Mrs. Moore's Class Blog

Adventures in Education

May 22, 2016
by Mrs. Moore

Legos Mania!

The day had finally arrived! It was our turn to use the WeDo Lego kits! These are no average Lego kits, we were actually able to program them to move and make noise! Using Mrs. Moore’s computer, we plugged them into a USB and started programming. Take a look at our skills!

Legos from Amber Moore on Vimeo.

May 21, 2016
by Mrs. Moore

Pieces of Me

Have you ever thought about your favorite piece of you? There are so many, how do you choose just one? Mrs. Moore put us up to the challenge. We had to pick just one piece of us that we think is extraordinary and write a poem telling why. Mrs. Moore was so impressed by our poems, she made a book to share with future classes. If you could read our book, this is what you would see…

What is your favorite piece of you?

May 19, 2016
by Mrs. Moore

It Happened, Again

We can hardly believe it. The beloved classroom Flat Stanley is lost again. You might remember at the end of the last school year, our flat guy was on his final trip in France when he slipped out the bag, and was never seen again. We, of course, knew it was because he was set on spending the rest of his days with Etoile, so we understood.

But this time, we are a little confused and have no one to blame but lost mail. He was packaged up and sent to a small island off the coast of Canada, Denman Island. He was going to spend some time there before moving on to Alaska. We were really excited about this because Alaska is home of the greatest race on earth, The Iditarod, and we knew he was going to love it! We guess maybe he wasn’t as excited about visiting the cold as we thought he would be. This is the last we saw of him.

Mrs. Moore's chair getting ready!

Mrs. Moore’s chair getting ready!

Jumping into the envelope ready for flight!

Jumping into the envelope ready for flight!

Although he was only around for one short year, he did go on quite a few adventures. A special thanks to the people who made it happen, Mary Salmon, Ms. Brokaw and the Carney Family. We appreciate showing us a bit more of the United States. He was able to visit two coasts and a national treasure. Here are a few photos from Stanley’s adventures this year.

May 17, 2016
by Mrs. Moore

Straw, Bricks or Sticks?

We all know the story about the three little pigs and the big bad wolf, but have you ever read the story The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad PigWell, it really exists and that pig is a terror! At least in the beginning, but we don’t want to ruin it for you. You’ll just have to read it for yourself.

After hearing this story, we put our building skills work again. In groups of three, we randomly picked from the hat which material we would use to construct a house that could withstand the wind generated by a fan! The options were:

  • Sugar cubes and glue
  • Hay, yarn and glue
  • popsicle sticks, glue and yarn

Watch our video to see the results. We can tell you now, you might be surprised. We sure were!

Straw, Bricks, or Sticks? from Amber Moore on Vimeo.

Which material would you choose to build with?

May 16, 2016
by Mrs. Moore

The Pup Adventure

Note: Emojis were used in this writing this original piece. The (parenthesis) is were an emoji was present.

By Nathaly

It was a cold fall day (leaves) were falling from the trees. A (dog) named Noodle laid in his backyard under a (tree). It had no leaves so he rolled in the dry dirt getting all dirty. Then he saw a dog. It was white and it was fluffy just like a cloud. He saw a lady standing there waiting for something to happen. The lady was tall, had red lipstick on her mouth, and a raccoon scarf. Noodle said to himself, “Is she an animal killer?” Then the lady said, “come on my little, let’s go home.” Noodle made a confused face because the dog was not so little. Then Noodle said, “she is not little, she is ginormous.” Then the weird lady and her poodle left. As soon as they left Noodle went into his dog house. That dog had all sorts of stuff like a piece of meat, chew toys, and a pair of stinky (shoes). He was happy in his little house.

The next day Noodle woke up in a happy and excited mood. He went outside to stretch. He looked all around to see what to play with until he spotted (paw prints). He wondered who made those paw prints? He followed them to give whoever went in his backyard a piece of this mind. So he past the pet store, restaurant, shoe store, and the ice cream shop, and it left him at the park. There were children playing at the playground and people walking their dogs. There he spotted his dog friends. They were next to a garbage can. They were talking about what they could do! Noodle walked up to them and said, “What are you guys doing?” Noodle had three friends, Poochie, Lay-Lay, and Lo-Lo. “Oh, I’ll tell you what we’re doing!” said Lo- Lo. “We are talking about Lay-Lay not talking to us!” said Lo-Lo in a come on voice. “Fine, I will talk to you!” said Lay-Lay. “Hurray!” said Lo-Lo. “What should we do?” asked Noodle. “Oh oh, I know what we can do!” said Pouchie. “We can chase (squirrels)! “Good idea Pouchie,” said Noodle. This made Pouchie blush. Then they spotted a squirrel caring an acorn to its next up in a tree. It was getting ready for winter. Then all three friends chased and barked after that squirrel, but a poodle popped out of no where and blocked their way. “Hey you, you cloud we are trying to chase here,” said Noodle. Then the poodle realized he was blocking the way. “Oh, sorry I am trying to find my owner. She was riding a (bike). She is getting ready for a fall race. I was running with her but she was too fast. I could not keep up. I fell, and when I opened my eyes, she was gone!” said the poodle. “Poor you,” said Pouchie. “You must be sad,” said Lay-Lay. “Yeah,” said Noodle suspiciously. “You look familiar,” said Noodle. “Can you help me find my owner?” asked the poodle. “Yea!” said Pouchie as she patted the poodle’s back. Everyone agreed to help the poodle find its owner. Then they were off.

They went all around Yesvill trying to ask people if they had seen the poodle’s owner, which was just a bunch of barking to the people. All day long they tried to look for the poodle’s owner, but nothing, just what’s, owww, ahhh’s until they came to this weird thing. It was blue, a blue shiny thing. Noodle Looked inside this black tube. Then somebody walked inside it and made a loud noise. Then (air) came out of the tube and Noodle’s face was black! Everyone laughed. “What’s so funny?” Noodle asked. “Your face,” said Lo-Lo. After they all calmed down, they went to an alley. There they all found stuff from the trash can and made a fire (with no fire). They all talked. They all laughed at their jokes and stories. Noodle kept thinking that dog looks familiar. He thought and thought, then he heard yawns. “Goodnight,” said Pouchie. “Goodnight,” said Lay-Lay. Everyone said goodnight and went to sleep.

The next morning, Noodle got up early and went to find something to eat. He found a long sausage, but there was only one sausage. He looked around some more. He finally found a plastic knife and tried to cut it equally. Then he brought the pieces to his four almost friends. While they were eating Noodle asked the poodle if she had an owner that was a girl and wears a raccoon scarf and is always really tall? “Yes!” said the poodle. “Then I know that lady.” “You do?” “Yeh, ” said Noodle. “Then let’s go!” said poodle. “Okay, let’s just tell the others,” then Noodle explained everything to them. They finally understood and before you knew it, they were off. They ran past the ice cream shop, past the shoe store, and finally past the restaurant. They went to a neighborhood. There they looked all around to find a house that had a bicycle. Then that very moment they spotted a house. It had an orange door, was white, and had a bicycle in the front yard. “There,” said poodle, “that’s the house I live in!” They all ran up to the front door. “Okay, on the count of three we bark. Okay, one…two….THREE!” All the dogs barked as loud as they could! Then, somebody opened the door. It was the same lady Noodle had seen the other day or the day before yesterday. The lady had the same lipstick, the same scarf, but her eyes had black smears, and it looked like she put paint on her eyes. Then someone put water on them and it leaked all over the place. She had a surprised face. Her frown turned into a smile. The lady said in a relieved voice, “Pom-Pom!” Each one ran to each other’s direction. The lady hugged Pom-Pom. “Oh, I was worried about you!” said the lady. All the dogs felt proud that they helped the poodle find her owner. The next day, Noodle was sleeping in his house all day after looking for Pom-Pom’s owner. It made him so tired, he didn’t even want to roll around in the dirt. And everyone lived happy!

May 16, 2016
by Mrs. Moore
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Calling All Engineers!

This week’s task, to build a toothpick and marshmallow structure that could withstand….

A Jell-O earthquake!

We started the week reading Rocking and Rolling by Philip Steele, a text about natural events including earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes and even the effects of wind erosion. Next, we specifically looked into earthquakes and why they happen. This text, “Why Are There Earthquakes,” helped us to understand why they happen, but we couldn’t help but wonder, are some buildings better built then others? That’s when Mrs. Moore told us we were all going to become engineers with the mission to build a structure that could handle the crazy shakes mimicking an earthquake!

Civil Engineers from Amber Moore on Vimeo.

We definitely learned a few things about how building taller isn’t always the best. Also, sometimes reinforcing the walls with extra “wood” seemed to be helpful. Not to mention the houses with larger bases seemed to fair better during the shakes.

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