It was a celebration full of Dr. Seuss! This event happened months ago, but we just discovered some old footage we think is worthy of sharing. Our class took it a step further than just reading the same author with other students in America. We actually Skyped with our friends in Missouri. We had recently participated in a Mystery Skype, and thought it would be great to reconnect with a shared read aloud. They read the first half of the book to us, then we read the last half to them! If you’d like to see a few pictures, and hear our half of the book, watch the video below.
If you’ve been following our blog this year, you know we have been learning about different places around the world through the #GeoShows. One of our last Skype calls with Geo Brandon took us to Indonesia. We learned amazing things about their New Year celebrations. Then, Ms. Brokaw had a fantastic idea we create our own ogoh-ogohs to celebrate our almost being 4th graders! Check out our journey through planning, creating, and parading for an audience with our ogoh-ogohs!
Listen to the starting speeches to learn more about the celebration.
Our first performance for Ms. Marsh and Mrs. Seese‘s class was so popular, we held a second performance for the Mrs. Carney, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Pesterfield, and Ms. Mewhorther‘s classes!
It was mostly about Thailand new year. They had a water fight that went on for 3 days, and had a parade with Buddhas. They had a moat that covered the outline of the city. The celebration was called Songkran. They had temples that you have to take your shoes off.
Today we had a geo show Skype, and it was about Thailand and we thought it was pretty cool. Every year they get water guns and squirt it all over everyone. We think it looked fun, and we wish we could go there, but it is too far away. Anyway, every year they also make a parade. There are be cool statues made out of gold, and they are Buddha people. They also have a museum about Buddha, and you have to take off your shoes for respect. Also, they make Buddha statue and it depends how big they are about holding the Buddha. The kids are just are holding up the signs and some other ones walk the whole parade the whole entire time and the rest of them are squirting water at the parade or at the people or at the Buddha. The people who hold the Buddha sprayed water back.
By Sophiah and Emi
Today we learned about Thailand with the Geo Show. We learned how they celebrate by getting into water fights or by just throwing water at people. They get a bucket of water or a water gun. We also learned about Buddhas. There are gold kinds, and silver, and also emerald kinds. There are lots of kinds of Buddhas!
Today we learned how Thailand celebrates new years. We learned how Thailand celebrates new years with Geo Show. They had Buddha when they had a parade. Then they had a water fight that lasted 3 days straight. What surprised me the most was when they through scented water at the Buddhas. He also showed us how to make banana coconut milk. There are some made of gold and emerald.
Torrin would like to know if the buddhas are real gold? #geoshow
Two times in the same month, we talked with people living in Missouri! This time was with a class of 3rd graders. This was a big challenge, and in the end, we lost by one question! This class definitely tested our skills! One question they asked, do you border Colorado? We were stumped. Was touching the corner enough? Or does it have to actually touch a side? After the Skype, we tweeted Mystery Skype professional Mrs. Avery to find out what she had to say. We should also mention she used to live in Arizona, but now lives in Colorado.
Once again, Brandon from the Geoshow taught us really interesting facts about our topic! This time he took us back to Kentucky to learn about the man before he became our famous President, and just in time for President’s Day! We started off with a KWL chart, so we could tweet our questions. Here are a couple from our W’s:
Brandon responded live to this tweet! He told us that although he loved to learn and read, he hardly attended actual schools. Hiring teachers was very expensive, but he did later teach himself how to be a lawyer.
Sophia has a non Abe question, did baby calves get sick from their mom’s milk after they ate White snake root? #geoshow#ajusdchat
This one didn’t actually get answered, but there is a little background to this non Abe question. We had just learned his mother died from something called Milk Sickness. This sickness was a result of using cows milk after they had eaten White Snake root. Great question Sophiah!
Here are responses from the L portions of our KWL charts:
Abraham Lincoln always read out loud, even when he was all alone.
He was the first president to be assassinated.
He purchased general shops. These turned out to not be a good investment.
His nickname was honest Abe.
He and his wife had separate bedrooms. This was a big deal if you had enough money to have two rooms!
He grew up in a one room house.
White Snake root is bad, and his mom died from Milk Sickness.
He ran a post office.
He died at 56 years old.
He was against slavery.
He had four children, but only one lived to be an adult.
Did you know different countries celebrate Christmas in different ways? We dove into our “Holidays Around the World” book and so far learned about Canada, Spain, and France.
We had our first Mystery Skype and guessed correct! They were in Michigan. Then, we had the chance to find out a few things about their school and state. They only had 270 kids in their entire school! We also learned they they do border Canada, but not actually by land.
Our first holiday cards from our holiday card exchange started arriving! So far, they have come Florida, Michigan and Indiana. We sent 3 cards to different countries, and can’t wait for those to arrive.
We put our collaboration skills to work during a math performance task. We had to decided how we would spend $25 at a country fair.
During our introduction to coding, we used our first hyperdoc! It had video links, a padlet, and questions to ponder.
Mr. Lockwood came to our class to teach us about digital citizenship. Using the internet comes with great responsibility.
Of course, we squeezed in a little poetry as well!
Here’s a iMovie trailer for a quick look at our week! It goes fast, so watch closely!
Which of our events do you think sounds like the most fun?