Sep
02
Filed Under (General) by on September 2, 2013

This is a farewell post. (But also a new beginning!)

I have switched to 5th grade and will be starting a new blog to document and share the learning experiences my students and I have in middle school. You can keep up with our new adventures by visiting and subscribing to the new blog here: Salsich Team 5

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Thank you to everyone that has been a part of our fantastic blog over the last four years.

We have had over 4,700 comments and 192,000 visits!

I will leave the blog up so that people can continue to visit (or revisit) our posts and comments. The tag cloud, search bar, archives, and “categories” widget are great ways to look at all the incredible learning that has occurred here over the past years.

Again, thank you for all the great learning! – Mr. Salsich

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Jun
16
Filed Under (General) by on June 16, 2013 and tagged ,

Wednesday, June 19th is our last day of school before summer vacation!

We have had a great year together and have learned so many things. Luckily we have the blog to remember it all. You can always re-read posts, watch videos, or add new comments by using the “tag cloud” or the archives on the sidebar.

Here is a slideshow with pictures and video clips from the first day of school right up through our last field trip:

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Thanks to all of our blogging buddies, commenters, family members, and followers that have helped us learn and given us support and ideas!

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What is one of your favorite memories from third grade?

Do you have a favorite post or video from the blog this year?

Jun
15
Filed Under (Science, Video) by on June 15, 2013 and tagged ,

Thursday, May 30th was Science and Technology Day at our school.

Science & Technology Day

Science & Technology Day

We spent the whole day going from presentation to presentation, learning about things like eyesight, fingerprinting and crime-solving, electricity, submarine escape, liquid nitrogen, and Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). It was an amazing day!

We recorded some of the day’s highlights with pictures and video on one of our iPads. Then we used what we had learned about iMovie to create a short video.

The video below was made almost entirely by students! We hope you like it.

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What was your favorite thing about Science and Technology Day?

What type of science are you interested in learning about?

Have you ever done a science experiment of your own?

Jun
10

A few weeks ago, our classmate Ivy wrote a fantastic guest post about soccer. That got us talking a lot about who is the best soccer player (footballer) in the world - Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.

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Because they are both great, and we had such strong opinions in class about who was better, we decided to compare the two players using their statistics and math. We compared their goals and assists for their club teams over the last four years.

Watch the Mathlete Show video below to see what we found out:

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So, did the video settle once and for all who is the better player? Or is there information we forgot to include? Let us know what you think in a comment!

(Here is a link to more comparisons between the two great players.)

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What did you think of the video?

Who do you think is the best soccer player (footballer) in the world? Why?

Do you have a favorite athlete? Who is it?

Jun
07

♬ ♪ ♫    Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti    ♫ ♪ ♬

Every Tuesday I go to piano lessons at 4:10.  When I first walk in my piano teacher, Valerie Walsh, has a snack of some kind waiting for us. It’s usually something like this:

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I always wash up in her bathroom before I play so I don’t get her piano dirty.  Next I come out and sit down to play. I put my fingers in position like this:

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Lately I’ve been playing with just one hand because I broke my wrist, but Valerie says in some cases it is good because I wouldn’t be playing the songs that I’m doing right now like “Smoke on the Water” and the “Blues Scales”.  I have six piano books that I’ve moved on from and one that I’m working on right now!  Here are some pictures of them:

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I have been playing piano for 4 years and it’s one of my favorite activities! We like to have fun at lessons!! Here is a silly picture that Valerie took of me:

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I also sing.  I love to sing and play. A few songs I have sung and played are “ He’s got the Whole World in his Hands” and “ White Horse”!!  This week I’m doing just singing so I can practice how to make my voice a little louder.

I also wanted to tell you what inspires me about music and why I like it so much.  Well, first of all, music inspires me because I love the sounds it makes and how other professional people play it like it’s nothing.  That’s what inspired me to take lessons,  hearing how good people are and how I want to be just like those people one day!  One person that inspires me is my mom’s cousin Cathy.  She took piano lessons all through life and became a fabulous pianist.  I would like to be able to just sit down and be able to just play any music that is in front of me.  She inspires me so much I’m going to play for the rest of my life so I can get better and better at it each day!

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Would you believe at one time I wasn’t so fond of piano?  When I first started taking lessons it wasn’t easy for me.  Did I give up? NO!!  I developed my process and didn’t quit even though it was hard for me.  So remember don’t give up when things are hard because someday you might end up loving your talent.  

When I went for my first day of piano It wasn’t easy to learn the notes.  I had to practice hard to get the hang of it.  Also I needed to memorize the scales and identify what the notes looked like, and how to read them.  As I developed my process I noticed that I was getting better at it every day because I practiced every night after school.  

As  you can see I really enjoy the hobby of playing the piano!

I would like to share a video of me playing a song called “Got Lots of Rhythm”

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Do you play a musical instrument? If so what kind?

What musical artist do you listen to most?

Piano inspires me! Who or what inspires you?

Jun
06
Filed Under (General) by on June 6, 2013 and tagged

The other day we created a Wordle. A wordle is a “word cloud” made from a bunch of text that is entered into a program that arranges the words into different colors and shapes to make a design. The more times a word appears in the text, the bigger the word gets in a wordle.

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We combined our names with the answers that we wrote to these questions:

What word would you use to describe our blog?

What word would you use to describe our classroom?

What word would you use to describe your classmates?

What is the most interesting thing in the classroom?

What is your favorite classroom subject?

What has been your favorite activity so far?

What was your favorite read-aloud book?

What was your favorite field trip?

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When we entered all the text into a wordle this is what we got!

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(Click on the image to see it in full size. You can experiment with making your own Wordle by visiting the site here.)

As you can see, awesome was written down the most! What other words seem to have been written over and over?

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What do you think of our wordle?

If you are in our class, explain your answer to one of the questions for the wordle.

How would you describe our blog?

A while back we saw some very cool displays in the hallway outside of one of the 1st grade classrooms:

bubble

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We wanted to find out what neat stuff they were learning that would lead to such cool displays. So, we asked their amazing teacher, Miss Dessereaux, if we could interview some of her students about it. She agreed, so we decided to film the interviews using our iPads. That way we could use the footage to learn how to make a video using the iMovie app.

We found out that the hallway display was part of a unit on “How-To” writing. The 1st graders wrote step-by-step directions to teach people how to blow a bubble with bubble gum.

"How-to Blow a Bubble"

“How-to Blow a Bubble”

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We then took the video footage from the interviews and started to learn how to put it together into a video using iMovie. We explored the app together and learned by trying things out, making “mistakes”, and seeing what worked.

At one point we got stuck on figuring out how to split a video clip. So we Googled the key words “split clip iMovie iPad 2.” We got lots of results. We scanned them over to see which one looked like the best match, and the first one we tried was a video tutorial that showed us how to do what we wanted to know after 3 minutes!

So, here is the video we made of the 1st grade interviews using iMovie on the iPad, with their explanations of what “How-To” writing is:

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(Now we are using what we learned to make another iMovie video using footage from our amazing Science and Technology Day! Stay tuned to see that one on the blog soon.)

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What did you think of the video?

What do you think of the 1st grade writing and displays?

What is something that you have learned how to do from writing or from a video?

Jun
04

Last week we went on a field trip to Spellman Pond with our friends Mr. Dewire and Mrs. Sullivan from NatureScapes. They have taught us so much about plants and animals this year, and this was our last visit with them.

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It was fantastic! We got to explore a pond habitat and check out all kinds of creatures with special adaptations. Check out the slide show below to get an idea of what we saw.

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What are some of the adaptations we saw?

What was your favorite part of the trip, or what was the most interesting creature in the slideshow?

Have you ever caught any of these creatures on your own?

Hi! My name is Brendan and I play Baseball. Baseball is an American sport involving lots of physical requirements like being able to run fast, swing heavy bats, and have good arm strength to be able to throw across the baseball field.

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The field you play on in baseball is called the baseball diamond and in the baseball diamond there’s an infield and an outfield. The outfield has three defensive positions called outfielders. The infield has six defensive positions. They are; pitcher, catcher, first base, second base, and shortstop. And last but not least, the position I play, third base.

Here’s a diagram of a baseball diamond and the defensive positions I made using Skitch:

layout of a baseball field, with the positions.

layout of a baseball field, with the positions.

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The clothing you wear for baseball is baseball pants, team jersey, baseball hat, cleats, and baseball socks.

When you play defense you also need a baseball glove:

Fielding Equipment

Fielding Equipment

When you are hitting you need a baseball bat and a helmet:

Batting Equipment

Batting Equipment

 There is also a dugout which is where the players sit during a game. Often the dugouts are a mess after games because you have sunflower seeds and gatorade bottles scattered around. The Dugout can also have dirt on the floor and on the walls because when you play a baseball game some players like to shake their cleats out and they also like to wipe their shirts off.  

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Some people in my class play baseball. Baseball is very fun sport because you learn how to steal a base, only swing at good pitches, field the ball, and work together as a team. Also, many people dream of playing baseball in the MLB (which is Major League Baseball) because it means you are a professional athlete and it is really hard to become one!

My favorite Baseball team is the Boston Red Sox. 

Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox had a bad season last year but this year the Red Sox are having a great year because they got a new manager. The Red Sox had a new manager last year too, but he got fired because the Red Sox were not winning any games.

Finally, sometimes at the end of the school year we sing the famous baseball song “Take Me Out to The Ballgame” and on the line “Root, root, root for the home team” many people change the word “home team” to either Red Sox or Yankees because we live in between Boston and New York so some people like the Yankees and some people like the Red Sox  (and some people just don’t like either of them.)

Here is a video of my class and I singing the song:

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What is your favorite baseball team?

Do you play baseball? (If you do, what position to you play?)

Have you ever been to a MLB game?

Do you play another sport? If so, what sport?

May
29
Filed Under (Math) by on May 29, 2013 and tagged ,

Last month we used lots of the math skills we have been learning to build our own kites.

We built sled kites in math class. We had to use fractions, division, and careful measuring to build them accurately.

Here is a video showing how we worked together to plan and design our sled kites:

(If you would like to try making your own sled kite, here is a video tutorial and here are printed directions: How to make a sled kite. Finally, here is a link to a wiki site all about kites around the world.)

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Making the kites was lots of fun, but it was even more fun flying them! Stay tuned for a post about our flying experience.

Soaring in the air!

Soaring in the air!

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What did you think of our video?

Have you ever made a kite? If so, what was fun about it and what was challenging?

Have you ever built something else that required lots of math?