Friday, February 16, 2018

Mystery Skype to Alaska

Mystery Skype
"The global guessing game that gets kids learning about geography, culture, and the similarities and differences of how children live all over the world."

Fourth Graders in Mrs. Highgas's Class took a Mystery trip today via Skype to Mr. Daniels Class at K-Beach School from Soldotna, Alaska.

After a quick rock, paper, scissors game both schools took turns trying to figure out where the other school was located. We played by asking Yes or No questions to narrow down our answers. They guessed us first but we soon after discovered where they were located as well. We hope to connect again and learn more about them.

K-Beach School is 4,721 miles from Proctor School. 
It was a short trip via skype but it would have taken 14 hours by airplane

Guest Blogger Delaney:

"Today we got to mystery skype with a 5th grade class from Alaska. We all got to ask some great "below the iceberg" questions. From all the questions we asked one of the students in our class guessed where they were and got it right. Some of the things we did well was ask region questions, location questions, and border questions. The class school was K-Beach elementary. There are 400 students and their mascot is the caribou. When we skyped it was 12:35pm in Topsfield, MA but it was 8:35am in Alaska. Overall we had a great skype visit."

Midwest Virtual Tour

When you combine the wonder of student research and the magic of green screen you get an incredible digital product.

Mrs. Kelleher's class researched tourist spots in their research and study of the Midwest.
Click on the map markers to take a virtual tour with her students.

Mrs. Gibbas's Class studied the Southeast Region.
Click on her map to see the tourist attractions her students researched.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Weather Reports

Grade Three Students have been exploring the world of weather. After researching and conducting a number of experiments the students became meteorologists.

The module culminates with the students assuming the role of a meteorologist. They research the difference between the weather and the climate in a city, organize it in a chart, and forecast the weather to their class.

Mrs. Burke's and Mrs. Corliss' Classes used the app FlipGrid to present their weather reports!
Click on the links below to see these young meteorologists.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

100th Day of School

Celebrating 100 Days of school is a BIG Event.
Classes celebrated in all different ways.
There were parades, counting, collections, writing, and so much more.

Let's celebrate together.
Help us gather 100 responses.
Click on the FlipGrid and leave a message.
Answer one of these questions:

I wish I had 100 ____
I wouldn't want 100 ____
If I had $100 ____
I can eat 100 ____

We are also celebrating with a padlet.
Click on the plus + to add your own answer.
In 100 years...
Made with Padlet

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Twitter Challenge

During the month of January teachers were given a Twitter Challenge.
I hosted a Twitter Party in early January to get us started and helped encourage new users as well as experienced users.
We were off to a great start.

Throughout the month it was enjoyable as teachers shared the wonderful happenings in their classrooms on twitter. Be sure to check out their twitter feeds. Also check the #TTUCHAT.

Winners received a "sweet tweet"!

Grand Prize Winners Received a Home Made Lunch!

Stay tuned for our February/March Challenge!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Skype Visits Take Us to Minnesota

It is Super Bowl weekend! So 2 classes decided to take a trip to Minnesota for the BIG EVENT!
Using skype we traveled across the country to the Midwest region. We compared the Northeast to the Midwest with facts students had learned. Both classes had thoughtful questions and gave very detailed answers. Of course we asked who the Patriots fans were and were excited to see we had fans that will be cheering for the Patriots.

Mrs. Murphy's Fourth Grade Class visited Mrs. Mogilevsky's Class at Loring Elementary School in Minneapolis, Minnesota today via skype.

Later in the day Mrs. Kelleher's Class visited Mrs. Ardinger's Class at Countryside Elementary School in Edina, Minnesota which is located 10 miles south of Minneapolis.


Tech Tip:
Two resources for finding skype classrooms are look at the skype in the classroom website and google schools in a specific location, search for a class that matches your requirements and send an email.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

World Read Aloud Day 2018

"Every year World Read Aloud Day calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories."


Students at Steward School were very fortunate to visit with authors to help celebrate World Read Aloud Day. 
Talk about the author visit with your child—it’s a great way to encourage reading and writing in the classroom and at home.

Grade 1 students had a lovely skype visit with SueFliess. Sue is the author of over 20 books for children. She read her new book to us called MARY HAD A LITTLE LAB, and talked to us about being an author. We got to ask her questions too! The kids really enjoyed the visit and we hope to have more interactions like that in the future. If you’d like to read more about Sue and see her other books, please visit

Grade 2 students listened to Kathy Erskine read her book Mama Africa the story of Miriam Makeba, South African civil rights activist and singer, published in 2017.

Grade 3 were enthralled with Lauren Magaziner as she shared a few pages from her new book Wizard Match. She shared her love of the writing process. She inspired us to think of our own 10 second Super Power.

Grade K loved listening to Michelle Edwards shared her book A Hat for Mrs. Goldman. We got to see her own lovely knitted hat and discussed her love of making pom poms. "They make everything look better."