Do Polar Bears Live with Penguins?

This has been the focus of our work this week in social studies!  We are learning about the arctic. Student began the week drawing a picture of the arctic. Our drawings were filled with falling snow, penguins and polar bears, beautiful mountains, and of course, igloos! I used the Prezi below to help them clear up their misconceptions.

Generally kids had the following misconceptions:

  • Penguins and polar bears both live in the arctic . . . Penguins live in Antarctica and polar bears live in the arctic.
  • It snows a lot in the arctic . . . Actually both poles are deserts!  They receive less than 10 inches of precipitation each year.
  • The arctic is on land . . . Most of the arctic is ice covering an ocean and Antarctica is on land.

We will continue learning about these regions comparing the climate, land, animals and plants of these regions to other regions around the world (rain forest, Vermont and England).  Have your child share the presentation below with you . . . you will be amazed at how much they have learned already!  Ask them to point out the misconceptions they had prior to watching the presentation.

Balé Folclórico da Bahia

We watched in wide-eyed amazement as the acrobatic dancers of Balé Folclórico da Bahia began their rhymic movements at the Flynn Theater on Friday. The stage was flooded with colorful lights and soon dancers emerged from the stage and the stories began.   We were mesmerized by the stories each dance told. I was going to write a blog entry and even took pages of notes in my notebook throughout the performance so I would remember the details!  However, once I read what the kids wrote, I knew that was what this blog entry needed.  Our focus for these blog entries was VOICE … I’d say we definitely achieved our goal!

“The children from Mrs. Bouchers class and Mrs. Hunts class went to the Flynn Theater to listen and watch the Bale Folclorco da Bahia…but they did not know what they were going to be watching until the play started! When the kids of Malletts Bay School saw the first few minutes they knew it would be amazing….. there was Dancing, Singing, Drumming, Gymnastics, Tumbling,Taekwon Do to!!!!! The colors were green, blue, red, and yellow and orange all around!! There was a Queen dance, an African dance, a slave dance, a harvest dance. The music, the movement the amazingness all around you!!!!” – Katarina

“Boys did backflips & girls danced amazingly. There were many amazing dances & songs. At the end we got to get up & dance!” -Dasha

“Yes,there was a story in each dance, like for example in the second dance it was about a princess that was washing in the river and all the servants and the fisher men came and washed with the princess.” -Adell

Bale Foclorico da Bahia is the best play ever! These Brazilen dancers amazed every one there. The boys did backsprines, flips and awsome handstands!” – Tyler

“At the end,they took people out from the crowd(like our whole class) and danced with us to thier jamming music and Mrs.Boucher said she got so pooped after she danced to thier funky music. I really loved going to the flynn.” – Autumn

“One cool thing I thought about the play was that you could see the people singing and playing their instruments instead of them being back stage. I enjoyed the pretty scenery with the pretty, colorful and shiny lights, that really helped the show. The dancers were spinning, jumping and twisting all around the stage.” – Julia

“What suprised me is that one of the lady’s that was on the stage came over to were we sat and said come on and me and Mrs. Boucher went on the walk ways and other people came too and we did what the lady was doing and it was so fun! Mrs. Boucher really liked it too some people did’t get up.” -Shyanne

Geo and Meri Travel Log

We began following the Globetracker’s Mission: Finding Dewey last week (thanks to Mrs. Bonfigli and Ms. Rayner for sharing!). Geo and Meri, teenagers on a secret mission to locate Dewey (a truth-sniffing dog), share their adventures via their blog, text messages, and a variety of online maps and resources.  They work with Uncle GT and trek around the globe hot on Dewey’s Trail.  Geo and Meri live in the Southwestern city of Phoenix, Arizona.  See map below.

Phoenix, AZ - Google Maps.png by aimeeb33 on Aviary

Phoenix, AZ – Google Maps.png by aimeeb33 on Aviary

Geo and Meri headed to New York City to find Dewey in the first episode. New York City is on an island!!!! They went to the Empire State Building to get their first clue. What a view. Check out the picture below.

By Tony the Misfit (Flickr)

New York City

We learned about time zones in this blog.  Phoenix is in the Pacific Time Zone and New York is in the Eastern Time Zone.  It’s three hours earlier in Phoenix.  Wow.

Geo and Meri’s first clue gave them three places to look for Dewey:Seattle, WA, Vancouver, Canada or Anchorage, AK.  We thought they should head to Seattle first and guess what??  They DID!!!!!

Seattle, WA (Google Maps)

Seattle, WA (Google Maps)

Did you know it rains 50% of the time in this Northwestern City!  That’s different than in the Southwest where Geo and Meri live.  Phoenix is in a desert and gets very little rain each year.  While awaiting word of Dewey in Seattle, they visited the Space Needle.  I found this picture.  That is really high.  Emal has been to the Space Needle.

Lorenzo Pasqualis

Seattle Space Needle

Geo and Meri got word that a dog was on his way to the airport in Juneau, Alaska.  They hopped on the first plane and were hot on Dewey’s trail.  In parts of Alaska it is dark 24 hrs./day in winter and light 24 hrs./day in summer.  Juneau has lots of water around it.  Geo and Meri visited Mount McKinley in Denali National Park.

By Unhindered by Talent

Mount McKinley

At the Seattle airport, a custodian, gave them a driver’s license of Claude Equator and said he saw him with Dewey!  Claude lived in Vancouver. . . so close to Seattle.  We had to help Geo and Meri decide how to get to Vancouver the quickest possible way.  We voted for them to take the 7 pm. train.  We’ll have to wait until next week to see what happens!