Stories Around the World

Our class is participating in a global project called Stories Around the World. This is a group blog where 11 classes from around the world can share their stories all in one place.

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Our stories come from 5 countries across 3 continents in both the northern and southern hemispheres. We hope to use technology as tool to enrich student learning as we flatten our classroom walls.
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Here is a map showing the locations of all the participating classrooms.
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Even if your class is not creating posts for this blog, we still welcome and encourage you and your class to leave us a comment . Much thanks to everyone who has already supported us!
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Thank you for being a part of our learning!
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Have you taken part in  a global project before? What was it  about?
Do you have any tips to share with us on global collaboration?
 

Thanksgiving

Scholastic has some amazing resources for classrooms throughout the year. I always love to share with my students some of the special information they make available at Thanksgiving. Please explore these links. They will help paint a vivid picture of our nation’s first Thanksgiving gathering.
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Virtual Field Trips

 

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Historical Fiction Letters from Pilgrim and Wampanoag Children

 

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Voyage on the Mayflower Tour

 

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The Thanksgiving Feast Slideshow

 

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Pilgrims Were Thankful! Clifford the Big Red Dog Digital Issue

 

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Listen and Read: Pilgrim Village

 

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Happy Thanksgiving!
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Can you share some of your family’s traditions?
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Please tell us a story about your favorite Thanksgiving memories.
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What are you thankful for?

After Halloween Fun

 

Do you collect so much Halloween candy that you still have leftovers at Easter? If so, here is a great way to put that extra candy to good use! The U.S. Military currently has hard working men and women stationed overseas. They would greatly appreciate a sweet snack. Starting today through next Monday, November 7th, our students and families can donate their extra Halloween candy (or any candy), and it will be sent overseas to our troops.

Not only is this a nice thing to do for our troops, but it will also get our students thinking about healthy choices. It is a healthy choice to only eat candy in moderation, and many of us get much more candy than can be eaten in moderation. So this is a great opportunity to share and focus on our health.

Thank you in advance for your kindness and thank you for thinking about healthy eating choices.

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Here is a little peek at what we’ve been up to this week.

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 We built our Wild Selves…

 

…and had some costume fun on Friday’s Spirit Day!

 

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What are some of your Halloween traditions?
Have you ever donated something before?
How do you feel about healthy eating choices?

Skyping with Mrs. Lynch and Room 102!

 

 

We are photographers and global learners. Now we want to learn to speak French! The first grade Techie Kids were so excited to be able to talk with Mrs. Lynch’s class in Quebec, Canada.

 

We loved that they knew how to speak French. Our class asked them how to say a couple of words and phrases and Room 102 translated it for us.

 

Hello!  Bonjour!

I like to play with my friends.             J’aime jouer avec mes amis.

I like to play on the computer.            J’aime jouer sur l’ordinateur.

I like to eat.     J’aime manger.

I had a holiday yesterday.       J’ai eu un jour férié hier.

 

Their language is beautiful!

 

After our time together, the Techie Kids kept talking about other languages. I shared a story with them about when  I was shopping in the Grand Bazaar in Turkey. Each of the shop owners talked to the people who were passing by to encourage them to visit their stall. One of the owners went through 7 different languages trying to get my attention. I was amazed! We think it is a wonderful idea to learn more than one language.

 

Here are a couple of games to help us begin to learn words in French.

 

 French Phrases

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Fruits and Vegetables in French

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Foods in Spanish

This is a bonus Spanish language game.

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Thanks for helping us learn globally!

 

What languages are spoken in your family?

 

What strategy could you suggest to help others learn to speak another language?

W.O.W!

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Here are Mrs. Moore’s top picks for Websites Of the Week!
Try a few out and let us know what you think.
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Kerpoof-

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Kerpoof Screenshot

Can you Make a Movie and then share it with a classmate?

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Ms. Bolotin’s Make Music Online Live Binder

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What instruments can you play?
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Super Thinkers
The Peetnik Mysteries

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BBC Build a Catapult

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Math Movies

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Math_Wiki

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.

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Which Math Movies did you find most helpful?

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What did you learn about the different instruments you played?


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How did you solve the mystery?


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If you like the Angry Birds app, tell me how it relates to the catapult.
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March is Reading Month 2011

The Techie Kids have begun talking about Book Recommendations.

 

Each year, we look for quality texts at home, at school, and online. When we find something fabulous, we want to tell others about it! We found some wonderful resources a few years ago from Mrs. Newingham  We use her Genre Study Posters and Peer Book Recommendation Forms.

  

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Please leave a comment to share your book recommendations with us.

  

If you are looking for a book to review, here are some websites to visit that have online stories to read or listen to:

 

CBeebies   

CBeebies

You might be interested in reading some of the fairytales.

 

Learn English Kids- Short Stories

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Mighty Book- Story Books   

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Also found on Mighty Book…

Beatrix Potter Stories

 

Fables and Nursery Rhymes

 

Thanks to Mrs. Morris & Miss Jordan for posting the links to these websites!

 

Smories

Smories

Thank you to Ms. Vivian for sharing this link!

 

 

Children’s Library

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And now for a few Techie Kids Favorites!

Storyline Online

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(This is always a top click.)

 

Signed Stories

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Magic Keys  

Magic_Keys

 

 

Robert Munsch  

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(I think this wonderful author website was shared with us last year by Mrs. Watson, thanks!)

 

 

Story Cove

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MeeGenius!

Mee_Genius

 

 

Speakaboos

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One More Story- Pete’s a Pizza

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 Silly Books

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Raz-Kids

Raz-Kids

 

 

Reading Is Fundamental

RIF

 

 

What book are you reading right now and how do you feel about it?

 

Can you share with us a fabulous book that you’ve read recently and just what makes it so great?

 

If you had to pick your favorite genre, please tell us which you would choose and share an example.

 

Try out this Scholastic widget to find books, authors, and genres.

 

Happy Birthday!

Sure it’s Dr. Seuss’ birthday today, (and you will find some fun links below) but did you know that we have another birthday to celebrate today?

The Techie Kids are 1 year old!

  

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I just realized that our blog has been up and running for the past 12 months. I can’t believe how much we’ve learned! We have met some amazing students and some fantabulous educators!

Thank you to all who have been a part of this journey.

 

For a bit of fun, here are some of the past year’s highlights…

 

During this time, we have had

1,158 comments

and

19,ooo hits

on our site!

 

We’ve had visits from

all 50 states in the U.S.

and

72 countries

from around the world!

I remember noticing how other blogs had such spotty ClustrMaps. I didn’t know if anyone outside of our school would ever visit!

 

Click on the highlighted links below to view a few of our past posts…

 

Our first post ever- Welcome!

 

Book Recommendations

 

Fabulous Author Websites

 

Making Connections with Skype!

 

Paperless Book

 

Kindergarten First Weather Forecast

 

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

 

Skyping with 2KJ

 

Sunshine Makes the Seasons

 

Mammals and Echolocation

 

 

Since it is Dr. Seuss’ birthday too, we can have some Cat in the Hat fun by revisiting these links.

 

Seussville 

Suessville

 

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! 

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Green Eggs and Ham Retellings Photo Story 

 

Green Eggs and Ham Retellings Slideshow

 

 

Thank you for helping the Techie Kids grow into global learners!

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What are some of your favorite posts from this past year?

 

Do you have any favorite memories to share?

 

What advice could you share with the Techie Kids to strengthen them as global learners?

 
 
 
 
 
 

World Maths Day!

 

We participated in World Maths Day!

 

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Students from all over the world came together to compete and sharpen their math skills. The 3rd and 4th graders had so much fun! We played as part of the 5.3 million students from 218 countries that were registered from around the world. Some of us were even matched against a classmate. 🙂

 

Last year, “2,403,526 students participated from 236 countries, correctly answering 479,732,613 questions. Due to the amazing work of students around the world, a new Guinness World Record was also set, what an achievement!”

 

Before we signed out for the day, there were almost 343,000,000 total correct answers!

 

How many questions do you think will be answered correctly this year?

 

Do you think that we can help set a new Guinness World Record?

 

What countries did you play against?

 

Why is Math important?

 

How do you use Math when you are not in school?