Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas for Another Year!

On Christmas Eve night, I had a hard time sleeping. I kept wondering what surprise present my mom gifted me, or if Santa would give me my wish or just a piece of pitch-black coal. My wonders finally disappeared into my dream, and I finally got hours of sleep. . . 

On Christmas day, I woke up at 7:30. I quickly dressed into my Christmas dress, and off I went to rip off the wrapping paper on my present. There were a manifold of presents, waiting for me to open them, so I had to decide, which present should I reveal first? I closed my eyes and spun around with my finger pointing one direction, and when I opened my eyes, I was pointing to the present that Santa gave me. I read the label, "To Heather - From Santa", and tore off the moose wrapping paper. There lay a mysterious brown box, and the folds had tape over them, so I had to get some scissors and cut them open.

Now, before I tell you what my present was, I want to compare my present from last year, and this year. Last year, my present was large, and this year, my present was even larger! I'll give you some hints: It has two wheels, you ride on it, and it is for outdoors. What could it be?

Last year's present size...

Photo by Echo (my mom)

This is the pogo stick that I got from Santa last year.

This year's present size. . .

Photo by Echo

What could this be that Santa gave me this year?

If you guessed a scooter, you were correct!
The scooter I asked for was a Red Razor 2.0 scooter with sparks, and when I checked on the box, Santa gave me the exact same thing! You might not know what a scooter with sparks is, but I bet you know what sparks are. Scooters with sparks means that there is a thing that you can push with your foot, and you can ride and rub it on the ground to create sparks. I never had a scooter that had sparks, so I am excited to try it out. 

Even though those aren't all of the presents I received, my scooter was the main one. If you want to see the rest of the presents I got, here they are:

What did you get for Christmas?

Is it what you asked for, or did Santa get confused with your present and someone else's?

Why did you get that present?

Do you celebrate Hanukkah or Christmas?

Monday, December 9, 2013

Edublog Awards :: Voting Open Now!

                   The Edublog Awards are open for voting!

We are thrilled to be nominated for three Edublog Awards!

This year, the voting is on a website called You must be 13 or older to sign in to, so encourage you friends and family to vote!

Sadly, this year, we can only vote one time on one account.

 Best class blog

My teacher, Mrs. Yollis, has been blogging since 2008.

You can click on the triangle facing up to vote for Mrs. Yollis' Classroom Blog:

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Best group blog

My teacher, Mrs. Yollis, started this international group blog three years ago.

You can click on the triangle facing up to vote for Yollis' 365 Project.

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 Best student blog

I, Heather, have been blogging since last year, and I got nominated by Mrs. Yollis.

You can click on the triangle facing up to vote for 
 Heather's Perfect Post .

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I was happy to see that I was chosen by my teacher, and people are now voting for us.

Voting will close at 11:59 P.M.  EST on

Wednesday, December 18th.

Thank you for your support!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Differences Between a Biography and an Autobiography

Sometimes, you see covers of a real life story that HAS already happened, and the letters say The Biography of ___________ or some other title. Except one time, you see an autobiography. For example, the title of the book is ________: A Life, and at the bottom it says My Autobiography. Now I am going to explain the differences:

Let's break down the word biography.

bio means life
graphy is Greek for writing  

So, biography mean the writing about someone's life.

auto means self

So, autobiography means the story of someone's life written by the person who lived it. 

An autobiography is a book that explains the life of a person, AND the story of the book is the author of the book. For instances, if a book about Steve Jobs was an autobiography, Steve Jobs actually wrote it. A biography is similar to an autobiography, but someone else wrote the book. When someone wrote about Steve Jobs that wasn't Steve Jobs, you would call that a biography. 

This is an example picture of an autobiography and a biography (click to enlarge):



If you clicked on the book about George Washington, you would have seen that it was written by Roberta Edwards. It is a biography.

The one about Lemony Snicket (my favorite author) is pretty obvious because in the title it reveals that it is an autobiography. Mr. Snicket wrote his life story.

Do you like autobiographies better or do you like biographies better?

Please share a fact about a famous person you read about. Was it a biography or autobiography?