Mapping the World 2014

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Check out these fantastic hand drawn maps plotted, and designed by our 6th graders!

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

 

 

Attention Bloggers! Please Read!

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Bloggers,

We are looking into a new host site and possibly new site altogether for our blog.  Please back up all the posts you want to save on Word!  It may be possible to move them over, but I would be so sad if important posts were lost forever.  I will post more information as I learn it, so stay tuned!

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!

Summer Activities

I know that having younger siblings can be hard and the summer can make it even worse. I have a little brother who can get very annoying so I came up with a solution. Keeping him busy usually works and this is a project in its own. Take a piece of paper and make a pouch. Decorate it with pictures and clip art decor then take popcicle sticks and sit down with your siblings and ask them some of their favorite activities. Write them on the popcicle sticks and put them in the pouch. Every time you are bored draw a stick and do the activity. I hope this helps and here are some suggestions of activities!

Play in the sprinkler

Crafts

Cooking

Bike rides

Video games

Sock puppets

Lemonade stand

I hope you guys can come up with more ideas and pleeeaaassseee post them in comments so I can use them if that’s ok! Hope you enjoy.

YouTubers are Important

So as you’re reading the title you’re probably thinking “No they aren’t dude.” BUT, you must read this first:

YouTube has a whole community of people. There’s really famous ones like Pewdiepie, and not-so-famous ones like AmazingPhil. Nontheless, they’re all important to this community.

The YouTube community is kind of a silly, laughing place you go to when you’re bored. All these YouTubers are there to make you laugh. You click on one of their videos and you smile. You click on another one and you laugh. You click on more videos and find yourself in the strange world of YouTube. This is an ongoing process. This is how you get into YouTube.

If you want to get into YouTube, here is a list of YouTubers I find AWESOME. (Vlogging by the way is video blogging)

  • Pewdiepie (gamimg)
  • Danisnotonfire (vlogging/sketch comedy)
  • FineBros (react videos/spoilers/MyMusic)
  • ConnorFranta (vlogging)
  • TylerOakley (vlogging)
  • TomSka (cartoons/sketch comedy/action) I LOVE IT
  • CutiePieMarzia (fashion)
  • DailyGrace (vlogging)
  • AmazingPhil (vlogging)
  • Tobuscus (vlogging/sketch comedy)
  • Smosh (sketch comedy)
  • NigaHiga (sketch comedy)

Just so you know, some of these guys do say bad words, so sorry for being all PG-13.

Anyway, these people earn money from YouTube. YES, YouTube pays you to make videos. If you make a lot of fun, well-made videos you’ll probably get some money. But, it’s hard to get some attention. SO you need to spread the word about your awesome videos to get you some money.

SO, how are YouTubers important? They make us laugh, they teach us things, they help us, they share embarrassing things about their life to make you feel better, they MAKE US HAPPY.

Click on a video today. Laugh.

 

Felix: The Master Of Time – Chapter 1

I’m writing a story based on a dream I had.  This is the first story that I am writing that was not written by a 5-year-old, so I’d like for some feedback on what you think, so here’s…

Felix: The Master Of Time – A Team Has Been Assembled

Run, Must Run:  I need to find shelter before nightfall.  I look around.  Junkyard, graveyard, but no house.  This night I’ll be in the desert.

I lay on the sand, hoping that I won’t get spotted.  I stand up and look around, but today luck is not on my side.

“Golmets.”  I whisper to myself.  They emerge from junkyards, and have but one purpose.  Rid the world of all humans.  They are also hostile to zombies and will seek out and destroy any they see.  One looks straight at me and screams his battle cry.

“Gggggggrrrrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhh!”  They all come charging at me.  I say to myself, “Run, Must Run,”  I need to find a cave, their eyesight is terrible in darkness.  I keep running  until, “Here! Quickly!” I hear a voice and run toward it.  I see a cave and run toward it.  I go inside.

“Hello, I am Jordan,” This tall averaged-sized man says to me.  “Felix,” I respond.

 

So, that’s the first chapter.  I’ll be hopefully posting these weekly, and hopefully you’ll enjoy the story.  Remember to post your thoughts in the comments!

 

 

Rubik’s Cube’s 40th Aniversery!

May 19, 2014 is 40 years since the Rubik’s Cube was invented.  I have a Rubik’s Cube and can solve one in 3 minutes and 9 seconds (as of May 19,2014).  Google is celebrating by making a Rubik’s Cube simulator on the default page that you can try out for only May 19.  I’m wondering how fast other people can solve a Rubik’s Cube and would like to know what other people are doing to celebrate, so post your times in the comments!

 

Back story of Brutus

Brutus takes place in 1846 in an alternate reality. In this alternate reality, the discovery of nuclear fission was discovered in 1837, rather than 1938. Also, in this reality, the discovery was made by England and not Germany. After making this discovery, England quickly tried to find ways to use this discovery for making weapons. In 1838, they accidentally sent off an explosion equal to that of an atomic bomb in a lab in Gloucester. The city was quickly leveled including that of the countryside and the city remained untouched. Before the explosion, the scientists transmitted as much of their research as possible and warned that they were going to start unstable testing. They listed the materials and chemicals they would use and England then had all they need to make atomic bombs. By 1840, England had 20 atomic bombs. The same year, England launched 15 of their atomic bombs at North America in hopes of destroying the colonies set up there. Three months after the bombs went off they sent a small fleet to scout the damage. When they reported back in 1841, they had told the government that they had wiped out all of the U.S. (what would be the U.S.), half of Mexico, and a little bit of Canada. In 1845, England replenished their supply of atomic bombs to 15 and then threatened China, after deciding that they were a threat. After China refused to step down, England set off three atomic bombs in China, destroying two cities and damaging many others. In early 1846, the English government told the public the tragic demise of the U.S. and certain Chinese cities. Although, they did not tell them the truth. The English government told them that a large meteor had struck North America and smaller ones had struck China. Most of the public believed, but others did not. Those who did not conspired against the government. They caused riots, bombed buildings, and committed violent crimes. After a while, the English government had them all tracked down and either killed, arrested, or suppressed as a threat. In mid 1846, the main character (who shall remain unnamed) found out the secrets that the government was keeping from the public. He kept them to himself, afraid that his family would be harmed or another misfortune would come to him should he do otherwise. A month after his discovery, England had taken over all of Europe including some of Asia and the English king crowned himself emperor of the English empire. Two days after the emperor and empress were put on their thrones, the main characters wife, mother, father, and both of his brothers were killed by a “accidental” gas leak. The beginning of the story is two months after the death of his family (excluding his daughters and son). Now that everything is explained, I hope you will better understand and enjoy the story!

Brutus: Introduction

Hey everyone, I will be posting another story to the blog, this story will be posted as it is completed (as in as I complete the chapter I will post it) and will have nothing to do with Forsaken or Free Italia. After posting this I will make another post explaining the back story of Brutus, because I did not put it in the story this time. Now, enjoy the story!

Introduction

I woke suddenly to the sound of horses outside. I quickly got out of bed and reached under my bed for my sword. I grabbed it and ran downstairs, being careful to not wake anyone else up, in order to make sure they are not frightened. When I got to the window I pulled away the curtain and tried to make out where the horses were through all of the raindrops on the window. I then knew who the horses belonged to, a group of British Cavalry. I quickly opened the door and walked to meet the group of five men. When they saw me with sword in hand the raised their rifles at me.

“I believe you know why we are here sir.” The captain said to me.

“Why of course, you are here to assassinate me on part of the empress and emperor. It is upsetting though that they should charge soldiers with the job of assassin.” I said to them.

They seemed offended by what I had said, like it was not the truth.

“Sir, we do not come to kill you, we come to arrest you.” The captain said again.

“Of course, to arrest me and then to kill me right after, is that not assassination?” I asked them.

The captain opened his mouth to speak but I interrupted him.

“You have already taken my wife, family, fortune, and freedom away from me, why not take my life next? To make sure the secret dies with me? I beg of you to let me say goodbye to my children first, before I join the rest of my family in the afterlife.” I said to them.

“That is fine.” He said, not seeming to be able to think of anything else to say.

I walked back into my house and ran up to the kids’ room and woke them all up.

“What is it father?” My oldest daughter, Anne, asked.

“They have found me, you know what that means Anne, you know what you must do.” I told her.

“What is it?” My other daughter, Mary, asked me.

“No time to explain, your sister is in charge now, I’m going to trust all of you to listen to her.” I said.

“Where will you go father?” My son, David, asked.

“I do not know, but do not worry about me, take care of yourselves.” I said.

I then embraced them all and gave them all a kiss on the head.

“I love you all.” I said with tears in my eyes.

I then left the room and walked back outside to meet my assassins once again.

“Well, I am ready.” I said to them, dropping my sword in the mud.

The captain hesitated, but then raised his rifle and pointed it at me. The others did the same and after a few seconds of waiting, a cloud of smoke covered where they used to be, I felt the impact as the balls from the rifle hit me. I fell to the ground and lie there, bleeding, dying, leaving this world, to go to another.

I heard the fire of rifles and knew what they had done to father. Tears rolled down my eyes as I gathered Mary and David to get them packed to leave. I will avenge father, I will kill all who were involved in his death. I will avenge him.

 

*Story* – Chapter Eight

I am tired from the journey if that’s what you would call it.  It’s been three days since Sadie came home.  We’ve moved to a new house.

The house is three streets behind the church where Papa was buried.  I am farther away from work now, which means I have to get up earlier to arrive at the factory on time.

On this sunny, but a bit cloudy, morning, I sit at the table from our old house.  It’s not in the corner anymore.  We have enough space for it to be in the middle of our dining room.  Yes, we have more than one room now.  Multiple rooms, at that.  Mother has her own room, Sadie has her own room, and I have my own room.  There is one bathroom in the middle of a hallway that leads to all of these rooms.

I smell eggs.  For the first time in forever, we get eggs.  It’s been years since we’ve had any.

Mother comes out of the kitchen door, carrying a plate of scrambled eggs, three plates, and three forks.  Sadie follows behind her.

“I love Mother’s homemade eggs.  They are wonderful,” Sadie says.

“Oh, Sadie.  Really . . . it’s not polite to boast,” Mother replies.

“Don’t be modest, Mother.”

I listen to their conversation and, once again, I’m not a part of it.  They seem to ignore me throughout breakfast.  I eat my eggs hastily and push in my chair, heading to work.

“Oh,” Mother says, just when I turn the knob of the front door, “Molly.  You don’t need to go today.  It’s Saturday.”

“But I’ll get extra if I go.”

“Molly, please stay and have a day with your sister and I.”

If I do stay, it’ll more like talking to a wall for me.

“Mother, I have . . . plans to meet with Hattie and Mattie today,” I lie.  ”Plus, I need some . . . fresh air.”

“Very well then.  Goodbye Molly.”

I turn the knob and step out, walking to work.  It takes me longer, as I already knew, to get to work, and I am a bit late.  Hattie and Mattie are already inside.

I plop into my workstation and look over at Hattie.  I whisper hello, but she completely ignores me.  What did I do?

“Hattie,” I whisper to her.  ”Hattie, are you alright?”

She doesn’t answer me again.  ”Hattie?” I ask.  ”Hattie, can you hear me?”

Hattie turns to me in her chair, stopping the sewing machine’s steady rhythm.  Her eyes look like they are on fire.

“Of course I can hear you!” she bursts, yelling.  All eyes swivel to ours.  ”Can’t you see that I’m trying to work?”

“Y-y-yes,” I stutter, whispering.  ”Yes.”

“Then let me work!”

If anyone heard Hattie yell, she would be in for it.  Whoever did hear it, if anyone did at all, would have a look of punishment on their face.

A look of punishment is on Mister Spatzelen’s face, as he grabs Hattie’s shirt collar; dragging her to the factory’s main doors.

Without one word being said, Hattie has just been fired.

Hostages: The Pizza Files

Challenge_Accepted Challenge completed, nuff said

Chapter 1

“Guys this pizza is really good.” I said while taking a bite out of a piece of pizza.

“Yeah, I agree.” James said, nodding.

Chapter 2

“Should we stop eating soon?” Micheal asked.

“No, we have another 12 boxes to finish.” I told him.

Chapter 3

“Guys, I think I hear the cops.” James said, taking a bit of pizza.

“We’ll invite them to join our pizza party then, we have another 10 boxes to finish off.” Micheal told him.

“Yeah, why did we order so much pizza?” I asked.

The others all shrugged and we continued to eat.

Chapter 4

“This is pretty good, thanks guys.” One of the cops said.

“Our pleasure.” I said, grabbing another slice.

Chapter 5

“Just one box left guys.” James said, opening it.

“I’m stuffed.” I said, patting my stomach.

“We must keep eating, to please the pizza gods.” Micheal said, grabbing a slice.

To be continued…………….