Fairy Tales with a Twist-Part One

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Our class has been studying fairy tales and other folktales.  Take a look at the project Emma has done using Story Jumper.  This project is part of our Fairy Tales with a Twist performance.  We will perform for parents and students during our Family Follies Day.

 Book titled 'Sleeping Beauty'
Stay tuned for more exciting pictures and information on our Fairy Tales With a Twist class performance.
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Community Cares

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Our school, Desert Vista Elementary, is fortunate to have many community members that support the learning in our school by volunteering time and resources.  Below is just a few instances that show how much people in our community care about students and their learning.  Thank you to all of those who show their caring and dedication to our school.

Read to Me

Mayor Insalaco, the Mayor of Apache Junction, came to our class to read to us.  We happened to be digging into folktales and fables, so he read to us Pecos Bill, a tale about a boy who was raised by coyotes.  The mayor often volunteers his time to read to the students that attend an Apache Junction school.

He then spent some time letting us ask questions.  We found out something very interesting.  He was once bit by a rattlesnake.  He even showed us the two fang marks that was left as a scar.

The Rotary Club of superstition mountain

Each year the Rotary Club of superstition mountain provides our school with dictionaries.  Every child in third grade gets one.  They take time out of their busy schedule to spend some time with us talking about the dictionary and doing some fun activities using the dictionary.  Mrs. Fraher is so thankful that we have these.  The cool thing about these dictionaries is that they have other interesting things in the back.  Some of those things are: the world’s longest word, facts about states and countries, math information, and maps.  We can use these dictionaries for more than just looking up words!


Digging into Dictionaries – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

 Bunny and Nell

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There are two very kind women who have donated money to several of the classes at our school.  These women aren’t wealthy, they just care and want to help where they can.  There names are Bunny and Nell.  This year, Bunny and Nell donated $100 to our class for a project.  Mrs. Fraher was so excited.  She had just the project for us to do.  You will have to stay tuned to this blog to find out what the project is.  The suspense is killing us!

Project Hummer watch

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we have a garden outside our classroom that attracts hummingbirds and other birds using feeders and plants that draw hummingbirds.  This garden would not have been possible without the help of so many community members and businesses.  A wonderful parent,  Heather Harter, worked hard to get The plants donated by local nurseries.    below is a list of those businesses.

Target                   Shady Way Nursery                      Home Depot
BEST Hardware     Apache Landscape                         Moon Valley
ACE Hardware

Have you had someone do something kind or generous for you?  If so, what was it?

 

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Thankful Thoughts

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There are so many things in our life to be thankful for.  Most of us are thankful for health, family, our beliefs, and the many blessings this country has to offer.

When thinking of our school and the people we spend time with during school, there is no better group of kids than Mrs. Fraher’s class.  She thinks we are amazing and the smartest bunch of kids a teacher can have.

Take a look at a few ways we celebrated our thankfulness.  Our class is very thankful for books and the freedom to read books we are interested in reading.

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The day before Thanksgiving our class and family members joined to spend some time together.

Book titled 'Thankful Thoughts'Read this free book made on StoryJumper

What are you most thankful for?

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Veteran’s Day Remembrance

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Each year Desert Vista Elementary takes time to honor the veteran’s and those who are currently in the military.  We come together as a school to show our appreciation of their bravery and sacrifice.  This event is very important to all of us, especially Mrs. Smith, our principal.  She has a long history of men in her family that have served in the military.  Mrs. Fraher also has a lot of people in her family that was or will be in the military, including her dad and son.

This year third grade got the honor of focusing on the army.  We learned that the Army has Seven Core Values.  They are Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage.  This kind of reminded our class of the Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship.  

There's strong and then there's army strong!

There’s strong and then there’s Army strong!

It comes down to a way of living your life each and every day.

We also had a visit from soldiers who talked to us about the vehicles they use and what it means to be a soldier in the army.

 Do you have family in one of the military branches?

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The Sound of Music

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The halls were filled with the sound of music…violin music, that is!  Our class had a unique privilege this last week to listen to Tricia Park and Taylor Morris play the violin for us.  So, how did we luck out and get to have them come and play for us?  Well, Taylor Morris is really good friends with one of the parents in our class.  Talk about knowing people in the right places!

Our class with the famous violinists, Tricia Park and Taylor Morris.

Our class with the famous violinists, Tricia Park and Taylor Morris.

Their presentation was so entertaining and informative for the students.  

Take a look:

Violin Visit from GFraher on Vimeo.

One of the great things about their visit was that we were learning about fables the same week they visited.  Without knowing this, they played Peter and the Wolf written by Sergei Prokofiev.  This provided a great connection between the text and the world for us.  An interesting facts about Sergei Prokofiev is that he also wrote the composition for Cinderella and Romeo and Juliet.

Afterwards, we wrote thank you cards for them.  They enjoyed reading them and even posted a picture of them on Facebook.

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Do you know the difference between a fiddle and a violin?  

What is your favorite instrument to listen to?

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Oreo Project 2014

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There is so more to an Oreo than two cookie wafers and some creamy filling!  Our class learned this first hand as we participated in this year’s Oreo Project through Projects by Jen.     We started with creating a hypothesis, then went on to brainstorming variables affecting stack stability, and then joined our buddy class in Ohio to a stacking challenge.  To get the variables, we had to analyze the Oreo very carefully.  We created a line plot on stack counts and used that data to determine stack average.  Our class also created an Oreo Book containing facts we learned about the Oreo and the line plot containing stack data. 

Take a look!

Can you guess the four main variables affecting the stability of an Oreo stack?

Another activity we did with the Oreo was to create our own “I Wonder If I Gave an Oreo” story based on the Oreo commercial with the same title.  Here is the commercial.  Stay tuned for our version of the same.

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Constitution Week 2014

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It is so important for children to understand the sacrifices our ancestors gave toward making our country a free and amazing place to live.  So, each September we learn about the birth of America and some of the important places that symbolize our freedoms.  This year we observed Constitution Day with our family and friends.

Take a look…

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What do you like most about America?

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Worm is the Word

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Worm, worm…worm is the word!  

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Worms are so cool and very important to our world, but these silent creatures don’t get the props they deserve!  Without earthworms, the soil our plants grow in would not be as rich in nutrients.  Our class decided to practice the Scientific method while learning about the worm.

First, what is the scientific method?  steps to follow when you want to ask and answer questions in a science experiment.

Using the scientific method to learn about worms.

Using the scientific method to learn about worms.

Recording our observations

Recording our observations

Next, what we learn about the earthworm?  Earthworms can get up to 14 inches long.  they can’t live where it gets permafrost.  they have segments called annuli.  an earthworms makes our soil better.  they can eat up to a third of its way each day.  Some people didn’t want to touch the worm!  they’re so cute!

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Last, what did we  do with the earthworms when we were done observing them?  Our class has a hummingbird garden.  we released the worms to help the plants grow better.  the plants are important because the hummingbirds drink the nectar from the blooms.

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What do you know about earthworms?

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Welcome Back to School

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What an exciting first week we had in third grade.  Not only did we learn about what it takes to be a successful third grader, we also had the opportunity to spend some time with our family members at our first Family Follies Day on Friday.  I hope that all students in my class enjoy third grade, make some great memories, and learn a ton!  

Take a look at our first week!

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What are your hopes and wishes for third grade?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PAWS 4 LIfe Visit

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After reading about Rosie in Rosie, A Visiting Dog’s Story, we wanted to learn more about service dogs and therapy dogs.  So, Mrs. Fraher invited PAWS 4 Life to talk to us.  They are an organization that rescues dogs from the pound and shelter.  They then train the dogs along with their owners to become service dogs.  

Check out their visit.

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Service dogs save people’s lives.  Therapy dogs make people happy.  Dogs are very important in our lives.

Do you own a dog?  What does your dog do for you?

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