Do you want to learn facts about Pandas and maybe even how to save them from extinction? If you read my article, I will tell you all about what they eat, where they live and even tell you the reasons why they are going extinct! This is all in my article so go ahead and read it I would love it if you did.
Pandas live in high in dense bamboo forests in the misty rainy mountains in Southwestern China. Pandas also sometimes live in the Chinese Zoos with a big area to roam around in and with people that adore Pandas so much. Pandas are originally from China. Pandas like to live in cool weather not hot or dry weather just cool climates.
Pandas eat bamboo as you all know, but they also enjoy honey, eggs, fish, fruit, and veggies like oranges, yams, and bananas. They also eat leaves, stems, and shoots. The Giant Pandas eat up to 20-40 pounds of food a day then they poo 50 times a day because they eat so much food.
When baby Pandas are born they weigh three to five ounces like a stick of butter. They are pink in color, blind, hairless, cute, and harmless. Pandas are the smallest newborn mammals relative to their mother’s size. They stay with their mother until they are 2 years old then they can fend for themselves out in the forest.
The reason Pandas are going extinct is that people are destroying the Panda’s habitat for development in China. There are only about 20 patches of forest in China left where the pandas can live. Pandas don’t have enough food to live in the forests. There are now only 1,114 Giant Pandas left alive in the world! Isn’t that horrible.
Pandas are going extinct. Isn’t that sad? So many people adore pandas. The world would be sad without pandas so we should come up with more ideas to help save the panda population.Like, give your loose change to Panda zoos because they also want to help save pandas.
Which sports do you play: Soccer, Baseball, Volleyball … or perhaps Cheese Rolling? You probably didn’t recognize that last one. Believe it or not, Cheese Rolling is an actual sport, where a round of cheese is sent down a very steep hill and people chase after it. The first person over the finish line at the bottom of the hill wins the cheese!
Want to discover which other unusual sports exist around the world? Keep on reading!
Chess Boxing – No pain, no gain
You know Boxing, and you know the game of Chess. What if I told you that those two can be combined into one? This is the sport of Chess Boxing!
It all started with a French comic book about boxers who would play chess after a round of boxing. A Dutchman, Iepe Rubingh, thought it would be a good idea to make this into an actual sport. The only thing he would change is that you would first play chess and then box.
The rules? First you play 4 minutes of chess, and then box for 2 minutes. You win by knocking your opponent out, winning at chess, or when your opponent runs out of time in the chess game. The first world championship was held in the capital of The Netherlands, Amsterdam, in 2003, where it was won by the founder of the sport. The sport of Chess Boxing is popular in Germany, the United Kingdom, India, and Russia. Sounds like a fun sport to me, but I wouldn’t want to get knocked out!
Crocodile Bungee Jumping – A mix of fun and fear
This next sport is just too crazy for words. You’re standing on a bridge with a bungee cord attached to you and you jump. Now imagine that in the water below you there are crocodiles. This next unusual sport is called Crocodile Bungee Jumping and it is especially popular in Australia. It may sound exciting, but it is also extremely dangerous. If your cord snaps, you may just die because of the hungry crocodiles. And there have been many accidents, so this sport is definitely not for the weak!
Extreme Ironing – Having a good climb and get some housework done
You may do this activity at home, but this the extreme version of it. This is Extreme Ironing! Extreme Ironing is where you travel to mountains, bodies of water, statues, canyons, or other exciting locations. It started when Phil Shaw came home from work in Leicester, England, he had to iron his shirts but also wanted to go evening rock climbing. Phil decided to combine both activities and make it a new extreme sport: one where your climb to the top of a mountain or dive under water and start ironing clothes. He traveled around the world to make the sport more popular. Today people practice this unusual sport all over the world in places like Mount Rushmore, the bottom of the ocean, the Grand Canyon. Amazingly enough it has not yet become very popular in North America. This sport is not for people with a fear of heights, depths, or enclosed spaces, but definitely for people who like ironing with a twist!
In conclusion, many of the crazy sports that you can think of are probably already being played in some part of the world. Some of the videos I saw showing unusual sports looked fun, but others were dangerous and you shouldn’t try them at home. The most fun sport for me to watch was Cheese Rolling. No matter how crazy the sport, this quote from Billie Jean King, a former professional tennis player, will always apply: ‘Sport teaches you character, it teaches you to play by the rules, it teaches you to know what it feels like to win and lose – it teaches you about life!’.
The reason I chose the history of Taekwondo is because I do it and it’s seems like it will be a fun topic to learn about. Taekwondo is a Korean sport. It teaches you self defense. For example if a stranger tries to kidnap you, you can use self defense to get away.
Each belt symbolizes someone’s advancement in Taekwondo. There are many belts in Taekwondo. Here they are in order -white, yellow, purple, orange, orange senior, green, green senior, blue, blue senior, brown, brown senior, red, red senior, and black.
Taekwondo was invented in 2333 B.C about, 4,300 years ago, but the name has only been around since 1955. It was invented in Old Korea. Back then Korea was divided in three parts Koguryo, Paekje, and Silla.
In the classes of Taekwondo when you are a black belt you can choose to be on the demo team or a training assistant. The demo team demonstrates Taekwondo and training assistant helps teach the lower belts Taekwondo.
Taekwondo is one word with several parts to it. The parts are, “Tae” meaning foot, “Kwon” meaning fist, and “Do” meaning “way of”. So, literally Taekwondo means the way of the foot and fist, but you do not just kick and punch. You also learn values of behavior.
When invented, Taekwondo was considered a self defense encourager. Today Taekwondo is considered a fun sport. Today we still use it for self defense, but it’s more fun and not so strict.
Did you know that one of San Diego’s MOST famous “celebrities” had four legs and a tail?! I had no idea that San Diego even had a town dog until my Grandma and my Mom told me about “Bum the Dog”!
When I heard that San Diego had a famous town dog, I wanted to find out more about “Bum” and what made this Half-St. Bernard/Half-Spaniel dog an important historical figure in San Diego’s history!
I wondered…how did Bum get to San Diego? How did he get the name “Bum” & what made him become so famous? Is there a memorial to Bum in San Diego? I had SO many questions that I decided I needed to do some investigative research to find out all the answers… and share them with… Y-o-u!
I was surprised to discover that Bum arrived in San Diego as a…stowaway! Bum was a stowaway aboard a steamship called the Santa Rosa. He traveled on this steamship all the way from San Francisco to San Diego way back in 1886! I couldn’t believe it! This was proof that Bum was a very adventurous, independent, and brave dog.
I also found out that Bum even had a couple books written about him! In the book: The Dog That Belonged to No One, the author Gerald A. Schiller wrote about how Bum got his name. I read about how Bum liked to hang out with the local “newsboys” (the town boys who sold newspapers on the streets of downtown San Diego).
In this story about Bum, the author wrote that one of these newsboys said:
“Well, I’ll be darned. You don’t seem to need my help in bummin’ some food – or maybe stealin’ it. Hey, there’s a name I can call ya. Bum. You’re just a bum, with no home or owner. But ya sure can bum food if ya need it, I guess. Then I think I’ll call you Bum!”
Also according to the journalist Richard Schulte, “His name suited him because he arrived as a town stowaway, befriended everyone and “bummed” quality food from the local eateries.” (Can you believe that some restaurants even put up signs in their windows that said: “Bum Eats Here”!?)
So, that was how Bum got his name, and it stuck with him his whole life! From that moment, he was forever “Bum”.
The townspeople of San Diego adopted Bum and he became San Diego’s first (and only!) town dog! Bum enjoyed many adventures during his life in San Diego. Some of his adventures included racing along with the horse drawn fire engines on the way to a fire, traveling by himself to Los Angeles and back to San Diego by train, officiating at town parades, and even greeting visiting dignitaries, such as U.S. President Benjamin Harrison! Bum even survived being hit by a train while he was fighting another dog on the train tracks! (Sadly though, Bum lost his right forepaw and part of his tail in this fight.)
Bum also survived a serious injury, after he was kicked by a horse!
When I visited the Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House, I found the special memorial to Bum, and also a lot of interesting facts about Bum!
I found out that Bum was so beloved by the citizens of San Diego that the city gave him a lifetime dog tag…Bum didn’t ever have to pay a dog license tax!
Bum was also declared “San Diego’s Official Town Dog”, and they even put his picture on “Dog Tax Receipts” of 1891.
When I was reading the plaque about Bum that is located next to the statue of Bum in the pocket park next to the museum, I noticed that pennies were left on the plaque and I wondered why. The lady at the museum told me that the pennies were symbolic of when Bum died on November 10, 1898, and the children of San Diego collected pennies for a proper funeral for Bum.
(I also left my own pennies for Bum on the lower left corner of the plaque!)
She told me that although Bum’s actual grave is not really known, this memorial statue of him is the first memorial to a historic animal in the State of California!
Bum was a remarkable street dog who won the heart of San Diego. Bum’s personality, survival skills, and independence brought San Diego together.
It’s no wonder that Bum the dog became San Diego’s famous first (and only!) town dog! Make sure to visit the memorial to “Bum the Dog” the next time you visit the Gaslamp District in downtown San Diego…and remember to leave a penny for Bum!
Did you know that about 100,000 African elephants are killed in just 3 years by ivory-seeking poachers? If the poachers keep hunting and killing the elephants just for their ivory tusks, the number will go down and the African elephants will be endangered of becoming extinct.
The reason the poachers are killing the elephants for their ivory is to make it into jewelry, ornaments, statues, and chopsticks. Ivory is seen as a symbol of wealth in countries in Asia. The most demand for the ivory is in China and Asia countries. The U.S also buy ivory from outside the country.
Many countries have laws against poaching and ivory trade. But why don’t the poachers follow the law? The poachers don’t follow the law because it is a weak law and the poachers always find a way to get out of it and there are a lot of corruption in most of these countries. Another reason people still want to buy ivory is because they are willing to spend a lot of money.
We can help save the elephants by spreading the words or to take action to stop the illegal ivory trade. We should stop buying ivory and new ivory is strictly banned. We can make a stronger law to protect the African elephants in the wild. We can also help by donating to world wildlife foundation or any other wildlife protection.
Ivory might be beautiful and valuable to all of us but it comes from dead elephants we would all rather have African elephants instead of ivory chopsticks or jewelry. We should stop the poachers from killing the elephants so we can make them go back into the millions like they used to be.
Did you know that basset hounds have long floppy ears help them smell better? Or that poodle means puddle in french? First that poodles love water and in french poodle means “puddle.” And dogs whiskers are much like our fingers.
Basset hounds have the longest ears and their ears fan the scents toward their nose. And the basset hound has an extra sharp nose. Basset hounds are also really good to watch dogs they have a deep bark which alarms them to stay away from who they are protecting. They were originally used for hunting and trailing. But they do have a lot of energy so they might need a daily walk.
Border collies are very curious and they live 12-15 years. Border collies are so curious that a border collie named Laika was so curious that she the was the first mammal ever to go into outer space! Border collies are very intelligent they were originally used to herd sheep or cows. They are so intelligent they can do many tricks such as flips and they take orders.
Beagles are very loyal and there are different breeds like the pocket beagle they are smaller than the normal beagle
Littering is damaging the environment. The problem with littering is that it’s poisoning the environment. Garbage is making its way into rivers and oceans, which is hurting animals like sea life birds and more. It seems like trashisthrown everywhere but a trashcan!Do you know how big the problem is? Have you ever seen pictures of the Pacific Garbage Patch? It is literally a floating island of plastic trash. It swirls around the sea, and surprisingly, it’s 2 times the size of Texas!
Animals are choking, getting trapped in trash and eating plastic and other garbage. Populations of fish are dying because of trash harming them, which is affecting the food chain. If the little fish dies, the big fish can’t eat it, and it ends up not finding food, and passing away. Some trash can be wrapped around an animal, and the animal chokes and dies
Carelessness of trash getting into bad places is NOT okay. Just by letting a small piece of trash, you could cause the death of a sea animal. It sounds like that’s crazy, but it could happen. Sea animals are so innocent, you don’t want to let a turtle die? Do you?
I think littering shouldn’t be done at all no matter what. Trash you throw on the ground could be blown into the sea where a bird or an animal could choke on it, So it should be stopped. It’s already illegal to do it, so don’t! It’s meaningless to drop trash on the ground when there’s literally a trash can 15 feet away! And that’s why you should never litter… EVER.
We love Kid President! He says some pretty amazing, touching, and powerful things. For example, “We can make everyday better for each other.” There are some terrible things going on in the world and it makes us wonder if we all just did one little nice thing for someone, then maybe our world would be a little better for everyone. How will you make today better for someone? What do you think about Kid President?
Did you know that 56% of kids ages 8-12 have cell phones? Well it’s true. A lot of kids over 8 have cell phones and I think that should not happen. Kids are spending too much time on phones. Phones are unhealthy for kids and it keeps you from from interacting with other people.
Kids are spending too much time on phones. We NEED TO STOP spending so much time on cell phones and we should play outside in the sun. Also, an average kid spends 73 minutes TEXTING on their phone in 1 day! And an average American spends 4.7 HOURS ON THEIR PHONES a day! Well part of this is because phones are so addicting that you play games or text or go on facebook all day and can’t get off.
This brings me to the next reason which is phones are unhealthy for you. I am not talking about it has sugar or anything, I am talking about how it is bad for your body. When you look at a screen, radioactive waves hit your eyes which hurts your eyes. Those radioactive waves keep on going till they hit your brain and cause a tiny bit of damage. But remember how phones are addicting, well that that can cause serious damage, especially for younger kids. Because kids brain haven’t fully developed yet, this can ruin their BRAINS! Being on phones too much can actually increase your stress levels.
Well my next reason why kids should not have cell phones is because they don’t interact with other people and play with other people. Kids just sit there and text or stuff like that when they are supposed to talk with their friends or family and be social with other people. And some people who are having dinner with their family people are still playing on their phones which I do not agree with that.
Although some parents think that it does improve your social skills by texting, but I think that is not true. Kids going on phones is a bad idea and is not worth damaging their eyes and brain. It is also not worth decreasing their social skills with other people. Kids should enjoy playing around outside in the sun. This is why I think kids should not have cell phones.
We are so pleased to announce that we are nominated for an Edublogs Award for 2015. We are a finalist in the category Best Class Blog!
If you’d like to support us with a vote, click here. First, find Mrs. McKelvey is the Class Blogs drop down menu and “select” it. Next, scroll down the page and click “Vote“. You can vote one time every day. Don’t forget to vote for your favorites in the other categories too. #Eddies15
* According to their website: The Edublog Awards is a community-based incentive started in 2004 in response to community concerns relating to how schools, districts and educational institutions were blocking access of learner and teacher blog sites for educational purposes. The purpose of the Edublog awards is to promote and demonstrate the educational values of these social media.
Have you ever wondered if elephants have emotions like humans do? Scientists say that they have many of the same emotions that human have. They can feel sadness, joy, love, jealousy, fury, grief, compassion and distress. And when one elephant is scared by something another elephant would calm it by touching it with it’s trunk. Elephant can also miss each other when they are not together or when the are separated. Two elephants, Shirley and Jenny, were reunited at a sanctuary in Tennessee after more than 20 years apart. they locked trunks, did a giant, elephant size hug. The even bent the metal bars of the gate that separated them to get closer to each other. Elephants can also help each other to get something they really want. They can also comfort a mom that a loss her baby. Elephants are even the most emotional species in the animal kingdom. These big animals have many emotions to express their feelings with.
Vending machines have come a very long way since the British inventor Percival Everitt invented coin contraction now called a vending machine. That was in 1833 and look how far the vending machine has come. I bet you love vending machines when you are on the go and get chocolate. Now they accept credit cards and dispense electronics like phones iPad chargers steaming hot pizza cold sodas water etc. But now the vending machine is going to the next level. Now they dispense…(drum roll please)…CARS! Yes, cars! How cool is that?
I think the vending machines are now the coolest they can get. Just imagine how cool it is to get a car from a vending machine! Auto sales company have been working on this since 2013. That’s close to 3 years. However, the awesome car vending machine that opened in Atlanta required the customers to go through a special process before they get their brand new car. That requirement was not needed at the 5 story glass vending machine in Nashville. All you needed was to insert a special coin, (that’s worth a lot of money) choose what car you want, and drive away! What do you think they should put in vending machines next?
In the book Hope is a Ferris Wheel by Robin Herrera, there isn’t that much hope for 10 year old star Mackie. Star Mackie had to move because of a zombie killing story that star her sister, Winter, wrote. It might’ve included her classmate’s names. Then she might’ve got expelled. Star Mackie is just trying to figure out life in her old trailer that her mom, Winter and her live in. Everyone thinks that Star has a mullet and trailers are gross. I guess they do have the right to think that and especially since the trailer place is next to the dump. Star wants to start a trailer club to show trailers aren’t gross and only two people joined. Is there any hope for Star Mackie?
How can you make the world a better place? With little acts of kindness. Friday, November 13th is World Kindness Day. We plan to celebrate this special day being a lot kinder to everyone around us, like maybe opening a door for someone, picking up litter, letting someone go in front of us in line, or putting a post it note on a friend’s desks. There’s so many little things that we can all do that add up to a whole lot of kindness. Check out these easy ideas too.
Also, watch this You Tube video called Color Your World with Kindness. And then comment below. How will you color your world with kindness. We hope you’ll join in! (And don’t forget to leave your blog address if you’d like us to pay your blog a visit too.)
We just love Kid President’s latest video. He says, “Life is like a comic strip. Some people do the same boring thing everyday, but some people fill their black and white boxes with awesomeness! How do you add life to the empty sheet of paper?” Let’s start a conversation as we honor “Yesvember”…maybe some of the Edublogs challenge classes will join in.
Week 4’s challenge is Celebrating Creatively. How do you celebrate holidays, like Halloween and Thanksgiving? Click on over and read Miss W.’s post and then do either activity 2 (a poem) or activity 3 (how you celebrate Halloween). I know that Halloween is a huge holiday in the United States but in many countries it’s not really celebrated or it may be celebrated in a very different way. You can also write a comment here and tell us how you celebrate Halloween or Thanksgiving.
So, we’re a little behind with our Edublogs Challenge work. Week 3’s work is all about images and how to use them correctly in your blog posts. You can’t just use any image you want off the Internet. There are rules for you to follow. This is super important stuff so be sure to read all of Miss W.’s post for Week 3 before you do the activities. You can see I’ve used an image in this post. It’s from Compfight which is a widget available on Edubogs. It’s easy to use because it includes the attribution.
The activities look really fun. You can write about a favorite time with your family, a person who passed away, or interview a grandparent and write about it. Have fun!
It’s time to start commenting on other class blogs around the world. Check out Edublogs Week 2’s challenge, Let’s Comment posted by Miss W. It’s all about making quality comments. We’ve talked about this in class and so it’s a good time to review what a great comment looks like. Watch the video on our class blog or visit the sites Miss W recommends. Leave a comment here about what you learn from these new videos or resources. What makes a great comment?
When you start to leave comments, make sure you include the URL of our class blog at the bottom of your comment mrsmckelvey.edublogs.org.
And, don’t forget to finish your Avatar posts this week.
Have fun connecting with other classes! Which class blog is your favorite. Be sure to leave a comment here about that too.