Michigan Must-See Places

The Student Blogging Challenge, Week 2, asked us to share about our area for new blogging friends to learn a little about life where we live. If you come to Michigan, here are some of our favorite places that we think you’d like to see. 

Michigan Must See

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Lansing

Our state’s capital. You can see the capitol building’s beautiful architecture and take a tour of the House and Senate galleries.

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Shorelines

Visit any of our 3,200 miles of fresh water coastline. We have an abundance of beautiful beaches. We also have 11,000 inland lakes.

Shorelines

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Mackinac Bridge

Pronounced “Mack-i-naw,” this bridge connects Michigan’s lower and upper peninsula. The Mackinac Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere and the third longest in the world at 26,372 feet. That’s 5 miles long!

Mackinac Bridge
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Soo Locks

The “Soo Locks” in Sault Ste. Marie are the connection between Lake Huron and Lake Superior. These locks are important because the 2 lakes are at different elevations. Large freighters enter the locks and rise and fall 21 feet, changing the elevation safely so they can continue on their journey.

Soo Locks

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Michigan Adventure

This is Michigan’s largest amusement and water park. It has rollercoaster’s and water rides making summer days, super fun!
Michigan Adventure

Ok, so those are 2 cute kids, but it shows a Michigan Adventure rollercoaster in the background. 😉

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Detroit Zoo

This is another summertime favorite of ours. Here you can feed the giraffes and walk through the polar bear tunnel. The zoo has more than 2,600 animals of 265 species.

Detroit_Zoo_Collage

 

Sleeping Bear Dunes

This is part of Michigan’s more than 300,000 acres of sand dunes. Located on Lake Michigan’s eastern coastline, it was named, “The Most Beautiful Place in America,” by Good Morning America.

Playing on the Dunes
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The Henry Ford

This museum collects American history. When you visit here, you’ll find inventions and exhibits over 300 years of American life.

1858 Rogers Locomotive

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Comerica Park

This is the home of our Major League Baseball Team, the Detroit Tigers. There is also a carousel, ferris wheel, and games for some extra fun.
Here’s a 360 Cities peek around the main entrance to the stadium in downtown Detroit. Click on the photo, then hold and drag to spin and take a look around.


Comerica Park. Main Entrance 1 in USA

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Have you visited any of these places before?

Do you have something similar where you live?

Which place might you like to visit?

Kindergarten Alphabet

Wowie! Our Kindergarteners have been working hard this year. They have learned so much!

They strengthened their fine motor skills while they practiced using the mouse. They learned how to double-click,Click-Click!They practiced using different menus and icons.  We made shapes in the drawing programs,Click it, Hold it, Drag it out!They learned how to make a small window bigger,maximize.” We learned how to navigate websites, choosing games, videos, and stories that interested us. Kindergarteners scrolled their Internet window down and exited programs when they were done. They practiced finding letters on the keyboard and they even learned how to unlock the login screen,Control, Alt, Delete,” then type in their username and password. 

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For some summertime fun, we wanted to share our super cool version of the alphabet with you.

We hope it makes you smile, too!

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Kindergarten Alphabet from Kelly Moore on Vimeo.

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 Have a wonderful summer!

How To Draw a Cartoon Elephant

This is a student post by Jacqueline.

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This Snapguide shows how to draw a cartoon elephant. It is a step by step tutorial. I was learning about how to make tutorials and different ways to publish my ideas.

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I hope you enjoy it and like making your own elephant.

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Check out How to Draw a Cartoon Elephant by Kelly Moore on Snapguide.

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What other animals would you like to learn how to draw?

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Have you ever made a tutorial?

 

How To Use a Digital Camera

This is a student post by Taylor and Lauren.

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We were learning about ways to use the app, Snapguide, to create a tutorial. Our idea was to show people how to use a digital camera. This tutorial will show you step by step basics of using a digital camera. We used the iPad to take pictures of each step. Next, we added captions to match the steps. We hope our tutorial will help people learn how to use a digital camera in the future.

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Check out How to Use a Digital Camera by Kelly Moore on Snapguide.

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What was helpful about this Snapguide?

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What cool pictures have you captured?

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What kind of tutorials would you make?

International Show and Tell

Well, that was fun.

Today, we were able to meet Mrs. Monaghan’s class in England through Skype. During our blogging conversations, we discovered words we didn’t know and items we hadn’t heard before. We found out that we sometimes call the same things by different names. So, we decided to play a game of International Show and Tell.

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Middleham started us off, “We think you might not know what a Fat Rascal is.” And, we didn’t. When they showed us what it looked like, we yelled, “It’s a cookie!” They told us it was actually a scone. None of the children in our class eat scones, but adults sometimes have it with coffee.


They continued to challenge us with
Flat Cap
IRN BRU
Double Decker
Rugby
Teletubbies
& Freddo


We knew 3 of their terms.


The Techie Kids tried a few of our own terms too. We asked if they knew
Gatorade
Skylanders
S’Mores
Vernors
Band-Aid
Barrette

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They knew or were able to figure out most of these terms. We loved hearing what they called some of the items. We found out that the drink we call pop, they call “fizzy drinks.” They call Band-Aids, “plasters” and barettes, “hair-slides.”

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Here’s an Animoto of the excitement.

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Only 1 student in Mrs. Monaghan’s class had heard of a S’More before. They told us that they would be going camping soon. We thought it was important that they knew how to make these delicious snacks before they left!

Here’s our Snapguide teaching you how to make a S’More.

Check out How to Make a S'More by Kelly Moore on Snapguide.

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There were many more items we wanted to share, but didn’t have time.
Here is a SlideShare game we made for you. See if you can figure it out before clicking to the next slide.

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Thanks for a super fun game!

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Which items did you know by name?

Which items were new to you?

Did you have any other items you wanted to ask us?

 

How-To: Tie Your Shoes

Mrs. Moore went to an awesome education conference this past weekend called, EdCamp Detroit. It was full of amazing Michigan educators who love helping students learn! We had many great conversations and shared a whole bunch of cool ideas. When I told Mr. Medvinsky we were creating How-To videos, he shared a cool app with me called, SnapGuide. Guess what? I loved it and couldn’t wait to share it in class!

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We jumped right in and made our first guide. Take a look at what our 1st graders created. Each photo is captioned and there are even videos at the end.

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Check out How to Tie Your Shoes by 1st Graders by Kelly Moore on Snapguide.

Have you used SnapGuide before?

 

How do you think you could use this tool?

Earth Day 2013

In celebration of Earth Day this past April 22nd, we made our third annual Paperless Earth Day books. You can see our past Earth Day books by clicking here (Earth Day 2011) and here (Earth Day 2012) . We used KidPix4 and TuxPaint to illustrate our ideas. Take a peek at some ways we take care of the Earth.

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These books are also embedded on our eBook page. You can click on this link or find eBooks in the menu bar above.

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Our classes also enjoyed playing Michael, Michael Go Recycle!

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…and reading an Earth Day book on Starfall.

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What did you think of our Paperless Books?

Can you share other ways that we can take care of the Earth?

How did your class celebrate Earth Day?

 

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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