Haikus by me

Here are some Haikus I wrote. A Haiku is a strict Japanese poem. The first line has to be 5 syllables, then the second line had 7 syllables, and the last line has 5 syllables. In all there should be 17 syllables. Here are some Haikus i’ve written.

Trees sway in the wind

The majestic sun hides now

Critters go to bed

 

I’m the Wallflower

I’m a sweet – smelling velvet

I love the springtime

 

Splendid things fill me

Against the blue, summer sky

I shine in the sky 

 

I hope you enjoyed some of my haikus. I’ll post some more soon.

 

Your poetry blast friend,

Mara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun Games to Play Outside

Hi everyone! I was just playing outside and got a great idea for a blog post. I will tell you how to play some games I made up with a few simple outside play things.

First of all, here are all the things you need for all the games. A hula hoop, a ball, a small table or stand you can bring outside, a driveway, and a yard. Ok! Let the games began.

The first one is Toss the Hoop. Use the the small table or stand and place it close to a your first shooting area. Take the Hula Hoop and stand close to the small table or stand. Toss the hoop so it goes around the table. If you make it you move the table a little father away. If you miss you can try again. You have 5 tries in the whole game. When you’ve reached 5 you’re out.

Running Ball is the next game I made up. Place a ball in your hands at the end of your driveway. Throw the ball toward your garage. Try to run past the ball before it falls in a ditch or gets to the end of the driveway.

The finally game is Twist the Hoop. Place your arm in the air with the Hula Hoop in your hands. Then throw it. Let it land, then count to 5. Then try to catch the hoop before it falls.

I hope you’ll try these games. If you have any questions please comment.

Your Inventor,

Mara

The Birchbark House – Book Review

This a book review I wrote on one of my all time favorite books called The Birchbark House. Here it is:

The Birchbark House is a fabulous book written by Louise Erdrich, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of the Ojibwa. The Birchbark House has won the Jane Addams Children Book Award and the National Book Award. While reaching her family history, Ms. Erdrich was inspired to write The Birchbark House. Louise Erdrich wrote three sequels to The Birchbark House. The sequels are Game of Silence, The Porcupine Year, and Chickadee.

The Birchbark House is a book about a seven year old girl named Omakayas [oh-mah-kay-ahs.] Omakayas lives with baby Neewo, her little annoying brother Little Pinch (later on in the book known as Big Pinch), her older sister Angeline, Mama, Deydey her father, and Nokomis her grandmother. The Birchbark House is put into seasonal sections. Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring. In Omakayas’s language Neebin, Dagwaging, Biboon, and Zeegwun. Omakayas’s story is set in Madeline Island, Wisconsin. Madeline Island is by the Apostle Islands.

Here are some reasons why I like The Birchbark House. First of all, I love the cute pictures drawn by Ms. Erdrich. I also love the traditional stories told by Omakayas’s dad and grandmother that Ms. Erdrich put in the book. The traditional stories are Nanabozho and Muskrat Make an Earth, Where the Sisters Eat also known as Deydey’s Ghost Story, and Fishing the Dark Side of the Lake. I tell Where the Sisters Eat and Fishing the Dark Side of the Lake as ghost stories at sleepovers. 
I also love the map in the back of the book, that shows where some things in the book happened. My mother likes this book because she liked seeing how Native Americans lived in Wisconsin .

If you liked the “Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio” or “Little House on the Prairie” I would recommend the book. I hope you will read the stupendous book and it’s sequels.

If you have any ideas for blog posts please comment. I’d also post a link to your website if you have a blog.

Your blogger,

Mara

Spring Break!

imagesHello everybody! My spring break is only two days away. Hooray! I”m pausing my brain from school to celebrate spring. Here is my list of things to do.

Saturday 4\12 – Celebrate the American Girl Addy’s Birthday, Ballet,  and play with my neighbors.

Sunday  4\13 – Celebrate my friend’s birthday at a ping pong place

Monday 4/ 14 – Dad is off

Tuesday  4/15 –  Hit the Mall With Mom day

Wednesday 4/16  - I go to Dad’s work also known as ‘bring your kid to work day’

Thursday 4/17 – TBA

Friday 4/18 – I might go to my Great Grandma’s retiring home

Saturday 4/19 – I might go to Illinois

Sunday 4/20 – I might go to Illinois

Monday 4/21 – I might go to Great Grandma’s.

That’s all were doing. I’m so exciting. What are you doing for Spring Break?

Your Happy Blogger,

Mara

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Colorado River

The Colorado River flows through Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, and Mexico. The Colorado is endangered though. It brings water to 360 million people. The Colorado River is the most endangered river in America. To many people have moved there and the Colorado River doesn’t have enough water for everyone. The Colorado River is like the American Nile. We need to take action. Water is more precious than gold. You can live without gold but you can’t live without water. Some ideas for saving water are below. If you live in a different country you can still use the ideas to prevent this happening to your country.

1. Take a 5 minute shower

2. Turn the water off while brushing your teeth

3. Go to a carwash instead of washing your car on your own

4. Maybe get a low flush toilet installed

5. If you’re waiting for your shower to heat up maybe collect the water that falls. You can use that water to water your plants or garden.

6. If it rains you can put buckets outside to collect the rain and use it to water plants or a garden

Those are a few ideas. There are 10 other endangered rivers in America I know of. I will list them below.

1. Black Warrior – Alabama

2. Boundary – Minnesota

3. Catawba – North Carolina and South Carolina

4. Flint – Georgia

5. Kootenai – British Colombia, Montana, and Idaho

6.  Little Plover – Wisconsin

7. Merced – California

8. Niobrara – Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming

9.  Rough and Ready – Oregon

10. San Saba – Texas

Those are some others. I hope everyone can start helping.

Your Environmentalist,

Mara

People who Changed the World – Kofi Annan

Hi everybody! Today’s birthday person is Kofi Annan a UN [ United Nations] secretary general. I hope you enjoy it.

Kofi Annan was born on Friday, April 8th, 1938 in Kumasi, Ghana. His twin sister was Efua Ataa. Some children in Kofi’s tradition are named after the day of the week they are born. Kofi in Akan means Friday. From 1954 to 1957, Kofi attended The Elite Mfantsipim School. The year Kofi graduated from Mfantsipim Ghana gained independence from Great Britain. In 1958, Kofi began studying economics at the Kumasi College of Science and Technology. Now the school is called Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Ghana. Long name huh?I wonder if the younger kids at that school now can remember it.

In 1962, Kofi started working as a Budget Officer for the World Health Organization, an agency of the UN. From 1974 – 1976 he was the Director of Tourism in Ghana. He then was appointed Assistant Secretary – General in three consecutive positions. The positions are Human Resources, Management, and Security Coordinator. Kofi also served as Under – Secretary – General.

Titi Alakija was married to Kofi Annan in 1965. Titi was a Nigerian woman. A few years later they had a daughter named Ama and later a son named Kojo. Titi and Kofi separated in the late 1970′s. In 1984, Kofi Annan married Nane Lagergren a Swedish woman. They had a daughter named Nina.

Kofi is now 76 years old. Kofi Annan has changed the world.

 

Your buddy,

Mara

 

 

People who Changed the World – Russell Crowe

I decided to do some posts on people who have changed the world. Everyday that is possible I do a blog on a famous person born that day. Today I’m going to write a little about Russell Crowe the actor.

He was born on Tuesday, April 7th, 1964 in Wellington, New Zealand. His full name was Russell Ira Crowe. His parents were Jocelyn Yvonne and John Alexander Crowe. His paternal grandfather, John Doubleday Crowe was from Wrexham, Wales. One of Crowe’s maternal great grandmothers was Maori. Crowe is also English, German, Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Scottish, and Swedish. When Russell was four he moved to Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He was educated at Sydney Boys High School. When he was 14 their family including his brother Terry moved back to New Zealand where Russell attended Auckland Grammar School.

His first film was Prisoners of the Sun. His first American film was The Quick and the Dead. Some more films include L.A Confidential, A Beautiful Mind, Master and Commander, Cinderella Man, A Good Year, 3:10 to Yuma, State of Play, Robin Hood and the Next Three Days, Les Miserables, Man of Steel, and Noah and Winter’s Tale.  Russell married Danielle Spencer on April 7th, 2003. 39 years after he was born. Danielle and Russell had two children, Charles and Tennyson. Between 1999 and 2005 Russell was involved in four altercations. Still Russell Crowe is still a great man who has changed the acting world.

 

Your reporter,

Mara