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Thoughts need words, and words need power… -Sharon M. Draper

Marvelous Macchu Picchu

 

          Last week using Virtual Reality, our class visited Macchu Picchu, Peru.  I thought it was beautiful.  The ruins were amazing, enormous and ancient.  Maya people inhabited Peruvian city. The mountain the old city of the Maya sat upon was dangerous to trek up.  Below is my See, Think, Wonder Google Document about more of my opinions and thoughts about the Expedition.

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Too Much Terrorizing Television

          I do think that parents should limit TV-time.  Below are reasons why I think the way I do.

          Parents should limit the amount of time their kids watch TV because it can actually rot your brain.  A rotted brain can cause loss of intelligence- which can then lead to horrifying school grades.  If I were to reduce the amount of TV my kids would watch, I would reduce it to 10 hours a week or less because the average child, age 2-5 years old, can watch more than 32 hours a week of television!  That can lead to really terrible grades

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for when they take tests in school.

          Another reason why parents should limit TV watching to their children is because too much TV can obliterate the ability to concentrate.  If you can’t concentrate that well, paying attention in class would certainly be difficult.  Then again, if you don’t pay attention in class, you are going to get very bad grades.  Bad grades can lead to being kicked off (not literally) school-based sports’ teams.  

          Also, after just a few elementary seconds of watching TV, your brain slips into Hypnotic State.  When this “Hypnotic State” is in action, it provides easy access to the

subconscious.  That is one reason why it is easy to fall asleep while watching television.  People who get too much sleep during the day can experience headaches in the morning.  Parents who limit the amount of TV their kids watch could reduce the risk of headaches.

          Those are 3 reasons why I think that parents should reduce the amount of TV their kids watch.

Want to read about other peoples’ opinions about limitations on TV?  Here are some great ones:

Emily’s “Television Too Much For Youth?”  I really like how Emily clearly explains her reasoning in a thorough explanation.  She gives excellent examples throughout the whole piece of writing.  Check it out, believe me, it’s worth it.

Mae’s “No More Television for you, Missy or Mr”  In Mae’s post, she added her humorous personality into her post about her television opinion.  It is good GREAT and entertaining to read, or have someone read to you.  You should really check it out.

I’d like to thank
http://www.eruptingmind.com/effects-of-tv-on-brain/
http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/guide/physical-side-effects-oversleeping#1
                                        and
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3D_television
for their amazing information.  🙂

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Excellent Egypt

A few weeks ago using VR, we visited Ancient Egypt.  We saw many things.  We also read a book called “Seeker of Knowledge.”  We then made connections through the text into the Virtual Reality trip with the See, Think, Wonder document above.  If you keep reading, you will learn about my experience in this journey.

Picture from flickr

I think my favorite part of the Google Expedition was seeing The Great Sphinx.  It was old and decaying, but I have never experienced seeing it.  Some people believe that Khafre built the sphinx.

Remember that weird pink thing I saw in the Amazon?  I also saw a weird pink thing in Egypt!  Is it a glitch?  Is it meant to be there?  Was it a person?

During the journey when we saw the Queens’ pyramids compared to the Kings’ pyramids, (the proper name for them is Pharaohs), I was sort of offended.  The Queens’ pyramids were outrageously small compared to the Kings’.

Those were some of the things I experienced during the Virtual Reality journey to Ancient Egypt.  Hope you enjoyed learning about it!

 

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Wondering About War?

Last week while using VR, we went on an adventure to learn about World War II.  We saw many things.  But, before we experienced all that, we read a book called Navajo Code talkers.  The code talkers helped the U.S.A. claim victory in World War II.  Before we start, feel free to click on the links to learn more about the selected topic!

As we were aboard the USS Missouri, I really liked how the ocean shimmered over the rails of the boat.  I also saw those tank/cannon things that were white.  I can remember that the floor on the boat was a light brown color.  I really liked that.

We saw many photos of destroyed cities, and one of an airplane that had crashed.  Those photos were not the type of photos where you pick a favorite.  As we were being read aloud to, we had learned that World War II was the second most destructive event in human history, with more than 60 million people killed.

Those were some things that I liked and learned using Virtual Reality.

Picture from Pixabay.

 

 

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Same Information, Different Countries!

 

 

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Marvelous Martin Luther King Jr

     Have you ever heard of Martin Luther KIng Jr.?  He was one of the many people who got treated differently (in a bad way) just because of his skin color.  He also was the man who gave the famous “I Have a Dream Speech”.  Still doesn’t ring a bell?  Even if it does, you can still read the well thought out, most likely, highly intelligent reasons that explain why MLK gave his speech and did it near the Lincoln Memorial.

     I think that MLK gave his “I Have a Dream” speech because he wanted to find a peaceful way to get equality.  I also know that when he was a little boy he got separated from his best friend all just because of his skin color.  That “I Have a Dream” speech is all about civil rights and that all people should be treated equally no matter what their appearance is.

     I think that MLK gave his speech near the Lincoln Memorial because Abraham Lincoln freed former slaves and that means a lot to Martin Luther King Jr.  It means a lot to him because if if that 16th President never came, he would most likely be a slave.  Also, I think that Washington D.C. would be a very popular place to have a speech about America’s problems because it is where the President lives and works.  The Lincoln Memorial is in Washington D.C.  

 

     Now you know about why Martin Luther King Jr gave his famous speech and why he did it near the Lincoln Memorial.  I hope that you understood and followed what I was talking about.

Picture from Pixabay.

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Amazing Amazon

This week, we got 10 sets of VR (Virtual Reality) glasses.  We explored the Amazon.  We saw many interesting things and had lots of fun.  During our expedition, we visited 4 places and learned about each one.  Before we experienced the adventure, we read a book called Encantados.  Encantados are pink dolphins that live in the murky waters of the Amazon River.

The 2 rivers that we visited were absolutely beautiful.  We learned about the many species that live there.  We saw two guys canoeing, and I found a weird pink thing in the trees.  I still have no idea what it is.  At one of the rivers, when I looked behind me, water was rushing rapidly.  When I looked in front of me, the water was calm.

We also visited part of the Amazon Rain Forest. The enormous trees overcrowded the sky, so the plants on the ground didn’t get a lot of sunlight like the trees.  The forest was my favorite part of the journey.

Then, we visited an Amazon Community where people learn, work, and play.  They had a playground there, but it didn’t have a lot of equipment.  I did not see any children playing or learning though.  But, it was still really fun to see.  That was the amazing adventure I went on in the Amazon.

 

 

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Dangerous Deforestation

 

     I believe that kids should not worry about deforestation.  These are the reasons why I have that opinion.

 

     If this so called “deforestation” continues at its current rate, it will take less than 100 years to destroy all rain forests on earth.  That’s acceptable because most people don’t survive up to 100 years old.

 

     An estimated 18 million acres of the world’s forests are destroyed every 365 days.  That’s close to the size of South Carolina!  Well, South Carolina isn’t that big, and the more I cut, the more I get $payed$ 💵.  And if I stopped, I would kiss my job goodbye.

 

     Even though forests cover about 30% of the earth’s land, and hold 70% of the world’s plants and animals, there are other plants.  And there are other animals on Earth.

 

     That is why kids should not worry about deforestation.

Picture from Pixabay.

Picture from Pixabay.

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