We ended the year with a Science Sleepover…not so much sleep, though. We had a lot of fun spending time with family and friends as we learned about vibration, pitch, and sound.
Check out what we did!
What a great way to end the year! We learned so much about vibration, pitch, and sound using the experiments from The Museum of Science, Art, and Human Perception. We made three different instruments that used vibrations to make sound.
Do you play a musical instrument?
Everyone knows the cool cats hang out at the Poetry Cafe! Well, the coolest of the cool cats were at our Poetry Cafe in Room 15. They were able to hear some great poems written by the third graders in our class, as well as read famous poems from Edgar Allen Poe, Robert Frost, and Georgia Heard.
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What are some of your favorite poems?
So, we all know electricity is everywhere and we would have a hard time living without it, But do you know what electricity is and how it works? No? Well, sit back and enjoy!
Electricity is the flow of electrons that have moved out of its path. The electrons normally just kind of hangout around tightly packed protons and neutrons. The magic of electricity doesn’t happen until you give it a pathway to flow called a current.
Learn more by visiting Kid’s Corner: Electricity
Our class has been learning about electricity so we can understand how bristle bots work. Basically, a bristle bot uses a closed electrical circuit to power the motor that causes the bristle bot to work.
Using a pager motor, two wires (the current), and a double A battery (the electrical source) we made an electrical circuit. We hot glued this to two toothbrushes. Then we had to put our personal stamp on it and added pipe cleaners and google eyes. Wah-la! The birth of a bristle bot. Take a look:
Ready to see what one looks like?
Ahhh, cute, right? So, what do we plan on doing with them? Well, we are going to race them! Stay tuned for the races…you won’t want to miss them.
What do you think would happen if we didn’t have electricity?
What would be some ways we would have to adapt?
Each year, Mrs. Fraher and her classroom is plagued with the antics of Lucky the Leprechaun. This year was no different!
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Mrs. Fraher had a plan, though. She asked us to make leprechaun traps so we could catch him. We also read up on leprechauns so we could use the information to catch him. Lucky also received letters from us letting him know how we felt about his shenanigans!
When she went into her classroom one morning, he had messed up some of her things on her counter. He turned our St. Patrick’s Day party cups into leprechaun hats and hid them in our hummingbird garden!
He dumped out a cups of Lucky Charms, banged on our walls while working on his shoes in the walls, and caused the lights to do out in the class! What a little trickster!
What would you have down to try to catch Lucky?
Here are some of the traps we made. He escaped them all! Even left a note with a gold coin. The note said, “Nice try! Lucky” Ohhh, we were annoyed.
One popular holiday tradition is to send cards to friends and families. Our class was able to participate in this tradition through Projects by Jen’s Holiday Card Exchange. We created our own cards with this year’s theme being “Lights” and then sent them to more than 20 different states and provinces in United States and Canada.
Once we addressed all of our cards and mailed them, we sat backed and waited for our cards to arrive. It was so exciting each day to have three or four arrive in the mail. We eagerly awaited the opening and reading of the cards. One interesting detail that was included in each card was the average temperature in December for the school the card came from. Our lowest average temperature was 5 degrees Fahrenheit from a city in North Dakota and the highest average temperature was from a school in Florida with 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Our average temperature for our city was 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Mrs. Fraher was so glad we didn’t have the 5 degrees! Take a look at our process from creating the cards to receiving them.
Did you send holiday cards this year? If so, what type of card was it? Take our poll below.
Our class has been studying fairy tales and other folktales. Take a look at the project Emma has done using Story Jumper. This project is part of our Fairy Tales with a Twist performance. We will perform for parents and students during our Family Follies Day.
Our school, Desert Vista Elementary, is fortunate to have many community members that support the learning in our school by volunteering time and resources. Below is just a few instances that show how much people in our community care about students and their learning. Thank you to all of those who show their caring and dedication to our school.
Read to Me
Mayor Insalaco, the Mayor of Apache Junction, came to our class to read to us. We happened to be digging into folktales and fables, so he read to us Pecos Bill, a tale about a boy who was raised by coyotes. The mayor often volunteers his time to read to the students that attend an Apache Junction school.
He then spent some time letting us ask questions. We found out something very interesting. He was once bit by a rattlesnake. He even showed us the two fang marks that was left as a scar.
The Rotary Club of superstition mountain
Each year the Rotary Club of superstition mountain provides our school with dictionaries. Every child in third grade gets one. They take time out of their busy schedule to spend some time with us talking about the dictionary and doing some fun activities using the dictionary. Mrs. Fraher is so thankful that we have these. The cool thing about these dictionaries is that they have other interesting things in the back. Some of those things are: the world’s longest word, facts about states and countries, math information, and maps. We can use these dictionaries for more than just looking up words!
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Bunny and Nell
There are two very kind women who have donated money to several of the classes at our school. These women aren’t wealthy, they just care and want to help where they can. There names are Bunny and Nell. This year, Bunny and Nell donated $100 to our class for a project. Mrs. Fraher was so excited. She had just the project for us to do. You will have to stay tuned to this blog to find out what the project is. The suspense is killing us!
Project Hummer watch
we have a garden outside our classroom that attracts hummingbirds and other birds using feeders and plants that draw hummingbirds. This garden would not have been possible without the help of so many community members and businesses. A wonderful parent, Heather Harter, worked hard to get The plants donated by local nurseries. below is a list of those businesses.
Have you had someone do something kind or generous for you? If so, what was it?
There are so many things in our life to be thankful for. Most of us are thankful for health, family, our beliefs, and the many blessings this country has to offer.
When thinking of our school and the people we spend time with during school, there is no better group of kids than Mrs. Fraher’s class. She thinks we are amazing and the smartest bunch of kids a teacher can have.
Take a look at a few ways we celebrated our thankfulness. Our class is very thankful for books and the freedom to read books we are interested in reading.
The day before Thanksgiving our class and family members joined to spend some time together.
What are you most thankful for?
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.
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?