As you may know, I was lucky enough to be selected to go on an expedition to the Galapagos Islands in October. As part of the expedition and then the lessons I will teach upon my return, I would like to have use of a 360 camera to immerse my students in the Galapagos Islands. Please see the Donors Choose write up for more information and donate if you can.
I cannot believe that our year together is coming to an end...... We have done a lot of great things, worked with some great educators (Thanks Miss Mejia, Mr "R" (Rosenblatt), and Miss Oset), had a lot of fun, and maybe even learned a thing or two!
What can you do this summer?? READ A BOOK (every day), do some Math, exercise, PLAY, build, and have fun! Here is a link with some optional summer work:
Here is a link to more coding options for the summer. Remember we did Course B in school. There are more Code.org activities and you might want to try Scratch Jr, or another one of the items listed. The activities won't always be easy, just remember to persevere!
Next October I will be heading off to the Galapagos with National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions, check this website, in the Fall, for links to follow along!
I hope you have a great summer!
Last week it was announced that I was one of 45 educators selected as a National Geographic Education / Lindblad Expeditions Grosvenor Teacher Fellow. I will be joining a National Geographic Lindblad Expedition on the Endeavor II to the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador in October of 2019. I was in Washington DC receiving professional development to help me bring my experience back to the classroom. My shipmate, Sean a teacher from Toronto Canada, and I will be joining National Geographic naturalists, photographers, and videographers on a journey through the eastern portion of the islands taking a look at how the climate challenges of our planet are affecting the islands and their inhabitants. I look forward to seeing iguanas (both marine and land), giant tortoises, penguins(!), sea lions, hammerhead sharks (maybe), and many other animals including many birds and fish in their natural environment. I'll then bring my experiences back to the classroom to inspire our students to develop ideas on how we can help our local environment in Delaware as well as the greater environment of our planet. In October, I will have links on this site that will allow you to sign up to follow the expedition (when internet access allows). When I return, I will post pictures and videos as well as reflections from my time there. I will be interacting with this year's students as well as next year's to formulate questions to ask the naturalists about the animals, plants, and geology that we will find on the islands.
Any questions? Please ask!
Photos courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions
A lot has happened since my last post in October! Miss Mejia has ended her time with us and is now at a new placement in an ESL classroom in the Red Clay School District. We have a new student teacher, Brandon Rosenblatt "Mr. R.", who is an Early Childhood Major from the University of Delaware. Parents should have received some information and some permission forms from him that need to be returned. Students have also brought home information about our next field trip, trip permission and fees are due back by Monday 2/25!
This coming week I will be out on Thursday (2/28) and Friday (3/1) as I am attending an education conference in Charleston, South Carolina. I'll be tweeting out some pictures on my Twitter account @DavidOstheimer where there are also many pictures from our classroom.
Please be on the lookout for student conference signups. I will try to send them out before I leave for the conference.
What have we been working on? In Math, Measurement, in Reading, among many things Compare and Contrast and long vowels, in Social Studies we will start with how society Changes Over Time, and in Science, States of Matter.