Monday, December 17, 2007

Free Rice.Com

Good morning kiddos!
I just found this website after listening to NPR this morning

It's a word game - select the definition or synonym that fits the word at the top. It'll get harder as you get better. The more answers you get right, the more rice you can donate to the United Nation's World Food Program. Check it out and help feed the hungry!

EDIT: Just got a message from a friend already in Niger - the WFP is responsible for providing the lunches at his local school, so it actually is a good cause!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Getting Ready to Go

Hi again, kiddos
Just a quick update - I head towards Niger on the 6th of January and I've already started packing (nope, not bringing the computer OR the cell phone!) I was wondering if any of you would be interested in writing me an ACE (or even RACEM!) response to the following question that I could share with the Nigerien children when I get there (and yes, that was supposed to be spelled with an e - Nigerian would mean they were from Nigeria. It's amazing the importance of a letter, which, I'm sure, Mrs. Sickenger will point out on your next vocabulary test :) )

The question: If you were going on a very long trip, what is the one thing you would absolutely have to have with you. (Food and water are already provided, in their most basic form).

Thanks, and Happy Learning :)
Ms. Olson

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Hi kiddos!
It's Ms. Olson here. I haven't left yet, but I've added some neat features to our blog. If you look to the right you should now see information on the current weather and time in Niger. I've got a challenge for you. I know Mr. Silva's been teaching you how to collect and chart data - do you think you could chart the daily temperature for me? How would you do that? That's challenge number one. Challenge number two is a bit more complicated. Do you see how far ahead I am in time of you? Did I get older flying around the globe? Why is it later in Niger than it is in New Mexico? (Here's a hint: Ask Mr. Richardson about the Earth's rotation.)


Happy Learning!