TED-Like Talks

In conclusion, in our Language Arts class in sixth grade, we made TED – like talks.  My TED talk was called “How did the world start?”

A TED talk is a speech about something the author is passionate about.  TED talks are presented to a very large crowd.  The author of a TED talk works very, very hard.  Sometimes 2 years! People prepare for this way ahead of time.  A TED talk usually has pictures that the author has ready for when they get to that point.  There’s not any text on the images because the speech writer would just say it.  These can range from fifteen minutes to one hour!  That might not seem like a long time but if you can imagine speaking to a person for an hour but their no responding.  It would get pretty tiring after half an hour.

I have stage-fright.  I’m terrified to talk, sing, dance honestly do anything in front of a crowd.  I can talk to people but I just can’t do it in front of them.  Doing these TED-like talks helped me come over my fear.  My mom told me, “Doing your fear will help get over it.” And doing this is helping me get over it.

Everyone made their TED – like talks about something they are passionate or interested in.  I have always been fascinated by space and the universe and whats really out there. You could tell when someone was really driven by their talk because they wouldn’t need index cards because they already knew it or had it memorized.

Our TED-like talks were supposed to be around 5 minutes but I don’t think a lot were. Some were 5 minutes but most around 3 minutes.  It’s really hard to talk for 5 minutes straight.  That’s why it’s good to engage the audience instead of just talking through videos and questions.

Mrs. Williams’ classes didn’t get to do this because they were a little bit behind on the Westing Game book.  I’m so glad we had this opportunity!  It helped me get over my fear of doing anything in front of a crowd.  We worked super hard on our TED – like talks even though we didn’t have much time and I think they turned out great.


Tree Books

From January until now, 6th-grade language arts has been working on numerous projects including making tree books.  These tree books included a poem called “When this is over”, a list of things we want to do in our lifetime, and a paragraph called Salute to My Roots about a person or people that are important in our lives.  The poem named “When this is over” is about COVID-19 and how it affected our lives in good and bad ways.  Here is an excerpt from my poem.

Seeing people walking around outside with friends or going to dinner|My back aching from wearing my backpack

Some things on my life list were to set a Guinness World Record and own a dog and a cat.  My Salute to My Roots was about my dad and the things he has done for me and my family. Below is a small paragraph from mine.
My dad tries to teach me about topics that I don’t know.  I surprisingly often learn new things on car rides when my sister or I ask a random question on the way to school.

The actual tree book took a really long time to make through stamping, gluing, waiting, pressing, and rolling.  We first had to make the spine/cover and back cover.  The covers and spine were made of this very hard cardboard-like material but white.  We stamped nature-themed poems and sentences using a spectrum of forest-like colors like different shades of brown, green, yellow, and red.  We then cut into those cardboard pieces and made branches.  After that, we painted big pieces of card stock with different shades of blues.  We then added that card stock into the tree books.  Next, we pressed leaves on dictionary paper and painted over everything and so the leaves left the paper blank. Later, we cut the leaves out and pasted them onto the card stock which was on the cardboard-like material.  That whole process took approximately 2-3 months! It took around another month to write all the things that are inside the tree book!  Once we were done, we were given the opportunity to have our tree books shown in a real art gallery! I personally couldn’t go, but other people did get to show off their tree books to their family and friends! In all, these tree books have a lot of effort put into them throughout the second semester of the school year.



In Language Art, we started a book called The Westing Game by Ellen Raskins.  A girl in this book named Turtle Wexler, likes to invest in stocks, so we invested in stocks ourselves.  We were each given a fake budget of $20,000.  We then invested as much of that money as possible in six different stocks.  I invested in Disney, Home Depot, American Express, Hershey, Progressive and Standard and Poor 500 stock. I like how we got to see how we did with our stocks and how Turtle dealt with her stocks.  She knew a lot about stocks which surprised me, especially with a mother like hers.  I thought Grace Windsor Wexler would not allow that.  

I learned that stocks fluctuate a lot and not to depend on them because you never know whether or not they’ll go up or down.  I like how we got to choose our companies and compare them because we could see who got the most money and the least. I also like how we recorded how much we gained or lost every week because it shows how our stocks are doing.  When we started this project, I knew a little about stocks but now I understand why we have stocks and what they can do for us and the company.  Also, this project inspired me to invest in stocks in real life!  I saw how my stocks were doing in this class and I decided to invest in most of the same ones!

I learned that spreadsheets can have formulas and do the math for you! That really helped us while we checked and recorded our stocks onto the notecards. We would’ve had to calculate for a while how much money we acquired.  I also didn’t know that spreadsheets had formulas and were a lot more complicated. I thought they were just boxes.  I realized that spreadsheets could really help businesses, especially with bigger numbers.

This project taught me a lot about stocks, and spreadsheets and motivated me to invest in stocks of my own.  

Morehead Planetarium

On Wednesday, the 6th grade went to Morehead Planetarium. Most of the sixth grade hasn’t been on a field trip in 3 years!  So we were the guinea pigs because we were seeing if we could handle going on a field trip after some time.  We were split into two groups, Group 1 and Group 2.  I was in group 1 which was Robbins, Stanbury, Moore, and Glass. Group 2 was Harris, Punk, and Stanbury. Stanbury was split between the two groups.

We had the dome show first.  It was about astronauts and what they have to go through to become one. I learned that being an astronaut takes a lot of training and preparation.  Astronaut also referenced a lot of what we have been learning in science which was cool.  We then played around with the exhibits for a little while and then had lunch.  We sat on picnic tables outside and then ran around. After lunch, we had a physics show which was really cool.  One of the experiments the lady showed us was about the things that liquid Nitrogen can do.  She held a balloon in liquid nitrogen and it slowly deflated.  When she took it out, it re-inflated! Another experiment was she put a rubber ball into the liquid nitrogen and when she took it out, it was hard.  Then she hit it and it shattered like glass! I didn’t know that liquid nitrogen was that powerful! We also tested different metals to see how they reacted to the electromagnetic field.  She would put the metal tube on the electromagnetic field and see how far the negatively charged particles would repel each other. The copper repelled the highest.  Another example was a metal ball filled with negatively charged particles and they wanted to get away from each other.  There was this smaller metal ball that had a cord that connected to the ground so when she held them near each other, the particles zapped to the smaller ball.  You could see them zap in a white flash! After that, we went back onto the buses and went back to school for recess and X period.  That field trip was fun and I hope we passed the test so that other grades can do it too.

Nemesis By Brendan Reichs



I recommend Nemesis by Brendan Reichs.

The world might end.  We’ll find out in two days. There’s a giant rock that’s about to come crashing down onto earth and destroy everything.  The main character is a girl named Min (Melinda)  who’s killed every two years on her birthday by a creepy man and wakes unharmed in the middle of the forest.   He always finds ways to kill her.  Sometimes he’ll just shoot her but he’s pushed her off a cliff before.   Min tries to tell her parents, but they don’t believe her. She soon learns to just go home and not tell anyone.  Ever since kindergarten, she keeps hearing the words Project Nemesis.  She tries to find out what Project Nemesis is and uncovers a lot more.  I liked this book because Min has to understand why she’s being killed and who is killing her. I’m currently reading this trilogy, Nemesis, Genesis, and Chrysalis.

Wisdom Tales

Wisdom tales are tales with a moral from a country.  They have been passed down through people telling them to their children and their children told them to their children and so on.  Wisdom tales can teach you a lot, especially the moral of the stories.

I chose the wisdom tale, The Stolen Axe.  I chose this because I thought the moral is very important, you see what you want to see. This applies a lot to modern day life because most people like to have something to blame for their problems.

In The Stolen Axe, a man loses his axe and sees a farm boy that he says looks guilty and must have stolen his axe.  After he found it right where he left it, he saw the “guilty look” was gone from the boy’s face.  The man wanted something to blame for his mistake.

When I was making the comic, it was a lot easier for me to use the same background and people, instead of drawing new ones.  I used Autodesk Sketchbook because it has a lot of different brushes and pens for drawing and helpful tools like a ruler.  I learned how to make layers and this helped me a lot so that I could keep my background while making adding characters. Wisdom tales can teach you a lot.



The topic I chose is sports.

Sports are very important to the world in many ways.  In one way, everywhere around the world has made some form of sports. For example, America created football.  England created soccer or known in some places as football.  Basketball is from Massachusetts from a guy named James Naismith who put a ball in a basket.  All of these places have created something under one category: sports.

Another reason sports are very important because people like to watch sports, including my family.  We watch a lot of basketball and football. There are also a lot of people around the world and at our school who watch sports on TV or in the stadium. Approximately $142 million tickets are sold annually for sporting events.  Watching sports can inspire people to try it out, and they might love it and go pro.  Watching sports is good in many ways.

Sports are also important because for most sports, expect for solitary ones like golf, require teamwork.  In most sports, you need teamwork to win the game. Like in lacrosse, you need to pass the ball and communicate with your teammates.  Also in tennis, communication is key for doubles for example, who will hit the ball that is coming towards you.  It’s very important to communicate, just like in the real world.

And sports can teach you lessons, like having good sportsmanship even when you lose.  Sports can teach you that losing is okay. A lot of amazing athletes, have been fired or traded for their behavior on the team.  A lot of coaches wont choose the best player, even if he or she has bad sportsmanship!  For example, Antonio Brown played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he had a tantrum and threw off his jersey and ran off the field in the middle of the game,  that was the last time he would every play football because he had done things like this in the past. He was soon cut from the team.  Even though Antonio Brown is a good football player, he had a bad attitude and that ended his football career.  Another lesson that sports can teach you is is you want to be good at it, you have to practice.  In my opinion, this is a life lesson.  If you want to be good at anything at all, you have to practice it.  Practicing sports really helps.  I know this from experience.  An example is Tom Brady.  While all his teammates on the patriots were partying or watching TV, he was busy practicing. He practices all the time and that is how he has become the G.O.A.T.  Greatest Of All Time.   Practicing anything is very important for success.

Sports can bring people together, as a team or as an audience.  A way that I experienced this was when I went to a Duke basketball game, a song came on and the whole audience was in sync as their arms were swaying to the music.  On a team, at the beginning of a game, or match, some teams start jumping up and down together or chanting.

Sports are so important in many ways and they inspire and change people.

My Daily Habit

A compound effect helps you slowly get stronger as you add more.  If the habit was going over words like in Membean,  you would slowly add more words, just like Membean does because you would eventually learn the old words and you would get more new words. I got used to planking and didn’t get as tired as I did before. I noticed that I could hold a plank longer. I wouldn’t go on to the side as much. I overcame having a hard time holding the plank for a while. I got used to it and didn’t get nearly as tired!  

A benefit is that it gave me more stamina and taught me that that was all a mental game for how long I really could hold a plank.  Another benefit is that it made me stronger.  The progress helped me learn that it doesn’t matter how strong or weak you are, it matters how long you really actually want to hold it. 

I was at first surprised that you, as a Language Arts teacher was having us do this.  Then I learned that it is good to do the same thing for a while every day. My new habit is making my bed every morning.  I made this my new habit because I used to not do this, but it trains my brain. (And makes my room look more organized!) 

Window Or Mirror

The Death Cure, by James Dashner, a book in a fantasy world, is both a window and a mirror. Thomas and his friends are trying to escape the organization that is trying to save the world from a virus called the flare that has taken over most of the world and trying to make something that isn’t possible. A vaccine. Looking out the window, I’m not running from an organization that wants my brain. I have my memories and I’m not 17. In the real world, there aren’t people who are pretty much like zombies. They want to kill you, eat you. But we have a vaccine and the people in the book don’t. Looking in the mirror, both worlds are in a pandemic, an epidemic problem. A contagious virus that has spread around the world. It has killed so many people in both reality and in the book. The main character in the book is immune and I’m vaccinated which is sort of like being immune to COVID-19. The Death Cure is both a window and a mirror.