May 4

cookie excavation project.🍪🍪🍪🍪

Hello everyone, today I am going to tell you about my cookie excavation project and how it went. First of all you need to know what geologists are before I can tell you about my project. Geologists have a cool and strange job, they find rocks and research them and sometimes if there lucky the rocks can have some kind of weird information about the past. If your wondering what I mean by information, I mean that if a rock was created by a volcano it would have signs on it that you can research. Here is some more info about geologists.

 

What Ms. M told us to do is to take a cookie and a toothpick, skewer, and mini stick to excavate(excavate means to break, crack something and see the inside) the cookie. Ms. M also wanted us to write how many chocolate chips we thought there were, and then excavate the cookie to see if we were right. Here’s a picture of me excavating my cookie. Here is a short video of someone explaining what geologists are, in case you want more info

April 6

innovation day project

Hello OJCS students. Today  I am going to tell you about my innovation day project. Our teacher told us to build a medieval castle with a working drawbridge with gears and pulleys. Starting my castle was okay but some parts were a bit harder. Like making the drawbridge, Cutting out the archer holes, and making the actual castle.

Background information about the middle ages

So my medieval castle is a stone castle with a working drawbridge that uses pulleys and gears to move up and down. My castle is mostly made out of cardboard and some other materials. But real castles back then were made from wood and stone and iron and metal. Castles back then also had a lot of traps and and holes for archers. They also had holes on the roof of the entrance so they could pour hot tar or lava (not real lava, I’m talking about very hot materials like melted iron). I choose a stone castle because they are one of the coolest castles in my opinion, The stone castles were also heavily fortified.

In this paragraph I will tell you about some more interesting facts I found during my reading, For instance, To be a Knight you would need to pay for all your things like your Horse and and armor and pole. But if you were a foot soldier you wouldn’t of needed to pay for your axe, bow, arrows, and spear. Another interesting fact is that  if you wanted to be a knight you would need to start training at the age of around 10/11. You would need to leave your family and go to a relative or friend who is willing to teach you. Here is some info about the knights in the middle ages .

Drawbridges

Drawbridges are like normal drawbridges but they can go up and down. The point of a drawbridge is for the King/Lord/Queen/Lady to have a quick escape and even if the enemy starts to follow him/her the drawbridge will go up which will therefore block them letting the King/Lord/Queen/Lady escape. The way a drawbridge would work is by some people spinning something that is lifting the drawbridge. It was pretty hard for the people to lift up the drawbridge but the King didn’t care as long as he lived. Here is a little link to how drawbridges work

 

Hypothesis

For my hypothesis I wanted to make my own pulley. I would then put a string on to the pullet and attach the other side onto the drawbridge which would then pull the drawbridge up or down.

Procedure

Miss M told us to build a working drawbridge so the way I imagined it is a piece of cardboard attached to the drawbridge that can go up and down. So I took some gears and attached it to the walls  on both sides and then took a very long stick/skewer/pole that goes through the gears witch will then be stuck to the gear. Then i will add a crank so I can crank instead of slowly and painfully spinning the gear. Then on the stick/skewer/pole i put two strings and those strings attached two the drawbridge therefore I made a working drawbridge.

here is a link to some info for a stone castle. 

My self reflecting conclusion

My castle sort of turned out how I want it. The drawbridge turned out good but not in the way I wanted it. Next time I would change ho the pulley and gear system works and I would also make my castle smaller because my castle is pretty big. In the end I am happy with my castle but it’s not perfect.

here’s a picture of my castle for now. now It’s black and has a pulley and gear system in the middle.

Here is some more information about pulleys if your are interested 

Here is a video of me explaining how my drawbridge works and how my castle turned out.

March 29

being a pirate is cool

I would love to be a pirate and always sail to different islands. Finding Gold sounds so fun and it would be cool to have a bunch of gold things. If being a pirate means I get to have a  sword and my own cannon then that sounds fun. If I am a pirate I can dress up like a scary person and go around saying” ahoy maties, how’s the sailing goin’. It’s a pretty nice day right”, that would be awesome and funny. It could be cool to have a big and fancy boat, with a big boat you can go so quick and fast and I like FAST. 

 

It could be cool to follow treasure maps and just normal maps for treasure like Diamonds and Emeralds and Rubies and Amethyst and Tanzanite and Painite. (fun fact, Painite is the rarest gemstone in the whole world). It would be cool to look at Dolphins and Whales and maybe even Sharks while you are steering the boat. My conclusion is that it would be really cool to be a pirate.

January 25

Desert Life

HI, Blue Energy here, today i will tell you about desert life.

what is a desert?

A desert is a place that normally gets very little rain or snow. This means that that deserts are very dry. there are hot deserts and cold deserts. hot deserts are very hot through out the day and are very cold during the night.

Animals of the hot desert.

In the day time animals hide from the hot sun. Snakes, scorpions, and lizards hide under rocks or bury themselves in the sand. Some animals can go under the ground to keep them cool. Animals that eat plants get water from seeds and plants.

plants of the hot desert.

cactuses (or cacti) keep water in their stems. They have sharp spines, like needles, that helps the cactus keep away animals. Ome desert plants wait a super long time (years) for rain to make them bloom.

Animals and plants of the cold desert.

Animals and plants have ways to protect themselves from cold and dry wind. They can live with very little water.photo of desert sand

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Nelson literacy ‘desert life’

 

 

January 21

Pulleys

Hi, Blue Energy here, today I will tell you about the pulley I made and the other kinds of pulleys there are.

What is a pulley?

a pulley is a wheel and axle with a string going over the wheel and that string has a hook and that hook gets attached to something you want to lift up. A pulley doesn’t make it easier to lift something but the more strings there are the easier it gets.

different kinds of pulleys.

there are more than one kind of pulley, for instance a fixed pulley or a compound pulley. the difference is pretty big because a fixed pulley is a wheel and axle that has a string with a hook on one side and a compound pulley is two wheels and two axles with a string up and down with a hook.

November 30

sound experiment (tuning forks)

Today i will tell you about my science experiment.The experiment was about tuning forks. If you don’t know what a tuning fork is it’s a piece of metal with a handle and a space between each other.

What I did:

EXperiment 1:

So what we did was we took the tuning fork and hit it on metal.Then we put it on salt and the salt moved. The reason we put it over the salt was that a tuning fork cares vibrations. the reason the salt moved was because the vibration of the tuning fork was strong enough that it moved the salt.

experiment 2:

after we did that we took a cup and filled it with water. Then  we hit the tuning fork on metal and cared the vibration to the water and the water exploded. my hypothesis was that both of them  would make sound but  the conclusion was in the end it just the moved objects.

November 1

Science experiment (how light travels).

Hi, my name is blue energy. i am going to tell you about one of the light experiments i did. The light experiment i did was how light travels. My hypothesis was that light travels not that far, straight and and skinny. What i did was i took 4 cardboard cards a pencil clay and a flashlight, then i took my pencil and drew a bullseye on each card and stuck the pencil in all the cards but one. I shined the light of the flashlight through the holes in the cards and it hit the bullseye.
November 1

my personal recount

Hi my name is blue energy. today i will show you my personal recount. my recount is about my RV trip and about the pros and cons about an RV.

I am going on an RV trip. We are traveling Canada and our destination is halifax. I went with my sister, my dad, my mom, my grandpa, and my grandma. It was a 2 week trip. We went around 4 or 3 weeks ago. We went with Zach’s family for a bit over half the trip. The sleeping was ok but overall difficult because we went with our grandparents. They took the big bed at the end of the RV. I took the top with my mom, my sister slept on the foldable table bed, and my dad slept on the pullout couch.so it wasn’t that comfortable. The first couple campgrounds were not that good but the final couple campgrounds were really good. Especially the final one. It had a zipline and an obstacle course which is why I have an obstacle course and a zipline in my backyard.     

 

One memorable part of the trip was when we were in Dartmouth. On the first day we took the Ferry to Halifax and walked around the Harbour area  checking out lots of bakeries and historical sites and artifacts. Most of the artifacts were from really old ships, they were rusty and big and broken and in multiple pieces.  

 

On the second day in Dartmouth, we drove the RV across the huge bridge into Halifax, we stopped at another campsite where there was a tennis court and a really cool play structure. There was one way to get up: you had to Parkour to get up the other side. It was like an obstacle course but not that big. Later that day we went for pizza and once again took the ferry to Halifax, we walked around and came back for the pizza. The pizza was really good but it was spicy but good nonetheless. At the end of the day we drove back to the RV, had steak and huge marshmallows and then we went to bed.

I also used my recount skills on the storyboard i made of the wild robot:

 

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October 4

the wild robot

the characters are ro The book starts when a cargo ship with a 100 carats is sinking in the ocean by a huracan. the next morning the huracan is gone and only 5 carats remain, as the drift on the ocean 1 2 3 4 cratats crash into rocks and one gets pushed on to the rock pillar. A pack of otters come and one brave otter touched it then another and another and one accidentally slapped the on button. The robot said ” hello i am ROZZUM  unit 7134 you may call me roz”.