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September 24, 2017
by Mrs. Moore
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Dot Day 2017

We LOVE International Dot Day! Dot Day is all about celebrating our creativity and courage. This year, 10,072,020 people celebrated in over 170 countries. We started our morning reading The Dot, a story about a girl named Vashti. Then, we created our beautiful dots. We even wrote creative stories about our dots. Here are a few of them.

A Dot’s Journey

One day a dot went on a journey. He took a journey to every continent. First, he traveled to Antarctica. The dot looked around it was snowy, cold, and lonely. All he saw was snow and ice. “There’s no water for miles,” he said. Then he saw something. Something very big, very white, and very very fast. ”Is that what I think that is?” he said. ”No way that can’t be one,” he said. “It’s a polar bear!” he said excitedly. He was getting way too close to it. Suddenly….it attacked him! He ran as fast as he could to his boat. He made it and sailed away. ”That was a close one,” he said scared. Next, he went to the U.S.A. ”What is this place?” he said. ”Is this Alaska?” he thought. The dot was hungry and tired. He had no food, and no where to rest except the snowy cold floor. He was thinking of giving up. But there is one thing he couldn’t do get back home. He was lost! He thought he couldn’t survive for much longer. He was scared and lonely. Soon, he saw something or someone. ”Is that another traveler?” he said. When the traveler saw him he immediately asked him if he was ok. The dot said, ”Yes I’m ok just really hungry.” So the traveler gave him some food and took him home. (1 month later) The dot found out that if he was going to do that again he needs to be prepared. The dot learned a lesson to be prepared instead of unprepared. And that’s the dots journey.

By Torrin

My dot!

My dot likes to explore a lot! He has traveled the world! He likes to have a GPS  on him all the time! He has 99 friends and he can be your friend too! His favorite friend name is Freddy. And he has a lot of fun going around the world. And he likes to run a lot while going around the world! He has 10 million dollars and owns 5 limousines. His favorite food is orange chicken. He actually owns a private plane! Wow! And he likes to be around friends a lot. He also likes to hike and bike up mountains. He loves to play football and basketball. He has huge house and since he has such a huge house he lets in homeless and abused children of all kinds. He likes dogs and cats and stuff like that. He is a nice human I mean dot. Sorry.:) So back to the story about my dot he loves children and people he may look mean but he rarely is so don’t be scared O.K? He likes to make friends that’s why he  has 99  friends. He got home safely and slept in the copper plate and woke up stuck in the copper plate.
by:Wade 

Leslie’s Dot!

My dot is brightly colorful and is full with joyful colors. My dot is full with laughter and kindness. My dot can be kind, lovable and can be laughable. My dot is shining like a rainbow in the sky. My dot is so beautifully colorful and so bright. My dot can be anything sweet and colorful. My dot is truthfully unstoppable because it’s very powerful. Except my dot’s weakness is too much excitement. My dot loves candy and in fact my dot lives on candy island. My dot loves loves happy books, movies, and stories. My dot is not shy because it is confident and unstoppable. My dot is also brave and responsible. Sometimes my dot is a troublemaker, but my dot is still cheerful and on it’s best behavior. My dot is brightly colorful and is full with joyful colors.

Finally, our beautiful dots framed in swirly gold!

September 23, 2017
by Mrs. Moore
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Dancing Raisins

Did you know raisins can dance? Well, it turns out some actually can!

Today we did the Dancing Raisins Experiment. The materials that we used were a cup, raisins, and Shasta Twist. The steps that we took were pour the Shasta Twist soda in the cup. Next, we put the raisins in the cup. Our observations in the first minute  was that one was floating and slightly moving. In the second minute every thing was the same, and the third minute was when they were jumping. Our other observations was that only one was floating, lost their color, we heard popping, and they were squishy. Our inference was,”I think they are dancing because the bubbles held them in the water.”

by Connor, Torrin, Peyton, and Brendon

Materials: A cup, clear soda, and raisins.

Steps: Then Mrs. Moore put the soda in the cup and Dominic put the raisins in the cup.

Observations: 1 minute: They looked like they’re were dancing kind of. 2 minute: They moved a bit. 3 minutes: One stand up for a bit, and goes down, and comes back up!

My inference: I think the raisins are dancing because the soda was fizzing and the soda has lots of sugar.

by Leslie

Why do you think the raisins dance? 

September 9, 2017
by Mrs. Moore
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Gummy Bear Science

We started off science this year working on observation and inferences. We are also learning to think like scientists and take lot’s of notes in our science journals.

Torrin’s Science Journal

We started by listing all of the materials we would need: gummy bears, cups, stirrers, water, vinegar, salt, and baking soda. Then, we predicted what would happen to each gummy bear in the solution. Finally it was time! We mixed each ingredient with the water and added the gummy bears. We observed, not much happening yet. We made inferences on what we thought would happen to the gummy bears, then, all we could do was wait until tomorrow to make new observations.

Our first observations

The next day, we observed again and this is what we found. The salt water dehydrated the gummy bears, so the gummy bears dissolved. The vinegar also dissolved them. The baking soda actually caused the gummy bears to grow! Final step? Make inferences about these results.

We were amazed with the results!

Making inferences

Discussing our findings

I liked this science project because it was fun, and we can learn new stuff. Now we know what it does.

-Leslie

Did our results surprise you? 

 

August 22, 2017
by Mrs. Moore
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Unjournaling

Today we did something a little different during writing. We used a writing prompt from Unjournaling by Dawn DiPrince and Cheryl Miller Thurston. This book is full of prompts that are not boring! Today’s prompt:

What advice would a DOG give about life, if it could talk? Write that advice.

Here’s what Antony had to say about a dog giving advice.

My advice to you about life is to be careful on the road because you might get crushed. Some more advice is not to poop on the rug, and to not smell others’ poop. Also, do not fall for the ball trick, and run after as many cats as you can! Do not bark at people, it makes them mad. When your owners take you in the shower, make sure you get them wet. My last advise to you is that if someone is mad at you, make sad and cute eyes.

Peyton wrote,

If I were a dog the advice I would give about life would be everyday you wake up, you should stretch, give it a wiggle, and call it a great day. Also, you should go outside and run around chasing squirrels to get some exercise. Last, you should bark every time you need something.

What advise do you think a talking dog would give you?

 

August 17, 2017
by Mrs. Moore
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The Great Zoo Debate: Good or Bad?

We were put to the challenge to answer the question, Are Zoos Inhumane? To give us a better understanding on the different points of view, we started by reading this article. After reading, we chose an opinion and used evidence from the text to support it. Scroll below the article to find a couple of our opinions on the topic.

Are Zoos Inhumane?

By Torrin

I think zoos are inhumane, and animals can escape. In the article it states, “One of the tigers was on the loose!” Zoos are like a prison. The author states “Critics say that zoos are like prisons and that zoos drive many animals crazy by confining them.” Another reason is because the animals can get bored and don’t really do anything. In the article it states, “Anti-zoo activists talk about big cats endlessly pacing back and forth in their cages, zoo elephants constantly swaying side to side, polar bears swimming in endless circles, and monkeys and parrots “grooming” themselves until they have no fur or feathers.” I don’t think they should not keep zoos.

Should Animals Be in Zoos?

By Antony

Yes, they should get rid of zoos because they are like animal prisons. Wild  animals have to live in their habitat and not in zoos. Animals get crazy in zoos like Tatiana a tiger who went went craze and attacked a teenager and two other  young  men. No one knows why Tatiana  attacked.  Some witnesses say the men taunting the tiger but  the they denied it. Animals in zoos are like kidnapping people, but they are animals. Animals are not happy in zoos. They are sad. They got taken away from their family, and they should be with their families. That is why animals should not be in zoos.

 

By Destiny

I agree that it is cruel to keep animals in zoos because animals get bored and sometimes die inside a zoo. Also, they should be in the wild. In the article it states,”Critics say that zoos are like prisons and that zoos drive many animals crazy by confining them. If the animals don’t die of boredom, they snap and revert to their wild nature.”I mostly agree that it is cruel because because it’s not right, and if you were locked in a cage how would you feel? I feel bad when I see wild animals behind bars. It is like a prison cell. I think zoos are inhumane. In the article it states,”There are some animals, such as tigers and elephants, which roam large areas in the wild, that should not be held captive.”

 

By Aylana

No, I do not agree with taking wild animals into a zoo. The animals should be free and live on their on. I say no wild animals should not be in a zoo. Wild animals often live alone and they might not like to be by other animals. Some wild animals like to be by other animals, but wild animals are not scared of people. I think animals should not live in zoos. 

What is your opinion, should animals live in zoos? 

August 15, 2017
by Mrs. Moore
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Our First Week

This week was very special because it was the first week of school. We had many projects, like the Marshmallow Challenge. We started to read a book called Hello, Universe. Mrs. Moore tweeted our new read aloud, and the author responded! It is a fun book, but we did not finish it because it is long.

By Antony

A few other exciting things for the week were agreeing on our classroom norms, working with place value and really big numbers, a Socratic Seminar, a Cup Staking Challenge, and collaborating on huge whiteboards.

If you’d like to take a glimpse at our week, watch this short iMovie trailer!

How was your first week back to school?

What are you most excited for your school year?

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