Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Global Play Day 2018

Today, our class participated in Global School Play Day

Thank you to the Bedley Brothers and Twitter for introducing me to this project!  The power of a Personal Learning Network (PLN) triumphs again!

I was heavily influence to participate in #GSPD after listening to this eye opening presentation: 

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On Friday, I emailed parents and asked for games to be brought in for our #GSPD event. On Wednesday, we had a few curricular blocks, but we were able to have two solid play sessions.
The sessions were sensational!

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First, we talked about

 sharing and allowing all to play. 

Then, students sorted their games and items into categories

Stuffed Animals:

all photos by Ms. Tulbure

Board Games:

all photos by Ms. Tulbure


all photos by Ms. Tulbure

Let's Play!

all photos by Ms. Tulbure

Cards were played.

all photos by Ms. Tulbure

 Wizard Chess was a favorite as well.

all photos by Ms. Tulbure

 Engineering with Legos

all photos by Ms. Tulbure

 A play was created and performed complete with playbills and tickets.

all photos by Ms. Tulbure

all photos by Ms. Tulbure


What is your opinion of Global School Play Day?
Would you recommend it?

Convince me!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Turkey Takes a Vacation

Ms. Tulbure's class loves to be creative. In December, students created fanciful stories about a creative turkey and used technology to take the turkey to another land where he would not become Thanksgiving dinner.

Steps Taken to Complete Turkey and Research

First, students choose a book they read in November, and decorated a turkey to look like the main character. 

photo by Ms. Tulbure

Second, students selected an exotic vacation location for turkey. (If he left America over Thanksgiving break, he would not get eaten.) Some turkeys stayed home.

Third, students researched a vacation destination using reference books and World Book Online.

Photo by Ms. Tulbure

Fourth, students wrote the first draft of our turkey narratives. Students opened up their Google Docs and started typing their story. A link with a writing prompt was provided in Google Classroom
photo by Ms. Tulbure

Steps Taken to Complete the Vacation Photos 

First, students were guided in adding the application Google Earth to their GAFE (Google Apps for Education).
Next, students located the country they had researched, and used the man icon to get a street level view. 
Photo by Ms. Tulbure
Then, students took a screen shot of their selected location.
Lastly, students uploaded their photo onto their Google Doc. 
To Bring it all together.....
We used the app Green Screen to superimpose the turkey onto the Google Earth image

Below are the published pieces (more to come soon)

Turkey swims to the Pacific Ocean:
by Belana 

Turkey visits Israel: 
by Amit

 Turkey visits the Grand Canyon:
by Sam

Turkey goes to Scottsdale, Arizona: 
by Tyler

 Turkey jets off to Canada:
by Cameron

Where would your turkey go if he tried to escape Thanksgiving?

Which story did you enjoy and why?

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

What are Text Features?

Ms. Tulbure's class is learning about informational text

Informational text, or nonfiction writing, is based on facts, real events, and real people. There are many helpful text features found in nonfiction writing. Some common text features are:  headings, subheadings, captions, diagrams, timelines, maps, charts, table of contents, index, and the glossary.

In class, we used published informational texts as mentor texts.

Here are some headingsphotos, and captions.

Photo by Ms. Tulbure

Look closely. Here is a diagram and a heading

photo by Ms. Tulbure

Here is a map with a key. I wonder what the arrows means? Check the key and it will unlock the meaning.

Photo by Ms. Tulbure

It's easy to stay organized. Just look at the Table of Contents for clues on chapters or in the glossary for meanings of words. The index will also help you find specific topics or guide you to answers to your questions. 

Photo by Ms. Tulbure

Photo by Ms. Tulbure

Photo by Ms. Tulbure
Wow! Text features are everywhere and you can sure learn a lot if you pay attention to them.

Photo by Ms. Tulbure

What are your favorite text features and why?

(Headings, subheadings, captions, diagrams, timelines, maps, charts, table of contents, index, and the glossary.)

What are TWO facts that you learned from a mentor text explored in class? Be sure to tell us the text feature you used to learn the factual information!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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Congratulations to our Family Blogging Month Winners, 

Dylan, Brooke, and Belana!

Each blogger received a free kid's meal to a local restaurant, a fabulous crown to wear, and a free choice post on Ms. Tulbure's Classroom Blog!

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Mrs. Yollis created the idea of Family Blogging Month back on April 1, 2010. The participation, the quality of the commenting, the interaction and learning that transpired via this classroom blog makes Ms. Tulbure beam with pride.

Not only are her students and their family members becoming superior writers, but they are also honing important digital skills like how to communicate and contribute on line, how to limit personal information on the Internet, and how to develop a dynamic digital footprint. (To hone is a fancy verb that means to improve over time.) 

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Ms. Tulbure would like to personally thank all the parents and family members for their constant support.Your participation is the key to your child's educational success!

What did you think of Family Blogging Month?

Who commented from your family?

Where did your family comment from? 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Building Bridges!

Building Bridges

Today, in science we learned about force. Force is a pushing or a pulling on an object. Students watched and listened as Doug from Mystery Science explained how engineers build bridges.

Doug presented various types of bridges:

Arch Bridge

photo from Creative Commons:By Glabb (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Suspension Bridge

photo from Creative Commons by SageSolar:  

Truss Bridge 

photo from Creative Commons: By NotFromUtrecht (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Students worked in engineering teams to build their own bridge made out of two pieces of paper. Marbles were used to test their strength. The key to this experiment was to make mistakes, so that teams could observe what they needed to fix for their next time. In this manner, students really practiced growth mindset. 

First, students tried out different types of bridges and noted their strength

Truss bridges:


 Arch Bridges

 And the winners were:

First place with a total of 60 marbles! 

 They created a lot of support for their truss bridge by crumpling up paper as a base

Second place- 18 marbles!

Everyone had a lot of fun learning to build bridges. We had a lot of ties!



What was a challenge you came across in your bridge building and how did you try to overcome it?

What other type of bridges will you try to build next and why?

Monday, November 27, 2017

Hour of Code

Hour(s) of Code!

Hour of Code is an annual event to promote Computer Science. According to their website: 

The Hour of Code takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. The 2017 Computer Science Education Week will be December 4-10, but you can host an Hour of Code all year round. Computer Science Education Week is held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906). 
We're starting Hour of Code and changing the name to Hours of Code!

Thank you, Hadi Partovi for creating this project!

To prepare for our coding lessons, we did a collaborative unplugged activity involving building. The challenge was to build a free-standing tower out of 20 pieces of spaghetti. At the top of the tower was a marshmallow. Only 1 meter of tape and 1 meter of string were allowed to create the tower. 

This building challenge was a great chance to practice the strategy of trial and error. If your design didn't work, try another tactic! 

In preparation, we watched a building video on BrainPop.

Then it was time to start building!

Some spread out the sticks for a broad base

The pyramid base was an idea from the BrainPop video! 

After about 18 minutes, the building time was up!

1st Place :: 22 inches

2nd Place :: 20in

3rd Place :: 17 in

Everyone enjoyed the first build! 

After learning about the importance of trial and error, the class signed into our Hour of Code class. 

We needed our secret image to sign in! What a cute array! 

Let the coding begin!

What are you enjoying about the Hour of Code?

What skills have you learned?

What can you do with coding?