Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Blue Bots On The Move


A Blue bot is a little robot that can move in different ways. Blue bots can move by themselves. You have to push buttons to tell the blue bot which way to go and then you push the green button to see if it goes where you wanted it to. You clear the directions by pushing the X button. You can push a button on the Blue Bot to turn it off and on and you can make it have a sound or not. You have to keep them off the floor or they might get dirt in them and then they might not work. They could break if they fall or they get dropped. On your first try it’s not so easy. If it doesn’t get to the place you wanted it to be you can start over. You have to press the straight if you want it to go straight and you have to count how many boxes you want it to go. If you want it to go right you push the right button and if you want it to go left you push the left button. When you push a turn button it only turns the 
Blue Bot it doesn’t make it move a space.

We use mats to move the Blue Bot. Some of the mats have pictures of a school, of money, of a treasure map, one has shapes, and one with letters. We learned how to control the Blue Bot with an iPad. We thought that controlling the Blue Bot with an iPad was harder than using the buttons. You control the Blue Bot to go different places on the mat. On the iPad there is a place to see if you made a mistake and you can fix it.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

All About Owls


This is the Barred Owl.
 Owls are nocturnal. They have lots of feathers. Owls have big eyes so they can see at night. Owls have 14 neck bones so they can turn their heads almost all the way around. They cannot move their eyes like people. Owls can hear really well. Owls have ears, but they hear with their facial disks. Owls have a facial disk that helps them hear. Owls have very sharp talons that help them catch their prey. They eat chunks of food. They use their beak to eat their prey. They don’t digest everything they eat. They spit it out into an owl pellet. Different sized owls have different sized beaks. An owl’s wing is quieter than an eagle’s so it can catch its prey better. The owl’s feathers have a little hook like fringe that makes them quiet. Owls build their nests in a tree. 
This is the Great Horned Owl.
This is the Screech Owl.
Different types of owls look different. The Screech Owl has a hoot that sounds liked a screech. The Screech Owl was the smallest owl we saw. It was about 6 inches tall. They have little eyes, but they can see very well. The Barred Owl looks like a tree so it is camouflaged. A Barred owl’s feathers look like bars. The feathers are white and brown. The Great Horned Owl has big talons. Their talons are bigger and sharper than smaller owls. The Great Horned has a big facial disk. They have ear tufts that look like ears, but they are really just feathers.  

Owl pellets are made of bones and fur. If you look at the bones on an owl pellet you can tell what kind of animal the owl ate.