December 20, 2011
by Mrs. Hamman's Class

Read Across Arizona

By Marijane

Our class just participated in Read Across Arizona. We were partners with a fifth grade class in Queen Creek, Arizona.

Our project this year was about Cinderella stories from around the world. We read the Cinderella stories to show the cultures and differences between the stories. We made a video and showed it to the other class in our video conference.

After our video the class in Queen Creek did a game show. They were practicing for Battle of the Books. They had judges. They asked questions to their classmates. They did a great job!

Here is our video about the Cinderella stories.

Cinderella Stories From Around the World from Mrs Hamman on Vimeo.

Did you know there were different versions of the Cinderella story?

November 29, 2011
by Mrs. Hamman

Virtual Heart

We have some exciting events coming up, so we might be posting more than once this week!

Today we went on a virtual field trip all the way to Denver, Colorado. We had a video conference with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. We participated in the Virtual Heart presentation and learned all about the anatomy of the heart and how the circulatory system works.

This is the Virtual Heart Journal where we recorded our findings.

We learned how to take our pulse and we recorded our resting heart rate.

We predicted what our heart rate would be after a minute of running in place, then we checked to see if our predictions were accurate. Our hearts beat much faster after exercise!

The highlight of the conference was when we got to watch an actual sheep heart dissection. It made it easier to understand how a heart works when we could actually see inside of one!

We learned a lot about the heart today. Thank you to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for giving us the opportunity!

Here is a challenge question for our blog readers:

One side of your heart is thicker than the other. Which side is thicker, and why?

August 29, 2011
by Mrs. Hamman

A Trip Back in Time

Last week we traveled back in time to visit Setauket, New York, in the year 1778. Well, we didn’t really travel through time, but we felt like we did!

We participated in a videoconference with the Ward Melville Heritage Organization in Long Island, New York. They presented a program called “Windows through Time: Journals of Revolutionary War Spies”. We learned about the Setauket Spy Ring, which operated undercover delivering important messages to help the Patriots during the American Revolution. Members of our class participated by pretending to be members of the Setauket community; some of us played ordinary townspeople and some of us were spies. It was really interesting to learn about all the ways the spies delivered their secret messages, all without the British soldiers suspecting a thing. The presenter made us feel like we were really there! Thank you, Anna!

Videoconferencing is a great way to visit places and make connections with people we wouldn’t be able to meet in person. This was our first videoconference of the year, and for many of us it was the first one we had ever experienced. We learned some tips for making a videoconference successful, and we took photos and drew pictures to illustrate our tips. Here is our Voicethread showing what we have learned so far:

We’re looking forward to doing lots more videoconferencing this year, and we will be adding to our Voicethread as we learn more.

Did you know there were Patriot spies during the American Revolution?

Have you ever participated in a videoconference?

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