September 12

The Australian Platypus, a Booktalk

Check out Olivia’s booktalk on the Australian Platypus.


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Posted September 12, 2015 by Mrs. McKelvey in category Student Posts

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Hello my name is Karen McKelvey and I am a 3rd grade teacher at Curie Elementary School in San Diego, California. I began teaching at Curie Elementary in 2002. I feel fortunate to be part of such a great community. I love blogging with my students as it provides them with an authentic audience for their work. Collaborative group work and project-based learning are key components of my classroom. I completed my Masters degree in Educational Technology from San Diego State University in 2010. Many of the concepts/pedagogy and technologies I learned about in this program, like learning management systems, Google tools, and blogs are implemented in my classroom. Technology plays a key role in the learning that occurs in our classroom. We don’t learn about technology, we learn with technology. Students are engaged in activities that incorporate writing, research skills, critical and creative thinking skills, and much more on a daily basis.

2 thoughts on “The Australian Platypus, a Booktalk

  1. Mrs. McKelvey's Class

    Hi Olivia,
    Your booktalk was amazing! We loved all the interesting facts about the platypus. We also loved the images that you used throughout your booktalk like Perry the Platypus. The images helped us understanding the information you were sharing.

    We can see why everyone thought this animal was a joke when it was discovered in 1798. It has the tail of a beaver, body of a otter, and the bill of a duck. How funny is that.

    Did you know that a platypus has really good vision and can move easily through muddy water. Did you read anything about this? Maybe they use eco location to see like bats do.

    We can’t wait to read this book!

    Mrs. McKelvey’s class


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