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My second graders were provided with an individual itinerary that was packed with exciting and educational activities. Our day began with a welcome from some of Long Island University's administration, a concert and a story. After that we attended our first concurrent session. Red Owl, assistant to the president of LIU shared his culture by telling us some Cherokee folktales. Next we went outdoors to be taught a Native American dance. We danced to the beat of Red Owl's drum.
We then went to the library to present our Internet project, "Stellaluna's Friends." Sweetbriar Nature Center, a partner in the LI Team, was a resource for this project. My students shared their poems and skits to an audience of peers from Long Island elementary schools. They did an outstanding job and you may see some of them one day as keynote speakers for ISTE and Classroom Connect!
After our presentation we attended a session by Karin Levy and students from The Hampton Bay School District. They presented their BayKids Weather Site, which won a Think Quest Award this year. Following their excellent presentation we had a picnic lunch on the beautiful campus grounds.
Our next concurrent session was an interactive experience. The Long Island Children's Museum, a LIT partner, had the students work with every day appliances adapted for people with physical disabilities. This was an enlightening experience that will certainly increase their sensitivity to people with special needs.
The students were given a choice of two sessions to end the day. Some attended a special concert by high school students. Linda Alesi and Betty Volpe taught the remainder of the group how to create web pages using Front Page. They wrote materials that will appear in the June issue of The Voice. The children were very excited to work with Linda and Betty in person after having e-mailed them throughout the school year. Highlights of this successful event are posted on the LI Team web site.