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Friday, September 24, 2010

We Survived, We Connected, and We Loved it - First week

These are the thoughts of Mrs. Ripp's fantastic combination classroom of 4th and 5th graders. As we finish the first 7 chapters here is what we thought:
Hannah - I think the Baobab trees are cool because not all trees if you get too many of them will take over the planet.
Alexis - I think it was sort of random how the Little Prince said "Draw me a sheep" to the pilot when they were stranded in the middle of the desert.
Karina - I think the GRA is a really cool thing because most classes don't get to do the tech stuff we get to do and the blogs.
Reese -I think the book is really good and we should have known it was really good.
Caitlynn - I am still wondering why the little prince wants a sheep?  Shouldn't he ask instead what is your name?
Jason - I think it is really cool because you can know what kids around the world think about the same book.
Lewis - I feel it is really interesting because we get to connect with a lot of people from the world, and if you moved you may know someone.
Devinn - I wonder why he is on the planet? (Me too, says Mrs. Ripp)
Aidan - I think it is really cool because the book is really good and also we get to connect with other people from different places.
Leticia - I think it is cool because you get to blog with other people and get to know them better.
Tess - I think that it will become a really interesting story and the Little Prince will go back to his planet or something like that.
Jordan - I think it is going to have a really good ending and it is going to be a very good book.
Brayden - I think this is going to turn out really cool!
Leo - It's awesome because we are 1/4 done with the book.
Olivia - I think the global read aloud is really fun because it is really fantastic to speak to other people around the world.
Nolan - I wonder how he gets to his planet?
Nathan - I think it is wicked that we are connecting with people around the world.
Andrew - I think it is spectacular that we can blog with other people.

We hope that in the next week the book will get even better and also that we can skype with someone!  We also hope we could do more tech stuff like Wordle, VoiceThread, Blogging, adding pictures to our blogs.

Wordle: 1st week of global read aloud
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An Animoto of the Little' Prince's Home Planet

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

A Great Wordle from Mrs. Kreul's Class in Wisconsin

This was shared from a 4th grade class in Wisconsin, check out their blog here
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Thoughts from Jack

Hi my name is Jack. This is what I think of chapters 3,4,5,6, and 7. I think that the sentences, "If someone loves a flower of which just one example exists among all the millions and millions of stars, that's enough to make him happy when he looks at the stars. He tells himself, 'My flower's up there somewhere...' But if the sheep eats the flower, then for him it's as if, suddenly, all the stars went out. And that isn't important?'" means that if you love something because your favorite thing is in it, you wont love that something anymore if your favorite thing isn't in it anymore. There is a chapter about a type of tree called a boabab and how he needs the sheep to eat the boababs when they are young so that they don't destroy his little planet. What do you think about the sentence "If someone loves a flower of which just one example exists among all the millions and millions of stars, that's enough to make him happy when he looks at the stars. He tells himself, 'My flower's up there somewhere...' But if the sheep eats the flower, then for him it's as if, suddenly, all the stars went out. And that isn't important?'"?
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Friday, September 17, 2010

Thoughts from A Student

Today, my students blogged for the first time about their thoughts on the Global Read Aloud as we get ready to start next week.  One student pinpointed the spirit of the project very well:


I think it is weird how people all over the world can read the same book. It is even weirder when you are reading a good book and then the thought pops into your head that there is a good chance someone across the world is reading the same exact book, maybe even the same exact page.


And this is exactly what I hope happens in the next 4 weeks.  That our students realize that th world is actually pretty small when you know others are reading and sharing the same experience as you.


Thank you for joining us, I am thrilled to do this project!
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Sunday, September 12, 2010

One Week and Counting

As the official start of the project approaches, I am getting incredibly excited.  Welcome each and everyone to this project!

I thought it would be fitting if anyone wanted to submit a guest blog or have their class do one to just let me know.  That way this will become our blog and not just mine.  So if before, during, or after the project you want to share your thoughts, experiences, please let me know via email, comment, or twitter and I will put up your post.

Thank you once again for joining me on this adventure.  We plan on doing our first read aloud part next Monday and students will be drawing their own versions of a snake swallowing an elephant to be scanned into the wiki page.  We will also be predicting and sharing those predictions.  Remember no contribution is too little or too big so share whatever you feel like.

Good luck and welcome onboard!
 

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