Friday, October 29, 2010

Freaky Fun Friday!

We had fabulous fun this Friday 
celebrating Halloween!

Happy Halloween! on PhotoPeach

What did you enjoy most about our Halloween fun?

What are you going to be for Halloween?

Where did you put your ghostly decoration?

What was the best word you made from the letters in Trick or Treat?

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Are You an Expert?

The second story in our Celebrating Traditions Unit is called
"Anthony Reynoso, Born to Rope."

 This is a story of a family's tradition of Mexican rodeo roping and riding. Anthony and his family work hard and practice their skills for their exhibitions. Because of their hours of practice, they are now expert performers!

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Please share about a skill you have worked hard to learn. 

What steps did you take to master this skill?  

Was it difficult at first?

Did anyone help you to achieve this goal?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Final Week: Ugandan Global Project!

Mrs. Ranney and her class have joined with several other educational bloggers from around the world to form the

This Friday is our global walk to raise money to purchase the playground for our Ugandan friends!
Donations are welcome from everyone!


 What have you been doing to train for the walk?

Have you been collecting pledges?

What have you enjoyed most about the Ugandan Global Project Blog?

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Wild about Waterfalls!

Recently, Mrs. Ranney's class read the story The Waterfall.  

We decided to find out all we could about waterfalls!

A waterfall is the sudden drop in the level of a river or stream that causes water to fall over an edge. 
A small waterfall is called a cascade.  The water from waterfalls eventually flows into the ocean.


Here are some waterfalls from around the world and the interesting facts we found!

Aidan, Jordyn, Philip, Tristan, Mikayla, Carly, and Emily all found out that Angel Falls, located in Venezuela, South America is the tallest/highest waterfall in the world.  
The water of Angel Falls plunges 3, 212 feet to the bottom.
The Falls were discovered by Jimmy Angel, an American pilot, who flew over them in 1935.
Angel Falls


Ella, Carly, and Philip found that Yosemite Falls, located in Yosemite National Park in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California, is the highest falls in North America at 2,425 feet tall. 
This falls does not flow all year long every year, only when there has been enough snow.

Yosemite Falls


Victoria Falls, located in Africa,  was researched by Aidan, Ariel, Michael, and Emily.  Each second, between 300 and 3,000 cubic meters of water goes over the falls.  It is the largest, or widest, waterfall in the entire world and is more than a mile long! The river source for this falls is the Zambezi River. The waterfall is so powerful that people can feel its mist from several kilometers away!
Victoria Falls


When Justin was very young, he and his family visited Rothbachfall Falls in Germany. 
In Germany, where the metric system is used, the waterfall is 470 meters tall, which is 1,540 feet in our standard measurement. Rothbachfall is located in Berchtesgaden National Park, and
 only has running water from May to October. Do you know why?
If you hike up one quarter of the way, it would take about 45 minutes. 
Do you know how long it would take to hike the entire distance?

Rothbachfall Falls


Mikayla found out about Inga Falls, which is located on the Congo River in Africa.
 Inga Falls is the largest waterfall, which means it has the most water. 
In fact, 1,500,000 cubic feet of water flow over this falls every second!

Inga Falls


Aidan learned that Iguazu Falls is located mostly along the border of Brazil and Argentina.
Its river source is the Iguazu River. This waterfall is actually made up of 275 falls.
The water from the lower falls collects in a canyon and drains into the Parana River. 
Iguazu Falls


Carly and Emily researched Tugela Falls, which is in South Africa.
It is the second tallest waterfall in the word at 3,110 feet.

Tugela Falls


Philip and Aidan found out about Niagra Falls, which is located in both Canada and the United States. The Canadian part of the falls is Horseshoe Falls, and the American part is called American Falls, which is in New York. Its river source is the Niagara River. 7,000 cubic meters of water goes over these falls every second of every day!  In fact, Niagara Falls has the most water of any waterfall in North America. Both waterfalls are about 165 feet high.

Horseshoe Falls/Niagra Falls


Which waterfall facts are the most interesting to you? Why?

Which waterfall would you most like to visit? Why?

What other waterfalls have you visited?

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Ugandan Global Project 2010

Mrs. Ranney and her class have joined with several other educational bloggers from around the world to form the
Ugandan Global Project! 

Members:   2KM  * 2KJ * Mrs. Yollis * Mrs. Ranney * Mr. Salsich * Team Toa 

This projects brings students together from Australia, North America, Asia, and Africa. 

Here is a movie created by Mrs. Yollis and her students
as an introduction to the project!

Head over to the Ugandan Global Project and sign-up to follow us using email or the RSS feed!

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What do you think of this project? 

What can be learned?

Find some facts about Uganda and share them in your comment!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Blogging Challenge: Avatars!

One of the tasks for Challenge #2 in the Student Blogging Challenge is to create an avatar. 

An avatar
is an image or cartoon that is used to  
represent a person online
An avatar can show a little about the person,  but should not reveal too much personal information. 

For our educational blog, we use avatars to protect a child's true identity.

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Mrs. Ranney has used several avatars in the past.

In the classroom...

As a little girl...

Doing a favorite activity...
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Here are our new class avatars!

What do you think of our avatars?
Which is your favorite Mrs. Ranney avatar,
and why?
Have you ever used an avatar before? When?