Let’s Visit! #16stubc


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One of the reasons we are blogging is to make connections with other student writers. Take some time to visit these classrooms from other parts of the world.  Introduce yourself as a student from Texas (remember, no last names!) and ask a question or share a thought in response to what the student you are visiting has to say.

Be sure to leave the link to your blog so that you can receive a visit in return!

Mrs. Flannery’s class in Australia

Mrs. Gordana’s class in Serbia

Mrs. Carvalho’s class in Portugal

Mr. Dahl’s class in China

Mr. Webb’s class in New Zealand

What We’ve Learned About British Columbia


We took out our iPads and started exploring Comox Valley, Vancouver Island, Canada.  What a beautiful, interesting place!

Here are some of the facts we learned:
British Columbia is one of the world’s top three producers of blueberries and cranberries.
The provincial flower is the dogwood.

Fishing is essential to the economy.
Vancouver is home to one of the longest suspension bridges in world.

Forty per cent of Vancouver residents are foreign-born (in our home of Austin, that number is twenty per cent).
Vancouver Island the largest Pacific island east of New Zealand.
Some of the best caving areas in the world are in Vancouver Island.
The island was first colonized in 1861.
Average winter temperatures hover in the 40s; average summer temperatures are in the 70s.  We’re jealous!

We decided that the British Columbia flag is one of the most awesome flags we’ve ever seen!

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 We also watched this video tour of Comox Valley, home to Mrs. Smith’s seventh grade class.  Looks like a great place to live!

After watching this video, we have to say that the scenery is beautiful!  Wow!

British Columbia: What We THINK We Know


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.

Mrs. Smith’s class, how did we do?  We’ll post again after we learn more!

Visitors from Southeast Europe



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 in Mrs. Milacic’s class in 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:

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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 of their 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