Monday, January 24, 2011

Donors Choose

Wow!  I just had my first project posted by Donors Choose.  I'm very excited.  I am asking for 5 Nook ereaders.  My second and third graders are going to really be motivated to read using these cool devices.  Our 21st Century learners really do need to be motivated by different kinds of learning opportunities.  To view my project click  Mrs. P's project

Friday, January 21, 2011

Talking Rocks

We decided to have some fun with the rock descriptions we we blabberized them and uploaded them to our wiki.  Check them out, they are unique.  The original site is called

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Alternative Assessment

I have set up a "wall" for our crew to post what they have learned about rocks and the rock cycle at .  Students may visit here either from home or at school to add their knowledge about our expedition topic.  I'm trying this method of assessment as a test and I may use this rather than the traditional KWL method!  Maybe, who knows.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Just Had To Share

We have been writing descriptive paragraphs about the rocks we have been studying and I wanted to take it a step further.  I gave the students cameras with microscopic lenses and told them to focus on something on their rock that they described in their paragraph.  They then had to change the description from a onlooker point of view to the rock's point of view (I, rather than "the rock").  We will be taking these photos and making the rock give the description using ""  I will post those creations also, but I was so amazed with their work...I just had to share!  We will share the original writing with the photos in our Celebration of Learning where the parents and community attend.

 The students worked with a partner giving advice and reviewing the photos .  Once the photos were loaded onto the computer the students chose the final photo that "will tell its story."  My initial instructions were to photograph their rock "up close" and make sure they photographed the detail they explained in their written description.  The rest was up to them...except I wanted them in focus.

Thursday, January 13, 2011


I have been waiting for my computer to get repaired (actually get rid of a bug) and I am trying to learn some of the "neat" blogging activities shared by Ladybug on her blog.  I will be updating soon and moving the items from my website to this site...Yeah!!  Check back soon for the new and improved blog.
Peace,  Carla