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November 10, 2017
by Mrs. Moore
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Geo B Takes Us To Central America!

In 4th grade, we learn about ancient civilizations, so it was perfect when the Geo Show brought us to Central America to learn about the Mayans! We know from the Kahoot, there were about 200 participants, and we were on camera! Here is some of what we learned.

See us in the top box?!

Today we did a Geo show. It was about the Mayans, and it was fun. We learned that the Spanish arrived in America around 1520. A building technique is a Corbel Arch, and they built buildings and used the Corbel Arch. The Mayans were excellent at math. Sometimes there were faces carved on the sides of temples.The Mayans never had metal tools. They had stone tools to build with. Also, the structures were built with human power. The artwork is very famous at palenque.

By Destiny

 Mayan GeoShow

Today we had a GeoShow. It was about the Mayan culture and their empire. The Mayans were located in Central America, also known at Mesoamerica before the Spanish took over. They had the most sophisticated writing system. They were defeated by war and drought. We still use some of the same building patterns. For example, Corbel Arch is common building technique. It is also very strong. Stela and Altar is used for religious rituals. Stucco is limestone crushed up and is used as a building material. They have a game like basketball, but you can’t use your hands so it is way more difficult to make a goal. That was our GeoShow.

By: Torrin, Peyton, Connor, and Brendon

 

On November 6, 2017, I learned about the Mayans, and I learned it from the geo show! My favorite fact was when the glyph made pictures to make words. I also learned that the some symbols were for numbers like 5 is a bar and 1 was a circle. Some of the Mayan people used or had stone tools. There were two beaches one was off limits, and one is for people to visit. The artwork is very popular at Palenque. Some of the Mayan people used Stela and Alters. This is what I learned during the geo show!

By:Leslie

What can you tell us about the Mayan civilization? 

November 7, 2017
by Mrs. Moore
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Growth Mindset and Roz

It is a tradition in Mrs. Moore’s class to participate in the Global Read Aloud. This year over 1,000,000  students in 60 countries are reading a selected book to connect their class with other classes. Our class is reading The Wild Robot by Peter Brown. About a month ago we started talking about growth mindset. We watched ClassDojo Videos and discussed growing our brains. Here are our signs.

 

Then, Mrs. Moore asked us if we thought Roz, the robot in our book, has a growth mindset? We used Flipgrid to share our thoughts on the subject.

Have you read The Wild Robot? Even though we are not finished, we recommend you do! 

October 21, 2017
by Mrs. Moore
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Geo Show Goes To The Sacred Monkey Forest!

Once again we learned a ton from our friend Geo B! We are becoming very good note takers, and even using our computers to collect new information while we listen. Here is what we learned from our Skype.

Sacred Monkeys

Today we had a GeoShow about Sacred Monkeys, or Long-Tailed Macaques. It took place in Bali, Indonesia. The forest is also located in Bali, Indonesia. You can’t go into the sacred places unless you are there to pray to the gods. You have to wear traditional clothes to pray. The monkeys will jump on you if you have food or not. Don’t feed them peanuts and they discourage peanuts. Don’t put things in your pocket because they can steal your stuff. Don’t bring plastic or paper bags because they can rip it open, but you can bring leather purses. Males will weigh about 40 lbs and the females get to 24 lbs. About 600 monkeys in the area where the forest is. The monkeys are divided into 6 groups and the average in a group is about 100 monkeys. The people use slingshots incase if the monkeys are naughty they will shoot pebbles by them to scare them. The females have beards and the males have mustaches. Seventy percent of their diet is fruit. The monkeys are diurnal which means active at day. Wave your hand to make them not try and take your stuff. Play is very important for them. They use their tail for balance. They will raid your home and farm sense they do that some people call them pests. The monkeys can jump over 16 ft. They are born black and lose their black color and start to turn grey. The Balinese people  bury them in the forest when they die.The monkeys can eat flesh off of you. They get to be about 25 years old. They have thumbs. The trees there are over 100 years old. That was all we heard about the Balinese culture and Sacred Monkeys.

By Torrin and Peyton

This week in fourth grade we did a geo show! It was about the crab eating Macaque monkey. A monkey village is  in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. They have temples for the hindu gods like vishnu, brahma, & shiva. The monkey village has food stands like bananas and sweet potatoes. They have long tails and grab onto people and grab people’s  food, phone’s, and purses. You cannot have plastic bags & paper bags with you to the monkey village because they will rip the plastic or paper bags. These monkeys have sharp nails to climb. Their tails are used for balance.  The monkeys are sleeping in trees, but if a predator climbs and tries to eat the monkeys they go in the water because they are excellent swimmers. These monkeys live in Bali & southwest Asia for their habitat. The monkeys play with other monkeys, people, bananas and  sweet potatoes.  That is my report for monkeys on the geoshow.

By Dominic

Sacred monkeys geoshow

This week we did a geo show about sacred monkeys. This was one of the best geoshow because we learned a lot about sacred monkeys. They always jump on people to find food. At the end there was a kahoot.it, and it was really hard. We learned Bali is 95 miles wide. We also learned there are 4 to 5 monkey bites a day! If you feed the monkeys you can’t take the food back from them. They eat bananas and sweet potatoes. They sleep in trees above water. They are great swimmers. It was a great geoshow.

By Brendon, Antony, and Connor

In case you are interested, here are a couple pictures of the monkeys, and us giving a fun fact at the start of the show.

We learned 5 to 6 people get bit by a monkey everyday. Would you still like to visit the monkeys? 

October 4, 2017
by Mrs. Moore
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Geo Show Goes To Angkor Wat!

Angkor Wat

Our GeoShow was about Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat stands for City of Temples. Angkor Wat is located in Cambodia and the Cambodian flag is the only flag with a structure on it. Hindu has 3 god’s, Shira is the destroyer god, Vishnu is the protector god, and the 3rd is Brahman, he is the creator god. The Angkor Wat is a temple that’s 3 levels tall. On the first level everyone could go on it, the second level only High Priest could go on it, and the 3rd level was only for the King and Queen. The Angkor Wat is the 7th wonder of the world. Angkor Wat was built in the early 12th century. In Cambodia the common car was a tuk tuk. Angkor Wat was never fully built. The Rainbow Bridge leads to the Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world. Angkor Wat didn’t make the new list of the 7 wonders of the world. Angkor Wat 50% of why people visit Cambodia. Angkor Wat stretches over 248 square miles. Angkor Wat faces the West because it represents Vishnu the protector god. Angkor Wat was shifted from Hindu to Buddhist use sometime around the late 13th century. Khmer bricks were bonded together almost invisibly by using a vegetable compound rather than mortar. And that’s the Angkor Wat.

By Torrin, Peyton, and Connor

Angkor Wat

Last week was fun because we got to learn about Angkor Wat.

We got to do a geo show and we learned about the very old statues. we also got to do a Kahoot quiz and it was very fun. We got to do a KWL chart, and while were watching the geo show. We also learned about the wild animals.  Also about children that sell postcards. We also learned about the rainbow bridge and it looked very cool. We also learned that you have to manually flush the bathroom. We learned that they eat dried food. We also learned to not feed the wildlife. We learned that the sun rise is very  beautiful and they open shops very early for the sun rise people.

By Antony, Julian, and Brendon

Today in fourth grade we had a virtual field trip on Angkor Wat. I’ll give you some facts. Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia. It took 30 years to build. Angkor Wat was built in the 12th century. It is about 500 acres (200 hectares). Angkor Wat is one of the largest religious monuments ever constructed. Its name means temple city.    

By Emily

A Blog Post about Angkor Wat

On September 21 we did a Geo Show about Angkor Wat. We learned that it took 32 years of construction to almost complete the Angkor Wat temple. Angkor Wat translates to “City of Temples” or “City Temple”.  New temples and rains are being discovered nearly every year.

Angkor means City and Wat means temple and also when they get put together they make Angkor Wat and it means city temple. I also found out by doing a Geo Show a virtual field trip. Did you know that Angkor Wat is in Cambodia and is the largest religious monument in the world? Did you also know it didn’t make the new list of Seven Wonders Of The World? It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple of god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire.

By Destiny

Angkor Wat

We learned about Angkor Wat is really a cool place. Behind the temple is the only angel that has its teeth showing when it was smiling. There is gods and there names are Phantom, Shiba, vishnu, Brahma and Suryavarman. In the temple on the second floor is suppose to be Shiba but, when the head fell off they replace with Vishnu’s head. Some had six arms and some have eight arms. They have to pay to use the restroom and they have a pot to flush the toilet. They have a big tub of water. There are libraries in little building on each level in the corner. There was a destroyer god as well.

By Ananhi, Christina, and Maelee

Also, we were on the live show!

Have you ever visited Angkor Wat?

 

September 28, 2017
by Mrs. Moore
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Vertebrates

We started our vertebrates and invertebrates unit with Ranger Jen. Last week we worked in groups to learn more about vertebrates. Then, we presented our information to the class.

Presenting!

Presenting!

Here is what we learned.

Mammals

Mammals have backbones. They also need to be cared by their mother or father. They were born live, not born in eggs. There are about 4,000 different kinds of mammals. Their prey are birds and seals, but that’s all we know of their prey for now. Mammals are warm-blooded. Mammals can live in many different environments including land, oceans, and freshwater lakes. Dolphins and whales have hair along with other mammals. People belong in the mammal group.

 

Facts About Fish!

Fish have gills for all of their lives. Fish have been on earth for 500 million years. Fish have over 200 species all over the ocean water. Fish come from small to big sizes. Fish eat algae which is green slime goo. Fish eat coral and some fish eat other fish. Fish are cold blooded. Salmon migrate every year to breed and lay eggs. Fish have a good sense of taste. Some fish live in salt water, like halibut and cod. This is our report on fish. Thank you for joining us!

By Dominic, Emily, Brendon, Skylar, and Leslie

Reptiles

Reptiles have lungs, long tongues, and scales. They are cold blooded. There’s over 8,000 reptiles and, they use varieties of defense methods. Most reptiles have legs, some reptiles can regrow body parts, and all reptiles lay eggs.  Most reptiles don’t tolerate cold weather, and the first reptile to exist was 320 millions of years ago.  Some kids asked when was the first reptile existed and we said, “320 million years ago.” Other kids asked if they were vertebrates and we said, “yes.”

By Peyton, Anahi, Wade, Breanna, and Mike

Birds

Birds are vertebrates, that means they have a backbone. Birds are warm blooded so they don’t change temperature when the weather changes. They have very light feathers so they can fly. They lay eggs, and they do not give birth without an egg.  They have a four chambered heart. They breath through lungs. Some have webbed feet, that means they spend a lot of their time in the water. Some examples are penguins, ducks, and geese.
By Connor, Maelee, Jose, Destiny, and Aylana

Amphibians

Baby amphibians are born swimming. A few species of frogs give birth to live young. These are born as miniatures adults. Frogs don’t need to drink water because they absorb it through their skin. There are over 5,000 species of frogs. Frogs lay eggs that have a jelly like stuff around them.

By Antony, Candice, Charlie, and Julian

While our friends presented, we took notes on the vertebrates they researched. We are getting to be really great note-takers this year!

Note taking!

What fun facts do you know about vertebrates? 

September 25, 2017
by Mrs. Moore
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Ranger Jen

All of fourth grade was lucky to have a visit from Ranger Jen from Tonto National Monument! Here’s what we learned.

Today I learned mostly about invertebrate and vertebrate from Ranger Jen. She taught my classmates and I what invertebrate and vertebrate means. I did not know what it meant at first, but know I do because of Ranger Jen teaching me and my classmates what invertebrate and vertebrate means. Invertebrate means that someone or something does not have a spine. Vertebrate means someone or something does have a spine. For Example: Destiny has a backbone which means she’s vertebrate. For Example: A honey bee does not have a back bone so it’s invertebrate. I also learned about Tonto National Monument they have a special badge and it’s shaped like a arrow and they re present wildlife. Wildlife represents animals, plants, mountains, and water. They also all represent nature. I also learned about structures, and they are very old structures and they were like houses and building  people lived in them and about 700 years ago. I also learned about adaptations. Adaptations means a body structure and body structure means something part of your body and something you can’t change. That’s all I know.

By Leslie

Yesterday Ranger Jen came into our class. She showed us a slideshow about invertebrates and vertebrates. We played a game where we had to guess if one animal was a vertebrate or invertebrate. Then we played another game where Ranger Jen and Mrs. Moore put animals on our backs, and then we had to ask yes or no questions. Finally you had to go to Ranger Jen or Mrs. Moore and tell them what we think our animal was. Next she showed us a dance talking about structures or behaviors. Then we played our finale game where we had to say if the thing she talked about was a structure or behaviour. Finally she showed us a skull of a javelina and showed us it’s structures and behaviors. Then we asked her questions about anything. And then she left.

By Connor, Peyton, Brendon, and Torrin

Today we met Ranger Jen again from last year, and we learned invertebrates and vertebrates. Then we played a game where we got different animals on our backs ,and we had to ask our classmates for clues and we tried to figure out the animal on our back.   Ranger Jen brought in fake skulls of a animal, and it was a javelina skull. The 40 minutes was very fun and we learned a lot about the Tonto National Monument and the animals, plants,water, and the mountains. Also 700 year old houses are in Tonto National Monument. Ranger Jen’s uniform had a arrow head badge there was water, animals, mountains, and plants in the arrow badge. Also we learned about adaptations, and they  are a body function and a way to survive.

By Destiny

Ranger Jen works at Tonto National Monument. She taught us about  invertebrates and vertebrates. We also learned about animal adaptations. It is also how they survive in the wild. The adaptation dance we did was adaptations and structures that help a plant or a animal to survive.

By Anahi

If you  would like to see us doing the “Adaptations and Structure” dance, check it out on Instagram!

Thank you Park Ranger Jen for teaching us about adaptations, invertebrates, and vertebrates! @tontonps

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