Hour Of Code Challenge

For my Blogging Challenge I did the Hour of Code Challenge. The name of the project I did was called CodeCraft. It was sort of like Minecraft, but there were no monsters, you could not fly and you could not dig. To see my world, mess around with it, make buildings and more, click here. Once you do, first click the book button to start seeing the world and then click the play button. In this, I learned about JavaScript and how I can change my computer. I would definitely recommend it and I would give it 5 stars .Have fun and enjoy this coding! To change what you put down, go to the bottom of the code, see what you want to place and put two slashes in front of the ones you don’t want to place. (P.S. If you want to try some coding of your own in this go on to where it says //Fancy Stuff For Fun, click that and hit new file. Then if you hit the book again it gives you information for how to code.)

A video on how to play: https://drive.google.com/file/d/12Vdsd350eU_crebpc39yV7ieXNhKtDGU/view


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



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


My comment to Alex

For the week 9 blogging challenge I commented on Alex’s blog. I thought his story was super cool! I thought it was interesting how he said he became blind when he was in 9th grade. I also thought it was awesome how Alex didn’t let anything come between him and his dreams!

This is my comment to Alex:

Hey Alex!
Your story is so cool! I think it’s awesome that you didn’t let your disability take over your life.
Your story kind of reminds me of a girl who I am best friends with and her name is Riley. She is blind as well, but she was blind from birth. Riley plays the piano and flute and she is amazing at it! It’s like your story because you don’t let anything come in the way of you and your dreams and that’s awesome.
Sincerely, McKinley
Also come check out my classrooms blog at http://mcdowellmedia.edublogs.org/ !


Avatar with Code

Hello everybody. I have made an holiday avatar using made with code. I have made this avatar using Code. This website converts block coding to html code. This website is very cool and you should check it out. This website is very user friendly. If u are interested and seeing the html code then look below.


// Here you can see an indication of what your Blockly project might look like when written in code.
Emoji (
  Setting = “Snowmen”
  Character (
    Design = “Sam”
  Layers = [
    Eyes (
      Design = “Happy”
      X = 50
      Y = 50
    Mouth (
      Design = “Smile”
      X = 50
      Y = 67
    Accessories (
      Design = “Sunglasses”
      X = 50
      Y = 50
    Clothes (
      Design = “Santa Coat”
      X = 50
      Y = 87

Christmas traditions

Christmas Celebrations

     At McDowell we get about 2 weeks off of school for Christmas.  During this break I spend time with my family and friends. At my house we have a lot of Christmas traditions.  These include going to see the Zoo Lights, driving around neighborhoods looking at the lights, decorating the house, making Christmas cookies, watching our favorite Christmas movies, playing in the snow, and opening presents with my whole family.
     In addition to all of these wonderful traditions all the kids in my family have a very sneaky and special tradition.  On Christmas morning my brother wakes all the kids up very early. Once he gets us woken up we run downstairs and look at all the presents we got.  After that, we wake up all of the adults and open up our presents together. What time do you wake up on Christmas morning?
      Another tradition we have involves ornaments for the Christmas tree.  Every year my mom lets my sister and I pick out (or make) a special ornament.  Last year during Christmas we made ornaments for my uncle and brother that have passed away.  The ornaments were a great addition to our tree and I hope that we never lose them. Do you have any special ornaments?
     As I said before every Christmas my family and I watch Christmas movies.  One of my family’s favorite movies is “A Christmas Story”. Another one of our favorites are all of the “Home Alone” movies.  Does your family have a favorite Christmas movie?
     Something else that we do around Christmas is go see the zoo lights.  The zoo lights go on for almost the whole month of December and end in the beginning of January.  Last year we were in an exhibit and I got lost.  My mom couldn’t find me and it was really scary.  After a few phone calls we found each other and continued with the zoo lights.
     These are some of the wonderful Christmas traditions that my family and I have.  These have been happening for a couple of years now and I hope that they can keep going.  What’s your favorite Christmas tradition?


Student Blogging Challenge A-Z science

Atoms– the basic building blocks of ordinary matter.

Biology- the study of living organisms.

Chemistry- combine, and change; and the use of these processes to form new substances.

Data- facts that are learned from experiment of graphs.

Experiments-a scientific procedure to prove a hypothesis.  

Facts- a piece of information used as evidence.

Geology- science where people study earth’s structure and history.

Hypothesis- an educated guess.

Igneous rock- a rock formed through the cooling and solidification of magma or lava.

Jupiter- a planet in outer space.

Kilogram- unit of mass.

Lab- short for laboratory.

Matter- physical substance.

Nitrogen- a chemical element and a gas.

Observe- notice or look.

Physics- science that deals with matter and energy.

Quantum- a quantity of energy.

Research- studying materials and facts.

Solution-solving a problem.

Telescope- an instrument used to look at far away objects up close.

Universe- all existing matter.

Volcanology- a mountain or hill filled with lava.

Weather- the state of the atmosphere at a place and time as regards heat, dryness, sunshine, wind, rain, etc.

X-ray- a photographic or digital image of the internal composition of something.

Yttrium- a chemical element.

Zoology- study of behavior of animals.