Mrs. Moore's Class Blog

Adventures in Education

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? 

September 9, 2017
by Mrs. Moore

Gummy Bear Science

We started off science this year working on observation and inferences. We are also learning to think like scientists and take lot’s of notes in our science journals.

Torrin’s Science Journal

We started by listing all of the materials we would need: gummy bears, cups, stirrers, water, vinegar, salt, and baking soda. Then, we predicted what would happen to each gummy bear in the solution. Finally it was time! We mixed each ingredient with the water and added the gummy bears. We observed, not much happening yet. We made inferences on what we thought would happen to the gummy bears, then, all we could do was wait until tomorrow to make new observations.

Our first observations

The next day, we observed again and this is what we found. The salt water dehydrated the gummy bears, so the gummy bears dissolved. The vinegar also dissolved them. The baking soda actually caused the gummy bears to grow! Final step? Make inferences about these results.

We were amazed with the results!

Making inferences

Discussing our findings

I liked this science project because it was fun, and we can learn new stuff. Now we know what it does.


Did our results surprise you? 


May 5, 2017
by Mrs. Moore
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Some of what we learned from our reading this week.

  • Earthquakes happen everyday somewhere in the world.
  • Earthquakes are caused when tectonic plates move.
  • Some earthquakes can destroy houses, bridges, and buildings.
  • Most earthquakes last less than 30 seconds.

Here are some thoughts after our earthquake activity.

I learned to secure the walls and floors. If you don’t then it might fall. Mine did not fall, I was a survivor. I saw some disasters and ones that weren’t disasters. I saw some with no structure and some with structure.


Today we did a project using only marshmallows and toothpicks. During this project I’ve learned roofs collapse easy, and you will need wall and floor foundations.  I’ve observed that square figures work best for the structure’s foundation.


I wonder if my structure would have stayed up if I used support beams?


Have you ever felt an earthquake?!

April 26, 2017
by Mrs. Moore

Our Newly Planted School Garden

Plant Time

Today we learned how to plant a seed the proper way. Destiny and I are partners. I planted three types of seeds, radishes, marigolds, and sunflower seeds. Destiny and I  had lots of fun. I got really messy with the soil, but at the same time it was really fun. That was my first time planting a seed. I never knew it was going to be this messy. I will tell you the proper way to plant a seed.

  1. Get the seed you want to plant.
  2. Dig a spot you want to put the seed in, but don’t dig it too deep because it will take longer for your plant to grow.
  3. Bury the seed in the soil.
  4. Then you get a little bit of water.
  5. Then you pour it on the seed.
  6. Eat it and enjoy. If it’s a flower, don’t eat it, just put it in your hair and you will look pretty.

By Noemi Salas

Our Plant Adventure

You have to water the plants almost everyday, and when you water your plants, you have to be kind. You can grow food, flowers all kind of stuff. But, you need soil to plant your plants. You have to make sure not to get the leaves wet when you water,  or they will die because of the sun will burn them. You can also plant radishes and other plants. When you plant your plants you have to make sure it has good soil and good plant food. Plants can in shapes and sizes. Yours can big or small, but it  is a plant and plants are plants.  I love plants because they keep me alive, and I love love love plants they are special.

By Sophiah and Kayla

Plant Time!

Today we planted plants. It was messy, but worth it, and it’s fun. Emi and I planted radishes, sunflowers, and marigolds. Emi and I had lot’s of fun. Like I said, it was pretty fun and worth it. I am also going to tell you the steps for planting a plant.

  1. You find a see you want to plant.
  2. You dig a hole according to your plant instructions.
  3. Put the seed in the hole.
  4. Bury it.
  5. Wet it a little.
  6. Finally, let it grow.

By Destiny

We went outside and planted  plants. We planted  radishes, sunflower seeds,  lettuce and two different kind of beans and we planted our own classroom plants . We had lots of fun, so you should  go do it and check it out.

By Lilly and Anahi

Today we planted plants like radishes, basil, and sunflower seeds. It is easy to plant. All you have to do is dig a hole. On the back of the seed packet it will tell you how big the hole has to be, then you put the seeds in the hole. When you plant something, you have to water it, but if you water the leaves, they will burn.

By Alyssa and Alley

We got to plant radishes and sunflowers and melons. It was exciting what we planted. They need soil, they also need water and sunlight. When they get planted, they need water right away.

By Wade

If you would like to see a few pictures of our freshly planted garden, watch the Animoto video below!

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