Our Artwork-ish

Check out the wonderful artwork we created using the color recipes from The Phoenix School Kids! Today we learned how to use our ipads to take a photo and upload it to a new blog post using the Kidblog app.

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Happy Peace Day

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Who will you make peace with?   http://www.peaceoneday.org/

September 21st is International Peace Day. We are celebrating with a video to the song “Nothing More” by the Alternate Routes. Please enjoy our class video and a collaborative video that includes 33 schools from 17 countries created by by my friend Lisa Parisi who is a 5th grade teacher in Long Island, New York.

Nothing More – The Alternate Routes

To be humble, to be kind.
It is the giving of the peace in your mind.
To a stranger, To a friend
To give in such a way that has no end.

We are Love
We are One
We are how we treat each other when the day is done.
We are Peace
We are War
We are how we treat each other and Nothing More

To be bold, to be brave.
It is the thinking that the heart can still be saved
And the darkness can come quick
The Dangers in the Anger and the hanging on to it.

We are Love
We are One
We are how we treat each other when the day is done.
We are Peace
We are War
We are how we treat each other and Nothing More

Tell me what it is that you see
A world that’s filled with endless possibilities?
Heroes don’t look like they used to, they look like you do.

We are Love
We are One
We are how we treat each other when the day is done.
We are Peace
We are War
We are how we treat each other and Nothing More


UYN – Use Your NetSmartz!

This is our 3rd week of school and the students are ready to start blogging and exploring other web-based platforms. To prepare for our online activity, we have been using NetsmartzKids.org to learn about digital citizenship, netiquette, and online safety. Our first two visits to the computer lab were spent exploring the Netsmartz website which has great videos and activities that are geared toward a younger audience. Today we watched “Router’s Birthday Surprise” and reviewed all of the safety rules that we have learned. We ended our lesson by signing an internet safety pledge. We are ready to be safe online and offline! This afternoon the students wrote their first blog post. Many of them wrote about what they have learned. Please visit our student blogs HERE. They did a great job for first time bloggers!

IMG_20140904_140029The videos and activities are fun and engaging so it makes learning about online safety fun!

2014-09-10 09.01.18Watching “Router’s Birthday Surprise”

2014-09-10 09.34.00Making our learning and thinking visible.

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2014-09-10 09.32.52Signing the Internet Safety Pledge.

UYN – Use Your Netsmartz!

Back to School Skype Session with Critterkins!

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photo credit: Ginny Limer

It’s only the 3rd day of school and we have already Skyped with Critterkins author Jena Ball. Marty Keltz also joined in on the fun. Ms. Ball read the touching story of Ricky Bobby’s rescue and how his new owner made him a special cart because his back legs don’t work. We also talked about how to take care of dogs and how to be kind to them. We are looking forward to more skype sessions and learning how to be a great authors and artists like Jena Ball!







Surprise Skype Session

airman GarlandToday we had a surprise Skype call from Simone’s brother Airman Jason Garland! She was so excited to see her brother who is in the Air Force and stationed in Alaska. We learned a lot of interesting facts about his job and Alaska:

1. Spring is coming to Alaska – the temperature got UP to 35 degrees today (in Texas is was in the 90′s).

2. Alaska is 3 hours behind our time.

3. Airman Garland carries a gun, but is not allowed to use it unless absolutely necessary.

4. He goes to shooting practice every week.

5. The food is good in Alaska.

6. He does not get to choose where he is stationed. He has to go where the Air Force tells him.

7. He does not fly airplanes, but he helps protect those who do.

8. When you salute, you wait 3 seconds after a superior officer salutes you to take your hand down.

9. Airman Garland has homework too!

10. Airman Garland plans to be in the Air Force for 20 years.

Thank you so much for teaching us about your job and protecting our country!

Zoo Websites

We had such a great time at the zoo yesterday! We saw lots of different animals and their habitats.  Now it’s your job to come up with a NEW animal for the Fort Worth Zoo!

Here are some other zoo websites to visit.  Is there an  animal that you would like to see at the Fort Worth Zoo?

This is the first step of your research project: Make a list of 4-5 animals that you would like to see at the Fort Worth Zoo.

Don’t forget to write which zoo you found the animal so you can return for more research later.


Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

Brookfield Zoo

St. Louis Zoo

Pittsburgh Zoo

Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

Cincinnati Zoo

San Diego Zoo

Houston Zoo


We Won a GoNoodle Prize Package!

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A few weeks ago our school was introduced to GoNoodle, a fabulous site for brain breaks. My class started using it immediately. I posted some pictures and videos on my Pinterest page and Twitter, and guess what?  We won their #GoNoodleMadness contest!

Brain breaks are an important part of our daily classroom routine. They allow us to recharge and relax so we can focus and be in control. Every morning we start our day using Airtime to breathe and learn geography. We are tracking our “destinations” on a class map.


We like the active dancing and running breaks to keep us going during our long morning block, and after lunch we use Flow to regain focus, calm down, and relax.

Today our prize pack arrived just before PE, so we waited until the end of the day to open it.

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We were excited to find stickers, pencils, posters, a bag, a headband, a wristband, and a BASKETBALL! Fun stuff!

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Thank you GoNoodle!


Thank You Notes to Molly the Fire Safety Dog

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Today I received a very nice email from firefighter Dayna and Molly the Fire Safety Dog! In January we Skyped with Dayna and Molly and learned all about fire safety and service dogs. After our Skype we took time to write thank you notes telling them how much we enjoyed our session and reflecting on what we learned.

Technology is such an important part of our lives, but there is nothing like getting a real piece of mail delivered to your mailbox. Taking the time to thank someone for something nice they have done can seem like a small thing, but it really means a lot! Kind words and and a simple thank-you costs us nothing, but are priceless to the person receiving them!

Here is what Firefighter Dayna said in her email:

Dear Mrs. Morgan and all the wonderful students at Sycamore Elementary-
Thank you SO MUCH for the pawsome thank you notes. Your note and pictures ROCKED!
I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate them and how happy they made me! 
Today I put a picture of each of them on my Facebook page so everyone can see them!
Mrs. Morgan, we loved your note too and the “Sycamore Superstar” cling! We are going to hang the cling on a window in a clubhouse!
Thanks again, you guys! You rock!
Molly the Fire Safety Dog