Posts tagged Social Studies
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…
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.
Can you tell us about a famous or notable person from your area?
What search engine do you recommend?
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!
This is a Google Earth screen shot of the 49er’s state taken by Ben.
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!
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!
Check out our backchannel!
Our student photographers and videographers did an excellent job capturing the excitement!
Thanks for a great learning call, 49’ers!
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?
We were so excited today because we received some very special mail. It was a large envelope from
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.
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.
Many of our blog buddies from around the world have been learning and sharing so much through the Flat Stanley books.
We thought this idea was fabulous! This unique book shares maps about Scotland, which really helps us with our geography.
It was so nice to see pictures of the Superst☆rs and Mrs. Stewart, too.
We learned many facts about Arbroath with Flat Stanley as our guide. We think that Kerr’s Miniature Railway looks like fun!
We can’t wait to learn more about our friends’ very special country!
(Kindergarten Techie Kids)
How has your class used Flat Stanley to help you learn?
What did you learn from the Superst☆rs?
What would you like to learn more about?
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.
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?