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.
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.
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.
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.
Our class is reading a story called “Wild Shots, They’re My Life” in reading this week.
To help us build background we are watching these videos in class.
The story is about a woman who grew up on the Galapagos Island and became a photographer. Through her pictures, we learn about some of the many species of animals found on the island. Since she grew up on the island, it was easy for her to blend in and get good pictures because she was so familiar with the locations.
To extend our learning, we will also become photographers using the digital cameras in our class. We won’t be taking photos of the Galapagos Islands, but we will take photos of the Sonoran Desert. Since we are living in the Sonoran Desert, it will be a great opportunity to connect with the author, as well as learning more about the plant and animal species around us. Stay tuned to see what we took photos of!
Predict what pictures we will be taking.
Do you think we will take photos of elephants?
How about coyotes or bobcats?
Think about what lives in the Sonoran Desert and that will help you make your prediction.
WOW, what a week we had. Since September 17th was Constitution Day, our class decided to go all out and celebrate the week in style! Take a look at all of the things we learned, celebrated, and created. You will be amazed!
Brooke and Morgan created two Vokis on the White House.
Mastin used one of our class iPads to make a Puppet Pal Play. You will learn about why the Boston Tea Party happened.
We are so excited to become desert teachers for Mrs. Spasic’s class in Indiana. You might be thinking how are we going to teach a class in Indiana if we are in Arizona? Well, we are going to Skype with each other.
Like any good teacher we will have to learn about our topic. Some of us will be teaching about a certain desert animal and the others will teach about a type of desert plant.
Doing a little bit of research using our Netbooks.
As you know research can be kind of tricky when you are a kid. Some of the sites are too hard to read for eight year olds and the others may not have safe content. So, Mrs. Fraher uses Symbaloo to help us target our research to sites that are appropriate for us to learn.
Have you ever used Symbaloo?
Here is the link she put together for us to use to gather our research. We will read through the information and fill out a graphic organizer.
Flowers, friends, and families were as abundant as the flowers we planted at school recently. Our class has been studying plants, their parts, and their lifecycle.
The not-so-pretty planter with a dead tree.
Making our leaves and stem.
Designing a petal to attract the pollinators.
Designing a poster to tell the root’s jobs.
Working on our plant diagram.
Working hard to let us know about the leaf’s jobs.
Roots are an important part of the plant and they are doing a great job making some.
Using the colors of flowers to make one of our diagram signs.
Collaboration helps to create a good diagram label.
Flowers have an important role and they are making a sign to let us know what it is.
Enjoying their collaborating time together.
The flower diagram begin to take shape.
Some last minute finishing touches on their poster before it goes on the diagram.
Adding the roots to the diagram.
A completed flower diagram teaches us the parts of a flower and the jobs. A class collaboration well done!
There was a very plain, somewhat ugly, planter in the middle of our school courtyard. It was crying out for some life! Since we were studying plants and flowers and there was a need for some beautification, why not “meet two goals with one strategy” and plant some flowers!
Our classroom families came through with flowers and gardening tools so we would all have practice exploring the flowers and their parts as we planted them. Take a look at the process:
This project not only helped make our school a better place, but also taught us about plants and using diagrams to gain information when reading informational text. These skills are important for us to become critical readers.
Tell us about your garden or your favorite type of flower.
Marshmallows flying through the air with the greatest of ease…what! Room 207 had a Marshmallow Incident of their own after reading the book, The Marshmallow Incident by Judi Barrett. You may recognize her name. She is the author of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and Pickles to Pittsburgh.
The story is about two towns, Town of Left and the Town of Right, who cannot get along. There is a dotted yellow line separating the two towns and no one dares cross it-until one day someone trips and fall to the other side. Needless to say the towns have a conflict on their hands. This book is great to help with conflict resolution.
After reading the story, our class decided to have a marshmallow incident of our own. This was a great event to bring in parents and help us get to know each other a little better. We had several events: MarshKabobs, Marshmallow Relay, Marshmallow Buildings, and the Marshmallow Catapult. Take a look at the fun being had by students and parents!
The winning team!
Boy, this stack will not stay up!
Collaborating at its best!
After the festivities, we had a little time left over for some problem solving. Students were challenged to make the tallest stack of marshmallows as they could with one bag of large marshmallows. To begin, they were given time to brainstorm and plan.
Collaborating at its best!
Then they began to build. It became very clear that marshmallows are hard to stack.
Boy, this stack will not stay up!
One group began thinking outside the box and realized that I didn’t say they couldn’t use the bag the marshmallows came in. So, they piles the marshmallows in the bag as a base and then used the rest to make it taller.