When we finished our literature circle book, our group took some scenes from the book, and replayed them ourselves, but making one change to them: we made them extremely overdramatic. (NOTE: THESE ARE EXTREMELY OVERDRAMATIC. MIGHT WANT TO TURN THE VOLUME DOWN) Here they are:
This one was the scene in the book where Steve's mom calls him in for dinner, and the sits down at the table with Rick (the guy his mom is dating who he strongly dislikes) and his mom, and they talk.
This one is where Steve, Rick, and Dana are in the car, and Rick has to get some chocolate for Steve's mom, and he leaves the car keys in the car. Then Steve and Dana see one of the "bad guys" in the story, and decide to follow him in the car. When they turn a corner, he is gone, and they look for a secret road. Then the bad guy comes up behind them and put a a chloroform covered cloth to their mouths'.
This is the scene where Steve and Dana are talking about homework and things, but then they get ambushed by rocks. The person who was throwing them was the bully, Nick. Then Nick makes fun of Dana's name because it could also be a girl's name, and then Dana punches him and they both run away.
Drip's Big Drop
"It is time to go every one!" The minute those words were spoken, all the water droplets started to run around frantically. It was the normal life of a water droplet. They were all up in the clouds, and Drip, the droplet, was ready to fall. There was supposed to be rain that day, so they all needed to be ready to fall from the sky onto all the humans below. Almost all the droplets were used to this by now, but not Drip. It was his first time falling, and he didn't know how. All the other droplets had already done it at least once, but not Drip. He was a young water droplet. In fact, he was created just the other day. But now it was time to fall, and Drip was supposed to fall too.
"OK, in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1!" Drip was nervous, but he followed the crowd, and started to run to the edge of the mass of drops, that humans called a cloud. When he reached the edge, he jumped. It was unlike anything Drip had ever experienced (but of course, he hadn't experienced much yet). He could see the whole human land, spread out like a blanket below him. Directly under him, was a big patch of blue. An ocean! As he plopped into the mass of droplets (an ocean) he wondered how long it would take him to get back in the clouds. He sat in the lake for a while, waiting with all the other droplets, waiting to evaporate, like he was told would happen. Then one day, all the droplets started to shout, and they all seemed really excited. Drip asked a drop next to him what was going on, and she said that it was time to evaporate! He was about to ask what that was, but then he started to float up into the air. So this was evaporation! When water droplets floated back to the clouds! As he floated up, he saw a cloud above him.As hen landed on it, he thought about how he just did a cycle, and now he was one of the droplets who had fell!
I'm sure you know that frogs need water to survive, but do you know all the different ways they need water? Well, of course they need water to drink because if they didn't get enough they would die of dehydration. But there are other ways frog need water too, like the reason they live in/by the water. If they didn't, their slimy skin would dry out, and they would die. If they ever are without water for a long period of time, their skin would dry out. For this reason, all frogs really depend on water for survival, in a way unlike other animals. Some frogs hibernate under water when winter comes, but not all frogs hibernate this way.
I know more about Mars now, and honestly I'm a little afraid to go there! There are so many problems, and so many different ways we could die. I don't know if I'm ready to go out of the solar system! But, of course, it will be cool to actually see the stars and space so close, after always only seeing it through the telescope. It will be even cooler if we go past some well known constellations. I may be the most excited to actually travel through space because, after all, my profession is an astronomer. It would be amazing if we saw the Canis Major, or the Gemini (both constellations).
I feel bad for Caroline Peter though. She is extreamly afraid of hights, and I don't know how she will do when we take off. We are good friends, and we travel together. Once when we were driving over a bridge, she lost it and started freaking out. I'll try to comfort her on the rocket, but I don't know how she will do. I hope she will get a hold of herself for this trip and be ok.
Drinking and Eating
The most common uses of water was washing hands, drinking, and showering.
The least common use of water was mixing it with chalk and throwing it at the sidewalk (Om Emily W.'s blog).
This is my story about Frita from Liberation of Gabriel King. It is about times in the book when Frita is Creative. If you hover over the story there is a scroll bar, and then you can read the whole story.
Every year my mom's side of the family goes on vacation to Green Lake, Wisconsin, named after the algae green lake. When we go to the beach part of the lake there are blue and white, big, bulky, buoys making a big C around the area you are supposed to swim in. Of course, who wants to swim in just 20 ft square of water? So my family makes up a game where you have to swim to a old boat that is probably about 20 yards away from the buoys, and back. I took the challenge a couple years ago, when I had finally worked up the courage to swim that far out into a algae filled lake. So When we went to the beach one day on our vacation I announced "Dad, I am going to swim out to the old boat, want to come with me?" He looked surprised for a second then said
"Wow Abby, I'm proud of you. Sure, I'll come" so we jogged over to the cold water, hopped in, and swam right passed the buoys. We didn't even get 10 feet before I felt how much colder the water was out here. I wasn't exactly sure why, but it felt a little creepy. As we got farther out into the lake I felt something brush against my foot. It felt cold and slimy. I had scary thoughts flash through my head, like fish that bite, of eels. I almost yelled, but then I realized that it was just seaweed or some type of plant in the water, and felt a little stupid that I thought it was a eel. There aren't any eels in lakes silly, I thought to myself. I looked up and saw that the boat was only a yard or two away, I switched to doing the back stroke, so I wouldn't feel any plants on my legs. Then I felt my hand bump something hard. We made it to the boat! "Nice job Abby!" my dad congratulated me. I had made it! I gripped the side of the cold metal boat with my wet hands, and waved to my family back on land. I had did it! I was a survivor! "Ok, do you want to head back now?" my dad asked me. I nodded and we started to head back. I started with the back stroke. then switched to doggy padeling forward. Finally, after what felt like eternity, I got back to the beach. I did it.
Looking Closely At Water