Polymer Project – Journal #1

What are synthetic materials?

Man-made materials that are derived from natural resources. i.e. Steel and Sugar

What are natural resources? 

Is a source that is found in nature that is used by man. i.e. Forest and Water


What is a polymer?


A long chain of molecules called monomers


Give 2 examples of synthetic polymers and the natural resources they come from

Synthetic Polymer #1


What natural resources does this come from?

Chemicals that comes from natural gas, carbon, other oils and other natural polymers

What would we use this synthetic material for?

Cups, eating utensils, furniture, toys

Synthetic Polymer #2


What natural resources does this come from?

Siloxane, made from oxygen and silicon

What would we use this synthetic material for?

Computer chips

Chemical Reactions: 

How do natural resources go through a chemical reaction to become synthetic materials?

*important words to think about…polymerization, monomer, polymer


When natural monomers link up through the process of polymerization, they become a polymer. If said polymer happens to not be found in nature, then it is a synthetic polymer

What is a monomer?

A molecule that joins up with similar molecules to form a polymer.

What is polymerization?

The cause to combine molecules to form a polymer.




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Revolutionary Voices Journal

We learned about the Chinese Cultural Revolution in our Humanities class. As we learned about this fascinating point of time, we were asked to create a character, and write a revolutionary voices journal. I wrote about Wang Xiao Yu, and how she changed her opinion on Mao and of the Cultural Revolution. Through this project and lessons in class, I was able to learn about how the revolution affected people, how it shaped their lives, but also how it shaped the lives of people in China today.


Chinese Cultural Revolution in Simple English

Having taken notes meticulously, and studied the fascinating Chinese Revolution, Sarah, Joy and I put our heads together to create our Chinese Cultural Revolution in Simple English Common Craft video. Every turning point, methodically planned, each word checked, each picture the perfect fit, we created our video over the course of one week. Sarah, Joy and I learned about the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and to help others understand better, we decided to create this video. We are very proud of our work, and hope that you enjoy it!


Independent Reading Task #4 Red Madness – Gail Jarrow

The Black Death, like pellagra, killed a numerous amounts people each time they struck their country. Each time, they left doctors puzzled and people scared for decades at a time. Both diseases were mysteriously caused, and there seemed to be no cure. Doctors and citizens alike searched high and low, looking time and time again to see any pattern, any clue, any hope to find a way out of each life sucking hole.


Pellagra was a disease that plagued the South of the U.S. People who caught it was covered in red rashes on their hands, feet, chest, and face. With the rash, they were graced with diarrhea. As their symptoms got worse as their torture continued, the victim would start going insane. Insanity was the final stage of pellagra, and when reached, it was incurable. Many doctors started looking for the cause of this destructive disease. Their initial thought was that spoiled corn was the cause pellagra, as when the victim was given a corn free diet, they normally recovered. Doctors argued and researched, but to no avail. Corn didn’t always seem the cause, but neither did anything else. When Joseph Goldberger -an immigrant from Europe’s Austro-Hungarian Empire- was put to the case everything changed. Goldberger considered every cause of any disease, and after much looking, he saw that pellagra was caused by eating disorders. However, each time that he presented his hypothesis, not all doctors would believe it. “He who still doubts that pellagra is ‘essentially of dietary origin’ is hopeless.” (89) Time and time again, test after test, Goldberger tried to help the doctors believe that an unbalanced diet was the cause of pellagra. After Goldberger’s death and fight against pellagra for nearly fifteen years, the cause of this mysterious disease was not found. Many people who had heard of Goldberger and his work tried everything they could to cure pellagra. Finally, in 1937, nicotinic acid, or niacin, was proved to be the most efficient and quick working cure to pellagra. After finding ways to put niacin into foods that people normally ate such as bread and flour, people of all social economic status were able to get the required B3 vitamin that they were missing. The lack of niacin was the was the cause of pellagra, and once food was enriched, pellagra, the nearly indestructible and reoccurring disease, was finally stamped out and almost gone for good. Pellagra killed 100,000 Americans and affected 3 million in total. Now, that we have found vitamins, we can stop pellagra early on and save lives.


Black Death or the Plague was a disease that caused enlarged lymph nodes in the armpits or groin of the victim, followed by diarrhea, chills, fever, vomiting, pains, and aches and then, death. This disease at the time was impossible and anything was used to cure it. “Physicians relied on crude and unsophisticated techniques such as bloodletting and boil-lancing (practices that were dangerous as well as unsanitary) and superstitious practices such as burning aromatic herbs and bathing in rosewater or vinegar.” ( The Black Death was also incredibly contagious. “People who were perfectly healthy when they went to bed at night could be dead by morning.” ( Initially, people thought the cause was God’s punishment, so people would gather in one church to pray to God for his forgiveness. But because this disease was caused because of fleas and passed when groups of people were together, the spreading of the Plague would spread like wildfire. While death ran her long, slender finger over all Europe, taking cities, people and families with it, people suffered and struggled to find the cause. But, thanks to the Great Fire of London, the people who were contaminated were all swallowed in the fire. And because of it, the Black Death was able to die out for a time. Then, in the 20th century, doctors were finally able to find that the Plague was caused by the bacteria Yersinia pestis. Antibiotics were the found cure for this fatal disease. And if treated fast enough, people now can survive the once undying disease. The Black Death once killed 75 million people, but now, it only affects not even half that amount. Now, that we have found required antibiotics and learned to be more hygienic, we can stop the plague early on and save more lives.












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“Cures for the Black Death.” History Learning Site,

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Photos of Life – My One Day Project

My OneDay project was to take pictures of different kinds of life. We went to the village behind BSB to take pictures of village life. We were able to take pictures of people, dogs, buildings, ice, trees and other things that we could find there. We had a lot of fun taking pictures of the dogs, we probably have 5 billion pictures of them. (A few of the dogs even posed!) 

Then we went to the Wen Yu River to take pictures of river life. We were able to take pictures of the fishermen there, fish, plants, the river, the road, crops, and the sky. As we were walking along the road, we found some dolls sitting behind a trash can. We took a couple pictures of those too, they were pretty creepy. 

Then we were asked to take pictures of Middle School life. I went around taking pictures of people in their OneDay groups, and in my own. These are a few pictures that I was able to get. 

I was able to learn how to make pictures with different looks, how lighting affects the picture, and that even the smallest things can be the coolest picture! I would recommend doing this as a OneDay project who likes photography, or who wants to get better at taking pictures. All you have to do is try!


Mid-Year Goals Reflection

My goals (SMART) are:

First Trimester Goals:

Build my growth mindset, especially in reading where I want to read 5 great and challenging books independently

Keep my health up with sleep, fitness, and nutrition

Set a limit on social media use in order to be more productive and healthier

Mid-Year Goals Reflection

I feel that I was able to successfully fulfill my goals that I set. I read more than 5 challenging and fantastic books and was able to expand my knowledge through reading. I was able to get to bed in good time and get at least 8 hours of sleep. I regularly eat healthy meals, and was on the Dance Team for the play and am on the Volleyball Team. I have been able to reduce the amount of time on social media.


Body Image and Substance Abuse

Some of the dangers of using substances to alter body shape cause you to be dependent upon that drug for you to be happy. And the more you take that drug, the more you can have for the side effects to happen. Or, to take other drugs, maybe not for dieting, but for getting highs or stuff like that.


Some healthy alternatives to taking drugs:

  1. Work out
  2. Eat healthy food
  3. Play your favorite sport (or any sport)
  4. Play with friends
  5. Stay away from people or things that are bad influences



Independent Reading Task #3

My book is called Gone by Michael Grant. In Gone, everyone over the age of 15 disappears. And once you turn 15, you do too. In this new, unstable world, teens and kids must learn to stick and work together to create peace and control so that all the food doesn’t run out, and nobody dies. Like in real life, this is not easy. People fight, people win, people lose, people get hurt and some die. Sam Temple, the main character, is looked up to stand and lead these aimless kids, but Sam doesn’t want to, as he doesn’t think he’s good enough and doesn’t want all that responsibility. !!SPOILER ALERT!! His twin brother Caine, takes over but is a ruthless, sick leader. So, Sam and other people who have been hurt by Caine or who don’t like him, come together under Sam’s lead and fight Caine. In the end, Sam wins and Caine goes free. But this is not the end…. Without adults to grow things, they need to replenish their food source, so this leads to the next book…. Hunger.

I chose to do a collage because I thought it would be the best way to portray the themes of the book and be a fresh new way to “advertise” the book.

I made the top right picture because I could not find a picture that showed someone stopping another person from bullying. A major theme in Gone is to stand up against the bully. Sam got all the kids who were against Caine to fight him, because he was misusing his power, and playing things to his own advantage. The bottom right photo is a crossing of arrows, and I put that there because Caine and Sam fight, but also symbolizes to not abuse your privileges, such as when the parents disappear, the people start fighting and being unfair, and people start dying, so if they can’t get a good leader, and people can’t be reasonable, then war will break out. The bottom left photo has some people in blue and others in black. I edited that photo because the people were all black before, but then I cut it out and put it on a blue background so that you could see the different people. The blue people represent the people over the age of 15 who disappeared, and the black people represent the people left over. The top right photo is of a city under a dome, and that is because the FAYZ, or the Fallout Alley Youth Zone which used to be Perdido Beach but is the place Sam, Astrid, Caine, and others call home, the place where everyone under 15 lives. That picture symbolizes their home.

I used Canva to make the collage:

Click here



Boxer Rebellion Map


Independent Reading Task #2


My book is called Bomb by Steve Sheinkin. This book is the story of making and stealing the atomic bomb. I chose to do a newspaper because at that time newspapers were commonly used to help spread the news. Also, I chose to do a newspaper because it would be like I was reporting at that time. I chose the date at the top, August 7, 1945, the day after the American’s dropped the Little Boy, the first atomic bomb of the world.


I mainly focused on the conflict and rising action and some characterization from time to time. There is no specified main character, but I chose the “father of the atomic bomb” Robert Oppenheimer to be it because it mainly talks about him, his life, and his contribution to the making of the bomb.  To include him in my newspaper, I made a column/section about him, his contribution to the bomb, and how he felt about making it. The quotes I used were: “Why, Oppenheimer knows about everything. He can talk to you about anything you bring up.” – General Groves, the man who hired him said.  And: “I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.”  The conflict is Robert Oppenheimer working on the atomic bomb because he is racing/conflicting with society trying to make (one of the) most powerful weapons in the world. So, it is a person vs. society conflict.

My project is here: Newspaper RR Bomb

Click the link to see my newspaper.