In the past few weeks, we’ve been excited to receive visits from students in Mrs. Smith’s class in British Columbia. We want to learn more about where they live, but first we asked ourselves what we already know about their home. Some of our ideas may not be as accurate as others, but in the coming days, we’ll investigate which of our statements are true and which not.
Here’s what we think we know:
British Columbia is a province in Western Canada The people there are British! They have British accents. It’s very cold there much of the year. The scenery is very green…lots of evergreen trees grow there. British Columbia is in the Taiga Biome (someone’s paying attention in science class!) Hockey is the big sport (others said no, it’s rugby). Skiing is also huge. British Columbia has recently hosted the World Cup. Many American television shows are filmed there. It’s the only other country with “American” football. The people there speak French (others said nope, British Columbia is the only Canadian province where French is NOT the language). The people there like maple syrup! The flag is red and white striped with a maple leaf. The time zone is Pacific, same as California.
One of the fun things about blogging is that we can exchange ideas with other students in other parts of the world. For a couple of years now, Mr. Webb of New Zealand has had his students visit us in Texas, and we here in Austin have enjoyed our visits to their town in South Taranaki.
Here’s a funny conversation we had about those visits this week:
@Kriese7thELA I think you might be surprised – I think its the afternoon of the day before when you were online – we were in class watching!
Sure enough, we did some investigating and found out that New Zealand is so far ahead of us in time (is there a better way to say that?) that when we are in 7th period class, it is already the next day there! As we blogged at 3:00 P.M. on Monday, Oct. 19, it was about 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday, Oct. 20 in Mr. Webb’s class. Wow!
I think we need to have a Skype session soon to get our students talking “face to face”!
Meanwhile, we’ll explore the Taranaki region of New Zealand by browsing this website.
What do we thinkwe know about Serbia? Here are some of the student responses we got when we asked that question today:
“It’s in the Middle East.”
“It’s in Africa.”
“It’s in Europe.”
“It’s in Russia.”
“Serbia is near the Balkan Peninsula and Ottoman Empire.”
“Serbia is mostly desert.”
(Obviously we need to work on our geography! Even the map included in our blog post didn’t help some of us.)
“People in Serbia don’t speak English.”
“The government is democratic.”
‘The government is communist.”
(Hmmm…some investigation needed here.)
“Serbia used to be part of Soviet Union, but it fought for its independence.”
‘Serbia played a role in the beginning of World War I with the assassination of an archduke.”
“The primary religion in Serbia is orthodox Christianity.”
We’ll do some exploring and be back tomorrow with a post about what we learn about this country and our new friends there!
How cool is it to have visitors from other parts of the world?
This week, several students will see comments have been left on their blogs from students inMrs. Milacic’s classin Kragujevac, Serbia. We’ll spend some class time this week learning more about that country. What do we want to know about Serbia?
Meanwhile, check out this photo of Belgrade, the capital city there:
Would you like to read and comment on the blogs of Marija, Andrea, Vlada, Milica, Tamara, Janko, Tamara, Stasa, Tijana, Jana, Bogdan, Luka, Dimitrije, and Djole? You’ll find those links on the sidebar oftheir class blog…but first you’ll want to use the Google translate widget on the class blog’s home page to translate their work into English! Check out the students’ “About Me” pages and find someone who has interests similar to yours!
Image Credit, Map: By Dgaulle (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Wow. As we’ve been sharing our writing via our notebooks, group work, and blogs, it’s become apparent that we have many students who are passionate about writing! There are some young authors among us, and it’s wonderful to see.
Scholastic has a program that showcases the work of young writers and recognizes their talent. Check out the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards: a competition designed to honor the creativity of “young artists and writers, filmmakers and photographers, poets and sculptors, video game artists and science fiction writers.” There are 26 categories in the contest.
Are you interested in participating this year? The contest specifics that pertain to our part of the country are found here for writing and here for art. Choose a category, read the guidelines, download the forms, and start polishing your work, because the deadline for submission will be here very soon: December 16, 2015. Category winners receive scholarship awards and the opportunity to have their work exhibited and published!
One such winner is former West Ridge Middle School student Arthi Kozhumam. Arthi has won Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention awards for her poetry. Congratulations, Arthi! We’re proud of you!