Hebrew Goals For The Year

Hello! first post of the year! Here I will tell you my big goal.

My goal is this: לדבר בשטף

this means speak fluently and that is what I wish to do. I am a nervous speaker and can barely be heard when speaking Hebrew. this can be fixed by speaking regularly, which I will do more of in class by volunteering to read phrases in front of the class. I know I can reach this because I have come so far already, thanks to OJCS.  se you next time!


Hi its me again! Today I’ll be talking about beavers! these are very interesting animals. Castor canadensis, or beavers, live mostly in North America but are also native to Europe, South America, and Asia. They are the second largest rodent, behind the capybara. The beaver is a great swimmer. They can stay under for 15 minutes! They also close their ears and nose closed. they have a second pair of transparent eyelids that work as goggles! Second only to humans, beavers change their environment more than anyone else in the animal world! Their dams and lodges help create an entire ecosystem of animals as well as sustaining the beavers. They have an instinct to fix their dams if they hear running water. Their teeth are perfect for chewing, they never stop growing! They are also orange. Their dams are made of wood, mud, and stones. their lodges have underwater entrances so that they can escape from predators, such as wolves. Beavers are very intelligent creatures, they teach their young how to start up their own dams when they move out. But one threat they cannot escape is us. Humans. People drain their native wetlands for farmland. (like there isn’t enough space in the prairie!) this shrinks their habitat. This is bad. But the government is keeping it from getting too bad so don’t worry. Thanks for reading! Here’s a beaver. brown rodent on body of water

My own myth (Myths and legends project

King Midas of Greece married a woman and had a daughter. Her name was Alchema. One day Midas helped a satyr named Silenus. Apparently, Dionysus liked this half goat guy, so he gave Midas his dream, the gold touch. He accidentally touched poor Alchema and when Dionysus took it away, Alchema awoke made of living gold, for Aphrodite took pity on the girl. Although something given and done by the gods cannot be undone, she could give her life. She was able to turn certain things to gold, but her specialty was lead. This is where the word “Alchemy” comes from. She was very beautiful but what people were drawn to most was her wonderful golden hair. It grew long and wavy. She had many men fighting over her.  She ended up having 15 kids! In the end, she filled her kingdom with gold and riches although when she died the gold disappeared. She became an immortal, a minor goddess, the goddess of alchemy. Her most well known descendant was the one and only Nicholas Flamel, who had the ability to do alchemy, aided up above by Alchema herself. That is the long forgotten story of Alchema of Greece.

(Above: Alchema with her golden creations)

Self Directed Science

Hello everyone! This is Noa and I’ll tell you about my science project. My project is about volcanoes. I had to collect information and show it in a way I could present to the class. I collected a whole lot of information and prepared an experiment. here is some of my info:

Volcanic stuff:

  • Basalt is a dark heavy rock found on the ocean floor.
  • Granite is a lighter rock in both weight and colour like most other igneous rocks which can be found on countertops.
  • Pahoehoe is a quite fluid type of lava and it can form a thick crust that you can walk with red hot lava still under it! It cools into ropelike coils
  • Aa lava is less fluid than pahoehoe and cools into sharp pointy rock. Ouch!
  • Obsidian is volcanic glass that breaks easily and has been used since ancient times.
  • Volcanic ash is made up of bad chemicals and other nasty things you can’t breathe in. Many Pompeiians died of suffocation from breathing this in.

black and red abstract painting

Above: Pahoehoe lava

Volcano Hall Of Fame:

  • Mt. Vesuvius: Wiped out the Roman cities of Pompeii and the lesser known Herculaneum.
  • Ring Of Fire: Actually an area of many volcanoes in the pacific ocean.
  • Mt. Erebus: A big active volcano in Antarctica.
  • Mauna Kea: Hawaii’s largest volcano.

a stone walkway with a stone wall and a mountain in the background

Above: Ruins of Pompeii with mount Vesuvius in the background

How Volcanoes Are Formed:

  1. A crack in the crust allows magma to flow up and it slowly builds up.
  2. Underwater volcanoes can get so vast this way they build into islands like Hawaii.


How Volcanoes Erupt:

  1. Magma in a magma chamber below the surface builds up
  2. It gets too much and it opens to a feeder tube
  3. The magma gets to the surface where it gets a new name: lava.


For this project, I had to make a PLAN! here it is:

I started my project by gathering info and putting it in one place. Next, I made a poster and model of the inside of a volcano. After that, I planned out my final thing. It was a model volcano that was going to blow its top. First, I made the structure. Then, I covered it in paper mache and painting it. Now is my favourite part, my friend and I experimented with how to make the volcano erupt. We figured out that one part baking soda and two parts vinegar works beautifully. It was a blast! Here is my testing:

Now, it was finally time to blow this thing up! I used what I learned to make this erupt.

(me before my experiment)

(my experiment)

All in all, my project went super well. Next time I would just plan things out better. Bye!

Cookie Geology

Hello everyone! You are probably thinking “What do cookies have to do with geology?” That is what I thought too. So we are studying rocks and minerals.

Fact Alert!

Did you know that there are three main types of rock? they are igneous rock, metamorphic rock, and sedimentary rock.


Now I’ll continue after being so very rudely interrupted. So where did we leave off… oh! So I was studying rocks and minerals so there was this idea my awesome teacher had where we become geologists which are scientists who study rocks. (hence the pun, “Geology Rocks!”) so we were supposed to excavate the cookies and try not to damage them. We excavated the chocolate chips. It was a blast!

Cool Picture

I had to make predictions on how many chocolate chips there would be in your cookie. I got some calculations wrong but it was a hypothesis and I was pretty close.

planning sheet

It was very cool and I enjoyed the cookies. (excavating and eating) Bye!

Podcast Reflection

Hi. Its Noa. I was podcasting with my group about the book The Miraculous Journey Of Edward Tulane. We had four episodes and it was called Edward Tulane: A China Rabbit.  It was a good podcast in my opinion.

The recording went really well and we were all fountains of knowledge about the book. I enjoyed the recording because of the thrill of it. Next time I would plan it out differently. Podcasting is a good option if you just want to share your opinions and knowledge in a different way.

Here is the book:

Here is the podcast (in episode order top to bottom)

Thank you for reading.



Ciao! Today I’ll be talking about one of my favourite places, Italy! Here are some basic facts:

  • The capital of Italy is Rome.
  • A major religion is Roman Catholic.
  • It borders Austria and France.
  • 2023 population: 58.9 million
  • 67% of people are roman catholic

here are my notes:

Fact Alert!

Did you know? Italy has part of the Alps and Mediterranean within Its borders



So where was I before I was rudely interrupted? Oh! I just taught you the basics. Italy is known to thousands just by its food! Some of my favourites are pizza, pasta, and gelato.

person holding sliced pizza with red sauce

Luoghi turistici!

There are also many landmarks. Some of my favourites are the following, ruins of Pompeii, the coliseum, and the leaning tower of Pisa. There are many more including countless ruins and old churches.

people walking on green grass field near white concrete building during daytime








Thank you so much for reading! Leave a comment about your favourite place and click HERE for more info. Bye!

My Stop Motion Project

Hello my great audience! One day, my amazing teacher told the class something: we were starting a stop motion project! You might be wondering, what on earth is stop motion? Click HERE for a video all about it. This project linked our learning about stop motion with our work on the book The Wild Robot by Peter Brown. (read the book! After you read my blog of course.)

Me and my group, Lyla and Jeremy,  (They have blogs on this from their own blogs too!)  did quite a few things before the filming. First, we had to decide what scene of the book to do. We chose Brightbill Hatching. Next, we had to figure out what happens and how it happens in the stop motion video. This is my filled template:

After that, we had to plan our script and what our video will sound like. We quoted the book as per my great teacher’s instructions and it sounded good in the end. Here is the script:

Now we were told to design our set. We tried to make it look like it was in a tree. We were not sure we’d have everything we did have so our set design may look a little dull, it looked like a tree to me. Here is a photo of how we thought it would look:

Once finished, we had to make our set and characters. While Lyla did the set, I did the characters out of clay because she is allergic. The thing we added to the set that we didn’t think we would have were the branches.

Now we filmed everything, added the credits, sound effects, voiceovers, and music, we downloaded it. Here is the video:

Now that I was done, I will show you my honest review and write another one for you.

My honest review of my work is that I liked it, I loved the set, planning and filming, but I think  the characters should have been better. here are the pictures of my other self assessment.