A Visit to the Post Office and Special Hellos!

Today we packaged up our letters to Japan and set off for the post office. Linda looked surprised to see so many people filing into the building!

Linda explained that our envelope would be loaded on the mail truck tomorrow morning and would travel to Port McNeill on the ferry. From Port McNeill our letters would head down island to Nanaimo in another truck and then would travel on the big ferry to Vancouver. Next, they would be loaded on a plane at Vancouver Airport for the long flight to Tokyo, Japan. We all wonder how long our letters will take to arrive at Christian Academy in Japan.

We thought it would be fun to make a short video for our friends in Japan so that they will be able to put faces to the names on the letters they receive.

Our Friends in Japan

Just before Christmas we received letters from our friends in Mrs. Hino’s class in Japan. We didn’t have time to write back the week before holidays because we were so busy with Christmas preparations and our potluck at the hall.

This week we finished our letters and will send them off in the mail on Monday. Some of us got to write to more than one student because our class is smaller than their class. We found out that we have a lot in common with Mrs. Hino’s class even though we live in different parts of the world.

Today we looked for their school in Google Earth. We noticed that the area their school is in looks very different from the area we live in.

We hope our friends like our letters!

Our Classmate is in Mexico

Our classmate, Kezra, is on a vacation in Mexico with her family. She has been writing us comments on our blog so that she can share all the wonderful things she is doing with us.

After Kezra’s first comment, we used Google Earth so that we could see where she is. We couldn’t believe how far away she is. We talked about what we thought the weather would be like after seeing that Los Barriles is a lot closer to the equator than Sointula is.

The red pin shows where we are and the pink pin shows where Kezra is.

In Kezra’s next comment we found out that she had been swimming in the pool and the ocean and that the ocean was warmer than the pool! We wondered if the water was calm or if there were waves.

This morning we got a very exciting comment from Kezra. She told us that the ocean was very wavy and that she got to go body surfing. She also told us that she got to release baby leather back sea turtles and she even got to take a panga and swim with whale sharks. This led us to all sorts of Googling. First we wanted to see what a panga was and then we wanted to go and find out more about whale sharks.

Here is a picture we found of a panga:

Photo by Michael McCullough via Flickr Creative Commons

Next, we wanted to find out more about whale sharks. So we did another Google search and visited the National Geographic website.

Screen Capture: http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/fish/whale-shark/

We found out some amazing facts! Here are a few of our favourites:
Rhys-I like how they have nostrils and a group is a school!
Koa-They are as long as a school bus, which is pretty cool!
Brooklynn-I think it is really cool how they are longer than this classroom!
Jacob-I always thought they would have teeth like a shark.
Sharon-I think that it is cool that some people can hitch a ride on them.
Linden-I think it would be creepy riding on one of them.
Teagan-I didn’t know that they could get that big.
Kaydan-They don’t have teeth.
May-They are 12 metre sticks.
Taegan-They’re actually pretty nice.
Solomon-They are in danger.

The fact that amazed us most was how big they are. Whale sharks can reach lengths of 12 metres or more! Can you believe that? We decided to line ourselves up across the classroom to get a better idea of their size. We knew that our arm spans were roughly one metre and so we lined up arms outstretched, hand to hand. Our line was too long for our classroom and so we had to curve around. Mrs. Watson wanted to take a picture to share, but she had to take 2 to get us all in. Solomon suggested we take a video. Great idea, Solomon!

Our line is only about 11 metres long because Mrs. Watson had to take the video.

We can’t wait for our next comment from Kezra!

Have you ever been to Mexico?

Do you have any amazing animal facts to share with us?

Tale Trail Audio Book

The Tale Trail turned out so fantastic that the classes involved decided to turn it into an audio book. Each class recorded the audio for the pages they wrote. We hope you’ll enjoy listening to and reading our story!

We would like to thank Mr. Avery for coming up with such a great idea, and all our blogging buddies and their teachers who made this project so much fun to be a part of!

Mrs. McKenzie and B4, New Zealand
Mr Salsich’s Grade 3s, USA
Mrs Yollis’ Grade 3s, USA
Mr Avery’s Grade 6s, USA
and 4KM and 4KJ and their teachers Mrs. Morris and Miss Jordan, Australia

The Tale Trail- Part 5

Our collaborative writing project with five other classes, The Tale Trail, continues right here!

Several weeks ago, the classes voted on a topic for the story. The topic with the most votes was “An underground tunnel is found below the school. It takes you to…”

Classes have been taking turns adding to the story. So far, Mr. Salsich’s class, Mrs. Yollis’ class, B4, and Mr. Avery’s class have written their parts of the story.

Part 1 – Mr. Salsich’s Class
Part 2 – Mrs. Yollis’ Class
Part 3 – Mrs. McKenzie’s Class (B4)
Part 4 – Mr. Avery’s Class

We will now add our part of the story and then Mrs. Morris and Miss Jordan’s class will complete the Tale Trail.


“Let me look,” said Dr. Drakken. “NO, no, no, no! This is not the right kind! I can’t use this.” Dr. Drakken put his hand on his forehead and sighed, “I need the blue cotton candy, not the pink.” Max and Tiffany looked as disappointed as Dr. Drakken.

Dr. Drakken was disappointed that Tiffany had the wrong type of cotton candy.

Max was deep in thought, when all of a sudden, an extraordinary idea popped into his head like a lightning bolt. “I have a super, duper, idea…Tiffany and I can get it!”

Tiffany nearly fainted. “We can’t go back, Max. Don’t you remember that the door closed and we are trapped?”

Tiffany nearly fainted when she heard Max's latest plan.

Dr. Drakken smiled and said, “I just remembered that long ago I built a secret passage way the leads to the carnival. The entrance is right behind the time machine.”

Before Tiffany could say anything, Max bolted around the time machine to find the entrance. He stood staring at a tile wall that looked just like the other walls. “There is nothing here! Is this a joke?”

Max looks, but can't see anything that looks like a secret passage.

“It wouldn’t be much of a secret if it wasn’t hidden, would it?” Dr. Drakken proudly announced. “Simply push the three tiles at the top at the same time.”

Max pressed the tiles and watched as the wall spun around to reveal a dark and gloomy tunnel. Hanging from the walls were dusty cobwebs crawling with spiders.

The wall spins to reveal a secret passage.

“Hurry up you two, time is precious!” pleaded Dr. Drakken urgently.

Tiffany reluctantly joined Max at the entrance to the passage. They ducked around the colossal spider hanging in the doorway and made their way into the passage. Max whispered, “Don’t wake up the spider or he’ll be angry!”

At the end of the passage they could see what looked like an elevator. Unfortunately, pinned to the door was a handwritten note that said:

Out of Order
Use the Ladder

A note pinned to the elevator read, "Out of Order, Use Ladder."

Right beside the elevator they saw the ladder. It looked old and creaky, but what choice did they have. Max started up the ladder first and Tiffany followed behind. “Get your shoes out of my face!” exclaimed Tiffany.

“Get your face away from my shoes,” retorted Max.

After a few minutes they finally reached the top of the ladder. Above their heads they could see a trap door. Max placed his hands against the door and whispered, “I hope this is it. I wonder where we’ll come out.” Carefully he pushed the door open and to his amazement they weren’t very far from Sally’s Snack Shack and Mint Cart.

The trap door opened into the carnival!

Tiffany and Max crawled out of the hole and tiptoed to the back of Franklin’s Fabulous Ferris Wheel so they could get a better look at the Snack Shack.

Their mouths fell open when they saw what was standing in front of the shack. The two headed rattlesnake and the Jolly Giant were guarding the cotton candy!

The Jolly Giant and the Two Headed Snake were guarding the cotton candy.

Max got that look in his eyes again. “I know…we can sneak around the back without them even knowing.”

“Maximilian, this is not the greatest idea!” Tiffany angrily whispered, but Max was already on his way.

Max made it to the cart. He spotted the blue cotton candy and slowly reached in to grab it. Just as his fingers touched the package a golden cage fell on him trapping him like a mouse in a mousetrap.

As Max reaches for the cotton candy a cage falls from the sky!

“Mwauhahaha!” laughed Benjamin Franklin menacingly from the top of the Ferris wheel.

How will it all end? Find out when Mrs. Morris and Miss Jordan’s class finish the story!

****UPDATE**** Click here to read the exciting conclusion to the Tale Trail!

Which parts of the story could you visualize best?

How do you think the story will end?

Quad Blogging Week 4

It is hard to believe that this is our final week of Quad Blogging. We really enjoyed getting to know the students in Mrs. de Vries and Mr. de Been’s classes last week.

This week we will be visiting Mr. Avery’s Classroom Blog. Mr. Avery and his students make the most amazing videos! If you haven’t had a chance to see any of them yet, you will have to follow the link to their blog and be ready to be entertained and learn a lot!

Here is the schedule for our Quad Blogging:
* April 22nd – April 28th – Mrs. Watson’s 2/3 Class (British Columbia, Canada)
* April 29th-May 5th – Mrs. Ranney’s Class Blog (California, USA)
* May 6th – May 12th 2DD and 2MD Class Blog (Leopold, Australia)
* May 13th-May 19th – Mr. Avery’s Classroom Blog (Massachusetts, USA)

Please visit Mr. Avery’s Classroom Blog and leave them a quality comment. Make sure to proofread for proper capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. Don’t forget to let them know you’re from Mrs. Watson’s Class!

Quad Blogging Week 3

Last week we had a great time getting to know the students in Mrs. Ranney’s class a little better. This week we will be visiting the blog of our friends in 2DD and 2MD in Australia. Mrs. de Vries and Mr. de Been are lucky to have classrooms right beside each other with a folding wall so that they can work together as one big class!

Here is the schedule for our Quad Blogging:
* April 22nd – April 28th – Mrs. Watson’s 2/3 Class (British Columbia, Canada)
* April 29th-May 5th – Mrs. Ranney’s Class Blog (California, USA)
* May 6th – May 12th 2DD and 2MD Class Blog (Leopold, Australia)
* May 13th-May 19th – Mr. Avery’s Classroom Blog (Massachusetts, USA)

Please visit 2DD and 2MD and leave them a quality comment. Make sure to proofread for proper capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. Don’t forget to let them know you’re from Mrs. Watson’s Class!

The Tale Trail

In the coming weeks, we’ll be taking part in a collaborative project called The Tale Trail. Classes will be joining together to write and illustrate a story through their blogs. It will start with one class writing the first part of the story and posting it to their blog. Then, the next class will read the beginning of the story and add on to it through their blog. We’ll continue until we get to the last class. They’ll put the finishing touches on it and wrap the whole story up!

Each class will have 3 school days to work on their portion of the story. At the bottom of each post, there will be links to the parts of the story that have already been done as well as the next part of the story once it’s finished. In order to read the whole thing, you’ll be taken on a journey through the blogs of all six classes. Down below you’ll be able to find the dates around when each class should be posting their portion of the story. You can also see a map showing the locations of all the classes.

  • May 9 – Mr. Salsich’s Class (Connecticut, USA)
  • May 14 – Mrs. Yollis’ Class (California, USA)
  • May 17 – Mrs. McKenzie’s Class (New Zealand)
  • May 22 – Mr. Avery’s Class (Massachusetts, USA)
  • May 25 – Mrs. Watson’s Class (British Columbia,Canada)
  • May 30 – Mrs. Morris and Miss Jordan’s class (Australia)

  • Of course some of the most important story elements are plot, characters, and setting. The plot is what takes place in a story. The characters are who is in the story. The setting is when the story takes place. As of right now, all of that is missing from ours! We need your help in voting for what our story will be about.
    Use the poll below to vote for your favorite story topic. Voting will close on Saturday, May 5th. Then, check Mr. Salsich’s class blog next week to find out what topic was chosen as they kick off the first part of the project!

    What topic did you vote for and why?

    What’s your favorite part about writing a story?

    Quad Blogging Week 2

    The first week of quad blogging was fantastic! We really enjoyed reading and replying to all the wonderful comments our buddies left.

    This week we will be visiting Mrs. Ranney’s Classroom Blog so that we can learn more about them.

    Here is the schedule for our Quad Blogging:
    * April 22nd – April 28th – Mrs. Watson’s 2/3 Class (British Columbia, Canada)
    * April 29th-May 5th – Mrs. Ranney’s Class Blog (California, USA)
    * May 6th – May 12th 2DD and 2MD Class Blog (Leopold, Australia)
    * May 13th-May 19th – Mr. Avery’s Classroom Blog (Massachusetts, USA)

    Please visit Mrs. Ranney’s Classroom Blog and leave them a quality comment. Make sure to proofread for proper capitalization, punctuation, and spelling. Don’t forget to let them know you’re from Mrs. Watson’s Class!

    Farewell Phyllis!

    We are so glad that we got to be a part of Phyllis’s World Book Tour. Discovering a new book is always very exciting and sharing a book with friends all around the world is even better! Here are a few of our thoughts about this great book:

    Kennedy- I have seen a sap line before in Ottawa. The lines were attached to a tree at the top of a hill. The sap ran down to the sugar shack.

    Lily-I’ve seen groundhogs on the news before that tell the weather.

    Sharon-In the April Fool book, I like the part where he stuck his hand in the cold water.

    Trista- My favourite part in the book is where they go up the staircase place to the entry of the hollow and Cousin Pete makes fake snow and then yells, “April Fools!”

    Karin-I have had maple candy before.

    Jacob- My favourite part in the book was when they were solving the riddle about what goes up and down, and Pete said, Uncle Phil’s trousers.

    Solomon-I like the part with the fake snow that was confetti.

    Quang-In the April Fool book, the other groundhogs didn’t listen and that makes me think that they were rude.

    Mrs. W-Last year Gill the Goldfish visited our class from Ontario. He brought maple syrup with him and we all enjoyed it on pancakes. You can read the post here.

    Phyllis is on her way to visit Mr. Miller’s Class in Paso Robles, California. We are sure that she will have a wonderful time!