Saturday, September 27, 2014

Talk Like A Pirate Day

Written by Eli

Ahoy mates! Talk Like A Pirate is not an official holiday, but it’s still celebrated world wide. We celebrated Talk Like a Pirate Day by reading a book but strangely, we didn’t talk like pirates! The book we read was How I Became A Pirate by David Shannon. In the book, a boy goes on a pirate ship and becomes a pirate. The pirates didn’t tuck him into bed and kiss him goodnight, so he got all mad and decided to leave the ship. There was a problem though. The pirates needed his help to bury their treasure, so he said sure, and they buried it in his backyard.

We also watched a video made by Team Bond about their passion projects. It was cool because they had a pirate hat and eye patch on in the video! That’s it for today, Mateys! You better practice your pirate voice for next year! Arrrrrrrrrrr!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Our Big Adventure!

One day, our teacher said we were going on a big adventure!  We didn't know what she was talking about!  She took us out the back doors where we go for recess, and we walked past the playground!  We walked toward the middle school next door!

Then we got to a path that led into a nature area in between the schools.  As we walked through the woody area, our teacher told us that we were going to pretend to live like Native Americans.  She explained that Native Americans didn't go to stores to get things they needed, the used things from nature.

We had to look around us as we walked for things that could be helpful for making things like shelter and tools.  It was a lot of fun!  I never realized how much you can make with things you find on the ground!

We had a few big sticks that we thought would be good for a roof pole to tie between trees with vines.  Then we were going to use leaves and branches to make the roof and sides of our house.  It would definitely be a lot of work living when the Native Americans did!


By Isabella

Did you know our classroom has a twitter wall? We posted our thoughts about Michigan symbols for our first post. One of our post on the wall was by Isabella. She said “I think a symbol expresses something.” Ewan said “I think symbol is something that can be remembered.” “I think a symbol is like a state bird, a state deer, or a state fish” is what Jackson thought. Naeem said “I think a symbol is something that represents things.”

We also posted about bullying on the twitter wall. We watched a video about a girl who was getting bullied. To go with the video we read a book called Say Something by Peggy Moss. In it a girl watched other people get bullied but didn't say anything. We posted on the twitter wall about what we noticed in the video and book. Skylar said “the video made me feel sad for the person being bullied.” Brandon thought “It changed in the book and the video by a kid getting bullied, but this time, someone stood up for her.” Another Thinker said that they were both about speaking up.

So far we have two posts on our Twitter wall, and we look forward to our next posts!

Class Jobs!

By Isabella

We got our first jobs this week!  There are 17 different jobs.  Some jobs have two people doing them each week.  We get paid five class dollars for doing our job, but the substitute gets two dollars every time he or she does their job.  These are three of our jobs: substitute, photographer, and technology captain.

Even though we are in third grade, we still had to fill out a job application.  Ever Friday we get our pay checks.  With the money we get from our jobs we can buy stuff from the class store that opens once a quarter.  We can also buy supplies like pencils and erasers whenever we need them.  Every two weeks we get a new job.  We are excited about our next jobs!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

International Dot Day

By Eli

Have you ever herd of International Dot Day? Dot Day is a day where people from all around the world come together and celebrate dots. It is every year on September 15th. I interviewed 5 people and 4 said that dot day was exciting in it's own way. 1 person said it was fun. There's so much to learn about Dot Day!  

To kick it off, we read a story called The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. It's about a girl named Vashti who said she couldn't draw. Her art teacher asked her if the blank paper in front of her was a polar bear in a snowstorm. Vashti said "no, it's blank." Her teacher said you can do something. So Vashti drew a dot in the middle of the paper. The next time she went to art class Vashti saw that her dot was framed and hung it over the teacher desk. Vashti said "I can draw a better dot than that!" She drew big dots and small dots and green dots and red dots and many more dots! One day all the dots were displayed and her dots were everywhere! A little boy was sad because he didn't know how to draw and said he could barely draw a straight line. Vashti told him to draw one, and then sign it, the same way her teacher did for her.

Between us and our buddies, we made enough dots for our own dot museum, just like Vashti in the book! We also got to use a really fun app called colAR to bring our dots to life! They jumped off the screen of the iPad! It was so much fun celebrating Dot Day!