May 14, 2010
Our Poems about Chicago

Please post comments about the Chicago Poems here: Please feel free to comment on individual poems either here, or by joining Voicethread and posting your comment next to each picture. We welcome your thoughts! When you're finished, click on Save at the Editor bar floating on the top of the page. For more info:
Dear 2nd Graders,
I love all of your poems. You describe the best things about Chicago. You make me feel proud of my city. Mrs. Shabat

Second graders,
Your poems are amazing! You have such details and I can visualize what you are saying about Chicago. I know that the Kentucky kids will love learning and reading about our wonderful city as well.
Mrs. Merced

Dear 2nd Graders,
You did an awesome job with all of your poems! You really made the city feel real for your friends in Kentucky.

Dear 2nd Graders:
I loved hearing all of your poems. Thanks for sharing them. I am so impressed with what you have done!
Mrs. Grostern (Sara's mom)

Dear 2nd graders -
Wow! These poems are all very impressive and artistic! You've all really captured so many of Chicago's charms, just wonderful!
Barb Perlman (David's mom)

Dear 2nd graders,
What a wonderful job! I am sure your poems and pictures will allow your friends in Kentucky to visualize what life in Chicago is like. I have so enjoyed coming into your classroom this year to see you develop as writers! Keep up the good work...and don't forget to keep writing over the summer!
Much love,
Ms. Aloni

Dear 2nd graders,
You guys have done a terrific job writing and illustrating your poems! Since this is my first year in Chicago, I learned a lot about the city from what you have produced, and I know that your Kentucky friends will really enjoy them. I can't wait to follow your writing careers until you finally reach me in Middle School!

Mr. Schwartz

Feb. 19,2010
Questions for Chicago students from Kentucky
  1. Do you eat lunch/breakfast in the school cafeteria or bring your lunch/breakfast from home? Why?
  2. Describe your favorite foods.
  3. What is the full name of your school? How was your school named?
  4. What is your favorite movie? Why?
  5. What is your school mascot?
  6. Do you have any programs/special events at your school? If so, please describe.
  7. What are you studying in math?
  8. Do you have a library media center? If so, how do you use it?
  9. Do you use the Accelerated Reader program?
  10. What types of technology do you use in your classroom?

This is where we will post information from the students in Chicago.

February 9, 2010
Our weather today: SNOW! Dreary, High temperature 28˚ - expected snow accumulation 3-6 inches by tonight, another 4-6 inches by tomorrow. Do you think school will be canceled for us??

Winter recess at our school.kids_in_snow.jpg We go outside if it's above 30˚. We have to wear snowpants, hats, gloves, scarves, warm coats, and boots. This is a typical winter day.

Answers to the questions posted by Kentucky school kids:
1. No, we do not have literacy groups.
2. Our temperature today (January 26) was a high of 23˚ Fahrenheit (but it feels like 10˚F because of the windchill. The low today will be 17˚F.
3. It looks yucky, cold, and dreary outside. The sky is gray!
4. There are 12 people in our class. (There are 3 other 2nd grades.) There are about 520 people in our school. (Our grades are from pre-nursery to 8th grade.) There are about 2.7 million people living in Chicago.
5. The climate in Chicago is very cold in the winter, average temperature is 27˚F, the summers are mild.

Today - January 27, 2010 - The temperature is 7˚F. It feels like -10˚F with the windchill. There is no snow on the ground because last week we had a "heat wave" of 40˚F, it rained and washed all the snow away. This is a picture of our security guards who stand outside for an hour directing traffic. As you can see, they are very bundled up! They are wearing snowsuits. You can not have any skin exposed to the air. It's FREEZING!!
School's snow plow


February 3, 2010
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Our School in the middle of the city

Across the street from our school

2 Playgrounds, one on top, one below

Our 2 playgrounds

Our astroturf field

Train/subway 2 blocks from school