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02 January 2014 @ 05:29 pm
Native American Indians

The library had a program about Indians. They actually had Indians to teach us about their ancestors: their ancestor's dances, weapons, and ways of life. The man was Jim "sawgrass” Boettner, a Muskogee Indian. One of the women was Priscilla "sunshine” Beane, a Cherokee Indian. The other woman was Samantha Bauer, a Kiowa Indian. There was Also Sawgrass’s son Cody Boettner.
Once we sat down, they started to play some Indian instruments. Samantha had a turtle shell rattle. Sawgrass had some sort of wooden double flute and a huge shell made into a horn. The shell made a very loud and very low sound. I don’t remember what Sunshine had.  Sawgrass wanted to make sure we knew that they didn’t hit their mouths and chant woo by saying “we don’t go around hitting ourselves in the face and we don’t say how. The only tribe I’ve heard of that says that, lives with everyone. It’s called the TV tribe”                                                                                                  

Samantha and Sunshine were wearing special dresses covered in cones. Sawgrass said “each dress has 360 cones” The dresses were special because the bells were put on by hand and with each bell there was a prayer said. They did a jingle dance. There was so much turning and jumping that a bell fell off! Then Cody came out and did a grass dance. The purpose of the grass dance is to flatten the grass so they can put up the tepees.  Than Sawgrass announced it was time to do a war dance, he took his club and crouched down and stomping around and waving his club around. The point of the war dance is to tell the story of what happened on the battlefield. For example, he whacks an enemy in the back of the head. Then Cody and Sunshine did an eagle dance, but they basically just put on eagle feathers, run around, and flap their arms. At the end they did a ring dance Cody had been doing it for no less than 17 years, but Sunshine had only been doing it for one year. It was beautiful.

Sawgrass said that ever since the caveman days we have had weapons. At first it was a simple rock or a stick. But then it advanced into a rock tied to a stick, then someone used the old noggin and thought, 'Hey if I scrape this rock with that rock I can make it sharp and tie it to a stick and use it to hunt', so he did. After that they used spears and ran towards woolly mammoth, then they started to throw the spears. He had a spear head that a girl found in her backyard.

Indian fun facts
Indians don’t clap but when they like something girls chant lulu and boy shout war calls. When they killed an animal, they didn’t waste anything.

I thought it was very interesting and next time I will bring a camera.
02 January 2014 @ 05:18 pm
Creepy crawlies
Wildlife tree gave anther presentation, but on creepy crawlies. We were a little bit late but we only missed a little. We saw that they keep the cages under the table.
First they brought out the boa constrictor. She let it on the floor so we could see how it moves. But it just wrapped around her legs. It did not want to let go of her legs. It took a minute but she got it off.

Next we saw Norbert, the bearded dragon, one of their own pets.  They said that it eats most things it can find. It feels very bumpy and the skin is very rough.

Next they brought out Aragog, the rose haired tarantula.  It was very hairy. Next they brought out two giant roaches. They were very big. Then they brought out the scorpion and it glows under a black light. They told us that all scorpions glow under a black light.

It was very interesting and I had fun. I hope they give more presentations. Oh, I almost forgot they had a snake skin you could touch.

02 January 2014 @ 05:08 pm
We learned tons about plants in our botany unit!

02 January 2014 @ 05:04 pm
Each item is a little booklet or flip book with information about the topic.

02 January 2014 @ 02:39 pm
We made a replica of King Tut's tomb, minus all the fancy things crammed inside. Took a little artistic license, but I think it came out well. - Mom

One of our reference pictures:

She painted the box and the stone sarophagus and made the little canopic jars for the organs.
She added some basic hieroglyphics to the outside.

I did my best to draw the paintings on the walls.

Shemade the inner sarcophagus out of salt dough with minimal help and painted it gold.

Our mummy has a pipe cleaner skeleton and is wrapped with paper towels dipped in coffee for an aged look.

We printed the famous mask because it would have been far too small to make our own.

Next up: Ancient Rome
02 January 2014 @ 02:27 pm
The Mummification Process

Ancient Egyptians wanted to live forever. They believed that after they died, a new life began. They would live in their tombs as they lived on Earth and would also travel to another world to live with the gods and goddesses of the dead. “Egyptians believed that every person had a Ba, or soul, and a Ka, an invisible twin of the person. They believed that when a person died, his Ba and Ka were released from his body and lived on in the tomb. The Ba would keep in contact with the living family and friends of the dead. The Ka traveled back and forth from the body to the other world. In order for a person to live forever, the Ba and Ka had to be able to recognize the body or they could not return to it. That is why the body had to be preserved, or mummified. (Aliki 2)

It took seventy days for embalmers to prepare a body. They removed the organs, including the brain which was pulled out through the nose using metal hooks. They removed the liver, lungs, stomach, and intestines and preserved them in a chemical called Natron. Each went in its own canopic jar. Small bundles of Natron wrapped in linen were put inside the body and the outside was covered with Natron too. The body was put on a slanted table and the fluids slowly dripped out. After forty days, the linen wrapped Natron was removed.

The dried, shrunken body was sponged clean and brushed with oils, ointments, spices, and resin. The head and body were packed with linen soaked in the same things. They eyes were stuffed with linen and closed, nostrils stuffed with beeswax, the arms were crossed, their finger and toenails covered with caps of gold. The embalming cut was sewn together and covered with a plate with the eye of Horus on it. The mummy was adorned with gold and precious stones and then they body was carefully wrapped with long, narrow strips of linen. Fingers, toes, arms, and legs were wrapped individually. Linen shrouds were placed between the layers of binding and every few layers were glued together with resin. After twenty layers of bindings, the body appeared to be its normal size.

Magical amulets were tucked in between the layers of the mummy’s wrappings. The small mummy-shaped figures, called shabtis, held farm tools and were believed to work in the fields of the other world for the mummy. The bound head was covered with a portrait mask, so that if anything happened to the mummy, the Ba and Ka would still be able to recognize it. The mask was also bound. Then everything was wrapped in a shroud and covered in one final coat of resin. The mummy was finally finished.

While the body was being mummified, skilled artists, sculptors, and carpenters prepared for the burial, making the nesting coffins for the mummy. The coffins were painted inside and out with gods, goddesses, and magic spells of protection written in hieroglyphs. There were three coffins that fit inside each other, and were eventually put inside of a stone sarcophagus.
02 January 2014 @ 02:26 pm
King Tutankhamen

The pharaoh, originally named Tutankhaten, was born in the year 1343 B.C. He came into power after his father’s death when he was only nine years old. He was very dependent on his older advisors, especially a general named Horemheb and a courtier called Ay. He married his half-sister, Ankhesenamun and changed his name to Tutankhamen to show he did not want to follow in the strange religion of his father. Akhenaten, Tutankhamen’s father, had tried to change the entire religion of his people, rejecting the worship of Amun and replacing him with Aten. King Tutankhamen may have died from a broken leg, but many think he was murdered. When he died, at only 19, without any sons, Ay took his place and became the next pharaoh.

Egyptologists had established which kings had been buried in the Valley of the Kings. All of the important ones had been found, but not King Tut. Howard Carter, a British Egyptologist, was determined to find him and he started the hunt in 1917, funded by wealthy man, Lord Carnarvon. He found nothing for four long years, and the Egyptian authorities thought he should give up. Carter begged for another year, and it was a good thing he did, because he finally found it. Carter found some stone steps buried beneath the ruins of ancient worker’s huts and thought it was a good place to look. The steps led to a door and behind it, a tunnel. At the end of the tunnel was another door. They cut a hole in the door and peered through, finding amazing treasures.

Howard Carter discovered the tomb of King Tutankhamen in 1922. Most tombs had been robbed repeatedly over the years, but King Tut’s was mostly intact. Tutankhamen’s wasn’t an important king, so his tomb wasn’t very grand. The things he would take with him to the afterworld were jammed and piled into four smallish rooms. At some point, thieves did get into the first two rooms, but for some reason they didn’t break into the others. It is possible that they were interrupted.

The first sealed room they entered was full of objects piled on top of each other, including “four chariots, gilded couches, a golden throne, piles of chairs, a chest of royal robes, musical instruments, jewelry, ornaments, bows and arrows, dried foods, and many boxes full of the things the king would need in the afterlife.” (Bendick 48) It took them four months to collect, catalogue, and preserve the items in that room before they reached the sealed door at the far end of the room, guarded by two life-sized statues of the boy king.

In February of 1923, they opened the second door and found the tomb itself. King Tut’s sarcophagus was solid stone. Inside it were three coffins settled inside each other. The first two were gilded wood, but the final one was solid gold set with precious stones. Inside they found the mummy with the gold mask covering its face. Today, King Tut’s treasures fill several long galleries in the world famous Cairo museum.
10 November 2013 @ 03:41 pm

On August 24th, my family and I went to the Brevard Zoo with my best friend Mari, my great grandmother, my Aunt Missy, Nana, and my cousins. This was our first time at the Brevard Zoo but we have been to the Jacksonville Zoo twice. This was the first time my cousins Ann and Mia had ever been to a zoo.

First, we saw flamingos. I know that flamingos in the wild are pink because of the shrimp they eat. At the zoo, they use dye in their food to make them pink, but they didn’t look very pink to me. Maybe they didn’t add enough dye.

Then we went down a path and we saw two scarlet macaws, which were very loud and sort of scary because they had very sharp beaks, but I think their wings were clipped.

Next we entered ‘Expedition Africa’. First we saw the radiated tortoise. I think the radiated tortoise is cool because its shell is really spiky.

After that we saw white rhinos. We even saw one sharping its horn. We saw a tree that had the same marks as the sharpening post. My friend Mari thought it was the rhinos that made the markings but then I pointed out that some of the markings were much too high for any rhino to have made.

Next we went to see the giraffes, but they weren’t there. A zookeeper told us that their pens had been opened but they hadn’t left yet. She said they take their good sweet time and won’t come out until they were ready. We did see a very pretty bird in the giraffe area and his name was Roger.

After that we went into ‘Australia Asia’. First we saw a blue and gold macaw. I liked its colors.

Next, there were beautiful black swans. One was washing its feathers and the other was swimming.

After that we saw an emu and a wallaby. The emu had very long legs and black and white feathers. The wallaby looked like a mini kangaroo.

Next we saw the Visayan Warty Pigs. There were some with spikey hair down their backs that looked mohawk. There was also a baby that looked like a miniature version of the adult. They had very long snouts and at first, my cousin Ann thought they were ant eaters!

We went into the free-flight aviary next. Inside, they had Indonesian fruit bats, which are also called flying foxes.

There were tons of cockatiels, and we got to feed them seeds on Popsicle sticks. Dad picked one up and Mia tried to do the same thing and get one to climb on her finger, but it just kept biting her.

Next, there were Rainbow Lorikeets that we fed nectar from little cups. They were everywhere, jumping on everyone. One landed on my head and walked down my back, one landed on Ema’s shoulder, and Nick had three on him at once! They were scary and my friend Mari didn’t want to go in at all and when she did, she left very quickly. One pooped in Ann’s hair, one on Aunt Missy’s shoulder and her hair, and they even got my dad! Thankfully, I didn’t get pooped on too.

Next we entered ‘Wild Florida’. First we saw the alligators. There was one that was 13 feet long! Its name was Humphrey, but Mari and I just called him Fatso, because it was very fat.

There was also a deer right next to the alligator cage.

Next we saw the bald eagle but it wasn’t bald as I expected it to be.

Next we saw the gator skull. You could open its mouth! I tried but it was very heavy.

Then my friend Mari called me over to show me all the turtles that live in the river that you could kayak in. There was a very large one and several smaller ones. When we stopped looking at the turtles, we saw a space shuttle painted like an alligator. We had our picture taken beside it.

After that we saw the red wolf but we couldn’t get a good look, because it was on far side of its pen.

Then we noticed a giant box behind us. As the suspense, grew my dad looked inside. Then I looked inside. Inside the box was just an empty beer bottle. After that we saw the river otters. First we saw just a tree, but you could see under it and Ann saw a tail! Then we went upstairs. We could see them.  Well, one at least. Then we went back down where everyone was taking pictures. We could see the rest of them!

Next we went to ‘La Selva’ or South American Rain Forest. First, we saw the jaguar and her cub.

Next we saw the spider monkey. Outside the cage there were peanuts scattered everywhere. The monkey wanted them, so he found a solution. Stick its tail out of the cage!

We saw the pygmy marmosets next. They looked rather strange, but they were cool looking. They looked different then I imagined them, but that is probably because I have only seen them on 'Go Diego Go'. They had a chameleon! It didn’t change color though.

They also have a thing that you walk through and it has vultures in it.  They had a king vulture and a few others.

When you walk out the other side, they have a stack of plastic armadillos and a sign that says “this is how much a king vulture can eat in a day” and behind it a sign that you can use to compare the width of your arms to a variety of different vultures and condor wingspan. Nobody could match the size of the giant condor, which was 16 feet.

Next we went back to 'Expedition Africa' and saw the giraffes. We got to feed the giraffes with special giraffe crackers. The largest and gentlest was Rafiki. His spots were much darker than all the rest. Even if you didn’t have a cracker he would let you pet his head.

Our final stop was 'Paws on Play'. It has an aquarium, a water park, a sand box, a playground, a touch tank, and a petting zoo. To get to the part of the aquarium, you had to get in the big kid section of the water park. The touch tank had a sea snail and a horseshoe crab. We didn’t go to the playground or the petting zoo, but we did play in the water park for a while.

I think my favorite parts were feeding the giraffes and the water park. If I had to choose one, I would choose the giraffes because I got to touch and feed Rafiki. He even licked me with his purple tongue.

That was my trip to the Zoo. I lots of fun!

05 November 2013 @ 07:48 pm
The Palm Coast Library had a Pumpkin Decorating Contest last month and I decided to enter. At first I wanted to make a scarecrow, but then I decided to do something different, so I chose Jack Skellington. The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my dad's favorite movies. He even has posters hanging in his room. First, Dad helped me spray paint the pumpkin white. It took five coats so the orange didn't show through. After a few days of letting it dry, I painted on the eyes, nose, and smile. Mom and I made a giant bow tie shaped like a bat. It was fun to make and I think it came out really well. I won second place. I got a trophy with a pumpkin on it and a $10 Wal-Mart gift card. The first place winner was Mike from Monster's Inc. It was pretty cool, but the arms could have been better.

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05 November 2013 @ 07:00 pm
Wildlife Tree is a company that takes in animals whose homes were destroyed, those that were hurt, or whose owners weren’t taking good care of them. They had received many from a reptile place that had gotten them from people didn’t want them anymore. People from Wildlife Tree gave a presentation about animal careers at the library on October 16, 2013.

They told us about being a Veterinarian. They don’t get to handle animals as much as you'd think. They only see the animals in surgery when the animal is sedated and in quick check-ups. To be a veterinarian, you must take long college courses and get doctorates. I think I would prefer a job that lets you interact with the animals more. It would be cool to be a doctor, though.

A person who takes care of the animals at an aquarium is called an Aquarist. To be able to be an aquarist you have to be calm in water. You have to know how to scuba dive. I could never do it because you would have to be calm swimming with sharks and I don't really like sharks. I do think it would be cool, though, because I like fish and sting rays.

A Zookeeper is a person who takes care of animals at the zoo. They get to bond and interact with exotic animals. The woman giving the presentation was, at one time, a zookeeper and they had a picture of her holding a crested lizard. I think I would like to take care of giraffes and elephants. A zoo keeper would be a fun job.

They brought animals to for us to touch. First we touched the guinea pig. I have two of those at home. Then we touched the red footed tortoise. It felt very strange but the pattern was beautiful. They put a paper towel diaper on its butt. They said the paper towel was there because it likes to poop during shows. Next we touched the ferret. They let the ferret run though a long tube, but it escaped and hid. They had a hard time catching it because there were lots of places for it to hide. Ferrets like to explore and they said that he always gets very excited at shows. Then we touched the African ball python. They said that it felt like a finger nail, but it felt nothing like a finger nail to me. It was very bumpy.

I enjoyed the presentation because I learned a lot about animal careers. It was also cool to touch the different animals. I didn't really want to touch the snake, but I forced myself to. It actually wasn't that bad. I should have brought my camera!