## Friday, September 22, 2017

### Fruit Fraction.

Today during math time we did a fraction problem. The problem had to do with jujube and wax jambu fruits. We had 22 wax jambus but our teacher decided that she would take away 9 for her friends. Now we have 13 apples. After this we had to make the 13 fruits feed 29 Classtopians. We were each in 5 tables  groups with six students, one of the tables only has 5 people. After a few minutes of thinking, Classtopians came to the conclusion that the tables with 6 students got 3 apples and cut them in half to share with the 6 people. The table with 5 students had got two and one half the apples. That way each person got an equal amount.

The wax jambu has an unusual taste.  They were not sweet nor sour but a combination of both. It just tasted like water. Honestly I think these fruits should be called water fruits. This name is the best name for this fruit because of it's taste. The jujube were like mini apples. Very sweet and crispy.

 This is a picture of the apples. The bitter apples are the apples on the left.

### The Big, Pregnant Praying Mantis

On Wednesday, as we were about to be dismissed, our teacher got a call from her friend Georgia. She said that she was cleaning out her garage and she found a big creature in a jar. She said that she wanted to donate it to our class. It could possibly be a praying mantis, but she had never seen one that large.
We were excited because Classtopia's insect is the praying mantis.

So, this morning before our teacher came, she stopped off  at Georgia's house to get the praying mantis.

When we first looked at her we noticed that she was very big.  Everyone took turns looking at her. Then we decided that she must be pregnant and placed her in the Epiphyte garden. We chose this site for her because has the most plants and places to shelter, eat, and lay eggs. She would have a safe place for her young to develop.

We will have to wait a while to see all the young insects, if everything goes well.

Written by Jessica and Laila

 Praying Mantis coming out the jar.
 Freedom at last.

## Wednesday, September 20, 2017

After lunch today my BFFs and I spent a few minutes reading. The rest of the bunch were completing their homework or were working in the garden. Our Teacher was sitting in the bench trying to rest her back. She and Aiden are in pain because they lifted a huge bag of soil over the rail to spread in the garden during recess.

### Terrarium Update

About 2 weeks ago all Classtopians had planted different  seed in pots. The pots were made out of  water bottle that had the top cut off. Then we had cut holes close to the bottom of the pots so that the water in the pots will drain out if there is too much water in them. The holes are not at the very bottom because we want to make sure that as the plants continue to grow that have a supply of water to help keep the moisture in. Then we used the tops of the bottles to put back on the bottles to make little terrariums.

When we first started we thought that it would take a very long time to see germination. Some people said two months and other said one month. It turns out that we were all wrong. We started to check last week and did not see anything. I did see something in one of my pots.

This Tuesday  morning Sept. 19th,  we took out the table containers with the terrariums  and to our surprise we all had something growing. Most people have germination in two of their three pots. Jessica is a great grower because she has germination in all three of her pots. We wrote in our science journals what we noticed. We are planning to do a google spread sheet to track our plant growth.

We are happy to see that most of every body's seedlings are becoming little tiny plants. I really think that our predictions were not very accurate. We will soon have plants to share and grow.

 This is a picture of Jessica's Rhypsalis.

 These are Jessica's Echeveria buds.

 This is a picture of Jessica's Columnea Elmer Lorenz.

### Saying Good-Bye!!!

On September 13th, Pepe went away!!!! The person that Pepe went with was the cousin of my neighbor. I miss him so much and so has my brother because we have tried everything to make him stay, but it wasn't enough. "How was it not enough", my brother and I asked my mom. She said that it wasn't enough because she had to sweep, vacuum, mop, and she had to take him to the restroom everyday and the only thing we did is clean up his business. She had to vacuum everyday because Pepe and Chloe shed when they scratch themselves and their hair flew all around the house, and it gets in my dad's nose and he sneezes everyday, and night.

When we got home from school that day, he was gone. My brother and I started to cry so badly that when my mom talked to us, we ignored her.

I hope Pepe will miss us and he will never forget his mom or us.

## Wednesday, September 13, 2017

### The Coins From Jeanne

This is a thank you to our new friend Jeanne. She has been a friend of our teacher for a very long time and she has decided to help us, The Garden Department, by giving us a beautiful metal jar with coins.  Our teacher said that jeanne is a collector of plants and has a beautiful succulent garden.  We have already inherited plants from Jeanne. She gave us a Epidendrum, some bromeliads, and some of the succulents that we have in our garden. It would be nice to have her come visit our garden.

Classtopians are thanking her for this donation because we can use it to buy some plants for the garden. The jar is full of coins! Quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies are all inside of this little jar. In total, there is \$33.13 inside of this jar! And, all of this money is for the garden department! This year we will buy plants, and this donation will surely help!

 The pretty jar.

 Inside the jar.

## Sunday, September 10, 2017

### Dance Class

September 5, 2017 was the first day of dance class for me and my good  friend Camila. Our coach, Ms. Andrea is a fun teacher. We are going to perform for Hispanic Heritage in two months. We are dancing 5 different songs in Spanish and we are learning so many cool dance moves.

Everybody in dance first has to stretch before dancing because you might get hurt or pull a muscle and you will not be able to perform or move at all. After we have finished stretching our coach gives us a break for a few minutes to catch a breath and get some water before we start dancing . After the break ,we start dancing and have fun.

### My Pregnant Cat

My dad doesn't get mad about our cats a lot. But last weekend he was really mad at my uncle Jason. He was mad because they didn't take care of our cats that well so one of them named Marshmallow got pregnant by another neighbor's cat.

We don't have enough money to spade her. If you don't know what spade means it means that you make your female cat not have kittens. Right now she is really close to having her kittens.

So we figured out what to do with them. We decided to tell the shelter that it is not our cat and that we chose to have her but she got pregnant and we can't keep all of them because my step mom 's mom is allergic to too much cat fur and we all don't like fleas. So when she has them we don't have to worry one single bit.

I hope.

 This is my cat Marshmallow.

### A Great Party

On Saturday, I went  to Alyssa's birthday party. We had so much fun, because Ashley was there too!

I arrived at four. We sat down and ate. I got chicken, orange rice, beans, and a piece of bread. The roasted chicken was DELICIOUS! You could choose white or orange rice. Alyssa came and ate with me. She was a super hero, just like her little sister, Naomi. Naomi had her hair blue, so I asked Alyssa about it. She had dyed her hair. But, unfortunately, Alyssa could not die her hair because it was too thick. So, instead she clipped on colored hair. Then, Ashley came and sat with us. Ashley's mom was talking with my mom about school, while we talked about hair.

When we finished eating, we went to the jumper. It was cool because there was a slide! There was a little section to jump, then the slide. We jumped and went down the slide, but then it got kind of full, so got out. Then, Alyssa led us  to a jumper in the back. That is where the littler children were playing. It was kind of high, so we used a little ladder to climb on. We jumped there for a while, but soon came out.

We went inside Alyssa's house. I found out that she had gone to Texas and Arizona! That is cool! Ashley found an electric piano. We played with that for a bit, then we went into her kitchen. Her kitchen looked nice. Then, I saw her fish! The big fish bowl had pebbles at the bottom, and a little plant. The fish was red. Ashley actually touched it!

We went back in the jumper with the slide, and this time it was not full. My little brother joined us, and he just kept going down the slide. We played a little bit of tag, Then came out. Alyssa went in her house, and came out with goody bags!. The girls got a barrel of monkeys, candy, and a little package to make bracelets. The boys got candy, a barrel of monkeys, and an airplane.

Soon, I had to leave. I wanted to stay more, but could not. I said bye, then went home. I had a lot of fun today, with Alyssa and Ashley.

 This is the slide.
 This is my goody bag.

 My favorite thing is the barrel of monkeys.  These are the monkeys.

 The barrel.

## Friday, September 8, 2017

### Little Terrariums

Today in Classtopia we used our math/science time to put seeds in our terrariums.

On Tuesday, we had cut the water bottles so that they were ready. On Tuesday we also made the soil ready. We mixed the soil with pumice, perlite, and peat moss. We filled the water bottles two thirds full with soil, then we watered them. We left them in the classroom in a bin, to let the water drain out.

Finally, today we put the seeds inside the bottles. The seeds are a little powder, so we used a Q-tip to sprinkle them.  One type of seeds needed moss, Columnea Elmer Lorenz, so we got the moss ready. Then, we just closed the tops, and we were done. For the extra seeds that needed moss, we made a a mix of only pumice and moss on top.  Everything was finally done!

I hope that everyone's grows.

Here is the list of the choices that each person got to choose from:

Columnea Elmer Lorenz
Anthurium scandens
Tillandsia stricta  (We are going to plant them on a log and a piece of bark.)
Aloe kedongensis
Aloe nyeriensis
Rhipsalis
Echeveria gibbiflora
Echeveria maybe crossed with E. coccinea,  E. rosea
Manfreda

 This is how the mix looks in the bottles.

 This is the ready sphagnum moss mix.

 These are the bottles of a Classtopian.

## Thursday, September 7, 2017

### I love Hairstyles

I will be talking about simple and tricky hairstyles. There are many different kinds of hairstyles. My favorite one is the messy bun because it easy to put up. Some other hairstyles that I love doing is a dutch braid, pigtail braids, messy bun, ballerina bun, and braided bun. I love working hard and doing different hairstyles.

The first hairstyle I want to show is the fishtail braid. To start off you can do wherever you want the fishtail to go. Take a tiny piece from the back of 1 part and drag that piece of your hair to the 2 part. Then you do it again on the 2 part to the 1 part and you keep repeating that till you get to the end of your hair and then adjust a rubber band in the bottom. It is very simple to do. I love wearing this hairstyles to party or school.

The next one is a ballerina bun with bow { optional }. What you need to do is brush your hair all the way back. You can put hairspray if you want to make it straight. Make a ponytail and then twist it in a circle.  But it is not like any other bun it is a really wide bun. So once you did that make a put your two fingers in the middle and twist, then your ballerina bun and then you are finished. But then put hairspray if you want it to stay still. This is a really simple hairstyle to do. I love also like doing this hairstyle because I look like a real ballerina.

The third hairstyle is the pigtail braid. This is really easy and simple for little kids. It is 2 braids on each side of your face. It is really comfortable because it does not cover your neck on hot days.  Then you split your hair into 3 parts. Then you cross the outside strand and replace the middle, move the middle to replace the outside piece. Repeat that till the end. Then separate both sides and start braiding.  You can use a comb and use the back of it so in is thin enough to split your hair. Then you start braiding on both sides.You can do it neat or messy, but my favorite is doing it neat because it is straight.

The braided bun. It is a simple braid in a bun. It is just a braid wrapped up in a bun. First you put your hair back in a pony tail. Add a little bit of hairspray on the top.You braid it. Wrap it in a bun and tie it. I like it to be messy so I pull and spread the braid out. Add more hairspray to get it to stay still. That will be the finished look.

The twisted back hairstyle. This hairstyle is so cool. This can work with any kind of hair. What you do is split your hair straight in the middle. Spray water in your hair so it s flat and will hold longer. Then you take a piece of the hair that is in front. Twisted tightly till you get to the end or where it stops. Take the twisted piece and put it in the back but make it slanted down to the bottom of your hair. Put a bobby pin to secure it. Do the same thing on the other side. Then it is done this look is good if you are in a hurry but still want to look cool. You can also put a bow.

This is the messy bun. For this you will need a scrunchy, or something that would fit your hair. But I have very thick hair so I use a scrunchy. First is put your hair back as high as you want. Twist your hair until I looks like a ball. Then tie it and your done. It is great for just quick thing to do.

The is a braided crown. First, you take a strand of hair from under your ear and braid it. bobby pin it to the other side of your head. I for hair is a little short cover some hair over and bobby pin it. Then your done.

The last one is the twisted pony. Take a strand of hair in the front. Then twist it back. Hold it and put your hair in a pony tail. There is another way but you put your hair in a ponytail, then bobby pin. But I think the other way is easier.

 The braided crown

 The twisted back

 The twisted ponytail

 The pigtail braids

 A messy bun

 A braided ponytail

 A ballerina bun

### First Time In Classtopia

Hello my name is Bianca and I am new to Classtopia. My teacher is a nice teacher. I like this class because  they garden. When we garden it is fun to plant. I get to learn about plants.

My teacher is also funny, and a fun teacher. She jokes around with us kids. I also like being in her class because I like learning new things that I did not learn in fourth grade.

I love my teacher because she makes it easy to learn new things. She is also challenging when we do math she gives us challenging math to do and to think about what the answer is.

I like to discover the names of the plants that we are growing in the garden. The class has four gardens where plants are growing.

I am happy to be in Classtopia!

### New To Classtopia

Hi, I am Anthony and I am new to Classtopia. Today is my first day as a blogger. I really love playing soccer in my free time. I also enjoy learning and going to different places I have never been to. I try to make friends and to get along with new people around me. But there is one thing I am shy about it is when I move or go somewhere different.

Recently, I had to move to a new class, which is Classtopia. At first I was nervous and shy because I was leaving my old friends behind. It was not so bad. The next morning I woke up and told my mom that I love my teacher and couldn't wait to get to school. There is LOTS to do in Classtopia. So far I am fitting in with the gang. I have found some old friends that I had in second grade- Aiden, Jesse, Nathaniel, Elizabeth, Sergio, and Yazmine. I love playing with my friends and working with them. I love discovering new things.

I know I am going to have a great year. Thanks mom for putting me in this class.

### My New Pet Dog!

On August 21st,

I got a big surprise from my parents!

My family and I went to McDonald's to get something to eat. When we got home, I went to my room to rest. Then my brother yelled “We got a new dog!”

I went to the living room to see the new dog. It was the same as my other two dogs that ran. The puppy is a female, and really cute! I wanted to name our new dog Nutella, but I couldn't name her Nutella. Instead her name is Luna since we got her on the day of the solar eclipse. Luna means moon, which makes it the perfect name for her!

 Luna-"Nutella"

### I am Abby

Hi my name is Abby  and I am new to Classtopia.

I like to doodle and create stuff that pops out of my mind.

I have a big Family.

There are 10 people in my family and we spend time together.
I have 2 uncles, 2 cousins, 1 aunt, 1 grandpa, 1 grandma,1 brother, and my mom and dad plus two dogs .

### What Plant Eats Flies?

On Monday I got a Venus Flytrap. It is small but it will grow larger in the near future. The day I got it I put it on my window. That was not a right move. It got sunburned so I put it next to the air conditioning just like it was at the store. This morning I noticed that it grew a little bigger. I caught some flies and squished them a little bit so that they were nearly dead. So that it wouldn't be hard for the Venus Flytrap to eat it. Its scientific name is Dionaea. The Venus Flytrap does not have a brain but yet it still moves.

I am putting the fly in and you can see that it is open.

Now it is fully closed without a gap.

### My New Dog

During my summer vacation on August 11th in Mexico my family went to the pet store. My sisters and I thought they were really cute and we begged our parents if we can get one. At first they said “ But who is going to take care of It at the night” “ Us” we all said. My mom and dad said “ Okay” It was so cute. But we wanted the dog to play with us not to just sleep all day. After a few days he started getting bigger and playing with us more.

After 4 days ...

It was time to head back to California but, unfortunately we couldn't take the dog. Because we didn't have a passport for the dog. So we left the dog with my aunt. My mom has been calling my aunt to see if the dog is doing ok.

 This is my dog.
 Sleeping puppy

### Car Crash

On September 2nd, there was an accident on Blackwelder and Redondo Blvd. The accident was really bad. Before the car accident happened, that same car was driving in circles on the street. I was at home and when I heard the car making strange noises I went outside and saw the car still driving in circles. After a few minutes, my cousin and I heard a crash and we thought it was the car, but my mom said it wasn't, so we ignored it. Then, the ambulance, fire fighters, and police cars arrived near our block. Now we knew that something was going on.  So we went to see what happened.

When we got there, we saw that the car hit two parked cars and one car that had teenagers that were coming from Arizona. The police said that those people were witnesses to what happened. The witnesses said that when they were driving, the car hit them 1st, then the white truck, and last the gray car. The white truck was hit the pole and the tire was on the sidewalk.

It may look like the gray parked car was badly damaged, but it wasn't. When the tow truck came to pick up the cars, the car just had a bump. But what surprised me was that, when the car crashed the air bag didn't go off. I hope the guy is okay and that he will get better.

 The car of the people who came from Arizona

### Hurricane Harvey

Classtopians are concerned about events that happen in the world. We are also worried about the people in Texas that were affected by Hurricane Harvey. So what can do to help those people? What we can do is to donate clothes, money and anything helpful so they can survive while the flood is still going on. Please try to donate something to help these poor people.

Hurricane Irma is heading it's way to Florida so try to donate useful things. And if you want to donate something to Florida go to google and search Hurricane Irma and scroll until you see an ad that says want to donate?

### Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey was a terrible event that happened in Texas. Some Texans lost their homes, some of them passed away, and some Texans were trapped in their homes. But today, the U.S. army and all the hospitals are saving them. Other states are donating money, clothes, and other materials. Together we can make a difference by donating.

### My Giant Tillandsia

I got a Tillandsia from my aunt's boss who died. Before he died he wanted to give all his plants away and said to give me, Yazmine, the big Tillandsia. He knew that I LOVE Tillandsias. I won a lot of them in my class last school year. I still have them and they are still alive. He gave me other Tillandsias and so when he was about to die he wanted me to have the big Tillandsia.

The day we went to the memorial, I remembered that I was to get the plant. So, I asked his sister if I can get the plant and I explained it to her and she said to grab it and take it.

After two months of flowering there are pups on the plant. I have not decided what I am going to do with all the pups. I can trade with friends and put one on the Epiphyte tree at school. And the rest are all mine.
 View of entire plant.
 Beautiful pups!

## Wednesday, September 6, 2017

### Fun With My Cousin

Today I went to my cousin's house. First when we went Ashley was helping her mom pull out the weeds from the garden. We went inside her room. We were gonna make slime but then her mom didn’t let us get the baking soda so then we canceled the slime. Then we went outside. We rode the bikes. One of the bikes was very hard to ride. It was the rocker. This is how it works. You have to balance your whole body in order to move. Then to turn you have to tilt your whole body. But be careful, you may crash many time's.

What they always say, practice makes perfect. Then we went inside we were thinking to have a drawing contest. We went inside the attic to get some blank paper. Then we got started. It took us so long to draw them but we finally finished. We showed it to each other but we all said all of our was good. Then we went inside and started watching videos. We were watching something about a very funny puppet named Jeffery. When we were watching out of nowhere my dad came to pick me up. It was so much fun.

### How My Plants Are Doing

In October, we created terrariums in our classroom. We put soil and then some moss in some empty water bottles. Then, we sprinkled some seeds. I kept mine, and it grew. We had 3 water bottles, but only one has something growing in it. It looks like a cactus, and is really tall. I have opened the bag, and will soon plant it.

 It looks like a cactus.

Then, in March, we made another terrarium. In this one we had Scadoxus seeds, an aloe, and some succulents. My Scadoxus and my aloe grew.

 My aloe

In May, my teacher gave each Classtopian a pot and succulents in them. It was for mother's day. Once I saw that they had roots, I planted them. Some have gotten tall.

Last year, our teacher gave everyone Four o' clock seeds. The flower only opens up at 4. I got 2 seeds, and planted them on a Saturday. Nothing has grown, until this summer, I saw that something was growing! Now, they are a little bit small, but one of them has a flower on it! It is white. It is hanging down a little, but it is okay.

Then, my teacher gave me a pot with another 4 o' clock plant. There is also a succulent. The 4 o' clock plant was tilted, so I got a Popsicle stick to straighten it up. But then, it just snapped up! The stem dried up, and I thought it was dead, but then, in August, I saw that it had some leaves! I was so glad that the plant had not died!

 This 4 o' clock plant is not in great shape, but it will get better.

 This is called Frog Legs.

 This one used to be short!

 This one is my favorite because it has little spots on it.

 I bought this plant at the Arboretum.

I am glad that I have plants at home, and I hope to expand my little garden.

### Visiting Sequoia National Park Camp

Over the summer, on July 28, 2017 my family and friends went to Sequoia National Park Camp. We left at Saturday 3 a.m. It took us 4 hours to get there. Once we made it, we had to get a green slip that had numbers on it. It means that the number we have there is a space that we put our stuff. When parked the truck, we got our space and set up our tents and put our food in a food storage box. After we were done we set up our air mattress, and we cooking food. Since this park had a river, we got to go in. It was freezing cold in there. There were 2 long trees on the river. My cousin and I, were holding to the tree so we don't get pushed by the water or get hurt.

Once we were about to leave, we went hiking. It was hard going hiking because, the rocks were big and it was really hot. We saw lots of rivers. When we made it, we saw a medium-sized bear. My mom and uncle were taking pictures of it.

When it left, we saw the most beautiful river we ever seen. The water was sparkling and shining. It was so peaceful. This summer was so awesome!

### My Plant Experiment

I did a plant experiment back in April this year. I had made it with a water bottle. I cut of the top of the water bottle then filled it up with soil. After that I put the seeds in. I put in more than just one type of seed in them, because I only had 4 bottles and a lot of seeds to plant. So I had to put two types of seeds in one bottle.

Its been a few months now and I have given the plants time to grow. I watered my plants when I thought they looked dry. So they were never too dry. My plants were in good conditions so I knew they were going to grow, and they did! Out of the four bottles three of  them are growing something. I can not see any thing in the 4th one so I will give it more time. I can see some progress in the 3rd one, and 1 and 2 are fine.

My plants grew since April and it is nice to see them grow because then you know how much progress they made.

 This is pot number 1 Scadoxus.

 This is pot number 2. As you can see it is kinda small.

 Pot 3 has just sprouted.

 Pot 4 has nothing growing in it.

### A Trip To Santa Fe Dam Park

Over the weekend my family, my aunt, uncle and cousins went to a park called Santa Fe Dam. We got up early to be able to get a good place but when we got there was a line full of cars and the park was already so full.
There is a part where we could swim in so we try to get the closest spot so we can all get in  the water. When we arrived we got everything out of the car and then we played  until it was time to get in the water. We were in the water for about 2 hours and we went to eat and after a while we went back in the water again.
My brother, cousins, and I really enjoy going to this park especially because we had  super  hot days. We got to cool down in the water.

It was a really fun trip
 Sun Rise

 Rock Hill

 Santa Fe Dam