Halloween Questions for Our Friends

We are currently working on a Halloween monster global project with our friends in Mr Avery’s class. Mr Avery’s class lives in Massachusetts and, like many people in the USA, they celebrate Halloween.
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We were hoping to post the results of our monster global project for 31st October but Mr Avery’s school closed for Hurricane Sandy. Look out for the post in a few days!

Halloween celebrations are not too common in Australia, although over the last few years we have noticed more shops selling Halloween supplies and more people celebrating the day.

4KM and 4KJ have some questions for our friends overseas about Halloween. We would love you to answer one or more of the question below in a comment!

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Do you celebrate Halloween where you live? Why?

What do you do for Halloween?

How does trick or treating work?

What do you wear for Halloween?

Do you decorate your house for Halloween?

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The One and Only Ivan

When Mrs Morris was in the USA in June/July she enjoyed meeting many of her blogging buddies. One of the online friends she spent some time with was Mrs Hembree. Mrs Hembree is a teacher-librarian in Seattle, Washington, USA. She writes the Bulldog Readers Library Blog.

Here is Mrs Morris in San Diego with her friend, Mrs Hembree.

Mrs Hembree kindly gave Mrs Morris a gift to take back to 4KM and 4KJ. It was a copy of the book, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. This is a book that Mrs Hembree and her students really enjoyed and recommended.

About the book

Ivan is a gorilla who lives at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade with his animal companions. While he is very used to this existence in his domain, he makes a change in his life and the lives of others, with the help of his friends. The One and Only Ivan is a work of fiction that is based on a true story.

Mrs Hembree’s posts

Mrs Hembree has written some great posts about The One and Only Ivan on her blog.

  • Mrs Hembree was lucky enough to have the author, Katherine Applegate, visit her school. Read about it here.
  • She has a friend who visited the “real” Ivan at Zoo Atlanta. That post can be found here.
  • Sadly, Mrs Hembree also published a post about the real Ivan passing away recently. You can read about that here.
Mrs Hembree has even made a fabulous book trailer.

Our reflections

We have been reading a little bit of The One and Only Ivan every day this term and we enjoyed it very much. Today we finished the book! Here are some of the students’ reflections.

 

We would like to say

to our friend Mrs Hembree for introducing us to this wonderful story!

What did you think about The One and Only Ivan? Do you have a reflection to add?

Were there any special messages in The One and Only Ivan?

Can you recommend any other books that the students in 4KM and 4KJ might enjoy?

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Mrs Morris in the USA

Hi everyone!

I am having a fantastic time in the USA with my husband, Nate! I am staying with my blogging buddy, Mrs Yollis, and her husband, Mr Yollis.

2012 is the fourth year that my class and Mrs Yollis’ classes have been blogging together. We have worked on many projects and become friends over the internet but have never met face to face before last week!

It was truly amazing for me to meet Mrs Yollis. We laugh a lot and get along like old friends. I will miss her when I head to New York City tomorrow.

Last week, I attended a big teacher’s conference in San Diego with Nate and Mrs Yollis. We learnt so much about using technology in the classroom. Mrs Yollis and I also presented about blogging and global collaboration. The teachers really enjoyed it and we hope we have encouraged a lot more teachers to start blogging with their classes.

Here are some highlights from my trip so far:

  • Meeting lots of other blogging buddies at the teachers’ conference. They were all so nice!
  • Visiting Mrs Yollis’ classroom and meeting Beverly and Panda. We even played Bamboo in the playground!
  • Having lunch at Royce’s house and meeting a group of Mrs Yollis’ students.
  • Skyping with 4KM and 4KJ twice.
  • Being in the audience for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
  • Visiting Universal Studios.
  • Seeing the sites of Los Angeles – Mr and Mrs Yollis are great tour guides.
  • Meeting Mrs Yollis’ pets – Buck the cheeky labrador and Harvey the talking African grey parrot.
Here is a video of me and Mrs Yollis in her classroom!

Here are some (a lot) of pictures of my trip so far.

Thank you to Mr Miller (teacher at the conference) and Mr Yollis for some of these fantastic photos!

Read part two of Mrs Morris’s USA trip here.

What do you think of my trip?

Would you like to visit the USA? What would you do there?

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The Tale Trail: From Start to End

We recently worked on a collaborative story telling project with five of our blogging buddy classes overseas.

What was this project? This project was called The Tale Trail. Six classes from around the world collaborated to write a story. Each week a different class was responsible for writing the next installment of the story and publishing it on their class blog. Read more about the project here.

Who was involved? 4KM and 4KJ, Mr Avery’s sixth graders, Mr Salsich’s third graders, Mrs Yollis’ third graders, Mrs McKenzie’s grade two and three class and Mrs Watson’s grade two and three class.

Why did we participate in this project? Writing stories is a lot of fun, and the opportunity to write a story with students from different countries was an offer we couldn’t refuse! A big thank you to Mr Avery for coming up with this terrific idea and inviting us to join in.

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4KM and 4KJ wrote the conclusion to the story a couple of weeks ago. Since then, all classes have made voice recordings of their part of the story. It has been put together using SlideRocket. Press the play button on the slideshow below, and use the arrows to view each slide. Tip: View the slideshow in full screen by pressing the icon on the bottom right hand corner.

We hope you enjoy listening to The Tale Trail!

We loved being part of this project with our blogging buddies. Hopefully we can collaborate in more fun ways in the future!

What did you think of the slideshow?

What interesting vocabulary did you learn from this story?

 

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Happy Holidays, USA Friends!

We love collaborating with our blogging buddies overseas and there are special some classes who we have long running friendships with.

Mrs Morris’ class first connected with Mrs Yollis’ class and Mr Salsich’s class in early 2009. This is our fourth year of collaboration!

Mr Avery’s class became our blogging buddies in late 2010. This is the third year that Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan’s students have connected with his class.

As our friends in North America live in the Northern Hemisphere, their summer is approaching while we are experiencing winter. 

Summertime means the end of the school year and holidays!

This week Mrs Yollis’ third grade class, Mr Salsich’s third grade class and Mr Avery’s sixth grade class are all finishing up their school year.

Check out Mrs Yollis’ final post for the summer as well as Mr Salsich’s last update for the school year.

We’d like to wish all our American blogging buddies a very safe and happy holiday. We hope you will keep visiting our blog over your break.

We look forward to connecting with a new group of students in August/September.

What do you enjoy about collaborating with our blogging buddies?

Do you have any plans for your winter/summer?

How are the school years in the USA and Australia the same and different? 

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The Tale Trail

Thank you to our friend, Mr Avery, for organising this project and creating this post for us!

In the coming weeks, we’ll be taking part in a collaborative project called The Tale Trail. Classes will be joining together to write and illustrate a story through their blogs.

It will start with one class writing the first part of the story and posting it to their blog.
Then, the next class will read the beginning of the story and add on to it through their blog. We’ll continue until we get to the last class. They’ll put the finishing touches on it and wrap the whole story up!

Each class will have 3 school days to work on their portion of the story. At the bottom of each post, there will be links to the parts of the story that have already been done as well as the next part of the story once it’s finished. In order to read the whole thing, you’ll be taken on a journey through the blogs of all six classes.

Down below you’ll be able to find the dates around when each class should be posting their portion of the story. You can also see a map showing the locations of all the classes.

Of course one of the most important story elements are plot, characters, and setting. The plot is what takes place in a story.
The characters are who is in the story. The setting is when the story takes place. As of right now, all of that is missing from ours!

We need your help in voting for what our story will be about. Use the poll below to vote for your favorite story topic.

Voting will close on Saturday, May 5th. Then, check Mr. Salsich’s class blog next week to find out what topic was chosen as they kick off the first part of the project!

What topic did you vote for and why?

What’s your favorite part about writing a story?

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QuadBlogging Week Four: Let’s Visit B4

4KM and 4KJ enjoy sharing and learning with other classes around the world. They are QUAD buddies with three other classes!

*Mrs. Yollis’ Classroom Blog U.S.A.*
*Open the Door to B-4  in New Zealand*
*Mr. Salsich Class Blog U.S.A*
*4KM and 4KJ  in Australia *

Find out more about QuadBlogging in this post.

In our final week of QuadBlogging, let’s meet Mrs McKenzie’s class in New Zealand. They are called B4 and their blog is called Open the Door to B4! 

B4 have prepared this special post to introduce themselves to you. You will find some great post recommendations.

Click here to visit their post.


Instead of leaving a comment on this post, why not head over to Open the Door to B4 and leave a comment for them!

They would love to hear from you.

Remember to mention where you’re from!

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QuadBlogging Week Three: Let’s Visit Mr Salsich’s Class

4KM and 4KJ enjoy sharing and learning with other classes around the world. They are QUAD buddies with three other classes!

*Mrs. Yollis’ Classroom Blog U.S.A.*
*Open the Door to B-4  in New Zealand*
*Mr. Salsich Class Blog U.S.A*
*4KM and 4KJ  in Australia *

Find out more about QuadBlogging in this post.

This week, let’s meet Mr Salsich’s third graders from Connecticut, USA! 

Mr Salsich’s class has prepared a special post to introduce themselves to you.

Click here to visit their post.

You will find some great post recommendations and information about helping them to achieve a commenting goal.


Instead of leaving a comment on this post, why not head over to Mr Salsich’s Class Blog and leave a comment for them!

They would love to hear from you.

Remember to mention where you’re from!

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Happy Birthday, Mr Avery!

Mr Avery is a special sixth grade teacher in Massachusetts, USA.

He maintains Mr Avery’s Classroom Blog which is a model blog for classes around the world. Mr Avery is very talented at making videos with his students to help them understand maths concepts.

Mr Avery has been blogging with is class since late 2010 and Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan’s students have enjoyed blogging with his class since that time.

Saturday March 17th is a special milestone for Mr Avery. It is his…

Mr Avery’s blogging buddies wanted to surprise him by getting together to create a special birthday post!

Here is a Prezi that Mrs Yollis’ class, Mr Salsich’s class, B4 and Mrs Watson’s class collaborated on.


Please leave a comment to wish Mr Avery a happy birthday!

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QuadBlogging Week Two: Welcome!

4KM and 4KJ enjoy sharing and learning with other classes around the world. They are QUAD buddies with three other classes!

*Mrs. Yollis’ Classroom Blog U.S.A.*
*Open the Door to B-4  in New Zealand*
*Mr. Salsich Class Blog U.S.A*
*4KM and 4KJ  in Australia *

Find out more about QuadBlogging in this post.

This week, we’re hosting our QuadBlogging Buddies.

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About us

We are a group of 52 students from Leopold Primary School. Our teachers are Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan.

Leopold is a suburb of Geelong, in the state of Victoria, in the country of Australia. Find out more about Leopold by visiting this page.

This is the fifth year that Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan have been blogging. Their 2011 class blog was called 2KM and 2KM @ Leopold Primary School. Some 4KM and 4KJ students have blogged before and some are new to blogging.

Most of our students are turning 10 in 2012. Some are turning 9 and some are turning 11.

Post recommendations

The 4KM and 4KJ blog only started this year, so this is only our 17th post.

Curious about our classrooms? This post might interest you.

Want to find out what we’re doing in writing? Check out this post.

Interested in Australian sports? We wrote about football in this post.

Keen on finding out about internet safety? This is the post for you.

Would you like to meet the teachers? Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan introduce themselves in this post.

You can find all our old posts by using the search function or browsing through the archives or categories on the left hand sidebar of this blog.

Also, don’t forget to check out all the pages at the top of our blog to find out more about our class, commenting, our guidelines and our sites for kids.

Please leave us a comment and tell us a little bit about yourself. You can ask us questions as well. Don’t forget to mention where you’re from.

We love having conversations so we’ll try to get back to you during the week.

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