Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Hannibal Reflection

1. On the field trip we went to Hannibal, MO to learn about Mark Twain and his lifestyle and what he did as a child. During the trip, we toured his childhood home. After we toured his childhood home we went on a riverboat that showed lots of the sights mentioned in Mark Twain's books! Next we went to the Mark Twain Caves, and the caves are where Tom and Becky got lost in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. 
 2. We also toured the homes of other characters in his books such as Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher. Another thing we did was going on a boat and on that boat we got to see the island that Tom, Huck, and other friends hung out on when they were young boys. My Mark Twain class work helped prepare me for this trip by helping me have some basic knowledge, because if I didn't have any knowledge I probably wouldn't have gotten as much out of the trip as I did. The unit is a little hard, but only because you read chapters from the book and language that was used back then was used in the book and it's different from the language used today, so it's a little hard to understand but other than that the unit is pretty fun!
3. One thing I learned from the Captain of the riverboat was about the floods that the Mississippi has endured. One flood sent 12 feet of water into the parking lot! Another thing we learned about was Lovers Leap. Lovers Leap is a place right off the river where a young Native American girl who jumped off the cliff after her father said she couldn't see this boy anymore. One night her father followed her to the cliff and aimed an arrow at her, and when he did that she jumped to her death.
 4. Things that I learned at the Boyhood Home and Museum are that Huck Finn, his 7 siblings and parents lived in a very small 2 room house. Another thing I learned at the Boyhood home and museum was that the mattresses on their beds were made out of rope!
5. I learned a lot of cool facts from Nathan, but one thing that we learned is that the bat population has dropped drastically in the caves because of White Nose Syndrome. Another thing I learned was that the tightest part of the cave is called the lemon squeeze and it is 17 inches wide!
 6. My favorite part of the trip was probably the caves because they have so much history and so many stories to go along with the caves! It was also my favorite because there are lots of cool rock formations made from water dripping into the caves, like the Parlor,and the Alligator!
 7.The most fun part for me was the riverboat and getting ice cream with my friends! This was the most fun for me because on the riverboat we learned a lot about what Mark Twain did as a boy. Another fun thing was going up to the lighthouse. The 244 stairs may not be fun but it is a really cool view once you get up to the top of the stairs.
 8. I don't think there is something that I would improve about the trip, but if you don't want to fry I would recommend bringing sunscreen!

This picture below left is of me whitewashing a fence!   This picture on the right is of us jumping off the rocks, and down below us was a hill that was really steep so some of us rolled down the hill!

Monday, April 9, 2018

History Day Reflection

The project Dumo and I did was a website on the Berlin Wall.  I agree with what the judges said about our project because, like the judges I agree that we could have done more research on the compromise side and the effect the wall has had on Modern Germany. I think the most interesting think I learned was that when the wall came down, people actually brought axes and took pieces of the wall home as a keepsake/momento. I think the hardest thing about this project was finding primary resources because there are a lot of secondhand accounts and secondary sources but not many primary resources about the Berlin Wall. How I improved as a student during this project is that I learned procrastination gets you nowhere in life, and we almost didn't get some stuff on the website. I also improved by learning how much I could actually do in a class period. How we could improve our project I think is have more primary sources and more multimedia.  What I am most proud of with this project with how well we did with the interview and how professional we looked. To future students that do this project: Please research a topic you like or else you will be bored researching for 2 months about something you're not interested in
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Friday, January 5, 2018

One Word

 My one word for 2018 is overcome. I chose this word because I love a good challenge and doing things that people tell me I cannot do, because I also like proving people wrong. There have also been lots of things I have been told that I can not do, like doing Taekwondo. Some people think girls are not suited for a martial art like that but I have proved it to many family members that I am.  I will get my black belt before I graduate at the rate I am testing at, and I am very proud of myself for proving the doubters wrong and overcoming the will to quit when it got really hard at times. I chose the word Overcome because my 2018 is going to be all about overcoming my fears.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Iowa State OPPTAG Experience Reflection

My first class was DNA smoothie. We learned how to extract DNA from a banana! We also learned that there is DNA in everything living, and about the structure of DNA. We also got to have a delicious Strawberry Banana Smoothie! My 2nd class was stand by your quote and it was a leadership class! We actually stood by a quote on the wall and then we wrote down how we related to that quote and had a discussion! I learned that to be a good leader, if you say something, you need to do it! The most educational part of my day was taking the campus tour and learning about all they have to offer at Iowa State! Something I learned about Iowa State is they have a lot more to offer than I thought, and lecture classes can be up to 300 students! That is huge! The most fun part of the day for me was the all you could eat buffet for lunch! If I had one piece of advice, I would say please have it in a warmer month because the walk was very cold. My biggest takeaway from this is that even if you are a Hawkeye fan, Iowa State has an amazing campus!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Independent Project Reflection



My topic was the Holocaust. I chose this topic because my ancestry is part German, and I'm interested in basically anything related to German history. Some of the most interesting things I learned are that not only Jewish people died during the Holocaust. Mentally retarded people, Jehovah's witnesses, Priests, Ministers and basically any opponents of the Nazi party.
What I still want to find out is why Hitler hated Jews so much when he had Jewish relatives.
I chose to present my learning in a Prezi. The part of my project that made me the most proud is that I put almost all my facts in my project.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

DWA Publishing 1st Quarter

9/19: Yes, I think letter grades are necessary because you need to know how well you are doing in school. We also need letter grades because to participate in school sports you need a certain grade average to participate. For example, at FMS you have to have a C grade average to participate. It is also proven that children that are doing more activities have a higher GPA.

10/20: A book that is also a movie that comes to mind is Miss Peregrine's home for Peculiar Children. The book series actually has 3 books, but only the first one has been made into a movie. I think the books were a lot better because they changed lots of things in the movie. In the books, Emma can make fire from her hands and Olive can levitate. In the movie, Emma levitates and Olive shoots water out of her hands, not fire. It also switched Emma and Olive as Olive dates Jacob in the movie, but Emma dates him in the book.

Hannibal Reflection

1. On the field trip we went to Hannibal, MO to learn about Mark Twain and his lifestyle and what he did as a child. During the trip, we tou...