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😡Blizzard bags😡

I don’t even know what happened. First we had no snow at all for the longest time. It seemed like fall weather outside. Then all of the sudden on a weekend in January,  it hit us. A huge snow storm just piled in. It just seemed like Mother Nature opened the floodgates on us. If you don’t know, Logan Elm’s school district is just south of Columbus, OH (Ohio is in the north  east part of the United States of America in case you didn’t know). And if you know Columbus, we get a lot of snow one year, the next year it could feel like summer out. But when when a lot of snow comes, we know what that means. Blizzard bags.

Blizzard bags are designed to help out when we might miss a lot of school. Here we have a rule about snow days. For the first five days that we miss, we do not have to do blizzard bags, but when those five days are up, we have three days worth of blizzard bags. Once those three blizzard bags are out, we resort to make-up days(we make up however many days of school we missed). Usually we make up our days in the summer or on “long weekends” (weekends where we have Monday or Friday off).So yes they are supposed help limit  make up days. I guess that’s a plus(it may be the only plus).

When we have blizzard bag we are supposed to do work like a normal day (which is eight hours for our school day) , but when we have a blizzard bag it usually takes somewhere from six to eight hours. For some unfortunate people who don’t have internet-access (or have no wifi) you can’t do them as easy as they are supposed to be.

When you have no internet-access you can’t access the blizzard bag at home. That means you have to do them at school. You only get two weeks to do your blizzard bag during guided study (a 45 minute work period). I did the math. Six to eight hours of work for two weeks (ten school days). That’s 4-5.5 guided studies. That’s around half of a week for one blizzard bag. That doesn’t even count extra credit or any other homework!

To sum it all up, blizzard bags are a long list of assignments that are supposed to make for one school day. They are very difficult to do with no internet access and they are more annoying to do than regular school. I would rather just make up days than doing stupid, annoying, and hard blizzard bags.

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Coding, Coding and More Coding

     I have, for this weeks challenge, decided to do an hour of code activity.  The one I chose was the Flappy Bird activity and let me say, it was pretty fun. In the Flappy bird activity, the name is a little misleading. It says ” Hour of Code” to me. What it should actually say to me is “Five Minutes of Some Block Coding”.

     What you do in this hour of code activity is you are given a set of block codes one at a time and you have to follow their instructions. It was very, very simple and didn’t get confused at all really. I will list the instructions here below.

1. Make the bird flap

2. Make it move horizontally

3. it score points

3. Give it obstacles

4. Make it lose when you hit the obstacle

etc., etc. you get the point

     Some good things about this coding activity is it was easy. Very easy. So easy that I got it done in less than five minuets. It also might be a good intro to more young children who like or are interested in or just want to try coding.

      I thought it was very easy to do that so I also did another challenge. Here is a list the things I did

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I really hope you enjoyed my post on the Flappy bird creator activity. If you want a link, click here.

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I love my new decorations!!!

    I have decided to decorate for Christmas on my blog this year!  Your Christmas may be very different from mine.  You may celebrate Hanukkah or another holiday or tradition, or maybe Christmas looks a little different from how I have decorated it. Maybe you live in Australia, Florida, or northern Africa where maybe it doesn’t snow a whole lot or at all for Christmas.  Or maybe you don’t put up a Christmas tree, lights, or ornaments. But I hope you love it.  I know I do!

Click here to go to my site!

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My Science Word-List

This is my science word list for week 6 of the blogging challenge. Enjoy!

 

A. Abiotic

B. Biotic   

C. Commensalism

D. Dark matter

E. Element

F. Fahrenheit

G. Gravity

H. Heat

I. Igneous rock

K. Kinetic energy

L. Light

M. Mars

N. Nebula

O. Orbit

P. Parasite

Q. Quasar

R. Radiation

S. Sol

T. Theory

U. Ultraviolet

V. Velocity

W. Watt         

X. X-ray

Y. Yellow fever

Z. Zonal wind

 

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ALEKS

ALEKS is a site that teachers are using to try to educate their students in math. But is it really even a good site? And are students even really learning with it? I think perhaps it might be valuable toward math education for students.  This is an issue worth exploring.

Last year, our math teachers here at McDowell went to a math conference. That’s where they found out about ALEKS. In ALEKS, the students are given a math problem, and they are told to solve it. If they solve it correctly, they move on. If the students get it wrong, they move back a step, but they have the option to try again which means that students are getting the benefit of immediate feedback. Back to the sequence of Aleks, if the student solves the problem correctly then, he or she moves forward one step again (back to where he or she was before the error was made). If the student works the problem wrong again, he or she goes back yet another step. If a student happens to get stuck on a problem, then he or she can click the exclamation button. As a result, ALEKS shows the problem to the student being worked out in steps, but it doesn’t count for or against the student’s score. Most topics have two or three steps, and we McDowell students are assigned 12 topics a week.

Every once in awhile, you will get a knowledge check, and you can not skip it. A knowledge check is basically a test that can improve your pie chart. Your pie chart is simply a scale of how ALEKS assesses your mastery of the math principles being reviewed.  After your knowledge check, your number will go up based on how many questions you answered correctly.

In my opinion, ALEKS isn’t too hard ( unlike other educational  websites like IXL!). It tries to find the perfect questions to ask you which is pretty nice. Usually, you don’t get too many frustrating problems. It actually reinforces all that you are learning and gives the student meaningful practice and confidence in the math steps.  But that is just my opinion. Also, it is a good review tool. I don’t know that I would call ALEKS fun, but it is practical and useful. Likely, it is one of the least painful ways to practice math skills.