On February 9, 2017 we went to the Makerspace room to video conference with a park ranger from George Washington Carver National Monument. All the way from Missouri, she taught us all about his life from birth until he passed away. We learned George Washington Carver was born into slavery. He lived with three different families throughout his life, but never knew his dad. He did know his mother and brother. He and his mom were kidnapped when he was a baby! Unfortunately, they never found her, and only George survived. His last name was Carver, even though he was not related to the Carver family. He was born in Missouri and went from state to state trying to find schools that would allow black people to attend. He lived in a barn for awhile while he went to school because he was homeless. He became a scientist and a teacher. He helped farmers plant other plants instead of cotton. He created over 300 things out of peanuts and was known as the plant doctor.
Purchase receipt for Mary
written by Peyton, Connor, and Torrin
On our virtual field trip, we learned many things about George Washington Carver. We learned he was born into slavery. Moses Carver bought Mary for $700, and Mary was the woman that birthed Jim and George. When he was born, he was kidnapped and got very sick. The doctors said he would die, but luckily he survived. George grew up to be a scientist and made about 300 products with peanuts. when George was very old, he made a recording of this poem called “Equipment.”
If you would like to hear him recite the poem, you can watch it here!
It was very interactive!
The book George would have used in school. It even had fables!
What can you add to what we learned about George Washington Carver?
This month, all the students in third grade performed at our school flag ceremony. In front of all the students, and tons of family, we sang our hearts out! We have been practicing with Mrs. Turner since December to perfect our songs. Please watch our video to see what we have to share about Martin Luther King, Jr.!
Also, if you would like to see who was awarded Student of the Month, check this video out!
We need to give our friends in Mrs. Hamman’s 5th grade class a huge shout out for creating the amazing Santa’s Reindeer BreakOUT! Nice job Logan, Makena, and Kailei! We were so impressed you came up with such a challenging BreakOUT. It was really tough, but four kids in our class were able to figure it out within the 45 minute time limit. We encourage our readers to try this fun, elaborate, and exciting challenge. If you would like to give it a try, here is the link.
If you have been following our blog, you already know we are huge fans of poetry. This time we changed it up in two ways. First, we will be sharing poetry we wrote! Second, we will “recite” our poetry using a flash card video. We hope you like our poetry!
Did you know different countries celebrate Christmas in different ways? We dove into our “Holidays Around the World” book and so far learned about Canada, Spain, and France.
We had our first Mystery Skype and guessed correct! They were in Michigan. Then, we had the chance to find out a few things about their school and state. They only had 270 kids in their entire school! We also learned they they do border Canada, but not actually by land.
Our first holiday cards from our holiday card exchange started arriving! So far, they have come Florida, Michigan and Indiana. We sent 3 cards to different countries, and can’t wait for those to arrive.
We put our collaboration skills to work during a math performance task. We had to decided how we would spend $25 at a country fair.
During our introduction to coding, we used our first hyperdoc! It had video links, a padlet, and questions to ponder.
Mr. Lockwood came to our class to teach us about digital citizenship. Using the internet comes with great responsibility.
Of course, we squeezed in a little poetry as well!
Here’s a iMovie trailer for a quick look at our week! It goes fast, so watch closely!
Which of our events do you think sounds like the most fun?