Thanks to Mr. Ross Mannell, retired teacher and blog post commenter extraordinaire, we took part in a drawing on his blog called Extended Comments for Students.
Our comment was the second one here on his post about bilbies. Lucky number 2 was drawn, matching our comment in the second position, so we won this packet of surprises from Australia. We will be excited to learn all about these interesting animals next school term. You can see the items we will get for our classroom in the picture below.
This week we are reading Linda Sue Park’s book called Bee-Bim Bop. The name comes from a Korean dish. We want to make it in KG2. Our version will be made with steamed rice in a bowl and toppings added like fried or scrambled eggs, meat, stir fried veggies like green onions, garlic, bean sprouts, carrots, or whatever. It is seasoned with soy sauce or other seasoning.
Next week in English class we will mix-mix like crazy and eat it. (Parents, more information coming home tomorrow in diaries and in an email.)
We hope to connect with some students in Korea, so we can see if some of them really eat bee-bim bop. Any takers?
Thanks to all those who answered our three geography surveys about “What do you call it?” The surveys have been taken over 250 times. A special thanks to our friends in the student blogging challenge who took the surveys for us. We will report back our learnings as soon as we figure out how to!
We had a fun Mystery Skype session last week. It was the first time we kept guessing until we got to the city. It took a while for our friends in Canada to find our small town! In fact, we Skyped right through our lunch break. (We did get our food and made it a working lunch!)
Since we last wrote about wanting to learn more about Canada, we have met two classes through Skype. One was at a small (like ours) First Nations (unlike ours) school in Saskatchewan and one was an 8th grade class in a large school, large city in British Columbia.
We would love to Skype with someone in each of the provinces and territories.
Seventh graders used the Bugscope, an Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope housed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We were able to use our laptop computers to control the microscope and chat with the scientists about what we were seeing.
One of the questions a student asked was, what is nanoscale? I should have shown this TED-Ed video called What is Nano? before we used the Bugscope, but we did watch it later. You can watch it here:
We were all intrigued by just how far we could zoom in on the insect parts. We were going deep into nanoscale.
You can view the archive of our session. Scroll down to 10:14 a.m. in the archive and you can actually see what we saw.
Here are the students’ blog posts about their Bugscope experience…