Update :)

Hey! It has been a long time since I last used this blog, and I think that I want to start using it again! So anyway, what I wanted to talk about was my new puppy, Kleo. She is a “Morkie”, a Maltese and Yorkie mix. She is brown, black and has the smallest amount of white on her chest and on the tips of her toes. She is barely bigger than a water bottle on its side. You can hold her in one hand! We don’t know for sure if her name will be Kleo, but we really like it. Since my mom didn’t pick her first name, she wants to pick her middle name. She either likes “hart” or “pippa”, like Max and Harvey Mills’s dog. We got her a few days before Hanukkah, so she was like an early Hanukkah present! The day we got her she turned two months old, and two of her brothers are being sold at Pet World.

Like I said, I have not been posting on this blog that much over the past few months. I now must update you that I go to Twin Lakes Academy Middle School now, and I love it! In January, I switch to being able to take art, and I am very excited. Not to mention, I turn 12 in January as well! Being at this school is a lot of fun, but I do miss MJGDS a lot, too. If any of my friends from MJGDS are reading this, hey! I miss y’all so much and can’t wait to see you again. My new school is huge! My mom says it might even be bigger than the high school that she went to! Anyway, I’m sure you don’t want to hear me brag about it, so I’ll stop. I promise guys, I’ll check the texts on my iPad more. (XD)

If anyone wants me to write more, please comment! I’d be happy to!

Bye!

~Saylor

(Kleo’s middle name ended up being Moxie — XD)

Darkness

Hey everybody! There was a problem with the blogs at school and we couldn’t even post anything! So, I am now posting everything that I owe to you for the ten plagues. I couldn’t find the picture for Locusts, so I will be skipping it. I hope you understand. Without further ado, Darkness!

 

My class is on the ninth plague, darkness or חושך. This plague, unlike the others, only lasted three days. Some people believe that is lasted six days, but I think otherwise. Moses started the plague by raising his hands in the air. The Egyptians’ eyes automatically got dark. The Israelites could still see and saw that the Egyptians had riches. Once they could see again, the Israelites asked the Egyptians for the riches. The plague was horrible for the Egyptians. They just had to do what the darkness was telling them to do because they were scared of the unknown. If they couldn’t feel a chair, they wouldn’t sit down. Once again, almost impossible, Pharoh’s heart was harder than before.

Here’s the link for my project

https://2-dot-ji-studio-share.appspot.com/view/4758498755739648

 

Flaming Hail Balls!

My fifth grade class is continuing to learn about the ten plagues. We just finished learning about the seventh plague, ברד, or hail. So, here’s a short summary:

This week-long plague began when God told Moses to start the plague by raising his staff into the air. Moses and Aaron went to Pharoh to tell him to let the people go or else they would make hail. God also told Moses to tell Pharoh that they could save the animals by putting them inside. Now, you may be asking “Why would he give him a warning?” God wanted to see if the Egyptians thought that there actually was a God. When Moses raised his staff into the air, some people had terrible losses, but others thought ahead. There was not a single fire-ice ball falling from the sky in ארץ גשן. Pharoh asked Moses to prey for him, and Moses did. The hail stopped, but Pharoh’s hard heart didn’t stop hardening.

Here’s the link to my project on Barad

https://2-dot-ji-studio-share.appspot.com/view/5743900618653696

 

Boils!

My class is continuing to learn about the ten plagues. We are on the sixth plague, שחין, or the plague of puberty! Haha. This was a joke that my class made up about this plague. I say this because this was the plague of boils. Puberty, skin care, get it? No? Never mind. In this week-long plague, Moses throws soot into the air to RELEASE THE KRAKEN! Just kidding. This just starts the ongoing plague of boils. In the Torah, it says that the boils were on the animals of Egypt and the Egyptians. But, in the plague דבר, all of the animals in Egypt die. The plagues are only three weeks apart. So how is it that they came back again in time for this plague? The animals and people in Egypt were in a lot of pain. Pharoh’s heart was hardened even MORE. Can you believe that Pharoh STILL hasn’t let the Jews go? Overall, this is a weird and painful plague. What do you think?

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Animal Deaths Left, Right and Center!

This week our class learned about מכת דבר. In מכת דבר, all of the animals (the מקנה) in Egypt died. This week-long plague was started by God and was fatal to all of the horses, donkeys, sheep, and farm animals in Egypt. Could you imagine having all of the animals around you just die? Imagine how much everything would change. Also, we’re halfway through all of the plagues. So, that requires some sort of celebration. Woo Hoo! But, I think that this was the shortest celebration ever. As no one could ever think possible, Pharoh’s heart got even harder than it had before. I think that Pharoh is starting to think that there really is a non visible God and that Moses is telling the truth.
Here is my picture for the plague of Cattle Disease

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Wild Animals

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This week in Jewish Studies, we learned about מכת ערוב. The plague of Wild Animals is the forth plague that we’ve learned about. This week-long plague was started by HaShem. Wild animals such as lions, tigers and bears (all rabid) everywhere; even in the Egyptians houses! For this plague, the wild animals were in Egypt, not Erezt Goshen, where the Israeli nation lived. For the first time, Pharoh said that the Jews could sacrifice/prey  in Egypt. Moses spoke for the nation and said that they could not sacrifice in Egypt because they need to sacrifice cows and the Egyptains saw cows as Gods. He did not want to make the Egyptians mad because they would kill him and the nation. As I’ve implied, the plague affected all of Egypt. As I didn’t think possible, Pharoh’s heart was hardened EVEN MORE. Crazy, right?

As always, I am excited to learn about the next plague:דבר. Please let me know through this blog if you learned anything new from this post. Thank you so much for reading thus far and I’ll see you next time I write. Bye!

Math Test on Ratios

Last week in math, we finished learning ratios. As always, when we finish learning a subject, we take a quiz. We used to have “Math Monday”, but we just said that we will take a quiz when it is needed. On this extra-long quiz, we had to do word problems, simplifying ratios, and multiplying ratios as well. Mrs. Burkhart said that she made the quiz extra-long because of we missed a few questions, our average would still be high because each question would be worth less points. On this quiz, I aced it with 100% of the questions correct. This test was probably one of the easiest tests that we’ve taken all year.

So, ratios is a relatively easy subject to learn. Now, we’re moving on to decimals. Can’t wait to see what my decimals test (that I haven’t even taken yet) looks like!

Here is a picture of my math quiz.

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Lice!

In Jewish Studies, we learned about the third plague, lice. In this week-long plague, Aaron starts the plague by hitting the sands of Egypt with his staff. Lice appeared everywhere, however, none of them got on any of the Jews, or in the land of the Jews, ארץ גשן. I think that the Pharoh’s sorcerers could bring the lice, but could not take them away. There is one word in the Torah that we, as 21st century beings, have yet to understand; מהביא. We don’t know weather that meant that they could bring the lice but not take them away or that they could not bring them but take them away. That remains a mystery. The plague impacted the Egyptians’ scalps and the animals of Egypt. One louse would be horrible. Imagine millions! Pharoh’s heart reacted by hardening. ‘ה did it on purpose. He thought that if Pharoh’s heart hardened enough, he would let עם ישראל go.

This plague was very weird. Would you want millions of tiny bugs all over you?
So, this plague was probably very uncomfortable to experience. Would you even touch a louse, let alone bathe in them? I wouldn’t! Can’t wait to learn about wild animals!

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Here is my picture of the plague

Frogs!!

In Jewish Studies, we learned about the second plague, frogs. We learned that the seemingly endless streak of frogs lasted a week. Aaron started the plague. Moses didn’t start the plague because, once again, it involved hitting the Nile River and Moses didn’t want to because the Nile had saved him when he was a baby and he didn’t want to hurt it. The plague impacted all of the Egyptions and the atmosphere. It reeked because Pharoh asked Moses to stop the constant flow of frogs; Moses prayed to God to stop the frogs from reproducing, and God made it stop. He killed all of the frogs; that’s what made it stink. Pharoh reacted by begging Moses to make the frogs stop. His heart was also hardened.

So, this has been a fun project to learn. I never wish to experience this, though!

Here is the project that I made for this plague:

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Second Time at UNF for Tu B’Shevat

UNF is a college that has nature trails. Tu B’Shevat is a Jewish holiday celebrating the trees and nature. We went to UNF for Tu B’Shevat for the second time. The “Rangers” are like the teachers. Last time, we had Ranger Jake and Ranger Justin. This time, we had Ranger Jake and Ranger Bonnie. We did the same hike and saw some of the same stuff. We re-saw the Devil’s Walking Stick (a tree the has sharp spikes around it to protect itself), Christmas Lichen ( red and green fungus that grows on trees) and the 600 year-old Cypress tree ( in Hebrew it’s ברוש)! We also saw new things like a tree that got struck by lightning, pitcher plant intestine, and Ranger Bonnie! I learned that all of the nature there combined is 400 acres! I also learned that lime tree leaves smell like Fruit Loops!

Overall, UNF is very fun. I want to go to Eco Camp there. Morah Liat, can we go again?