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Adventures in Education

March 5, 2015
by Mrs. Moore

Creating Avatars Using Vokis

Student Blogging Challenge: Week 1 Activity 8

The students in our class are creating a new avatar for our blog using Voki. We are going to post 10 of these and let you help choose which one should make the final cut!  Students from our school may visit the ‘Links We Love’ page and take the Google Form survey, if not, leave a comment to let us know. Thanks for your help with this big decision.

By Angelina

By Leonardo

By Daisy

By Isaiah

By Christilyn

By Logan

By Rodrigo

By Aryana

By Tegan

By Oryion

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March 1, 2015
by Mrs. Moore

What Is A Balanced Diet?

All of the third grade classes have been learning about what it means to eat a balanced and healthy diet. To share what we have been learning, we performed a short skit and sang a song at our recent flag ceremony. You can watch the video to see our performance and learn more about healthy food choices!

Flag Ceremony from Amber Moore on Vimeo.

What is your favorite fruit or vegetable? 

Are you eating a balanced diet?

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February 26, 2015
by Mrs. Moore

Lost Dutchman 8K

post written by Christilyn and Logan

This year we were the only two 3rd graders to join running club. We wanted to join the club because it is fun, we get prizes, and we get exercise. Kids in running club had the opportunity to run in the Lost Dutchman 8K race. First, we had to be able to run 3 miles, and only 8 of us we chosen. An 8k is 4.9 miles. It was a trail run at Prospector Park . We had to run in horse poop, rocks and sticks. It was easy because we trained for it. It was a good race to run in. We both had a great race.When we were ready to finish we saw a crowd cheering for us at the finish line. After we finished, we went to a tent to look at our times. Logan made it in 41 minutes and 23 seconds and Christilyn made it in 47 minutes. Those were some good times. In fact, Logan took 8 minutes off his time from last year, and Christilyn took 3 minutes off her time! We went to go get our free breakfast.There was a stage that if you placed in your age group, you get a second medal. Christilyn placed 1st in female and Logan placed 2nd in male. We got our second medals engraved. That means you get your name on it and your time. There were a lot of tents set up that we could look at stuff. We also got a free scholarship from Phoenix Children’s hospital because we ran for them. We had had an excellent and fabulous time running our race! If you have any questions for us, leave us a comment below.


 Have you ever run in a race? 

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February 22, 2015
by Mrs. Moore

Skype Call With Denali National Park

Recently our class had the opportunity to Skype with a park ranger from Denali National Park and Preserve! We found out tons of new information about the park and the sled dogs that live there. In fact, the focus of our call was to learn more about sled dogs and their adaptations. The park ranger also did a variety of activities with us so we would better understand the importance of the sled dogs adaptations.

One of the most interesting things we learned during the call was about a sled dog’s fur coat. Did you know it has two layers? The guard hair is the outer layer we see and the second is the underfur. These layers help keep them warm AND dry. Another body part that helps keep them warm is their tail! The tail wraps around their bodies and even covers their nose. There are also four positions on a sled dog team. The lead dog, team dogs, swing dogs and wheel dogs. We even practiced walking around the class using this formation. Most of us thought being the lead dog was the most fun, but we know they are all important. Each position requires different characteristics that make the dog good at that position.

Our favorite activity was the one that demonstrated how panting helps to keep a dog cool. We used a wet paper towel to wet the back of our hand, then blew on it! It really does feel cold! Another great example was using a fuzzy fleece jacket and a waterproof rain jacket to show how the double fur works.

Mrs. Moore told us she wished she would have videoed the entire Skype call because she was so impressed with our responses to the park ranger’s questions. She said we did an excellent job of answering with thoughtful and complete sentences!

Have you ever visited a national park?

What fun facts do you have about sled dogs?

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February 16, 2015
by Mrs. Moore

Valentine Box Creations

For this Valentine’s Day, we were given the opportunity to decorate a box at home to collect our lovely Valentine cards! Finally, the day we would celebrate was here! We brought in our innovative creations, and before collecting cards, we voted on the following categories:

  • Most Creative
  • Neatest Work
  • Coolest Box
  • Most “Valentiney”
  • Prettiest Box
  • Best Overall Box

You’ll have to watch our video to see the winners!

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February 3, 2015
by Mrs. Moore

Explore Fossils!

During our latest video conference, we had the chance to learn from and talk with fossil experts, including a paleontologist and a mineralogist. Our big take-away from the mineralogist was that fossils glow under ultraviolet light! This is the way you can tell the difference between a plain rock and a fossil. Different types of minerals found in fossils actually glow in different colors. This helps you identify the type of fossil you are viewing. A few of our favorites from the paleontologist were that the word dinosaur means “terrible lizard”, T-Rex teeth were about 7 inches long, and the state fossil for Arizona is petrified wood. Leonardo had the chance to ask if they find fossils in the Arizona desert, and where are most fossils found. The answer was yes, they are found in Arizona, and many are found in the states surrounding us. These states included New Mexico, Colorado, Texas and Utah.

After the video conference we were having a class discussion that brought up another question. Emily was curious if fossils were ever found in the ocean ground. She figured there must be fossils from swimming creatures, but how would they be excavated? Then Clare had a brilliant response. She shared that places that used to be ocean are now maybe the desert or other places that no longer have water. This would make it easy to find fossils that used to live in the ocean.  This explanation sounds great to us, but just to make sure, we have contacted our new paleontologist friend to check the facts!

Check back to hear and learn more about our adventures in learning about earth science!

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