Posted in English 4, typing

Things I did with my brother.

Last week, my mom suggested that my sister and I should help clean up the house and get our homework done.  My sister and I weren’t very happy about it.  Then my mom said she had a surprise for us, but didn’t give us any hints.  That gave my sister and I lots of motivation and my mom sent us to our room.  I had no idea my brother was coming to visit, I was oblivious!  When we were done with our homework, my mom said “Are you ready?”  while holding the front door knob.  Thea (My sister) and I were bursting with anticipation!  It opened to a tall guy, bags in hand, smiling brightly and Thea and I yelled “Andrew” (Our brothers name).  Thea started sprinting like an Olympic runner and two seconds later I started running and I jumped into his arms, it was a long time since I had seen my brother since he lives 3,064 miles away in Seattle.

Manatee Viewing:  We went to a manatee viewing spot close to an energy factory, the manatees live in warm water, so during the winter, they swim over to the TECO Energy plant for warmth.  At the entrance you can see at least 5 manatees (Plastic manatees) near the snow cone stand.  The snow cone stand had big and small snow cones with lots of flavors and colors, which caught my attention.  I wanted a snow cone, but I never ended up buying myself one because I wanted to save my money.  On a dock we could see over twenty manatees swimming and eating, then I noticed one manatee had a tag on him and another was eating algae that was on it!  It was extremely cute!

Fort De Soto Beach:  We went to Fort De Soto beach with our brother and aunt and uncle who were visiting for a couple of days.  I ran to the water and hopped in it, but the water was freezing and I felt I was going to get frost bite!  We went on the pier that was close by, we saw multiple people catching fish and one guy had a whole cooler full of fish!

Fort De Soto fort:  Next to Fort De Soto beach, there is a historic fort that has old buildings, including little dungeons with bars for windows, just like a prison!  I would go in the “mini prison” and shake the bars.  We walked around, but I didn’t really enjoy reading in the history room, because I’m not a fan of reading.  Andrew carried me most of the way and I thanked him afterwards.

Downtown:  We went to downtown Saint Petersburg with my grandpa and Andrew.  We walked around for a while, passing through a huge park with a lake in the middle.  Around that time I had to go to the bathroom.  There were no spots close by that we could see, so Andrew had to look up some restrooms nearby on his phone and we had to go to a sushi restaurant. We ending up eating two large boats including 15 varieties of maki.   It was so scrumptious and so much fun!

Aquarium at Tarpon Springs:  We went to Tarpon Springs and ate lots of Greek food and went to an aquarium.  The aquarium had snakes (oddly), crabs, fish, sharks, manta rays and stingrays.  We saw two presentations about the snakes and the sharks, then we went to the shark feeding area where Thea and I could feed nurse sharks shrimp.  In the same room we also fed manta rays and stingrays, I liked the manta rays more than the stingrays because I think the manta rays look more friendly.  There was a playground called Puffy’s Playground where Thea and I played make-believe mice.

My favorite part about my brother’s visit was the aquarium, because I loved feeding the animals and playing at Puffy’s Playground.

 

 

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Posted in English 4

5 Animal Myths That are Not True

1. Ostriches don’t actually bury their head in the ground when a predator is coming.    If an ostrich buried its head in the ground, it would suffocate and die, causing the predator to get a free meal.  It’s an illusion that ostriches do this, they are really looking for a snack!

2. Opossums can hang by their tails, but only during their youth because a baby opossum (or a Joey) is lighter, but can only hold on for a few seconds.  Adult opossums are heavier and can not hang on their tails.

3. Touching a frog or a toad will not give people warts, it is believed the bumps on toads and frogs are transmittable warts and touching them will give you warts.  Warts are caused by not washing hands after using a public place or touching a wart on someone else.

4.  Mother birds will not abandon their own chicks if they smell like humans, if you find a baby bird on the ground you might want to give it back to its mom, this was most likely a way of people trying to keep young kids from handling baby birds.  Only Raptors (Big hunting birds) will smell the scent of humans on their chicks and abandon them.

5. Penguins do not fall backwards when they see a plane going by, it started with a British pilot flying around south America, looked down and saw penguins falling over in a domino effect.  It was an optical illusion, just like the ostrich myth, the penguins were getting ready to dive.  In reality, penguins have very good balance, but this is no laughing matter because if a plane flies too low it will make the penguins frightened and they will leave their nest.

Sources:  

https://www.snopes.com/critters/wild/penguin.asp

https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/nature/animal-myths-busted/

 

Posted in Book Reveiw, English 4

American Girl, Understanding your Family book report.

“American Girl, Understanding Your Family” is written by Amy Lynch and illustrated by Lauren Scheuer.  The American Girl book series, helps girls understand things about themselves and if they have questions these books have answers.  I read a book from this collection, so I wanted to share a few fun tricks I learned.

The book had magnificent ideas!  An idea was, to make coupons in case I mess up, want to be nice or say thanks to family members.  I want to make these because I mess up a lot and my sister doesn’t think “sorry” is enough, so I will say “thank you!” for things that she has done for me.  Another activity was to estimate things around my house, in which you write down a few thing you know you have in your house like doors, windows and chairs.  Then you actually count  the things on your list and see how close you were.  I would rate this book FIVE STARS!

Posted in English 4, History 4

Waffle or Pancake?

I recently did a post on “Hot Dog or Burger”, so I wanted to do discuss two popular breakfast items.

Waffles and pancakes are delicious in every way.  Both come in a variety of flavors.  Waffles are crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and yummy.  I think waffles are tasty with syrup and meat.  Pancakes are mini sunshines with a fluffy center!  Pancakes are glorious, squishy and can be as big or as small as you want!  I like my pancakes with eggs, bacon, syrup and fruit.  My dad makes amazing pancakes.

Even though pancakes and waffles are made with very similar ingredients, I like pancakes more than waffles because I think pancakes taste better and more things taste better with pancakes than with waffles.
Fun Fact: The oldest pancake dates back to 9993 BCE!

Sources:

http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/top10facts/558478/Top-10-facts-about-pancakes

 

 

 

 

Posted in English 4, My Creations

The Sand village we Built at the Beach.

I’ve made sand castles and houses at Fort Desoto beach (The beach I was at )before, but this time is was flawless!

We made a sand village called Rappyville, my sister started making a wall to protect against intruders and my mom and I started making the buildings.  What I didn’t know was that my mom was making factories that were ten times smaller than what I thought the houses would be.  We ended up agreeing on that everyone lived in the five, huge apartments, I added detail to two of the apartments.  In the picture above, you can see big rocks that I’m standing behind, they protect the crops from strong winds.  In Rappyville we produce chocolate, coconut products and beverages.  I added a toll booth to let visitors enter, but they must have a ticket.  My mom made a town square than was adorable.  When we were done I was extremely proud of myself because of all the creative and hard work I contributed, it looked amazing.

Posted in English 4

Hot Dog or Burger?

Hotdogs and hamburgers can be a great base for many varieties of condiments, like relish, ketchup, mayo, mustard.  An added bonus is both hotdogs and burgers taste good with fries.  Since I was eight, I always loved hotdogs because they looked odd and my favorite book was “The Pigeon Finds a Hotdog” by Mo Willems.  I like how hotdogs have cute, colorful stands that are little and still have all they need.  Now I’m more of a burger person,  don’t get me wrong, I still love a good hotdog, but burgers taste better to me right now.  I love how burgers can have two patties and all of the lettuce, onion and tomato, as well as it’s condiments and not tip over!  You can even get creative and switch things up with a burger, like different spices and sauces to bring out flavor or just to have fun.

Some people believe hotdogs were invented around 1869 by Charles Feltman, who was a food cart vendor from Germany.  His creation was called The Coney Island Red Hot and not The Hot Dog, it is believed that was the inspiration for what we call a hot dog.

Hamburgers have many origins and remain a mystery there is however a book called  “The Art of Cookery made Plain and Easy” by Hannah Glasse in 1758 that said to roast ground beef and put it on top of toasted bread.

Sources: 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_dog

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/origins-coney-island-hot-dog-uniquely-american-story-180959659/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamburger

http://aht.seriouseats.com/2005/08/the-history-of.html

 

Posted in English 4, My Creations

What I’m going to be for 2017’s Halloween (Updated)

Halloween is just around the corner and last week I finally decided what I wanted to be.

I am going to be The Grey Rabbit, The Grey Rabbit is a made-up costume that I decided to dress-up as.  The Grey Rabbit is the arch nemeses of The White Rabbit (from Alice In Wonderland).  She gives herself time by taking time away from The White Rabbit.  It’s not that The White Rabbit is running late, he just simply doesn’t have time.  The Grey Rabbit can go back and forwards in time, as well as stopping it.  She does this because she is a mischievous little rabbit.  Liking to do as she pleases, such as stealing, lying and playing tricks on others with her small bag of tricks.  There is a twist, her powers only work on one day of the year, Halloween!

How I am going to make this outfit:  I have grey bunny ears, a colorful shirt, a grey skirt and a small bag for the tricks.  I will paint my face like a grey rabbit and have a big nose.  I made a snicker bar out of play-doh and I will have a big razor made out of clay to remind people of the scary stories like razors in Halloween candy.

Updated Part:  I have a grey skirt which I hot glued an extremely fuzzy tail to.  My sister and I are going to do a team role-play for Halloween.  She is going to be my Zombie Minion (I call her Albert).  My sister is a great actor, so that’s why I want her to help. My sister and I will be a couple of scary characters.  I will be holding a rope with my Zombie Minion attached to it for the WHOLE night!  In the picture above, I still need to add my face paint, I’m going to add black around my eyes to make it look like I’m sleep deprived.

 

 

Posted in English 4, typing

My Favorite Public School Classroom.

I wanted to write about my Favorite Public School Classroom because i liked everyone in my classroom.

A couple of days before the last day of school, my class and I had to write in a small book about our school year, so I wrote about it and my teacher complimented my book when she walked by.  My teacher’s name was Ms. Nami, so I would always joke about her first name being Sue (Because I didn’t know her first name).  Everyone would laugh because if we put it together it would sound like Tsunami.  If we finished the day early and it was sunny, we could go outside and play until it was time to go home.  If it was cloudy or rainy, we would play indoor games, but I only liked one game and that game was Four Corners.  Because the only other game was Heads Up Seven Up and it was extremely boring.  In public school I had five best friends, Amelia, Maryn, Carmandy, Makayla and Trinity.  We were all in the same class, at recess we would all pretend to be cat burger-lars and we would steal imaginary fast food.  My cat name was Pookie, for Perfect Cookie.