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September 29, 2016
by Mrs. Moore
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O.R.E.O Challenge 2016

Post written by Peyton

Today was THE OREO CHALLENGE!  We had to stack as many as you can before it falls over.  The average stack was 16. There were a lot of the same numbers like 15, 19, 18, 17, and 13.  And the most stacked was 22 by Brendon, The Destroyer of Cookie Stacking!  We Skyped with another class and we dueled them in a COOKIE STACKING CHALLENGE, and it was  a tie.  Our stacker for the Skype with Mrs. Fraher’s class was Brendon. 

Watch our video to see fabulous stacking and incredible encouragement!

OREO Project 2016 from Amber Moore on Vimeo.

September 16, 2016
by Mrs. Moore
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Dot Day 2016

This year we celebrated Dot Day with 6,953,694 people in 139 countries! The Dot is an inspirational book by Peter H. Reynolds about a girl named Vashti. After reading the book, we discussed just like everyone is smart in their own way, everyone also has a creative talent. We created together and independently, and had the chance to prove when we work together, we can make spectacular art!

Class Dot!

Class Dot!

If  you’d like to see our individual pieces, you can watch this short video.

Our day came to an end too soon, but check back to read our Dot Day poems!

How do you share your creativity? 

September 14, 2016
by Mrs. Moore
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Bears and Bobcats and Ringtails Oh My!

We had the chance to take a look at some very interesting artifacts from the Arizona Game and Fish. Here are some of our thoughts about our latest trip to our Makerspace.

When we went to the makerspace room we saw dead animals. We felt their fur and skulls. It was so fun. There was a bear and a deer and some other stuff. At the end, we discussed what we thought the different types of fur were for and the different teeth. -Torrin, Connor and Logan

We all saw a bear, bobcat, raccoon, beaver, and a mountain lion. The bear fur was rough, but all of this rest were soft. All of the animals’ skulls had teeth that were sharp. The raccoon had hard and a lot of teeth. Not all of them were meat eaters because they didn’t have the right kind of teeth. -Peyton, Brendon and Emi

We saw fur from animals from Arizona Game and Fish. We got to touch them. There were all kind of animal furs. We got to see their skulls and feel them too! We had a great time. -Riley and Sophiah

I felt fur and the fur was very soft. The bear fur was very hard, and we touched the skulls. They were awesome and felt really super cool! -Shyanne

Would you like to touch the animals?

Why do they have different types of fur and teeth? 

September 12, 2016
by Mrs. Moore
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Mystery Fruit

Do you know what this is?

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After looking at it and touching it, some of our thoughts were coconut, mango, or maybe an exotic fruit!?

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After Mrs. Moore cut it open, we realized it was a melon! We discovered it is specifically a Golden Crispy Melon.

Emi, Sophiah and Lilly shared this:

Hi, it’s us again. We are going to tell you what we experienced today and ate which tasted like a melon. We tasted a Golden Crispy Melon. It comes from a plant in a garden. When our teacher cut it there were white seeds. We all got to taste it, and some people thought it was gross, but we thought is was really good. You should taste it because it is really yummy!

Peyton, Julian and Logan shared this:

We want to plant watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, and sweet potatoes. We learned that is smelled like cantaloupe, and has about 50 seeds. It tasted really sweet. It is called a Golden Sweet Melon. It is a fruit.

Aylana and Alyssa added:

Mrs. Moore surprised us with a big and beautiful melon! She let us have a piece of it, and it was really good.

Then, everyone took some time to research different types of plants we could grow in our new garden beds outside our pod.

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After, we sat down with our friends and decided on what we would like to plant.

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Wade and Joseph think we should plant watermelon! Shyanne, Jayden, and Jase agree with watermelon, but would also like to plant tomatoes, lemons and limes. Connor and Brendon agree with watermelon as well, but Matthew would like to plant peas. Christina thinks pumpkins are a good idea and maybe even broccoli!

We are making plans and will keep you updated as our gardens are planted and begin to grow!

Have you ever planted anything edible? 

September 11, 2016
by Mrs. Moore
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Mystery Skype Research

On Thursday, Mrs. Moore shared with us we would be starting a new social studies unit on maps. We thought maps sounded like a cool thing to learn about, but then it got even better! Soon we will be Skyping with other classrooms all over the United States and possibly Canada. You may be wondering what a Skype has to do with maps? Well, these Skype calls are more than just getting to know about kids in different parts of the country. These Skype calls are called Mystery Skypes. What makes it a mystery is we will not know where the class is located. Each class takes turns asking each other yes or no questions to help narrow down the location. Questions might include – Do you border an ocean? Are you in the mountain time zone? Do you border Canada? You get the idea. So, in order to be able to answer these types of questions, we had to do research about our own state. Here is what we discovered.

  • We are located in the Mountain Time Zone
  • We have a professional football team, the Cardinals
  • We border Mexico, California, Utah, Nevada, and New Mexico
  • A landmark in our state is the Grand Canyon
  • Our state bird is the Cactus Wren
  • We have major cities with over 1 million people
  • We are located in the southwest
  • Our state capital is Phoenix
  • We also have a professional baseball team and hockey team
  • We do not border an ocean or Canada
  • We are west of the Mississippi River

    Next week we will practice the different jobs, and do a mock Skype to practice our map skills. Finally, it will be ready for the real thing! Check back to find out about our first Mystery Skype.

Has your class ever participated in a Mystery Skype? 

August 14, 2016
by Mrs. Moore
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Our First Makerspace Adventure!

It was nearing the end of our first week of school, and time to test our collaboration skills! We headed to the 5th and 6th grade building to tour the new makerspace.

LAUNCH!

LAUNCH!

After discussing the LAUNCH process and norms, we started our marshmallow and spaghetti challenge. We worked in groups of 3 or 4 to build the tallest tower. Each group received 20 spaghetti noodles, 1 yard of tape, 1 yard of yarn, and one huge marshmallow. Our challenge, to build the tallest free standing tower with the marshmallow perched on top! This sounded easy enough, but then the building started…

Marshmallow challenge from Amber Moore on Vimeo.

After we cleaned up, we sat down to share what were the strengths of our groups’ efforts and what we would improve on next time. Most groups agreed working together and listening to others’ ideas was the key to success. We also realized sometimes we needed to change our original plan. It was tough only using the materials we were given, and we definitely would have liked more tape! Then, we headed back to class to work in our groups to help write this blog post. Here are some of our thoughts:

“We started off with a square base. Then we started the cube. Then we built a tall noodle base. We put the marshmallow on top, then it broke like a wrecking ball. We should have built smaller cubes.” Torrin, Peyton, and Connor

“It was awesome and also fun!” -Shyanne, Riley, and Noemi

“We wish we had longer noodles, more tape, more time, and no marshmallow!” -Leslie, Christina, and Jayden

“We tried to make a marshmallow tower, but it kept falling. We tried a new way, and it still didn’t work. We took the marshmallow off, and it still didn’t work!” -Charlie, Brendon, Julian, and Cohen

“We started good, but it would not stand. We kept laughing about it, and it got harder. We tried to use the tape, and we tried to use little pieces. We ran out of time, and Cody was shaking the table. It does not matter if you win, it matters if you learn and have fun.” -Logan, Cody, and Matthew

“We had a great time. We built a tower. We were in 2nd place. We worked hard together.” -Lilly, Sophiah, and Wade

We only had two towers that could stand. One was 7 1/2 inches and the other was 11 inches. Next time, we know we will build taller!

What strategies would you use to build a spaghetti tower? 

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