Crazy Critter Adventures

Lessons from the world around us


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Adventures in Jamestown, Virginia

My new aunt, Amialya, loves history and took my family to a historical place called Jamestown in Virgnia where they recreated a Powhattan Indian Village and the early English settlement from the London Company. Here are some pictures that I took to tell the story of Jamestown. jamestown

IMG_5730Three Ships: Susan Constant, Godspeed, and Discovery set sail from London on December 20, 1606 and reached Jamestown, VA on May 13, 1607.

In this picture a lady dressed as a crew member on Godspeed was holding a love mug; a mug that has three handles so people can share hot soups, wine or other beverages with each other. The crew stored all the food and drinks in barrels.

cornWe also saw a Powhattan Indian Village. The Powhattans lived there before the settlers came. They showed the settlers how to grow corn by adding fish to enrich the soil. The corn they grew had different colours like red, orange, yellow and purple. The Powhattan women would pound the dry corn to  make flour and bake bread.

The Powhattan Indians use the skin of any animal they kill or hunt, like sheep, fox, deer, or raccoon, by scraping them with shells. These skins are used to make bags or worn to help them stay warm.

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Using shells, the Powhattan men burn and scrape a tree to make it into a boat.

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I liked the journey back in time. It was interesting to see how they lived back then. The best part was feeling the skin of all the animals; some were soft and others were prickly. If you get a chance, visit Jamestown and tell them you are a Pirate and share your story with me.


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Butterfly

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Art & Activity – Rachna Sagar

At art class we use Art and Activity Book by Rachna Sagar publications where we coloured a Butterfly. On the same page there was an interesting fact that caught my eye. I learnt that that a butterfly known as the Brimstone butterfly has the longest lifespan of about 9 – 10 months. This got me thinking about butterflies.

1. Last year I learnt the life cycle of a butterfly: From an egg comes a larva or caterpillar which then forms a cocoon and turns into a pupa and after the incubation period it becomes a butterfly

2. We use our tongue to taste food. But a butterflies taste receptors are found on their feet.

3. Butterflies can see the colours red, green and yellow! Unlike my dogs who are red-green colourblind and can only see yellow, blue and gray.

Butterflies are not just pretty to look at. There is a lot of scientific stuff we can learn about butterflies and I’m going to keep reading more.

I drew the picture from my art book using a cup to create the head and the body. You can try drawing your own butterfly and post it in the comments.

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Water For Life

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We have been learning about water at school.  Naturally my blog is about WATER.

I found some interesting facts about water in the Knowledge Encyclopedia with Prof. Hein Stien:

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  1. Water is found only on earth. No other planet has water.
  2. Container ships, though made of metal, do not sink because of buoyancy.
  3. And you know we use 10000 liters of  water  to make 1 pair of  jeans.

 

 

My mom came up with some questions and I had to ask people to help me answer these questions.

1. What is the chemical formula for water?

Ans. H2O (Answered by Ajji)

2. What is buoyancy?

Ans. Bouyancy is the ability for something to float in water. (Answered by Elita)

3. Why does ice float on water?

Ans. Ice floats in water because the solid form of water is lighter. (Answered by Irene)

4. Name three popular water pollutants?

Ans. Heavy metals, plastic and biowaste. (Answered by Tashina)

water-footprintWater is very important for life. It helps plants grow, it keeps us hydrated, gives us electricity, is a habitat for many water animals. This is why we protect our water. Some ways to protect out water is to

  1. Not waste water while brushing teeth or bathing
  2. Have rain water harvesting
  3. Don’t throw garbage in your water source

Here’s an interesting article on Water Footprint that shows how much water we use when we buy and use other products: http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2010/03/31/water-footprinting-my-water-footprint/

 


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My First Poem

 

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The Visit of the Sun

Everyday we line up outside

We gather together and sing

As we start the national anthem

The sun from his home does spring

I see him smiling down on us

Quietly listening

Just waiting to shower the day

With his warm and glorious blessing

 

visit of the sun - 1This is the simple 8-line poem that I wrote for my English class. I enjoy seeing the sun come out when we stand outside for assembly in the mornings and I imagine that it is coming just to hear us sing and pay it’s respect to the national anthem. So when my mom asked me what I find most interesting, I thought of my moments in the sun each morning.


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Lessons in Safety

Safety is important for everyone. Getting into trouble is not always fun. We always hear our parents saying, “No playing with knifes, or no touchin medicine bottles or taking medicine on your own.” The one that I hate the most is, “Don’t hurt your brother.”

So we’re learning about safety in school in our Science and Environment class. And I got to read and learn a lot of new and interesting things about Electrical Safety and Road Safety.

Fun Facts about Electricity

  • Did you know we can get electricity from fossil fuels (Coal and oil), water, wind, the sun, and even animal poop!
  • Benjamin Franklin proved that lightening is a form of electrical energy
  • Electricity always tries to find the fastest way to the ground

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I made a chart on how to be safe inside our home. Here are some examples:

  1. Don’t led leads from electrical outlets trail across the floor
  2. Don’t stick your fingers or any object in the electrical sockets
  3. Don’t put wet hands into a socket or switches
  4. Don’t leave wires around the bathroom
  5. Never put lit candles on top of electrical things
  6. Don’t leave your drinks on top of electrical appliances
  7. Never stick anything inside a toaster
  8. Make sure an adult uses an RCD (Residual Current Device) with garden electric tools
  9. Always wipe your hands dry before entering the house and touching switches

If you want to learn more about it, check out Switched On Kids. They have lots of cool information for teachers and parents too. Talking about parents, here’s a video on electrical safety that remind grown ups on how to be safe.

 

 

We share our roads with millions of peThe Ministry of State for Surface Transport in India administers the national highway system, and state highways and other state roads are maintained by state public works departments.ople. We need to take care of our roads, keep them clean and also learn from safety rules that will help protect us and everybody else who are using it.

IMG_20140630_171431Fun Facts of Roads in India

  • There are a total of 137,712 kms of road in India
  • The highways are maintained by The Ministry of State for Surface Transport
  • City roads are maintained by Public Works Department (PWD)

Some of the safety tips I learnt are:

  1. Always cross when you can see what is coming
  2. Look both sides and listen before crossing the road
  3. Always buckle up safely
  4. Always stay buckled up, awake or a sleep
  5. Always wear your helmet when you’re riding a bike or a wheeled toy

For more tips and classroom fun on road safety, check out Kids and Traffic


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Doing Math with Family

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Hi everyone, today I will be doing my third lesson called Doing Math with Family. I learnt about Place Value of numbers.
Before learning about Place Value, I have to count the number of DIGITS. Suppose the number is 506, then it is a three-digit number.

Here is an example of counting digits:

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Every number has a value called ONES, TENS, HUNDREDS, THOUSANDS, etc.  To know place value of a number, I created the Height Order Test.

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I use my family members to help me with the place values. The shortest is my bother and he represents the ONES. I am next, so I represent the TENS, My mother is taller than me and she represents the HUNDREDS. Since my dad is the tallest, he will represent THOUSANDS

Just as my dad is the tallest, the THOUSANDS is the largest place value. It is bigger than the HUNDREDS, TENS and ONES
And just as my brother is the smallest, the ONES has the smallest value. Also, there are no values smaller than ONES.

Here’s a picture to show you the place value.

PICTURE OF HEIGHT ORDER TEST

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I also found a cool game that helped me understand greater than, less than, and equal to. It’s called Hacker, by PBS Kids. Have fun playing it!

http://pbskids.org/cyberchase/math-games/number-sense/

Hope you enjoy the game. If you have more fun facts about Number Sense and Place Values, do share with me in the comments section. Let’s learn together!


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Dog Tales – Hundreds & Hundreds of Wags

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Today I am reviewing -(which means telling you a little bit about something) a story in my textbook called, Hundreds and Hundreds of Wags by Santhini Govindan. Check out the video and let me know what you think. Also, if you have a dog, post a picture of you and your dog in the comments.