Tongue Twisters

One of my favorite Dr. Seuss books is Fox in Socks. I just love the silly tongue twister tales. Let’s have some fun in the style of this awesome author by writing and reading some of our own. Many tongue twisters use alliteration. Alliteration is repeating a particular sound in the first syllables of a series of words or phrases. Try this strategy. Choose a letter to focus on for your alliteration. Brainstorm a list of 10-12 adjectives, nouns, verbs, and other parts of speech that begin with this letter. Try to create a short story using these words in a combination of simple and complex sentences. Share your tongue twister in a comment so we can try out your tricky tale.

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Here are 2 that Mrs. Moore tried.

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The bright, blue balloon broke loose from boy’s box.
Boy used broom to bring bright, blue balloon back to box.
Silly boy. Bright, blue balloons don’t go back in box.

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Skunk skipped to the Slippers and Shiny Shoes Store.
Skunk shouted when she spotted six, slick, slimy shoes.
Should she show the shoes to the shoppers or
Should she stop and sling the shoes into the sink?
She should stop.
Some shoes slipping. Some shoes sliding.
Skunk shook the slimy shoes ’til the strings swung into the sink
Slowly she stood on a stool, scooped up the shoes, and shoved them onto the shelf.
She began to shout and spout , “Now she can show me the shiny shoes!”

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Share one of your own tongue twister tales.
What’s a strategy we should use when writing with alliteration?

Skyping with Mr. Kruger’s Class!

Today we were able to connect with Mr. Kruger’s 3rd grade class in Minnesota.


It is always fun to meet new friends. Both of our classes were ready to talk about our communities. Here is some of what we learned.

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For fun…
They visit the Minnesota Zoo or the Como Zoo. The Como Zoo is free!
The 3rd graders can go to the Mall of America, but this isn’t just any mall. It’s the biggest mall in the United States. They even have roller coasters inside called Nickelodeon Universe! Mrs. Moore has actually been there and can verify that it would take a long time to visit all of the stores and see everything there is to see. 🙂

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Many students visit their cabins on the weekends.
Their community has the largest free fair in the state. It is held in August.

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Several of the students shared about some special jobs that their families have.
Gopher Sport makes athletic and fitness equipment.
Viracon-This company makes the glass and tints for windows. Their glass is being used in the new World Trade Center building in New York.
Construction and Insurance– This area provides insurance to many large companies.
Josten’s– They created the designs for the Super Bowl rings.
Mayo Clinic– This is a very special, well-known medical center that helps to diagnose and treat patients.

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Their community has about 25,000 people.
We discovered that our temperatures are very similar, which makes sense because we are very close in location. They are hoping to get some snow tonight!

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Thank you for helping us learn more about our world!
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Do you have any questions you did not have time to ask?

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Tell us a fun fact about the area you live in.

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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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Christmas Fun

Well, you may have noticed that something looks different around here. Last week, the Techie Kids visited our blog buddies, Mr. Avery and Mrs. Watson’s, class blogs. They were super excited when they saw the Christmas decorations and immediately started asking if we could decorate too. Of course, they didn’t have to ask me twice! If you’d like to add some fun to your website, visit blogamation.com and take a peek at some of their cool animations.

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I thought I’d share our Sqworl with some fun websites for you to try out this month. Can you share any of your favorites with us? We’d love to add them to our collection!

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With so many pictures being taken at this time of year, we wanted to share some of our favorite Photo Editing websites with you. We’ll be exploring these in class this week.

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Don’t forget about having fun with Wordle too!

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Just as an update, our 5th graders are working on their first-ever glog’s through EduGlogster. The Kindergarteners are planning and practicing for their first-ever video. Stay tuned to see how they turn out…

 

 

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Do any of you have tips to share about making a glog?
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Can you tell us about a favorite Christmas or photo editing website we should try?
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Please share your favorite Christmas activity, tradition, or story with us.

Skyping With Mr. Avery’s Class

The Techie Kids are so excited because they were finally able to Skype with Mr. Avery’s class! This was the first time that students in this building have been able to Skype at school. For many of the children it was their first time using Skype ever! 61 Techie Kids were able to sit in on this call.
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We have learned so much this year from our blogging buddies. Here are just a few of the things we learned when meeting our friends.
The capital of Massachusetts and most populous city is Boston. Massachusetts is ranked 14th in population out of the 50 states in our country. That’s pretty significant because they are one of our smallest states in size.
4 of our United States presidents were born in Massachusetts! They were John Adams, John Quincy Adams, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and George Herbert Walker Bush. That is pretty amazing!
Massachusetts’ state bird is the Black-Capped Chickadee, their state dog is the Boston Terrier, and their state cat is the Tabby cat. A few of the Techie Kids have Boston Terriers and Tabby cats as pets.
The Massachusetts state flower is the Mayflower. That got our students attention because we had just learned a lot about the ship the Mayflower in the weeks leading up until Thanksgiving.
Their state nickname is the Bay State.
Massachusetts is 10,555 sq miles.
The highest point is Mt. Greylock at 3,491 feet.
Mr. Avery’s class likes to play soccer and football.
We compared their life near the salt water of the Atlantic Ocean to our life near the fresh waters of the Great Lakes.
We learned that their wildlife is very similar to ours with the exception of the Right Whale! Right as opposed to “left” or “wrong.” We couldn’t believe that so many of them were able to go whale watching.
Mr. Avery’s class has really inspired our students to create their own videos. They even shared their movie making process with us. To see some of their amazing videos, CLICK HERE and HERE

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Check out some of the pictures that the Techie Kids took during our Skype call.

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Take a peek at this website and look for fact sheets on each of the states in our country.
Enchanted Learning- U.S. States

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Thank you Mr. Avery’s class!
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Are there any other interesting facts about Massachusetts that you think we should know?
What was your favorite part about our Skype call?

Edublog Awards Nominations

The Edublog Awards are an exciting, encouraging way that we can recognize incredible learning around the world. I wish I could nominate more of our buddies because they are such all-stars! Here are a few blogs I am very happy to share with you.

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Best Librarian/Library Blog


Mrs. Hembree is the incredible librarian for the Bulldog Readers in Washington, USA. Her vast knowledge of children’s literature is reflected in her highly informative blog posts. Even though Mrs. Hembree has 400 students, she still makes time to contribute valuable comments to classroom discussions. Her passion for student learning is evident and a welcome addition to the blogging world! Mrs. Hembree, You Rock!

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Best School Administrator Blog


I am happy to nominate Mr. Eldridge for his work on behalf of his students. He is the Head Teacher at Hawes Community School in England. Mr. E works tirelessly ‘round the clock collecting ideas and friends along the way. He is constantly popping up in classroom conversations in different parts of the globe. His comments are always a favorite of the Techie Kids. Thanks for all that you do to flatten the classroom walls for all of the students you interact with!

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Best use of audio/visual/podcast


Mr. Avery is a 6th grade teacher in Massachusetts. Our students have really enjoyed the Math videos that he has created with his students. We have learned many new concepts because of their sharing. Each video is engaging and inspires us. Many of the Techie Kids have been writing and editing scripts for their own videos because of the example Mr. Avery’s class had set.  Thanks for the fantastic ideas and excellent resources!

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Best Class Blog


Mr. Salsich teaches 3rd grade in Connecticut, USA. As soon as you visit his blog, you can see that this is clearly a community learning space. It is obvious how much time and heart are put into each post. Not just by Mr. Salsich, but by his students as well. This class takes ownership over their learning. It simply amazes me that every single post is so well-crafted and valuable.
I only wish that I had teachers like Mr. Salsich when I was in school. I feel so grateful that my students can share in their awesome learning adventure as they welcome us through blogging!

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Lifetime  Achievement

Mrs. Yollis, you are simply amazing!

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Best Group Blog


Our World, Our Stories is a fantastic example of global collaboration that is meaningful for students. Miss Jordan, Mrs. Morris, Mrs. Watson, Mrs. McKenzie, Mrs. Yollis, and Mr. Salsich all contribute to this blog. The posts are relevant and interesting. These classes always set a strong standard for the learning potential of educational blogging. This collaboration has already inspired others to do similar projects. Thanks for the brilliant way that you flatten classroom walls around the world!

Stories Around the World

Our class is participating in a global project called Stories Around the World. This is a group blog where 11 classes from around the world can share their stories all in one place.

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Our stories come from 5 countries across 3 continents in both the northern and southern hemispheres. We hope to use technology as tool to enrich student learning as we flatten our classroom walls.
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Here is a map showing the locations of all the participating classrooms.
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Even if your class is not creating posts for this blog, we still welcome and encourage you and your class to leave us a comment . Much thanks to everyone who has already supported us!
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Thank you for being a part of our learning!
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Have you taken part in  a global project before? What was it  about?
Do you have any tips to share with us on global collaboration?
 

Let’s Meet the Valdezians!

The Techie Kids are Quad Blogging with three fabulous classes!
 
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Mrs. Webb-Scheers: The Classroom Connection
Mrs. Moore: Techie Kids
Mrs. Kistler: The 49’ers  
Ms. Valdez: The Valdezians
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This is the fourth week of our collaborative project.
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Take a look at this post: Writing Boot Camp
Have you practiced Fractions?
Do you know any Vivid Verbs?
 
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Here is a peek at what it looks like near the Valdezians.

San Antonio Riverwalk Christmas Lights in USA

The Alamo Front in USA

Did you notice anything about the 360 degree pictures?

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So, instead of leaving a quality comment here, let’s head on over to Mrs. Valdez and the Valdezians and visit our Quad Blogging friends! Don’t forget to let them know you’re a Techie Kid!