Thursday, May 3, 2018

Badger Claws Clauses

Badger Claws Clauses

A tip of the hat to retired teacher, Mrs. Ranney for this repost!

Ms Tulbure's students have been reading about a Chumash boy named Badger Claws. It's been a great way to learn about the Chumash culture! We've also started learning how to improve our writing using dependent clauses

What are dependent clauses?

Dependent clauses start with special words:
After, Before, Since, While, When, If, During.

A dependent clause ends with a comma and cannot stand alone as a sentence. It must be followed by an independent clause, which is a sentence that can stand alone!

Here are some excellent examples of sentences with dependent clauses from our story about Badger Claws. 

1. If mischievous Badger Claws had not gone into the hot sweathouse, he would not have been caught by the Shaman!

2. After the Shaman left the brave Badger Claws in the high mountains, Badger Claws took a nap.

3. If Badger Claws shoots the fluffy, furry rabbit, he will have to skin it, clean it, and cook it before he eats it.

4. Since Badger Claws couldn't shoot a furry rabbit, he practiced shooting down the bumpy trail.

5. After Badger Claws shot a furry, little rabbit, he needed to skin the rabbit's soft fur.

6. When Badger Claws woke up in the freezing night,
he saw two monstrous "grizzly bears!"

7. Since brave Badger Claws found out the tracks were littleraccoon tracks, he was laughing like crazy!

8. Before Aged One got home, he devoured several acorn cakes and then lied about it. 

9. During the first two moons, Badger Claws was able to construct an ap, make acorn cakes, and adopt an orphaned raccoon. 

10. While Badger Claws slept, the little raccoon escaped and ate several acorn cakes.  

How did you like our dependent clauses?

If you have a sentence with a dependent clause that you'd like to share, we'd love to read it! (Hey, that was a dependent clause sentence!)

Maybe you can leave a sentence with a dependent clause about your biography subject! 

Again, dependent clauses start with special words: After, Before, Since, While, When, If, During.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Fantastic Flip Grid Fractions

Fantastic Flip Grid Fractions

The class has been studying fractions for a couple of chapters. 

Fractions are a part of a whole. When you take a slice out of a whole, like you would take a slice out of a pizza, you are using fractions! 

The numerator, or top number in a fraction, represents how many pieces are used/shaded. The denominator, or bottom number, shows how big each piece is. 

photo by Ms. Tulbure

Fractions can be used often in our world. For example, when you have a party and want to know how much food to make, or how many pieces out of one pizza a person will eat, you will use fractions to decide how to divide up the food. Or perhaps you're making goodie bags and you've bought a pack of pencils- you need to find out what fraction of the total pencils you'll give to each person. 

Sometimes, you need to compare fractions. You may compare fractions with the same numerator, or the same denominator. What a whirlwind of learning!

Students used Flipgrid to show their knowledge of comparing fractions. 

Below is the Flipgrid for Comparing Fractions with the Same Denominator

Below is the Flipgrid for Comparing Fractions with the Same Numerator

Finally, here is the Flipgrid for finding Equivalent Fractions. 

More Flipgrids to come as they get published. 

What strategy was new to you?

What new information did you learn about fractions?

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?