Jacob Waltz: The Lost Dutchman

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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.  

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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!

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?


The Superstitions: Home to Many

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Did you know our community once was the home of several Native American tribes?  My name is Peta, and I would like to tell you some information about some Native Americans that lived in our area of Apache Junction.

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Some of these tribes were the Apache tribe, the Hohokam tribe, the Salado tribe, and the Pima tribe.  These tribes all lived in our area.  The Apache and Pima are still in our area, but the Salado and the Hohokam are not because they are ancient tribes.  We know they lived in our area because people have found pieces of jewelry, hunting tools, petroglyphs, and pottery.  “The petroglyphs are figures of people and animals,” said Jim Swanson, a local historian who volunteers at Superstition Mountain Museum.  Jim Swanson allowed me to interview him about the history of the Native Americans in our area.  He also said that the Native Americans used petroglyphs to tell stories and remember historical events.  

The Native Americans used petroglyphs to tell their stories.  

Today, what do we use to tell our stories?

 


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?


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?

 

 

 

 


My Spidey Senses are Tingling!

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So, everyone likes spiders, right?  What’s not to love?  The long, hairy legs, the multiple, beady eyes, or the fangs ready to pierce the skin?  Yeah, OK.  They are kind of gross.  We took a poll in our class and found out that about half of us hate spiders and the others like them, but we all find them very interesting.  Mrs. Fraher hates them ever since she got bit by a recluse spider.  It was very painful for her.

Our classroom is near a door leading to a playground near a desert wash.  This means that we get all kinds of creepy crawlies coming through the cracks in the door.  Here are some pictures we took of some of them:

Let’s find out more about spiders.  Here is what we learned after our research:

Spiders are not insects.  They have eight legs and insects have six legs.

Not all spiders spin webs.  This is because they can’t make silk.

Most spiders have eight eyes.  Ughhh!  Some spiders that live in caves and soil have no eyes at all!

There are about 35,000 different species of spiders in the world.  There are 3,000 spiders in North America.

Spiders have claws at the end of their legs.

Arizona has two very poisonous spiders:  the Black Widow and the Brown Recluse.  There are three main kids of black widow spiders and about 13 species of recluses.  Not all of them live just in Arizona.

Do you want to find out more about spiders?  Here are a couple great sites where we found our information.  Explorit Science Center and Arizona-Desert Museum: Spiders

Let’s have a little fun with a spider.  Here is a video Mrs. Fraher found on Facebook on a spider.  We thought it was super funny.

What facts can you tell us about spiders?  

Have you ever been bit by a spider?  

What spider species do you like the best?

 


Sonoran Desert…the Facts!

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Hi, Gabe and I did some research on the Sonoran Desert.  Why, you ask?  Well, let me tell you.  

Here we are fishing on a field trip. Sorry, didn't catch any fish. This manmade lake is in the Sonoran Desert, too.

We live in the Sonoran Desert. Our school is in the Sonoran Desert.  We thought it would be important to know some facts about where we live.  In class, we learned about the different types of writing.  One that we spend a lot of time on is nonfiction text.  Sometimes nonfiction text is called expository or informational text.  It all means the same.  This kind of writing is about real stuff. There won’t be any speaking kangaroos or flying pigs in this kind of writing. There are just facts about a topic.  

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What topic would you like to learn more about?

Hi, this is Gabe.  Here is the information we found.  We put it in a Power Point presentation.  Then Mrs. Fraher used Slide Rocket so we could show it on our blog and at our Tech Fest at the end of the year.  You will also see Christian’s presentation on what collaboration is and who we worked with while doing Project Feeder Watch.  All of the pictures in the presentation are ones that our class and Mrs Fraher took around our school using our class digital cameras and iPads.

Let us know what you learned.