Saturday, October 22, 2011

Google Earth, Five Themes Research, and Reading Questionnaires

We were very busy the past week. I saw students working hard to practice computer skills with Google Earth, as well as accomplishing some library research and completing reading questionnaires on the iPad. They are definitely changing from elementary school pupils and are becoming comfortable with middle school.
Through Google Earth this week, the children visited some amazing places we will be studying over the year. They saw a few important landmarks like the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, and the pyramid of Kukulkan at Chichen Itza, Mexico.
However, besides using technology, students also learned some important research skills and went to the library to apply the Five Themes of Geography. They worked hard to learn about agriculture, industry, climate, transportation and communication of an assigned country. I was impressed how diligently they worked to complete the information.
Early in the week students also practiced reading fluency and completed two questionnaires about reading. It was interesting to read how they feel about such an important skill and to see that most of them really enjoy reading.
Just for your information, your students have a world map that will be due on Wednesday, October 26th of this week. I am also looking forward to meeting many of you at parent/teacher conferences on Wednesday evening and Thursday. You should have received an appointment form in the mail to sign up for conferences. If not, then please call the office to get one.
Finally, the end of the first term is fast approaching and students will have a Geography Unit test on Friday, Nov. 4th. You might want to make note of these important dates and check my calendars.
Below you will see pictures of Seahawks students involved in all the above activities from the past week.

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