Veteran’s Day Remembrance

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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.  

There's strong and then there's army strong!

There’s strong and then there’s Army strong!

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?

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The Sound of Music

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The halls were filled with the sound of music…violin music, that is!  Our class had a unique privilege this last week to listen to Tricia Park and Taylor Morris play the violin for us.  So, how did we luck out and get to have them come and play for us?  Well, Taylor Morris is really good friends with one of the parents in our class.  Talk about knowing people in the right places!

Our class with the famous violinists, Tricia Park and Taylor Morris.

Our class with the famous violinists, Tricia Park and Taylor Morris.

Their presentation was so entertaining and informative for the students.  

Take a look:

Violin Visit from GFraher on Vimeo.

One of the great things about their visit was that we were learning about fables the same week they visited.  Without knowing this, they played Peter and the Wolf written by Sergei Prokofiev.  This provided a great connection between the text and the world for us.  An interesting facts about Sergei Prokofiev is that he also wrote the composition for Cinderella and Romeo and Juliet.

Afterwards, we wrote thank you cards for them.  They enjoyed reading them and even posted a picture of them on Facebook.

thank you cards

 

Do you know the difference between a fiddle and a violin?  

What is your favorite instrument to listen to?

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Oreo Project 2014

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There is so more to an Oreo than two cookie wafers and some creamy filling!  Our class learned this first hand as we participated in this year’s Oreo Project through Projects by Jen.     We started with creating a hypothesis, then went on to brainstorming variables affecting stack stability, and then joined our buddy class in Ohio to a stacking challenge.  To get the variables, we had to analyze the Oreo very carefully.  We created a line plot on stack counts and used that data to determine stack average.  Our class also created an Oreo Book containing facts we learned about the Oreo and the line plot containing stack data. 

Take a look!

Can you guess the four main variables affecting the stability of an Oreo stack?

Another activity we did with the Oreo was to create our own “I Wonder If I Gave an Oreo” story based on the Oreo commercial with the same title.  Here is the commercial.  Stay tuned for our version of the same.

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Constitution Week 2014

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It is so important for children to understand the sacrifices our ancestors gave toward making our country a free and amazing place to live.  So, each September we learn about the birth of America and some of the important places that symbolize our freedoms.  This year we observed Constitution Day with our family and friends.

Take a look…

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What do you like most about America?

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Worm is the Word

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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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PAWS 4 LIfe Visit

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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

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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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Read Across America Week

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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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Bird, Bird…Bird is the Word!

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Our class is so excited to start our Project Feeder Watch program this year!  This is the third year in a row that Mrs. Fraher’s class has participated in this project through Cornell University.  Why not start it out with a bang?

Mrs. Goucher’s fourth grade class joined us one sunny Friday morning along with parents from both classes.  There was a great deal of excitement from both rooms.  Students had a great time participating in activities centered on birds.  Owl pellet dissection, making bird feeders, learning bird calls, going on a bird hunt, and creating bird art using different materials were just a few fun projects they were involved with.

Are you interested in seeing what we did?  Well, check this out:

 

Here some things our class likes about birds:

Trevor:  I like that there are so many different kinds of bird and that they are so colorful.

Avery:  I think it is cool that some birds can talk.

Tyler:  I like birds because they look so cute when they peek into our classroom window.

Brooke:  Birds puff up their feathers and it makes them look like a puffball.

Alexis:  That all species of birds make different sounds and you can tell the different birds by their sounds. 

Check out what these students think about birds.

Garrison:  It is interesting to look at all of the species of birds because they have different beaks, feet and feather colors.

Kyle:  I think it is cool that they can takes a bunch of sticks and with their beak they can make a nest.

Emma:  I like birds because you can have them as pets and feed them.

Trinity:  Some birds are nocturnal, like an owl and that you can’t hear their wings flap because of the special feathers they have.

Tyler:  I like birds because they help spread pollen to make flowers.

Skyler: I like birds because they are so different and some don’t even fly.  

Anne:  I like watching how their patterns change on their feathers and they get more beautiful as they grow.

What do you like about birds?

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Oreo Project

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Oreos were the name of the game one week recently.  After getting the idea from Projects by Jen, our class dived in with eagerness.

Take a look at some of the many things we did.

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Here is the important question…

How do you eat your Oreo?

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