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September 24, 2017
by Mrs. Moore
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Dot Day 2017

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.

By Torrin

My dot!

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 

Leslie’s Dot!

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!

August 22, 2017
by Mrs. Moore
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Unjournaling

Today we did something a little different during writing. We used a writing prompt from Unjournaling by Dawn DiPrince and Cheryl Miller Thurston. This book is full of prompts that are not boring! Today’s prompt:

What advice would a DOG give about life, if it could talk? Write that advice.

Here’s what Antony had to say about a dog giving advice.

My advice to you about life is to be careful on the road because you might get crushed. Some more advice is not to poop on the rug, and to not smell others’ poop. Also, do not fall for the ball trick, and run after as many cats as you can! Do not bark at people, it makes them mad. When your owners take you in the shower, make sure you get them wet. My last advise to you is that if someone is mad at you, make sad and cute eyes.

Peyton wrote,

If I were a dog the advice I would give about life would be everyday you wake up, you should stretch, give it a wiggle, and call it a great day. Also, you should go outside and run around chasing squirrels to get some exercise. Last, you should bark every time you need something.

What advise do you think a talking dog would give you?

 

August 17, 2017
by Mrs. Moore
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The Great Zoo Debate: Good or Bad?

We were put to the challenge to answer the question, Are Zoos Inhumane? To give us a better understanding on the different points of view, we started by reading this article. After reading, we chose an opinion and used evidence from the text to support it. Scroll below the article to find a couple of our opinions on the topic.

Are Zoos Inhumane?

By Torrin

I think zoos are inhumane, and animals can escape. In the article it states, “One of the tigers was on the loose!” Zoos are like a prison. The author states “Critics say that zoos are like prisons and that zoos drive many animals crazy by confining them.” Another reason is because the animals can get bored and don’t really do anything. In the article it states, “Anti-zoo activists talk about big cats endlessly pacing back and forth in their cages, zoo elephants constantly swaying side to side, polar bears swimming in endless circles, and monkeys and parrots “grooming” themselves until they have no fur or feathers.” I don’t think they should not keep zoos.

Should Animals Be in Zoos?

By Antony

Yes, they should get rid of zoos because they are like animal prisons. Wild  animals have to live in their habitat and not in zoos. Animals get crazy in zoos like Tatiana a tiger who went went craze and attacked a teenager and two other  young  men. No one knows why Tatiana  attacked.  Some witnesses say the men taunting the tiger but  the they denied it. Animals in zoos are like kidnapping people, but they are animals. Animals are not happy in zoos. They are sad. They got taken away from their family, and they should be with their families. That is why animals should not be in zoos.

 

By Destiny

I agree that it is cruel to keep animals in zoos because animals get bored and sometimes die inside a zoo. Also, they should be in the wild. In the article it states,”Critics say that zoos are like prisons and that zoos drive many animals crazy by confining them. If the animals don’t die of boredom, they snap and revert to their wild nature.”I mostly agree that it is cruel because because it’s not right, and if you were locked in a cage how would you feel? I feel bad when I see wild animals behind bars. It is like a prison cell. I think zoos are inhumane. In the article it states,”There are some animals, such as tigers and elephants, which roam large areas in the wild, that should not be held captive.”

 

By Aylana

No, I do not agree with taking wild animals into a zoo. The animals should be free and live on their on. I say no wild animals should not be in a zoo. Wild animals often live alone and they might not like to be by other animals. Some wild animals like to be by other animals, but wild animals are not scared of people. I think animals should not live in zoos. 

What is your opinion, should animals live in zoos? 

April 12, 2017
by Mrs. Moore
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Songkran: Thai New Year

It was mostly about Thailand new year.  They had a water fight that went on for 3 days, and had a parade with Buddhas. They had a moat that covered the outline of the city.  The celebration was called Songkran.  They had temples that you have to take your shoes off.

By Wade

Today we had a geo show Skype,  and it was about Thailand and we thought it was pretty cool. Every year they get water guns and squirt it all over everyone. We think it looked fun, and  we wish we could go there, but it is too far away. Anyway, every year they  also make a parade. There are be cool statues made out of gold, and they are Buddha people. They also have a museum about Buddha, and you have to take off your shoes for respect. Also, they make Buddha statue and it depends how big they are about holding the Buddha. The kids are just are holding up the signs and some other ones walk the whole parade the whole entire time and the rest of them are squirting water at the parade or at the people or at the Buddha. The people who hold the Buddha sprayed water back.   

By Sophiah and Emi

Today we learned about Thailand with the Geo Show. We learned how they celebrate by getting into water fights or by just throwing water at people. They get a bucket of water or a water gun. We also learned about Buddhas. There are gold kinds, and silver, and also emerald kinds. There are lots of kinds of Buddhas!

By Leslie

Today we learned how Thailand celebrates new years. We learned how Thailand celebrates new years with Geo Show. They had Buddha when they had a parade. Then they had a water fight that lasted 3 days straight. What surprised me the most was when they through scented water at the Buddhas. He also showed us how to make banana coconut milk. There are some made of gold and emerald.

 

By Destiny

 

Geo Brandon answered this during the live show! Yes! The statues are made out of real gold!!

That’s right! It finally happened. Someone from our class won!

How do you celebrate New Year’s?

March 30, 2017
by Mrs. Moore
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Castle, Farm, or Houseboat?

This quarter has been all about opinion writing! Here are a few of our opinions about where we would like to live.

I would live in a castle because it is royalty and nice. My house is not nice. I like it but it is not royalty at all. In a castle you have servers, and they serve you all day, everyday, all the time! I won’t have a slave. I’m not lazy. I can get my own food. I will have someone clean my castle. I want to live in a castle because it is bigger than a house, but I really want to be a queen so bad. I can rule everyone, but not the teacher, only other people. But, that would not be fair to others and they would not eat anything, so I would be a nice queen, not a mean queen or evil.

By Anahi

I would rather live on a farm. I’d rather live on a farm because you can grow veggies and plants. I’ll also live on a farm because you could make a bed out of sheep fur to have a nap, or to got to bed. I’d rather live on a farm because you get milk from the cows to drink and milk has protein. On a farm you can eat eggs and fresh veggies. I would live on a farm because you can look at the sunsets and look at the view. I’ll live there because you can survive, be healthy, and also have protein. You can go places with the horses instead of a car. My last opinion is I’d like a farm because you can eat healthy instead of sugar, and it could be fun to live on a farm.

By Leslie

I would live on a houseboat because I could scuba dive and explore the sea. I could go fishing for dinner and lunch. I could also catch fish for pets. Also, I could see a ton of sharks! If I get lucky, I could see unidentified animals! Living in a houseboat would be fun. I could do a lot of things.

By Wade

I would rather live on a farm because I love animals. I would also live on a farm because I wouldn’t have to go the store to get eggs, milk, and wool. I would also live on a farm because I could see my favorite animals, the sheep because it is soft, the horse because it is cool, and the pig because it is cute. Also, I can ride a horse, and kids could have a field trip to see my animals. Where would you live?

By Sophiah

I would rather live in a houseboat than a farm or castle. I would want to live on a houseboat because I can fish and make fish sticks. I would want to live on a houseboat because I can sail around the world. I could take my houseboat to find new islands. I would want to live on it because it can be super big like a yacht, and I can take my family.

By Peyton

I would rather live in a castle because castles have stairs, and I like climbing stairs. It gives you a good workout and gives you energy. Other reasons are it is big, it has comfortable and big beds, and they have tons of windows and rooms. The bad thing about having a castle is that they have gardeners, and they don’t let you out of the castle. You have tons of space to run around. You also get to dress pretty and had a dress on for your knight.

By Emi

Today I am going to tell you three reasons why I would rather live in a castle, farm, or houseboat. I would rather live on a farm. I would rather live on a farm because you could see all the animals. Including my favorite animal the pig. My next reason is because you get free food, so you don’t have to use all your money. My last reason is because you can ride something. You will have lots of fun. That is three reasons I want to live on a farm.

By Connor

I would live on a farm. I would live on a farm because I get to grow plants. I would like to grow plants because I would get to sell them. I would also like to live on a farm because I get to watch plants grow. I would like to watch the plants grow. Everyday I would get to see who much they have grown. My last reason is I build pens. I would like to build pens (for the animals) because it helps the animals stay warm and not run away. I would like to live on a farm more than anything else.

 

March 22, 2017
by Mrs. Moore
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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? 

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