Thursday, January 14, 2021

Our Systems: Our Bodies and Emotions

Our Systems: Our Bodies and Emotions 

As we go through life, we grow through life! Every year we are alive our bodies and minds grow and change! In life, we start as babies, and then go from being children, to adolescents, to adults, to elderly


As we grow, not only do our bodies change but so do our emotions. As we grow older we may become more confident. As we live we will experience so many emotions. Here are some emotions we may feel: 

It is important to talk about your emotions and understand that whatever emotion you are feeling, other people have felt this too. Try this interactive worksheet to learn about the different emotions someone could feel. ------> How are you today? 


When we are children we grow the most! 

When we are children we learn to walk and talk. 

When we are children we learn how to use our bodies to do so many wonderful things, like run, dance, and ride a bike. 

When we are children we have to depend on adults to take care of us and teach us how to live.  

What are some things you have learned to do as a child?

What are some ways your body has changed as a child? 

What are some ways your emotions have changed from when you were younger? 


When we are adolescents our bodies change very fast. As we go through puberty we grow taller, stronger and heavier. When we are adolescents we also grow more hair on our bodies. During puberty boys and girls bodies begin to look more different from each other. It is very normal during adolescents to experience a lot of different and new emotions. We become more independent but also learn how to become part of a group. 

To learn to be a part of a group, it is important to learn: 

1) How to be a good listener.

2) To be understanding.

3) To be respectful. 


When we are adults our bodies stop growing. At this point our bodies are ready to have children. When we are adults we are better at understanding peoples emotions. Because adults have more responsibilities, they may suffer from stress and become tired after the day. 

What are some things you look forward to about being an adult? 

How do you think your parents are different from you? 



When we are elderly our bodies change again. Our skin becomes wrinkly and our hair turns white. When you are elderly your muscles and bones will become more fragile. Although our bodies may become weaker, we become wiser. Having lived a long life, elderly people can give advice to younger people. 

Do you have grandparents? 

What is your favorite thing about them? 

What is something you look forward to about being elderly? 

Watch this video on how our wonderful body grows! 

Which stage of life are you most excited for and why? 

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Our Systems: The Five Senses

The Five Senses

We use our five senses to experience the world, and recognize what is going on around us! Each of our five senses has a sense organ. Without our sense organs, we wouldn't be able to use our senses! 

Watch this video to learn about the five senses <-------- follow the link! 

Fill in the blanks below to test your knowledge of the sense organs! 

Activity 1: 

The organs of sight are the _______. 
The organs of hearing are the _______.
The organ of taste is the _______. 
The organ of smell is the ________.
The organ of touch is the _________. 

Our sense organs are used to identify different parts of our surroundings, match each sense organ with what it identifies!

Activity 2: 

Activity 3: 

For each of the sentences below, identify which sense(s) you use to tell you... 

1. That pan is hot! 
2. There is a car alarm going off.
3. Those chairs are orange. 
4. That soup is spicy. 
5. Someone must be backing cookies!

Check your answer here and see how you did :)   

Answers Activity 1: 

The organs of sight are the eyes
The organs of hearing are the ears.
The organ of taste is the tongue
The organ of smell is the nose.
The organ of touch is the skin

Answers Activity 2: 

Answers Activity 3: 

1. That pan is hot! You use your sense of touch.  
2. There is a car alarm going off. You use your sense of hearing. 
3. Those chairs are orange. You use your sense of sight. 
4. That soup is spicy. You use your sense of taste. 
5. Someone must be backing cookies! You use your sense of smell. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2021



The parts of a family!

No two families are the same. Some families are big and some families are small. All families are unique and special. 

Some people that can be in a family are a mother, a father, a sister, a brother, a grandmother, a grandfather, an aunt, an uncle, and cousins 

How are you related to your family? 

A person's brother or a sister is their sibling. 
A person's grandmother is their mother or father's mother. 
A person's grandfather is their mother or father's father. 
A person's uncle is their mother or father's brother.
A person's aunt is their mother or father's sister. 
A person's cousin is their aunt or uncle's kid.

 Juliet's family
In my family, I have a father. My father's name is Harold. In my family, I also have a mother. My mother's name is Yvette. In my family, I also have two sisters. My older sister's name is Emilia and my younger sister's name is Annaliese. 

I love my family! They have taught me so much and show me so much support and care! 

Who are the different people in these families? 

Who is in your family? What is your favorite part of having a family? 

Thursday, December 17, 2020



Billions of people from all around the world celebrate the holiday Christmas! Christmas day is December 25th. While Christians celebrate Christmas Day as the anniversary of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, many people who are not religious also celebrate Christmas. Christmas is celebrated through various exciting traditions and activities. While every family has a different way of celebrating Christmas, many customs are shared between families. Popular ways of celebrating Christmas include exchanging gifts, decorating Christmas trees, attending church, sharing meals with friends and family, and of course waiting for Santa Claus to arrive! Let's take a look at some of these popular ways to celebrate Christmas in the United States of America. 

On Christmas people often give their friends and families gifts. Although Christmas is not truly about material things, it can be great fun to pick something out for someone you care about. A great part of the tradition of giving gifts is getting to wrap the presents in colorful and festive wrapping paper and put them under a Christmas tree. 

Many families decorate their homes with a Christmas tree. In a lot of places in the United States, you can go pick out and cut down your Christmas tree yourself. Families then bring the tree home to decorate it. To decorate a Christmas tree, first, you put on the lights. Then, you put on the garland. Next, you put on the ornaments, and finally, you put a tree topper on the top of the tree. Some typical tree toppers are stars or angels. Christmas trees light up a home with Christmas spirit. 
What are the steps to decorating a Christmas tree? 
First, _________________________
Then, _________________________
Next, _________________________
And finally, ____________________

Singing Christmas carols is a great way to spread Christmas cheer! People often listen to Christmas carols and Christmas music for the whole month of December. In the United States, there are many classic Christmas songs that you can expect to hear as soon as it is December. Below I have added a few links to some of our most popular and traditional Christmas songs! 

Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer

Jingle Bells

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

The Night Before Christmas

On the night before Christmas, or Christmas eve, there are also many Christmas traditions. On Christmas eve people hang stockings by the fireplace, leave a letter for Santa, leave cookies and milk for Santa (at my house we always left carrots for the reindeer too), and maybe watch a Christmas movie! On Christmas eve, children go to bed anxious to see if Santa Claus will visit them overnight and leave presents for them. Below is a classic poem about Christmas eve. 

Fill out this template to write your own letter to Santa! 

Another popular thing for people to do around Christmas time is to decorate their homes! Here are some photos my mom sent me this year of how she decorated our house for Christmas. 

My mom loves snowmen decorations. 

My mom decorated our front lawn with Christmas lights. 

This is my cat Sebastian sleeping in front of our Christmas tree. 

This is my cat Harley helping my mom wrap presents. 

Christmas Vocabular

Jesus of Nazareth
exchanging gifts
decorating Christmas trees
Santa Claus
Christmas tree lights
tree topper 
Christmas carols
Christmas eve 
Christmas cookies 
a letter to Santa Claus 

I hope you had a nice time learning about how Christmas is celebrated in the United States (or in my family at least), and that you all have an absolutely beautiful Christmas. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Yosemite National Park

The Landscape of Yosemite National Park

Out of all the landscapes of the world, it is no question that Yosemite is an impressive one! Yosemite National Park is in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains! Yosemite is well known for its giant, ancient sequoia trees, and for Tunnel View, the iconic vista of towering Bridalveil Fall and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome. 
Here is Yosemite on a map of California! 

The geologic story of Yosemite National Park can be considered in two parts:
(1) deposition and deformation of the metamorphic rocks and emplacement of the granitic rocks during the Paleozoic and Mesozoic times 

(2) and later uplift, erosion, and glaciation of the rocks during the Cenozoic era to form today's landscape.

In Yosemite National Park there is a large valley called Yosemite valley! As we know, Mountain landscapes have mountain ranges, mountains, ravines, and valleys. Because Yosemite has all these landforms it is a mountain landscape! Can you look at my pictures from Yosemite National park and identify any of the landforms you have learned about? 

Two of the most famous mountains in Yosemite National park are Half Dome and El Capitan! 

Although most of Yosemite National park is a natural landscape, the park has man-made landscapes too. Roads have been paved in the valley to make the natural wonders more accessible to people wanting to visit. Because camping is a very popular activity to do in Yosemite, a little camping village called Half Dome village was built to make life more comfortable for park guests and rangers. The village has gift shops, an information center, and a grocery store! Look at the photos below and distinguish which is a natural landscape of Yosemite and which is a man-made landscape. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020



Look around you, what do you see? Everything around you is a landscape! Landscapes can be natural and man-made. Natural landscapes are areas that have not been transformed by human activity. Man-made landscapes have been transformed by human activity. There are various reasons why humans may transform a natural landscape to be a man-made landscape: people may farm the land for food or build on the land for shelters. People may also create roads and railways for transport.
 In the picture above there are examples of everything I have just mentioned, can you find examples of natural and man-made landscapes, farmed land, houses (shelters), and roads in this landscape picture? 

Rural vs. Urban Landscapes

Rural landscapes are typical of the countryside. Rural landscapes have fewer inhabitants than urban landscapes. Rural landscapes can be categorized by big open spaces, fields, pastures, and perhaps an agricultural presence: open spaces are ideal for farming. What do you see in this rural landscape? 

Urban landscapes are found in towns and cities. Urban landscapes typically include houses or apartment buildings and shops, they can also include factories. More people tend to live in urban landscapes because all the amenities necessary for a comfortable life are close by. There are also motorways in urban landscapes. Sevilla is an example of an urban landscape! What do you see in this urban landscape? 

Inland vs. Coastal landscapes

Inland landscapes are far away from the coast. They have landforms such as mountains, hills, valleys, rivers, and plains! 
This diagram of an inland landscape has a few more features labeled so you can learn even more about the characteristics of inland landscapes! 

Practice labeling the landforms of an inland landscape here!

Coastal landscapes are next to the sea or coast! Coastlines can be straight or irregular. They have landforms such as beaches, cliffs, headlands, and bays. 

Here is a picture of the coastal landscape of Half Moon Bay, California (where I am from).
Can you identify a few of the coastal landforms in this picture?

Practice labeling the landforms of a coastal landscape here!

Try this interactive worksheet to see how well you can identify different landscapes!

What is a relief? A relief is the difference between the highest and the lowest elevations in an area. A relief can be flat or mountainous! 
Mountain landscapes have mountain ranges, mountains, ravines, and valleys. 
Flat landscapes have plains and plateaus.
A plain is an area of low, flat land. There are also coastal plains.
A plateau is a high plain, often inland. The Meseta in the center of Spain is a big plateau.

What is your favorite landscape? Which of the landscapes we have just learned about have you visited? 

Tuesday, November 24, 2020


Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on and be grateful for all that is in your life. It is a time to gather with family and friends (perhaps not this year) and appreciate one another. On Thanksgiving, we pay special attention to all that we are thankful for, it is also important on thanksgiving to think about the history that got us to the place we are today, the people that came before us and their stories. Now that you are thinking about Thanksgiving, what are you thankful for? 

On Thanksgiving people often eat turkey, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, mac and cheese, bread rolls, and gravy!

My family is vegan so our Thanksgiving feast is a little different. We recreate traditional Thanksgiving meals with all vegan ingredients and instead of a turkey, we have a tofurky! 

It is important to consider, Thanksgiving is a holiday that has changed a lot since its creation. There are some aspects of the history of Thanksgiving that don't feel like something to celebrate: relations between pilgrims and Native Americans were often quite problematic. However, despite this all, Thanksgiving is now more so a time to come together with family and reflect on what you are thankful for. It is important to acknowledge the good and the bad in our history, it does not have to be one or the other. This all is wrapped up in the spirit of Thanksgiving. It is a day to acknowledge the pain of the past and acknowledge that the existence of both the good and the painful is an essential part of the human experience. With this, what are you thankful for? The good and the difficult. 

Our Systems: Our Bodies and Emotions

Our Systems: Our Bodies and Emotions  As we go through life, we grow through life! Every year we are alive our bodies and minds grow and cha...