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.
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.
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.
by Emily and Megan
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.
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!
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.
So, everyone likes spiders, right? What’s not to love? The long, hairy legs, the multiple, beady eyes, or the fangs ready to pierce the skin? Yeah, OK. They are kind of gross. We took a poll in our class and found out that about half of us hate spiders and the others like them, but we all find them very interesting. Mrs. Fraher hates them ever since she got bit by a recluse spider. It was very painful for her.
Our classroom is near a door leading to a playground near a desert wash. This means that we get all kinds of creepy crawlies coming through the cracks in the door. Here are some pictures we took of some of them:
We immediately started to do some research on spiders. Have to know what we are looking at.
Poor scorpion. We found him dead, so don’t think we killed him. Thought we would get some up close viewing of him.
This spider was lurking outside our door. We caught him with the help of Mrs. Goucher’s class. See the balls on the end of his antennae?
A caterpillar looking for a place to make a cocoon. Unfortunately, he escaped and was found a few months later (not so alive).
Scorpion crossing the road…we did a post on scorpions earlier using this guy. Check it out!
We don’t know what this is but it looked interesting. Some kind of grasshopper.
Praying mantis on the hunt for the other insects in our hall.
Geckos loved hiding out under our bean bag chairs.
Kind of a fuzzy picture but it shows a black widow spider.
Not so much a creepy crawly.
A tarantula stopping to smell the flowers outside our class. Did you know tarantulas can live up to 20 years?
Let’s find out more about spiders. Here is what we learned after our research:
Spiders are not insects. They have eight legs and insects have six legs.
Not all spiders spin webs. This is because they can’t make silk.
Most spiders have eight eyes. Ughhh! Some spiders that live in caves and soil have no eyes at all!
There are about 35,000 different species of spiders in the world. There are 3,000 spiders in North America.
Spiders have claws at the end of their legs.
Arizona has two very poisonous spiders: the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse. There are three main kids of black widow spiders and about 13 species of recluses. Not all of them live just in Arizona.
We are always on the lookout for a good way to collaborate and learn new things. Just sit back, get comfy, and listen to what we have been experiencing the last few days. It’ll knock your red, white, and blue socks off!
Our class is very interested in all things involving our country. We are all wearing our patriotic colors to show our pride in the United States.
It all started with an email Miss Hall, our speech teacher, sent us because she knows how much we love technology and birds. The email contained a site that provides live cameras on different animals. This happened to contain a link to a live camera on a bald eagle nest in Tennessee! So, we jumped on right away and were instantly caught up in the life of Franklin, Frank for short, and Indy (Independence). Frank and Indy are non-release eagles who are currently caring for two baby eagles. Franklin and Independence are in their 20’s and have been together since 2000. They have had 29 eaglets together.
Bet you are wanting to see them, huh? In a little bit…
No, this isn’t Indy or Frank but it is a bald eagle who loves the USA!
We had so many questions! Mrs. Fraher noticed a chat going on next to the live feed and she asked if we could jump in and ask questions. The people in the chat were so nice to let us spend some time asking all about these two eagles. We had to take turns asking the questions. They sent us a whole bunch of links and pictures to use. Here is what we learned:
So, you see how much we learned. To learn more about the eagles and American Eagle Foundation click on the words. We think it is so important to be aware that humans are the biggest threat to eagles and many other species. Our carelessness and lack of information is harmful to the animals in which we share the earth.
After learning about the eagle and keeping it safe, what do you think you could do to help protect these majestic birds?
Why do you think the eagles were named Franklin and Independence?
Our class had a wonderful time fishing with Mrs. Goucher’s Class at Water Ranch in Gilbert. We were lucky to be part of a grant Mrs. Goucher had received through the Arizona Game and Fish Department. A representative from Arizona Game and Fish came the day before the field trip to teach us about fishing and the fish species found in Arizona lakes and streams.
After some time fishing, we went on a walk around the preserve. There were many bird species, wildflowers, and all kinds of insects for us to observe.
We would love to hear about some of your fishing experiences.
Do you have a fishing tale about the fish “that got away?”
Read Across America 2013 was a blast! The whole school joined together and celebrated Dr. Seuss in a big way! Our class enjoyed all of the fun activities our school offered. Take a look at some of the highlights.
Valentine’s Day brought a carnival like no other. What better time to fill your heart with fun and friendship than on Valentine’s Day. The third grade team worked together to organize a Valentine’s Carnival for the third grade students. Each classroom had fun games and challenges to do in their classroom and in the hallway.
Our class is so excited to start our Project Feeder Watch program this year! This is the third year in a row that Mrs. Fraher’s class has participated in this project through Cornell University. Why not start it out with a bang?
Mrs. Goucher’s fourth grade class joined us one sunny Friday morning along with parents from both classes. There was a great deal of excitement from both rooms. Students had a great time participating in activities centered on birds. Owl pellet dissection, making bird feeders, learning bird calls, going on a bird hunt, and creating bird art using different materials were just a few fun projects they were involved with.
Are you interested in seeing what we did? Well, check this out:
Here some things our class likes about birds:
Trevor: I like that there are so many different kinds of bird and that they are so colorful.
Avery: I think it is cool that some birds can talk.
Tyler: I like birds because they look so cute when they peek into our classroom window.
Brooke: Birds puff up their feathers and it makes them look like a puffball.
Alexis: That all species of birds make different sounds and you can tell the different birds by their sounds.
Check out what these students think about birds.
Garrison: It is interesting to look at all of the species of birds because they have different beaks, feet and feather colors.
Kyle: I think it is cool that they can takes a bunch of sticks and with their beak they can make a nest.
Emma: I like birds because you can have them as pets and feed them.
Trinity: Some birds are nocturnal, like an owl and that you can’t hear their wings flap because of the special feathers they have.
Tyler: I like birds because they help spread pollen to make flowers.
Skyler: I like birds because they are so different and some don’t even fly.
Anne: I like watching how their patterns change on their feathers and they get more beautiful as they grow.