October 15, 2014
by Mrs. Moore
written by Madison
“Mom, can we go yet?” I asked my mom. She added, “No, not yet, we have to wait for you sisters to get here.” So they finally got there and we left. I was stuck in the car for six hours listening to music and playing my games. My sisters got there first, and then we got there and got our stuff in the house and got settled. The first thing we did was go to the beach. It was me and my sister Megan. For me and my sister it is a tradition to go to the beach right when we get there. So we went in the water, and I met a girl named Samantha and her brother Eli. We made a small sand castle. Then we had to go to dinner. For dinner we ate Leweg’s Pizza. On Saturday, I ate a honey bun for breakfast and I watched the surfers surf. There was one guy that made it all the way! Me and my sister, Megan, went to Starbucks. We walked back. Then my whole family went to the beach. My dad, my sisters Rily and Megan, and me all went in the water. I played with my friend. On Sunday we watched football and went to the beach again. My mom promised me that we would go to the beach everyday. I was happy when she said that. On Monday, we went to the ocean beach and came back and played in the sand. We went to the beach and played in the water. On Tuesday, all we did was stay on the beach. On Wednesday, we went paddle boarding and me and my friend made a sand castle. A huge one! On Thursday, we had to leave San Diego. I was stuck in the car for six hours again, listening to music and playing games on my Kindle. We finally go home, and I was happy.
Shell from the ocean!
Another shell from San Diego!
Have you ever been to San Diego?
Have you ever built a sand castle?
October 3, 2014
by Mrs. Moore
Next week is the beginning of the 5th annual Global Read Aloud! We will be on fall break, so we decided to get started a week early. The book our class will be reading this year is The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. Mrs. Moore told us the title, that the main character was a rabbit named Edward Tulane, and showed us the cover. We made predictions about 5 possible miraculous journeys he could be experiencing, and two character traits we thought would best represent Edward. Then, we picked our favorite journey and drew a picture. We made this video using the iPad app 30 Hands to share our art! We hope you enjoy.
Edward Tulane from Amber Moore on Vimeo.
Check back to hear about the other students we will be collaborating with on this read aloud!
Have you ever participated in the Global Read Aloud?
October 1, 2014
by Mrs. Moore
Last week in math, we began learning about fractions! So far this is what we know:
- Fractions are equal parts of a whole or set.
- You can divide a whole into halves, thirds, fourths, fifths, sixths, etc.
- The numerator is the number above the bar, and it represents the number of equal parts being used.
- The denominator is the number below the bar, and it represents the number of equal parts of the whole
- A unit fraction is a fraction with 1 as the numerator.
- The word partition means means divide into parts.
- Fractions are everywhere!
At the end of the week, we were able to say, “I can partition shapes into equal parts!” Watch our short video to see us in action.
Fractions from Amber Moore on Vimeo.
Where do you find fractions in everyday life?
How can knowing how to partition a whole into fractions help you?
September 29, 2014
by Mrs. Moore
On September 17, 2014 we discovered it had been 227 years since the signing of the US Constitution, AND it was also the day of our first video conference! Mrs. Hamman’s class invited us on their virtual field trip to learn more about the US Constitution, which meant we had the honor of visiting the 5th grade pod! We were very excited to be involved with the older kids, and interested to find out more about what makes September 17th a special day. The National Archives at Fort Worth in Texas would act as our virtual tour guide, and share many things new to us. Here is some of what we learned:
- The delegates signed the Constitution on September 17, 1787.
- The branch of government headed by the President is known as the executive branch.
- Rhode Island was the only state that did not send delegates to the Constitutional Convention.
- James Madison is known as the “Father of the Constitution.”
- The Constitutional Convention was held during the summer of 1787 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- It was a top secret convention, so all of the windows were covered so no one could see in!
A replica document all the way from Washington D.C.
Learning with Mrs. Hamman’s Class!
Our video conference begins!
Our class with a United States flag.
What can you add to what we learned?
Have you ever learned something through a video conference?
Do you know why Rhode Island did not send a delegate?
September 21, 2014
by Mrs. Moore
September 15th marked the 6th anniversary of Dot Day! This year 1,862,232 people participated from 82 countries, and we are proud to say we were 27 of them!
We began celebrating International Dot Day by reading The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. Then, after doing a little reflecting, we painted personal dots, did group paintings, used the iPads and the app ColAR, and finally, wrote about our Dot Day!
The Dot is a story about a little girl named Vashti. We don’t want to give any of the story away, but we will tell you we were inspired after reading it to create our own dots and think about how we make our mark. Watch this Animoto video to see our fantastic art!
How will you make your mark?
September 15, 2014
by Mrs. Moore
Did you know September 21st is International Peace Day? In 1981, Peace Day was established by the United Nations with the hope of bringing peace among all people. In celebration of this day, our class joined The Peace Crane Project. We began our preparation by reading Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr. This book is based on a true story about a little girl who is diagnosed with leukemia brought on from the radiation from the atomic bombing on Hiroshima. Sadako begins folding cranes while she is in the hospital. She was inspired by a Japanese legend that one who folded 1,000 paper cranes would be cured by the gods. Much like Sadako, we have been busily folding peace cranes that will be “flying” across the ocean to Australia and the UK, and in turn, we will be receiving cranes from them. If you’d like to see a picture of us and the many others who have joined, check out this map. We also signed a peace pledge to show our support for the cause.
Our Peace Pledge
If you are curious about how to fold a crane, watch this video for a tutorial from Christilyn!
Paper Cranes from Amber Moore on Vimeo.
Have you read Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes?
Have you ever folded a paper crane?