Tuesday, March 18, 2014

My First Story on my Blog :: Rockyzilla and Cooper Kong!

My friend, Keira, and I are starting to make stories on our blogs. We didn't do this before because Keira just got her blog, Keira's Big Ideas.

Anyway, I got this idea from a great author who writes extremely funny books, and he is the author of Dogzilla, Kat Kong, and all of the Captain Underpants books. My idea wasn't from the Captain Underpants books, but they were from Dogzilla and Kat Kong. I didn't write this story with Keira, but I used one of her dogs so I thought I could mention her. This story represents my dog, Rocky, and one of Keira's three dogs, Cooper. I hope you enjoy my story:

Rockyzilla and Cooper Kong!

Chapter 1


Far away from Earth, there lived a place just for cats called Catopolis. They were some lovingly, polite cats having their annual Fish Cook-Off Olympics. The cats had just gone fishing in the best rivers, and tried to catch the yummiest fish. The professor, Lovingfish, was going to pick the winner and was looking forward to having a exceptional meal.

As the cats worked on their fish, they enjoyed a big crater which looked like the Olympics sign, with all five loops. Suddenly, the ground shook. Then the fishment on the ground cracked and split in half right in the middle of the Olympics sign. There came the most terrifying creatures, two canines named . . . 

The Superior Rockyzilla and Cooper Kong

Chapter 2

The Superior Rockyzilla and Cooper Kong

"Oh no!" wailed Lovingfish. "That special crater was the symbol for our Olympics! We can't build it by paw or else it won't be original!"

"We dogs are the most powerful pooches in the world," Rockyzilla bellowed. "No one and nothing can stop us from taking you precious resources."

"You better run before we destroy Catopolis," warned Cooper Kong. "You might as well just give up."

A resident of Catopolis named the Big Fish said, "Give our fish up? You better be kidding us. We spent ages searching for this fish."

Rockyzilla and Cooper Kong looked at each other and growled. They were now angry that the townscats wouldn't listen to them. As a real punishment, they stomped over to their supermarket and devoured up all of their merchandise - and the store as well. Both dogs scouted for bones - at the History Museum as well. 

"Let's get in our suits of fish and quickly use our claws to defeat this monstrous creature!" Captain Catless whispered his soldiers. With a solute, the obedient army marched over to the building where they stored all of the armor and weapons. Instead of using their claws like Captain Catless commanded, the army armed themselves with a tank and some swords to do all damage.

Chapter 3

Determined Doggies

"You two horrifying mutts must leave this relaxing town or else we will defeat you," ordered Tiger, who was the fiercest of all of the townscats in Catopolis. 

"And how will you do that?" Rockyzilla challenged Tiger. "We have all the power. Cats are clumsy and dogs are durable."

"Ha ha ha," Cooper Kong teased Captain Catless and his army. "How will you weaklings overpower us?"

Captain Catless realized how much trouble they were in, and he dashed into his office. Captain Catless asked, "Are you a pussycat or are you people?"

"Hmmmm. . . Your correct! We're pussycats! Let's go!" replied his troop.

Meanwhile the tomcats worked on their plans, Rockyzilla and Cooper Kong raced off deeper into the city and robbed all of the goods in the stores- and ate the buildings too.

The cats were afraid that Rockyzilla and Cooper Kong were going to ruin their city, so they came up with a plan. They put their heads together and this is what they came up with:

"Okay, Tiger, you try to chew one of those disgusting bones to distract the dogs," ordered Captain Catless. "Lovingfish, you give those dogs some pulls on their tails with fishclips! Those dogs detest the smell of those!"

Then a little kitten that is shy, clumsy, and lazy walked up to Catless. He whined, "Okay, okay. Why don't you stop blabbering about this weird plan and put the plan into action? I'd like to see the dogs get beat up!"

"Hmp!" grunted Catless. "Why don't you little 'smarty pants' leave us alone? We're trying to save Catopolis! Now go away!" The little kitten left and they went back to serious business.

"Back to our plan. Finally, we get to put this into action. Let's go!" he commanded.

Chapter 4

3... 2... 1... Action!

"Cooper! Cooper! Where are you?" questioned Rockyzilla. "There you are, Cooper Kong! I thought maybe we have done enough destroying. Let's go back to see what they are up to."

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"I see them! I see them!" whispered Lovingfish excitedly.

"When I count to one, go into action, my pretties!" said Catless. "3... 2... 1... ACTION!"

Tiger sprang up and started "enjoying" the rock hard bone. Rockyzilla and Cooper Kong immediately got distracted. Suddenly, Tiger accidentally dropped the bone and ran! Even so, Rockyzilla and Cooper Kong started fighting over the bone. Lovingfish was frozen in her tracks for a moment, but as they started getting quieter and quieter, Lovingfish ran and grabbed their tails. The not cute canines bumped into the wall as they were fighting because they didn't want to smell the fishclip. Lovingfish kind of had a hard time getting their tails, but at last, she got them. Fishclips aren't so durable, so as the dogs felt the little pinch, the fishclips broke. After it did, everybody ran into the damaged main hall broken window to watch the fierce dogs sink down into the craters. When they did, they all paw-fived each other. :-D

Chapter 5

Rumble Rumble

After a while, they had their very second annual Fish Cook-Off Olympics. It had taken them a year to repair the whole town, but after a day passed after the final construction, it looked just like new, maybe even better than before.

"Finally we're over that mess!" said Tiger, relieved. "I hope we never have another disaster here!"

While they were preparing their fish, Catless heard a rumble. Then another. "Oh no!" wailed Captain Catless. "What is that under our new Olympic rings?"

After Captain Catless heard it, everybody did. Out of nowhere, some cute little puppies sprouted in the middle of the Olympic rings. They were the cutest thing that they had ever seen, but something made them look bad. There was a sly smile across every puppy, and each puppy either looked like Rockyzilla or Cooper Kong. Everybody was amazed because no one had thought of ....


*The End*

I hope you enjoyed my story. It is just like a change for Dav Pilkey's story. The one thing I don't understand is that in Dogzilla, the dog is chasing mice, not cats. Do dogs chase mice?

Here is a picture of Rockyzilla. I don't have a picture of Cooper Kong, but Keira does.

Can you come up with a story?

What is the setting, plot, and who are the main characters in your story?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Especially for Mrs. Chalfin's class, Prefixes and Suffixes!

Our reading/tech buddies are from Mrs. Chalfin's class, and they are in second grade.  I noticed they were learning about base words, prefixes,  and suffixes, but were having a bit of trouble. I thought I could make a blog post to help them.

Here are some common prefixes and suffixes:

Prefix: overheat, undo, redo, encounter, subheading
Suffix: reader, helpless, hopeful, searching, friendly

IMPORTANT: Every one of the words that has a prefix of suffix has to have a base word!

Sometimes, you don't know what the prefix or suffix means. Some of the basics are -er, -ful, -ly, -ing, and un-. 

-er means someone who. For example, a farmer is someone who farms. A reader is someone who reads.

-ful means full of. When you make a suffix, you get rid of one L in full. A hopeful person is a person who is full of hope. 

-ly is having the qualities ofOne word that goes with it is friendly.

-ing means being a sign of a verbal action, such as scouting.

-un usually means not. Unlike means you are not like ______.

Mrs. Yollis let me borrow some magnetic base words, prefixes, and suffixes to take a picture and build with them. I took the pile of words prefixes, and suffixes. Then I unscrambled them to make words. The left side is the prefixes, the middle is the base words, and the right side is the suffixes. Here is a picture of all of the words that were spellable (I made up the word spellable).

As you may know, words like hop and stop you  have to double the letter at the end of the word if you are going to add a suffix. The eleventh word on the picture is stoped. To make it correct, you would have to double the P, but I didn't have a extra P. Just keep in mind that you still have to double the P. 

With some of the words, I could have added another suffix, such as overdo. Instead of overdo, I could have made it overdoing

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Now, I have a Step-up-to-Writing paragraph that I want to share with you. It is going to include one topic sentence, three main ideas, and at least two details for each main idea, and one conclusion

     Out of all the words that have prefixes and suffixes, I chose three to explain. One of my words is disagreement. I chose this word because it shows a prefix, base word, and a suffix. Dis- means not. It has almost the same meaning as un-. To agree to something means you share the same idea and think it is also correct. A synonym for that is concur. Ment- means forming nouns expressing the means or result of an action. Disagreement is a negative word. If you disagree with someone, you don't agree. Another of my words  is reappear. To reappear is to appear again because re- means again. The base word for reappear is appear. If you take off the re- and replace it with dis- it will make disappear. An antonym for reappear is also disappear. Reappear can be a positive word if you make it one, but it can also be a negative word. If a bee stung you, and another bee reappeared, that would have been using it as a negative word. Finally, I want to share the word midnight with you. As you probably guessed, mid- means middle because the first syllable is spelled mid. Midnight isn't exactly the middle of night because after midnight, the next morning starts. The antonym for midnight would be noon. If you get rid of the mid- and replaced -fall at the end of the word, it would be nightfall. The meaning of that is that the night is beginning to rise and the evening is gradually mixing into the night. Clearly, everyone can have fun changing the prefix or suffix on any base word!

I hope the blog post helped you!

What are some prefixes or suffixes that you are learning in class?

Can you come up with some words that have prefixes or suffixes?

What is your favorite word that includes a prefix or a suffix?

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