Howdy Primary Bloggers!

Welcome Mrs. Torry, Ms. Dixon, Ms. MacLean, and students!

We are so excited to be part of the Primary Blogging Community! Mrs. Wideen has worked very hard to organize the classes. Please take a moment to browse our blog and see what we have been up to during the first 6 weeks of school.

In addition to this project, we are also starting The Global Read Aloud this week. Are any of you participating? We will be reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. This week we will look at the cover, make predictions, read chapter 1, generate questions, and then read chapters 2-4. We will also be posting about the book on our blogs. What are some of your favorite books?

Our school is located in Fort Worth, Texas. Our students are K-4th grade. About half of our students are bilingual – they speak both English and Spanish in class. We speak only English in this class but some of us speak Spanish or Vietnamese at home. What are some languages the students at your school speak?

We are looking forward to connecting with all of you!

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.

Click on the picture below to see our posts:

Happy Peace Day

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Who will you make peace with?

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 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!