Blackbeard the Pirate

Blackbeard was a famous pirate who stole loot from other ships. His real name was Edward Teach. He was born in Bristol, England, around 1680. No one knows very much blackbeardabout Blackbeard’s early life.

He got his ship by stealing other ships. He got his ship by taking command of  a large captured French ship. He renamed his ship the Queen Anne’s Revenge. He said his ship back and forth across the Southern Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

He got the name Blackbeard because of his long, black beard that had black ribbons tied in it. His ship’s flag had a person stabbing a heart and an hourglass. The hourglass showed that the victim only had a short time to live or a short time before Blackbeard would attack.

Blackbeard died on November 22, 1718, in a battle with Maynard’s ships. He was shot five times and then they threw him in the ocean.

It was fun learning about Blackbeard.

~Written by Jayden

Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was a slave who escaped to the North to be free. She also helped other harriet tubmanslaves escape. Harriet was born in Dorchester County, Maryland, in 1820. She was born a slave and she was treated badly by her owners. Harriet had 8 brothers and a sister.

Harriet escaped from slavery in 1849. she helped many slaves escape on the Underground Railroad. She was also given the name General Tubman. Harriet died on March 10, 1913, in Auburn, New York.

~Written by Marvin

Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall is a famous scientist who studied the chimpanzees in Africa. She was born jane goodall 1in London, England on April 3, 1934. Her father gave Jane a toy chimpanzee when she was one years old. She named it Jubilee and she still has Jubilee.

Once when Jane was a little girl she watched a chicken for five hours waiting for it to lay an egg. Her family called the police because they thought she was missing. Jane loved books about animals and Africa, especially the stories of Dr. Doolittle and Tarzan.

Jane moved to Africa when she was an adult. She studied the chimpanzees and she learned that chimpanzees use tools and eat meat. Jane Goodall got in trouble from other scientists because she named the chimps.

Jane Goodall is still alive.  She travels and talks to people about saving the chimpanzees. She still visits her home in Africa.

~written by Katrina

Insulating Ice Pops

Last week in school we learned about conductors and insulators. We used hand warmers and thermometers to investigate different materials. We found out paper and foam were the best insulators.stem ice pops

Then we had to design a container that would keep the ice pops from melting for one hour. Before they were frozen we measured and the ice pops had 170 ml of liquid.

Our class designed 4 different containers to keep the ice pops frozen. We used paper boxes, plastic and foam. We put the ice pops in the containers and after one hour the ice pop in the best insulated container had only melted 4 ml! We checked the ice pops at 2 hours and 4 hours. By the end of the day, 5 hours later, only 44 ml had melted from the same ice pop. We discovered that plastic was the best insulator for our containers. It was fun doing the experiment.

~Written by Katherine – 2nd grade scientist

Japanese Giant Salamander

The Japanese Giant Salamander looks like a weird looking alligator and frog. They can be giant salamanderfive feet long. They have flat bodies that are yellowish-brown, reddish-brown or black. They only live in Japan.

They eat fish, bugs, crabs, mice and frogs. Female salamanders lay about 400-500 eggs. They do not see well but they have small sensory bumps on their head. I used to be scared of salamanders, but they only live in Japan and I live in Virginia.

~Written by Joshua

Naked Mole Rats

Naked mole rats are rodents that spend all their lives in underground burrows in the dark. naked mole ratThey live in Africa. A naked mole rat is three inches long. I always thought naked mole rats were one foot long.

They have grayish-pink wrinkled skin.The queen is not born being a queen. She has to fight her way to the top. They also have soldiers and worker mole rates. Naked mole rates eat tubers and roots. Naked mole rats are not moles or rats. I like the naked mole rats because I think they are cute.

~Written by Gabriella

Puffins

puffinsPuffins spend most of their life on the open ocean. They have back bodies with white bellies and they also have white faces with colorful beaks. They live along the North Atlantic and North Pacific shorelines and in the Arctic.

They eat fish, krill and squid. They use their feet as a rudder. Their beaks meet at different angles to help them carry fish. Puffins wings flap 400 times per minute and they can fly 90 km an hour! Puffins are very cute.

~Written by Will

Goliath Bird-Eating Spiders

The Goliath bird-eating spider is the biggest spider in the world. Goliath bird-eating goliath bird eater spiderspiders eat insects, rodents, bats, snakes and lizards. Some of their adaptations are they make a hissing noise to tell their enemies to leave them alone. Some fun facts are they have one inch long fangs and they also lay up to 200 eggs.

Goliath bird-eating spiders can be more than 12 inches long. They can be dark or light brown and they have dark stripes on their legs. They live in burrows in the northern part of South America. It was fun to learn about Goliath bird-eating spiders.

~Written by Melany

Desert Tortoise

A desert tortoise is a reptile. Desert tortoises can grow to be ten to to twelve inches long. They can weigh eight to fifteen pounds. Their shells can be greenish tan to brown. They dig desert-totoisepits in the soil to catch rainwater. Their flat, heavy front legs and very long nails help them dig burrows.

A female desert tortoise will lay 4 to 8 ping-pong sized eggs at one time. An adult desert tortoise can survive a year without water. They live in burrows in the Mexican desert, southwestern deserts of the United States and northwestern Mexico.

They eat freshly fallen leaves, tree fruit, flowers, succulents, grasses, shrubs and woody vines. Desert tortoises were fun to learn about.

~Written by Jayden

Tarantulas

Tarantulas are huge, hairy spiders that have fangs. Some tarantulas are colorful. They can tarantulabe red, blue, orange and yellow. They can grow up to twelve inches long and they have eight eyes.

Tarantulas are found in the rain forests of South and Central America. They eat bats, mice, lizards, insects, frogs and small snakes. Their hair can sense heat, cold and things that move. Their legs have little claws.

Tarantulas are said to have a nutty taste like peanut butter when they are eaten by people. More than fifty kinds of tarantulas live in the United States. Tarantulas are amazing creatures.

~Written by Asiel

Jellyfish

jellyfishJellyfish are ocean animals. Jellyfish can be many colors but some are clear. They can be small or large. Their body is shaped like a bell. They live in the ocean and some also live in fresh water. They eat plankton.

Jellyfish are transparent or see through. Jellyfish sting their prey with their tentacles. A group of jelly fish is called a bloom, swarm or smack. Jellyfish do not have a brain. It was fun to learn about jellyfish.

~Written by Marvin and Brandon

Stingrays

stingraysA stingray is a flat fish that lives in the ocean. Stingrays have big fins. They have a long tail that can sting. Stingrays live in the shallow, warm parts of the ocean.

They eat crabs, shrimp, shellfish, clams and small fish. Stingrays cannot see. They use their sense of smell. They camouflage in the sand of the ocean.

They can weigh up to 790 pounds. A group of stingrays is called a school. It is fun to learn about stingrays.

~Written by Allison and Angelin

A Mind-Boggling Food Adventure

Once upon a time the kids from Room 209 had a mind-boggling adventure in Loch Lomond School’s cafeteria. Let me tell you what happened. The class lined up and it seemed like just _hot_dog_fighta normal day. The class walked quietly to the cafeteria and got their trays of food. That’s when the adventure began!

The cafeteria was serving hot dogs. So the class had hot dogs, ketchup, carrots, oranges and ice cream on their trays. Suddenly, one hot dog started yelling, “Hot dog army, arise!”

The hot dogs stood up and started attacking the children who were trying to eat them. The hot dogs also began squirting the ketchup on the kids and the table. The carrots joined together and formed helicopters. They began spraying the ketchup, too. The oranges said, “What is happening?” All the food answered, “Food Fight!”

The carrot helicopters began dropping the ketchup packets like bombs, the oranges started shooting out like cannonballs. One of the orange cannonballs hit the camera in the cafeteria and it fell on the floor. Then the ice cream jumped on the kids’ head.  There was a huge commotion in the cafeteria!

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Why Doesn’t the Ocean Freeze?

For the school science fair our class wanted to find out why the ocean doesn’t freeze. The science-fair-ocean-watermaterials we used were water, salt, 4 bowls, a tablespoon and spoons.

Our hypothesis was IF we added a salt concentration to water, THEN the water will not freeze.

First, we used 4 cups of water for each bowl. and added 0, 1, 2 or 3 tablespoons salt to the bowls. Then we put the bowls in the freezer but by the next morning all the water had frozen.

So we decided to try the experiment again using more salt. We used 5, 6 and 7 tablespoons of salt in the bowls. We discovered that it took 7 tablespoons of salt for the water to not freeze. Five and six tablespoon made the water slushy.

Our hypothesis was correct but it took more salt than we originally thought. Our favorite part was when it came out of the freezer and we got to see it.

~Written by Katrina and Gabriella -Second Grade Scientists