Starting about a month ago, me and my class began learning a new subject. This subject was Electricity. Before we began learning about wires and electricity we learned how to do the scientific method. After we did the scientific method I was really surprised to realize that it came in very handy to create my game and my final project. During this project, I was extremely challenged, as some of the judges saw I am not the best at creating an MLA Cited Bibliography. During the topic of Electricity, I worked hard to try and get a lot of research and it paid off. I also really enjoyed creating circuits and using wires. Even before the project I was excited to use wires. Using wires taught me how to persevere because even though the circuit sometimes got messed up, I persevered and tried again. During this project I learned a ton, I learned how to persevere, I learned how to use wires, and last but not least I learned how to do the scientific method.
In class, we were assigned to do some Creative Writing and I would love to share mine with you.
One day Jerry and Martha were going for a walk. On their way to their local supermarket, they saw something interesting. They saw that their community pet sellers building was being torn down. Immediately they both wondered, What is going to happen to the pets? “Are they stuck in the rubble?”: asked Jerry. Then Martha Said: Let’s go check and make sure all of the animals are still safe. When they reached the area of rubble they both realized that animals were trapped under it
They dug for hours and had extracted every animal except for a big golden Labrador. There was a big chunk of rubble covering it and surrounding it. Then Jerry asked Martha: “Should we go home and get hammers? I don’t think we could lift this on our own.” Martha agreed and they both went home and retrieved two big jackhammers. At home, they dropped off all the other pets and told their parents that they would explain the story to them later and they hurried off to the pet shop. Once they reached the pet shop, they immediately got to work hammering the huge piece of rubble. They eventually reached the dog and pulled him out. He was the cutest dog they had ever seen.
They eventually reached home, and their parents were not so happy to have 30 animals in their living room. “What are we going to do with all of them”: said, Mom. “Don’t worry we will figure it out”: say Martha and Jerry. “First of all, we need to brainstorm who would want a dog or cat”: says, Dad. Then Marth remembers hearing about some of her friends wanting cats. So she brings all the cats to her friends’ houses and they are all very appreciative of the deed because pets, at the moment are pretty expensive. Jerry also brings some dogs to his friends’ houses and they all appreciate it as well. When they all reach home, there is only one dog left. The golden Labrador. Martha and Jerry tried to persuade their parents to let them keep it but their parents would not let them have the Labrador. They tried to find the Labrador a house for weeks until Mom and Dad gave up. They let them have the dog!! What should we name it?: says Martha. I think we should name him Rubble because he was stuck in the rubble: says Jerry. That is the perfect name: says Martha.
They lived with Rubble for years and years, having fun, playing games, and messing around and they all lived happier ever after.
In this term we learned about multiple things:
We learned about Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. Bar/Bat Mitzvahs are when a Boy/Girl becomes a Jewish adult. During most Bar/Bat Mitzvahs you will see the Boy/Girl reading from the Torah. Some people also have big party’s to celebrate becoming a Jewish adult. Once you become a Jewish adult you have to fulfill certain commandments like going to shul or praying everyday. I find it interesting that you become a Jewish adult at only 12/13.
We also learned about Tefillin. Tefillin are two boxes with leather straps attached to them. You wrap the straps around your arm and head to hold the boxes in place. The boxes are important because they remind you that you need to remember G-d freeing us from Egypt and you need to educate your kids on the story, and you have one G-d and you will be rewarded if you follow the commandments. The box on your head reminds you that you serve G-d with your thoughts and the box on your arm reminds you that you serve G-d with your actions. I find it interesting that Tefillin is supposed to be worn everyday.
We also learned about Tallit. Tallit is a Jewish prayer shawl. Did you know that Tallit used to be worn everyday until the destruction of the second temple. After the destruction of the second temple it started only being worn for prayer. All Tallit have fringes hanging down because all pieces of clothing with four corners have to have fringes that remind you of the commandments. Some people wear Tallit Katan which is a shirt with four corners and fringes. They are usually worn under clothing. I find it interesting that you are not required to wear Tallit Katan but people still wear them.
That is all we learned this Semester in Jewish Studies
Thanks for Reading
During English class we were introduced to a project called: The Exhilarating Reading Adventure Project. For this project we had to read a book of our choice, and then create an artifact on the book. We had multiple options but I felt that one spoke out to me and that was the podcast.
I chose a podcast because I love to listen. In my spare time, I enjoy listening to different types of music and different podcasts. My friends say I am a good listener when they have problems they want to talk about. I am also an auditory learner, and on top of all of that I love to explain things verbally, so I think the podcast was the best choice possible for me.
I decided to name my podcast COTEcast after my book. I chose the book Journey to the Centre of the Earth and I named my podcast COTE for Centre of the Earth. I also find that it’s a catchy name that people can remember.
My first podcast was a summary. I felt that a summary would teach everybody about my book before I spoke about it and it creates an understanding of my book, so it’s easier to explain later. Here is the COTEcast #1.
My second podcast involved sharing fun facts about the author of the book. There are also multiple fun facts about him because he lived so long ago. I felt that it was important to share information about the author so you can understand his perspective on the book and so you can feel as if you know the book better by knowing the author. I also rated the book and talked about the literary devices used in the book. Here is COTEcast #2.
My third podcast was when I created a fun and modern version of the book Journey to the Centre of the Earth. I named it Journey to the Centre of the Earth 2.0. It was a remake of the book Journey to the Centre of the Earth but I used modern characters and they used modern equipment to try and reach the centre of the earth. Here is COTEcast #3
If I were to start my project over I would definitely try and read my book more quickly, so I could have more time to prepare the podcasts. I would also try to speak more freely during the podcast, without needing to type or write out my ideas first. However this is challenging, as it requires quick thinking and a free flow of ideas.
I hope you enjoyed hearing my podcasts, and thank you for listening.
In science class we made rockets that we launched. We used a rocket launcher and they flew very far. It was cool to watch the rockets soar threw the sky. I even made a video showing my rocket.
During the making of the rocket I learned that if you make the tip of the rocket a little more heavy it will glide farther. I also learned that the pressure cap is very important. The pressure cap is the thing the air hits and then it shoots off the launcher.
I think mine could have been better if there was less tape around it. Making the rocket was so fun and I hope we can do more things like it.