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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Patriotic People Through Voki

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A biography is a nonfiction text that tells about someone’s life.  It is written by someone who has researched the person.  We have created short biographies about some important people during the birth of our country.  We used Voki to make it a little more interesting.  

Take a listen:

What do you know about our founding fathers?

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Patriotic Extravaganza!

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WOW, what a week we had.  Since September 17th was Constitution Day, our class decided to go all out and celebrate the week in style!  It was a great way to dig into our nonfiction text and practice using text features.  We focused on the main idea and supporting details to help us create our projects. Take a look at all of the things we learned, celebrated, and created.  You will be amazed!

We have learned a great deal about the birth of our country and how important some of our country’s symbols and people are.  The Bill of Rights is also very important to all United States citizens.  Watch our paper slide to find out why.

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Here is our project about the Statue of Liberty.  It is an important symbol of freedom to our country.  Watch our projects to learn more.

Puppet Pal by Chance and Jaden

Glogster by Brenna and Kaitlynn

statue of liberty from GFraher on Vimeo.

What do you like about America?

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Bubbling Over With Joy For School

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Students in our class were bubbling over with joy over the Back to School Bash our first week in school!  Why you ask?  Well, we had a Bubble Party!

 

Experimenting with bubbles is a blast!

Experimenting with bubbles is a blast!

We spent some time with family and friends participating in bubble activities.  We did bubble art, experimented with different types of bubble solution, blew bubbles and tried to catch them with a gloved hand, developed a hypothesis on which temperature of bubble solution would blow the best bubble, and tried blowing bubbles from bubble gum.

Take a look at some of the fun things we did…

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Have you ever tried to make your own bubble solution?  What did you use?  Did it work?

What do you like best about bubbles?

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