Mrs Reyes' class had the opportunity to connect with Mrs. Petersen's fourth graders in South Dakota. Both classes read about Owen and Mzee, a sweet story about a hippo and turtle who become unlikely friends! After reading the story, we decided the moral was that you never know who your friends are! We came up with an anchor chart to find evidence from the text and video to support that moral.
Our students used the anchor chart to make a newscast in Tellagami to use their evidence to support the moral. We posted our Tellagamis to a Padlet for our South Dakota friends to watch. On Friday, we had the opportunity to watch their videos about fact and opinion. We were able to spot the fact and opinion and write them down! It was a great review of fact and opinion for Mrs. Reyes' class! You can view our padlet here.
Mrs. Eagle's class had the opportunity for another Mystery Skype! We got a last minute request for one and knew they'd be up for the challenge! Today, they had the opportunity to Mystery Skype with students in New Jersey.
Each student had their own map and we had a map on the board to help students. We started by asking "Are you east of the Mississippi River?" The answer was yes, so we could narrow down lots of choices! They asked the same. Other questions asked where: "Do you border the Atlantic Ocean?" "Do the Appalachian Mountains pass through your state?" "Are you north of Virginia?" "Do you border South Carolina?"
We ended up guessing New Jersey first! We were so excited to "win!" Our new friends had a hard time figuring out North Carolina but did get it right after we guessed New Jersey! Students had fun making new friends and having a fun Friday afternoon challenge! We even learned about the Duck Tradition at our new friend's school where duck eggs are laid and once they hatch, the Principal escorts them to the pond!
As part of Read Across America, Discovery Education hosted a webinar with Fablevision featuring Peter and Paul Reynolds. Classes from all around the country joined in, including Ms. Moir's 2nd grade class here at Knollwood. Many students are familiar with the book The Dot, by Peter Reynolds, so they were excited to hear another title by this popular pair. Unfortunately Peter was not able to join the webinar because he was sick.
Paul wrote the book Going Places ; and read aloud to the students. It was a great story for the students to hear about imagination and possibility. The webinar included live questions from the audience via Twitter.
After reading the story the students participated in an art activity in which they began with drawing a circle on their paper and turned it into their own imaginiative design!