Meet the Techie Kids

Challenge Week 1

We have joined the Student Blogging Challenge . We are very excited to see what we will learn.

2014 Student Blogging Challenge

Please see our “About Us” page. We will continue to share updated information as we learn from our new blogging buddies.

Here is a video created by our state’s tourism department sharing some activities that we love during our current season of winter.





I was planning to ask everyone in class which winter fun activities they have done this season. Unfortunately, we’ve had another 2 “snow days” this week for inclement weather conditions. That makes 11 snow days this year. Since we aren’t together in class today, I’ll post this poll and you can tell me from home.


Here are some questions for our blogging buddies.

Do you have snow where you live?

Please tell us about your weather.


Thank You!

Blogging is simply amazing! Thank you for helping us learn about our world and how technology lets us make connections in ways that weren’t possible before. 


Our Winter in Michigan post received 86 comments. Our readers commented from 15 different locations, 6 different states in the U.S., 6 different countries, on 4 different continents.

Mrs. Yollis shared information about the weather in Southern California with us on her class blog.


Mr. Webb in New Zealand created 2 posts for us, 1 with a photo slideshow and 1 with weather report videos.



Ross Mannell’s excellent comments and replies led to even more shared learning as he posted to his Extended Comments for Students blog.


Here is a Google Map we created showing where each comment was written. We added some highlights about the weather in their area at the time of the post.

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Our students were amazed at the response and the facts that you shared! They were very excited to reply to you. We searched each state or country noted in the comments on Google Earth. Our classes were delighted to see the Earth spin and “fly to” each location. They loved seeing photographs taken in each area. We took note of landforms and compared and contrasted them to our own. Our classes are buzzing with adventure as they share places they want to visit and learn more about because of your comments.

A bajillion (yes, bajillion=considerably more than a million) thanks to all of you!

We are excited to see what we will learn from you next!

Winter in Michigan

As we have been discovering different blogs around the world, we began to notice a few things about the weather. Some of us were talking about the cold temperatures and all the snow we’ve been getting like, Mr. Avery’s class and Mr. Salsich’s class, and the snow we are hoping to get, Mrs. Watson’s class. But then, we noticed some blogs talking about warm weather, 4KM and 4KJ, and swimming, Mrs. McKenzie’s class.


Our students decided they wanted to share some pictures of what it looks like in our area right now and invite others to compare. Here are some pictures that reflect our cold weather during our current season of Winter.


Click here to see Snow Falling




Will you help us learn about our world by sharing about life in your area?


What season is it where you live and what seasonal activities do you currently enjoy?

Can you tell us what that season looks like where you live?

What are some of the characteristics of different seasons in your community?


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!

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 season is it your area?
What kind of changes are happening where you live?
Can you make any of your own connections to our fall season?

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.


View more presentations from Mrs. Moore


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?



Snow Days

Snow days are great, aren’t they? We had two of them last week. It looked like a snow globe in my backyard. I’m sure you all had a lot of fun playing outside. Vote on our poll so I can see which winter activities you enjoy most. Then be sure to leave us a comment and share a story about your snow day adventure.



What is your favorite thing to do in the snow?


Tell me a story about your snow day adventures.


Write a poem using your five senses to describe how you feel when you are outside in the snow.


If you don’t usually see snow in your area, tell us about the first time you did.



Christmas Fun

Well, it’s finally here. It’s time for our Christmas vacation! While you are all enjoying your break from school, I thought I’d share some fun things for you to try in between visiting with your family and friends and playing in the snow.

Take a look. A couple of elves stopped by to spread some cheer. Some of them look very familiar…






Create Your Own Snowflake


Build Your Own Snowman


Decorate a Gingerbread House



Decorate a Christmas Tree



Disco Dancing Santa


The Elves’ Game Chest


Some of the Techie Kids had fun with photo editing and they would like to share with you. We hope you enjoy our Christmas card to you.

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Do you have any special traditions or stories that you’d like to share?


What are you doing during your vacation?


What is your favorite thing to do in the snow?



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?