Top 10 events of the year!

10.  Humphrey Day We had  a flag ceremony, all grades were there but per-k. Mrs. Farris gave us a speech, we got bags at the end of the day with the book. Everybody read it, if we did we got to get in this life size hamster ball. We had Carnival centers where we got […]

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Picture It! Global Project

PICTURE IT! What? This is a program learning about an artist and their works then sharing the process of building one of their original pieces of work by cutting it into sections and having classes around the world participate in mailing out their section of the piece. We got the idea from a lovely website […]

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Rock Investigation

Students learned more about rocks with hands on centers, working in groups and helping each other by discussing the three definitions rocks are categorized into. Students were able to put into practice their metric system measuring their rocks in millimeters and centimeters and in US Standard measurement, inches. Then they had the chance to weigh their […]

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Mystery Skype x 5!

It was awesome doing 5 Mystery Skypes. But, it was pretty hectic. We had to get another runner (which is one of the jobs we have during Mystery Skype). The funny thing was we had 2 Mystery Skypes from Iowa, they were from the same school and grade! We Skyped with Iowa, North Carolina, New […]

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All About Us!

It was fun when we got to learn about people that we don’t know about that much. It was fun, but it was also a lot of work. We got to read them in front of the class and clap. The thing that was scary was reading it in front of the class. We got […]

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Spirit of the Wild

We have had some busy weeks here in Mrs. Avery’s class. One thing that we have recently done was go on a field trip to the Mesa Arts Center. We were so excited to get on that bus and travel to Mesa! While we were there we got to listen to a National Geographic Photographer […]

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Mad Scientist Day, Yellowstone Skype and a Pumpkin Project!

The last week of October was a BUSY one. We had some crazy jam packed days with Skype calls, broadcasts and experiments. Every year, as a teacher, I always get creative with Halloween. Parties aren’t necessarily the best thing, especially when candy is so easy to come by at 3:35 so in years past I’ve […]

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Frozen Ocean Skype

It was fun to Skype with Jamie, he told us a lot of stuff. We learned about what they needed to survive like butter and oatmeal, lots of chocolate, water and heavy jackets. Jamie melted snow or ice to make water to drink. Mr. Jamie told us about where he went. He told us all […]

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Global Cardboard Challenge

On Friday, October 4th our class took part of the Global Cardboard Challenge. If you have never heard of it I urge you to watch the video that explains Caine’s arcade and why we took part of the cardboard challenge! After watching Caine’s arcade, videos of other schools participating in the Global Cardboard Challenge and […]

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O.R.E.O. Stacking

The O.R.E.O Project is such a fun, hands on and easy global project to do! Students always remember this one at the end of the year, because let’s face it, playing with Oreos is always an experience! I’m sure they would love it more if they could eat them, but anyway. This is a fantastic […]

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How Does a Seed Grow?

That was the main question from our Brain Bop Jr. video about plants. Seems like an easy answer but it’s so in depth that most of my students were having some problems remembering it! So we decided to read some more texts, take out the key details of pollination and germination and make some presentations […]

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Dot Day 2013

Dot Day is one of my favorite days of the year! It’s where we celebrate creativity and making our mark on the world! I, Mrs. Avery, first started celebrating last year and can think of nothing better to do on/around September 15th then Dot Day! This year we had so many activities to celebrate our […]

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Our 2nd Mystery Skype

We Skyped with 5th graders from Dallas, Texas. Our class was nervous to do the Mystery Skype! It was exciting when they answer the Skype call. Mystery Skype was fun because whenever the other class told us 5 hints we got the state and city right. They went first with their questions and we went […]

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Student Blogging Challenge

Our classroom is taking part of the Student Blogging Challenge ! Which means we have to blog once a week for the whole month of September! It’s very exciting because it forces us to learn how to blog but it also brings lots and lots of visitors to our blog…which we love! Our first challenge was […]

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Morning Meeting

This will be my 2nd year doing Morning Meeting in my classroom and I just cannot say enough fantastic things about it! Last years class seemed to love it as well but let’s hear from my 2013-2014 3rd graders! Morning meeting is fun because we get to have a ball in our hands and we […]

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Soda Santa Creative Questioning

We have spent so much time testing this week that I feel we’ve lost our creative juices! So to gain them back we started practicing for Mystery Skype by coming up with our own yes/no questions and beginning to go through the logical thinking process of solving the mystery!   Mrs. Hamman came across this super […]

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Our first week together!

What a week we have had! I always forget how tiring and amazing it is to start a new school year. We have done so much already that will get us ready for an awesome school year! We have already started writing workshop, working in groups together everyday, math and reading centers and using as […]

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Welcome to 3rd Grade!

Hi and welcome to your third grade class!! My name is Mrs. Avery and I am so excited  to be your teacher this year! We are going to have so much fun doing projects, connecting with people globally and learning tons of new things! I hope you’re ready for a fun and educational year 🙂 […]

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Spaghetti Towers

For the last full day of school we decided to have an engineering project, who could build the tallest spaghetti tower! There were a lot of challenges because the students couldn’t talk to their group mates! They had to have a plan before hand and hope everyone was on board because for 15 minutes they […]

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Top 10 of the Year!

Students had the hardest thing to do this past week, they had to choose 10 of their most favorite moments from this school year! We came up with a list of 40 items and then they had to narrow it done to 10…it was quite a hard process but here is our 10 top list […]

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Graduating From College

We have been privileged in our classroom to host a student teacher for the past six weeks. She has been an amazing addition to our family and when it was time to see her go all of us were quite sad! Miss Brokaw will be gravely missed. We did have the coolest experience this morning. Northern Arizona […]

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Flying High

From March 30th to May 5th it is considered National Kite Month! We just couldn’t resist have the students build their own kites and fly them! Students got into groups and researched kites, got books out of the library and read books about kites during reading groups. They learned anything they could about what makes […]

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Yellowstone National Park

We have been loving all of the Skypes and video conferences that have connected our classroom to the outside world. So I, Mrs. Avery, tried to get as many connections as I could. An awesome website that I found was Skype in the Classroom. It’s an awesome resource of teachers and companies from around the […]

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Morning Meeting

At the beginning of this year Mrs. Hamman found an incredible website that outlined a morning meeting. I’ve never thought about doing one before but seeing this teacher do it with her 5th graders I knew it would help the students and that they would love it! If you’ve ever thought about doing a morning meeting […]

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Our Class Field Trip

Recently we went on a field trip to the Mesa Arts Center! We were so excited to get onto the bus and leave the school grounds! We got to see a presentation by the National Geographic Live team and saw an amazing presentation by Borge Ousland who is a polar explorer. He actually was the first […]

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Hummingbird Presentation

Last Friday, the 1st of March, we had a presenter from the Arizona Audubon Chapter come to speak to us about Hummingbirds! We have so many hummingbirds that come to our school each year that I was excited for the students to learn more about our special visitors! We also got fantastic feeders, food and information […]

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Our Video Conference

We had our very first video conference on February 8th with the Homestead National Monument in Nebraska. We had been reading about the Gold Rush in the 1870’s in California and the American Cowboy so I thought it would be interesting to learn what it was like to be a student in the 1870’s! The […]

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Hummingbirds Part

To get ready for our Hummingbird presentation we will fill out this LinoIt with our questions!   Hummingbird Questions

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Iditarod

Our class is following the Iditarod race, the Last Great Race! A few weeks ago our class was introduced to this race, none of the students knew a thing about dog racing, Alaska or mushing! Now they could teach a whole classroom about what the Iditarod race is! So instead of standing in front of a full […]

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1st Semester Review

I still can not believe that the first semester of our school year is over and done with! It went by way to quickly. We did so much the first two quarters of school and I am even more excited for what is still to come! Here is a video of the amazing pictures you […]

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Fractions!

We’re learning about fractions right now so here are some videos that will help you understand fractions even more! There are three videos on here and the day of the week that you are supposed to watch them is right next to it. Watch this first video on Wednesday Writing Fractions (Thursday)   Fractions (Friday) Fraction Game (play […]

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Our thoughts on the Holiday Card Exchange

I loved sending the Christmas cards. It was fun. I would do it again. I bet that would be fun too. I thought  that it was awesome to get letters back. We liked when we made the Christmas cards. My favorite thing about it was that they gave us cards back. Our favorite card is the one […]

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If I lived in a Snow globe!

This winter we had a theme of snow globes! We made snow globe cards for our Holiday Card Exchange. The third grade team decided to do a writing activity that students would imagine themselves in a snow globe! We watched some animated videos of what some snow globes could look like and what could be […]

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International Day of Blogging 12/12/12

  Here’s another super cool assignment. We are going to join in on the International Day of Blogging on 12/12/12 and blog about our 12 favorite things!! What an easy blog post to start off with and what an easy way to get to know students in our classroom better and students around the world! […]

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Holiday Greeting Cards part 1

We are starting another delightful project by Jen! We love all of her projects! This one is a big one too…we have to make and send holiday greeting cards to classes all around the country! We have 28 different schools and we have to send some holiday cheer to a charity of our choice (we […]

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Charlotte’s Web

Our class participated in Global Read Aloud this year! We chose to read Charlotte’s Web and had a blast reading it! We loved listening to it and Mrs. Avery got excited to hear the cheers when it was read aloud time. We also joined a 3rd grade Edmodo group where we got to chat with kids […]

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Pumpkin Seed Count

In honor of Halloween this past week, our class did another Project by Jen (same website that we got our O.R.E.O. Stacking project from). This was a delightful project that got our estimation skills in gear. We had to estimate the weight, circumference and how many seeds would be in the pumpkin. Then we got use to tools […]

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Novels, Novels and more Novels

Considering we’re about to start the project for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) we should probably talk about what a novel is and how to write one! Before we get into the how’s and why’s and when’s and WHAT’s let’s look at what a novel is! Here are some different examples to jog your knowledge of what […]

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Thinking About Fables

In class this week we are discussing proverbs and fables. To help you better understand what a fable is and how to gather the moral of the story let’s answer some questions! Click here: Aesop’s Fable You may choose any fable you’d like to, please watch the traditional video first (at some point you may […]

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Charlotte’s Web

Here is the link to our Lino canvas!   Charlotte’s Web character traits

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Goodbye Quarter 1, hello new Quarter!

Can you believe Quarter 1 is done! This year is going way to fast. We have taken so many pictures, done so many projects and learned so much about each other so far. I am so excited to see what comes in Quarter 2!   Here is a video that shows some of our classroom and some […]

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Nature Walk

This week our 3rd grade was reading a Ranger Rick article called “Wild Shots.” The third grade teachers decided to take our students on a nature walk through Traynor’s Trial (which is a small trail that is located directly next to our school). Mrs. Salmon was gracious enough to take our 90 students and teach […]

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Playing with our food?

Last week I had a HUGE surprise for my 3rd grade class! We would be doing an O.R.E.O. project! Well, of course the whole class cheered and then questioned what kind of project you could do with Oreo’s? Our Really Exciting Online project is in its 14th year of running and the project is who […]

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International Dot Day

International Dot Day is celebrated on September 15th to share our creativity and self expression! It is based on a book called “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds in which a little girl changes her mind and heart to art by just making a mark. This day also builds collaboration globally as people are connected […]

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Saving the Sea Turtles

Last week we began learning about sea turtles. This week we will continue to investigate the dangers these magnificent creatures face. The Task You will visit several websites to continue learning about sea turtles. After you have gathered information about sea turtles, you will create a product with your group. Your product must have pictures and ways […]

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Sea Turtle exploration assignment

Students: your mission is to research sea turtles! In your small groups please answer the three questions that are found under your topic. Go to the website and search hard! Please answer the question IN YOUR OWN WORDS! Fish around the article for anymore interesting facts. I’m excited to hear all about sea turtles when […]

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Week before Labor Day Weekend

This past week was filled with routine! Finally, our learning procedures and routine paid off. After testing all of the week before I think the class and I appreciated this low key regular work week! Our student of the week this week was Ashley and she took her job very seriously, always sharpening pencils and […]

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A fantastic week!

This is our first post from our student of the week. She spent the whole week (August 20th-August 24th) helping other students and taking pictures of what she thought was interesting in class or what she wanted to share with the world! This is are her choices and captions for our week! I like that […]

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Brainstorming a list of character traits in our friends

We are talking about narrative elements and character traits this week. To begin our discussion I had students get into groups and put their ideas about what characters traits they look for in their friends. Their list was awesome and they had a fantastic time!

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New last name, new grade level and new room!

Wow, it has been a while! I wanted to post the first blog of the new school year so when you got the website at back to school Saturday you had something fun to read and view! I would love to share some recent and big changes that have occurred in my life. 1st. I […]

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Chaotic Fun

Chaotic Fun….that’s always the way I describe the first quarter of school! I am not quite sure where the time went but it flew by very quickly. Your students and I have grown to know and truly care for each other as a classroom. I’m so excited to see what the 2nd quarter brings us […]

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It still feels like a crazy dream

The title explains it all! The two weeks that we were there went by in a blur like fashion. Before we knew it the teachers were throwing a surprise party which included home baked treats, coffee (they got to know me quite well), and presents for us. Oh, and a professional photographer that they hired […]

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The Land Where the Sunsets

Morocco… Images, words, phrases, emotions run through my head with that country’s name. My first two weeks of summer was spent in the land where sun the sunsets. This gorgeous place that changed my persepective and gave me a bigger understanding on Creation (and just how beautiful and broken it all is). logistics: Upon arrival […]

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1st day of summer

Wow, this year went by much faster then expected. It definitely started off rough seeing as my school last year was closed due to budget cuts and the whole district was moved around. Four Peaks started as individual teachers and ended as a family, cliche I know but it is so true! I have loved […]

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Welcome!

Here’s my first attempt at blogging for educational purposes 🙂 Please, please please read the about section to read the rules and guidelines before continuing… …alright, you must have read them! Thank you so much for visiting this site. My school year is crazily winding down (where did the time go!?). This week in class […]

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