Digital Citizenship

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guest post by Tracy Watanabe


Today we talked about digital citizenship and Internet safety. We talked about being members of our physical community and members of a digital community. In both communities, we have expectations for being a good citizen and being safe.

Some of the safety and citizenship expectations students knew were:

  1. Keep your personal information safe, such as your full name, address, phone number, etc.
  2. Don’t post or comment about where people can find you. For example, don’t share that you will be at soccer practice from 7:00-8:00 tonight at the park.
  3. Be respectful and polite online.
  4. Since blog comments are like friendly letters, we should follow the friendly letter format.
What’s our next step?
  1. Watch a BrainPOP Online Safety video to see what we can add to our list.
  2. Visit one of these blogs and decide how well they follow Internet safety and digital citizenship rules:

What do you think we should add to our Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship expectations?

What did you notice/learn from investigating the above blogs?

What have you learned from this discussion/post, and what questions do you still have?

Project Feeder Watch Comes to a Close

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Our class has had a wonderful time this year on our Project Feeder Watch.  Check out what we did and learned during this great birding project!

First, we live in the Sonoran Desert so our goal was to examine and learn about the birds found in the Sonoran Desert.  Here is a Tagul from Justin about the bird species we saw.

Here are the bird species we saw from our class window and some facts about them by Nathan and Cassidy…

Here are some of the species we have seen using Blabberize:

Do you know the different features birders use to identify birds?  Take a look at this Show Me from Elly, Zach, and Cody to find out.

We hoped you enjoyed learning about birds with us.

Please comment and tell us something you learned.

There is another post with more information! Check it out!




Australia or Bust for Flat Selves!

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How can you send 21 students and their journals to Australia for under $5.00?  It’s easy-make them Flat Selves!

Flat Selves fit just about anywhere and very easy to travel.

Our class is so excited to be participating in a literature project with classes around the globe.  Thanks to the organizational efforts of Mrs. Murphy in Australia, the students in our class have been involved in reading Flat Stanley books and engaging in relevant activities with the books written by Jeff Brown.

We started out making our flat selves into our likeness after reading the first chapter of the book.  Then we created a journal to keep track of our adventures.

Flat Anthony goes home on the bus. His brother looks very excited to have him along for the ride.

After our flat selves were done, they went home to spend some time with family.

Flat Dianne hangs out with her family outside. We have great weather in Arizona!


Then we had sleepovers with our flat friends and write about the event in our flat journals.

Nicky does his homework with the help of Flat Claire. They are both great at math so he should get 100%.

What would you do with a flat friend at your house?

Our flat selves are now bound for Ms. Murphy’s class in Victoria, Australia.

We will be able to travel around the world and collaborate with many other students.  At the same time, we will be hosting many flat friends around the world!  The adventures we have will be tracked through journaling and blogging. We are looking forward to the adventures to come!  What better way to make reading and writing come alive!

Here are the blogs of the classes we will be collaborating with:

Participating schools:
Mrs Murphy’s Class in Victoria, Australia (22 Grade 3/4s)
Mrs Fraher’s Class in Arizona, USA (21 Grade 3’s)
Miss Migan’s Class Sydney, Australia (29 Grade 4s)
Mrs Monaghans Class, England (6 Class 2s will participate)
Mrs Laird’s Class, California USA (24 Grade 3)
Mrs Todd’s Class, North Carolina USA (19 Grade 2’s)

Stay tuned for more of our Flat Adventures…