|What's going on in Mr. Solarz' Class?||
Once we finished our book, we made 3 over dramatic videos that were all from scenes in our book. (NOTE!!! THESE ARE VERY OVER-DRAMATIC! MIGHT WANT TO TURN DOWN THE VOLUME!) Here they are:
This is the first video we made where we were acting out the dinner scene with Rick, Steve, and Steve's mom.
This is the 2nd video we made. This is the scene where we were pretending to be attacked by Nate, the bully in the Brixton Brothers.
This is the final video we made where we were acting out the scene where Rick leaves Steve and Dana his car keys, and followed the B. Syndicate.
Circumference (at brain height): 59.5 inches
Diameter (at brain height):
Distance from man made objects: 4 meters and 31 inches
Circumference( at brain height): 56 inches
Diameter (at brain height):
Distance from man made object: Wasn't near one
Circumference( at brain height): 23 inches
Diameter (at brain height):
Distance from man made object: Wasn't near man made object
Circumference( at brain height): 7 inches
Diameter(at brain height):
Distance from man made objects: 24 inches
"We're off!" shouted Commander Randy. All of the other raindrops and I were ready to be released into the world. I mean, the clouds and sky were nice and all, but all I really wanted to do was explore the world. And I was super excited that my wish was finally coming true! "5...4...3...2...1...Blast Off!!!!" shouted the Commander. Suddenly, we all felt the clouds fall beneath us, and we were falling! It was so beautiful. The flowers and grass, trees, the kids running. It felt so good. Suddenly, I felt a splash and soon realized I was under water! I realized that I was in pool! It actually felt good. The nice warm water. Days passed and I, the raindrop, became bored. Finally, a summer day came and a bunch of kids came running into the pool. I got pushed and kicked all over the pool. I was disgusted by the kids, a mix of sweat and water pouring down their faces. Little 1-5 year-olds picking their noses.Any other disgusting thing you could think of. "Ewww!!!" I exclaimed. This same experience went on for days, until finally, I started to lift up! No one noticed it, but I was slowly turning into a gas! I was being lifted up to the clouds and then I started to turn back into a rain drop! I was falling again! Suddenly, with great disappointment, I was back in the pool.
Elephant seals are very unique mammals. They need and use water just as much as humans do! Although Elephant seals need water very much, they don't need it to drink. When Elephant seals are born, they get milk from their mom, which has water in it. then, as they mature the water goes into the blubber, leaving the elephant seal with plenty of hydration. When elephant seals eat, they eat things that live under water. I think it is because it would be very hard to catch food on land, especially because the elephant seals have to slide themselves around on land. The elephant seal eats the following: Shark, Flatfish, Rat fish, Crab, Squid, and Octopus. Elephant seals are very talented swimmers. They can hold their breath for up to 2 hours, and can dive up to 4,921 feet! The elephant seal also spends 90% of it's life under water! The elephant seal definitely spends lots of time using and needing water!
How Humans and Elephant Seals Use and Need Water
Now that I know more about Mars, I am a little bit more worried about trying to make a colony on this deadly planet. One of the main things that I am worried about is that we could get hit by asteroids and meteors, and we could die from that! I don't know how we can ever survive on Mars if there is a possibility of getting hit by asteroids! Another one of my concerns is the dust storms. I learned that the dust storms are very deadly and we can easily lose our homes and other important places that we will need for our colonization. The dust can also get in our eyes, and make it really hard to see. I'm also a little worried about there being no water on Mars. I grew up in New Zealand, where it is a lot of water, so it will be hard for me to get used to not having any. We also can't breathe on Mars, and if our masks accidentally come off, we could die! There are plenty of other things that could get us hurt, and some of these include deadly sun rays, which can make us sick, or die, and the red dust on Mars could choke us to death and get in our eyes. Mars also has a huge temperature change, going from the negative 100’s at night, to the positive 100’s during the day. During this freezing temperature period, we could freeze, and probably die!!! Even if we don’t die, our doors to our research labs, homes, and other important buildings would freeze shut, along with the things in them! A lot of people’s jobs are going to come in need. Like Damien Startseva and Woo Ji Woo are going to be super busy, trying to invent things that can keep us warm and safe. Sven Lundqvist and Caroline Peter are also going to have lots of important tasks, trying to make the air more safe. Finally, Jade Le Blanc and I are going to need lots and lots of medicine to help cure the injuries!!!
Drinking and Eating
The most common water uses I found were drinking water, and going to the pool. I think these are very popular because many people go to the pool in the summer, and people need water to survive, so it is important to drink it a lot. Some of the most unusual water uses are cleaning the floor, and washing the car.
"Playing" with my Brothers
One day in the summer, I rode my bike to the pool with my brothers, Ryan and Sean. We were going to Pioneer, and it was super exciting. This was the first time we were staying for night swim by ourselves. Once it was time to go home, my mom was going to pick us up. We were really excited. So, it was the middle of the day and the pool just opened. We walked right in, and automatically we raced in to the water. It felt so good to be in warm water that wasn't to hot or too cold. We started playing this game we had made up a long time ago, where Ryan would sit us on his shoulders, and then flip us backwards. Sean went first, and he was super scared. Ryan flipped him extremely fast, and Sean landed in a belly-flop. Ryan started laughing hysterically, and I gasped. Sean slowly came up from the water and had a frown on his face. He looked at Ryan, saw him laughing, and smiled. Then he started cracking up, which made me laugh too. It was a good start to a good day. We played for a while, switching games every so often. Then, of course, Ryan stopped playing. He saw his friends and he told us to play by ourselves. Sean and I were super annoyed. So, Sean and I got out of the pool and raced to our swim bags. There, we got a diving ring, which was one of our favorite games. We switched off throwing the ring in the water, and the other person tried to find it. We were having a great time, just as the pool started to get crowded. I felt my stomach rumbling, so Sean and I went up to get a snack. We had pizza, pop, and a snow cone for dessert. Since the pool was starting to get more crowded, I saw my friends, and Sean saw his. We also saw a bunch of other kids from Westgate, so Sean and I started a game of contagious. We had so much fun! It started to get a little later, so the pool closed. Sean, Ryan, and I got out, and went out to wait for my mom. She picked us up, and we went home.
"Yes!" I thought to myself. Ryan, Sean, and I got to go back to the pool to go night swimming! Since we left the pool, we had been waiting for what seemed like hours. We went back and got a bunch of ice cream with our friends. It was so much fun! I couldn't wait to got back to the pool tomorrow.
"Whew!!!" I thought. It was a hot summer evening in Saint Marten, and we were going to a restaurant called Jimbo's. My cousins and brothers and I were all super excited to go to Jimbo's because Jimbo's had a pool that was built into the restaurant. We all raced into the ice cold water and shivered with a sigh of delight. We put our goggles on and started to play hide and seek. It was more fun than usual because it was night, and there were no lights on in the pool. Also, the sides of the pool (the walls) were black, so it was dark, and hard to see people. We were playing when we realized that there was a secret cove in the back of the pool. It was under a bridge, and the bridge had poles supporting it, so it was hard to get through. We finally made it through, and we had to climb this wall of rocks to get to the place. It turned out to be a shallow waterfall, and a pool. We played in there for a while, and then our family called us in, telling us it was time for dinner. So, everyone raced in front of me, eager to eat. I started to go under the bridge. As I was going to come up for air, I realized my hair was stuck in one of the poles. I desperately tried to come up but it wasn't working. I had been under water for at least 15 seconds, and I was starting to get scared. I noticed where my hair was stuck, yanked as hard as I could, and finally, cam up, gasping for breath. Then, I went to eat, with a sigh of relief. Next time I went in the cove, I would take the bridge.
Watery Earth- Lesson 1 Part 2- Observing Water
The first book I read was called Inside the Water Cycle. The first thing I learned was that even after the rain stops, it is still existing somewhere else in the world. The place it is located is "somewhere within the water cycle." Cycles are a path or process, that goes on forever, never ending. The first step of the water cycle, is called infiltration. Infiltration is where water on the surface enters the soil. After infiltration, the water gets put in a bigger source of water( this happens by the water passing through the dirt. The clouds evaporate the water from the bigger source of water, bringing it to the sky. Next, the clouds store the water in the atmosphere. Then, it rains again! The same thing happens over and over again. Once the water falls from the sky, it is going to start all over again with the water cycle. As the water passes through the water cycle, water can turn into a gas, a steam, ice, or a vapor. It will always stay water. Water is 70% of Earth's surface. So that makes evaporation is pretty easy. When a liquid is warm enough, it can become a gas, which allows it to evaporate. At first you would think, well how can water be heated in oceans and other big sources of water, when we aren't doing anything? Well luckily, the water is heated by the sun. Once the water is heated, it goes up into the sky, ready for the next process of the water cycle. As the water is rising up to the sky as a gas, it slowly loses it's heat, and turns back into a liquid. This step of the water cycle is called condensation. The molecules of the water start to stick together to create drop-like shapes. When there are enough of these drops close together, to us, they look like clouds.
Something surprising that I learned in this book, was that is more than one type of cloud. Here are the examples the book gave me: Cirrus, Altostratus, Stratus, Cumulonimbus, Cumulus. I thought this was strange, because I only know one cloud. At least I thought I did. Clouds appear in different shapes because of the change in atmospheric pressure.