Regardless of where your learning is taking place, hanging your work in a hallway for all to see is a true treasure! This global hallway has been inspired by my students so that we can each share our accomplishments of classwork and beyond! Come take a look at what is new in our space!
Alexia Brunton, age 11/Mrs. Shadish’s 6th Grade Cyber Class
Raccoons are true bandits that sneak around at night and even steal from others! They are nocturnal so they sleep in the day, but at night they hunt for their food. Those sneaky bandits are skilled hunters, but they also steal from others.
Raccoons hunt in the night. When they see a body of water, they try to catch crayfish, other fish, and frogs. They hunt for mice and snakes in the wild. Raccoons look in bushes for berries and nuts. When people, birds, or other animals are not looking, raccoons try to steal their food or garbage and run away. When raccoons are stealing, they are more stealthy than when they are hunting.
Raccoons may be small creatures, but they are mighty when it comes to hunting. When they are climbing they use their sharp claws so that they can climb up to get bird eggs without falling. When they are swimming they use their legs to swim and their fast paws to catch food like fish, frogs, and crayfish. Raccoons are clever enough to wet their food. They do this because they are trying to gather more information.
When these stealthy animals are done hunting, stealing, and scavenging they head back home. Raccoons must rest up so that they can do it all over again the next day!
-Ryder Kostrick, age 9
Holiday Poet’s Stage
As I rest in my bed I hear click click clack above my head.
I was feeling a feeling I thought was scared,
Although it was not that feeling that I shared.
I was excited and nervous because I knew what was up above,
My heart and my head filled right up with love!
Can you guess what it was above my head?
I’ll give you a clue,
Jingle, jangle, do!
I heard a jingle jangle and I could not stand it!
I went to see what it was, it wasn’t a bandit!
I walked down the stairs to sneak a peek,
Creek creek creek went my feet.
I opened the front door and stepped outside,
There was nothing to see – did they all go and hide?
I saw hoof prints and a bell,
That was all I could tell.
I ran inside – but not to hide!
I had to get my camera!
I took pictures of the prints and picked up the bell,
I ran back to bed and knew all was well!
Just like that it was Christmas morning,
My little sister needed to get 3 warnings!
I knew all was well,
I still had the bell.
The bell that I had glowed with a vision,
The reindeer were well – back home like a magician!
I’ll remember this Christmas forever,
The time I got my bell in my big Christmas Eve endeavour!
-Norah Halulko, age 8
Taking Care of a Kitten
Imagine looking out of your window and seeing an abandoned kitten under your shed. Do you grab it or do you wait to see if the mom comes back for it. It is important to not take the kitten away from its mother. If the mom doesn’t come back for a few hours, then you can bring it inside and care for it. You will need to make sure you have all the supplies to take care of a kitten. They will need to be kept warm and fed.
The mother is the best to care for their babies. You never want to take the kittens away from their mother. If the mother doesn’t come back within a couple of hours, then you can take the kitten and take care of it.
First thing is to make sure the kitten is not hypothermic or hyperthermic. Hypothermic is when the body temperature is too low. Hyperthermia is when the body temperature is high. Kittens can’t regulate their own body temperature so you have to help them. If they are cold, wrap them in a blanket. You can use a heating pad if you have one.
After getting the kitten cozy, you have to feed it. Kittens can’t have cow’s milk. They have to have kitten formula. Kittens need to be bottle-fed so you will need bottles. Older kittens can have wet kitten food. Kittens do a lot of sleeping.
Kittens are super cute and loveable. Taking care of a kitten can be fun, but it can be a lot of work. Take care of it by keeping it warm and fed.
-Emmerson Faulkner, age 8
After listening to the story, “Balloons Over Broadway- The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade,” students were challenged to create their very own balloon, float, or puppet by using any materials they may have had lying around their house.
When describing the qualities that they look for in a friend, these two 3rd graders can’t help but spotlight their own beautiful character traits while maintaining a true focus on the other. The beauty of this friendship is that it was sparked beyond their school day as each girl went to a different neighboring elementary, but still found their way to one another. It wasn’t until they embraced a new way of learning, in our newly created Viking Cyber Program, that they actually became “classmates,” virtually that is… beyond brick and mortar. They shine. They laugh. They see each other for who they are and all that they are meant to be. They are the most beautiful reminder of goodness, as they walk alongside one another every step of the way. Friendship takes on a new meaning with these two sweet girls. Come take a glimpse into
a lifetime of lessons shared!
Describe the Qualities You Look for in a Friend
N is for nice, caring, and divine
O is for outgoing, friendly, and kind
R is for reliable, strong, and positive
A is for awesome, beautiful, and joyful
H is for honest, trustworthy, and loyal
-Emmerson (Emmy) Faulkner, age 8
The qualities I look for in a good friend are the qualities I think I have too. The most important qualities to me are fun, kindness, and following the rules. First, I look for a friend that is fun! For example, I like to explore in the woods and I want a friend that will explore with me. Next, it’s important to be kind. I think it’s important to show kindness or else you’re mean. I don’t want to have or to be a mean friend. Last, a friend of mine follows the rules. I always follow the rules and I want a friend who does the same so they don’t get us into trouble. These are the qualities that make a good friend.
-Norah Halulko, age 8
Countless takeaways for all!
Emmy (on right) is a cyber student in 3rd grade at Hopewell Elementary School. Her favorite subject in school is science. She likes to play with her best friend on the planet, Norah. When they are together, they have so much fun. They dance together, ride bikes, read, talk, and the most important thing is they laugh. A LOT. Emmy describes herself as kind and shy because she’s a nice person and quiet. She is happiest when she spends time with the people she loves and when she is eating ice cream. Her hopes and dreams after she graduates from High School are to go to college close to home. She wants to become a pediatrician when she grows up because she wants to help kids and make them feel better.
Norah (on left) is a cyber student in third grade at Margaret Ross Elementary School. Her favorite subject to learn about is Language Arts. She likes to play with her friends Emmy, Emma, and Presley. When they are together, they enjoy playing tag . She would describe herself as adventurous and funny because she likes to explore and make people laugh. She is happiest when she is having fun. Some of her favorite things to do are going to amusement parks, playing with her dog, and going swimming. She also loves animals. After Norah graduates from high school, she wants to go to college and become a Zoologist because she loves animals. She hopes to help a lot of animals and live in a HUGE beach house. She also wants to have a lot of pets.
Skills: descriptive paragraph/poetry/autobiography/biography/point of view/first person vs third person/pronouns/collaboration/edtech/perspective/risk-taking/bravery