Saturday, May 28, 2011

Our Updated Voicethread With Comments!











Please take a look at all of the wonderful comments that have been left on our descriptive writing Voicethread!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Make Your Own Animal Creation

 
Let's create our own animal and write a story about it!  What are the physical characteristics of the animal? What are your animal's adaptations?  What does the habitat of your animal look like?    Click on the link and let the fun begin!

Friday, May 20, 2011

What is Backchanneling?

Backchanneling is an online conversation between students about the the topic that is taking place in real time.   Both classrooms created a joint group in Edmodo that allowed them  to discuss the skype.  In the past the students have backchanneled with students in our own classroom.  This was the first time that we have had an online chat with the other mystery classroom during the skype.  Want to know how the students felt about backchanneling?  Take a look at the videos!
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A Few Students Perspectives on Skype

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Skyping With Our New Friends in California

Today we had another successful Mystery Skype with our new friends in California. Each student had a special role to participate in our skype. We had our mystery detectives, bloggers, backchannelers, photographer, videographer, and clue givers fully immersed into their roles. We want to give a special thank you to Mr. Seliskar and his class for participating in the skype with us. We would also like to thank our Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, Jonathan Whan, for coming to see our learning in action!
Students were blogging about our Mystery Skype.

                             Our mystery detective were busy examining the clues abut California.

                          Thank you Mr. Seliskar's Class for participating with us!

                              Students were sharing clues while our photographer and videographer captured the clues!

                 We shared ten clues about our state. It is amazing how much the students have learned!

   Six of our students were backchanneling with Mr. Seliskar's class at the same time of the skype.  They were able to chat about the clues that they were learning.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Skyping With Our New Friends in Virginia

                                           We are becoming experts at sharing our clues about Michigan!


  Students from Virginia also shared some amazing clues!  The students had a connection when they talked about the Civil War!
Some students were busy chatting over Edmodo about the clues Virginia was sharing with us!
Once they told the borders of their state, we were ready to guess!

Animal Research Reports

      It's time for our final project of the year!  We will be researching an animal's habitat, adaptations, behavioral and physical characteristics, as well as any other interesting facts we learn along the way!   Here are some great sites to begin your research!
http://animal.discovery.com/animals/
http://www.mbgnet.net/
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/animals/creaturefeature/
http://www.extremescience.com/index.html
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/
http://www.kidsites.com/sites-edu/animals.htm
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/

Milka Duno Visits

Thank you Milka for visiting our classroom and discussing the importance of education!
Welcome to our place to explore, learn, connect and create!