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



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...

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...