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Monday, November 11, 2013

Our Connected Learning

We have been so lucky to connect with Mrs. Price and her class from Australia this year. We have learned so much from each other in just a few short months with plans for more. Earlier I wrote a post that shared some of the tweets that we have sent back and forth (click here to read the previous post) but I thought I would provide a little update on things we have learned since then.

A Few Things We Have Learned from Mrs. Price's Class
We learned about an animal that we had not heard of before. It is called an echidna. It lives in Australia and it looks like a porcupine with a long nose. Mrs. Price shared this video with us that she took while walking in a national park.




 We also learned that in Australia, McDonald's is called Maccas.
Source: Link


We learned about a yummy looking dessert called Pavlova that is a favorite in Australia.
Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lauramacdonald/3460971856/lightbox/


 Mrs. Price sent us a picture of her Pavlova plate with the recipe in the center of the plate.

We also enjoyed getting this video from them so that we could hear their voices.

We also learned some interesting things about the largest rock in the world from Sam's grandma and Mrs. Price in the comments of this post.

A Few Things Mrs. Price's Class Has Learned from Us
They learned about Tellagami's by watching the Tellagami's that we posted on our Kidblog page. Here is Mrs. Price's Tellagami that she shared with us.
They saw how we created patterns using popsicle sticks (they call them icypole sticks) and wanted to try it themselves. They sent us some photos of their patterns. They were so creative with their patterns. We saw more pictures. This is just a sample of the photos.




They also learned more about our American holiday of Halloween. They enjoyed watching the slideshow of our costumes on our blog.


We are going to try to Skype with their class tomorrow afternoon. (Let's hope we don't have any technical issues.) Our crew also wants to begin a conversation about coins/money in our countries so we can notice any similarities and differences. So much to learn!

Important Dates
11/15 Guest Speaker about the language and homes in China - Mr. Mike - Brandon's dad

11/18 - 11/21 Climbing in PE for our crew - sign up to help belay - we really need some volunteers
Fall Climbing 2013

11/21 Family Thanksgiving Lunch in our cafeteria 

11/22 Fieldwork at Joyous Chinese Cultural Center

11/18 - 11/22 Scholastic Book Fair in our library. Family Night at the Book Fair is Tuesday 11/19 from 4:30 to 7:30.

11/27, 11/28 and 11/29 No School - Thanksgiving Holiday

Homework
Reading ~ Read a good book or two.
Math ~ Home Link 3.13 Favorite Colors

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