ICE BLAST FROM A DIFFERENT PAST

The lava and ice queen’s battle raged up and down the street. Their powers sent parts of the road sailing into the air. As the Ice Queen fought she tried to blast Coco and Rosa but they just seemed to be dodging every blast she forcefully threw at them. All of a sudden, the Ice Queen froze the Lava Queen, her blast too powerful for the Lava Queen to melt. The Ice Queen sneered. with a stomp of her feet, another ice blast flew at the frozen queen and shattered her into a million sharp pieces. The Ice Queen turned on her heel to face Coco and Rosa. Startled, they both ran across the street toward the nearby woods where the thickness of the trees would make it hard for the Ice Queen to find them. They ran through the woods, trees grabbing at their clothes and scratching at their faces. Sweat streaked down rosa’s face and her lunges burned from lack of air. Coco screamed. Rosa turned around to find her brother sprawled out face first on the moist forest dirt. The Ice Queen had blasted him on the shoulder. An anger swelled up from Rosa’s

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stomach. An anger so deep and dark she screamed.

“Run!” Coco said in barley a whisper.

Rosa planted her feet and ignored him. The anger started swelling up inside her. Her hand started shaking out of control. Just as quickly as it came, it stopped. The birds hummed but the Ice Queen was quiet. Without thinking, Rosa blasted a sparkling substance out of her hand and at the queen. Magic. she thought. While the queen lay on the floor Rosa helped Coco to his feet. They began to run. After a while, Coco and Rosa had to stop to catch their breath. Coco looked up at rosa and said agitatedly.

“How come you never told me.” he was frowning.

“I didn’t know,” Rosa said quietly, looking down at her torn sneakers.

“Well, we can talk a bout it later.” he replied with a tone of aggression in his voice. he turned away from her again and they started sprinting through the woods. All of a sudden the both tripped over a fallen tree branch and into a deep hole.

When Coco looked around him he was in a large, dark room. He figured the Ice queen had captured him and separated him from Rosa. Who’s their said a girl’s voice?. Well it depends who’s asking Coco said walking toward the source of the voice. My name is Bella . the Ice queen captured me some time ago. Are you here to rescue me? No I’m so sorry my name is Coco Coco said. The room was dark but Coco could see the confused look on Bella’s face. O.k.a.y said Bella.

WHERE DO YOUR TRAITS COME FROM

I have been using Punnett squares to help me learn about dominant and recessive traits. A Punnett square is a chart you can use to identify what dominant or recessive traits you may have inherited from your parents. You can use capital letters to represent dominant traits and lower case letters to represent recessive traits. So, if there is a capital letter in front of a lower case letter, then the dominant trait will mask over the recessive trait, this is called a heterozygous dominant genotype. (Heterozygous is pair of genes where one is dominant and one is recessive—the dominant one shows.)

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I did a project using two popsicle sticks representing chromosomes (chromosomes are the part of every cell that caries genetic information). On them there were some capital and lower case letters on them representing genes. (Genes carry the traits transferred from the parent to the offspring, for example eye color and hair texture.)

I chose one for a male parent and another for a female parent and lined them up next to each other to see witch genotype their offspring would have (genotypes show what alleles you inherit for each trait).

The letters that were capital masked the lower case alleles (Alleles are one of a pair of genes that appear on a particular location on a particular chromosome—some are dominant and some are recessive. Dominant means to be in control, so the dominant allele masks the recessive one. To show a recessive trait, both alleles must be recessive.)

Then, I recorded the information of each gene. Some of the pairs of genes were Homozygous. (Homozygous means you’ve got a pair of matching Alleles—either both dominant or both recessive.)

There were a lot of heterozygous genotypes. There was a chart on the paper for my genetics activity where I was marking the information I got. Then I put the genotypes next to each other to show what phenotype my bug had for each gene. (Phenotype is an organism’s physical appearance and behavior) The capital letters were Dominant and the lower cases ones were recessive. So, for example if the chromosomes lined up with the eye color gene as Ee, that meant the insect would have the dominant eye color of blue. If the body section gene was Bb, that meant the insect would have 3 marshmallow body segments. Three pairs of legs had the genotype of LL.

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Here is my little genetic experiment. I call her Tassie. The only recessive trait she has is tt, for 1 pair of wings.

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https://www.vocabulary.com/ helped me with some definitions for this post.

President Logo

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If I were to vote for a president I would vote for one that is determined, nice and well known. Also, I would vote for one that has big accomplishments and leadership experience. That’s why I decided to research presidential candidate Donald Trump to see if he is worth voting for. If you do the same, you will find out that he is the author of 15 best selling books, owns a company and has a skyscraper named Trump Tower. Donald Trump graduated from The University of Pennsylvania and Wharton School of Finance. He has also been a Real Estate Developer, President of the Trump organization, host of The Apprentice and a supporter of Veteran causes. I think Donald Trump is very well known because he has 7 million followers on social media.

I designed this new logo and slogan for Donald Trump because it shows he wants to change our country and highlights his financial success. The coin connects his success in business to the success he could have as President.

Silkworms

Silkworm moths spin silk for humans to make cloth out of. But what’s more interesting is their lifetime. From egg to moth is an amazing journey called metamorphosis and it has four phases.

The first phase of metamorphosis is the egg stage. When the larva is in its egg and ready to hatch, it bites a hole in its egg and crawls out. When the larva is born it is three millimeters long. It has a large head and a very hairy body.

Before the silkworm becomes a moth, it is a caterpillar it is called a larva. During this phase, it molts four times and goes through five instars, or “periods before or after the different molts.” The larva has to molt, which means it has to shed skin, and before it does that, it stops eating for a whole twenty-four hours.

When the larva is ready to become a moth, it makes a cocoon made of shiny silk. It takes six hours for the larva to make its cocoon. Then, it starts its transformation into a moth. When the moth is ready to come out of the cocoon, it makes a chemical that comes out of its mouth and dissolves a hole in the cocoon. When the moth comes out of the cocoon is a grown up moth.

After fifteen minutes of clinging to its cocoon, its wings open completely, but its wings are too small too fly. When the moth’s wings are open all the way, they are two inches across. Their wings are white with tiny white scales on them. Their antennas are long and feathery.

Even though it is not the same in each of its life stages, the silkworm is an interesting creature that we can use to make strong and shiny silk fabric.

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The life of a silkworm

Bibliography:
Silkworms by Silvia A. Johnson

Diagram from:  http://edoc.hu-berlin.de/dissertationen/kusnaman-djeimy-2004-07-29/HTML/kusnaman_html_19b3c0cc.gif

 

MamaMantra

A new post on a friend’s blog inspired me today to spend some time thinking purposefully about parenting. Of course, parenting is a thing I do constantly, and think about regularly. But, if I’m honest with myself, I’m mostly winging it and leaning on Grace to get me through each day. Relying on God’s grace works for me, but there is certainly plenty more room for a more intentionality.

So, to cut through the mental clutter and chaos of motherhood, I’m taking up my friend’s mantle and asking myself this: When I am at rest in Heaven, what do I most hope my children will remember about their childhood and adolescence with me? What marks are most important for me to make on their hearts?  What do I hope my children will say after I’m gone?

Here’s what I’ve come up with so far:

  1. They are certain that they were loved, wanted and valued sons and daughters, cherished as gifts from the Lord.
  2. They saw me live in a way that showed people are more important than things.
  3. They learned that love is a way we choose to behave toward others, not merely the fuzzy feelings we feel when we are with those we care about. Love never gives up and it always gives second chances.
  4. They know that God has a unique and important purpose for each of them–and they can change the world.
  5. They see the world as a place full of beauty, uniqueness and opportunity. There is something to learn from everyone.

I’m not 100% sure this is the final draft of this list, but it’s what came most naturally after thinking through what James and I tend to prioritize as we parent.  Now, to hone the focus.

How Long Was I Sleeping?

Felix woke up in his tent and everything seemed absolutely quiet. Yesterday he and his friend, Hannah, had been woken up by the late-summer sound of birds chirping. Something felt today, though. Felix got out of his sleeping bag and peeked outside to see if Hannah was up yet. He was about to call out to her when an icy wind hit his face spraying snow into his tent.

Felix was very confused. “Hannah!” he called out. She ran out of her tent not knowing it had snowed over night and got snow all over her legs. “What happened?” she screamed. Just as he was about to answer, a text message came in through his phone. It was his mom. It read, “Hi honey, you have been camping for three months and I’m beginning to think you don’t want to come home.” His first thought was that he started camping at the end of summer and he couldn’t remember having camped for three months. Felix talked this over with Hannah and they started to panic. If they had been camping for three months, Then that meant it was winter had they could not remember camping all they way through fall. They worried that they would freeze to death since they didn’t have the right clothes and gear.

After what seemed like forever, they decided to calm down and think. They started looking for clues to help them figure out what happened to them. Hannah and Felix used their sleeping bags for winter coats. “Lets look in the woods, maybe something will jog our memory”, Felix told Hannah. They wondered in sneakers in the snow-covered woods. Even though things were confusing, the two friends couldn’t help but notice that things did look beautiful.

They walked for a little while longer and all of a sudden they heard a crack. Hannah   realized too late that they had stepped on a frozen creek and they both fell into the water. The water was only waist-deep, but even so, Felix and Hannah were soaked with icy cold water. It felt as though cold crawled all the way up their spines, and they could hardly move.

Hannah and Felix crawled out of the water half limped back to their campsite and their legs had a stinging pain in them. They made a fire and exchanged a look that meant something changed since they fell in the creek. ”O my gosh!” Hannah exclaimed. “I have my memories back.” ”Me too!” said Felix. “But I don’t understand why it just suddenly came to us.” “Do you think it had something to do with the creek?” ”Maybe” he responded. “What I also find weird is that I only remember sleeping through all of fall” Hannah said. The two friends decided that their camping adventure was over and it was time to pack up. They finished putting away their tents after warming up and discussing plans to return home, as a snow mobile made its way toward them.

A tall man stepped off the vehicle and asked them “What are you two doing here in the middle of December?” Felix tried to explain their predicament, but it sounded so unreal. When Felix was done explaining, the man asked ”Did you go swimming at the creek when you first arrived?” ”Yes” they both answered. He asked, “Did you go swimming today?” “Umm… we fell in” Hannah replied. “Well it seems as though you’re talking about the ‘Sleeping creek,’” the tall man said. “Haven’t you ever heard of it?” “No we haven’t,” they said.

“Well, a long time ago when the creek was just an ordinary creek, a man named Peter Smith decided to go swimming in it. According to legend, a fairy appeared to him and told him not to swim in it, for that was her home. The man would not listen, so the fairy cursed the creek.” He continued, “If your body comes in contact with the water of Sleeping Creek, you will sleep for three months and you forget why you fell asleep. You might also forget things that happened before touching the water, like you guys don’t’ remember taking a walk in the woods, do you?”

“Oh, that makes sense!” said they both replied. “Can you explain what happens the second time someone comes in contact with the water?” Hannah asked.

“You see,” the man explained, “once you touch it again your memories are restored.”

“Thank you so much! Everything seemed so confusing, but thanks to you, it’s clear now,” they said together.

As Felix reached out to shake the man’s hand, the wet part of his sleeve brushed against the man’s skin. The man stared back blankly at Felix and said, “I’m sorry. I have to go now. Suddenly, I’m feeling very sleepy.”

Crazy First Day of Fall