Our World, Our Numbers Concludes

This is a cross post from the Our World, Our Numbers blog.

Since 25th February, the seven classes participating in Our World, Our Numbers have enjoyed:

  • learning about different areas of mathematics from their friends in other countries
  • making comparisons and contrasts between their lives and the lives of their blogging buddies
  • sharing mathematical knowledge and skills
  • using a range of tools to create posts
  • engaging in rich conversations through commenting

It is now time to finish up the Our World, Our Numbers project. To conclude this wonderful learning experience, all of the classes have been working collaboratively on a collection of mathematical poems.

Watch the Sliderocket below to see the classes perform:

  • The Skip Counting Song (B4, New Zealand)
  • Aussie Doubling Ditty (4KM and 4KJ, Australia)
  • What is a Million? (Room with a View, England)
  • Triangle Trouble (Mr Avery’s Class, Massachusetts, USA)
  • Smart (Mrs Yollis’ Class, California, USA)
  • Shapes, Shapes, Shapes (Mrs Watson’s Class, Canada)

Head over to the Our World, Our Numbers blog to leave a comment.

Which was your favourite mathematical poem? Why?

What did you enjoy about the Our World, Our Numbers project?

What did you learn from this global project?

Our World, Our Numbers Global Project

In 4KM and 4KJ, we love to connect and learn with our friends around the world.

Today we are launching a new global project called Our World, Our Numbers.

We have a blog http://ourworldournumbers.edublogs.org where we’ll meet up with our blogging buddies to learn together for the next five weeks.

In late 2011, many of us worked on an award winning global project called Our World, Our Stories. This latest project is based on a similar format with a mathematical focus.

Classes involved

The students are all from primary (elementary) classes and are from three different continents and five countries.

Mr Avery’s sixth grade class from Massachusetts, USA

Mrs Monaghan’s 3/4 class, Room with a View, from England

Mrs Morris and Miss Jordan’s grade four class, 4KM and 4KJ, from Victoria, Australia

Mrs McKenzie’s 2/3 class, B4, from New Zealand

Mrs Yollis’ 2/3 class from California, USA

Mr Salsich’s third grade class from Connecticut, USA

Mrs Watson’s K/1/2/3 class from Canada


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How will it work?

Students from all classes will connect and collaborate by sharing their mathematical lives. This will happen through the blog and involve a variety of media.

A different class will “lead” a mathematical topic every four days or so, publishing posts and replying to comments.  The other classes will read the posts, possibly publish their own posts, and leave blog comments.

We will share topics such as currency, seasons, time zones, population data etc.

The learning

Through blog posts, the students will teach each other about different aspects of mathematics based on aspects of their own culture.

The learning will continue in the commenting section where students, teachers and parents will engage in conversations to explore mathematical and cultural topics further.

Students will gain an understanding of mathematics through the eyes of children in different countries and cultures. They will make comparisons and contrasts between their lives and other students’ lives.

If you want to keep up to date with how the fun and learning unfolds, there is a “subscribe via email” box on the right hand side of the Our World, Our Numbers blog.

Get Involved

We encourage all members of the 4KM and 4KJ community to get involved!

4KM and 4KJ are leading the first topic by sharing our currency.

Head over to the Our World, Our Numbers blog now to check out our post and leave a comment.

What do you think about our new global project?

Monster Global Project

In 4KM and 4KJ we love working on projects with our blogging buddies. We also enjoy learning about traditions in other countries.

It was recently Halloween and we have just completed a fun monster-themed project with our friends in Mr Avery’s class. Mr Avery’s sixth grade students live in Massachussets, USA.

This is how the project worked:

    1. Students in 4KM and 4KJ were matched up with a partner in Mr Avery’s class.
    2. All students drew a picture of a monster.
    3. Next, the students wrote a detailed description of their own monster.
    4. The two classes switched their writing (but didn’t swap their pictures).
    5. The students had to draw their partner’s monster using the detail in the written description.
    6. We compared the original drawing to the drawing our partner made of the monster!

The results:

The results of the project were so interesting! Here is the writing that 4KM and 4KJ students prepared along with their picture and the picture that their partner in Mr Avery’s class prepared.

We learnt:

  • Writing needs to be very clear and detailed for someone to generate the same mental image that you started with.
  • Writing is an excellent way to help people create a mental image when it is done well.
  • When you leave details out of your writing, people can’t read your mind to imagine what you were thinking.
  • Good readers create mental images when they’re reading.
  • Working together with other classes is fun!

Be sure to check out Mr Avery’s blog post to see the results of his students drawing our monster pictures!

Last year Mr Avery completed the monster project with Mr Salsich’s class. Click here to read about it.

What else did you learn from the project?

After reading our descriptions, did our monsters look the way you imagined?

Have you got any tips for writing good descriptions?

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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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?

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? 

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?

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!

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!

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!