Why Single-use Plastics Should Be Banned

Do you know how much damage would single-use plastics cause? More and more plastics are made, and they harm the entire Earth. Single-use plastics should be banned because they cause pollution, they harm animals and humans, and they take a long time to decompose.

 

Firstly, single-use plastics can cause pollution. Items made out of single-use plastics like lunch boxes and bags can be easily broken, so people need new ones and throw away used ones frequently. As a result, large amount of plastic wastes are generated every day, which could have been reduced if plastics are re-usable. Research shows that plastics can release harmful substances like carcinogen. It means the more plastics wastes there are, the more harmful they can be. Because of these facts, it shows that single-use plastics can cause a massive amount of contamination to the environment.

 

Secondly, single-use plastics can harm animals and humans. They are often thrown away to places like rivers, forests and seas since they cannot be reused, and there are animals that live in these places. Many animals are found dead, and there are plastics inside them because they thought plastics are food. Another example is that people burn plastics to dispose them. When plastics are burnt, Dioxin is found in the air around where the plastics are. Dioxin is a group of highly toxic chemical compounds that are harmful to health, and human can easily breathe it in. Even if people don’t breathe in, Dioxin might also go into soil, and the crops which grow in the soil are also harmful to health. People might just eat the harmful crops or they may eat the animals that have eaten the crops. This shows that plastics can cause serious damages to the health of human and animals.

 

People can argue that single-use plastics are convenient, but this convenience leads to many problems. Research shows that single-use plastic bags are only used for 12 minutes on average, but a single piece of plastic can take up to 1,000 years to decompose, and the plastics on Earth can even form an island. Because the speed people throw away plastics is way quicker than the speed it takes for plastics to decompose, more plastics will appear, and that cause more inconvenience than the convenience single-use plastics bring to people.

 

In conclusion, single-use plastics should be banned because they cause a massive amount of pollution, harm living creatures, and have a long-lasting negative effect to the world. Because of all of the negative sides they have, single-use plastics should be banned.

Percy Jackson Blog Post

Many middle schoolers have stress and difficulties in school. The main character Percy Jackson in the book Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief is a perfect example. Percy is a kid who has trouble learning things and controlling his emotions. Percy’s life will be happier if he learns how to cool off, learns more about ADHD and its benefits, and learns to use study tips.

 

Percy Jackson will be calmer when dealing with problems if he learns how to cool himself off. When Percy got mad at his classmate Nancy, he said, “But I was so mad my mind went blank. A wave roared in my ears. I don’t remember pushing her, but next thing I knew, Nancy was sitting on her butt in the fountain, screaming, ‘Percy pushed me!’”(9). This shows that Percy sometimes use physical movements to express his anger, and his emotions affected him and his classmate a lot.  A piece of advice from experts of emotions is that “It is a good idea to walk away, take some deep breaths, and look for an adult to talk to.” By using this advice, Percy can control his emotions better.

 

If Percy Jackson learns more about ADHD and its benefits, he will suffer less and be more confident in school. In the book Percy Jackson, Percy said “But Mr Brunner expected me to be as good as everyone else, despite the fact I have dyslexia and attention deficit disorder and I had never made above a C- in my life”(10). This quote shows that he has problems learning in his school. According to studies, “People with ADHD have something called diffused attention. Diffused means spread out or scattered. A person with diffused attention can pay attention to many things at the same time.” If Percy learned about the positive side of ADHD, then he will be more confident in school and be happier.

 

By using study tips, Percy can get higher scores in school. In the book, Percy said “Mr. Nicoll, asked me for the millionth time why I was too lazy to study for spelling tests, I snapped. I called him a old sot” (17). Through this text, people can know Percy doesn’t like to study. Some study tips from a study website are “Choose Your Study Environment Wisely

” and “Reframe Negative Thoughts”. If Percy got distracted easily or he thought about things negative about his learning, these two suggestions can help him.

 

Overall, Percy is a kid who has many difficulties in his life. Percy’s life will be happier if he learns to control his emotions, learns the benefits of ADHD, and learns to study using study tips. These suggestions are not only for Percy, but for all students to use.

 

Works Cited

Newsela. 30 Mar. 2018, newsela.com/read/elem-new-ways-to-think-about-ADHD/id/41696/.

ThoughCo. 24 June 2019, www.thoughtco.com/steps-to-focus-on-studying-3212069.

YouTube. 12 Mar. 2017, www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bKuoH8CkFc.

 

Happiness Newsela Article

Being happy is important, but living a happy life doesn’t mean you have to pretend to be happy all the time. A study shows that happy people did more work, and happy students had academic success. Well, having a lot of money doesn’t mean you are happy. People that are rich may have mental illness, which causes more suffering than poverty. So, valuing happiness is very important because happiness gives people a better life.

Science Ecosystem Project

What is your biggest takeaway from 6th grade science?

A lot of things, because in 5th grade science is not a class you take every day or every two days. An example is the cup challenge, where you get to design a “cup warm keeper” that keeps a cup of hot water hot.

If you were to write your own comment on the report card, what would you say?  How confident do you feel in making models in science, analyzing data, and constructing scientific explanations?

I am not really sure what l will write on my comment. If l score myself, l will give myself a approaching or the middle of approaching and meeting.

What would you like to work on for next year in science?

I would like to work on some experiments.

Our Stories Make History

This unit in humanities is about how the COVID-19 changed our lives and what students recorded events while in this situation. l organized my final project using Thinglink, because l used this website before and l think this website is a good choice for organizing my project. This primary source might be important for future people because they can understand what life was like for a 6 grader that were in 2020. What went well for me is creating the Thinglink, because there is not a lot tech issues for me while creating this, and l got all of the information ready. A challenge is writing the diary, because l don’t really know what to write since each day is kind of the same to me.

My Favorite

This a picture of a trophy l got for chess. It is important to me because this is the first trophy l got. l got the trophy in 2014, which is when l am 5 years old. 

Cardboard Arcade reflection

For 6th grade, Valeriana and l made a cardboard game called Plinko. The way you play it is that you drop a marble in one of the three tubes on top of the game, and see how many points you got.

My biggest obstacle is to make the small Plinko pieces, because Valeriana and l need to first make the pieces before really testing. ( You don’t know if the marble will go down the way you want them to. )

One piece of advice I would give a future student doing this project is that use your time wisely and make a specific plan to make sure you know what you are doing.

Our final sketch
Our final sketch
Our cardboard arcade game

Overall, I think this product was successful because a lot of students enjoyed playing it, and we had fun making this game.  

Narritave

A new book

When l am drafting for this story, l got a lot of tense mistakes, and l didn’t add much punctuation marks.  But when l finished my final copy, l fixed all of the tense mistakes, more details, and more punctuation marks. Also, in the beginning, I don’t have a good title and a strong lead. Then, through small group editing, l fixed all of the problems and made my story more interesting to read by adding more dialogue and descriptive language. I also have some problems while editing, like having a hard time thinking of how to add some descriptive language in my story.