Don’t Let the Bear Drive the Model T!

Inspired by the amazing Mo Willems’, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, this book takes a Michigan twist. Henry Ford asks the readers to watch his Model T and remember,

Don’t Let the Bear Drive the Model T!


You won’t believe the crazy excuses this bear gives…



Written and illustrated by Mrs. Moore’s 4th grade Techie Kids.

Happy Reading!

Tell us about a book you have written with your classmates.

What other book versions would be fun to create?


Endangered Species

This is a student post written by Savannah, Adrianna, and Nicole.

Endangered animals need to be taken care of as do their habitats. They need their habitats to survive. If they don’t have their home or food, they will not survive. Some people hunt endangered animals like the cheetah. People cut down trees for paper or building materials.



Rainbow Finch

rainbow finch

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Here are some ways you can help. Try using things that are not made of wood. Try using whiteboards or computers instead of paper. You can use an iPod, DSi, or eReader to read books too. If you have to use paper, then recycle it when you’re done. You can also use both sides of the paper before recycling. This is called reusing. To reduce your garbage, cut down on how much you use each day. We should start replanting the trees that are getting cut down, too.





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Here are some of the illustrations the first grade students made on Earth Day to remind us how to take care of the Earth.

SlideShare of Earth Day 1st grade pictures.


Can you tell us if you’ve ever done something to help endangered animals?


Please share some of your endangered animal research with us.


What facts do we need to know?

Family Feud…Skype Style

And the survey says…this is a great idea!

.Family Feud Logo

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But then, Mr. Curran is full of great ideas. We jumped at the opportunity when he and his 4th grade class invited us to participate in this game. Both classes took a Google Form survey and gave their answer to several questions. These were used as the data for the Skype Feud. The hands-down favorite question for this fun, end-of-the-year activity was, “Name a good gift for a pirate.”

True to the style of the classic Family Feud game show, two students faced off in a race to ring the buzzer (bell) first and give the answer that received the highest number of responses. There were 8 fast paced rounds that began with points at face value then progressed into double and triple points.


It was a close, exciting game that actually came down to the last question. The Techie Kids emerged victorious! We were just so grateful that we’ve been able to connect with so many wonderful classes this year.



Skype Feud from Kelly Moore on Vimeo.

Thank you Mr. Curran and students for being such gracious hosts!


How could you use this idea in your class?

What would be a good question for another Skype Feud with an academic focus?

What game show would you like to try out on Skype?


Our First VoiceThreads

This is our school’s first attempt at VoiceThread.

We would love to hear your comments, suggestions, and tips for how we can improve our future conversations.


Can you tell us about a fantastic VoiceThread you’ve found? Just what made it so fabulous?

Do you have any technical tips to help us improve the sound quality or presentation?

What topics should we create a VoiceThread about in the future?

Skyping with Mrs. Webb-Scheers and The Classroom Connection!

This week, the Techie Kids were able to learn about New Brunswick, Canada from some very special friends. We were so excited to meet our Quad Blogging Buddies in The Classroom Connection! This was a super-exciting experience for our 52 fourth graders. It was their first time using Skype!

We asked 4WS to teach us about the jobs they have when they prepare for a Skype session. We read about all of their expertise and thought it would be important to hear what they have to say.

Click here to read about their jobs.

We found out that both of our classes were using posters created by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano. I found out about her fantastic resources through Langwitches. Mrs. Webb-Scheers found out about them through Around the World in 80 Skypes.

Here is some of the information that The Classroom Connection think is important to research before Skyping with a class:

What is the main language spoken by the other class?

What is the weather like where they live?

They create 3 questions to ask the other class that cannot be answered by “yes” or “no.”

They never share the name of their school for Internet Safety.

They also shared with us that they have a local sports team called the Slammers.

We found out that they do have special classes like Music, Physical Education, Technology, and Art just like we do. Mrs. Moore thought it was great that they talked about using “21st Century Technology.”

We found out that they eat “poutine.” The Techie Kids had never heard of that food before. 4WS shared that is was French fries with gravy and cheese. Yum!

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Take a look at some of the pictures our student photographers took…

Skyping with The Classroom Connection on PhotoPeach

Thank you so much to our Canadian friends and Mrs. Webb-Scheers for helping us learn globally! I would also like to thank Mrs. Johns and Mr. Mittelstadt for letting me bring their classes back into the technology lab during their regular instruction time!

Tell me something you learned that you did not know before.

What do you think is the most important part about preparing for a Skype call?

Do you have any questions that were not asked during our time together?

February Blogging Challenge

We have been discussing digital literacy quite a bit these past months. We have been making connections everywhere we look. Additionally, the 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders have been introduced to spreadsheets in Excel. Watch for the projects they are working on to be posted later…


I know that our time together each week is quite limited. I would like to make sure that we have not forgotten about our blog buddies and how to write quality comments. SO, in an effort to encourage you to practice your digital skills at home, I am issuing a blogging challenge! This month, students can earn 1 piece of candy per 2 quality comments left on our blog or on our Blog Buddies posts. Remember, a quality comment would include all of the items we have discussed in class. The top comment writer will receive a cool PRIZE! All other participants will have an opportunity to win a prize, as well, by having their name entered into a drawing.

Blog Alphabet


Please post a comment here to tell us what you are learning from our friends and where you learned it. The student who finds the most interesting or unique fact will also receive a PRIZE.  We will vote on the most interesting comments at the end of the month.

Don’t forget to ask questions and leave comments for other students.


Another part of the challenge involves practicing your keyboarding skills at home. You have an extra chance to earn 1 piece of candy each week that you practice your keyboarding skills at home. Visit Dance Mat Typing or E-Learning for Kids, from home, at least 2 times for 20 minutes each during the week. Then, leave a quality comment on this post with your first name and an adult family member’s first name who can confirm that you met this challenge.






Thanks to Miss Jordan and 2KJ for sharing this idea with us! You can read about their challenge here.


Happy Blogging!


What have you learned from our Blog Buddies?


Can you tell me about a time that you participated in a contest?


Photo Fun

When everyone returned to school, I heard many stories about new cameras and fun pictures that were taken. It seemed like a great time to continue talking about photo editing. This week our 4th and 5th graders had a chance to try out some of the fun programs and websites that are available.

If you’d like to try too, visit these sites:







Take a look at some of the possibilities  with FotoFlexer…



View more presentations from Mrs. Moore.


What do you like to take pictures of?



How would you use photo editing programs?



Sports Are Amazing!

Hey, this is Kassidy and Jessie here!

What is your favorite sport and why?

Our favorite sport is soccer because it’s fun, you get to hang with your friends, and it’s fun to kick the ball around. Also you get to score goals and have a great time.  It’s athletic and it’s a great time to be outside and get moving.  So we would like to know what’s your favorite sport and why?

Have a great weekend and summer. Talk to you guys soon!

Your pals,

Kassidy and Jessie  🙂


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