Yesterday we started doing a Twitter Digital Art Project. It is called #tap2011 on Twitter. Tap stands for Twitter Art Project. We had to create digital art using our iPods. We used the Brushes and Abstract Art apps to create these pictures. We hope you like them. You can see all of the Digital Art created by schools around the country in this Flickr Photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/twitterart2011

Yesterday we started doing a Twitter Digital Art Project. It is called #tap2011 on Twitter. Tap stands for Twitter Art Project. We had to create digital art using our iPods. We used the Paint app to create these pictures. We hope you like them.

There we were doing  our Mental Maths on Tuesday morning when there was a knock on the door. A Postman was outside the door holding a large blue decorated box. The Postman came into the classroom and said, “Special Delivery!”. The whole class started screaming at the Postman because we knew he had our Trans-Atlantic Treat Box from @superkiddos, our American friends on Twitter. They live in Indiana, USA. They are in 2nd Grade.

We went on Twitter straight away to tell @superkiddos that we got their package. We went to the top of the classroom and huddled together with the box in front and Mr. Quinn took a photograph of us with the box. After Circle time in the hall we decided to open the box. The box was so heavy that some people couldn’t lift it. We were hopping on our seats with excitement. The atmosphere in the room was crazy. We saw so many nice things that we nearly fainted.

We tasted the Animal Crackers first and then we had the Cheez-Its. Animal Crackers were like ginger biscuits and Cheez-Its were like cheesy crackers. We then tried Twizzlers which are liquorice in strawberry, blue raspberry, lemonade, orange, grape and watermelon flavours.  They were chewy, soft and good as straws. We then tasted Chocolate Turtles. They were crunchy in the middle with chocolate on the outside. We then tried Flipz which are milk chocolate covered pretzels. They were delicious. Later Mr. Quinn gave us lots of things to bring home to taste like Atomic Fireballs, Almond Joys, Blow Pops, Peeps, Dum Dum Suckers, Sour Patch Kids, Jolly Ranchers, Strawberry Twizzlers, Nutter Butters, Kisses and Hersheys chocolate. Hershey’s chocolate is different to our Cadbury’s chocolate because they use more cocoa in their chocolate. But it was like chocolate heaven!

Some people tried Atomic Fireballs before they went home. They were really hot and spicy. There were screams and people were running to the sink looking for water. “My tongue is on fire” could be heard around the room. Everyone had red tongues and it looked like they were bleeding.

We would like to say a big thank you to @superkiddos and their teacher Mrs. Overman for sending us all the lovely treats, thoughtful letters and beautiful pictures.  We really enjoyed doing this project.

       

 

      

 

      

 

      

Our class and a class in Indiana USA that we met on Twitter are using “Snail mail” to send treats to each other. There are different kinds of treats in the box that they are sending us and they have given us a sneak peek of what they are sending us. Click HERE to read what some of them are on their blog. Click HERE to see what we have sent them.

Trans-Atlantic Sweet Postage

We are sending a box of sweets over to Indiana USA. We are sending them to @superkiddos who are a school we know on Twitter. We decided to swap sweets with them. We are sending them some of the sweets that they don’t have and we do have. They are sending us sweets that we can’t get in Ireland. Before we sent the sweets over, we discussed with Ms. Rolf what to send over and what not to send over. We asked Ms. Rolf for help because she was born in Texas USA. We used Twitter to ask @superkiddos to ask them what we have and what they don’t.

In the box that we are sending we put in some Cadbury sweets because they don’t have them, Taytos, Chickatees, Chipsticks, Hoola Hoops, Onion Rings, Snakes and Shamrocks, Emerald sweets and lots of others. We are looking forward to seeing what sweets they send us over and we are looking forward to tasting them.

By Aidan and Eimear (Rang II)

Mr. Quinn’s class regularly use Twitter in the classroom to let people know what we are doing in class and to find out information. Up to this we have been using the standard Twitter profile picture which is a purple egg! So we decided to make our own Twitter profile picture. We had a competition in the class to design a new profile picture for our Twitter page ( @mrquinnsclass) We spent a long time trying to make a short list of best designs. After a lot of discussion and choosing, we have selected what we agreed were the best six pictures.

The class have voted for their favourite picture. They did this without knowing who designed each of the pictures. These votes are now sealed in an envelope. These are the six final pictures chosen.

Profile Picture A

 Profile Picture A

 Profile Picture B

 Profile Picture B

Profile Picture C

Profile Picture C

 Profile Picture D

 Profile Picture D

 Profile Picture E

 Profile Picture E

Profile Picture F

 Profile Picture F

Children at Play

Yesterday we looked at a website about games people played in Roman times. We tried to play one of the games called knucklebones using cubes. Originally the games was played with ankle bones of a sheep or goat. Today on Twitter we looked at our mentions and @fboss told us that he had seen a picture of children playing knucklebones. We found the picture, called “Children at Play” by Peter Brueghel, on Google Images. There are 200 children in the picture, playing over 80 games. The picture was painted in 1560. Some of the games in the picture are still played today.

By Rang II & Rang III

Cake With Cherry

Yesterday we started learning in our geography about the food we eat. At the end of the chapter we discovered some food sayings, like “That’s not my cup of tea” and “Hunger is the best sauce”. We also looked in our Peannaireacht book because there was some food sayings in there as well. We asked our followers on Twitter (@mrquinnsclass) if they knew any other food sayings. Today people on Twitter came up with many more food sayings to help us out. People all over the world came up with lots of sayings. If you want to look at all the food sayings we gathered on Twitter go to #foodsayings We enjoyed doing this very much and we hope you enjoy it too.

By Rang II & Rang III

Twitter

We started a Twitter Project called #2011Hope. We each wrote our hopes and dreams with classes in Ireland as well as two classes in Indiana in USA. Someone’s comment of our project was for everyone to have a nice year. Everyone wrote one at home for homework. Then we typed what we did for homework onto the computer at school. It was great fun to do a Twitter Project.

By Darragh and Maeve (Rang III)

Pomegranate tasting 01

Rang III Pomegranate Tasting

Today we tasted pomegranates in school. 22 people liked them and 5 people didn’t like them. We were tasting them with two other schools in America on Twitter. The schools we were tasting them with are in Indiana, USA. We ate the seeds, they were nice and juicy. Some people didn’t like the seeds but liked the juice. Lots of people thought they tasted like grapes. They also tasted like cranberry. The schools in America thought that the pomegranates were really nice and they didn’t like the seeds.

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Rang III Pomegranate Tasting

Earlier we went to the halla to find out five pomegranates facts each. We used our iPods to go onto the internet to find out the pomegranate facts. Here are some of the things that we found out:

  • We found out that the word pomegranate is from the Latin “Pomum Granatum” which means “apple of many seeds”.
  • The Romans called the pomegranate a “punic apple”.
  • The ancient Egyptians were buried with pomegranates. (Weird!)
  • The pomegranate is also known as “Granada” in Spanish and “Grenade” in French.
  • The pomegranate can cure kidney disease
  • The most popular thing is pomegranate juice but there is also pomegranate jellies, pomegranate wine and even pomegranate salad dressing.
  • Pomegranates are actually not a fruit, they are a berry.
  • The pomegranate tree can grow between 20 and 30 feet tall.
  • A lot of people don’t know that it’s only the juice and the seeds that are edible.

 

Pomegranate Tasting 03

Rang III Pomegranate Tasting

Pomegranate Tasting 04

Rang II Pomegranate Tasting

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