Category Archives: Technology

Student Blogs

We are excited to announce that students in room 209 have started their student blogs.  View the links on the right to click to your favorite student blogger.  I hope you will come back often to see what our bloggers are thinking and writing about this year.  And please don’t forget, we love comments.  Let’s get a blogging conversation going!

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Inquiry Unit (by Sophia)

This month we have been reading and writing about slavery for our inquiry unit. We read about slaves and we wrote what we learned about them. We used a website to do our research. We had a 3 T-chart. One section had new learning another had question and the last one had reflection. We read about the house conditions, the punishments, how they escaped, and Harriet Tubman. We learned a lot of things. We also Wrote a slave narrative. We pretended we used to be slaves and wrote about ourself. We made up a story about ourselves and we put some real information in it!  We had a lot of fun doing that! There was four sections to it. One was Life As A Slave, another was My Escape, and the last two were Reaching Freedom and The Civl War. The last thing we did was we presented our work.

We also read a book about slavery.  We took information from a book, wrote it down, and put it into a presentation. We had presentation words we wanted to use. Each table had different subjects and presented it to the class. We talked about what we learned, taught new things to the class,on a chart we wrote things the other tables taught us, we asked a lot of questions, and we had a lot of fun!! We loved the subject and everything about it!!

You can read our slave narratives by visiting this link: Tell the Story: Slave Narratives written by Mrs. Rosenquist’s 3rd Grade.


Our Favorite Fiction – class slide show ( written by Sophia )

Our class learned how to use Google Drive. Google Drive is a website our class uses for our work.You have many things you can do to pick from on  Google Drive. We started to create a slide show, it is about our favorite book we read at independent reading. There is three slides. We wrote the tittle, why we like it, and we made a bubble map for the main character. We put all our slides together and made one slide in all. It looks really cool. Please view the video.


Have you read any of these books?

What are your favorite fiction books?

Mystery Skype – reported by Arianna & Kaelynn

Today we did a mystery skype. A mystery skype is a skype that you do with a random class. Maybe only your teacher knows there names. We had to guess where they’re from. We asked yes or no questions. Everyone had different jobs. The mystery class was from Illinois!  They are also reading The Year of Billy Miller, as part of the Global Read Aloud.



How We Learned to use Google Docs – written by Abby

My class learned how to use Google Docs let me tell you how.

Three of Mr. St Pierre’s 5th grade students, Michela, Shannon, and Matt, taught us how so let me tell you how.First click the create or new button.Then click document,or slides.After that you start typing.If you have an account you can click share.If you want a picture you can click  (for beginners) search.Now lets see if you’re ready with a quiz. Number one how do you make a slide or document? Number two how do you get a picture?



If you want to answer the questions do a comment.

Have you ever used Google Docs?

Skyping with Kate Messner

Blog post written by Cassie, T.J. and Emeli

Today we skyped with Kate Messner.  Kate gave us a sneak peek of her new books coming out next year.  We asked some questions.  And we got to talk to her.  She said it took her 14 drafts to write Marty McGuire!  Kate says she keeps 7 different writers notebooks.  She would even bring her notebook if she is camping.

When we Skype we have different jobs – speakers, greeter, bloggers, news recorders, photographers and videographers.  When you speak you have to be confident, speak loud and clear and remember to slow down your speech.

Watch a short video clip from our skype. Kate answers Hannah’s question, “Do you have anyone help you with your writing?”

Or you can watch on Vimeo.

Kate Messner Skype from Debra Rosenquist on Vimeo.


Photographers: Griffin & Ariana
Videographers: Yaneliz & Ariah

Thank you to Kate Messner for Skyping with our class today!

What was your favorite part of our Skype session?

What was the most interesting thing you learned about Kate?

International Dot Day – 2013

This week we celebrated International Dot Day!  We read the book, The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds.  The book celebrates courage and creativity.

We made our own dots on fabric.  We used colored sharpie  markers.  Then we dropped rubbing alcohol on them.   It spread the color all over the fabric.

We Skyped with Mrs. Morgan’s class. They live in Ft. Worth, Texas. We read the book together.

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So, make your mark…and see where it takes you!

Have you read this book?

How did you celebrate Dot Day?

Our First Skype Call!

Last Wednesday our class Skyped with Mrs. Phillips second grade class from Ohio! Our main topic of conversation was Wonderopolis, since both of our classes enjoy using this terrific website. We shared some of our favorite wonders, but most of all we really enjoyed finding out about their school and asking them questions!

Here’s some things we learned:

They told us about some interesting wonders, like the Big Apple.

They have 24 students in their class.

Their school is north of Cincinatti, Ohio.

They have indoor recess too when it rains outside.

Their school goes up to 12th grade!!

They do Read to Self like us, and enjoy choosing their own books too.

We have many new questions about Mrs. Phillip’s second grade and hope to Skype with them again sometime. Thank you Mrs. Phillip’s second graders for giving us some new wonders to check out!

Here’s some photos we took during our Skype session.

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Have you ever used Skype before?

What did you think of our first Skype experience?


Every Wednesday our class will visit Wonderopolis.  Wonder Wednesday!  Wonderopolis is a WONDERful website that poses a question each day for it’s readers.  It is a question that most of us have WONDERED about before.  Wonderopolis uses images and videos to inspire it’s young readers and families to explore the world, WONDER, and be curious.  We have a Wonderopolis Widget on our website that shows the daily WONDER.  When you click on the widget it will bring you to the Wonderopolis site.  You can even get an app for your phone!

Our first WONDER was Are You Talented?  After we watched the video and talked about the word talented we wrote a comment to the folks at Wonderopolis.  And guess what?  They wrote back to us!  If you click on that wonder and scroll all the way to the bottom you can find our comments.  Here’s a screenshot of what it looks like – awesome!



What do you think of Wonderopolis?

What do you wonder about?

What is your special talent?