Talking To An Author


We read a lot of books in our class. Recently, we have been reading Jena Ball’s “Lead with your Heart” – a story about a misunderstood Pit Bull and his special human friend, Reny. After reading the first chapter, we decided to tweet Ms. Ball with our comments, questions, and predictions. It is really wonderful when authors are so accessible. It makes the reading experience so much more authentic and fun.

Here are are few of our tweets from our @sycsuperstars Twitter account:

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jena tweetsAfter reading chapter 5 and 6 we posted predictions on our blogs:



We can’t wait to see what really happens to Lance. What will mom do? Will Reny get to go to school?


Participating in #pvskype24

Mrs. Ladd at the Pine Valley School in North Carolina organized a a 24 hour skypeathon for her school. They started at 6:00 am by skyping with a class in Ecuador, then they Skyped with Poland, and several other schools. At 12:00 it was our turn. We shared how we learn to read, how we learn math, what we eat, and some unique things about our school. We even shared our special cheer that we use at the end of the day. Connecting globally and learning from others is so much fun! Mrs. Morgan’s class thinks it’s really neat that the kids at Pine Valley will be having a sleepover at their school. Mrs. Morgan thinks Mrs. Ladd is awesome!

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The 5th graders at Pine Valley even did a poster comparing North Carolina to Texas!


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Our launch

Thanks for a fun day!

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The Not Perfect Hat Club

Recently, the 2nd graders at Sycamore presented a Black History Celebration program for our community. It was a wonderful evening filled with inspirational songs and speaking. We are proud to also be the first school to debut the “Not Perfect Hat Club Song”.  Jena Ball is a wonderful author who tells wonderful stories and creates amazing artwork. We have enjoyed getting to know Ms. Ball this year and learning about what it means to be unique and not perfect. Here are a few pictures from our memorable evening and a wonderful video created by Jena Ball and Marty Keltz.


Let’s Stay Healthy!

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Cold and flu season is upon us so we want to make sure we are doing all we can to help stay healthy. Here are some great tips:

If you have a cold or the flu:
1. Get a lot of rest
2. Drink plenty of water
3. Eat – even if you don’t feel like it (like soup)
4. Take a warm bath
5. Take medicine (ask a grownup first)
6. Go to the doctor if you don’t get better

To prevent spreading your cold or flu:
1. Use a tissue
2. cough or sneeze into your arm
3. Wash your hands and use hand sanitizer
4. Stay home so you don’t get others sick.

Can you think of anything else we should do?

Check out this Brainpop Jr. Video to learn more!

Mystery Skype USA

We completed our 6th mystery skype last week. We are getting pretty good at narrowing down the mystery location. We use wipe off maps and Google Earth to help us. Here is our strategy:

  • Find the general location: N, S, E, W
  • Ask if their state touches the Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, or the Great Lakes
  • Cross off areas of the map as we eliminate
  • Once we find the location, ask the name of the school, and check it out on Google Earth Street View

Our last Skype session was with a class in Colorado. It was a little tricky at first because they are not really in the north or south and they are not near a large body of water. Eventually, we were able to narrow down the location.

Very soon we will venture out of the USA. We are still working on names of continents, oceans, and hemispheres.

If you would like to mystery skype with us, please leave a comment or contact us on Twitter @sycsuperstars.

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