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February 8, 2018
by Mrs. Moore
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Learning From Experts

This week we Skyped with experts in the field of science to learn more about birds and polar bears! Here is what we learned.

Bird Skype!

Today we did a bird skype called “Spot that Bird”. It took place in San Francisco, CA.  First we talked about the Pine Warbler, Cactus Wren, and Marsh Wren. The Pine Warbler’s habitat is the forest. The Marsh Wren’s habitat is ponds, swamps, or lakes. The Cactus Wren’s habitat is deserts. In a bird video they told us to spot how many birds you saw, and we we saw 12 types of birds

They also told us to write down what they looked like. Then they told us to write down what the birds were doing, and they were mostly eating fish. Finally they told us to write down what they sounded like. So I put quiet. In conclusion they asked us if we had any questions. That was our Bird skype or “Spot that Bird.”

By: Connor, Torrin, Peyton, and Dominic.


Polar Bears

By: Emily G

1. Polar bears need sea ice so they can hunt seals.

2. They have sharp claws so they can grab the seal before they can run away.

3. They need flat sea ice.

4. Female polar bears sometimes have babies on the sea ice.

5. If we lose sea ice sea ice we could lose polar bears.

6. International polar bear day is on February 27th.

These are the facts I have for polar bears. 

Facts About Polar Bears

I’ll be talking about polar bear facts! The first facts is that polar bears need sea ice. Did you know polar bears are mostly found where food is? Polar bears only live in the Arctic. Polar bears are a type of animal that you can call them umbrella species. In 2009, a female swim about 404 km in 9 days. Did you know polar bears need algae, ringed seal, and Arctic food? These are my facts about polar bears thank you for reading “Facts About Polar Bears!”

By Leslie

Polar bears

We did a polar bear Skype with the National Geographic. They were talking about polar bears how they survive and what they need. The polar bear has its own ecosystem. It showed that a polar bear needs ice to live. It showed that a polar bear favorite food is seal.

By:Jose, Evan, Brendon, and Julian


Polar Bear Facts

Polar bears only live in the arctic. There is only 19 species of polar bears. Polar bears need sea ice to mate and to find food. Polar bears have weaker jaws than brown bears. Polar bears have different  and special habitats like the habitat with sea ice in it. Did you know that there is a holiday for polar bears? The  holiday is called “International Polar Bear Day” on February 27th.


December 15, 2017
by Mrs. Moore

Zoo Exhibits

Science Fair – Blog Post

On December 7, 2017 we had a science fair. The categories were most realistic, most creative, best overall, and neatest work. The names of the judges were Mr. Brave, Mr. Stern, and Chief Kelly. My animal for the science fair was an ostrich. How I did my habitat was by building my own ostrich and painting it pink and black, I put clouds around, I put a sky, I also put some foam balls to be the eggs for the ostrich, and last I also put trees and plants around. One more thing I also wrote facts about the ostrich. We also looked around to look at other people’s animal habitat. My favorite ones were Destiny’s, Emily’s, and Peyton’s. I really liked their details they put in. Peyton put the quills as toothpicks for the porcupine. Emily did the ice as foam and her water or ice clear blue. She had penguins. Destiny had a seal and I liked how she put the water as Play-Doh. She used white rocks, and she also used a plushie to be an arctic harp seal. She also used plastic snow trees. That’s what I did and saw!

By: Leslie

Science fair

By:Emily Goodwin and Mike Berens

On Thursday, December 7, fourth grade had a science fair. It was a lot of fun. There were three judges, and their names were  Mr.Bravo, Mr.Stern, and Chief Kelly. The trophies for it was Neatest Work, Most Creative, Most Realistic, and Best Overall. It was a lot of fun, and my favorite part was when the judges picked their favorite one for each place. That was the science fair.

Science Fair

On Thursday, December 7th, we finished a project of a animal habit. We had to get a shoe box and put the stuff in it so your animal can survive. After we were done, we all went to the cafeteria. Next we went to a table then put our project down, and finally the judges came around and looked at ours. At the end we sat down on the floor. Then the teachers named the winners. The awards were best overall, most realistic, most creative, and neatest work. It was a lot of fun.
by : Connor and Breanna

The Science Fair

Today we had a Science Fair. There were four categories with three winners in each. The first category was Most Creative, the second category was Most Realistic, the third category was Neatest Work, and finally the last category was Best Overall. I won first place for Most Realistic. We were able to take photos with our phones. The Chief of Police also came to judge our boxes. After the fair was over we went outside to play.

By: Peyton & Torrin

A  Blogpost About The Science Fair

There were four different categories and they were Neatest work, Most creative, Most realistic and Best overall. My habitat was a seal I used felt construction paper for the sky and blue play doh for the water. I also put a stuffed seal for the animal for the habitat and rocks also trees. The judges were Mr.Brave, Mr.Stern, and Chief Kelly. We walked around to see other people’s habitats and they were good. We also saw Christina’s geko. The ones I liked the most was Anahi’s, Leslie’s, Sophiah’s, and Dominic’s. That is the thing that I did at the science fair!

By:Destiny Jaynes

December 14, 2017
by Mrs. Moore

Snowflake Bentley

Snowflake Bentley was home schooled until he was 14. When he was 14 he wanted to explore the world. He loved the bible verses Job 38 “Treasure of the snow.” He found out that not all snowflakes look the same. There was never a duplicate of one snowflake because all snowflakes are different. He understood that snowflakes were “a miracle of beauty.” He said that it was too bad this beauty should not be seen by others.

By Sophiah

Snowflake Bentley

Wilson Bentley was born in Feb 9, 1865. In the text on a website called Wikipedia the text says, “He first became interested in snow crystals as a teenager on his family farm.” The text also says, “He tried to draw what he saw through an old microscope given to him by his mother when he was fifteen.” The text also states, “The snowflakes were too complex to record before they melted, so he attached a bellows camera to a compound microscope and, after much experimentation, photographed his first snowflake on January 15, 1885.” The text also said, “Wilson Bentley would capture more than 5,000 images of crystals in his lifetime.” Those are my facts that I learned!

By Leslie

Facts about Snowflake Bentley

Snowflake Bentley’s name is actually “Wilson Bentley”.  “Snowflake Bentley is popular because it was made about his life and got a medal in 1999”. “Snowflake Bentley was born on February 9, 1865 and died of pneumonia on December 23, 1931 after walking six miles during a blizzard at his farm”. “Snowflake Bentley was a photographer  for snowflakes to see what they look like and he said,“every snowflake is different”. He first became interested of snowflakes when he was a teenager.

By Dominic

My first fact is that snowflake Bentley or Wilson Bentley his name was actually Willie Bentley. The article states, Wilson (Willie) Bentley  was born in 1865 and died in 1931. My next one is that no snowflakes are the same. He said,” no snowflake was an exact duplicate of any other snowflake!” My fourth fact is that he went to a public school when he was 14. The text states,”at age 14, then he attended public school.” My last fact is that he started drawing snowflakes at age 15. The story states,” At age 15 he began drawing snowflakes.” That is my 5 fun facts.

By Connor

If you’d like to see our snowflakes, watch is short Animoto video.

September 28, 2017
by Mrs. Moore


We started our vertebrates and invertebrates unit with Ranger Jen. Last week we worked in groups to learn more about vertebrates. Then, we presented our information to the class.



Here is what we learned.


Mammals have backbones. They also need to be cared by their mother or father. They were born live, not born in eggs. There are about 4,000 different kinds of mammals. Their prey are birds and seals, but that’s all we know of their prey for now. Mammals are warm-blooded. Mammals can live in many different environments including land, oceans, and freshwater lakes. Dolphins and whales have hair along with other mammals. People belong in the mammal group.


Facts About Fish!

Fish have gills for all of their lives. Fish have been on earth for 500 million years. Fish have over 200 species all over the ocean water. Fish come from small to big sizes. Fish eat algae which is green slime goo. Fish eat coral and some fish eat other fish. Fish are cold blooded. Salmon migrate every year to breed and lay eggs. Fish have a good sense of taste. Some fish live in salt water, like halibut and cod. This is our report on fish. Thank you for joining us!

By Dominic, Emily, Brendon, Skylar, and Leslie


Reptiles have lungs, long tongues, and scales. They are cold blooded. There’s over 8,000 reptiles and, they use varieties of defense methods. Most reptiles have legs, some reptiles can regrow body parts, and all reptiles lay eggs.  Most reptiles don’t tolerate cold weather, and the first reptile to exist was 320 millions of years ago.  Some kids asked when was the first reptile existed and we said, “320 million years ago.” Other kids asked if they were vertebrates and we said, “yes.”

By Peyton, Anahi, Wade, Breanna, and Mike


Birds are vertebrates, that means they have a backbone. Birds are warm blooded so they don’t change temperature when the weather changes. They have very light feathers so they can fly. They lay eggs, and they do not give birth without an egg.  They have a four chambered heart. They breath through lungs. Some have webbed feet, that means they spend a lot of their time in the water. Some examples are penguins, ducks, and geese.
By Connor, Maelee, Jose, Destiny, and Aylana


Baby amphibians are born swimming. A few species of frogs give birth to live young. These are born as miniatures adults. Frogs don’t need to drink water because they absorb it through their skin. There are over 5,000 species of frogs. Frogs lay eggs that have a jelly like stuff around them.

By Antony, Candice, Charlie, and Julian

While our friends presented, we took notes on the vertebrates they researched. We are getting to be really great note-takers this year!

Note taking!

What fun facts do you know about vertebrates? 

September 25, 2017
by Mrs. Moore

Ranger Jen

All of fourth grade was lucky to have a visit from Ranger Jen from Tonto National Monument! Here’s what we learned.

Today I learned mostly about invertebrate and vertebrate from Ranger Jen. She taught my classmates and I what invertebrate and vertebrate means. I did not know what it meant at first, but know I do because of Ranger Jen teaching me and my classmates what invertebrate and vertebrate means. Invertebrate means that someone or something does not have a spine. Vertebrate means someone or something does have a spine. For Example: Destiny has a backbone which means she’s vertebrate. For Example: A honey bee does not have a back bone so it’s invertebrate. I also learned about Tonto National Monument they have a special badge and it’s shaped like a arrow and they re present wildlife. Wildlife represents animals, plants, mountains, and water. They also all represent nature. I also learned about structures, and they are very old structures and they were like houses and building  people lived in them and about 700 years ago. I also learned about adaptations. Adaptations means a body structure and body structure means something part of your body and something you can’t change. That’s all I know.

By Leslie

Yesterday Ranger Jen came into our class. She showed us a slideshow about invertebrates and vertebrates. We played a game where we had to guess if one animal was a vertebrate or invertebrate. Then we played another game where Ranger Jen and Mrs. Moore put animals on our backs, and then we had to ask yes or no questions. Finally you had to go to Ranger Jen or Mrs. Moore and tell them what we think our animal was. Next she showed us a dance talking about structures or behaviors. Then we played our finale game where we had to say if the thing she talked about was a structure or behaviour. Finally she showed us a skull of a javelina and showed us it’s structures and behaviors. Then we asked her questions about anything. And then she left.

By Connor, Peyton, Brendon, and Torrin

Today we met Ranger Jen again from last year, and we learned invertebrates and vertebrates. Then we played a game where we got different animals on our backs ,and we had to ask our classmates for clues and we tried to figure out the animal on our back.   Ranger Jen brought in fake skulls of a animal, and it was a javelina skull. The 40 minutes was very fun and we learned a lot about the Tonto National Monument and the animals, plants,water, and the mountains. Also 700 year old houses are in Tonto National Monument. Ranger Jen’s uniform had a arrow head badge there was water, animals, mountains, and plants in the arrow badge. Also we learned about adaptations, and they  are a body function and a way to survive.

By Destiny

Ranger Jen works at Tonto National Monument. She taught us about  invertebrates and vertebrates. We also learned about animal adaptations. It is also how they survive in the wild. The adaptation dance we did was adaptations and structures that help a plant or a animal to survive.

By Anahi

If you  would like to see us doing the “Adaptations and Structure” dance, check it out on Instagram!

Thank you Park Ranger Jen for teaching us about adaptations, invertebrates, and vertebrates! @tontonps

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September 23, 2017
by Mrs. Moore
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Dancing Raisins

Did you know raisins can dance? Well, it turns out some actually can!

Today we did the Dancing Raisins Experiment. The materials that we used were a cup, raisins, and Shasta Twist. The steps that we took were pour the Shasta Twist soda in the cup. Next, we put the raisins in the cup. Our observations in the first minute  was that one was floating and slightly moving. In the second minute every thing was the same, and the third minute was when they were jumping. Our other observations was that only one was floating, lost their color, we heard popping, and they were squishy. Our inference was,”I think they are dancing because the bubbles held them in the water.”

by Connor, Torrin, Peyton, and Brendon

Materials: A cup, clear soda, and raisins.

Steps: Then Mrs. Moore put the soda in the cup and Dominic put the raisins in the cup.

Observations: 1 minute: They looked like they’re were dancing kind of. 2 minute: They moved a bit. 3 minutes: One stand up for a bit, and goes down, and comes back up!

My inference: I think the raisins are dancing because the soda was fizzing and the soda has lots of sugar.

by Leslie

Why do you think the raisins dance? 

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