Friday, October 16, 2015

Off and Running

The Global Read Aloud

The Futuristic Foxes are participating in The Global Read Aloud 2015. In short, the Global Read Aloud is a program where thousands of teachers and students from around the world are reading aloud the same novel for six weeks. There are five different books to choose from based on the students' ages and interest. To learn more about, go to this link: or watch the video below:

The Futuristic Foxes have chosen to read the book, Fish by L. S. Matthews.

Some of the ways we are interacting with the book include: Twitter, Write About It, and Skype. So far on Twitter, we are following other classrooms who are reading the book Fish, including a sixth grade class in our own school who have named themselves The Terrific Tigers. We comment on others posts and make posts of our own. While Mrs. Abernethy is reading the book, we often use sketchnoting. We share our sketches on Twitter and ask others to comment by asking them questions about our pictures. Below are some pictures we have sketched and posted so far.

We also use a program called Write About, We were give a free account when we signed up for the Global Read Aloud. Each of us have our own blog. We write responses to the book and share them with others reading the book. We are especially excited to chat about the book with the sixth grade class in our school reading the book too. We will be able to read and comment on their blog posts and they will be able to do the same on ours. We are also connected with a class from Australia, so that should be fun, too.

Last, but not least, we plan to skype with other classrooms reading the book and hopefully with the author of the book. We just finished week two and with four weeks to go, I am sure we will find even more exciting ways to collaborate and connect with others locally and globally.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Geography Bee

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The Geography Bee

Today the students in Mr.Alder's class is in a Geography bee.There are two contestants in the bee with Hector Peña, and D'Andrea Torres the two contestants.D'Andrea Torres just missed her question which meant If Hector answered his question right he would be room five campion.Mr.Alder said that he couldn't find the second sheet of questions,which wasn't rare since he always misplaced things.Finally he recalled he made a copy of the sheet so he got it and asked Hector the question,he answered correctly.He was the room five champion!Later they ate lunch and Mr.Alder was looking for his keys after he found them he picked up his backpack and walked away.What he didn't notice was that a few papers and an envelope had fallen out.So Hector and his friend Abby rounded up the papers and were going to give them back to Mr.Alder,when suddenly Hector spotted the letters on the envelope.It read "Fifth Grade Geography Bee Questions and Answers.Then Hector got mad at Abby because she thought he would cheat.Abby was right Hector cheated but he had a hard time doing it because he knew it was wrong.He was feeling so guilty that he had done it he couldn't forget about it, but after Mrs.Hernandez gave him a talk about how it doesn't matter if u win or loose it made him feel worse.Worse enough he finally confessed to Mr.Alder about what he had done.Hector was surprised that Mr.Adler was not mad and Mr.Alder told Hector it was ok and he was going to write new questions since it happened.So Hector was still allowed to participate in the geography bee!At the bee Hector got knocked out at round three but he learned a lesson.That lesson was that it didn't matter that everyone in the whole school knew Hector was a "smart kid ".    By:Alexa