Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Hannibal Reflection

1. Hannibal, Missouri is the home town of a famous writer, Mark Twain. We saw Mark Twain's or Sam Clemens boy hood home, Becky Thatcher's house and Huckleberry Fins house. Becky and Huck were people in the  book based off of real people Sam Clemens was friends with when he was little. We also saw a light house and a cave that Sam Clemens used to go and explore when he was little. We went to The Mark Twain Museum too. I learned a lot about Make Twain from all of this.

2. Our classwork helped prepare me for this trip by giving me a lot of information about Mark Twain because I didn't really know who he was before this unit. It taught me a lot about Mark Twain's life style and what he enjoyed doing in his free time. I learned that Mark Twain had a different way of writing and when we had to read parts of his book his way of writing could sometimes make things a little confusing. Overall the class work really prepared me so I knew what the tour guides were talking about.

3. 2 things I learned about from the river boat captain was a story where a Native american girl and a boy wanted to see each other but they were no allowed to because of the girls father and he found out that they had been meeting up and he followed her to the cliff where they met up and her father pointed an arrow at her and she jumped off the cliff when he did that so that's why the cliff is called Lovers Leap. The second thing I learned was that one time the Mississippi flooded 12 feet over into the parking lot by the river boat.

4. 2 things I learned from the Mark Twain museum and his boyhood home was that usually 7-10 people lived in houses that were sometimes smaller than my room at my house. The second thing I learned was that their beds were made out of ropes which wouldn't be very comfortable.

5. 2 things that I learned from Nathan, our tour guide in the cave was that the bat population in the cave has gone down a lot and they only found around 50 bats in the cave this year. The second thing I learned was that people were aloud to write on the walls of the cave until 1972 where they stopped allowing people to write on the walls so there is a lot of names written on the cave walls.

6.  My favorite part of the trip was the cave because I thought that it was really interesting. I learned a lot from that tour. I also thought that it was cool to see what the cave looks like with out any light and we got to see what it looked like when Tom and Becky were walking through the cave with their one candle.

7. The most fun part of the trip was probably the candy store and the ice cream shop.

8. The only part I would improve for next years class would be going on a longer cave tour if that's possible but overall this was a really fun field trip!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

History Day Reflection

For my History Day project I did a historical paper on the Berlin Wall. I focused a lot on why it went up, the effects it had on people, and why the wall got taken down.

The judges said that it would be helpful to organize my bibliography into primary and secondary sources and I agree. If I would have went on to state I already had that done so I could fix it before state.

The most interesting thing that I learned would probably be how big of an effect that the Berlin Wall had on people. The Berlin Wall separated families, caused people to loose their jobs and much more. Overall it had a pretty big effect on a lot of people.

The hardest part of this project for me was probably getting started and understanding why the wall got taken down. For getting started I just procrastinated a lot which led to kind of rushing later on and I definitely could have done a lot more research too. I had to re-write the part where the wall got taken down a lot because I couldn't find much on the exact reason it got taken down and when I did I guess I just wasn't understanding why it got taken down. But I did more research and found out in a way that I did understand why it got taken down.

I think I improved as a learner by just taking something that I didn't understand and doing more research on it so I could get to a point where I did understand it. I also learned that you should get as much research as you can early on so you don't have trouble later on.

I could improve my project by maybe adding some more information of what all happened after the wall went up and before it got taken down. So just a lot of stuff in the middle.

Something i'm most proud of when it comes to my project is just like not giving up and doing it all by myself because it was pretty challenging but in the end it was worth it.

Link to my paper:

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

One Word

For my one word I chose Optimism. I chose this word because I don't really ever think about the good side of things and I can be pretty negative at times. I think I need to start being optimistic by trying to think of ways that the thing can be good or fun instead of thinking about all the bad things and how it could go wrong. That's why i'm going to try to stay optimistic this year!                                         

Friday, November 17, 2017

Iowa State OPPTAG Experience Reflection

My classes were both about veterinarians and what you do while your a vet student. During my first session we learned about how vets can't always see the problem that the animal is having and that it's like a puzzle to find the problem. We had to try to put a puzzle together without looking, we learned how to put stitches in an animal and we got to try it with string and these little foam squares. We also got to learn how to put a cast on a dog leg, they had a silicone mold that we got to practice on. During the second session we went to the anatomy room where we got to see all different kinds of animal skeletons and we saw where the lecture room was in the building. The most educational part of my day was during my first class because I got to learn how to actually put a cast on and put stitches in.
Something I learned about Iowa state was that there is a bell tower that's called a campanile that in the middle of the campus and at noon a music professor will get up there and play all kinds of songs.
 The most fun part of my day was lunch because we got to talk and have an all you can eat buffet.
If I could give one piece of advice on how to improve on the experience it would be to make the classes longer because they felt really short and I had a lot of fun in them.
My biggest takeaway from the trip was that I learned a lot and I had a lot of fun, also Iowa state has a beautiful campus!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Independet Project


I did my independent project on foster care. I chose this topic because I was watching this show on Netflix called The Fosters and it's about this girl and her brother that are in foster care and they just go through all this complicated stuff and it made me really start wondering about how foster care worked.

Some of the most fascinating things I learned are all of the requirements in your house that you have to have and another thing is how the children get matched with the foster parents, I thought that was interesting too.

I presented my learning in a google slides presentation. Something about my project that makes me proud is that I didn't put to much text on the slides this time and I tried to put more pictures.
Something I would improve on next time would be to add more pictures

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

DWA Quarter Post

My first DWA is from 9-28-17

          If I could chose one of my friends to be as talented as I would choose my cousins Scarlet or Ruby, because they are very, very good at swimming. They have set a lots of records and Ruby went to the Olympic Trials last summer when she was 16 but didn't make it to the Olympics sadly, but we think that both of them will go to the Trials again in 2020 and they might have a chance to make it. Ruby is now 17 and Will be going to Arizona State for swimming next year. Both of them are very good swimmers. 

My second DWA is from 9-20-17

       I would rather be the godmother from Cinderella because the fairy godmother just gets to go around and give every body their wishes, she turns pumpkins into carriages and turns mice into horses. I think it would make you feel good seeing how happy the person was when you gave them their wish. But also I think it would be nice to be Cinderella because she gets the pretty dress and that stuff and goes to the ball. She has to basically serve her step mom and step sisters. So after all I probably would rather be the godmother.