Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Friday

Hello fantastic students!

As usual when I am away, I miss you very much. Your energy, enthusiasm, eagerness to learn, and your kindness add so much to my life each day. Luckily, I am learning great things while I am away that we will be able to use in our classroom right away! The best thing I learned this week was something that will help YOU become better learners. I am really excited about it and can’t wait to share it with you. I’m not being more specific because I want to surprise you. Make sure you’re there on Monday to find out what it is. Until then, please write a few sentences telling me about something you learned this week. Have a great remainder of your day and a terrific weekend.

Mr. Pahl

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Time to Bring the Blog Back!

Hi everyone. 

There is much I would like to share with you today, but as time is not on my side, I will have to keep today's post fairly short. We are beginning a 4 week unit on salmon as part of the Students For Salmon project with Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (N-SEA). The students and I feel passionately about this project because it is something that connects all of us. Though we don't live in the oceans, estuaries, rivers, streams or creeks, the quality of salmon habitat is directly tied to the quality of OUR habitat. It is also a wonderful topic to study because it relates to many other topics Bellingham 3rd and 4th graders examine. 

Below are examples of the students' Thinking Maps titled "What I Learned About Salmon" following a one hour presentation from Monica at N-SEA. Thank you, Monica! Click on an image to enlarge it. 

I look forward to sharing much more about this project with you as we make our way through it. 

Mr. Pahl