Challenge 10

19 11 2012

Hello fellow bloggers! Sorry we haven’t blogged in a while, we have been very busy! Lately we have been working on a pumpkin project for Halloween. We had to pick a book, and once we were done reading it we made a pumpkin based on a character in our books. Now, we have been working on Nanowrimo. It stands for National Novel Writing Month. Our class has been working on writing our novels since the beginning of November. They are very interesting. All of them are very unique! Well, we look forward to sharing some with you! We will be blogging more frequently!

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26 09 2012


By: Michael

I am passionate about sports because I have been playing sports since I was about two or three years old.I have played all kinds of sports like soccer, basketball, football, wrestling, and baseball.I am really good at football and wrestling because I mostly play these sports now. I always play with my brother and cousins. My cousin’s brother and I are very competitive. We play football for the Miners and wrestle for Sunkist. Sunkist is at A.S.U. Most of the Olympic wrestlers come from there. I play football here in A.J. and most of the Maricopa want me on there team. I am a quarterback and and a safety. I am to try every sport so I can say I did that.

Student Challenge Two

Making Inferences

18 09 2012

Hello my 6th grade students and followers!

This week we are making inferences in reading. We know that an inference is when you combine evidence from your reading (words the author uses) with your schema (what you already know-prior knowledge) to make a conclusion. Watch the video below to learn more about inference.

Making inferences can be hard.  Sometimes the clues don’t add up like we think.

Your Challenge!

Make an inference about the short film below by telling me an obserservation from the film(something you know), a question (something you wonder), and an inference (something you think).  Use EVIDENCE BASED TERMS to support your inference.  Examples of evidence based terms are…

  • The boy was sad BECAUSE his dog ran away.
  • Sally loved the ocean. FOR INSTANCE, she moved to a house overlooking the ocean.
  • Henry loves whales.  FOR EXAMPLE, he often reads stories about them.
  • The force of the wind was very strong. I know because THE AUTHOR STATED that the wind could shatter a window.
  • ACCORDING TO THE TEXT, the purpose of a robot is to do a job.
  • FROM THE READING I KNOW THAT Jupiter is the largest planet in our solor system.

Favorite Sports

14 09 2012

What It Takes To Be An Elite At Nerf

By: Ben

My favorite sport is Nerf. Nerf takes patience, skills, and good hiding spots. First thing you need to do to win is bullets, make sure you have enough bullets to win. Next you need to find a good hiding spot like a bush, a shed, or a toy box. After that you should get extra guns just in case if one gun gets jammed you have a backup plan. So when your playing you want to be the quickest so you don’t get out first.

If you run out of bullets you would have to go back and grab them. If you don’t find a good hiding spot you will get shot from above, below, or behind.  If you don’t grab extra guns your first gun might get jammed and all you’ll have is a Nerf battle ax, or tomahawk. That’s how you be an elite at Nerf.



By: Manny

I’m going to convey to you about what it takes to be an elite football player. To be an elite football player it takes six things. First is humility which is when your and recognize your own faults. Second is love which is when you care for your teammates. Third is integrity which is when honest and stick to your principles. Fourth is faith have faith in your teammates. Last of all is excellence you act like an professional and don’t yell at your teammates. And that’s how to be an elite team player but just for you at a possession is to eat good and work hard at it everyday.

Internet Safety

14 09 2012

i-Safe Assembly

By: Maegan

Today at our school (DVES) we had an assembly. It was an i-safe assembly. We learned about the importance of internet safety. We were taught to be careful about what we post online and who we talk to.

At the assembly we were told a story about a thirteen year old girl, Megan, she accepted a friend request online from a boy named Josh. They started talking every day until one day, Josh started saying really mean things to Megan. After a while of him doing this, he said the worst thing of all, “Why don’t you do all of us a favor and kill yourself.”, and that’s exactly what she did.

Megan committed suicide because of cyber-bullying. At the assembly we were also taught that cyber-bullying is illegal in some states. People don’t take cyber-bullying seriously, but it’s a big deal. No one should have to go through it.



By: Alexus

Hi, I’m Alexus and I will be talking about cyber-bullying. First I will talk about why you shouldn’t be a cyber-bully. Then I will discuss how it hurts people. Lastly, I will go over some of the consequences of cyber-bullying.

There are two different types of bullying, cyber-bullying and just plain bullying. Cyber-bullying is when you mentally attack someone and use words to hurt them. Bullying is when you physically hurt someone or pick on them all the time. You should never be a cyber-bully, or any bully for that matter. I don’t care if people are short or funny looking, you should keep bad comments to yourself, and you should never try to use power to force someone to do something they don’t want to.

If you want to know how cyber-bullying can hurt then listen up. Some people make fake Facebook and become friends with some stranger or someone they don’t like, then they try to become “B.F.F.’s” with them. Then they start bullying them, not just any bullying, cyber-bullying. Megan Miller killed herself because she accepted a friend on Facebook and fell in love with him, but he was a fake. He was actually a she and she was a cyber-bully. She told Megan to go and kill herself, and Megan did.

If you cyber-bully, you could get into a lot of trouble. You could get arrested and end up in a juvenile detention center. Or WORSE, if they kill themselves, you could get tried as an adult and end up in prison for the rest of your life. Then you would never get to see your mom or dad or any family member at all. You would get your freedom taken away and live in a very lonely place.

Cyber-bullying is a crime and you will get into a lot of trouble. It really hurts peoples feelings too. You should never be any kind of bully, but especially not a cyber-bully.

Here are some suggestions from our class about what you could do if you are being cyber-bullied.

The One and Only Ivan

26 08 2012
This year Mrs. W’s 6th grade reading class will take part in the Global Read Aloud reading a book called The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.
We will be starting our literacy journey October 1st and enjoying the novel for at least 4 weeks! Here is a link to the book’s wiki page.
For now enjoy this incredibly heartfelt book trailer…

After viewing the book trailer, what are your impressions and predictions? What do you already know about silverback gorrillas? What do you hope to learn?

Spring Blog Challenge Week 1

5 03 2012

We are excited for the new blogging challenge this spring.  As a part of the first challenge we visited NEH 3rd Grade blog and commented on Haley’s Post about birthstones.  We also visited Mrs. Kolly’s class blog and left a comment.

Questions For Our New Visitors:

Where are you from?
What grade are you in?
Who is your teacher?
When did you start blogging?
Why did you start blogging?

Creative Writing

6 02 2012

Some students in Ms. Olen’s class were given a creative challenge in writing.  They had to choose a picture from Chris Van Allsburg’s Mysteries of Harris Burdick.

Robynn and Damian worked together on creating a story.  They chose the picture titled The Seven Chairs

"The Seven Chairs"

You can read what Robynn and Damian have written so far below…


The Beginning of the End

By: Robynn & Damian

Chapter 1,       Then it happened!

“Are they coming.”, Derek said. “We need to get to the roof.”. ‘NO!”said Ashley.”what sis!”, said Derek.Then Derek looked back. He saw his sister running.They finally got to the roof and saw their friend Alex. He had a huge camping bag, then he pointed at the city.They heard people screaming.”We better get going”, said Derek.

“AAHH”, said Ashley as she fell to the floor with excruciating pain.There were muscular men in suits,the suits looked the ones bee keepers use.But still it scared us.Oh sorry I didn’t say my name,my names Derek Ursula.So any way they caught up with us.Then Alex fell, I was still up and running then I got to the end of the roof. I thought either end life now or suffer for the rest of my life. Then I turned around and surrendered.

Chapter 2     The Facility

When Derek first saw them he was in shock and then the men took  his hands so he couldn’t get away. Then Ashley pointed. Derek and both the men looked then Ashley ran towards them and pulled Derek away from the two men. Then Derek had a vision. There was a lady in mid-air  and she was sitting in a chair just floating there.

To be continued…

Robynn and Damian have also created a quiz to see if you were comprehending what you read.  Take the following test!


Did you enjoy Robynn and Damian’s story?

How could they improve as writers?

Do you have any suggestions for how they might continue their story?

Challenge 10, Auditing our Blog

22 11 2011

by Ms. Olen’s Class

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For the Student Blogging Challenge #10, we did an audit on our blog. Below are the questions and our answers.

Q: How many posts did you write?

A: 9

Q: How many were school based, your own interests or set by the challenge?

A: Set by the Challenge: 7/9 which is 78%, and  School based 2/9 which is 22%

Q: How many comments did you receive from classmates, teachers or overseas students?

A: We received 17 comments so far.

  • Classmates — 5
  • Teachers — 5
  • From other countries (students and/or teachers) — 7

Q: Which post received the most comments? Why do you think that happened?

A: The post that got the most comments was “Visiting Others on Our Blogroll,” written by Robynn, Tina, and Kathryn. We think this one got the most comments because they liked the idea of visiting other classes, and curious what we wrote. Plus it looked good with the visuals and was well written. Then, our question at the end of our post was, “Where do you think we should visit next?” started a conversation with those who visited us.

Q: Which post did you enjoy writing the most and why?

A: The majority agreed that Challenge 2, Where We Would Visit, was our favorite because everyone in class had a chance to choose where they wanted to research, did some research, and then wrote a sentence or two where we wanted to visit and why.

Q: Did you change blog themes at all and why?

A: Yes, because we went from the freebie blog to the campus blog, which had more options.

Q: How many widgets do you have? Do you think this is too many or not enough?

A: We have these widgets:

  • Recent comments
  • Recent posts
  • Archives
  • ClustrMap
  • Another Clustr Map
  • Class Twitter Link
  • Pages
  • Blogroll
  • Class Avatar
  • Subscribe by email
Half the class thinks we should have more widgets, such as: Pictures (either in Flickr or a slide show) or videos
The other half of the class thinks we have just enough widgets.

Q: How many overseas (out of the country) students do you have on your blogroll?

A: Here are our answers:

Next we interviewed Mrs. Oswald about our blog. Here is her response:

Wow! Ms. Olen’s class I was really impressed with your BLOG. I could see the amount of work you put into it. The different fonts and colorful pictures caught my attention. I don’t think I was distracted by anything. I wanted to spend more time than I had reading the entire thing!! No improvements. I know as you move forward you will add even more neat things.

Thanks for sharing,

Mrs. Oswald

We really loved being part of the Student Blogging Challenge, and want to continue blogging and improving our blog.

What feedback can you give us about our blog?

What is strong or what did you like about our blog? What would you recommend for improvements?


Challenge 9, Favorites

17 11 2011

by Robynn, Damian, and Wyatt

This week’s challenge is about our favorites. We thought of our main thing we wanted to write about, and we all chose the topic food. So here are our favorite foods:

Robynn’s favorite:

My favorite food is cupcakes. I like it when they have lots of frosting on them. Cupcakes are so good. I love having cupcakes for birthdays. I love cupcakes!  Cupcakes are an American  birthday tradition.

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Damian’s favorite:
My favorite food is an egg roll. I like the inside the most. I love when they are in soy sauce. They get a little salty. I love egg rolls! They can be a party snack for Chinese new year!
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Wyatt’s favorites:
My favorite food is a turkey.I especially like them with seasoning. There good for thanks giving. It’s an American tradition. I’ve been eating turkey since I was four. I like the leg of the turkey.
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Thank you for reading about our foods that we like that are also holiday foods in different countries.

What’s your favorite holiday foods?

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