In science we are currently studying Physics. To add additional knowledge to our our understanding of Physics, we used Hot wheels to measure speed. We all had launchers and hot wheel tracks. We could have the car go as much distance as we wanted to before we stopped our timers. But, in the end we all had to have the distance in the ratio measure to a meter. In my group with Charmaine, Ruby, and Sherif, we had our cars go 2 meters before we stopped the timer. We did this because it gave the timer more time to react, because our cars were going really fast. My cars average speed was 3.636363 meters per second. This calculation was made by doing the experiment five times, not counting the times where we messed up. Really though, this experiment wasn’t exactly going to be precise. We could have gotten the timing wrong, the distance could cause negative acceleration, the masses of the car could have effected it, the functioning of the wheels, and the tracks could have larger gaps or a slight change in density. A interesting topic was brought up in class was about how air effected the cars. When you think about air, what you most think about is the density of the air and whether the car is blockish and makes the air force it to stop more than a smaller car would. That does effect the car, but another thing that also can change results is the temperature of the room. When it is warmer, it causes metal to expand, so that could really have impact with the speed of the car. Although, the expeiriment was never going to be precise, we learned about what impacted the change in speeds and I feel like I learned a lot in this experiment and had a great time with it. I posted my photo of my hot wheel car separately.
In Spanish, to help us understand Día de Independencia en México, we did a whole group project on it. Our class was able to choose what we wanted to do for a project and we chose to make a movie on it. The movie was about a kid who wanted to learn more about Día de Independencia en México, so he asked his grandma about it, and she had all these flashbacks about it, even though it’s the 200 year anniversary of it.
I think that the beginning process was great. We gave everyone jobs to do and we laid out what we were going to do excellently. I think we should have thought more about when the everyones jobs were going to be needed, and what they should be doing when they have nothing to do. I also think that some people really were not on task all the time and it really held us back. Also, since some unnecessary props and other items were taken, and some were even left on the field before we even were close to start to film, I really think that something needs to happen where we put the props in a cupboard or something until we start to film, otherwise, everything turns into a big mess. I also felt that when we were trying to film, and Charmaine and I went to set up the next scene to get it done faster, unnecessary shots were being taken and put into the movie even though they had nothing to do with Día de Independencia en México. But, over all, I think that the finished product was pretty good.
The first book I read was the Wednesday Wars by Gary Schidt. The book, set in 1967, was about a 12 year old boy who’s name Holling Hoodhood, who has a hard time going through 7th grade because of the people around him. In the beginning of the book to around the middle, it seemed as if the only thing Holling’s dad cared about was his family owned business, his teacher, Mrs. Baker, was doing everything in her power to torture him, and he really could not express himself in the ways that he wanted to because the success of the business depends on it. I think that was really smart of the author to write it in first person, because I really got what he felt on the inside and what he couldn’t let out. I really liked the plot of the story, even though at times it was predictable. I really like the humor in this book, because it wasn’t quite clear sometimes, so I could make a picture of what it would be like in reality, and then laugh at it. I Also liked some of the parts where Holling starts his sentence explaining things and then stops his sentence and says something like, “well you don’t have to know everything. I liked that because it made the book seem more true, because it is easier to have someone already know something potentially embarrassing rather than to have to tell them. I thought it was a little confusing when all of a sudden the book turned almost into different main settings, them being, the classroom with Mrs. Baker, Holling’s perfect house, and the theater. Even though it was a little confusing, I thought that it made the book more realatable to me, because sometimes I need to get things done but there is always a setting of things that have to be finished first. I really liked this book over all. And I think I made a good decision to read it.
The second book I read was Jack’s Black Book, by Jack Gantos. The book, split into 3 parts, was about a boy named Jack. In the first part Jack is trying to get through seventh grade, witch got rather difficult for him since he has pretty much failed in every class and has now been forced to go to a school for kids who don’t do so well in school. Going through all this has made it difficult for him to go after his dream job, being a writer. And when his dog BeauBeau dies, his life gets harder by the minute. The second part is about him trying to get money by writing postcards for other people. And the third part was about the friendship between him and his old neighbors who start to run for mayor. I really did not like this book. It shows basically how stupid and immature a kid can get. In the first part, he doubts himself and starts acting like a total spazz the way he goes and un-digs his dogs grave, and then gives it to the teacher thinking it will al work out. As for the second part. Could a kid really get that idiotic. Cheating people out of there money and thinking he wont get caught and then thinks that a girl that is way out of his league would go on a date with him, even when he gets gets warned by a fortune teller not to have anything to do with her. I was really amazed when I got to part three. I could completely see how a kid with his intelligence is at some school like that. Why would anyone go driving with a teenager that thought is was funny when he lit gas on fire and when he nearly did it to himself. And then let the kid take you to a tattoo parlor when the teenager gets like a tattoo a week. I honestly hated that book. But now that I think about, I like ranting about it, so I guess my feelings are mixed. Over all, the book was well written but I didn’t like the plot.