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Week 30


This week has been really short. The reason why I am blogging today is because we have Friday off. Mainly because it is Good Friday! We also have Monday off, so we have a 4 day weekend! Easter is coming up and I am really excited. I just love Easter because spring has sprung and everything is green! I am leaving to go to Atlanta, Georgia to go see the musical, “The Lion King.” Also this week we did lots of (boring) TCAP prep. Which means that we are practicing or preparing for our big standardized test that counts for half of our grade. Another thing that is very exciting is MY BIRTHDAY IS ON WEDNESDAY!!!!!!!!! I will officially be 11! Remember when I told you that I got glasses? Well, today I am getting checked out to go and get contacts! So now I don’t have to worry about cleaning my glasses or making them perfect! Most people who had glasses and then got contacts said it was sort of hard to get used to. Have a great 4 day weekend! Thanks for reading!

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My Research Paper


How Do Mountains and Oceans Affect Our Climate?

By: Mary Kate Holladay


Everywhere you go there will be a different climate. If you lived in Montana, (where it is really cold) then you move to Florida, (where it is really hot) you would have a big climate change. Since Florida is near the ocean, it would be really warm. Since Montana has Mountains, that will make it a little bit colder. The forcing of the air to rise causes it to get really cold and condense , which forms clouds and then the clouds make precipitation, which means rain. See? Mountains and oceans DO affect our climate. So, In this this research paper I will tell you how they both affect climate.



Mountains affect our climate in different ways. They have more of a cold climate. When you go hiking you would probably want to bring a jacket because you will freeze! Usually you would see snow up on a mountains because the higher it is the colder it will be. Have you seen pictures of Mount. Everest? You probably know that people have tried to climb it, but failed because it is to cold! It takes a few weeks to climb it. There are so many tiny mountains in the one big mountain. The reason why it is so cold is because it is so high up.It is 29,029 feet! When there is a mountain the water must move through and over it. As the water moves up it gets cold and starts to precipitate. The reason there is fog around the middle of a mountain is because of the temperature. By the time the clouds get to the top, the water has poured out. Also, when the water gets to hot, it starts to evaporate. The higher you go in the atmosphere, the colder you will get. The water that evaporates rises and moves up and starts to cool. The colder the water gets, the heavier it gets. It starts to condense into a cloud. So, mountains have a big roll in the climate change.



Oceans also affect our climate just like mountains do. They are somewhat different, but also alike. Oceans affect the temperature of a place. They keep the climate around the same degree through the year. Oceans absorb and distribute solar energy all around the world. They move warm and cold energy throughout centuries. Areas that are close to oceans don’t get much water because wind blows to the west. There is also something called the land breeze which means it is made by hot air rising. There is also something called a sea breeze. The hot air above the ocean moves up and the cold air moves to space. They are nit that hard to under stand. Areas hundreds of miles away form and coastlines are still largely influenced by the world wide ocean system. So, that is all you need to know about how oceans and mountains affect our climate and our climate change.

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Week 29


          Hey everybody! I can’t believe it is already week 29! TCAPS is coming up and of course nobody is excited for that. We have had to do so many practice tests. It’s not very fun as you would know. Track meet was on Tuesday and I FINALLY got to go! I was the media specialist which means I took the videos of all of the track kids. We made it to first place1 GO RAMS! We also made power points for our French Epals! They sent us a power point of their school, so we sent one of our school. For research this week, we did some of our standards in science. I thought it was really fun, because I love science. I hope you like it to. Today, we saW the Rocky Hill singers preform their songs that they have been working on forever. They were really good! So, that’s mostly what we did this week. Thanks for reading!


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Week 28


Like every week, it flew by so fast! On Saturday, my little sister will be turning 8! She has grown up so fast. Happy Birthday Claire! Today, we had Friday Fun Lunch (like most Fridays). TCAPS is coming up, and you know what that means, TCAP prep. Ya-hoo. :( We also read a of The Westing Game. It is getting really exciting! To get get us sort of pumped about TCAPS, Mr. Haney did trivia with us and we got candy! You would have to get 10 questions in row to get a piece of candy. It was really fun! In Library, we had to write poems, and hen we had to go up to the front of the class and read it out loud. If you knew me really well you would know that It don’t really like to do things like that. It is just sort of nerve wracking to do. Some people liked it and some other people didn’t. I was one of those people. This week, we were in the garden and we found a snake! At first some people thought it was a root, then they saw that it started to move! We have some pictures of it. Also, Dominic had a birthday so we celebrated that on Monday. Happy Late Birthday Dominic! You probably saw my research paper that I posted today , and we had to get it posted before we wrote our blogs. Thanks for reading! Have a happy Friday! :) snake

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My Research Paper on Scientific Tools


Science Tools

By: Mary Kate Holladay


Scientific tools are very important and help us learn more about science. There are many tools that scientists use. There are some tools that are very easy to understand and there are some that are very complex. There  are tools that help you look farther or nearer into some objects. Test tubes or measuring cups are very simple tools.  X-rays and microscopes are more complicated.  All of these tools are very important to science.  The microscope is a very common tool, but a Florence flask and a barometer are not so common to many people.


The microscope is one of the most common tools used used for science. They were sometimes called “flea glasses”  because they used it to study small insects. The smallest thing that was studied with a microscope was 500 nanometers long. Zaharias Jansen and Han Jansen built the first microscope ever!  Robert Hooke found out about cells when he was looking at a honey comb structure of a cork under a microscope.



Do you know what a Florence Flask is? Probably not because not many people know what it is used for and what it actually is.  A Florence Flask is sort of like a measuring cup or a container that holds liquids. Scientists use it for boiling, heating, and distillation. They use them as an item of laboratory. It is made of glassware which means it is very delicate and fragile so if you drop it it will shatter into pieces which is not very good. Its shape is a round body, with a flat bottom, and a single, long, neck. A Barometer is also not a very common tool. A barometer is a weather instrument used to measure the air pressure. You would see most meteorologists using them. The inventor of this machine is a man named Evangelista Torricelli. So know you have learned more a bout a tool that you might have already learned and maybe even learned tools that you didn’t know about.

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Week 27


Hello, everybody! I finally get t0 blog. I haven’t in a while because last week I was in Florida for Spring Break. I  had to get checked out on Thursday to go to the beach. That’s why I didn’t blog on Friday. So, like every week, it went by so fast! This week Mr. Haney (our teacher) had to leave on a trip on Tuesday so we had a sub on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. For research this week we had to cells. I will put it on my blog so yuo guys can comment and  tell me if it is good or bad. We had to make a paper and a power point because we had 45 minutes of centers this week becasue we had to do a lot of practicing for T-CAPS or (tcap practice) which was not very fun. Of course, but that’s ok. It’s for us to get a good grade on T-Caps. Also, this week, I got GLASSES! I Can see SO MUCH MORE now that I have my glasses. They are really helpful to me becase now I can read road signs, licence plates, (not that I need to) Thansk for reading!



What Are Cells?

By: Mary Kate Holladay





Did you know that we are made of cells? Yes. It is true. Every living thing is made of cells. They are the basic structures of life. All of the cells have a nucleus which is the brain or the control center of the cells. If they did not have it they would not be able to move or do anything. We would not be here if we did not have cells. There is also a storage center that stored food and waste. That is called a vacuole. Cytoplasm is a jelly-like substance the fills the cell. All of the organelles are located in the cytoplasm. If the cell did not have a

wall, then it would fall into pieces. That is where the cell wall comes into action. The cell wall gives the shape and the support to a plant cell. It basically protects it. The animal cell does not have the cell wall.  The cell membrane is not like the nucleus. It is “A” control center. Not “THE” control center. The cell membrane controls what comes in and what comes out. It is a thin lining just inside of the cell wall. Here is something else that the animal cell also does not have. That is called chloroplast. Chloroplast is what keeps the plant cell green. That is also why the plant’s stems are green. Last, but not least, we have the mitochondrion. That helps the cells have energy; power house of the cell. Now you know about all of the parts of cells.




There are animal AND plant cells? Yes, yes there is. They are both very similar yet, very different. They have almost the same parts but not completely the same. Both the animal and plant cell have a nucleus, vacuole, cell membrane, cytoplasm, and mitochondrion. The plant cell also has a cell wall and chloroplast. The animal cell does not. See? They are somewhat different but also a bit alike. For example, animal cells are round like a bouncy ball, but they don’t bounce. Don’t try. On the other hand, plant cells are rectangular, like a rectangle. Of course we have animal cells in our bodies. If we had plant cells, then we would be walking plants, and that would be scary. Then plants would walking humans. Well that wouldn’t be to scary because we actually walk on legs. Anyway, some bigger animals have bigger cells and smaller animals have smaller cells. That is most of the things that both the plant and animal cell have. They have many vocabulary words that go with both the animal and plant cells.



Cells have many ways that they get energy. The main source that they get it from is sun, an us. We eat the food, and basically the cells eat what we are eating. There is also something called photosynthesis. The cells have to help  the plants make photosynthesis. Cells are made of anything and everything. They are a big help to our bodies. If cells weren’t here then we would be a puddle of nothing because we wouldn’t have had cells to keep our bodies up straight. Or keep our bodies. it place. So, that what is needed to learn about cells! Thanks for reading!





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Week 25


Happy Friday, everybody! This week was very tiering! On Wednesday, I had to get checked out of science and go get my eyes checked because everything was really blurry to me and I couldn’t see the board very well. So I had an eye exam and they said I needed glasses! So yesterday, I went with my mom and we picked out some. We had to go to a couple of stores before I saw the ones that were perfect for me. I got Kate Spade glasses, ( if you don’t know what that is, it is a brand that is mostly for girls) and they have a turtle shell outlining. I think everybody is going to like them! Also this week, we are working on our 5th grade play. The theme is Pirates! I think it will be pretty cool. This week we had a thing called Dr. Seuss week. On Monday, we had crazy sock day for the book, Fox and Socks. On Tuesday, we hat wear a hat day for the book, Cat and the Hat. On Wednesday, we had Wacky clothes for the book Wacky Wednesday. On Thursday, we had wear green for the book, Green Eggs and Ham. And last but not least, on Friday, (today) we wore our class T-shirts for Thing One and Thing Two. I might also be able to put my research on my blog. Have a great weekend, everybody!



Niagara Falls State Park Ranger

By: Mary Kate Holladay


Niagara Falls is a very well cared for park/waterfall. That’s when Park rangers come into place. Their main jobs are to help patrol the Falls and make sure everybody is safe around the gigantic waterfall. There are also trails around the falls, so rangers have to keep them safe as well. Rangers have to work with some Park Scientists to make sure that there aren’t any viruses going around, or  poisons  plants. Sometimes they have classes with kids and tell about history around that area. I remember in 3rd grade, went to the Smokey Mountains for a field trip and a park Ranger came to talk to us about how and what they do to keep the Smokeys safe.



They use technology in different ways. Here are some examples: They have live websites to classrooms in an underground control center! That is so cool! They also have a program called “Skype with a ranger”I’m pretty sure that kids use it to actually Skype with  Ranger! Sometimes for kids, they have an electronic field trip for kids who probably can’t make it to their field trip at school. That sounds like a really fun thing to do! One day, I might want to be a park ranger for Niagara Falls!



Cite the Source: U.S. Department of the Interior, National Parks,, No day, month of year, 3/6/14

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Week 24


Hello, everybody! This week flew by me like, umm…. i don’t know. But  it did go by really fast. That’s the most important thing. Anyway, it was a great week. The reason why I didn’t write a post last week was because, I was in Greenville, South Carolina. It was for my aunt’s wedding. This week was also very fun. First of all, this morning we had a thing called, “Dads and Doughnuts”, which was very fun. However, I actually don’t like doughnuts, but other than that it was really enjoyable! :) I am going to put some pictures of my dad and I at Dads and doughnuts. We’ve had a student teacher this year, Ms. Stooksbury, and today is her last day!!! :(:(:(:(:(:(:( I”m so so so so so so so so so so so so so so so sad! She always put a smile on my face and made me laugh everyday! We will miss you Ms. Stooksbury! Also, we are learning our 5th grade musical for the end of the year. I’m trying out for a speaking part. :p Today, I got to go to the CDCA room for our reading buddies. It was really fun! This afternoon, I am going to meet my cousins in Maryville. I’m really excited! I also have my research that I will be posting on this post. This weeks theme was about an adventurous place that we wanted to visit. I chose Paris, France. I’ve always wanted to go there! So, That’s all I have to post today! Thanks for reading!

IMG_3102 that is my dad and I


Here is my research paper

Paris, At Last

By: Mary Kate Holladay


It was an normal day on the plane to Paris, France. Well, not actually a normal day because we were going to Paris, one of the most romantic places in the world, but we weren’t going there because of romance. Cameron, Skylar, and I are going there for a vacation. We needed a little break from school, if you know what I mean. Right then, I woke up and was very confused at what was going on then I remembered that we were going to Paris! I was so excited! I was just in the middle of reading the informational book about Paris, France, (page 247) when I fell asleep.


I was reading that France is the Europe’s third-largest country and that France has long, proud history and many famous leaders. Then I got board of that, so I started to read chapter 54 which was about where French people live, and then I found out that they live in cities and towns. In rural areas, people live on farms and villages. After that I decided to stop reading this “informational book” and just have fun. Finally, I heard the sound I’ve always been waiting for, “Unfasten your seat belts and get ready to get of the plane. Also no pushing or shoving” Actually, that’s not it. This is the right one.  “Everybody get ready to take your fist steps into Paris, France!” Ok, yeah. Those are the right words. When the airplane attendant  came and opened the door, I could just feel the warm breeze of France and the sweet scent of croissants.


“This is AMAZING!” screamed Skylar.


“Eh. It isn’t high class, but it will do.” Cameron muttered.


“What did  you just say to me?” I asked Cameron curiously.”You know I’m paying for this whole trip, right? Because, I can cancel this whole thing in 2 seconds.”


“No, no, no! Please don’t do that! I beg of you!”


“Oh, all right. I guess you will just have to give me 5 billion dollars.”


“What’s wrong with you?!” Cameron asked angrily.


“Hey, you two, break it up!” Skylar shouted.


“She started it!” Cameron and I both screamed.


“I don’t want you two to be fighting this whole entire trip! Both of you guys are giving me a headache!” said Skylar.


Cameron said, “Fine.”


“Ya, Cameron. Stop misbehaving yourself.” I said back to her with a smirk on my face.





Once we got to the Hotel, Skylar started to complain about how tired she was from planning this whole trip. Then I began to tell her that she had nothing do do with the trip, and that I planned this whole thing!


“Whatever.” she said to me.


We opened the door to our room, and it was ginormous! Cameron hurried to the bed and instantly fell asleep. When she was sleeping, she fell of the bed, onto the floor, and slowly woke up.


“Huh? What happened?”


“You fell asleep, and then fell off of the bed. That is why you are on the floor.” Skylar and I both said.

We heard a strange knocking at the door and I rushed to get it. It was our room service! Cameron ran to the woman to order her food.


“I want pancakes, waffles, and 5 big tubs of Oreo’s.”


“Wow, Cameron.”Skylar said, “You must have been really hungry!”


So a few minuets passed and Cameron started to complain.
“Where is my food?”


“It will be here soon” I told her. “Yeah, right.”






Then, a few hours passed and her food still hadn’t come yet.


“I’m going to call down to the front desk and see what’s going on” said Skylar.


“Why are you so interested in the food that I’m getting? You know your not having any!”


“You have enough food to feed 500 people!” Skylar tried to explain.


“No! It only has enough food to feed me!”


“Your so funny, Cameron.” I said.


“I’m not kidding. It’s all for me, me, me!” cameron screamed.


“Ahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!” Skylar screamed“Cameron is going to kill us!”


So them we had to calm Cameron until she acted normal again, then we all walked down to the front desk and the lady who took Cameron’s order was laying, on the desk, asleep, with chicken wings laying all over her. We all screamed and woke her up.


“Huh? What?” she said.


“You fell asleep eating chicken wings! And worst of all, you didn’t get me my pancakes, waffles, or my 5 tubs of  Oreo’s!”


“I’m sorry. I was just to hungry and was craving chicken wings. That will never happen again”


“It’s ok. I just want my food.” Cameron said.


“Cameron!” I said.


“What? I’m hungry!”


Finally, the lady came back out with all of the things that Cameron asked for, and of course Cameron fainted when she saw the food. We had to call the paramedics to wake her up. Then when she got up, she at all of the food in 5 seconds! A few days later when we were on the plane I thought it was a little quiet. Almost too quiet. Then I remembered that Cameron was always loud. Then I wondered where Cameron was. Wait, where was Cameron?






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Sea Turtles

By: Mary Kate Holladay



Hello. This is Mary Kate Holladay reporting live from Sea World Parks and Entertainment. Today I will be talking about different sea turtles and how they will adapt to their environments. So lets get started! Turtles have many ways that they can adapt to their environments. So how about I just tell you some. Let’s talk about their swimming. They have paddle like flippers to help them control themselves when swimming. Turtles can swim 1.5 to 2.3 kilometers per hour! Thats incredible! I wouldn’t be able to do that if I were a sea turtle because I’m not the fastest person. Anyway, some leather back turtles have been recorded swimming at 1.5 to 9.3 kilometers per hour! Thats also incredible!


Their shells are a big part of their protection. If they didn’t have their shell, then they would be long gone! It is a very hard covering for the turtle’s back. Some scientists concluded on green sea turtle’s lung capacity exchange in one breath. That’s pretty cool! Their neck and limbs are non-re-actable. The shell adaptations are necessary for the retractile limbs would impede rapid swimming.


You would usually find this animal in shallow coastal waters, bays, lagoons, and estuaries. Also some are found just swimming in the open sea! Their populations are unknown because of Juvenile and male turtles don’t come up to shore. It could also be because of their large population, there is just to many to count! So thats all I have to report today. Thanks for watching!





Cite the Course.

1. Print: No name, Sea Turtles, No publisher, Orlando Florida, 2014 Sea World Parks and Entertainment.


2. Web: No name, Sea Turtles, No publisher, 2014 Sea World and Entertainment,         28, 1, 2014, 1-28-14.

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Grandparent Writing


My Grandparents

By: Mary Kate Holladay




I have MANY grandparents that go way down into history, but today I’m only going to talk about a few. In the lower right corner is my mom’s dad and his wife. My granddad who we call “grandaddy” and his wife who we call “Gran Ann” because her name is Ann. The 2 boys that you see are our cousins. I don’t now why they are in the picture. Also there are my 2 sisters. The tall one is named Virginia, and the little one in the front is named Claire. Anyway, they are both really important to me because without grandparents we wouldn’t even be alive! My Grandfather is named Parks Hitch and my Grandmother’s name is Ann Hitch. My Granddad loves to play golf and has a mountain house up in Grandfather Mountain. The reason why they call it that is because the whole mountain is shaped like and grandfather sleeping in a chair. We go to ski there a lot. My Grandmother is in a choir at her church. I love to sing too. So thats all about my mom’s dad. There is also parents of my dad ‘s dad but we don’t have pictures. So we call my dad’s mom “Grandma” and we call my dad’s dad “Gampy.” They are also very important because if they didn’t have my dad and my dad didn’t get married to my mom then I wouldn’t be here, again! Thank you for reading and have a great grandparents day!


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