Since our classroom has been involved in the amazing "What Can You See?" project, we continue to look for new ways to interact with the participating classrooms and their educators! In particular, I think we have created a 21st Century version of the "pen pals" tradition! After our class read the "We Can See" book from our friends at Bond Lake Public School, we decided to share compliments through the form of a letter on their blog! If you haven't had a chance to check out their blog, you can click on the following link: http://myclassroomtransformation.blogspot.ca/2012/11/i-think-we-can-send-letter.html.
We continue to feel inspired by their classroom happenings, inquiries and daily discoveries and their educators certainly embrace every opportunity to make for meaningful and purposeful learning! We would like to dedicate this post to them and thank them for exploring and communicating with our class through the blogsphere! It has led to some wonderful connections, questions, and new learning!
After reading the response letter from our friends at Bond Lake Public School, our students have enjoyed expanding on their connections, answering their posed questions, and writing a reply!
Dear Bond Lake Public School,
Thank you for the letter. We liked reading about your connections to our book. We liked how you think clouds are fascinating. Thank you for sharing the "fancy" word. We want to answer your questions.
J.S. (SK): We have three teachers. Ms. Schmidt, Ms. Theis and Ms. N. They are all really nice and like to have fun.
S.M.: We have lots of signs because they protect us from danger. We see STOP signs, "bump" signs for bumps on the ground and school crossing signs so cars know when we are walking.
I.D.: We had frogs last year but we do not have any pets this year. We had two frogs and one was big and one was small. We got to feed them.
J.S. (JK): We want to send you our class picture. What do you look like?
R.L.: We know about Ninjagos. They fight into battles because the master tells them when the bad guys make traps.
A.M.: I only know that Ninjagos have swords. They are yellow.
Here are some new questions we have for you:
I.D.: Do you get snow in winter like us?
C.M.: I wonder if your teachers is nice or mean?
A.C.: You have a rabbit. What is its name? What does it eat?
L.D.: Where does your rabbit live?
We want to share what we are learning about with you:
S.M.: We have been making a big cloud. We made raindrops too.
E.S.: We are learning about clouds. We know how they make rain and read a book called "The Falling Raindrop." It taught us about the water cycle. It's cool.
G.B.: We liked being raindrops.
I.D.: We learned that a pumpkin floated in a lot of water.
R.L.: We did a "Shape Rap." Sphere, Cylinders, Cubes and Cones were in it and we got to wear sunglasses in front of our school at the assembly. We would like to share our video with you.
J.S. (SK): We like magnets because they stick to things. Magnets also don't stick to things. We have fun experimenting. Magnets stick to Ms. Schmidt's boots because they have metal on it.
E.S.: Clouds do all sorts of things. We wonder how they make snow. I think its called a "snow cycle."
Thank you for your letter. We want you to write back more. We drew some pictures for you too. We hope you like them. Thank you for your pictures. They were pretty colours.
|This is a bridge. W.F. and R.L. and me made it in the|
building and constructing centre. It has a thing that
lifts up and down so boats can go by. - J.S. (SK)
Ms. Schmidt and Ms. Theis' Class from Lorna Jackson Public School.
Ms. Schmidt and Ms. Theis were also wondering:
What inquiries are you exploring in your classroom? Can you write back and share some of your learning with us?
We hope that you enjoyed this post! We look forward to continuing to connect our classrooms and our learning through this social media and look forward to extending our learning through the use of our "What Can You See?" blogspace!