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Socktober!

It’s that time again. Socktober! It’s totally awesome. It was started by Kid President’s brother. He wanted to collect socks for the homeless. Did you know there are almost 600,000 homeless people in the U.S.? Let’s do something to help out. Check out Kid President’s video all about it.

 

Bloggin’ Frogs are doing a sock drive during the month of October. We will donate all the socks we collect to a local homeless shelter.  #socktober

Posted in Edublogs Challenge

Hello, who are you?

It's time to start blogging and connecting!
It’s time to start blogging and connecting!

It’s time for us to start participating in biannual Edublogs Student Blogging Challenge. During this challenge you will learn all about blogging and connect with other classes all over the world. Start by reading Week 1’s post by Miss W.  Next, do Activity 1 and 2 by yourself.  In Activity 1 you’ll think about your online identity and your real life identities–write down a few things.  In Activity 2 you’ll get to create your own avatar. (Try these sites to make an avatar.) You can upload your avatar to your Edublogs Profile once you have an account. Don’t worry about Activity 3. We’ll do that as a class.

And, don’t forget to visit some of the other classes who are participating in the challenge. You can find a list of them here…start with the classes just above and below our class blog. Have fun! And, can’t wait to see your avatars.

Posted in Special Events

Welcome to our blog!

Hello class of 2015-16 and welcome to our fabulous class blog! In the past Bloggin Frogs have participated in the Edublogs Student Blogging Challenge. It begins in September, and so soon we’ll make connections with other classes  through our blog. But before that I’d like a few enthusiastic bloggers to be our guest contributors on our class blog. You can write about anything really. You may want to write about your initial impressions of 4th grade, why you’re excited to start blogging, a book that you just read and want to share with others, a great movie you just saw, maybe even a current event you just heard about . . . it’s really up to you.

If you’re interested, please leave a comment on this post. AND remember–never use your last name when commenting online, and always check what you’ve written before you post your comment!

Posted in Student Posts

A Mission Tale

The Spanish missions were built in California, called Alta California at the time, between the years 1769 and 1833. There were 21 missions built during this time period. The missions were built to spread Christianity in Alta California and to secure Spain’s claim to the land. What was life like for the native California Indians during this time period? Watch this GoAnimate by Miranda and Lauren.

 

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Let’s make the world a kinder place

Check out this Kid President video on How to Change the World. It’s really inspirational and makes us feel like we want to do something to make our world a kinder, gentler, nicer place. Max came up with a great idea. We are collected canned goods for the homeless and calling January (what’s left of it) “Can-uary”. Yes, we can! What could you do to make the world a better place?

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Veterans Day Around the World

On Tuesday, November 11th we will have a day off school to honor our veterans. This holiday is a special day to honor all the brave men and women who served in the armed forces, like the army, navy, marines corps, air force, and coast guard. These people risked their lives to make sure the rest of us can enjoy the freedom we often take for granted.

Here’s a short video about how Veterans’ Day was started.

 
This holiday is recognized throughout the world. We were wondering how you honor the veterans in your country? What are some things you could do to show your appreciation or gratitude to veterans?

 

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Socktober! Change the world

Kid President wants to sock it! Sock what, you say. Homelessness. According to Kid President on  SoulPancake, every night in the United States an estimated 600,000 people live on the streets. So this October, even though we are getting a late start, we want to help SoulPancake and Kid President by participating in the Socktober sock drive. He wants 2 million people to participate to prove that even the smallest acts of love, like donating a pair of socks, can make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors who are homeless.

Did you know that San Diego rates third in the nation for homeless people. There are approximately 10,000 homeless people right now in San Diego.

We’re going to collect socks for a couple of weeks and then donate them to a shelter. We’ll post our progress right here on our blog.

We really liked the 3 questions that can change the world that Kid President asks in this video too. We’ thought we’d post them here on our blog to see what other kids around the world think:

1. What are you not okay with?

2. What do I have?

3. What can we do about it?

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The Road Not Taken

We are reading Robert Frost’s poem, The Road Not Taken. What do you think the poem is about?


Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Indy Kethdy via Compfight

The Road Not Taken

By Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
*Pasted from http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/173536
Posted in Books

Booktalks

Every month you will present a booktalk to our class. You may also record your booktalk and either post it as a podcast or video on SchoolTube. But what is a booktalk? Check out this video on SchoolTube.

 

Posted in Books

Be a perfect person…or not

perfectWe just read Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days. In this story a boy named Milo accidentely finds a book in the libary…actually it falls off of a shelf and hits him on the head. The book says that it can teach him how to be “perfect” in exactly three days. Milo really wants to be perfect and since it’s really thin, he reads it! In three short days, Milo does some pretty strange things like wearing a stalk of broccoli on a string around his neck on his quest to be perfect.

At the end of the story he begins to wonder if perfection is all it cracked up to be. Dr. Silverfish even says, “Perfect is boring!” How has Milo’s feelings about perfection changed? How have your feelings about being perfect changed? 

Posted in Health

Boring is easy, so be awesome!

“You were made to be awesome!” according to the one and only Kid President. We all need a little encouragement every now and then since it’s not easy being awesome all the time. And, don’t forget you need to have hopes and dreams to reach for.
It’s the start of a new school year and the perfect time for a peptalk from Kid President. Check out his video. Which road are you on? What are your hopes and dreams for this school year? Who encourages you? What will you create to make the world awesome? Let us know.

 

Posted in Student Posts

The Mission Era, Three Perspectives

Did you know California was once a Spanish colony? It was known then as Alta California. The coastline was dotted with 21 missions, all about a day’s walk from each other. The Spanish built these missions to secure their land claim. Local natives were rounded up and forced to live on the mission where the missionaries tried to convert them to Christianity and make them into good Spanish subjects.

Check out Ryan and Carter’s GoAnimate. In this animation you’ll see three different points of view on this period of history–a native Indian, a Spanish missionary, and a Spanish soldier.

 

Posted in Health

What is empathy?

Today our school counselor came to visit and we talked about a very important topic–empathy. What is empathy? And how do we show empathy towards others. We role played how people can show empathy towards others especially when we don’t have anything in common or we are not friends. Afterwards, we shared our thoughts on a Padlet wall. How do you show empathy towards others?

 

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It’s a small, small world

 It really is a small, small world here at Curie Elementary. Many people call America the “great melting pot” and that’s because our country is like a great big pot filled with people from many different countries. Our school is no different. We have people from all over the world…Russia, Mexico, Korea, Japan, Israel, Germany, Philippines, Italy, China, England, Ireland, Brazil, Canada, Netherlands, and the list goes on and on. America was built by immigrants or people that moved here from other countries to start a new life. The only real natives to America are the American Indians who were living here for thousands of years. Other than that, everyone came from somewhere else at some point in their heritage.

Today we celebrated our multicultural community at our annual Multicultural Fair. Every year parents volunteer and create booths for many different countries. We rotate through the booths and learn about them. We eat food, look at artifacts, hear music, learn to write our names in different languages, and much  more. It’s a lot of fun! Here’s a little information about some of the countries we are from and/or visited today at our fair.

Israel is a small country with BIG history! It goes as far as ancient Rome and even farther. Israel has a special language called hebrew. The foods are different. For example,  instead of cutting salad ingredients in big chunks they cut them into tiny bits. Israelis also eat humus balls called falafel and lots of other foods! In Jerusalem there is the wailing wall. The wailing wall was once a temple but it got destroyed and now there is only one piece of the temple left standing, and that’s the wailing wall.

Brazil is a beautiful place. Even though we haven’t been to Brazil we just know it is a really cool place just by learning about it in 1 or 2 minutes at the fair.  Brazil has lots of beautiful beaches and lots of cool cities. The movie Rio takes place in Brazil. Rio is actually a real place or area in Brazil it is one of the beaches in Brazil. The country itself is one of the largest countries in South America. Brazil has lots of animals in Brazil’s forests like snakes, makas, monkeys, and lots of other animals and insects. Brazil is most known for its art. One of the pieces is a painting of one of the beaches in Brazil. In Brazil there is a statue called Christ the Redeemer and it is a statue that represents Christianity and if you stand next to it you have a awesome view of Brazil…and it feels like you are on top of the world. The climate change here has a very small effect on Brazil. Brazil is a wonderful place and maybe one day you should go there too.

Italy is famous for pizza, pasta, and cars. Italians make the lamborghini and they are really good at making pizza. A long time ago they had a Colosseum where gladiators fought to the death for the Emperor for his entertainment. The gladiators  fought lions and one on one fights with other men while lions ran around them.The Leaning Tower Of Pisa is also in Italy–it’s height of the  is 55.86 metres (183.27 feet) and it’s famous because it leans.

Myanmar is a beautiful country in Asia and is very nice. It was once called Burma. Myanmar people each some things that might seem unusual to you–they eat bugs you might think that is gross but once you taste it you will get used to it. Today at our fair some men were playing traditional music. There was a pattala (or xylophone) which was made from wood. It sounded very different but beautiful.

Mexico is a beautiful country too. One place that is called Acapulco is very beautiful tourist destination. Mexico has some delicious foods like, tortilla chips, churros, tacos, quesadillas, and many more yummy foods. We ate bunuelos which are tortillas dipped in cinnamon and sugar. They were very tasty.

Russia is the world’s largest country, covering 1/7 of the world. It has the Ural Mountains that start in the north, running to the south. Its capital, Moscow, has a population of 11,000,000,000! We saw nesting dolls at the fair. These are a famous type of Russian folk art.

On top of that, it started out as a trading post in the 1300s. Lake Baikal in Siberia is the deepest freshwater lake and contains 20% of the world’s freshwater supply. Russia is very rich in natural resources like timber, oil, and natural gas. Over 1,800 bears live in the wilds of Kamchatka alone! Now imagine tigers and leopards. The Amur leopard (Russia’s wild leopard) They are listed as critically endangered. They are not local to Russia and were brought over from East Asia and the Korean Peninsula.

England is a very fascinating place. It is a small island in Europe. It is home of Queen Elizabeth II. They love to eat fish and chips in England. London is the capital city and it has an ancient history that dates back to William the Conqueror in 1066! The Union Jack is the flag of Britain. It’s actually a combination of flags from Ireland, England, and Scotland.

Finally, Germany. Did you know they invented gummy bears and pretzels. Germans love soccer and beer! It’s a very small country in Europe. There is no speed limit on special freeways called the autobahn. Can you believe that? It must be very dangerous to drive there.

America really is a small, small world with its mix of many cultures. We like it and think it makes our country unique and interesting. What is your cultural background? Is your country a melting pot too?

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Update from Bloggin’ Frogs

frog children worldWelcome friends all over the world! We’re so glad you’re visiting our blog. It’s been a while since we’ve posted but we are on the brink of posting tons of work. We are busy working on opinion pieces right now and hope to have them posted to our blog in the next week. We are writing about all sorts of “hot” topics like gun control, the importance of recycling, education for women in places like Pakistan, the affect of pollution in our oceans, more recess time, bringing back chocolate milk and dodgeball to schools, and so much more.We hope you will hop on back and read these posts.

We unfortunately haven’t had much time to keep up with the Edublogs Fall Challenge. The challenges are fabulous but we just can’t seem to fit them into our busy schedule. We still love to blog and we would still love to connect with other classes on a regular basis. Please let us know if you are interested. We’d also like to read your opinion pieces if you’ve posted some. Let us know how we can find you.

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Orphan Train Riders

Orphan train flyer
By J.W. Swan [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

From 1850 to 1930  thousands of kids were living on the street and were made fun of and considered “street urchins”. From 1854 to 1928 Charles Loring Brace began the Children’s Aid Society. Later, he decided to help the poor children he knew were innocent. His idea was to make a train that carries children to go to west states, in only a few days notice, out of big cities like New York into the western states. They only were taken to places in America to get to new homes. The children were lined up while people gawked at them and chose the one they wanted and left carelessly if they did not want any of them. If they were not chosen they went back on the train to another state. Though some got bad homes that made them work to the bone others got good homes with food, love, shelter, and beds and warmth. The last train took off in 1992 and 200,000 new programs appeared to help the homeless from the streets and the orphan trains ended.

By Emilie

orphan train
From the book Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline