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?


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?


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?



Science Sleepover

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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?


Poetry Cafe

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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? 


Bristle Bots: An Electric Beginning

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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

Unfortunately, our body can be a pathway for electricity to travels.

Unfortunately, our body can be a pathway for electricity to travels.

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:

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Ready to see what one looks like?

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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?

 


Lucky the Leprechaun Strikes Again!

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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!  

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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!

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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.

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Holiday Card Exchange 2014

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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.

Opening a card from 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.

Holiday Card Exchange

Did you send holiday cards this year?  If so, what type of card was it?  Take our poll below.


Fairy Tales with a Twist-Part One

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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.

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Stay tuned for more exciting pictures and information on our Fairy Tales With a Twist class performance.