I think cursive should still be taught in school because it is a fun way of writing that is different from regular writing. It is also more efficient than printed handwriting because it might be easier to use and more fun. Once you know how to read and write cursive, it can be really cool to read different documents written a long time ago. Cursive is also an important skill to learn.
Each person in our class made feature articles about a certain topic that they liked. My favorite part of the feature article was inserting pictures because it was fun looking for them. This writing project took lots of time to make because we had to write a lot about our topic, and it was also hard to think about our topic. We also had to write our real article on Pages because it will look more like an article, then on Google Docs. I think that writing this feature article was really fun.
This is my feature article below:
For the TFK Article that we read, I learned that cloning can develop issues with the organs of the animal that is being cloned and that cloning needs well preserved DNA. I think that cloning is really cool but can sometimes be dangerous if something goes wrong. Cloning is awesome because if you lose a pet, you can clone the pet that you had before by getting the DNA of it so you can get the “Same Pet” that you had before. The thing about cloning is that it costs lots of thousands of dollars and may go wrong. Overall I think that the scientists that created cloning were really smart and that cloning is very cool and weird.
I think that Rocketry is the most fun subject in school because we get to build, create, and present. My team was called “The Flying Rockettes”.I liked the building part of Rocketry the most because we get to each contribute on different parts of the rocket, like what design it should be, or like what color the rocket should be. I also like rocketry because we got to go outside and actually see how a rocket launched and how high it could go. Our group had a few arguments and disagreements like what color the rocket should be, or what type of pipe we should use as our next rocket.
When we were presenting, I was nervous at first and then I just went on with the presentation because then the audience would know I was having a hard time presenting to them. The presentation took lots of time to prepare because we had to write a lot and practice memorizing the slides that we were giving.
Rocketry flew by very quickly because we were all having lots of fun and all taking part of each rocket. Everyone worked very well together because we usually agreed to new ideas that our group shared. If someone asked me if I would like to do rocketry again, I would definitely say,”YES.”
For the Oil Pipeline, people are protesting that it shouldn’t be built. I think that there are some pros and cons like how it transfers oil way safer and farther than other pipelines (pro), and how it pollutes the air, land, and sea (con). Native Americans from all over the world came together to protest against the pipelines and 30 were arrested, 2 years ago. The Native Americans said that it would ruin their natural ancient sites. Farmers in Iowa also didn’t like the idea of a GIGANTIC oil pipeline, that would run through their farms, and damage their soil. Overall I think that they shouldn’t build the pipeline because it would make everyone unhappy and damage and pollute the environment. +There will be more protests probably.
In the book Pax, by Sara Pennypacker, Peter is determined to find Pax, the lost fox. Peter and Pax are very agitated to find each other, because Pax was abandoned by Peter’s dad, who is at war. One example that Peter is determined to find Pax is that when he broke his ankle, but Vola tells Peter to stay at her home in the woods. Another example is that the reason Peter left his grandfather’s house was because he wanted to find Pax, and he travels in a extremely long journey to find Pax.
Peter is my favorite character because he never gives up about finding Pax even if it involves lying or telling the truth to other people, breaking his ankle, and staying at different places to rest or take breaks.
On November 22nd, we played with these robots called Spheros. These robots respond to commands from different strips of code. The Sphero is a robot that is a shaped like a sphere, can move pretty fast, and can change colors.
In the beginning, everyone was assigned a partner to do the Spheros with. I got assigned to Maxine, and we had a lot of trouble logging in the Sphero app, which was pretty bad. We used ipads to control and code the robot. Our whole class walked to the meeting room because that was the place where there was the most space to move and control your robot. We took some time getting used to the robot, and then Ms. Pavia told us a challenge. The challenge was if we could code our robot to roll along the green marble tiles on the floor. Maxine and I tried out different ways to code our Sphero to land on top of the end of the green line. Once we finished our first challenge, our next challenge was if we could make a whole square on the green marble tile floor. My group couldn’t complete the challenge, because we had to go home at that time.
Overall I thought that Spheros are really fun to code and use!
On November 10, we went on a field trip to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The bad part about it was that we had to arrive at Heathcote at 5:30 a.m. On the bus ride there we watched a movie called UP. It was pretty interesting, when the old man makes the house float up into the air with lots of balloons. The trip to get to Philadelphia took about 3 hours, because it was pretty far. When we arrived we were split up into groups for the tour. Each class was a group. I enjoyed learning about all the facts about what happened around the Revolutionary War. My favorite part about the trip was the bus ride. The movies were extremely funny at some points. The bus ride back to Heathcote we watched another movie called Zootopia. That was one of my favorite movies, and still is, because it is very funny.
Overall I think that it is okay that Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. He is more of a steady and stable person, rather then Hillary Clinton, who jumps ahead and behind. Trump will make lots of changes like build a wall at the border of Mexico, less tax on the wealthy (The only thing that I don’t agree on), and he also wants to remove Obama’s health care law. I hope that he will stick with his promises and try to make “America Great Again”. I wonder why Trump would want to put less tax on the wealthy because it might not help the economy. I thought that Hillary would win the election because her debates and speeches were good.
We read to chapter 6 in the book Pax by Sara Pennypacker. We discovered lots of different characters in the story.
The people in the story are Peter, Peter’s Grandfather, Peter’s Father, and the man in the store.
The Foxes in the story so far are Pax, Bristle, and Runt.
My favorite character is Pax, because the story tells about the fox’s perspective about it’s life, and how the fox feels about Peter. I predict that sooner or later Peter will find Pax no matter what, because I think Peter and Pax have a big connection, they feel about each other, and they are best friends.