Mass Over Volume

Before we went on that short virtual school time, we were learning about mass, volume, and density. One

of the activities that we did was we had three different items that we would drop in water, and then see what the water level was after the object was in the water. Before that we would record what level the water was at before we dropped the object in the water. We had partners for this, and mine was Morley, and she did one side of the paper, and I did the other side. The day after that, we had a review to see what we know about mass, volume, and density. I think that I did pretty well on the review, most of it made sense to me. We also watched a short LEGO animation video about Archimedes and the “solid” gold crown. The king was gifted a “solid” gold crown, but Archimedes didn’t believe that it was solid gold, and that the king had been duped. 

After that, crystal and Elizabeth said that a person in our class was getting tested for Corona, so we had to do virtual for a few days, which was worse that I thought, because I was so used to regular school. For this activity, I think that I participated fairly well in this assignment. I think that I could’ve paid attention more, but I think I did fairly well. In the partner project, I would have done each side of the paper together, so that I knew everything instead of one part for the review.  I really liked the partner project and the video, it was really cool to learn about mass, volume, and density.

QUESTIONS

  • Who created mass, volume, and density?
  • What other kind of experiments could we do with them?
  • Have any other stories like the tale of Archimedes ever happened?

Owls vs. Crows

Today we played this really fun game called Owls vs. Crows. We were separated into two groups, one owls, and one crows. We were asked a bunch of science based questions like ” abiotic is living organisms”, and if the answer was false, the crows would chase the owls, and if the answer was true, then it was vise versa. We played this at the very end of science, like the last ten minutes. The time before that we were working on our biomes ( last blog ), and then took a walk and played the game. There were safe zones where the other team couldn’t go, and anyone who was tagged outside of the safe zones became part of the other team. The team with the most would win. It was kind of like a tag sort of thing.

Like I said before, we had worked on our projects just before we had come down there, and I talked about that in the last blog. I am a little worried that we aren’t able to finish the website in time, but as long as Emma or me doesn’t get distracted, then I think it will be fine.

QUESTIONS

  • Is Owls vs. Crows a real game?
  • Will we do another project like this biome one?
  • Will we do another game like this?

Current Biome Project

Today is December 9th, and we are getting pretty far on the project. The box is almost done, but we really need to focus on the website. Emma made a mushroom tree for it and we all thought it was funny. Anyway, I like creating my own website a lot because I’ve never done that before and it’s really cool how you can see how some other people do it. Many other people are getting far on the project, mostly with the box I’ve noticed. Today we switched who worked on what and I think that helped a lot because I wasn’t AS distracted. I did work with a bunch of other people so I did get distracted a lot. Shane says that we are gonna move on soon, so me and Emma can’t get distracted any more if we wanna finish this thing. But overall, I love working on this, though sometimes the website can get boring.

like I said before, I did get distracted a lot, and that thing was annoying, because I didn’t get as much done as I should have. Emma did a good job on the project and the website, and I think with one more day we can finish the model.

QUESTIONS

  • Who founded wix?
  • What is the next thing we will work on?
  • What kinds of websites are on wix?

Start of Biome Project

We just started on a biome project with a partner. My partner was Emma.  We picked a biome out of a bowl and me and her got rainforest. We each had to pick one animal and one plant in the rainforest, and I picked the giant water lily for my plant and an ocelot for my animal. Emma picked monkey brush for her plant and a boa constrictor for her animal. We will have to create a diorama of the biome with the animals and plants included. We also will create a website on this site called wix about our biome, plants, and animals. WE have planed out what the diorama will look like, and have started to divide up what parts of the website each of us will be doing. 

Shane gave us a google doc for our website, and it has questions for our website. On our website, we will answer things like, “how much rain does your biome get, or what are some ways that humans depend on it.” We have to answer the same types of questions for our animals and plants as well. I really think that I’m going to like this project, because we are learning about the amazon rainforest while also doing a model, which I love. Since we just started, we haven’t really started on much yet, but we are doing the website if we don’t have enough supplies to do the diorama. 

QUESTIONS

  • What will happen if humans cut down the entire amazon rainforest?
  • How many species of animals live in the amazon?
  • Why does the amazon get so much rain every year?

10/22 The Carbon Cycle

Yesterday, we all learned about the Carbon Cycle and the Nitrogen Cycle. We were separated into groups and my group played a game based on the Carbon cycle. You would roll a dice, and you would move to a different spot on the Carbon Cycle  depending on what you rolled. I started at the ocean surface, went to atmosphere, went to plants, then, soil, then fossil fuels, etc. It was really fun for me because we got to kinda experience what the carbon molecules go through in the Carbon Cycle. We also wrote down where we went in the cycle, and after made a little story out of it. It was super fun to play and experience.

 Besides the game, I did learn some things about the Carbon Cycle. For example, I learned that 8 

10/5 Glossy Buckthorn

Last week, we learned a lot about invasive species. One day, we all went on a walk around campus pointing out the invasive species that we saw and learning about how they work in the environment. We were able to rip up some like glossy buckthorn or grapevine, and that was really fun. I learned a lot about how glossy buckthorn transfers their seeds through birds. The plant gives off smells that the birds like, and when they eat the berries, they feel sick and have diarrhea. When they do, that spreads the seeds and then the glossy buckthorn can reproduce. The thing that is really annoying about this is that because the birds keep eating the berries and spreading the seeds, then it nearly impossible to get rid of them, and we are stuck with them forever.

 

I really liked this project. It was really interesting to learn about glossy buckthorns and how they have changed the environment ( for the worse ). I think that one way that I can use this in my life is that even if plants like the glossy buckthorn look pretty, then still don’t plant them or spread them because they are bad for the environment and the food web. When I learned about this, I was actually surprised by how fast glossy buckthorn messed up the environment. Some invasive species, like fragrant water lilies, take five years to grow a 15 foot circle of lilies, and the glossy buckthorn only needed 1 to 2 years to spread ALL OVER Michigan.  I think that I participated pretty well on this project, but I think that I did get distracted with pulling out glossy buckthorns. I think that one thing that I could have done differently is that I should have paid more attention and not pulling out plants.

QUESTIONS:

  • What are people doing to stop the spread of glossy buckthorns?
  • If the birds get poisoned from eating the berries, then why do the birds keep eating them?
  • What were glossy buckthorns natural predators in their native habitat?

 

 

 

9/27 Parachuting Cats

 On Wednesday and Thursday, we learned about the parachuting of cats in Borneo. In the 1950s,  Borneo had an outbreak of Malaria caused by the destruction of forests and the building of different plantations and farmland. More mosquitoes came, and so the outbreak occurred. After a short time, the World Health Organization made a chemical called DDT ( dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane ) to kill the mosquitoes. It worked, but DDT also killed the wasps that ate the thatch – eating caterpillars, so the population of the caterpillars went up. As the population of the caterpillars grew, the peoples roofs started to decay and then collapsed! As well as killing the wasps, DDT also started poisoning and killing other insects that the lizards ate, and poisoned the lizards, which the cats ate, and all the cats started to die! So, with the cat population down, the rats started to come back, and brought diseases with them to. The rats had brought in OTHER diseases like, typhus and hantavirus.  So with the rats bringing all these diseases in, the World Health Organization decided to parachute cats into Borneo to hunt the disease – giving rats

When we learned this, I was very surprised by how these events created such a domino effect. DDT caused more problems than it fixed! I think that one way that you could use this knowledge is: don’t overuse chemicals, or don’t use them at all. In this case, a chemical was needed to kill the mosquitoes,  but they overused it, and so it caused more problems. So, if you NEED to use chemicals, then at least don’t overuse them. One of the ways that we learned about this is that we created a drawing of the cycle, a scene of the outbreak, etc, and I really enjoyed that, because the effect that it caused was really interesting to learn about and recreate. With this project, I think I participated fairly well, but I know I could have participated more. I think that one thing that i could have done differently is doing more research before Annabella and me started on the drawing.

 

QUESTIONS:

  • Was DDT banned after the outbreak?
  • How did the cats get out of the parachutes after they land?
  • How many cats did they parachute into Borneo?

Owl Letter

Dear Mrs. Cuttatree, 

 

My name is the Eastern Screech Owl ( Otus asio ), and I am writing you this letter to convince you to cancel the building of the Uppity Resort. I am mostly reddish – brown with some white and grey on my face and stomach and a little of my wings. I have big bright yellow eyes and a sharp and narrow beak. I am also a nocturnal bird and have really good night vision, 8 times better than a human, which I think is pretty cool. I am 18 to 23 cm tall and I weigh  125 to 250 grams. I also have a wingspan of 14.5 to 17.5 cm. I usually lay around 2 to 8 to 3 to 5 eggs in a clutch in our little tree cavity. If you cut down all those trees for the Uppity Resort, then I will have nowhere to go to lay my eggs and my species could be in trouble. In the winter, I do not migrate, though if the weather is severely bad, then I might move my home out of range in search of food. Like I said, I live in the cavities of trees and I have my eggs there as well. The forest doesn’t just provide me with shelter, it provides me with food. My typical diet involves microone rodents, deer mice, wood and Norway rats, chipmunks, cotton rats, squirrels shrews, bats, moles, larger insects, smaller songbirds, Northern Bobwhite, Rock Dove, Ruffed Grouse is just 7% of my diet! Other prey may include small fish, small snakes, small lizards, softshell turtles, small frogs, toads, salamanders, and invertebrates such as crayfish, snails, spiders, earthworms, scorpions, and centipedes. I also sometimes fish at small holes in the lake. If you build the Uppity Resort and kick me out, there will be a lot more mice and rodents that no one will like getting in their rooms. The place will be overrun by squirrels, and other rodents and reptiles. Even if i was able to stay, i wouldn’t be able to reproduce as fast because for a while, the animals will be scared away by the building process.  So please Mrs. Cuttatree, please please reconsider building the Uppity Resort. 

 

https://www.owlpages.com/owls/species.php?s=850

 

https://www.chattnaturecenter.org/visit/experience/wildlife/animal-facts/eastern-screech-owl/