My Feature Article Journey

“Is everyone happy with their partner and their subject?” My teacher asks. “Yes!” We reply, eager to start. I was really excited to start the new unit. Feature articles! We got a partner and a subject that we would be working with for the entire unit. I got a great partner and my subject was the school nurse. Me and my partner decided to focus on why school nurses are important. It took a lot of editing and revising, but after a while, we had our entire article written on a google slide. After finishing the article, we started podcasts, the podcasts we did without a partner. We had to make a WeVideo without the actual video part. This means we had to make the WeVideo an audio only clip. In the clip, we read our feature article. It was a long and hard process because since everyone was recording at the same time, we had to keep redoing our recordings. Once I was finally happy with my recording, I had to name my WeVideo. I had to use a special name so that we can put my recording on the school website. This was very exciting to me, everyone at my school could listen to my podcast! Now that the unit is pretty much over, I know that this was definitely one of my favorites. Making a feature article was really hard, but it was worth it.

Rocket Launch #2 Reflection

We did it! We launched our rocket for the second time. I mean, it wasn’t an improvement, but we did it! The first launch was a success, the rocket went about 16.5 meters into the air. On the other hand, the second launch wasn’t as impressive. The rocket only went 5.5 meters into the air. This was a big disappointment to my group. We remade the nose cone so that it was pointier. We don’t know if this worked because the day of second launch, it was really windy and cold. On the day of the first launch, the sun was shining, it was warm and there was no wind. We wanted the rocket to go much higher. We expected it too go up to 20.5 meters. We were really wrong, but even though the rocket’s height didn’t reach our expectations, we still had a good time rebuilding, launching, and I can’t speak for my group, but I loved the rocketry experience.

This is a video I made reflecting on both launches

Rocket Launch #1 Reflection

After a lot of hard work, we made it to launching our rockets. We went through research, making passion boards, naming our group, designing the rocket and building it. It was fun, but my group did have some rough times when we didn’t agree. When we launched, all groups were successful meaning that no rockets blew up, broke or got terribly damaged. The worst damage that was done to my rocket was that the nose cone dented, but that’s nothing compared to what happened to some other classes rockets. My rocket went super high and so did all of the others. Launching the rockets was hard work for my teacher because she had to control 22 children outside. To make her life easier, we all had jobs. I was the pumper in my group. That meant that I had to pump a bicycle pump to 50 psi. After I pumped, the countdown person made sure everyone was ready, than counted down from 10. Once he/she got to 1, the launcher pushed the button that sent the rocket into the air. The last job was the video person. The video person recorded the rocket launch. Everyone also had to be a clinometer and a data recorder. I used the clinometer to see the angle of another groups rocket when it was launched. When I recorded data, I wrote down the angle of another groups rocket when it was launched. Now, we have to make repairs and change something about our rocket so that when we launch again, the rocket goes even higher than before. I’m loving the rocketry unit so far and am looking foward to launching again soon.

Colonial America – Pt 3 – Finished Building

Today is a big day in New Foursten. Our colony is almost fully built. It took long days and hard work but we pulled through are almost finished. Katherine helped her father, John plant the crops and straighten the fence on their farm, this morning, while the others built their homes and shops. I built my office and with the help of John, my house.

New Foursten is big. We have an ocean near by and PLENTY of land for the children to play on and for Luke to hunt.

I read in the paper that there may be a storm approaching. I hope it doesn’t hit us hard because it could ruin our colony. Then we would have to rebuild everything!

I feel very bad for Katherine. She doesn’t have time to make new friends. Or well, the other kids don’t have time to make friends with her. The other girls are cooking with their mothers, the other boys are building with their fathers. She has no mother and John is building so I am taking care of her.

Only One You – Book Review

 

Everything is done for a reason

This book reminds me of the song “Heal the World”. It makes me think about how people should treat the world in a better way and make it look nicer than it was when you found it.

Make the world better than before

Enjoy your world and what you have for as long as you can. The advice that this book gives you could have been helpful whenever I was learning something new.

Be kind to what your given

I also thought this book said that you should do what you believe in and what you think is right.

Don’t let anybody say you can’t

Stargirl

In class we are reading Stargirl. It is a very interesting. It is about a girl named Stargirl. Stargirl isn’t afraid to be herself. Instead, she dresses differently than others, sings in the lunch room, and is herself. Some people think different is a bad thing to be. It isn’t. I am actually jealous of people who can be themselves wherever they are. I can be myself at home and sometimes at camp, but otherwise it is harder for me than I would like it to be. Stargirl is a very inspiring book. It is teaching me that no matter what other people think, I can be myself, and so can anyone who believes in his/herself.