June 2

Adventures In Candy Land Chapter 7

                                                                   Adventures In Candy Land Chapter 7

                                                                                 Behind The Scenes

                      If you haven’t read chapters 1-6 you should read them before reading this chapter


The guards grabbed them and took them away to Lord Licorice.  They walked for like 20 minutes but when they were halfway there Jake found a stone and threw it at a siren and immediately it went off.   Then all the guards dropped them and started going to the sound.  “Good work Jake,” said Mammoth  Then they were off to where they were, but just then the siren stopped.


They got back and shut the door right in time so the guards couldn’t get in.  They ran over to where the crystals were.  Jake looked very closely and he saw steps.  “Let’s go,” said Jake without noticing that these crystals were hard.  He ran right into a crystal and fell down and sprained his ankle.  He couldn’t go up the steep steps so he decided to hide in the crystals just in case the guard broke in.  


Joe and Mammoth got through the crystals while Jake hid in the crystals. Joe and Mammoth went up the stairs. Then the guards broke in the room and then one guard said to search for these people and he held up a paper that said WANTED Jake, Mammoth and Joe.  It said, “whoever finds them first gets the biggest Smartie lollipop ever and world’s largest chocolate bar.”


Joe, and Mammoth didn’t know that the guards broke in and started climbing the ladder, almost to where the guards could see them.  Luckily Jake whispered and said to them, “the guards are in here, climb back down.”  When they were climbing back down one of the flashlights slipped out of Joe’s pocket’s and hit the ground and turned on and made a big noise.  They heard the door shut right before that.  The guards heard it but they couldn’t make it back in intime.


Jake’s ankle was feeling better and they climbed up the ladder into a room.  Luckily the guards didn’t come back in.  Jake, Joe, and Mammoth climbed up the ladder into another room.  Just then they saw somebody locked up and in chains.  Mammoth free’d her, and they asked her who she was.  “I’m Lady licorice Leo licorices sister, but he captured me.”



“Come follow me.”  They followed her back to the crystal room.  She smashed a crystal and it had a key inside it.   This key will help win the battle for you.


To be continued…


May 23

Adventures in Candy Land Chapter 6

                                                                 Adventures in Candy Land Chapter 6

                                                              Another clue in the candy house of clues

                                               Be sure to read chapters 1-5 so you know what’s going on


“Ahh,” said Joe.  “Let’s hope that was automatic lights,” said Jake.  “Shh, Lord Licorice and his guards could find us if we are this loud,” said Mammoth.  “Let’s keep walking through the tunnel and find some clues,” said Joe.  They walked through the tunnel they kept walking and walking until they came to a wall then they pulled out their flashlights.


They found a loose stone and pulled it off from the wall, quickly they dodged the flying stones and found that there was another pathway that lead somewhere.  “This must be where something really valuable is hidden,” said Jake.  “Or the answer to the mystery,” said Joe.  Lord Licorice heard the sound of when the stones fell and he went to investigate. “Do you hear something,” said Mammoth.  “Oh no, there are guards coming after us,” said Jake.


“Run!!,” said Joe. They started running and running and running.  “I think we lost them,” said Jake.  “They’ll be back though,” said Jake.  “Let’s turn on our flashlights,” said Mammoth.  They kept walking until they came to a wall this time it had a lock on it.  They shined a flashlight on the lock and it opened and they went inside.  Just then the door behind them shut.


“We’re trapped!,” said Jake. “Oh no,” Said Joe.  “We should just keep walking because there was a lock on the door so there must be something secret inside here.  Just then they saw a security camera.  “Hide, quick,” said Mammoth.  They ran and hid behind a big rock.  Joe found a rock and threw it at the camera.  “We’re safe for now,”  said Joe.  They walked out and found lots of crystals.  They touched one and it broke. “Um wasn’t me,” said Jake.


Next thing they know they see a huge flash of light coming from a hole in the ceiling.  Then they heard voices from the hole.  “Let’s go investigate,”  said Mammoth.  They started to climb up and they snuck in without getting seen.  They saw that guards were working on something suspicious.  


Then they took it into another room.  “Should we follow them,” said Joe.  “Yes,” said Jake.  Once the coast was clear they ran into the room they went in and immediately the door shut.  They saw nothing.  “I feel something coming,” said Mammoth.  Then they saw guards come out on the distance and surround them.  “Uh Oh,” said Joe.  “We’re dead,” said Jake.  “You won’t escape this time said one of the guards,” said one of the guards.  “I think he’s right,” said Mammoth.  There was no escape.  

To be continued…


May 23

Week 9 Blog Challenge Benjamin Franklin!

                                                                                      Benjamin Franklin


           Ben’s childhood. Benjamin Franklin was really smart.  He was born on January 6, 1706.  He was born in a tiny house on Milk street in Boston.  He was the youngest son out of 17 brothers and sisters.  His father Josiah Franklin’s job was to make soap and candles at a shop.  His mother Abiah raised the children.  Benjamin Franklin thought it was a crowded, noisy, and happy home.


When Ben was 8 years old his father sent him to South Grammar school.  After several months, however, Josiah decided he could not pay the money and he took Ben out, but this wasn’t the end of Ben in school because soon he went to George Brownell’s English school.  He finished school in 1716 and never went back again because his family was too poor to afford it.


Benjamin Franklin young printer. His dad sent Ben around to watch several tradesmen, but none of them interested him.  Ben wanted to go to sea.  But, instead Ben ended up as an apprentice to his half brother James.  Ben loved english, and reading.  Reading was a hobby to him, so this job seemed as good.  While learning the trade from his brother, he worked on his writing, copying the style of essays he read in a copy of a magazine.


When James started a paper shop in 1721, named the New England Courant, while Ben started another paper called, the silent dogood.  The essays made fun of Boston society and became popular.  In 1722 James was put in jail twice for criticizing in his newspaper-freedom of the press but it didn’t exist then.  During this time Ben published the paper of his own.  When James was out of prison he and Ben had lots of arguments. Excluding patience Ben quit the printing shop.  Ben wanted to work with another Boston printer but there was none.
Benjamin Franklin’s accomplishments.  Ben Franklin was one of the founding fathers of America.  He invented electricity.  Ben invented electricity in 1746 by flying a kite and putting a key on where he holds it and he kept getting shocked.  That is how he invented electricity.  Another accomplishment he made was being the 6th president of the united states of america.

May 12

Adventures In Candy Land Chapter 5

                                                             Adventures in Candy Land Chapter 5

                                                                          The New Recruit

                      If you haven’t read chapter’s 1-4 you should read them before you read this chapter.


I don’t know about that because it’s too dangerous,” said Mammoth.  “He’ll keep attacking us until we’re not alive but dead, so we might as well keep looking for clues,” said Joe.  “Fine,” said Mammoth.  Then they started running to the candy house of clues but when they were halfway there they saw something moving in the distance suddenly they stopped.


They started creeping up on it until they saw the gigantic thing.  Then Joe accidently stepped on it’s tail and it turned around.  “DRAGON!,” yelled Joe, and they were off in a jiffy.  The Dragon started chasing them, and they were running as fast as could but the dragon was also running as fast as it could too they noticed they were ahead of the dragon by a lot.  Then they heard it making a loud noise.  They stopped and noticed that the dragon was bleeding.  They went back to help it and they noticed he got shot they pulled the bullet out and saw a symbol that had a piece of Licorice.  “Lord Licorice must have shot him,” said Joe.  They healed him by finding pieces of sticky candy because he is made out of candy and put it in the cut and  then they saw a gem on its head and they found a necklace and Mammoth  sent him off but what they didn’t notice was Lord Licorice in a tree in the distance.  


When they got to the candy house of clues they opened the door and saw somebody just standing there.  (Lord Licorice didn’t know about this person).  “Hi, what’s your name,” said Joe.  “My name is Jake.”  “Hi Jake, what are you doing here?”  Said Mammoth.  “I’m looking for clues and trying to defeat Lord Licorice,” said Jake.  “We are too,” said Joe.  “Do you want to help us,” said Mammoth.  “Sure,” said Jake.  “ I found a flashlight that has a symbol on it it looks like a door,” said Jake.  “Maybe we could shine all of the flashlights in 1 place and it will give us a big clue.


They shined all of the flashlights on a flat wall and there came a huge map.  “I wonder what it means,” said Joe.  “Whatever it means we should figure it out because there will be a good clue on where it leads,” said Mammoth. “Look the symbols on the flashlights are on the map and they lead to certain destinations.” Said Jake.  “They are in order in which we found them,” said Mammoth.  “Yeah, first we found a piece of licorice.  Joe was interrupted by Mammoth saying, we already found the destination of the piece of licorice, and we already used the other flashlight but we didn’t use the flashlight with the door on it so the map must lead to a door, but where is the door that the map is trying to lead us to?”  Said Mammoth. “We’re on the maps path right now,” said Jake.


They kept following the map until they were so close to the door that they thought it was right in front of them.  “Look, there is a lever on the wall,”said Mammoth.  They knocked on the door and there was no answer so they went in and immediately the door shuts behind them and it was locked and a millisecond later lights turn on and they jumped to their feet.
To be continued…

May 4

Adventures in Candy Land Chapter 4

Adventures in Candy land Chapter 4

The Lucky Escape

If you haven’t read parts 1,2, and 3 you won’t know what’s going on.


“This is terrible,” said Joe.   “Look,” said Mammoth.  They found a rock boat floating on the lava.  They were heading straight towards it.  Then they fell into it.  “At least we’re not dead,” said Mammoth.  Then they heard something from behind them and looked around to see rope falling behind them.  “That must’ve been the rope that was going to fall with us,” said Joe.  Meanwhile where Lord Licorice was he heard a bell.  “Oh, they must have fallen into the lava, but if they didn’t I’m going to send some guards after those chumps, and get them once and for all,” said Lord Licorice.  


When the guards came back they reported an empty cage stuck on the point, and the hungry gun missing, and guards lying on the floor dead of starvation.  “No, they probably escaped,” said Lord Licorice.  He checked the spy cameras.   “No, they’re on the rock boat close to escaping me,” said Lord Licorice.  He sent about 20 guards after them, and he sent 10 guards in the secret tunnel in case they get in there.  Meanwhile Joe and Mammoth were about to crash into a wooden wall.  When they did it was hollow, and Joe pushed it and part of the wall fell down. “A secret tunnel!, said Joe.


“Guards!, said Mammoth.  They escaped the guards by going into the tunnel and closed the door.  Then they got to a fork.  They heard guards coming both ways.  They quickly snuck into the left tunnel and pretended they were a statue.  When the guards passed by they started running the opposite direction.  Then Mammoth stepped onto a stick and it broke in half.  One guard said, “what was that?  The guards quickly came over to where they were so they pretended they were statues again.  They stopped right where they were and the guards were looking around, and 1 guard saw them and said, “I don’t remember this statue here.”  Just then both of them knew they were in trouble.


They took them and started carrying them back to Lord Licorice to see if he recognized them.   Mammoth saw a rock so he picked it up and put it where the guard was holding him and slipped out, and he did the same for Joe too.  They started running the opposite direction the guards did.  Until they got to another fork.  They went right this time.  While they were walking they heard guards say, “they escaped.  So they started running.  They saw a doorknob and they opened it. They knew the guards were getting closer because their voices were getting louder.


Then they came to 4 paths.  They went on 1 path and saw a door they opened and saw that they were back home.  The only problem was that they were stuck in the hole and heard the guards getting closer.  They jumped from the doorknob to the top of the hole and then hid so if the guards opened the door they wouldn’t see them. When the guards came they didn’t see them so they went back.  The guards went back and told Lord Licorice that they escaped.  “Don’t worry, I have a plan, said Lord Licorice.  Meanwhile it was nighttime when Mammoth and Joe got back to their house.  When they woke up in the morning Joe said to Mammoth,” we have to go back to the candy house of clues!


April 28

See, Think, Wonder Machu Picchu


Name: Emmanuel .T


Expedition Name Text Title
Machu Picchu The Lost City


What do you SEE?

(Describe what you see using WOW words)

I see huge mountains and a glorious blue sky. I also see a beautiful city with homes that were there for a very long and are still standing and unharmed.

What do you THINK?

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

First, I think that the people that lived in Machu Picchu were very smart because they figured out how to grow crops on the mountains.  Next, I also think that they were probably even smarter than americans   because they even studied space.  Last, the last thing I thing is that they made inventions that would help them survive on the mountains.

What do you WONDER?

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

I wounder how did the people survive the harsh wilderness like all the bears mountain lions and more?  I also wonder how long it took them to build the whole city?

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 ruins in the expedition and when I read the story The Lost City I also saw ruins.  I also saw very high mountains in the expedition and in the story.

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

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

It helped me get answers that I was wondering about from the story.  It also gave me extra facts to learn about.

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 still wonder how did the people that lived in Machu Picchu got the idea of building the giant steps so the can collect water and grow crops.


April 28

Adventures In Candy Land Chapter 3

Adventures In Candy Land Chapter 3

The Close Survival

If you haven’t read parts 1 and 2 you should read them before reading this chapter.  Enjoy!


“Oh, no,” said Mammoth.  “We have to hide,” said Joe.  They started running, but then they got cornered by a wall.  “We’re done for,” said Mammoth. They started climbing the wall over

to the key.  They got it, and climbed over to the cage.  They opened the cage but then fell down into a deep hole.  Then they heard them put 5 layers of metal on top of them, and they saw a bomb drop into the hole.


The bomb was set for 10 minutes.  “We have to get out of here,” said Joe.  “Here’s your little friend too,”  said Lord Licorice.  “They’ll never know,”  said Lord Licorice.  “Never know what?”   Joe said in confusement.  “This mystery just keeps getting weirder, and weirder,” said Mammoth.  The bomb was now set for 9 min.  “I think I hear guards above us,” said Mammoth.  “I have an idea, we can dig a hole up to where the guards do then dig a hole and go inside and cover it up when the bomb explodes it will go up the whole, and knock down the guards then we escape,” said Joe.


They did Joe’s plan.  When the bomb exploded it knocked down the guards, and they escaped.  “Wow that was awesome,” said Mammoth as they were running.  Just then Joe tripped and tripped Mammoth.  The other person didn’t notice and kept running till they escaped.  Then Lord Licorice came, and captured them.  He put them in a cage and threw the key in the lava.  Then he put them hanging on a rope above lava and took a timer and when it ringed a knife would cut the rope and they would fall into the lava.


He set the timer for 48 hours.  “If you want to escape you should stop thinking about it, you are in the middle of a circle with no way to get out, but if somehow you do escape the lava there are guards surrounding you, but if you want to escape good luck you have 2 days,” said Lord Licorice.  Then he was off.  “We’ll have to think of a plan,” said Mammoth.  Then Joe looked up and saw all Lord Licorces creations, he hated Lord Licorice so he threw a stone at 1 of his inventions, but he accidently threw it too hard and it knocked it over, and it fell into his hands.


It said,” The hungry gun.” He read the instructions and they said,” Shoot somebody with it and they will get so hungry they can’t help it.”  Just then an idea went to Mammoth’s mind.  “ I Have an idea, we can shoot all the guards with the hungry gun and they will go away to try to get something to eat then we will shake the cage and it will break on that point and we will fall out and escape,” said Joe.  “Let’s wait til midnight,”  said Mammoth.  Mammoth said this because he knew guards would switch, and the guards on duty in the day would be asleep, so if they escaped and the guards saw them they wouldn’t have much help and it would be easier to escape.


They looked up the clock.  “Hey Mammoth, we only have 20 hours left,” said Joe.  “Don’t worry we have 3 hours til midnight.  3 hours passed by and Mammoth saw the guards switching.  “Ok, let’s wait til they’re all in position, then we’ll escape,” said Mammoth.  When all the guards were in position Joe began shooting them with the hungry gun.  They heard complaints saying, “Why do we have to starve just because of these stupid kids?”  “I’m so hungry.”  Then they all ran to eat.  “Now,” said Mammoth. They started shaking the cage, until it reached the point and it broke the cage, but they didn’t jump out in time and they started falling down to the lava.


To be continued…


April 21

Adventures In Candy Land Chapter 2

                                                                  Adventure in Candy Land Chapter 2

Candy House Of Clues


                                                                                                                                                                                                                   If you haven’t read part 1 of the story, please do before you read Part 2 you won’t know what’s going on.  We want you to enjoy the story, so enjoy!


They saw nothing.  “ I swear I heard something,”  said Mammoth.  “Me too,” said Joe.  “Wait, I still have the flashlight,” said Mammoth.  He shined it in the bushes.  “Nothing, he must have gotten away somehow,” said Mammoth.  “But how, there is no way out,” said Joe.  “Let’s go to bed,” said Mammoth.  The next day Joe, and Mammoth woke up, and kept exploring.  They climbed a hill, and Joe saw this weird house.  “Let’s go,” said Joe.  “Yeah,” said Mammoth.


When they got to the house it was locked.  “Wait, it has the same symbol the flashlight does,” Said Joe. They shined the flashlight at the lock, and the door opened.  They went inside, and saw lots of candies.  They looked behind a candy, and they saw a clue.  It was another symbol, different from the one they already found.  “There must be something else to this,”  said Mammoth.  “There could be another flashlight,”  said Joe.


They looked behind another piece of candy, and found the flashlight.  “There it is,”  said Mammoth.  They took it and turned shined it on the symbol.  Then a door opened, and they went down the stairs and heard a creepy sound. When they were going down they both took a flashlight that they had out to help them see.  All around them was just candy and more candy and even more candy. They saw a piece of paper.


            It said, Leo Licorices Will.  They grabbed the will, but then they heard an earthquake.  “Run!” said Mammoth.  They escaped just in time.  “Let’s get out of this place,” fast!”  Said Joe.  “Wait, we found a flashlight, and a symbol, there has to be something else,”said Mammoth.  Just then they heard the sound they heard last night.  It sounded like help.  “Remember last night when we heard someone calling help,”  said Joe.  “Yeah,” said Mammoth.  “When we looked inside we found a doorknob,” said Joe.  “Let’s follow the sound and see if we can find a secret door,” said Mammoth.  

They followed the sound, and it kept getting louder and louder till they were close enough. It seemed like it was right next to them.  Then it suddenly stopped.  “What,” said Joe.  “Look, there’s a doorknob on the wall,”  said Mammoth.  Let’s open it and see what’s inside shall we,” said Joe.  “Yeah,” said Mammoth in a worried way.  The door was locked. “Is there someone in here?,” Asked Joe.  There was no answer.  Just then the door opened by itself, and nobody came out.  They went in as quietly as they could.  They snuck in and hid behind the door.


They saw a sign that said,“ home of Lord Licorice”.  “This must be Lord Licorices kingdom,” said Joe.  They snuck closer to his guards, and saw somebody trapped inside.  “So that was who was calling help,” said Mammoth.  They saw a key right next to Lord Licorices.  “The key!”  said Joe in a loud voice.  They heard feet rushing towards them.

To be continued…

April 11

Week 6 Blog Challenge, The Awesome Things My Family Did Last Year.

                                              The Awesome things My Family Did Last Year!


      Hi everyone, today I will be telling you all the fun things my family did last year which will relate to their interests.  First, One awesome thing we did with my family last year was go to Virginia and had lots of fun!  Next, another fun thing we did with my family last year was go to Ohio to are cousins wedding, and to see are relatives that live in Ohio.  Then, One more fun thing we did with my family last year was ice fishing at a lake thirty minute away from my house and is big.  Last, the fourth fun thing we did with my family was celebrate Christmas and open up presents then have dinner together.

      First, one awesome thing we did with my family last year was go to Virginia and have lots of fun!  We went swimming and played tag build a lot of big sand castles and just relaxed.  Since my family has a big interest in fishing we took our boat along with us and caught lots of fish!  When I say lots, I mean lots.  Are cousins and friends went to so we played volley ball, hide and seek and a whole bunch of other stuff!  We also went and had lunch together at the little house we were renting.  We had pillow fights with are brothers and went to the pier at night and played games and fished as well.  It was a awesome vacation at Virginia!

      Next, another fun thing we did with my family last year was go to Ohio to are cousins wedding, and to see are relatives that live in Ohio.  We first went to our relatives house to sleep over the night since we came late.  But, we also sat at the table drinking tea or coffee and talked about what’s going on and stuff.  The next day, we got dressed and went to the wedding.  At the wedding there was food and drinks everywhere, it was like a magical world of awesomeness.  After the wedding, we went back to our relatives house and got everything packed up and ready to go. When it was dark outside we said bye and left home.

      Then, one more fun thing we did with our family last year was going ice fishing at a lake thirty minutes away from my house.  We caught a lot of fish last year and a lot of big ones.  My dad caught a state record fish called crappie!  I mean it was huge, eighteen and a half pounds! It was the biggest one I’ve ever seen.  Everyone in my family has interests in all kinds of fishing so, when it’s winter and the ice is solid we go ice fishing.  We then bring it back home and cook it up for dinner.  We sometimes make fish soup and eat that for dinner as well.

Last, the fourth fun thing we did with my family was celebrate Christmas and open up presents.  It was awesome and fun because we had pillow fights and we played around in the snow!  We all had dinner which was soup, chicken, corn, salads and lemonade!  After the big feast also known as dinner we went outside with our whole family and had a snowball fight.  After that we went inside to open up presents and all of us got what we wanted!  For the rest of the day we just played with our new and awesome toys!  We all went to bed when we finished playing and I said it was the best Christmas ever!  These are the awesome things my family did last year.