Not enough information?

We did further investigation and can tell you that we didn’t give enough information as to our location.  With so many Rocky River schools we decided you would need to know the county since they all were in different counties.  We are located in Union County.  Warning…… Be careful though there is an Union County, North Carolina and South Carolina.

We  are located in one of the 100 counties in North Carolina.  Virginia is to the north, Tennessee is to the west and South Carolina is to the south.  Georgia is the fourth state that borders us to the southwest.

More about our location..  Locate us on google maps.  Hints…… Look for Monroe, North  Carolina, Union County or Rocky River Elementary School

  •  Did you find us?
  •  What can you tell us about the area we live in from google maps?
  •  Is it rural, suburban or urban?  What do you see nearby?
  • Are we close to the ocean?

There are 3 regions  Mountains, Piedmont and Coastal Plains.  We are learning about the mountain region now.  Can you find the answers to these questions?  If so let us know.

  • How does our mountain region compare to other places in the world?  
  • What can you do there?
  • What places can you see?
  • What are the names of our oldest river, highest mountain, and  highest waterfall? 
  • Why did the early settlers settle in the mountain region?
  • Where did they come from originally?
  • What makes the mountains of NC a tourist destination for world travelers?
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Where Are You?`

We started our year off learning about where we fit into the world.  Think about your relative location in the world, country or state and tell us how to locate you.   First we started small

This is where we were at the moment….

  1. In global studies in the computer lab/room.lab (1)

But there was a problem with telling that to others.

They wouldn’t be able to find us just from this answer.

So we decided to think a little bigger.  We decided that we were…….

2.   At Rocky River Elementary School           RockyRiverMisc_2011089

Can  you find us yet?

We decided to do a google search for Rocky River Elementary School.

Once again there was a problem.  We found several Rocky River Schools.  3 of them were elementary schools and one high school so were decided to mark the high school one off.  We started looking at addressess of each of the schools.

10505 Clear Creek Commerce Dr
Charlotte, NC

500 N Rocky River Rd
Monroe, NC

5454 Rocky River Rd
Concord, NC


Rocky River Elementary School
483 Rocky River Rd
Mooresville, NC  28115 (Iredell County)

We decided this wouldn’t help you know where we are.

What would help you figure out which one we are?

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Where Are WE?

On Monday, August 18, teachers report to their classrooms to set up and have meetings before the students arrive the following Monday, August 25th.   Check back with us soon to see where out learning takes us this school year!

  • Do you know where North Carolina is?
  • Do you know what country it is in?
  • What continent it is on?
  • What two oceans border the country it is in?
  • How did the early explorers and settlers use the 7 habits as they came to NC?  

Join us as we explore our home state NC the first few weeks of school before we take off on our global journeys of the year.  These images will help you figure our the 3 regions.

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Independence Day- July 4, 2014

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Fireworks, Sparkle, Boom, Loud Red, White and Blue Stars and Stripes Music/patriotic songs/ loud noises celebrations. parades, speeches,  cookouts hot dogs/hamburgers. potato salad. macaroni salad, chips,picnictreeboys (1) Soda/soft drinks/lemonade/tea watermelons/blueberries, lakes, boats ocean/seas/hurricane Arthur wind and rain/waves crashing over the islands ants/bugs. playing chase fireflies at night. lights in the sky. sparkling in the dark night.

freedom all reminders of a country celebrating! Independence Day!

What other countries celebrate the Fourth of July?     fireworks (400x301)

Denmark, England, Norway, Portugal and Sweden. Denmark  Danes and Norwegians celebrate American Independence Day because thousands emigrated to the U.S. in the early 1900s.  Other European countries, like England, Portugal and Sweden, hold celebrations near American military bases and or spots frequented by American tourists to boost travel during early July.

Travel through the Biomes of the World

Fifth grade students completed their travel brochures to various biomes of the world. Would you prefer the rain forest, tundra, grasslands, deciduous forest, deserts or one of the freshwater or marine Biomes for your next visit? They researched plants, animals, cultures of the area they chose to highlight in their travel brochures. What do you need to bring with you, what kind of weather to expect and how much it might cost you. Do you like lots of trees, do you like wet weather, or hot and dry, do you like it cold and frozen or sunny and clear?

Which would you pick if someone said you could travel where ever you wanted and not worry about the cost? Why would you choose that biome? What do you believe is the best one to visit and what would be your least favorite and why?

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Kinglake National Park

Olivia provided us a presentation about Kinglake National Park in Australia. We want to thank her for taking the time to do extra homework so we could learn about their National Parks.

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World Water Day -March 22nd

Second grade recently taught the school all about Water and why it’s so important to everyone around the world. They made poster for the halls and did a movie for the morning broadcast.


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Wilson’s Promontory National Park, Australia

Eva a student at Upper Plenty shares her work about Wilson’s Promontory National Park in Australia.  The park is located in Victoria southeast of Melbourne.

Are there similarities in her park and our mystery park?

They are on two different continents and in two different areas.

Wilson's Prom National Park Australia

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Mystery Park IS….


Now what you’ve wondered about… the mystery park is located on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina.


The Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Clue 4 National Park Mystery

Our park is in two states.

Our park has the most visitors.

Entrance to our park is free.

Our park was home to Native Americans called Cherokee and European Settlers.

Elk were reintroduced to our park a few years ago.

What is the name of our park?  What two states will you find our park in?

Clue 3- National Parks

  • Turtle-hawaii CYou will not find this in our mystery park.  No ocean or sea turtles although this is in the United States.
  • The park may close parts during the winter because of snow and/or ice on the roads especially at night.
  • The leaves change colors in the autumn.
  • The park has four seasons.
  • World renowned for its diversity of plant and animal life and  the beauty of its ancient mountains.
  • From the earliest hepaticas in the late winter to the last asters in the late fall, blooming flowers can be found nearly year-round in the park.
  • Elevations in the park range from approximately 875 feet to 6,643 feet and the topography can drastically affect local weather. Temperatures can vary 10-20 degrees Fahrenheit from mountain base to top, and clear skies lower down do not guarantee equally pleasant weather at higher elevations. Rainfall averages 55 inches per year in the lowlands to 85 inches per year.
  • Nearly 80 historic structures—homes, barns, churches, schools, and mills—are preserved in the park.
  • 1,600 species of flowering plants, including 100 native tree species and over 100 native shrub species.
  • Limited food and lodging inside park.
  •  Protected in the park are some 65 species of mammals, over 200 varieties of birds, 67 native fish species, and more than 80 types of reptiles and amphibians.
  • Temperatures – average 45-84.
  • July is the average warmest month. Average is around 84 high. The highest recorded temperature was 100°F in 1983. January is the average coolest month. Average is around 45 to 50 F. The lowest recorded temperature was -23°F in 1985.
    • The maximum average precipitation occurs in May.


Although there are lots of trees here this is not one of them.

Giant Redwood

Clue 2- National Parks

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Mystery Park Clue 2-

You can go

  • hiking
  • biking
  • see wildlife
  • picnic
  • see waterfalls
  • camping
  • fishing 
  • taking pictures (photography)
  •  view historic buildings
  • view distance mountains
  • horseback riding

All pictures property of B. Todd and can not be used on other websites.

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National Parks Mysteries

  • Do you enjoy nature?
  •  Do you like to view wildlife?  
  • Do you like scenery?  
  • Do you like hiking?
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  •  Do you like adventure?
  •  Do you like relaxation?
  •  Do you like unique places?
  •  Do you like historic sites?
  •  Do you like plants like ferns, wildflowers and mosses?

Then tour our National Parks.   See if you can guess where we are as we learn about new places.

Clue One:  This park in in the United States and it  has white-tailed deer, black bears, salamanders and wildflowers.  If you know another clue please add one but don’t tell everyone yet which park.

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Teaching Others About Why Care about Water?

Water collage (2) Second grade students recently did an inquiry project about water.  They want to teach you a few things about conserving water so that everyone has clean water available.  These are their suggestions of what we all should be doing.

  • Take shorter showers.  Turn off the water while you soap up then turn back on to rinse.  Take showers instead of baths.
  • Wash car with a bucket and sponge rather than a hose to save water.
  • Fix toilet leaks.  (You can figure out if you have one by putting food coloring in the tank and if it shows in the bowl then it needs fixed.
  • Turn water off while you brush your teeth.
  • Use water from the washing machine to water garden.
  • Don’t let water run off and down the drain when watering the lawn.  Water the lawn early or late in the day so it doesn’t evaporate.  
  • Clean up after your pet so it doesn’t pollute the water.  Toss into garbage.
  • Plant trees  to shade the water area.
  • Keep animals (like cows, hogs, horses) away from the water so they don’t pollute it.  Let them have a separate place to drink.
  • Wash full loads of clothes.
  •  Wash dishes and then turn on water to rinse.  (if you use dish washer then make sure that you clean food off in trash and use a shorter time to wash.
  • Don’t let chemicals and oil get into the water supply.
  • Use buckets of water to clean instead of hose.
  • Sweep off driveway instead of using hose to wash.
  • Don’t toss trash into water supply/streams, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceans.
  • Water flowers with bucket.
  • Make sure factories don’t dump chemicals and waste into the water.
  • Clean up around water supplies often.
  • Use a small amount of water when possible.
  • Collect  rainwater in buckets, barrel to water gardens, yards and plants.

Remember that the water drop here affects others in other parts of the world so help keep local water clean so others around the world has clean water.  We want to all be able to have fun and enjoy water activities like canoeing, swimming, fishing so keep our water clean and conserve it because it is LIFE FOR ALL LIVING THINGS!

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Can you add to our list?


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Biomes-Ecosystems- Which One Describes Your Area?

Our fifth graders are studying biomes around the world.  As we learn about the different Biomes we would like to know which biome describes your area.   What makes your biome special and how does climate and people affect your biome?