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Adventures in Education

April 17, 2014
by Mrs. Moore
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Flat Stanley Goes Down Under!

Last year, Mrs. Moore’s class sent Flat Stanley on the adventure of his life with Charlotte and Susan. His adventure took him from Arizona to Canada and finally to China! Well, it was time for Flat Stanley to get his traveling envelope back out, because this time he’s adventure has him in Australia! Starting on February 1st, Flat Stanley started out on a 2 month adventure leading him from one side of Australia to the other and back again. This time his travel guides were Terry and Bonnie.

Australia

Flat Stanley’s Route

After reading the original Flat Stanley, we read Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures: The Australian Boomerang Bonanza. In this adventure Stanley gets blown out to sea. We were a little concerned when we saw him involved in parasailing, but he has arrived back in the United States safely! Today, Terry and Bonnie will be hand-delivering him back to us. We are excited to hear more and meet the people who took our friend on an adventure 1/2 way around the world!

Here are a few things we learned about Australia:

  • There are lots of kangaroos in Australia
  • If a mother kangaroo gets hurt, people help the babies (called joeys)
  • They have fairy crossing signs, so we are assuming they also have fairies
  • They have fences made from objects that look like colored pencil
  • They have a really fun bird called a Kookabura
  • A Kookabura is a meat eating bird
  • Magpies are very loud and have a fun song
  • The whole continent is surrounded by ocean
  • There are really big beautiful trees call Eucalyptus

Watch our video to see Flat Stanley’s amazing trip to Australia!

Flat Stanley visits Australia from Amber Moore on Vimeo.

Have you ever hosted a Flat Stanley?

What is the farthest place from your home you have ever visited? 

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April 16, 2014
by Mrs. Moore
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Our Tips for AIMS

This week was our first time taking the state test, AIMS. We have been working really hard all year. We have focused on learning to read closely, looking back in the text for evidence, and becoming problem solvers. We watched a video on test taking tips, and thought, we should create our own! These are the tips we came up with:

  • Always get plenty of sleep
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Show your work
  • Stay focused
  • Fill in your bubbles neatly
  • Be on time
  • Have a great attitude
  • Don’t let the questions trick you – read carefully!
  • Remember you can do it!

We decided to do something a little different than create a video. We used the iPad app Aurasma to create mini-movies that are triggered by the pictures we drew to go with our specific tip! This way, when you viewed it with the app, our tips came alive. We know we are ready to conquer the test!

AIMS Tips from Amber Moore on Vimeo.

 

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April 10, 2014
by Mrs. Moore
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One Book, One School: A Family Read Aloud Project

Last week we had a kick-off assembly for our school’s first annual participation in One Book, One School. Everyone of the almost 700 students in our school received the same book, The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney. Each grade-level has a different text detective task they are to accomplish over the next month. Third grade will be looking for all the nicknames Humphrey uses. Each night, students along with their families will read a little of the book.  At the end of the month, students will bring in their completed map and participate in a fair. There will be art projects and even a giant hamster ball!

We are all excited to read and find out what happens with everyone’s favorite classroom pet! Watch to see a quick video of our kick-off assembly.

Humphrey from Amber Moore on Vimeo.

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April 6, 2014
by Mrs. Moore
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Worm Investigation

Written by: Kyle M.

Worm Box Ingredients

On March 27, 2014 we got a worm box! Our class is doing vermicomposting. First, we put in coir (coir comes from coconut fibers) with water because worms need moisture to live. We mixed in shredded newspaper to soak in some of the moisture. We also mixed some soil and pumice to the coir. The ingredients are coir, shredded newspaper, 1 cup of water, worms, and dirt.

Diet for Worms

The worm diet is very simple. Worms will eat bad food and apple cores. Some other foods are vegetable scraps and banana peels. They also enjoy coffee grounds and egg shells. Also, dirt with some kind of nutrients  is their favorite food and helps with digestion. Never put citrus fruit in their box because they do not like it. That’s their diet.

 Fun Facts

Red wigglers like temperatures between 40-80 degrees Fahrenheit. Once one food tray is full,  you put another one on top. The worms will crawl up through the grid design to find fresh food. It takes 27 days after they mate and breed, and 60 days for the eggs to hatch. That’s 3 out of a ton of facts I told you.

What Vermicomposting Means

The word vermicomposting means worm composting. Watch the video to find out more  about red wigglers. We started off with 2,000 worms check back to see how many we have at the end of the school  year!

Worm Activities

1. Dig at dirt

2. Eat compost food

3. Left over food exactly in diet

4. Poop out richer soil

5. Help save the environment by reducing waste

 Information found on Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm.

Watch our video to see the kick off for our project. Thank you to Gabby for helping with the video.

Vermicomposting from Amber Moore on Vimeo.

Have you ever touched a worm?

Do you compost your left over food?

Where do you live? We’d love to know!

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March 6, 2014
by Mrs. Moore
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Bio Poems

You are going to love this post! We not only wrote fabulous poems about ourselves, but used the iPad app Haiku Deck to publish them. If you have not used Haiku Deck before, you are in for a treat. This allowed us to find the perfect pictures to go with each line of our poems. Watch below to not only see amazing poetry, but mixed with beautiful photos!

by Caleb

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app

by Mackenzie

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app

by Gabrielle

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app

by Miguel

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app

by Jake

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app

by Jacky

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app

by Atiana

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app

by Carson

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app

by Micki

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app

by Kyle M.

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app

by Diana

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app

Kyle

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app

by Kailey

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app

by Breeanna

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app

by Amerie

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app

by McKenzie

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app

by Noel

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app

by Kenny

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app

by Shyann

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app

by Devaunte

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app

by Jacob

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app

by Adam

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app

What three adjectives would you use to describe yourself?

What is a dream you have?

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March 3, 2014
by Mrs. Moore
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Three Pigs, One Wolf, and Seven Magic Shapes

Did you know there is a whole different story about another set of three little pigs? Neither did we until we read Three Pigs, One Wolf, and Seven Magic Shapes by Grace Maccarone. Much like the original story, there are three little pigs (although one is a girl) and a big bad wolf (but his name is Brad). We don’t want to tell you too much about the story because we think you should read it for yourself. What we will tell you is this helped us learn about perimeter. In our math journals we traced and measured the perimeter of each piece. Then we created something with all seven pieces and found the perimeter for the whole shape! Watch our Animoto video to see our wonderful Tangram art!

What would you create with the seven magic shapes?

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