Snakes and Ladders

Snakes and ladders originated in India and was called Mokshapat. No one knows who invented it, but it was believed to have been played around the second century B.C. Some historians believe that Saint Gyandev. The game was originally used as a part of moral instruction to children. The square where the ladders start were supposed to stand for a virtue, while those that started the head of a snake were supposed to stand for an evil. In the original game, the snakes outnumbered the ladders. The game was transported to England by the colonial rulers in the later part of the 19th century with some modifications.

Although the game has been modified over several decades, the moral of the game has always been the same; good deeds will take people to heaven, while evil deeds will lead to a cycle of rebirths in a lower form of life.

The modified game was renamed Snakes and Ladders and was stripped of its moral and religious aspects when the number of snakes and ladders were equalized. In 1943, the game was introduced in America under the name Chutes and Ladders.

For more information, click this link:  http://www.sanskritimagazine.com/india/snakes-and-ladders-is-an-ancient-indian-board-game/

My Favorite T.V. Shows

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This is a post about my favorite T.V. shows. These shows are all comedies.

 

Raising Hope

Raising Hope is a comedy centered around Jimmy Chance and his infant daughter Hope Chance. Jimmy lives with his parents, Virginia and Burt, and his grandmother, Maw Maw. The show also features Jimmy’s friends Sabrina, Shelley and Frank. Raising Hope ran for 4 seasons from 2010-2014 on FOX. Raising Hope starred Lucas Neff, Martha Plimpton, Garret Dillahunt, and Shannon Woodward.

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The Middle

The Middle is a comedy about the Heck family (Frankie, Mike, Axl, Sue, Brick). The Hecks are a middle class family who do not have the best of luck. They face common problems of middle class American families, like new jobs, neighbors, school, etcetera. The Middle has had 6 seasons so far on ABC starting in 2009. The Middle stars Patricia Heaton, Neil Flynn, Charlie McDermott, Eden Sher, and Atticus Shaffer.

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Whose Line Is It Anyway?

Whose Line Is It Anyway? is an improvisational comedy game show where four celebrities act out various games and sketches. The show has has a total of 11 seasons so far. 8 of these seasons ran from 1998-2013 on ABC and were hosted by Drew Carey. The other 3 seasons started in 2013 on the CW and are hosted by Aisha Tyler. Whose Line Is It Anyway? stars Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady, and Ryan Stiles.

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To learn more about any of these shows, go to http://www.imdb.com/

#WritingWednesday

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I was gazing through my picnic basket to make sure that I had everything. I leisurely strolled through the woods to get to my grandma Jeannie’s house, and detected an amazing fragrance coming from the forest. I was very curious as to where it came from, but I persuaded myself to stay focused on my task at hand. When I was about 3 miles away from my grandmother’s house, I observed some beautiful red berries hanging from a twisted green vine and started to gather them for Jeannie. I knew that the red berries would make an amazing snack for my slim little grandma.

I was surprised to see that she was not waiting at the door for me. I knocked on the door and requested that she let me in her lovely home. She opened the door, but she didn’t let me inside. Instead, she started to discuss the time when she was a youthful little squirrel. Grandma Jeannie described herself as being carefree and unique. I was amazed by her story, and I wanted her to tell me more about it, but it was time for me to leave. Jeannie made sure to contact my mother and let her know that I was heading home.

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This entry was posted on April 1, 2015. 2 Comments

Guess The Event

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Clue #1: This holiday is celebrated on July 14th in Paris, France.

Clue #2: The French celebrate the fall of a medieval fortress that became a state prison. This prison held political prisoners and citizens detained by the authorities for trial.

Clue #3: During this celebration, there is dancing, singing, and drumming performances and competitions during the month of July. People also celebrate by eating French cuisine, or with French music concerts.

Do you know what holiday I am describing? If so, leave a comment to let me know. For more information on this event, click this link.

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Candy Wonderland

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I was walking down a path in the woods when I stumbled across a candy walkway that was lined with marshmallows. The sweet smell of sugar started to fill my nose. I looked up to see a bright pink house made entirely out of candy. To my left, there was a water well made from gumdrops and pink taffy. To my right, I saw a pile of peppermint rocks and grass made from pink sugar. Behind the house was a lollipop forest, just below a bright pink sky and ice cream clouds. In front of me were miles and miles of candy. I turned around to see the green trees and dirt path of the forest that I had left behind.

Please write a comment letting me know how you would finish the story.

About Blaze

BlazeInstaed of doing an About Me post for the student blogging challenge, my class is doing an about me post for another student. I made a Tagxedo for my friend Blaze. There is a link to his blog here.

Repeating The Grade

Have you ever wondered why someone who failed most or all of their classes are still moving on with school? If so, you’re not alone. Many people are curious as to why some school districts don’t make students who fail their classes repeat the grade.

About 7% of six to eight year olds are held back nationally, while nearly 17% of fifteen to seventeen year olds are held back. If you think about it, these rates are caused by two things. One is being too young to move on to the next grade. If a student is in a grade above where they should be, they might be held back. Another reason is the student failed most or all of their classes. Although not every school in the world should retain failing students, there are not enough schools that do.

In 2012, thirteen out of 50 states adopted laws that require schools to retain children who do not pass a reading proficiency test by the end of third grade. Lawmakers in several other states and districts are debating similar measures.

The percentage of students held back a grade fell by nearly half from the 2004-2005 school year to the 2009-2010 school year. The highest retention rates are among boys and students of color.

Many people believe that having students repeat lower grades has an effect on students dropping out of high school or college, but researchers still have not determined the exact reason that students drop out of school in higher grades.

Letting students who fail their classes go to the next grade almost defeats the purpose of taking a test at the end of the school year to see what students learned. The whole purpose of school is to teach you what you will need to know in life, so if a student that didn’t pass their classes goes on to the next grade, they may not be as prepared as other students in that grade.

From now on when you get home from school, swap a video game for your homework. It could save you from repeating the grade.

This entry was posted on February 26, 2015. 2 Comments

My Blog Audit

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This is an audit of my blog. The post that had the most comments on my blog was my “All About Me” post. I think that this is because this is the post that people will read to get to know you better. My favorite post to write was my “School Uniforms” post because the topic held my interest and I had a strong point of view on the issue of school uniforms.  I used a few web tools to create things on my blog. Some of these web tools were Tagxedo, Jigsaw Planet, Google Slides, and Google Docs.

I also had one of my classmates, Evan, do an audit of my blog. His first impression was that my blog looked really good. My post about childhood hunger caught his attention and he was distracted by my virtual panda widget. He said that I could add more widgets to improve my blog.

Some things that I could have done better while being a part of the student blogging challenge was getting some of the posts done earlier in the week to improve the quality of my writing and I could have added more widgets to improve the look of my blog. In the spring, I will take these things into consideration and write better posts in the future.

My experience in the Student Blogging Challenge was really fun. There were a lot of cool topics to write about and I can’t wait to do it again in the spring.

End Childhood Hunger Now

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In 2010, the estimated number of childhood deaths was about 7.6 million and poor nutrition was a major factor in at least half of those deaths. In Africa, 1 in 8 children die before age 5 and in southern Asia, 1 in 15 children die before age 5.  The average rate of deaths among poorly nourished children in developing countries is 1 in 43. Deaths among children under 5 are concentrated in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia.

In most cases, malnutrition among children is caused by a malnourished mother, but sometimes it is caused by diseases. Some diseases that cause malnutrition are the ones that cause diarrhea and they can reduce the body’s ability to turn food into usable nutrients. Malnutrition also magnifies the effect  of every disease, including measles and malaria. Malnourished infants are at a higher risk of learning disabilities, mental retardation, poor health, blindness, and even premature death. Poorly nourished children can suffer from illness for up to 160 days each year.

This is a huge problem around the world, and you may not think so, but there is a simple way to help. There are several programs around the world that allow you to donate food or money to help people who are hungry. If you are not into donating, you can play Freerice. Freerice is a vocabulary game with easy questions and it is also fun to play. For every question you answer correctly, Freerice donates 100 grains of rice to people who need food.

To play Freerice, go to: http://freerice.com/

Childhood hunger statistics: http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/Learn/world%20hunger%20facts%202002.htm