Idioms

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Figurative language is fun. We love to find similes and metaphors as we read and use them as we write. Lately, we’ve been having fun with idioms.

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She spilled the beans.

You’re pulling my leg.

Step up to the plate.

He let the cat out of the bag.

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Idioms are phrases that have a different meaning than the literal meanings of each word by itself.

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Listen to this fun song that helped us understand more about idioms.

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Share your favorite idiom with us.

 

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

We have begun reading a new novel, “The Invention of Hugo Cabret.” This book is unique to others we’ve read because it is a graphic novel. That means that, out of the 544 pages, about 300 are illustrations. We are intrigued by the mysterious beginning.

hugo cabret
Listen in on our VoiceThread to hear our predictions about this novel. The first slide shares a book trailer that we hope you’ll enjoy as much as we did.

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Have you read this book?

Do you have other books you’d like to recommend?

Winter Olympics Update

Our class has been very excited about the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. We have read about the athletes and events, while watching the medal count rise. Since we practice our reading skills like comprehension and fluency, along with informational text, we thought this would be a perfect way to share our learning with you.

 Winter Olympics Update

We found this fabulous little app called, Tellagami. It is free and allowed us to make an avatar while recording our voices. Please listen in and enjoy this Winter Olympics update!
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Winter Olympics Update from Kelly Moore on Vimeo.

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Please tell us what you think about our video.

Can you recommend any other quality apps for us to try?

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?

 

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?

 

Fun with Reading

We love to read. So, of course, we are excited about March is Reading Month!

Our schools have many fun activities planned this month like read a cereal box day, read- a shirt day, flashlight reading, and special guest mystery readers. We explore the different reading genres in our classrooms. Our students know that we all enjoy different books. Knowing the genres helps us decide which kind of story we’d like to read next.

Here is a video last year’s Techie Kids created to help others learn about genres.

THE GENRE SONG

The Genre Song from Kelly Moore on Vimeo.

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In our technology lab, we also explore many websites that share stories with some combination of text, audio, or video.

Here are some of our favorite reading sites.

ONLINE STORIES SQWORL

(Currently 50 links)

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This is a Reading Sqworl made just for my 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.

MIDDLE SCHOOL READING

 

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Happy Reading!
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Tell us about your favorite book and why you like it.


What is your favorite genre?

 

Can you tell us how your school celebrates reading?

 

Do you know of any other great reading websites to share?

 

 

The Genre Song

Don’t you know that it’s all about the genres? The Techie Kids do. Here’s a project that we started back during “March Is Reading Month.” After seeing what Amy Burvall creates for her high school History students, Mrs. Moore was inspired to try a small scale version with our elementary classes. We hope you are inspired to try something new too!

The Genre Song from Kelly Moore on Vimeo.

…Now let’s go and get a good book, baby!

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Tell us about your favorite genre and a few books to go along with it.

Can you share an elementary topic that we could make another music video for?