Vote for Books to Africa!

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Our friend in Washington, Julia, left us a comment that caught our attention.

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Julia is a student at Mrs. Hembree’s school. They have been working very hard on a Books to Africa Project. Check out their links HERE and HERE.


These students have been fundraising and collecting books to send to children in Africa that do not have books. We don’t always think of how incredible it is to be able to get any book we want. This is a wonderful opportunity to be grateful and help make a difference in other children’s lives.

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Please join with us in supporting the Bell Bulldog Readers!
Here’s what you can do:
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1. Go to ChangeMySchool.com

2. Click on the Books to Africa video.

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3. Click on the blue button that says, “Vote for this Video!”

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4. You can vote 1 time, from each device, each day until May 31st.

Every Child Deserves a Book.

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Help make a difference the life of a child!

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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!

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

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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?

 

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.

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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!

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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.



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

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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


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

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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


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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!

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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?

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If You Give A Monkey A Pineapple…

If you give the Techie Kids inspiration, chances are they’ll create something amazing! That’s just what we’ve been doing. Inspired by Laura Numeroff’s If You Give A Mouse A Cookie series, we decided to create our own version.

This story is a collaboration between our Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third grade classes.

Here is our First Edition Publication of, 

IF YOU GIVE A MONKEY A PINEAPPLE

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Have you ever written a book before?

If you were to create another book in this series, what would it be called?

A Special Delivery from Scotland!


We were so excited today because we received some very special mail. It was a large envelope from

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Mrs. Stewart and the P3S Superst☆rs!

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Inside we found a postcard reminder that the Superst☆rs  use when they are writing to a Postcard Pal. Mrs. Stewart knew that we liked her idea so she decided to send one to us. We thought that was very kind! We will certainly put it to good use.


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Scotland Book 001

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But that wasn’t all we found in our envelope. We received a very special book created by the Superst☆rs. It is called Flat Stanley Visits Primary 3S.

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Scotland Book 004

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Many of our blog buddies from around the world have been learning and sharing so much through the Flat Stanley books.

Click HERE for some Flat Stanley fun!

We thought this idea was fabulous! This unique book shares maps about Scotland, which really helps us with our geography.

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Scotland Book 006

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It was so nice to see pictures of the Superst☆rs and Mrs. Stewart, too.

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Scotland Book 007

Scotland Book 008

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We learned many facts about Arbroath with Flat Stanley as our guide.  We think that Kerr’s Miniature Railway looks like fun!

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Scotland Book 009

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We can’t wait to learn more about our friends’ very special country!

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Thank you!

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(Kindergarten Techie Kids)

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How has your class used Flat Stanley to help you learn?
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What did you learn from the Superst☆rs?
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What would you like to learn more about?

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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?

Mobile Learning Devices


The Kindergarten and First Grade students have been talking about mobile learning devices.

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Here are some of the connections we made, ideas we shared, and new vocabulary we learned.

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It is amazing!

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Mobile Wordle

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Your finger acts like a mouse on the iPod Touch.

Your finger acts like a mouse on the SMARTBoard too.

Big SMARTBoards are good for lots of people to see at the same time.

Big SMARTBoards are good for seeing from far away.

Small iPod’s are good because you can take it with you. You can’t take a big SMARTBoard on vacation.

You can read books on an iPod Touch.

You can read books on a SMARTBoard.

You can read books on the computer.

You can read books on an iPad.

You can read books on a Nook.

You can read books on a Kindle.

You can read books on an eReader.

You can read books from the library.

It is still good to read regular books. Technology just gives us more possibilities and lets us have a choice.

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iPod Pic

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Can you share your experience with mobile learning devices?

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What is your favorite App?

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Can you share an example of when it’s a good idea to use technology and when it’s a good idea to use something traditional?

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