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Inventor Fair Log #1 Julius and Kendall
Posted on February 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm by and

Invention Name: Grizzly

Hours Worked/Date: 45 minutes from 10:15-11:00 on Feb 1st, 2012.

Witnessed by: Mr. G and Coach.

Notes: So far we have decided to put the following on our “Grizzly”:
Flint Rock
Cotton Balls
Hook and String
First Aid Kit
We know that this knife will be larger than most Swiss Army Knives but that is not a problem for us. This knife is not meant to be small because it is for surviving and we are not worried about mobility or size. What is most important to note is that this is a survival tool and for it to have all the things you need to survive, it will have to be bigger than most knives. During this science work period that we had, we finalized what we would be making exactly and what would be on it. We plan to start building as soon as possible.


Proposal For Inventor Fair
Posted on February 1, 2012 at 9:53 pm by and

Title: The Ultimate Swiss Army Knife.

Purpose: This Swiss Army Knife will have many purposes that include telling time, cutting food, and lighting fires.

Research: We did research on if the “Swiss Army Knife” was already created and we did not find anything that matched how we plan to make it. There have been many other Swiss Army Knife made in the past as we all know, but ours will deliver a whole new side to the thought of a Swiss Army Knife. We are making blueprints already and have many ideas. For every new piece that we put on, we will make sure that it has not been taken exactly from a different knife that has already been made.

Why I Chose this Invention: We chose this invention because we often find ourselves in problems where we wish that we had an exact tool that was not so big and clunky. We want this knife to be handy and have tools that no other knife has had before. This invention will help people over-come small and big problems everyday and we are so confident of it that we plan to use it our-selves. When we say it will solve big and small problems we mean things from cutting paper, to perhaps lighting a life-saving campfire that your life may depend on. We hope that you like our idea.

Weather Vocab
Posted on November 30, 2011 at 12:01 pm by and

Weather – NOUN – The state of the atmosphere at a given time in a particular place.

CONTEXT – The three main factors of weather are humidity, air pressure, and temperature.

Meteorologist – NOUN – A scientist who studies the weather.

CONTEXT – Meteorologists use different types of maps to report the weather.

Precipitation – (v) the action or process of precipitating a substance from a solution.

(n) Rain, Snow, Sleet, or Hail that falls to the ground

Context – Precipitation is everything related to water that comes out of the clouds.

Temperature – (n) is the intensity of heat in a certain area

Context – the temperature in Florida, is usually very warm

Fronts (n) A front separates two masses of air that have different densities

Context: Fronts are a type of either system that tells people if the weather is going to be cold or warm.

Radar map – (n) information superimposed on a radar display to provide ready indication of selected features

Context – the yellow on the radar map showed that Louisiana was rainy.

Wind (n) Air in natural motion, that is moving horizontally at any direction on the Earth’s surface.

Context: Wind is caused by different pressures in the atmosphere.

Atmosphere (noun): the envelope of gases surrounding the earth or another planet.

Context: The Atmosphere has 5 layers.

Storm (n) a violent disturbance in the atmosphere.

Context: Storms involve sudden changes in air pressure, which in turn causes rapid air movements.

Cloud (n) a visible mass of condensed water vapor floating in the atmosphere, typically high above the ground

Context: There are many clouds in the sky.

Word on the street
Posted on November 18, 2011 at 10:02 am by and

Mexico Storm
October 13, 2011

This article starts out by stating that the “Jova,” the hurricane that past over Mexico a few days ago has mostly passed, but that it is still raining, and there are massive amounts of flood damage. The flooding was so bad, that in the state of Colima, Someone was swept away by the raging water while in their car on a highway. In Colima, there were also three others reported missing, but no one yet knows what happened to them.
state civil protection spokesman Luis Enrique Venegas told CNN that “The main problem for us is damage to roads, bridges and streets. Infrastructure was severely affected by this hurricane and it’s going to take a while to get back to normal,” he said “We’re trying to reopen roads as soon as possible.” Not only were people dying while trying to escape the hurricane by car, but the roads are becoming physically damaged so the people can no longer escape. It will be a rebuilding process of many sorts.
Jova was a level two hurricane that had winds of over 100 mph. Later, it subsided into a normal tropical storm that was not as severe, but the damage was already done. Many people went on their roofs after the storm because their homes were flooded. Although many died, there were 1400 people in storm shelters not in their homes. Many people after the storm had terrible floods in their entire houses. They people of Jova must all rebuild, houses, streets lives and more. But they are all confident.

The first fact that I found in this article was that the hurricane was a level two, with 100mph winds. The second fact that I found was that Jalisco (a near by Mexican state), had had five people die after the hurricane. My third and final fact was that in the town of Manzanillo, there was a small stream that had turned into a waist deep river that was raging through the city.
There were not any opinions in this article by the author, but the obvious ones by the people of Jova. They were obviously devastated and had a lot of work to do to reach where they were before this hurricane hit.
My reaction to the article is good. It seemed pretty well written, and it got out lots of points and facts that seemed very important. My reaction to what happened in Mexico is that it was a terrible event and that the people their are very unfortunate to have this happen to them. This information does not really affect me directly or indirectly aside from thinking that it is a terrible thing to happen. There is not much that I could do about this information because it is weather, and no matter how much you protect people the weather will still strike.
I was actually completely unaware of all of this information. I guess I usually hear about hurricanes and stuff in the U.S., but maybe in Mexico I just never happened to hear about it. I usually like to hear about more business related things in the news or government related topics. Those spark my interest a lot more. I don’t really like hearing about disasters because it is just not fun topic, However, I do like being informed on things going on in the world.

Word on the Street
Posted on November 18, 2011 at 9:59 am by and

Connecticut Snow Storm
November 7th, 2011

This article started out by stating that tens of thousands of people in Connecticut are still powerless after about two weeks of trying to resolve this problem. The main reason that all of this power is out is because the snow was heavy and wet so it weighed down all of the power lines causing them to break. A little under 50,000 businesses and homes still did not have power nine days after the storm had hit. Not only did the heavy snow make the lines break, but it made it hard for them to fix all of the broken lines as well.

The head of Connecticut’s main power utility said that they would not get to their goal and that it would take until Wednesday to 100%. The Governor of Connecticut said that it is not okay to not have power for this long and is extremely displeased. He said that “it’s clear that for the last several days, they have failed to meet their own imposed goals on a day by day basis,”.

Most people do not think that CL&P (Connecticut Light and Power) will get the power back on by Monday, and think that they are doing a bad job as well. Some are not mad at CL&P, but saying that it just depends on where you live, and it would be hard for anyone to recover from this storm. Many classes have been cancelled and are still going to be through Monday.
The first fact that I found in this article was that tens of thousands of people are still suffering from power outages. The second was that a little under 50,000 houses and businesses are still without power. The third that I found was that local prisons had some of the prisoners come out and help move debris from the storm.

There were no opinions stated in this article by the author. The people of Connecticut are very mad and just want their power back but it is still not done.

My reaction to this article is good and bad. It was a well written article I thought and I have no opinions to disagree with, however I do have one opinion. My opinion is that the power should have been up by now no matter how hard it would have been or how much money it costs. I get that it is a very hard thing to do and I do not understand how all of the power system works but I think that it is absurd to not have power for 8 days. It may have been a bad snow storm but I do not think that it was like blizzard of the year or anything.

I did not even know that their was a snow storm in Connecticut thus all of this information is new to me. I guess that I feel for CL&P because they have to restore tons of power but the fact that it is taking two weeks it ridiculous.

Google A Day
Posted on October 12, 2011 at 10:18 pm by and

Question: What is the English name for the peninsula that is northwest of the former capital of the country that had its archbishop flee after a coup in the 1970s?

1.First we searched the archbishop flee after the coup in the 1970s. We came to the Wikipedia page for ecclesiastical coup. On this page, we looked for where this coup had happened. The page said that the archbishop  who had fled was involved in the Orthodox Church of Cyprus. This gave us enough evidence to prove that the archbishop fled from Cyprus, Greece. To confirm this information, we looked on the OrthodoxWiki page for the Church of Cyprus. We looked under the history of this website, and then checked the bibliography to make sure the information was valid. It was clear that the information was true, due to the first link in the external links: This site seemed very official, judging by the fact that the whole website was in Greek.

2. We then searched the former capital of Cyprus. We first came to the wiki page of Paphos. The site confirmed that Paphos in Greco-Roman times was the island’s capital.  We then looked at UK website  that also said Paphos was the former capital of Cyprus and what its landscape and attractions are.

3. We searched “map of  paphos, cyprus” in Google maps. On the map, we went up to the closest peninsula that was northwest of Paphos and came up with a Greek name.

4. We had to translate the greek name to English, so we found and translating site and wrote it in. The site had multiple Greek dictionaries and looked trustworthy. We translated the Greek word to Akamas in English.

5. We typed Akamas into the A Google a Day answer column.

Correct! How to find the answer: Search [archbishop flees coup 1970..1979] to learn that Archbishop Makarios of Cyprus fled to Britain after a coup in 1979. Search [Cyprus former capital] and find the capital in Greco-Roman times was Paphos. Search [Paphos northwest peninsula] to learn that it is the Akamas Peninsula.

Digital Literacy Vocab
Posted on October 4, 2011 at 6:48 pm by and

1. Skeptic (n) – Someone who doubts accepted beliefs. (in class)
2. Kendall was being a skeptic about the strange site called That is why he checked it on easywhois.
1. Copyright- (n) – set of exclusive rights granted to the author or creator of an original work, including the right to copy, distribute and adapt the work.
2. Kendall wrote a book and because of it’s success he was glad that he used creative commons.
1. Fair Use (n) – A doctrine in US copyright law that allows limited use of copyrighted material without requiring permission from the rights holders, such as for commentary, criticism, news reporting, research, teaching and scholarship.
2. The man who made the video used fair use because the clips he used were short enough to not break the copyright.

Science Test Post
Posted on September 16, 2011 at 9:22 am by and


Here is an incomplete list of the Edublogs checklist. Check back here for additions or changes.

Change your edublogs password.

Successfully log in to and out of edublogs using the home page.

Choose advanced mode for your dashboard.

Familiarize your self with the dashboard.

Choose theme.

Set up links to, to the edublogs home page ( and to your home room class web page.

Create a test post where you cut and paste this checklist into your blog.

Tag that post with a “science” tag and a “digital literacy” tag.

Categorize that post under “Science.” You will need to create science as a category.

Food Web Worksheet
Posted on April 20, 2011 at 10:48 am by and

1. Sun grows grass. Zebra eats grass and takes its energy. Lion eats Zebra and takes its energy.
2. Algae uses photosynthesis. Snail eats Algae. Fish eats snail. Raccoon eats fish.
3. Sun grows plants with energy flow. Javelina eats plants and takes it’s energy. Jaguar eats Javelina and takes its energy.
4. Sun grows grass. Weasel eats grass and takes its energy. Snake eats weasel and takes energy. Owl eats snake and takes its energy.
5. Phytoplankton uses photosynthesis to grow. Zooplankton eats Phytoplankton. Krill eats Zooplankton. Whale eats Krill.
1. The arrow in the food chain represents the flow of the food energy.
2. The food chain starts with a primary energy source.
3. Organisms are called primary producers or autotrophs.
4. Organisms that eat plants are called consumers or herbivores.
5. Organisms with no natural predators is called a top predator.
1. There are many more producers than primary consumers.
2. Organisms that eat other organisms are called consumers or heterotrophs.
3. Organisms that make their own food are called producers or autotrophs.
4. Grass is a producer.
5. Zebras are Primary consumers.
6. Lions are top predators, quaternary consumers or secondary or tertiary consumers.

Ecology Vocabulary
Posted on March 23, 2011 at 4:09 pm by and

Ecology is how organisms interact with their environment and all the other organisms that live in that environment.
We learned about Ecology In science class.
Ecosystem describes a particular environment and all the living things that are supported by it.
An ecosystem can vary from a pond to a continent.
A Cycle is a series of events that happen over and over again. (in class)
One example of a cycle is the water cycle.
Water Cycle is a movement of water through the environment. (in class)
A water cycle can be started when it rains, and then it evaporates back into the clouds.
Producers are organisms that can make glucose.
Plants are producers.
Cellular Respiration is the chemical reaction that releases the energy in glucose.
Cellular Respiration is what plants use to produce glucose.
Consumers are organisms that cannot make their own energy.
an example of consumers are humans.
A decomposer is a

Food Chain is the transfer of energy from the sun to producers to primary consumers to secondary consumers to tertiary consumers.
At the end of the food chain the animal decomposes.

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