Michigan Must-See Places

The Student Blogging Challenge, Week 2, asked us to share about our area for new blogging friends to learn a little about life where we live. If you come to Michigan, here are some of our favorite places that we think you’d like to see. 

Michigan Must See

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Lansing

Our state’s capital. You can see the capitol building’s beautiful architecture and take a tour of the House and Senate galleries.

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Shorelines

Visit any of our 3,200 miles of fresh water coastline. We have an abundance of beautiful beaches. We also have 11,000 inland lakes.

Shorelines

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Mackinac Bridge

Pronounced “Mack-i-naw,” this bridge connects Michigan’s lower and upper peninsula. The Mackinac Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere and the third longest in the world at 26,372 feet. That’s 5 miles long!

Mackinac Bridge
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Soo Locks

The “Soo Locks” in Sault Ste. Marie are the connection between Lake Huron and Lake Superior. These locks are important because the 2 lakes are at different elevations. Large freighters enter the locks and rise and fall 21 feet, changing the elevation safely so they can continue on their journey.

Soo Locks

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Michigan Adventure

This is Michigan’s largest amusement and water park. It has rollercoaster’s and water rides making summer days, super fun!
Michigan Adventure

Ok, so those are 2 cute kids, but it shows a Michigan Adventure rollercoaster in the background. 😉

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Detroit Zoo

This is another summertime favorite of ours. Here you can feed the giraffes and walk through the polar bear tunnel. The zoo has more than 2,600 animals of 265 species.

Detroit_Zoo_Collage

 

Sleeping Bear Dunes

This is part of Michigan’s more than 300,000 acres of sand dunes. Located on Lake Michigan’s eastern coastline, it was named, “The Most Beautiful Place in America,” by Good Morning America.

Playing on the Dunes
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The Henry Ford

This museum collects American history. When you visit here, you’ll find inventions and exhibits over 300 years of American life.

1858 Rogers Locomotive

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Comerica Park

This is the home of our Major League Baseball Team, the Detroit Tigers. There is also a carousel, ferris wheel, and games for some extra fun.
Here’s a 360 Cities peek around the main entrance to the stadium in downtown Detroit. Click on the photo, then hold and drag to spin and take a look around.


Comerica Park. Main Entrance 1 in USA

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Have you visited any of these places before?

Do you have something similar where you live?

Which place might you like to visit?

Tour the White House

This is a student post by Liam and Noah.

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We have been learning about how to do screencasts and how to use Google Maps. We can go to different places throughout the world without leaving our school. So we want to share this video so you can take a tour of the White House.

We hope it inspires you to take many more tours of the world.

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Have you ever made a screencast before?

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Have you ever used Google Maps?

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What is your favorite place in the world?

Notable Michiganders

As part of our Michigan studies in 3rd grade, we have practiced our research skills to find some well-known people from Michigan. When the Techie Kids took a look at some of the biographies, they chose a person that caught their attention. Each child created a “cereal box” design featuring their famous person. They also shared something about them that they learned or felt was important. 


We are pretty sure that you’ve probably heard a few of their names before. Take a look…


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If you would like to find some famous people from your area, click on the picture below to check out our Research page. Here, you’ll find 7 of our favorite search engines.


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Can you tell us about a famous or notable person from your area?

 

What search engine do you recommend?

 

 

Skyping Mrs. Kistler & the 49’ers

Hooray! Hooray! It’s Skyping Day!


Today our first group of Techie Kids had their first chance to Skype while they were at school. We were able to meet Mrs. Kistler and the 49er’s. We were so excited!


This year, 3rd graders learn about our great state of Michigan. We have worked hard to find out about Michigan’s natural resources, symbols, and landmarks. Today we were able to learn about Texas from kids who actually live there!

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This is a Google Earth screen shot of the 49er’s state taken by Ben.



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Madisyn used Google Maps to calculate the distance between our schools. We found out that we are 1,469 miles away, which was about a 22 hour drive. We thought we’d need to pack some snacks, like pretzels, for that drive!



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Here is some of what we learned:


One of Texas’ natural resources is oil.
They use salsa as frequently as others use ketchup.
The bluebonnet flower is a symbol of Texas and you better not be caught picking one on someone else’s land!
Summers in Texas are very hot.
Dr. Pepper was created in Waco, Texas.
The Alamo, Sea World, and the River Walk are some of their landmarks.
One of their state symbols is a Cowboy!
Ants in Texas bite!
You better double and triple check your backpack before you go anywhere…you just might find a stowaway scorpion!

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Check out our backchannel!

Today's Meet with the 49'ers by

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Our student photographers and videographers did an excellent job capturing the excitement!

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Thanks for a great learning call, 49’ers!

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What will you remember most about our Skype call?

What new facts did you find out?

Do you have any other questions you’d like to ask?

A Special Delivery from Scotland!


We were so excited today because we received some very special mail. It was a large envelope from

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Mrs. Stewart and the P3S Superst☆rs!

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Inside we found a postcard reminder that the Superst☆rs  use when they are writing to a Postcard Pal. Mrs. Stewart knew that we liked her idea so she decided to send one to us. We thought that was very kind! We will certainly put it to good use.


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Scotland Book 001

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But that wasn’t all we found in our envelope. We received a very special book created by the Superst☆rs. It is called Flat Stanley Visits Primary 3S.

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Scotland Book 004

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Many of our blog buddies from around the world have been learning and sharing so much through the Flat Stanley books.

Click HERE for some Flat Stanley fun!

We thought this idea was fabulous! This unique book shares maps about Scotland, which really helps us with our geography.

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Scotland Book 006

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It was so nice to see pictures of the Superst☆rs and Mrs. Stewart, too.

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Scotland Book 007

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We learned many facts about Arbroath with Flat Stanley as our guide.  We think that Kerr’s Miniature Railway looks like fun!

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Scotland Book 009

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We can’t wait to learn more about our friends’ very special country!

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Thank you!

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(Kindergarten Techie Kids)

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How has your class used Flat Stanley to help you learn?
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What did you learn from the Superst☆rs?
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What would you like to learn more about?

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Postcard Pal Inquiry

 

We are so happy to be a part of the Postcard Project! This fabulous idea was created by Miss Leakey in New Zealand. We have received 6 Postcards so far. The Techie Kids love looking at the pictures on the cards and reading your messages.

Each new postcard helps us learn more about our world.

We’ve been making connections to our own experiences. We also have many questions. Because of our questions, we decided to create a Linoit board to track our wonderings.

  

If you can help us answer our questions or share more information that we can connect with, please add to our wall by leaving a sticky note.

 

Here is a tutorial for anyone who is unfamiliar with the Linoit tool.

Linoit Tutorial  

Online Stickies lino from Infoteria Online on Vimeo.

 

Here are the postcards we’ve received so far…

 

Postcard Pals on PhotoPeach

What can you share with us about your school?

 

Can you tell us something we should learn about your country?

 

Do you have any questions for the Techie Kids about our school or where we live?