Sunday, April 19, 2015

What is Red? :: Wrap Up #clrpoem

We just completed our first week of the Twitter Time :: Color/Colour Poem Project. 

The object of this collaborative project is to create digital images, share original poems, and publish through our classroom Twitter account using the hashtag #clrpoem! Each week a color of the visible spectrum will be showcased! Everyone is invited to participate!


One way to remember the visible spectrum is the
ROY G BIV acronym.

Here are some highlights of What is RED week. Thank you to all who participated!  

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We kickstarted the RED week with a poem about our special friend Jolly George. 

That prompted a comment from England and a question from New York City. 

Which followed with our verse about Jolly George. 

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This poem started a conversation about hot sauce in space! 
Thank you, Krissy Venosdale from Texas!

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This poem from Ms Kirsch in New York City was a great one, but needed a photo to complement it! 

So I shot a photo of an apple and gave it to the students! 

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How do I collect the photos and poems? One way is via Google Classroom. Here is a screenshot for next week, What is ORANGE?

We are looking forward to next week's Twitter Time!

What is ORANGE? 

What was your favorite RED poem?

What are some other ways to collect poems besides using Google Classroom? 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Twitter Time :: Color Poems #clrpoem


Twitter is a wonderful microblogging platform to connect, share, and learn with others. You can learn a lot in 140 characters!

This #clrpoem Twitter project incorporates color, poetry, geography, social media, and fun!  

This week, we will start this colorful global collaborative project with our blogging buddies, Mrs. Monaghan from England, Miss Crowther and Mrs. Placek from Victoria, Australia, and Ms. Shannon and Oskar in Darwin, Australia. 

Teachers, you and your students are invited to join us for our poetry project! A tip of the hat to Catherine Monaghan for this colorfully clever idea.

The object of this collaborative project is to share original poems, create colorful digital images, and publish through classroom Twitter accounts using the hashtag #clrpoem! Each week a color of the visible spectrum will be showcased!


One way to remember the visible spectrum is the
 ROY G BIV acronym.  

(ak rÉ™ nim)
  1. an abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word

(*Indigo is the color between blue and violet. We might combine it with blue.) 

Teachers, YOU are invited to join our collaborative project! The more, the merrier!

This week, we are seeing RED! Shoot a photo of something red, compose a little poetry to complement the photo, and tweet it out! Remember, use the hashtag #clrpoem. 

What are some things that are red?

What are some elements of poetry? 

Couplet, triplet, or haiku,
What kind of verse can we expect from YOU? 


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Tutorials: What is a Quadrilateral?

In our polygon unit, we are learning about four-sided figures called


Many  people were confused about why some shapes have more than one name.  Here are some tutorials to help you learn about quadrilaterals.

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What is a parallelogram?

Here is an interactive parallelogram.

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What is a rectangle?

Here is an interactive rectangle.

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What is a rhombus?

Here is an interactive rhombus.

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What is a square?

Here is an interactive square.

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Maybe you'd like to watch the Polygon Movie again and meet these quadrilaterals in person!  

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Have you used our quadrilateral tutorials? 

Which tutorial helped the most?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Creative Commons :: Give Credit!

Mrs. Yollis' students are writing an informational text report. The report needs to include at least two text features. If you're not sure what a text feature is, mosey on over and watch the Nonfiction Text Feature video by Sheriff Yollis and Sheriff Salsich. will get you up to speed! 

A popular text feature is a photo and a caption. Visual images really help a reader understand. However, you cannot just take images. Good digital citizens look for the Creative Common License! 

Here is a wonderful reat Commdiagram from Mrs. Minicozzi. Notice the sections she is pointing to. What a great

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Learning About Text Features

Mrs. Yollis' class is learning about informational text

Informational text, or nonfiction writing, is based on facts, real events, and real people. There are many helpful text features found in nonfiction writing. Some common text features are:  headings, subheadings, captions, diagrams, time lines, maps, charts, and the glossary.

Below is a humdinger of a video made by Sheriff Yollis and Sheriff Salsich. They hope their video helps you greenhorns learn about about these important reading features!


Here it is on Vimeo if YouTube is blocked.

The Nonfiction Trail from Jonah Salsich on Vimeo.

 What are your favorite text features?

(Headings, subheadings, captions, diagrams, time lines, maps, charts, and the glossary.)

Share something you learned from a text feature! 
Add a hyperlink if appropriate.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Mrs. Ranney Matters!

Matter Matters!

The science experiments and demonstrations Mrs. Ranney has been sharing with us about matter, really matter. We have learned so much!

FACT: Matter has three states, solid, liquid, or gas.

The experiments done with Mrs. Ranney explored the gas we call air. Here are the physical properties of air: takes up space, has mass, exerts pressure, and can move. 

The fabulous Mrs. Ranney shared several lessons.

#1 Air (a gas) has mass. Two balloons were filled equally. The one on the right was popped. When the balloon was popped, the mass of air was released making the right side lighter. Because it was lighter, the right side rose up.

#2 Air (a gas) exerts pressure.   First, each student held a piece of paper to their stomach. When they removed their hand and started walking, the paper fell to the ground. Gravity prevailed!

Second, students held a piece of paper to their stomachs. When they removed their hand and started running, the paper stuck to their bodies! The invisible air pushed against the paper holding it in place.

The student on the left was FASTER than the student on the right. 

#3  Air (a gas) exerts pressure. Student were given a cup of water and a straw. Each student placed the straw in the water. Then each student covered the top of the straw with their finger. Finally, they removed the straw from the water (with the finger still covering the top). Air pressure outside of the straw pushed against the water via the bottom (open end) of the straw. When the finger was removed from the top, the water fell back into the cup...or somewhere else!  

#4 Air (a gas) exerts pressure. Here is the same experiment done with a cup instead of the straw. Air pressure is exerted on the card holding the water in place. Yes, the cup is upside down! Science is cool!

#5 Air (a gas) takes up space. 

Mrs. Ranney placed a DRY paper towel in cup. The towel was taped to the cup so it would not fall out when she inverted it. Next, Mrs. Ranney placed the inverted cup into a container of water. Snappy had a close look, and confirmed that the paper towel was dry when removed from the water. Truly, air takes up space, even thought we cannot see it!

What was your favorite experiment or demonstration? 

Do you have a question or comment for Mrs. Ranney?

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Global School Play Day #GSPD

Yesterday, my class participated in Global School Play Day

Thank you to the Bedley Brothers and Twitter for introducing me to this project!  The power of a Personal Learning Network (PLN) triumphs again!

I was heavily influence to participate in #GSPD after listening to this eye opening presentation: 

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On Monday, I emailed parents, shared "The Decline of Play" video, and asked for games to be brought in for our #GSPD event.

On Wednesday, we had a few curricular blocks, but we were able to have two solid play sessions. 

The sessions were sensational!

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Although I did not play, I contributed a classic play item, the box. 

Students contributed games and toys. 

Fuzzy friends join the class for the day! 

First, we talked about the rules. 
There would only be , the Golden Rule.

Let the play begin!

Rubik's Cube 

Al fresco jumbo jacks. 
No one had ever played!

Paper folding and pyramid building! 

Who doesn't love a box? 

Guess Who? 

Hilarious Head Bands! 


Sorting, categorizing, and creating games 
using cards! 

Tantalizing Tangrams! 

Monopoly Empire was a hit! 

Not sure the name of this game, but it looks like you need to slide the starred disk through the small slot and into the goal to win. 

Building is always a favorite. 
Check out that fancy floor! How many ones, tens, hundreds, and thousands were used to create this mansion? 

Snappy, our crocodile friend from Darwin, Australia, learned to play the game of Life! 

What is your opinion of Global School Play Day?

Would you recommend it?

Leave a comment explaining the benefits of play.

Convince me!