Friday, August 7, 2020

Some of my Favorite books.

When we stay at home, it is easy to get very bored, and reading is a great way to pass time. But For me finding the right book to read is extremely hard. So, here are some books that I love, for grades 2-4.

For 2nd grade:

- Clementine. The book Clementine is about an artistic 8-year-old girl. It is about her adventures at school and it is a very light-hearted, funny book.

- The Ivy and Bean series. Ivy & Bean is the story of two very different friends. In their neighborhood and at school, they find ways to be adventurous and fun together, often "forgetting" to follow the rules.

For 3rd grade:

Frindle. Frindle is an awesome book about a third-grader named Nick Allen who creates a new word that causes a lot of commotion. This book is funny, has awesome vocabulary words, and almost everyone can relate to it.

The Wild Robot. This book is about a robot that fell out of a cargo ship from a storm and has to adapt to life on an island. This book teaches concepts like hospitality, kindness, accepting of new people, and more. 

For 4th grade: 

Where the mountain meets the moon. This book is set in ancient China, where a girl in a poor family, named Minli sets off to go to the never-ending mountain to change her families fortune. This fantasy book has lots of good lessons, like gratefulness, faith, honesty, integrity, and more. I definitely recommend this book for ages 9- 11.

Number The Stars. This book is about a young girl named Annalise, set in the 1940s in Denmark when Germany took over the country. Annalise helps hide her Jewish friend and protect her from the Nazis. This is a good book too, number one inform people about the Holocaust and number two, it is just a great story about friendship and bravery. 


So, these were some of my favorite books that I have read over the years. I hope you like them too. Please leave a comment to tell me what you thought of these books!

How to write a Blog

In my previous blog, I shared that writing blogs is an awesome way to keep learning, and not be bored when staying home. Blogs are also great ways to help others with your knowledge and research. It is very easy to write a blog - you just have to pick what you want to write about, collect your thoughts on the topic, and structuring them. There are many structures to your blog, but essentially they contain 3 parts - 

1. The opening. The opening basically is tasked with summarizing what the blog is going to be about. For example, in the line before, I talked about the blogs and how they helped, and what I am going to do; (show you how to write a blog)

2. The Content. Content is the most important part. It is what you summarize in the opening. For example, If you are writing a blog about dogs, then the content will be what they eat, types of dogs, what dog toys to get, stuff like that. 

3. Closing. The closing is pretty self-explanatory. It is when you close the blog that you are writing and ask the viewer to share their experiences. Most blogs are written to help people, or show them how to do something, so in most blogs, the viewer is asked how the blog helped them. 

So, that is it! That is how you write a blog. I hope this helped. Please leave a comment about what you would write about if you had a blog.


Friday, July 31, 2020

How to help out your parents during remote learning

We have been remote learning/working for 5 months now. Meaning, most parents are busy, if not overwhelmed. Between taking care of your siblings, taking care of you, making breakfast, lunch, dinner, teaching you, playing with you, and oh, doing work, it is not easy to be a parent at this time. And being a kid, it's only natural to want to help out. So, here are a few ways to help out our parents during this time. 

- Babysit siblings. 

One of the things that I do is babysit my little brother when my parents are working. One of the most annoying things a parent can have is a crying baby in their room when they are trying to finish a presentation due the next day. So, taking care of your siblings so your parents don't have to is one of the most helpful things you can do.  I have a 27-month-old brother and he needs to be watched at all times. He can be a lot of fun to be around too. So, when my parents are on an important call or can use a little break, I offer to play with him for some time. We draw chalk in the driveway or build legos together. Sometimes, I would even watch Daniel Tiger with him sometimes.

- Do daily chores around the house. 

Doing daily chores is not easy for parents. So helping your parents out by just starting dinner or loading the dishwasher can be a lot of help.  or keep track of groceries running out, and sometimes even help order them. I offer to clean up the kitchen or do my laundry or even bring the mail inside. Not a whole lot, but I know it helps my parents get to bed earlier if I tell them that I will clean up before bedtime. 

- Try to do learning yourself
With parents busy, and most people not going to summer camp, it is easy to get bored and cut back on learning. There are tons of online resources like Udemy, Khan Academy, IXL, and more! You can also check out my blog on how to keep learning while staying home.  This will be a great help to parents because they won't have to teach you as much as before because you do a lot of learning yourself. 


Our parents do a lot for us. The least we can do is stay out of trouble and try to help out and ease their burden. So, those were some ways to be helpful. Leave a comment on how you help out at home. Thank you!


Monday, July 27, 2020

How to make the best of remote learning


This was a crazy school year with COVID-19, and many kids felt as if they weren't learning much this year, and some felt like they were falling behind. For the next school year, a lot of schools are offering remote learning. So, here are some ways to get the best out of remote learning: 

  1. Set Goals: One thing that really helped me was to set goals for each week or even each day. If I had a project due at the end of the month, I would set a goal like, by next week, my essay should be done, or something like that.
  2. Plan your daily routine: At the start of remote learning, I didn't have a routine. There were days when occasionally I forgot to finish a certain subject, and then there were some kids who were skipping them altogether. A schedule helps you stay focused and on task. Use a calendar with reminders e.g. Google calendar)
  3. Stay Focused: In school, we all had desks with all our stuff, and we all had to be quiet, making it much easier to focus. It is a different story in remote learning. Between screaming siblings, parents on calls, and the sound of pots and pans clanging; it can be hard to get anything done at all. When I first started online learning; I could barely get anything done. Some of the things I did included finding a separate quiet room; away from all distractions, put on headphones to listen to my teacher and her assignments, and put on a simple fan; that would quickly get rid of all noise. 
  4. Incorporate non-tech activities: During my remote learning, my teacher always came up with awesome, creative ways to have fun while learning. Whether it be baking in math class, or making wind chimes for science. Doing hands-on activities is a great way to balance digital learning and fun learning.
Getting value from remote learning is hard but not impossible if you try. There are plenty of ways to stay on track, and if you have any ideas, feel free to leave them in the comments below; and don't forget to have fun!

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Continue learning even while social distancing

This school year has not been exactly easy, especially in the last three months. With remote learning; a lot of people, (including me) felt behind on things we learned that year as well as also not enough opportunity to learn in person in places like summer camps as most people aren't going.

So, here are some ways to keep up with learning this summer -

1. Start a book club: Book clubs are a great way to keep up with reading, thinking, discussions, and communication skills. You can have an awesome discussion still as long as you keep the group under 5 to 7 attendees.  I participate in a book club of seven 5th and 6th graders. We use the reading list and current themes that help us learn more about the world. We meet once a week and one of us moderates, while a mom is present.

2. Learn Coding: Coding comes with a lot of things; math, science, logic, problem-solving, sometimes engineering, and of course, programming skills. There are a lot of places where you could learn how to code; when  When I was younger my parents taught me how to code in Scratch on scratch.mit.edu. In the 3rd and 4th grade, they taught me how to code in python in repl.it. Currently, my parents are helping me learn to develop apps on Xcode using YouTube resources and Udemy. These are awesome online resources to learn coding from. Scratch also has built-in tutorials and you can even share projects with other students

3. Start a blog or a Youtube channel: From experience, I learned that doing this helps a lot with writing, and planning. There are very helpful videos on how to start a Youtube channel. You learn script writing and editing that in turn would improve your writing, creativity, and tech skills.

4. Learn a socially distanced sport: There are a lot of sports you can play without touching, like tennis, ping pong, badminton, volleyball, or biking with a friend. This is an awesome way to stay physically fit while staying safe. 

I hoped you liked my ideas on how to keep up with learning during the summer. I would love to hear your ideas as well on how you are learning this summer. I have always liked baking, but this summer I started to take it more seriously. Do you have any hobbies, or anything you want to learn? Leave a comment below if you have any ideas!

Thursday, July 23, 2020

How to have fun while social distancing

Social distancing is annoying. Concerts are postponed, sporting events are canceled, schools are closed and tourist spots like Disneyland are shut down, and we all are super-bored at home. 

However, knowing that none of us are getting out of it anytime soon, you might as well make the best of the situation and try to have fun while you are quarantined. 

Without further ado; here are some ways to have fun responsibly: 

  • Explore outdoors. In regular times, we go to school, or a class or to our friend's house or everywhere else, except our backyards. Now, we can't do any of these things. We have a lot more time now, especially since most schools started summer break recently. Playing outside with your siblings, parents, or even your friends, (socially distanced), is one of the great ways to have fun without visiting crowded places.
  • Play some of those really long board games you've never played with the family. They are a great way to spend time with your family and have fun. 
  • Take up a new hobby! Whether it be art, music, coding, journaling, or blogging, it will definitely keep you busy.
  • Do a drive-through safari! If you are missing going to the zoo, there are plenty of places that offer the service of seeing all the animals from the safety of your car! (safety from the animals and germs)
  • Take a long walk or run around your neighborhood. This is so relaxing and fun at the same time. 
  • Chat with your friends online; just because you can't see them in person doesn't mean you can't talk.
These are the ways I have fun while socially distanced. What do you do in these times? Let me know in the comments!

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Should animal attractions be banned?

Who Doesn't Love Animals?
Some are cute and cuddly, others are fierce and strong, but all of them drive tremendous curiosity about them in us, and what better place to learn about them than zoos? But, how good are zoos for the animals themselves?

Zoos and Other Animal Attractions are Helpful...
I believe animal attractions definitely have a place in this world, animals are treated with lots of care and protected from the horrible things that could happen to them in the wild, like poachers, hunters, habitat loss, disease, and starvation. If animals get released into the wild, they could die.

It is proven that a lion usually lives 8 years longer when they are in zoos, safaris or national parks.

Animal attractions also offer great education and entertainment to people. Most people in the world would have never seen a tiger if it weren’t for zoos or safaris. I remember the first time my brother saw a tiger and he was so happy and excited. He only saw tigers on T.V and in books. He never saw them in real life, and when he was overjoyed. It is the same for lots of others.

Animal attractions encourage people to do more things to help animals, like stop littering or donate to animal shelters, stop poaching, stop buying animal products like elephant tusks or tiger teeth or stop cutting down trees and causing habitat loss.

...But, they come at a price...
 Would you like to be locked behind bars all day, in an enclosure that is many times smaller than your environment, barely getting fed anything, and having people stare at you from morning to night? Well, this is what animals in zoos have to face. this is why some people promote and believe that they should be banned.
Animals often display neurotic behavior, like repetitive pacing, swaying, and bar biting, because seeing people come up to their enclosures and having someone tap on the glass on their enclosures all day stresses them out. It would for you too.
The zoos are confining and restrictive for animals. The typical polar bear enclosure is one million times smaller than the area they would naturally roam.

And, there is still a debate going on whether they are truly educational or not. The Society for Conservation Biology surveyed over 2,800 children after they went to London Zoo, and 62% showed no positive learning outcomes.

When animals are taken out of the wild, some people believe that nature becomes unbalanced, and it has a cascading effect on the wild. For example, in a study, when wolves were removed from Yellowstone national park, populations of many animals dropped. So, if animals are taken from the wild into zoos, that might have an effect on the wild.

Some argue that zoos are not only harmful to animals but can be a danger to humans too. A Siberian tiger escaped her substandard enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo in 2007. She killed one person and injured two others; she had mauled one of the zookeepers a year earlier. A gorilla named Jabari tried to escape from the Dallas Zoo by jumping over walls and moats and evading electrified wires. There is an average of five animal escapes a year. It won't' be very safe to go to the zoo if there is a constant threat of being killed.

So, as tempting as it is to go to zoos and watch animal shows, now you know what actually goes on behind the scenes and how you can help. 
So, what do you think? Should zoos and other animal attractions stay?
Please leave a comment!







Sunday, February 2, 2020

Universal Healthare

One of the largest debates in our country right now is whether there should be universal healthcare in the U.S. While it could give lots of economic benefits, it could do lots of damage as well. Let's discuss more.


What is universal healthcare?

Universal healthcare is a system that provides good medical services to all citizens regardless of their ability to pay. This is enabled by the government paying for everyone’s healthcare through the taxes they collect. For example, if you get sick, you won't have to pay for the doctor to see you, and you won't have to pay for the medicine. In most developed countries, like Canada, France, Germany, and Singapore, the government pays for healthcare.


Here are Some Benefits...



  • Universal Healthcare lowers healthcare costs for everyone, reducing bankruptcies for people.
  • Currently, the more money you have, the better doctors you have. But with universal healthcare, everyone gets to enjoy the same quality of care, regardless of how much money they have.
  • Right now, people rely on insurance companies to cover for high healthcare costs. But, insurance companies are geared more towards profit than helping people. They spend 400 million dollars trying to avoid people who are really sick, so they don’t have to spend too much money on them. Did you know that insurance companies consume more money than government programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and VT, combined? Government programs are much more efficient than insurance companies and should be trusted for universal healthcare.


But... It all comes at a price...



  • Universal Healthcare can greatly increase taxes because the government has to get money to pay doctors somewhere. Right now, insurance companies are paying the hospitals
  • If people know that they will get a great quality of healthcare for free when they’re sick, they might stop being cautious about their health. This could lead to outbreaks of sicknesses and long wait lines.
  • It can also limit new technologies and other simple things like buildings, roads, etc. because all the government's funds and thought will go into providing free healthcare.
  • Insurance companies will no longer be necessary, which could lead to thousands - even millions of jobs being lost.
In summary, universal healthcare has its pros and cons. It can be great for society if people take accountability for health. But, current insurance could work just as well if the insurance companies are more concerned and helpful about people's health.

What are your thoughts about Universal Healthcare? Please leave a comment!

Saturday, February 1, 2020

How to keep your brain healthy

Have you ever thought about the importance of your brain? People are focused on the health of their body - like vision tests for their eyes, medicines for their body when they're sick, etc. But, what about your brain? The brain is just about the most important organ of your body, it controls your nervous system, all organs including the heart, liver, intestines, and lungs. And...you only get one. You can get a kidney transplant, a liver transplant, a lung transplant, even a heart transplant, but not a brain transplant (yet). This is why you need to take care of your brain and keep it brain healthy. Here are some ways to keep your brain healthy and protected:

1. Protect your head from injury. Wearing a helmet can drastically reduce the risk of damaging your brain by hitting it somewhere. As smart as the brain is, it's not very strong.


2. Exercise your body. Running, playing sports, or any physical activity sends oxygen-rich blood to your brain and also releases chemicals that refresh your brain and make it primed and ready for learning.

There are also special exercises you can do to nourish your brain with good energy. One of them is called Super Brain Yoga. It is recommended by many doctors and is scientifically proven to build neurons in the brain. It is a great exercise to become smarter. To learn more, click here.


3. Stay away from smoking. Besides being extremely horrible for your lungs, smoking is damaging to neurons in the brain and causes faster brain cell death.


4. Challenge your mind with puzzles and/or math problems. Doing math problems or puzzles builds neurons that help your brain. Remember, the brain is like a muscle. If you don't exercise it, it will lose its sharpness. It also wakes up or activates your brain, so you can solve important problems


5. Eat well. A bad diet can lead to diseases like type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, and it's also very damaging to the brain. Our brain needs fuel to learn and grow, just like the rest of the body. Eating iron-rich food like spinach, fatty foods like avocados, cheese, or even dark chocolate (those cravings were a message from your brain!) every day gives you exactly what you need.


Your brain is extremely important, so remember to do these things to keep your brain healthy and smart!

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Animal testing


I was researching Animal testing for a debate competition and would like to share some thoughts with you about it. Our topic of the debate was - 'Should Animal Testing be banned?'

First of all, what is animal testing, and what does it do? 

Animal testing is a process in which medicines, skincare products, make up, etc are tested on animals first for effectiveness &; safety as well as understanding how the body works. They are also useful in testing cosmetics, drugs, food additives, supplements household products, pesticides, and industrial chemicals. Everything from toiletries to medications and even paint colors has likely been tested on animals at some point before they get sold. 

Here are some benefits of animal testing...

Animal testing is incredibly valuable because it has played a vital part in nearly every medical breakthrough over the last decade. Without animal testing, we would not be able to cure half the people that we did. It was only because of tons of animal testing over the years that we got lots of knowledge about medicine. Did you know nearly every Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine in the past century has relied on animal data for their research? Animal testing is valuable not just for research, but also to avoid safety concerns for certain products for human usage. If something has not been tested on animals at all, that means it would be tested on humans and I do not feel safe to use a product that has not been tested at all. Also, we are not going to know the dosage of medicines, etc. We need to know the dosage because giving too much or too less medicine can be very dangerous.
People worry about animals getting sick from testing. However, in the absence of that, a bunch more sick people would die. Plenty of biologists or doctors will lose their jobs for giving medications that have negative side effects
Using humans instead of animals will not work because there are some extreme conditions that humans cannot handle, for example, a biologist might need to make the animal fast for an extended period of time, to see if the medicine works that way, but we cannot do that with humans. And not many people will volunteer to be tested on; would you? Researchers would need to keep testing different people a ton of times, and that will not be possible when there are almost no people to test on.

...however, it all comes at a price

Although humans often benefit from successful animal research, the pain, the suffering, and the deaths of animals may not be worth the possible human benefits. Did you know 100 million animals die each year? That is almost twice as many as the number of humans that die each year. Animals are being exploited by research facilities and cosmetics companies all across the country and all around the world just because they are not human and animals are never given the option of not participating in the experiment. Animals and people are alike in 'many ways; they both feel, think, and experience pain. So, some might argue that animals should be treated with the same respect as humans. Yet, animals' rights are violated when they are used in research because they are not given a choice and people take advantage of that.

In conclusion

Animal testing has plenty of benefits but also is cruel to animals. However, we can mitigate this to an extent by using animals that have lower sensitivity to pain and using anesthetics and pain relievers to reduce their suffering.

What are your thoughts about animal testing? Please leave me a comment!

Saturday, July 6, 2019

How to Kayak


Hi everyone, have you ever gone Kayaking with your friends or parents,  and when you get into the water, you feel like a fish out of water? If you do, this is just the article for you.
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Woman Kayaking

Just to make sure we are on the same page on what kayaking is, kayaking is a sport/activity where you have to sit in a boat. Usually, the boat fits one or two people. You have a paddle that has the end of the paddle on both sides. I am about to give you tips on how to get better at kayaking. Enjoy!



Posture

When I was little and first starting to kayak, it was very hard for me. In just a few minutes, my muscles in my arms were aching and my kayak did not go more than a few feet! Why? Bad Posture

If you lean in towards the paddle you could help the distance go longer in the kayak. Then, you won't have to work as hard paddling and get your arms don't get tired as easily. Make sure your back is straight when you are not paddling. If your back is leaning towards one side, you are going to influence the boat and make you go in the wrong direction.



Paddling
A while ago, I couldn't paddle for a few minutes without screaming "I'm tired!" But now, after I learned some of these tips, turns out the way you paddle, affects your energy level. Now, It takes me much longer to get tired when I am kayaking.

Keep curved side facing inward this way it can properly push the water and increase resistance.
Dip your whole paddle into the water to get maximum push and distance.
Do not let your arms go over your head if you do, you will not go far and it will be tiring.

Grip

I think of the paddle as a steering wheel. If your grip is too loose, you lose control of the car. If your hands are too close together, you cannot drive properly. It is the exact same case with kayaking.

Keep a firm grip on your paddle, so when you push the paddle hard it does not hurt.


Keep your hands far apart, but keep them an equal distance and do not let it strain your arms. Now, there is a better chance of you being in control of your paddle.


Lots of kids think that kayaking is a sport for adults but that is not true at all. Anything you put your mind to you can do!

After you follow all these tips, the waters will be reclaimed by you!

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Monday, March 4, 2019

WWII

World War II


World War Two was one of the worst wars in world history; it was the bloodiest, most savage war, and with most deaths. More than 70 million soldiers fought for about 8 years (1937 - 1945). Around 75 million people died in it, including over 50 million civilians. If Germany had won the war then probably our parents or grandparents wouldn't be living peacefully with Hitler’s unstoppable desire to take over the world.


How did it all start?

Germany lost WWI and the victorious countries, the Allied Powers, made something called the Treaty of Versailles, or a treaty of peace. It stated that Germany was directly responsible for the start of WWI, and it had to give up lots of territories that it took over in WWI. They also had to pay 33 billion dollars in reparations to some of the victorious countries. It also restricted Germany from having too much military power. Hitler felt like Germany had been wronged and started to rebuild it. There were limits to troops they could have according to the Versailles treaty, but Hitler continued to build up his army ignoring the restrictions. He didn't care about the Versailles treaty at all. Even though he was breaking the rules, the Allied troops stood back. They didn't want to get involved and start another war, spending billions. Germany was also restricted from having an Air Force but Hitler made one anyway. It was called the Luftwaffe. The Luftwaffe was a formidable force and ruled the skies. Still, the Allies didn’t do anything. Then came the real trouble. Germany invaded neighboring Poland. This marked the beginning of World War II.

Adolf Hitler

Hitler was 29 years old when the world war I ended. Hitler soon joined a small group called the German Workers Party, he soon became the leader and changed it to the NAZI political party. He first led an armed uprising against the German government. Hitler’s plan backfired and he was thrown in jail. In jail, he wrote a book called Mein Kampf or in English, My Struggle. It talked about his whole political plan and how he thought Jews were inferior and Aryans were superior. He talked about how Jews were the main cause of all of Germany’s problems.
He attracted plenty of followers and got the trust and support of most of Germany. Then, the great depression swept over Germany. The Germans were tired of the government and started to vote for the NAZI party. After all that Hitler and the NAZIs won a third of the seats in the German Parliament Building. Then Hitler won elections and became Chancellor or the leader of the government of Germany. This is where the trouble began.


Axis and Allied Powers

Many other countries were victims of the Axis powers. This group included Mussolini’s Italy, Hitler’s Germany, and Hirohito’s Japan. They invaded plenty of countries and tormented them too. But the allies changed it. They encouraged the surrendered countries to keep fighting. I personally think this is the reason they won the war.


Holocaust

Hitler also did not like taking the blame for things. Hitler was embarrassed about their defeat in WWI. Since Hitler did not like taking the blame for things, and Hitler and the NAZIs started blaming Jewish People for all of Germany’s problems. They started rounding up Jews and sending them into ghettos, where they will starve to death; some were even executed on the spot. By the end of the war 10 million innocent civilians died; including 6 million Jews. Hitler wanted to wipe Jewish people off the map. There used to be more Jews than Christian people; now because of what Hitler did, there a way less.


There were several significant events that shaped the course of the war. Like . . . . . .

The Bombing in Pearl Harbor

Japan also was interested in a new place; the United States. If you ask me the bombing in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii completely useless. Japan thought to bomb the army base in Hawaii was going to wipe out all their army supplies but they were wrong. Yes, they did lose a few ships but the important stuff, like aircraft carriers weren’t even in the base that time. After that, it was like Japan tickled the sleeping giant. America was outraged. America officially joined World War II. America was amazing and defeated anything that even came close to it. In the beginning, Britain was begging the united states to join, but the United States didn’t budge. After the bombing in pearl harbor, people were cheering when they announced they were joining WWII because they had so much anger with Japan.


The cracking of cryptographic codes

The UK and US were also great at deciphering codes when Germany and Japan were planning attacks and used complex codes to send to troops on the radio. One event that shaped the war is when America decyphered Japan's codes and went exactly where is about to attack: Midway Island. When Japan went to Midway Island America was there, and fully equipped. When Japan went there they were defeated amazingly they lost one aircraft carrier and badly damaged three. if they didn't decipher the codes then, they would have won on Midway Island and attacked Pearl Harbor again.
Without the Deciphering of the coded messages, Germany and Japan sent, the outcome of the war would be very different. Without The US deciphering Japan’s codes, Midway island would be Japanese territory by now. Britain was also great at deciphering codes when Germany was planning an attack and used complex codes to send they found them and decide for them and went exactly where they were going. This helped the war very much.

Hitler’s invasion of Russia

Earlier in the war, Hitler had made a deal with Russia. It said that Germany and Russia could conquer countries in Europe all they want. But Russia or Germany could never attack each other. But one day Hitler ignored their promise. He attacked Russia in two places: Moscow and Kiev. Hitler’s army was not in Moscow yet. Then Hitler received word that the other half of his army was not doing well in Kiev. He stopped further advance on Moscow and sent all those troops to Kiev. But this was a big mistake.

Germany and Hitler’s blunders

As you know, Germany lost WWII. But, there are some strategic blunders. They didn’t just happen to lose their spirit in war. When Hitler decided to stop the invasion of Moscow and help the troops in Kiev. Well, if Hitler kept going with Moscow, then he probably would have won in the summer itself, since Moscow was horribly unprepared at the time. But then, winter came. Hitler lost in Kiev because Hitler never planned to have taken it into the winter. Kiev had all the supplies but Germany had no supplies for the winter. Half of their troops starved to death. Most of their tanks stopped working. Hitler was devastated but brushed it off quickly. He made his armies go to Moscow. But Moscow was a fail too. Moscow heard about Germany’s invasion and quickly sprang into defensive mode. It dug deep defensive lines and put most of its army there. Even civilians participated. When Germany got there it was caught by surprise and was defeated horribly. They could’ve won Russia in the summer, but in the spring the next year, they were crying their last tears and leaving Russia.

How did WWII end

Near the end of the war, Germany was not doing well. Often of times when Germany lost a key battle (which was a lot) Hitler either shot or fired some of his Generals. Since Hitler was the dictator he could do whatever he wanted. By the end, even Hitler and his wife gave up. While they were in their bunker they shot themselves. Soon later, Russia invaded Germany in Berlin. Germany lost and Germany was out of the war. Now it was only Japan and the Allies. The Allies kept bombing Japan but it refused to surrender. Soon the Allies realized that if they keep doing the same thing they would get the same outcome. So the Allied troops decided to make an atomic bomb.



America did make a nuclear bomb but they were afraid to use it. They knew how much damage it could do. It destroyed anything in a10-mile radius. They knew they would kill as many or more civilians than military and that is usually not the army’s goal. But they needed to do it.


The Axis powers did lots of harm to the allies. The Axis powers bombed London in the night for 10 days in a row. They Bombed army bases and civilian towns. So they did it. Approximately 80,000 people were vaporized right away in Hiroshima. And then 35,000 people got horribly injured from radiation poison and died later. America sent a warning to Japan. “ Surrender now we have more bombs and until you surrender we will keep dropping them.” But Japan still didn’t surrender. Then They dropped one on the town of Nagasaki. This was even more powerful. After this Japan needed to surrender.
 When they announced it on the radio in Britain, France, America, and a whole bunch of other places, within minutes parties erupted into the streets.
Because that meant. . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The bloodiest war with most bloodshed and senseless destruction had finally ENDED.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

First Snow Day of This school year

First Snow of The School Year
It was Wednesday night and all of us were anticipating the snow the next morning. At 10:30 P.M tiny flurries were starting to fall. By morning, the snow was almost 5 inches deep! I usually walk with my friends to school, but it was negative 5 degrees, and I could barely stick my feet into the snow. The snow felt so cold even through my boots it felt like they did not even exist! I asked my dad to take the car and drive me, but he said that he had it worse himself. I couldn't do anything but agree. The roads were feisty and they hadn’t even laid down the salt yet. I muttered to myself: “I could slip on the black ice.” But I knew in my heart trying to drive to school was just as dangerous if not more.

The walk to school was just as bad as I made it out to be. When I got to school we took our coats and were blissfully unaware of the weather outside.


I walked home that day, it was somewhat easier, now that I already did it.
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After I came back from school, I had a cup of hot chocolate, did my homework, played a little with my baby brother, and went to bed early. I had expected the next morning to be normal.



When I woke up that morning I started to get ready for school but at about 7:30 my mom came up to me and said:” Elina, you don’t have school today!” In great confusion, I questioned why we had a snow day. After all, we had school yesterday. She explained that parents of more than half of the students work in New York, and the snow was so horrible yesterday that it took them 7 to 10 hours to pick their children from school. Many kids stayed in school until 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning and some people were still at school until 7:30am! I thought of my friend Bethany and said:” Wait, doesn't Bethany’s mom work in New York City?" My mom told me not to worry, and that Bethany had stayed over at Annabelle's house for the night. I was deeply relieved, but I still wondered - "She didn’t have her pajamas, toothbrush, or anything in the school with her". I thought to myself: “What a harrowing experience she must have been through!”

At 9:00 in the morning I finally got to see Bethany and Annabelle. We had a great time together. After a while I thought:"I would love a cup of hot cocoa right now." Then, I went back to the house to get some.