November 23, 2015
by Mrs. Moore
Based on an idea shared by Peter Skillman, we worked together in small groups to create a free standing spaghetti sculpture with a marshmallow on top. Each group was given 20 pieces of spaghetti, 1 yard of tape, 1 yard of string, a marshmallow, and a pair of scissors. It was our mission, in only 18 short minutes, to build the tallest structure in the class!
Although this may seem simple, and many of us thought it would be, it actually required many skills. We had to use communication and collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving, and creativity and innovation. Here are a couple of things we discussed after the challenge:
- It was really fun!
- It’s harder than it looks like it will be.
- It works best when you collaborate with your group.
- We all wished we could have more tape.
- Sometimes you have to start over with a new idea.
- It was really disappointing when your structure fell over.
Check out this iMovie trailer to see our highlights! We hope you enjoy!
Spaghetti and Marshmallow Challenge from Amber Moore on Vimeo.
What tips do you have for us?
How tall of a structure do you think you could build?
November 22, 2015
by Mrs. Moore
Did you know that most monarch butterflies only live for about 30 days, but some live for 8 months? Neither did we, but it is just one of the great facts we learned during our video conference with Texas Wildlife Association.
Before our video conference, we got into small groups with our big whiteboards to brainstorm everything we knew about monarchs and questions we would like answered.
Brainstorming about what we know and what we want to know.
Then, we put all of our information together to create a class KWL chart.
Our class KWL chart.
Finally, it was time for the video conference to begin!
The Magic of Monarchs
After checking back to our KWL chart, we realized we didn’t quite get all of our questions answered. So, we spent a few minutes researching our left over questions to satisfy all of our curiosities.
Just a few more facts!
Here are some of our great take-aways from our experience.
- They do not go into cocoons, but into chrysalis.
- They lay their eggs on milkweed plants.
- After they lay their eggs, they die.
- They migrate to the same place in Mexico each year.
- They have scales on their wings, that is why it’s important to not touch them.
- People tag them to record their migration and population.
- Adult monarchs feed on nectar and water by sipping using a sucking tube called proboscis.
- Monarchs carry a poison that is harmful to their predators.
- The monarch population is shrinking do to reduced milkweed plants and natural disasters in their overwintering areas.
Last, we got into groups to help write this post!
Writing this post!
Do monarch butterflies come through your state?
Have you ever seen a monarch in nature?
October 31, 2015
by Mrs. Moore
Student Blogging Challenge – Activity 3
Today was our first Mad Scientist Day! Instead of having a Halloween party, we spent our day with fun and interesting experiments. For each of these experiments, we worked through the scientific process. It was interesting to find out if our hypothesis matched the actual results. We also had the chance to experience the disappointment of nothing happening at all! Oh well, maybe next time we’ll have the chance to make a few changes and try again. Here are the experiments we did:
- Soap Souffle
- Leak Proof Bags
- Dancing Rice
- Invisible Ink
- Vampire Soap
- Changing Milk
Here is a iMovie Trailer to give you a sneak peak into our day!
Mad Scientist Day from Amber Moore on Vimeo.
Which experiment would you like to try?
October 23, 2015
by Mrs. Moore
Last Thursday was a big day in 3rd grade for Four Peaks’ students. We participated in the glorious Global Cardboard Challenge (previous post), and had a special delivery from the Rotary club in Apache Junction/Superstition Mountain. We were lucky enough to have Brian bring us all brand new dictionaries and give us a lesson on how to use them. A couple of our dictionary take-aways:
- They are in alphabetical order
- They help you spell
- You can learn the part of speech for words
- Words sometimes have more than one definition, and a dictionary will tell them all
- Our dictionaries boast the world’s longest word
- You can learn sign language
October 18, 2015
by Mrs. Moore
It is a tradition for third graders at our school to participate in the Global Cardboard Challenge. This incredible challenge was inspired by Caine’s Arcade. You can watch the video to learn more about how this event began.
We started our day with a visit to Mrs. Hamman’s class to see what innovative games they had created. Not only were we impressed, but we were very excited to learn their games had prizes! What a treat and an inspiration to get back to class and let our own creativity shine.
Look at the amazing games!
We are impressed!
Mrs. Hamman’s Class
We spent the next couple hours cutting, tearing, taping, and discussing what would make the ultimate arcade game. Most of us chose to create our own, but worked close by friends for help and encouragement. It was finally time to play! First, we played the games in our class. Then, we ventured over to Ms. Myers’ class and Ms. Brokaw’s class to play their games!
Here’s a photo of Ms. Brokaw’s class.
Next, the art teacher came to our class. She was so impressed by our innovative and creative games, she asked that we get them back on our desks so she could play them! Finally, Mrs. Hamman’s class from 5th grade came to play OUR games! It was the perfect ending to our perfect day.
Here is a video to share our progress throughout the day. We hope you enjoy, and are inspired to share your creativity with the world.
Cardboard Challenge from Amber Moore on Vimeo.
October 6, 2015
by Mrs. Moore
Yesterday was a huge day for readers all over the world! It was the kick-off day for the 6th annual Global Read Aloud. Last week Mrs. Moore told us we would be reading The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes. We looked at the cover and started thinking about what would happen to Billy during his year?! We drew pictures and wrote about what the possibilities that might take place. Here are our predictions:
The Year of Billy Miller Predictions from Amber Moore on Vimeo.
We are also getting excited to start making connections with other classes. We were amazed yesterday when we listened to Pernille Ripp’s video and found out there are 525,000 students all over the world participating this year. We plan on doing Skype calls, blog posts, and even a slowchat using Twitter! Check back to see our thoughts about the book and to hear about our connections.
What experiences do you think Billy Miller will have in this book?