Thursday, November 29, 2012

Landform Books

We recently learned about landforms. We made these cool shape books that show each kind of landform. We colored them with oil pastels and wrote about each landform on the back.

I got the pattern for these books at GingerSnaps.
Great teacher resources over there! :)

Monday, November 26, 2012

Snowman Oil Pastels

Last week we made some awesome Snowman art pictures using oil pastels. They came out awesome! This was the first time most of these kids even used oil pastels!  Now we're writing stories about snowmen to go with them. They're so amusing! I'll share some of those when the kids finish them.

Here are a few of my favorites.

By : Emma

By: Karl

By: John

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Officer K & Abo

During Red Ribbon Week (Drug Awareness) we had an extra special visitor come to our class.
Timothy's dad is a K9 Officer for the Holbrook Police Department. He came in with his beautiful dog Abo, to show us what they do.

They did a really cool demonstration for us, showing how Abo can sniff out even the faintest amount of drug odor on an object. The dog alerted almost immediately after coming into the room. He go very excited and let his partner know where the rag with the drug odor was hidden, then he was able to play with his favorite toy as a reward. (In the picture below the rag with the drug odor on it was in the box under the table.)

Thanks so much Timothy for sharing your dad & his dog with us! Also, a big thank you to Office Kishbaugh & his furry partner. We all really enjoyed your visit.

Here's what some of the kids had to say about it.

"Abo is a mean but cute dog, Officer Kishbaugh is an officer who deal with people who do drugs." -Chan

"I learned that there is lots of different K9 dogs, I also learned they are big too." -Emma

"He's an awesome cop & he knows what he's doing." -Julian

"I learned cop dogs have to be trained on 4 to 2 things. Also I learned that some dogs may look nice, but they are aggressive." -Dalton

"I learned you should never do drugs. I also learned don't mess with dogs unless you know that they are going to do." -Karl

"What I learned when Mr. Kishbaugh was here is not to do drugs. I also learned about his dog Abo, he can smell marijuana." -Diana

" A dog can smell one million times better than a human. Dogs can smell drugs in cars and even when it is sprayed with perfume." -Isaac

"What I learned from Officer Kishbaugh is don't mess with drugs and be drug free. Also, don't smoke or drink." - Baha

 for visiting our class & teaching us what you do to keep our city safe! :) 

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Family Reading Night

Our school went all out for Family Reading Night this fall.
The theme was Fantasy & Fairy Tales.

In the 3rd grade classrooms you could read fairy tales & make crowns & princess hats, the fifth grade team put together a hilarious mad lib version of Little Red Ridding Hood. In the fourth grade hall you could visit the magical land of Narnia to make your own wardrobe with a winter scene, or Hogwarts School for a fun trivia game and some coloring. Enjoy some photos from our fun event!

Yes, there are a lot of pics of the Harry Potter portion of the hallway, but that's because it was my project! Those banners took 3 Harry Potter films to finish.

Aren't they the cutest? I love my coworkers! :) 

Reading Wands by the third graders!

 Through the wardrobe to Narnia!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Remembering 9/11

This picture was drawn by a 10 year old student in my class on the day after the September 11 attacks. I was a new teacher and didn't know how to handle this life changing world event. We talked about it as a class,  about how we felt, and in order to help the children express their feelings about the confusing state of the world that day I let them draw pictures. I love that Rebecca chose to draw the moment BEFORE the world changed, instead of the fiery horrible images that have been since burned into our memories. This was the one piece of art I kept from that day.

 This year after discussing Patriot Day with my current students (none of whom were even born in September of 2001) I asked them to write letters to people who were affected by the tragedy. Many of them chose to write letters to the first responders (firefighters, policemen, EMTS), some chose to write to the soldiers who were called to protect our country, others even wrote notes of consolation to victims' families & friends. All were very heartfelt & poignant. They made me cry with their compassion for these people they never knew, for this tragedy that happened before their time.

Here are the words of one young student today:

Sorry about 9/11/01, it was very tragic for America. It was super sad. I hope everybody knows about that tragic moment in 2001. Every September I remind my class about this tragic day, since kindergarten. Last year my teacher told us about it. Since the day it happened America has been honoring the people who help keep us safe and our country safe also. Those poor people who were on the planes and in the towers. My family always tells me the story of 9/11/01. Last year we built paper statues of the firemen, EMTS, cops, & soldiers.

I've seen many images today posted in remembrance of the victims of 9/11.
I found this one of the most powerful.
Simple, beautiful, poetic.
Photo Credit:

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Parallel & Perpendicular Lines Music Video

Check out the site for even more fun music videos that teach you things!

For now, watch this one to help you remember the difference between parallel & perpendicular lines!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tweets from Room 12

Our classroom door is all Twitter-ified. Once a week each student is asked to share what they learned on an erasable sentence strip.

Recent "Tweets" from Room 12.

"I learned about different angles, like the right angle and intersecting lines. I like learning new things."~ Anonymous.

"I learned about points, rays, angles, and all sorts of lines." ~ Emma

" Today we did angles, it was fun." ~ Caleb

"I learned about geometry terms." ~ Anonymous

" I learned about perpendicular lines." ~ Tim

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

From Holbrook to Mars

Maybe you've heard that NASA has put a new rover on Mars called Curiosity, but
I bet you don't know one of the people that worked on it was from our hometown!
Aaron Yazzie, who graduated from Holbrook High School, helped to create this awesome piece of technology, that is now 225 million km from Earth.

Here's the first picture of Mars in color, taken by Curiosity earlier this week, it kind of looks like the landscape around here!

Here's a link to NASA's website if you are curious to learn more about this cool project.

Someone from Holbrook helped take a photo on Mars, just imagine what YOU could do in the future!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Miss Jaster's 4th Grade Class

                                     Can you find Miss Jaster in her fourth grade class picture?

Friday, July 6, 2012

Year in Review

What an awesome year it was! 
Great kids, great fun, & AWESOME memories,
Here are some of my favorites! 

Pony Express,
Pretty Apples,
& Science Fair.

Mentos, Math, & My Favorite Shoes.
 Geography & Awesome Attendance
 Native American Week
 Our Classroom, Our Home, 
 Old West Portraits
 A Snow Day!
 Snow Globe Writing
Eating Exotic Fruit & Flowers
 Petrified Forest Field Trip
 Reading "The Hobbit"
 The Last Days of School

Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Hobbit

Our class just finished reading one of my favorite books ever,"The Hobbit" by JRR Tolkien.
Here's a trailer for the movie coming out in December! Looks awesome!
I can't wait to see it!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Happy Birthday Arizona!

On February 28th our school had a family night celebrating Arizona's 100th Birthday. Yes, we know her birthday was really on the 14th, but too many other exciting things were happening that week to party.

Our party for Arizona included cake (of course!) decorations, singing, & lots of fun learning games including USS Arizona Battleship & Multiplication War!

Tyson partied a little too hard. No more cake for you dude!
Check out the hat, we all made birthday hats to celebrate!
Arizona Art by Mrs. Hansen's Class.
Fun Birthday decorations in the third grade!
Check out this awesome Arizona flag Miss Benally's class made from tissue paper.
Mr. Wright had an awesome Arizona trivia game going on in his room.
You could color fractions of Arizona in Mrs. Good's room.
There were some fun Arizona themed board games made by third graders!
Multiplication War is a great way to practice those facts!

Congratulations Orin!

Orin's science project was selected to go to the regional science fair in Show Low.

Way to Go Orin! We're proud of you!