• Skype with Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida by: Levi, Abbey and Amora

    Posted by Gina Brush on 4/13/2017 9:00:00 PM

    Today we Skyped with the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida. First, our turtle hospital guide showed us the babies and grown up turtles in specialized pools. The pools had certain medicines and tools to help each of the turtles feel better. Some of the turtles had been attacked by sharks, had accidents with boats and some have illnesses. The hospital tries to help the turtles get better so they can return to their habitat. However, some turtles are never able to return to their natural habitats. Next, she showed us a turtle that was in time out beacuse she didn't play well with others. There was also a turtle in quarintine becacse he had a contagious illness. Last, she told us to keep trash away from the ocean, lakes, rivers and land all around. Liter can harm wildlife and casue problems for different animals and even humans. by: Levi, Abbey and Amora

    A Sea Turtle Hospital Patient  A Sea Turtle Patient   A Sea Turtle Hospital Patient  


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  • Skype with Author Michelle Worthington by: William, Reia, Keaden, Kaylee, Jordan and Payton

    Posted by Gina Brush on 4/13/2017 9:00:00 AM

    Today we Skyped with author Michelle Worthington from Brisbane, Australia. She has written several children's books, including "Yellow Dress Day."

    First, she read her book "Yellow Dress Day." This book is about a little girl named Ava, that can't speak. She points to dresses she wants to wear. The color of the dresses she wants to wear goes with the weather. Next, Mrs. Worthington talked about how she loved reading to her own children, which inspires her to write more books. She said her crazy imagination helps her write creativly. Then, she talked to us about the parts of a book. She said the title was like an ad for the book. When people look at the illustrations it should draw them into the book and make them want to read it. The words should match the illustrations to guide a reader through the book. We are going to use what we learned from Ms. Worthington to help us write stories that relate to weather.

    Michelle Wirthington and her book Yellow Dress Day

    Michelle Worthington wiht our class  

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  • Skype with Author Tricia Brown by: Payton and Michael

    Posted by Gina Brush on 4/6/2017 9:00:00 AM

    Skype with Tricia Brown by: Payton and Michael 

    Today our class Skyped with non-fiction author Tricia Brown. First, she showed us pictures of Musk Oxes in their environments. She talked to us about how they adapt to their environment. Musk Ox live in Alaska. They are very large animals and have to lean over to find their food on the ground. Next, she read her book, "Itchy, Itchy, Musk Ox." We talked to her about how the story character had a problem and a solution. She discussed the sequence of events the Muck Ox went through to solve his problem. Then, she told us about her other books and things she had written. She has written travel guides and non-fiction books for children and adults. She ended our Skype by showing us how they had 9 feet of snow and a picture of a moose that had been looking in her window. We will use what we learned from Tricia Brown to help us write fiction and non-fiction about animals. Mrs. Brown and our class a moose that was looking in her window Mrs. Brown said they had 9 feet of snow



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  • Skype with Point Lobos Hidden Forest by: Joshua and Amora

    Posted by Gina Brush on 4/5/2017 1:00:00 PM


    Today we Skyped with Ranger Daniel from Point Lobos Hidden Forest. First, he read a book about kelp called, "The Hidden Forest." Next, he showed us some kelp and we talked about its different parts. The stipe is like a plant stem, the blades are like leaves, and it has a float so it can get to the top of the Ocean's surface. Next he showed us a hold fast, which is like tree roots. A hold fast is also a community for critters. Then, he showed us the Pacific Ocean. He showed us how the forest on land meets the forest in the ocean.  We learned how the kelp forest helps support marine wild life. We also learned that we need to keep oceans, rivers and lakes clean for plant and animal life. by: Amora and Joshua

    Our class with Ranger Daniel



     Ranger Daniel show us kelp

    Pacific Ocean  animals that live in a hold fast  "The Hidden Forest"

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  • Skype with NC Aquarium by: Kaylee and Keaden

    Posted by Gina Brush on 4/5/2017 9:00:00 AM

    Skype with NC Aquarium by: Keaden and Kaylee

    Today we Skyped with Samantha at the North Carolina aquarium. First, she talked about the three different types of turtles. There are land turtles, freshwater turtles and sea turtles. Sea turtles are the largest type of turtles! Next, she read, "Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out."  It was about a turtle that had to watch out because there was trash in the Ocean. Then, she showed us a live sea turtle. He was flapping his flippers becuase he thought he was swimming when she was holding him. We learned about keeping our environment clean and how pollution can hurt animals.  by: Kaylee and Keaden

    Class Picture with Samantha and a Sea Turtle




    A Sea Turtle  Sea Turtle "Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out"

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  • Skype with Kieran Fletcher founder of FUNDA by: Abbey and Jordan

    Posted by Gina Brush on 3/29/2017 9:00:00 AM


    Today we Skyped with Kieran Fletcher, who is the founder of FUNDA. FUNDA is a program that incorporates Physical Litercy. First, Mr. Fletcher told us how he started FUNDA to help students develop fine motor, reading, writing and physical literacy skills. Then, he introduced us to the charaters in his books. Each character has a verb that they like to do. Funda likes to jump, Fundara likes to spin, Fundette likes to shake and Fundude likes to kick. Fundog likes to "Woof, Woof" which is not a verb, but he is fun to read about. After that Mr. Fletcher read "FUNDA's Trip to the Zoo." After he read the story we stood up and practiced the verbs in the story. We ended the Skype by reading and singing the FUNDA song. Mr. Fletcher is going to visit with us again in a few weeks! by: Abbey and Jordan


    FUNDA's Trip to the Zoo Book Funda and his friends Class with Kieran Fletcher founder of FUNDA   

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  • Skype with Author and Illustrator Adam Lehraupr by: Amora and Zaiden

    Posted by Gina Brush on 3/28/2017 9:00:00 AM

    Today we Skyped with author and illustrator Adam Lehrhaupr. First, he read us one of his books titled, "I Don't Draw, I Color!" This story is about a little girl who does not like to draw but she is really good at coloring. While he read this book, he talked to us about how colors have a varity of hues. Next, he talked to us about how he wrote his first book when he was in second grade. It was about a little plane and a mountain. When the plane came to the mountain, it did not work anymore. He said his first book was not very good but with practice over the years he became a better author and illustrator. Last, he read his book, "I Will Not Eat You!" This story was about a dragon who wanted peace and quite. Once he got peace and quite, he was bored. This book taught us that sometimes what we want may not be what we need. Mr. Lehrhaupr challenged us to be creative in what we do each day.

    Adam Lehrhaupr Students waving at Mr. Lehrhaupr

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  • Skype with Dino National Museum by: Will and Madden

    Posted by Gina Brush on 3/10/2017 9:00:00 AM

    Today we Skyped with Dan from the Dino National Museum in Utah. The museum was created by a man who built a building over a mountain which contained dinosaur fossils. He showed us a lot of these fossils, including some that were made from dinosaur vertabraes, rib bones, femurs, and back bones. We learned the process that forms fossils. We looked at dinosaur teeth to determine if they were a carnivore or herbivore. He talked about animal adaptation and showed us dinosaur fossils that taught us how dinosaurs adapted to their environment. We will use what we learned today to help us write about dinosaurs and animal adaptations. by: Will and Madden

    Dan showed us a claw  Dan shows us a fossil from the alligator family   Our class with Dan   One of the diosaur skeletons at the museum

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  • Skype with Kevin Sylvester by: Lyric and Savannah

    Posted by Gina Brush on 3/8/2017 9:00:00 AM

    This skype was about Mr. Sylvester telling us about drawing and illustrating. Kevin Sylvester is from Toronto, Canada and has written and illustrated at least 25 books. He talked to us about being curious when we write and draw. For example: he researched cat-poop coffee, which is from cats that eat coffee beans and poop it out and people use it for coffee that is not bitter. He told us to use 2 rules when drawing: 1. use basic shapes 2. draw loose. He read his book, "Super Duper, Monster Viewer," while we held the monster flash. He helped us draw dragons, and other characters with shapes.

    We are going to use his ideas of using shapes by putting shapes together and taking shapes apart to draw. We are going to follow his example and be curious when we are writing.

    by: Lyric and Savannah

    Mr. Sylvester using shapes to draw with us  Kevin Sylvester was very entertaining!  Kevin Sylvester  Super Duper Monster Viewer    


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  • Coming Soon!

    Posted by Gina Brush on 3/3/2017 12:00:00 PM

    We have some exciting skypes coming soon! Students will start writing our blogs to tell about our sessions.

    *Intereactive lesson with author Darcy Pattison- She will read a couple of her books to students and guide them through an opinion writing lesson.

    *Interactvie illustrating lesson with illustrator Francis Vallejo. He will share his books and illustrations with students and guide them through an illustrating lesson where he draws with them and explains how to add details and share drawing tricks.

    *Interactive field trip to discover Jurassic Fossils at Dinosaur National Monument. They will discuss fossils, dinosaurs, geology, histroy and adaptation with students.

    *Virtual tour of a teaching farm in Kenya. Students will learn how they create in-ground resivoirs, use a variety of methods for planting, and how they take care of animals on their farm. 

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