Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Celebrate the Vernal Equinox

photo by Ms. Tulbure

The first day of spring is called the 
Vernal Equinox. 

Spring started on Monday, March 20, 2017, at 3:29 A.M. (PDT) in southern California. It is called the Vernal Equinox. There are two times when the sun is exactly above the equator

1. The Autumnal Equinox is in September. (First day of fall.)
2. The Vernal Equinox is in March. (First day of spring.) 

Equinox means equal night and there are nearly twelve hours of day and twelve hours of night.

One sign of spring is the abundance of colorful flowers that start blooming everywhere!

The California poppy is the state flower. They are popping up everywhere.

Poppies by Mrs. Yollis

The mariposa lily can be found on hiking trails. The beautiful bloom is a quite picturesque! 

Lilac bushes are starting to blossom in backyards! What a lovely aroma! 

Lilac photo by Mrs. Yollis 





What signs of spring have you noticed? Take a photo from your backyard and I'll add it to this post!

Do you have springtime hobbies or activities?

What did you learn from the BrainPop movies?

Monday, March 20, 2017

Chumash Village Experience

The third grade class went to the Chumash Village Museum to further their learning about the Chumash Native Americans.

Students walked through a day in the life of a Chumash child and brave.

First, they learned about acorns. Acorns were one of the main food sources for the Chumash. After acorns were picked, then they were mashed with a pestle and mortar into flower. Then the flower was leached to remove toxins and the bitter flavor. Next, the acorn meal would be placed on hot stones to make acorn cakes or cooked into a porridge.

Photos by Ms. Tulbure

Students also learned about hunting and the many uses for the animals the Chumash hunted, including making blankets and mats from their fur, and using them for camouflage during a hunt. 

Deer hide

Rabbit Fur

Photo by Mrs. Credle

Next, students listened to Chumash legends. As the Chumash did not have a written language, their stories were passed through generations by word of mouth. The storytelling was experienced in an ap, the Chumash home. Students looked closely at the materials that the ap was constructed from, including alfalfa, tule, and poles for the framework.



Afterward, students make shell jewelry. Typically, the jewelry would be made from abalone shell. or various other shells, and rope made from the yucca plant. 


Lastly, the students leaned about various Chumash games. Games included games of luck (such as dice games) and games of skill. Students practiced playing a hoop and spear game to prepare them for hunting. 

What was your favorite part about the field trip?

What did you learn that you didn't know about before?

Give step by step directions on how to make the acorn meal or how to build an ap.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Marvelous Mardi Gras

Today is the beginning of the Mardi Gras celebration. 
In French, Mardi means Tuesday, and Gras means fat, so it stands for "Fat Tuesday."
This is a practice of eating richer foods before the fasting for the traditional Lenten season. 

Mardi Gras is usually celebrated in New Orleans, Louisiana with a carnival. People build large floats and parade down the main street, giving out beaded necklaces. 

As a team, students build Mardi Gras floats in class. 

photos by Ms. Tulbure

We also enjoyed traditional King Cake, flown in from New Orleans. A big thank you to Mrs. Blumel who came and taught us about Mardi Gras and provided the cake, supplies, and pizza. 

Hidden inside the King Cake is a small trinket. Traditionally it used to be a bean. The person or persons who found the bean would be in charge of hosting the next year's festivities. 

What was your favorite activity?

Did you get the trinket from the cake?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Stupendous Stone Fox

The class read Stone Fox, by John Reynolds Gardiner, as our first novel. 

It is a story about a boy named Little Willy, who has to take care of the family potato farm after Grandfather takes ill. He soon finds out that Grandfather owes $500 in back taxes, and the farm may be taken away. Little Willy has to think of a way to save the farm, and when the opportunity to enter a dog sled contest is presented, Little Willy thinks he and Searchlight, his dog, have a chance. That is until Stone Fox, a man who's won every race also competes. Read the book to find out what happens. 

Photo by Ms. Tulbure

The class was inspired to research some main facts in Stone Fox, so they got into teams and took notes from Worldbook Online on:
Sled Dogs
Shoshone Indians

photos by Ms. Tulbure

Students made posters then presented the posters to the class.  

What was your favorite topic?

What else are you curious about researching after reading the book?

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Breakout EDU-Valentines Day

Another Breakout EDU-Valentines Edition

Last week our class started our Valentine Celebration early with a Homework Love Potion
Some magic dust was set free in our class that made all our students fall in love with homework. 
Naturally, the students wanted to Break Out the antidote

So, students worked together to break all the locks....

All photos by Ms. Tulbure

There were riddles to be solved

And graphs to be evaluated

The equations even involved black-light clues

There were some great conversations about strategy


Students tried their best.....


Unfortunately, this time, students did not get to the antidote in time.....

However, through further discussion and collaboration, students contemplated what to improve on next time and....
the Homework love potion went poof! 

What was the most challenging part of the Breakout?

What would you do differently next time?