September 6, 2013
by Mrs. Hamman's Class

Solving the Rubik’s Cube

By the Rubik’s Cube Group

A Rubik’s Cube is a puzzle that looks complicated, but it can be solved if you follow the steps. We read the solution guide from You Can Do the Cube and we worked together to solve one of the cubes. It’s not too hard if you read the steps carefully. We won’t tell you exactly how to do it, but you can do it yourself if you read the website!
We started on the white side. The first step is to make a white cross, by bringing the white edge pieces to the white side.
Rubik's Cube Step 1 Then you solve the rest of the white side, by putting the white corners in the right places.
Rubik's Cube Step 2
Next you solve the middle section. After you are finished with this step the Rubik’s Cube is two-thirds complete.
Rubik's Cube Step 3
Last is the yellow side, which is opposite the white side. This was the trickiest part for us. It was hard to understand how to get the yellow corners in the right spots, but we finally did it!
Rubik's Cube Step 4
Rubik's Cube Step 5
After you finish the cube you can do other things with it, like make a checkerboard pattern.
People even create art with Rubik’s Cubes. We found a video of a Rubik’s Cube mosaic that one school made to look like Abraham Lincoln. The speech you hear on the video is the Gettysburg Address. We’re going to be learning about that soon!

April 12, 2013
by Mrs. Hamman's Class

Ice Mummy

A book report by Kaylee

This is the Ice Mummy book. It is by Mark Dubowski. The topic is the discovery of a 5,000 year old man.  He was found by hikers in the Alps. He was a 5,000 year old man.He was 5 feet 2 and 110 pounds. He had an ax and a knife and a bow and arrow. The snow and cold preserved him and turned him into a Mummy.The scientists named him Otzi. He herded sheep,cows and goats. He had several tattoos. He didn’t freeze to death,he was murdered.His last meal was bread,and fruit and deer meat.He was about 45 years old.

February 7, 2013
by Mrs. Hamman

Save Our Rhinos!

by Andrew, Zac and Cameron

Our class and Mrs. Moore’s class are participating in the Travelling Rhinos Project. We are excited to meet “our” rhino, Makulu, as soon as it comes in the mail! To prepare for Makulu’s visit we have been doing research about the rhinoceros. Here are some facts we learned:

  • There are 5 species of the rhino family: white, black, Indian, Sumatran and Javan. The Javan rhino is the most endangered. 
  • Next to the elephant, the white rhino is the second largest land mammal. 
  • Rhinos are found in parts of Africa and Asia. 
  • Rhino habitats can be very different. Some species live in a savanna and others live in forests. 
  • Rhinos have bad eyesight but good hearing. 
  • A rhino is actually related to the horse. 
  • A rhino can turn very quickly and run as fast as 60 km per hour for a short time. 
  • Rhinos are endangered mostly because of poachers. 
  • They are hunted because some people think their horns can be used for medicine. 
  • Rhino horns are made of the same thing as fingernails. They can’t really help with diseases.   

Here is a ThingLink we made. Click on the colored dots to find out more about rhinos!

Here is a Smilebox of the rhino art we made. We learned to draw rhinos from this site, then we painted them with watercolors.

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January 22, 2013
by Mrs. Hamman's Class

Postcards from Antarctica


Written by Caitlin

A few weeks ago we had a webcast with scientists at the South Pole. We were able to ask them questions and see pictures of where they live. One thing they said made us wonder a little bit: they said that penguins don’t live at the South Pole. We all thought that penguins did live at the South Pole! We decided to find out more.

We found some books and websites did some research and found out why penguins don’t live at the  South Pole. They live in Antarctica, just not at the South Pole itself. Do you know why?

We found a great site called PenguinScience, which is run by scientists and teachers who live and work in Antarctica. We read that if you send them a postcard they will mail it back to you so you can get a postmark from Antarctica. We drew pictures of penguins on postcards, we mailed them to Antarctica, and we got them back just last week.

You can see the cards are postmarked January 2, but we got them in our mail on January 16. It took two weeks for the postcards to come all the way from Antarctica!

Here is a slideshow of all our postcards:

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