January 18

Problems We Faced

Throughout this project we faced many problems. We always had a solution that turned the problem into something new or fixed the problem. We had a lot of the same problems which were disagreements. We had a lot of them. One disagreement we had was we couldn’t decide if we should keep the elevations on the cardboard because we didn’t know if it would work and we didn’t know if it would add a cool feature. We were arguing a little about that.

Another problem we faced was whenever we tried the whole simple machine and we set it up again, we always would hit another domino and then all of the dominos would fall down which made us set up the whole machine again. The lesson is to BE CAREFUL! Here is a suggestion: two people setting up the machine is not a good idea because when two people set it up, it gets too confusing and someone can hit the other person and the whole thing falls down.

The last problem we faced was some of the steps we did didn’t work when we tried it. One example is when we attached string to the ladder and string to the ball, the ball fell out of the string so we needed to find a way to keep the string tied to the ball so when we swing the ball it won’t fall out of string. When we tied the string around the ball many times it still fell out. We had one choice which was to wrap the string around the ball SO MANY TIMES! It worked!

January 18

Our Goal

For the Rube Goldberg project each group had to think about a goal they want to achieve at the end of their simple machine. These are the steps my group and I did to come up with a goal:

#1: My group and I brainstormed some ideas for what our goal is going to be. We realized we needed to actually share our ideas and talk about it together as a group to see what we were thinking.

#2: Leila got the paper and we all wrote down our ideas on the paper. We ended up having about 10-12 ideas for goals.

#3: We wrote tally marks to the ones we liked the best. Two of the ideas got three tally marks because we liked the idea the best. It came down to one out of the two ideas. We decided that our goal is for something to play the radio and we will decide on a song to play.

January 18

Materials For Rube Goldberg

For this project we had to write a list of materials or things that we used to build the Rube Goldberg simple machine. My group and I used many materials and things to build this simple machine. The most common thing we used was dominos. Some of the other things we used were balls, a train track/train, cups, cardboard, a car and popsicle sticks. One problem that we faced was that some of the materials we used didn’t actually work. One example is when we put the cardboard on the ground a little slanted and put train tracks on it with a train on the train tracks, the train wasn’t working and was trying to get over the little hill but couldn’t make it. After that we had to think about what we would do about that. To replace that we came up with a using different materials. We used a skinny tube and a marble. The marble rolls down the tube and hits the train which makes that move down the tracks. We always had a solution to the problems that we faced.

January 9

Planning For Rube Goldberg Project

For the Rube Goldberg project you always have to have a plan. My group and I have so many Ideas! For this project you have to plan many things: who’s house are you doing the project at?, do you have the same schedule as the other people in your group?, what materials might we want to use?, what is the coarse going to be like?, who is going to film the videos?, who is going to talk in the videos? and who is going to start the coarse?.

What’s really helpful is writing it down and planning on paper so you have it when you need it. You can also change things and add things like my group did.

So far My group and I planned out our schedules, what the coarse is going to be like, who’s house we are doing it at and who’s starting off the coarse. My group and I are switching for everything. One time I talk and then I start it off etc.

I think our planning is very organized and we will do great during this project!

January 9

Rube Goldberg Project

At school the whole fifth grade does a Rube Goldberg Project. Each class gets partners and works together to make a cool “simple machine” using different materials. At the end you have to try to reach your goal. You and your group can come up with anything for your goal such as: something pulling a door closed or having food in a cup and something pushing the food into a bowl. There are many ways you can make this project successful. My class got to pick their partners. My partners are my friends Audrey and Leila.

For this project you have to go to each other’s house and work on it all together. Once you have built it, you take videos of the “simple machine”. You have to take videos of it when it fails or doesn’t reach the goal and when it works. For the whole “simple machine” to work successfully it takes about 50 tries! Sometimes even more!

There’s a lot of steps to do this and maybe you and your class will do! So far it has been a really fun experience!

December 18

Getting A New Bed

When was the time you got a new bed after you had your crib? This is a story of what I got for Hanukkah in 2017.

When I was born I had a crib. Then I got a twin bed when I was around 3 years old and I’ve had it since I was 10. Now my present for Hanukkah is getting a new bed! I am so happy and excited! I finally get a bigger bed and more room to sleep. I am getting a double/full. I’ve been planning to get a bed since the beginning of December. It is my only present for Hanukkah because 1. It is a lot of money to get a new frame, new sheets, a new mattress, new pillows, new pillowcases, a new duvet cover, a new duvet blanket and a new headboard and 2. It is a big present. It is a lot of work to do this because you have to make sure everything is measured and the right size and also it matches your room. You don’t want to get a bed that is purple and you room is green. The color of my room is light pink. I got a bed that is gray with some white. It is already the end of December and I got my headboard, sheets, duvet cover frame and my pillows. My mattress is coming this weekend and I can’t wait to set it up and sleep in it! Everyday I think about how comfortable my new bed is going to be. When I sleep in my new bed for the first time at night, in the morning I might not be able to get up because it will be so comfortable! I can’t wait to sleep in it!!!

December 18

Hanukkah Party

What do you do for the Holidays with your family’s? In this blog post I will tell you what I do For the holidays.

I celebrate Hanukah. Every year for Hanukah my family and I have a huge party in the dinning area in my aunt’s building in New York City. Everybody from the building comes as well as some neighbors that live in other buildings right next to their’s and some friends and family. We have a tradition that we do every year. When we come we have to bring a present and put it in the middle of the table. Then each person takes a present and when they open it that is their present. We call it grab-bag. For my sister and I, everybody brings one present for us. When it’s time, we light the candles and say the blessing. We also have some food that people bring and we eat all together. I love this Hanukkah tradition. I think it’s so fun because everybody get’s together and I see my family. I get to see my cousin that I normally can’t see because one of them is in collage and when he has brake we never have time to see each other. Also I get many presents. Getting the presents is one of my favorite things that we do. Every present represents me. Last year I got sparkly clothes, lip gloss and more things that I love. This year we are doing this Hanukkah tradition and coming altogether. I am so excited to have so much fun!

December 15

My Writing Journey

My class and I have been writing so much so far this year in school such as essays, non – fiction, fiction and much more. I think I have grown as a writer. I love writing non – fiction and I think that I have gotten so much better writing in fifth grade than in 4th and 3rd grade. I like writing other types of writing but I have a talent on one type which is non – fiction. I could keep writing and writing non – fiction for a long time because I think I am good at it. Sometimes I try different types of writing. Essays are usually the hardest for me because there are many steps to write an essay and there are also many things you have to add to an essay to make it a good essay. It’s sometimes hard for me to think of examples to add but I finally come up with some good ones. My second favorite type of writing is writing reflections which is what I am doing now. I think that a reflection is a time when you get to reflect on what you are doing and how you do it. I think it is a time to reflect on you and what you have done. I like writing reflections because I can write whatever I want since it is about me only. I love writing and I think I am good at it and also I think that I have grown as a writer.

November 28

Savvy

At home I am reading a book called Savvy. Savvy means to have a “magical power”. In this book a girl named Mibs is turning 13 and is discovering her savvy just like her other siblings went through. She has so much pressure on her like her dad just got into a car accident right before she turns 13 and also she is trying to get to her father up at Salina Hope Hospital. It all depends on her savvy, family and friends. Her savvy will help her get up to Salina and find her dad. Everyone needs to help. I might already even know what her savvy is because in the story when she wakes up in the morning her sister woke up at the same time as well as her brother’s turtle that has been sleeping everyday for so long woke up. Maybe she has the power to wake everyone up. That relates to her father because maybe during the car accident, Mibs dad got really hurt and died and maybe she has the power to wake him up again. Since a driver named Lester is a delivery man and is heading up to Salina to deliver something and also is taking Mibs, maybe once they get close she can use her savvy to wake her father up and he will be ok in time for her birthday. I wonder how she is going to figure out her power? Is her dad going to make it in time for Mibs 13th birthday?

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November 27

My Constitution Project

In school my class and I are working on the constitution. My teacher gave my class and I a turn to roll a small box that has a topic on each side of the box. For example, on one side there was a topic about places and on another side there was a topic about events. I got technology. Then, we had to roll another small box. That box was about how you were going to put that information together. This time I got photo novel. That means that I can do a slide show, ask a question about the topic (how did they build this?, when did they build this?, who built it?), answer that showing photos and we also can write one or two sentences to answer the question. After that, my teacher showed us a list of topics we could research on. On the list I picked to research sewing machines. Since I’m doing technology some of my questions were, “What are the parts of the sewing machine?” or “How did the sewing machine work?” Now on that slide we get to write one or two sentences to answer the question and then put some pictures on the slide that relates to the question. I have learned a lot about the constitution and hope to learn more. This project was a really fun experience!