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.

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?

 

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?

 

Mystery Pictures

We have all been working very hard in our Technology classes. One of our focuses have been the digital cameras. We have talked about the parts of the camera and its proper care. The children are working on focusing and quality photo composition. This is a project that our third graders are working on now. Play our game to find out how we are learning to see everyday objects from a new perspective.

 

 

How many did you figure out?

Tell us about one of your favorite pictures and what makes it so special.

Alphabet Practice

Kindergarteners know how important it is to learn what their letters look like and the sounds they make. So, we thought we should practice our early reading skills in the lab too. Since we are Techie Kids, we thought we’d try to use technology to support our learning and have some fun along the way. 

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Kindergarten ABC’s from Kelly Moore on Vimeo.

When our 2nd graders heard about what the Kindergarteners were doing, they wanted to help. They spent their first time using a digital camera in class to go on a scavenger hunt to look for all the letters in the alphabet. It’s important to be able to recognize letters in uppercase, lowercase, and many different font styles.

To view the 2nd graders pictures, please click here,
ABC Scavenger Hunt.

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For some extra fun, try out the Techie Kids’ favorite early reading websites.

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Starfall

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PBS Kids Super Why!

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Alphabetimals

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The last website was shared by Richard Byrne and we are so glad since it fits perfectly with what we’ve been working on. You can also download free flash cards, coloring pages, and a poster featuring the Alphabetimals.

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What We’ve Been Up To

We haven’t been on our blog as much as we’d like, but we have been very busy with other areas of technology. Here’s an update…

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The Techie Kids have all been hard at work learning about Microsoft Excel. We learned that this program can be very useful for helping us organize information. We loved finding out that Excel can solve Math problems for us if we know the formulas to enter. It was also very cool to see how easy it was to put graphs into our spreadsheets to show a picture of our data. The 1st and 2nd grade students worked together to create a spreadsheet that showed what transportation brought us to school. The 3rd graders gathered and organized data about their Favorite Pets or Favorite Zoo Animals. The 4th graders are still hard at work on their Favorite Ice Cream workbook. They have learned formulas for adding a range of numbers and for finding out what percentage of the total votes each flavor received. The 5th graders have created an All-Star Class gradebook. They have also learned how to write a formula that will add the values in select cells together. Additionally, they have practiced using the first set of values to find an average. Both groups are learning to select a range of data and create a coordinating graph. This allowed us to practice reading and interpreting charts too. We will share some examples soon.

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Explore Google Docs from home and try out their online spreadsheets. Compare this program to MS Excel and share what you think.
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Our 2 Kindergarten classes have been learning about their letters and sounds in a very special way. We are making our first video! It will be shared with you all very soon.

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If that weren’t enough, the 1st and 2nd graders also tried out some new skills through one of our favorite programs, Kid Pix 4. We talked about our Math terms, Slides and Flips. Each student used the outline of a mitten or a picture they drew themselves as the object to flip or slide. In order to make their original picture move, they learned about the very valuable technology steps, Edit/Copy-Edit/Paste. The children were amazed to learn they could make a copy of their work. Take a look at some of our projects.

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Have you ever made a spreadsheet? Tell us about it.

When is it valuable to know how to Copy and Paste?