A video of me explaining how my opinion of 21st century learning has changed throughout the school year.
21st Century Learning
Lesson 6- Alcove Spring
My video explaining how to play simon says, one of the many games that kids played on the Oregon trail.
Today on the trail we came to Alcove spring. It was beautiful! There was greenery everywhere, and there was clean, fresh water. In fact, we loved it so much we decided we wanted to stay a few extra days and rest. We had the best dinner we have had in a long time: Fresh berries, delicious rabbit stew, patties, and many other crunchy vegetables. We even enjoyed a sweet apple cobbler after we ate. When we finished eating, we swam in the spring for hours, and laughed and enjoyed ourselves for once in a long time. I never want to leave! It is so nice here; like a dream. I don't believe that Oregon could be better then this. I even had time to finish all my chores, and I haven't done that in a while, because I have never had so much free time. In that free time, we played all sorts of fun games, like simon says, tag, tops, and jumping monkey. I learned the rules to these games from the children. We never played games like these in 2150, and it is really fun to see what kids played in these days. I am really having a wonderful time in Alcove Spring. I love it so much, that I think we will have trouble getting back on the trail again. I am a little worried that we won't.
Watery Earth Lesson 5
Predictions of Percentages of Types Of Water on Earth
If you had 10 milk cartons, then each carton is 10% of the water. Earth's water is 97.24% salt water. 0.001% of earth's fresh water is in the air. All of the lakes, streams, and rivers in the world are 0.01% of earth's water. 0.61% of earth's fresh water is in the ground. 2.14 % of earth's fresh water is ice.
I was blown away by the amount of fresh water on earth. I was 100% positive that there was more fresh water on earth then salt water, but I was really wrong. I learned a lot today, because I had no idea that there was so much salt water on earth. Mr. Solarz was showing us that the only salt water is in oceans, so I was sure that there was more fresh water then salt water. There are so many different sources of salt water, but it only adds up to 2.761% of the water on earth. It is almost scary, because we can only drink fresh water, but there is so little of it!
Today, we decided what we would like to bring with us on the trail. We had to choose our wagon, and all the contents of it. I hope we will have enough food for us on the trail. They all say we will be able to shoot animals along the trail to eat. I hope that is so. I have learned the information about each wagon we were choosing from, like that the prairie schooner is small, but had a flat bed, so things were more likely to fall out. The conastoa wagon, on the other hand, didn't have a drivers seat, but it could carry 6 tons! The murphy wagon could kill oxen with it's weight, but it was very sturdy. It was hard to choose which wagon to use, but we finally decided on the prairie schooner. I hope we choose correctly. When we were choosing what to bring, I learned what a lot of different tools were. Like that a gimlet was a small drilling tool, and a kingbolt was the bolt that held the axles to the wheels. Now, we can only hope that we have enough supplies for our journey, and that all will go well.
Skype 1 With Mr. Chapman
I had a ton of fun doing the Skype with Mr. Chapman, and I learned a lot. Who knew that yellowstone had it's own canyon, and it is 20 miles long! That really surprised me. I also was surprised when I found out that there were some wagons that could hold 1,000 people. I can't even imagine how big those must be. And I feel bad for kids who had to wear will sweaters when it is really hot out. Not to mention that they also have to walk tens of miles while they are wearing them. I also learned that yellowstone covers 31 thousand square miles. That's huge! I knew wolves could eat a lot, and they needed to eat it in a short amount of time so that no other animals would get to it before them, but I had no idea they could eat 20 pounds of meat in 10 minutes!
Animals We Could Use To Pull Our Wagon
Skype 2 With Mr. Chapman
I think going on the Oregon trail will be a lot more work for us, because we will have to sift bugs out of our flour, an do other things like that that we wouldn't have to do at home. It will also be hard because we have too catch a lot of our food, because we can't bring all of the food we will need. It will be sad because we will have to leave behind lots of our friends. I was surprised, that more people die of unsanitary conditions than attacks and rifles on the Oregon trail. I did know that people used cow chips for lots of things though. I learned a lot about badgers too, like that they can take down and eat a rattlesnake, they like the sun, you can eat them, and their meat tastes like a game meat, and has a strong taste. I thought it was cool that gray wolves have webbing on their feet so that they can walk on snow and their feet won't sink down. I was really surprised that our animals that we bring could carry sicknesses that other animals could catch. I was also surprised when he said how long mountain loins' claws are: an inch and 3 quarters! I didn't know that liken was used to make so many things: perfume, dies, and medicine!
Science Fair Presentation- First Draft
Science Fair Presentation- Improved Version
Overall, I think that the Science Fair was a valuable experience because we learned how to give speeches, and got good at it. We got to talk to people about what we had learned over the course of 2 months, and learned what we had done better after we had talked to lots of people about it.
I definitely made some mistakes along the way, but I learned from them. Here are some examples: When I first tried to make the maze, I started to make it out of cardboard, but that didn't work because the walls kept falling down, and it was too flimsy. So we build it out of wood. And when we were making the outline of the maze, I drew it in a way so that not all the routes would be even. We had to redo it, and try drawing it in a whole different way.
If I were give the chance to do anything differently, I would make the maze a little different, because when I was explaining to the little kids that my maze didn't have an end, it just had ends of routes, they seemed confused, and I confused myself with it too. I think I would have just done the routes a little differently so it wasn't so confusing.