February 8, 2013
I learned a lot of interesting things this week. In social studies, I was really interested by the Atlantic Slave Trade. I was surprised by how many slaves died before they were even bought by people to be slaves. Slaves had to stay on boats for a long time in terrible conditions, a lot of them getting sick and dying. I knew that the slave trade was cruel and terrible, but it was worse than I had imagined! In Choir, we have been having a lot of study hall days, which I like a lot because I get to read. Right now, I am reading the third book in the The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. I really like it a lot, and I am hoping I can get it done soon so I can read the fourth and fifth books!
In math, we have been factoring trinomials and binomials still. I am getting pretty good at it with all of the practice. In language arts, we have been reading The Giver a lot. We are going into chapter five next week, and so far it is really good. I am still not sure on a couple of things, but I am guessing that I am going to find out in these upcoming chapters. In gym this week, we did archery. I realized that I was not good at archery after missing the target three times in a row. Still, I had a lot of fun shooting the arrows. In science, we have been learning a microscopes, the parts of the microscope, and how to use a microscope. We played around with the microscopes a little, and they are actually pretty fun! I learned a lot of really cool things this week, and I hope to learn more next week so I can share it with you!
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February 1, 2013
I learned a lot of really cool things this week, in and out of classes. In social studies class, we have been learning about silent barter system in the Ghana empire and how it all works. I had never heard of this system of trade before, so it was pretty new to me. In choir, we have been practicing our songs for solo and ensemble. My ensemble is going to sing My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music. We are hoping to do well and take home a gold medal! In math class, we have been factoring binomials and trinomials. That was new to me, so it has been sort of a challenge.
In language arts, we have been reading the book, The Giver. I really like it so far, and we have only gotten two chapters in! I am hoping to continue reading it sometime this upcoming week! In gym, we have been playing volleyball and working out in the weight room. I have never used most of the exercise equipment we have in the weights room, so this week has been kind of scary for me. I really like volleyball, mostly because I got put on a really good team that wins almost all of our games. In science, we have been learning about cells and how to use a microscope. I remember learning a little bit about cells in elementary school, but I don't really remember most of it, so it is pretty new to me.
Out of school, we have been learning a lot of geometry on the Academic Super Bowl team. I really like being on this team because I love math and I think that it is good that I am getting ahead for next year, since I won't be doing geometry in school until next year. We have been doing the pythagorean theorem. I haven't done that since last year, so it is good that I am getting used to using it a lot at practice. As you can see, I have been having a lot of fun learning all of this new stuff, in and out of school!
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January 25, 2013
This week, I learned a lot of new words. One of the words I learned was epiphany. I learned that the meaning of the word epiphany is a revelation or an announcement. Now that I know the meaning of the word, I realize that I had an epiphany this week. My big epiphany, or "Ah-ha!" moment was that I am not very good at communication. I sort of knew that I was not very good at communicating, but this week I realized that communication is probably my biggest flaw. I realized that I am not good at talking in front of people, collaborating with other students or people, and any sort of communication. I guess I am glad that I had this epiphany before I did something silly like enter a speech giving contest. That could have been bad!
Even though that was my major epiphany, I also had a smaller one as well. My big epiphany was that I am bad at communication, but my smaller epiphany is that I need to work on my communication skills so I can be comfortable talking in front of people and collaborating with my peers. I realized that I can't just never talk in front of people or collaborate with anyone in my life, because those are all things that I am going to have to be able to do. I also realized that I can fix that by working on my communication skills. Some ways I can work on my communication skills are by joining the speech team, giving oral presentations more often for school projects, doing PBL in school, etc. There are a lot of ways that I can fix my problem, and I need to start trying them.
I also learned a lot words other than epiphany. Four of the words I learned this week that I really liked were wheedle, palpable, jeering, and prominent. I liked the word wheedle because I think it sounds kind of funny. It sounds a little bit like weasel. I also liked that word because it is a more interesting word that basically just means that to persuade someone to do something. I liked the word palpable because it is an interesting word. If I wrote somewhere like, I don't know, maybe on my blog, I would sound very sophisticated and it would look like I have a high vocabulary. I also liked the word because it is a funner way of saying obvious, or easily perceived.
I also liked the word jeering. I liked the word jeering because it is a fancy way or saying mocking or taunting. I also liked in because it is pretty fun to say. Jeering, jeering, jeering, jeering. The last of my four words is prominent. I liked that word because it sounds important. I also liked it because it is a more impressive way of saying remarkable or noticeable. As you can see, I had a lot of fun learning a lot of new vocabulary. As I keep learning more vocabulary words, I am hoping to be able to share them with you on my blog!
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January 16, 2013
I learned a lot of new things during school this past week. In language arts, I have learned to use technology to communicate with others and display my schoolwork. One thing that we did in language arts class that was completely new to me was setting up Twitter accounts for educational purposes. I have never used Twitter, so that was completely new for me. We also set up our own digital portfolios (this one) on Blogger. I had never done that either, so it was fun to try it and learn more about it. In math, we have been working with polynomials. I had never learned about polynomials, so that was good to learn and be able to work with them.
In social studies, we have been learning a lot about O.P.E.C. (the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries). It was interesting learning about the countries in the Middle East, and how they play a big role in our oil and gas sales here in the United States. In science, we have been reviewing a lot of stuff we had learned throughout the year, like Newton's 3 Laws of Motion and the Metric System. In my choir class, we have been practicing for Solo & Ensemble, a contest we are going to in about a month or so. Me and my group are singing the song "My Favorite Things", from The Sound of Music. It is a lot of fun! As you can see, I have learned a lot of new things this week!
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