Hi! My name is Kourtney. I'm almost 10 and in the 4th grade. My favorite food is pizza. My favorite animals are the koala and the kangaroo. I go to Malta School. I am very interested in pioneer life. In fact, I have read the Laura Ingalls Wilder series. I love her books. They are so thrilling to read. I can't wait to read all the books on pioneers that I can find. I have learned some stuff from putting up a website. I have learned how to make the buttons and also I learned more about the pioneers. Sometimes I think about how it would be like to be a pioneer. Doing everything they do, wearing different clothes, you know stuff like that. Thanks for looking at our website. Goodbye!
My name is Dylan, and I am 10 years old. I was born on Christmas Eve. I am in the fourth grade. I have lots of pets, including 3 cats, 2 kittens, 2 mice and 1 dog. The mice belong to my big sister, Abbey. My Mom and Dad say we have enough pets now. I like to play chess. My favorite sports are football, basketball and baseball. I am a Webelo Cub Scout. I like to play games on the computer, but I don't like to type.
Sue Mullins is one of the coaches for our team. Sue is presently a teacher at Malta Grade School where she has taught 4th grade for 10 years. She is Kourtney's and Dylan's teacher this year. Sue also taught Whitney, Kourtney's sister, who is working on another Thinkquest project. Sue is coaching Whitney's ThinkQuest team, also. Be sure to check out that site . . . it is called Farming in Illinois.
Cooky Ikeler is one of the coaches of this Thinkquest team. Cooky has been the Junior High Volleyball coach at Malta School for the last five years. Cooky has coached two girls' summer softball teams for the last eight years. Cooky and her husband, Gary, have three daughters: Kourtney, Whitney, and Kelly. Cooky is coaching both Kourtney and Whitney's ThinkQuest teams. Cooky works as an Information Technology Coordinator in the Career Planning and Placement Center at Northern Illinois University.
Both Kourtney and Dylan were passionate about the subject of the pioneers. We had hoped to have a bigger team, but ended up with only two students. After our first meeting, it was evident that Kourtney and Dylan already knew quite a bit about the pioneers. They wished to share this information and were anxious to find new information to add to their knowledge base. We realized that we had a vast amount of information to present.
Kourtney and Dylan worked diligently. They worked after school when Sue was available to stay and assist them. They worked on Saturdays and Sundays. They were very excited about the topic they chose and learned an awful lot.
By far, their favorite part of the project was working with graphics (in particular, finding graphics on clipart CDs, taking photos with a digital camera, and working with Adobe ImageStyler to create some outstanding effects). They amazed their coaches that they could so easily grasp the technology to create whatever they set out to create. It was a lot of experimenting and finding the right colors, graphics, and effects. They worked well independently and as a team.
We have to give these two students a great deal of credit for the time and effort they put forth in this project. We're sure it will be one that they will remember for a long time to come.