Let’s Meet Mrs. Kistler and the 49’ers!


The Techie Kids are Quad Blogging with three fabulous classes! 


Mrs. Webb-Scheers: The Classroom Connection in Canada

Ms. Vivian: Year 3 Superstars in Australia

Mrs. Kistler: 49 ‘ers in the USA

Mrs. Moore: Techie Kids


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This is the fourth week of our collaborative project.


Mrs. Kistler has a special post prepared to welcome us. 

  Click here to read it!



Here is a peek at what it looks like near the 49’ers.



San Antonio Riverwalk Christmas Lights in USA


So, instead of leaving a quality comment here, let’s head on over to Mrs. Kistler and the 49’ers and visit our Quad Blogging friends! Don’t forget to let them know you’re a Techie Kid!


MACUL 2011

The Techie Kids presented our Fall Skype Party at the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) 2011 Technology Conference.


Derek, Jessica, Madison, and Noah shared all about the many things they learned with their blogging buddies in Australia. They were “Teaching the Teachers!!”

4,000 educators from the Michigan area attended the conference to gather ideas and learn about new ways to make learning experiences meaningful for our students. Our student presenters did an incredible job speaking with adults and sharing their excitement about learning. They also demonstrated their photography skills to share some pictures with all of you.

Well done!


I’d also like to welcome all of the teachers and students that we met at the showcase who are visiting our blog from other schools! Please feel free to leave us a comment and see how much fun blogging can be. 🙂 You can also email me if you’d like.

Additionally, I’d like to thank the wonderful families that brought their children to the conference and have supported us in our adventures! You are awesome!


Here is the BookQuest that we shared at the Student Technology Showcase.


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Do you have any questions to ask our four, fabulous, student presenters?



What was your favorite part of working with our blog buddies in Australia?



What kinds of exciting activities do you think we should try in the future?



Skyping with 2KJ in Australia!

We Skyped with Miss Jordan and 2KJ in Victoria, Australia!

2KJ has been helping us learn about the seasons all around the world. It is spring in Australia while it is fall here in the U.S.A. The third grade classes celebrated all their hard work on the BookQuest with a fall party. Since 2KJ has done such a wonderful job helping us learn, we thought it would be a great idea to invite them to our party. 2KJ and 2KM joined us LIVE on Skype. It was the first time that any of these Techie Kids have used Skype. They were so happy they could see and hear our buddies in Australia while they talked with us. Thank you to our special friends who made this party such a memorable experience!


We learned some super-cool facts about life in Australia.


Our party was at 5:30pm on Monday night, but for 2KJ, it was 9:30am on Tuesday morning!

Australia’s total population is around 21,000,000 people.

The students at Leopold Primary School wear uniforms and we do not.

It does not snow where 2KJ lives in Victoria.

We say that we “root” for a team. In Australia, they “barrack” for a team.

The Ashes Cricket tournament takes place in Australia during the summer.

They enjoy watching the Melbourne Cup and Geelong Cup horse races and participate by having “sweeps.” This is when the names of the horses are put in a hat and they pull out a name to find out what horse they want to win. They get a prize if their horse comes in first!

They like to eat vegetables, fruit, and Vegemite.

The students especially enjoyed hearing that Miss Jordan was able to look out the window at her family’s house in the country and see kangaroos.  We thought that would be awesome!!


Thanks for teaching us so much about your country!



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Our photographers went right to work to help us remember our party. Cameron, Kayla, Trisha, Bryce, Noah, William, Jenna, and Evelina were busy taking pictures of all the fun. Enjoy the slideshows!



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What was your favorite part about skyping with 2KJ?


What are some similarities or differences between our class and 2KJ?


Why do you think Skype is a good idea to use in schools?



Sunshine and Seasons

As part of our fall BookQuest, our weather forecast group investigated the reason that we have seasons. We read books to find our answer. One book did an especially good job of helping us understand. We decided to conduct the experiment found in the book, Sunshine Makes the Seasons by Franklyn M. Branley, illustrated by Michael Rex. The experiment was recorded on video so that we could share it with you. The hard working students behind this project are Johnathon, Cody, Greg, Paige, Logan, Blake, Colton, and Robby. Click on the link below to view our investigation.  We hope this video will help you get a better understanding of why the seasons are different around the world.


Sunshine Makes the Seasons




What did you think of our video?



Did you learn anything new?



Fall Party Decorations


Well, it’s finally here…


The day of our FALL PARTY! It is time to celebrate with our blogging buddies in Australia, Miss Jordan and 2KJ.  After a month of reading, research, and planning, it’s time to decorate for our party. I’d likeFall_Tree to thank our illustrators, EJ, Mike, Alex, Anthony, Ty, Ayden, Olivia, and Beth for sharing their artwork with us. They have created these pictures in Kid Pix and Tux Paint to make our room look festive. We hope you enjoy the slideshow!





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What is your favorite way to create artwork?


Tell me about a time when you decorated for a party.



Weather Forecast

Our student meteorologists, Caitlyn and Sergei, gathered temperatures that were recorded for each month in our area. They compared the data and calculated an average temperature. Here are some examples of the data we collected.




These are the results: The average temperature for

Fall was 54° Fahrenheit.

Winter was 29° Fahrenheit.

Spring was 49° Fahrenheit.

Summer was 73° Fahrenheit.


Since most of the world uses the metric system, we also thought it would be a good idea to convert these numbers from Fahrenheit to Celsius. We used the following formula to convert the temperatures.


°F to °C Deduct 32, then multiply by 5, then divide by 9

°C to °F Multiply by 9, then divide by 5, then add 32



Fall was 12° Celsius.

Winter was -2° Celsius.

Spring was 10° Celsius.

Summer was 23° Celsius



We found these “Typical Temperatures” in the chart on the Math is Fun! website.



Try out your own conversions on the Math Is Fun! website.



Use the conversion calculator near the bottom for some extra fun!


What are the average temperatures in the area where you live?



Fall in Michigan

Our BookQuest continues as we investigate the beautiful FALL season. We would like to share with you some of our pictures of what fall looks like in Michigan, USA. Many of these pictures were taken by our 3rd grade student photographers. You can see the changes that happen to our plants during this time of year. You may also notice the clothing that is being worn to get an idea of our current temperatures. 


 Our student photographers are Cameron, Kayla, Trisha, Bryce, Noah, William, Jenna, and Evelina. They learned the proper way to use a digital camera and how to download the images to the computer. These photographers did a fabulous job with the photos!


Fall Fun on PhotoPeach





I would also like to share with you the slideshow that Miss Jordan created for 2KJ’s blog. It is about their current season of spring. Please watch and read their presentation. Then make some connections by comparing and contrasting the images from our slideshows.



spring in australia


Can you share with us something new that you learned from these presentations?


What do these pictures look like compared to where you live?


What are some of the activities you like to do in the fall?