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Stick to the Status Quo… Or Maybe Not!

Benjamin Davis: promoter of change! Davis was one of the very first black pilots. He flew in World War ll. You may be thinking ‘whats so great about that’? Well, in 1936 when Davis graduated blacks were considered to be stupid and incapable of doing anything whites could. Davis’s classmates ignored him, they refused to room with him. His classmates thought that doing this would make him drop out of college, but in reality it just made him work harder. Davis did graduate, only the fourth black student to graduate from West Point College.

Against all odds Benjamin was able to pursue his dream of being a pilot. Here is a video Meghan and I made of Benjamin.

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Genius Hour… Again!(:

Our class is now having a genius hour every Monday. This started just this past Monday. But there was one problem the internet was down all morning! I was going to make a website, but obviously I couldn’t because there was no Internet. So I had to get creative!

My idea was to do some kind of science experiment. Me and a couple class mates looked in our teachers closet. We found Borax. I didn’t know why this was so good until Krayton (one of the class mates I was doing this with) said we could make gak with it. Gak is a type of silly puddy. There just one problem we didn’t know the other ingredients, and with out the internet we couldn’t look it up. We were stumped. We thought, and thought. Then it hit me! GLUE! All we needed was glue and water. But how much? We started experimenting.We tried three times, and sadly we were not able to get the gak right.): We ran out of time before we could try again. Maybe next time we will be able to get it right!

I absolutely love genius hour and can’t wait for next Monday when we can share our genius with the world again!

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Cooking Challenge

On Friday we got to have another genius hour. Genius hours are really fun. We get two periods to do what ever we want, to use our genius.

The thing I did for genius hour was a cooking challenge. My partner, Becca, and I got together to make some really good cupcakes with a cookie dough filling. We went against Paul and Jason, they made some yummy brownies. After both groups were done baking their food, we had them judged. There were three judges, Tyler, Chandler, and Justin. They made scoring sheets, they scored on appearance and taste. The judges added up the scores and… WE WON! The score was 55 to 45, the Chocolate chip cookie dough cupcakes were the winners!

Here is the recipe..

Cookie Dough
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
1/2 c. butter, softened
1/4 c. white sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 egg
2 t. vanilla
1 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Cupcake Batter
1 box yellow cake mix
1-1/3 c. water
1/3 c. canola oil
3 eggs

Cookie Dough directions
Whisk together the dry ingredients and set aside. Beat the butter and sugars with an electric mixer until smooth. Add 1 egg and vanilla and beat until smooth. Mix in the flour mixture until just blended. Fold in the chocolate chips. For the dough into tablespoon-sized balls. Place onto a baking sheet, and freeze until solid, about 2 hours.

Cupcake directions
Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.

Beat 3 eggs in a large bowl with an electric mixer to break up. Add the cake mix, water, and canola oil. Continue beating for two minutes on medium speed. Spoon into the prepared cupcake liners, filling each 2/3 full. Place a frozen cookie dough ball on the top center of each cupcake.

Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the cake portion comes clean, about 20 minutes. (Don’t test the cookie dough ball.) Cool in the pan a few minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

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Mr. Davis

Yesterday in history class we got to Skype with Kenneth C. Davis. He is the author of Don’t know much about Presidents plus many more in the series Don’t know much about.

He talked to us about how he first got interested in history. Then he took time to answer our questions about presidents. We had so many question he didn’t have time to answer them all. If we could have had time for one more question I would ask him, “Who do you think should be our next president?”. I learned a lot from Mr. Davis! Here is a link to his website.

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Barn Quilt

This year for our school’s gala my class is making a barn quilt to auction off. To make a barn quilt takes a lot of time and work, but in the end it turns out to look really cool. Here are some of the basic steps to making a barn quilt.

1. Wood. You need a large piece of wood. We are using a 3 1/4 in. green treated plywood.
2. Sand. Sand off all the ruff spots.
3. Prime. Prime the wood. Don’t worry about any spots that don’t get covered completely, you are just going to paint over it.
4. Black border. On the outside of the board paint about two inches of it black. (Optional)
5. Design. Pick out your design to put on the barn quilt, then trace it onto the wood.
6. Tape. Tape on the pencil marks so the paint won’t go into the wrong area.
7. Paint. Pick out the colors you like and paint them on.
8. Touch up. Take the tape off. Anywhere the paint bled through paint over it.
9. Barn. Find a beautiful barn to hang the quilt on.

Our class is having a lot of fun making the barn quilt. Painting is fun too, but very messy. We all take turns painting and taping. The name of the barn quilt is ‘2016 Four by Four’. 2O16 is the year my class graduates and four by four because there are 4 wiggly lines representing all the paths the students will take when we get older. They all end up in the same place: God!

This is our barn quilt It isn't quite done yet, but it will look cool when it's done.

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Blogging Index

These are blog posts I have worked on  over the week. Each post represents the title for the day.

Monday Mash Up

Tuesday Listicle

Worldless Wednesday

Off the Cuff Thursday

Free Lance Friday

I edited this screenshot on BeFunky.com.

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\Monday Mash Up

This is the monster mash I made! I edited this image at BeFunky.com. Image from iclipart for schools, my school has a subscription.

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I Love You..

Here is a poem I wrote, Inspired by Jean Marzollo.

Every sky loves a star
Every driver loves a car
Every golfer loves a par
And I love you

Every Eraser loves a mistake
Every leaf loves a rake
Every baker loves a cake
And I love you

Every bus loves a kid
Every jar loves a lid
Every auctioneer loves a bid
And I love you

Every librarian loves a book
Every lunch room loves a cook
Every pirate loves a hook
And I love you

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Mixed Matched

Socks. Everybody wears them. But no one really wears matching socks anymore. Socks come in more colors than just white, there are also cool patterns on them.

The socks that I wear do not have a matching pair in the set. They are colorful, with polk-a-dots, stripes, or plaid on them. I don’t like having just plain socks anymore, I love colorful, fun, awesome socks!

Mixed Matched Socks!

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Wordless Wednesday

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