All year two very dedicated students have been working on the American History Film Project to bring local history to their community. These girls published newspaper articles and then wrote a script to be filmed later in the year. Well, later in the year has arrived! We are excited and so thankful to be able to work with Superstition Mountain Museum and film students led by Russ Young at our high school, AJHS. The museum allowed us to film on location using the artifacts and buildings. This helped bring our movies authenticity! The film students under the teaching of Russ Young will create a quality product. Thanks to both of these groups for volunteering your time.
Which main character is he playing? If you guessed Jack, you are right!
Our class recently finished a study of several Magic Tree House books. To show the main idea and characters in the book, we created rolling displays. Let’s see if you can guess what Magic Tree House book each of the displays show.
What Magic Tree House book does this display show?
Which book is this?
Click on this link to see if you are right….ANSWER
Science, technology, food, oh my! Who knew there were so many different things you could do with Legos. Our class had a great day learning with Legos recently. We created simple machines, made stop motion videos, built with them on the computer, designed a bridge to hold the most rocks, and even ate some Legos! Yeah, you read right-we ate Legos!
Using Build with Chrome. What a great site!
Turning an ordinary Rice Krispie into…
An Edible Lego! Yummm!
Selecting just the right Lego to build the best bridge.
Weighing and recording the weight our bridge holds.
Building simple machines.
This is super creative!
Working on our scene for our stop motion video.
Taking the picture.
Adjusting the scene to show movement.
Have you ever used Build with Chrome? This is a great interactive site that lets you build with Lego bricks. Try it out.
Each month our families get together to give us a chance to show off what we have been learning in class. This month we all got together to learn about habitats around the world in a little different way. First, we decorated our room with the weather of the habitat.
Then we created dioramas showing what our habitat looked like. We made our habitat interactive, though. Instead of just writing information down and having parents read it, we typed up an informational paragraph about the animals and plants in our habitat. Then we turned the paragraph into a QR code! The parents who came used the QR Code Reader on their phones and our iPads to find out the facts. It was kind of like a mystery.
The best part of the whole day was when we played Kahoot with our parents. All of the questions were from the information we had on our dioramas. Some of the students played with their parents and some played against their parents. Conor won. He had the most points of all.
It was a fun time learning and sharing with our families! We can’t wait for our next Family Follies!
Our class is working hard on our garden, Nature’s Rainbow, the Hummingbird Garden, and our Sunflower Garden. We harvested kohlrabi, cilantro, tomatoes, and green onions. Each of us got to try the tomatoes. They were a lot better than the ones at the store. We also tried the kohlrabi. It tasted kind of like broccoli. Our Tower Garden arrived and we were able to put even more vegetables and herbs in it.
We are working with the Master Gardening Club in Gold Canyon. Each Monday Myrna comes and helps us garden and teaches us more about gardening. Did you know that tomatoes should be replanted up to the stem?
What bits of information can you give us to help us make our garden a success?
Helping others is a good thing…especially when you can win an award while doing it! Our class finished the project and had great results. Through selling pencils and “pencil pals” we were able to raise $650 to help children in Nairobi, Kenya and children in our local community. The families in our class, staff at our school, and community members donated pencils and Beanie Babies for us to sell. Each morning we sold to the students at Desert Vista as they were coming into the school.
The whole school helped out by buying pencils.
First we had to make and hang the signs.
Then we sold pencils for 25 cents each.
It’s time to count the cash! We earned $650!
Our Kenya friends appreciated getting the money. They used it for food and clothing.
Mrs. Fraher entered us into a community service contest sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution. We heard that it won first place in the local contest, then we heard it won first place in the state contest, and finally, we heard it won first place in the national contest! Were we super excited! On April 30, the two students who helped out the most will be able to accept the award at the state meeting for the Daughters of the American Revolution. We will keep you updated on getting the award.
We felt great helping others.
What are some things that you have done to help other people?
There are many tales about the Superstition Mountains. These mountains are the setting of legends based on some facts and some exaggeration. Some of these stories make people chuckle and others tell of mysteries not yet solved. Hi, my name is Campbell, and I will tell you about one of the most famous tales-Jacob Waltz and the Legend of the Lost Dutchman Mine.
First, let me tell you some facts about the Superstition Mountains and Jacob Waltz. The Superstition Mountains are 1,708 square miles. People mine in the Superstition Mountains because they think there is a lot of gold. It is believed that Jacob Waltz is one of those people. Jacob Waltz was born in Germany around 1810. He came to America from Germany around 1839 and to the area that is now Apache Junction around 1872. There is very little factual information about when he was young. Today, we know facts about Jacob Waltz because of papers found with his name on it. Waltz was great at spreading false information and this caused some of the legends. The reason why he spread information is because he didn’t want anybody finding his gold mine.
A picture of the Superstition Mountain from our school. They usually don’t have snow on them!
According to Jim Swanson, a local historian, “Many people tried to follow the old prospector to his mine in the Superstitions, which is known as the Lost Dutchman Mine, but Jacob managed to escape them all,” said Mr. Swanson. People today don’t know the exact locations of where Jacob Waltz found his gold (due to his stories), but there are a lot of theories and stories going around.
What stories could you make up if you had a treasure of gold to hide?
Each year our school honors the courage and bravery of the veterans in our community. Community members who are veterans, as well as school family members, are invited to attend a ceremony the day before Veteran’s Day. We have the Apache Junction NJROTC Drill Team perform, a special speaker to talk to students, and a skit. Many of our students have family members who were in one of the five branches of the military so making sure we make it a special day is important.
Take a look!
Our American flag with the flags from the five branches of the military.
This represents the soldiers who have fallen while in combat.
Apache Junction Navy JROTC Drill team.
The school assembled and is watching the drill team present the colors.
Mrs. Fraher’s son will be an officer in the Army when he graduates from college this year. Hooah!!!
We also wore our patriotic clothes!
Do you have a family member or friend who is or was in one of the branches of military?
Hello, my name is Addy. Today, November 18, is Mickey Mouse’s birthday! Our class is celebrating this special day.
Walt Disney created Mickey Mouse in 1928. Walt Disney first created Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, but Universal Studios took Oswald away from Disney. So, Walt Disney created Mickey. Both of the characters have similar faces and bodies, but the ears are different because one is a rabbit and one is a mouse. Mickey was first in “Steamboat Willie” and got really famous because Disney was able to attach sound to the movements in the cartoon. That hadn’t been done before. Since then Mickey Mouse has become a famous character.
Hi, I am Bailey. To celebrate we wore Mickey Mouse shirts and hats. I wore my Minnie hat and Minnie jacket. Let’s talk about the changes Mickey has had. When he was first created he had solid black eyes. Now his eyes have pupils. At first his feet were smaller than they are now. His shorts changed colors and the buttons have changed shape. His nose has changed, too. It was longer when he was first made and now its shorter. So, you can see that Mickey has changed as he gets older just like we do!
That is a very fancy set of Minnie Mouse ears!
Do you have any special memories about Mickey Mouse? What about Disneyland?
Did you know our community once was the home of several Native American tribes? My name is Peta, and I would like to tell you some information about some Native Americans that lived in our area of Apache Junction.
Some of these tribes were the Apache tribe, the Hohokam tribe, the Salado tribe, and the Pima tribe. These tribes all lived in our area. The Apache and Pima are still in our area, but the Salado and the Hohokam are not because they are ancient tribes. We know they lived in our area because people have found pieces of jewelry, hunting tools, petroglyphs, and pottery. “The petroglyphs are figures of people and animals,” said Jim Swanson, a local historian who volunteers at Superstition Mountain Museum. Jim Swanson allowed me to interview him about the history of the Native Americans in our area. He also said that the Native Americans used petroglyphs to tell stories and remember historical events.
The Native Americans used petroglyphs to tell their stories.