Month: January 2013

5th Grade Bettendorf Students, Learning Update 1.31.13

Another week in the ELP classroom in Bettendorf, Iowa. This week students will continue connecting with students from around the world to study and learn about bald eagles. Students have been placed in their global teams and this week they will begin to research and gather facts on their team topics.

The topics for this project are

  • Birds of Prey
  • Habitat
  • Symbolism and cultural influence of the bald eagle
  • Protection and laws for bald eagle
  • Lifespan of a bald eagle
  • Anatomy of a bald eagle

Additionally, these students are also using the theme of bald eagles as their independent study projects where they will be creating a museum/showcase that will be available for the public to come view.

Here are a few statements typed up during class today from students about what they are currently learning and doing while in class.

Oskar, grade 5. I am learning about bald eagle influence in American history. In Native American cultures the bald eagle is considered sacred. To receive a bald eagle feather is the highest honor you can get in some Native American cultures. Did you know that Native American legend states that the creator of earth chose the bald eagle to be master of the skies? The bald eagle is also the national symbol of the United States because of its strength, bravery, and majestic looks. Some patriots said that bald eagles flew over the heads of the patriots on one of the battles of the revolution and shrieked for liberty and freedom. I am this as my project because I thought it would be interesting to learn about.

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How Does A Bald Eagle Stay Warm In Sub Zero Temperatures?

This morning before class I was checking the camera feed and the project wiki page preparing for class when I noticed one of the eagles in the nest. I typically don’t see the eagle in the morning so this was a nice surprise.

Watching the eagle I could not help but think about whether or not the eagle actually feels cold in this weather?

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With wind chill it is currently -9 degrees F. That is cold my friends. I was freezing just walking to my car this morning. I don’t have to sit out in the weather all day 80 feet off the ground with 30 mph winds.

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Obviously the first thing is to get all the snow melted/removed from inside the nest. Right? However, how does the eagle stay warm? That is what I want YOU to figure out. Leave a post, email me, or students leave a comment in Edmodo. I will compile your research and share on the blog. I honestly don’t know, but why not the masses of all you wonderful students to find the answer. I await your sharing of knowledge.

Last, here is a little stick biting action.

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Have a great day!

Mr. Maurer

4th Grade Bettendorf Students, Learning Update 1.29.13

Another week in the ELP classroom in Bettendorf, Iowa. This week students will continue connecting with students from around the world to study and learn about bald eagles. Students have been placed in their global teams and this week they will begin to research and gather facts on their team topics.

The topics for this project are

  • Birds of Prey
  • Habitat
  • Symbolism and cultural influence of the bald eagle
  • Protection and laws for bald eagle
  • Lifespan of a bald eagle
  • Anatomy of a bald eagle

Additionally, these students are also using the theme of bald eagles as their independent study projects where they will be creating a museum/showcase that will be available for the public to come view.

Here are a few statements typed up during class today from students about what they are currently learning and doing while in class.

Kaitlynn, 4th I have been chatting with kids on Edmodo. What I like about Edmodo is that we can have a conversation with kids around the world. It is helpful for sharing research and meeting new friends.

Aiden,4th My independent study is on migration. I really like studying bald eagles. One thing I learned was that more than 3,000 eagles were counted in Iowa last year. I didn’t know there were that many eagles.

Samantha, 4th  For my independent study project I’m researching protection and laws for the bald eagle. It’s pretty interesting! I found out that you use to be able to find bald eagles everywhere in the U.S. except Hawaii, if you harm an eagle you get fined for $5,000, you may even go to jail for a year. We do have the Bald Eagle Protection Act that helps them. Also are chatting with friends on Edmodo.

 

4th Grade Bettendorf Students, Learning Update 1.28.13

Another week in the ELP classroom in Bettendorf, Iowa. This week students will continue connecting with students from around the world to study and learn about bald eagles. Students have been placed in their global teams and this week they will begin to research and gather facts on their team topics.

The topics for this project are

  • Birds of Prey
  • Habitat
  • Symbolism and cultural influence of the bald eagle
  • Protection and laws for bald eagle
  • Lifespan of a bald eagle
  • Anatomy of a bald eagle

Additionally, these students are also using the theme of bald eagles as their independent study projects where they will be creating a museum/showcase that will be available for the public to come view.

Here are a few statements typed up during class today from students about what they are currently learning and doing while in class. 

Stephanie, Grade 4 – My project is about how birds fly. Did you know that humans       learned how to fly airplanes by watching birds?

Sophie, grade 4- My project is on the protection and laws of bald eagles. I’ve learned that the pesticide DDT was one of the main reasons the bald eagles became endangered. I can’t wait until our presentations on our independent study to come.

Graham, grade 4 – I love birds of prey.They are unique and they are all over the place. I am doing a eagle project on the eagle’s beak and talons. I think we should have Bald Eagle Day. Eagle’s should get more attention. I can’t wait to show every one my surprise on my project. See you soon.

Jason,grade 4-I think eagles are amazing! How far they can see, how good they hear. They’re just awesome. I’m doing eyesight for my project. I already know what I’m doing! See you later!

Bettendorf, Iowa Students Eagle Learning Updates

This week the students in Bettendorf, Iowa are currently underway in connecting with students from around the world to study and learn about bald eagle. This week student have been place into their teams where they will work to create an online presentation on their given topic.

Additionally, these students are also using the theme of bald eagles as their independent study projects where they will be creating a museum/showcase that will be available for the public to come view.

Here are a few statements typed up during class today from students about what they are currently learning and doing while in class.

Ashley, grade 5 – I’m learning about how the bald eagle’s wings work,and the normal size and color. I learned that adult bald eagles have dark brown wings.

Will, grade 5 – I’ve been contacting experts on raptors. I learned that raptors is one who kills with it’s feet, talon, or beak. I also learned that raptors are not just birds but can be from a dinosaur to a owl.

Emma, grade 5 – I’m learning about the digestive system of the Bald Eagle. It is very interesting, one really interesting thing that I learned is that when the Bald Eagles swallow their food, it goes into a little pouch called a crop which softens the food before it is digested.

Caitlyn, grade 5-In ELP I am learning about photography of eagles for my independent study. I love to use the Alcoa Bald Eagle Cam, it is very interesting to watch and I can use some of the many things they build to get a little deeper into my photography learning.

Brooke, grade 5- I’m learning about the protection laws of the eagle. One fact is that the eagle was put on the endangerment list in 1967, but they were taken off it in 2007. The bald eagle was taken off of the endangerment list but they are still protected under bald and golden eagle act. I think this eagle project is very fun because I have learned about so many different things.

We will continue to have students share their learning process each class from here on out. Stay tuned each Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. We will have different students type up statements each class period.

Have a great weekend!

Bald Eagle Days and Picture Update

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I have updated the photo album pertaining to our Bald Eagle Project taking place now. This weekend I attended Bald Eagle Days and was able to snap some pictures of an eagle about 4 feet from me. Very cool.

I will be sharing more information soon as soon as I have time to process all the goodies I received.

Check out other images here – http://www.flickr.com//photos/coffeechug/sets/72157631100309138/show/

Bettendorf Students Preparing and Planning Update

Here is an update with what the students from Bettendorf will be working on this week and next week.

I hope everyone is healthy and taking care of themselves. I know that the flu and sickness is dropping students like flies around the schools so please do your best to stay healthy with eating properly and getting good sleep.

I wanted to just briefly update everyone with the progress of our big projects this quarter and let you know what to expect heading into next week.

This week students were able to finalize and figure out their idea for their independent project. We did some serious brainstorming and think we have things figured out. At this point we are not concerned so much with their actual project/showcase display. Rather we wanted to confirm their ideas so they can begin to dig deeper and become experts on their topic. We believe that as they continue to research, talk with experts, and explore different avenues they will naturally create their final project display for our bald eagle showcase night. So if you don’t know their topic it might be good to talk with them about it so you if you come across anything that could help them that would be great.

In addition to the independent study, students are beginning the initial stages of the global project on bald eagles as well. I am working on getting them all into teams based on their independent study topics. We have had some new classes join the project which is very exciting. We now have classes from Texas, North Carolina, Illinois, and the Netherlands. This week students have logged into a website called Edmodo where they can connect with all the students. This week and next week are the “handshake” phases where they are getting used to using the site, asking questions, and just getting a chance to get to know one another. There are some cool things happening on the site. Edmodo is a very secure and safe. All teachers receive an email every single time a comment is made so we can screen and monitor. There is not direct messages allowed so anything shared is seen by everyone in the group. I have used this site for several global projects and it works great.

Last, don’t forget Bald Eagle Days is this weekend. This might be a wonderful opportunity for students to talk with experts and find some information about their topics. Take pictures, take notes, take handouts, etc. If you find an expert that could be helpful be sure to take a business card or write down the contact information. I think this is also something that we should share with our global partners. If you do go maybe take some pictures so we can share with all the students. I am hopefully going Saturday to see what I can learn and who I can try to connect with.

Also, if you happen to see any birds of prey around your house or neighborhood take some pictures. We had a student yesterday bring in pictures of a hawk that was eating what appeared to be a rabbit on the roof of a house. These things are very fascinating and are also things we can share with our global partners.

Looking at next week here are the goals that we have for class

1. Check Edmodo and place all students into their teams so they can see what students they will be working with for the global project
2. Provide time researching their topic a bit more and possibly find some experts to contact for an interview or meeting.
3. Organize our thoughts and ideas into some graphic organizers/folders.

Here is the project page – http://eagleeyecamera.wikispaces.com/