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January 15, 2018
by Mrs. Moore
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Tonto National Monument, A Field Trip Of A Lifetime!

Tonto National Monument Field Trip!

Today we went to Tonto National Monument. The bus ride there and back was 1 hour and 30 minutes each way. When we arrived we were able to use the bathroom. After, we split up into two groups. One group was with Ranger Jen and the other group was with Ranger Will. Our class went with Ranger Jen and Mrs. Brokaw’s class went with Ranger Will. With Ranger Jen we talked about the group called the Salado. The Salado lived 700 years ago in Arizona. We talked about how the Salado got water from a spring instead of the Roosevelt Lake that was about five miles away. The Salado used the insides of a Saguaro Cactus to build the roof of a Salado’s home. They also used Prickly Pear Cacti pads as a delicious food source. After that we went down to an area where we drew what we learned from her and waited for Mrs. Brokaw’s class. Then, we ate lunch. Next, we swapped Rangers. When we went with Ranger Will we went in a room where we talked about what an artifact is. Next, we started to hike up the mountain and took a few breaks. We went up the mountain because we went to see the cliff dwellings. Ranger Will told us to find an artifact, a fireplace, a Saguaro Cactus roof, and a handprints. Then, when we were done we went down the mountain. Finally, we said our goodbyes and thank yous to Ranger Will and Ranger Jen and headed into the bus.

By: Torrin and Peyton

A Blog Post About Tonto National Monument

The things we did on the field trip were hike the mountains to the top to go to the cliff dwellings, and they told us that they used to be families in each room. They said that scientist said that there used to be 20 rooms and each family would be in one room together. The scientist said there used to be three people in the room that was a family. We also learned about plants. They were Saguaro cactus, Jojoba, Banana Yucca, Prickly Pear Cactus, and Brittlebush. Those plants all have uses. We also learned about irrigation. There are 3 different types of ways to irrigate. The bus drive was over 3 hours total.

By Destiny

On Wednesday, December 20, we went on a field trip. It was a lot of fun. We learned about a bunch of names of plants, and we got to draw some of them. My favorite was the prickly pear cactus and the saguaro cactus. After that we sat down with Ms. Brokaw’s class, and we ate lunch. Then we hiked up a mountain to go see a village that the people of the past made, and it is 700 years old. zit was easier getting down than up.

By Emily

Tonto National Monument

Yesterday we went on a field trip to Tonto National Monument. We saw how people lived there. We learned how they got water and food.They told us that they were farmers. They said they planted plants and used water close to where they lived. We got to go in one of the houses that were there that they lived in. The bus ride from school to Tonto was about 90 minutes over there and back.The bus ride was more than 3 hours.

By Brendon and Jose


What National Parks and Monuments have you visited? 

November 10, 2017
by Mrs. Moore

Geo B Takes Us To Central America!

In 4th grade, we learn about ancient civilizations, so it was perfect when the Geo Show brought us to Central America to learn about the Mayans! We know from the Kahoot, there were about 200 participants, and we were on camera! Here is some of what we learned.

See us in the top box?!

Today we did a Geo show. It was about the Mayans, and it was fun. We learned that the Spanish arrived in America around 1520. A building technique is a Corbel Arch, and they built buildings and used the Corbel Arch. The Mayans were excellent at math. Sometimes there were faces carved on the sides of temples.The Mayans never had metal tools. They had stone tools to build with. Also, the structures were built with human power. The artwork is very famous at palenque.

By Destiny

 Mayan GeoShow

Today we had a GeoShow. It was about the Mayan culture and their empire. The Mayans were located in Central America, also known at Mesoamerica before the Spanish took over. They had the most sophisticated writing system. They were defeated by war and drought. We still use some of the same building patterns. For example, Corbel Arch is common building technique. It is also very strong. Stela and Altar is used for religious rituals. Stucco is limestone crushed up and is used as a building material. They have a game like basketball, but you can’t use your hands so it is way more difficult to make a goal. That was our GeoShow.

By: Torrin, Peyton, Connor, and Brendon


On November 6, 2017, I learned about the Mayans, and I learned it from the geo show! My favorite fact was when the glyph made pictures to make words. I also learned that the some symbols were for numbers like 5 is a bar and 1 was a circle. Some of the Mayan people used or had stone tools. There were two beaches one was off limits, and one is for people to visit. The artwork is very popular at Palenque. Some of the Mayan people used Stela and Alters. This is what I learned during the geo show!


What can you tell us about the Mayan civilization? 

October 21, 2017
by Mrs. Moore

Geo Show Goes To The Sacred Monkey Forest!

Once again we learned a ton from our friend Geo B! We are becoming very good note takers, and even using our computers to collect new information while we listen. Here is what we learned from our Skype.

Sacred Monkeys

Today we had a GeoShow about Sacred Monkeys, or Long-Tailed Macaques. It took place in Bali, Indonesia. The forest is also located in Bali, Indonesia. You can’t go into the sacred places unless you are there to pray to the gods. You have to wear traditional clothes to pray. The monkeys will jump on you if you have food or not. Don’t feed them peanuts and they discourage peanuts. Don’t put things in your pocket because they can steal your stuff. Don’t bring plastic or paper bags because they can rip it open, but you can bring leather purses. Males will weigh about 40 lbs and the females get to 24 lbs. About 600 monkeys in the area where the forest is. The monkeys are divided into 6 groups and the average in a group is about 100 monkeys. The people use slingshots incase if the monkeys are naughty they will shoot pebbles by them to scare them. The females have beards and the males have mustaches. Seventy percent of their diet is fruit. The monkeys are diurnal which means active at day. Wave your hand to make them not try and take your stuff. Play is very important for them. They use their tail for balance. They will raid your home and farm sense they do that some people call them pests. The monkeys can jump over 16 ft. They are born black and lose their black color and start to turn grey. The Balinese people  bury them in the forest when they die.The monkeys can eat flesh off of you. They get to be about 25 years old. They have thumbs. The trees there are over 100 years old. That was all we heard about the Balinese culture and Sacred Monkeys.

By Torrin and Peyton

This week in fourth grade we did a geo show! It was about the crab eating Macaque monkey. A monkey village is  in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. They have temples for the hindu gods like vishnu, brahma, & shiva. The monkey village has food stands like bananas and sweet potatoes. They have long tails and grab onto people and grab people’s  food, phone’s, and purses. You cannot have plastic bags & paper bags with you to the monkey village because they will rip the plastic or paper bags. These monkeys have sharp nails to climb. Their tails are used for balance.  The monkeys are sleeping in trees, but if a predator climbs and tries to eat the monkeys they go in the water because they are excellent swimmers. These monkeys live in Bali & southwest Asia for their habitat. The monkeys play with other monkeys, people, bananas and  sweet potatoes.  That is my report for monkeys on the geoshow.

By Dominic

Sacred monkeys geoshow

This week we did a geo show about sacred monkeys. This was one of the best geoshow because we learned a lot about sacred monkeys. They always jump on people to find food. At the end there was a, and it was really hard. We learned Bali is 95 miles wide. We also learned there are 4 to 5 monkey bites a day! If you feed the monkeys you can’t take the food back from them. They eat bananas and sweet potatoes. They sleep in trees above water. They are great swimmers. It was a great geoshow.

By Brendon, Antony, and Connor

In case you are interested, here are a couple pictures of the monkeys, and us giving a fun fact at the start of the show.

We learned 5 to 6 people get bit by a monkey everyday. Would you still like to visit the monkeys? 

October 4, 2017
by Mrs. Moore
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Geo Show Goes To Angkor Wat!

Angkor Wat

Our GeoShow was about Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat stands for City of Temples. Angkor Wat is located in Cambodia and the Cambodian flag is the only flag with a structure on it. Hindu has 3 god’s, Shira is the destroyer god, Vishnu is the protector god, and the 3rd is Brahman, he is the creator god. The Angkor Wat is a temple that’s 3 levels tall. On the first level everyone could go on it, the second level only High Priest could go on it, and the 3rd level was only for the King and Queen. The Angkor Wat is the 7th wonder of the world. Angkor Wat was built in the early 12th century. In Cambodia the common car was a tuk tuk. Angkor Wat was never fully built. The Rainbow Bridge leads to the Angkor Wat. Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world. Angkor Wat didn’t make the new list of the 7 wonders of the world. Angkor Wat 50% of why people visit Cambodia. Angkor Wat stretches over 248 square miles. Angkor Wat faces the West because it represents Vishnu the protector god. Angkor Wat was shifted from Hindu to Buddhist use sometime around the late 13th century. Khmer bricks were bonded together almost invisibly by using a vegetable compound rather than mortar. And that’s the Angkor Wat.

By Torrin, Peyton, and Connor

Angkor Wat

Last week was fun because we got to learn about Angkor Wat.

We got to do a geo show and we learned about the very old statues. we also got to do a Kahoot quiz and it was very fun. We got to do a KWL chart, and while were watching the geo show. We also learned about the wild animals.  Also about children that sell postcards. We also learned about the rainbow bridge and it looked very cool. We also learned that you have to manually flush the bathroom. We learned that they eat dried food. We also learned to not feed the wildlife. We learned that the sun rise is very  beautiful and they open shops very early for the sun rise people.

By Antony, Julian, and Brendon

Today in fourth grade we had a virtual field trip on Angkor Wat. I’ll give you some facts. Angkor Wat is a temple complex in Cambodia. It took 30 years to build. Angkor Wat was built in the 12th century. It is about 500 acres (200 hectares). Angkor Wat is one of the largest religious monuments ever constructed. Its name means temple city.    

By Emily

A Blog Post about Angkor Wat

On September 21 we did a Geo Show about Angkor Wat. We learned that it took 32 years of construction to almost complete the Angkor Wat temple. Angkor Wat translates to “City of Temples” or “City Temple”.  New temples and rains are being discovered nearly every year.

Angkor means City and Wat means temple and also when they get put together they make Angkor Wat and it means city temple. I also found out by doing a Geo Show a virtual field trip. Did you know that Angkor Wat is in Cambodia and is the largest religious monument in the world? Did you also know it didn’t make the new list of Seven Wonders Of The World? It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple of god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire.

By Destiny

Angkor Wat

We learned about Angkor Wat is really a cool place. Behind the temple is the only angel that has its teeth showing when it was smiling. There is gods and there names are Phantom, Shiba, vishnu, Brahma and Suryavarman. In the temple on the second floor is suppose to be Shiba but, when the head fell off they replace with Vishnu’s head. Some had six arms and some have eight arms. They have to pay to use the restroom and they have a pot to flush the toilet. They have a big tub of water. There are libraries in little building on each level in the corner. There was a destroyer god as well.

By Ananhi, Christina, and Maelee

Also, we were on the live show!

Have you ever visited Angkor Wat?


May 21, 2017
by Mrs. Moore
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The Arizona Giant Traveling Map

During one of our final weeks of school, we had the chance to borrow the Arizona Giant Traveling Map from the Arizona Geographic Alliance! This map at 17 feet by 21 feet, truly is giant.  You heard us right, it is a huge map you can discover great things about Arizona by walking on it! The only hitch, no shoes allowed, but being third graders we thought this aspect was pretty cool. We couldn’t wait to get our feet on it, and we had such a great time learning about maps and Arizona, we visited it three times!

Our class wasn’t the only one who had the chance to try it. Several other classes, grades 1st through 6th gave it try as well. Take a quick look at our Animoto video to see us all in action!

We definitely recommend if you live in Arizona, get your teacher to borrow the Giant Traveling Map! The learning potential is endless!

April 21, 2017
by Mrs. Moore

A Balinese New Year

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!

How do you celebrate the New Year? 

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