Desert Vista is excited to begin the 2017-2018 school year! I am looking forward to meeting my “school family” and begin building lasting memories. This year I am teaching second grade and moved into a new room to go along with the new grade level. Take a look!
What is your favorite part of the room?
A look at the room from the back.
A view outside at our school garden.
One of our learning places-Daisy’s Garden.
Some of our nonfiction books.
If you look closely, you can see Daisy in the corner by the barn.
Here is Duke’s Corral-another place to gather and learn.
Our collaboration tables are perfect for making friends and learning from each other.
We had a great time performing for our family and friends at the Fairy Tale Festival and Carriage Expo. This was a great way to learn about stories, poetry, and dramas, as well as incorporate descriptive writing. Take a look.
She kept the whole festival going as she introduced each performance.
A slide show letting the audience know some facts about fairy tales.
We invited first grade to watch us.
The princes and princesses performing a poem by Shel Silverstein.
Singing a fairy tale song.
Humpty and the director trying to get Humpty to behave.
Narrator informing Humpty that he isn’t sitting on a wall.
After Humpty fell the King’s men…and women…tried to put him together again.
Giving them a hand after the performance.
Students made a carriage of their own to take them to the ball.
This one has a dinosaur taking him to Legoland instead of the ball.
A milk jug turns into a carriage.
Move over Cinderella, this is one sweet carriage.
What a creative carriage.
Parents and students were able to vote for their favorite fairy tales using Google Form.
If you had a carriage to take you anywhere you wanted,
A new year is about to begin and excitement is in the air! The teachers have been working hard all summer to make the new school year a special one for you! Our theme this year is all about super heroes!
Did you know that anyone can be a hero? You don’t have to have a cape and have special powers to be a super hero. If you help pick up something that a person dropped, you are a hero to them! Watch Kid President…
This year will be filled with moments that will allow you to be a super hero in someone’s life!
What are some things you can do to be a hero to someone special in your life?
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.
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?
Click on this link to see if you are right….ANSWER
Science, technology, food, oh my! Who knew there were so many different things you could do with Legos. Our class had a great day learning with Legos recently. We created simple machines, made stop motion videos, built with them on the computer, designed a bridge to hold the most rocks, and even ate some Legos! Yeah, you read right-we ate Legos!
Using Build with Chrome. What a great site!
Turning an ordinary Rice Krispie into…
An Edible Lego! Yummm!
Selecting just the right Lego to build the best bridge.
Weighing and recording the weight our bridge holds.
Building simple machines.
This is super creative!
Working on our scene for our stop motion video.
Taking the picture.
Adjusting the scene to show movement.
Have you ever used Build with Chrome? This is a great interactive site that lets you build with Lego bricks. Try it out.
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.
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?
Helping others is a good thing…especially when you can win an award while doing it! Our class finished the project and had great results. Through selling pencils and “pencil pals” we were able to raise $650 to help children in Nairobi, Kenya and children in our local community. The families in our class, staff at our school, and community members donated pencils and Beanie Babies for us to sell. Each morning we sold to the students at Desert Vista as they were coming into the school.
The whole school helped out by buying pencils.
First we had to make and hang the signs.
Then we sold pencils for 25 cents each.
It’s time to count the cash! We earned $650!
Our Kenya friends appreciated getting the money. They used it for food and clothing.
Mrs. Fraher entered us into a community service contest sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution. We heard that it won first place in the local contest, then we heard it won first place in the state contest, and finally, we heard it won first place in the national contest! Were we super excited! On April 30, the two students who helped out the most will be able to accept the award at the state meeting for the Daughters of the American Revolution. We will keep you updated on getting the award.
We felt great helping others.
What are some things that you have done to help other people?
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.
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!
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?