Lab Assistant

After reading chapter 15 of our novel, The Fourteenth Goldfish, we were curious to learn more about real lab assistants. Take a look at the video that we shared together in class. Then, share your ideas with us by adding a sticky note to our LinoIt board.

 

What do you think was the most interesting part of the Lab Assistant’s work?

What kind of research is interesting to you?

International Phonetic Alphabet

International Phonetic Alphabet
We are preparing for our last day at STARBASE. Our instructor, Shutterbug, issued us a challenge to memorize the International Phonetic Alphabet. We accepted the challenge and are practicing using this SlideShare. Learn along with us.

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How many did you get correct?

Tell us when you think someone would need to use this special alphabet.

Tell us about another language you’ve learned.

STARBASE

Well, that was fun! Our class is participating in an awesome STEM, Project Based Learning program called, STARBASE.

STARBASE

This program investigates areas of Chemistry, Engineering Design Process, Robotics, Logic and Math, Fluid Mechanics & Aerodynamics, to name a few. The students were so excited (and I was too!) Check out our Animoto to have a look at some of our learning.

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We have 4 more STARBASE sessions, so stayed tuned for more awesomeness!

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Techie KidsWhat was your favorite part of our first day of STARBASE?

Blogging BuddiesHave you participated in any similar programs or projects in your class? Tell us about it.

The Plant Song

 

Another one of our special projects over the past 2 months has been writing songs to familiar tunes. We were inspired by Mrs. McKenzie’s B4 Class when they posted songs to help them with their Daily 5 program. Check for Understanding, The Cross-Checking Song, and Back Up and Re-Read It. Click on each title to hear their songs.

Our goal is to put lessons we are learning in class to music. Many of us found out that music can help us remember important words or ideas. The second grade Techie Kids learned about the parts of plants and how they grow. We wrote the words that were most important and set them to music. We hope you enjoy listening and learning with us!

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Here are the lyrics we sang:

 

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Have you ever written a song?

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Can you share a song with us that has helped you remember something you learned in school?

Fall in Michigan

Do you ever wonder what the weather is like in different parts of the world? Is it similar to where you live or very different? Well, that’s a question that’s been on the Techie Kids minds lately. We thought we’d share a little about our current season with you.


Fall is a season of change for us here in Michigan. The temperature has started to get cooler. We now need long sleeves, long pants, sweatshirts, and coats. Some days we even need our hats and gloves. One of the main changes that you can see here is the beautiful change in the leaves. The colorful display is stunning! The leaves change from green to red, orange, yellow, brown, and even dark purple. We also love when the leaves start to fall off the trees. This is because we can rake them up into a big pile and jump in them!


Some of our favorite fall activities are football and bonfires. Football is something the Techie Kids love to play and watch. We play football in our backyards, watch the high school games live or watch the college and national games on the television. We also like to get together with family and friends for a bonfire. Many people have bonfire pits in their backyards. People can visit with each other while cooking foods over the heat. A campfire favorite of ours is S’Mores!
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Click here to watch a video that 3rd grade Techie Kids made last year to explain why we have different seasons in different parts of the world.



This year’s 3rd graders have started working with the digital cameras and learning how to take quality pictures. Take a look at some of the pictures we took this year and see some of the changes that we see here during the fall season.
Fall in Michigan 2011 on PhotoPeach
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What season is it your area?
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What kind of changes are happening where you live?
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Can you make any of your own connections to our fall season?

Endangered Species


This is a student post written by Savannah, Adrianna, and Nicole.

Endangered animals need to be taken care of as do their habitats. They need their habitats to survive. If they don’t have their home or food, they will not survive. Some people hunt endangered animals like the cheetah. People cut down trees for paper or building materials.

Cheetah

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Rainbow Finch

rainbow finch

Image by Nick Hobgood Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Here are some ways you can help. Try using things that are not made of wood. Try using whiteboards or computers instead of paper. You can use an iPod, DSi, or eReader to read books too. If you have to use paper, then recycle it when you’re done. You can also use both sides of the paper before recycling. This is called reusing. To reduce your garbage, cut down on how much you use each day. We should start replanting the trees that are getting cut down, too.

Reduce

Reuse

Recycle

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Image by barnetcouncil Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

 

Here are some of the illustrations the first grade students made on Earth Day to remind us how to take care of the Earth.

SlideShare of Earth Day 1st grade pictures.

 

Can you tell us if you’ve ever done something to help endangered animals?

 

Please share some of your endangered animal research with us.

 

What facts do we need to know?

W.O.W!

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Here are Mrs. Moore’s top picks for Websites Of the Week!
Try a few out and let us know what you think.
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Kerpoof Screenshot

Can you Make a Movie and then share it with a classmate?

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Ms. Bolotin’s Make Music Online Live Binder

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What instruments can you play?
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Super Thinkers
The Peetnik Mysteries

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BBC Build a Catapult

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Math Movies

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Math_Wiki

Student experts are awesome! Mr. Avery’s class shows just how effective it is when children are able to teach each other. Check out the fantastic videos on their wiki, Math Movies – Made by Students for Students . You will also find more videos from some of our other friends, Mrs. Yollis, Mr. Salsich, and Mrs. Kistler.

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Which Math Movies did you find most helpful?

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What did you learn about the different instruments you played?


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How did you solve the mystery?


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If you like the Angry Birds app, tell me how it relates to the catapult.
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