My Language Arts Newspaper

For this month’s Chai Reading, we had to pick a western/pioneer book. My book was called Save Queen of Sheba. It was written by Louise Moeri. It is about 2 siblings, King David and Queen of Sheba, who must travel across the frontier to find their parents.  Then, we had to create a newspaper relating to the time. I hope you like the Oregon Gazette!

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Blog Updates

Hey WWW! I would just like to give you a heads-up on what I fixed on my blog. As you can probably see, I changed the theme of my blog to “Adventure Journal” and my blog has a new name called…JAKE’S ONLINE ADVENTURES! I named it after the new theme. Comment to tell me if you like it. I also changed some commenting settings, media settings, and some general stuff. I’d also like to announce here that I joined the SBC (Student Blogging Challenge) that starts on March 3. I also signed up as a mentor this year. I’m able too because I participated twice before. The challenge is 10 weeks long, with 1 challenge per week. We have several options to do to complete the challenge. So stay tuned for SBC posts!

Check Out This Cool Post!

Hey guys! I have a post I’d like for all of you to read about. My friend Sam wrote it and posted it on his blog. He wrote a great story that is a series-to-be. He already wrote the first story, but he told me he wouldn’t post the second one until more people have commented on it. So, please read, comment, and enjoy! Click here to go to the post.

Turkey Hearts!

In today’s Science class, I got to do something really cool- I got to touch, squeeze, and play with a turkey heart! Mrs. Burkhart got us them because the chapter we are now doing is about circulation of blood, and that’s the heart’s main job. Everybody touched it, even Cayla, who is very squeamish about that stuff! My hands smelled like turkey after the experience, but I did wash my hands.  So don’t worry.

Mesopotamian Script

I ,with my group (Sarah C., Sydney, and Talya), made a Mesopotamian city called Ummania. We  had to write a script and present it to our class. Here is our script:


Sarah: Hello my name is Sarah.
Talya: Hello my name is Talya.
Jake: Hello my name is Jake.
Sydney: And,  hello my name is Sydney .

Sarah: We are going to take you on a tour on our perspective of what Ummania looked like. Ummania is our creation of a Sumerian city-state in ancient Mesopotamia. Ummania was near present day Baghdad, on the Euphrates River.

Sydney: As we are walking down you can see all of the houses. First you will probably see the lower class houses, since the poor live at the edge of the wall. The people who live in lower class houses are farmers and/or fishermen. The poorest people’s houses have one story and no courtyard.

Talya: Next you will see the middle class houses where the government officials and artisans live. You will see that they are painted brown. That represents their being made out of sun-dried bricks, because there were very few trees and stones. Almost everything was made out of this brick. The middle class houses also are one story, but they have courtyards, though they were  less beautiful than the first class courtyards.

Jake: Finally you should see the first class people’s homes! They are the only class homes that have two stories, and they also have the biggest, best courtyards. The first class that live in in these homes are the wealthiest like the merchants, but with the exception of the priest that lives in the ziggurat. Hey, let’s go there now!

Sarah: The ziggurat is where the priest lives and only he can go in there. The ziggurat is found in the middle of the city and is a temple so the priest can go and pray to the idol of that city. Around the ziggurat you will see shops and  a festival area that we will talk about while walking through the city.

Sydney:  There are dozens of shops surrounding the ziggurat, including a shoe and clothing shop. We also have an “Idol-Mart.” That is where you can go buy anything that has to do with idols, such as the home-style mini idols. That is their signature item. We have a select offer–1 idol for only 1,000 Sumerian dollars!

Talya: There is also a festival section where the city residents usually have their parties and get togethers. Also, while we are walking, you will see a man hanging. The leaders hanged the man because he wasn’t respecting the rules of our city; he is a criminal. The sign near him reads, “ This man did not follow Hammurabi’s Law!”

Sarah: As we are leaving the festival area, you will see the river. This represents part of the Euphrates. In the river, you will see three boats. One boat came back from fishing and trading and is unloading its goods at the dock; the other two are guarding the city and fishing. The river was also for swimming, and you will see the dock; the dock was for loading and unloading supplies and travelers, and for the fishermen.

Jake: I almost forgot! Close to the ziggurat and to the water you will see the well. The well’s purpose is to get water for drinking or bathing if it was not polluted.  The Sumerians had to drink beer (alcohol) because the water often wasn’t clean enough for them to drink. The water contained a LOT of bacteria; if they drink water from the river, then they might get sick because of all of it. We Sumerians aren’t advanced enough to make a purification system for our water yet.

Sydney: We are almost done with this tour. But, before we end it, you will see big walls surrounding the city. The walls are made out of sun-dried brick, because we had little to no trees and stone. In the middle of the wall there is a sparkly, gold-colored thing. That is the bronze gate through which visitors enter. Those walls are for two reasons.

Talya: The first reason is to keep the wild animals outside of the city-state. If we didn’t have the walls, we wouldn’t have anything to protect ourselves from the wild animals. Also, we need to protect ourselves from bandit gangs or invaders. The non-wild animals are domesticated in corrals, so when the time comes we can kill and eat them. You see the corral in the city, but sometimes the animals tend to get out. If we didn’t kill the animals, or if we didn’t tame the animals, we wouldn’t be getting enough protein from meat.

Jake: Also by the river, you will see two other things: the orchard and the fields. The orchard is symbolized by three trees and is an important part because it represents a good amount of our food supply. We are growing apples. The two fields are another important part because the Sumerians grew a lot of plants. The main crop of the Sumerians was barley, but we also grew a variety of plants including tomatoes and beans.

Sarah: To conclude this tour of ancient Mespotamia, we would love to show you our idol. The idol is on top of her throne, high in the clouds. We worship idols, so every single city-state has their own idol to worship. We have idols, because we believe they are our gods. Did you know the Sumerians had over 3,000 gods?  We pray to them every day to keep us safe and have all we need to survive.

Sydney: The last thing we would like to tell you about Mespotamia is that we had special handwriting called cuneiform. Cuneiform was used to keep track of trades. Cuneiform is just many triangles and marks like this ( Student holds a piece of paper with cuneiform  on it.) You can see the school in the ziggurat and a student. The student is practicing to be a scribe and is writing cuneiform on a clay tablet.

Sarah: Now we are finished with the tour of our city. We are now going to take you back to the ziggurat so you can go home. Thank you for coming on this tour with us.

ALL: Thank you for taking this tour.  We hope you all loved our project; please come again!


A Mesopotamian ziggurat.

A Mesopotamian     ziggurat.


A glimpse of the Euphrates River.

A glimpse of the Euphrates River.

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Journal 23- “Bully”

Two Fridays ago, I went to Bolles to see a play called Bully. It was written, directed, and acted by Lee Kaplan. He grew up in Jacksonville, and Morah Eta taught him! But then he went to another school where, in 6th Grade, he was bullied. He wrote this play from a journal that he found when he was in 6th Grade, and knew he had to tell. Basically what happened is that he told us about  4 of his bullies- The Worm, The Snake, The Coach, and one other I forgot. The Worm put worms on him; the Snake spit on him; the Coach didn’t believe him when he told on the Snake. He would always put himself in a boxing ring, fighting the bullies physically and mentally. His message was: Don’t be scared to tell about a bully.

Journal 22- Hamentaschen at the Coves

Last Friday, we went on our monthly trip to the Coves. We baked hamentaschen for them and played board games. A hamentaschen is a Jewish delicacy that we eat on Purim. They are triangular shaped and filled with jelly, jam, or chocolate chips. You were originally supposed to fill them with seeds. They are triangular because that was the shape of Haman’s hat. (Haman was the guy who wanted to kill all the Jews in the Purim story.)

You make them by pinching the corners of the dough and putting the filling (jelly, jam, or chocolate) in the middle. Then you bake them. If you would like a more detailed procedure of making hamentaschen, please click here. What we did was the mitzvah of honoring the elderly. We helped them celebrate Purim a week early and have a nice treat.

Hamentaschen with jelly.

Hamentaschen with jelly.

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Journal 21- Plants for Malevi Washington Foundation

Last Friday, for our mitzvah trip, we planted some plants for Malevi Washington Foundation. We planted 3 types of plants. We went to Trad’s Garden Center and bought them. Then, we went to Malevi and planted them. We were required to bring shovels so we could plant them. It was pretty hard to get into the ground, but I felt good about helping Malevi by planting them. I think it has to do with Tu B’Shvat because we are planting, and that’s the main point of Tu B’Shvat. Also, we are helping others, and that always is a main goal of Jewish holidays.




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Super Bowl!

Today, as you all know, is SUPER BOWL SUNDAY! I can’t wait to watch the San Francisco 49ers beat the Baltimore Ravens. You can see that I’m rooting for the 49ers. I can’t wait! I’m going to my grandparents house to watch it and I might have a friend come over, too. After the game, I will post the big highlights of the game and, of course, who won. Stay tuned until tomorrow!

My Math Showme

Hey WWW! I’m back with another Math post, this time with a Showme. A Showme is an app on the IPad that you can get. It’s cheap and very useful. It is a video maker that you can make lessons on, show something or do whatever you want! You draw a picture, click record, and record your voice. Then you erase the whiteboard and do it again. It is another tool that I love except this one is a bit harder to use and you can only buy it on the IPad. If you would like to see my Math Showme, please go to the link below:

Thanks, and I hope you enjoy this also!