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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
Their presentation was so entertaining and informative for the students.
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.
Do you know the difference between a fiddle and a violin?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.