As many of you may remember, our class Flat Stanley went missing during his last travels. He had been traveling with Bonnie and Terry when he decided to stay in France with his friend Etoile. At the end of the school year, when we still had not located our beloved flat friend, we decided it was time to make a new one.
By class vote, we chose Rodrigo’s Flat Stanley to represent our new world traveler!
This post is to update you on Flat Stanley’s current travels! This summer, over 23 days, he traveled to 7 states and 1 province! That’s right! He has already visited Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah, and British Columbia! Although many events took place over those 4,600 miles, two of his favorites included riding a ferry in British Columbia and hiking in Bryce Canyon!
Flat Stanley rides the ferry!
Visiting the Wall of Windows!
Have you ever visited any of these places?
Where should Flat Stanley’s next adventure take him?
We recently read a chapter from a story called Leah’s Pony. Leah was a girl growing up during the dust bowl, and her family was having trouble keeping their farm. This sent us on a research adventure to find video and facts about the people and their plight during the dust bowl. From our research we created a short skit to help depict the life of a farmer during that time period. We did it with a modern twist taking it from the perspective of the farms coming live from a newscast, but filmed it in sepia to keep it looking original. Watch to see what we learned through our original scripts.
Today we discovered that shapes that have the same area, don’t always have the same perimeter. It can also sometimes be the same area and perimeter. Perimeter measures the outside or barrier of the shape. Area measures the surface or inside of a shape. We could use perimeter to figure out how much fence you need for a dog pen or a flower bed. Area we learned you need to measure length times width to find the area. This can be used to find how much paint you need for a wall or how much grass you would need for a playground. Sometimes you need to use both perimeter and area to find out what you need to know. You can also use this to find out all the measurements for a shape.
Have you ever used perimeter or area for a project you have done?
Do you know what you would use length x width x height to find?
When Mr. and Mrs. Moore came to visit last week, we saw this picture in one of the books they brought us. It was Mrs. Moore standing in the middle of a redwood! We were looking at her in person, so we knew she was a normal size person, so how big are these trees?
Photo by Terry
After they left we grabbed a 100 foot tape measure and headed outside to do a little of our own investigating.
We are standing at our starting point, and 367 feet away where you see the arrow pointing, is the rest of our class. You can’t even see them. That is amazing a tree can be so tall!
Our circle represents the circumference of a redwood. A redwood can have a circumference of 54 feet! If you’ve seen most trees in Arizona, this one really made us say wow!
What is something you have seen our learned about in nature that made you say “wow!”