Mail from Mr. Mannell

Today, the Techie Kids had a wonderful surprise! We received a package in the mail from the fabulous, Mr. Mannell (@RossMannell). He has been doing an amazing job of supporting my 3rd through 8th grade bloggers.

Here are the first comments that we shared on our Winter in Michigan post.


Here are the links to additional posts that were kicked off by these comments. Please explore them! I’m sure you will love them as much as we have!


We were thrilled when we opened the Australian package and found a book, Wombat’s Secret, a wombat figurine, and a token from Potoroo Palace, an animal sanctuary where Mr. Mannell took many of his incredible animal photographs.


Here are some of the amazing images taken by Mr. Mannell that he shared with us and gave us permission to use.


We found out that it took 14 days to travel from New South Wales, Australia to Michigan, USA. If the package could travel in a straight line, the total distance traveled would be about 9,600 miles.

View A Wombat’s Journey in a larger map


Mrs. Moore is an Indiana Jones fan, so she was excited to share this Google Map, Treasure Map style! 🙂

Since Australian animals were a big focus of many comments and posts, we’d like to share some pictures of animals in our area with you. Click on the book cover below to read our Michigan Animals book.

Michigan Animals


We are so excited that blogging has allowed us to connect with new friends around the world!

Thank you, Mr. Mannell, for all that you’ve shared with us!


Please tell us something that you have learned from Mr. Mannell.

What animals live in your area or are unique to your area?


What animal is most interesting to you and why?


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

Image by Nick Hobgood Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)

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.





Image by barnetcouncil Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)


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?


Hi Everybody!

I just visited the Detroit Zoo with Bella and Brielle. Since we had so much fun, I thought I’d share some zoo web cams with you. I hope you are all having a safe and happy summer!






For more webcam fun, visit these sites. Remember, the National Zoo site offers 20 more webcams!


Panda Cam


Polar Bear Cam


Elephant Cam


Ape Cam


Animal Cams at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park



Book Review With Abby and Nicole


Hey it’s Abby and Nicole! We want to tell you about a book we have read! The book is called Adopted by an Owl! It is a true story about an owl named Jackson! Jackson (as a baby) gets stolen out of his nest. A man named  Chris, with a licence, comes to take care of him! One last detail they set him free at the end but… can’t tell you the rest so check it out! 🙂


Shark Bites With Abby

Hey, Hey it’s Abby! I want to tell you all about the new movie were going to see, Oceans! Now you will see amazing images of animals and you will learn about them! This movie is a Disney movie which means it has something to do with Friends For Change!  Friends for Change is all about making a diffrence in the world! You can participate in Friends For Change by going to! Together we can make a diffrence! I can’t wait to see the movie! 🙂


Clown Fish

Image by Kenneth G. Ransom from

Siberian Tiger Going Extinct

Did you know the Siberian Tiger is going extinct? It is going extinct because, of human actions. The reason their going extinct is because, of  lost of habitat, and hunters!  They live in Russia and Western Cental Asia. They are one of the eight biggest tigers. If we don’t protect them NOW we are going to lose these huge cats that are important to our environment.

Siberian Tiger

By Dax and Aaron

The Red Panda

Hello Sugarbush Sharks!

This is your student council representatives Everhett and Jed.

As you all know the Red Panda has just been adopted by our school. That means that we are helping this small mammal recover from endangerment. Here are some facts about this fascinating animal

  • It lives in Nepal to West China, India, Bhutan, and Nothern Myanmer
  • It is found in mostly temperate forests
  • It has reddish-brown fur
  • It eats mainly bamboo, eggs, birds, insects, and other small mammals
  • It is active from dawn until dusk
  • It is like a mix of a bear and a raccoon
  • It is a little bigger than a domestic cat
  • There is about 11,000-20,000 in the wild

Thank you for reading!