A year ago this past Wednesday an earthquake hit Haiti and really devastated this country. An article was written in TIME FOR KIDS recently discussing this tragedy and explaining how this poor country is still trying to rebuild itself.
 
Read the article that is linked to this blog and leave a comment about what you read. Think about these questions when you read and comment:

1. How do you think the people of Haiti feel now a year later?
2.Why was the earthquake such a complete devastation to the country?
3.After a year, why do you think the country is STILL living in tents with rubble from the earthquake all around?
4.What other problems have risen up since the earthquake that are hurting the people of Haiti?
5. Why do you think those problems happened? 

 Also, feel free to post questions about what you read as well.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE...
http://www.timeforkids.com/TFK/kids/news/story/0,28277,2042122,00.html
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Here is Haiti on the map!
When you leave a comment, please make it about the article. It can answer a question I wrote above or be a surprising fact you learned. It can also be something you are thinking about or wondering, as well as a question you might have after reading the article. Put some thought into it!

Please be sure to also comment on another student's comment. Address the student and then leave the comment about what they have said.

BE THINKERS!!! I CAN'T WAIT TO HAVE AN AWESOME DISCUSSION!!!

2 Comments Due By: Wednesday, January 19th at 2:00 pm. :)
 


Ms.Bingman's Class
01/14/2011 12:14

Dear Mrs. McBride's Class - We are practicing how to blog. Thank you for posting the very interesting article on Haiti. We are in the process of reading it, and will be posting our answers to your questions next week. We look foreward to reading your answers too.

Have a great long weekend!

-Ms. Bingman's Class

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Jenny Zhang
01/14/2011 13:07

wow!!!!! I never knew that about Haiti it was so intresting.I wonder how they felt about the earthquake.

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Jenny Zhang
01/14/2011 13:12

I mean how do they feel about the earthquake in Haiti.I hope all the people who survived the earthquake can still survive.

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McBride
01/14/2011 13:26

That is a good point, Jenny. They are facing a lot of hardships even now! It is amazing to think that an earthquake that happened a year ago is still killing the people of Haiti!

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ben$$$
01/14/2011 13:48

I wish I could help haiti because of the fact that the earthquake killed 230,000 people and that there are about 1.5 million people who are homeless this very day.

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ben$$$
01/14/2011 13:57

Heh Jenny!!! I was thinking the exact same thing about how they feel about the earthquake.Good quote!!!

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carson rocks
01/14/2011 14:55

I would hate living with all that rubble there!I feel like a really lucky person too not live on hati.If there are still places around the town where you can give money to hati, and i have some,i will give some money too help hati and what it's facing right now.

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carson?
01/14/2011 14:56

like that disease that spreads around Hati

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Brody
01/14/2011 15:06

Wow that's really bad! I wish there was someway we could help them like maybe bring them fresh water,food and some new clothes. I would like to help them clean up after what a mess the earthquake made.

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carson says the thing below this
01/14/2011 15:12

THE LARGEST EARTHQUAKE IN 240 YEARS!!!!!!wow, that earthquake was really bad! Also the fact that its a really poor place makes this place in peices. Like I said about givng money to hati would really help them! Even if someone just gave them a nickel. I feel so sorry for the people in Hati. I'm sure alot of people that live in other places in the United States feel sorry and give money to Hati too. People stop talking about Hati now and I thought Hati was OK during the summer but now that I laerned about this in fourh grade,I'm all about trying to help Hati. Someday i want to help the people that live in a tent,and stop that contgous deasise!!!

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Brody
01/14/2011 15:13

Hey, good point Carson.I would hate living in that mess! I'm very thankful for all I have like a family, food, water,clothing and the best teacher in the world.

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carson
01/14/2011 15:13

i never thought on bringing them new cloths.Nice idea brody!

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carson rocks
01/14/2011 15:15

I am going to try to find a place money in for Hati sometime

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carson says peace!
01/14/2011 15:20

well, I'm done right now for giving comments for Hati. I hope i get a good grade on my thing about typing ingood things.(i prey i'll get an A+)

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Mr. Spencer
01/14/2011 16:03

Carson you made a great point. I think some people have forgot about Haiti after all these months because it has been out of the news. We have to remember just because something is out of the news, doen't mean is has to be out or our minds too.

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Jenny
01/15/2011 06:31

thats very funny Carson that you put I prey I'll get an A+ and those are all good quotes Carson.

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Jenny
01/15/2011 12:09

I really like the one that is Carson says the thing below. I like that you will give some money to help Haiti and now that I think of it ,I might do the same thing too.

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Emma
01/15/2011 15:27

WOW that was sad just reading it.

Imagine how they felt

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Emma
01/15/2011 15:30

Hey Carson if i see something that you can put some money for Haiti i will tell you



Good idea

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bavesh
01/16/2011 07:12

whow! 1.5 million people were homeless?! I think I could donate some money I pledge that hatti could recover.

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bavesh
01/16/2011 07:20

Yes bavesh, 1.5 peple were homeless. Everybody should donate money. If everybody donets their money, the hatti may recover 3 years later.

P.S., I'm sorry that I answerd my very own question, can I get a A+ for this?!

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McBride
01/16/2011 07:41

ALL: There are organizations that do collect money for places like Haiti. It would be very interesting to locate some of those as a class! If you find one please post the web address in our discussion. We will talk about if they are a valid source or not.

REMINDER: Don't forget we are to post a comment and post about SOMEONE ELSE'S comment. This is what makes it a good discussion! Awesome job so far everyone! I LOVE reading your ideas!




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Bryson
01/16/2011 13:11

I can't believ that I'm glad with what I have like... A familey ,shelter,education,and an awesome teacher.

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Bryson
01/16/2011 13:15

Hood point Brody I'm glad with what I have to

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Reagan
01/16/2011 14:51

I think the people and Hati are extremly sad with the situation that happen a year ago because there just living in tents around the rumble !

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Reagan
01/16/2011 14:54

Good point there Brody!!!

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anna
01/17/2011 12:40

I can`t imagine how hard that is for Haiti.

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anna
01/17/2011 12:43

Good point Carson!

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madeline
01/17/2011 14:46

WOW, I can't believe its been a year already.I can't imagine just living there.It's sad that people survived the earthquake,but are not surviving the disease cholera. Hey guys,how weird would it be sitting in the classroom in all the concrete blocks from the buildings are all around us?

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madeline
01/17/2011 15:04

I think that the whole fourth grade should raise money for Haiti. What do yall think? Isn't that sad that they lost pretty much everything,even there family members. The good thing is they still have some dignity.

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douglas
01/17/2011 16:19

I think that the people that live in Haiti are still sad because their pretty much still buried by all the rubble from the earthquake.

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douglas
01/17/2011 16:26

Good point carson I wouldn't want to live in all that rubble either.

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Landyn
01/17/2011 16:46

Oh my goodness!!!! I can't believe how much i didn't know about Hati!!! For a whole year i thought that Hati was all right, and didn't even set my mind on doing anything!!! I mean, just think about how our school is the biggest shool in the Little Rock school district, and how we're so proud of it. When kids in Hati would just be proud to have any school at all! We have so much to be thankful for, but I'm sure if we were to give the people of Hati a sheet that asked them what they were thankful for, they would have a pretty hard time filling it out!!

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Landyn
01/17/2011 17:00

Good point Madeline. It is odd to think that it's been a year already!!! You were also talking about the cholera, and when you really look into it,you think, the people there must be pretty unsanitary if so many people catch cholera their when I haven't one thing about someone catching it anywhere near here. Which is just another thing to add on to the "THANKFUL FOR" list!

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Landyn
01/17/2011 17:20

Hey everybody, guess what... Ifound a charity that helps you give money to Hati!!!! It asks you how much money you want to send, and a few other questions that I didn't really look at!!! It's called... and I quote, FOOD FOR THE POOR!!! you can also just type into your computer, CHARITIES THAT PROVIDE DONATIONS FOR HATI!!!

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Tate McCraw
01/17/2011 18:03

I am going to do number 4, and it is that there is a deadly virus or sickness. The name is Cholera, and it has killed thousands of lives since the earth quake and doctors are having problems controlling the virus.

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Tate McCraw
01/17/2011 18:06

That was cool Ben! I was thinking that too!

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madeline
01/17/2011 18:21

WOW!!!!!!!!! I was thinking that too. We could do a charity for hati. we could tell the fourth grade to start doing a charity.Isn't that kindof funny we thought the same thing!

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madeline
01/17/2011 18:51

LANDYN!!!!!! opps that previous message was to you.

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jackson
01/18/2011 05:17

wow thats alot of people homeless and in tents!

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jackson
01/18/2011 05:20

good point douglas!

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Garrett the farret
01/18/2011 06:47

wow.this is so sad.i hope they can rebuild there country.carson and brody you guys good ideas.

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melani
01/18/2011 06:55

I can't belive the earth quake that hit haiti killed 230,000 people and that haiti is the poorest nation in the western hemisphere.

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Mrs. Morton
01/18/2011 07:52

Wow, fourth graders!! I am so impressed with our comments and your concern for others. When you go home tonight look at all the "things" that you have! I will do the same. We are so blessed. We need to think of others.
You are so mature. You can make a difference!

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Shelby
01/18/2011 12:36

Ifeel so sorry for Haiti they hardly have any thing and they still are praying and being thinkful ,but we have so much, and we can be really greedy and selfish.

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Shelby
01/18/2011 12:41

I agree Melony they are the porest country in the western hemisphere. I can't believe the quake killed so many people.

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HELEN
01/18/2011 12:57

People in Haiti still have to walk in the rubble from the earthquake.Can you imagine having to walk in rubble every day?

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HELEN
01/18/2011 13:03

I feel sorry for the people in Haiti too Shelby!WHY DID THE DUMB EARTHQUAKE HAVE TO HAPPEN!!

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Landyn
01/18/2011 14:25

I'm soooooo sorry guys, but I couldn't paste the charity website for Haiti.

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Mason
01/18/2011 15:18

I found a website that you can ues to donate to Haiti. This one is through my church: http://www.er-d.org/haiti

Here's another one that my mom heard about on the radio: www.hopeforhaiti.com

When I read the article, I learned a lot of things, especially that after a year, a county in poverty can still be affected by an earthquake. I am surprised that they haven't cleaned up very much. There are a lot of people giving lots of money.

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Mason
01/18/2011 15:31

Douglas, I agree that the people of Haiti are sad, and I also think they probably feel angry and frustrated that the work is not getting done. I would wonder, "What's the problem? What's the holdup? How do we fix this?"

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Betheboo
01/18/2011 16:34

Amazing discussions and these are 9 and 10 year olds!? wow. You guys are exceptional students and it is so refreshing to see there are kids as young as you who want to take action when there is a need. Haiti is in terrible shape and will take a lot of help to get back to where it was before (which was terrible to begin with). What if America had the same kind of earthquake? How do you think we and the world would respond? Food for thought.

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emily
01/18/2011 17:17

i never knew that 230,000 people died in the earthquake in haiti

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emily
01/18/2011 17:20

i would hate living in haiti with all of that rubble too carson

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Rhey
01/18/2011 18:31

I think its really sad that Haiti is still covered in rubble.

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RHEY
01/18/2011 18:39

I think that an earthquke here would be horrible Betheboo.

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Tanaiah
01/19/2011 04:47

wow I feel really bad for Haiti first theres an earthquke and now A contagious disease NOW I REALLY WANT TO HELP HAITI!

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Tanaiah
01/19/2011 04:55

Hey Jenny your question really got me thinking when you said',The people who survied the earthquake can they still surive', that was awsome.

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Garrett the farrett
01/19/2011 05:51

yay.carson i would hate to have to live in rubble.

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aj
01/19/2011 06:34

wow i agree with all of you 23,0000 people died or got hurt

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aj
01/19/2011 12:11

i am glad i dont have to live in ruble. do you know the haiti people have a desease

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carson
01/19/2011 12:19

All this talk about how we should help hati and how we should help them so much,get started on helping Hati instead of talking and saying we should help them!No more blabber and get out some wallets and pay some money to Hati!Hati needs all the help we can get!!!!!!!!!

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carson
01/19/2011 12:23

I would hate living in rouble too A.J.. Good point!!

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kenya
01/20/2011 05:44

good point landlyn i would send them any thing i can.

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Reagan
01/20/2011 10:44

Good point there Brody I love the way you meant that!!

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Tanaiah
01/25/2011 21:38

I can`t belive the pain that Hati is going through the disease is comming from little mosquitos

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Tanaiah
01/25/2011 21:41

Carson that is right we are so lucky to live here I wish I can bring our nation to them

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carson
02/08/2011 12:08

mosqitos are the worst insects in the whole entire EARTH!!Curse you bugs.

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carson
02/08/2011 12:13

Personlly madilene it would be ok if we sat on rubble as long as we have a place to sit in a school or a

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carson
02/08/2011 12:15

or a mini school!!!!







Boy I like typing on the blog

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Thanks so much for your suggestion. I'll put some pics or gadgets later. Thanks so much...

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