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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Books That Connect to Our Learning

Recently, a few students have been able to bring in some books from home that relate really well to what we are learning. One day last week, Caroline brought in a photo book about Australia. The pictures in it are beautiful. We are all enjoying looking at it. We have some new questions now to ask Mrs. Price's class about the beautiful area where they live. Maybe if they read this post, they can tell us more about the pictures below.

We are fascinated by this picture. Mrs. Price, if you have any experience with this place we would love to hear about it.

Another day last week we looked at a book by Mo Willems (our current favorite author) called Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed about a naked mole rat who decides to get dressed. After much giggling about the naked mole rats we were curious about real naked mole rats. Gabriel brought in a great non-fiction book that included a picture and a few paragraphs about naked mole rats. We loved seeing the real photo. It made our experience of the book even better. Thanks to Caroline and Gabriel for extending our learning.

Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 3.12 Counting Coins


  1. I'm Sam D's grandma. In 2002 Sam's grandpa and I spent six weeks in Australia. We visited Uluru, the large rock in the second picture. It is the largest rock in the world, not a mountain, and is sacred to the native peoples of the area. We hiked completely around it -- 6 miles.
    The next picture looks like the Twelve Apostles, rock spires in the ocean off the south coast; we were there, too.
    I could write a lot more, if you'd like. Ask Sam's mom for my email or phone if you'd like to follow up.
    Love the blog! It is so fantastic to be able to see what our grandson's class is doing. Thank you so much.

    1. So glad you enjoyed our country! The walk around Uluru is very interesting isn't it!
      From Mrs Price

    2. We LOVED Australia! We were lucky to be able to spend so much time there; we just wish it could have been longer. Everyplace we went was interesting, beautiful, or both, but the very best thing was the people. Everyone we met was so nice and helpful and friendly. I'm really happy that Sam and his crew have connected with you and your class.

  2. I have been to both of the places in the photos! The big rock is in the middle of Australia, a long way from Jindivick. Some people climb onto it but the indigenous people don't like that. There is a lovely walking track right around it. It takes a few hours to walk around it. The rock looks different colours as the sun sets! The 12 Apostles is in our state of Victoria. There are interesting stories of shipwrecks along this coast. I went for a helicopter ride above them. It was spectacular!

  3. Wow! Thanks for answering our questions. We are learning so much!

  4. Hello to Ms Jill and Mrs Price from down under . You can see more photos of Uluru at the link I have posted. FYI ( as the youngster say ) my photo of Macca's was only used for a short time for a promotion . All stores are still called McDonald's . You must try and bake a Pavlova. Recipes vary but are basically a meringue base with whipped cream and fruit topping. Please feel free to look through my Flickr site for other photos of Australia including the 12 Apostles whose number has been reduced by erosion. You might also like some shots I took in Colorado. Keep up the good work .