Interview With a 1700’s Slave

Me: Do you live in the North or South?

Slave: I live in the South, but it is harder here.

Me: What is it like, living on a Southern plantation?

Slave: Well, we work a lot. We get up with the sun and work ’til the moon. And we rarely get an opportunity to earn money.

Me: Do you keep African culture? If so, how?

Slave: Yes, we do. We make African instruments, but our owners disapprove. They think that we are sending messages to each other!

Me: Has your family been separated?

Slave: Yes. Fortunately, I have my sister on this plantation with me. Others aren’t so lucky.

Me: What is your profession?

Slave: I am a tailor. I mend my owner’s clothes and I makes clothes that my owner sells.

A Review of “Lunch Money”

I read Lunch Money by Andrew Clements. It features Greg Kenton, a 6th grader whose main goal in life is to become rich. Greg has been very successful with making money in the past: when he deposited his first amount of money, it as about $3,000! But every time Greg tries to make money, this copycat girl named Maura Shaw always does the same thing as him!

Then, one day, Greg realizes that school is the best place for him to make his fortune! He starts to sell toys, and it first he is successful. But then he gets in trouble with selling toys and has to stop. Next, Greg thinks some more- He realizes that he could sell comic books. Teachers were always pushing you to read, so Greg started selling Chunky Comics. Then, a series called “Eentsy Bentsy Books” come out. Greg has a good idea of who is selling them…

I would recommend this book to people who like Andrew Clements and realistic fiction.

Benjamin Franklin the…

Benjamin Franklin was born at Boston in 1706. One of the things that he was is a water baby. He LOVED to swim. In fact, when he created a school, one of the subjects he insisted on was swimming lessons! He also became a printer apprentice to his brother. James, his brother, was much crueler to him than he was to other apprentices, which led him to run away to Philadelphia. He made Philadelphia the safest city in the world, at the time. He installed a volunteer fire department, a better police station, and a fort to protect against pirates!

Ben Franklin would’ve not been surprised at today’s technology. He always said that this country would grow up to be a good one. He invented many things himself. That’s another thing he was : an inventor. Anyway, I think he would most like airplanes because when he visited France as an ambassador, he saw air balloons. Although many people didn’t like the idea of air transportation, he approved of it very greatly. In fact, he said that aircraft could be used to transport troops and that people could be launched behind enemy lines, from aircraft. This turned out to be true, as of today’s paratroopers.

In total, Ben Franklin was a Water Baby, Schoolboy, Apprentice, Runaway, Printer, Good Citizen, Ambassador, Friend, Merchant, Postmaster, Editor,American, and so many other things!

To find out more about Franklin click here or here.

We had to write this post for a Social Studies I.R. (Independent Research). We were learning about the pre- American Revolution era and in my group, we had to write a biography of Benjamin Franklin. In our biography, we had to write an accurate account of his life, with two other points: Would he be surprised by today’s technology and what invention would he be most amazed at?

JEA Speaker

        Last Wednesday, February 8, was Tu’B’shvat. That is the new year for trees in Jewish religion. We prayed, had snack in the courtyard, and then went to the Social Hall. We met a woman who was a person who does programs for JEA. She was here to talk about electricity. She showed us this hand crank that, if you spinned it enough, then it would power a light bulb. Barbie tried the crank on a 60-watt bulb, Noah on a 20-watt bulb, and Shoshana on a 10-watt. Justin did all of them at once and, to my surprise, all the bulbs came in at one time! The lady also did two different activities. For the next one, she had all of us hold hands while two students held circuits. When she turned the wheel, we all felt a little electric charge in our hands! Next, she had one of those balls where if you put your hand on it, your hair stood up. I had some fun looking at how people’s hair stood up!

Morah Liat brought in the JEA speaker for a reason. I beileve that she asked the person to come today because she was talking about renewable and non-renewable resources. And that has to do with conservation, which we talk about in Tu’Bshvat.

George Carver the Gardener

George Washington Carver was born in what we believe the year 1864, in Missouri. He was a sick kid, so he couldn’t to the heavy work on a farm. Instead, he took charge of the plants. He studied- what else?- plants and chemistry in college. He became a teacher at Tuskegee Institute, and  then he discovered something that would change farming forever.

Southern farmers had been planting only cotton for over 200 years! This took all the richness out of the soil, meaning that the cotton became worse. Carver said said that if you plant different plants every year, then the plants would return the nutrients to he dirt.  But then it was so successful, so farmers were ending up with LOTS of peanuts. This inspired George Carver to find out hundreds of ways to use the peanut for. There is a story that one time Carver served important guests soup and other edibles. Imagine their surprise when they found out everything was made out of peanuts!

I think that our teacher, Mrs. Zavon, made us research George Washington Carver because he found ways to preserve the soil. He also found a way to make the average peanut  into soup, soaps, shampoo, shaving cream, even ink! This is a connection with our science chapter because we are reading ways to preserve the environment and how humans harm it.

If you want to know more about George Carver, you should visit http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/biographies_science/carver/

We had to do this post as homework. It was a Science I.R. (Independent Research) in my group. In Science we were learning about preserving the soil and as I said in my post, Mrs. Zavon made us write it because he found ways to preserve the soil. I think that I did good on my post. One reason is because I left a link so my visitors could find out more if they want to.

 

Critiquing a Classmate’s Post

I am going to constructively criticize one of my classmate’s post. The post is called Physical and Chemical Changes. This is the post :

There is a difference between a physical and chemical change. A physical change is a change that does not result in a new substance like a broken vase. A chemical change is a change that results in one or more new substances like burning wood.


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http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=burning+wood&l=cc&ct=0&mt=all&adv=1

I think this post is good because it is an accurate description of Physical and Chemical Changes. However, it is a little too short to be a real summary or paragraph. It is also good that the author used an image along with image credits. I found no spelling mistakes and no grammar mistakes, but one punctuation mistake : The author should’ve put a comma after the word “substance”, both times. The author seems to be an expert at science, and I would show this post to people who need to know about Physical and Chemical Changes, and who also don’t want to read a long essay.

My Best Post of the Year

I am here to critque one of my posts, The Jew who did his Share- Einstein. I have chosen it becuase I think it is an accurate biography of the life of Albert Einstein. I believe it was my best post because it has correct grammar and spelling, and it uses a picture.I worked a LONG time on it and am very proud of it. I think I could improve my posts in the future by reading it out loud before publishing it. A goal I want to achieve is getting 100 posts before the summer. Here is The Jew who did his Share :

Albert Einstein the Jew.

You probally heard of Albert Einstein. He was the smartest man in the world, discovered E=Mc2………and a Jew!

Albert was born on March 14, 1879 in Wurrtenberg, Germany. When Little Albert was 6 weeks old, his family moved to Muinch.  He started a Catholic school (they weren’t observant Jews) at age 5. When he was 8, he transferred to the Luitpold Gymnasium. He showed an intrest in mathmetics as a kid.  When his family moved to Italy, Albert had to stay behind to finish school.

In 1902,Einstein and his future wife had a kid, who they gave to an orphanage. He married Mileva Maric in January 1903. Their two sons, Hans and Eduard, were born 6 years apart. They divorced in Febuary 1919. In June 1919, Einstein married Elsa Lowenthal, who died in 1936.

He was awarded a PhD from the Universty of Zurich on April 1905. Einstein was recognized as a leading scientist in 1908. He was also promoted lecturer at the University of Bern. He  quit the job the same year to go to the University of Zurich. In 1919, a man confirmed facts that Einstein discovered, which made him famous. He got a Nobel Prize in 1922, and Einstein was awarded the Copley Medal in 1925.

He eimgrated to the U.S. as soon as Hitler came to power. When WWII started, Albert Einstein warned President Roosevelt that Germany might be making atomic bombs. Roosevelt put him in charge of the Manhattan Project, the one that created the atomic bomb.

Einstein took a job at the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, which he held until his death. In May 1933, the Nazis burned his books and works. He discovered he had a reward of death for $5,000 dollars, nowadays worth $90,000.   When other scientists from Germany fled to America, he wrote “I have never felt so Jewish.” Einstein, with other immgrated scientists, warned the U.S. that Germany might  build the atomic bomb, but the first time his warnings were ignored.

He became a American citizen in 1940. In 1952, David-Ben Gurion asked Einstein if he would like to become the Prime Minister of Israel. Albert refused, saying that he “lacked the apitude and experience to deal properly with people and to exercise offical functions.”

On  April 17th, 1955, an internal organ inside Albert Einstein’s body exploded. He didn’t want to have surgery, saying that “  It is tasteless to prolong life artificially.” He also said that “I have done my share.” He was working on scientific papers the next morning when he died at 1 AM. He was cremated the same day, but scientists kept his brain in hopes of discovering what made him so smart.

One of the greatest  people in the world was from a religon that was hurt the most. Just goes to show that it matters by how the personality is, not what color or what language they speak. What matters is how they act.

 

How Organisms Compete and Survive in an Ecosystem

         Organisms in one ecosystem are called populations. Populations living with other populations are called a community. Another part of ecosystems is the physical environment, which could be the sun, air, water, weather, and dirt. Populations interact with the dirt and sun and water. But to live, each population needs a specific amount of this stuff. The need to get these things leads to competition. To compete in habitats, animals have adaptations.

          Sometimes different populations relate with each other, which is called symbiosis. One kind of symbiosis is called mutualism, where both organisms are helped. Another kind is called commensalism, where one organism benefits and the other isn’t hurt. The last symbiosis is called parasitism, where an organism thrives whiles the other is affected. To survive, prey have to killed by predators (meaning that animals have to be killed). As it is easy to know that predators need prey, it is harder to see that prey need predators. But they do, because if predators would be taken out of the food chain, then the prey would get bigger, and then starve because all the food would be eaten.

    A human population is like a neighborhood or town. But a animal population is a group of animals living in a habitat. A animal community is lots of groups of animals living in, say, a savannah. A human community is a county or state. Also, human competition is when humans and animals fight over land and trees. Animal competition is over water or food.

Endangered Species- Sea Turtles

In my art class we were drawing pictures of sea turtles. We were also learning how they are endangered. Sea turtles have been around for almost as long as the dinosaurs! The smallest sea turtles are called Kemp’s Ridley, and they’re only 30 inches long. The biggest sea turtles are Leatherbacks.They can be 6 1/2 feet long! The sea turtle number is decreasing because of global warming. When it is hotter, more girl sea turtles are born. Since global warning makes the temperature warmer, less boys are being born. One way how we can help is volunteering. This is my picture of a sea turtle. Remember to help the sea turtles!

My picture of the sea turtle

Click here to find out more about sea turtles.

Kennedy Space Center and Lion Country Safari Trip

          This summer, I went to Kennedy Space Center and Lion Country Safari with my grandparents. First I went to Lion Country Safari. Lion Country is a drive-in zoo when YOU are the ones caged in. The animals aren’t in cages, except for the lions. LCS is in West Palm Beach. Next, we got a hotel in Titusville.

        The next day, my grandfather and I went to Kennedy Space Center. My grandmother decided to stay in bed instead of going to KSC. I wanted to go to see alot of things. I wore my grandfather out! When we got back to the hotel, I played on the computer before going to a buffet for dinner. After dinner, we watched some TV and I played on the computer some more before going to bed.

I enjoyed going alot, and I thank my grandparents for taking me!