Thursday, February 8, 2018

Road Trip!

The National Parks Will Rock You
-Road Trip!!!
A Geologic Tour of the United States
Stalled in a sudden blizzard in the Tetons...boiling in the blazing heat of Death Valley. 
 These are only two of the many unknown obstacles you may face as you embark upon a 
geologic cross-country road race. You will become a member of a racing team made up of 
fellow classmates.  Together you will race from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon.  
Along the way, you will stop at at least 15 National Parks showcasing our nation’s rich
 geological heritage. 
Research Reports were written for each site and included in team diary entries. 
Article Reviews we read and watched different issues related to National Parks.

It all began with a book written by Marissa Moss, Amelia Hits the Road. We read 
and created our own story flow posters and presented to the class. Our teams had fun 
traveling together and creating our team songs using the green screen. Enjoy our 
journey as we complete our trip!

 These posters show our understanding of the story. We illustrated it Amelia Style!

           Listen here to the storyflow of Amelia Hits the Road!

        Watch this duo share their storyflow here   Amelia Hits the Road Storyflow on Seesaw

  All the teams traveled and learned about many historic sites. Here is an example from the Roadsters!.
Road Trip
The Roadsters

Portland Maine to Boston Harbor: 101 mile
Boston Harbor To Salem, Massachusetts: 15 miles
Salem Massachusetts to The Statue of Liberty: 235 miles
The Statue Of Liberty to Independence Hall: 92 miles
Independence Hall to The White House: 141 miles
The White House to Harpers Ferry: 67 miles
Harpers Ferry to Manassas Battlefield: 46 miles
Manassas Battlefield to Fort Boonesborough: 499 miles
Fort Boonesborough to New Salem Illinois: 434 miles
New Salem Illinois to Hannibal Missouri: 104 miles
Hannibal Missouri to Saint Joseph: 194 miles
Saint Joseph to Dodge City: 345 miles
Dodge City to Cheyenne: 479 miles
Cheyenne to Fort Laramie: 110 miles
Fort Laramie to Mt. Rushmore: 110 miles
Mt. Rushmore to Yellowstone: 544 miles
Yellowstone to Pioneer Trail, Salt Lake City: 321 miles
Pioneer Trail, Salt Lake City to Death Valley: 559 miles
Death Valley to Donner Pass Memorial: 397 miles
.Donner Pass Memorial to Sutter’s Mill: 82 miles
Sutter’s Mill to Crater Lake: 388 miles 
 Crater Lake to Mount Rainier: 369 miles  (Last one!!!)  
.Mount Rainier to Portland Oregon: 137 miles
Total: 5,569 miles

The reports followed a criteria and involved a lot of research! 
We used our "snapshot" openings to introduce each report.
 Here is one example from our own state of Oregon!

Crater Lake National Park
By: CW 
Fact Sheet
Park name: Crater Lake National Park
Area in square miles: 286.2875 sq. miles
Highest elevation: 8,934 feet
Lowest elevation: 3,990 feet
3 natural areas or formations: The Phantom Ship, Wizard Island, and Mt. Scott
Location (state): Oregon
The closest major city: Medford, Oregon
Date designated a national park: May 22, 1902
Total yearly visits: 756,344

  Imagine and island poking out of a vast deep blue lake. You are on a boat, 
skimming the waters at speeds of 57 miles per hour. When you reach 
Wizard Island, you finally get to see a close-up of the majestic island,
 it's filled with the sounds of nature, among the many birds here, 
there are Peregrine falcons and Bald eagles. The Bald eagles elegantly 
swoop down to catch a Rainbow trout, then glide back up and bring 
their prey to their nest where their eggs are. This magnificent National Park is 
home to the deepest lake in America, Crater Lake is currently 1,946 feet deep, 
and consists of rainwater that has found its way into the lake.
    The Phantom Ship, Wizard Island, and Mt. Scott are just three of the
 many geologic formations in Crater Lake National Park. The Phantom 
Ship is an island that was made of 400,000 year-old, the oldest rocks 
exposed above and formed what is now Phantom Ship. Wizard Island 
was also formed by solidified magma, it stands at 763 feet above
 Crater Lake. and lastly, Mt. Scott, Mt Scott is a volcano in the Cascade Range 
that is actually a whole different mountain in Crater Lake National Park. 
The minerals found here are apatite, zircon, black scoria, andesite,
 feldspar, hornblende, hypersthene, augite, magnetite, olivine, quartz, 
keratophyre, pumice, plagioclase crystals, pyroxene ore, hematite, 
limonite, chrysocolla, and copper. Zircon, hypersthene, olivine, chrysocolla, 
pyroxene ore, hematite, and limonite are useful for making jewelry, 
although hypersthene and limonite are not commonly used for jewelry. 
In addition, andesite is used for making countertops.
    One big change has occurred during the eruption of Mt. Mazama 
(which is home to Crater Lake), Mt. Mazama erupted in about 2290 BC,
 creating a smoke cloud that blew Northeast to cover most of Oregon, 
Idaho, and Washington, and also a little bit of Canada, California, Nevada,
 Montana, and Russia, eventually the volcano collapsed and formed a 1,934
 foot deep “crater”, which is how Crater Lake got its name. Crater Lake 
National Park was formed by rain and solidified magma (the mountain and lake) 
was formed very slowly by rain seeping into the caldera and slowly forming 
Crater Lake.
    The climate in the winter is about 26℉, in the spring, the 
temperature is about 39℉, in the summer, it is 55℉ at average, 
and lastly, in the fall it is about 42℉. 
The animals in Crater Lake National Park are antelope, badgers, 
bats, beavers, black bears, bobcats, chipmunks, coyotes, deer, 
douglas squirrels, elk, foxes, golden-mantled ground squirrels, 
grizzly bears, lynx, marten, mice, mountain lions, muskrats, 
packrats, pika, porcupines, and wolves. The plants here are 
pines, firs, hemlocks, Shasta Red, whitebark pines, aquatic moss,
 and many more! Some problems Crater Lake National Park faces in t
he future are too many not-native fish going into the lake from people 
putting them into the lake, in fact, it is highly encouraged to fish in 
Crater Lake.
    As you recall all the beautiful destinations here at Crater
 Lake National Park, majestic Wizard Island is just on of the 
many places that have captured your imagination. Crater 
Lake is one of the most ideal places to go to if you have some
 free time to spend.

We also learned to use Easybib to cite our sources

                    Our diary entries blended facts with our imaginative journey here is a bit
  of an example, from MM:
Before the trip:
    I can’t wait to start the road trip across America! I also can’t wait to see all 
the diversity and learn all about the history of America. It’s gonna be so fun 
going cross country all around America. Well the first stop is Boston Harbor, see you there.
During the trip:
     My first entry, I love the lights, the water and I just in general love Boston Harbor. I recommend you go to Boston Harbor. (If you are in the area of Boston Harbor.) The buildings glow with happiness and there's a lot of diversity.
     We’re at Fort Ticonderoga and now this place played an incredibly important part in the American revolutionary war. The U.S.A might not of won if Fort Ticonderoga didn’t exist.
     We’ve made it to a place that some say that is a symbol of America (not a fast food restaurant), Lady Liberty. Did you know that Lady Liberty was a gift from France? Liberty Island is a beautiful, with all the grass, flowers and so much more. 

We also had fun creating some team songs using the green screen! 

    It has been a great ride !

Sunday, October 8, 2017

We are #Superkrueger Kids!

   These are our #3Words for the first day of fifth grade!

We had a great first month of school! We chose our own 3 words for our year. Our This is Your Life Cereal Project helped us learn more about each other. We have many things in common, but we are also unique. Take a look at the introductory clips from our first speech.

               Cereal Project Introductions


                                                                      SAVE FRED!
Poor Fred! He was sailing along on
a boat (your plastic cup) when a
strong wind blew it upside-down.
Fred (your candy worm) ended up
on top of the upside-down boat.
Unfortunately for Fred, his life preserver (your candy life preserver) is
still trapped under the boat.
Your job is to place the life preserver firmly around Fred’s body, 
but you must obey three rules:

Fred may not fall into the “sea” more than
one time; if he does, Fred “drowns.”

You may not injure him in any way.

You may use only the four paper clips to move Fred, the
boat, and the life preserver. You may not touch anything
except the paper clips.


Integrating technology with our learning!
Kahoot! SeeSaw LegoWeDo and so much more.

Learning how to use SeeSaw!

Using the camera mode on SeeSaw!

LegoWeDo with Mrs.Kunert