Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Skype in the Classroom

This week, Sunnyland 4th graders will be participating in a Mystery Skype with another class in the United States!

Here is how two classes, one in California and one in New Zealand, connected via Skype! 

We can also use Skype to connect with scientists, engineers, computer programmers, authors, artists...just about anyone! 

Please comment! Who are some people we should connect with over Skype? What are some questions you would want to ask them? 

Monday, May 19, 2014

The Real Food Show!

Thank you to our marvellous PTA who brought another engaging, informative assembly to school last week.

The Real Food Show, starring Frank and Beans, is a collaboration between the Community Food Co-Op and the Bellingham Circus Guild and taught us all about healthy eating (especially at breakfast) and the benefits of being active.

The assembly began with a game show.

We learned how eating a breakfast full of sugar can give you a sugar rush.
But that rush often leads to a crash.

 Proteins are good for our brains and our muscles. 

 Vegetables are healthiest for us and should make up the largest portion of our plates. Beans could even see the vegetable portion from space!

With a healthy nutritious breakfast and by watching the portions of of the foods we eat, we can be ready for anything! 

The Real Food Show! 

Please comment! 

What was your favorite part of the show?
What did you learn about healthy eating? 
What is your favorite brain food?  

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Over 10,000 Visits!

According to our Clustr Map, the Be Good Humans Room 12 blog has had over 10,000 since November 2010.  That is so exciting.

Take a closer look at the map to see all the places in the world where people have visited us from. From which cities in the US or from which countries have we had the most visits? (Hint, the larger the red dot, the more visits from that place.)

Mrs. Stuckart is Back!

Mrs. Stuckart has been on leave taking care of her husband, Larry, while he is being treated for cancer. Our thoughts have been with the Stuckarts in this very difficult time. We have really missed Mrs. Stuckart, and I think the students were thrilled to have her back!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Spring Flowers

The fourth graders planted bulbs last fall with Ms. Avera. They have bloomed and are so pretty and colorful.

What do you think?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Virtual Field Trip

The internet is amazing in so many ways. One of my favorites is that it allows us to go just about anywhere in the world and virtually experience sights and sounds we may never get to witness in our lives up close and personal. 

This link contains just a few examples of places we can go and "explore" on a virtual field trip.

Take some time go visit beautiful or interesting or special places. Then copy and paste the information from this link into a Word document. Please take a few minutes to answer the questions and save the Word document in the Virtual Field Trip folder on your s:drive. 

Thanks to Martha Thornburgh for the great information and help in creating this assignment.

Enjoy everyone! 

Please comment! Tell us a little about where you went and something interesting you observed or learned. 

P.S. There are so many places in the world that now have webcams. Something else you can try is to Google the name of your favorite place and webcam. There is a good chance that place has a webcam of its own! 

Collaborative Learning

A big part of learning math and science is to discuss your ideas with other people and to ask questions, lots of questions.

I have tried to emphasize to our students that asking questions and working together is a strength. It's NOT a weakness to ask someone a question or to need help. It's great when you take control of your learning and talk with someone when you don't understand something. As a teacher, I do it with other teachers all the time.

I took this picture because I was so happy to see that someone had asked for help and to see that the two students were working together to solve a problem. Nice work!

Who is someone you have recently asked for help? In what way did they help you? 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Children's Art Walk

The Bellingham Art Walk is a monthly affair that occurs the first Friday evening of each month. Every May, the Bellingham Art Walk becomes the Children's Art Walk and art from children all over Bellingham is posted in the windows of businesses throughout downtown.

This year, local artist and author, Mat Hudson, selected to work with Sunnyland fourth graders on a project he called Monster Mash! 

Our fourth graders created monster pictures from their imagination. Mat collected them and took them to other local artists who created a piece inspired by the students' works of art. Sometimes, the monsters were similar and other times they varied. What a fun, collaborative project! The finished pieces were displayed downtown in the Make.Shift Art Space.   

Here are some images from the night of the Art Walk. Thank you, Mat and to all the artists who participated in the project!


Maximus was there at the same time I was! 

Later, I ran into Avari. Isn't her face painting lovely?

We found the third graders' and fifth graders' art later in the evening. 

This was Luna's favorite. 

Grace really liked this flower! 

 We had a great night and can't wait again until next year. Thank you Bellingham for putting on this event!