Global Children’s Challenge
Get ready to start walking! The Global Children’s Challenge begins this Wednesday, September 19th. The program is designed to get kids moving and connect students all over the world. We will learn world geography, collect data, use technology, and stay fit and healthy all at the same time!
Registered classes receive free pedometers and logs for recording steps. This Wednesday, we will clip on our pedometers and begin our virtual walking tour starting in Niagara Falls, Canada. On Thursday we will calculate our class average and enter the data onto the Global Challenge website. Our steps will be converted into distance traveled on the virtual map, and we will see where our steps have taken us! We will continue collecting and entering data throughout the month of October and into early November.
Charlotte is a tiny spider who
uses her unique talent to make a big difference. The recipient of this amazing creature's generous "gift"? A lovable pig named Wilbur. Who can forget this beautiful barnyard tale of friendship and altruism?
On October 1st we will begin reading Charlotte's Web with other classes around the world to celebrate this beloved book's 60th anniversary. We will share and discuss the book with another class right here in the United States using the "miracle" of Skype and an educational networking site called Edmodo.
Scholastic is currently selling copies of Charlotte’s Web in their “Family Reading” flyer for $1.00. Some students might like to have their own copy to follow along in as we read the text aloud. I would be happy to place an order for our class. If your child is interested, please send in $1.00 by this Friday (Sept. 21st), so we can be sure the books arrive on time.
Our celebration of International Dot Day is not over yet!
Unfortunately Skype was not working last week, but now we are “back in business”. We look forward to sharing our dots with a class from Idaho this coming Friday.
This year we will play “Mystery Skype” with classes from around the country. This activity correlates nicely with our study of U.S. regions. During each Mystery Skype session, our task will be to ask questions and conduct research to determine the location of the other class. In turn, we will answer questions, so the other class can determine our location. We are sure to become experts on Massachusetts and U.S. geography!
We certainly have a busy and exciting year ahead of us. Let the journey begin!