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Adventures in Education

March 22, 2017
by Mrs. Moore

Cactus Adventures with Longwood Gardens

Today we had a video conference with  Longwood Gardens  in Pennsylvania. We learned about cactus and different parts of a plant. We also did activities. We got to draw your own desert plant and some of my classmates drew violent cactus, but my cactus was regular. Some plants hang from the ceiling, and you can see the roots you would walk under the roots. Some cactus you can eat. My cactus was a Agave cactus. My classmates and I had a lot of fun doing the video conference, and this was our 3rd time attempting to do the video conference. We saw close ups of different pictures of cactus.

By Destin

Today we had a video conference. During our video conference we talked about plants and adaptations. We learned about where she lives and where we live. Then, we went outside to see what cactus we have. We learned about Longwood garden and there was a garden called Silver Garden and we learned about why it was called Silver Garden.

By Shyanne and Sophiah


We learned about plants and we had a video conference with Longwood Gardens. We learned parts of a plant, we also learned about different kinds of cactus. We got to draw a plant and write about our plant and say what the adaptations of that plant.

After, we did the video conference, we went outside and looked for other different kinds of plants we saw some cactuses, and plants with a red thing on it. We also learned about the Agave plant it would grow really tall from the middle when it blooms.   That’s what we learned with Longwood Gardens about plants!

By Leslie

Today we had a video conference and  we learned about plants. We also learned about a lot of cactus. We learned about the silver cactus. It was really fun and  the lady was really nice. We did some activities and we also learned that they have a garden called the Silver Garden. It had a lot of cactus.  The place was called Longwood Garden. They have a lot of cactus and  they also have a venus fly trap. That was her favorite plant. They also have plants that hang from the ceiling. It was so cool, the flowers  were so pretty, and if you saw it you would be amazed.  I recommend going to Longwood garden. I hope you enjoyed reading my story about Longwood garden.

By Alyssa

We went to the makerspace to do a video conference presented by Longwood Garden. First we talked about parts of a plant. Then, we talked about what a plant needs to survive. Next, we matched the adaptation to the purpose. Finally we got to make are own desert plant and write its adaptations, and we also got to see what the silver garden looks like. If you want to go there, it is in Pennsylvania.

By Connor, Peyton, and Torrin

Today we learned from a video conference. What we did was learn about what’s  in the Longwood garden.  There was one plant that looks like the plant I’m growing at my house. The plant I really liked was the Old Man Cactus. The Old Man Cactus is like a cactus that is shaped like a sphere and like there is a spikes on it and something that looks like crazy hair. This is what I learned during the conference.

By Emi

Take a look at a few pictures from our morning!

Do you know why the Venus Flytrap eats flies? 

Do you know why cactus have spines? 

February 19, 2017
by Mrs. Moore

George Washington Carver

Post written by Sophiah, Emi, and Jase

On February 9, 2017 we went to the Makerspace room to video conference with a park ranger from George Washington Carver National Monument. All the way from Missouri, she taught us all about his life from birth until he passed away. We learned George Washington Carver was born into slavery. He lived with three different families throughout his life, but never knew his dad. He did know his mother and brother. He and his mom were kidnapped when he was a baby! Unfortunately, they never found her, and only George survived. His last name was Carver, even though he was not related to the Carver family. He was born in Missouri and went from state to state trying to find schools that would allow black people to attend. He lived in a barn for awhile while he went to school because he was homeless. He became a scientist and a teacher. He helped farmers plant other plants instead of cotton. He created over 300 things out of peanuts and was known as the plant doctor.

Purchase receipt for Mary

written by Peyton, Connor, and Torrin

On our virtual field trip, we learned many things about George Washington Carver. We learned he was born into slavery. Moses Carver bought Mary for $700, and Mary was the woman that birthed Jim and George. When he was born, he was kidnapped and got very sick. The doctors said he would die, but luckily he survived. George grew up to be a scientist and made about 300 products with peanuts. when George was very old, he made a recording of this poem called “Equipment.”

If you would like to hear him recite the poem, you can watch it here!

It was very interactive!

The book George would have used in school. It even had fables!

What can you add to what we learned about George Washington Carver? 

November 22, 2015
by Mrs. Moore

The Magic of Monarchs

Did you know that most monarch butterflies only live for about 30 days, but some live for 8 months? Neither did we, but it is just one of the great facts we learned during our video conference with Texas Wildlife Association.

Before our video conference, we got into small groups with our big whiteboards to brainstorm everything we knew about monarchs and questions we would like answered.

Brainstorming about what we know and what we want to know.

Brainstorming about what we know and what we want to know.

Then, we put all of our information together to create a class KWL chart.

Our class KWL chart.

Our class KWL chart.

Finally, it was time for the video conference to begin!

The Magic of Monarchs

The Magic of Monarchs

After checking back to our KWL chart, we realized we didn’t quite get all of our questions answered. So, we spent a few minutes researching our left over questions to satisfy all of our curiosities.

Just a few more facts!

Just a few more facts!

Here are some of our great take-aways from our experience.

  • They do not go into cocoons, but into chrysalis.
  • They lay their eggs on milkweed plants.
  • After they lay their eggs, they die.
  • They migrate to the same place in Mexico each year.
  • They have scales on their wings, that is why it’s important to not touch them.
  • People tag them to record their migration and population.
  • Adult monarchs feed on nectar and water by sipping using a sucking tube called proboscis.
  • Monarchs carry a poison that is harmful to their predators.
  • The monarch population is shrinking do to reduced milkweed plants and natural disasters in their overwintering areas.

Last, we got into groups to help write this post!

Writing this post!

Writing this post!

 Do monarch butterflies come through your state?

Have you ever seen a monarch in nature? 

February 3, 2015
by Mrs. Moore

Explore Fossils!

During our latest video conference, we had the chance to learn from and talk with fossil experts, including a paleontologist and a mineralogist. Our big take-away from the mineralogist was that fossils glow under ultraviolet light! This is the way you can tell the difference between a plain rock and a fossil. Different types of minerals found in fossils actually glow in different colors. This helps you identify the type of fossil you are viewing. A few of our favorites from the paleontologist were that the word dinosaur means “terrible lizard”, T-Rex teeth were about 7 inches long, and the state fossil for Arizona is petrified wood. Leonardo had the chance to ask if they find fossils in the Arizona desert, and where are most fossils found. The answer was yes, they are found in Arizona, and many are found in the states surrounding us. These states included New Mexico, Colorado, Texas and Utah.

After the video conference we were having a class discussion that brought up another question. Emily was curious if fossils were ever found in the ocean ground. She figured there must be fossils from swimming creatures, but how would they be excavated? Then Clare had a brilliant response. She shared that places that used to be ocean are now maybe the desert or other places that no longer have water. This would make it easy to find fossils that used to live in the ocean.  This explanation sounds great to us, but just to make sure, we have contacted our new paleontologist friend to check the facts!

Check back to hear and learn more about our adventures in learning about earth science!

October 31, 2014
by Mrs. Moore


Today we participated in a video conference with Ms. Myers’ class. We found it very appropriate that we would be learning about bats considering it is Halloween! We spoke with Elanor from the Texas Wildlife Association and Bat Conservation International. She and her husband help rehabilitate hurt bats. They even told us sometimes they fix broken bones in bat wings with super glue! Here is some of what we learned:

  • Bats eat fruit, bugs, and sometimes frogs!
  • There are 1,300 species of bats.
  • Only 3 of those are vampire bats.
  • Bats are the only flying mammal.
  • They roost in caves, trees and old buildings.
  • The biggest bat has a 6 foot wingspan.
  • Bats are shy creature and will not try to fly into your hair.
  • Bats can fly up to 2 miles high in the sky.
  • The oldest bat known was 41 years old!
  • Some bats hibernate when it gets cold.
  • Bats use echolocation to find food.
  • They have 5 fingers just like a person.
  • The smallest bat is the Bumblebee bat.
  • All bats have rabies is a myth.

What bat facts could you add to our list?

Do you think having bats leave near you is good or bad? Why?

September 29, 2014
by Mrs. Moore

Constitution Day

On September 17, 2014  we discovered it had been 227 years since the signing of the US Constitution, AND it was also the day of our first video conference! Mrs. Hamman’s class invited us on their virtual field trip to learn more about the US Constitution, which meant we had the honor of visiting the 5th grade pod! We were very excited to be involved with the older kids, and interested to find out more about what makes September 17th a special day. The National Archives at Fort Worth in Texas would act as our virtual tour guide, and share many things new to us. Here is some of what we learned:

  • The delegates signed the Constitution on September 17, 1787.
  • The branch of government headed by the President is known as the executive branch.
  • Rhode Island was the only state that did not send delegates to the Constitutional Convention.
  • James Madison is known as the “Father of the Constitution.”
  • The Constitutional Convention was held during the summer of 1787 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • It was a top secret convention, so all of the windows were covered so no one could see in!

 What can you add to what we learned?

Have you ever learned something through a video conference? 

Do you know why Rhode Island did not send a delegate?

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