Thursday, December 16, 2010
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
We played Christmas music outside on the Town Square. People came to listen. They sang and clapped with us. They brought us hot chocolate to drink. They brought Frost juice so he wouldn't melt.Donovan came and sang.
Then we went home to bake cookies. Frosty waved goodby. He went to his own home where he wouldn't melt.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good NIght!
Monday, December 13, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
At my house we go sledding after opening the presents. We have turkey and cake for dinner. We sing songs. My favorite part is the balloons. I like Christmas.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tony came to school on Tuesday, and he will be here again on Thursday. I like doing the exercises.
We played a game of blowing bubbles, and then I got to paint on the easel. We also played with puppets and play dough. Then we did some coloring. We played with blocks and also a game or two of tic-tac-toe. We played with the frisbee and then we played some cards and did a puzzle. Then it was time to get on a swing. then it was time to go to school. No wonder I was such a sleepyhead at school!
Mitch says that listening to me describe my day at physical therapy reminds him of a Peter, Paul and Mary song called "Autumn to May." Here are the lyrics:
I taught him for to whistle, to sing and dance and CLOWN.
His legs they were fourteen yards long, his ears so very wide,
Around the world in half a day, upon him I could ride.
Sing tarry-o-day. Sing - Autumn to May.
Oh, once I had a little frog, he wore a vest of red,
He'd lean upon his silver cane, a tophat on his head.
He'd speak of far off places, of things to see and do,
And all the kings and queens he'd met, while sailing in a shoe.
Sing tarry-o-day. Sing - Autumn to May.
Oh, once I had a flock of sheep, they grazed upon a feather.
I'd keep them in a music box from wind or rainy weather.
And ev'ry day the sun would shine, they'd fly all through the town.
To bring me back some golden rings, and candy by the pound.
Sing tarry-o-day. Sing - Autumn to May.
Oh, once I had a downy swan, she was so very frail,
She sat upon an oyster shell, and hatched me out a snail.
The snail it changed into a bird, the bird to butterfly,
And he who tells a bigger tale would have to tell a lie.
Sing tarry-o-day. Sing - Autumn to May
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
The first step is to ask a question. What do you want to investigate? What do you want to learn?
Yesterday, in class we investigated the question, "How many seeds are in a bean?"
The second step is to form a hypothesis. A hypothesis is an educated guess. It is a sentence that can be proven either true or false. In my bean experiment, I guessed that there would be 8 seeds in a bean.
The next step is to do an actual experiment. We got some string beans and a knife. Then we split the beans opened with a kniife. The next step was to count the seeds in each bean. We recorded how many seeds we found in each bean.
The fourth step is to organize the data.
Finally, we have to find a conclusion. A conclusion is an answer to the question, "What did this experiment teach us?"
Monday, November 1, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
People thought that stars were holes in the sky.
Sputnik was a moon.
A spacecraft teaches us about the planets and NASA.
NASA sends spacecrafts into space.
This chapter is about exploring space.
You can see stars through a telescope.
Galileo made a telescope.
Sputnik was the first spacecraft.
Scientists are learning about space
Friday, October 22, 2010
This morning we heard a song about the Sun. I went for a walk this morning and while I was out we had a lockdown drill. We all went into the laundry room and waited quietly. Dennis from O.T. was there and he told us a scary story. But it had a funny ending.
I had some delicious pudding with my peanutbutter and jelly sandwich. My friend Mitch helped me feed myself. Lunch was delicious but Mitch's singing is horrible. He thinks I want to swing on a star.
This afternoon we watched part of a silly movie.
Last year, Miss Vicky worked for me.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
One thing you can do to keep healthy is get enough sleep. Sleeping is important because it gives your body time to mend. It is also a time when you can organize the thoughts in your head so that you don't forget what you learned during the day. A new study shows that people are more successful with diets if they get enough sleep.
Eating properly is a good way to stay healthy. Here's a good description of a healthy diet. "Eat food. Mostly vegetables. Not too much." Mitch says you should get 40% of your calories from carbohydrates, 30% from protein and the other 30% from fat. Make sure the carbs are from vegetables with a low-glycemic index. And make sure the fats are not saturated.
Exercise helps to keep us healthy. Just walking around in my gait-trainer is plenty of exercise for me. Today, my friend Mr. Tony came and we went bowling. It was awesome. Exercise helps us in many ways. It helps us to sleep well. It helps us to develop strong muscles. It even strengthens our immune system. It is especially helpful if you combine exercise with fresh air. I went to the fair and to the beach and it made me feel hot!
It is important to know what to do when you are feeling ill. A hot bath is one of the best things you can do for yourself. It relaxes you, so you can rest comfortably and your body can use all of its energy fighting the bug that is making you sick. It raises your body temperature, which activates your immune system. After all, have you ever seen a rubber ducky with a head cold?
I hope these hints will help Miss Wall and Mrs. Fey get well soon!
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
We see many stars in the sky.
The Big Dipper isa picture in the sky.
The moon is pretty. It is made of Rocks and Dirt.
A full moon is when we can see all of the moon.
(Mitch thinks I can do much better if I try not to be so silly. But maybe the moon really is made of Blue Cheese. What does he know?)
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Our class is going to the Special Olympics. We are going to participate in bowling. There is an award for the best spirit. Our class hopes to win it. Today we made posters for the Clark Middle School Special Olympics bowing team.
Then we went to our adaptive P.E. class with Mr. Tony. I was bowling with a foam ball and with foam pins. Last week, my entire class went to the bowling alley. We had fun.
You may wonder how I can bowl in a wheelchair. Here's how I do it. I have a special frame that fits over my wheelchair. It has two rods that go down to the floor. I put the ball on it, and when I release the ball it rolls down the space between the rods, on then down the alley. Sometimes I knock over all the pins.
I enjoy bowling with my friends, but I would rather be jellyfishing with SpongeBob.
Monday, October 18, 2010
My favorite team is the Giants. My last name is Gross which means “big,” and the Giants are BIG!! Baseball is fun.
If you want to learn more about the playoffs and the World Series click here.
- Saturn is huge. It is the second largest planet in our Solar System. Jupiter is the only planet that is bigger.
- You cannot stand on Saturn. It is not like Earth. Saturn is made mostly of gases. It has a lot of helium. This is the same kind of gas that you put in balloons.
- Its beautiful rings are not solid. They are made up of bits of ice, dust and rock.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
What are some ways we can reduce? When we buy things in the store, we can look for products that don't have too much wasteful packaging. We can bring our own re-usable bags to the store, so that we don't have to waste plastic bags. We can use less energy if we dress warm indoors, so that we don't have to use up energy to heat the house so much. It is important that when people buy cars, they try to get the one with the best fuel economy, so that they do not waste gasoline. New types of cars -- like hybrids and all-electric cars -- can also save energy.
We can protect the earth by reusing things. If we aren't aware of this problem, one day there will be no more space for landfills to hold all our garbage. Also, landfills are very expensive, and if we have to spend money on them, there is less money to spend on education and other important things. How often have you used a piece of aluminum foil once and then thrown it away? Did you ever thing about re-using it? Our parents' generation used lots of disposable things. We can start thinking about things that have lasting value.
That brings us to the third R -- recycling. At Clark Middle School, my class goes to all the classrooms and collects the paper and cardboard that other students and teachers use. Then, we put it in a special dumpster so that it can be taken to the recycling center. The paper is collected and shipped to Washington, where it is made into new paper. By recycling paper, we save energy, we save space in the landfills, and we save trees that would be used to make new paper. The trees then can breathe in carbon dioxide, and breathe out oxygen, so that our atmosphere is healthy.
Can you think of some other ways to save the earth?
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
The Moon is a natural satellite of Earth. That means that it revolves around the earth. It takes about 28 days for the moon to circle the earth. The moon also spins on its axis. It spins around once in every 28 days. Therefore, the same side of the moon always faces the earth. The other side of the moon, which we cannot see from earth is sometimes called “the dark side of the moon.”
Actually, just like the planets, one half of the moon faces the sun, and the other faces away. Because the moon spins, it is not always the same side of the moon which is dark. And sometimes, the side with no sunlight on it faces the earth.
As it spins, more and more of the side that is illuminated by the sun faces us. We say that moon is waxing. At first it is a tiny sliver, but it grows to be a crescent, and then a full moon. Then it starts to get smaller, and we say it is waning. The whole process is takes 28 days, and this is what we call a month on the lunar calendar.
The gravity of the moon affects the tides. Wysper and Sponge Bob went to Bikini Bottom. The first human landing on the Moon was on 20 July 1969. During the Apollo missions of 1969-1972, 12 American astronauts walked on the Moon and used a Lunar Roving Vehicle to travel on the surface. Wysper and Sponge Bob were jelly-fishing on the moon.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Mars is the fourth planet from the sun. Mars travels around the sun once every 687 Earth days; this is the length of the Martian year.
Here’s a picture of Mars taken in August of 2003. At that time, Mars was closer to earth than it had been in the previous 60,000 years. It was still 56,000,000 kms away. In this picture, you can see the red tinge to Mars..
|Image credit: NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science System|
The planet Mars is named after the ancient Roman god of war, pictured in this statue which is a from around 320 BCE. It is a marble copy of an earlier Greek statue of their god of war, Aires.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
I have made some new friends, too. There are some new students in my class and in Ms. Pies class. Some of my friends from last year are gone. It seems like they are so far away.
Business technology has been fun. It is hard for me, but I still enjoy it a lot. That's how things have been going so far.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
You may wonder how we would pay for this. It would be difficult, but, the measure of a civilization is how it treats its least fortunate. Who knows? By recognizing human dignity and the value of human life, we may reap many benefits that will increase our wealth and benefit us in other, loftier, ways. For example, we might abolish the death penalty.
Or, we could just make me Queen. Yeah, that's the ticket!
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
My brother, Wynter, was with me and Blanche was there, too. What a surprse it was to see Blanche at the movies. We saw Finding Nemo. The divers were mean because they were taking Nemo to a dentist's office.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
When I recycle we go to all three floors of the school and pick up things. We pick up card board boxes and paper. We took them outside to the dumpster and sorted them. We wear our tie dye shirts that we made when we recycle. It makes me happy when I help with recycling at school. I like this tradition at Clark.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Nothing annoys about adults. They are in charge and that's okay. They helped me put candies on a cake for Donavan. Donavan is a student who is in the class next door. It is his 12th birthday today. We are going to sing to Donavan and eat cake after Business Tech class. We might have free choice after that since it's Friday. I feel like I'm am lost sometimes.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Wynter and I made a game of putting our summer clothes away. First, I would fold up a gown or a jacket. Then he would sneak in and throw it in the air. I didn't see him come in the first time, and I was beginning to think that perhaps I had gone mad. The second time, I caught him red-handed. Well, actually, I didn't see him throw the gown in the air, but I saw it hanging from the crystal chandelier, that Grand-pa-pa brought us from Paris.
I became so angry that I grabbed Wynter and threw him up in the air. As luck would have it he landed on the ceiling fan. He was going round and round, trying to grab the gown, when Eloise, the upstairs maid, walked in.
Eloise leapt into action. She got Wynter down, and used a broom to get the gown off the chandelier. Pa-pa would have been tres, tres angry if he had seen what happened. Lucky for us, Eloise can keep a secret!
Other than that, not much happened this weekend.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Wait! The dentist decides that Nemo has such beautiful teeth that he decides to keep Nemo in his fish tank.
The kids at Bikini Bottom are never going to believe this!
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thursday, August 26, 2010
I hope my dad will let me have Wendy's for dinner. That's my favorite restaurant. We had food from there last night and I had a hamburger and chicken nuggets. It was delicious! I also got a Nemo cup.
I have a brother named Wynter. He likes to eat food from Taco Bell. Last night dad got him food from Taco Bell.