Blog Accounts

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Bloggers,

If you are in 6th grade, and you would like to keep your blog account, please let me know by your last EL day (May 14).  Otherwise, I will plan to delete your account over the summer.  This will go for middle school and high school students, as well.  You may reply to this post to let me know, email me, or tell me in person.

Thanks for your help!

March Madness

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Now that March Madness is nearing the end, things are getting crazy!

The under dog from the Mid-West, Julius Randle and the number eight seeded 28-10 Kentucky Wildcats finally decided to start playing now that the big dance has started. They have knocked off the Kansas State Wildcats(9), the Wichita State Shockers(1), the Louisville Cardinals(4), and the Michigan Wolverines(2). But will they be ready for the competition coming up – the best in the West, Frank Kaminsky and the 30-7 Wisconsin Badgers? Like the Wildcats, the two seeded Badgers haven’t had an easy trip to make it to the Final Four. They have had to defeat American University(15) in which they did by 40, the Oregon Ducks(7), the Baylor Bears(6), and a thrilling overtime win against the Arizona Wildcats(1).

The favored team to beat since the first round from the South is the 36-2 Florida Gators. They are led by the SEC player of the year, Scottie Wilbekin, and come into the Final Four with the only number 1 seed remaining. Here’s the path the Gators took to get to the Final Four. They have beaten the  Albany Great Danes(16), the Pittsburgh Panthers(9), the UCLA Bruins(4), and the Dayton Flyers(11). Even though the Gators have had an easy journey so far, only facing one team under a 9 seed, don’t underestimate them. They have beat really good teams before. The Gators will have a mighty challenge on Saturday, facing Shabazz Napier and the surging number seven seeded 30-8 UConn Huskies. The Huskies might have had the hardest time to get to the Final Four. They have had to beat the Saint Joseph’s Hawks(10), the Villanova Wildcats(2), the Iowa State Cyclones(3), and the Michigan State Spartans(4). That is some serious competition.

In my opinion you will see the Florida Gators beat the UConn Huskies and the Kentucky Wildcats will barely escape the Wisconsin Badgers and advance to the Finals.

The reason I believe the Gators will win is because Florida has so much size and talent it will be too overwhelming to beat if you’re UConn. I think that UConn’s defense will put up a fight but in the end Florida’s offense and rebounding will win it for the Gators.

There is also a reason I believe Kentucky will outdo the Badgers of Wisconsin. The Wildcats are so huge! Their outstanding defense and rebounding will win it for them. Wisconsin isn’t as big or athletic but has a powerful offense. I predict that the massive(7 foot) forward for the Wildcats, Willie Cauley-Stein, from Olathe, Kansas will have a breakout game on defense primarily. He is a block machine. Keep this in mind, the shortest player in Kentucky’s starting lineup is 6 foot 6 inches.

So therefore according to my predictions you will see Florida face-off against the Wildcats of Kentucky in the finals. In my opinion Kentucky’s cinderella run will end against Florida. The Gators are just too powerful for Kentucky. Scottie Wilbekin and the Gators will be cutting down the nets!

The final four games will start with UConn vs. Florida on April 5, tip-off at 5:09 pm ct. Kentucky vs. Wisconsin on April 5, tip-off at 7:49 pm ct. In AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The championship game is April 7 on CBS. It is also in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Now you know my opinion, what’s yours?

Doodle for Google 2014!

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“If I could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place…”

All El students were introduced to the Doodle for Google contest this quarter.  We looked at some past winners, and discussed attributes of each.  We took a virtual tour of the Googleplex in California, and decided we would all like to work there!  Some students were able to view a live question and answer session with a real Google Doodler, and had a brainstorming session along with other students in the country.

Once we brainstormed, students were given time to draft their doodles, but had to complete a bulk of their final copy outside of class.  Students returned their entries to us to submit, and we have placed these below.  On April 29th, 50 state winners will be announced and public voting will open up.  We will let you know if any of our doodlers get chosen.  We think we have  really good chance, good luck, everyone!

Click on an image to see it in its entirety.

 

Mapping the World by Heart

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Some sixth grade students are learning about world geography in order to eventually draw their own map of the World by hand.  Below are some websites we are using for lessons that might be helpful moving forward:

Map Projections

Latitude and Longitude Review

Historical Thematic Maps

Current Thematic Maps

Mapping the World by Heart Site

Some Examples of Past Student Maps:

ahadou map brandan map gina map mark map zoey map

 

 

Doodle for Google 2014!

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This has been an exciting week as the folks at Google just announced this year’s Doodle for Google theme!

If I were to invent one thing to make the world a better place…

 We have been spending some time this week brainstorming.  We decided that this year’s theme really boils down to three things:

  1. What are my interests?
  2. What problems does the world have? (We decided global rather than local/regional issues are best)
  3. What ONE invention can I come up with that would both be in my interest area and address one of the problems?

Next week we will start drafting our ideas on the Google provided paper, or on blank paper if preferred.  Some of you took paper home, or indicated that you would be working on ideas over the week.

We have decided to have everyone try this, though it will be your option as to whether or not they choose to submit their idea.  Next week, and the Monday after will be the only time we give to work on it in class, so you will be responsible for turning it in to me on your EL class right before spring break.  You may choose to submit it online if you would prefer.

Below are the links kids asked me to post.  Let me know if you have questions, and good luck!

Virtual field trip of Googleplex

Doodle for Google information, forms, and submission link

 

 

ASSERT

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The 5th and 6th graders are learning about a method of communication called ASSERT.  This is a way to talk constructively with a person about something that is bothering you without putting the other person on the defensive.  The letters stand for:

A – Get the person’s attention

S – Make it soon, simple, and short

S – Describe the specific behavior

E – Tell its effect on you

R – Suggest a desired response

T – Try to get/make terms for the future

We asked the kids to post examples of when they used the method with someone, when they might use it in the future, when they wish they would have used it (in the past), or when they might counsel a friend to use it.  We had some great responses!  I have posted a few to the front page.  We feel confident that learning the ASSERT method will help you when working with teachers, friends, neighbors, parents….anybody!

My experience with using ASSERT

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I am so glad that I learned ASSERT, it has helped me alot lately. One example is when someone took all of my pencils without asking. I was very upset when this happened, but I handled it calmly and used ASSERT. This is what I did:

A: I started by approaching them regularly and got their attention calmly and with no hurry or raising of my voice.

S: I approached them only an hour or so after I found out and someone told me who it was.

S: I then told him that I did not appreciate the he took all of my pencils without asking and told him that I would have gladly let him borrow a pencil or two if he had asked.

E: I then told him that it’s effect on me was that I did not have any pencils to work with during class and had to borrow some from my friends and I also could not focus very well in class knowing that I was missing all of my pencils.

R: I told him that I would have preferred that he asked me for a pencil to borrow and I would have given him one.

T: I ended the conversation by telling him that if he ever needed a pencil that he could ask me for one instead of taking anyone else’s or mine.

That was my experience with ASSERT. At the end, I got my pencils back and let him keep a few to make sure he didn’t do it again. I am so glad that I learned how to use ASSERT!

 

 

 

Being Assertive

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At my school, there is a boy who seems to brag about almost everything all of the time.  To try and get him to stop annoying me and other people with his bragging comments, I can use the assertive steps:

A – Get the person’s attention

S – Make it soon, simple, and short

S – Describe the specific behavior

E – Tell its effect on you

R – Suggest a desired response

T – Try to get/make terms for the future

Let’s say that this boy started bragging about how good he is at basketball.  I could get his attention and say to him: “Excuse me, can I tell you something?”

If he replies yes, I could tell him about what he is doing to annoy me, and make it soon, simple, and short: “You keep bragging about how good you do things, and it is annoying me.”

Then I could tell him the specific behavior: “You are not thinking about how others may feel about themselves, and seem to be bringing yourself up to the top.  It is making other people, including me, to feel bad about themselves.”

Then the effect on me: “I don’t like the way you brag about yourself.  It makes me feel like I am a whole lot worse than you, and I believe other people feel this way, too.”

Next, I state the desired response: “I would like it if you would stop bragging, and make others feel bad about themselves.”

Finally, make terms for the future: “Next time would you please tell yourself how good you are, instead of out loud to other people in class?”

If I do these steps to be assertive, I could solve my problem of him bragging and making others feel bad.

Our Year in Pictures

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Well, another school year has come and gone.  I simply cannot believe that some of the pig-tailed, wide-eyed little 1st and 2nd graders that I met just a few years ago are moving on to middle school!  I wish you all the very best of luck, and hope you will stay on the blog and keep me updated.

Below is a link to the PowerPoint presentation Mrs. Marchin and I made to show most of the projects and units we completed this year.  Make sure you show your parents if they have not already seen it!  I also posted a link to the 6th grade video that McKenna and Ellyzabeth made.

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6th Grade Video

Finally, I will leave you with a poem that was a favorite of Mrs. Bosch.  I think it is a good reminder to us all!

To laugh often and much; to win respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you lived.  This is to have succeeded. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Chemistry Sites of Interest

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5th and 6th graders-

This post will be where I place websites of interest as they are introduced to you in our chemistry study as well as helpful chemistry sites to aid in your element research eventually. 

The Atoms Family- where I found our paper atom experiment

Build-a-Bohr- the site (made using Scratch) that we used to build several Bohr models of atoms

BBC- Awesome information on atoms and elements from the BBC

Study Jams- This is where all the fun, short videos we have been watching are found.  There are lots of videos on all subject areas here that might help you.  The science videos on matter will help you the most for this class.

Chemical or Physical Change quiz- we will use this in class to test our knowledge of chemical versus physical changes.

Periodic Table- Interactive- good info on the elements

Chemistry Simulations- build an atom, molecule, or test out acids and bases (plus much, much more!)

Chemistry for Kids- videos, lessons, and experiments with chemistry

How To Make a Bohr Diagram- this will be helpful when diagramming your element

Alien Juice Bar- acids and bases practice

BBC Bitesize on Acids and Bases – great practice video and test

The 5th State of Matter, the BOE! - info on the Bose-Einstein Condensate- the 5th state of matter confirmed in 1995

Chem4Kids – lots of great UNDERSTANDABLE info

The Elements Song - Check out one of the 6th graders who learned the Elements Song!

Citation Machine - choose MLA style

Chemicool – good for your research

Jefferson Labs - good for your research

If you find any helpful chemistry sites, please type them into the comments below!

Twister Part 4

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I definitely had a good idea. Not just an average okay idea. But a mind blowing, show stopping, heart racing, AWESOME idea. Not even the word AWESOME can equal to the amount the idea was worth. The idea wasn’t just AWESOME, it was EPICALLY BOSS!

“May, earth to May? Come in May, can you hear me?” Emma said.

“Uh, oh yeah, sorry about that.”, I said waking up from my trance.

 

“Um, May, no offense or anything. But, Ashley just murdered your picture, and treated it like trash, and you’re, um, smiling.”

 

“Yeah, want to know why Emma?” I asked. “Why?”, Emma asked.

 

“I got a plan. A plan that will be payback for all the times Ashley has put us down. Tripped us, spit at us, and kicked us, payback for all of that.” “Oooh! I’m getting goose bumps! What’s the plan?” Emma said, suspense killing her.”Well, you know how Miss. Perfect called my picture a rat? Well, if she wants a rat, we’ll give her a rat”, I said as a devious smile spread across my face.

 

“I like that look! That’s your happy smile, and I like it!” Emma said.

 

Our teacher blew the whistle, signaling that recess was over. I stood up brushing the old leaves, and dirt from my jeans.  As Emma and I were walking over to the door, Ashley came up from behind me and pushed me into a mud puddle.

“Soon”, I thought, “Soon”

 

After recess we packed up our stuff to go home. “So”, I asked Emma. “Were you serious about the horse racing?”

 

“Tomorrow I promise. Today my dad and I have to pick up Misty from the ranch”

 

“Oh, okay, tomorrow, well, thank goodness it’s a Thursday”

 

“Yeah, well, I’ll see you tomorrow!” Emma shouted as she entered her mom’s white car.

 

Emma would usually ride the bus to school and have her mom pick her up after. I did the same thing, but, instead, I walked home.

 

As I walked down the dirt path to my house, I swear the sky looked darker than average. I just thought it might rain. Well guess what?

It did.

 

The walk home was miserable, mud covered me all over, and my backpack weighed a ton. But, the only thing that gave me pleasure was the idea of a rat climbing all over Ashley’s new haircut, and biting her manicured nails.

 

I know it sound pretty harsh, but, I was having a bad day! It was pretty hard to think about lollipops and gumdrops. Well, there was one other thing I could think about. Jordan!

 

I don’t think I’ve mentioned Jordon, but I have a major crush on him! You know how at recess earlier I kind of blanked out a little bit, well I was starring at him. I didn’t even want to tell you this but, after Ashley tore up my picture. I didn’t get it, Jordan did. He grabbed the picture, smoothed it out on his arm, tried to piece it back together, then he gave it to me, and walked off.

 

“Jordon”, I thought. Then, Bang! I hit a light pole. The pain reminded me of Ashley, and how I was going to put a rat in her pretty little lunch box.

 

“Soon”, I thought.

 

“Soon”

 

 

 

In case you haven’t read Twister Part 1 yet, here is the link.

Twister Part 1

Twister Part 5

 

 

Explanation: My Phobias- Do I Have Them, Or Not?

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Okay. I mainly made this post for Kaitlin, who commented on my other post on phobias, and you can visit that post here.

Kaitlin told me she had the spider phobia(arachnophobia). I would love to talk to you, Kaitlin, to see if you could get rid of this phobia(I’ll already tell you that I don’t have this). Is the legs the only part of spiders that you dislike? If there are other parts of a spider you dislike, please comment on what other parts. If not, you can just talk to me in E.L. By the way, Kaitlin, I love how you weren’t afraid to speak up and tell me that you have this phobia. I take a lot of respect in you for that!

Here are the phobias that I either answered yes, maybe, or no to. I will also explain why I either have the phobia, don’t have the phobia, or may have the phobia. In the notebook that I wrote all of this down in, I wrote all the phobias out again in my notebook and placed a box right after the name, and I either checked it, left if blank, or x-ed it out. If I checked it, it meant I had the phobia. If I left it blank, it meant I might have the phobia, and if I x-ed it, I knew that I(for sure) didn’t have the phobia.

EXPLANATION

Automysophobia- no. Why would I be scared of getting dirty? I garden sometimes and I love the moist dirt on my hands. I don’t like to get dirty, but I’m certainly not scared of it.

Ailurophobia and Cynophobia- no. I have a cat(ailurophobia) and a dog. That’s all I have to say to explain. :)

Alektorophobia- no! I love chicken(and I know you do to, Ellen)! Chickens are hysterical- and yummy! Especially my mom’s chicken! She cooks them, and I eat ‘em up!

Nephophobia- no. Clouds are peaceful. Clouds are absolutely harmless. They’re just magically going to swoop down and take you away in a cloud capsule and rain on you until your skin transforms into water! But, I could also see why you could be scared of clouds(tornadoes, thunderstorms, lightning), but… why?

Oneirophobia- NO! I love, love, LOVE to have dreams! I could see why you would have this fear,(bad dreams; nightmares, basically) but… why? I love dreams because when I dream, they carry me to places that I can’t go to when I’m awake. Sometimes, when I’m dreaming, my imagination is so vivid, it feels like I’m really in that world of mine.

Sitphobia- NO! Why? Why would I be scared of something as harmless as food? I mean, why would you be frightened of food…? I can see why- food poisoning and raw meat is all I can think of why someone would be scared of food.

Parthenophobia- no. I am a girl. I’m a girl. I hangout with girls at E.L. recess(Delphia, Izze… a whole bunch of other people that I love as a friend so much I can’t remember their names right now… ha ha ha)!

Thermophobia- no. I am not a phobe to heat. One of the reasons is because I do NOT want to be sitting in my house in the winter so scared of heat that I don’t even have a blanket over my body, so I’m shivering cold!

Trypanophobia- no. I would be more than happy to get a shot from the doctor. I would rather have it done and over with A.S.A.P., rather than putting up a fight like a five year old in the doctor’s office.

Genuphobia- no. I am not scared of a knee. It is part of our body.

Photophobia and Astraphobia- no. If I’m not scared of light,(photophobia) then I’m certainly not frightened of lighting. Why? I’m not scared of it because I love the sudden flash of light from the sky that I always seem to barely miss when it strikes out from the sky.

Carnophobia and Musophobia- I certainly don’t have an extreme(or irrational) fear of meat, first of all because I love steak… and chicken! I’m nice myself (I hope… ha ha ha), so I have no reason at all to be scared of something that I am myself.

I’m sorry. I’ll make a part two to this. I’ll title it -Explanation: My Phobias- Do I Have Them, Or Not? 2. I’m halting it here because I’m very scared that you’ll get bored and look for something different to read. I hope you stay tuned!

 

Impossible Task

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This is a poem I plan to submit to the Lawrence paper in honor of my mom for Mother’s Day.  Let me know what you think.  I’d love for you to post stories about your own mom in the comments.

 

 

 

How can you describe a mother whose career was her children,

Who tended scraped knees and listened to dreams with utter absorption? 

How can you put into words how she battled nightmares and bullies,

And teenage phases with unflappable wisdom and grace? 

What can be said about the family glue that bonded three children,

With vastly different personalities, interests, ages together?

That even as adults, love and respect each other,

 Though they don’t always agree. 

Is it even possible to thank a mother,

Who has given of herself so completely that plans are forgotten,

Personal interests put on hold, everything is dropped,

 In order to provide help to her grown child 2000 miles away? 

Who cares for a new grandchild- leaving home for days at a time-

So the baby does not have to be in the care of a stranger. 

How can you explain a mother who listens without judgment,

Offers advice without condescension,

Nods and smiles even when she must be dying inside? 

When circumstances turn out the way she feared,

Never says I told you so,

Even though she would probably like to! 

A woman who gives so entirely of herself,

 That her children’s friends often remind them of how fortunate they are. 

Not because she is a ‘cool’ mom, or a snappy dresser,

Or gives them everything they want. 

But because she is what a mother is supposed to be….

Forever and ever….

Truly…

There. 

How can you portray a mother like mine in 250 words?

Video Games- An Exploration

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Video games have come a long way since a computerized tic-tac-toe game was invented in 1952. Even video games of the 1970s were based on the simplest of games and graphics.

Today, video gamers can be hooked up through broadband connections to play one game as a team. Some gaming systems even offer headsets so teammates can talk to one another during play, even if they live thousands of miles away from each another.

The debate over the merits of video gaming—especially those based on violent scenarios—is complex. But the fact is that video games are here to stay, in one form or another, and they will continue to influence our culture on many levels.

So for this week’s lesson, you’ll get inside the box and take a tour behind the scenes to see what makes these games—and gamers—tick.

The Revolution

Let’s start with a trip to PBS to uncover The Video Game Revolution, beginning in the History of Gaming section.

To get a grip on the evolution of the industry, browse the Interactive Timeline.

What role did Ralph Baer play in this revolution? Why were video games first introduced in arcades rather than for home use? What was the significance of the Atari 2600 system? What are some of the factors that made a game or game system a hit or a flop? In what ways did the content of games evolve over time?

Now, let’s go Inside the Games to see How a Game Is Made. Make sure to watch the videos, if you have RealPlayer installed.

How exactly do the developers go about Creating the Characters and Putting It All in Motion? Why are details about the characters’ environment important in The Game World?

What roles do the Code and Postproduction efforts play in a game’s popularity? Why does a company spend so much money and effort in Marketing a game?

Read some of the Personal Gaming Stories and check out the Classic Game Cheats, if you have time. Why do you think programmers would allow cheats?

Next, explore some of The Impacts of Gaming, by browsing the Essays and the Guide to Game Ratings.

Why do many parents and institutions, including schools and government agencies, choose to restrict the availability of violent video games to young people? Do you agree or disagree with the reasons they cite for doing so?

How do you think video gaming will evolve in your lifetime? What factors will drive this development and why?

Before leaving the revolution, visit the Arcade to take the Ultimate Classic Game Quiz, Name That Game, and Play a Retro Game. In what ways are the classic games similar to and different from today’s video games?

The Box

You’ve looked at how art and coding have played their roles in video game development, but without technology to get it to our televisions and computer monitors those great ideas would have gone nowhere.

So let’s look next at How Video Game Systems Work at the HowStuffWorks site.

Don’t click any of the brand names on the introduction page, but do click to the next page to explore the Essence of video games. Then explore Game System Basics by clicking on that page’s interactive graphic. What exactly does the software kernel do?

Browse briefly through some of the The Games available on the different systems. What would be the attraction of each game’s premise?

Next, move on to Comparing Consoles and Cool Facts. What is the importance of a system’s processor speed for gaming? What advanced feature did Atari Football use? Which game system is based entirely on CD technology? How is that different from the others?

Amazon Kindle

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These are two regular Amazon Kindles

Hello! I thought I might like to write about my Kindle and it’s awesome features, along with why you should buy a Kindle instead of a Nook.

I (already mentioned, but just hear me out) have a black colored Amazon Kindle, and I LOVE IT! I have two games, Word Soup and Dots and Boxes. I really want a game called Slingo, which is a mix between ‘slots’ and bingo. If you would like, you can go to the Amazon website here. I have a black one, as I mentioned earlier, but my grandparents, Grandma Nita and Paw-Paw, purchased my Amazon Kindle for Christmas about two years ago(I can’t remember because I love my Kindle so much). Now, I will show you the comparisons of a Nook and a Kindle.

A Nook has a ‘glossy’ screen, and it would be hard to read in sunlight. As for an Amazon Kindle, you don’t have one of those annoying screens where you have to squint your eyes to read the words. Even though a Kindle doesn’t have a colored screen, like the Nook, you can get a Kindle Fire, or if you don’t want a Kindle Fire, you could get a Kindle Touch. One of my friends in my 5th grade class has a Kindle Touch, and it’s a touch screen Kindle, of course, but it isn’t a ‘colored screen’. Personally, I think a colored screen (possibly) is more expensive than a black-and-white screen. That could also start a debate, and if anyone who wants to start that debate, I suggest you call it the ‘Kindle Versus Nook’.

This is a Nook (which I very much DISLIKE)

The second reason is I know the Nook has fewer battery space, if you know what I mean, but I’ll explain anyway. If you charge the Kindle, it’ll last for about a half of a week(from my ‘experience’) and I’ve read another post about the differences between the Nook and Kindle(please read my comment). I’m pretty sure (from what I’ve read) that the Nook lasts even fewer than that! How ‘weird’ is that? They’re both e-readers, but I suggest that you GET A KINDLE INSTEAD OF A NOOK!!! Thanks!

 

 

Twister Part 1

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I was in my room on a sunny day. The sunlight shone through my curtains and on to my face. I grabbed my book and started reading.  I was right in the middle of a library book that my friend said I just had to read. I use had in her sense, stuffing the book in my face and running away. Of course I started reading it. I really wasn’t that bad, but for me, there was way too much romance in it for me. It was 5:00 am, the rooster would be crowing any minute now.

In case you didn’t know, I live on a farm, but before you jump to conclusion that I live in the middle of nowhere, with a poor family. I don’t! I live in the suburbs. But, I have twenty seven cows, eleven horses, eight pigs, fourteen goats, thirty four chickens, and three dogs, so, a big family for the suburbs.

I sat in my bed, waiting for the crow. Ten, nine, eight, sev… Cock A Doodle Doo!

You know how in stories, the rooster always goes, Cock a Doodle Doo? Well, they don’t it goes more like… Err err err err eroooooo!

Well anyway, it was kind of early for the rooster to be crowing, “Oh well”, I thought.

I ran to my closet and picked up my backpack. It was more like a satchel though. My dad just called it a purse.

I ran down the stairs and into the kitchen. “Morning May”, my momma said. “Morning” I said.  “What do you want for breakfast, bacon or eggs?” considering the possibility that my favorite pig Lulu ‘disappeared’ yesterday, “Eggs!” I quickly said.

“So, you finish your homework?” my momma asked me. “Yes momma” I replied blandly.

I practically drooled over the eggs as my momma set them on the table “Fresh from this morning”, my momma said.

“I know, I saw you, and I saw Miss. Lilly attack your hand.” I said. My momma blushed.

I gobbled up my eggs, pretty much shoveling them into my mouth.

 

Beep Beep!

“Momma the bus is here!” I yelled.

“Okay honey, have a good day!”

 

I grabbed my backpack and ran out the door and I jumped up right into the bus.”Hey May”, called my best friend Emma.”Hey Emma!”, I called back. As I walked over to Emma’s seat.

Umff!

I fell, face first on the walk-way! “Oops, sorry pig face!” said Ashley carelessly. Everyone laughed.

 

As for me, my face hurt something awful. It was my nose that hurt the worst. I reached up to pain central when I felt a drop of blood fall on my fingertips. I ran over next to Emma, and almost threw up.

 

If you haven’t read Twister Part 2 yet, here is the link.

Twister Part 2

 

6th Graders, Be Warned!

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Younger EL students are learning about how to blog on our site.  We have been looking at the Blog Journaling Rubric (remember that?), and using it to assess posts on areallydifferentplace.org.  Some of your posts are getting a level 1!  You might want to go back to the rubric and review expectations, and then make changes to or delete the posts that just do not measure up!  Mrs. Marchin and I have discussed kicking you off the blog if you have too many level 1 posts.  Please remember that this is a place to post ‘internet-worthy’ formal writing.  It is not a place to be silly or post items that belong in a text or Facebook.  Most of all- USE THE SPELLCHECK TOOL!

The Floaters

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This is just an idea I had… if you people comment,I will continue.

 

We call ourselves the Floaters. I know, not the most cool, tough name.But it fits us perfectly. You see, three years ago, gravity just… turned off.Most of the human race just floated out in to space.But those of us smart enough to survive joined together, and we formed the Floaters.Over time, gravity improved, but we Floaters still get around using grappling hooks and zip lines.The ground has been taken over by animals, animals that have adapted to barely any gravity.Even the most innocent rabbit has developed long, vicious claws to dig in to tree trunks.

I was thinking the main characters name would either be Gwen or Eryn.

Tell me what you think!

 

Brian Selznick is Coming!

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If you loved The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick, chances are you will love his latest book, Wonderstruck.  This is a graphic-novel style book about two deaf students from different generations who must go to a school for the deaf in New York.  The pictures show the story of the girl beginning in 1927, and the text describes the boy’s experiences starting in 1977.  It sounds facinating.  I am going to get to meet Brian Selznick tomorrow at the Plaza Library when he presents on his new book, and I plan to get a copy for the center.  I e-mailed your parents about it, so hopefully I will see some of you there!

Cadenism Update

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This goes out to the fifth graders (especially Jacey) who have patiently waited for a good Cadenism story.  I finally came up with a couple of new ones:

1.  He was telling me about his school day, and mentioned ‘workshop.’  He said, “I’ll tell you what workshop means.  Well…you do work, but don’t exactly shop.  That’s workshop.”

2.  He calls his student teacher Ms. Seal, Ms. Sea Lion.  Always…he consistently refers to her as Ms. Sea Lion.  I asked him tonight if she liked that, and he said “Well….probably not so much.”

3.  He discovered his first loose tooth today, and said he wanted it to come out ‘automatically’ when his dad offered to take it out with pliers.

4.  He went up to the snack bar at the Great Wolf Lodge and said “I’ll have a draft beer, please!”  I think he thought it was some kind of rootbeer.

5.  “Mom, how many days is coming soon?” 

“What?” I asked, What is coming?”

“No, how many days is coming soon?” 

“I don’t know what you are talking about if you don’t tell me what is coming.”

“No!  Angry Birds Space is ‘coming soon.’ How many days is that?”

If you enjoyed these, there are older stories posted on my blog.

Harris Burdick Mysteries- Finished!

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The fourth graders helped to solve the mystery of several unfinished stories.  The Harris Burdick Mysteries is a book with several beautiful pictures and captions.  The story goes that Harris Burdick created these pictures with captions to show a publisher, but never returned to the publisher’s office.  Each of our fourth graders took one of the pictures and finished the story on behalf of Mr. Burdick.  Check out thier stories below, they did a great job:

The Seven Chairs by Chloe

Another Place, Another Time By Mellenie

Captain Tory By Delphia

A Strange Day in July By Izze

Uninvited Guest By JJ

Under the Rug By Ian

Mr. Lenden’s Library By Davis

The Harp By Ellyzabeth

Just Desert By Ellen

The House on Maple Street By McKenna

Archie Smith, Boy Wonder By Nick

The Third Floor Bedroom Window By Amelia

Oscar and Alphonse By Phoebe

Missing in Venice By Tamara

The Sun and the Moon

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A friend sent me these pictures in an e-mail.  I really admire photographers who are this creative!  I have tried to do things like this (making it look like my husband had the Disney castle in his hands, etc) and it never quite works out.  Have any of you taken a really amazing picture?  If so, please post it here!

JCC shooting

This is Arlo and I play baseball at the JCC (Jewish Community Center), where the shooting happened. You see, the JCC is the place where we play our games not where we practice. My first game is the first of May and we will still play every game feeling stronger not fearing anything. It is such a sad thing that happened to all the families that lost a family member and on the first day of Passover! I mean really, the person must have been crazy and out of his mind to kill three people. Some news groups, like Fox 4 news, say that he said ” Hail Hitler!” when he was arrested by police. The matinee of a play my friend was in was about to start and auditions were going on for another play was also at the same time. In conclusion, I am very sorry for the families that have suffered because of one man, but we should not be afraid because if one killing in two places kills our spirit then we lose so live your life people! Live life to the fullest! Yolo.

The Diamond of the Destroyers-part 3

The dark figures flew through the night in search of the four children to stop them from retrieving the jewels. They finally saw them on the horizon about one mile away. When they arrived, they snuck up from behind and surprised the four with a loud roar in a growly voice of, “We are the Kiflian. Tremble with fear at our feet.”

Christy screamed. “Never, we will never give in to you! Your hands shall not touch me or my friends else you fear my wrath.”

Melony kicked her from behind to make her quiet, but it was too late. The Kiflians roared and charged them as they drew their weapons. The Kiflians all drew long dark swords that curved at the very tip.

They charged each other. Jake immediately charged one of them and swung his sword. The Kiflian held up his word in defense and easily blocked it. He’s strong as an elephant! How can we possibly defeat them? Jake thought as his sword flew out of his hand.

Jake fell to the ground. The Kiflian let out a triumphant scream and pointed his sword at Jake. Out of panic, Jake rolled over as the sword of the Kiflian stabbed through the ground where he had been. Jake watched in horror as the Kiflian went mad because his sword was stuck in the rock. Jake took the opportunity to jump up. He stood and ripped off the black cloak the figure was wearing. The Kiflian screamed and blew away as he disintegrated into ashes.

The blade of the sword in the ground slowly changed to a beautiful light green color. The hilt turned silver with a large emerald embedded inside the pommel. He reached forward and found that the sword was incredibly light. He easily pulled it out of the ground.

How did I do that? He thought.

He picked up the belt the sword had been hanging from off the ground where the Kiflian had been standing and fit it around his waist, grinning.

Meanwhile, Cody had been sparring with another Kiflian. The figure had been going easy on him; Cody was still holding his sword. Then with a single blow, the Kiflian unarmed Cody and pushed him over. Right when the Kiflian was about to stab him, he froze, and fell to the ground. Melony was standing behind him.

“Take more care next time!” Melony said, picking up the sword and the belt as it slowly changed from black to an iridescent blue. The sword was much like Jake’s, but it was blue with a sapphire put into the hilt of the sword.

She gave it to Cody, who took it proudly. “I have no need of this.” she said.

“Thanks!” he returned.

Cody, Jake, and Melony were just about to leave when they remembered. Christy!  They all turned around to see Christy lying on the ground at the feet of a Kiflian. She wasn’t moving. Melony ran over yelling thoughts of revenge. She took out one of her knives and threw it at the Kiflian. He vanished before the knife even got close to him. Melony ran over to Christy to aid her. She was fine. She yelled for Cody, Jake, or anybody else to come and help.

They came as quickly as possible. Christy was speaking to them, but she seemed to be hallucinating.

Jake rolled his eyes as Christy passed out.

“We’ll have to carry her.” Jake said.

“I can do that.” Cody volunteered.

“I should never have given her a plastic sword.” Jake said.

“No, you shouldn’t . . . you did WHAT?” Cody said in astonishment.

The three of them, with Christy in Cody’s arms, ran across the Sulfate plains until they reached a short pedestal.

On the pedestal there sat a jewel. A man wearing a suit of armor walked up and touched the jewel. He was blasted off his feet when a flash of light came, and he lay dead with the other bodies surrounding the pedestal.

Melony gasped. “Do you think that will happen to us if we touch the jewels?” Melony asked, shocked.

“No. Jake said. “In one of the books I read, it said that you could only touch the jewels if you carried with you the sword of a Kiflian. Jake and I both have one, so we can both carry a jewel.”

“Oh good. That looked horrid.” Melony said, shifting her position.

They all headed down the valley to the pedestal where the jewel was kept. Jake walked over and picked up the jewel, holding out the sword of the Kiflian. All that happened was a slight tingle in his fingers. The jewel seemed to like him. “One down, one to go.” he said.

“Okay, we have one jewel. According to the map that I marked on, we have to head east now.” Jake said, observing his map.

They crossed the Sulfate Plains to the other spot Jake had marked on the map. There was another pedestal there. Melony took Christy so that Cody could hold the jewel, and then Cody picked up the jewel from off of the pedestal.

As soon as he touched the jewel, Christy began to awake. “Where are we?” she asked.

Melony let out a cheer. “She’s awake! Are you okay?”

“Of course.” She replied.

“We found both of the jewels!” Melony said.

“I was out that long?” Christy said, surprised.

They all happily began to run back to Defendence.

The Kiflians began to follow them about three fourths of the way there. They let out continuous moans and chased them all the way back to Defendence. “They have the jewels!” they would shout.

The four ran even faster. They reached Defendence and ran to the pole. Cody and Jake placed themselves on either side of the pole.

“On three, one, two, three!” Jake yelled. They both pressed their jewels into the slots on the pole. The Kiflians froze. They screamed and fell to the ground in a pile of ashes.

There was a moment of silence. Then three large yellow jewels on top of the gates let out three broad beams of light that connected to each of the jewels on the pole. The diamond on the top let out light that could have blinded everyone, had they been watching. They were all focused on Cody and Jake.

A small cavern opened up. Jake walked over to the cavern the light had seemed to open. He stepped down and saw a long hallway with a golden light at the end. He walked in further until he reached the end. A huge cavern of gold lay itself out in front of him. In a small golden cup rested a torn piece of paper.

“What is it?” Melony asked Jake; she had been following him.

“The torn page of the book I was reading. This tells everything that happened here.” Jake said. They observed the page.

. . . the jewels are placed in the pole they will open a cavern to the treasury. This is the treasury that was forgotten by many. The Kiflians had placed a spell that would make everyone forget the treasury until they were dead. They are allergic to light. They hoped that they could take the jewels and steal all the treasure for themselves, but it is prophesied that four children would retrieve the jewels and kill the Kiflians. 

-Mr. B. Alfredo

“Mr. Alfredo wrote this?!” Melony said in disbelief.

“I didn’t know that either!” Jake said. “How could he have known that without telling us anything?”

“I didn’t think you were ready for the task yet, but you were! You were.”

Melony and Jake turned around and they saw the old man Mr. Alfredo standing before them, wearing all brown as he had before. They smiled and frowned at the same time. He had sent them on this dangerous adventure, but they were glad to see him.

Melony and Jake walked out of the cavern. Everyone was cheering for the four of them. Jake and Melony told Cody and Christy of the things they had seen.

After a few more cheers and claps, they started home. There they found their foster parents. They all began to go inside, when they were stopped.

“This isn’t your house anymore.” Christy’s mother said.

“That is. You were moved into a larger house since you got our treasure back.” Christy’s father said as he pointed to a much larger house that was in much better condition.

“Thank you!” They all said as they strode off to the large house. They stepped inside. They were finally home.

*****

“Yes, sir. I got the sword. Just like you wanted. Defendence will be yours. They will fail. We will bring them down. They are useless without this. Useless!”

 “We shall leave in two months’ time. HA, HA!”

The Diamond of the Destroyers-part 2

“Yes . . . master. I . . . tried. Hard. They made it . . . anyway . . . Ah!” said a small soldier as his master continued to lash him.

“You will go, and you will find them. You will bring them to me!” yelled the black figure as he whipped the groaning soldier for the third time.

“Ahhh! They . . . are trying to find . . . the jewels. Almost . . . found.” The soldier began to speak faster.

“Where are they now?” The figure asked.

“They are leaving . . . as we speak . . .” The soldier gasped and the figure whipped him again.

“Then we shall catch them by ourselves!” screamed the dark figure in rage as he stabbed the soldier and nine other figures rose from behind the first figure’s throne.

*****

The following morning, the four friends got up, packed some food . . . a lot of food. They explained to Christy where they were going and what they were going to do to save the world. Jake handed Christy a ten-inch sword. “This for the journey.” He said.

“Jake, should Christy really be handling weapons?” Melony asked.

“She isn’t. They’re plastic; she’ll never notice at all.” Jake said.

Melony giggled as Christy swung the fake sword around as if she was fighting with an invisible knight with her new sword.

As Christy slew her invisible knight, Cody and Jake set their things for the trip on the floor by her, Melony following close behind.

They were set for departure. They left the house and walked to the front of Defendence, where many guards stood around a tall golden pole. The pole stood about six feet tall. The sides had small sockets; about five inches in diameter that Jake suspected must be the place where the jewels were. The top had two curved gold bars that wrapped around the center bar of the pole.

They walked around the pole several times. The curved bars wrapped around the pole until they reached a glittering diamond on the very top.

Jake took out a compass from his backpack and held it in his hand. “North is this way, and according to my knowledge of where the jewels are, we should go this way.” Jake pointed to the Northwest, where they could all see the Colonial Raiders castle high on the horizon.

“It’s on the other side of Syncra; it’ll take us days to get there!” Melony said with astonishment.

“We’ll make it eventually.” Jake said as he began to run northwest bound to find the long lost jewels.

The Diamond of the Destroyers- part 1

“Melony, Melony! Wake up!”

Melony awoke with a start. She had just come from a journey from the city of Traffer, which had been tragically destroyed by an unexpected volcano eruption. She set out on a journey that was dangerous, and arrived at Defendence with nothing but an arrow in the stomach.

Christy was bouncing off the walls yelling. Christy is a young girl that is rather crazy, and has longed to go on an adventure with the three children who would later “save the world!”

“Ok, ok. I’m awake now, what’s the rush?” asked Melony, yawning loudly.

“My parents are leaving to go to an important meeting about the war. They said the Colonial Raiders are attacking soon. Children all around the city are bidding their parents good bye for the meeting. They said to go out, save the world, and come back. You know the prophecy said I would save the world with you guys, remember?  Cody and Jake are coming to help. We get to go by ourselves, isn’t that great?” Christy face turned red because she hadn’t taken a breath the whole time she had been speaking.

Surprised that Christy had managed to get so many words out of her mouth so fast, she responded, “Uh, yeah . . . I guess.”

Melony climbed out of bed, walking quite slowly, and went to make breakfast for Christy and herself. It was Tuesday morning, Melony’s favorite day of the week. She felt off to a good start.

She went off to the kitchen and made some toast. Almost the very moment she set the plate of toast on the table, Christy had devoured it. Melony took her own toast to the table and ate it about twenty times slower than Christy, and then removed the plate from Christy and her own seats. She brought them to the kitchen and carefully placed them on the countertop. She walked back to the table.

“Christy, do you know when Cody and Jake are arriving?” asked Melony.

Suddenly there were two sharp knocks on the door. “I guess pretty soon.” said Christy rather bluntly.

Melony began to speak sarcastically. “Now, who could that be?”

Melony strode over to the door, opened it, and there, standing on the front doorstep, were Cody and Jake.  Cody and Jake were brothers that had traveled with Melony on her journey from Traffer. They weren’t twins, but they were very alike in many ways.

“They’re here!” Melony yelled to Christy.

Melony motioned for Cody and Jake to follow her into the dining room where Christy was sitting at the table, chanting under her breath, “I’m going to save the world, I’m going to save the world!”

As soon as she looked up and saw Cody and Jake in the room with her, she leaped from her chair and screeched with excitement.

“Hello, it’s good to see you again!” Melony said gratefully as she shook their hands so hard they almost fell to their knees.

“I didn’t know you were still alive! I thought you were killed in the forest. What happened?” Jake asked, amazed that she was standing before him.

“Let’s save that for another time.” Melony showed them where to place their belongings and they returned to the main room.

“Exactly how are we going to save the world?” Melony said. “Christy’s parents told us to save the world like it said in the prophecy, but how will we do that?”

“I actually have an idea.” Jake said. “I heard about the prophecy, and I did some research on the topic. I found something about a tall pole in the gates of Defendence called The Treasure of Old. It’s a strange name. Well, more than one hundred years ago, the jewels inserted into the sides of the pole vanished after an attack from the Colonial Raiders. We won the battle, but the jewels disappeared with the few soldiers that escaped the front lines. Over the years, the jewels have been thrown from here to there, and now not many people know where they rest. Fortunately, I found a book that showed their exact whereabouts. I marked both spots on my map.”

“I wonder what the pole does. Must be something important, right?” Melony said.

“Actually, I never figured out what it would do if the jewels were inserted back into the pole, but it was a door to something . . . part of the page of the book I was reading was torn off.” Jake said.

“So we need to find these jewels to help Defendence? How is that saving the world?” Melony asked.

“It isn’t “saving the whole world”, but this was prophesied by a member of Defendence, so to him, it actually was saving the world. And anyway, it had to rhyme of course.” Jake replied.

“We should get ready, starting with a trip to the pole.” Melony stated.

They walked out of the room to find Cody, and then told him all they had spoken of. “I agree, we should find these jewels. I think we can do it, it was prophesied. We all still have the weapons Mr. Alfredo gave to us; I think we’re set, let’s go!”

*****

Coin Story

There was a boy who got 1 quarter from is dad. Then he saw is friend Brad with a 2 dimes. He thought that the more coins you had the more money it is. So he traded his quarter for the dime. Then he saw is friend Sally. Sally had 3 nickels. So he traded his two dimes for the three nickels. Finally he saw his friend Callie. She had 7 pennies. So again. The boy trade his 3 nickels for here 7 pennies. Then he showed his dad who shook his head in frustration. What was the boy’s name? Money. Money Maker.

The Soccer Dream (Part Two)

I woke up and I saw myself in the bed at the hospital. I looked down and saw my feet. They were perfectly fine. I looked at my dented trophy. I reached for it but my arm wasn’t extending. Why wasn’t it extending? I looked at my arm and the most terrifying thing in the world happened. You wouldn’t guess what happened. My arm it was gone. I felt my arm sink down to the ground. Would my career be over? Oh Caroline would be so happy my arm was gone. Then she would get to play goalie. My eyes drooped over my eyelids and I slept and dreamed. Dreamed the soccer dream.

I walked into my school. Caroline was standing over me and laughing hard. Then there was her friends standing and laughing. Then more and more people . Even my best friend, Mackenzie and Ruth. They were just laughing at me and saying,

“You can’t play goalie. No, no, no. You can’t play goalie. You can’t show.”

Tears went down my face. Then there was this new girl. She came in and told everybody to be quiet. She looked familiar. Very familiar.

I woke up in a fright. Who was that girl? Why was she in my dreams? Would I play goalie again? Tears went down my face. Wait wasn’t that a line from my dream? The doctor came in and talked. But my mind wandered else where. I was thinking about that girl. She was quiet. She never talked as much. She had curly dark hair pulled back in a pony tail. Her face was so sparkly. She looked as if she wanted to talk but was too shy. Ah she was Yamini. She was a great soccer player, but no one cared to look at her. She did not play in the tournament because she was playing for some other team she rostered. Rostered means to play for a team temporarily. Yamini did not go to my school. In fact I wasn’t curious to know what school she goes too because she never talked that much. I don’t know what will happen in the future, but for now I thought about Yamini. I waited for the future to kick the past just like I once did in a goal kick.

 

Why Fire Trucks are Red

Fire trucks are red because there’s eight wheels on them and four people, and four plus eight is twelve, and twelve is a foot and a foot is a ruler, and Queen Elizabeth was a ruler, and Queen Elizabeth was also a ship, and the ship sails the sea and in the sea is fish and fish have fins, and the Finns fought the Russians and the Russians were red and fire trucks are always Russian around.

Haikus

Hi! I have been writing some haikus and I am ready t share them so here they are:

Actually

That’s not who I am

Actullay, I am more

Not just a young child!

Math

Not numbers and shapes!

I am struggling in math

Haha! April fools!

Language

Mind your language

That is not allowed in here

“I could dissapear”

Logic

Think thoughts through thoroghly

Oh Sam , please don’t loose your mind

You can do better

Rules

Rules are fora cause

We can follow them or not

But, we should follow them

The beggining

This is the ending

Or is just the start

A whole new story

Unpack

When we unpack bags

We get too comfortable

Don’t stop, find new things

Do what is right

Do what is the right

Don’t think about sin today

It’ll all be okay

This one isn’t a haiku just a poem:

Humans make a fuss

We say “It is not fair!”

How can we say that?

About some thing that isn’t there!

Same

Children and grownups

They can be dicferent in ways

But we were all the same

Nervous

The tests are waiting

They are waiting to be filled

Boy, am I nervous

Great Store

There is an awesome store at the Oak Park Mall it is called Hot Topic. I get all of my Harry Potter stuff there. The most recent thing I got was Time Turner earrings. (In case your wondering the time turner is a necklace that Hermione has that lets her turn back time. It appears in the third book.) But be warned they do have some not so great stuff. They also have tons of stuff from Disney movies such as; The Lion King, Little Mermaid, and Aladdin. They also have some great band shirts. If you like Harry Potter, or Disney you should check out this store.

Camping Time!

Just recently, I went on a campout with my boy scout troop (troop 123) to Bartle. We did very basic things that helped me mostly get requirements for second class, but also some for tenderfoot. On the campout, we learned about first aid, and how to deal with snake bites, burns, and other injuries. I also ended up buying the food for my patrol. For breakfast, we ate pancakes and bacon, which were amazing. For lunch, we had grilled cheese, but dinner was the best out of all of our meals. For dinner, the idea was that everyone grilled their own hamburger and ate the macaroni and cheese that we prepared, but I ended up making hamburgers for about two or three other  people in my patrol. But, at least everyone enjoyed the meal and nobody got sick.

Two fun things that I did were earning my fireman’s chip and my toting chip. For those of you that don’t know what the fireman’s chip and the toting chip are, the fireman’s chip basically allow me to create smaller fires, and the toting chip allows me to work with knifes, saws, and axes safely. We did some things that were very fun in my opinion, like taking a five-mile hike and orienting a map. I even got to see Jupiter through a telescope! Pretty soon I’ll be going on another camping trip and I’ll be having a lot of fun.