Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Learning from Friends

This was originally posted on my classroom blog.

We have been so lucky to connect with Mrs. Price and her class from Australia this year. We have learned so much from each other in just a few short months with plans for more. Earlier I wrote a post that shared some of the tweets that we have sent back and forth (click here to read the previous post) but I thought I would provide a little update on things we have learned since then.

A Few Things We Have Learned from Mrs. Price's Class
We learned about an animal that we had not heard of before. It is called an echidna. It lives in Australia and it looks like a porcupine with a long nose. Mrs. Price shared this video with us that she took while walking in a national park.




 We also learned that in Australia, McDonald's is called Maccas.
Source: Link


We learned about a yummy looking dessert called Pavlova that is a favorite in Australia.
Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lauramacdonald/3460971856/lightbox/


 Mrs. Price sent us a picture of her Pavlova plate with the recipe in the center of the plate.

We also enjoyed getting this video from them so that we could hear their voices.
video

We also learned some interesting things about the largest rock in the world from Sam's grandma and Mrs. Price in the comments of this post.

A Few Things Mrs. Price's Class Has Learned from Us
They learned about Tellagami's by watching the Tellagami's that we posted on our Kidblog page. Here is Mrs. Price's Tellagami that she shared with us.
They saw how we created patterns using popsicle sticks (they call them icypole sticks) and wanted to try it themselves. They sent us some photos of their patterns. They were so creative with their patterns. We saw more pictures. This is just a sample of the photos.




They also learned more about our American holiday of Halloween. They enjoyed watching the slideshow of our costumes on our blog.


We are going to try to Skype with their class tomorrow afternoon. (Let's hope we don't have any technical issues.) Our crew also wants to begin a conversation about coins/money in our countries so we can notice any similarities and differences. So much to learn!

2 comments:

  1. Love what you are doing with your class by communicating with a class in Australia. How fun! I always wondered what Pavlova was --- it’s mentioned in Mem Fox’s Possum Magic.

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  2. Pat,

    We are loving it, too. In a few weeks, we are going to do an author study of Mem Fox books to go along with the learning we are doing about Australia.

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