SBC 7- My Day at School

For this week’s challenge, we have to talk about out school. Here’s the full list that was given:

  • Create polls about how people get to school or work, or favourite school subject or …..
  • What is your weekly timetable like, compare with other students – time you start and finish school, number of lessons each day, breaks during the day, days in year you go to school
  • Choices of subjects at school – remember to explain abbreviations you might use eg LOTE , ELA
  • Your dream of what you will be doing once you leave school
  • If you were principal for a week, what would you do? If you were a teacher for a week, what would you do?
  • Research the history of your school and create an about my school page
  • Research a famous person who attended your school
  • Technology in your school
  • What do you do at break times?
  • School bell has gone – what do you do now?
  • Food you eat at school – what is in your lunchbox or your school meal – good activity for taking photos
  • If you could improve your school, what would you do?
  • Your ideal school – maybe include a map of what it would look like
  • How has schooling changed over the last 100 years? Maybe interview parents, grandparents and ask questions about schooling – use soundcloud or audioboom then embed in blog
  • The view outside your classroom window – maybe explain plants that might be seen, the weather, seasons etc
  • Hold a debate about uniforms or school starting times or subjects or …..
  • Anything else that relates to schooling around the world

I will be telling what my day is like at school and answering a few of these questions. Read on!

P.S. I didn’t do the challenge last week because my blog, for some reason, won’t allow me to put on new widgets and the like.

6:30-7:00 (Eastern US Time) Wake up for school.

7:00-7:30 Get dressed, prepare schoolwork, etc.

Sometimes go to Chabad for morning services; if not, eat breakfast and go to school at 8:15. 

Praying in school– 8:15-9:00

First class- Mitzvot 9:00-9:38

Hebrew (Rosetta Stone)- 9:40-10:18

Tanach (Bible Studies)- 10:20-10:55

Hafsaka (Break)- 10:55-11:05

Language Arts (some of Eighth grade has Pre-Algebra now)- 11:05-11:50

Social Studies- 11:50-12:40

Science- 12:45-1:30

Lunch- 1:30-2:00

Geometry- (some of Eighth Grade have LA now, others have Algebra) 2:05-2:45

Physical Education- 2:55-3:40

School ends at 3:45

*On Tuesday, we don’t have a break and lunch is shorter so that way we can have a 25-minute Study Hall after lunch, so everything is moved up. Then we have Rotation instead of PE. Mine is Rock Band.*

After school, I will go to various Jewish classes, Boy Scouts, and basketball.


1. 53 years old, started off as a Solomon Schecter Day School.

2. Named after Martin J. Gottlieb in the early 2000’s, after Martin died of cancer.

3. Currently serves K-8, in the Galinsky Academy umbrella which includes DuBow Preschool, Makom Hebrew High, and Selevan Religious School.

4. Has about 120 students this year.

5. An Apple-based school, has 40 school laptops and 20 school IPads, with almost every classroom having a Smartboard.

To improve my school, I would have it start at 9:00 and end at 5:00, like the regular American work hours. I would have a study hall every day for 25 minutes and take away the break and 10 minutes from lunch, and 2 minutes from walking in between each class.  I would include PE on Mondays and Wednesdays, and rotation on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Friday I would keep it the same with the mitzvah trip and only secular studies.  Lastly, I would require everybody to get hot lunch.



SBC- C5, A3, 4, 5, 6

Sorry this is late. Been real busy with school, you know, the end of the first quater and all. 

Activity 3-  Find an image or piece of music. Add it to your post (with attribution) and write a poem relating to the image or music. Invite your readers to write their own poems.

Elephants at the Mae Taeng Elephant Park nr Chiang Mai

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Oh, great elephant.

What are you painting?

What thoughts are going through your 12-pound mind?

Why are you painting?

Oh elephant, noble elephant,

Enjoy your paint.


Activity 4- Similar to activity 3. Find an interesting landscape image (include attribution).  Write the beginning of a story relating to your image. Remember to include a conflict of some sort between your characters. Invite your readers to finish the story. How many different endings can you get? Which ending do you prefer? You might need to visit some other bloggers and invite them to finish your story. Remember to leave the URL of your post for them to click on. Leave a comment on this post if you want me to visit and finish your story.

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“Hey, Dave!”

“What, Mo?”

“What happened to ol’ Henry?”

“I don’t know. He went out to track the penguins. Said he was going out a mile or so, saw something funny. Last heard him on the walk ten minutes ago.”

“Ah, I hope he’s fine. That crazy scientist. Command wanted him upstairs for a meeting, ’cause he’s the head animal researcher and all.”

“I see. What are you doin’ here, anyway? I thought you were out fishin’ for our dinner.”

“I was looking for Henry. Since I’m the captain of the ship, I’m also a part of the Command meeting. He’s my Unite.”

“I see. Well, I must be-”

Dr. David Gladman’s PRD (Personal Radio Device) buzzed. It was a meesage from the head doctor, Dr. Hans Glenschimenn. He was about to go into operation on a near-dying patient and cannot attend the meeting; Dr. Gladman was to go for him. His Unite was the head chef, Mr. Fillany.

“Got to go, Joe.”

“Why? Where are you going?”

“I’m taking Dr. Glenschimenn’s place in the meeting!” David yelled over his shoulder.


Dr. Gladman headed up the ramp and into the Command Center. He reached the security officer, Phillips. “ID?”

“Here, let me get it out.”

Phillips looked at it. “All clear, you may enter.”

“Thank you.”

He entered and saw the president elect, Major John Edwards II, sitting at a table with the other commanders of jobs- the head of security, the head of sanitation, the head of cooking, the head of climate change research, the head of cooking, and the head of shipping. Only one head was missing-  Henry Dashlad, Ph.D, head of animal research.

“Take a seat, David. We have a pressing matter to discuss. We have lost communication with the United States, and we believe that Henry was involved with it.”  *************************************************************************************************** Finish the story! Write down as much as you want to complete the ending. Let’s say what we can get!

Activity 5- Write a sentence using just images – no words. You still need to include attribution for each image you have used. 

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The sentence reads: “Battles are fought; people die.”



Activity 6- Find 5 images that create a story – again no words only the attribution for each image.

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SBC- C3, A 1,2,3,5,6,7,8

This week is already week three! Hard to believe, huh? For this week, I have to talk about my city and country. Read along!

Activity 1- If we were to visit the capital city of your country, what are three places you would recommend either of us see?

My capital city is Washington, D.C. It is a smaller city of about 650,000 people. It’s the 25th biggest city in the US. Most of the attractions are government buildings, like the Lincoln Memorial or the Capitol Building. However, these three I would recommended:

1. Washington Monument– It was once the tallest structure in the world, from 1884-1889. It is still the tallest obelisk and the tallest stone structure. 555 feet (169 meters) tall, it’s 897 steps to the top. Thankfully, they installed an elevator in 2001!

2. The Smithsonian Institution- This should be more like 29 items! There are nineteen museums in the whole institution, nine research centers, and a zoo. Founded on August 10, 1846, it now contains 137,000,000 artifacts in the world’s largest museum. The National Zoological Park is one of the USA’s oldest zoos, and it’s free!

3. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing– I’ve been to Washington four times before, but never to here! The place where money is made-literally. Free of charge again, but you may need a reservation at certain times of the year.


Activity 2- If we were to visit the capital city of your state or province, what are three places you would recommend?

The capital of my state (Florida) is Tallahassee. There’s not much to do in Tallahassee. Tallahassee has a population just under 200,000, and is the only city in Leon County. It’s the 125th largest city in the US. It is a recognized city for colleges and scientific research.

1. Florida State Capitol– The old capitol building for Florida, from 1845-1973. Was restored to its 1902 version in the 1980’s. Open year-round and free. I personally visited it, so I can give good reviews.

2. Florida A&M University– This college is America’s oldest African-American college. A sight to see if you’re a civil rights activist.

3. Museum of Florida History – A great museum detailing the timeline of Florida from sabertooth tigers to the new millennium.


Activity 3- All countries have their own currency. Research the history of your currency. What was the first type of currency? Which animals and people appear on your currency now and in the past? Write a post relating to currency, maybe include an image of some of yours. You might choose just one note or coin or write a general post, but remember to write in your own words. Here is a great post about wildlifeon currency. If we were to visit your country, how much would we get for $100 Australian? How much would a cup of coffee and sandwich cost us? How much would a block of chocolate cost?

I am a HUGE coin collector, so I know all about this. We started off as a British colony, so we used pounds, shillings, etc. When we first formed, we started off with bills that were frequently counterfeited and not valuable- Continental bills. We got a bank in Philadelphia in 1781, starting the first official money. The dollar was made in 1785. Money evolved until the first 10 dollar in 1861, same year that Greenbacks came out. There were two and three cent nickels for a short time. Then, the earliest I have in my collection is the Indian head pennies. My oldest is from 1875. The Buffalo nickels I know are for the first half of the 20th century. There were bunches of silver dollars, like the Barber, Morgan, and Liberty. We came out with Kennedy and Eisenhower half dollars, and president dollars, along with Sacajawea and Susan B. Anthonys. The faces of the dollars have been the same forever, although we used to have 500, 1000, and 100,000 dollar bills. Eagles and buffaloes are the only animals that I can think of that appear. 100 Australian dollars is $87.35 American. Coffee would be three dollars for a cup, a sandwich would be five, and a chocolate bar would be $1.50 (all American).


Activity 5- Where would you prefer to live – in a small town in the country or in a big city? Give pros and cons for both

I would prefer to live in a big city because there’s so much to do. You could go see a movie, go to a restaurant, visit a museum, stroll in a park, etc. In the countryside, there’s not much to do besides touristy stuff that’s set up.

Pros for big city: Lots to do, variety of choices, lots of people. Cons for big city: Air pollution, lots of people.

Pros for countryside: Peaceful, clean air, beautiful nature. Cons for countryside: Not civilized, could get lost in wilderness


Activity 6- If you could live anywhere in the world, universe or world of books, where would it be and why?

I would live on Earth, but it wouldn’t be in this time period. I would live in Israel, under King Solomon. I would see the First Temple and pray. I would try to rise to position to be with the king, and feel quite holy. It would be marvelous. If not that, I would go to the 1700’s in modern-day Ukraine and live with the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Chassidim.


Activity 7- Write a post asking 5 questions about a country for your overseas visitors to answer. eg Where is the best place to view wildlife in your country? Which National Park has the best scenery in your country? Where would you recommend not visiting in your country and why? Remember to ask them to leave the name of the country they are from as well as the URL of their own blog so you can visit them.

Questions for my viewers? Hmm…

1. What is the best food in your country?

2. What is the thing that makes you proud to live in your country?

3. Where is the best place to go to view nature?

4. Which city is the best city in your country, in your opinion? Why?

5. What do you not like about your country?


Activity 8- What makes an Australian/Russian/American etc feel proud of their country? What makes you an Australian/Russian/American etc? Do you have to be born in that country or taken out citizenship of that country? Think about you and your country. Write a post about your feelings about being a citizen of your country. What about dual citizenship? Should you be allowed to hold office (be a politician) if you don’t have citizenship in that country?

I think it is useful to be a citizen of the United States. We have freedom of every kind. We were founded on the basis of rights for all people. We have equal representation by state and population. US citizens receive benefits form the government, although not as great as other countries. Dual citizenship is a great thing. You receive the benefits and privileges of both countries. And no, only citizens should hold office. I don’t think illegal Mexican immigrants should be allowed to run for president.


13 ACTIVITY- Some people believe in superstitions and haunted places. Are there any ghost towns or haunted places in your country? Have you ever visited them? Would you stay overnight in them? Here is a slideshow of some ghost towns around the world.

There are many ghost towns in the US. During the Gold Rush of 1848, hundreds of thousands of people rushed West to search for gold. They set up little towns. San Francisco’s population doubled over and over. Some of these towns, they found gold and stayed. Other towns found no gold. When they didn’t find gold, the people left. Other times they left because there was no water or because they were too far away from the railroad. The buildings remained, so no in places like Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, and California, there are the group of shacks that are abandoned.


Scientific Summer

This summer, I took a long and exciting trip to the Florida Keys. We stayed in Key Largo, and also went to Islamorada and Marathon. We snorkeled in John Pennekamp State Park in Key Largo and off of Sombrero Beach in Marathon. I also bought tons of souvenirs. (As you could imagine, I had a really fun time). However, to get there, I had to take a six hour car ride down from Jacksonville. MC900189589 A map of Florida, with the Florida Keys above.  Image Credit: Microsoft Clipart

There is a lot of science involved in driving a car on trips. Well, first of all, we had to drive the car in a way that it didn’t crash or fail. We couldn’t drive too fast or the car would overheat and the engine would strain itself. Also, we had to calculate how far we could go before we had to refill. We also had to calculate the cost of gas, with gas currently about $3.60 a gallon. So, in conclusion, I had a very scientific summer!

SBC C4- A3, 4, 5, 7, 9

I can’t believe that every week, I’m always a week late! I’ll try to do this week’s challenges today or tomorrow.

Activity 3-



Dear Old Ship

Dear old ship,

Dear old sailing ship.

Where have you gone?

Where have you sang your song?

What battles did you fight?

Did you see monsters at night?

Did you go to the Carribean or South America?

I ask the ship many questions, but it does not reply.

It is too tired, too old.

It merely gives a sigh and sails along the endless waves of the Seven Seas.

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We live in a dark and gloomy place. We have very few resources to survive by, and spend almost all of our day fighting against death. We hunt, build, scavenge, sleep, eat, and repeat. We have no time for pleasure.

We have six in our group. I am the leader, but I cannot tell you my name. I have none. They simply call me “Leader” or “Chief”.  Swethya is the carpenter, fixing our buildings. Wentza is the lead hunter of our group, although, all of us hunt except for Gamet. He was injured very badly by a bear, so he scavenges and stays mostly around our camp. Xander is the warrior, the one who defends us in whatever battles we are in. And Ingot is the last one,  the one who just does a little bit of everything.

We have no signs of civilization except for a road, that stretches on endlessly. It is made of black metal, with no individual segments. IT is one long piece of metal. We have tried mining it, but everything we tried to mine it with breaks.

We have one other thing, a lamp that has shone forever. It is slowly dying out, however. We poke sticks in the heat to create our fires. We always have a fire going in case the lamp burns out. I hope also that the Great Star does not burn out. I always fears that it will not come up again when it disappears and the three moons come out. I always wonder which one it hides behind, or which two, or all of them.

I also see other stars and wonder which other stars have planets and if they have human colonies on them. I wonder if they succeded, like the one on Gliese 667 Cc, or failed, like ours on Anangar, or Kepler-62f. Not much can be known by six humans in the year 2858 without any other contact to the twenty three other planets colonized by humans. Not with a dead radio, and the possibility of other Senafs finding us and killing us, like they did to the rest of us.

We have many dangers. We live on one of uncommon places where we can actually survive on the planet, where it usually stays above 0 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, there are only two or three animals that we can hunt to eat, and only one plant. Not much grows or lives here.

The Senafs are the worst. They are the ones who were born here, the home world, like Earth to us. We colonized here for 74 years before they discovered us, apparently. The Senafs just attacked us, we did not provoke them or anything. They stole all three of our space ships, and they blew one up in the process. They bombed our station orbiting the planet and blockaded the main city, Kartia. Many tried to fight the Senafs, but they were extremely unsuccessful. They killed only 67 of the army of 2,000 Senafs, and lost 7,381. Then again, they were attacked with crude bows and arrows and knives, when the Senafs had their energy-shooting guns and laser weapons. They totally attacked the city after 2 weeks, after half of the population of 56,000 was already dead. We decided to head out before anything else happened. The people believed Starways Congress would send help from one of the planets’ moons’ or from the other nearby planet, Teghy, which would take two years of our time to get here. They actually believed that they could survive for that long! When they got here, they didn’t see us waving frantically, and our radio was long dead by then. They left without us. Fortunately, the Senafs didn’t bomb the city, so we live on the outskirts of it. We think other humans have escaped, but we are not sure. I know about 2,000 left to go on boats across the sea in hopes of more friendlier natives or an abandoned island. Another 500 hid in shelters underground, but we would’ve seen then by now. And as for the other villages, the Senafs would have discovered them and destroyed them by now. We are not sure what to do now, as our food is getting scarcer. We can’t use the trees, and the road is too dangerous. We have been seeing more Senaf ships fly around lately also. What do we do?

Activity 5-

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I already did activity 10. Ever since my school gave me this blog, they taught me to always give credit to images.

SBC C3, A6- My Top 5 Web Tools/Apps


Pixie is a software program created by Tech 4 Learning in 2010. It is basically a virtual paper with a crayon and marker box with paint and a sticker book. It has a lot of useful tools and is good for making simple, 30-minute projects. Yuo can use it for any subject. Note- Pixie also has an online version, Wixie! You have to buy it online, the home version I believe costs 25 dollars. Go here for more information.


Frames is another program that is almost like Pixie with easier capabilities and without the different tools. Frames was also made by Tech4Learning. I used Frames once to make a book report, and it ended up with my whoel class Skyping with the author! It costs 40 dollars I think, click here for more information.


Google Drive is a great addition for your Gmail account. I use it almost every day in school, and I have at least 100 documents, powerpoints, and spreadsheets on there. It is a extremely useful tool, especially with the new add ons. you have to be 13 to have a Gmail and, essentially, a Google Drive. (I got mine because it is a school-based account).


I don’t know if this really counts as a tool/app, but Flickr has gotten me a lot of pictures for numerous school projects. No age limit, it’s free.


I had to include Google in general. It is definately a web tool. I just can’t describe it. It’s Google, it has everything. No age limit, it’s free.

SBC- C2, A3

Helllo WWW! I am back in the Student Blogging Challenge as a participant and a mentor. I have been busy (and I was in North Carolina for the past four days) so I did not get to do any writing for the second challenge. I’m sorry it’s late, but at least I’m doing it! I promise that you will see much more blogging for the challenge than this one post.

Activity 3. If I were to visit your state or province, what would be the ‘must see’ places and why?

Well, the cities to go to would be Tallahassee, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, and Miami. Other “extra time” cities would be Pensacola, Gainesville, Boca Raton, and Key West. Now, I will explain to you what to see in these cities.


Tallahassee- Capital, lots of historic places, museums.

Jacksonville- One of the big cities, has a lot of entertainment, zoo, Adventure Landing, and me! One of two NFL teams in Florida, the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Orlando- A must to go for young families. Has Disney, Universal, Seaworld, and lots others.

Tampa- Has Busch Gardens, another one of the big cities, home of one of two Florida MLB teams, the Tampa Bay Rays.

Miami- Biggest city, lots of attractions. Home of other NFL team, the Miami Dolphins, and the other MLB team, the Florida Marlins.


Pensacola- Right on the Panhandle, lots of history and fun.

Gainesville- Average-sized city. Home of the Gators.

Boca Raton- Just a nice city overall!

Key West- Very beautiful, the bottom of Florida and the end of US-1.

SBC C6- A3, 4, 7

This post is also a week late. I’m sorry about that.

ACTIVITY 3-  Are there any cultural events that directly relate to the old country from which your ancestors came?

Well, yes. My ancestors came from Europe. Germany, Russia, Poland, Great Britian, Hungary, and Austria. If you are Jewish (like me), you have different customs depending on where you or your ancestors lived. European Jews are called Ashkenazi. Ashkenazic Jews will not eat rice on Passover, but other types of Jews will. Ashkenazis are the ones with the big fur hats and black coats. They’re the ones who eat matzah ball soup and gefilte fish. So that could be considered customs from my grandparents.

ACTIVITY  4- How many generations do you go back before you find an ancestor immigrating to your present country? For example on my mother’s side of the tree, I can go back 5 generations to my great great great grandparents who were sent out from England as convicts to Australia.

On my mother’s side, I go back 3 generations, to my great-grandfather who escaped from Poland as a boy, before World War II started. On my father’s side, I don’t have any clue.

ACTIVITY 7- Visit blogs written by students from other countries.

I visited Emmalle’s blog. She is from Ireland. I liked her blog because she chose to make it on her own. She didn’t have to make one for school (like I did). She writes about how she feels and isn’t afraid to speak her opinion. Visit her blog here:










SBC C4- A2

Sorry this is late. School has been keeping me occupied. Hope you still enjoy it!

ACTIVITY 2- Which of these topics affect your country? What is your government doing about it? If you are able, without getting into trouble, give your opinion of the topic and how it affects you as a student. What could you as a student or class do to help solve the problem?

The government shutdown is obviously effecting the US. However, many people don’t really know what it means. The government shutdown is when all of the national parks close, 800,000 government employees don’t get paid (but Congress does), and Medicare applications come to a stop. That’s how much I know. It was caused because the Democrats and the Republicans could not reach an agreement on what to do about the budget. All that my government is doing is arguing about it and not coming to a solution.To tell you the truth, there isn’t anything I can do except hold my hands over my head and wait until it’s over.

NOTE- The government shutdown is over, for now. This post is very late.