"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious" - Albert Einstein

Should the government ban single use plastic?

In the UK alone, 15 million plastic bottles are used every single day. The plastic straws we drink with, the plastic bottles we drink from, the plastic bags we carry things home with, these are just a few examples of single-use plastics. In the 1950s, the number of plastic bags used was still manageable, but now, 160,000 plastic bags are used per second worldwide, and half of these are designed to be used just once. We are so dependent on plastic, so we must solve this problem. The government should ban single-use plastic because it can prevent plastic pollution, reduce the demand for plastic production, and can help save the oceans.


Plastic pollution has become an increasingly big problem and banning plastic bags can prevent that. Before the single-use plastic that we are familiar with even gets to our local supermarkets or homes, they are already destroying our environment. 90% of plastics are produced from chemicals derived from oil, natural gas, and coal, these are all non-renewable resources. Plastic bag production is 20% of the world’s total oil consumption. The world’s oil supply is limited, and our society is slowly moving away from using so much oil because plastic has such a big role in oil consumption. Producing less plastic can be better for the environment and conserve resources for the future. After the plastic gets to us, and we throw it away after using it just once, the plastic ends up in landfills. 60% of plastic waste ends up in landfills, and despite what people think, only 9% ever gets recycled. Reducing the use of plastic bags can definitely make the world we live in cleaner and a better place to live. But you still might be wondering where else does the plastic waste go, the answer is the ocean.


Plastic in our oceans can cause major problems for both the animals that live there and also for humans. If the government bans plastic, it can save a lot of lives. 100 million marine animals die from plastic waste alone, 100 million deaths just because we want to drink with a plastic straw. Animals can get caught in the plastic that is left in the ocean. They can also swallow trash because they mistake it for food; not only can this kill fish, it can also kill people. When marine animals swallow tiny plastic particles, humans that eat fish also end up eating these particles, which can cause death or sickness. Even for those who don’t eat fish, plastic can clog sewers and provide breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pests, this can lead to malaria and other vector-borne diseases. The government banning single-use plastic can save millions of lives both on land and in the sea.


Every year, 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide. Some may say that with so much plastic being produced, a lot of people are working for the plastic industry, and if the government bans single-use plastic, people will lose jobs. This may be true if we ban all plastic, but not all plastic is bad. Single-use plastic is only designed to be used once, but other plastic, like thicker plastic containers and reusable water bottles, are sturdy and can be used over and over again. If only a quarter of the families in the U.S. cut out the plastic and took reusable bags for one shopping trip each month – our use of plastic bags would go down by 2.5 billion a year. The plastic industry was worth 568.9 billion USD in 2019, and this billion-dollar industry will not go out of business if the government bans plastic. If we don’t ban plastic bags, our world will fall apart, instead, we can use better alternatives, alternatives that can last longer, be renewable, and also more environmentally friendly. The government should ban plastic bags because it can reduce the demand for plastic production and lead us towards a brighter future.


300 million metric tons of plastic are produced every year, which is equivalent to the weight of the entire human population. Single-use plastic should be banned by the government because it can lower plastic production, stop plastic pollution, and can help keep our oceans clean. Despite our consistent use of plastic, single-use plastic will lead to the human race’s downfall, and we have to start preventing it now.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

From 2003 to 2011, ADHD diagnosis has increased a shocking 43 percent. However, there is no blood test or medical scan that can determine if someone has ADHD, instead a medical professional determines whether someone had ADHD by observing their behavior. ADHD is a problem that many young people face, including Percy Jackson. Percy Jackson may have been misunderstood, but there are still many ways that he could have improved his life. Percy Jackson will live a better life if he makes an effort to make more friends, sees that ADHD is not a weakness, but a strength, and tries harder in school.

Percy Jackson could improve his life if he tried to make more friends. In Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, it says, “I turned around and said, “Will you shut up?” iBook page 16. In the quote, Percy Jackson tells a girl in his class, Nancy, to shut up, when she laughed about something in the museum. The quote shows that Percy Jackson isn’t trying to be friends with her, instead choosing to snap at her. Percy Jackson doesn’t try to make friends, he is impatient with people, and that could seriously affect his well-being and physical health. According to an article by the University of Minnesota, isolation can be fatal. Psychologist Sheldon Cohen’s research shows that, students that have many close friends are half as likely to catch a cold, when exposed. Additionally, loneliness is linked to depression, decreased immune function, and high blood pressure, proving that loneliness can have long lasting and fatal consequences The article also claims that “In a study of over 100 people, researchers found that people who completed a stressful task experienced a faster recovery when they were reminded of people with whom they had strong relationships.” Having friends can reduce stress during stressful times, which can be extremely helpful for students, like Percy Jackson. Having friends can be helpful, and if Percy Jackson tried to do this, he could potentially live a better and healthier life.

Many people think of ADHD as a negative thing, something that slows you down, however, it’s the exact opposite. Percy Jackson can live a better life if he can see that ADHD is not a weakness, but a strength. In Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Percy Jackson claims that “Mr. Brunner expected me to be as good as everybody else, despite the fact that I have dyslexia and attention deficit disorder and I had never made above a C– in my life.” In the passage, Percy Jackson thinks that because he has dyslexia and ADHD, he won’t be able to do as well as everyone else, which is untrue. In an article called Neurodiversity: A different view of ADHD, by Cricket Media, adapted by Newsela staff, the author says that “A brain thinking in many directions is able to observe many different things and come up with surprising solutions.” The article shows that in many situations, having ADHD isn’t a bad thing, instead a strength. Additionally, ADHD can also be helpful for people with fast-paced jobs, according to the article. ADHD isn’t necessarily a weakness, and Percy Jackson shouldn’t feel like it is holding him back, and that he won’t be able to do as well as everyone else, because the truth is that he can be better.

If he tried harder in school, Percy Jackson could have a better life. In Percy Jackson and the lightning thief, it says “The evening before my final, I got so frustrated I threw the Cambridge Guide to Greek Mythology across my dorm room.” (page 36 iBook). This passage shows that Percy Jackson often gets annoyed while studying, which can slow down his productivity. According to an article called How to Focus on Studying, by Kelly Roell, an education expert, when you use concentration skills, you can prevent losing focus because of the distractions around you or in your brain. One of these skills is to reframe negative thoughts, if Percy Jackson applied this when studying, he could be a lot more successful and not get frustrated. Studying helps you remember things learned in school, and if Percy Jackson could use these tips, he would do a lot better in school.

Despite being a fictional character, Percy Jackson still faces challenges that regular middle school students face. To improve his life, Percy Jackson can try to make friends, view ADHD as a strength instead of a weakness, and make an effort in school. All students real and fictional can benefit from this, because all students have most likely encountered some of the problems that Percy Jackson face, such as making friends, struggling with dyslexia, or getting frustrated when studying. All middle school students can understand what Percy Jackson is going through and possibly benefit from the advice of experts, who want to help.


This is my summary of a newsela article.

Despite what many people think, happy people aren’t necessarily lazy, instead, research shows they can be more productive, this applies to a variety of people such as doctors and students. Many studies also show that being happy has major health benefits, as well as a smaller chance of doing something unsafe, happy people also make the people around them happier. Being wealthy doesn’t mean you are happy, according to a poll, most people would rather be happy than be wealthy. In the end, being happy isn’t the solution for everything, but it’s still important.

Habitat Mini Project

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This is my Habitat Mini Project, in this unit we learned about food chains and food webs.

My biggest take away from 6th grade is the food web and habitats unit because it was the most recent, and also because I liked that unit.

I would like to do more about energy transfer because I feel like that was a really fun unit.

Our Stories Make History

While we’re all in our own homes, isolating, we created this project. The “Our Stories Make History” project is a project made up of many smaller projects about our time during Covid-19. I organized my project in chronological order so the sections will be easier to make sense of. I put my project in a presentation so it can be easy to scroll through and see all the different smaller projects. This primary source might be helpful to a historian because historians can easily see what it would be like for a 6th grader in this kind of time. They can learn about our experiences during this worldwide pandemic. I think this unit went well because we could split everything up into parts so we could get everything done. I think something that was challenging was that everything was kind of new when we first started which made it more difficult in the beginning to do this project.



Creative Performance Project

My project is a flipbook called “e-learning survival guide”


Dear Abby: Character Conflict

August 2017,

Dear Abby,

It’s my last week in Tokyo, before moving back to the US, and I want to make it count. I was going to spend it with my friends, except my friend’s friend since kindergarten moves back from the United States, a week before I leave. Before he left we had a big argument, it’s hard to have fun when he comes along to everything I do with my friends. Can I have the best time ever for the last seven days in Tokyo? – Leaving Tokyo

Early Humans and Us Thinglink Reflection

I feel that coming up with my research question went really well because I really liked my research question and I didn’t regret choosing it. Something that didn’t go so well was finding primary resources from the past. I just couldn’t really find any primary resources that went with my topic. If I could start over and do things differently, I would probably take more notes because when I went back and looked at my notes for the project for my oral reflection, I realized that I didn’t actually have enough information so I had to take more notes last minute.

Early Humans and US

In humanities, we are doing an early humans and us project. For this project, my research question was “How How have jobs impacted people’s place in society from the Neolithic Age until today?” We did a thinklink for our project and here is mine.

Rainbow Holiday Ball Toss

Front View

Back View

Side View

These are our Plans and Ideas

Our Design project was to create a cardboard arcade. Me and my partner created a rainbow holiday ball-toss, you had to try to throw a ball through one of the holes then try to get it into one of the cups in the back.

My biggest success was that our game functioned and it looked pretty nice, although, I think it wasn’t actually very fun because it’s kind of tricky to play, I think we should have made it a bit easier because 4th graders like to win.

One thing I’d like to change is to make our game more fun to play and make a design that was a bit more complicated because i don’t think our game was very fun.

Overall, I think our arcade was pretty nice, although it could have been improved.

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