Wednesday, October 10, 2007

4th Graders of Utah We Welcome Your Comments!

If you're a fourth grader in Utah we want to hear from you! Click on the comment button below this post to tell us what you think about the state tree now, or the new tree we've picked. It would be really fun if you left what school in the State you're from so we can see who's WITH US! Also keep checking back with us for more updates, we hope to be running a photo contest and some other really fun activities that all fourth graders in Utah will be invited to participate in!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

The Indomitable Juniper

Click on the link below to see a unique Utah Juniper Tree.


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Friday, October 5, 2007

Inspirational Students Dreaming Big!

Our fourth grade students at Summit Elementary in Smithfield Utah are the cream of the crop! In fourth grade we teach all about Utah History. One of our veteran teachers, Don Sheffer, brought it to our attention that the matter of the state tree has bothered him for awhile now and he wanted this year to be the year we did something about it! While teaching the state symbols in my class the students got a little riled up about the Utah State Tree being the Colorado Blue Spruce. I guided their inquiry as they did a lot of research and came up with the tree they thought our state tree should be. They came up with some really great facts and presented a GREAT case to me that convinced me I should support their decision to push for the Utah Juniper to be our new state tree! They wrote a movie script and filmed a movie with the intent of showing it to other fourth grade classrooms in the state to get them to join with us and help us make a great change in Utah.

The other fourth grade classrooms at Summit have jumped right on board and have been contributing a lot to the whole effort to move this project along. Mr. Sheffer's class did research and added a lot of neat ideas to our already great movie! Mr. Benson and Mr. Rigby have been involved in the political part of the process. Mrs. Harris' class came up with the logo and the other three classes are contributing wherever needed. We have an excellent team of 8 teachers and 200 of the BEST 4th grade students out there!

We'll keep you posted on how the project is moving along. We welcome your comments and if you'd like to contact us directly you can email us at, thanks for visiting!