Talk To Your Teen By Joanna

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We are reading the book Cosmic and the main character, Liam, is reading a book called Talk To Your Teen. We are adding things to this book. Here is something that I would add.

Give your teen limited computer time unless what they are on the computer for is school. If you let them have too much screen time, then they will not have as much time to make real life friends. Also, you don’t want your teen seeing inappropriate things on websites they are not supposed to go on, and your teen might go on sites and make accounts that you don’t want them to make.

Make sure that your teen isn’t hiding electronics in his or her room. If you find electronics such as iPads or laptops in their room that are not supposed to be there, take them out and say nothing. Then, when your teen finds that the electronics are gone, they will know that you have figured out that they hide electronics in their room, and they will feel extra guilty when they come down. Make sure to read the expression of your teen when they come out of their room so you know when they have figured it out. When the time is right, give them the look that means I know you are hiding that in your room and you are in trouble. Try to limit your teen’s screen time so they can spend more time in real life.

If I Was A Grown-up For A Day By Joanna

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If I was a grown-up for a day, I would go to Starbucks and get coffee. Then I would remember that I don’t like coffee and get hot chocolate or tea instead. Then I would think of something to do rather than go to school because I don’t think that 6th grade is for adults.

Then the fact that I have unlimited money pops into my head and I go buy a bunch of awesome furniture for the piece of land I am going to buy, then go to the real estate people to buy a large beach house in the Bahamas. Then I get 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 dollars and give it to charity. Then I buy an iPad and an iPhone and give Apple a bunch of money so that when all of my money disappears mysteriously, my phone bills will be paid for the rest of my life. Then I buy a gazillion games on them and buy a bunch of in-game stuff and then wonder what to do next.

I would go to Starbucks and get another hot chocolate and browse the books in Barnes and Noble. Then I would decide that browsing books in Barnes and Noble is useless because there is so many books. I would just ask for one copy of every book to be shipped to the my new beach house. I go back to the Starbucks and sit there for five minutes, then buy a LOT of stocks in Apple and McDonalds. Then I create a bank account and ask them to put LOTS of money in it from the mysterious source of all of the money that I mysteriously have acquired. Then the day would be over and I would go to sleep in the king size bed with the really comfy mattress and the warmer on. Then, in the morning I would see that I am a kid again and check my bank account. I am a gazillionaire!

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The False Prince Book Review By Joanna

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Right now I am reading The False Prince. I chose this book because one of my friends and I have a sort of book club. We were going to read it later, but at our school we have an actual book club and the new book was The False Prince. I like the book because I like the main character, Sage’s, personality. Also, it keeps you really wanting to find out what happens next. It is relatively short, so you will not get bored with it. I like this book so far.

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The Two Trees By Joanna

The Two Trees

Once, long ago, there was an uninhabited forest. In the forest, all of the trees were alive, but they could not move from where they were rooted. They talked to their neighbors and sent messages from tree to tree in peace for many years.

One day, Two young saplings named Tucker and Luke decided they wanted to see the forest beyond their neighbors. They stretched and stretched, but they could not see beyond a few feet. They were very sad and they wanted to see the rest of the forest very badly.

The next day Tucker thought of something that no tree had ever thought of before. They were going to uproot themselves and walk around on their roots. Luke and Tucker shifted their roots until they were all above ground. All of the trees around them said “What are you doing?!?!”

They said, “We are going to see the rest of the forest! We are going to go to places where no other trees have gone!”

The older trees said, “We wouldn’t do that if we were you! You will fall over and cut your bark and snap your limbs!”

Luke and Tucker replied, “No we won’t! You old trees are just jealous of our wonderful idea!” And they started to walk away.

After a few steps, they both fell. The older trees helped them up and put them back into the ground. Luke and Tucker were happy to stay where they were from then on.

Moral: Think before you do something.

The Lion Makers Comic By Joanna

Lion and people

Our class chose one wisdom tale each and we made a comic about it. I chose The Lion Makers. In the Lion Makers, three people in India bring a lion back to life and get eaten while the person with common sense is in a tree and keeps living his life. The moral of this story is that common sense is just as important as academic knowledge. I chose this tale because it is interesting to me. I liked drawing the pictures a lot, and I used Skitch for drawing them. I used Skitch because I can acces the pictures easily from both a computer and an iPad. For the comic, I used Comic Life. Comic Life has lots of useful things, and it is easy to use.

Open Note Wisdom Tale Test By Joanna

Today we took a wisdom tale test. The test was open note, but our notes were on our iPads. Having the notes on our iPads was helpful because there wasn’t a bunch of papers covering our desks. Also, it was easy to access our different notes rather than ruffling the papers and searching for the information. However, the iPads can be glitchy and not work, so I am glad that there are lots of ways to back things up. It was much quieter with the iPad because paper makes noise. Also, we didn’t use paper so we were helping the environment’s air quality. Also, homes for animals like squirrels aren’t being cut down as much if there is lass of a demand for paper. For the open note test, iPads are very useful.

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I Am Thankful For By Joanna





I am thankful for a lot of things. I am thankful for my family and my friends. I am also thankful for my dog. I am thankful for being alive and for surviving Monday. I am thankful for going to a good school. I am thankful for having a house and an awesome backyard. I am very thankful that I have everything that I have.

I am thankful that I can read. When I read, I am not here. I am in the book. It helps me let go of the day and slip away into a different place, into a different world. I love to read. I am also very thankful that I can read whatever I want to. I am especially thankful for fantasy and all of the other genres of books that I like to read. I am thankful for reading.

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Stuck On Blogging? By Joanna

If you can’t think of anything to blog about, here are some helpful things to help you blog.

First, if you have solved a problem with the iPad lately, you could blog about it so that others will read and take any suggestions on what to do about it.

Second, you can blog about something personal (but not too personal!), like sports, having something cool happen to you, or other events.

Third, if you particularly like a book or movie that you are reading or have watched, you can blog a short summary or a review of that book or movie, just not enough to spoil it for another person.

Fourth, you can blog about something informational that some people may not know a lot about, like camo octopi and giant squids.

Last, you can write about a holiday that your family celebrates in a different way than most or a cool holiday that you celebrate and that other people might want to know about!

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Past vs. Present

My grammar project was about past tense versus present tense. My project was a comic that had a little story in it about past and present tenses. The general rule for past vs. present tense is this: for regular verbs: past= ed present = am & ing. For irregular verbs, you need to memorize those. Present tense is what someone is doing right now. Usually am is before it and it ends with ing. Past tense is something that has already happened. usually past tense has an ed at the end of the word.

Community Service By Joanna

sweet potatoes
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Yesterday we went potato picking. We potato picked through the Society of St. Andrew which gets food out of already harvested fields. Picking sweet potatoes from the ground was hard, but it was fun most of the time. My partner and I would make a big pile of potatoes and then when all of the potatoes were gone from the area, we would bag them and put them in a truck. The potatoes were always still stuck to the plant, which was really annoying because you had to pull them off of the plant. Near the end, I found a giant potato that nearly filled up the entire bag to “basketball size”. The people who were there were nice except that if your bag wasn’t “basketball size” then they would send you away, after walking all the way there, to get more potatoes. My partner and I think that we got 28-30 bags of potatoes by the end.

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