Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Hannibal, Mo

Recently we went on a trip to Hannibal for a field at the end of our Mark Twain unit and boy was it fun for this trip we went to the Mark Twain boyhood home and museum to learn more about him and his books. In the museum, there was steamboat steering wheel and a whistle that would be on the ship to send messages. After we left the museum we went to the riverboat to get a sightseeing ride and learn more about the Mississippi River and got to explore an old-fashioned riverboat. When we were done with that we went to the Mark Twain cave and did a tour of the cave then we shopped in a couple of old-fashioned shops. These related to Mark Twain because he used to be a steamboat pilot and all of these museums were dedicated to him and the cave is where he explored as a kid and wrote about in multiple of his books.

Our unit on Mark Twain helped us prepare for this trip because of a lot of the things they told us we understood because we had looked at some things that related to what we had learned so the facts were more interesting and reliable than if we had never heard of the things they talked about.

On the riverboat, the captain was speaking and telling facts the whole time and two of the things I learned is when the water is 12 feet deep they call Mark Twain as a safe water call to the captain. Another thing we learned is that the railroad bridge is also a drawbridge with which boats would pass through.
 
At the museum I learned what Tom Sawyer got at the Whitewashing business and that a lot of items from his family still survive in the museum.
 
I also learned in the Mark Twain cave that Jessie James once had a hideout in the cave and we saw a bunch of landmarks within the cave and learned their names.       
 
The most fun in my opinion and my favorite part of the trip was that we went into the cave and got to learn about a bunch of the things inside of it the reason it was my favorite is that it was naturally made and it had a lot to explore and admire within it. The reason it was fun was all the jokes and history of the cave we were told.
   
The part I would want to add is and improve on the trip would be that we could do a video in front of the museum and say what our favorite part was.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

National History Day 2017-2018

Recently we did a project all of the school quarter and that project would be National History Day. Which is not as boring as it sounds so do not tune out right now. Okay so first I am going to explain my project for this years theme conflict and compromise. My project was about the Peloponnesian war which took place over 2000 years ago and was fought in between Sparta and Athens because of these two in their struggle against each other ancient Greece was torn apart. I believe that the judges are right about what they gave me as a score for my project because I did not do a very good job on making my board look profesional enough to get a really good score. So I think the most interesting thing I learned is that in a battle Sparta lost 8 soldiers but Athens lost 600 troops to fighting alone. I believe the hardest part about this was the research alone. I improved as a student because I learned how to research super well now since we completed this project. My project could be improved by making the board pop out more than it was. The thing I am proud about is that I could finish and make a board that would do what it needed to and that was to relay information. This is all I have for this blog post but if you make one of these projects make it stand out.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

One Word

Most people who make a new years resolution end up lasting only a single month or less. A singular word is a lot easier to remember than multiple words in one sentence. This is proven because people who use one word and not multiple usually have a bigger success rate than those who do not. So our goal class has decided to use one word instead of multiple and my one word is. EFFORT! This is because a lot of things we only do when we are told to, and we do it badly because we don't want to. Well I am going to try and change that to where I get everything done right away. So I have time to do other things. These other things are what people want to do instead of work. This is because we enjoy those other things. Try to finish your task properly the first time as well.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Independent Project Reflection

My Independent project was about the praying mantis. I know lame but not so. Did you know the praying mantis has three eyes and it's "ear" on it's butt. I know right amazing. These insects are very important without them their may be enough insects to destroy entire homes. So I feel as if this may have been one of the best things I could have picked as my topic. Also I used google slides for this project; I did not embed because it is something to be presented not read. What do all of you guys think about this? Leave a comment if you have a question and I'll try to answer it soon.

Friday, November 17, 2017

ISU Reflection

Our goal class went on a trip recently to Iowa State University for a discovery day. On this day we were given two classes to do in the morning an all you can eat buffet and a tour of the campus!
My first class was about engineering. The task we were given was to construct a container that would protect a pringle from a series of tests. A few pieces of paper a strip of tape and a pringle were the supplies for this activity. The first test was a book being dropped on the container. our second test was for the capsule  to be shaken around a box full of legos. We learned about the areas of engineering and what it takes to be an engineer.
My second class was about how cheese is made. In this class we learned that different kinds of milk and additive effected the kind of cheese that was made. The milk is heated first then  we added vinegar to make cheese curds. The cheese cloth got filled with curds stopping the remaining milk from draining through.
The most educational part of the day was the tour we were taken on. the best part of the tour was the library. This was a five story building with a book from 1462.
I learned that the campus has a  clock tower that rings every hour and every fifteen minutes.
If I could give any feedback to make it better for others would be to include a small session in where you can ask students who go their about the school.
The main reason we was went was as a trial to see if it was good experience and worth the expenses for the school. The biggest thing I got out of this was the library and getting to see a local peregine falcon.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

DWA writing

DWA 10/19/17

 "He who is powerful is not the strongest, he who is willing to stand up towers above all others"
 - Adrian Scotton 
What I mean by this is that you can be in control of everything but are they truly in control? All it takes is a single person to rise up and bring others to a point where the controller controls no longer as it was with the empire. 

 DWA 9/28/17

As I sit at home reading a book/ a crack of thunder splits the night. After the BOOM! an item fell off the shelf. At first I think nothing of it. But as the book is closing the piano starts to play. The music is sweet and melodus, and at the same time haunting and eerie. Rain begins to fall heavily and the music stops. the wind sounds as if a madman was cackling. The lights start to flicker on and off as a cold terror fills the room. I run. Lights go out for good, but a glow is in the hallway.
Suddenly it's gone as everyone comes home. After this night whenever it storms I can hear a faint music coming from everywhere as I lie awake.