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My Class Trip to San Diego Zoo by Camila

I went to the San Diego Zoo with my class in first grade at 8:40 a.m. My mom woke me up in the morning. I was feeling very exhausted and I didn’t want to get up. I looked at the time and saw that it was 7:15 a.m. Then I remembered that we were going to have our class field trip to the San Diego Zoo! I got out of bed and got ready for school. My mom started to make breakfast. I ate my breakfast and my mom, my sister, and I went walking to school. I went into my class and my teacher Ms. Anderson started to tell us who would be our partner. My partner was my friend Keani. My mom was going to come with us. Other groups had more than three people but we only had three my mom, Keani, and me. Then everyone got on the bus and left for the zoo.

When we first got to the zoo we had to wait outside for 15 minutes before we got inside. Then after waiting a long time we finally got inside the zoo. The zookeeper gave us a map so we can know where everything is. First of all we decided to see the swans. The swans were white and they had lots of feathers. The water that the swans were swimming in was green and it looked like it was dirty. I saw a zookeeper that was cleaning the swan’s water. Then we decided to go see the zebras. The zebras had black and white stripes. Some people wanted to feed the zebras but there was a sign that said Do not feed the zebras! After that we went to see the flamingoes. The flamingoes were pink and they had skinny legs. These flamingoes were actually gray or white but the food they eat makes them look pink. They were walking all around the grass like they were crazy! We had a good time looking at the animals.

After that, we went to see the reptiles. When we got there, the first thing I saw were lots of snakes. There were green snakes, brown snakes, red snakes, and even yellow snakes! They were slithering all around their cage. Then we saw some lazy green turtles sleeping in the water. Some turtles were little and others were big. Even though I could not touch the turtles I could tell that they had a hard shell. My mom took pictures of the turtles. We also saw some lizzards climbing little branches. They were each a different color. We saw other reptiles like iguanas and frogs too.

Next, we ate lunch. We ate lunch on a green bench. My mom and I ate a turkey sandwich and Keani ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. After we ate lunch, my mom bought me a vanilla ice cream cone and a chocolate ice cream cone for Keani. I had a delicious lunch.

Then, we went to see the birds at the bird aviary. We saw peacocks with many different colors. When I went close to the peacock to see it, the peacock opened up it’s feathers so we could see them. I saw a lot of parrots and toucans in a giant cage. The toucans had big yellow beaks and red and blue feathers. The parrots had red, green, blue, purple, and yellow feathers and small beaks. There were also blue jays and red jays flying all around the cage.

Last of all, we went to see the african animals. At the african area, there were lots of animals. One of the animals that we saw there were kangaroos. The kangaroos were sleeping with their babies under a tall tree. They were very tall and had long tails. We also saw giraffes at the african area. They had long necks, brown spots, and yellow bodies. One of the giraffes was eating leaves from tall trees. When we left the african area where the giraffes were, there was a small bridge with lots of trees. My mom took pictures of us there and we could see the giraffes in the background. I had a nice time at the african area.

I had a great time at the San Diego Zoo with my class. I think it was a great way to learn more about animals and have fun. I will never forget this wonderful trip I had with my class!

The Marshmallow Challenge

The Marshmallow Challenge

Students in #Room20 took the Marshmallow Challenge. “The Marshmallow Challenge is a remarkably fun and instructive design exercise that encourages teams to experience simple but profound lessons in collaboration, innovation and creativity.”

The activity has been done by adults of all professions. You can visit the website by clicking here. The activity was modified for elementary. We substituted small marshmallows for the tape and string. Students had to come up with a plan to create and build a structure that would support a larger (1) marshmallow at the top under 20 minutes. We had a 4th grade group winner (7 3/4 inches) and a 5th grade group and overall winner at (8 3/4 inches). The students had lots of fun and we took some time to reflect on how we could of done things better. We talked about what worked and what didn’t work. We will try this again. 

Thumbnail photo from: By Dvortygirl (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC-BY-SA-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Builders of Tomorrow…

Builders of Tomorrow…

Students used Google Build, Floor Planner and Legos to learn about area, perimeter and angles in the abstract to the concrete. Rendering structures in 3D and building the same building with Legos

Post image from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lego

Guest Blog by Jaden: San Diego Trip

I had a blast at San Diego. Our class and 2 other classes from our school went to see the San Diego mission. The San Diego mission was the first missions to be built by Father Serra and which he built 9 missions. When we got there first we went to the church inside mission San Diego. The docent was talking about the history about Father Serra and how he built the mission. The docent told us about the pictures on the wall and statues and who were those people as statues on the walls. Also the docent was leading us to the back of the church she was telling that the doors were made from redwood trees and it was also for protection from enemies. Next, the docent led the group to the garden nearby the church and then we saw a statue of Father Serra and where some indians were buried. After, she was talking about Father Serra, the whole group went to a museum. The museum was filled with things that were from the indians and the docent was talking to us how important and the indians wanted to make an easier life for themselves.

The next place we went to was the San Diego Cruise. It was a boat and it had seats inside the boat.We ate lunch inside the boat.The boat had three floors , one floor for the top of the boat to see a great view, the 2nd floor was for the employees that were working for the boat company and the last floor was were the snack bar and some of the tables and ate lunch. But, me, my mom, Gustavo, and Jacob went to the top floor and ate up there. We saw a seal family resting and a dolphin getting fed. The company was called “Whale Watchers” but we didn’t see any whales!!!

The last place we went to was Old Town, San Diego. When we got at Old Town, San Diego, the docent was wearing cowboy clothes and Old Town made you feel you were in back in the day. The docent was telling us about this plants indian women used on a cactus for lipstick. After  the docent was telling us about that,we went to this place where iron was burned. The guy was in dirty uniform and he was using different tools to try to burn the iron in his hand. The next place the docent took us to was a house. So we went inside the house and the docent led us to a bucket and another bucket. The docent was telling us about how the indians got water for their tribe. After our tour at Old Town  we got our own personalized pizzas and we got to eat it on the bus drive back to school.  It was a great experience to go to San Diego and to see sea lions and big helicopters and submarines on the Cruise ship. It was a fun field trip and I hope I can go again