October 30

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

In the video “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” it said that Habit: 2 was, “Begin with the End in Mind”, which meant that at the end of your days if you were to say something about your time on our world what would you like to say?  And is what you say relate to what you are doing and the way you are acting right now?  If I had to pick one of the seven habits that would be this exact one.  But if I wanted to do that I would have to check in with myself multiple times a day EVERY day, which makes it obvious that I will forget.  Even then I think that I will see an steady movement towards that goal.  If you were to set a goal as one of those 7 habits  or something close to them please tell me in a comment below.

May 25

My Blog…

My Blog


So far this year  I have written 44 post although only 42 of them are published.  About 10 of them came from my own interest or imagination.  I have also received 66 comments.  And that was thanks to the visitors of my blog.   And the post that have received the most comments was my VR post.  I think that is had received so many (which was 12) because it was VR the brand new thing.  I think the post I enjoyed writing the most was my travel back in time.  Because I had really gone there and it was like a journey back in time.


My blog has been still the same format or theme but I have customized my blog and my headings.  Although I still have the notebook theme.  I like the theme because it allows me to get widgets and I can see the dates that things were published.  I think that I have enough.  Because most of my widgets are to make the readers job easier except for my pet bamboo which was just for fun.  I also have about 57 oversea visitors.  Well I could do a better job of that next year but I have only used google slideshows and docs.  

May 17

The Unlucky Fortune Part 4

The Unlucky Fortune Part 3

If you haven’t read part 1 and 2 then you will be very confused about anything that is going on. So read part 1 and 2 before this one.


We were all relieved, no more Izabella. She was put behind bars just like she deserved. In my book, kidnapping someone is like a ten on the insanity scale. Suddenly the sirens started blaring and the loudspeaker was shouting as well. The loudspeaker said “Prisoner 10726 has escaped her cell, I repeat prisoner 10726 has escaped her cell!” Izabella was flying down the hallway, but what she didn’t know was that the doors all around her were locked and she was trapped in jail. The only time she could get out of jail was when the employees switched shifts.


While Izabella was in prison she made a friend named Olivia that was in the same cell as her. Olivia has been trying to get out of jail ever since she got outsmarted by Connor and Owen. She has never been able to escape the prison though. Izabella asked when the employees change shifts. Olivia said “At 10:30am, 2:30pm, 9:00pm and 3:00am.” Izabella replied “That’s when we’ll escape outa here. Also didn’t you mention that Connor and Owen got you in here?” She questioned. “Ya.” said Olivia. “Well I was put in here by one of their close friends, Jackson.” said Izabella.


The loudspeaker started to blare “All cells are released to eat lunch at this time,from 1:30-2:30pm. Oh and try anything funny and you won’t get lunch for 3 days.”.As a guard walked by Izabella and Olivia, saw a small shiny object fall from his belt. They crept closer to inspect it and they saw that it was a key to the uniform room. Izabella quickly grasped the key and stuffed it into her pocket. They quickly wandered away from the line of prisoners. Down the hallway they went right into the uniform room. They quietly shut the door behind them before anyone could notice.


They quickly slipped on the uniforms and they came out looking all professional. It was 2:15pm and they rushed down the hallway just in time to change shifts. But out of the blue came a deep voice. “Hey I’ve worked here for 12 years and have never seen you or you.” he said pointing at the two of them. “First day.” replied Olivia. Izabella added and said “We’re new employees and we just got the job.” Luckily the worker fell for it and not one second too late. There was 3 minutes until they changed shifts. They got there right at 2:30.


They finally got out of jail. Izabella’s first words after they were out of prison were to Jackson through a call, and she said “ I told you I would break out of jail. I am coming for you and your friends. Tell Owen and Connor that Olivia is out of jail too. See you later Jackson.”

              To Be Continued…

May 17

The Unlucky Fortune Part 5

The Unlucky Fortune Part 5

If you haven’t read part 1,2,3 or 4 please do so before reading this or you will be very confused.

“ Owen and Connor, we totally forgot about school.” said Ashton “Well looks like we’re not going to graduate.” I said. “ Dude we’re in 4th grade. This doesn’t affect our graduation.” Jackson said in reply. “ We do need to get back to school though. We can’t tell my Dad until this nonsense is over. So we’re gonna live in an R.V and if anyone asks where we will be then tell them we were on vacation. Ok?” “Ok.” replied everyone.


So after our train ride home we went to school the next day and everyone hammered us with questions. We had a sub teacher and I thought she looked familiar but Connor and Owen thought they didn’t look familiar so I just let it go. About 2 hours past when I realized that someone was staring at me. Then Connor came up to me and he said “ I do think that teacher looks familiar, the student teacher looks familiar too.” “I just realized something, Izabella is disguised as the teacher and Olivia is the student teacher.” replied Jackson. “I see now. It makes a lot more sense. But what do we do now? Make a break for it at recess?” Later that day Jackson, Connor, Owen, and Ashton were out at recess.  “I guess it’s now or never” said Connor.


“NO!” I yelled. “We need proof first.” “Why?” said Ashton. “ Because if we just run off people will come for us.” I replied. As the whistle blew we went into lunch.I told Ashton, Connor and Owen to wait outside in the hallway incase anything happens. The sub teacher let everyone into lunch except for me. That’s when I knew the sub was Izabell. “You know who I am Jackson”.  Then she threw a chair at me and I got a cut from the side of my nose to the bottom of my ear. I yelled and told them to come in quick, and to drag me to the nurse. On the way there I told them that I thought I broke my leg. As I got to the nurse’s office we told them that I got a chair thrown at me by the Sub teacher and she gave me an ice pack and said “Here have an ice pack, and next time you are going to get a chair thrown at you make sure to grab an ice pack first. ”“ I will definitely do that next time ma’am.” I replied sarcastically,.


“Is it just me or do the nurses even care about what happened or do they just give you an ice pack?” said Ashton “ Probably the first one” replied Connor “I have a problem” said Owen. “Here’s an ice pack.” replied the nurses.  As a ice pack came down the hallway and hit Owen in the back of the head. He said  “My problem is now solved.” As he picked himself up from the ground. “She didn’t even know my problem.”


That’s when I told them that the sub teacher was definitely Izabella and the student teacher is Olivia So I went down to the recess doors and I gathered everyone there. I said let’s make a run for it. As soon as we opened the doors I fell and said “My leg hurts too much to run. Someone needs to carry me to the Emergency Room across the street.” Was that ice pack not enough for you?”  replied Ashton. “Very funny.” I said snapped back. So when we were halfway there you could hear the recess doors slam again. It was Isabella and Olivia. You could even see the rest of our class peaking around the corner of the wall.


At that very moment I chose to suck up the pain and I yelled to everyone “ Put me down we are all gonna run!” As we bolted across the street to get to the Emergency Room you could hear the stampede like sound of Isabella and Olivia trailing behind us. “Connor and Jackson, you two make a break for it and me and Owen will hold them off.” said Ashton with a whole lot of anxiety. As they stalled Izabella and Olivia we made it to the Emergency Room. My nurse did a great job and she gave me a cast. I limped home and on the way there I ran into Izabella she told me these words “I have your friends, if you ever want to see them again come to my house.”


Connor tackled Izabella and got her phone. He called Olivia and in a low voice he said “ I have Jackson’s fortune so you can let his friends go.” “Why” replied Olivia? “Because…”

To Be Continued…

May 17

Machu Picchu


Name: Luke K.


Expedition Name Text Title
Machu Picchu Lost City


What do you SEE?

(Describe what you see using WOW words)

I see the Vast Mountains in the distance, snow peaked mountain tops.  Beautiful terraced hills.  Large buildings temples.  Long trails along the jagged mountainsides.  Amazing walls weathered structures.  Breathtaking Architect.  Vast colored mountains.  Amazing sights.  Legendary places.           

What do you THINK?

(As you are experiencing VR tell your audience in detail what you are thinking using sequence words. First, Next, Last)

I think that if I was an enemy trying to get into Machu Picchu.  Someone with a bow would’ve destroyed me before getting close to the Halfway point of the mountain.  And that the people  of Machu Picchu

What do you WONDER?

(During your expedition what are you wondering about? What questions come to your mind?)

I wonder if the Maya people are still alive somewhere and are just living regular people’s lives?

Adapted from Veronica Vox Mansilla @ProjectZeroHGSE


Text Connections


What did you SEE in the Expedition that you can CONNECT to the text?

(Be sure to cite specific examples from the expedition and the text)

I saw the large mountain sides that the main character had climbed.  And the trail they took.  And the city that they had stumbled upon.

How do you THINK the Expedition enhanced your understanding of the text?

(Be sure to use evidence from the text to support your response)

I definitely let me see the Machu Picchu from a new angle and I was able to get the visual that the text had enabled me to do.   

What do you still WONDER after experiencing the Expedition and reading the text?

(Write a reflection to extend your thinking i.e. What are you still curious about? What more do you want to know?)

I wonder if the people of Machu Picchu had a constant struggle to have contact with the rest of the world.


May 16

The Unlucky Fortune Part 4

The Unlucky Fortune Part 4

If you haven’t read 1,2,or 3 then read them now or else you’ll be very confused.


  “Connor get Owen and come over to my hotel now. No questions asked.” So as Connor and Owen arrived, we started discussing what we were going to do about Isabella and Olivia. We decided that first we had to stick together.“Wait, Jackson can’t we just tell your dad about the situation.” suggested Owen. “Oh yeah, let’s tell my dad that we were paranormal hunters and were being chased by a crazy lady and we almost died. He’s going to believe us 100%.” I said sarcastically. “So what will we do!?!” exclaimed Connor.



As soon as Connor mentioned that nobody knew what to do. A split second later a cop pulled up right in front of us. “Have any of you seen these two girls?” He said in a very deep voice. Sure enough it was a picture of Isabella and Olivia. I answered “We didn’t see them lately but we were the kids that helped you guys arrest Izabell.” I also quoted “She said that Olivia and I will come back for you Owen, Connor, Ben and Ashton.” The cop responded and said “If they actually do come back for you, the first thing you should do is call us. “Got it” Owen replied. “What should we do Jackson.” Connor asked. Jackson replied “Go find Olivia and Isabella.” “How?” Owen said. “We go to where their last sighting was and we go there because they couldn’t have gotten too far, everyone agree.” Jackson replied. Everyone agreed but right after that they heard a scream, so they went to check it out.


They asked what happened and the girl said “I saw two girls and they looked like this.” She pulled a picture of them she took on her phone, it was a picture of Isabella and Olivia. So we asked which way they went and she gave us directions. We went the way she told us to, and we tried to sneak up on her. Sure enough they were standing there and Izabella said “ I told you we would meet again. I still want your fortune Jackson, and I won’t stop chasing you until I get it.” “ I would love to keep this splendid chat going, but I am going to use the restroom.” replied Jackson.


I had my phone on me, so I called the cops and told them where we were. They came immediately. Somehow they managed to escape. During her escape she said “ I still want you and your fortune.”

To Be Continued…

May 16

The Unlucky Fortune Part 2


The Unlucky Fortune Part 2

If you haven’t read The Unlucky Fortune please read that before you read this story or you will be very confused. Thanks!!! Please Leave a comment.


As the three of them faded into the darkness, I didn’t know what to do. So doing what I knew I shouldn’t have done, I chased after the worst villain in town. But when I did, Izzabella ran  out of the dark alley and freely walked away with my friends. She left a note that read “Here’s my address 8308 Locus Road, come and get them.” So I called a taxi and off I went. It came to an abrupt stop. I quickly hopped out as the taxi sped off and the driver yelled “ You are at great risk entering that property. Bye!!” He said in great fright. I entered the rickety house with caution.


The floor above creaked so I assumed that they were up there. There was a note on her door. It said “Go to Haywire Avenue if you want to see your friends again.” “Her and the notes.” I mumbled. So I went to Haywire Avenue and I told her,straight to her face “If you want my fortune come to the park at noon tomorrow,” She said,“ I’ll be there. But give me one good reason why you can’t give it to me now.” “I have things to do. See you at noon tomorrow. It has to be a swap for my friends though, ok Izabella?” She had to say yes to my huge fortune. So I left with certainty.


But with my time I called the cops and told them where she would be. They said they’d be in the bushes and trees all around me were members of the police. She arrived and was finally there waiting. So at noon I was standing there waiting for the best moment of my life. And hiding put into jail by Mr.Rodgers. I grabbed my friends and ran off to the hotel I was staying at. We decided that we couldn’t just live in a hotel, so we were gonna stay there for two more months until we could go to my dad. He hadn’t seen us in like a week and he was probably worried sick.


I got a text from Izabella that said “Don’t be too confident, you got away from me. I am coming for you as soon as I break out of jail. See you again Jackson.”

To Be Continued…

May 16

The Unlucky Fortune

The Unlucky Fortune


Saturday night Ben, Ashton and I were riding bike around the neighborhood. We decided to go down to my house. Apparently I was grounded.  I totally didn’t know that. At least that’s what I told my Dad. I had to go up to my room for the rest of the night for lying to my Dad. I had to sit there bored, disgusted and lifeless with nothing to do. I looked out the window and saw my friends playing. They went over to the park.


The next day I went to school. Ben and Ashton were absent. I had no idea where they were, until I opened my locker and a note from Ashton and Ben was laying right there. It said “Hey Jackson, we hopped on a train to New Jersey. We don’t know what we are going to do. Life will take us where we need to go. Sincerely, Ben and Ashton.” I had to go after them so, I had to find a way to get out of school. We were presenting our volcanoes today so I made mine over-smoke so that the fire alarm would go off and the water would start pouring out of the sprinklers. That is when I jumped out the window and got on the next train to New Jersey.


Ashton and Ben were already at New Jersey. Ashton texted me and said Ben and I heard a ghost train and now we are making a living of being paranormal hunters. I texted back and said where are you? Ashton responded and said Why do you need to know. I searched up paranormal hunters and their names popped up. It also had more information that included where they worked. So I rushed there right away. Their phone started ringing and there was a recent call on the phone. It said “There is a whole army of ghosts under the Manhattan Museum of Art. HELP!!!


I got there, but not in time. Ben and Ashton were hypnotized and fell right into the arms of the most wanted kidnapper in town. Her name was Isabella. She said “I’ve got your freinds and I won’t give them back until I get your fortune.”


                                  To Be Continued…