Friday, October 29, 2010

Rain Garden Blog Reflection

I think the Rain Garden sounds like a pretty cool idea. I like how we get to design the project and do everything so everyone knows that we're the ones who made it. I like how we get to do videos, brochures, and have hosts come in.

I really appreciated having the two men come in to talk to us and teach us about rain gardens. One of the guys who came in is an expert on Rain Gardens and he told us where the best place to have a rain garden would be. He told us he built a rain garden in his back yard last year as well as in many other peoples' yards. The other man who came in helped us find a good place to put the Rain Garden, depending on where the best soil is located.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Vocab- 1890







Transcontinental Railroad- 


The transcontinental railroad was important because before we had it, we had to travel with a wagon or by boat. It was built in 1860 and was the first continental railroad. Irish laborers, veterans from the confederate and union armies and Mormons, basically built it. The Chinese built the Central Pacific half. The white men got paid 1-3 dollars per day, but the Chinese workers received much less. The route followed the older Oregon, Mormon and California Trails. The tracks followed the Platte River, crossed the Rocky Mountains and then cut down through northern Utah and Nevada before crossing the Sierras. The main route did not pass through the Denver, Colorado and Salt Lake City, Utah. Feeder lines were built to service those, and other cities.


A set of train tracks connecting to the Pacific Coast 




Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Vocab- 1890

Boxer Rebellion- 

4-5 sentences to describe- The Boxer Rebellion was when Japan defeated China. The result of the fighting led to the Boxers killing thousands of Chinese Christians and attempted to capture the foreign embassies in Beijing. Following a 55-day siege, the embassies were relieved by 20,000 Japanese, American, and European troops. The Chinese government was forced to sign the "Boxer Protocol" which said the rebellion's leaders were to be executed.


1898–1900, antiforeigner movement in China, culminating in a desperate uprising against Westerners and Western influence

Monday, October 25, 2010

Make up assignment for the MCSA volunteer trip

I read an article called How To Help and it described
what it was like at a homeless shelter. They explain how you never know who
comes through the doors for a place to stay every night. They don’t know the
age or their back ground and why they are there but they do know they need a
place to stay the night. I learned from this article that a lot of the people
they see coming through the homeless shelter are kids around the age of 18 because
they aren’t in foster care anymore or because they got kicked out of home. To me,
it is sad reading about that because kids at that age are supposed to be going
to college to get a better education and starting the beginning of their lives,
and instead they are just trying to find a place to stay for a night. I realized
that those kids don’t have a place to call home, or their room or even their
own bed. At the end of the document, a girl told a story about a homeless man
she met on the street that asked to pray with her and her church group. She said
he was a sweet man and didn’t deserve to be on the streets. I realized that by
this, anyone can become homeless and for many reasons. I realized that even
though they are homeless, they do have a heart and you can’t just judge them by
what you see.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Research For The Bombing of Pearl Harbor



Three Sites
1st one: http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Pearl_Harbor.aspx : This is  good site for getting a lot of information on pearl harbor.  They have a lot of simply stated, but detailed, Facts about the issue. In all paragraphs talking about pearl harbor they include times and dates for educational reasons.  Along with that they include multiple large color pictures to help you understand what the attack on pearl harbor was like.  I would highly recommend this site for anyone doing a project on the topic.

2nd one: http://worldwar2history.info/Pearl-Harbor/ : This website does not show a lot of information at all.  It has a few clear cool pictures of the Pearl harbor navy base. But when it comes for the facts to do a report with, it lacks. Basically this site is just used to link adds to the Pearl harbor movie. I would not recommend this website at

3rd one: http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/events/wwii-pac/pearlhbr/pearlhbr.htm: This is a pearl harbor based site with tons of great information on the event.  It includes a lot of nicely stated facts.  Along with that it has a large list with many links to pictures.  One of the pictures is a really detailed drawing the shows the pain and agony in everyone involved face. Another one shows the 350 Japanese plains flying over before they attack.  I would highly recommend this site as well.
 

Two Songs
Remember Pearl Harbor- We will always remember what happened at Pearl Harbor. Because of this, it will make us stronger. It will lead us to victory in WWII. We will be strong and battle hard to get revenge. 
There You’ll Be- It tells us to remember the ones we loved that died in Pearl Harbor. It says that we will never forget them and how they died. We are thankful for all they have done for us and we found our strength through them. We are very proud of them for standing and fighting for us during the bombing. 

Three Quotes
“We stand completely and totally behind our president. We may have our differences from time to time, but on a day like this, which rivals or not exceeds the attack on Pearl Harbor, we stand united behind our president and our government.”
-Christopher Dodd
This say’s even if we have differences with in our country, when times like this, we stand as one. We have to back our president up and agree with him. Even though sometimes we don't agree with him on things, we still want to fight in this battle. 

"December 7th 1941 - A date which will live in infamy..."
-Unknown
 We will always remember this date. It was the day that Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and we were basically defenseless. It was the day that led us to WWII. 
It tells us that, on this day December 7, 1941, is a day of shame.


"I fear all we have done is awoken a sleeping giant."
-Unknown
We knew once we started to stop trade with Japan we knew it wouldn't be good. They needed the oil we had to run their machinery, but they didn't have access without us. We knew they were going to attack us, but we didn't know when and where. 


One Poem
Sunday, December the seventh,
In the year of 1941,
While most of Hawaii still slept,
Came the planes of the Rising Sun.
Waves of bombers and fighters flew,
From the decks of the Japanese ships.
While our planes were still on the ground,
"Banzai" was spoken from their lips.
The winds of war had been blowing
Across the oceans of our earth,
Though not till Pearl had been bombed,
Did we realize what freedom's worth.
Wars are fought and won on two fronts,
At home and on the battle line.
Both are equally important,
When war consumes our heart and mind.
The attack brought us World War II,
With death, pain and separation.
All who had served were well aware
Of their sacrifice for nation.

The poem explains a little bit of what happened on December 7, it tells you some tings that the Japanese might of said when they were attacking. Another thing it mentions is that freedom is worth fighting, and we all sacrifice for our nation.

Two Pieces Of Art Work
 
 


These pieces of artwork show pictures of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The top picture shows two ships coming through the ocean. It was the first of 16 strong strike force in route to Tokyo. The bottom one is showing a picture of one of the ships being bombed. It shows how many ships were damaged and ruined. The plane that just bombed the ship is flying out of the smoke from the ship.

The Research For The Bombing of Pearl Harbor



Three Sites
1st one: http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Pearl_Harbor.aspx : This is  good site for getting a lot of information on pearl harbor.  They have a lot of simply stated, but detailed, Facts about the issue. In all paragraphs talking about pearl harbor they include times and dates for educational reasons.  Along with that they include multiple large color pictures to help you understand what the attack on pearl harbor was like.  I would highly recommend this site for anyone doing a project on the topic.

2nd one: http://worldwar2history.info/Pearl-Harbor/ : This website does not show a lot of information at all.  It has a few clear cool pictures of the Pearl harbor navy base. But when it comes for the facts to do a report with, it lacks. Basically this site is just used to link adds to the Pearl harbor movie. I would not recommend this website at

3rd one: http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/events/wwii-pac/pearlhbr/pearlhbr.htm: This is a pearl harbor based site with tons of great information on the event.  It includes a lot of nicely stated facts.  Along with that it has a large list with many links to pictures.  One of the pictures is a really detailed drawing the shows the pain and agony in everyone involved face. Another one shows the 350 Japanese plains flying over before they attack.  I would highly recommend this site as well.
 

Two Songs
Remember Pearl Harbor- We will always remember what happened at Pearl Harbor. Because of this, it will make us stronger. It will lead us to victory in WWII. We will be strong and battle hard to get revenge. 
There You’ll Be- It tells us to remember the ones we loved that died in Pearl Harbor. It says that we will never forget them and how they died. We are thankful for all they have done for us and we found our strength through them. We are very proud of them for standing and fighting for us during the bombing. 

Three Quotes
“We stand completely and totally behind our president. We may have our differences from time to time, but on a day like this, which rivals or not exceeds the attack on Pearl Harbor, we stand united behind our president and our government.”
-Christopher Dodd
This say’s even if we have differences with in our country, when times like this, we stand as one. We have to back our president up and agree with him. Even though sometimes we don't agree with him on things, we still want to fight in this battle. 

"December 7th 1941 - A date which will live in infamy..."
-Unknown
 We will always remember this date. It was the day that Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and we were basically defenseless. It was the day that led us to WWII. 
It tells us that, on this day December 7, 1941, is a day of shame.


"I fear all we have done is awoken a sleeping giant."
-Unknown
We knew once we started to stop trade with Japan we knew it wouldn't be good. They needed the oil we had to run their machinery, but they didn't have access without us. We knew they were going to attack us, but we didn't know when and where. 


One Poem
Sunday, December the seventh,
In the year of 1941,
While most of Hawaii still slept,
Came the planes of the Rising Sun.
Waves of bombers and fighters flew,
From the decks of the Japanese ships.
While our planes were still on the ground,
"Banzai" was spoken from their lips.
The winds of war had been blowing
Across the oceans of our earth,
Though not till Pearl had been bombed,
Did we realize what freedom's worth.
Wars are fought and won on two fronts,
At home and on the battle line.
Both are equally important,
When war consumes our heart and mind.
The attack brought us World War II,
With death, pain and separation.
All who had served were well aware
Of their sacrifice for nation.

The poem explains a little bit of what happened on December 7, it tells you some tings that the Japanese might of said when they were attacking. Another thing it mentions is that freedom is worth fighting, and we all sacrifice for our nation.

Two Pieces Of Art Work
 
 


These pieces of artwork show pictures of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The top picture shows two ships coming through the ocean. It was the first of 16 strong strike force in route to Tokyo. The bottom one is showing a picture of one of the ships being bombed. It shows how many ships were damaged and ruined. The plane that just bombed the ship is flying out of the smoke from the ship.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Senior Resources



Senior Resources was the second field trip we have gone on for this project. My group went on a tour and I noticed how many people just volunteer their time there; a lot of them don’t get paid. The people at Senior Resources are all really friendly, whether they live there or just work there.

            We went on our tour and talked to many of the workers and even a lady who worked there as well as lived there. The lady started off just volunteering all her time there but ended up getting hired so she would get paid for all the work she does. I asked a lady if it was hard to work there because she would get attached to some of the people who lived there and then they end up getting really sick. She admitted it was hard, but it was worth it to help out the elderly. For me, it would be too hard getting attached to them and having to say goodbye to someone you are close to.

            The people there seemed so excited to meet us and it made me happy to see them light up when they saw us. It seemed all the people were just happy to be there and socialize with the other elderly people who lived there. When we played a trivia game you could tell everyone enjoyed being able to do things and have fun and I loved watching how happy they were when they got the answer right. They were all so funny to watch!

            Senior Resources was a great place to be and socialize with them. You could tell they were glad to have some company. I would like to do some volunteer work at a place like that because I enjoyed watching the all have so much fun.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Pearl Harbor and US Goes to War

BASIC INFO:
December 7, 1941 Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. They damaged 6 powerful battleships in just a few minutes.

THE START OF THE BOMBING:
We cut off trade with Japan when they began their southward push in July. This trade embargo included oil, something they couldnt live without. Tojo, Japans Home Minister, ordered the Japanese Navy to prepare for an attack. We sent out a warning to everyone to let them know what was happening, but to let Japan commit to the first overt act. We later recieved an intercepted message from Japan that said to reject all American Peace

THE BOMBING:
Dive bombers came over the Naval base in Pearl Harbor, followed by 180 Japanese War planes, launched from six aircraft carriers. The first bomb was set off and even after an hour and a half of shooting back, we did little damage to their planes.

THE RESULTS:
18 ships were sunk or damaged, as well as 350 planes were either destroyed or damaged. Nearly 2,400 people died in this attack and 1,178 people were wounded.

AFTER BOMBING:
The following day after the bombing, President Roosevelt wanted to declare war against Japan and the Senate approved. A few days after approving the war, Germany and Italy declared war on us, so we declared war back. The President decided the US would fight Germany first and Japan later. The bombing ended the long American debate on whether to get involved in World War 2, which we were now getting oursleves into.