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Adventures in Education

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? 

February 27, 2017
by Mrs. Moore
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Makerspace and the Pipeline Activity

You will be amazed with what we created using these materials!

First, we headed over to Ms. Brokaw’s class to collaborate in teams. We needed to design the structures we would build using three sizes of piping and five different types of connectors. Our goal, how tall could we make it with the materials we were allowed!

Let the planning begin!

To see us in action, check out our iMovie Trailer!

How high do you think you could build?

Is working with a team better than working alone? 

October 2, 2016
by Mrs. Moore
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Our Big Week!

We had an incredibly busy week in third grade! You may have already seen our post on the O.R.E.O. Project, but it did not end there. On Thursday morning we Skyped with Brandon from Learn Around the World. He taught us all about monarch butterflies, which is perfect timing for the Symbolic Migration we will be participating in this month. Prior to starting, we created KWL charts so we would be ready to ask questions, and lucky we did because we had the chance to ask questions using our class Twitter. We were so excited when he read and answered our questions! And if that wasn’t enough, we had the opportunity to play Kahoot with over 150 kids!

That was just the beginning to our fantastic day! Next up, the Global Cardboard Challenge! We used our creativity and innovative skills to create original arcade games. Check out our video to see our day of play!

Cardboard Challenge 2016 from Amber Moore on Vimeo.

What would you do with a pile of cardboard and a roll of duct tape? 

August 14, 2016
by Mrs. Moore
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Our First Makerspace Adventure!

It was nearing the end of our first week of school, and time to test our collaboration skills! We headed to the 5th and 6th grade building to tour the new makerspace.

LAUNCH!

LAUNCH!

After discussing the LAUNCH process and norms, we started our marshmallow and spaghetti challenge. We worked in groups of 3 or 4 to build the tallest tower. Each group received 20 spaghetti noodles, 1 yard of tape, 1 yard of yarn, and one huge marshmallow. Our challenge, to build the tallest free standing tower with the marshmallow perched on top! This sounded easy enough, but then the building started…

Marshmallow challenge from Amber Moore on Vimeo.

After we cleaned up, we sat down to share what were the strengths of our groups’ efforts and what we would improve on next time. Most groups agreed working together and listening to others’ ideas was the key to success. We also realized sometimes we needed to change our original plan. It was tough only using the materials we were given, and we definitely would have liked more tape! Then, we headed back to class to work in our groups to help write this blog post. Here are some of our thoughts:

“We started off with a square base. Then we started the cube. Then we built a tall noodle base. We put the marshmallow on top, then it broke like a wrecking ball. We should have built smaller cubes.” Torrin, Peyton, and Connor

“It was awesome and also fun!” -Shyanne, Riley, and Noemi

“We wish we had longer noodles, more tape, more time, and no marshmallow!” -Leslie, Christina, and Jayden

“We tried to make a marshmallow tower, but it kept falling. We tried a new way, and it still didn’t work. We took the marshmallow off, and it still didn’t work!” -Charlie, Brendon, Julian, and Cohen

“We started good, but it would not stand. We kept laughing about it, and it got harder. We tried to use the tape, and we tried to use little pieces. We ran out of time, and Cody was shaking the table. It does not matter if you win, it matters if you learn and have fun.” -Logan, Cody, and Matthew

“We had a great time. We built a tower. We were in 2nd place. We worked hard together.” -Lilly, Sophiah, and Wade

We only had two towers that could stand. One was 7 1/2 inches and the other was 11 inches. Next time, we know we will build taller!

What strategies would you use to build a spaghetti tower? 

January 27, 2016
by Mrs. Moore
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Hour of Code 2015

*This post was never published! We hope if you attend our school, you are planning on attending Rocky’s Academy this Saturday from 9:00-10:30!

December 7-13 was Computer Science Education Week. To get involved, not just our class, but every student in our school participated in Hour of Code. First, we watched this video. Wow! We were impressed with the number of students all over the world that were taking part in this event. Next, we watched this video. This helped us to better understand exactly what we would be doing for the next hour. Then, Mrs. Moore showed us the tutorials we would be working on. You can imagine our excitement when we saw the options included Minecraft and Star Wars! She also explained we could help each other, but only verbally. We were not allowed to touch another student’s keyboard. We quickly learned this was because we were working on our problem solving and persevering skills. It was finally time to try coding for our first time!

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Have you tried coding? 

December 2, 2015
by Mrs. Moore
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Should Students Pay to Play?

Getting started!

Should students pay?

That was the big question of the morning! Should kids have to pay fees to participate in sports? It was time to start a friendly debate, known as a Socratic Seminar, to find out the opinions of our classmates.

Our first task was to read an informational piece of text that gave both sides of the argument. We annotated the text, took notes on our position, and got ready to discuss using evidence from the text. Well, as it turned out, we all had the same opinion! We believe students should not have to pay to play.

The evidence we cited was:

  • Sports are important for teamwork and leadership.
  • Sports promote weight loss and fit kids.
  • It’s unfair to students who cannot afford to pay.

Even though we all had the same opinion, it was good practicing our communication skills and referring to the text to support our answers. Hopefully next time, we will have a little more variety in our conversation!

 What do you think would be a good topic to discuss during a Socratic Seminar?

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