Mrs. Rabe's Class Blog

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Kindergarten Memories


Today we discussed this week’s blog Challenge which came from the Journalism class at Cactus Canyon Junior High School in Apache Junction.  Their question was about memories.  I asked my students what the word “memories” means.  Their responses were that a memory is something that you want to remember from the past, it could be a good or bad memory that you want to remember, and a memory will help you remember things from a long time ago.

I then asked them to think about the memories they have had from Kindergarten 2013-2014.  I gave them some think time and then the responses began coming in.   They were so excited to remember the activities that we had worked on together.

Here were their responses:


Zero the Hero came to visit us on days ending with zero


We did teamwork and work together on a project for Mrs Watanabe


We loved Pete the Cat, and he always tells us, “It’s all good”


We love our Word Wall


  • We used the word-wall and wrote the words around the room.
  • We learned our ABC’s with Alphie the Alligator
  • We dressed up for Halloween and came after school dressed up and got candy
  • We got to use I-pads, computers and Netbooks during centers
  • Enjoyed cut n’paste papers
  • Our study about bats and echolocation
  • We did teamwork and work together on a project for Mrs Watanabe
  • Studied about numbers and shapes
  • We worked on building puzzles with our friends
  • Enjoyed singing the “morning song” every morning at circle time
  • Zero the Hero came to visit us on days ending with zero
  • We learned how to read books
  • We painted wooden blocks of wood for pumpkins
  • We helped our new friends to learn new things at school
  • Pete The Cat says “You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit!”  and his other saying – “It is all good!”
  • During the month of December, Merry Jingle Bright elf came and visited us each day
  • We have to be good at school and follow the rules
  • We planted and grew a marigold flower plant
  • Playing on the big first grade playground
  • We performed for our parents at Thanksgiving
  • Mrs Dalley brought us in a Thanksgiving Feast to taste test food items
  • The Cat in the Hat came to visit us during Dr Seuss Week
  • We had a big celebration on the 100th day of school
  • We studied about penguins and had a life-size penguin balloon come to class
  • We learned some BIG words such as mammals, regurgitate, cornucopia, nocturnal, decompose and metamorphosis to name a few
  • I guess we have been very busy in Integrated Kindergarten this year!


What  memories do you have of Elementary School?



Cyber Safety Ideas from Kindergarten Students in Arizona


Today we watched a video about Hector the dolphin and his sea animal friends.  We learned that you should NOT put your entire name on the internet.  You should not put your address, your birthday or your phone number out there either.  A bad person could get this information about you.  The bad person could use this information to harm you.

It would be better to use a nickname or an abbreviated version of your name when using the internet.

The sea animals learned that it was a bad idea to go on the internet.  The sea animals taught us that  a better way to use the internet would be to:

use a nickname, never use your real name

phone number

home address or your email address 


Can you think of other ways to be safe on the internet?

What do you do to be safe on the internet?


Facts about Bats


Two events prompted this posting on our blog:

1. After doing a two week study about Bats, the students wanted to share all of their learning with everyone.

2. We had watched a video from a Kindergarten Blog where the class had went on a field trip to the Auckland Zoo.  The students decided we could do a presentation of our bats into a video format also.

What did you learn about bats?

Did our short video teach you something about bats?

Tips on writing a quality blog comment from Kindergarten students


We brainstormed tips for leaving comments on blogs, then we visited a few blogs from the Student Blogging Challenge to leave them some comments.

Here’s our brainstorm:

Mrs. Rabe's Class comment tips


Here’s the first blog we visited was Room 16 in New Zealand.

We liked their post about art and wrote this comment for them:Screen Shot 2013-11-05 at 2.04.07 PM

We thought your people were colorful. We liked all the circles that you used. We thought the tent was neat to have.

What did you use to build the tent? When do you get to go in the tent?

Mrs. Rabe’s Kindergarten Class

The second blog we visited was Room 4,, also in New Zealand. We loved their video they made about their field trip. You should watch it! In fact, it gave us an idea for our next blog post!

Here is our comment to themScreen Shot 2013-11-05 at 2.09.21 PM

Dear Room 4,

Thank you for sharing your zoo video with us. We liked your drawings too.

We have a zoo near us, the Phoenix Zoo, in the USA. We have some of the same animals, but we do not have a bearded dragon. Some of the same animals are monkeys, elephants, snakes, lions, zebras, giraffes, parrots, and meerkats.

We are wondering, have you been on other field trips or are you going on any more field trips this year?

We saw that your zoo was a lot like our zoo, so we are wondering if your recess is like our recess time. Do you play basketball at recess?


Mrs. Rabe’s Kindergarten Class

 We look forward to going back to their blogs to see if they replied to our questions.

How do you leave quality comments for others on their blogs?

What tips can you share about writing quality comments?

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Our World Compared to Our Grandparent’s World


We talked about when our Grandparents were little and what was different from now.


Back in the day, phones looked like this:

Yesterday's Call
Photo Credit: Vincent_AF via Compfight

Today, phone can go with us:

Photo Credit: William Hook via Compfight

During this time that we worked on our poster, we found out who lives with our grandparents and who does not.



Do you spend time with your grandparents?

Have you ever gone to the park with your grandparents?

How do you build inventions?

Do your grandparents help you load the inventions?

How did your grandparents talk on the phone?

What inventions have been created since your grandparents were born?

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Words of Wisdom from Kindergartners on Human Rights


Our class is participating in the Blog Action Day on Wednesday, October 16th, and in the Student Blogging Challenge. The topic this year is Human Rights. In Kindergarten, Human Rights is actually something we think about every day because we are learning how to treat others. We all agree that we should help others.

We brainstormed ways to help someone:

Mrs. Rabe and class

Listen to a few of us share about some of these ideas:


How do you help people?

If you were asked what you do for Human Rights, how would you answer the question?

A Week in the Life of Kindergarten


Getting ready

We get ready in the morning to come to Kindergarten. Here’s some of the things we do to get ready:

Please add a sticky note to our Venn Diagram to share how you get ready in the morning.

Time to go to school

Here’s how we go to school: 6 ride in the car, and 10 take the bus to school

Mrs. Rabe's graph

How do you go to school?

Get your own Poll!

What technology do we use every day?

Look at the brainstorm list that our Kindergarteners said that they use every day:

  • Computers
  • iPads
  • Pencils
  • Hand signals
  • Video
  • Whiteboards
  • SMART Board
  • Walkie Talkie
  • Cell Phones
  • Radio/CD

What technology do you use every day?

Our favorite school lunches

These are our favorite school lunches:

Pizza that makes you wanna cry!

Pizza: Photo Credit: Jasmine via Compfight

Banana - Isolated

Banana: Photo Credit: robin_24 via Compfight

What’s your favorite food for lunch?

How do you get ready for your day?

How do you get to school?

What technology do you use every day?

What’s your favorite lunch?

Visiting Arizona


Our class is participating in the Student Blogging Challenge, and Challenge #2 is about places visitors could visit and what they’d see in our area.

Here’s our brainstorm for some of the places:


Here’s some of our ideas that we worked on together, and colored at our table groups:

Superstition Mountains

Superstition Mountains
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Darren Shaw via Compfight




An organ serenade for alpenglow
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Jason Corneveaux via Compfight

What do you like about these places?

Where do you like to visit?

Student Blogging Challenge


We need to create an “About Us” page for our blog that tells others a little about our class for the Student Blogging Challenge #1.

Here are a few to look at:

  1. The Bird’s Nest — A Kindergarten Class Blog
  2. 2KM and 2KJ — A 2nd Grade Blog
  3. Em’s Canvas – A 2nd Grader’s blog, one of Mrs. Rabe’s former students

 about wordle

What information did you learn on the About Pages?

What do you like about their About Pages?

What should your teacher write on your class About Page?

Digital Citizenship


by Tracy Watanabe


What does it mean to be a “good citizen”?


What does it mean to be safe?



Behavior Expectations

When I was growing up, there were expectations my parents had of me for my personal safety:

  • Ask permission before going somewhere.
  • Don’t talk to strangers. — (With the exception of my parents/entrusted adult being aware of the conversation.)
  • Ask for help when I need it.
  • Be polite and use good manners.
  • Help others when I can, and add to their lives.

These are the same expectations I have of my own children for their interactions in our physical community and our digital communities.


How can we be “good citizens” on the computer? 

How can we be safe on the computer?

Watch the video below to find answers to these questions.

Click here to view Spark Top’s showing of Brain POP’s Online Safety videoOr, view this video from Brain Pop.

What did you learn?

How can we be “good citizens” on the computer? 

How can we be safe on the computer?

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