My Poem

Poems are short word groups that may sometimes convey an important message, or a regular message, or no message at all. It could just some enjoyable funny poem. This was one of those enjoyable poems. I wrote it because I decided to do something productive for once. Here it is:

      Did see the moon glowing bright?

Or hear the crickets throughout the night

      Did you see the sun just rise? 

Or hear the hawk’s victorious cry

       Did you even think to hear

The music the birds bring to our ears?

I hope you enjoyed my quick poem. And you may have seen a message which I have not seen. If it is a good one, that you think could transcend into life, remember it and keep it with you.

My Comparing Essay

In class we are writing essays. As you may know already there are different types of essays. There are persuasive essays, narrative essays, descriptive essays, expository essays, and comparing essays. As you already know from the title, this is a comparing essay. I am using two Patricia Polacco books. My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother and Chicken Sunday. I hope you think highly of my essay.

In books, people change. It is an essential part of literature. Novels, short stories and even picture books all have this trait. The books, My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother and Chicken Sunday, by Patricia Polacco, are both great examples of this. The characters in this book aren’t always what they seem. The children, in both these books are perceived in a way that makes them seem “rotten” or “foul”.

In the book, My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother, Richard (The rotten redheaded older brother) starts out as a very mean and competitive older brother. He always tried to become better than his sister at any competition. He would also always make things competitive. Richard taunted Tricia. He would say” And I’m 4 year older than you! Always have been, always will be!” But then, at the end, Richard finally made peace with his sister, because Tricia “Did something special”. This shows that Richard wasn’t what he seemed to be.

In the book, Chicken Sunday, multiple characters are misperceived. One of whom, was Mr. Kodinsky. He was misperceived in a way that made him seem grumpy and crabby. Yet, once he found out about the truth he forgave the kids almost instantly. Another few characters that are misperceived are the kids. But, the kids are only seen in a different way by Mr. Kodinsky. This is because, to Mr.Kodinsky, it looks as if the younger children threw the eggs at his door, not the older ones. But at the end, both, the kids and Mr.Kodinsky seem to show their true colors.

The theme that runs through both of these stories, transcends into life also. In life, people aren’t always what they seem. Sometimes, someone can seem mean and grumpy, yet with a little pushing from the right person, they can become one of the nicest people you have met. Or, vice versa. These two books are great examples of this and show exactly how this idea can be brought into general life.


My Writing Expedition Thus Far

My writing has been a great expedition. I came in to 5th grade thinking it would be the same type of writing. But now, when I look back to what we’ve written I’ve realised we have tried so many new things.

This year was the first year I have made an Infographic and an article. I have written non-fiction but an article is different. It is like telling a story but with facts and dates and basically reporting what we know so far. There are also things I was already familiar with and I really disliked them. The writing that I am most proud of is my constitution project. The reason, I did something I like and conveyed the information I wanted to convey in a fun way. I also enjoyed it a lot because I also got to build. I included my building into my writing by going back to it. I didn’t like the essay’s because they aren’t something where I can just search for my information on the web. Instead, I have to think of a statement that sounds somewhat philosophical, which I don’t particularly enjoy.  

I look back and realize I have grown a lot as a Writer.

New York Hall of Science

Last week our whole grade went to the New York Hall of Science. It is a museum but it is a little different. It is an interactive museum.We got to do a lot of pleasurable activities. For instance there was a game room with a rock wall and a surf simulator. It would inflate up an it would feel like we were on a wave. There was a bubble room where we would pull a rope and it would create a giant rectangular bubble. There was also a space exhibit where we got to play a game to grab the rocks with a claw without going out of the ship. We also got to code and drive a rover, just like they would in mars except a little simpler.

We had two workshops. One was about simple machines and we got to use levers, wheels, scales and pulleys. In the second workshop we made a peg board pinball machine and everybody loved it. We used plastic and wood pieces to create a fun game to play, but it was very sad when we had to take it apart.

Overall (since I really like science) it was one of the better field trips.


This is the bubble room

Albert Einstein Article

In school we started writing articles. We are also reading biographies. So we brought the two together and now we have written articles on the people we have studied. I wrote about Albert Einstein.


We know him as “genius.” But have we ever known him as normal? Albert Einstein, amazing mathematician,curious person, astounding scientist, a normal person.

Albert Einstein himself thought it was funny when people called him genius. “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” Albert Einstein was very curious. This is something we hear a lot about. But now I will not tell you about his accomplishments but about his personal and completely normal life.

As a child, Albert fought with his sister, liked playing with building blocks and liked to build card towers like little boys would. Although he did build one 14 stories high. He did come up with the theory of relativity, and basically changed the world, but he did have a normal life. Albert Einstein liked the violin and played with his sister. He had a wife, 2 sons and 1 daughter. He had a sense of humor. Not what you would think of from a scientist.

Apparently when Albert was doing something he loved he could not be pulled away from it. But if he was mad, then he would be very very scary. This you might not have heard about. This is something of his personal life. An example of this is if he was doing math, he could not be pulled away from that wondrous world of his. But one time, he was so mad that he scared away a tutor meant to help him with school.

The point of this article was not to insult Albert Einstein and say he wasn’t a genius – he very well was – but to educate you on the part of his life that we rarely hear about.

I hope this made you think of how we view famous individuals.

My narrative

In class we made personal narrative’s. Here’s mine:

The Big Plan

By Rehma

“We have to use PVC pipes.”  “Yeah! But what do we use to push the water out?” “Um…I haven’t thought of that.” We paused a second, not sure what to say. Finally breaking the silence Dani says, “It would be awesome if we could actually build the water gun.” “Yeah, just go around Spraying Everybody and the yelling, Rehma Dani!.” “ Yeah, like if your sister wants to use it we spray her!” “That would be awesome!” I exclaim. “Oh! I just got an idea for what we could use. But, before we do, do you still have syringes from you hydraulic claw?”


A hydraulic claw is something where there is one cylinder on one arm of a claw and there’s a tube that connects the top cylinder to the bottom cylinder. There is usually a liquid in the tube and also in one of the cylinders (in my case the top). When the top cylinder is pushed down, the liquid transfers into the bottom cylinder. The water pushes a part of the bottom cylinder out making the arm move down which is basically having the arm open.


“Yeah. Why?” I respond/ask. “ Because, we can use the syringe as a kind of prototype to build a giant version.” “Yeah, but, we have to have rubber for suction. Where are going to find a large rubber disc?” I ask. “We’ll find out later.” “Right, for now we have to focus on the frame.” We decided we would look at materials after drafting, just in case we had to change plans. This was going to take a lot of perseverance.


“To get triple the power we can have 3 PVC pipes at the front.” Dani said. “ That wouldn’t give us triple the power,” I explain.”It would just give us different angles.” I pause, not realizing that was a good thing. Dani smacks his head in frustration. “And… that’s a good thing!” I exclaim. “Thank you!” Dani said, clearly happy he didn’t have to tell me. “ We can have one main pipe that the bottle is connected to.” I say putting out a new idea. “Yeah!” “But one thing, before we continue, do you just want to make separate sketches, and at the end make a final plan together.” “Sure.” I agreed.


The rest of the night was basically, drafting, revising, checking if we had the materials and drafting again. And then -after all that hard work and perseverance-

soon enough we made a final plan. Now for the hard part… figuring out how much money the water gun costs.   


Hope you liked it.

Constitution project

In class we are doing a constitution project. We have two cubes that we roll to find out what topic we have and how we will present it. My topic is technology of the constitutional era. We had to go more into detail about the invention we were going to talk about so I  picked a suspension bridge. I will present my information by using an app called “Explain Everything” Where we label and caption pictures and videos. And since I really like to build my teacher let Me build a model of a suspension Bridge. I am making it mostly out of wood and I am using some cement, metal wire, and screws. I am going to start building today. I just hope I will finish in time.

Redesigning our Rocket

This is our revised rocket

After the first launch my group had to redesign our rocket. Our first step was to analyze the problem. Our problem was that our wings were unbalanced. This was because we only had 2 wings. We also thought it was a little top heavy so we had a lot of debates of if we should keep the extension we had before or take off. We decided we would cut it shorter and put it on the rocket. But we also didn’t know if we should 3D print our nose cone or keep the one we had before. At the end we decided we would add more wings, take away the extension, and 3D print our nosecone. Redesigning was actually very fun and I cannot wait to launch our revised rocket.



HOME of the BRAVE Question

In class we are reading a book called HOME of the BRAVE. We have had a lot of class discussions and questions. One of our questions is: Gol is a cow, but Katherine Applegate (author of Home of The Brave) also uses her as a symbol. How does Gol represent Kek’s past, present, and possibly his future?

Gol represents Kek’s past because in his past he used to herd cattle and Gol symbolizes a whole herd of cattle because one cow is like one hundred when you want it so badly. Gol represents Kek’s present because it is showing Kek’s love and hope for his family because Gol is one of Kek’s only connection to his old life. Gol also represents Kek’s future of what he might become. Gol is starting in a “new land” where he will be happy. This represents what Kek can become. Kek can start new in America. “A new land”…

Picture from: goodreads

Rocketry Launch No.1

In school we have been doing rocketry. Yesterday we had our first launch and everyone was excited. We have recorded data and made graphs to see which groups rocket went the highest, and which groups went the lowest.

Based on the data, Blasting Rockets (My Group) launched lowest yesterday in the field with ≈ 20 m, and J.E.X.L launched the highest with 57.5 m.

Our rocket didn’t go that high compared to other rockets. Why didn’t our rocket go high? The reason is that, the rocket had a 2nd bottle extension.* The extension was to attach the nose cone. We thought it wouldn’t add that much weight because it was hollow. Our hypothesis was incorrect. The extension made the rocket top heavy which made it go in a U shape*. We also only had 2 wings, which made it unbalanced. The mix of those was bad. The reason it was bad is, when we only had 2 wings it leaned a little towards the right. The extension made it fall even more towards the right and eventually it turned completely over and fell at a very low height.

In the second launch, I think we should take away the extension and add more wings. Adding wings will add stability, and taking away the extension will take away that extra weight.

I learned there are different ways to launch water rockets. At first I only knew about the liquid nitrogen and the cork and base. I learned there is also a launch pad with a bike pump. The launch pad is the one we used.

I only have one question now; Will our rocket go the highest after the revisions?