Journal 9- WANTED


Endangered Species #87541

Dead or Alive

                                                         Komodo Dragon

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Genus: Varanus

Species: Varanus Komodoensis

Estimated Population: 4,000-5,000

Native Country: Indonesia

Biography: The Komodo Dragon is the largest species of lizard,                                        growing up to three meters and weighing seventy kilograms. The                                     dragon was first discovered by Western explorers in 1910, and since                                    then, the Komodo Dragon population has steadily decreased.                                      Reasons include- Volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, fires, tourism,                                                 poaching, loss of prey, and loss of habitat.



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SBC 4- Part 1, Challenge 2

For this week’s challenge (sorry about being late about it), we had three parts. I chose the first part, which was- Part 1 is about your digital footprint where you need to visit Mr Bogush’s class blog to find out the activities to try. Remember to leave a comment on his post about the activity you completed and why you chose that activity. Then come back to this post on the student blogging challenge and leave a comment mentioning you have completed a week 4 activity so I can visit your blog to leave a comment. 

From there, I did activity two, which was- “Google” yourself.  Do an online search for you!  Use search operators to help you refine your search.  Look through web pages and images.  Write a post about your results.  What do you find? What showed up that surprised you?  Did the results reveal a positive or negative footprint?

When I searched “Jake G****”, the only item I found was a people-finder website showing my first house in Jacksonville. I didn’t find any pictures, either.

When I searched “Shmuel G****”, however, two of my profile pictures, from my old account and a new account on a website, came up on the first line! Almost the WHOLE first page was dedicated to my answers on this website! Isn’t Google amazing, yet horrifying?


Journal 7- 25 Hours of Hunger

Yom Kippur has come and gone. This year, it was on a Shabbos, making it even holier (and maybe making me more hungry). This was my first year fasting, and I found it harder than the other 25-hour fast of the year (Tisha B’Av), because we have to pray for 7+ hours on Yom Kippur. I think that it is necessary to fast. It gives it a different perspective from the other holidays. Fasting makes the day holier, in a way.

I think the fast has become an important part of Yom Kippur because everybody does it. You have to fast on Yom Kippur. There are thousands of Jews who go to synagogue three times a year- twice for Rosh Hashanah and once for Yom Kippur. It has become a rule of thumb to do so. The fast brings the true spirit of Judaism on this one day. The fast is supposed to help us concentrate on our prayers and yearning for God, and in my opinion, it truly does.


3 Math Websites- Review

I will be reviewing three math websites on how good they teach and help you learn. I chose Khan Academy, Math Playground, and Aplus Math.

1. Khan Academy– Pros: You can make an account and save your progress, and there’s a lot of subjects, from kindergarten to Calculus. It also has resources for parents, teachers, and students. Cons: It can be confusing at times, and they have all other subjects, like science and social studies.

2. Math Playground– Pros: It’s all full of games, which are an entertaining and useful. Cons: However, games can also take away from the learning. The highest math classes it goes to is Pre-Algebra. This website can only be used for kids.

3. Aplus Math– Pros: This, in my opinion, is the best of the three. It has worksheets, lessons, flashcards, games, and homework help. It has resources for parents, teachers, and kids. Cons: They only go up to Geometry, and they’re broad subjects.




Journal 5- Shanah Tovah!

It is the Jewish New Year! A happy Rosh Hashanah and 5775 to any Jews reading this. Yom Kippur is this Saturday. The ten days from the first day of Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur are known as the Asara Yemini Teshuva, or Ten Days of Repentance. We are currently in the fifth day of that period.

What does repent mean? It means to sincerely pray to God, asking for whatever you wish, or maybe doing good deeds to repay for your sins. You could also repent to another person.

I need to repent for much. I have sinned in my religious beliefs. I have been disrespectful to my peers and elders. I have gotten in trouble in school. I am working on fixing these bad habits, and that shall continue throughout the year. I need to ask my friends for forgiveness, in case I accidentally offended them. I need to ask my teachers for forgiveness (If you’re reading this, teachers, I’m sorry). I need to ask my family, and, most of all, I need to ask God.

Journal 5- The 8th Grade Legacy

This year, I, along with my classmates, graduate from the Martin J. Gottlieb Day School. For this year, we are the head of the schools. Our class is the top grade and the oldest in the middle school. (Except for me, as I skipped a grade). We need to show something that makes us different, what makes our class leaders. I think it should be the class that is acceptable of all grades and age. We can’t say, “Oh, they’re too little. We can’t hang out with them!” I believe we can do this by just attempting to talk to them. If we reach out to them, we will realize that they’re not so bad. We don’t have to be best friends, just try to do a little bit.

Math Blog Post 3

Here’s two more stories with holes that I figured out:

A man goes home, turns out the light, and goes to bed. He wakes
up the next morning, reads the newspaper, and kills himself

The man came home from work. He manages stocks. In the morning, he read in the newspaper that all of his stocks have dropped completely.

A man travels to twenty countries and stays in each country for a
month. During this time he never sees the light of day.

He is a prisoner who is being transported by night under trial in twenty countries. 



SBC- Challenge 1, Activities 1,7,9

It’s Student Blogging Challenge Time! The first week once more, and the thirteenth challenge. Since it’s the thirteenth challenge, every week there will be a challenge about the number 13. Anyway, off the to the activities!

Activity 1- comparison

Write a post comparing the different about me pages. Which one did you like the most and why?

I liked Felix‘s page the best because it was funny, very detailed, and gave everything about his life. He told his background, where he lives, what he likes to do, his friends, etc. It was a really good page.

Activity 7 – Write a post describing your avatar.

How much does it look like you? What sort of personality does your avatar have? What makes it typically you? Remember to include your avatar as an image in your post.


The above picture is my avatar. It represents me because it shows my brown hair and glasses. It also shows my favorite color (ALL OF THEM!) I made this in fifth grade, and even today it still represents me.

Activity 9 – 13th challenge

The answer is 13. What could the question be?

Don’t just use maths – how else could you get an answer of 13.

The question could be: How old are you when you become a bar mitzvah in Judaism?


My Bar Mitzvah Project

Well, my bar mitzvah is coming up quite soon. January 10, in fact. I want to help other kids enjoy their bar mitzvahs also. For my bar mitzvah project, I teamed up with Yad Eliezer, a Jewish charity organization, to give other kids their bar mitzvahs. For $1000, the group gives kids a pair of Tefillin, a Tallis, a Siddur, a new suit and a celebration meal for his family. Click here for my page.

I am hoping to sponsor two children, but if I must I will give to one.