are some videos from our state tourism office. Click Here for Pure Michigan ads. Enjoy!

      Your Michigander pals,
      Mrs. Moore and the Techie Kids

  2. Hi Techie Kids
    What a great project – you can be tourist ambassadors for your region! If I visited from the UK, what would be the top 3 ‘must-sees’ in your area? How easy is it to get around by public transport? Lake Michigan is obviously close to where you are – but what sports could I do on the lake? I like ADVENTURE! Finally, I like wildlife, what might I be lucky enough to spot in your region that I wouldn’t see in the UK?
    I hope you can answer my questions!
    Mrs M
    A Room with a View, UK

    • Dear Mrs. M,

      Thanks for your encouragement! Ambassadors for our region, that sounds fancy! It makes sense because we do talk about how we need to set a good example representing our state and country. We all think there are many wonderful things to see in Michigan but a few of our top picks were, Comerica Park and Ford Field, the Sleeping Bear Dunes on Lake Michigan, and the Mackinaw Bridge. Comerica Park and Ford Field are where our local sports teams play. The Detroit Tigers play baseball and the Detroit Lions play football. The Sleeping Bear Dunes are large hills covered in sand with an amazing view of the lake. The Mackinaw Bridge connects our lower and upper peninsulas. At 5 miles long, it is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world.

      Public transportation availability varies by area. Areas with more people offer more possibilities. In Detroit, there are cabs, buses, and an elevated train called, the People Mover. To get from the Detroit area to the Sleeping Bear Dunes area would take about 5 hours. The shortest distance from the Detroit area to Lake Michigan would be about 3 hours. Detroit is very near Lake Erie and about an hour and a half from Lake Huron.

      Oh, boy. Your wildlife question is stumping us. From what we’ve found out so far, much of our wildlife is the same. You will find many squirrels, raccoons, and deer. When we go up-north, we look for black bears at dusk. Do you have any bears by you? Our favorite water sports activities are boating, fishing, canoeing, swimming, water skiing and tubing. Lots to keep you busy!

      Your Michigander friends,
      Mrs. Moore and the Techie Kids

  3. Dear Techie Kids,
    Like Mr. E, I am really looking forward to learning more about Michigan. One day I hope that I will have a chnce to visit, but until then I will take the next best thing…a Techie Kids video or slide show!

    I can’t wait to see what you will show us!

    Your friend,
    Mrs. W

    • Dear Mrs. W,

      Wouldn’t that be wonderful? We’d love for you to visit! Well, your 2/3’s have set such a good example for us! We have enjoyed learning about your area, too. It almost feels like we have visited you because of your videos and slideshows. We are very excited to share our research and will be sure to let you know when it gets posted. Thank you for helping us learn so much about our world!

      Your pals,
      Mrs. Moore and the Techie Kids

  4. Hi Mrs Moore & Techie Kids
    What a great answer to my questions! I would love to visit… but the idea of bears is quite scary! The only bears in the UK are in a zoo. I have seen a sun bear in Edinburgh Zoo, and that is supposed to be one of the most ferocious of all the bears – although it lives in the same regions of Asia as tigers, it has no known predators!
    Looking forward to your slide show!
    Mrs M & Class 2

  5. Dear Techie Kids,

    There are great facts about Michigan. Michigan is shaped like a mitten. We are called the Great Lake State. The lakes are Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario. Our Detroit teams are Lions, Tigers, Red Wings, Pistons, and the Detroit Titans. The Detroit Tigers picked up Prince Feilder
    and they also have Miguel Cabera and Victor Martinez. The Detroit Lions just resigned Calvin Johnson for 6 years! They also have Matt Stafford.

    Sincerely,
    Joey and David