November 17

Start School Later

Alarm Clock 2

Do any of you wake up and want to go back to sleep? Well I do. Do you want to sit at your desk nodding your head like a zombie? I don’t. And think of the teachers! Staying up late a taking care of their children and checking our work, looking for mistakes that we made. And I think here the most important fact that I learned when people don’t get enough sleep, they could get sick. All kids and teachers should benefit to start school later.

If kids got more sleep, they would stay more focused in the lesson, and would get better grades. Imagine you’re a teacher and you saw one of your students dozing off in La La Land(La La Land is what we call in our class if one of our students is not paying attention). How would you feel???

Think about the teachers staying up late doing chores and taking care of their family…Well I think when people don’t get enough sleep the could get pretty grouchy. And I experienced that with my mom every school morning.

Here is the most important fact-when people don’t get enough sleep their immune system get weaker and people can catch the Flu or a cold really easy. If we could start school a little later kids would miss less and get more progress done because their organzm gets enough sleep.

I suggest to start school later so that kids would have much more fun, stay much more healthier, much more energetic, much more focuse etc. And I hope you agree with me.

Photo Credit: Alan Cleaver via Compfight

May 21

White tailed Kites

Hunting kite

This is a white-tailed kite.

White-tailed Kites are birds of prey. It is sometimes referred to as the “Black-Shouldered Kite”. It is an amazing bird, it looks like a Black-Shouldered Kite, it has a similar hunt strategy as a Kestrel or an Osprey, and hunts small animals that are easy to catch. It is the most amazing bird I’ve ever seen!

Now I think you might be wondering what White-Tailed Kites look like. The White-Tailed Kite has two black and grey wings, a white tail, a white body, and a white head. Its beak is yellowish orange, like its feet.Overall light gray/white body with black shoulders, black area around eye, short black hooked beak, black carpal patches, red eye, pointed wings, 14 to 15 inches in length, 40 inch wingspan. The baby Kites look a little bit different from the adults. The baby Kites are have a lot of brown on their bodies.

The White-Tailed Kites have a similar hunt strategy as the American Kestrel. White-Tailed Kites hunts by hovering in place. It will hover up to 100 feet high above its prey, swoop down really fast so its prey won’t run away and hide. White-Tailed Kites hunt rodent, snakes, small birds, amphibians, and other small creatures that are easy to catch.

White Tailed Kites live in grasslands, marshes, savannas, and other open land.  White Tailed Kites lay 3-5 eggs with lots of brown spots. Their nest is made out of twigs and sticks and outlined in grass. Their nest is usually build in a tall tree near water. Most of White-Tailed Kites live in South America. Here are some Places You Might Find White-Tailed Kites in San Diego. Mission Trails Park, San Diego Rose Canyon, University City Poway Santa Ysabel area.

Now you know how White-Tailed Kites look, how White-Tailed Kites hunt, where White-Tailed Kites live, and where you might find one. Next time you see something flying with a white body, black/grey wings, chances are that the bird is a White-Tailed Kite.

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April 18

Our Amazing School Garden

Our school has three gardens–the Waterwise Garden, and another one next to our school library that we call “the garden”, and the Garden of Discovery or Butterfly Garden. Today I am going to tell you about a special garden called The Butterfly Garden. It is one of the places where monarchs stop in spring for a break, and lay their eggs. That is why it is called The Butterfly Garden.

Monarchs are large, beautiful colored butterfly that are easy to recognize by their orange, black, and white wings. Monarchs migrate from North, Central, and South America, Australia, and some Pacific Islands, India, and Europe,  all the way to Canada.

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The wingspan of a full-grown monarch can reach nearly five inches or 13 cm. Most are about four inches though. A Monarch’s bright colors tells predators, “Don’t eat me! I’m poisonous.”

Every fall the Monarchs leave Canada and the United States and start flying back south. They keep going until they reach their homeland. That’s more than 2,000 miiles or 3,200 km.

In the beautiful butterfly garden we have lots of Milk Weed plants, bushes with flowers, and of course monarchs and other beautiful butterflies in the spring. I hope you like our amazing, beautiful Butterfly Garden.

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