Friday, October 30, 2009

Pictures of Halloween at Noel School

Here are some pictures of costumes worn by faculty and students today.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A Little Throwback from Last Year: Talent Show

Way to go Jeffrey!

Halloween Fun

Here are a couple sites you might enjoying visiting for Halloween. The first site is online pumpkin carving. What kind of face does your pumpkin need? The second site is Zap-A-Ghost. How many ghosts can you click on? The last site is Hidden Spirits. Can you lead a scientific investigation to debunk a haunted hotel?

Online Pumpkin Carving


Hidden Spirits

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Comments4Kids for October 28

Natosha's post Every 15 Minutes Assignment about the effects of drinking.

All Things Preteen Six Word Memoirs Six words to sum up your life. Leave a six word summary of your life in the comments.

Tread Lightly Read the posts, choose a post to leave a comment on.

TiffanyD's Whimsical Watercolor leave a nice comment on one of my favorite SAS student's blog.

Tiffany's Blog Science Another one of my favorite SAS students.

Little Voices, Little Scholars Our Fairy Tales Listen to the Voicethread and leave a comment.

Technology and Second Graders Oreo Stacking What do you think of this experiment?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


I am on a quest! Mr. Miller has informed his class that class homework ends when his cluster map hits 2500 visits. Since I am a firm believer in 1) Too much homework is way bad and 2) Helping out students with their projects, I decided to make a post. To help out these students simply click here, here, here, or here.

Mr. Miller's class would especially like to have visits from Africa because they are difficult to get. So if you have any friends in Africa, have them click on the link as well.

Red Ribbon Week Drug Awareness

Here are some things we are doing for Red Ribbon Week. What activities does your school do?

Noel History Club Trip to Eureka Springs

The History Club took a trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas last Friday. On the itinerary was the ES&NA Railroad. We ate lunch in the dining car and enjoyed a ride on the tracks. Here is a picture of the Lett's waiting for their lunch.

Here is a video of the train pulling in to the station.Although I don't know much about trains, I grew up in Noel which has a train run through the middle of town. Although the train can be a nuisance, it is still really fun to ride in one just like my mother used to do when she would ride from Noel to Kansas City to visit her grandmother.

After the train ride we wandered through the shops in town and enjoyed looking at some of the artwork and architecture of the city.

At night we visited the Crescent Hotel and took the ghost tour. I had taken the tour before so I spent the time watching the students (and some teachers) run around the hallways trying to spook up some ghosts.

Since Eureka Springs is only an hour and a half away from town, it seems a natural place to spend time learning about history and culture. I will definitely make sure to visit more often in the future.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

#Comments4Kids Wednesday 10/21

Today we will be visiting some interesting new sites:

Room 25 Online's post on Substitute Teachers is great. Here some of the students left reflections of a substitute's visit to their classroom. Leave a comment giving an experience you had with a sub. Be honest, but don't use the substitute's name if it is a negative comment.

On the blog Fellow Shadow Spider Incy Wincy Theatre there is a video to watch. "This project aims to introduce traditional "Turkish Shadow Puppet Theatre" and teach traditional nursery rhyme "Incy Wincy Spider" to five and six-year-old students at kindergarten." This is a very interesting way to create a movie. You might want to keep this in mind if you are planning on creating a movie for our movie festival this Spring! As usual, leave a positive comment.

You may want to check out At the Fireplace's Do You Know Russian Folk Tales? as well. They used puppets to make a movie. Another good idea for you future movie makers!

On Valley Wood Tech's Welcome to Technology 2.0 post, leave a comment on about one of your favorite on line tools such as a blog, photo site, or even Google documents.

Moturoa's Blog
has lots of great posts. Pick one and leave a comment.

Mr. Lamshed's boys finally performed their Haka. Check out how big the stage is and leave a comment.

After you have finished commenting on the posts, go to the class Ning and write a post of your own. Tell us which post you liked best and why. Include a link to that post.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Fourth Grade PowerPoints

Fourth grade students were introduced to creating PowerPoint presentations last Friday. They learned how to log in to our network with their own user name and password. They learned how to make new slides in the program and how to save their PowerPoint's to their desktop.
Mr. Howerton, the social studies teacher in fourth grade, had the students create the PowerPoint on the three branches of government.

More Pictures from the Chili Pepper CC Festival

Graph the Probability Coin Toss

Read the instructions carefully.

1) Go to Ken White's Coin Flipping Page and flip a penny 100 times. Record the number of heads and number of tails on a paper.

2) Flip the dime 100 times. Record the number of heads and number of tails on a paper.

3) Go to Create a Graph. Create an appropriate graph showing the number of heads and number of tails for both the penny and the dime.

4) Leave a comment on this post explaining how many heads and how many tails for each coin.

5) When the graph is finished email it to me at

6) Here are more links to explore when finished.
A> National Library of Virtual Manipulatives Data Analysis and Probability.
B> Interactive: Activities on probability.
C> JC Schools Probability Links

4) Leave a comment

Monday, October 19, 2009

Yessy Was Red Hot at the Chile Pepper Festival

Yessy Dominguez medalled at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival on Saturday. She came in 15! This was the first time a McDonald County junior high student has medalled there. Also impressive was the girls team sixth place finish! Here is Yessy talking about running.

Also impressive was the junior high boys team finish of ninth!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Clumsy Pirate

This video was created for my class by Kimberly Covey. This video shows how puppets can be used to create an interesting video. Notice the puppets manage to tell a story without ever speaking. Since we do a lot of body interpreting when we communicate, this is an easy way to demonstrate that concept.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Presentation Software Do's and Don'ts

Here is a Google presentation I created to help you get a basic idea about how to use presentation software to your benefit. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Writing Math Word Problems in Fourth Grade

The fourth grade spent a couple class periods working on writing their own word problems. They are using the problem solving method adopted by the school to help them make sure they have all of the information they need. The students are benefiting from creating their own word problems because it forces them to consider the elements of a good word problem. Because they are gaining the experience of creating, they are also becoming more proficient at being able to understand how to solve them as well.

Mrs. Fisher explains what the students are doing.

Here is Saylor explaining the benefit of creating her own word problem.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Fall Bulletin Board Decorations

Here is a slideshow of some of our fall bulletin board and hallway decorations. The Cat in the Hat balloon was for our fall book fair.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Having a HawgWild BBQ Time!

Mrs. Abercrombie won a special meal for the teachers and staff of our school! Her name was drawn and now we are happily licking our bbq drenched fingers.

Here is Mrs. Abercrombie with the spoils of her success!

Here are Alan Matthews and Shannon Bruffett of Good Morning Four States. Thank you Good Morning Four States and HawgWild BBQ!

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Xtranormal Text to Movie allows you to create movies using simple tools and typing. I see this as an amazing tool that can help you "frame" a scene as well as help you show what you would like your actors to do.

8th Grade Explorers PowerPoint Project

Picture of Captain Cook from

Here are the links for your explorers assignment. Read the directions very, very carefully and follow them. The links are also found on the right of the blog below the green bar. Make sure you cite your sources! You will upload it to Google Documents when you are finished.

Instructions for the Explorer Project
Links for the Explorer Project

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Comments4Kids October 7

Justinsblog is our digital media blog of the week. Check out Justin's blog and give him some comment luv.

Next we have a couple university students that live in Canada. Check out these posts they wrote.

IGoogle Fun Quiz from Kyle's Blogger is a fun quiz using Google forms. Take the survey and leave a comment.

Keyboarding Survey Google Form from Kim's ECMP Blog is survey keyboarding. Fill in the survey and leave a comment.

Is there anyone out there? is a post from Beyond the Rainbow, a new blog started by a class in Portugal. In the post Carolina wants to know more about us. Read the post and tell her a little about yourself.

Mr. Goerend's Class has more stories posted. Read a story and leave a comment.
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Monday, October 05, 2009

Mr. C's Class Blog's 100th Follower!

Katy is our 100th follower!

How to Speak Chuukese Part 2

Here Bradley explains how to ask two very important questions: What is your name? and Where is the bathroom?

Rate the Tools Using Google Forms

Here are the results.

Book Fair October 2009

Friday, October 02, 2009

How to Speak Chuukese Part 1

Bradley and I are working together to create some video lessons on how to speak Chuukese. I have found very little information on the language on line so we decided to create our own. I did find a link to a Chuukese dictionary, but Bradley didn't recognize all the words. Because of the islands different dialects, it seems that each island's language has slightly evolved from the others.

In this video Bradley gives us the word for "Hello" and the phrase for "How are you?"

I would like to thank @NZWaikato for the idea for this activity. The inspiration came from his class blog last year Tamaki Today. You can find his work on his new class blog Room 8 @Melville Intermediate School

If you know someone that speaks Chuukese, we would very much like to set up a conversation between our students and them. Please leave me a comment or send an email.