Book: The CandyMakers and The Great Chocolate Chase
Series: The CandyMakers
Author: Wendy Mass
Recommended by: Alice Nicassio
Can you imagine living in a candy factory and going on a trip where you have to find a type of chocolate no one will tell you where it is? In the Great Chocolate Chase, by Wendy Mass, four kids have to do exactly that! Logan lives in a candy factory and recently helped Philip make the Harmonicandy. He is on the chocolate chase. Daisy is a spy, she helped with the Harmonicandy too, but Logan, Philip and Miles know she is a spy. She is also on the chocolate chase. Philip is in a rich family and loves winning, he is the person who originally came up with the Harmonicandy. He is also in the chocolate chase. Miles is a regular boy who loves nature and learning things and he helped with the Harmonicandy too. Miles is also on the chocolate chase. These kids go on a road trip to find a certain type of chocolate that they used for the original Harmonicandy. Will they find it? Will they be able to successfully launch Harmonicandy into stores? Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out!
In reading, we have been studying how to research. My group studied snakes. We came up with subtopics which were habitat, body parts, defense and prey. To make our research easier and more organized, we put our books in order from easiest to hardest. To find our subtopics, we looked in the books to see what topics appeared the most. Those were our subtopics. I learned to not completely copy what we saw in the book, and that I should write down my own ideas based on what I was reading. When we got all our information, we made a animal comic book! I put in some of the research from each subtopic. Then I found pictures, and made captions for them. The pictures all had snakes in them, so I made the snakes saying a fact that relates to the caption and the picture.
After this project, I took everything I leaned about research and used that in my country research project. I wanted to study Brazil, but I knew nothing about it so I needed a lot of research! To find research, I went to the library databases and did a google search at home. I found research that fit into the categories of the cultural universals which are Politics, Social Aspects, Economy, Beliefs and Cultural Arts. I put it all together to make it into a Comic Tour Guide Book titled The Cultural Universals of Brazil. My favorite part was learning about Brazil and putting it into a book in a fun way. The challenging part was organizing the pictures and captions into a good format.
My class has been learning, and experimenting with plants. We had to come up with a question to experiment with. My group decided that we would, instead of providing our plants with plain water, we would provide our plants with salt water. My hypothesis was that if we put salt in the water, then the plants would die because the salt would soak up the water. Our controlled plant has plain water, sunlight, fertilizer, soil, and two seeds. The manipulated, has salt, water, sunlight, fertilizer, soil, and two seeds.
Our controlled plant grew 3 ½ cm over the past week. The plant has always been green. Now, the plant is medium sized and is leaning a little to its side because of its weight. Before our manipulated died, the salt water made it stop growing. Our plant kept shrinking, but then it grew up to 6 cm. Our manipulated plant was green, but the stems started turning white. The plant slowly dropped lower and lower as the days went by, and eventually, the plant died and was not standing up at all.
This is a picture of our controlled plant and manipulated plant. The controlled plant is the one that is green and healthy, the manipulated is the one that is drooping a lot.