Facts4Me and Trees

636cdWe are now enjoying the fall season. Outside our classroom window we can see the leaves as they are changing colors almost daily. What a beautiful time of the year!

During this week, students will be learning about John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed. He is credited as the individual responsible for the introduction of apple trees in America.

Please go to the  Assignments Online page at the top of our blog and click on letter A, B, or C.  Print out the pdf file and enjoy  answering these questions about trees using the research database for children, FACTS4ME.

When you have finished and turned in your paper, you may want to watch “Maine’s Autumn Magic”. This video explains why the leaves change color in the fall. USA Today also has an interactive site that shows students what happens to leaves as the weather changes.  Thank you to Richard Byrne and Larry Ferlazzo for these great sites.

Salute to Careers

careersWe are celebrating Labor Day by saluting a variety of careers. There are limitless career choices, but we will take a look at just a few of them. You will need to visit the Online Assignment page and click on the letter that your teacher assigns for you.  Complete the five questions and turn in your assignment to your teacher. After you finish, you may want to look around the site Facts4Me and read about other careers.

Have you ever thought about what you might want to be when you grow up? Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know.

Challenge09 #8 Animals in the Wild – Continued…


What wonderful timing!  We were asked to link to websites or videos to THE animal we would prefer to see in the wild rather than in a zoo.  Our class had made a list researched on Facts4Me, but we were having a really hard time narrowing the selection down to the one we would choose above the rest.

Meanwhile, just outside our classroom, the third graders in Mrs. Blankenship’s room were in the middle of a measurement lesson which combined both Science and Math. We watched the development of this project with great anticipation and curiosity.  These students first measured the average length of the blue whale (Thanks to Mr. Webb and Room 8 Melville for this awesome link) and hung crepe paper from the ceiling tiles to equal that length.  They then predicted whether or not the combined height of the total students in the classroom would equal the length of the whale’s body.  Lying along a tape measure, each student’s data was recorded and tagged with the name and total feet/inches.  It was proven that the total height of students was sufficient to equal the length of a blue whale. Students were then asked to lie on the floor along the tape measure, head to foot, to give them a true understanding of the magnitude of this great mammal.

This made such an impact on my students that without hesitation they have choosen as the animal they would love to see in the wild would be the blue whale.

Thank you for this Blog Challenge.

We have Blog Visitors from all over the world, and we would like to know….Are there whales where you live?  If so, have you ever had the privilege of seeing one in the wild?  We would love to know!

Challenge09 #8 – Animals in the Wild?

Picture from Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary

Picture from Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary

Above you will see a picture taken from the Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary.  If you visit their site, you will discover that this is not a typical zoo, but instead its residents have been rescued from one kind of disaster or another.

The challenge posed to our class by the Blog Challenge 09 was to “write a post about an animal that you would like to see in the wild.  See if you can add a link in your post to a webcam or video and some websites about your animal.  Why do you want to see that animal in the wild rather than at a zoo?”

Our students are going to use Facts4Me to research this possibility, and we will be updating this post within the next few days. Please check back to read about our findings.