Welcome to our Authors and Artists blog! This is a web site for my "Budding Authors and Artists" (grades 1-3) and "Awesome Authors and Artists" (grades 3-6) to have a chance to showcase their work. Please feel free to leave any comments for these outstanding authors or their teacher!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Our Greatest Inventions!

     After studying Thomas Edison and his greatest inventions, the students got to invent their own amazing new product!  The "Budding" class wrote one paragraph describing their inventions.  The "Awesome" class wrote a five paragraph essay, after outlining:
~a title and brief description
~how their invention would work
~whom it would help
~any interesting features/cost
~a fabulous "sell it" conclusion

     Here are a few of my favorites across the grades!

The Positive Attituder, by Lucy (6th grade)
     What do you see when you look at a city?  You see busy people who claim they don't have time, but somehow they find the time to complain.  "The Positive Attituder" will prevent these cities from moaning!  All you have to do is put these magical earphones on your head and fall asleep.  It will create a positive idea about the day ahead.

     This phenomenal and easy machine gives you a Can-Do attitude.  All you do is put the otherworldly machine over your ears.  It plays soft music to lull you to sleep, and once you are asleep, a soothing voice whispers encouraging thoughts into your worthy mind.  Then, the next day, you are ready to seize the day!

     This wouldn't just help busy, city people.  This invention aims high to help any stressed person.

     Anyone can get different designs to go on these supernatural earphones.  It only costs an undemanding price of $9.99, so it can be affordable for any occupied and thwarted person.  The size is also adjustable for any head.

     With "The Positive Attituder," anyone can be successful.  They can also be inspired to make other beneficial inventions to help improve others' lives!

     The Insta-Print, by Ethan (5th grade)
     Thomas Edison was born on February 11, 1847.  He was a great American inventor who made the light bulb.  Thomas Edison's light bulb changed the industrial world.  This new machine called the Insta-Print will change the world forever, too!

     Have you ever heard a student say, "Ugh!  I'm done with my rough draft, but now I have to write a final copy."  Or, "I don't have enough ink to make then copies.  I wish I had a printer that doesn't use any ink."  Or, "I wish printers didn't have cords, didn't malfunction, and I also wish printers were easy to set up."  With the Insta-Print, these complaints will never be said again!

     The Insta-Print is very easy to use.  First, write your notes, essays, or draw a drawing.  Next, choose your paper type, color, and size.  Then, choose black and white, or color.  Fourth, push "print," and wait five seconds.  Then, the thing you want to print will be printed!

     This invention would help 1st-12th graders most.  But this invention can help artists, authors, or anyone who wants to write a paper only once!

     The Insta-Print is only $34.99 and is available on Amazon, Prime-Now, and EZ Buy.  It is also available in retail stores like Target, Walmart, Costco, and Safeway.  The Insta-Print comes in fifteen modern colors.  It can fold up and fit in your pocket!  This Insta-Print is different from a printer because the Insta-Print does not need ink, and is cordless.  You might think, "Then I guess it needs batteries instead of cords."  If you thought that, you are wrong!  It does not need batteries!  The Insta-Print is easy to set up as well.  It's perfect!

     Next time, when you need an essay or school paper, it will be PERFECTLY easy!

Painless Teeth Toothbrush and Toothpaste Set, by Sasha (4th grade)
     Don't you want your wiggly teeth to come out painlessly?  Well, buy the Painless Teeth Toothbrush and Toothpaste.  It makes your loose teeth come out without any discomfort.

     The Painless Teeth products are easy to use.  You put the toothpaste on the brush and brush your teeth.  It will not make all of your teeth come out.  It works for loose and wiggly teeth only.  You wait one minute, and the tooth falls out painlessly.

     This invention would help millions of kids all over the world.  No more hurting teeth?  That would be heaven!  If you're a parent, wouldn't it be nice to not have a screaming child yelling at you when you are trying to pull out their loose teeth?

     You can get this product in any color.  One dollar less if you get it in blue.  One dollar more if you get it pink.  You can customize the color and the flavor!

     Never have painful loose teeth again!

The Book Jumper, by Daniella (4th grade)

            How many times have you ever wanted to play a character in a book? Well the Book Jumper is for you!
       These are the easy steps which you have to follow to make the Book Jumper work. You would get the book and it would scan your face. This screen would appear with a keyboard next to the screen. Next you would type in the name of the book you want to go into, and the character's name you desire to play. You would open the book to find a whirling tornado. It would cover most of the room. You would do the biggest jump you can imagine. Then you would find yourself spinning in every direction. Finally, you could see the setting of the book. You get to play the character you chose for the whole year.
This invention would help all book lovers because you can get to know the book better and you can experience all of the feelings that the character has. It would also help the Authors of the book because all the people who go in the book would give feedback to the Author.
This invention has many cool facts. There’s no cost, and the book jumper would appear when needed. The design would appear when you type in the name of the book, (the design that sutes the book will appear). Even if you’re a girl, you can play a boy! The book is magical, so it can read your mind and see if you want to change a boy to a girl, or the other way around. It even works on all comics.  If you only watched the movie, you can’t use it, and if you never even read the book (you’re sad in my opinion) you can never use the book jumper!

Think about it; going to fictional, foreign lands that only you can say, “That’s my dream come true!”     

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Thomas Edison's Greatest Invention

     The "Awesome Authors and Artists" participated in a fun persuasive writing/speaking assignment.  Week #1, they learned all about Thomas Edison's most famous inventions, and formed groups based on their opinions on which one was THE most important.  They wrote essays together (or sometimes separately, if no one chose to agree with them), using teamwork and research to come up with the best arguments.  Week #2, the students met with their group to fine tune and add any new arguments, and then had fun debating with a speech and a question/answer session.   I gave the students the option of symbolically joining someone who had persuaded them so well that their minds got changed.  (I say "symbolically," because they were a little worried they would have to write a second paper!  I made sure to let them know that all they had to do was get up and join that new group in spirit!) 

     Sophia (5th grade) was one of those students who started this assignment off alone, and ended up convincing Sammie and Samantha (5th graders) to join her group due to her persuasive arguments.  She also did a great job of proving that Thomas Edison's other inventions wouldn't be possible without this one.  Bravo, Sophia!  Here is her piece:

     The Powerful Power Stations!

     I chose the power station as Thomas Edison's most important invention because it controls everything and makes everything work!  I hope that you will be convinced that the power station is the best invention by Thomas Edison.

     There are tons of power stations everywhere.  They are so important!   They help run video games, light bulbs, schools, shopping malls, factories, and many more important things that everybody loves.

     Without the power station, the world would be dark because of no light at night.  Countries that have few hours of sunlight would not be able to see!  People would starve to death because of no power to help the refrigerators keep food cold.  There would be no light to write stories on the typewriter or to help build the electric train!  Kids wouldn't be happy, because they couldn't play with electric toys.

     The power stations bring light to the dark world!

     Dylan (6th grade), Charlotte (6th grade), and Joseph (5th grade) all agreed that the phonograph was Edison's most important invention.  Here is why!

     The Phonograph is the best of Thomas Edison's inventions.  The Beatles, Metallica, Led Zeppelin, and AC/DC wouldn't be around if not for the phonograph.  The phonograph also led to things that we use daily, like CD's and tape recorders.  If there were no DVD's, there would be no videos of shows that you forgot to watch in the theater.  Also, without the phonograph, there would be no sound from the phone.

     Sometimes, if the music is fast, it will make you fast too.  If it is slow music, it might have the opposite effect.  This can also be a good thing because if somebody has anger issues or someone has high blood pressure, it can make them calm and then lower their blood pressure.

     This is why the phonograph is easily, by far, the greatest invention.  It inspired other inventions.  If not for the phonograph, many other inventions wouldn't exist.

     Sophia (3rd grade) picked the invention Edison is most famous for: the light bulb.  Enjoy her beautiful introduction, body, and conclusion in this well-organized essay!

     The light bulb is very important.  This invention changed the world.  It really helps light up your day!

     The light bulb is used to bring light to billions of houses.  Millions of people use its warm glow to light up classrooms.  Without the light bulb, this writing club would be held in almost entire darkness.  The simple light bulb led to modern lights, like the ones in this classroom.  The world needs light!  

     Candles used to be used instead of light bulbs.  They may set fire to paper or wood.  They may even set fire to your entire house!

     Imagine living in a northern country during winter.  You would only have two to three hours of daylight each day!  You would be living in vast darkness!

     No light bulbs, no streetlights or headlights.  No streetlights or headlights, no taking nighttime walks or driving at night.  Light bulbs really help light up the world!