My class and I just created an eBook about the Lost Colony of Roanoke. It was a long, time consuming, and frustrating process, but the results were amazing. I honestly think that making an eBook was a great idea, but there were some things that I found challenging that I would like to change. This book was non- fiction on Roanoke, which is fine, but I wasn’t able to be creative. If I could improve this project a step further, I would like to meet up with Mrs. Hallett, our amazing librarian who helped us create this eBook, more then once a week. I learned how to write expository writing, and I learned that it was difficult to write that way because I couldn’t add humor or creativity. Another lesson that I learned, was how to cite an image properly. The last thing that I learned was how to make an eBook. If we could redo this book, I would write a narrative, tale, persuasive essay, biography, or an important event that happened in my life.
Breaking news! In Negba they spotted an Egyptian army. The Israelis are in big trouble. People with children will now have to load them on a truck and drive them away for their own safety. Now, farmers and other workers are going to have to be soldiers because their army and technology isn’t ready yet. They have to create an underground area where nurses, doctors and wounded soldiers could be with their supplies because they did not know how long the war would last.
Unfortunately, 16 people died protecting our state. They shall not die in vain. We will remember them. We have defeated the Egyptians and hopefully everything is back to the way it should be. Children are being sent back to their parents and everyone is very happy to see them. The farmers had a celebration because they won an almost impossible battle. They were not professional soldiers in the army and still won. Israel is free once again. It has its independence.
A few days ago, the entire 4th and 5th grade went to NASA for the day. We were divided into groups, and we got to explore NASA. I got to be with my best friends Jamie, Zoe, and Evie. I think that it was an amazing experience, even though I had been there before. This time, I got to cherish a day at NASA with my friends. I hope that I will remember this day forever.
I enjoyed looking at many artifacts, and animals while exploring NASA. First, I went on a tour that takes you around NASA. On the tour, we saw alligators, herons, and many other creatures, because NASA is also a wildlife sanctuary. The bus stopped at a museum, and I got to see a giant rocket! It was one of the most incredible things that I have ever seen! Then, when we went back to our bus and ate lunch. After lunch, I saw an Imax movie about the Hubble Telescope. Next, I went on a simulator that was supposed to make me feel like I was going into space. Then, I looked at an Angry Birds Space area, and went to the rocket gardens. Lastly, I went to the gift shop, left NASA, and started to head home.
I had a lot of memorable moments at NASA. My favorite part was seeing the Imax movie about the Hubble because I learned so many facts about space, stars, and solar systems from it. I thought that the video was amazing because it showed many beautiful pictures taken by the Hubble, and because it was in 3D. My second favorite part was the simulator because it actually made me feel like I was in a rocket lifting off, and going into space. I also enjoyed the tour because I learned many new facts in a very fun way. I loved the rocket gardens because it was beautiful. When I went to the Angry Birds area, I only got to be there for a little while, so I was a little disappointed.
As much fun as NASA was, I still learned many interesting facts. On the bus tour, I learned that the NASA building is the largest one story building in the world. I also learned that the flag, on the structure, is the largest hand-made/painted flag in the world. During the tour, the guide said that there were over 1,300 hidden cameras at NASA. At the Imax movie, I learned about this one red star that had a bunch of baby stars and baby solar systems in it. They were called tadpoles, and they were beautiful. Scientists believe that what I just mentioned was how our solar system started. These were some of the many things that I learned.
The next time I come to NASA, I want to go explore more. I want to take it a step further. For example, there are three Imax movies. Instead of seeing one of the three, I can see two or all of three of them and learn more. This was one of the most wonderful experiences that I have ever had. I enjoyed it so much, and I learned twice as much as I normally do. I DO recommend NASA to anyone who is interested in space, and anyone who is out there who doesn’t believe in the word impossible because, how do you think man got to the moon? I will tell you how, they didn’t believe in the impossible. Have you ever been to NASA? Do you want to go to the Kennedy Space Center (NASA)? If you have gone to NASA, what did you do?
I feel like I did and did not reach my goals. I reached most of my goals in Language Arts. I only didn’t reach one goal. I know that I completed my recent AR goal, 47, but I feel that it took a lot of effort to reach it and I waited at the last minute and it made me feel so stress, so I don’t think that I completed my goal. I feel like I did complete all of my goals in Jewish Studies because my Hebrew has enhanced, my stories are better, and I feel like I really understand conversations in the language. I feel like I completed my education goals, such as math or skills, but I didn’t reach a major goal. I still have to work on my confidence. I have thought that it was the end of the world when I just missed one problem. I am thinking negative possibilities about my grades on tests, quizzes, homework, mad minutes, and work sheets. I completed a major goal, I AM STILL ON PATROL. Being on patrol means so much to me. These are my goals that I completed and didn’t complete.
I think that this is my best piece because I recall having to put a lot of effort into writing supporting details and main ideas. I selected this piece out of my portfolio because not only did I get a 100%, but I also mastered the skill of main ideas and supporting details, and note taking. If I could work on this more, I would try to be neater. This work is different from the work at the beginning of the year because this is more writing then typing. Less 21st century. I learned about supporting details and main ideas. I found it challenging to have to find a main idea in each chapter. My goal is to write neater.
Honestly, this isn’t my best piece. I had other options that were 100%’s, but I didn’t choose them. I didn’t choose them because I already knew about them. If I showed it to you, it would just prove that I got a good grade. This artifact proves to you and I that I know how to do horizontal subtraction mentally. Like I mentioned before, I selected this piece out of other work that had better grades because this proves that I learned something. I am used to vertical subtraction, so this was a bit more tricky. I was timed to complete this paper mentally, which ment that I couldn’t rewrite the equation vertically. My goal is that if I double checked my work, I would have gotten a better grade. This work is different than work at the beginning of the year because other work got 100%’s, I doubled checked, and because the work at the beginning of the year is usually a review. I learned some very important skills from this artifact. I learn how to do horizontal subtraction mentally with zeros. I found this piece of work challenging because I was timed.
Do you want to travel around the United States? Well, that is what Coke and Pepsi McDonald were hoping for. The dilemma is that a lunatic is trying to kill them! They almost drowned in pepsi (The actual drink), they were almost thrown into a giant shredder, and it turns out that the lunatic that is trying to kill them is their aunt! Now, their RV blew up! Oh no, this is not the trip Coke and Pepsi were hoping for. Did they survive any of these catastrophes? Why did their own aunt try to kill them? Where can they go now that their RV is blown up? Curious? Well, read the Genius Files Three, You Only Die Twice to find out.
Some kids hate homework, others don’t. If you hate homework, then I hope that these next few reasons will persuade you to accept having it. I don’t know about you, but I strongly believe that homework is totally necessary. Having homework may be annoying, but the effects of doing it are immense. When you do homework, you create excellent habits, it helps you understand why you need it, and it provides amazing practice. I must admit that I used to hate doing homework, until I realized the true purpose. These next few reasons are what persuaded me to accept doing homework.
First of all, homework gives lots of practice and it shows parents if you understand what you have been taught in school. Dr. Joyce Epstein created a chart describing why practice is one of the benefits of homework. The reasons that I listed about practice are what Dr. Joyce Epstein wrote. Having homework provides great practice because if you don’t understand something that you have been taught at school, homework gives a good amount of review. When you do your homework and ask questions to your parents, that would prove to them if you understand or do not understand what you are being taught at school. This is how homework provides practice and comprehension. (Dr. Joyce Epstein)
Second of all, if you want a great habit or personality trait, then doing homework is a good idea. Again, like I mentioned, these next few reasons why homework is needed are listed on a chart by Dr. Joyce Epstein. You become more responsible as you get older by turning in your homework every day. That is also a great quality to have because that gains trust with teachers. Another quality and habit that you can earn by doing homework is time management. Time management can be gained by doing homework, because like I said before, homework provides excellent practice. It is like the saying, “practice makes perfect”. That means that with just the right amount of homework, students will understand it better and create a good working paste. Doing homework also develops self-confidence because you feel proud of yourself for accomplishing an assignment and having it correct. These are great personality traits that I am proud to have, and these habits will really improve your life. (Dr. Joyce Epstein)
Lastly, it helps you understand why homework is needed. Dr. Joyce Epstein thought of these reasons and thought about it on a chart. If you think about it, you remember what you’ve been taught by doing homework every night. When you do homework, it also increases your grades on tests and classwork. That means teachers, parents, and you would be proud. Sometimes you have to think out of the box to figure out the answer, even if it is not possible. In this case, homework is the answer to our question. (Dr. Joyce Epstein)
Like I noted before, some people hate homework. They say that it is stressful, they have no family time, after school activities, and that since they understand it all, it is a waste of time. Those kinds of kids don’t understand why homework is necessary, they need to understand the benefits of doing it. Please, don’t be a bystander, if a kid complains about homework, tell them why it has to be done. This is why I think that students should do homework. They need practice because students need to understand what they are taught at school. Children need to learn responsibility and other qualities and habits for school. Last, students need to know why homework is needed. What do you think? Should students have, or not have homework? List a few reasons why.
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