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.



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

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!  


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.

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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.

 Book titled 'Sleeping Beauty'
Stay tuned for more exciting pictures and information on our Fairy Tales With a Twist class performance.

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?