Cool Globes

five foot diameter globe depicting wind speeds around the earthAn amazing object arrived at Chickering School on October 23, 2013, 9:10 am. We were surprised to see that the globe was 5 feet in diameter and 6 ½ feet tall. We thought it was made of clay, but when we heard the man hit it with his fist, it sounded like hard hollow plastic. Colors show the wind speed around the world; here are some of the colors: red, pink, dark blue, light blue, white, yellow and many other colors. For example, red shows very high wind speed and light blue show a light wind speed.

Four boys have a blog that is called Cool Globes – Kids. We talked to four boys about their blog. Two boys, Charlie and Ian, are in third grade and two are in fifth grade, Nico and Aidan.  All of the boys said that they have been blogging for about half a year and started in March or April.They said that they would be blogging till the end of the exhibit or longer. Their oldest brothers were blogging and it looked fun, explained Nico, Charlie, Ian, and Aidan. We asked them how they got their ideas for the blog. They either looked up some idea’s on the Internet or in books and magazines. We asked them how long are you going to be blogging. The answers were, about a couple months or longer said Ian and Aidan, until the end of the exhibit said Charlie, or until Cool Globes ends in Boston said Nico.

Cool Globes has been traveling around the country and the world. Cool globes is a public art exhibition designed to raise awareness of solutions to climate change.  Cool Globes grew out of a commitment at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2005, and was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 2006. The idea was to put sculptures on the sidewalk, each depicting a solution to global warming, forcing people to confront the issue, but in a non-threatening manner.

The globe’s arrival was a spectacular moment. It was an amazing place to be and to get it all on Cool Globe depicting wind speeds around the earthvideo! It was a long time wait in the brisk wind for the globe to arrive. We had our cameras ready and video tapes to watch the globe being put down by the forklift. We took a lot pictures and then headed back inside.

Our globe is a wonderful way of showing people the  wind speed around the world and reinforcing the use of wind power. The globes are traveling the world, but last August – October 2013 they were in Boston. It was a fabulous exhibit with lots of conversations on the sidewalk.

Reported by Sara and Eddie

Bodacious Blogs

In school we have blogs, they are really cool. We write about upcoming things, like the Patriots’ games or Chickering School. We can write about anything we want to write about. We can also comment on our friends blog. We also have blogging buddies in China. We  have widgets, which are the things on the sidebars. Widgets like animals, Voki’s, and weather widgets are really fun.  Also ClustrMap is a widget where they show where the people who are commenting on your blog are. The interesting part of getting comments is that person could be anybody in the whole world!                                                                                                                                                              Question for Mrs. Chivarini:

Q. How did you find our China friends?

To listen to Mrs. Chiavarini’s answer, please click on the podcast below:

Mrs. Chiavarini Interview
Questions for Brett, Ellie, Erik, Elizabeth, and Catherine

Q. Do you like blogging, and why?
Q. How often do you blog?, how much do you do?
Q. How would you feel if your blog got deleted?, can you say more?
Q. From one to ten, how would you rate your blog?
Q. What is the main topic of your blog?

Student Blog Interviews

Blogging is a great way to show your creativity for all people to see. As you heard in our podcast, there were mixed feelings about blogging.  Please checkout our classroom Blog, which has links to our personal blogs at:

Reported by Jack, Nick, Brian, and Mitchell