Pieces of Me

Student Authors: Learning Live! Our Visits With Animal Experts

Student Author: Joselena

5/12/15

Dear Readers,

Hi! How has your week been? That sound like fun! Well I’m going to be talking about how my classmates and I had our day placed today. Okay, are you ready? Good! Are you interested in hummingbirds? Cool. Because today we learned about them, and I don’t just mean by my teacher talking about them. It was way more than that! We went into another 3rd grade teacher’s room, to hear someone else talk about hummingbirds! 20150512_101300

She had pictures, an ACTUAL hummingbird egg, nest and scull! Now, what I want you to do is to picture a hummingbird egg. Got it in your head? Ok, good! It might now be what you pictured. An actual hummingbird egg is the size of a tic-tac! No exaggeration! Crazy huh?! What was your first thought when I told you that? I know mine was, how does it fit in that tiny little space? Also, the nest of a hummingbird is only a little bigger than a quarter! Their scull you’re asking me?  Well it was only a little bit bigger than the egg (size of a tic-tac). It was really fun having her here! She told us really interesting facts, such as their heart beats 72 times per second and 1780 times per minute. I’m glad she came!

Oh yeah I almost forgot! We also had another video conference! Our video conference was about prairie dogs! I learned so many cool things! Such as that they act like people. They live in a prairie dog neighborhood. Which forms a town for them! 20150512_105947There burrows have bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, and even nurseries! They are very important for our environment! Without them we would have a whole different life style! They are goldish and some have a black tail!  You should really learn about them I never thought they were so cool!

 

Thanks for reading! I hoped you thought it was interesting ! Maybe if you are interested you can find out more!

By: Joselena

 

Student Author: Roxy

Dear readers,

My class and I are doing two simple things. Those two simple things are learning about hummingbirds, and learning about prairie dogs. When school first started our teacher put what time and what the class is doing at that time. The first thing that we did was going to the other classroom right by us. Then we were going to learn about hummingbirds! The person that was teaching us was, not the teacher in that classroom, even though that was her classroom. The person that was teaching us, was a student like us, but way older, and she came from a place that knows alot about birds. They also keep animal safe, and try to heal them. Some of the facts that the girl said to us was, the female hummingbirds which is the girls, have to be very careful, about the eggs cracking on  the ground, from the nest. The females make the nests with a comfy little ground on the nest. 20150512_101348 Females have not that many colors sometimes , because they have to blend in with their color of their nests. So the hummingbirds predator wont get the eggs or the hummingbirds.That is why a male has lots of pretty colors. The females do all the work. The males are like bye bye. Now lets talk about the prairie dogs. Someone taught us alot about prairie dogs. That was someone on a tv we have. It is not really a tv, you can`t watch tv. You can`t watch tv in class. What we are doing is called video conference. It is where a person is really talking to you on a tv. That person connects with your school and some other schools. 20150512_104908Some facts that she said, was a prairie dog is just like a human in lots of ways, like they grab their food with their claws and hands. LIke we do, just we have hands, not claws. Prairie dogs are actaully not a type of dog. it has the name prairie dog, because the warning calls they make sounds like a dog. That is how they got their name and why. Also prairie dogs live in grass. They dig with their sharp claws, under the deep dirt. Now you some new facts about hummingbirds, and prairie dogs!! Have you ever knew what a prairie dog is? Have you ever seen a hummingbird in a nest befor?

 

By,

Roxy

Ms.Myers class

 

POW! Our Superpowers Can Beat The Test!

Dear Readers,

Like many schools, we have our end of the year tests coming really soon! We already took AZMerit, but next week we have benchmarks! This test is our end of the year test, to show all we’ve learned for third grade. To get everyone excited and focused on doing great, classes are decorating their doors. Ours is done! We all focused on finding what superpower we already have that can help us to ace the test. Some powers are:

“Read Carefully”

“Look back to the text.”

“Circle key words, and underline what they’re asking us to do.”

“Find evidence in the text.”

“Believe in ourselves.”

Does your school do anything fun to get ready for testing? What do you think you’d do for a door decoration? Do  you have any superpower tips we could use to do great on the test?

 

Student Author: Which Sense is Stronger?

Dear readers,

My class, and I are working on something called meter stick drop. A meter stick drop is a experiment.You do this experiment by, you partner up with someone, then you get a yard stick. With you and your partner, and the yardstick ,you are going to get one chair. Either you or your partner is going to sit in the chair. Then who ever is not sitting down will have the yardstick. To zero you mesure it to your partners head, after you did that you are going to do sight or sound. For sound you say now, and you drop the yard stick, and your partner that is sitting down will catch it. If you do sight you do not say now. You will just drop the yard stick whenever you are ready. So that means, the partner who is sitting down will have to be ready. That is what me and my class are doing! Have you ever tried the experiment? Do you want to try this experiment?

Your friend,
Roxy
Ms.Myers class

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Student Post: Working Out Problems…Word Problems, That Is

Dear Readers,

 

In our class, we’ve been working on solving word problems using a STAR method. We have a paper that we follow to solve the problems using steps. Today Ms. Myers gave us a problem to solve. We solved the problem first, then we found a partner to talk about our solutions with. After we agreed, we made this video to show our steps.

Step 1: WORD PROBLEM

Angelina started her own landscaping business. She charges $6 an hour for mowing lawns and $11 an hour for pulling weeds. In September she mowed lawns for 63 hours and pulled weeds for 9 hours. How much money did she earn in September.

Joselena and Natalie solved the problem the following way:

 

 

 

Here’s Makena and Gwendalyn’s solution:

 

 

Did you come up with the same answer? Did you have another way to solve this problem?

 

Your friends,

Ms. Myers’ Class

Snowflakes in Arizona

Dear Readers,

We’ve been hearing a lot about all of the snowstorms happening in colder parts of the country. We think those places are lucky! They get to play in the snow, and they get snow days off from school! Since we live in Arizona, we don’t usually see snow. We sometimes see it on the mountain behind our school, but it’s only about once every winter. It’s always pretty when it does.
This week we learned about a two men who studied snowflakes. One was named Snowflake Bentley. His real name was Wilson Bentley. He was one of the first people to take pictures of snowflakes. He lived a long time ago and technology wasn’t very good, so it took him a very long time to take the pictures. He made a book of his pictures, but not very many of the books sold.
The other man who was similar to Snowflake Bentley was Kenneth Libbrecht. He takes pictures with cameras like we use today. Just like Snowflake Bentley, he sometimes waits for hours until he gets a good picture of a snowflake. Some of his pictures are different because he takes pictures of fake snowflakes too. They make the fake snowflakes to see why some get their shape. Scientists use the pictures to study snowflakes.
In our class, we get to do a fun project on Friday, if we have our work done. To celebrate reading about snowflakes this week, we made our own. 20150123_140324Ours aren’t made out of water vapor. Instead, we used paper and Ms. Myers showed us how to make giant snowflakes. It was a lot of fun. The snowflakes we made were beautiful. We have two hanging up in our class to make us feel like it’s a cold winter day, even though it’s almost 80 degrees outside.

Have you ever read anything interesting about snowflakes? Do you live somewhere that it snows a lot? If so, do you study snowflakes as they fall out of the sky? Would you like to make our giant snowflakes, like we did?

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Your friends,
Ms. Myers’ Class

Solve It Your Way: Ice Cube Melt

Dear Readers,

 

Last Friday we conducted our own scientific observation about how quickly an ice cube could change its state of matter. We talked about the three phases of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. When water is liquid, it’s the water we drink. When water is solid, it’s ice. Ms. Myers told us that when water is a gas, it’s the steam you see coming out of a pot when you’re cooking.

Our observation was a Solve It Your Way problem, where we thought of different ways for ice to melt. Some of the ways we thought would make the ice melt faster, other ways would make it melt slower.  Our top five ways to observe ice melting were:

Leave it on the counter (this was our control, or our normal speed (rate) of melting). 20150123_121923

Put it in a glass of cold water20150123_122545

Melt it in the microwave
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Pour salt on it

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Attach it to a lamp

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The next day, Ms. Myers brought in all of the supplies to set up our experiments. We kept a chart of the start time, end time, and then we figured out the elapsed time for each experiment.

Here’s our results:

Experiment          Start time          End Time         Elapsed time

   Counter                  12:19                    2:07             1 hour 48 minute

Cold Water               1:25                 1:44                       19 minutes

     Microwave              12:19                  12:19                          50 seconds

   Salt                         12:19                     1:34           1 hour 15 minutes

   Lamp                      12:19                   12:29                       10 minutes

We were surprised the cold water melted so quickly. Why do you think this is?

Have you ever timed ice melting? Have you tried to make it go slowly, or quickly? What other ways would you like to experiment with?

 

Your friends,

Ms. Myers’ Class

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