It might have been a short week (only 3 days), but it was definitely busy!
We have been waiting all year for this day. We finally got our recorders! Mrs. Turner even taught us “Hot Cross Buns” and Connor already earned his white belt! Hopefully by next week, we will all have a white belt.
Aylana and Christina are eager to practice.
Connor receives his first belt.
Geometry was the focus for math this week. We learned about parallel and perpendicular lines, and obtuse, acute, and right angles.
Anahi and Emily deciding how to organize their triangles.
Destiny and Leslie dive right in to create a flower.
Christina and Sophiah decided it looked more like a crane.
Dominic, Peyton, and Connor are hard at work creating original flowers.
It was brief, but we had a webinar with OdySea Aquarium. Our connection wasn’t too great, but we did get to see an Armadillo and a few penguins!
We celebrated our new Student of the Month at the Flag Ceremony. Congratulations Dominic!
Student of the Month!
We had not one, but two Socratic Seminars this week! Topics of discussion, should kids be allowed screens in their bedrooms and should people keep exotic animals as pets. We used evidence from the text to support our opinions. We are really working on honing our speaking and listening skills. Most of us are really strong with one, but still need practice with the other.
The Global Kindness Project is starting early this year. We decided to continue using our kindness log we started during #GKP17. We will continue using it through the end of the year! Mrs. Moore also read Each Kindnessby Jacqueline Woodson. It really was a special book with an unforgettable message.
Today we went to the phoenix art museum. At 8:35 we went outside to get on the buses. We were split up in three different groups. One was green in green you go with Mrs. Moore. The second group was the pink group which you go with Mrs. Greer. The last group was orange which was Mr. Ortega’s group. On the bus everyone was talking to their partner, all the way there. When we arrived at the museum, we went to the entrance. Next, we found tour guide. Then we started walking with our guide and our group leader. Our guide showed us so many things. First we saw a lot of pictures painted by this guy named Alexander. Next we saw optical illusion. Then we went down a hall with 25 thousand butterflies. Next, we saw a hot mess, and it was called hot mess. One of my favorites is Mass it was like floating burnt wood. My favorite was Fire Flies. They were floating lights and mirrors all over and it was all dark. We had a lot of trouble getting out. Our first step in it looked like we were going to fall. On our way back I didn’t sit next to any of my friends, and everyone was singing a song except me, Torrin, and Peyton. When we got back I was so sad.
The first thing we saw was Alexander Calder’s paintings, and we saw butterflies on the wall to represent things for people that have past away. Someone got married there. There is a lot of places to visit. We saw the fashion place and there was a lot of mannequins with fancy dresses. There was a thing called the hot mess, and it is string hanging down from the ceiling. After we saw the hot mess we went around the corner and we saw the string and we got to feel it. They all felt different.
Today my class and I went on a field trip to the Phoenix Art Museum, and I got to be with my friend Maelee. On the ride to the art museum it was fast, and the way back to school was very slow. When we got to the museum we saw many pictures, and the first thing we saw was Optical Illusion. My favorite part was the Fireflies. There were butterflies on and around the walls. I didn’t like the fashion because there was too many dresses. I had so much fun at the Phoenix Art Museum I wanted to stay for the rest of the school day. I was in the orange group. I wished I my friend Candice was too, but she was in the pink group and that was unfair to me I guess but at least I learned new things about new people like George Washington. We saw amazing art and molded artifacts and our guide was funny, and she made us laugh a lot of times, but I really thought she was really really really funny. That is all I have to talk to you about the art museum.
Today we had a field trip it was a lot of fun. My least favorite thing was the bus because it took the bus a long time to start moving. I think it had to be at least 45 minutes, but my favorite thing there was the Fireflies. It was cool, and it was a dark room. There were windows on the wall and little lights on the ceiling that changed colors. Out of all the things I saw my favorite was the fireflies some of the things I saw were Butterflies, Fashion, Hot mess, Mass, optical Illusion, and Buddha. There were a lot of things to see, but I didn’t see everything. I am happy I paid, and I’m happy I didn’t miss it .
We LOVE International Dot Day! Dot Day is all about celebrating our creativity and courage. This year, 10,072,020 people celebrated in over 170 countries. We started our morning reading The Dot, a story about a girl named Vashti. Then, we created our beautiful dots. We even wrote creative stories about our dots. Here are a few of them.
A Dot’s Journey
One day a dot went on a journey. He took a journey to every continent. First, he traveled to Antarctica. The dot looked around it was snowy, cold, and lonely. All he saw was snow and ice. “There’s no water for miles,” he said. Then he saw something. Something very big, very white, and very very fast. ”Is that what I think that is?” he said. ”No way that can’t be one,” he said. “It’s a polar bear!” he said excitedly. He was getting way too close to it. Suddenly….it attacked him! He ran as fast as he could to his boat. He made it and sailed away. ”That was a close one,” he said scared. Next, he went to the U.S.A. ”What is this place?” he said. ”Is this Alaska?” he thought. The dot was hungry and tired. He had no food, and no where to rest except the snowy cold floor. He was thinking of giving up. But there is one thing he couldn’t do get back home. He was lost! He thought he couldn’t survive for much longer. He was scared and lonely. Soon, he saw something or someone. ”Is that another traveler?” he said. When the traveler saw him he immediately asked him if he was ok. The dot said, ”Yes I’m ok just really hungry.” So the traveler gave him some food and took him home. (1 month later) The dot found out that if he was going to do that again he needs to be prepared. The dot learned a lesson to be prepared instead of unprepared. And that’s the dots journey.
My dot likes to explore a lot! He has traveled the world! He likes to have a GPS on him all the time! He has 99 friends and he can be your friend too! His favorite friend name is Freddy. And he has a lot of fun going around the world. And he likes to run a lot while going around the world! He has 10 million dollars and owns 5 limousines. His favorite food is orange chicken. He actually owns a private plane! Wow! And he likes to be around friends a lot. He also likes to hike and bike up mountains. He loves to play football and basketball. He has huge house and since he has such a huge house he lets in homeless and abused children of all kinds. He likes dogs and cats and stuff like that. He is a nice human I mean dot. Sorry.:) So back to the story about my dot he loves children and people he may look mean but he rarely is so don’t be scared O.K? He likes to make friends that’s why he has 99 friends. He got home safely and slept in the copper plate and woke up stuck in the copper plate. by:Wade
My dot is brightly colorful and is full with joyful colors. My dot is full with laughter and kindness. My dot can be kind, lovable and can be laughable. My dot is shining like a rainbow in the sky. My dot is so beautifully colorful and so bright. My dot can be anything sweet and colorful. My dot is truthfully unstoppable because it’s very powerful. Except my dot’s weakness is too much excitement. My dot loves candy and in fact my dot lives on candy island. My dot loves loves happy books, movies, and stories. My dot is not shy because it is confident and unstoppable. My dot is also brave and responsible. Sometimes my dot is a troublemaker, but my dot is still cheerful and on it’s best behavior. My dot is brightly colorful and is full with joyful colors.
Finally, our beautiful dots framed in swirly gold!
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.
If you’ve been following our blog this year, you know we have been learning about different places around the world through the #GeoShows. One of our last Skype calls with Geo Brandon took us to Indonesia. We learned amazing things about their New Year celebrations. Then, Ms. Brokaw had a fantastic idea we create our own ogoh-ogohs to celebrate our almost being 4th graders! Check out our journey through planning, creating, and parading for an audience with our ogoh-ogohs!
Listen to the starting speeches to learn more about the celebration.
Our first performance for Ms. Marsh and Mrs. Seese‘s class was so popular, we held a second performance for the Mrs. Carney, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Pesterfield, and Ms. Mewhorther‘s classes!