Winter in Michigan

As we have been discovering different blogs around the world, we began to notice a few things about the weather. Some of us were talking about the cold temperatures and all the snow we’ve been getting like, Mr. Avery’s class and Mr. Salsich’s class, and the snow we are hoping to get, Mrs. Watson’s class. But then, we noticed some blogs talking about warm weather, 4KM and 4KJ, and swimming, Mrs. McKenzie’s class.

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Our students decided they wanted to share some pictures of what it looks like in our area right now and invite others to compare. Here are some pictures that reflect our cold weather during our current season of Winter.

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Click here to see Snow Falling

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Will you help us learn about our world by sharing about life in your area?

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What season is it where you live and what seasonal activities do you currently enjoy?


Can you tell us what that season looks like where you live?


What are some of the characteristics of different seasons in your community?

 

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93 thoughts on “Winter in Michigan

  1. Hello there Techie Kids!
    That’s a lot of snow you’ve got there – is it still snowy or was that after your blizzard?
    We posted recently about the snow in Middleham on our blog – but it wasn’t anything like as deep or as severe as the snow where you are. http://middlehampri2.posterous.com/middleham-in-the-snow
    We’ve had snow a few times this year, and we’ve had one day where we couldn’t get into school because of the heavy snow, but we usually make it!
    We’re starting to see the first signs of spring – snowdrops are everywhere and daffodil and crocus shoots are starting to poke through the ground. Although I haven’t seen any yet, the first lambs will be with us in the next 2-3 weeks. It’s cold, with temperatures hovering around zero, and frosts in the morning.
    Because we live in the countryside, spring is a lovely season for us. In winter, things are very grey and dull, paths are muddy and it gets dark early. As we move into spring, we start to enjoy lighter evenings, blossom will soon appear on our trees and the weather will become a little warmer – although it never really gets hot where we live.
    Am I right in thinking that you have very cold winters and hot summers in Michigan? Enjoy your snow while you’ve got it!
    Mrs Monaghan
    A Room with a View

    • Dear Mrs. M,

      Thanks for saying that about us. We had about 6 or 5 snow days this year and missed a lot of stuff.

      Your friend,
      Gavyn

  2. Dear Mrs. Monaghan,
    Yes we have mild summers and cold winters its been snowing like every other day. It’s crazy. We thank you for leaving us a message. I ve heard its been nice weather over there.

    from,
    Anthony
    Techie kids

  3. Dear Mrs.Monaghan,

    Our weather has been cold as a brainfreezer! My Dad finishes shoveling, but a new layer of snow is already covering the ground. Just because it’s Feb. , dosen’t mean it’s spring! The animals are really exited for spring. Still got 4 monthes left of school. What grade do you teach, and what is the topic of the month?

    From Sarah Techie Kids

  4. Dear Anthony and Sarah,
    That sounds a lot colder than over here! We have a bit of snow, then it clears and we maybe have some rainy days, then a bit more snow… today is cold enough for snow!
    I teach Year 3/4 which is children aged 7 – 9 years old. We don’t call them grades in England. You start off in Foundation Stage, aged 4. Then you join Year 1 aged 5, and go right up to Year 13, aged 18!
    We have Nursery, Primary School, Secondary School and then college or university if you choose to continue. It’s quite different to the American system, isn’t it?
    This term, our topic is the Ancient Egyptians. We’re very excited about a trip to London to see the Egyptian Collection at the British Museum coming up. We will have to leave Middleham at 6am, and won’t return home till after 9pm that evening – it’s a long way!
    Your blogging buddy,
    Mrs Monaghan

  5. Dear Mrs. M,

    Ancient Egyptians sounds like an interesting topic. Remember to get lots of sleep or you’ll be really tierd on the way to London! Snacks are a good choise for the ride there and back. Is London the capitol of England? Lansing is the capitol of Michigan. Washington D.C. is the capitol of the United States of America. The school stages sound a little confusing. Thanks for responding, I really like your wording in responding.

    Your friend,
    Sarah from Techie Kids

  6. Dear Sarah,
    You are quite right, we will need to take plenty of snacks for our journey! It is nearly 3 hours by train. London is the capital of England, but not many children in the class have ever visited. We will post lots of pictures when we return!
    Kind regards,
    Mrs Monaghan

    • Dear Mrs.M,

      A train ride sounds like fun! What is your favorite snack? My favorite snack is popcorn. I’ve never been to England or London before. I only went to Lansing: Michigan’s capitol. I also went to our U.S. capitol: Washington D.C. I look forward to see all the interesting posts. Have a wonderful trip!

      Your Friend,
      Sarah From Techie Kids

  7. Hi Techie Kids!

    I am a 4th grade teacher in Hershey, Pennsylvania. It is very cold here right now! We haven’t had much snow yet this winter, but we have strong winter winds that make it very frigid! Right now it is 30 degrees. My favorite winter activity is reading a good book with a cup of hot cocoa! I do not like the winter weather!

    In the summertime, my students favorite activity is to go to Hershey Park. We are lucky to have an amusement/water park right in our back yard! Our summers are hot with a normal day being around 80 degrees.

    We are looking forward to spring! I’m sure you are too!

    We would love to hear from you on our class blog: http://www.kidblog.org/yarzabek9

    Have a wonderful day! LOVE your blog!

    Miss Yarzabek
    4th grade teacher

    • Dear Miss Yarzabek,

      Thank you for commenting to Techie Kids! I loved your comment! I can’t believe you are in Pennsylvania.

      From,
      Tyree
      Techie Kids

    • Dear Mrs.Yarzabek,

      Hi we have had some snow too. It is about 25 degrese here in Michigan. We have had a lot of snow this year. Oh ya my favorite thing to do in the winter is to ride my dirt bike on the lake! I live on a large lake. I really love the winter weather. WOW you have an amusment/water park right behind you? That must be fun in the summer. Our summer temperture on a normal day is about 70 degrees.

      From:
      Gavyn
      Techie Kids

    • Dear Mrs. Watson,

      We had a lot of snow days in Michigan. We’re supposed to get 3 inches of snow. Did you usually have snow in the winter?

      From, Austin
      Have a awesome day
      Techie kids

  8. Hi Techie Kids and Mrs Moore,

    It is always interesting to find out about the weather around the world.

    4KM and 4KJ live in Victoria, Australia. As you know, it is summer at the moment.

    In Australia our seasons last for 3 months…
    Summer is December, January, February.
    Autumn is March, April, May.
    Winter is June, July, August.
    Spring is September, October, November.

    Luckily, we live near the beach and many students enjoy spending time swimming and playing on the sand.

    It is interesting to read about the snow in Michigan as we never have snow here in Leopold!

    Stay warm!

    Your friend down under,
    Mrs Morris

    • Dear Mrs. Morris,

      Thank you so much for posting your blog! I feel happy because you are reading our blog. It’s cool. Your seasons are the total opposite of us.

      How is Australia? Do you have a pet kangaroo?

      From,.
      Ashley
      Techie Kids

      • @ Sean,
        Thanks for replying to me. Summer is very nice. It is another warm day today and I am sitting in front of the air conditioner right now trying to cool down!

        @ Kayla,
        Thanks for your great reply. Keep blogging!

        @Ashley,
        Australia is wonderful! I hope you can come here some day. Haha, no I don’t have a pet kangaroo. Nobody keeps kangaroos as pets, they’re wild animals.

        Happy blogging,
        Mrs Morris

        • Dear Mrs. Morris,

          Your welcome. I love to blog! I wish I could blog at my house. I can’t because my computer won’t let me. It’s not working.

          What are some places to go if I visit Australia?

          From,
          Kayla 🙂
          Techie Kids

    • Dear Mrs. Morris,

      I will love to live in Leopold because then you will never get snow. If you ask why it’s because snow makes winter colder. I think it’s intresting that your seasons last for 3 months. Anyway I liked your story.

      From,
      Logan
      Techie Kids

  9. I live in Japan. It is presently winter. We have had more snow this winter in Tokyo than since 1984. There is usually a lot of snow in the mountains and on the island of Hokkaido. My students like to make snowmen, have snowball fights, build forts, make snow angels. If they go to the mountains they like to ski and snowboard.
    Spring is a wonderful time of the year in Japan. The cherry blossom trees are in bloom. Japanese schools begin their new school year in April. I teach at an international school so we follow the same system as the USA.
    Summer is very hot and humid especially in Tokyo. June and July are usually the rainy season. August is just hot. But the heat can last well into October.
    Fall usually starts in October or sometimes not until November with changing colors on trees.

    • Dear Mrs. Jean,

      I am amazed to see different people on our blog and commenting. Also that you live in Japan and that you have gotten more snow than you’ve gotten since 1984. The next thing I want to point out is that you live by mountains. I’ve only seen mountains once in my life! You also mentioned that your students like snowball fights, because I LOVE snowball fights and that I recently won one!

      Thank you for your time,
      Garett
      Techie Kids

      • Dear Ms. Frankart,

        We have the same weather here in Michigan. We been having a lot of snow days because of this bad weather. I love making snowmen and having hot cocoa as well.

        From,
        Tommy in
        Techie Kids

    • Dear Jean Hino,

      WOW! You have more snow now then you had in 1984. How much did you have? Also how cold is it in Japan? Do you know? After do you take your students sledding?

      From,
      Lucas
      Techie kids

  10. I am a principal in Ohio, and our weather is very similar to Michigan’s, except we haven’t had enough snow this Winter. In Ohio, we are permitted 5 calamity days per school year for bad weather, and so far this school year, we haven’t missed any days at all. I don’t think that has ever happened in my whole life before! All of our students and teachers are hoping for a snow day soon. My favorite Winter activity is building and decorating a giant snowman, but I’m not sure if I will get to do that this Winter. Have fun with your study of weather and seasons!
    Ms. Frankart

    • Dear Ms. Frankart,

      It seems there has been too many snow days in Michigan. One time there was no ice or barley any snow but we still had the day off. Do you like to be the principal of your school?

      From,
      Samuel
      Techiekids

  11. Dear Techie Kids,
    We live on a small island on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada.

    We have the same seasons as you do, at the same time of year, but our temperatures are much milder than yours are. It never gets very cold in the winter or vvery hot in the summer. We actually live in a temperate rainforest. This link http://www.theweathernetwork.com/statistics/CL1026270/cabc0271/ shows our average monthly temperature and rainfall. It rains a lot here!

    Send some of your snow our way please!

    Your friend,
    Mrs. Watson

    • Dear Mrs. Watson,

      Hello have you been to Michigan in your life? If you have please send me a reply.

      From,
      Jerome
      Techie Kids
      Mrs. Watson

      • Dear Jerome,
        Thank you for your reply. I have never been to Michigan before. If I ever get the chance what are the top three things you think I should see or do?

        Your friend,
        Mrs. Watson

  12. Dear Ms. Hino,

    Thank you for your comments. They were fun. I like Japan. It’s awesome in Japan so I’m just commenting you back just to say thank you for this message.

    From, Jack
    Techie Kids

  13. Dear Ms. Morris,

    How are you doing? I like your comment. It was nice of you to show us the weather and the temperature. Is your summer nice out there? We love the summer! 🙂

    From,
    Sean
    Techie Kids

  14. Dear Mrs. Watson,

    How do you like commenting about weather in Canada? Well in MI we’re getting lots of snow! I cant wait for more!

    From,
    Kayla
    Techie Kids

    • Dear Kayla,
      Thank you for writing me back. I am always happy to share information about where I live and learn more about other places in the world. What is your favourite thing about blogging?

      Your friend,
      Mrs. Watson

  15. Dear Mrs. Morris,
    In Michigan we get snow. Our seasons are different.
    On January, December and February are our days with snow.

    It is cool to hear what seasons you get. Thanks!
    From, Sarah
    Techie Kids

  16. Dear Techie Kids,

    I am a student from Mrs. Yollis’ class.

    Here in Southern California, the sun is shining. It is winter, but we are wearing short sleeves and shorts.

    I like to go on bike rides in wintertime, and my family and I go to the beach. The water is too cold, but the air temperature is pleasant.

    Most of the seasons here are warm and sunny, and we can always go to the beach.

    Have you ever been to the beach?
    If not, do you want to go?

    Sincerely,
    Mallory

    • Dear Mallory,

      Thank you so much for visiting our blog and leaving a comment! It is winter, but you are wearing short sleeves and shorts? That is hard for us to imagine today, especially with the bitter winds! Today we were all bundled up with hats, gloves, scarves, and snow boots. I am personally looking forward to flip-flop weather. Unfortunately, right now my toes feel like frosty ice cubes. I did not wear snow boots to school today, so my shoes were soaked. My feet sloshed in the chilly water of melted snow that seeped its way into my socks. Most of our class was curious to know if you have ever seen snow before.

      We love to go to the beach! Did you know that Michigan has the longest fresh water coastline in the world? In the winter months, we enjoy ice skating and ice fishing on the lakes. In the summer, I’m guessing we enjoy many of the same water sports as you. We like to build sand castles, look for seashells, go boating, swimming and tubing. Do we have any of those activities in common? Since we have fresh water here, we were thinking about how our beaches might be different. Could you tell us about some of the birds or animals you see at your beaches?

      Sending snowflake smiles,
      Mrs. Moore 🙂

    • Dear Mallory,

      Hi how are you? Is it cold often in California? Here it is too cold to go to the beach. We still have to wear long sleeves. Two of our seasons are warm.

      I am going to go to Florida so we will be able to go to the beach. My aunt and uncle live there.

      Have fun at the beach!

      Sincerely,
      Ana
      at Techie kids 🙂

  17. Hi Techie Kids

    What a great idea for a blog post. It looks like you have had lots of snow.

    It is Summer here in Tasmania, Australia at the moment although there are only a few more days of Summer left before the season changes to Autumn. We have had some very warm days and many people have spent time at the beach or swimming at a pool.

    Soon we will be seeing the deciduous trees starting to change colour as they prepare to lose their leaves. Our days will be getting shorter and daylight savings will finish. We will begin to wear warmer clothes than the shorts and T-shirts that we have been wearing all through summer.

    In one of the other comments on this post I was reading how some lucky people still get to wear shorts and t-shirts in winter. That will definitely not happen here. We will not get any snow near our school but will see it on the tops of the mountains that are around us.

    regards
    Mrs S

    • Dear Mrs. S ,

      Have you ever seen the Crocidile Hunter movie? What is your favorite activity? Mine is swimming. We did have quite a bit of snow days. Thank you for writing to us!

      From,
      Andrew
      Techie kids

      • Hi Andrew

        Thank you for replying to my comment. I have not seen the Crocodile Hunter but I have seen some crocodiles when I visited Australia Zoo in Queensland.

        My favourite activity is reading closely followed by creating things with paper or wool.

        Do you like creating things?

        Mrs S

    • Dear Mrs. S,

      It has been cold here. Mrs. S does it get cold there? I wish that I was not cold. I wish that it was warm here not cold here now. Our school is warm but outside it is cold. Really cold sometimes. Mrs. S I like when it is cold do you? Mrs.S does your class like when it is warm or cold or both? What about you? Do you like warm weather or cold? Is it warm up there now not cold there now? This is fun at school. Do you like school and your class? I bet you do have fun at school Mrs.S Now have fun.

      ps. Have fun again.
      Your friend,
      Madisyn
      Techie Kids

      • Hi Madysin

        Thanks for replying to my comment.

        It has been cooler here in Tasmania this week. Today, Friday the 1st of March is the first day of Autumn.

        I like warm weather but do not mind when it is cold as long as I am not out in the wind. I really do not like windy days much at all.

        My students like warm weather because they like to play outside and be able to go and visit the beach on the weekends.

        Do you like to play outside? What is your favourite game?

        Mrs S
        It has been cold here. Mrs. S does it get cold there? I wish that I was not cold. I wish that it was warm here not cold here now. Our school is warm but outside it is cold. Really cold sometimes. Mrs. S I like when it is cold do you? Mrs.S does your class like when it is warm or cold or both? What about you? Do you like warm weather or cold? Is it warm up there now not cold there now? This is fun at school. Do you like school and your class? I bet you do have fun at school Mrs.S Now have fun.
        ps. Have fun again.
        Your friend,
        Madisyn
        Techie Kids

    • Dear. Mrs. S,

      I saw your comment. Thanks for commenting to Techie Kids. Also yes, we have had a lot of snow but half of it has melted. We might have a little snow today! That’s probably going to melt too.

      It is not summer here but I wish it was! I love swimming. In fact I swim at a swimming place! Also I wish I could run around in a t-shirt! Once again thanks for commenting to Techie Kids.

      From,
      Tyree
      Techie Kids

      • Thanks for replying to my comment, Tyree.

        Today, Friday the 1st of March, is the first day of Autumn here in Tasmania. Our weather this week has been cooler and we have had some rain. The rain has been great because we have had a warm, dry summer.

        What season is it in Michigan? When will it be summer for your class?

        Mrs S

        • Dear Mrs. S,

          Thanks for commenting to me. This is my 5th time commenting. Also I love blogging. This is one of the funnest things in school!

          It is winter now. Summer is in June, July, and August. I love summer. I like going to the pool and beach how about you?

          From,
          Tyree,Techie Kids

    • Dear Ms. S,

      I like the summer. Is summer good out there? I bet it is out side on the playground. The jungle gym is fun. We barely go out side because of the ice.

      From,
      Sean.

  18. Dear Techie Kids,
    Seattle is really well known for its rain. Other places get more inches, but we have more days of it per year.
    We don’t get snow very often at sea-level and when it snows, we have lots of trouble with the roads. It’s hilly here and snow makes everything slick.
    In Eastern Washington, the weather is different because it’s far from the ocean. Do you have different types of weather in your state?
    From,
    Mrs. Hembree

  19. Hi Techie Kids!

    We’ve been out on vacation all week so I’ll have some students leave comments for you when you get back. Thanks for all the great comments you’ve been leaving for us on our blog!

    Right now it’s winter where we are as you’ve probably noticed from one of our posts! Up until recently we had very little snow. Then all of a sudden we had one big snowstorm (which we wrote about), and now it feels like we’ve been getting storms every weekend! I don’t know about you but I’m ready for some warmer weather!

    Sincerely,
    Mr. Avery

    • Dear Mr Avery,

      It’s a shame that you had a snowstorm. And it looks like it was dangerous too. At my place there is just some snow. But we have been getting lots of chilly weathers. I hope you all are okay with all your proplems.

      From,
      Ana
      Techie Kids

    • Dear Mr. Avery,

      It’s cold over here too. We have been getting a lot of snow. It didn’t snow all at once like where you live but it snows a little bit all the time. I want warmer weather soon.

      From,
      Hunter
      Techie Kids

  20. Hello Mrs Moore & Techie Kids,

    As you know, I live in Australia. We are in the last month of summer. Our summer time is from December to February. However, March can still be quite warm.

    The forecast for the week ahead is for days over 30 degrees. We have not had much rain this year so everything is very brown and dry. When you walk across the paddock it crunches! There are also cracks in the ground.

    The thought of snow is very appealing! I always look forward to our winter time. We rarely get snow where I live but we can drive three to four hours to go skiing.

    Have you had more snow than usual this year? I heard that some schools had to stay closed because of the snow. Were you one of them?

    Stay warm!
    Miss Crowther 🙂

    • Dear Miss Crowther,

      Our school had more snow days than usual! We already had 6 snow days off this year. I’m in Mrs. Moore’s technology class and I’m in the fifth grade. Hope to hear back from you soon!

      From,
      TJ
      Techie Kids

      • Hi TJ,

        Thanks for replying to my comment. Six days of snow sounds like good fun to me, except I am guessing it is not so much fun if you have to travel around. How does snow affect travelling around?

        Take care and stay warm!

        Miss Crowther

    • Dear Miss Crowther,

      My name is Angel. No we were not one of the schools with a blizzard, but we have been getting a little snow every day. But I don’t think it’s a lot of snow compared to other years. Have you ever seen snow? I love to make snowmen and snowforts. Lastly I love to make snow angels.

      Your friend,
      Angel
      Techie Kids

      • Hi Angel,

        Making snowmen sounds like lots of fun. I remember making them when I was little. I’ve still got the photos. My snowmen usually had an orange for a nose and rocks for eyes. We’d then find an old scarf and hat to put on him. How do you decorate your snowmen?

        Snow angels also sound fun. If any snow fell on you, you would be a snow Angel too! I know, it’s a terrible joke!!! My class would be groaning at that one!

        Have fun in the snow.

        From the terrible joke teller,
        Miss Crowther 🙂

    • Dear Miss Crowther,

      I am so happy leaving this for you because were are getting sun today! Also tomorrow and the next day were getting snow. The roads are slushey and icey. Then I heard that lots of schools are closed and we were one of them. Mostly all of us played in the snow! Has your class seen snow before? Well stay warm!

      From,
      Serena 🙂
      Techie kids

      • Hi Serena,

        I hope you enjoyed the sunshine before the snow. We’ve had a lot of sunshine recently. However, on Tuesday and Wednesday it rained. This was very exciting because we haven’t had rain for so long. Many of us live on tank water and if it doesn’t rain, the tanks get very low and sometimes we have to buy in water. It arrives in a big truck and is pumped into the tanks. At school we are on tank water too.

        Some people in my class have seen snow. It doesn’t really snow around here so we have to drive to see it.

        Hope you get some more sunshine soon!

        Miss Crowther

        • Dear Miss Crowther,

          I am happy to be sharing this with you! We are getting some sunshine, a little bit. We are not getting snow at day time but sometimes at night. Yesterday we got some rain and hail and we were supposed to get a lot of snow but it didn’t freeze so we got a lot of rain. 🙂

          Thank you for leaving me a message!

          From, Serena
          Techie Kids

    • Dear Miss Crowther,

      Hello how are you doing down there? Where do you live in Australia? Is it by the water or the grass lands?

      Sincerely,
      Jerome from Techie Kids
      stay cool

      • Hi Jerome,

        I live in Victoria, Australia. The part of Victoria I live in is semi rural. We have a main street with shops, but not a big shopping centre.

        Where I work there is just the school and a shack. There are farms nearby and dirt roads. If I look out the classroom window I can see paddocks, hills, trees, cows and horses. I remember one day when we were all sitting on the floor a donkey started braying from the paddock next door and we all burst out laughing. We have also had goats and cows break into the playground over the weekend.

        What can you see outside your classroom window?

        Miss Crowther

  21. In New Zealand where we live, which is nearly the middle of the North Island, we have had snow twice in the last 100 years. We had a snowfall last year which lasted for ten seconds which occurred during lunchtime and made the students cheer with excitment, although it melted as soon as it hit the ground. It dosent get much below ten degrees centigrade here in Winter, so only half our class of 25 students have ever seen snow. We can send some pictures if you want but its now the middle of summer – and our students usually wear bare feet because its hot (this gets commented on lots by people from overseas who see the phots and videos!)
    Mr Webb and Room Five, Melville Intermediate, Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand. melvilleroom8.blogspot.com

    • Dear Mr. Webb and class,

      WOW! Only 2 snow falls in a hundred years? Thats crazy. Last year and the year before there was barely any snow but some. The lake we live by is frozen right now. We are gonna get 6 inches of snow today. Have you ever seen snow on the ground that you could kind of play in? Has it ever gone lower than five degrees fahrenheit in your area? Also I’m so amazed that people like you in different countries are commenting on our blog.

      From,
      Gavyn
      Techie Kids

      • Gavyn
        We like your page which is why we read it, even though we are nearly on the other side of the world its always interesting for our students to connect with others. We loved the post that you did and the interaction that it meant. We are in summer at the moment so we don’t have the temperature anywhere near 5 degrees F. We did have a cold snap last year but it never gets really below 10 degrees centigrade here in Winter (which I think is about 50 degrees Farenheight), except for the snow day I mettion. But most of our students (half) haven’t. We have some snow in the mountains that would be the only place for it to play in, and that’s really only in winter – you really have to travell to see snow. Thank you for replying to our comment. We created a couple of videos about the weather for you and posted them on our class page in New Zealand.
        Mr Webb and Room Five, Melville Intermediate School, Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand. melvilleroom8.blogspot.com

    • Dear Mr. Webb,

      Hi I’m Brooke here in Michigan. We are getting a lot of snow. Here’s a fun fact, my sister went to New Zealand! She went there for part of her college. She’s a marine biologist.

      How warm has it gotten in New Zealand? I would love to go barefoot at school. Thanks for visiting us!

      Your friend,
      Brooke
      Techie kids

      • Brooke!
        Thank you so much for sharing about your sister having studied in New Zealand, we don’t really find that people know a whole lot of information about New Zealand (some people confiuse us with Australia and we are quite seperate kind of like you and Canada I think). Its about 27 degrees at the moment here in New Zealand, but thats in celcius. We have just gone to level three water restrictions in our city of Hamilton (which is just that we have to use hoses to water the gardens and no sprinklers) and the government is thinking of declaring our area, Waikato, a drought area. We made a couple of videos from our class about the weather, you can see in the background of the video how dry it is, although when we looked back at the video Jamie, who presented it, said it was a bit pointless because the forecast is the same all the time at the moment (because it is so sunny). Thanks for your reply and hope your sister enjoyed her time in our country.
        Mr Webb and Room Five, Melville Intermediate, Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand. melvilleroom8.blogspot.com

    • Dear Mrs. Vilas,

      Thank you for your message. It was fun reading your comments. So how is the weather over there in New Jersey? Is it a hot or cold winter? I hope that you can have a great day.

      From,
      Jack
      Techie kids

    • Dear Mrs. Vilas and class,

      Do you love where you live? What are some places you see? Are you doing a project to celebrate the 100th day
      of school?

      From,
      Haily
      Techie Kids

    • Dear Asha,

      Thank you for visiting us! It is kind of you to thank Anikka. 🙂 I will make sure she sees your message on Wednesday.

      Keep up the great work!
      Mrs. Moore

  22. Hello Techie Kids,

    I saw a link to your blog through one of the blogs I often visit. Being interested in many things, I thought I would visit.

    I live in a small coastal tourist town half way between Sydney and Melbourne in Australia. Being in the southern hemisphere, it’s summer here.

    Today reached 29C (82F) but our hottest day this summer has been 47C (118F). Today was also a very humid day. There was a humidity haze in the air of a day starting a little foggy.

    Many in my town enjoy the beach or lake at this time of year but I tend to like going hiking in the nature reserve or one of the national parks around my town. I often see kangaroos and other animals including snakes when out.

    When winter comes, it can get cold in my town with frost covering the sports ground across the road but I have never known it to snow here. It can sometimes snow in the mountains I can see so, if we have a very cold day, maybe one day snow might fall. To go skiing, people have to drive a few hours to a ski field.

    @RossMannell
    Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

    • Dear Mr. Mannell,

      I like to go to the beach too. Also my dad said he was somewhere hotter then your hottest day of your summer. My dad said it felt like 500F! Another thing is I like snakes but I don’t see them much. How do you like it in Australia because I want to visit? It’s winter here. I’ve had a fun time commenting to you.

      Sincerely,
      Dominic
      Techie Kids

      • Dear Dominic,

        Thank you for replying to my comment. I agree where I live doesn’t get the hottest temperatures. Being beside the ocean keeps us cooler. My first school was way out west where we would often have days hotter than 50C (120F) in summer. I think I’ll stick to the seaside and beaches.

        Around here I have seen brown snakes, red-bellied black snakes and tiger snakes. I have also been told there are death adders but as yet I haven’t seen one. All are poisonous with the browns and tigers also being aggressive. I leave them alone when I see them.

        According to http://listverse.com/2011/03/30/top-10-most-venomous-snakes/ the brown, tiger and death adder are amongst the top 10 deadliest snakes in the world.

        When asked if I was afraid of being bitten by one when out hiking, I explain I keep my eyes open, avoid long grass and have steel capped hiking boots. I feel more afraid having to cross busy roads. 🙂

        @RossMannell

        • Dear Mr. Mannell,

          Thank you for leaving a reply. I’d like to be around snakes. Also I’d like to see a tiger snake. I would feel good if I saw one.

          You have good strategies for staying safe.

          From,
          Dominic, Techie Kids

    • Dear Mr. Mannell,

      It dosen’t get that hot here in the summer. The hottest it gets
      is the upper ninetys. I go to beaches, sand dunes or fishing.

      Your pal,
      Austin
      Have a good day

      • Dear Austin,

        Thank your for replying to my comment. It seems there are many similarities between your home and mine. Fishing and the beaches are very popular here. This is a tourist town. It can be very busy in summer. 🙂

        @RossMannell

    • Dear Mr. Mannell,

      I’m happy you checked out our blog!

      Where we live it is Winter. It is cold! I’m surprised it reached 118F there. In our Summer it just reaches 85F.

      Report back if you can.

      From,
      Ben
      Techie Kids

      • Dear Ben,

        We are now entering autumn (fall) so the temperature have been dropping. Today it was 26c (78F). In the middle of winter the temperature can drop to around 0C (32F) and frost can appear but it would be a very rare thing if we were to get snow. 🙂

        @RossMannell

    • Dear Mr. Mannell,

      Wow, 118F is really hot! We only get up to about 95- 97 degrees in the middle of August. I hope you stayed cool.

      I would love to visit Australia sometime and it would be so cool to see kangaroos outside my house! If sometime in the future I visited Australia, what would you recommend I see?

      I hope you continue commenting!

      Thanks for the comment,
      Emily
      Techie Kids

      • Dear Emily,

        Australia is not as large as the United States but it isn’t too far off it. Much of Australia is arid or semi-arid meaning we have large areas of desert and very dry areas. Most Australians live somewhere along the coast but we do have a large towns in central areas.

        Some of the sights visitors like to see on coming to Australia depends on whether you are more interested in the natural or city life.

        Brisbane, the capital of the state of Queensland, is the gateway to our Great Barrier Reef and its many islands off the north-eastern coast of that state.

        Sydney, the capital of the state of New South Wales, is well known for its beautiful harbour, the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House.

        Melbourne, the capital city of the state of Victoria, is well known for its cultural activities and love of sport.

        Each state capital (Hobart in Tasmania, Adelaide in South Australia, Perth in Western Australia or Darwin in the Northern Terriotry) has its own unique Aussie feel with many places to visit within their states.

        Of course there are the desert regions and the town in the Red Centre, Alice Springs. When visiting that region you can see the magnificent Uluru and Katatjuta, amazing rock formations rising from the desert plains.

        I have some photos and a video to share showing just a few Aussie sights and animals but please ask if it’s okay for you to view this link before doing so. It takes you to a post I made for you and your class on my “Extended Comments for Students” blog…

        http://rossmannellcomments.edublogs.org/2013/03/05/for-emily-from-michigan-who-was-interested-in-australia/

        @RossMannell

        • Dear Mr. Mannell,

          Thanks for replying. I just visited your blog to look at the blog post about me. I also left a comment.

          Sincerely,
          Emily
          Techie Kids

          • Dear Emily,

            I have been busy making posts for your class and, I think, still have one or two more to do. I get the idea for an Extended Comment on reading posts.

            While I often write shorter comments like this one, sometimes a student writes something that catches my interest and, before I know it, my short comment grows longer and needs to be able to share photos, videos or audio.

            I have already prepared a post for Christian on Tasmania.

            The next 3 Extended Comments in my queue are for Katey and Alexis in your class then Emily in California. They will be about my region in Australia, horses, and how the world began according to science. I like many subjects. 🙂

            @RossMannell

  23. Dear Mr. Avery,

    I am also ready for some warm weather. It is soooooo cold here in Michigan. A girl in my class named Emily says it’s below freezing today.

    From,
    Randy
    Techie Kids

  24. Dear Mrs. Watson,

    I live in America, Michigan. Do you have hills of snow? We use them to sled. Sledding is when you have a board with
    string and you hold the string , sitting on the board, and slide down. Hope you get to reply.

    From,
    Sarah
    Techie kids

    3Ge

  25. Dear Techie Kids
    We have been having a very hot February summer here in New Zealand. Most parts of the country have had very little rain, perhaps one day of rain for the month. Some areas are now in drought.
    Here on the West Coast of the South Island we usually gets lots of rain and some people call us the ‘wet’ coast, but they can’t at the moment!
    The B4 children have been able to go swimming three times a week at school, so they are making great progress.

    Do you have a school pool? Do you have school swimming lessons?

    warm wishes
    Mrs McKenzie and B4

    • Dear Mrs. McKenzie,

      Hi Mrs. McKenzie! No we don’t have a pool in our school. We have a community pool where we go and learn flips and handstands. We also learn breast strokes, freestyle, and butterfly.

      It is kind of funny that you have hot weather in February, because we almost didn’t have school yesterday. There is so much snow!

      Sincerly,
      Ari
      Techie Kids

  26. Dear Techie Kids
    I have assigned a group of our students to complete a mini project about the weather as it stands here in New Zealand at the moment. They have a very tight time frame to complete it, and are doing so now. We’d also be keen to Skype our information if that suits.
    Mr Webb and Room Five, Melville Intermediate, Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand. melvilleroom8.blogspot.com

    • Dear Mr. Webb and class,

      Sure we would love to skype with you and your class. Also thank you for doing a blog on our weather around our area. That’s pretty cool that you are doing that. We are going to have some people video taping, taking pictures, Greeting you and asking you some questions just so you know. We are going to put it on our blog too! I hope you have a great time. 🙂

      Your Friend,
      Gavyn
      Techie Kids

  27. Dear Techie Kids
    Today we took photo around the school to look at the weather, looked at the long range forecast and also researched into the water restrictions that we have at present. We have blogged the photos we took and we are posting the video online tomorrow, which is Saturday our time/Friday your time. We really enjoyed the experience.
    Mr Webb and Room Five, Melville Intermediate School, Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand.
    melvilleroom8.blogspot.com

    • Dear Mrs. Hembree,

      We have a lot of rain too but you probably get more. I think it’s going to rain this week. What do you do when it snows and roads are slick? Do you have snow days too?

      Your Friend
      Gavyn,
      Techie kids

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  29. I read your post about winter in michigan. It propably snows a lot. Here in WA Kirkland, snow is rare. It snows almost every two years! And when spring comes , it starts. It rains and rains and rains. I suppose that the water gets frozen too. I never know. I don`t have ice skates so I never go to the lake. Find my teacher at http://www.mrsadair.edublogs.org!
    Julia
    Mrs.Adair

    • Dear Julia,

      Yes we did get a lot of snow this winter! Also if you saw our blog we did a famous person report and Alyson did Rosa Parks and Serena did Diana Ross!

      What weather are you getting today? We are happy to leave you this comment.

      Your new pals,
      Alyson & Serena
      Techie Kids

  30. Dear Alyson and Serena,
    The weather now is warm and rainy since it is spring.I did see your Rosa Parks and Diana Ross. I loved both of them.
    Your commenting buddy,
    Julia

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