Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Where I Live

We learned about where we live in the whole world! Then we learned about the parts that are our home. Jolene made a slideshow to tell the story:

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

My Chinchilla

We are learning to make digital stories with our writing. Hannah tells a story about when she got her pet.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Caring for Creatures at Our School

As part of our learning about survival, we chose a project to help a living thing at our school thrive and survive. We decided to help the birds in our arboretum. We made four bird feeders, filled them with seed, and hung them in our arboretum. (We think the squirrels will enjoy them as well!)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Billy-Bob Turkey Story

Mrs. Hembree's second grade students in Washington state wrote a turkey story. Our class read the story and created illustrations. The second graders used our pictures to make photostory:

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Colors of Fall

Our school grounds provide a rainbow of fall colors for our exploration and enjoyment!

Thursday, October 31, 2013


After reading Charlotte's Web, one of our students found an egg sac in her haystack. She brought it to school and two days before Halloween, tiny spiderlings began to emerge. Now there are many and they are creating webs! Back to the haystack they must go...

Thursday, October 10, 2013

A message from Australia

This morning a young bird flew into our glass door and knocked itself out.  We decided to reuse your travel buddy box for the bird to recover in.  We just wanted to let you know that your box came in handy and that it was a special thing to reuse your box that you sent us.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Learning About Trees

We are learning about trees. We know how trees make food and why leaves change color in fall:

The Eagles have landed!

Our class mailed two travel buddy eagles to our friends in Australia. They will spend the school year down under, with students there recording their adventures in journals. We received an early morning email announcing their arrival at the home of teacher, Mrs. Eleison.

Dear Mrs Arnett and students,

We have arrived safely in Australia.  We are very happy to be out of our box.  The trip was very long.  We will let you know about our fun adventures with our new friends.

Thinking of you all,

Uncle Sam and Craig

Monday, October 7, 2013

Cleaning up the Arboretum

Snow Fun!

An early October snowstorm knocked out power and knocked down trees all over town, but at school it resulted in great "perfect snow" conditions!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Many Different Languages

We have completed the nonverbal portion of our first project of the year. In collaboration with friends in Colombia, Finland, and Australia we worked to overcome language barriers to share ideas. We will continue our friendship and connection throughout the year as we work to teach each other our own languages and share learning.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Nonverbal Communication

We have friends in Colombia, Finland, and Australia. We decided to share learning with each other, but quickly discovered that we all speak different languages. We worked together in teams to create nonverbal messages to share our learning about butterflies with our friends.

International Day of Peace

Saturday, September 21, was the International Day of Peace. We reflected on the meaning of peace in our lives. What does peace mean to you?

Welcome to First Grade!

We are so excited to begin first grade! We will learn about so many new things and connect with friends around the world.