Friday, November 11, 2011

Comments4Kids!

I agree with you when you say people learn in different ways. I find it easier to learn by doing, so I think a project based class would be a great class for me to take. I have just one question, do you get to pick your project? I have read other posts by your classmates and a lot of them seemed to be about the same topic. I was wondering if you maybe picked as a class, or got a list to choose from.
 http://ageofex.wordpress.com/2011/11/01/a-different-style-of-research/#comment-224

I thought that was a really great post! It would require a lot of thinking, and would start a persuasive, and powerful debate. You’re right when you say time is in our hands, in my opinion, we can’t just change it. People would be very confused for a long time and would be off track. It wouldn’t really be adding time, just changing how you measure it. But I do agree when you said, if we changed it, we might get a little more time to do projects, but it would be taking more time we could use later… What inspired you to think about this and write a post about it?
http://ageofex.wordpress.com/2011/11/11/time-is-in-our-hands/#comment-288

Friday, November 4, 2011

The Girl~First paragraph

We are writing creative stories in computer class and here is the first paragraph of mine.


Chapter 1
   Great… Why do mom and dad always have to fight all the time? I just don’t get how they fight non-stop. It just irritates me and makes me feel like they forget I’m even here. I sit in my room and think of how things used to be when we still lived in Utah. How I loved those days of picnics in the park where we played tag, took pictures, and just had a good time as a whole family and don’t get me started about the family vacations, those were the best!! But now things are starting to change, I’m not sure I’m going to like this change…

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Comments4Kids Wednesday!

Here are some comments I left on other kids blogs.

Wow! I didn’t know a lot of this stuff, which is really bad considering zebras are one of my favorite animals. What surprised me the most was that some are black with white strips instead of white with black strips! I’d like to hear more about different types of animals.
http://kidblog.org/MrBoylens2011-12LAClass/cassiec9/zebras/#comment-15

This is a really good story! I had never thought about a toast’s story before. It was unique and funny. :) What inspired you to write a story about toast? 
http://kidblog.org/MrBoylens2011-12LAClass/drakeb12/how-toast-got-toasted/#comment-33

Haha! Those are some weird dreams! I have dreams like that all the time, but when I try to share them, they make no sense at all to my friends. :) Most of the time, I can’t remember them enough to write them down!
 http://kidblog.org/MrBoylens2011-12LAClass/emilyl66/random-dreams/#comment-36

Pumpkin Pie sounds like a great little kitten, but can be mischievous! I have a cat just like him but my kitty’s name is Z. He sleeps all the time and when he’s not asleep, he’s playing with something he shouldn’t be. :D I couldn’t live without him though.
http://kidblog.org/MrBoylens2011-12LAClass/emilym97/my-kitten/#comment-39

Monday, October 17, 2011

Why I Write


    Hi, I’m Lily. I write because I want to express my feelings and well because I have no other hobby. Yesterday in class my teacher, Ms. Higgins, told us to bring something to do with our hobby. I didn’t have a hobby so I wasn’t sure what to bring. I forgot about it all last night so this morning I pulled out a piece of paper and a pencil and told everyone I like to write. Unexpectedly, we were told do demonstrate our hobby. I had to write a paper and knew nothing about it! I decided to try to write a poem because it seemed to be the simplest thing to do. I started with one sentence then another to rhyme with it. Before I knew it I had written a whole poem! I read it in front of the class and they loved it! I discovered I love to write and will continue to do so in the future. 

                                                                         ~Suzanne

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Mood and Setting-Story Telling

   I slowly keep on the path though I hear dreadful whisper of the trees warning me to go back. Abandoned and alone, night is gathering. The formidable forest is frightful as the dead, gnarled vines seem to gradually devour what insufficient courage I have left...  

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Student Lessons

     This week, I am going to teach the class about the beginning of Earth. Everything I needed to teach my lesson was in our science book, Earth Science. For my activity, I am going to have the class make a chart on comparing and contrasting the Earth's first and second atmospheres. The new vocabulary word I am teaching the class is comet, which is a ball of dust and ice that orbits the sun. Hopefully I do well and they learn something from it! :)



Monday, October 3, 2011

Bean Experiment

1. Problem
     Does a plant grow better with kool-aid or water?

2. Background knowledge
    Plants need water, sun, and soil to grow. 
    Kool-aid is mostly water.

3. Hypothesis
    I think the plant will grow better with kool-aid because it has other things       in it like sugar and dye.
4. Materials
    - 2 two ounce paper cups
    - water
    - kool-aid
    - 2 beans
    - ruler
    - paper towel
    - graduated cylinder at least 10mL
    - paper
    - pencil

5.Method
       Step 1- Gather Materials
     Step 2- Make sure both beans look, feel, and sound the same. (like when                   you drop them from the same height
     Step 3- Put an inch of the same type of soil in each cup
     Step 4- Put one bean in each cup about one cm. from the bottom of the                     cup.
     Step 5- Pour 10 mL of water in one cup.
     Step 6- Pour 10 mL of Kool-Aid in the other cup.
     Step 7- Repeat watering every day for three weeks.
     Step 8- Record your data every day and note changes in your plant.
 
6.Experiment 
 
7.Collect Data
 
8.Conclusion
Reflection
   I had to make changes in my method because I had forgotten some of the materials and hadn't realized how important it is to make sure your beans are the same. I had also forgotten to mention you should record your data and should repeat watering every day in the first method.
 
9. Questions for Extensions
    Would the plant grow better if we had used sugarless kool-aid?
    Would the plant have grown better if it was watered every day instead of        just weekdays?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

eBooks

       Our school library has an online library that you can use at home or school! This site is legal in regards to copyright because if you scroll all the way down there is a copyright and each book has its own license.  There are over 300 books on this site and a few I would like to read are, The Princess and the Pea, The Chocolate Tree, and A Sack full of Feathers. These books sound interesting to me because they are all fairy tales and folklore.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Copyright

      I chose the Attribution-Non Commercial-ShareAlike, because I think it s a reasonable license. The attribution just states where it came from. Non Commercial means they can't make money off of it. I don't want people to be able to make money off something I created. ShareAlike means they have to use the same license as me, because if I let people use it, so should they! This license also says they have to credit me for my work.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Pizza Party!!!! :)

    Today, us 8th graders got a pizza party for bringing in the most PTP forms! P.T.P. stands for Parent Teacher Partnership. It's where parents and teachers donate a few dollars to the school to help with expenses for things like supplies for students whose parents may not be able to pay for them. It also goes to other things like gym equipment. Anyways, the pizza was great, it was really fun, and I think it went well. I would like to say thanks to all the parents and teachers who helped and most of all a BIG thanks to Mrs. Brewer (Principal) and Mr. Willkie (Vice Principal) for letting us have the party and providing the pizza!!!

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Making Play-Doh :)

Emily, Rubecca, and I made Play-Doh for Mrs. Brice. The 7th graders were doing a project creating landforms out of play-doh. It was a lot of fun to make and hopefully, she decides to have us 8th graders do a project too. ;) Here's the recipe if you would like to make a batch your self!!
     For 1 Batch of  Play-Doh you need:
  • 1 tablespoon of veggie oil
  • 1cup of water
  • food coloring
  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of salt 
   You mix the wet ingredients together in one bowl and the dry in the other. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and knead (while wearing gloves) until all mixed together. You can add more food coloring after kneaded if you want it darker. Hope you enjoy!!! 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Science Methodology - Original and Revised

My Original Methodology

step 1- Gather Materials
             - Two 2 ounce paper cups
             - Water
             - Kool-aid
             - Two beans
             - Ruler
             - Paper towel
Step 2- Put soil in the cups
Step 3- Put one bean in each cup
Step 4- Water one cup with water 
Step 5- Water the other cup with Kool-aid


  My Revised Methodology

Step 1- Gather Materials
             - Two 2 ounce paper cups
             - Water
             - Kool-Aid
             - Two Beans 
             - Ruler
             - Paper towel
             - Graduated cylinder (at least 10 mL)
             - Paper 
             - Pencil 
Step 2- Make sure both beans look, feel, and sound the same. (like when you drop them from
              the same height
Step 3- Put an inch of the same type of soil in each cup
Step 4- Put one bean in each cup about one cm. from the bottom of the cup.
Step 5- Pour 10 mL of water in one cup.
Step 6- Pour 10 mL of Kool-Aid in the other cup.
Step 7- Repeat watering every day for three weeks.
Step 8- Record your data every day and note changes in your plant. 

 Reflection
I had to make changes in my method because I had forgotten some of the materials and hadn't realized how important it is to make sure your beans are the same. I had also forgotten to mention you should record your data and should repeat watering every day in the first method.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Internet Saftey Stories - Never Share Passwords

You should never share you passwords with anyone for anything.

   There was a girl whose name was Hailey. Hailey and Sophie were best friends. They shared everything, and even trusted each other with their passwords. One day Sophie was pressured into posting some bad pictures on Hailey wall through her account. The "in crowd" had told her that if she did post them, she would be popular. After she posted them, they laughed and told her to leave. People laughed and posted mean things on her wall. Hailey was so offended and hurt, by the things posted, she killed herself. - Even if you think you can trust someone, it's not safe. The only safe people you can trust it with is you parents. Try writing it down in a journal or some other secretive place.      This story was inspirerd by some videos we saw in computer class. You can find these videos at  http://www.netsmartz.org/Parents !