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August 22, 2017
by Mrs. Moore
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Unjournaling

Today we did something a little different during writing. We used a writing prompt from Unjournaling by Dawn DiPrince and Cheryl Miller Thurston. This book is full of prompts that are not boring! Today’s prompt:

What advice would a DOG give about life, if it could talk? Write that advice.

Here’s what Antony had to say about a dog giving advice.

My advice to you about life is to be careful on the road because you might get crushed. Some more advice is not to poop on the rug, and to not smell others’ poop. Also, do not fall for the ball trick, and run after as many cats as you can! Do not bark at people, it makes them mad. When your owners take you in the shower, make sure you get them wet. My last advise to you is that if someone is mad at you, make sad and cute eyes.

Peyton wrote,

If I were a dog the advice I would give about life would be everyday you wake up, you should stretch, give it a wiggle, and call it a great day. Also, you should go outside and run around chasing squirrels to get some exercise. Last, you should bark every time you need something.

What advise do you think a talking dog would give you?

 

August 17, 2017
by Mrs. Moore
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The Great Zoo Debate: Good or Bad?

We were put to the challenge to answer the question, Are Zoos Inhumane? To give us a better understanding on the different points of view, we started by reading this article. After reading, we chose an opinion and used evidence from the text to support it. Scroll below the article to find a couple of our opinions on the topic.

Are Zoos Inhumane?

By Torrin

I think zoos are inhumane, and animals can escape. In the article it states, “One of the tigers was on the loose!” Zoos are like a prison. The author states “Critics say that zoos are like prisons and that zoos drive many animals crazy by confining them.” Another reason is because the animals can get bored and don’t really do anything. In the article it states, “Anti-zoo activists talk about big cats endlessly pacing back and forth in their cages, zoo elephants constantly swaying side to side, polar bears swimming in endless circles, and monkeys and parrots “grooming” themselves until they have no fur or feathers.” I don’t think they should not keep zoos.

Should Animals Be in Zoos?

By Antony

Yes, they should get rid of zoos because they are like animal prisons. Wild  animals have to live in their habitat and not in zoos. Animals get crazy in zoos like Tatiana a tiger who went went craze and attacked a teenager and two other  young  men. No one knows why Tatiana  attacked.  Some witnesses say the men taunting the tiger but  the they denied it. Animals in zoos are like kidnapping people, but they are animals. Animals are not happy in zoos. They are sad. They got taken away from their family, and they should be with their families. That is why animals should not be in zoos.

 

By Destiny

I agree that it is cruel to keep animals in zoos because animals get bored and sometimes die inside a zoo. Also, they should be in the wild. In the article it states,”Critics say that zoos are like prisons and that zoos drive many animals crazy by confining them. If the animals don’t die of boredom, they snap and revert to their wild nature.”I mostly agree that it is cruel because because it’s not right, and if you were locked in a cage how would you feel? I feel bad when I see wild animals behind bars. It is like a prison cell. I think zoos are inhumane. In the article it states,”There are some animals, such as tigers and elephants, which roam large areas in the wild, that should not be held captive.”

 

By Aylana

No, I do not agree with taking wild animals into a zoo. The animals should be free and live on their on. I say no wild animals should not be in a zoo. Wild animals often live alone and they might not like to be by other animals. Some wild animals like to be by other animals, but wild animals are not scared of people. I think animals should not live in zoos. 

What is your opinion, should animals live in zoos? 

August 15, 2017
by Mrs. Moore
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Our First Week

This week was very special because it was the first week of school. We had many projects, like the Marshmallow Challenge. We started to read a book called Hello, Universe. Mrs. Moore tweeted our new read aloud, and the author responded! It is a fun book, but we did not finish it because it is long.

By Antony

A few other exciting things for the week were agreeing on our classroom norms, working with place value and really big numbers, a Socratic Seminar, a Cup Staking Challenge, and collaborating on huge whiteboards.

If you’d like to take a glimpse at our week, watch this short iMovie trailer!

How was your first week back to school?

What are you most excited for your school year?

May 26, 2017
by Mrs. Moore
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Our Final Week of #GKP17

Although the school year has come to a close, I decided I would write one last post for my third graders to share a couple things about our final week of the Global Kindness Project. I would also like to add I was very impressed with their thoughtfulness and growth each week of the project.

The big question for Week 4 was, “How do we take action?” I wasn’t sure how we could “take action” with so little time left in the school year. Then I read a post on the Global Kindness Project Facebook page requesting help in folding 1,000 cranes for a student who had health issues. This student’s brother was on a mission to fold cranes “to honor his brother’s fighting spirit and to give his brother comfort and peace.” When I shared the with my class, they were all for helping out. On Tuesday, I brought in the origami paper, put it on the back table, and told them they were free to fold when they had time. Luckily, Connor and Sophiah had been practicing at home, and were available to mentor the others. At the end of Wednesday, they had folded 43 cranes to be mailed to Franconia Elementary School in Pennsylvania.

Although this action is small, it was very thoughtful and heartfelt! Also, if anyone is looking for a warm fuzzy feeling, watch this video. My class loved it! We watched it twice a day all week (at their request), each time with immense focus.

What have you done today to be kind? 

May 24, 2017
by Mrs. Moore
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Our Farewell to Third Grade

Yesterday, we took a few minutes to revisit past posts to remember everything that was great about being a third grader. Then, Mrs. Moore compiled our favorites into a survey so we could distinguish our top 10 favorites. This is what we found:

Ogoh-Ogohs: A Balinese New Year tradition!

O.R.E.O Challenge: This stands for Our Really Exciting Online Project

The Arizona Giant Traveling Map:

Geo Shows and Mystery Skypes: Skyping with Geo B and other classes around the US was a fantastic way to learn about geography not only in our country, but around the world. One of our favorites was learning about Komado Dragons! 

Video Conferences: We really enjoyed learning from other people! We video conferences with The Longwood Gardens to learn about plant adaptations and George Washington Carver National Park, where we obviously learned about George Washington Carver.

Cardboard Challenge: This is a spectacular event for people of all ages. This week was so fantastic, we wrote a whole post about it!

Earthquakes!: We built structures and simulated earthquakes using Jello-O.

Poetry: We definitely consider ourselves lovers of poetry. We began the year reciting other poets poetry. Then, we wrote our own and presented them with flashcards. Here is our poetry with pictures!

Dust Bowl: We wrote our play to depict life during the the dust bowl.

Planting Our Garden

*Bonus not on the list, but the most mentioned as forgotten~ Earth Models!

May 22, 2017
by Mrs. Moore
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Read Across America

It was a celebration full of Dr. Seuss! This event happened months ago, but we just discovered some old footage we think is worthy of sharing. Our class took it a step further than just reading the same author with other students in America. We actually Skyped with our friends in Missouri. We had recently participated in a Mystery Skype, and thought it would be great to reconnect with a shared read aloud. They read the first half of the book to us, then we read the last half to them! If you’d like to see a few pictures, and hear our half of the book, watch the video below.

What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book? 

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