WOW!

This week we can have some fun with Garfield. Try out the Comic Creator to build your own Garfield comic strip. When you visit this WOW, you can also click on the “comics” tab to read Jim Davis’ creations. You can search the comics by keyword, date, or just scroll through the comics by pressing the PREV. (previous) tab.

 

Garfield

 

If you want to have some more fun with comics, try Read, Write, and Think’s Comic Creator. Scroll through the characters and props to illustrate your story.

 

RWT_Comic_Creator

 

Tell me which features of each Comic Creator you liked the best.

If you played any games, let us know what you recommend.

 

 

WOW!

I hope everyone is already having a wonderful summer!

As promised, here is your first WOW, or Website Of the Week.

 

Spirograph Math 

 

Spirograph_Math 

This one can be found on Math Playground. Try it out and let me know what you think.

We have used this website at school, but I found this specific game through http://moturoa.blogspot.com/
You should visit their class blog and see what’s happening in New Zealand.

 

What strategy did you use to create an interesting pattern?

 

Are there any other websites on Moturoa’s Blog that you’d like to recommend?

 

 

Aboriginal Australia

The Techie Kids are learning so much from our friends at 2KJ! We are really enjoying reading their posts about their Aboriginal Australia theme. We were especially interested in the boomerang and didgeridoo. It looks like everyone had a great time learning to throw a boomerang. We  wanted to investigate further and thought it would be fun to find out what the didgeridoo sounds like. We listened to several recordings and found it interesting that each sounded a little different. We know this is because the termites do not eat evenly through the wood, yielding different sounds. We learned this from our 2KJ friends! Here are two of the recordings we listened to.

Didgeridoo on the market, aboriginal-style from Nab on Vimeo.

Stax cranks the didgeridoo from Vernon Fowler on Vimeo.

Boomerangs - Victoria Market Melbourne

Image by geoftheref, Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic.

Making Connections with Skype

Well, that was fun! We have to give a great big THANK YOU to Mrs. Watson and the 1/2/3’s! It was so nice to meet all of you. We had such a lovely time Skyping.
We learned many wonderful facts from our friends in British Columbia, Canada. Here are some of the highlights:


We both started blogging about the same time this year.
There are 38 students at A.J. Elliott Elementary and 328 at Sugarbush.
800 people live in their town and 11,000 live here.
Our temperature was 82° F (28°C) compared to their 52°F (11°C).
The 1/2/3’s live on an island and we live on a peninsula.
It was interesting to hear that they have wolves, birds, white-tailed deer, ocean life, and 1 unwanted grizzly bear!
We compared our Lake St. Clair to their Big Lake, which Mrs. Watson said was actually small!
The 1/2/3’s enjoy marbles, sports and swimming.
Their area is best known for 100 year old houses.
We learned that the 1/2/3’s take swimming lessons and it can be quite an adventure just to get to the pool. They take a ferry, walk to a bus, change at the pool, and then wait for the lifeguard!
We especially enjoyed listening to each other’s national anthems. The 1/2/3’s sounded fantastic as they sang “O Canada.” After the Techie Kids sang the “Star-Spangled Banner,” both classes remarked that we felt like we were attending a hockey game! That was fun for both Canucks and Red Wings fans!

 

"And the Rockets' RED Glare..."

Image by matt.hintsa, Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.o Generic License.

 

Here are clip’s Mrs. Watson found on YouTube with each of our countries national anthems.

 Canadas_National_Anthem_Accpella_Style!

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Image by Garcia, Rosamar. canadaflag.jpg. unknown. Pics4Learning. 29 May 2010 <http://pics.tech4learning.com>

  National_Anthem_USA

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Image by Martin, Robin. usflag123.jpg. January 2009. Pics4Learning. 29 May 2010 <http://pics.tech4learning.com>

 

 

Blog Buddies

I am learning about blogging and so are you. Today we are going to post comments to some of our Blogging Buddies sites.

 Mr. Alvaro’s 5th graders at The Skinny are Learning Something Every Day

Stop over at The Wocket Spot to visit 4th graders in New Zealand. I thought you might be interested in some fabulous tessellations!

Try visiting Miss Jordan’s 2KJ blog and listen to a VoiceThread about their Paperless Earth Day.

After you comment, please keep investigating and let the rest of us know about all the cool things you find!