Last week our class joined the 2017 Global Kindness Project. This project, started by The Educator Collaborative, will run through the end of our school year and we have to agree, it’s a great time to remember what kindness and gratitude means to each of us!
Week 1 addressed the question, what is kindness? Each day we used Padlet to share our thoughts and reflections. We tweeted these each day using #GKP17. Here are a couple of our tweets:
We are also very excited about our connection with a class in Prague, Czech Republic! We “visited” their school using Google Earth. It looks very lush and green compared to here! The time zones are too different to Skype, but we created this video to introduce ourselves to our new friends.
Week 2 was all about gratitude! We continued using Padlet to share our thoughts and reflections. We also tweeted these hoping to help spread the word of kindness and gratitude!
Earlier this school year, we did a read aloud with Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Elenor Coerr. If you have not read this before, we highly suggest you do! Although the book has a sad ending, it is definitely worth reading. In honor of Sadako, we joined a project called Peace Cranes Project. Since this project began in 2012, over 1 million children, from over 154 countries have joined, and we are proud to be 26 of them!
We started folding origami cranes in anticipation of our exchange. We sent our cranes to Victoria, B.C. in Canada, and in return, they sent theirs to us here, in Arizona. Our cranes carried messages of peace and friendship.
Our cranes ready for flight!
We also signed a peace pledge!
Today our peace cranes arrived from our new friends caring messages! We were inspired by their messages of friendship and caring. Thank you again St. Patrick’s Grade 3B!
Our exchange arrived!
Thank you Peace Crane Project for the inspiration!
On Thursday, our class participated in Our Really Exciting Online Project! It might sound like just fun and games, , stacking Oreo cookies, but we learned a lot using a variety of math skills. We each made a prediction about how many cookies we would be able to stack. Next, we took two attempts to build the tallest free standing tower and solved for the difference between the two stacks. Then, we found out our class average and shared it in a google form. You can see the results here. A little extra information we discovered was the following:
Mean – 18
Median – 17
Mode – 16
Range – 8
To view our fumbles, tumbles and stacking champion, watch our short video below!
That’s right. We recently found out that our Flat Stanley was last seen at the Eiffel Tower in Paris! We can hardly believe he’s gone, but if he had to go missing, Paris is the perfect place. We recently finished Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventure: Framed in France. While in Paris protecting the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, Stanley spies a young artist by the name of Etoile. As the story progresses, Stanley becomes very fond of Etoile and is sad to leave her and the crepes behind because Paris was so magnifique!
We’re fairly certain Stanley is safe with Etoile somewhere in Paris, but if you happen to see him, please contact us immediately! Our classroom Flat Stanley has been to 12 states, Canada, China, Australia, Spain, Italy and lastly, France. We would love to see him back in the United States! He was colored both front and back, and nicely laminated by his first travelling host, Charlotte.
Photo by Terry
My last stop!
Photo by Terry Moore
Photo by Terry Moore
If you have spotted him, please contact us through commenting on this blog or our class twitter! Please help spread the word and help us locate him before May 22nd!
Around the holidays, our class was learning about how different countries celebrate Christmas. Everyone knows that time of year is really busy, so unfortunately, we never completed our post. Our research about the holidays started out fairly basic. We had an interactive notebook we were working in to learn about holidays in Mexico, Spain, England, France, Canada, and the final pick by Logan, Poland!
What we are about to share is the really exciting part, and what’s even more amazing, it all happened in one day…
Our Flat Stanley was out on another adventure in Canada. Since we had not seen him for awhile, Mrs. Moore set up a Mystery Skype with his hosts, Bonnie and Terry. Our mission was to discover which province he was staying in. We had done this several times, but never outside the United States. We finally figured out they were in British Columbia! We decided as long as we had Canadians on the line, we should ask a few questions about the differences and similarities between United States and Canada. One big difference was they celebrate Boxing Day.
Then, Mrs. Pesterfield from kindergarten called and said her foreign exchange student would come and talk to us about Poland! We had lots of questions for Krzysztof, and not just about the holidays. He shared that he was from Poznan and that during the holidays, everything was homemade. Absolutely nothing was store bought! We were also amazed he would leave his family for a whole year! Finally, he taught us how to say a couple sentences in Polish. Then, he and Mrs. Pesterfield’s son even came out and played soccer with us during P.E.! Check out our short Animoto video to see clips of an extraordinary day!
This afternoon, Mrs. Moore read us the book Where Do Polar Bears Live?by Sarah L. Thompson. This book got us a little concerned and really thinking about climate change. We started brainstorming different ways we could help with this situation. Here are a list of activities our class came up with for ways to help with global climate change.
When possible, use a bicycle or walk instead of using cars.
When it’s bright in the morning, open your window blinds instead of turning on lights.
Plant more trees and other plants around your neighborhood.
When it’s hot inside and cooler outside, open your windows instead of using AC.
Recycle plastic, glass, paper and metal.
Make sure you turn off your computer at night.
Instead of using AC, try using a fan.
Buy a car that does not use gasoline.
Sometimes, when it’s nice outside, get out there instead of staying in your house with the AC.
Use less technology and play less video games.
Instead of watching TV for entertainment, play a board game with your family or read a book.
Invest in solar power.
Don’t leave the TV or lights on when you leave the room.
Don’t destroy plants.
Don’t waste paper. We want less trees cut down.
Instead of going out to eat, stay at home to eat.
Then, Mrs. Moore told us about Earth Hour. This Saturday, people all around the world will be participating in Earth Hour 2015. You ask, what is Earth Hour? It is a campaign to help anyone who wants to make a commitment to make this planet better. The easiest way to get involved is to take part in Earth Hour’s Lights-Off Event. For one hour beginning at 8:30 pm local time, people will turn off all non-essential lights! You can also participate by doing other environmentally friendly activities like the ones we listed above.