Filed Under (games, holidays) by Lee Kolbert on 29-11-2009

Who better to make an elf of herself than your teacher, right? Well here goes…

Send your own ElfYourself eCards
Filed Under (games, writing) by Lee Kolbert on 19-11-2009

Writing, writing and morScreen shot 2009-11-19 at 10.26.01 PMe writing! It seems like everything we do involves writing. Well, funny enough… it does! That’s why learning to write effectively is so important. In writing class, the students are becoming master writers who are able to grab their readers’ attention and add interesting details to an already exciting idea.

Improving our writing skills does not come easily. It comes through hard work and lots of practice. Coming up with ideas is always a challenge, so I was excited to learn about this Story Starter site, by There’s a virtual slot machine where you type in your name and choose your grade level. Then you spin the handle and you’re given a series of random ideas where you can re-randomize any part you like. Your next choices are to decide between formats such as newspaper, postcard, letter or notebook and you can type your story right into the website (there’s even a dictionary right there). You can even add a drawing. When you print your story, the animation is fun to watch.

Give it a spin. What story idea did you generate?

Filed Under (Discovery Education, science) by Lee Kolbert on 08-11-2009


I had an opportunity to meet Philippe Cousteau last week as part of a series of events recognizing our district’s outstanding achievement in being on the forefront of using technology for instructional integration and for reaching the milestone of one million digital educational videos on Discovery Streaming. The School District of Palm Beach County is one of only a handful of school systems in the nation, and the first school system in Florida, to reach this milestone. Listening to Mr. Cousteau speak is truly a pleasure as he is engaging and his message of environmental defense is inspiring.

Mr. Cousteau is the 29 year old grandson of Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau. He continues his grandfather’s legacy by openly speaking and acting on behalf of the environment.

HePhillip Cousteau-Kolbert class was kind enough to pose for pictures and sign an autograph for the boys and girls in my 4th grade classes. I was excited to see that wrote “Mrs. Kolbert’s Class, You are the hope of the future. Philippe Cousteau” because we’ve recently learned about ecosystems and the food web, with particular focus on how humans often negatively impact the environment, disrupting the ecosystem and the food web.

Can you explain what he means by “You are the hope of the future?”