May 25

Saving the Earth, One Straw At A Time – Current Event

Title: Saving the Earth, One straw At A Time

Source: Dogonews

News Type: National

In this article Saving the Earth, One Straw At a Time by Ariel Kim, She talks about how plastic straws are making the same damage like plastic bags (which are banned). They are so small that  sea creatures can choke on them and the coral reef will get clogged. They slowly but eventually disintegrate into tiny microbeads and enter the food chain through fish. But thanks to social media campaigns such as #The Last Straw and #Final Straw banning plastic straws is finally gaining momentum.


In February 2018 Queen Elizabeth has started to ban plastic straws from all royal estates including cafes and gift shops. Her royal decree also pledged to reduce the usage of single-use plastics such as cups, plates, and utensils at royal functions. Minister Theresa May also banned all single- use plastic. Theresa May also urged other Commonwealth countries to do the same.

A five-year old girl named Ava  wrote a letter to San Francisco based Pizza Express. Telling them that she always got a drink with a plastic straw. She wanted Pizza Express to stop using plastic straw because they hurt marine life. Pizza Express listened to her.

The world’s largest hotel company, Marriott is banning more than just plastic straws. It replaced all of its single-used shampoos, conditioner and soap bottles with wall-mounted refillable dispenser from all its 60 British properties. The move will eliminate 10.4 plastic bottle/ 113,000 pounds of polymer waste.

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Personal Response: I choose this article because I like marine animals and I would not like them to get sick or killed from plastic stuff that we are using. I also think it is good that people are acting. I think we should try to help.

Tweet: Plastic bags are gone but plastic straws are here causing trouble! #Last Straw #Final Straws @dogonews VZ


April 26

Special Retinal Proteins May Be The Reason Birds Never Lose Their Way

Title:Special Retinal Proteins May Be The Reason Birds Never Lose Their Way

Source: Dogo News

Date: April 25, 2018

News Type: World


In this article by Rachel Crowell she talks about how birds can navigate to food and members of their flock. Some people think that there might be specific molecules in the birds eyes. But then other people think that they have iron-rich cells in their beaks that made them be able to navigate their food and members of their flock.


The most recent research, (published on March 28, 2018) involved brains, muscles and the innermost coat of the posterior part of the eyeball that receives the image produced by the lens/ the retina of 39 zebra finch species. The team that figured this out was lead by a biologist named Pinzon-Rodriguez.

They “discovered the levels of some proteins of the cryptochrome class – Cry1 and Cry2 — also present in the eyes varied throughout the day, Cry4 was being continuously produced. This led the scientists to conclude it was responsible for guiding birds in the right direction.”


Scientists from the Institute of Biology and Environmental Sciences in Oldenburg, Germany got a similar conclusion but they used a different bird. They used the European Robin and found out that these birds have a consistent Cry4 , but the other bird had a still producing Cry4. Their study was published on , January 22, 2018.  They published it on Current Biology journal. They revealed that during the migratory, all bird’s protein increased while they are using their navigation skills.

Personal Response

I choose this article because I like birds and animals and I have been wondering about this same thing. I also think that it is cool that two different groups of scientist got the similar answers from different birds.


2 diff scientists got the same answers from diff birds amazing but strange!! @dogonews VZ

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March 28

Colonial Essay – Cooking

     Hi guys! At school we have been learning about colonial times. We had to write/type our own colonial essay. My essay is first person. Here is my colonial essay:

Hello Friends! My name is Elizabeth Rose Wright. We have finally arrived in the new world. The so called New York. We are now making a New York colony. We have traveled far across the ocean in a ship,  see many people die of sickness and hunger. I asked King George if I could go to the new land to have a new life. We are reaching the starving times. My job is the cook. Some other people have other jobs like farming,art,politics,shipbuilder and gunsmith. I am glad I got this job for this is what I wanted. Being a cook could be hard though. In the colonial times you would not go to a restaurant. Being a cook was very complicated because you did not have technology in the colonial times so you had to cook by the fire but you probably burned your hands very often. There was a lot of people to give food to and mostly the food was rotten, moldy, full of bugs  and many other gross things.

Corn, meat, fish and some other bad food was what I mostly cooked. Some people refused to eat these foods. If anyone wanted meat they must go hunting for meat. I cook near the fire for there was no microwaves or fancy technology. Black tea was imported from India and China. People rarely drank water. The water was bad and made us sick or made us die, instead they drank alcoholic drinks. We traded with the indians sometimes.

The starving times was absolutely horrible. Winter was bitter cold and we were scarce of food. The crops wouldn’t grow and our colony the fox meadow colony was falling apart. I decided to get an apprentice. I looked over at all of the children. I choose two Popan twins who were 12 years old. One of the girls name was Sophia and the other girl’s name was Sophie. They are amazing girls. Sophia has dark brown hair with blue little bows in her hair. She wore a white bonnet and a blue dress with red flowers. Sophie looked identical but had red little bows in her hair and wore a red dress with blue flowers. I taught Sophie how to bake for that was her pure talent. Sophia was taught how to cook main dishes. That was her talent.

Their mom recently died. The last words she said to Sophie and Sophia was “I am so proud of you two.” . Same happened to their dad. His last words were also “I am so proud of you two”. I felt so bad for the Popan twins who were now orphans. They were so close to me every second I felt even closer to them. I decided to take care of them. I was like their big sister to them. (I am 22 about to be 23) We lived in a small cottage where we made all the food. The villagers called it the kitchen. We ran a small business in the common room. We cook our food in our kitchen then give it to the starving people. Sophia and Sophie were a big help. Without them I would be yelled at and our cottage would be full of ill, hungry,demanding people.

Dear reader, I am lying in bed with a horrible sickness. I have left the cottage to Sophie and Sophia to be taken care of. Let me tell you what had happened…

As people were clearing out of our cottage, I said to Sophie “I do not feel so well. I am going to go rest. Please tell Sophia the same. I will leave the dishes to you two okay? “. “Okay.” Sophie said in a concerned voice. I weakly walked to the bedroom. I lay down feeling horrible. Soon Sophie and Sophia came in. They had made me some soup. I smiled weakly as Sophia handed me the soup. “Should I fetch the doctor?” she said quietly. “I suppose you should.” I croaked to Sophia. Sophia put on her jacket and shoes and was off. Sophie helped me out of bed and onto the couch. She placed the soup on the table in front of me. She ran over to the neighbor’s house to get a flaming ember. Soon she came back running with Sophia and my friend (who is a doctor) . Sophia made some food with the help of Sophie. Soon when everyone settled down the doctor looked at me. Soon after he examined me he said “You are very ill. You will have to go to the tent (it is a place where sick people go) tomorrow in the morning. Right now you have to have a good meal and a good rest.” . I nodded hazaly. The next morning I did not feel a bit better. I was taken to the tent…

And now this is where I rest. I feel a bit better. I close my eyes. I smelled the smell of food. Oh how I missed Sophie Mae Wright and Sophia Anne Wright. Just then a smooth hand touched my hand. I opened my eyes. There was Sophia and Sophie. “ Sophia Anne Wright, Sophie Mae Wright” I whispered. I tightly squeezed their hands. I was so glad to see them. “How is our cottage?” I asked silently. “It is in good shape. We brought you food. How are you? Are you feeling better?” Sophia asked worriedly. “I am feeling better.” I said softly…

After staying in the tents and having treatments I was getting better. Dear reader, do not worry I am back to normal now.


When I was sick, Sophie and Sophia told my friends I was sick while they gave them food. So, when I recovered and gave them food they told me that we should meet sometime. When I met them at the limners house they told me what I missed when I was sick. I told them “ A lot of people are dying from the sickness like Sophie and Sophia’s parents” . My friends are a blacksmith, shipbuilder who’s name is William James Walker, limner and traditional person. They are very good friends. I often invite them to my house to eat. Some of them are older than me.


I am in hiding  right now. We are having a war. Sophie and Sophia are right next to me underground. “Slam!!” The trapdoor slammed as four figures jumped in and locked the trapdoor. “Thank goodness that was so close” said one of the figures. “I recognize that voice!” I thought to myself. As I listened I got up and crawled to the four figures “Guys what happened?” I asked. “They are having some type of war!” The limner said. Sophie and Sophia slowly got up and laid out everything in their bags. There was a bunch of weapons from their dad. They were old and worn out. We all looked at them in silence. Me and the blacksmith looked at each other and said “I get your message Sophie and Sophia.” Me and Sophia pushed open the mini fireplace. Everyone else pushed open their mini workspaces. We worked hard to make weapons to defend ourselves. We knew danger was coming soon. Suddenly the trapdoor got busted into pieces. We all ran to our positions as indians came barging in. Then we striked. It was pretty surprising what we did. We defeated the indians with many weapons remaining. We all looked at each other with surprised smiles on our faces. We jumped up and into the war. Of course it was harder than defeating the small troop of indians.

Dear Readers

From:Elizabeth Rose Wright

To: The readers

Subject: The End


Dear readers,

Do not worry we survived the war. Sadly William died from sickness when he was 38 years old. I am living a wonderful life. My other friends that are older than me are sort of Sophie,Sophia and my parents.  I met a girl patient named Alyssa and became friends with her. Her parents died so she moved in with me. Sophie got sick but Alyssa got to help the poor girl and we lived happily ever after!


From,Elizabeth Rose Wright

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March 15

Juliet and I – Personal Essay

Some people think that having a sibling is annoying and bad. I wouldn’t exactly say the same thing. I would say having a sibling is complicated. It has ups and downs like a seesaw. Having siblings are actually not so bad. My sister Juliet (who is 13 years older than me. I am 9) stands up for me, keeps me company and always makes me happy.

Juliet stands up for me when I am in an argument. One time when I was having an argument with my parents downstairs. Juliet was upstairs working. She went downstairs to get water, when she heard us arguing in the living room. She went into the room and listened to us for a while. Then, unexpectedly (we didn’t see her enter the room.) said ,“Leave her alone!” and other things that made our parents argue back. Finally she said, ”Come on . Let’s get out of here.” I grabbed my phone and walked up the stairs with her. That is when Juliet stood up for me. This is only one reason why Juliet is such an amazing sibling to me.

Another reason why Juliet is such an amazing sibling is because she keeps me company. Sometimes when I am bored, have nothing to do, and have free time I would go to her room and hang out with her or she would come downstairs and ask me “Hey Vic. Do you want to come to my room?”. Of course when I am available to hang out with her I would jump up and say “ Sure!”. One time when I finished my work and had nothing to do, I asked my sister “Hey Ju Ju do you want to play?”. She responded by saying “Sure just one sec… okay what do you want to do?” I replied back, “Do you want to play microgolf? (it is a golf game on our phones. We are friends in the game so we can play against each other.) Juliet replied ,“Okay” while grabbing her phone. We would have a fun time playing micro golf and other games until we had to stop. That is when Juliet kept me company. She is a fun partner to play with.

Finally the most important reason is she always make me happy. When I am sad, mad or unhappy. That is good because you do not want to see me mad. Once, when I came home from some class (I do not know what class I went to but I can tell you it made me upset) tears were streaming down my face. “Vic!? Is that you!?” Juliet called to me. “Yeah……” I replied back gloomily. Juliet heard the sadness and gloominess in my voice “Are you-” she cut off as I shuffled into her room. “Are you okay?” she said again. I told her what had happened. She listened carefully like no one else would. She replied “Yeah that was very annoying/mean of them to do that.” usually others would say” Then just leave them alone.” or they wouldn’t pay attention and just say “Mhm”. Finally when we stopped discussing about it she would ask me, “Do you want to play?” I said, “Yes!” we would play until our mom called me. I yelled “Coming!” and ran down the stairs like nothing ever happened. That is when she makes me happy. My mom would be confused because she thought I was still upset. But thanks to Juliet I was back to normal.

Other people should care about this because siblings are not that bad. Sometimes they can be annoying, but I just gave you three reasons why Juliet is an amazing sibling. She stands up for me, keeps me company and always makes me happy. Even if I get mad at Juliet I will always love her. We are like cookies and milk. We go together very well. Without each other we are not as good. That is why siblings are not that bad.

My sister Juliet 

December 20

Temperate Forest Food Web


An ecosystem is when living and nonliving things interact with each other. An ecosystem is also like a food web. It is like a chain reaction. If one animal got extinct and there was no more of those animals, the whole ecosystem would fall apart. The animal that eats the extinct animal will die with no food, then so on. Temperate forests are usually located in United States, Canada, Europe, China, Japan, and parts of Russia. Deciduous forests are broken up into five zones. The first zone is the tree stratum zone.


Producers are plants that consumers eat. They are always the start of a food web or chain.


Consumers are animals that eat producers/plants or other animals. Consumers are always second to last in the food web or chain.


Decomposers eat dead animals and plants. Some decomposers are bacteria and fungi. Decomposers are always last in the food web or chain.


November 20

The important thing about Sylvia Earle

The most important thing about Sylvia Earle is that she loved being underwater. She spent 7,000 hours underwater. She was first to dive alone to 381 meters. She is a fascinating woman and a great role model. She was born on August 30, 1935 in Gibbstown, New Jersey. People known for her research about marine algae. She discovered many parts of the ocean. She held the world record for the deepest untethered dive. She led many undersea expeditions over her career. She researched in many places like the Bahamas, China and Galapagos Islands. Between 1990 and 1992 she was the chief scientist at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the first woman to serve in that position. But the most important thing about Sylvia Earle is that she loved being underwater.


“By knowing the plants, you get some feel for how the whole system works,” – Sylvia Earle



Fact cite

Harris, Laurie Lanzen. “Earle, Sylvia.” Biography for Beginners Online. Lincoln Library Press, 2015. FactCite,

World Book

Pellegrino, Charles. “Earle, Sylvia Alice.” World Book Student, World Book, 2017, Accessed 17 Nov. 2017.


Encyclopedia Britannica

Contributor: Rafferty,John P.

Article Title:Sylvia Earle

Website Name:Encyclopedia Britannica

Publisher:Encyclopedia Britannica, inc.

Date Published:May 25, 2017


Access Date:November

October 25

Hello Everyone!

Hello everyone!

I am Victoria and I live in New York with my family. I am a fourth grader. I have an older sister. Guess how old she is and where she is? My older sister Juliet lives in San Francisco as she just graduated from college in the summer and started her first job there. As a result I do not get to see her very often. I miss her very much.

I love sports and my favorite sport is tennis. I play tennis two to three times a week. Two weeks ago I had my very first tournament in orange ball level 2 after having learned how to play tennis for about just 7 months. You probably have guessed the result – I lost the tournament to my competitors who played tennis for more than four years. I was a bit sad but I am looking forward to my next matches! Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena William and Sloane Stephens are my role models for tennis. When I grow up, I want to be like them.

I also like swimming. I have been a member of Badger swim team since last year. Kate, Sophia and Heather are on the team too. I often participate in swim meets. Sometimes I win my heat. Once I won my heat for 50 yard breaststroke and one for 25 yard butterfly. I love relays because the whole team work together. Once our relay team finished first, but one of us did something wrong and got us disqualified. Do you love swimming too? What is your favorite sport?

My favorite animals are baby cheetahs. They are cute, fluffy and soft. They can be very strong. They run very fast.What is your favorite animal?

My favorite food is sushi. California rolls to be exact. I love how they have crab, avocado and cucumbers. They are so yummy! The best part is that they have rice and seaweed! I love seaweed. I also like mangoes. It is sometimes sweet and sometimes sour. I like food that is sweet and sour. What type of food do you like?

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So much for this post. I will mainly post about tennis, swimming and books that I like. Feel free to comment if you want me to post anything specific. Thank you for reading this post. See you next post!

Bye! 😀

  • Victoria