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.