In science we have been learning about rocks and minerals. Mr. DeWire taught us how to identify rocks based on their properties.
We also learned that there are three types of rocks: Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic.
Rocks are classified as igneous, sedimentary, or metamorphic depending on how they form.
Here is a video with three students and our good friend Perezoso the sloth that explains how these different rocks are formed. We hope you like it!
(A special thanks to Nora’s 1st grade brother for being the voice of Perezoso!)
Hi, my name is Ivy. I play soccer/football and it is my favorite sport. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. It is played in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa. I have been playing soccer since age 4. I play for the Stonington Sharks and my number is 11.
I have practices every week and I practice hard. I play striker. It is also known as center forward. Striker is an offence position. It is in the middle of forward. My team is fun to practice and play with. My coaches give me encouragement and tell me to “practice the way you play.”
We have games most weekends. I play spring soccer and fall soccer. Spring soccer is the most fun because I like playing outside. Our colors are red and white. The shirt is red, and the number is white. Also, our team is too big so we divided it into two teams. One is the red team, one is the white team. I am on the red team.
I mostly focus on scoring goals and improving my kick when I practice. My dad is the coach of my sister’s team and he helps me train. I like to practice with my friends at my house. My sister (Margot) helps me and practices with me, too. I just really love soccer and have too many reasons to explain it!
Chelsea FC (football club) is my favorite team. Chelsea is a British league team based in Fulham, London. They play in the premier league. Their home field is the 41,837 seats Stamford Bridge stadium.
Chelsea FC’s main rivalries are (these are not in order) Manchester United, Arsenal, and Tottenham Hotspur. Frank Lampard is my favorite player on Chelsea. Here is a link to the official Chelsea fc website. As you can see, I really like this team!
Lionel Messi is my favorite player. He plays for Barcelona FC and Argentina. Luis Lionel Andres Messi was born on June 24, 1987 in Rosario, Argentina. As a boy he played with his brothers and friends playing soccer. He has 2 brothers, Rodrigo and Matias and one sister named Maria Sol.
The Barcelona team is lucky to have him as a teammate. In March 2010, France Football ranked Lionel Messi at the top of it’s lists of one of the world’s richest soccer players/footballers, above Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham. Here’s a link to the official Barcelona fc website. Lionel Messi worked hard to be at the top of professional soccer/football, and now he is there.
Soccer is not just a sport, it is life.
The results are in from round 4 of our poetry tournament, and the winner was… Jabberwocky!
So we now have our Final Four poems to decide which will be the champion of the whole tournament.
The final poems are: Monster Mothers read by Piper, Mosquito read by Wynn, Jabberwocky read by Sean, and Smart read by Nora.
Here they are. Listen and then vote for your choice of which one should be the champion poem for 2013.
The polls have closed for Round 3 of our poetry tournament, and the winner is Smart!
We had a total of 78 votes and 38 of them (49%) were for Smart. Weather was in second place with 21 votes.
Now it’s time for round 4 to see which is the final poem to join Monster Mothers, Mosquito, and Smart in the final four!
Here are the next four poems to vote on. They are read by Maddie & Cayla, Sean, Daniela, and Trey:
In science we are learning about rocks and minerals. To get us started, our friend Mr. Dewire from “Nature Scapes” visited our class to share some cool rocks with us.
Properties of Rocks
Mr. Dewire told us that there are six properties that we can use to tell rocks apart. Remember, we already learned that properties are ways of describing things in science. So here are the six ways to describe rocks and tell them apart:
Rocks of Connecticut
We also got to see some of Connecticut’s most common rocks. They are:
(This post was originally posted on the collaborative blog Our World Our Numbers. Be sure to visit that blog for lots of great posts from elementary classes around the world.)
We wanted to add a post about some animals from Connecticut, but couldn’t decide on which local animals to talk about (there are so many!) So we decided to share information about our state mammal, the sperm whale, even though we don’t really see them here in Connecticut.
Sperm whales are amazing animals. They aren’t the biggest whales in the world (the blue whale is much bigger), but they are the largest of the toothed whales.
We made a VoiceThread about sperm whales and the incredible number facts that help to explain them. We tried to compare some of these numbers to a typical 3rd grade student (8-9 years old). We hope you enjoy the VoiceThread!
(You can watch it in a larger format here.)
(Sperm whales are massive, but blue whales are even bigger! Here is a link to an amazing interactive about blue whales from national Geographic.)
The polls have closed for Round 2 of our poetry tournament, and the winner is Mosquito!
We had a total of 86 votes and 47 of them (55%) were for Mosquito.
Now it’s time for round 3 to see which is the next poem to join Monster Mothers and Mosquito in the final four!
Here are the next four poems to vote on. They are read by Nora, Kali, Grant, and Natalia:
Earlier in the year we made “molas” in art class with our fantastic art teacher, Ms. Conway.
Molas are a type of applique art made by the Kuna Indians of the San Blas Islands in Panama.
Applique art is when you put layers of material on top of one another to make a design or a pattern.
The Kuna Indians make applique molas by sewing pieces of colorful fabric on top of other pieces to make beautiful designs. The designs of molas usually have subjects that are inspired by nature. Here are some examples that Ms. Conway shared with us:
And here is a picture of a Kuna woman showing her molas in Panama:
We didn’t use fabric and sewing to make our molas. Instead, we cut designs and patterns out of construction paper and glued the layers together. We had to cut out each new layer and then glue it onto another piece of colored paper.
Here is a slide show of some of our molas:
(Here is a link to learn more about molas and the Kuna Indians, with directions for making your own paper mola at home.)
The results are in from Round 1 of our poetry tournament, and the winner is: Monster Mothers! Thank you to everyone that voted. We had a total of 56 votes and 32 of them were for Monster Mothers.
During Poetry Madness we have been working on reading with fluency. Poetry is a great way to practice fluent reading. Reading fluently means:
This week we have four new poems to vote on. They are read by Alicia, Bennett, Wynn, and Sophia.
Which poem will join Monster Mothers in the final four? You decide! Have a listen and then vote for your choice.
Hey there! You might remember me, Pico de Gallo, from the Mathlete Show: Graphing Data. I went on a vacation to San Diego, California and I want to tell you all about it. Well, here it goes:
When I went to SeaWorld to see the Shamu Show, I didn’t really see the real Shamu Show. Instead, I saw the Baby Shamu Show because on Valentine’s Day a baby orca whale was born. I didn’t really see it until my mom pointed it out. It was so small, about the size of a dolphin. The baby swam so close to its mother so that you could only see it a little when it came up for air.
Before the show started people walked around the stadium selling stuff like popcorn, kettle corn, and soda. We didn’t get any of that. As we watched the show, they said that the baby does not know how to turn or stop swimming, so the mother couldn’t stop for food. They thrust the fish into her mouth while she swam past them.
The day after I went to SeaWorld, I went to LegoLand, a world of Legos. There I drove a Volvo made out of legos (obviously!).
I drove a red car while Luke, my brother, drove a blue one. It was a 45 minute wait, but we did it anyway. This was exciting to me because when we were younger we went to LegoLand and did the drive for little kids. Now we were back and could do the driving for bigger kids. On our way from the “Coastasauras” ride we saw a little shop. My Baba pointed out a Lego Harry Potter and Lego Hagrid.
I started looking for Lego Harry Potter stuff but I had no luck.
At Roppongi, a fancy Asian restaurant, we tried some delicious foods like crabstack, sushi, and a wonderful tasting shrimp and crab roll.
The yellowtail sushi tasted like soft and salty raw fish with a little bitterness. I also tried the shrimp and crab roll which is shrimp and crab rolled up with sushi rice, seaweed and topped with avocado and fish eggs and a special sauce. I had two big bites. I did not eat any of the crabstack.
I went to the Children’s Pool in La Jolla. It had seals that were giving birth. A baby seal we saw was crying for its mommy who was out swimming in search of food. The little baby tried to swim, but he did not know how to. A big lazy, chubby seal taking a nap on the rocks grunted as the baby seal cried for it’s mommy like a real baby. “MOM-ma! MOM-ma!” it said.
We visited the World Famous San Diego Zoo in San Diego, California. There we saw a baby panda with its mother. The baby panda was so popular that they even made a panda gift shop!
Before we saw the pandas in “Panda Canyon” we saw a big gorilla getting fed. Zookeepers threw down big chunks of lettuce for the five gorillas. The gorilla ate from a big bunch of lettuce in his hand. He held it with his other hand, taking the lettuce and shoving it in his mouth.