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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!
Here are the lyrics we sang:
Have you ever written a song?
Can you share a song with us that has helped you remember something you learned in school?
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!
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
What kind of changes are happening where you live?
Can you make any of your own connections to our fall season?
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.
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.
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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?
Here are Mrs. Moore’s top picks for Websites Of the Week!
Try a few out and let us know what you think.
Can you Make a Movie and then share it with a classmate?
What instruments can you play?
The Peetnik Mysteries
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.
Which Math Movies did you find most helpful?
What did you learn about the different instruments you played?
How did you solve the mystery?
If you like the Angry Birds app, tell me how it relates to the catapult.
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.
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.
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?
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!
Image by Clement, Melissa. dsc_0297.jpg. 2009. Pics4Learning. 24 Nov 2010 http://pics.tech4learning.com
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?
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.
What did you think of our video?
Did you learn anything new?
This is Channel LMS with a LIVE WEATHER BUG REPORT.
Please click the link below and watch to find out what our weather will be for our Fall Party.
Image from NASA. earth.jpg. . Pics4Learning. 18 Nov 2010 http://pics.tech4learning.com
What did you think of our weather forecast?