I was reading a historical fiction book by Julie Chibbaro. To read my review, I have posted it on shelfari. To read it on shelfari just press the book.
I was walking out of the Department, when I realized all of these reporters outside of it. I remembered what Mr. Soper had told me, I can not share any information about the case. Once I ran down the steps, something unexpected happened. I see the people surrounding me like dogs trying to feed the milk that their mothers have. I started to lower, I felt like I was sinking in the ground. When suddenly I had felt somebody put there arm on my shoulder. I couldn’t hear what he was saying because I was plugging my ears. My back was facing him so I don’t know who he was. Suddenly, the reporters had moved to somebody else. I looked up, only to see they all running toward Dr. Baker. I stood up, brushed the dirt off of my brand new dress and turned around to thank the kind gentlemen for helping me. Then I realized that the Kind Gentlemen was the young science fellow who tried to kiss me! “Thank you for helping me, but it wasn’t really necessary.” I had told him. He looked away and then smiled. “You are very welcome.” I now felt as if I were blushing. I looked back and had said that I needed to leave. “My name is Jonathan by the way.” He had said. I walked away and rolled my eyes. I never wanted to see that boy again!
A poem by: Sydney T.
If I were A Bottle nosed Dolphin.
I’d swim in the Ocean
With my dolphin friends
I would be smart
I would jump in the sky
With my dolphin friends
I would be protective
Of my dolphin babies
I would be loved
I would be trained
If I were a bottle nosed dolphin
I would be happy
I would eat fish
And jump through hoops
If I were a bottle nosed dolphin.
The picture above shows what I am about to tell you about. If you go to my school, in science class we have a small routine that we do for each chapter. We first go over the chapter ether by a power point or we highlight the important information in our textbooks, then we have fun while accomplishing to do two mini labs. After we finish doing both mini labs, we start our class work. our chapter challenges is the next part of our routine that we do. Soon after we finnish presenting all of our chapter challenges, we would review the chapter with what we call the Big Slamming Review the day before the test. After the test we complete typing our notebooks which is practically the vocabulary in our chapter and we have to type up one of the labs that we did. Earlier in this paragraph I had mentioned chapter challenges. Now, a chapter challenge is a project that the student has to make themselves and present it in front of the class. We don’t get to choose what we want to do though, we have to pick a card and go bay the rubric for that card. The best part is, that you are allowed to do anything that involves your card and the chapter. So, the picture above shows the chapter challenge card artsy pants. You have to make a model of something. So what I created was a model of the human heart. It has the aorta, the blood vessels, the holes where blood comes out of, etc. How about I just let you look at the picture. Tou done yet? Good, so now you see an example of one of my chapter challenges. Have/had you ever have/had done anything like a chapter challenge before in your life?
A poem by: Sydney T.
There once was a frog
Who sat on a log
Longing for something to love.
He ate a cricket
And swallowed it quick
When he noticed something odd.
He looked next to him
And noticed an iPod
Sitting there all so lonely.
He picked it up
And played on it quickly.
He forgot that he was alone
And remembered slowly
That he was so sad.
He jumped off the log
And onto the pod
And swam away to the end.
This verse: “The heavens are G-d’s Heavens, but their earth was given to Human Kind” (Psalm 115). I think that it means G-d’s Heavens is his earth, but our earth is his heavens. I know it doesn’t make to much sence, because I don’t make too much sence. My thoughts are very strange. I think that G-d’s Heavens are like our earth, because he created the earth and heavens. But, he never comes to earth, so his earth is heaven. Also, his heaven is the earth that we live on, because we never go to heaven unless we die, but that is a myth. He never goes to earth because he is watching it in Heaven. That is what I think it means.
During the month of February, my school (grades 3-8) participated in a science fair. My science fair project was to test different colored plastic cups on a metal surface and glass surface to see which ones would heat the best. I had used thermostats and switched off from the cups on the glass surface to the metal surface every 45 minutes, and then I would record my data. I had used two of every cup and the cups were red, black, clear, green, and yellow. My hypothesis was that the black cup on the metal surface will heat the best because metal attracts heat as well as black does. Surprisingly enough, the clear cup on the metal surface heated the best, so my hypothesis was partially correct.
This is me standing next to my science fair backboard.
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As you should know, there is a place called Dignity U Wear. Dignity U wear is an orgainization run by volunteers, and our school goes there to help with sorting the clothing. Eventually, the clothing is given to people who don’t have any of their own. When we got there, we had to first sign in. On the sign in sheet, we had to put our first names, and the date which was March 1, 2013. Then we separated into two different tables. Half of the class went to table one, while the other half of the class went to table two. I was at table one. The man that was our “Guide” threw Bob Marley t-shirts onto our tables. We had to separate the shirts into two piles; the good pile and the bad pile. If you had a shirt with a small coffee stain on it, or a rip, etc. it would automatically would go into the bad pile. The guy who was helping us showed us a special way to fold our t-shirts, as well. First, we had to lay it on the table. Then, we folded it from the left sleeve to the right sleeve. Next, we had to put the sleeves in the middle and fold the shirt twice. Once we had finished the first groups of t-shirts, we had 10 more to get done. We worked for about two and a half hours.
Every morning, we Jews say this prayer בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, מַלְבִּישׁ עֲרֻמִּים. Blessed are you, O Lord our God who clothes the naked. We did this prayer, by folding all of these shirts, which have been sent to people who need new clothes. I think that what we did is a wonderful Mitzvah. People who don’t have clothing can now get them. Something else I realized during most of the year, is that you do not have to be Jewish to do a mitzvah. It is your choice to do it or not.
I drew my own dignity U wear t-shirt
I drew this picture to try and explain what we did to fold the shirts.
Everyone knows what it is, it is bullying. The definition of bullying is to pick on somebody that is smaller, or weaker than you. Everyone has seen it happen, everyone has been a victim or the bully. Well, like I said, we have all seen it happen. I have an example, or a short story of how I have seen bullying happen to someone, but I didn’t stand up for them.
I was in the sixth grade like I am now, I was at this buddy walk for a friend of mine that has Down Syndrome. There is this girl, who is not very nice. She was playing with her friends, and didn’t include some other people. The people that weren’t including her, were sitting by themselves, just lonely. I was going to walk toward her to tell her that she needs to be inclusive. But, I didn’t.
I am now very upset with myself for doing that. I should have stood up for those kids who weren’t being included, and were being talked about behind their backs. The next time you see bullying occur, don’t just stand there and let it happen, go into it and stand up for the person, because what comes around goes around. Meaning if you stand up for someone, someone will stand up for you.
I drew this to represent a message to stop bullying.
As you should know by now, the middle school at my school goes on a mitzvah trip every Friday. Once a month, the sixth grade at my school goes to the Coves. On Friday the eighth, we went to the Coves for two reasons. One reason was to visit the nice people, and the second reason was to bake hamantaschens. A hamantaschen is a cookie that is shaped like a triangle. It is filled with jelly or chocolate chips. When we were at the Coves we baked them from scratch.
We eat the hamentaschens on Purim because they are shaped like Haman’s hat. Haman was the King’s assistant. He would go around, and everyone would have to bow to him. Then one day, a very smart man named Mordechai did not bow down to Haman. Haman got very upset, so he went to Mordechai and asked him why he didn’t bow down. Mordechai told him that he was a Jew. Only Jews bow down to their G-d. So Haman devised a plan to kill all of the Jews.
The reason why we celebrate Purim is because of a young girl who was Mordechai’s cousin. Her name was Esther. Esther was a Jewish girl who lived with her cousin until she became queen. She was the one who saved the Jews’ lives.
The reason why baking hamantaschens was a mitzvah was because we were baking hamantaschens with the Seniors. We were celebrating a holiday. That is why we were doing a mitzvah.
Every month, my middle school has CHAI reading. CHAI reading is just the same as a book report, but you have to get assigned an assignment to do after reading the book. For an example, I will use the book the Hunger Games. So let’s say the assignment was to make a script on how the book should end. The student would make the script, and hand it in on the due date. Anyways, this month I read a book called Power Play, which is the fourth book of the series called Kingdom Keepers. This is my review from this book:
The DHI’s are at their biggest challenge they have ever encountered. The overtakers have finally made themselves into DHI’s. A DHI stands for Disney Holographic image, or Disney Host Interactive, depending on who you ask. The worst part of their horrifying dream-like experience is that they the DHI’s are going to have to go through more than a nightmare. They are at risk of never waking up from their sleep. There were five, and now there are seven DHI’s which are:
Finn, Amanda, Jessica, Charlene, Maybeck, Willa, and last but not least Philby.
This past week was Tu B’Shvat. Tu B’Shvat is a holiday for Jewish people to eat a lot of fruit, because there are not fruits in every season. So, this past week our middle school went by car to this little planting shop called Trad’s. When we went to Trad’s, we had to pick between three kinds of flower plants. After he showed us the plants, we had to choose one out of the three. I chose a beautiful pink floral plant. Then, we walked outside and my friend Shelby’s dad drove his car, and we all put our plants in his trunk. After picking the plants, we drove downtown to a school called Malevi Washington. Once we got there, we put on our gloves, got our shovels and picked any random plant. We walked onto the school campus, and got assigned areas to begin planting. I planted near a very plain wall. Once we finished planting, we had to go back to the cars and drive back to school.
On Friday, I felt like I did something amazingly well. I feel like, now, when people are passing by this school, they are going to realize how beautiful this school is. It will give these children something pretty to see as they are walking on campus each day. I hope they like the plants.
As many of you know, the United States is a country of freedom. But, not necessarily. On Friday, I found out that sadly, slavery in the United States still does exist. In Florida, some farmers have no choice, but to go into their fields and pick every single tomato they see until their bucket gets full. They have tried for so many years to get out of slavery. But, their bosses will not let them. The worst part, is that they get paid fifty cents for every bucket they fill. In Florida, the sun is shining so bright, it is almost blinding, burning, and unfair for the poor slaves who have to work a twenty four hour day, just to get a bucket filled of tomatoes. Just imagine for a minute what it would feel like to be them, having to work twenty four seven, having to be dehydrated all day, to only get paid fifty cents. That is what they are going through.
Also, we would learn this on Tu B’Shvat because this is the time of Spring in Israel. This is the only time of the year in Israel that we can have this delicious food. It is seasoned just like tomatoes are. If the wonderful food is seasoned and so are tomatoes, then what other perfect time to mention it to sixth and seventh graders.
The last thing I must say, is what you as a person can do to help. You could search on the internet about the slavery, and tell your peers, teachers, parents, and family about the slavery. It would make a difference in a farmers life to get a raise.
In Language Arts this week, we were learning about similes, and idioms and, of course, metaphors. A metaphor is a figure of speech that helps describe a subject. Here are some examples of a metaphor:
- My life is a dream
- His body was a statue
- Time is money
- Frozen with fear
- Boiling mad
We also learned a little about similes. A simile is also a figure of speech, but directly describes two different things. For example:
- She is as sweet as candy
- Her skin is as soft as a blanket
- Her teeth are as sharp as a knife
- Her smile is as bright as the sun.
The last thing I will talk to you about is an idiom. An idiom is an expression where the meaning is not predictable from the actual meaning. For example:
- It’s raining men
- Don’t push my buttons
- Don’t rain on my parade
- He snores so loud that it sounds like freight train
- Please don’t spill the beans
- Don’t be a chicken
- Why did I leave all of my eggs in one basket?
You should try and tell your parents about similes, idioms, and metaphors! Can you think of any examples?
About sixty years ago, a man named Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream, that all of the blacks and whites could be treated fairly, and that children that were black or white could be friends. Back then there was something called segregation. Segregation, was when the white people would treat the non-white people badly. For example, the black people would have to use a different bathroom and water fountain than the whites. Just to add to the different water fountains, the whites had better ones than the non-whites. Continuing to that, they had to go to different restaurants, and if blacks were on a bus with whites, they had to give up their seats just of the whites and go it in the back of the bus. Now continuing to our topic of what Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream for today would be, is world peace. Right now, many countries are at war, and many people have been killed because of this.