March 20

Nerdy Derby

In school today these two people that work for a compony that do engineering work came into our school for a fun activity. They worked with each class in my grade. What we did was we designed cars and then we raced then on this mini “race track.” We got to work alone or with a partner. So I decided to work with my friend Audrey. Working together we made this awesome car. First, we got a mini wooden platform. Next, we got  2 tiny plastic tubes. Then, we got 4 wheels. After that, we got 2 tiny metal “tubes.”

Making The Car

First, we hot glued the plastic tubes onto the wooden platform. 1 on each side of the wooden platform. Then, we got the wheels and stuck 1 on each side of the medal “tubes” and then stuck that through the plastic tubes so they can roll down the track.

Now the whole car was put together and all we needed to do was decorate it!

In the box of all the materials, Audrey found pom poms and thought we could decorate the car by putting pom poms on the car and making it fuzzy. Then I suggusted we could put the pom poms in rainbow order. We did that and and it was awesome! On the sides of the car it was just white and we wanted to add something to make it better and we decided to write A (for Audrey) + S (for Samantha) = BFFs On the other side we drew three hearts and wrote BFF and then three more other hearts. Then we needed even more designs and color. We put a tiny pink piece of pipe cleaners on eacc of the other sides of the car. Finally, we had a perfect car!!

Now it was time to race! We won a few times but at the end we didn’t know what happened because we every time we raced someone else’s car, their car finished first or our car fell off the track. Audrey and I were a little disappointed but we loved our car. This was a rally fun activity and I really liked the car Audrey and I created!

March 14

A Mango Shaped Space By Wendy Mass

In school we are reading books that involve social issues. My book club and I read a book that is a social issue book called A Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass.

The challenge Mia (the main character with the disease) faces is she has a disease called synesthesia. It’s when you see sounds, numbers, and letters and when you see (or hear) those things, than she sees color. She was trying to hide her challenge that she faces at school but than something happened at school which made her reveal her challenge that she has been going through for a while.

The challenge Mia faces affects how she interacts with the world because if she is talking to someone like her family or her friends than every time she says something than she sees colors. It is very confusing for her when she talks because she can’t concentrate on what she is saying when at the same time she is seeing colors when she talks. Also she doesn’t want anyone to know about her disease that she has and if she interacts with people around her than there is going to be someway that they find out. For example, when she was at school something happened that made her reveal what was happening inside her.

The challenge affects the way Mia thinks or behaves when she is alone because after what happened at school Mia was disappointed and at the same time she had to accept that she has a disease and a lot of people knew about it such as her friends and family. She had to keep thinking of different ways she could get rid of it and finally had to go to the doctors. Also when she was alone she got a message from a boy who also had the disease and they talked about it together. I think when talking about it to someone who had the same disease as her, Mia felt better because she was sharing her feelings. Instead of sharing her feelings with someone who doesn’t know about what’s going with Mia, she shares it with someone who knows about it and who has the same problem. I think it makes Mia feel better.