The other day, my class went on a field trip to NASA, also known as The Kennedy Space Center. In the beginning, I was so excited because I had never gone there before…and it was great! For those who haven’t gone to NASA before, I DO recommend going there, because it’s loads of fun. NASA is a great place for both tourists and locals because it’s fun-filled for all ages.
The first thing we did when we got to school at 6:45 am was board the bus. My bus partner was Zoe, and the entire ride we just played Minecraft (me), read (Zoe), watched movies (both), and listened to music (both). Though the bus seemed boring, it was better being there with friends because the time flew by fast.
When we arrived at NASA, we had about 15 minutes of waiting around to get our tickets, to actually get inside the NASA grounds. We then took a quick trip to the restroom, and then got moving. After the waiting, we boarded ANOTHER bus, but this bus took us around the NASA grounds and showed us different artifacts.
After getting dropped off by the bus to our next destination, we made our way into this big room with three screens and a projector. From there, you probably know what we did…watched a clip of the history of NASA. From that room, we made our way into another room that also had a screen, but it had a lab with a bunch of buttons. During the video, we learned that the lab was the same one in which they had worked in while monitoring the first trip to the moon.
After THAT movie, we made our way into this big, open spaced room, but when you looked up, there was a HUGE replica of a rocket. There, we had about 20 minutes of free time to explore that room, which contained a small gift shop, a mini-museum, a small van in which astronauts would ride in before boarding the rocketship, etc.
Following that, we went back to where we started. From there, we ate lunch. After lunch, we had about three hours of free time to explore NASA in our groups. My group included Zoe, Evie, Rebecca, and our chaperones, Evie’s dad and Rebecca’s mom. In our ‘free time’ we went to see an IMAX movie about the Hubble. That film was one of the highlights
of my day. It was absolutely amazing! One thing we learned during that movie was that in space, there are three stars that line up diagonally, but under that, there is a rose-colored cloudy thing. The Hubble was able to take a picture of the inside of that cloudy substance, and inside were infant stars and solar systems (tadpoles).
After the movie, we decided we had wanted to go into the space simulator. They explained it as being inside a spaceship, taking off, and being upside-down…that’s exactly what it was. This was another highlight of my day, because I had been looking forward to doing this for a while.
Next, we went into the ‘Angry Birds Space’ exhibit/arcade place where there were iPads everywhere with the app/game ‘Angry Birds’ open so you could play, they had life sized angry birds with slingshots that looked like the ones in the actual game, they had a mirror maze (believe it or not, it was harder than it sounds), and lazer tag. I thought it was kind of cool, but I was looking forward to doing something else.
Then, we made our way to the rocket garden, where you could walk around, look at rockets, go into replicas or rocket parts, etc. Though we didn’t stay in there long, it was very fun. After, we made our way to the gift shop, where just about everyone from our group was, I bought a really cool NASA pen that has a light on one side, a pen on the other, and an extra tip that was a stylus for any touchscreen device. Though I didn’t get much, I was just thinking about the next time I would go to NASA because of all the fun I had encountered.
This field trip was, by far, the BEST field trip I had been on. The entire experience was
amazing, and now you know why. Next time, I want to bring the rest of my family with me, because neither my mom or my dad was able to go, and I know my sister would love it just as much as I did. Anyway, I loved this trip, and hope to go again soon.
A few days ago, I was given goals to
accomplish before summer, and wanted to reflect on whether I agree with them, whether I can achieve them or not. My first goal was given to me from my Jewish Studies teacher, Morah Liat. Her goal for me was to use creativity incorporating technology into learning Jewish Studies. I am always trying to incorporate as much technology at all times during school, but I had never really thought about using it all the time during Hebrew. My next goal, given to me by my Language Arts teacher, Mrs Teitelbaum, was to meet my new AR goal, like last nine weeks, to study hard on spelling and Wordly Wise tests, and to work on formal writing. I agree with that, because most of the writing I have been doing has been expository. My last goal, given to me by my math teacher, Mrs. Zavon, was to practice multiplication facts daily, and to work with my extra credit packet/folder.
At the beginning of the first nine weeks, we were told to set goals to accomplish before the year is over. During the process, I have learned that it’s not all that easy. You have to actually, physically achieve these goals. It’s easy to talk about it, but not so easy to achieve it.
Although there were many, I have achieved most (if not all) of my goals. One of my goals was to get Honor Roll all of the four of the nine weeks. That is one of the many goals I have
achieved. Another goal was to get to know everyone better, and trust me I know everyone as well as I know the answer of 2+2! I also wanted to be able to get used to the crazy ‘switching classes’ schedule, and it only got crazier, but I did achieve that goal. I also made a goal to get assignments done in advance and to be more proactive. Though I still have incomplete assignments every now and then, I have mostly achieved that one too. These are just a few of the goals that I have set, but there are still many others.
I also want to reflect on some of the goals I made for myself from last student led conference.
-Reading more in Hebrew to become more fluent
-Improve on weak ends of math and social studies
-to expand my vocabulary
I think I have achieved these goals, because I have noticed a difference on test grades.
If you want to listen to my QR code I created at the beginning of the year including all of my goals, here it is!
This is my language arts artifact for SLC. I feel great about this post, because I can relate to the subject. The subject is about how schools can either incorporate technology into learning, and/or have a mandatory class to educate kids about how to use technology, how to care for technology, etc. I feel this is one of my best because it really expresses my idea about one particular topic. That’s why I love writing persuasive essays. They are so easy to put down on paper, because if I really feel strong about one side in particular, it’s so easy to write down my feelings. Anyway, here is my artifact for language arts. (If the picture is too blurry, CLICK HERE to view the actual post)
This nine weeks has been amazing. I have improved on so much, but I think I have improved mostly on math. Both at the beginning of the year and now I was/am a bit weaker in this subject than many of the other students, and because I am one of the weaker one, it gives me more room to improve. I think I have done a great job keeping up with math work, and have understood it a bit better now, in the second/third nine weeks. In math, one of my strengths are subtracting with zeros. I think I am great in subtracting with zeros because during MadMinutes, when we are doing subtraction I am usually one of the first ones done, when normally I am the last. I am constantly getting 100% on subtracting with zeros, while on other MadMinute subjects I am missing one or two. Here is an artifact I have pulled out to show you some of my improvement.
A goal I am going to set for the next nine weeks is to keep up the good work, and to study hard when it comes to math tests and make sure I get my work done on time.
This is what I feel is my best work for the nine weeks in Jewish Studies. This is my Parsha, Vayishlach. To read more about it, read my other post. Click Here To Read It.
Recently, I have finished a book called, How To Survive Middle School, and I have prepared a book trailer for those who may or may not be interested in reading this. Hopefully if you are not interested, you will be at the end, but anyways, I hope you enjoy!
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