Connecting With Other Classrooms
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F. Koontz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mon, 17 Mar 1997 00:28:53 -0500
I teach a third grade in Bowie, Maryland. I am as excited as my students
with this project. All sixty of our tulips have emerged and the children
eagerly inspect them daily and report on their growth. We are also using
your information on the whooping cranes. ( I found you too late to
participate in the monarch project.) I use the letters from the
scientist in Aransas as part of my reading instruction. We are going to
make origami cranes to decorate our library. We have painted beautiful
tulips that everyone in our school has admired.
Every Monday a child goes to the library to log into the U.S. Naval
Observatory to find our photoperiod. We spend time Monday recording our
data and also graphing the data about the mystery classes. I divided the
class into ten groups and each group is graphing one class. We have all
ten (three page long) graphs posted. We are also graphing our
microclimate data. We are using a soil thermometer to measure soil
temperature and we also record air temperature and whether the day is
sunny or cloudy. We only had 2 sunny days in all of February!
I'm pleased with the new awareness my students have about regions of the
United States. They are very good at locating particular states now
because of our numerous mapping activities with Journey North. Their
charting and graphing skills have become fine tuned.
We sent a few messages to other schools but this has not continued. We
only have access to email in our library with all 30 children watching
one monitor so it's not the best teaching circumstance. I think if this
technology was available to me in my classroom we would have been better
at correspondence. Keep up the good work and thank you.
Rockledge Elementary School