Posted in 8th Grade, Personal Finance

PF W6 – My Income

 

           In the past year, I’ve earned and spent over $700.  I really hope I don’t do this again, though I think my income will significantly drop over the next few years because I can start getting jobs but nobody’ll hire me.  I hope this doesn’t happen but I expect it to.  This year is so far good but in a couple months I’ll be old enough to start getting odd jobs around the neighborhood.

 

          I’ll start with chopping wood, and then go to maybe mowing people’s lawns, and to power washing things, and washing cars.  These businesses (I hope) will pay me enough to keep me up and running.

 

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Posted in 6th Grade, Plant Science, Science 6

S6 L34 – Photosynthesis

          Photosynthesis is a complex food-making plant process that only uses CO2, sunlight, and some nutrients.  This process is so complex that scientists still haven’t figured out the whole process.  All we know is that when clorophyll panels absorb sunlight, they vibrate rapidly, spouting charged electrons, which are carried along and compressed into little batteries by proteins.  These batteries are then sent off a “carbon-stitching machine” which pulls carbon out of the air and turns them into sugar and starch, which are used to grow.  These processes give off water vapor and oxygen, which we breathe.  Breathing this out again as CO2 restarts the whole process.  The plant is constantly doing this and so produces a small flow of air.

Posted in 7th Grade, English 7

E7 L30 – Saxon Culture

             The book Wulf the Saxon gives us a very good insight into Saxon lifestyle and culture.  It also compares the Norman culture with Saxon.  As the book shows, the Normans (or Northmen) worked their butts off to build ships for their plundering, while in the Saxons, Northumbria and Mercia, the peasants were worked as serfs and had to give the landlord, who could be a bishop, a former king, or a risen freeman, whatever he wanted.  Though demolishing and taking from nearby countries was wrong, at least ye Normans of old got what they earned.  However, the landlords in English lands got what they wanted by making the peasants give the stuff to them, and took their families and jailed the man if he didn’t give the thing the landlord wanted, while the Normans had neither landlords nor jails/dungeons.  In Norway, the wealthy lived more luxuriantly, but no one got to tell each other about, except the basic king.  However, in England, everyone was apparently allowed to blackmail anyone at or below their rank, or Normans, while the Normans were in England.  The Saxons were Christians, and I don’t even know what religion the Norwegians had.  Both had slaves to work for people, and both also had their statuses, posts, ranks, and positions.  This meant that both also had kings.  The kings could be successful or not, but this didn’t matter, as Norway has lasted longer than England, which is now part of the UK, though it was barbarian.  It is Christian now, and still very successful.

Posted in 6th Grade, Plant Science, Science 6

S6 L41 – Plant Identification & Green Onion Find

I went outside to do my assignment for today’s lesson, identifying a plant, and found a certain plant called chives out in our unused garden.  This is what I carelessly identified, turning and pointing at random, and I landed on the green onions.  Then I noticed what they were, and dared my brother to eat them, which he did willingly, thus proving me right.  I then took some inside and bagged them and stuck ‘em in the fridge to use later.  These little tubular plants have no leaves, and a botanical name of Allium schoenoprasum and that means their relatives are garlic, Chinese onions, leeks, scallions and shallots.

This also means that they have a very pungent taste, like their cousins, and their major distinctive quality is that they have no leaves.  Of all the plants in our backyard, I happened to stumble upon the coolest and edible plant.

Posted in Random

S6 L36 – My New Aloe, Charlie

I just got a new aloe vera plant for science, and I have officially named it “Charlie”, for no reason at all.  I just wanted to name it instead of just calling it “my new aloe.”  It’s really small and I had to plant it in a really huge pot, which I was kind of skeptic about until I read about how fast these things grow on https://www.almanac.com/plant/aloe-vera  and saw that you need a pot a lot larger than what it looks like it’s supposed to have.  That’s why the pot to plant ratio is huge.  The plant reminds me of a funny joke in a book – It said, “Our aloe plant dreams of becoming an octopus.” and it showed an aloe plant.  It had eight stems, and for some reason ours has the same number, eight.

So when I got it, it was quite root bound and squished, and so we bought it and then today put it in a huge pot full of dirt, sand, and worm poop, and the occasional (baby) worm.  The aloe was planted in this and then set in the middle of our table in the dining room as a regenerative med kit for burns.  Apparently they help with the itching for mosquito bites too.  Well, anyways, we did that and then we watered it with a very small cup in partial shade.

Posted in 6th Grade, History 6

H6 W29 – Pompeii

            Fascinating people even to today, this perfectly intact 1st century city was a luxury spot for Roman vacationers, and nowadays a vacation spot for archaeologists.  This city was preserved under 13 – 30 feet under the surface of the ash, and people can find jars of bread or fruit and maybe some paintings.  Some have even found cavities left by dead and decayed bodies, and sometimes the bones in the cavities.

            This famous city was founded by the Oscans in 80 BC, and it was conquered by Rome a little while later, and then immediately became a luxury spot for the Romans.  After a while of being full of vacationers, some earthquakes happened, the predecessors of the upcoming eruption.  Surprisingly, the city filled up to full and above 20000 when Mt. Vesuvius blew its top off, literally.  This top became a mudflow and then destroyed the nearby Herculaneum and Stabiae.  Pliny the Younger gave an eyewitness account in a letter to his friend after the volcano erupted, and he said the ash cloud resembled a pine tree.  As well as the ash, the temperatures of about 482 degrees Fahrenheit instantly killed anything within 6 miles of the mountain.

            This huge natural disaster was devastating to the Roman culture and because it could not be found or rebuilt was forgotten and hidden for a long time, and today is one of the rare preserved relics of that time.