Thursday, November 17, 2011

Writing Class: Veterans Paragraph Contest

Every year the Nespelem American Legion Auxiliary sponsors a contest for Veterans Day. The theme is usually "Honor All Veterans." Veterans Day is an important event in our community. In all the towns around, breakfasts, dinners, school assemblies, and Pow Wows honor those who served our country to keep us safe and free. We thank all those who sponsor activities, and especially the Nespelem American Legion Auxiliary.

This years winners are:

Veterans Day Essay Winners

Sponsored by Nespelem American Legion Auxiliary
Thank you 
1st- Quincy Williams Grade 7
2nd - Ricardo Sanchez Grade 8
3rd - Jerry Palmer Grade 6
The seventh and eighth grade students started with a prewriting plan in Google Docs which helped them think of nouns, strong verbs, and actions of those who served in the Armed Forces. Next the students revised and edited their work.   

Two students, Tristen and Mysti, created an additional project to honor the veterans. They asked the  students to create word clouds using their essays as the source for the words ( Wordle.net ). Each then saved the images and uploaded the wordles and pasted their essays into a Google presentation. Each student explained why they chose the colors, word arrangements, and layout. This is their gift. Thanks to Tristen and Mysti for asking their peers to join.



We asked other schools in our Quad Blog Team to comment about our project and about Veterans Day. You can read those at our student blog here.

It was an engaging way to learn writing while also honoring our veterans.

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Friday, September 30, 2011

A Blast of Sunshine from Antarctica


Today, students in grades six, seven, and eight visited Antarctica right from our classroom, courtesy of a Skype video call from Jeff Bowman, University of Washington student and scientist currently on a research expedition at McMurdo Station in Antarctica.

Jeff spoke with us for an hour, explaining his work, the days, the experiments, and focus of studying the cryosphere in the cold, desert of Antarctica. He answered all the students' questions, which developed from this week's reading, writing, and science lessons in Ms Edwards's and Mr Johnson's classrooms.

After honoring us with his time and knowledge, we returned to our lessons. The sixth grade immediately wrote three facts learned, including an illustration to thank Jeff for his time.

Here are their initial responses:




Thanks, Jeff, for your time, the great slides, and all the information. If we have any more questions, we'll add them to your Q & A blog! I can't tell you how much we appreciate this honor, a ray of sunshine all the way from Antarctica!

Ms Edwards

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Update: Reading and Writing - Quads Forever

Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 reading and writing classes with Ms Edwards are very busy with three major projects that help us with reading and writing.

We are listening to the book Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. Ask you students about it. Read about the project here. We join thousands of other students as we consider, "If you had the chance to stay young forever, would you take it?" What do you think? We have pros/cons already and we just started listening. Ask your students about Setting and Character, because that is our focus so far. We will also be learning about plot and theme. Stay tuned!










We have three partner schools for Quad Blogging. The week of 9/12 was our week for posting. Read our ideas here: Eagles Write. We have almost 150 comments so far from our sister schools: Shorecrest Preparatory School (St. Petersburg, Florida), Humphry-Davy School (Cornwall, England), and Brigantine Middle School (Brigantine, NJ)! Each week, one of the schools hosts the post that the students respond to in the comments. Students learn to read carefully, respond in a conversational tone, and draft/edit for clarity to continue the conversation. It's a wonderful and authentic way to learn to communicate. It is modern day pen pals.  Please check the Eagles Write blog for more of our Quad Blogging.






Do you know what the eight parts of speech are: IVAN CAPP !  Ask your students. We have joined with two schools in Iowa to create projects that teach one of the parts of speech. We will share more later. It's a tough schedule for us to keep up with since we have Native American Week activities, sports activities, and testing activities that have prevented us from full participation.  However, the students definitely try to complete their part in the short time we have. We'll keep you posted, and while you wait, here's information: click here.


We continue to learn better writing and reading skills as we also practice our digital citizenship. It's an amazing year so far!

What do you think? Students at our school read, write, run, relay, hurdle, spike, serve, and dance! Wowser!


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Friday, August 26, 2011

Parent Night Info

Ms Sheri Edwards

Welcome to our classroom. In this classroom I have taught 5, 6, 7, 8 and Gifted and Talented over the last twenty-five years (I also taught first grade for three years). I am honored to teach your children. sheri@nsdeagles.org

About Reading

In our reading class we will focus on novels, independent reading, MSP Prep, and reading discussions. Students will read at least forty (40) books this year: their own choice. In addition, we will participate in the Global Read Aloud Project with thousands of students listening to and discussing Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt.

Students will maintain a notebook of lessons and reflections to document their work. In addition, they will, with your permission, discuss their books online in blogs.

Our goal with a focus in interesting novels and independent reading is that students learn to enjoy reading, if not learn to love the worlds they can imagine through reading.

About Writing

In writing class students will apply the writing process (prewriting, predrafting, drafting, feedback, revising, feedback, edit, publish) using the Seven Traits of Quality Writing (ideas, organization, word choice, sentence fluency, voice, conventions, presentation).

Students will maintain a notebook of lessons and reflections to document their work. They will keep a writing journal and two writing folders. In addition, they will, with your permission, participate in several online projects with students around the world, including Quad-Blogging, Youth Voices, TweenTribune, and our own class blogs. We also plan to send home a monthly newsletter created by our writing classes with news about our school.

Our goal with a focus writing etiquette, digital citizenship, and authentic writing with each other and other students is to create authors.

About Technology

Writing today demands technology use; anywhere people work, the computer makes that work, especially writing, easier to complete. After planning and drafting, students complete and revise draft number two on the computer via our Internet sites called wikis and Google Apps. These allows students to work from any computer hooked to the Internet; no more waiting turns for that certain computer with your project on it. And, students can work from home. Revising through word processing allows students to easily refine their work -- based on the suggestions from lessons  in class.
http://write.nsdeagles.org

Students create and share with other Internet programs also, including blogs, Glogster, Edmodo, and VoiceThread.

An example is Quad Blogging: We will hopefully be blogging with three other schools this year in a program called “Quad Blogging.” The plan works like this: 1st week a class posts on a blog, three other classes comment; then the process simply rotates. It will provide an authentic audience for students. Our class will post at: http://eagleswrite.edublogs.org/

About Internet safety

All students learn in lessons in class how to safely use the Internet. They must accept and follow our Internet Etiquette. Students use a pseudonym, code name, so they never use their real names. Guardians choose the level of access for their students.

Practicing Netiquette
Students practice their positive attitudes required in our Internet Safety in the real world introductions to their mentors.

See our Netiquette Guidelines:
http://www.nsdeagles.org/netiquette

Wiki and Google Apps  VS EMAIL
Student email provides access to Google Apps, their teacher, and their peers; email does not access outside addresses. Instead, student user names and passwords provide them access to Google Apps, wikis, and other writing class accounts because these are much easier to monitor for safety than email.

Questions ?
Our online work allows us to easily correct and revise our writing and collaborate with each other and others from any internet connected computer. For questions on our writing class Internet work, please contact Sheri Edwards, writing teacher, at Nespelem School. 509-634-4541 x128 email: sheri@nsdeagles.org

We look forward to an exciting year as authors and readers.  For school supplies, click here. Thank you for your continued support, and please stop in at any time.    Ms. Edwards



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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Cleaning Up

My Own Words

My Own Words

The eighth grade students cleaned out their folders, choosing the best reading and writing work for the portfolio that follows them to high school. They giggled and shared writings from four years of writing class, reliving memories crafted into assignments. I noticed that as they left class, the one thing most kept was the writing journal, the part of class written for their own purposes.

Those journals represent so much more than any test; they are the purpose and and impetus for writing for life. Under the arms of future authors, the journals continue personal journeys of poems, tales, truths, and dreams.

Be watching for their writing in the future.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Digital Citizenship: Four Basic Tips If Cyberbullied

What happens if you are cyberbullied? What should you do?

Cyberbullying is when someone contacts you online or includes online content about you that is mean, threatening, or hurtful.  Always tell a trusted adult.

1. Ignore it. Don't respond.
2. Save the evidence (text message, IM, Facebook page, etc.). Take a screenshot, if possible.
3. Tell a trusted adult: your parent, a teacher, etc.
4. If necessary, contact the administrators of the site or contact the authorities.


Our students have been learning from Netsmartz on how to be safe online. We've watched and discussed many videos and scenarios. Last Friday, we reviewed the main points. Then we left the classroom with partners, pads, and pens for a "Walk 'n Talk."  Partners walked, talked, and wrote about the issues of cyberbullying, creating scripts to share tips with other kids. Back in the classroom, each partner pairs prepared and videoed their skits, sometimes calling their teacher (Code name Shee) in an improptu part in their skits. In one class period we reviewed tips, wrote scripts, and videoed the skits.

Enjoy our work and learn what to do if you are cyberbullied:

Link to full screen here.

Listen to the engagement. Think about the verbs, "the DOing" by students to learn and understand what to do if one is cyberbullied:

Understand the content.
List the content.
Explain the content.
Organize the content.
Share and edit the content.
Collaborate to share and edit content.
Plan, design, and produce the content.

These are essential skills of the 21st Century. The tool engaged students and allowed application and practice of the skills. 





What did you learn?  What was the most important tip?  How did we do?

Be sure to check out  Netsmartz for more information on Internet Safety.

cross posted at  What Else and Eagles Write

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Celebrate Teacher Learning of Google Apps


Learning with Google Apps: Six teachers completed their first course in Google Apps:  Introduction to Google Apps in Education at Nespelem School.” 



The focus: Learn and Implement Google Mail, Calendar, and Blogs with an emphasis on family and global connections.
Our Stories
We learned mail, calendar, and blogging in seven one-hour sessions. The exciting part of our class occurred after each session.  Ms. Sanger, Miss Wells, Mrs. Douglas, Mrs. Adolph,  Miss Van Brunt, and Mrs. Armstrong-Montes would practice on their own by logging in and using the tools. They emailed, chatted ideas, created calendar events, and shared events and calendars. They organized their email through labels and filters and felt more comfortable each time.  An emphasis on Internet Safety and Netiquette resulted in excellent discussions.
After each teacher created their own blogs, they explored designs and gadgets to enhance the look of and information in their blogs. Most teachers have a separate calendar page on their blogs for their class events. During class, we customized the sessions for the needs of each teacher: some needed to learn to include pictures, others wanted to add to their calendars, and one already added links for parents.  
Blogs




Each teacher created a blog to begin a class newsletter written bi-weekly next year as we start a new year. 

Please look at their first issues. 

Note the similar addresses to help families remember:  nsd + last name.


Please visit and comment !



Learning with Google Apps...
Goals
Envision a model for effective communication with staff, students, and families to build skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in elementary and middle grades.
Email -- Email to families as notification of activities; contact authors directly or through websites; contact other experts through various sites.
Calendar -- Note events; share and embed calendars in blogs
Blogs -- Document classroom events; allow comments by students and staff

Evaluate possible literary activities and/or staff/parent connections including management techniques to ensure successful implementation in their own teaching setting.

Email -- Email to families as invitations or notification of activities; share sites to contact authors directly or through websites; contact other experts through various sites; use labels and filters to organize email
Calendar -- Collaborate with others classes (ours or other schools) using calendar to plan/set-up shared events or meetings; embed calendars in blog pages
Blogs -- Plan a bi-weekly post of class lessons and student work -- set a reminder in your calendar

Explore each application through overview, exploration, videos, review/question, and implementation to build literacy skills and/or parent/staff communication.
Each session includes: Presentation, Tips, Literary Connections

Find pragmatic solutions to individual questions or practical problems of their teaching situation.

Mail: Your own preferences, such as disable threaded conversations in settings; label or just search; call families through gmail if phones are out
Calendar: Share/Add Events/Reminders/Personal and Work calendars
Blogs: Edit any post (Settings--->Postings--->Edit posts)

Follow-up implementation with starter sheets and tips to plan and conduct literacy/parent communication activities in their own teacher situation. An emphasis on Internet Safety and Netiquette resulted in excellent discussion.

The Basis: Simply Said




Further Information




Further information about our course, including presentations, videos, tips, and literary connections can be found here (this site):


Create, Circulate, Connect, Collaborate, Consider, Curate

Staff and Students… for lifelong learning…

Technology: greater productivity, meaningful data, empowering instruction and learning...

What will our next course be?

Cross -posted at  http://tech.nsdeagles.org



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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Teacher Blogs Need Comments

Please take time to welcome our new teacher bloggers from our school. They have set up and posted on their new blogs. Let's congratulate them as they join us on our journey into the cloud.

Students: Give them a safety tip on Internet use. What is the most important thing they should know about Internet safety? What would you like to them to write about on their class blog?

Teachers:

Remember when you started blogging?  What tips could you suggest to these new bloggers?



Students:

Our task:
  1. Click to a teacher blog.
  2. Congratulate their new blogging skills -- design, content, ideas.
  3. Give them two safety tips on internet use, one of which is the one you think is most important.
  4. What would you like to know about their class? What should they post about? Help them get started :)
Our links:


And Teachers:

Remember when you started blogging?  What tips could you suggest to these new bloggers? Thank you!



Be the best blogger you can be by commenting on their blogs.

Cross-posted at Eagles Write and What Else


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Monday, May 9, 2011

Writing for Earth Day

Did you know March 22nd was World Water Day? In our writing class, we did. We researched the issues surrounding our water supplies and the problems in not only our country but in other countries as well. We wrote about our research and wrote them as comments to our blog:  Earth Day Writing Contest. You follow our research steps on that blog post.

Many students sent their research as essays to Them Dam Writers who had sponsored an Earth Day Writing Contest.  And guess what ! Our students took First, Second, and Third!

Here are the winning essays, and you can read all our work in the comments of the Earth Day Writing Contest blog post.

Aly's comment is not posted; I'll look for a copy of her essay to post later.



Quill wrote:
Did you know that the earth’s water is becoming contaminated all around the world? Many people are becoming sick because they don’t have access to clean water. Tanzania, a country in Africa, has 44 million people and 44% of that does not have access to clean water. 1.1 billion people around the world doesn’t have access to water. The water people drink that is contaminated probably looks yellow. Did you know that the earth’s surface is 70% water? Imagine the percentage of the water is contaminated. It’s probably alot! We should conserve our water the best we can, because many people would be thankful to have healthy water to drink.To help people, how will you help conserve water?
TISH penned:
Did you know Water Day is annually celebrated on March 22? Water Day was recommended at the 1992 UNCED center. Water can do so many good things to us and our land. But did you know that water can do many bad things too? The water in tsunami’s can harm many of the buildings, and and people, cars, and boats. So water can be used in many different ways. What are the ways you use water?
Water is in oceans and rivers, both places where fish and sea creatures live. But when we do bad things with the water we can kill all of those creatures. When we pollute the water and waste it, other people may need it more than we do, so if you ever waste water just think, the children in Africa need it more than we do.
Kids in Africa do need it more than we do because all of their water is polluted and dirty. When they drink it they end up getting sick or maybe even dying. So just imagine you are in Africa and you see little children running to the river, barefooted, and they do not have any water; they look really hot and tired. They are very little and sad. You see them sweating but no water to drink. They may end up dying or getting sick because of the loss of water. So just be thankful that you have water to live and be hydrated. Also in Africa the people drink so much water that there were places where there used to be deep water; it was gone because they drank it all. So just imagine that you are at you local river and it was very deep. Then in about three months, it is only about as tall as your knees. You used to be able to swim in the river and jump off a dock. But now that the people had drank it, all they have a chance to never go swimming in a long time after that. If they tried to go swimming or jump off the dock they could hurt themselves.
So when you think of water, think of it’s your whole life because, Every drop counts!

Every drop of water counts, and these students learned how important it is to the world. They also learned how powerful it is to share information with others.

Congratulations, Student Writers !





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Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Story of Sharing Lives




As you know, Kathleen Parker, USDA Agricultural Research Service in Pullman linked our middle school writing class up with Pen Pals (Letter Buddies) in Dr. Jeffery Chaichana Peterson's Intercultural Communication classes through Vernette Doty and the Center for Civic Engagement.  We definitely met one of the goals: culturally diverse civic engagement and leadership experiences. The Washington State University Pen Pals organized the event and arrived ready to bond with the pen pals who anxiously waited for this day to come. 

All week the students have been saying things like, "Only two more days!"  "I get to go, right?"  "Am I all caught up cuz the field trip is this week" "When do we leave?" "I'm getting shy again, but I want to go," and "Can we bring our cameras?"


The day arrived, and here are images to tell the story of sharing lives:





What did the students think in our first reflections the next day?

Grade 8

Pepernos wrote "When we first got to WSU we got our nametags and we walked into the auditorium. It was so awesome cause all of our pen pals raised up a piece of paper and it said one or two of our names on it. We all chatted for a little while." and "When I meet someone new, talk more so they will want to hang out again!"

Naner wrote "When I first walked into the auditorium, I was nervous...I admit but then I wasn't because I seen a girl with poofy black hair. And she was holding a sign with my letter and a paper that spelt my name in bold letters. When Ms. Edwards told us to find our "letter bud'ys" I knew where to go:D When I sat down by her I quickly made her laugh ;)  "

Dragan said, "I actually liked the speaker. I learned an awesome quote. 'Learn to listen, Listen to learn.' I also learned that there is 1 native in the NW thats gonna be a dentist." and  "When we played games I got to learn how to communicate with my group and not be shy. I appreciated that those games made me open up and talk."

Roger wrote "I appreciated hearing the story about  Coyote and the Monster, because last time I heard it was 4 or 5 years ago. And how the lady said to never give up, and go to college and be successful in a career that you choose." and "I learned that Tori (my mentor) was VERY outgoing and she was always looking for something to talk about, like what we're gonna do for the summer, or what we like to do the most."

Alper wrote "What I appreciated
- That they woke up so early to catch the bus.
- The story Robby told us.
- The Pizza for everyone."

Grade 7

Lamjo said, "I appreciated the Native American speaker. I enjoyed the story that she told us. I think I heard it once befor from my grandma. I learned to sit and listen to the speaker with out talking. I also learned to never give up on your dream."

Rojo wrote that "I  appreciated  listening to that woman's story about coyote and I learned without friends your just going to be loneley." Later he said, "I really appreceated that all them people would try our traditional round dance and play a fast game of group tag."

Sekin said "I appreciated that scavenger hunts are easy with friends. I learned it's good to work together."

Jamon said, "I appreciate WSU getting all the pizza's. I learned that they bought 33 pizza's. Games I appreciate that they were very kind about going over things as many times as it took. I learned to be very patient.


Grades six students wrote these on the day of the field trip:

Rista wrote "I learned that there is no such word as I can't in our language." and "I learned that going to college is important and will influence the rest of my life." 

Loudy wrote  "I learned that you could get to know more about people when you hang out with them." and "I learned that coming to college is pretty fun once you meet students that go there"

We'll debrief more next week and hope you check back to see our thoughts.

What do you think? Should we do more of these activities?



And now, thanks everyone for this successful trip:

To ALL:

The students in grades 5-8 participated in an exciting field trip yesterday. We did enjoy a wonderful learning experience.

That happened because of all the wonderful staff at our school:

Nurse Betsy provided the first aid kit, supplies, and information for all the safety and health needs.

Dean Erickson forfeited a track meet to allow his track members to attend.  In addition, he remained at school with those students who were unable to attend.

Terrie Sanger and Debbie Joseph jumped right in and wandered with a group in addition to their usual activities.

Terrie arranged for special considerations as needed through our WSU coordinator Vernette Doty.

Jama Van Brunt and Kayla Wells also followed groups of students through their science, craft, game, and scavenger activities.

Kayla took pictures for us too.

Joyce Fleischman is a WOWSER bus driver, making sure we arrived on time and is so kind to all the kids on the bus. Thanks to Jerry Novotney for arranging the bus and driver.

Dee and Vel sent along snacks for the long day, which saved us from hungry kids. We had a morning and afternoon snack. The kids really appreciated that.


It was a great day thanks to these people who made sure everything flowed well on our end.

More thanks to come for the WSU side, when I learn all their names.

Please also thank our students, whose smiles and active participation throughout the day added a special learning experience for their Pen Pals at WSU.

Thank you all for the great day!



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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Online Safety by Grade 5


One of our main goals for students with technology is to apply the skills of global citizenship and online safety.  We carry these safety rules into the real world, practicing our 5Bs:

Be here, Be kind, Be safe, Be respectful, Be productive.

Clicky, a NetSmartz.org character, shares how to be safe in the real world and in the online world. Fifth grade students watched several short videos, two of them twice, and took notes. We discussed the implications and enjoyed "Click Click"-ing our clues.

The next day, students used their notes to write paragraphs for safety on a Google Presentation, editing their work before sketching a simple line drawing to match their slide. I took the pictures of their sketches with my iPhone to add to our presentation to you: Be Safe Online.

I hope you learn and enjoy what we learned from Clicky, the NetSmartz.org character. Please notice that Rickle (pseudonym) placed a citation to NetSmartz.org on his slide for us. He said, "Ms Edwards, I need to add that link to tell my source." No reminders: he just knew we needed to cite our sources! We are kind, respectful, safe, and productive citizens in our online world!



Netsmartz.org also has information for parents -- check it out !

Did you learn anything from our slideshow?



Photo Credit:

Mrs. Armstrong-Montes's wonderful bulletin board of our 5Bs; Photo by Sheri Edwards

Cross-posted at Eagles Write



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Earth Day 2011

April 22, 2011  EARTH DAY

Our school participated in the Earth Day Celebration sponsored by the Colville Confederated Tribes. Grades 1-3 attended as well as the Eaglet Dancers with their teacher, Ms. Terrie Sanger.
Students and staff created a banner for the event:




Back at school students in grade four not participating in the Earth Day celebration completed their family Easter art.



Students in grades 5-8 science classes learned more about the Earth from local National Park Service Rangers, including Janice Elvidge.
Grade Six writing class students wrote Thank Yous to the Earth. I considered drawings and poetry, but they, being the digital kids, said, "Can't we just google a picture?"
The answer to searching Google was "No."  As global citizens we learn to use those pictures that belong to us, or are shared with us by others through a Creative Commons license. A favorite site for student projects is Pics4Learning, which grants permission for students to use the pictures donated to their site.  With that option, we changed the project: create a Google Presentation slide with a cited image from Pics4Learning and add a poem or text of thanks to our Mother Earth.
I demonstrated very quickly these steps to students:
  1. log in to their my.nsdeagles.org site
  2. open a presentation
  3. insert a two-field slide for text and picture
  4. delete the title slide
  5. go to Pics4Learning 
  6. search for their topic about Earth
  7. download the image
  8. open the image
  9. resize to 500 pixel width and save
  10. return to slide and upload image
  11. return to Pics4Learning to copy the URL as citation
  12. return to slide to paste citation
  13. add their poem or text
  14. share slide with teacher 


As you can see, students today can follow directions and create in one class period their ideas about a topic: in this case, one thing on the earth for which they are thankful.


Enjoy the Sixth Grade Happy Birthday and Thank You to Mother Earth:










Photo Credits


Violets, Banners, Bunny by Sheri Edwards
Earth Day photos cited on each slide

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Avatar: We have our own

As part of creating our online identity safely, we have created images to represent us, avatars.

Here are our avatars from


Wimp Yourself


You may want to create your own.  If you do, comment here and share you link or image !




After student have practiced good commenting, they will begin to post to our class site. Rather than use real photos, we will have our own avatar.

We hope you enjoy our creations and comment on our class blog.


This is a school related site so please respect others and comment appropriately. Please contact Ms Edwards if you have any questions or need to report any inappropriate activity. Thank you. Reflect Curiosity and Wonder... Go boldly and scatter seeds of kindness...

Friday, March 25, 2011

World Water Day: Introductory Blogging for Students


Did you know that March 22nd was World Water Day?

Why is there a World Water Day? Our writing class students applied our reading strategies to read and research about water in the world. We then wrote comments on our class blog, Eagles Write. We will use our research and blogging comments to write for the Earth Day Contest by Them Dam Writers of Grand Coulee Dam.

Be sure to ask your child what his/her pseudonym, or code name, is for his/her online identity. Please notice the etiquette students follow when commenting. And, remember, students are in the process of learning to write, so our comments and posts will not be perfectly written. We love comments, so read our Family Friendly post to learn how you can participate in our class blogging work.

For World Water Day,  Elbe shared what she learned and included why a World Water Day occurs every March 22. She also shared her research strategy.

Many students shared the facts they learned, solutions everybody can do, and their reading strategies. Enmo shared interesting facts, including the fact that a child dies every twenty seconds from a water-related disease.  Lamjo shared everyday solutions everyone can do, such as not letting the water run while brushing one's teeth. Jamon shared his reading/research strategy of finding one video to take notes on, which linked him to more videos.

We have practiced many reading strategies:

  • read and re-read for fluency
  • study vocabulary
  • list vocabulary words within their context to discuss
  • take notes on the main idea/topics and supporting details
  • gist statements
  • list facts or draw facts
This project allowed students to apply their strategies to research about this global project and problem, looking for possible solutions even we could take.

The World Water Day Eagles Write post begins our journey into blogging. Students have read, re-read and practiced our "netiquette" guidelines. Students will now learn appropriate commenting, then write posts on our class blog, and then earn the privilege of producing their own blog. This process helps students learn the critical, creative, and collaborative thinking skills and manners of online participation. How students progress through this process depends on their willingness to develop their research and writing skills as well as their netiquette. Although we know the writing won't be perfect, those students who take the time to consider others ideas, create thoughtful drafts, connect with other bloggers, and collaborate with other people, peers, and groups will earn their own blog to continue the projects they initiate. It is truly life-long learning one step at a time.

We hope you join the journey.


Photo Credit

(NASA-GSFC), NASA. earth_from_space.jpg. 11.07.2002. Pics4Learning. 25 Mar 2011 http://pics.tech4learning.com



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