American History Film Project…Begins!

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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.


Filming Our Local History – Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires 

We are eagerly awaiting the final cut.  Stay tuned for more.

Have you ever been part of a play?  

What was your favorite part of it?


Magical Moments with Magic Tree House

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Which main character is he playing? If you guessed Jack, you are right!

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?

Which book is this?

Click on this link to see if you are right….ANSWER

Here are a couple other books we did…Ghost Town at Sundown

and Tonight on the Titanic

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Have you read any of the Magic Tree House books?  

Which one is your favorite?  Tell us why.


Family Follies-Happy About Habitats

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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.

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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!


Harvest Time at Desert Vista!

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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.

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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?


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?


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?

 


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?