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Our “Fieldtrip” to the South Pole


Photo from the Icecube South Pole Neutrino Observatory

Today, we participated in a webinar. Thanks to the Wisconsin Icecube Particle Astrophysics Center , we were able to talk to scientists in the South Pole! They are working on the Icecube project. The telescope they have takes pictures of particles that come from exploding stars!

We learned many interesting facts. One thing we learned is that it doesn’t snow much in the South Pole, because there is not that much water in the air, and because it’s too cold. The scientists told us that most of the snow there is blown in by the wind. There are no animals that live at the South Pole. We talked in class that this is probably because animals need air, food, water, and shelter to survive. They won’t find much growing right at the South Pole. They did tell us that animals live at the coastline. Some animals they showed were penguins and Orcas.

The scientists get their food by airplanes. We also learned about the Aurora in the sky. You can only see it in the winter because it’s dark all winter there. The feeding room, at their station, has lots of chairs so people can eat there. They eat food that comes from the plane. The scientist wear lots of layers of clothes. The temperature in the South Pole is 30 degrees below zero!

Do you think you would like to visit the South Pole? Have you ever considered becoming a scientist and maybe working on a project there? Where else would you like to go, and what would you like to study? What other information would you like to know about their project?

We are thankful they let us listen to their lesson and answered our questions!


To find out more about the Icecube project, visit their website here: Icecube


Your friends,

Cali, Hailey, and Stephanie

Nate the Great Vocab Words

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Character Traits of Phineas and Ferb

Our class brainstormed character traits of the our favorite Disney characters, Phineas and Ferb. Here’s what we came up with in just a few minutes…


Wall Wisher Character Traits

Grades, Scholastic, and other class updates

The first scholastic book order is available. This year we will be participating in The Global Read Aloud. The story that has been chosen is Charlotte’s Web. Students will have to share my classroom set among themselves, but I don’t have enough for every child. If you would like your student to have their own copy it’s available on scholastic now for ONLY $1!! If you order online it will be delivered straight to our class and I will make sure your student receives his/her copy to keep. You can get to our scholastic page with this link: SCHOLASTIC .  If it asks you for our class activation code, it is: GML82, or you can just type in my name.

Grades have been posted for our first weeks’ assignments. Your gradebook wizard login is the same as last year and can be accessed here….

Technology Portal for Parents:


AR goals have also been set, so make sure your kiddo is reading at home. We have time every day, after lunch, for tests to be taken. If they’re worried about waiting through the morning to take the test, the library is almost always available before school.

Hope you all are having a relaxing weekend!

We made it through our first (half) week!

Whew, what a great week! I loved meeting all of you and hope you feel the same way about our new class. We really do have a great group this year. Let me just say thanks to all of you for getting through all of the tests we had to complete. It wasn’t easy, I’m sure! You did great and now we are ready to get on with our “real” classwork. This week we are going to start following our butterflies, read a story about a pretty smart dog, and start to think about some big numbers. You’re ready for all of this!


Take a look at a few of the pictures I took. We’ll be taking lots more this  year.

No scissors! Was that harder or easier? Why?

What was one of the adjectives you used to describe yourself? Do you still like that same adjective today, or do you feel like you’re something else today. Adjectives can change depending on what we are doing and how we are feeling!

You created a self-portrait from our adjectives. Find another self portrait of someone famous and add a comment to our blog of who you found!

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