January 14

Revolution Reflection, by Sophie

This post is courtesy of Sophie’s KidBlog post.

When I think about all the revolutions I have learned about, I think some of the most common causes is wanting independence from a governing body. Some of the countries that took over others were England (Ireland and America), Spain (Cuba), and Russia (Estonia). Another cause is high taxes and unfair laws. There were some in the Cuban War of Independence when Spain treated them unfairly. There was also when Britain was treating the Americans unfairly with high taxes and unfair laws. Another cause is unfair elections. In the Orange Revolution, many people thought the election was unfair. There was also an election in the Costa Rican Civil War that people starting fighting about.

I think our team (our team name was SAFZ Sophie, Alice, Faith, Zach) worked pretty well together. (There were some times where we did get off focus though). Other than that, I think we were a great team. One thing I learned you should try to focus AS HARD AS YOU CAN! If you don’t focus as hard as you can, you can get behind and off track.

January 14

Revolution 101, by Jonah

This post is courtesy of Jonah’s KidBlog post.

My group was Anthony, Rachel W. and Samantha, and we learned about the Cuban War of Independence. I learned about a lot of revolutions. I have found some connections between them. For example, a cause of all revolutions is that they wanted independence. They also wanted to have their own laws and trade with all countries. Some effects of most of the revolutions we learned about was that they eventually gained their independence. They also made their own laws and now can trade with all countries, most of the time. The revolutions were very, and when I say very, I mean very interesting. I really did learn a lot on all of the revolutions I learned about!!

I think my group did pretty well being organized and working well together. I can definitely say we had lots of laughs and fun during the process of learning about the Cuban War of Independence and making our presentation. I think we stayed organized because we could find our papers right away and we didn’t loose anything during the process. I had lots of fun withing with my group and lots of fun doing this whole project!!

January 14

Revolutions 101, by Samantha

This post is courtesy of Samantha’s KidBlog post.

In our fifth grade Revolutions 101 Unit, we had to compare the causes and effects of the revolutions we studied and the revolutions other classmates studied. We also compared causes and effects of the revolutions we studied with the American Revolution, Afghanistan Revolution and the El Salvador Revolution. Some of the causes a lot of the revolutions had in common were: wanting independence from the governing body, wanting fair laws and unfair elections. Some effects a lot of the revolutions had in common were:  getting independence, people disappeared and people were killed.

I think when working with my group we had a lot of fun! In my opinion, we were pretty organized but sometimes we had a hard time focusing. However, we were always able to refocus and get back to what we were doing. I think we put a little bit of all our ideas in our presentation so it could be as awesome as possible. As a learner I learned that I have more fun when working in a group or with partners. I think it is also a little bit easier for me. So overall, I thought the Revolutions 101 unit was pretty fun!

January 14

Working on Revolution, by Rishi

This post is courtesy of Rishi’s KidBlog post.

Hi, Rishi here. My friend, Tracy and I just finished a school project called Revolutions 101. Tracy and I had to answer this driving question, “How can we, as investigative journalists, inform others about the causes and effects of political revolutions?” In case you were wondering what revolutions meant, it means an overthrow of the government or a problem that turns into a war. Tracy and I picked a revolution that we would study. We agreed on the Independence of Brazil that dates from March 8, 1789 to 1824 [we don’t know the exact date of when it ended]. We studied the revolution and wrote the causes on a big piece of lined paper, and we did the same thing except that time for the effects. Then, once we got all of the information we had to figure out how were going to present it. Tracy and I had to plan what we were going to put on every slide.  We could present by using iMovie, a Google Drive slideshow, or Adobe Voice slideshow. We chose Adobe Voice. It was a little challenging, even though we already knew what we were going to say, it was still hard trying to record it all. Luckily we finished on time and we were going to present, but I was a little nervous because we had to present in front of the Principal and the Head of the school but overall, it went very well. The project wasn’t that bad and I felt good when it was over.

January 14

Revolution Reflection, by Rachel

This post was taken courtesy of Rachel’s KidBlog post.

We have learned about a few revolutions and the most common causes of revolutions are people wanting independence, fair laws, and the president you did not want to be president being elected. The effects of revolutions were a lot of people being taken out of their homes and going to concentration camps , people have been killed, and some countries gaining independence.

In our group we learned about the Cuban war of Independence. We collaborated with our group quite well and we also had a lot of fun with it. I learned about myself while doing this project. I don’t have to be so serious doing projects. Our group was not the most focused of all the groups or organized but we were able to finish. Doing this was really fun.

January 14

Revolution Reflection, by Anthony

This post is courtesy of Anthony’s KidBlog post.

The Cuban War of Independence (1895-1898) was one of many political revolutions. Some causes of this particular revolution were that the Spanish were being unfair and they had high taxes and strict laws on the Cubans. Cuba was so limited in trading that they could only trade with Spain. Some effects  of this war were that Cuba gained independence, they had fair laws after they won their independence, and in 1902, U.S. Officials left Cuba and Cuba gained complete independence but remained under U.S. protection. However, i wasn’t for long because soon after, Fidel Castro came in power. My teammate and I worked well together. We weren’t always the most productive, but we always had a good time. In the end, we made it and had fun on the way.

January 14

Singing Revolution Reflection, by Jackson

This post is courtesy of Jackson’s KidBlog post.

I personally liked learning about the Singing Revolution, it was very interesting and deep. This revolution lasted the longest out of all the revolutions we did. I really liked the way the Estonians did not fight back in war against the Soviet Union. I thought learning about the Singing Revolution was interesting and fun since a company made an informational movie about the Singing Revolution.

January 14

Revolutions 101, by Genique

This post is courtesy of Genique’s KidBlog post.

When you compare the Costa Rican Civil War to other civil wars and revolutions there are many similarities and differences. For example, the Afghanistan Revolution has many similarities to the Costa Rican Civil War. One of the similarities are that both wars had a military take over but for Afghanistan it was not helpful for the country. Unlike Costa Rica, it helped the country take the bad people out of power. Also the Orange Revolution had some similarities with the Costa Rican Civil War. In the Orange Revolution, there were fraudulent voting problems just like in the Costa Rican Civil War. Many good and bad effects happened after the civil war. One of the bad effects was that two thousand people died, and one of the good effects was that overall, the president that the people wanted in power finally got the position. A lot of good and bad comes out of civil wars and revolutions but my hope is that all good things are the effect.

During this project I have learned many new things about myself which helped me become a better person. I worked by myself on this project which was great for me because I got more work done and I realized that when I work by myself, I can get a better understanding in what I am studying. As I worked by myself, I stayed organized and was able to work on more than one thing at a time. I also noticed that when I learn new things or research history, I get really focused and want to learn more about that subject because it interests me and gets me really excited. I hope we will get another opportunity to learn more about history of America and other places we do not really acknowledge. This was a great way to end 2015 and start 2016!

January 14

Reflections and Revolutions, by Alice

This post is courtesy of Alice’s KidBlog post.

During this great experience, I studied the Irish War of Independence. As I am sitting here, thinking about the other revolutions I have learned about, I am noticing lots of revolutions have a military take over. They can also include unfair elections and laws, and people being ripped from their homes, or never heard from ever again. A few common effects I have noticed are people (150 at the least) being shot or killed, as well as riots in anger. One other common effect I have noticed in my studies is people protesting.

My group members were Faith, Sophie and Zach. We worked well together — since we are really good friends — but that was the problem. Every time we had Hum/SS, we did more giggling, less focusing in the very beginning. But once we were running out of time, we took off, and didn’t have any more giggly classes (thank goodness)! One thing I learned about myself as a learner is that when I really put my mind to something — anything that seems as though I will never finish — I just might rise and conquer!

January 14

Revolutions Reflection, by Ella

This blog post is courtesy of Ella’s KidBlog post.

My revolution project was the Singing Revolution with my partner, Jackson. It was a hard revolution to learn about ,but it was very interesting. There were many connections between our revolution and other revolutions we learned about. Here are some of the common causes of revolutions. Most of them wanted freedom from the governing body. Some of the revolutions also had a military takeover and had a mean leader that was bossing them around. Here are some of the effects of most revolutions. Many people either die or disappear. The country gets freedom from its governing body, and sometimes people of the country become united together.

I thought that my partner and I collaborated well together and we both had the same vision of how our project was going to turnout, so that really helped. I learned that I get tired of watching the same video over and over again even if I was the one who made it.I think my partner and I got off topic a once in awhile, but we always got back to work.

January 14

Revolution, by Carson

Blog post courtesy of Carson’s KidBlog post.

When I look at the American Revolution and compared it to other revolutions, I noticed that almost all revolutions are politically based. Also I have learned that most revolutions are based on being freed from the governing body. Sometimes people do not get the president they want. Some countries are occupied so the people want freedom from occupiers. I learned I can try and I will either fail or succeed, but when I try, I should still finish strong.

October 30

Declaration of Independence Breakup Letter, by Students of 5B

Hey, I am sorry I have to tell you this but I don’t think we can stand as one anymore. I have a right to be whatever I want because you’re not the boss of me. You’re not God and we are all human. I think our relationship is so bad that it just won’t work anymore. Therefore, we need to break up.

I have thought about this a lot and there is nothing you can do to change my mind because I know that you won’t change. I have asked you many times and nothing worked. Unless we break up, we will continue on the same bad path. We are just not good together. And, you are so abusive that I have to break up with you because you act like a jerk. I don’t feel safe with you.

I have suffered for so long with your selfishness, I can’t take it anymore. Let me set you straight with some obvious reasons.

  1. You try to intimidate me by having your friends follow and threaten me everywhere I go.
  2. You don’t give me any breathing room! I can’t even talk to my friends alone without you!
  3. You make me pay for things I shouldn’t even pay for! It’s either your way or the highway. I have no say in anything.

I have asked you nicely so many times and you just won’t listen. We are both human! Sometimes I wonder if you even have a heart…and if you do, I haven’t seen you use it with me.

That’s why from this moment on, we are over. The only person in charge of me anymore is me.

See ya.

November 4

Spy System in the American Revolution by Anthony

Spying during the American Revolution consisted of a complicated system of hidden networks, interpersonal relationships, scientific knowledge, personal cunning, guile and risk taking. They used ciphers and codes in letters so that if the letter was intercepted, the British or the colonists, (whomever intercepted the letter) would have to try to decipher it which would take forever. The ciphers  would represent and replace existing letters in the alphabet. Sometimes they would use invisible ink, which is ink that you can’t see, and it was made from ferrous sulfate and water at the time because those were the most abundant supplies they had. The secret writing was placed between the lines of an innocent letter and could be discerned by treating the letter with heat or a chemical substance. The recipient placed the paper over the flame of a candle or treated it with a chemical reagent, such as sodium carbonate, which would reveal the letter’s hidden contents.

That’s just some about the spy system in the Revolutionary war, but there is a lot more!