At the beginning of our school year every student at the middle school got supplied with an iPad. These iPads are great for taking notes during classes, playing games to help us study, write down our homework, and other school needs. I like the iPad to help me write down my homework and also use it for class work during class, but overall I wish we did have laptops. Laptops would be good for some occasions but they would be kind of hard to carry around. iPads are a lot more helpful too because they are super easy to carry around and fit perfectly in a bag or backpack. I do really like iPads and I hope I get to use them a lot longer.
Through this year the sixth grade has gained a better way of learning new vocabulary. We have found a way to learn new words with different ways of studying them. There are circle graphs, a page with all of the information about that word and much more. I really do like this way of learning new words on Membean because a huge difference has been made from the middle of the year, when we started using Membean, to finishing off the year now. I am glad that we started using this and I hope it becomes even more successful.
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In the book, The Giver, by Lois Lowry Jonas and his family unit live in a perfect and ideal community. Everything is the same and so perfect because the leaders committed to sameness. I think that the Ideal Teacher would be a great teacher by helping students when they need help. Not giving a ton of homework but just the right amount that would be needed. I don’t like it when teachers give tests or quizzes like every other three days or one every week, but sometimes it’s ok, so not that many quizzes would also be a great teacher! I like it when teachers explain things well like the activities or projects we do, because sometimes teachers don’t always give great explanations and it is kind of hard to complete the task we are given. These are my thoughts of an ideal teacher, what are yours?
For our last community service of the year my class went to the Spring Arbor Community Home. We got to talk to elders and help them make a flower pot. We painted the pots together and then inserted soil and a beautiful flower that would grow if it was taken care of. This activity was actually very fun. It was fun getting to talk to old people, and talk about their younger life and what they liked to do, and if they still have any hobbies. One elder told me her story about how she had a cat that she found on the side of the road when she was younger and still has that cat today. Its name is Boy. Towards the end, a therapy dog came and did some tricks for us , the dog was named Riley. He jumped through a hola-hoop, spins in the air, and did a cool trick where he would find the treat out of three cups. I reall enjoyed going here, and I hope I go again soon!
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In our Language Arts class we are reading The Giver by Lois Lowry. From your birth to twelve years old there is a ceremony for each one of your birthdays. After you have turned twelve you are on your own. Well, when you turn twelve you get an assignment. If I was assigned a job I would think that my job would be to do lots and lots of yard work, and always make the yard look good as new. I think I would be assigned this because I really enjoy the outsides and if someone gives me a job that’s outside I usually go right ahead and do it. Another reason I think I would be assigned this is because I sometimes do help my parents and neighbors with their yard work and I take pride in it! 🙂
For the last part of the third quarter and through most of the fourth quarter we read the “The Westing Game” which was a cozy mystery. I really liked this book, it’s especially way better that the book “Cosmic” that we read. My favorite part of this book was when everything was revealed, and it was really cool and interesting about how everyone changed from the beginning of the boom to the end, there were some major changes! To find out what all of the changes and cool facts were, read this book. It is very good!
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In the sixth grade language arts class we did a project on a person who is a big influence in our life, in other words our “hero”. My hero is my dad. During this project we had to create a handmade book with a cover and back cardboard made by our lovely guest appearance “Peg Gignoux” who included our work with hers in the Frank Gallery. During this making we painted sheets of paper with stamps, and cut them up and pasted them onto our book of our liking. We then typed up paragraphs talking about our hero’s life story and how they are important to us. Once those got printed, cut, and glued in our book, our books were soon enough on their way to the Frank Gallery on Franklin Street for public views.
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In the book Cosmic, Liam is the main character reading a book called, Talk To Your Teen. This is a book giving advice to parents about their teenage daughters or sons.
Some advice that I would give to parents about teenagers is listening. An example is if your teenager is in a situation and trying to explain something to you, listen to them and don’t keep fighting back. Let them explain their part of the story and then you explain yours.
You might really want to listen to them because you could’ve underestimated them and thought that they did something bad, but it really wasn’t them, and you would know that it wasn’t them if you listen and just let them get out what they are trying to say. And you (being the parent) stop trying to fight back and not give them any time to talk when they could have a better story than you.
That is all my advice on listening to your teen, and I hope you take this advice because it will really help!
If I were a grown up, I would go on a lovely vacation to the Bahamas with my husband, Justin Bieber. I would also become famous; we would travel around the world and make a lot of money. Well Justin already has a lot of money, so we would share the money we made. Justin and I would drive around in a limo, go to fancy restaurants and go to the beach and relax! I wouldn’t have any limits or bed times or rules because I would be the grown up. Justin and I would each have our own Escalade and the limo driven by Justin’s security guard “Kenny”. Kenny would protect us while we are the the AMA’s, Grammys, The People’s Choice Award, and a whole bunch more awards. My husband and I would wake up every morning, go to the gym, then out for lunch, and just have a great day! Too bad I’m not a grown up…😒
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I’m reading The Red Kayak By Priscilla Cummings. My class and I went to a book talk on Wednesday, and The Red Kayak was a book talked about. This book is a mystery and I really enjoy reading mystery books. I stopped reading the book I was reading before this one because this one really grabbed my attention.
So far it is about how Mr. DiAngelo goes out on this red kayak on a very bad and rough day to go kayaking. The boy knows it’s a bad idea for going kayaking on this day, but he doesn’t know if he should say something or not. There was a story that goes along with “The Red Kayak” and why they went kayaking on a very bad and windy day. Read more to find out what happens!
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