McDowell Wrapping Up Ancient Greeks

This year in our 7th grade social studies class we have recently been wrapping up the Greeks. The last thing we are doing before we start learning about Romans are centers. There is about 6 individual centers. For each center there is there is a group and in every group the is from around 3-5 people. In each center there are different Greek activities to complete. I think this was a great way to wrap up the Greeks.

One of the centers was about Greek literature. In that center all you had to do was play a game on the computer. In the game you would have to read the definition of a Greek root and find a word that used that Greek root. While you were doing that you would have to record the definition of the word that you chose and the Greek root on a piece of paper. Then after everyone in your group was finished you all would each pick a word and write down the word that everyone picked.

Another one of the centers was Greek mythology. In that center all you had to do was watch a brainpop video about Greek gods and goddesses. After you watch the video you had to go out to the library and find two books. One of them had to be fiction about Greek mythology and the other one had to be non-fiction. Greek drama and theatre were also one of the centers. I  that center you play a game where it would tell you all of the places in Greek theatre. After that you fill in all of the places on a piece of paper.

In the center Greek architecture your group and you would have to list materials that ancient Greeks would have used to build stuff. When you are finished with that you would’ve had to look up buildings with Greek columns. Up on a board at the Greek architecture center there were certain building that you couldn’t use for the ones that you had to look up.

The last two centers were build a body and stuff the brains. IN each one there would be different papers that would have clues. In the body builder center you had to read the papers and stick the answers to which body the paper came from. Then in the stuff the brains center there were four papers and each one had clues about different people. There was little slips of paper that would match the papers and you would stuff them into the brains of the people on the paper.

So after we finished all of the centers we are gonna have to take an assessment on all of them. I really think the ancient Greek centers were a really creative and fun way to wrap up the Greeks. I’m really excited to start learning about the Romans!


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💕Will you be mine💕

     All across the world people celebrate the same holiday every year on February 14. That’s right you guessed it, Valentines day. Each year more that 62% of Americans celebrate this holiday of love with cards, candy, and flowers. February has been celebrated as the month of love for quite some time. Some of the countries that Valentine’s day is celebrated in include the U.S.A., Canada, Mexico, The United Kingdom, France, and Australia. So where did the idea of Valentine’s day even come from, well let’s find out.

     Saint Valentine’s day contains some history from both the Christians and the ancient Romans. Most people believe that there were 3 Saint Valentines. One legend tells about one of the 3. This Saint Valentine was a priest from the ancient Roman times and the king at the time had outlawed for young soldiers to get married because he thought it was distracting. Saint Valentine secretly married people against the law at the time. At a later date the king found out about this and sentenced Saint Valentine to death. Other stories say that Valentine may have been killed for helping people escape from Roman prisons. One legend says that Saint Valentine was imprisoned and set the first “valentine” after he fell in love with a young girl thought to be the prison keeper daughter. After being sentenced to death Valentine worte on last letter to his love and he signed it “ From your Valentin”  which is a way we still sign valentines today. From all that we know about the 3 Saint Valentines they were all very heroic and romantic.


     Many people have been celebrating Valentines day as far back as the middle ages but written valentines didn’t begin appearing until after 1400. In the middle ages people believed that February 14 was the start of the bird mating season which is part of  why Valentines day has so much to do with romance. The oldest known valentine in existence today is a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans and it was too his wife while he was imprisoned. Many people either receive roses or buy roses for or from their loved ones. The flower sales numbers are usually in the hundreds of millions during Valentines day. People also buy roses because red is the color of romance.  Every Valentines day more than 200 million valentines are sent around the world and the week before Valentine’s day 448 million dollars are spent on candy in heart shaped boxes. One fun fact is that in Victorian times it was bad luck to sign a valentine because it would keep the person from being you valentine. Well now you know a little more about Valentines Day and how it came to be.


“ I am certainly not the romeo type… I may not say much when I am with you- but all of me loves you all the time” —- Richard Nixon to his wife Pat on Valentines day

❤Happy Valentines Day!!!❤


Social Media Bad?

I do think that our connected devices have a negative impact on us and here’s why. According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) teen suicide rates jumped up between 2010 and 2015. According to the article I read  “Why the rates went up isn’t known.” and while the cause isn’t known for certain it is believed that rising social media use is the cause. So why is this happening? Well according to researchers “Social media posts showing ‘perfect’ lives is taking a toll on teens mental health.” Now that’s a scary thought isn’t that showing a good part of your life could take its toll on somebody else. So what can happen if somebody’s mental health is damaged? It can lead to mental disorders like anxiety, depression, and sometimes eating disorders. You may be thinking “Well what’s the difference between depression and sadness?” Well I’ll tell you. Sadness is a feeling you eventually stop feeling and feel something else. While depression is a damaging chemical imbalance in the brain that causes mental illness. The cause is feeling sad about yourself or being angry at yourself. While this can be cured it’s hard for people to ask for help especially when the person is heavily addicted to social media which is basically the easiest way to compare your life to someone else’s who seems better and put yourself down more. Still think social media is harmless listen to this, a study conducted between 2009 and 2015 showed that in 2009 58% of 12th grade girls used social media nearly or every day and in 2015 87% of 12th grade girls used social media nearly or every day. These girls were reported to be 14% more likely to be depressed than those who didn’t use social media as much. So stop thinking your kid is just talking to their friends and start really paying attention to them and what their doing because in doing so you may prevent something bad happening to your child that was caused by social media. There is a reason I wrote this I was assigned this in class but I thought it would be best to let more than just a few people see what I believe to be something every should see. Please take this all into consideration. I got all my research from Newsela the title of the article is: Teen suicide rates rising,study says social media maybe a factor.


😡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.


Super Bowl LIII

This year’s contenders for the Super Bowl are the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. Both teams had to play there very best in their Conference Championship games to get to the Super Bowl. Both teams had to go into overtime to get the win. The upcoming game should be good. This is how the Conference games went down. First, the

NFC Conference game was between the Rams and the Saints. The Saints had home field advantage. The Saints got off to a hot first quarter scoring 13 points. Then, the momentum switched with the Rams kicking a field goal and Todd Gurley scoring a touchdown. Both teams went into halftime looking for the momentum. The Saints score the first touchdown, but the Rams answer with another. Heading into the fourth quarter the Saints are up 20-17.  With 5 minutes to go the Rams kick a field goal to tie the game up. The next possession the Saints are driving down the field. The Saints are inside the red zone and it is third down. Drew Brees throws right and it looks like the defender can intercept it and take it the other way, but instead, the defender hits the receiver before the ball got there and there was no penalty.(Saints fans are still complaining) The Saints ended up having to kick a field goal. The Rams drove down the field and kicked a field goal with 9 seconds left on the clock. The clock runs out and the game is heading into overtime, with the score tied at 23-23. The Saints won the coin toss and want the ball. The Rams are getting good pressure on Drew Brees and tip one of his passes and one of the other defenders intercepts the ball. All the Rams have to do is kick a field goal and they will win and that’s exactly what they did. Greg Zuerlein kicked a 57-yard field goal to win the game.

The AFC game was on after the NFC game. The Chiefs have home field advantage. The Patriots also got off to a hot start scoring 7 points in the first quarter and 7 points in the second quarter. The Chiefs offense isn’t doing as well as they were during the regular season, they averaged 35 points in the regular season and have zero right now. Although, in the second half the Chiefs come out scoring, putting them down by 7. The Patriots come back kicking a field goal making the score 17-7. In the fourth quarter, the Chiefs come out hot scoring 2 touchdowns. The Patriots are on the 10-yard line and it is fourth and two with 3 minutes to go, everyone thinks it is going to be a pass, but the Patriots surprise the defense with a run to Sony Michel and score making the score 24-21. The Chiefs drive down the field and score a touchdown with 2 minutes to go. Tom Brady has an answer of his own, converting on three, third and longs and scoring a touchdown. There are 39 seconds for Patrick Mahomes to drive down the field and kick a field goal. Patrick Mahomes puts his team in position and they make the field goal. The game is headed into overtime. The Patriots won the coin toss and are getting the ball. The Patriots have no problem driving down the field and have it on the Chiefs 2 yard line. The Patriots run the ball and score a touchdown, winning the game 37-31.

Both teams played very well. Here are some stats from the Rams game. Jared Goff was 25-40 with one touchdown passing and an interception. CJ Anderson had 44 yards on 16 carries and Todd Gurley had 10 yards on 4 carries and a touchdown. The leading receiver was Brandin Cooks with 7 receptions for 107 yards. Here are the stats from the Patriots game. Tom Brady was 30-46 with 348 passing yards a touchdown and two interceptions. Sony Michel had 113 yards and two touchdowns and Rex Burkhead had 41 yards and two touchdowns. The leading receiver was Julian Edelman with 7 receptions for 96 yards.

Going into the Super Bowl the Rams are predicted to win. They have a 52.4% chance of winning and the Patriots have a 47.6% chance of winning. This will be the third straight time the Patriots have gone to the Super Bowl and the Rams first in Los Angeles. Tom Brady is 5-3 in the Super Bowl and that’s why a lot of people think the Patriots are going to win. The Rams players are young and inexperienced, but very talented. Who do you think will win the Super Bowl? Click here to take me poll to predict who will win.


McDowell Media’s Skype Call to Australia

Between the months of August and December, McDowell Media participated in the Student Blogging Challenge.  The Student Blogging challenge led us to a lot of fun activities and awesome opportunities.  One of those awesome opportunities included a Skype call to Kathleen Morris!  If you didn’t know, Kathleen Morris is the leader of the Student Blogging Challenge.  Kathleen is also a tech coach in a new Australian school.  McDowell Media’s writers were given an opportunity to Skype with Kathleen and her 1st grade class in Australia.  During that Skype call, we asked questions back and forth.  We learned that Australian students, during our winter break, would be on their summer break.  We also learned that the government in Australia allows them to play educational Mine craft during the school day.  While we were learning new things about each other we were also having an amazing time.  McDowell Media would be delighted to have another opportunity like this one.

Down below are some pictures of McDowell Media during the Skype call.