Jacob Waltz: The Lost Dutchman

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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.  

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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!

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?


Veterans Are Special!

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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!

Do you have a family member or friend who is or was in one of the branches of military?  

Go ARMY!

Go ARMY!

Tell us something about what they did.


M-I-C…K-E-Y Mouse!

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Hello, my name is Addy.  Today, November 18, is Mickey Mouse’s birthday!  Our class is celebrating this special day.

Minnie Power!

Minnie Power!

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!

That is a very fancy set of Minnie Mouse ears!

 Do you have any special memories about Mickey Mouse?  What about Disneyland? 


The Superstitions: Home to Many

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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.

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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.  

Today, what do we use to tell our stories?

 


See Our Garden Grow!

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Our class has been hard at work revitalizing our school garden.  This is a great way for us to learn about plants and their habitats.

Class families got together on a fabulous Saturday morning to make a couple raised garden beds and to make our garden pretty.  Take a look.

Getting the spot ready to build the first raised garden bed.

Getting the spot ready to build the first raised garden bed.

Super dads work on building the garden bed while we get the soil ready.

Super dads work on building the garden bed while we get the soil ready.

Taking care of our herbs and flowers.

Taking care of our herbs and flowers.

This is some great soil!

This is some great soil!

Hard workers posing with Wyatt, the Scarecrow.

Hard workers posing with Wyatt, the Scarecrow.

Up close of Wyatt the Scarecrow.  He is named after the little boy who donated the clothes.

Up close of Wyatt the Scarecrow. He is named after the little boy who donated the clothes.

Let's take a break and watch the dads build.

Let’s take a break and watch the dads build.

Wow, it looks so neat and clean.

Wow, it looks so neat and clean.

A view of some rosemary and aloe vera.

A view of some rosemary and aloe vera.

Inspecting one of our raised gardens.  They are ready for some yummy vegetables.

Inspecting one of our raised gardens. They are ready for some yummy vegetables.

Do you have any advice for us on gardening?


Facts You May Not Know…Benjamin Franklin

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Hi, my name is Nicholas, and I am here to answer the question…

Who was Benjamin Franklin?

Founding Father of America

Founding Father of America

Benjamin Franklin is a god of smartness, creativity and a founding father of America. He worked harder than a beaver building a house for a giant because he traveled many places. He also had to fight for justice, not in a physical way, but using his skills as an engineer and courier. He was one of the founding fathers of America and deserves respect all over the world! Benjamin Franklin died of a sickness during his grand children’s play…sad.  You can find his tombstone in ‘Christ Church Cemetery in  Philadelphia.

Here I am doing my presentation for our Constitution Celebration.

Here I am doing my presentation for our Constitution Celebration.

Can you find the figurative language I used in my paragraph?


Constitution Week Fun

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Well, we just finished our annual Constitution Week festivities.  All week we learned about important events leading up to the founding of our country and some important US symbols.  It was great fun and everyone learned so much.  We ended the week with our Family Follies event.  We had most families come and see the students present their projects, perform the Pledge of Allegiance in sign language, and a skit on the history of the Star Spangled Banner. Afterward, we enjoyed some patriotic snacks.

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On Constitution Day, September 18, our class honored the signing of the Constitution at 1:00 by a Ringing of the Bells Ceremony.  Each student in our class spread out throughout the school with a bell.  At 1:00 we rang the bells for one minute. Much of the school came and listened to the ringing of these bells.  It was a very touching experience.

Each of us brought a bell to ring.

Each of us brought a bell to ring.

We stood all over the school.

We stood all over the school.

Ringing the bells so all students can hear for one minute.

Ringing the bells for one minute so all students can hear.

The classes stood outside their class to listen.

The classes stood outside their class to listen.

We showed our patriotism to family and friends by learning about the founding of our country and ringing the bells.  We also say the Pledge of Allegiance every school morning, standing straight and tall with our hand over our heart.

What are some things you do to show your patriotism?


The U.S Constitution

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My name is Campbell. This page is about the U.S Constitution. The reason I’m writing about the U.s Constitution is because I did a presentation on the U.S Constitution during my class’ Family Follies Day at school. I used orginalzational features in my presentation to gather information. 

Here I am doing my presentation for the families.  I am wearing my patriotic dress!

Here I am doing my presentation for the families. I am wearing my patriotic dress!

Here are my facts about the U.S Constitution.

 

Some of the people who took part in making the U.S Constitution were, James Madison, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, and George Washington. The U.S Constitution is the highest law in the United States of America.The Constitution created the federal government. The Constitution states the rights of people living in the United States and is written to protect the rights people in the United States.

This is where the Constitution was signed.

This is where the Constitution was signed.

The Constitution is a piece of paper that has 7 articles and is VERY IMPORTANT. The Constitution was signed on September 17,1787. The Constitution is in Washington D.C.

Do you know any more facts about the U.S Constitution?

 

 

 

 


Thomas Jefferson by Peta

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Hi, my name is Peta.  This is a Voki that I made about Thomas Jefferson and what he did.  I made this because I read a book about him.  Our class is learning about the beginning of America and the people who were helpful to America.

Enjoy!

 

Could you add more facts about Thomas Jefferson?  Our class would love to know more.


Taking a Look Back…Field Trip Time!

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When school memories come to mind one of the best memories is the school field trip.  Take a trip down memory lane with the third graders in our class and see what we learned at the Superstition Mountain Museum.

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Do you remember a field trip you have been on?

What would be the best field trip you could ever be part of?