Feature Articles – Starting the unit

A new unit is here! In writing, we are being journalists and writing about Heathcote school! So far, it’s been awesome! We are working towards writing enough articles to make a whole 5R newspaper! First we had to chose topics. (We’ve been assigned a partner to work with) Our topic was absences, and the law about them. We chose this topic because people aren’t exactly educated on the law of absences. We had to research a BUNCH. We took down notes and websites that tell you information. We scheduled interviews and will soon do them. We lied out the first layouts of what the article gonna look like, and surveyed lots people on our topic.

Overall, the start of the unit was really fun, but really busy. We’ve been doing so much this past to weeks, I may have forgotten to list some of the things we did! I wouldn’t say this unit is going to be hard, but I wouldn’t say it is going to be easy. I am looking forward to the next part of this unit!

Ending Rocketry – Launch Two

Alas, the rocketry unit has come to a close. We launched our newly developed rocket into the air. On a terribly windy day and cold, we took our supplies and headed into the launch zone. After using trundle wheels to mark where we were going, assigned people put the launch pad down and attached everything to everything. Then we launched. 19 meters!!! 5 more meters than the last launch, we found our newly made nose cone helpful in developing a better rocket. Expedition mars has succeeded!!!

Rocketry has been a REALLY fun unit. From doing research to being on the field counting down, I loved it all! Even though our rocket didn’t go very far, we still had fun. I’d like to thank my wonderful group for being amazing teammates. I would also like to thank Mr. Casals for helping me with Rocketry videos and all of that. Mrs. Robert as the one actually setting up the launch. Last thank you, all of you!

I made a video documenting ALL the things my team and I did. Here it is!

Expedition Mars and Our Rocket, The Aquarius

This is created by all of our group before we launched! Hope you enjoy!

Expedition Mars – Claire, Ajene, Hunter, Issac

We the people of Expedition Mars, designed a special rocket called the Aquarius, to go as up in the sky as we can make it go. It is special because we designed it as skinny as possible. We also made it so it wouldn’t be too light to get caught in the wind, but not too heavy to not have the best propulsion as possible. when building a model rocket, you really want everything to be medium size, the nose cone, not too pointy, not to round. The body tube, not that heavy, not that light. The fins, just the middle length. We are planning to get the Aquarius as high as a model rocket can go!

When you launch a rocket that has a body tube that is way too heavy, drag and weight catch up with it very soon after it goes into the air, causing your rocket to fall just as it gets into the air. But if the body is too light it will get caught by the wind and will drift very far away, and you will be sad. So you need a body tube not to heavy, so it will go in the air, but not to light, so it won’t go sideways either. You need something just right.

We need a medium fin because the fins get caught in the wind and drift. But if we use a small fin it would n’t do anything or the air would get caught. Or if we use a big fin then it would catch the wind and go very far away. If we use a medium fin then it would push up to the sky. 

If you make a rocket without a nose cone and try to launch it, it won’t work because if the nose cone isn’t there the top of the rocket would be flat. If the top rocket is flat and you launch the rocket, the rocket would only go so far and then wind resistance will come by and say hello and make your rocket go down down down. That’s why we are designing our rocket with a skinny nose cone

We want to make the best thrust and landing that we can muster. Our medium sized everything will hopefully get us up into the air. We hope the Aquarius comes back safely to the landing point. Making a rocket will be difficult but I think our design will work out just right!

Rocketry Reflection – A Great Unit – Launch one

We had been doing rocketry in class! We launched to today! 5 groups worked for (about) two weeks on rockets, made to go in the air. Our group, called Expedition Mars, worked together and created the Aquarius, a beautiful rocket with six fins, one pointy nose cone, and a long body tube. It is fueled on air pressure. (I wouldn’t call that fuel, but still) Using metallic tape, construction paper, hot glue and cardboard, we put together the rocket, piece by piece. It was the perfect design. But due to poor gluing and uneven fins, our rocket only got 14 meters in the air, the lowest of the class. It was devastating, but I think my fellow group mates and I will pull it together for the second launch!

To actually launch the rocket, we needed to do a few things. Before we even put out the launch pad, we needed to take a trundle wheel (look it up) to mark out where we should put everything. Then, in the middle of the field (where we were launching) we would place the launch pad down, and put a pipe in the launch pad. We put the rocket on top of the pipe. Then we would pup the pipe full of air with a bike pump. After putting on our safety goggles and counting down from ten, we would release the air pressure, and the rocket  would go flying. 50 feet away from the launch, kids would be using clinometers (look that up too) to find out how far up the rocket went. We, Expedition mars, went first. As I said, we got 14 meters. Poor us. When a team launched a rocket, they would have to do some jobs. One person, would pump the rocket full of air. Another person, would count down from ten before they launched, (I did that job, I’m super loud). Then one person would record the whole thing, and the last person would release the air pressure. Group took turns doing the clinometer readings. I may post how we built our rocket, which was made by all of my group, but I may not. So, the launch was pretty good!

Hello 2019-2020 School year!!

The summer is over and the school year is here. Yay! I am now a 5th grader!!

I am writing this on the eve of the fourth day of school. My teacher is great and I have a TON of my friends are in my class. I feel like I have never left. Everything is basically the same. Except, We (the 5th grades) are the queens/kings of the school. The oldest, the tallest and the most mature. But the biggest change is all the privileges. So many. You could fill the sun with them. (not really, but you see what I’m saying). I/we have made promises to ourselves that we will keep all of them. I have a feeling 5th grade is going to be awesome!

Summer was great too. After a tearful goodbye to 4th grade, I went on a tiny trip to san diego, which was super fun! Then after a few long days, I went to Eden Village camp for three whole weeks! It was amazing!!!! (And dirty) I rested and relaxed for a week. Then I went to Scandinavia! BEST TRIP OF MY LIFE!!! I went to Copenhagen, The Star fiord (fiords in Norway) and Stockholm. All of them were great, (but I liked Norway the best) I was too caught up in the summer that I forgot to blog! Sorry! I will try a bit harder.

I am looking forward to a great school year!


Goodbye School year 2018-2019!!!!

It’s been a long year. I’ve come a long way from those silly posts I made in October. It’s the last full day of school, and I am sad to leave school, but happy to go to camp. I will miss everyone in my class. *sniff*, I’m getting emotional.

I won’t be as active with my posts but I will try to post whenever I can.

HAGS! (have a great summer) to all students!!!!

Colonial America – pt 7 – Refletion

We are waving the colonial america unit goodbye after two long months of hard work. My teacher wanted us to wright a reflection of the unit, so here it is:

So, it’s pretty awesome being another person. Like, I thought this unit was going to be trash, but it wasn’t. A few weeks into the process, we were assigned colonies. I got put into a new England colony (this was fake), called Rockwood.

Then we became our colonists. I was wanting to be someone strong, calm and a little bit lazy; carefree. So I created Ebony, the governor of Rockwood. Ebony had a hard life back in England, but got to america and everything changed. She became loved and strong. I really loved impersonating someone because I always want to get out of my life and like, become someone else. Leaving my life and going back in time to put my spirit into someone and BE them. Ebony is the person I would want to be in that time young, spirited, and strong.

Ebony (Lusha) Stark has been through a lot. Like, A LOT. The boat ride, to her colony, was treacherous. Then she faced a hard winter while building the colony. Then her best friend got thrown in jail without a trial. So much more happened to her, but she managed through it. Each blow she took I took too, it was like her and my body were connected. I felt her pain and glory. Everything, she and I went through it all. I never really thought that she is a different person then me.

So, now let’s get to the process. We had to make ALL these relics, Ebony’s diary, her letters, her newspaper her stamps her EVERYTHING. Then we made a book out of it. I also wrote her life story, then turned it into an ignite. ignite is a 145 seconds presentation, with the slide advancing every 15 seconds. This was SO STRESSFUL and to be honest I HATED IT. but like yeah I had to do it. So, after we got that sorted out we did toy theaters. You could be placed in the french and Indian war, the stamp act, the Boston massacre, the Boston tea party, the midnight ride, and the declaration of independence. I was placed in the Boston Tea party. We created a script, puppets, a perciniam, and senses. It was all REALLY stressful, and I wish I didn’t have to do it. But I must admit, it was a good experience. So, I am really happy with this project, I love Ebony, and I give this unit a thumbs up!!!!

Intro to heredity

Hi guys!!! So, we have been doing some end of year stuffs and we did a like a On-demand essay on anything. here it is:

Intro to Heredity with Claire Breslow

So, let’s say you have blue eyes, but…. your mom and dad have brown eyes. So, where did you get your blue eyes? This is where heredity comes in. Heredity is the genes that get passed down from family member to family member, but you are going to need a bit of a scientific background on this. Let’s get started.

Cells are the smallest living organism you can find. There are unicellular living things, which have only one cell, but there are multicellular living things too, with multiple cells. You, for example, are multicellular. In a cell, there’s a nucleus, which is like that cells headquarters. In a nucleus, there is DNA. DNA is basically the code for our genetics. DNA is tightly packed, VERY tightly packed, into things called chromosomes. Chromosomes are made of DNA, and they usually look like an X, but you can never be sure. Each half of a chromosome is called a chromatid. Each part of a chromosome makes up some of your genes, and that is where we will begin.

Let’s use something simple for you to understand. Earlobes. There are two types of earlobes, attached, and free. The free earlobe, is dominant, meaning only one piece of DNA has to be preset for the trait to show. But attached earlobes are recessive, so two of them have to be present for the trait to show. We can represent free earlobes with a capital E, and attached, with a lowercase e. So, if you have attached earlobes, you would be represented with ee. But, if you have free earlobes, you can be EE, or Ee, because as I said, the dominant trait can be shown, even if only on is present.

Okay, now that you know the basics of heredity, we can get a little more advanced. Here’s the question, how can you tell what gene a baby will have. (We are still using earlobes) So, let’s say, one parent has free earlobes, EE. But the other parent, has Ee. So what will their baby be? Let’s find out. Draw a square on a piece of paper. Then you divide the square into four parts. You put the Ee parent on the top, and the EE parent on the left side. Put the Ee parents E on top of the top left square. Then put that parents e on top of the top right square. Then put EE parent’s first E on the left side of the top left square, and do the same to the other E on the bottom left square. Whoof, that was confusing. Now see if you can follow me here. Line each of the e’s up in each the squares. So, the top left square should have EE,and the bottom left square also has EE, but the top right square has Ee, and the bottom right square also says Ee. Now you know that there is a 50% chance that the baby is EE, and a 50% chance it will be Ee. So, no matter what, the baby will have free earlobes. This method is called a punnet square, and it is very helpful.

Now, you know some stuff about heredity, but this is just the Need To Know facts. Heredity is a SUPER LARGE field and you should keep on studying. Just saying the Ameba Sisters biology videos got me hooked on heredity and made me know everything that I am telling you now. So, KEEP CALM AND TRACK YOUR TRAITS!!!

Passion project

Hi guys!! In school, we are doing one of the final projects of the year. It’s called a passion project. You get to choose anything, from Piccaso to mars, and do a big presentation about it! You can do a gallery, slideshow, ted talk, poster, posters, or really anything you want!!!!

I’m doing the basics of Atoms in a ted talk. Why you may ask? Okay, I thought it would be cool to do something more science like and something I knew nothing about. Do you want to see the script for my ted talk? Here it is:

Everything in the world, your clothes, the food you ate yesterday, you, as in you watching this ted talk, my wonderful teacher, my wonderful teacher’s cat, all of us, abiotic and biotic, we all are made of the same thing. It’s an atom. A-T-O-M.  Tiny little circles that make up everything.

99.99999999999% of an atom is empty space, and they are 100 picometers long, otherwise known as a ten billionth of a meter. In the center of the atom there is the nucleus. It’s made up of two nucleons, particles. First off there are Neutrons. Neutrons have no charge, none at all. They are also pretty big. They are ALWAYS in the nucleus, and there are usually many of them. So, to determine the number of neutrons in atom, you only have to subtract the number of protons from the mass number. (the mass of an atom of a chemical element expressed in atomic mass units). Each atom has a similar number of neutrons. Neutrons were discovered in 1932, by James Chadwick. These are very important and a atom wouldn’t be an atom without a Neutron.

Then there are protons, Protons are also nucleons, and they were discovered in 1920, by Ernest Rutherford. Protons are bonded (held together) to Neutrons by a force called the nuclear force. This force is SUPERSTRONG, and is SUPERHARD to break. Also, protons have a positive charge, a positive charge of ONE. (from the charge of the quarks that make up nucleons). They are pretty huge, about the same size as a neutrons, and also like neutrons, are critical to the atom, and no atom, not copper, not oxygen, not carbon, no atom in the periodic table is complete without a proton. I should actually say nucleon, because it’s also true that no element has 0 neutrons ether.

Then there are electrons, and they have a negative charge. Electrons were discovered in the year 1897, by someone named J.J Thomson. They are tiny, WAY tinier than a proton or neutron, and they are not nucleons. Yep, I said it, they are definitely not nucleons. They go around the atom on orbitals, 1s, 2s, 2p, and 3s. These “orbitals” are made from the density of the one or more electrons that spin around the nucleus.  The electromagnetic force causes this spinning to happen. Lemme tell you about it. Since protons have a positive charge, and electrons have a negative charge, they attract and repel each other, creating the spinning. The spinning, is ULTRAFAST, 1/137 of the speed of light! Which for your information, is WAY faster than the speed of sound. So the atoms in you are orbiting faster than my words are reaching your ear. Isn’t that  super neat?

Atoms are VERYIMPORTANT and VERYCRITICAL to our existence. Every type of atom, whether it’s helium or carbon is important, very important. As I speak, Scientists are discovering more atoms and more materials. But they aren’t going as fast as they can. They need, WE NEED more people to help find more types of atoms and unlock more parts of the physics world. Elements are waiting for you to discover. I hope you learned something, because this is important, and it’s not going fast enough, and someone needs to step up and do something, if anyone, it’s YOU!

I really hope you didn’t find that boring. Anyways, thats it.


Colonial America – pt 6 1/2 – Records 2

This is Records continued:

Week 93:

Shop Money made (total) Where it was most
Cobbler 9$ Barrels
Market 25$ Meat
Newspaper 40$ Newspaper
Tavern 17$ Main course
Bait shop 2$ Bait
Bucher 8$ Lamb chop
School 12$ School
Religious school 10$ Kids 8-9
Money made (all): 123$ Difference from last week: 21$ Where was most: Newspaper

YAY! (it’s because of common sense)

Week 94:

Shop Money made (total) Where it was most
Cobbler 3$ Barrels
Market 25$ Vegetables
Newspaper 8$ Newspaper
Tavern 16$ Dessert
Bait shop 2$ Bait
Bucher 8$ Beef
School 12$ School
Religious school 11$ Kids 12-16
Money made (all): 85$ Difference from last week: 38$ Where was most: Market

Eek (people wasted their money on common sense)

Week 95:

Shop Money made (total) Where it was most
Cobbler 10$ Barrels
Market 27$ Meat
Newspaper 4$ Newspaper
Tavern 26$ Appetizers
Bait shop 4$ Bait
Bucher 6$ Chicken/turkey/goose
School 15$ School
Religious school 11$ Kids 16-17
Money made (all): 99$ Difference from last week: 14$ Where was most: Market

Phew! It’s back up again.