Sunday, November 20, 2011

Mount Everest Inspired

This week in class we've been learning about mountains, and that led to a discussion & video about Mount Everest. The video we watched was EVEREST: IMAX. Which was mentioned in our reading book in a small article written by the film-maker. Have your kid bring home their reading book and share this article with you. It's great!

Here's what we learned as told by Laila...

I learned a lot about Mount Everest when I watched the movie about it. I learned that it is more dangerous at the top than at the bottom because there is less oxygen and you can't breathe. Lots of people died climbing Mount Everest, but a very small amount has made it all the way up and all the way down. Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world! It is about 29,000 feet! That is tall! I would not want to climb that high. I get scared of heights!

Here's a fictional story inspired by what we learned about Everest, written by Tyson.

It took place in the middle of Everest. Still climbing to freedom...freedom of climbing the highest mountain in the world. Accomplishing the hardest goal of your life, EVEREST! Still pushing, hard things coming at you, you're dodging them but still more are coming! Barely there, still going. You barely take a footstep and an avalanche is coming down at you, but you keep going. Finally up on top, made it! All of a sudden you get lightheaded, you get dizzy, and you pass out, you can't breathe. Up there all by yourself, no hospital. Suddenly you die and no one knows about it. Another person goes up there and finds your body. They go down and your wife is crying, and your son. You hear a silent moment of sadness & disappointment.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Native American Dancing

For Native American Week we had some really awesome visitors come to our school.

Lane Jensen & Nate Bahe (both classmates of Miss Jaster's from elementary-high school) came to demonstrate Native American dancing and singing for our whole school. Nate is also the uncle of Deon & Payton from our class! How awesome is that! ?

Here are some photos from their visit!

Here's a video of the hoop dance, sadly Miss Jaster is kind of a spaz and had the camera sideways for most of it, but it's still cool to watch!

Want to learn more about these great dancers sharing their Native culture?
Check out their website here: NATIVE PRIDE ARTS.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Happy Halloween

Hollow bags and kids eating Jello
And leaves all red, orange, and yellow
Leaves are falling all around
Landing everywhere on the cold ground
Orange pumpkins on every block
Witches, ghouls, and long black socks
Even kids with different baskets
Every door are vampire caskets
Now it's time to go to bed, and Frankenstein has a big head

By Coran
(Who also won the Red Ribbon Week poetry contest! Congratulations!)

Here are some photos from our Halloween Party... look at those groovy costumes!

Thanks for all the healthy treats at our Halloween Party parents! :)

This fun fruit tray was delivered by the nurse. Some weird stuff on here including: rambutans, chimoya, crab apples, baby kiwi, sea beans, & carnival cauliflower! Fun and nutritious!

Sunday, October 23, 2011


Can you guess the answers to these haiku riddles?

Footprints in the yard
Sparkling fur that's very smooth
Mean howls around
By Payton

So cool and pretty
It blooms at night and daylight
Does not talk at all
By Brianna

I am a small bug,
Flying in the air am I,
And I jump so high.
By Laila

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Today in class we wrote Haiku poetry.

Here's one we wrote as a class inspired by this picture Miss Jaster
took in Albuquerque this Fall

Colorful balloons
floating high in the daylight sky
oh s beautiful!

Look for more Haiku Poems by students
on the blog soon!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Animal Systems Posters

These awesome posters made by our class were up in the hall for quite a while. I finally found the pictures on my memory card so I could upload them! They've gone home, but I thought I'd post them anyway, so the kid's who didn't get to take them home could at least have a picture to show mom & dad. :)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Watermelon Joy

We really enjoyed our fruit of the week: Mini Seedless Watermelon!They were sweet, juicy and sticky, but OH SO YUMMY! The perfect healthy treat for a hot day! Thanks Nurses! We LOVE this program! :)

Each student got eighth and one sixteenth of a watermelon. So how many sixteenths of watermelon did each student receive? Write your answer down on a sheet of paper titled BLOG EXTRA CREDIT & turn it in with your homework.

For more extra credit GO HERE:
Washington DC Buildings & Monuments.

Have FUN! ~ Miss Jaster

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Our Hybrid Fruits

We have a new program at our school where we get fresh fruits and veggies once or twice a week. So far we've had grapes, Saturn peaches, Cuties, watermelon, cherries, & pluots. Pluots are hybrid fruit, a cross between a plum and an apricot. Our class pretended to be farm scientists and created their own hybrid fruits. Here are some of their unique creations!

The Keplenut
by Coran
I have discovered a new fruit, it's called the Keplenut. It has very rough skin and it comes from Jamaica. The way to open it is to cut it open. You can eat it two ways: stick your face in it, or get a spoon and dig it out like a kiwi. WARNING!: Kepelnuts are not good with salt even though it has kiwi in it. They weigh FIVE HUNDRED POUNDS! So watch out for back breaks. This company does not apply health insurance, so don't put the blame on us!

The Plapple
by Laila
If I was a farm scientist I would mix a plum and an apple together and name it a Plapple! It would be very sweet and juicy! I would have 5 seeds. It would be purple on the outside and red on the inside. It has a hole in the bottom of it. It is also very big! It is 4 inches! It grows in groups! It is green when not ripe. It grows in hot places, but not in the desert! It would be good for juice too! The juice is called Plapplta!

The Napple
By Gabby
I discovered a new fruit called a Napple. It grows in Cuba on bushes in the Spring. It has the bottom of a banana and the top of a whole apple. It has a hard skin and has to be peeled. The Napple is sold in stores such as Safeway and Wal-mart. It tastes like blackberries and chocolate. The apple is the size of a basketball and the banana is the size of a pencil. Napples are mixed color and taste amazing and soft inside.

The Banana Berry
By Deon
I made a new fruit called the banana berry. It is sweet, green, and juicy. My fruit is smooth like a bowling ball. It is made from seed berries and strawberries. It grows from a giant root. People grow it in Houston, Texas. There is a big root at the top of my fruit.

The Cherrapple
By Orin
I made a new seed called Laree then I put the seed in the hard soft sand and I poured water on it. The seed grows in three weeks, if you miss one day it will be sour. The fruit is the size of a baseball but with a long stem. The fruit is found in Dallas, Texas in the windy places. When it is sprouting it is going out of the ground. Clean the roots and then put it back in the ground. The fruit usually has a seed but some don't have seeds. The fruit is juicy, and it is shiny like a cherry and an apple combined. The stem is hard to get off.

The Orap
By Shania
I discovered a new fruit, and the name of this fruit is the Orap. It tastes both sour and sweet. It looks like part of an apple and part of an orange. It is big like a baseball. You don't have to peel it. It has seeds in the middle of it. The color of it is red and orange mixed color together. It is smooth and soft. It grows in my backyard in the trees and in the sun. I discovered it so there will be more fruit and so people can taste it and you can get more healthy by eating it. I love this new fruit named Orap so I can get more energy and so I can get healthy. The kind of seeds that is in this new fruit is those tiny seeds.

The ManBerry
by Elizabeth
I discovered a new type of fruit called a manberry. It is combined mango with strawberry. I combined it with my favorite fruit and put it together. I came up with that name because it has mango and strawberry. It tastes like mango and strawberry. It is medium sized and has one seed in it. The color is red, orange, & yellow. It is round and a little bit sour. You can just eat it, you don't have to take off the skin. It is smooth, it is not hard, it feels like smooth hair. It grows in Florida and some other parts of the United States. You can eat it to make you healthy.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Back to School Again!

Welcome new students and parents!

What a wonderful bunch of bright young students
ready to learn! They had such a great day they
didn't want to go home! I told them they could
come back tomorrow! ;) I hope this enthusiasm
continues throughout the year!

Take a look around our blog and please leave comments
with any questions. You can find the spelling & vocab lists
in the link to the right titled "Storytown Resources." Starting
next week we will have homework every Monday- Thursday.
Wednesday's homework will always be "Spelling Tic Tac Toe"
also found on the Storytown site. We start with Lesson 1 and
do one lesson a week!

Spelling City is a great way to practice those spelling words too!
Make sure when you use Spelling City you search for Mari Smithson,
as she was kind enough to add all the 4th grade lists for us at Hulet. :)

Make sure if your child does not know their times facts to PLEASE START
PRACTICING THEM NOW!!! These facts are essential for the skills
we will be learning in 4th grade including division & fractions.

Also, feel free to email me at any time. :) ~

I look forward to a fabulous year getting to know you & your child!

~ Miss Jaster

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

We All Scream for Ice Cream!

Mr. & Mrs. Nez brought us ice cream today.
PERFECT for the last week of school!

THANKS SO MUCH! We really enjoyed it! :)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

End of the Year

I am greatful for the WONDERFUL CLASS I had this year.
Thanks to ALL OF YOU who made this a memorable year!

If good behavior continues, then on Friday we will have some FUN!
We'll play board games and watch a movie. I also have a special surprise in store for Friday that you won't want to miss! :)

Here are some Holbrook pictures taken by me (& a few by Mrs. Ferguson)
for you to use in your THIS IS HOLBROOK Project. If you wrote about one of these places then use the matching picture on your page!

Photos by Miss Jaster:

Rock Shops
Old Courthouse

Navajo County Fair

Photos By Mrs. Ferguson:

Roadrunner Stadium