For those of you in Ms. Chow's class next year (Grade 5), here is her photo and letter.
Hi, soon to be 5th graders! I’m Mrs. Chow, your teacher for next year and I can’t wait to get to know you in about two months. I was hoping we could meet each other over Skype today, but let me tell you a bit about myself in the mean time.
I am American but I have spent over two-thirds of my life living overseas. My dad was a pilot who flew small airplanes in the jungles of Venezuela and Ecuador when I was in primary school. That is where I learned how to water-ski in rivers with piranhas and crocodiles. After volunteering on several work trips around the world in high school and college, I started dreaming of teaching overseas. That dream came true when my first job after university was as a teacher in Hong Kong. Since then I have taught in Indonesia, Washington DC, Mongolia, and Taiwan.
I love reading in my spare time. There are often two or three books in various formats (paper, ebook, audio) on my nightstand at any given time. I love reading and talking to my friends about books. There are tons of great books for us in grade five and I am looking forward to sharing them with you.
My husband and I are looking forward to moving to Singapore and I am excited to be your teacher in this coming school year.
Hi there guys,
Ms Smith, your new teacher, has prepared a Voicethread to tell you a little bit more about her. Click here for the link.
You will need to log on and add some information to the last slide to tell her a little bit about you! You might like to write some notes to help you organise your thoughts before you record them.
If you need help, that's what I'm here for!
Here is a link to a doc where you can add the link to your survey. Please click on it, and add your group's information.
Please take my survey so I can find out which Bookmark to sell for Market Day
Be a smart searcher.... Go to the Research Center and watch the Commoncraft video "Searching in Plain English" to learn some tricks about searching Google.
Want to explore the human body? Here are six websites that let you have virtual tours.
1) Google Body Browser
Think GoogleEarth for the human body....
Note, however, that you can only run this on certain browser/versions. Try it -- and it will tell you if the version you're running isn't the right one (and if you can (e.g., if you have the right permissions on the device you're using), you can click to upgrade.
"The interactive website aims to educate entertain both kids and adult on bodily health; understanding the human anatomical structure is just part of the process. The Virtual Body takes you on four tours – The Human Brain, Skeleton, Human Heart, and Digestive Tract. Then there are some cool standalone tours within each.
For instance, check out the narrated tours on Virtual Body. There’s a game on the skeleton thrown in too that’s sure to make you rote up on the facts as you ‘build’ your skeleton. Also, don’t miss the animated heart section."
"DirectAnatomy.com comes with an interactive interface that comes with four angles of view allowing you to browse through more than 1,200 annotated anatomy images. A clickable menu on the left displays the specific body part on the right. The human body tour also gives you an insight into the physiological and pathological makeup of our bodies."
5) BBC Science: Human Mind & Body
"The BBC’s webpage is a resource rich place to discover and play interactive games while learning all about the human body. The games include – Senses challenge, Organs Game, Skeleton Game, Muscle Game, and Nervous System Game. The games are superbly designed and mostly involve dropping a body part onto a human figure."
6) Artificial Anatomy
"This one is not a fully fledged anatomical course, but a cool and short 10 question quiz on different body parts. It is a Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History resource. With a mouse rollover you have to match the thumbnail with its location on the skeletal structure named ‘Jerome’. You can also turn Jerome around for another view. ‘Jerome’ is actually a papier-mâché anatomical model preserved in the institute."
Website descriptions taken from MakeUseOf.com
Teachers: click here to check who has entered what so far.... These links will be transferred to the Diigo Grade 4 group -- and students will be able to add directly to that group or to log good websites via this form.... (whichever they find easiest)