6th Grade

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Okay, so our teacher asked us to write a blog post about our 6th grade year. Welp have fun reading if you even do that sort of thing.°Д°

Okay, I’m just going put this out there. To be honest, 6th grade was not my favorite. For starters, I had a terrible schedule. I had literally one class with my best friends and it was PE.  And, to top it off, my two besties had almost all their classes together. Bruh. But, outside of school, things were mostly fine. Oh, forgot to say, I got into the same advisory as one of my best friends for the first time in the FIVE YEARS we’ve been friends. I felt really bad though because one of my other friends had like nobody she was friends with in her advisory. Well here’s a list of some stuff I did this year.

Learned to make sushi with my friends
GOT BUNNIES
Helped my brother choose a college
Had to go to like 5 million college tours(¬_¬)
Went to Chile
Had tons of school work
Got sick
Went to Canada
Went skiing

Argued with everyone about literally everything possible

Listened to music

And some other stuff

One of my favorite things about a class I had in fifth and sixth grade, French, was our ‘study days’. We never actually studied. I mean, unless you count being super overly competitive about Quizlet match. I usually studied with two of the boys in my class. We did some crazy stuff. They really liked to have marker wars. Ya know, with the expo markers for the whiteboard? We also just talked about random stuff. I’m really going to miss our French class. Next year, we’ll have a different teacher, Madame Engebretsen. She already knows me from study hall, soooooo… I hope I’m at least with my friends.

A fun project we did in science was making these little houses out of cardboard boxes. To be sciencey, we made them have electricity. Instead of a house, we turned ours into a restaurant. It had a sort of doorbell like thing, where if you open the door it activates a buzzer, and of course some generic lighting made of LEDs. We didn’t totally finish, but it was still fun to learn about how all the stuff worked, and to make tiny furniture and stuff.

A super-duper fun thing a did this year was get my bunnies! If you haven’t already, go read that post if you want to. Right now, they’re still fighting, but it’s getting much better. Maybe I’ll just make a whole other post on Stormy and Cloudy.

Oh, also I started watching Riverdale. I didn’t know where to put this.

(Those are Riverdale characters if you didn’t know)

Okay, I’m also supposed to talk about now. Well, quarantine is not fun, but I have it better than most. I have a next door neighbor who is less than two years older. I’m not allowed to go in their house, but I can still see her. I wish it was the other way around, because it’s SO HOT. Bleh. A good thing about quarantine is that my brother is home with us. He goes to Duke, so I see him more than most people see their college students, but not that much. I do feel bad for him though because there’s no one in our neighborhood his age. 🙁 Also, I get to eat lunch and play games with my parents. Schoolwise, now we don’t have as many partner projects or labs or anything, so I don’t get to do anything with my friends.

Overall, 6th grade was fine. I could list more reasons but those are private. I know I’m supposed to say now that even though there were some hard things, sixth grade was still pretty good. But was it though? Maybe for you. Regardless of everything else, I’ll still miss my advisory and some teachers. But I’m excited about summer because I can stay up late. Yay. Also, I’m still supposed to go to sleep away camp, sooo. I don’t know what I’m going to do during the rest of summer though.

Cosmic/ Roller Coaster

Okay so our teacher asked us to make  a blog post on this thing we did for Language Arts. IN CLASS oops I had caps lock on we’ve been reading this book called Cosmic, by a guy named Frank Cottrell Boyce. Wait I want to know do you say it like hours or ares. So the book is really about a kid who got stuck in space, but there’s a lot about roller coasters in it. So, our teacher asked us to do this project where we designed our own roller coaster. Mine is called The Bunny Bounce, cause it’s shaped like a bunny, also BUNNIES. Oh btw my bunnies are becoming friends again. Yey. Just thought I’d add that in there. I’m going to put in the paragraph advertising it, and also a pic.

Welcome to the Bunny Bounce, the newest roller coaster Universal Studio’s Dreamworks Park! This ride will give you the thrill of the century. C’mon, I know you can’t resist hopping into an adorable Carrot Car. This ride has two very steep drops, on the ‘ears’ of the rabbit, both at a 79 degree angle, and goes upside-down 2 times. This ride is made of Green painted steel pipes that stretch for 1.7 mi. This ride goes at a relatively fast speed of 84 mph, and has a G-force of 1.3. For safety reasons, The Bunny Bounce is only available to those 54 in. or taller. Come check out The Bunny Bounce, even the sight of it is sure to scare living carrots right outta you.

I don’t know why it’s in Dreamworks park but none of the other sections fit. Maybe it’s a Peter Rabbit ride. Was that even Dreamworks? I think it might’ve been Warner Bros. Eh, it doesn’t really matter. Oh also, the carrot car is organic. I wrote organic on the side, but it doesn’t really show up. Oh also, if you look closely, the people I drew in the car are wearing bunny ears, so you get complementary bunny ears if you go on the ride. It’s a built in souvenir. Well anyways, bye!

Window

Hi so this is just going be me looking out my window and thinking, and then typing my thoughts. Okay.

I see my neighbor’s house. I wish I could go over there. We can only go in each other’s yards. I mean, I know I’m really lucky to have my neighbor, but still. I see the tree I climbed yesterday. You can get sooo high up. I only figured out how to do it a couple days ago, so it’s still pretty exciting. I see our old lamp post thing. I miss NY. I’m glad we don’t live there now though. I see the CPI sign in my neighbors yard. It’s really red. I wonder what CPI stands for. City Police…. Invoice? I don’t know. I see our road. Not that interesting. I wish they would pave our other road. OMG A CAR. There are never cars. I mean, there were never really that many cars cause we live in a really little neighborhood, but now there are like no cars. AND THERE WAS A CAR! Is it going to rain. I kind of hope so. I really like running in the rain. I go running with my neighbor. I do like everything with my neighbor. Well, except for everything inside, and school. So not everything. Everything is so GREEN. Our whole neighborhood is green now. Well except for…. Okay we don’t need to do that. Even my neighbor’s house is green. Ish. There’s a crack in this window. It’s not very big though. It’s probably fine. Or not DA DA DUUUUUHHH. That reminds me of this thing we did in second grade. I’m not going to explain. I might later if anyone cares that much, but most of the people who read these went to second grade with me, which is the majority of the world, but…. I’m just going to stop now. Okay fine it was that thing where the visiting author came and then there was this picture book with a red pen and then this guy hid in a trashcan and said da da duhh. That probably made it even more confusing. Yay! I wish we had a mailbox like my neighbor’s. Their’s has fake wood around it and a red flag. Ours is literally a metal box attached to the front of the house. It’s supposed to have a quill dipped in ink on it, but it honestly just looks more like a vacuum cleaner. Oooo a bird. Aw it flew away 🙁 It’s getting a little windy. I like wind though. Oh it stopped. Yey. This seems like a lot. Oh there’s this artist who made a creature called an Alot, so that people remember it’s two words. CAUSE IT IS OK GET IT RIGHT. Jeez calm down. Okay. Please please please reply, I’m tryna get to 2,00 subs!! No. I don’t even have YouTube. Okay bye.

Plank Challenge!!!

Ok, so yesterday, which was 12/19/19, I planked for 43 minutes. 43 43 43 OMG. And 13 seconds. And 62 milliseconds. Not to brag, but me and Audrey were the last to go down at the end of the period. Okay, I’m totally bragging now. But I’m proud. Yeah. I had no idea I could do that.

When Ms. Donnelly said we were doing a plank challenge I was like yeah, I’ll probably be get to like, three or four minutes. Yeah. And then that happened. So we didn’t just start this, we started this (southern grandma accent) way back in de olden days, when I was your age… Please stop. Please. So we started at thirty seconds, and moved up five seconds each day. Towards the end, we started doing ten seconds to get it moving faster. We stopped increasing the time at 6 minutes. Then, on the last day, we went as long as we could. As I said, Audrey and I went the whole period. During the challenge, the first ten minutes were all that was physically, the rest was all mental. Conor and I had this strategy to imagine all the negative feelings, like pain, tired, or even bored, were little demons, and there were different ways to make them all go away.

I think this challenge was a really good idea. At first, I really didn’t want to do it, but after a while it started to get really fun. Not all goals have to be quite the same style as this, but I think this was a really good way of practicing goal setting. It was also a good way to show how doing things daily can make you do things better. I really enjoyed and liked this plank challenge, and think it is an awesome idea.

Wisdom Tale Comic

During Language Arts, we read a book called Wisdom Tales From Around the World. Then, after reading a good bit of the book and making notes, we made comics. I did a story called Old Dog and Coyote, as you can see in the super obvious giant title in the picture. I used Comic Life for the base of the comic, if you know what I mean, and Sketchbook to make the drawings. I spent so long on them. I was frustrated so I drew a dragon that wasn’t half bad. I picked the story that only has one frame where I have to put a human, the farmer, cause I’m terrible at drawing people. My friend helped me so much with that. I don’t know what I’m supposed to really be writing, so here goes nothing. Some people used paper 53, but I think sketchbook is better. Yes this is secretly a sketchbook ad. You can’t escape the aaaaaadddddddssss! Seriously there are so many ads these days it’s creepy. Ok FOCUS. Please. Ok, the actual book. There were lots of stories in it, but we didn’t read the, all. We read 30 tales. Or maybe we read tails. Ooo. We made these notes in Google slides. I put lifted shapes on each one that related to the story. So cute! Reading wisdom tales shows a lot of life lessons in a funny and cute way.

Colombian Penpal Letters

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Recently, well, not that recently, we wrote letters to some college students in Colombia, who were taking in English course and thought it would be fun to use their new skills with us. Our Language Arts teacher, Miss Donnelly, knows the woman who teaches their class, Anna. We did not know much about Colombia as a class at the beginning, but we were enlightened by our pen pals who hath given us the teachings of their country. So enlightened.

Well anywaaay, my penpal was named Cesar. Yup. Cesar. We talked about lots of things, like music, food, traditions and also a lot about climate and weather. It was fun writing to him, even though he and I are 19 years apart, we still have stuff in common. It was a little weird because he told me about his girlfriend, and I was like ooooookkkay did not need to know all the details, but sssuuurreee. Some of his sentences were a little confusing, but it was still easy to read most of it. Also, he was sooooo polite. The only things bad about these letters is that now they’re done with the class, so I’ll probably never get to talk to him again, and the probability of me meeting him is super low, because I don’t even know his last name. The penpal thing was a fun experience.

 

What I Notice

Yesterday in class, we focused on what we notice. Hey, that rhymes! That’s something I notice. We all went outside and just sat quietly, noticing things. There are different kinds of noticing, all associated with your five senses. Hearing the annoying buzz of the air conditioning, watching a tiny inchworm crawl up a huge tree, tasting the sour Tang of your tangerine. All of those things are something you notice. Whether they are small details or broad topics, you can notice them all.

I notice lots of things. One is things that are furry or soft. When I go into a furniture store, I always see lots of soft blankets and furry pillows, always before I notice everything else. The other thing is bird calls. Whenever I’m outside, I always hear birds. It sounds like they’re talking to each other. Maybe one says ” How are you today?”. The other might answer “I’m good, how about you?”. Then I whistle into the air, not having a clue what that might mean to them, but they always call back to me searching for the sound they heard. Though they are very different, these are two things I notice. I hear and see them every day because they are important to me. What do you notice? Do you hear it? See it? Smell it? Whatever you notice is part of you, so treasure it, whatever it is. No matter what.

Camp Cheerio Thank You Note

Dear Cheerio,

Thank you so much for hosting us! I really enjoyed my time at Camp Cheerio. It was a great school trip idea.

Some of my favorite things were the vertical playpen and canoeing. I also loved free time when we could hang out in the cabins, laughing, chatting and drawing. The Spelio box was a common favorite too. After we figured it out, it was fun to see how fast we could get through the maze. After a while, we also played hide and seek and tag. I especially liked going down and see the horses! They were so sweet, and their muzzles were so soft and so friendly, they would eat right out of your hand! The vertical playpen challenged me to try my hardest, and I did end up making it to the top a couple times! Canoeing was great too, as the water was so cool and refreshing. There was also lots of talking and laughing, and of course a couple big rocks. Archery was also lots of fun! I do archery at another camp, so it was nice to try again. I loved the way the bowstring would snap forward, and release the arrow to let it seemingly glide along with the wind, and the hit the target with a satisfying ‘thwack’. 

I also enjoyed meeting all the counselors! You guys were all very friendly and welcoming and made me feel very much at home. I don’t like to pick favorites, but I have to say Emmie and Bubba were the best. Bubba was so friendly, and he always kept our energy running and our spirits high. Emmie was fun to talk with and it was amazing to watch her dance. I think we all found it funny when she said, ” I don’t do sports, I make bracelets!”

Another favorite was the FOOD. It was delicious! I loved getting to have huge homemade breakfasts every day! Thanks again to the amazing cooks!

Well, overall, I had a fantastic time at camp cheerio, and hope to see the beautiful starry mountain night again soon!

Sincerely,

Leah

 

Window or Mirror

Window or Mirror

Leah S.

  

One book I read this summer was Serafina and the Seven Stars by Robert Beatty. All books are either windows or mirrors. A mirror is when you are looking back into your world or a world very similar to yours. For example, the same time period and a similar setting. A window is when you are looking into a different world. For example, a world in the past or where magical creatures and fantastical beings exist. 

 

Serafina and the Seven Stars is a window because you are looking into Serafina’s world in the 1800s. Her world is quite fantastical and filled with many different and amazing creatures. Robert Beatty has found a great way to give us every detail on these beings and almost makes us believe the story is real. As this book is the 4th sequel in the Serafina Series, you should definitely read the first three books too, starting with Serafina and the Black Cloak. If you like a book filled with friendship, hope, fantasy, and a powerful story, this is the book for you.