Upon returning from Spring Break, I was prepared with a full schedule for my students and they were ready! First things first was to start with some cheering! Over the Spring Break, I had participated in a half marathon and brought back gifts for them given to me at the Expo and they were excited! After their cheering we started of with the story of Two Bad Ants, by Chris Van Allsburg reviewing the Comprehension skill Summary along the way. This was a great story and they even continued reading more books by Chris Van Allsburg doing work station time. Some students did not even realize he was the Author to the Polar Express, Jumanji, and many other fabulous books! During Math more review time on Estimation. As you can see my students have been working hard on continuing to Master their skills before their State Test, with this comes lots of time reviewing previously taught skills. I still had a few more lunch dates for the week of which I have to say they are ready to start over again and each have lunch with me again! Makes my heart happy to hear them say they want to have lunch with me again, too sweet!
Tuesday had in store a fabulous Skype with Sharky Jillian from the Bahamas. Prior to our Skype with Jillian, we had researched a few sharks which consisted of the Nurse Shark, Hammer Head Shark, and the Zebra Shark. When it was our day to finally Skype with Jillian we were super excited to say the least to hear what she had to share about sharks! Jillian is a Marine Biologist who shared that no matter who they are or where we live we can make a difference for sharks! Did you know 100 million sharks are being killed every year? This made us very sad! They are fished for their livers, meat, cartilage, fins, teeth, and jaws. Shark fins are used to make a shark fins soup. A bowl of this soup can cost $100.00 or more! We also learned that sharks have very sensitive taste buds in their mouth and will do a “test bite” to see if something is edible or part of their normal diet. People are NOT part of the normal diet of sharks. Accidents happen when sharks bite something like people and then let go because it is not food. Sharks are a part of our ecosystem and we can not live without them! We also learned they have a belly button! How cool is that? This was our favorite part! We have now become huge fans of sharks and will help spread the word to others about sharks!
Wednesday, consisted of another day of working hard on reviewing yet this day I included a little review with Socrative. They love having review without paper and pencil!
Thursday included some very exciting things and I couldn’t wait to get the day started with them! I had scheduled for the day a Google Mystery Hangout! Where previously they were used to a Mystery Skype this time they were onto new technology a Google Mystery Hangout with Room Ten. They began as normal asking questions back and forth to find their mystery location and before long they had their location discovered! Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba, Canada our second classroom of friends in Canada! What a fun Google Hangout and thanks to Room Ten for inviting us to participate! We look forward to having some more Google Hangouts in the future!
Thursday afternoon will be a day we will remember forever! We were able to chat with Commanding General John E. Michel, NATO Air Training Command in Afghanistan. His words were so inspirational! Mr. Michel asked the students to raise their hands if they liked Reading or Math and they did. After his question, he said this would them to a great future. Then he proceeded to ask them who wanted to be a football player, a teacher, a veterinarian. Again after each question he would say how awesome they are and to keep up the good work they have been doing. After questions with them, then it was time for my students to ask him questions and plenty of questions they had! They learned Mr. Michel has served in the Air Force for 20 years, married for 26 years and has two sons. He has been to over 100 countries and loves what he does! There were many questions about his helicopters and Mr. Michel was kind enough to share with us to videos to give us a peek into his daily life. What an honor it was to have him speak such powerful words of inspiration! “Thanks again for all you do to grow our next generation of leaders.” John E. Michel
Friday we were yet super excited to finally have our project funded from Donors Choose and we were able to put our maps to use with a Mystery Skype! No more paper maps, now everyone had their own desktop map they were able to use their dry erase marker on and quickly find the location of of North Carolina! After using their desktop maps they move onto their iPads to find the city of their new friends in Google Maps. I’m quite impressed on how they quickly pinpoint a spot and begin asking question and before long they have the city discovered as well. What an impressive week back from Spring Break! They were ready to work! That’s one thing I have to brag about my students, when I put a challenge before them, they are ready to face it head on! We’re ready to continue this journey together and see what the next week brings. I have many great things planned and we have more reviewing ahead!
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