Thursday, April 27, 2017

Nauvoo Field Trip Reflection

For our 2017 Goal field trip we went to Nauvoo, Illinois. It has a really amazing re-creation of what life was like back in the 1840's when the Mormons lived there. I enjoyed our trip a lot and I learned a bunch of new things too.
My favorite part of the trip was the blacksmith's shop. There we learned that since the Mormons had to travel all the way to the rocky mountains, the blacksmiths had to make all of the wheels and everything for the wagons. The most interesting part that I learned in there was that the blacksmiths made all of the wagon's wheels identical so that all of the spare wheels would fit any of the wagons. I also learned about a story where a boy and a girl fell in love. When the boy asked the girl to marry him she told him that her father would only let her marry someone who gave her a diamond ring. Since they where in the middle of the prairie, you couldn't really get a diamond around there. The boy then went to his father because he didn't know what to do. His father told him to go the the blacksmiths and see if they had any ideas. When he went there, the blacksmiths gave him a horseshoe nail that was bent to look like a ring. He gave that to the girl and when she showed it to her father, her father said that any boy that was smart enough to do that would be good enough for his daughter.
Something new that I learned about the pioneers was that they made their own bricks. The pioneers made the bricks out of clay, sand, and a little bit of water. Then they put the "pug" (the mixture) into a mold. After that they took it out and day by day they turned the bricks over in the sunlight to get all of the moisture out of them. Finally they built these huge clamps using the bricks and built a fire underneath, still trying to get all of the moisture out. The "baking" would go on for weeks, drying every single drop of water out. The whole process was just about making the bricks the strongest that they could be.
Something that I learned about why the Mormons moved west in the 1840's was that they left because they were being persecuted. They ultimately didn't want to have a civil war because the people around them thought that they were too different in the way that they worshiped and in what they believed in. Everything was getting too violent so they had to leave.
If I had to choose one thing that I saw or heard to learn more about I would want to learn about what the jobs of just regular kids growing up were. I would want to learn about this because I think it would be cool to see how much our everything has changed. Also because I want to know how different we do things and what we have now that the Mormons didn't have. I know that candle making was one of the girl's jobs but what other jobs did they do?
There you have it, everything that I learned in Nauvoo. Again, it was a really amazing place to take a field trip to, and it was super historical place. I had a lot of fun there!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Moral Dilemma Literature Circles

A moral dilemma is when a person is trying to decide if they should do the write thing or if they should do the wrong thing to protect someone. In my group's first book, Under the Same Sky by Cynthia DeFelice, the moral dilemma was that Joe, the main character, couldn't decide if he should turn in the migrant workers, who have illegal papers, in to the border patrol or not. He had befriended the migrant workers who had the illegal papers so that especially made it hard. The characters that were involved were Joe, Manuel,  Luisa, Frank, and Rafael. The dilemma was solved by Joe deciding to do the right thing and follow his heart. He helped the migrant workers get to another farm where they could be safe. If I was put in the same situation, I would have done the same thing. I would have done that because I would want to protect my friends and trust them as well. I agree with the moral dilemma though, it would have been a very hard choice to make. The next book that we read was Nothing But The Truth by Avi. The moral dilemma was that Philip, the main character, can't decide if he should make a big deal out of the fact that he got suspended for singing the national anthem during morning announcements or to let it slide because he did break a rule saying that he needed to stand still and quiet during the playing of the national anthem. The characters that are involved are Philip, Miss. Narwin, and Dr. Palleni. Since my group did not finish the book I don't know how Philip solved his moral dilemma, my prediction is that Philip will give up on all of the news reporters and go back to school with an open mind and to maybe actually try harder to do better in English since he got assigned a new homeroom teacher. If I was in Philip's place I would have not let my father talk to the news reporter in the first place. If somehow what happened to Philip happened to me I would have done the thing that I predicted, even though my prediction might not be correct. I would have done this because I would not want attention.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Invent Iowa

     My invention is called the Bio-Bottle. It is a water bottle that uses natural materials to filter out dirty water. Each material filters out something different so that you can take pond or river water and turn it into clean and safe drinking water.
     The problem that I was trying to solve was about water quality. I wanted to change the fact that every one person of nine in the world doesn't have access to safe drinking water. I also wanted to find out a way to take materials from nature and turn it into a filtering system that doesn't use nonrenewable resources.
     My invention solves that problem because it uses natural materials such as sand, gravel, and carbon/activated charcoal. Sand and gravel filters out contaminants such as bacteria. The carbon/activated charcoal takes away chlorine, odor, taste, and many other things.
     I was most proud of my project because it turned out just the way I wanted it to. I think that I had good ideas and good research to back the ideas up. I also liked the way that my model turned out, even though it was tricky.
     One of the challenges that I faced was actually trying to figure out what to invent. I couldn't come up with an idea. I faced this challenge by looking up problems in the world. Water quality was right up there with a lot of other third world problems.  Then I did research, and then more research, and then even more research!
     Something that I would improve would to have my model work better. My model did work, most of the time, but it could have been better. I needed to clean everything out and make sure that none of the materials are dirty. Another way that I would need to change my model would be to make sure that the water goes through the filtering system faster.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

My Independent Project

I did my independent project on GMO's. GMO stands for genetically modified foods. I chose this project because my dad has a certain bias about this topic. I knew that there was a lot of controversial arguments and I wanted to know what the other side was. I learned a lot and I enjoyed researching this topic.  My favorite part of my project is probably just exploring what different people's opinion is and just learning about all of the facts about GMO that I could. I also loved that I got to teach other people about GMOs and let them decide which side of the argument they thought was better. The hardest part of my project was figuring out what sites were reliable and which sites weren't too bias toward one particular side of the argument. I thought that even though it was hard it was still fun to do. I think that I improved as a learner and a student because I learned how to take better notes and how to use bullet points correctly. I think that if I could do this project over again I would try to be more confident and to put more pictures in my project to explain more.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

2016-2017 1st Blog Post

 I am going to set 3 goals for the 2016 to 2017 school year. This is my first blog post of the new school year! 6th grade! Yay!  For my first goal I am going to set an academic goal. My goal is to improve on all of my subjects so I can get better grades. My second goal is a personal behavior goal. My goal is to become more organized. I want to be able to know what my assignment is and when I need to get it done and turn it in. My third and final goal is an improvement goal. My goal is to improve on my spelling and punctuation. Last year I didn't get as good as grades as I could because I forgot to double check my spelling and punctuation. I hope to remember to read everything over to make sure I don't have any mistakes. So there you have it. My goals for the 2016 and 2017 school year!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

5th Grade GOAL Poetry Reflection

1. In class we did a unit on poetry. Before we started I thought poetry was boring because I didn't know how to write poetry and I just didn't enjoy reading it. After we did all those fun activities it sort of opened a new door for me because I realized that all poetry had to be boring and about feelings and now I think that it is really fun to take weird words that don't go together and fit them into a masterpiece of words.

2. The poetry unit that I enjoyed the most was Poetry Poker. When you deal out the cards you have no idea what words that you are going to get. I love that when you look at your phrases you can decide what order to put them in and if you want to change them at all. All of the poems ended up being really funny because you didn't know what was coming next.

3. I shared with the class a poem in the book " Cricket Never Does " by Myra Cohn Livingston. The poem that I read is in the Spring section. I chose this poem because I loved the joke in it. The Mockingbird and the Bluejay are two of my favorite birds and I really like how the author put them together. I also chose this poem because I love Spring and everything in it!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Sports and Games Around the World Project Reflection

          My sport around the world project was Curling. I did a Google Slide on a computer. You have to curl or spin a stone made of Granite that weighs about 42 to 44 pounds! Can you believe that? Imagine spinning a huge stone that is about the weight of one of my sisters! I learned a lot of interesting facts when I was researching. I wanted to research Curling because my family and I watch it every Winter Olympic Games. I did not know how to play it until now.The most interesting fact that I learned was that there are leagues in which people in wheelchairs can play. There is a special tool called a delivery stick that you can sit down while you curl the stone! For the next time that I present I would probably improve it by putting more of an outline of my project and create the sentences on my own during my presentations instead of reading off of my slide word for word.