Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Hannibal Reflection

The first thing we did when we arrived in Hannibal was see a museum to learn about Mark Twain and his family. Then we went to see Mark Twain's childhood home and the inspiration for the character Huckleberry Finn, Tom Blankenship's house. Tom Blankenship's house was very small, only two rooms, and they had ten people living there! Then we got to climb up 244 stairs to see the lighthouse at the top of the hill. Then we climbed all the way back down. After that, we ate lunch at a few picnic tables. Then we took a tour on a riverboat and made our way to the cave for a tour. Lastly, we went to a candy store and ice cream parlor to finish out the trip.

The work we did in class rally helped me prepare for the trip to Hannibal because I already knew some common knowledge about Mark Twain, so it was easy to follow along in the museum with the events that occurred in his life. Watching the movie, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer helped a lot, too. When we went to different museums, I found a lot of things I recognized from Tom Sawyer. It's always a good idea to get background knowledge on a trip you're going on.

Two things That I learned from the riverboat is that Samuel Clemens' pen name, Mark Twain, is used on riverboats to mean twelve feet of water. That was the inspiration for his pen name when he was a captain. Another thing I learned from the riverboat captain are some places that Samuel Clemens had been as a boy. He pointed out that the route we were taking was also taken by Mark Twain when he was a riverboat captain.

Some things I learned at Mark Twain's Boyhood home and museum include that we all actually got to be in Mark Twain's house, and experience what his house was like and how he lived as a boy. I also saw how different houses were back then, compared to now. In the museum, I saw a timeline of his life, and saw how all the major events in his life affected his career.

In the cave, I learned a lot about all the people who have been in there and signed their names. Our tour guide, Nathan, said there were estimated over 250,000 people who have written their names on the walls of the cave. Mark Twain based the characters from his books on real people. The villain in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer , Injun Joe, was based on a man 20 years or so older than Mark Twain. One day, the man, Joe, asked Mark Twain why he had made Joe the villain in his story. Twain replied and said it was because Joe was the ugliest man he'd ever seen.

My favorite part of the trip was going in the cave. I really liked learning historical things about the cave, and who had been in there.

The most fun part was going to the ice cream and candy parlor, I really liked relaxing at the end of a long day of walking and eating good food.

I don't have any suggestions on how we could change the trip, besides maybe one more chaperone.
I really enjoyed this trip and learning a lot more about Mark Twain. Have fun future seventh graders!

Monday, April 23, 2018

History Day Reflection

For History Day this year, Olivia and I did a performance about Ruby Bridges. We took turns narrating about the events occurring and we also acted out scenes that happened during that time. In 1896,there was a law passed that said that students should no longer be separated in schools based on the color of their skin. Ruby Bridges was one of the only African-American students who passed a test to determine whether or not she could integrate at an all-white school. She was the only student at the school that she integrated because the parents of all the other students took them all out of school. The teachers who worked there quit, too, because they refused to teach an African-American girl in an all-white school. But there was one teacher willing to teach Ruby, named Barbara Henry. She gave Ruby the education that she deserved.

I agree on what the judges said about our project. They gave us superior for all categories in the evaluation. I definitely agree that it would be really cool to interview Ruby Bridges, but it would be difficult to reach her because she lives in Louisiana. Plus, we don't know an address to send a letter to. I think they gave us some great feedback about things we could add into our project and to our process paper, such as making some points more clear to eliminate confusion.

The most interesting thing I learned about my topic was about how many people were involved in The Civil Rights movement and all related. There was a huge number of people who were really passionate about what they believed and wanted to get their way. There was a large mob outside of the school that Ruby integrated, William Frantz Elementary, who were protesting against an African-American integrating an all-white school. Some influential Civil Rights Movement activists include Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, and more.

I'd say the hardest part about our project was starting on writing the script because we didn't know how we wanted to start our performance. I thought back to when we did persuasive papers and some people started their paper with some quotes that pertained to their topic. I thought we could find some really powerful quotes about this topic, and quotes from Ruby Bridges herself. We also needed to put the lines in the right order so the other person could have time to change while the other gave some background information.

I improved a lot as a learner by finding some new research techniques that made it easier to take notes. For example, I found out how to cut the text and move it to another place instead of just retyping it. This made the script-writing process a lot easier to organize our facts!

We could improve our project by adding more information about the child psychiatrist, Robert Coles into our presentation. We already added some lines about that and added more information that could help the judges understand better.

The part I was most proud of on our project was when I saw that we had gotten the highest rating on all categories of our project! I was also really proud of the way our interview went and the questions the judges asked. I also think the advice we were given was really helpful.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

My One Word for 2017

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My word for 2017 is Determined. I picked this word because I often get discouraged and frustrated if I can't figure something out. I need to remind myself to stay determined and don't give up. I think it's really important to stay determined because you won't get a lot done if you give up all the time. Being determined is very important if you want to succeed. 

Friday, November 17, 2017

Iowa State OPPTAG Experience Reflection

In DNA smoothie (Biotechnology), We learned about DNA and extracted DNA from a banana with a partner. We also got to try a smoothie that our teacher made for us. We learned that all living things have DNA and all about why it's important.
In Stand by your quote (Leadership), we got to explore some famous quotes about leadership. There were leadership quotes taped around the room. We went and stood by the one that pertained to us the most. Then, in our group, we talked about the characteristics of a leader and wrote them on the chalkboard. Then we discussed leadership all together as a class.
The most educational part of my day was learning all about DNA and getting to see it in real life. it was so cool to see real DNA of a banana right in front of us.
Something  I learned about the Iowa State campus was how many different majors you can choose from. There are hundreds of majors that you could do there, and you can change your mind if you want to do something else.
The most fun part of the day was when we went to the VRAC (Virtual Reality Application Center). We got to see 3D animations like galaxies and airplanes. They also taught us how they can make a virtual reality simulation.
I would improve the experience by letting us see more of the library on the campus tour.
My biggest takeaway from this trip was walking around on a real college campus and learning what college will be like.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Coral Reefs Independent Project

I chose coral reefs as my topic because i've always been fascinated with things that are underwater. I also really wanted to know how they are an animal and not a plant. I learned that 70% of the world's coral reefs will be destroyed by 2050. It's really sad that people aren't trying to help keep them alive. They help our ecosystem a lot by protecting the things on the shore from eroding. I really want to find out more about where they exist. I chose to present my project with google slides because I've used it a lot in the past and it makes a lot of sense to me. I really liked my project because I feel like I found really good pictures online. Something I would've improved was that I would've had more information on my notecards. Overall, I really liked researching this topic.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

DWA Publishing 1st Quarter

10/18/17 "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself" -Leo Tolstoy. I think this quote means that there are lot of people in the world who just complain about everything, but they don't realize that they could be causing the problem. For example, if someone complains about pollution, they don't even realize where their garbage goes! They could be causing this and they only think that it is someone else's fault.
 10/30/17 "An optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity; a pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity" -Winston Churchill. I believe that i am more of an optimist than a pessimist because I try to always stay on the bright side and find something good in every situation. But I think I can be a pessimist if I am in a really bad mood. Then I just see the whole world as cruel.