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3rd Graders Connecting Around the Globe

Worm is the Word

September7

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

August13

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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

September29

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

September20

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!

September19

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

August15

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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My Spidey Senses are Tingling!

June26

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:

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.

Do you want to find out more about spiders?  Here are a couple great sites where we found our information.  Explorit Science Center and Arizona-Desert Museum: Spiders

Let’s have a little fun with a spider.  Here is a video Mrs. Fraher found on Facebook on a spider.  We thought it was super funny.

What facts can you tell us about spiders?  

Have you ever been bit by a spider?  

What spider species do you like the best?

 

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An American Symbol Soars Into Our Learning

May15

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?

 

 

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Something’s Fishy Around Here

May13

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?”

Take a look at our fishing tale.

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Read Across America Week

March1

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.

What Dr. Seuss book is your favorite?

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