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April 29, 2016
by Mrs. Moore
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Building Unsinkable Ships!

Wednesday was another fantastic day in third grade! After reading several nonfiction texts on the Titanic, it was time for us to put our own ship building skills to work. We were given the task to build a foil ship that could hold weight before sinking. Our materials at hand included 1 yard of aluminium foil, 4 inches of tape, and 2 straws. First, we predicted how much weight our ship would hold before it sank. Then, we brainstormed possible designs. Next, it was time to construct our inventive ships! With our partners, we collaborated to build the ship that would withstand great amounts of weight. Finally, it was time to test them! We all went outside, where a kiddie pool brought by Ms. Brokaw was awaiting us. In our groups, we slowly added weights in the amount of 1 ounce, 4 ounces, 8 ounces, or 1 pound! After each boat had the opportunity to sink, we headed back to class to create line plots to show the results. Here is what we found.

  • The range was between 4 and 28 ounces.
  • The median weight held was 12 ounces.
  • The mode was a three way tie between 10, 12 and 22 ounces.
  • The mean weight held was 15 ounces.

Watch our video to see who was brave enough to drop a 1 pound weight in their boat after it was already holding 22 ounces!

Building Ships from Amber Moore on Vimeo.

April 7, 2016
by Mrs. Moore
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John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt Poems

Last week, we read The Camping Trip that Changed America by Barb Rosenstock. After, we chose one person to research, either John Muir or Theodore Roosevelt.  We then wrote historical bio poems and used Haiku Deck to present our work. We really had to dig deep and use our empathy skills to create a poem on a person we only knew through a story and research. We hope you enjoy our poems!

Theodore Rosevelt – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

John muir – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Theodore Roosevelte – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

John Muir – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

John Muir – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

theodore roosevelt – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

Theodore Roosevelt – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

John Muir – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;

What do you know about these historical figures?

Have you ever visited a National Park or Forest? 

March 24, 2016
by Mrs. Moore

Canines with Class

Last week, we were lucky enough to have a visit from Canines with Class, a program of P.I.N.A.L. Joy brought with her Officer Ortega, Mike, and Riley the Golden Retriever, to help with her presentation. They had tons of important information to share with use about the responsibilities of having a pet. Also, they shared tips for greeting a dog for the first time. Riley, was of course there to help us with our skills.

Our main take-aways from the presentation were:

  • Dogs don’t sweat they pant. (Jarrett)
  • Don’t panic if a strange dog approaches you. (Jackson)
  • Give your dog fresh water each day. (Psyruhs)
  • When you first meet a dog, first ask the owner if you can pet it. (Myah)
  • Train your dog! (Juliana)
  • Make sure you take your dog to the vet at least once a year. (Ethan)
  • Feed your dog 3 times a day. (Ean)
  • Feed your dog the correct food. (Tori)
  • Care and love your dog! (Kaylee)
  • Walk your dog at least once a day. (Haidyn)
  • When you meet a dog, let it sniff the back of your hand. (Tina)
  • If a strange dog jumps at you, protect your neck and face with your arms. (Kirstyn)
  • Move slowly away from aggressive dogs. (Psyruhs)
  • Don’t run or the dog will chase you. (Katelyn)
  • Stay still like a tree if a dog is coming at you. (Ethan)
  • Get your dog a microchip. (Psyruhs)
  • Make sure your dog is played with, taken outside, feed and watered daily. (Jarrett)

You can visit there website Pets In Need Action League (P.I.N.A.L) for more information and like them on Facebook.

March 24, 2016
by Mrs. Moore

Using Padlet As A Thank You!

Before we left for break, we had the chance to Skype with Park Ranger Katie! We wanted to thank her for taking the time to talk with us about the sled dogs and Denali, and share with her what we learned. Check out our Padlet to read the fantastic knowledge we took away from the expert!

March 22, 2016
by Mrs. Moore

Building Canals and Aqueducts

Did  you know Romans built aqueducts to move water? Then later, the Hohokam built canals to do the same? This was just part of what we learned about these civilizations. First we looked at these pictures.


Then, we came up with as many questions as we could based just on what we saw. We were given no information, just the pictures to spark our interest.



After working on our big whiteboards, we came back together to create our list of questions before beginning to read about these civilizations.

As a final activity, we created canals using Keva Planks. Check out our iMovie Trailer to see us work together to create successful canals that could move a ping-pong ball from one end to the next without touching it! Well, at least that was the idea.

Building Canals and Aqueducts from Amber Moore on Vimeo.

Which looks more modern to you, the aqueducts or the canals?

March 16, 2016
by Mrs. Moore
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How High Can You Jump?

This was the questioned posed to all 3rd graders last week. But, how would we measure our jumps? This was our first question to conquer. Juliana also mentioned we needed to figure out the materials needed to complete the experiment. Individually, everyone came up with their own ideas. Next, we had a classroom discussion on which concept we would use. Stickers could be stuck on a wall to measure a jump, but would it be fair if we measured from the ground? Most likely not. The tallest student would probably have the best chance. So, how could we do it and make it fair? Finally, it was decided we should mark how high a person could reach while simply standing. Then, they would mark their jump with another piece of tape. The space in between those, would equal how high the student had jumped! To give you a better idea of our experiment, watch our short movie to see us in action!

How High Can You Jump? from Amber Moore on Vimeo.

What were our results? We found that the highest jump for a boy in our class was tied with 11 inches by Manuel and Ean. Gunther was second with 10 1/2 inches. The highest jump for a girl, was 9 inches by Rosalina. The range was 9 inches, and our median jump was 5 1/2 inches with 3 jumps!

How High Can You Jump?

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