Guess My Idiom!

Have you ever thought about where your photos come from when you search the web? If not, you should. There are many pictures that are floating around out there that are not allowed to be used even for classroom projects.  Our class is participating in the Student Blogging Challenge, and we are learning how to search for photos and give them the proper attribution. Click on the hyperlinks to find out how you can use and post photos properly.

We have been practicing using photos in our blog posts and giving the proper attribution (photo credit). Can you READ the following pictures and guess my idiom?guess-my-idiom

If you think you have an idea, leave a comment below. We’d love for you to create one and challenge us! Don’t forget to leave a link to your post in the comments.

 

 

 

The Day My Crayons Quit

My class and I read, The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt.  While reading the book, we discussed such topics as point of view, author’s voice, and evidence that supports a claim.  We decided that we should write our own letters from objects in our lives that have been misused or mistreated. Here’s an example:

photo (3)Dear Mrs. Vazquez,

Hello? I mean…is anyone there? Seriously! I’ve been sitting on the shelf next to your “Mrs. Vazquez’ Hot Read” sign for weeks now.  Some “HOT” read.  You haven’t picked me up in forEVER! I thought we had something.  I thought we had a connection. We were spending lots of time together…day after day, page after page. Where’d you go?  Did leave me for another? I’m not going to wait around until you’re ready! There are other hands to be filled.  I was anxiously waiting to fell you what happened to Paul, but you never came back.  I’m sorry if I was boring you with Eric’s story, but if you come back I promise to show you some conflict. Please give me a second chance.  I will make it up to you.

Your dusty book,

Tangerine

P.S. Erick has seeeecrets…

Check out some students examples:

The Day the Tennis Ball Left by Lucas

The Day My Pen Quit by Nelly

The Day the Bars Quit by Estella

 

2014 Edublogs Awards

We are so excited to announce that one of our students was nominated for the “Best Student Blog 2014.”  Congratulations to Mateo for your hard work and dedication to keeping up your blog and making connections.  To visit Mateo’s blog, please click here!

If you’d like to vote for his blog, click HERE to use Polldaddy.  Remember you can vote once per day!

You can also vote HERE using List.Ly.  Don’t forget to like Mateo’s Blog by clicking the “Thumbs Up” symbol.

See full list on Listly

Your Digital Footprint…

Room One has been learning about our Digital Footprints (also known as our Digital Dossier).  As active participants in the Student Blogging Challenge, we were encouraged to discover how our footprint can leave a positive or negative impression.  Here is what we have discovered so far…

 

Take the challenge!  Try googling yourself.  What does your digital footprint say about you?

Here are a couple links to videos that we watched.

Privacy Student Intro Video

Youth and Media: Digital Dossier

Have you found a video that helps people understand digital footprints?  If so, please add the link in the comments.  We’d love to learn more!

The Oreo Challenge

Have you ever wondered how many OREOS you can stack?  Our class participated in the O.R.E.O project.  In the OREO project, you have two chances to stack the tallest tower you can before it falls down.  We wrote a hypothesis and estimated that we could stack about 20 OREOS before the tower collapsed.  When we were finished, we analyzed the data and found the class mean or average.  After crunching the data, we discovered that our class mean was exactly 20.  Crazy, right?

 

Our top stacker was Marcia.  She was able to stack 26 OREOS before her tower came crashing down.  But what really surprised us was our Kinder Buddies.  Later that afternoon, we visited our Kinder friends and supported them in the OREO challenge.  One girl was able to match our maximum stacker by creating an OREO tower 26 cookies tall.  Take a look at the action by watching our slideshow.

Oreo Stacking by Room One on PhotoPeach

After we were finished stacking OREOS and crunching data, we carefully scraped out the oreo guts and used them to make sculptures.  The students had so much fun and made some pretty awesome sculptures.  Take a look at our OREO gallery by viewing the slideshow…

Oreo Sculptures on PhotoPeach

In the end, I challenged the whole class to learn the OREO hand game by the end of the week.  Most students took the bait and was able to complete the challenge.  As a matter of fact, they are still perfecting it while standing in line at lunch and after recess.  They are even teaching students from other classes and family members at home.

Has your class ever participated in a challenge like this?  Would you like to participate in a challenge with our class?  If so, please comment below and share your ideas!

 Photo Credit: Daniel Oines via Compfight

Student Blogging Challenge

sbc_2014_d-1fonf8sWe did it!  We signed up for the Student Blogging Challenge!  Each week we will have a new task to complete as participants of the challenge.  This week the challenge was to create or update an “About Me” page on our blogs.  Since many of the students had already accomplished this task, it gave us an opportunity to edit, revise, and evaluate our About Me pages.

The students used an app from the Google Store called My World to add interest to their page.  They created their world, took a screenshot, and then described it on their About Me page.  Not only does this app allow you to drag items into the canvas that describe you and your personaility, but it also analyzes these items and gives the creator some feedback regarding their interests.  The program tells you the type of person you are and suggests some fields of study for when you attend college.  We had fun using this app!

Here’s an example:

The World of Vazquez

The World of Vazquez

Please click on our Student Blogs located on the right-hand side of the page to view some of the About Me pages created by the students.  Look for the “About Me” tab located on the top of their Home Page.

Have you created an About Me page?  If so, what web tools have you used to make your page interesting?