This year in Language Arts class we read a book called The Westing Game. In the book there was a character named Turtle. Turtle loved to invest in stocks, so we took inspiration from her and decided to pretend to invest $20,000 in the stock market. How this worked was we imagined that we had $20,000 and distributed it to different stocks that we wanted to buy.

We would put the name of these stocks, the price per share, and how much money we were going to invest in that stock. We would repeat this until the $20,000 was spent. We would then check on the stocks that we invested in once every week. In the end, I made -1017.52. Some stocks I invested in were TSLA, AAPL, and SBUX. In conclusion, this was a very fun activity in Language Arts class and is definitely a favorite memory.

TED Like Talk

This year in Language Arts class we have done many interesting activities. One of which was making a TED Like Talk presentation. For this presentation, we had to choose a topic that we loved, do a lot of research on it, and then present it.

My presentation was on the invention of basketball. Basketball is special to me because both my brothers play it and I’ve been playing it since I was 5 years old. Below are some pictures of slides in my TED Like Talk.

The first picture is a question and answer slide and the second picture explains a very important rule in basketball.

Presenting to your whole class can be nerve-wracking, so our teacher provided some of Chris Anderson’s (Curator of TED) tips when presenting a TED Talk. Some of these tips included to rarely use video clips more than thirty seconds, don’t put everything your going to say on a slide and if you are going to add multiple photos to a slide, have a black background.

My Highlight of the Year

Throughout the year in LA (Language Arts) class, we have done lots of interesting things, but one of my favorite tasks that we did in class this year was reading a book called The Last Cuentista. In the book, the main character (Petra), wanted to be a storyteller. Petra was inspired by her abuelita (grandma). There were times when Petra was in doubt if she could ever become a storyteller, but she never stopped believing in her passion, even during the hard times when Petra thought she lost everything, (including her family) she kept telling stories. Petra’s cuenta inspired us to make our own cuenta, one that was very special to us, one that even in difficult times, we would never forget.

What’s your dream world? Mine includes buildings made out of candy, money trees, oceans that are bright pink, and mountains that are gold. Writing about our dream or ideal world was one of the activities we did in LA class this year. It made me really think about values and then they would come to life (in your mind)!

Do you have a special story or cuento? One that’s been passed from family member to family member? I do…. It’s about the immigration of my grandfather from Damascus, Syria to Chicago, Illinois. This story means a lot to me, it shows the dedication of hard work, diligence, and bravery. My grandfather had to go through a series of challenges to get to America. This includes leaving family and spending hours everyday studying. Despite that, my grandfather became a successful surgeon for 40 years and is now enjoying his retired life and his family!

Do you love reading books? If not, do you like making them? That was one of the other awesome activities we did in LA class this year and my favorite. We spent days choosing designs and making imprints for our book. In our books, we featured our ideal world story and our cuento. To make these books, we teamed up with artist Peg Gignoux. This experience was very fun and definitely one of the best memories of the year.

In conclusion, this year in LA class we did more than just read books, we made them. The books varied from a dream world to a story that is special in your family to literally making books. The activities in LA class were very memorable and were definitely a highlight in my year. I hope that 7th grades LA class will be just as memorable!



Heat Shield

Do you know what a heat shield is? Do you want to know? If so then this is the perfect blog for you. A heat shield is something that people use to keep spaceships from burning up in the atmosphere.

My science teacher challenged my class to build a heat shield that can protect an egg from cooking even though a blow torch would be on it. The items we were allowed to use ranged from lasagna to metal. We performed tests on different materials to see if they worked well with the heat.

My group and I created a prototype that we were happy with. Then we had the real test done with a blow torch against the heat shield, which was protecting our egg. Unfortunately, our egg had TWO millimeters of cooking! We learned from our experiences of what went wrong and what we could’ve fixed if we did it again!

Our heat shield


Hello, my name is Sloane and I live on planet Wahidi World. Life is great. I feel bad for anyone who is not living on planet Wahidi World or as I like to call it, “The Perfect World.” It’s not only a kid’s dream, it’s everyone’s. It’s a colorful, peaceful, fun, cool, and amazing planet. Some places are fully edible and loaded with CANDY!!! 

Planet Wahidi World is next to planet Earth, the two planets are in a competition. The main objective is the planet that has the greater population. Currently, Earth is winning but only by a few… billion people. All I know is that those people are missing out.

Most of the animals and plants on Wahidi World are the same as Earth, but there is one animal species that we have that Earth doesn’t. It’s called the greem. The greem is really cute, but can be really annoying at night preventing people from sleeping. The greem is half owl and half dog. 

Here on Wahidi World, we don’t have regular trees, we have money trees. That’s a dream on Earth, but a reality here. Objects in Planet Wahidi World are made out of all sorts of colors. For example, oceans are bright pink, mountains are gold, and the sky has every color you could ever imagine.

Since Planet Wahidi World has everything anyone could want, everyone is happy, meaning that we have no crime here. Ha, take that Earth! Planet Wahidi World also has no pollution, no climate change, and no global warming.

In conclusion, you should live on Planet Wahidi World because not only is the president Sophia Wahidi amazing, but we have so many plants, animals, and food that Earth doesn’t have!

The Museum of Natural Science

On January 27th, 2023 the whole 6th grade went on a field trip to The Museum of Natural Science, but the best part about it was that it wasn’t all about science. There were exhibitions about race, history, and animals. Many of the exhibitions were also interactive which made it so fun and entertaining.

One thing that I learned is that “Race is a biological myth, but a social reality.” Another exhibit I learned about was a meteorite that fell on the heavy populated city of Park Forest, Illinois. The meteorite damaged many homes and property’s. Overall, I learned a lot of things, while having fun at the same time!

Here’s a photo of some sixth graders at the museum

Picture taken by a sixth grade teacher

Window or Mirror

I am reading the book The Night Bus Hero by Onjali Q. Raúf. I chose this book because I had read another book by this author and loved it, so I started reading more of the authors books. The Night Bus Hero is a fiction book about this boy who is a bully that blames a homeless man for committing a crime. After a few days the boy realizes that the homeless man never actually did the crime. So the boy planned a heist with the homeless man he blamed and a bunch of other homeless people to catch the thieves. 

Books can either be a window or a mirror. A book that is a mirror is something that you can relate to while a window is a book where you look out your window and there’s a whole new world that’s very different from yours or a book you can’t relate to. My book is a window for me because I am not a bully and I would not blame someone for a crime unless I am one hundred percent sure that they actually committed that crime.This image was taken from the kindle app.

My Breathtaking Journey of Basketball

Do you like basketball? I don’t like it, I LOVE IT! I started shooting when I was five years old, and I’m still playing to this day. I only got interested because my older brothers started playing basketball and since I was the youngest, I did whatever they did. I started shooting for fun and playing against my brothers until I was seven or eight years old and then started playing in a league. When I went into a league, I practiced a lot and got much better over time, but then something terrible happened… the COVID-19 pandemic.

With COVID-19 spreading rapidly all throughout the world, everything was closed, everyone was stuck at home, but that gave me an opportunity to practice all the time! I would go outside for hours and shoot hoops in my driveway. I still have a lot to learn though, and look forward to that. That’s my journey of basketball and I’m going to continue to get better and better!

Wonderful Wisdom Tales Project


The picture shown above is a summary of the story Old Dog and Coyote in the book Wisdom Tales. There were different options of how I could represent this story. Some options included comic, stop motion animation, and Google slides. I didn’t want to choose a comic because I don’t prefer it when I’m reading a book. I don’t have any experience with stop motion animation, therefore, I was left with the option of Google slides, which I know how to use.

Old Dog and Coyote is a book about a dog who lived with a chicken farmer. The dogs only job was to protect the chickens, which he failed tremendously. The farmer yelled at the dog and then the dog felt humiliated and ran off into the desert. In the desert the dog saw a coyote and watched as the coyote jumped in a cactus, the dog felt bad and came running too the coyote taking each thorn out his body, one by one. The coyote thanked him and repaid the dog by prowling at the chickens, making it seem like the dog was saving the chickens. The farmer appreciated the dog from that day on.