D.C. Trip

On Wednesday and Thursday we went to D.C.. On the trip we went on a bike tour, saw Bernie Sanders give a speech, and went to the the U.S. Capitol and a museum. When we first arrived in D.C. we went on a bike tour of D.C.’s monuments. While on our way to a tour at the U.S. Capitol, we found Bernie Sanders speaking about climate change. It was really cool to see him give a speech. After Bernie’s speech we went to the Capitol, and our tour guide brought us to an underground subway. The subway connected the Russell Senate Office Building to the U.S. Capitol. Then we took a tour of the U.S. Capitol which was really interesting. I really liked seeing where everything used to be and where they held their meetings. My favorite part about the trip was going to the Newseum. We only got to see one section in the museum, but it was still awesome. The section we saw was based on the FBI fighting terrorism. The museum was amazing, and I am excited to go back and do all of the other sections. Overall, D.C. was a really fun trip, and I am looking forward to going back.

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New York

This week we went to New York. In New York we took a tour of Wall Street. We went to a church where Alexander Hamilton, his wife, and their child were buried. We went there because he was a huge part of the creation of America’s financial system. After going to Hamilton’s grave, we went to the bull and saw a building that once served as George Washington’s home. We saw the statue of the bull which represents when the stocks are up. After looking at the bull, we went to Wall Street where stocks were being traded. We couldn’t go into the building because no one  is allowed in the building except for the people who work there. The trip to New York was fun and hopefully we can go back and learn more about these things.   

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Cover Story-Interview

This week I started a new cover story lesson. I have to write to someone related to my magazine topic. My topic is marine animals, and I chose to write to someone who is a Marine Biologist. In my letter I told her some things about myself, and I asked some questions about her job. These are some of the questions I asked her.  What is your favorite part about being a Marine Biologist? How long have you been a Marine Biologist? What is your favorite marine animal? I am really excited to send the letter, and I hope that she writes back.   

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Hamilton and Jefferson Debate

In history we are learning about the Hamilton and Jefferson debates. We went to watch a reenactment of the debate to learn more. They reenacted the debate and taught us about what Jefferson wanted and what Hamilton wanted. Jefferson was an Anti-Federalist and Hamilton was a Federalist. Hamilton wanted a national bank and Jefferson wanted the states to have control of their own money. Towards the end of the debate they let us ask questions that helped us learn a little more about their disagreements. I really liked this debate, and hopefully we can watch more debates like this soon.

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Canoe Trip

Last week, on Wednesday, we went canoeing in the Brandywine. We went for a science field trip to learn about the quality of the water. To learn about the quality we used a net, and we put the net in front of us. Two people held the net and the rest took rocks and scrubbed them to get all the macro invertebrates off. After we did that we got a cup, paint brush and spoon and searched the net for macro invertebrates. After we sorted all the macro invertebrates, we had a chart that told us how many points each one was worth, and then we counted up the points which told us about the water quality of the stream. We tested two spots, and the first spot was excellent while the second spot was good.

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Plymouth Plantation

When we went to Boston our first stop was Plymouth Plantation. Plymouth is one of the first settlements in Boston. Plymouth was right next to a Native American tribe called the Mohawks. Plymouth Plantation was recreated into an interactive site where they rebuilt what Plymouth and the Mohawk villages would look like. They had actors there so you could ask them questions, and they would answer them. The actors were dressed to look like what they would have looked like back then. The first site was the Mohawk village where they had a cooking hut, an unfinished hut, and a chief hut. The cooking hut let us make flour by mashing corn with a stick until it turned into powder.

The next stop was Plymouth. Plymouth had a lot more things you could do. We played 16th century baseball. It was called stool ball. There are two teams and one ball. You throw the ball back and forth trying to make the other team not catch the ball. If you miss the ball or drop it,  one person from the team has to stand where the ball was dropped and throw it to try to hit a stool in the middle. If they miss, the other team gets two points, but if they hit the stool, the other team only gets one point. The first team to ten wins. We also got to go inside houses and see the living conditions. We went into backyards, and one of my classmates and I carried a bench into a backyard. In the backyard was another flour maker and a woman sewing. Next to the house was a man cutting wood, and he let us try it.  It took two of us to saw the wood because it had two handles and it was too flimsy to just push back and forth by yourself. At Plymouth I learned how the houses were built, and what the pilgrims did for entertainment.

When we left Plymouth we went to Plymouth rock. When Plymouth was first found people had to know where it was so they identified seeing a rock by the sealine. We were going to go touch Plymouth rock, but Plymouth rock was surrounded by four pillars and a wall because people were chipping pieces off of the rock as a souvenir.  

I enjoyed Plymouth and thought it was fun and interactive.

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The Ugly Duckling

We just got off of Spring Break, but I am happy to be back at PRIED! In Music we are making a film about a well known story. We each chose partners and our own stories to make plot points and choose songs that would match each plot point because the story is going to be told by songs. Once we were done doing that, we chose one of the stories to work on together and planned everything that we would need for the film like people to play the roles, costumes, etc. My partner chose the Ugly Duckling, and I chose The Princess and the Pea, but we ended up deciding on using the Ugly Duckling. I am excited to see how our project turns out in the end.    

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Monster

We just finished a book called Monster by Walter Dean Myers. The book is written like a script for a movie. The book was about a 16 year old kid named Steve who goes to court because people thought that he was a part of a robbery. They thought his job was to be the lookout who looked around the store to see if anyone was there. The robbery was in a drug store, and two men named James King and Bo Bo robbed the store successfully. They took the money and some cartons of cigarettes, and James King killed the clerk with the clerk’s gun. The book tells Steve’s life in prison and in court. Steve’s lawyer doesn’t have faith in winning the case, and it starts to rub off on Steve. Towards the end of the book, Steve starts to think that he will not win the case and go to jail. In the end, Steve ends up to being proven innocent, and James King and Bo Bo went to jail for the crimes they committed.

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The Ronald McDonald House

We went to the Ronald Mcdonald House on February 11th to cook for the families that are living there. The families that are living there have family members that are at A. I. DuPont hospital. The people living there have the ability to cook their food in the kitchen for themselves, but there are also volunteers that come in and cook for them. My PRIED classmates and I were volunteer cookers. First, we decided upon a menu of items we were going to cook. We decided to make macaroni and cheese, vegetable soup and cookies. Next, we decided who was going to bring what food items. When we got there we split into groups and started cooking. My classmate and I cooked macaroni and cheese, and my other classmates cooked the rest. There were about 30 people that we served our lunch to. I hope we can do that again because it was fun and rewarding!  

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Music

In music, we started to research about Jazz in a certain time period. Everyone got their own period of time. After everyone’s done their research, we are going to make a timeline. I am researching Chicago and New Orleans style from 1917- 1930. We are supposed to research four events associated with the development of Jazz. These events are who were the leaders within the genre, what did they do, what were their inspirations, and what characteristics of the music make the genre distinct. We also need four pictures to represent the genre and two major historical events that happened during the genre’s time. Additionally, we need one video example and an additional fun fact. I’m very excited to see how this turns out.  

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