Blogging Buddies: Video Games

Video games are important. One reason is they can teach you new things. For example, Terraria can teach you that when you mix sand with fire you get glass. In some video games, it makes you think harder. Using your brain to create is good because you can learn how to make real life things. Another reason is that you can use your imagination. As in Lego City, you can create trains, hotels, or houses. This is why video games should be our homework. These are some of the reasons why video games are educational. What video games do you play? What kind of video game system do you use, X-Box, Play Station, iPad, iPhone, Wii U, or Wii?

3rd Grade: Frank, Kris, Vincent
2nd Grade: James, Yaseen, Aidan, Oscar, Sufian

Blogging Buddies: Rainbow Loom

We like Rainbow Loom and this is why. First, we like Rainbow Loom because you can make bracelets and charms. We also like Rainbow Loom because you can make different designs. The last example is that we learn new skills. The kinds of skills we are learning are how to place and loop to make new designs. In conclusion, Rainbow Loom is a fun activity for adults and kids alike. We asked our classmates about their favorite bracelet designs. Here are the results:

Starburst 10          Ladder 1
Taffy Twist 1         Links and Knots 2
Fishtail 1                Truffela Twins 2
Sailor’s Pinstripe 3
Have you tried to make a Rainbow Loom bracelet? Rainbow Loom is fun and we know you will like it.

3rd Grade: Natalia, William
2nd Grade: Alisha, Meher, Samantha

Blogging Buddies: Minecraft

Minecraft is the best game ever!  In Minecraft you can go on adventures.  For example, you can make a portal and go the nether or the end.  Another thing you can do in Minecraft is tame cats and dogs.  You can tame an animal with a bone and raw fish.  You can also go fishing but first you have to craft a fishing rod and a boat.  Minecraft is a good game because you can learn about animals.  This is why Minecraft should be our homework.  What would you do if you were new at playing Minecraft?

3rd Grade: Paul, Ryan, Thomas, Lucas
2nd Grade: Justin, Charles, Taison, Jayden J

Westward Ho!

Wagon_trainWe will be a launching our study of the Pioneers and the Westward Movement next week.  I always have a grand time teaching this unit.  It is a remarkable period of our nation’s history.

As a special introduction to this unit, I scheduled another video conference about the Gold Rush and Pioneers. I have been assured that the video connection problems have been resolved so I am game to try it again.  Keep your fingers crossed for June 4th!

Mrs. P

Busy Week Ahead

bee (1)

We have two special events tomorrow. Uncle Jer will be here to share some knowledge about bees.  We sent home a note last Friday asking for a 50 cent donation in order to purchase the activity book that supports the presentation.  I realize that wasn’t much notice, so just send it in any time this week.




salmon (1)The other event is our rescheduled video conference with Ranger Ryan about salmon.  So it looks like we will be immersed in the animal world tomorrow.  I know we’ll learn a lot and have some fun doing it.




bookstackOur PTA has named this Wednesday as our annual Read-A-Thon.  We will set aside some special time to just read, read, read.  Students were given a pledge envelope two weeks ago to gather sponsorship of our reading efforts.  Thank you to those families who have already turned it in.  This money will be used towards purchasing new technology and other supplies.  Be sure to bring a book or two that you LOVE and plan to have another adventure. 😀



Blogging with Our Buddies

We have buddied up with Mrs. Ghilain’s third grade class  for some collaborative work. Each small group has discussed the benefits of a favorite activity.  Their assignment is to write a persuasive comment about it and convince our readers about the useful skills learned from each activity.   We invite you to read our comments and respond .

Mrs. P.

Something’s Fishy

fish-161031_640Well, we really tried to follow through with our video conference with Ranger Ryan today.  However, every event has its glitches and this was no exception.  We just couldn’t get our equipment to communicate with Ranger Ryan.  We tried for over an hour and finally gave up.  Even our technology experts couldn’t make it work. The good news is that we have rescheduled our meeting for May 20th.  We also know more about what we need to do next time. Everyday is a learning experience so, we will be very well prepared by then.

Mrs. P.