Hailey always looks forward to exam time. She loves to see her words written down, and she always tries to remember the stories really well, especially the ones from several months ago. She did the oral exams, which I typed for her, and a math and reading test. I also had her do a page from a writing test, just to give her practice. She wanted to do more!
Third Grade, Term 2 Exam
History: Tell me about Guy Fawkes
Guy Fawkes was part of a plot to destroy parliament. They sneakily found out where the parliament was going to have their next meeting and luckily there was storage containers under the building where parliament was having the meeting. Their plan was to get some gun powder and bring the storage containers and put the gunpowder inside one of the storage containers, cause the storage containers were under ground, and set it on fire.
But that night they were found out and Guy Fawkes was the man who was told to set off the gun powder. And they took Guy Fawkes and all the gun powder away. And someone accidentally set off the gunpowder and it made a BOOM! But it didn't actually hurt anybody it just scared them. And they hanged Guy Fawkes for treason. Ever since that day they they had a celebration. They would make a man out of straw and old cloths and burn them. And here's a poem that goes with the story:
Remember, remember the fifth of November.With gunpowder, treason and plot.There is no reason gunpowder and treasonshould ever be forgot.
Science: Tell what you know about volcanoes
Well basically volcanoes are earth's way of letting out pressure. Inside of a volcano the magma which is lava not out of the volcano, builds up enough pressure and there is bubbles inside that pop but before they pop they like, all join up into a big, big bubble and then it pops and makes all the lava start rushing out and that's one of the worst kind of volcanoes.
But there is a quiet volcano that people like to see. This one, the bubbles don't join up and they just go, “pop pop pop!” and fling up into the air with little chunks of lava and they get hard in the air and fall back down. Some of them are big and other are little dusts of sand. And some of the volcanoes don't even erupt lava, they just erupt dust and coals. The End.
Geography: What do you know about the beautiful city of Daidu?
Daidu is not like our modern streets today. You could stand from one side of the city and look all the way down to see the last house in the city. So basically it's like a chessboard. And Daidu each house has it's own garden and courtyard. The Palace of the Mongols is one of the ones Marco Polo is greatly most interested about. In the king's room there is a throne for the Mongol king.
THE MONGOL'S BIRTHDAY
At the Mongol's birthday, everyone in the whole country comes to bring him presents. And anyone who has a present has to give him 90 of what they give him. They give him 90 white horses and other things. And in honor of the Mongol's birthday, they send a lion in and the lion bows before the Mongol king.
And when the Mongols attack other places they were smart enough to use what the other people use against them as ideas of what they would do in the next battle. One time there was even soldiers mounted upon the elephant's backs. And the elephants were used as giant war horses. But then they scared the elephants away and when the elephants ran away the troops were falling off their backs so that didn't work. But then they used that idea for other battles.
THE MONGOL'S HUNTING PARTY
The Mongol King decided that it would be a great idea to claim a bunch of land for his own just for the hunting. The hunting parties back then were nothing like the hunting parties now. The hunting parties back then they had animals do all the work. They had halfway tamed tigers but just so the tigers didn't get too mean they had a little dog living with each one. They have falcons and other birds taking down smaller birds in the sky. They even trained eagles to kill wolves. The way they did that is kind of gross. They went and put one of their foots in its neck and one of their foots in its back and used their beak to pull out its liver. The End.
History: How London was Burned
The great fire in London. People make many tales about how London was burned. But the most possible is there was a baker and one of his pies burnt because his stoves were made of wood and their houses were made of wood. And the fire spread from town to town but at that time people thought it was bad but then afterward people looked back at it and said, “hey, they did us some good because it got rid of the black death and burnt up the sickness”. And it also burnt up the garbage let the sun in and it also made the people make their houses wider next time.
But to stop the fire they were breaking down an old house so that the fire would burn itself up. But the destruction was too slow and they had to flee. But then they decided to use gunpowder and that stopped the fire. The End
Literature: Tell me one of the American Tall Tales
Johnny Appleseed was a man and in that time there was not very many apple trees. And he bought lots of apples and took... and ate them and kept their seeds in a little bag and he went around making orchards. And he was good friends to the animals. And one time he was walking around in the snow and he found an old log he wanted to go sleep in so he went in the log and he found that there was something soft and it was a bear. But he was friends with the bear. And one time he was walking along and he saw a big brown wolf, and the wolf liked him. And he stayed with the wolf. And the wolf was his pet.
And after he died everyone was sad but one time a mad came walking and he saw Johnie Appleseed alive and walking around and he saw there was animals all around him. And he got up and then he went across a rainbow to heaven. The End.
Science: Tell me about Tookehees the wood mouse
Tookehees the wood mouse is a small fellow and if you want to see him, he just wants to make sure that there is no danger. If there is a hawk flying above him he will peek out and then look startled and then go back in his cave. And then he will wait awhile and then come back out. Because if you were a hawk or a fox you would think he had saw you and then you would just go away.
And his diet is of nuts and seeds and other things like that. And Tookhees is very hunted by predators. Foxes and wolves and maybe even some birds like big hawks. But he's not safe in the water either. There are hawks in the sky, and foxes and other things on the ground, and trouts in the water. And a wood mouse that is not scared is one that is going to die soon. If it doesn't know fear then it doesn't know that anything will hurt it. So if you get near enough to a wood mouse and it's not scared of you, then you should teach it to be afraid. The End.
Artist Study: Tell about a picture from Degas
The lady ironing.
The lady ironing has a dress with an apron tied around it and she's ironing some nice shirts. She's wearing a light dress and shes in a room and theirs a mirror on one of the walls and its kind of medium sized and its square. Most of It is white.
The ballet dancers
In the picture it looks like they are behind the curtains.... are not drawn on the stage. And they are getting their shoes on and some are stretching and they have little nice tutus with lime green and hot pink. And they look like they are getting ready to go on a show. There are little fake trees that they are leaning up against that are going to be part of the show. There is about eight or nine dancers getting ready and there's one near the back and shes bending down putting her shoes on. Theres another one in the front and shes got her hand on a tree and shes doing a stretch. The end.
History: Your favorite story from Jamestown
The Powhatan wouldn't give the settlers food and so they decided to take Pocahontas and he would have to pay her for ransom. But instead of being like the olden days, mean people who were mean to their prisoners, they let her roam around the village. And one time she even met some girls that wanted to play dress-up with her. And they said to her, this is what the English people wear. Then they took her on a ship to another village and her father didn't pay ransom for a long time and the people at Jamestown hoped he didn't cause they really liked Pocahontas. The End.
Literature: Tell your favorite story from The Children of the New Forest
How they discovered their ponies. Edward said, “I would believe that you have ponies when they are in the stable”. And then he went to his house. The next morning Humphrey said to Pablo, “we will catch the horses today”. He was like, “I know there's a giant pile of drift snow and that will be perfect for what we need to do”. And then he put hay there and the ponies went and grazed on it every morning. And then one morning they went there before dawn. And they told their dogs to be behind trees and stay quiet until the ponies came. And then the ponies came and they jumped out and the dogs kept the ponies from running away. And they pushed three ponies into the pile of drift snow and tied their forelegs. And then Humphrey tied the front leg of the pony to the ponies neck so whenever the ponies looked up its front leg would go forward. All the ponies were made to walk in that position till they got home. The End.
Bible: Tell me the story of Queen Esther
One day the King Ahazueres was the king and one day he decided that he didn't like his other queen. And then he wanted to pick the beautifulest queen and he called all the fair maidens to come. At this time King Ahazuerus had taken the Jews prisoner. And Esther was one of the Jews. But Esther was the one he decided to be the queen. And then he said..... her uncle told her not to tell them that she was a Jew.
But a man Haman wanted to kill all the Jews. So he sent out a letter that there would be lots of money to those that went and attacked the Jews in their homes. And then one day two door-keepers got angry at the king and set a plot to kill him, but Esther knew that the plot was coming because her uncle had told her so, and she warned the king.
And she was told by her uncle to try to save her people. And she went into the king's room and everyone that went to the king's bedroom without permission would die unless he gave her the golden scepter.
And then she said, “oh king please pardon me,” and then he gave her the golden scepter. And then she said, “please come to a feast I have made ready for you tomorrow night,” and he did. And then the next morning she said the same thing. And she told him, “my uncle the Jew told me that the men were going to kill you,” and then he gave her a pardon and she said, “can you send out a letter to all the Jews and tell them to beware for the person that will come kill all the Jews?” and he did, the end.
Science: Tell me about something you have observed on a nature walk this winter
The snow geese
The snow geese are white with orange bills and big webbed feet and they've got longer necks then ducks, and they feel safer on the water. And to keep their feet warm they stand up and put one foot up in their feathers and just stand there. And then to keep the other foot warm they just do the other side. And then when they want to do both feet they just sit down on the snow.
And the reason they are white is in the home they are supposed to be, that helps them keep camouflaged from the predators cause where they are supposed to be there is always snow. They migrate because in their other home it gets too cold sometimes and here it gets too hot. Their wing span is really, really, really big and they keep their feathers nice and clean. And their eggs are huge! They were just hanging out and when they go to eat they fly out to cornfields and stuff, and eat grain and seeds. And they are vegetarian, and then when they come back the other geese that are on the lake go, “honk honk honk!” and they like to talk a lot. They very, very, very, rarely will eat bugs. The end.
Composer: Tell me something about Tchaikovsky
Tchaikovsky was a man and he was a composer who made a lot of great music. And then he made the Nutcracker and the story was, there was a prince who was attacked by a mouse king and the girl's toy nutcracker turned alive and turned into a prince and saved the girl from the mouse king and took her away. And then they went to a castle and chocolate did a ballet, and coffee did a ballet. And nutmeg did a ballet, and all the nice things. And my favorite music was the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Literature: Tell a story from the Heroes (Greek Mythology)
Cassiopeia and her daughter were said to be the most beautiful mortals ever existing. But Cassiopeia was jealous and she told her daughter, “we're not just the most beautifulest of the humans, we're more beautiful then the gods and the sea nymphs”.
But then, one of the sea gods heard her and was angered because she said she was more beautiful then his sea nymphs. And he sent a giant sea monster to raid the towns and anyone who came near to the shore would be swallowed and he would use his tail and splash it and the water would splash up and flood the towns.
And the king went to the hermit and said, “how do I save my people?” And he said, “you must tie your daughter to a stone at sunset. The next morning the beast will awaken and take your daughter and then he will not raid your town anymore.” And he obeyed with much grief.
But the next morning, Perseus saw her and fell in love at sight. And then he saw the monster coming and then he remembered that he had just killed the Gorgon and any mortal that saw it would be turned to stone. And he told the girl to turn away and she did. And then he pulled the Gorgon's head out of his sheepskin and the monster turned to stone. The End!
Science/ Geography: What causes the change of day and night?
The rotation of the earth. It turns and Australia... it could be day easily in Australia and be night easily in the opposite side of the world. So what happens is. the earth turns, not its big circle but the little circle that the earth does.