During gym class, we were learning curling. Curling is supposed to be played on ice, but of course, schools wouldn’t be able to have an ice rink. My PE teacher first taught us how to curl in 3rd grade. At first, we first threw beanbags to get used to playing. You have to bring your hand back, lunge, and throw the beanbag at the same time you lunge. Next, we started using blue and red stones and playing against other pairs. When my PE teacher told us to do rock, paper, scissors, and if I won, my partner and I would either choose the color or the hammer. The hammer is when you get the last hit. It’s good because you can knock out the other team’s stone, or you can knock in one of your teammate’s stones into the house. Sometimes, though, I choose color because either the color stone is better, or I just feel like it. Then, we learned how to use a carpet to slide. It was the hardest part of the unit. Sometimes, I’d slide, and then the stone would turn to the right, and would avoid the house. The house is where you want your stone to go in. The closer your stone is to the button (the middle of the house), the better. But everyone only gets one stone each. Sliding on the carpet was easy. But coordinating it while sliding the stone was hard. That’s all the stuff I’ve learned so far. Hopefully, I’ll be able to learn to sweep. Sweeping helps the stone move farther. I really want to continue to learn how to curl, and hopefully, I will. Curling is a good sport, and it teaches you to have good sportsmanship. You should try it, and maybe you’ll like it, too.

Rocket Launch #2 Reflection

On October eighteenth, my team, the New Newtons, had our second launch. I think that our second launch was really good, even though when we checked how high our rocket went, it was lower. I think this happened because two of our fins were wiggly, so we pulled them off and our teacher aide glue it back on, except one side of our rocket had no fins, so the fin placement was really important. Our variable change was our nose cone, because it was really dirty. So we made it pointier on our second nose cone, and I think it turned our really well. On launch two, it was really windy and cold. I think the wind affected the launches for every group. I think that the clinometer readings could be wrong, because it was really chilly, so the clinometer readers might have moved a bit while taking the reading. The hardest part about the whole entire process was that when making the changes, everyone’s decision counted, it wasn’t just my decision, which was pretty hard for me. This is my YouTube video of my model rocket launches.

20 Facts On The Boston Tea Party

  1. It took place on December 16, 1773.
  2. It was a protest by the American Colonists against the British in regards to the tea taxes that had been imposed on them.
  3. This protest involved throwing chests of tea from three British trade ships into the Boston Harbor.
  4. The colonist group, the Sons of Liberty, organized the Boston Tea Party to protest the Tea Tax created by the British.
  5. The import tax on tea imposed through the Tea Act was actually lower than what the colonists had already been paying.
  6. John Crane was the only “tea parier” man harmed in the Boston Tea Party.
  7. American colonists consume 2 to 3 cups of tea each day.
  8. It took place a few years after the Boston Massacre.
  9. The three ships in the Boston Harbor that were raided in the Boston Tea Party included the Dartmouth Ship, the Eleanor Ship, and the Beaver Ship.
  10. The fourth ship, the William, ran aground in a storm off Cape Cod and never made it to the Boston Harbor.
  11. The Dartmouth Ship was carrying 114 chests of tea.
  12. The 342 chests of tea would have made approximately 19 million cups of tea.
  13. All 342 chests of tea were dumped into the Boston Harbor in the protest, destroying all of it.
  14. The chests of tea on the three ships included 240 chests of cheap black tea, 32 chests of superior cheap back tea, 10 chests of superior black tea, and 60 chests of green tea.
  15. The Tea that was marketed in America, was sold by shipment dealers selected by the East India Trading Company.
  16. Most of the tea from the East India Trading Company was actually from China.
  17. The Boston Tea Party monitored another pre-Revolutionary occasion called the Boston Massacre that occurred on March 5, 1770.
  18. 90% of the tea drank in the colonies was smuggled in.
  19. The new import tax on tea of 3 pence was considerably less than the previous one.
  20. Only ships owned by the East India Company could carry tea.

Welcome to 4th grade!

My 4th grade year has begun. I feel very excited! I also miss third grade. My teacher and teacher aide are very nice. They’re so nice that if they are doing something and a student needs help, they’ll stop to help that student. I like my new classmates. Hardly any of my new classmates were from my third grade class.

My goals are to be a better person, learn a lot more math strategies for math, and get into a habit of comprehending in reading. I’ll reach those goals by working hard in fourth grade.

Practice Ignite

In this blog post, I’m going to be talking about my Ignite. What is an Ignite? An Ignite is a five minute presentation on a topic. And think about it as a story. You would tell a story on, let’s say, gymnastics, if you like gymnastics. My presentation is one minute and forty five seconds long. I was given the choice to do whatever topic I want. So I chose Greek Mythology. I think doing an Ignite is fun, except presenting it. I always get nervous. This is a practice Ignite, because after this Ignite, I’m going to do an official one on Colonial America, but that’s later. In the process, I wrote stuff in a script, and then, after that, made a slideshow with pictures, no words. It’s because I’m going to be talking, so if I put words on the slideshow, then the audience would focus on the words, and not me. In the speaker notes, I put in my script for each slide. In total, there are seven sides, and an eighth slide that says “Time is up!” There’s an eighth slide that says “Time Is Up”, so that you wouldn’t keep talking. Each slide would stay up for fifteen seconds, so I would have to talk for fifteen seconds. Originally, there’s supposed to be twenty six slides. In the script, there are four sections: time, picture, slides, and words. In the beginning of the project, I was super nervous. But now, I’m mostly not nervous, except on the part that I have to present it to twenty three people, plus, their parents. But I love doing this project because it’s super fun and exciting. Mr. Casal kept on teaching me what to do, so that’s how I got to here.