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May 21, 2014
by Mrs. Moore

Our Classroom Favorites for 2013-2014!

We can hardly believe our school year is almost over! It seems like just yesterday we were entering our 3rd grade classroom for the first time. As we reflected over our 3rd grade experiences, we decided we would share a few of our favorites!

1. Mad Scientist Day: This was so great we held Mad Scientist Day 2!

2. O.R.E.O Project: Our Really Exciting Online Project!

3. Global Cardboard Challenge: Inspired by Caine’s Arcade!

4. Poetry: We love poetry!  Our class participated in many open mics and even wrote a little poetry of our own. Check out our bio poems.

5. Flat Stanley: This year Flat Stanley landed in Australia!

6. The Marshmallow Challenge: It’s just like what it sounds like, a challenge with a marshmallow!

7. One Book, One School: This was the first time our school participated in this project, and we thought it was amazing! Here is our post discussing character traits.

8. College Day: Every Thursday we research at least one new school. You never know where we might go…

Our map in the beginning of the year.

Our map in the beginning of the year.

Our map at the end of the year!

Our map at the end of the year!

9. Vermicomposting: During Earth Week we discovered another way to help save the environment.

10. Video Conferences: We thought of these as virtual field trips! Here are a couple we participated in: Piloting Planes, Minnesota Zoo, and Our Trip to Titan.

11. Dust Bowl: Can you imagine how life was for those ten years as a farmer? Our video might help you understand their plight.

12. Solve It Your Way: This blog had monthly challenges, and we loved to test our scientific method skills.  1. How far will it roll? .2  How high can you jump?  3. How long does it take an ice cube to melt?

What was your favorite experience of you school year? 

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May 21, 2014
by Mrs. Moore
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Imagining Life in the Dust Bowl

Last Tuesday we came to school to find out we had no recess all day! You might be asking why would kids in Arizona not get recess in May?! We would share with you it looked like a big dust storm and not very safe to be playing in! While embracing our afternoon recess in the classroom, Mrs. Moore shared with us 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. Watch to see what we learned through our original scripts.

Dust Bowl from Amber Moore on Vimeo.

Do you know what the human and environmental factors were that caused the dust bowl?

How we can help stop the human factors from letting it occur again? 

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May 19, 2014
by Mrs. Moore

Student Blogging Challenge

Student Blogging Challenge #9: Doing my best

The final blogging challenge was to write a post about one of the following topics

  • What makes a great family
  • A global issue you would like to help solve
  • My future
  • Visiting overseas

Here are a few written by the students in our ELA class.

My Amazing Future is Awaiting

by Kailey M.

I wonder what’s going to happen when my Amazing Future does come. Am I going to get married? Am I going to be a doctor or a nurse or a M.A. as my job? I don’t know. What I want to do is do amazing things. Like maybe be the world’s famous singer or be a professional ice skater. I want to do amazing things like that. I want to be amazing!

My Future Job

I have a whole lot of future jobs I have on my list. Like being a M.A. (That means Medical Assistant.). I’ve always wanted to be a M.A. because my mom is. Being a M.A. is kinda hard. It’s like being a doctor but it’s way more difficult. She also really inspires me. I also want to be a mechanic also. That’s my dad’s job. A mechanic’s job is more difficult. You have to work on cars. You also have to know what the parts of some cars are called and what you have to do to fix them. There are so many jobs I want, I can’t even count them. I still don’t know what job I want.

I wonder…

I don’t just wonder about my future. I wonder about other futures, too. Like maybe my family’s or friends’. Will my parents get married? Will my friends move to another state or country? This is going to be a busy future and I still don’t know what to do. When I’m done thinking about what I’m going to do, I’ll probably think about another person’s future. Maybe I’ll think about your future.

Check out more cool Futuristic pictures at FlickrCC

My FUTURE Awaits

By Kyle

In the future the world would be different from the world we have now. Kids would be grown ups and grown ups would be Grandma’s & Grandpa’s. I would be an Engineer to build buildings, machines, and homes. Will I get married? Who knows the world knows. I will also read Humphrey BOOKS!

The job I will have is to be Engineer so I can help people out in the world. I will get married to a nice and great woman in the future. The future will also mean a better world. If I become an engineer people who have the money and can’t find a home they can get the some. I will build if I become an Engineer. I can also create machines for construction workers like C.A.T (Caterpillar) and cars for people. I will also read the whole series of Humphrey.

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If all this will happen my future will be great. We all have to wait a great amount of time before this can happen though.  When it comes I will be happy my friends will be happy and the world will be happy. This is what the future wants the world to do what they want to do.

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My Future

By Noel

When I grow up I want to be a baker and bake cakes and cupcakes. I think it will be really fun! I would make a cupcake or cake with toppings on it like: sprinkles, icing, and all that stuff. I am really into making the things I wanted to make. I have been helping my grandma make: cookies, brownies, cakes, cupcakes and I think I would be really good at baking stuff like that.

I would use really good bread for cakes and cupcakes. I would use red velvet, vanilla, or chocolate bread. I would try my best to make really good bread. After I make it, it will probably taste really good. Then I would make it for people who come into my store. They will probably think they taste really good.

Some cakes and cupcakes have different ingredients like some use eggs and some do not use eggs. Some taste different because of the ingredients because some have different stuff in them. Cupcakes and cakes are really good to me but they can be gross to other people. Have you ever tasted a cake or cupcake? They can be good or not good.

If you want to learn how to make a cake or cupcake then here are the directions. 1. Get cake or cupcake batter. 2. Get a big bowl. 3. Pour  the batter into the bowl. 3. Get like 2-3 eggs and crack them open and pour them into the bowl. 4. Pour vegetable oil in the bowl. 5. Pour 1 cup of water in the bowl. 6. Stir all the stuff in the bowl. 7. Get a pan and pour the mixed up batter into the pan. 8. Then put it into the oven for about 20-30 minutes.

I think it is really fun to make cakes and cupcakes and I think you will have a fun time. But the only thing about cupcakes and cakes is that the sugar and fat is not good for you. Go on this Calories in Cupcakes – FatSecret.

Well have a nice time making your cake or cupcake. Do not forget to decorate your cake or cupcake!

The Future of School

By Carson

School helps people learn math, reading, and science. Teachers can help you learn things you do not know yet. Students go to school because they do not know what teachers know. Some kids even do home school with their parents to learn at home. The people do the way they want to learn.

Students will learn more things in the future of school. Students would learn if their parents  would learn with them. Have Parent day. Parents go to school with their kids and learn what they learn.

Kids from schools should be friends because they get to know each other. They can skype with a electronic device. They build friendships to people. kids could be friends on what you know and on what he know. The future so bright you to shade.


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What Makes A Great Family

By Diana

What do you need to make a great family? Most kids a orphans meaning that they do not have a family. So if you have a new brother or sister don’t fuss be happy. of course you want a good house and nice parents really no one is perfect. Be happy some children don’t have a good home at all.

They have is hope and God they don’t have food the get very sick and die. So you don’t have a big house. Some people don’t have a house. You think you have horrible food some people don’t have any food they don’t have anything to eat. You can’t have your friend over you have a cold. Some people don’t get well they can’t have a life.

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Enjoy the things that you have health, food and a good home. How can you not enjoy this? These people are more grateful than you are and you have more to be grateful for. Just stop right now and think make sure that you are being grateful. Love everything like clean water, food and so much more. Instead of thinking I have so little, think I have so  much .  So  when you lie think I have so much and I have a great family.

My fun Future!

Hi, My name is McKenzie H. and this is what I hope my future is going to be like…..

I want to be a good basketball player I want to take after my brother. I would also like to be a vet for how much I love animals. If I can’t be basketball player. My brother liked basketball and now I do, but it takes lots and lots of practice! Maybe if I’m a vet I can buy animals for people who don’t have them.

I want to have a nice car that’s red and shiny when I’m sixteen years old, but I will have to graduate  from high school. I want to explore the world  itself too. I want to travel with my friends across the world. I would want to travel to Alaska first I want to go there because the seals and the other animals. I think that would sound fun. Or I could go to India.

I also would want to be happy with my life I would have tons of fun but who knows it may be totally different to what I want. I will have to wait and see what it will be like. I hope it will be close to what I would like.

And that’s what I hope my life will be like in my fun future!

                                                       By McKenzie H.

My dream of having a red car


My dream of basketball

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My Lifetime Future

By Gabrielle

My future goal is to be a scientist and race in the Iditarod.  It sounds like fun and could be my lifetime career.

I would like to be a scientist when I grow up because it sounds very interesting and discovering new things would be very wonderful.  I would like to discover new types of animals and bugs, discovering jungles that had not been discovered and being famous for finding new things and being the first and lot’s of other experiences.


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I would like to race in the Iditarod because I would be in Alaska and have a team of sled dogs, have lot’s of money, I would be famous, have fun going really far in snow, rain, and bad snow storms. I would have wonderful team of sled dogs, practice with my team and have fun.  I will get to meet new sled dog people and go very very far to be a champion.


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The Future of Science

By Jake

The world needs science. Science gets you a good job and a great family. Science helps us understand stuff. Scientist work hard for what they do.

Scientist has these tubes to mix them into one bottle. They put it in this machine to mix it fully called microspin pv-2400.  They turn different colors like blue and red equals purple. They wear goggles to protect their eyes from danger.


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I found these facts on Science for Kids – Fun Experiments, Cool Facts, Online and flickrcc help me on the photos. What do you want to be in the future?

What do you think your future will be?

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May 9, 2014
by Mrs. Moore

All About Humphrey

For the past month all of the students in our school have been reading the book The World According to Humphrey. This is a delightful book, and we highly recommend it to kids and grown-ups to read. In third grade, we created mobiles to share the character traits for each of the characters. Then, we each used a Google Doc to write about our character. We shared these with our teacher to help create this post. Here are our ideas about the characters in the book.


by Gabrielle

Sayeh’s character traits are quiet because when Mrs. Brisbane calls on Sayeh to answer a question, she looks at her desk and says nothing.  She is brave because at the end of the book she sang in front of the class dressed as the Statue of Liberty. Friendly describes her because she took Humphrey home  and was happy and talk to humphery about how her mom spook a different language and her dad learned a little English. She was concerned because she thought people would laugh or make fun of her accent. Sayeh was glum because her dad only learned a little English and her mom never learned English and doesn’t know English. She is smart because she get’s 100% on all her tests. These are Sayeh’s  character traits.


by Kailey

Miranda Golden is really nice to Humphrey. That is one good character trait. Here are a few more good character traits about Golden-Miranda.(I mean Miranda-Golden!) She is really caring because she saved Humphrey from her dog,Clem…Twice. She is also gentle because on one page Miranda-Golden was softly stroking Humphrey on his soft back. Another character trait was that she was polite because when Clem almost attacked Humphrey, Miranda caught him and she got him out of her room and started saying sorry to Humphrey several times. She is very polite. The final good character trait about Miranda is that she is really thoughtful. When Clem almost attacked Humphrey, Miranda was really thoughtful and said sorry.

Isn’t Miranda really nice to Humphrey? Read the book and you’ll figure that out!


by Jake

Our school is doing a Humphrey read aloud. Then we started reading a little more. We are also doing a project to see if we really read it. The project was a Humphrey mobile we pick a person out of the hat. The first person got Humphrey. It was Carson. Carson did great. I thought Carson worked really hard. I got Stop-Giggling-Gail. Her character traits are noisy, funny, energetic, fast, troublemaker, and kind. Then we heard that we have to have 15 points to get in the hamster ball. I’m going to make it in!

Mrs. Mac Character Trait

by Breeanna

  1. Mrs. Mac is polite because she took Humphery home every day from  school.
  2. Mrs. Mac is uncaring because she left Humphery to go see the world.
  3. Mrs. Mac respectful  because she gave Humphrey a notebook and and a pencil so Humphrey he can write words.
  4. Mrs. Mac is sweet because she  had a pet in her room and Humphrey said that love her more than the world. Mrs.
  5. Mac is loving because she took care of humphrey and  she brought him from the pet store.
  6. Mrs. Mac is smart because she is a teacher.

Richie Rinaldi

by Adam

Humphrey  is the best book ever. I would read it every single day. Here’s what  I did for my project! Richie Rinaldi is calm because he takes his time and does not yell (Page: Whole book). Richie Rinaldi is friendly  because he is friendly with his friends (Page:Whole book) Richie Rinaldi is quiet because he does not talk that much (page:whole book). Richie Rinaldi is kind because he  helped  Humphrey clean his cage (page:25). Richie Rinaldi is helpful because he is helpful for helping his friends and he cleaned Humphrey’s cage. Richie Rinaldi is shy because he barely talks.

ALL About Ms. Mac

by Evelyn

Polite: Ms. Mac is polite because she took Humphrey home everyday. Respectful: Ms.Mac is respectful because she respect the kid’s and Humphrey. Sweet: Ms. Mac is sweet  because she take’s Humphrey to school. Loving: Ms. Mac is loving because she gives Humphrey a pencil. Busy: Ms. Mac is busy because she works a lot. Smart: Ms. Mac is smart because she went to college.

The World According to Humphrey

by Mckenzie

Today we did a character trait mobiles and they were really fun. We used an app on Mrs. Moore’s computer it was called the Hat. My character is Humphrey! We did the mobile for a grade to see who can ride in the…HAMSTER BALL!  All the kids are reading like book worms. My character traits are morose, lonely, angry, brave, smart, and down. We drew the character and cut it out. Then we hung them on the wall. And that’s what we did to our character trait mobiles.

Mrs. Brisbane

by Shyann

Mrs. Brisbane  is evil because she calls Humphrey a rodent. She is serious because she is bossy. She is boring because she does nothing fun. Mrs. Brisbane is unhappy because she does not like Humphrey. Sometimes when she is uneasy she makes things hard. She is gloomy because she has to deal with Humphrey.

Mr. Morales

by Miguel

Caring: He is caring because he tried hard to find Humphrey. Angry: He is angry with his kids. Busy: He is busy because he is a principal at school. Gentle: He is gentle by saying nice words to Humphrey. Serious: He is serious with his children when they are bad. Loud: He is very loud to his kids because they are loud.


by Jacob

Lazy: A.J. is lazy because he sits around all day playing video games. Loud: Because the teacher Mrs.Brisbane calls A.J. Lower-Your-Voice-A.J. Serious: Because he doesn’t like to be shot with rubber bands. Energetic: Because he likes to play outside and play football. Caring: Because he volunteered to take of Humphrey. Friendly: Because he let garth take care of humphrey with him.

A.J. is tall, strong, wears his hat backwards and has a red shirt, blue skinny jeans and a neckless that is golden that says A.J.


by Kyle

  1. Athletic – A.J is a very loud kid in Mrs. Brisbane’s class. A.J. is Athletic He’s athletic because when the TV got unplugged he played football and some other sports with Garth. Pg 93
  2. Lazy – He’s lazy because he watches tv all day and plays video games all day. Pg 86
  3. Loud -A.J.’s loud because he yells in class a lot and they call him  Lower- Your Voice A.J. Pg 76
  4. Serious – He’s serious about getting hit with rubber bands. Pg 76
  5. Friendly- He’s friendly because he made friends with Garth when he came to their House. Pg 94
  6. Easily Angered – He got hit in the neck by rubber bands and yelled “COOL IT GARTH”. Pg 79
  7. A.J. looks buff and has blue eyes. He has a jersey and he has a hat that’s sideways and big muscles.

Take a look at our mobiles!

Have you read The World According to Humphrey?

Who is your favorite character?

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May 1, 2014
by Mrs. Moore

Piloting Planes

The students from Breckenridge Junior High School in Texas taught us about aerodynamics, the scientific method, and graphing coordinates via a video conference! The students had created 3 different paper airplanes they planned on testing with us. The airplanes were called The Classic Dart, Swallow Tail, and The Glider. They showed a Power Point to help us with some of the vocabulary. We thought it was really cool that they had so many different students working together to share their knowledge, and help us to understand not only a few things about aerodynamics, but about experiments. They talked about the scientific method and shared how they had made a hypothesis about which of their 3 planes would fly the farthest. The experiment began by one student flying the paper airplane and another observing it. Then another student graphed the results of each throw. This was our chance to graph their experiment. At first we thought this was pretty tricky, but we caught on quick.

After, it was time to build our own airplanes! The materials included a straw, two strips of card stock (two different lengths), and tape.  We thought for sure Mrs. Moore had forgotten to pass out a few supplies. One of the students walked us through step-by-step using a document camera so we could really see and follow along correctly. After we had the airplanes constructed, we didn’t think they would work, but we soon changed our minds!

When we tested our airplanes out on the playground, we had a flight range from 3 feet to 23 feet! Everyone admitted they had never gotten a regular looking paper airplane to fly 23 feet! Here are the reasons we came up with to why some airplanes may have flown farther than others:

  • The shape of the circle (maybe it was more oval)
  • Technique of the throw, possibly the airplane was backwards
  • Not letting it go at the right time
  • Throwing it more gently resulted in it going farther
  • If you pushed to hard, it would nose-dive
  • Maybe different wind at different throw times
  • More tape could equal a weighed down airplane
  • If the straw was bent or not

We wanted to show all of our throws on one graph, so we used a line plot to share the results.

Our class graph

Our class graph

This is a short slideshow to give you a visual of our experience.

We really enjoyed learning from other students, and were impressed by the work they had done to prepare the lesson. At the end we asked them a few questions. They shared a link with us, Breckenridge Aviation Museum, and suggested we look up paper airplanes and transformers! Thanks again Breckenridge Junior High School!

What is the farthest you have thrown a paper airplane?

What do you feel is the best paper airplane building techniques?

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April 17, 2014
by Mrs. Moore

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.


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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