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K-1-2-107 Visits El Yunque National Park, Puerto Rico

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Jose Melo 2-107 el yunque2

Carbon: The Sixth Element

Jahfia Horsford 5-305

The Sixth Element: Carbon

Did you know that carbon is known as number six on the periodic table? Carbon is number six because it includes six protons and six electrons. Carbon is in the soot of black. Carbon has the atomic weight of 12 mass of atomic units. Carbon is one of the heavy elements that are formed inside stars. It is true that diamonds are completely one hundred percent carbon. Carbon is open in nature and is found in three allotropic forms. These forms are amorphous, graphite and diamond. Graphite one of the softest material unlike diamond is one of the hardest. Carbon is very important to the Earth most things are made up of carbon it is a serious part of life.

Carbon is special to everyone and everything’s life. Without carbon nothing in the world would be here right now. Our bodies are made up of carbon. Carbon is the element of life–it is our energy. Carbon is one of the serious things in life. Everyone and everything should be thankful for carbon because without it we would be nothing. Carbon is something that keeps us going, what is carbon to you?

Carbon by Alana Todd 5-305

Carbon is a element on The Periodic Table of Elements. Carbon is very useful, in fact its one of the most useful elements on Earth. Both as a element and in compounds.Pure carbon comes in two main forms.But,they have very different properties:graphite and diamond.
Carbon can be clear,crystalline, superhard, noncoducting ,graphite,grapheme,or buckminster fullerenes . Buckminster fullerenes is the first carbon that is a good electricity conductor. Chemists are actually trying to make tiny machines to bring medicine to a certain part of the body.Carbon is number six in The Periodic Table of Elements.This is because there is six neutrons and six protons in carbon.Carbon in the form of graphite, is in your pencil.Atoms make up carbon , atoms are mostly nucleus. The elements like carbon have outer shells. The outer shells deter mains how easy it is to react with other substances.
This is a give or take process.This could happen in three ways.This is one way how you can do it.The first way is that they have one full outer and a couple electrons left over.Then, there is another atom that needs a couple of electrons to make another full outer shell. So, the atom that needs electrons gets the other extra electrons from the other atom. In doing so, the atom that have given away the extra electrons has one full outer shell.Then, the other atom has two full outer shells. Thus a reacation. This is one way how outer shells determains how easily substances react.
Carbon is also a compound that is personally attached for you for life. This personal carbon compound is your DNA.The DNA is shaped twisted and have lines connecting the twisted lines.Your DNA is all around your body. For example, your hair is DNA , however your hair color could be similar to other human beings. Your saliva is different no matter what.Unless your a twin.Twins looks similar so therefore they have similar DNA.
Carbon is very useful in many ways these are just some of the many ways carbon can be used.

Starry Night Poem by Furqan Khan 5-305

The aura is sneaking

Upon the fighting sharks.

To make more epic,

They light up sparks,

The wind rages on,

They destroy everything

In their path,

That’s the extent of their wrath,

So they fight

For what they think is right.

Let the rage continue

In the moist dew

Sakura (foreground) Mount Fuji (background) with its reflection in the middle ground.

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New York Cares Day 2014 @ PS119

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International Day of Peace 2014

The People vs. Columbus – Zinn Education Project

Teaching Activity. By Bill Bigelow. 8 pages.
Role play in the form of a trial to determine who is responsible for the death of millions of Tainos on the island of Hispaniola in the late 15th century.

  • Time Periods: Colonization: 1492 – 1764 | Themes: Imperialism, Native American | Reading Levels: High School | Resource Types: Spanish/Bilingual, Teaching Activities (Free)

This role play begins with the premise that a monstrous crime was committed in the years after 1492, when perhaps as many as three million or more Taínos on the island of Hispaniola lost their lives. (Most scholars estimate the number of people on Hispaniola in 1492 at between one and three million; some estimates are lower and some much higher. By 1550, very few Taínos remained alive.)

Who — and/or what — was responsible for this slaughter? This is the question students confront here.

The lesson begins as follows:

1. In preparation for class, list the names of all the “defendants” on the board: Columbus, Columbus’ men, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, the Taínos, and the System of Empire.

2. Tell students that each of these defendants is charged with murder — the murder of the Taíno Indians in the years following 1492. Tell them that, in groups, students will portray the defendants and that you, the teacher, will be the prosecutor. Explain that students’ responsibility will be twofold: a) to defend themselves against the charges, and b) to explain who they think is guilty and why.

Download PDF for the rest of the procedures and the student roles.



» The People vs. Columbus, et al. Zinn Education Project.



Horizon Line Paintings with Photos – Mount Fuji

Open up Paintbrush and select a canvas that is 800 pixels by 600 pixels.

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Find a smaller picture of Mount Fuji in Google Images that includes the horizon line, the long line from side to side that divides the sky and the earth.

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The image I’m choosing is smaller than my canvas – 304 pixels by 171 pixels. Click on View image and drag the image off onto your desktop.


Now we have our picture of Mount Fuji in the center of our canvas and we have drawn the horizon lines on either side to the edge of the canvas with the sampled color of blue from Fuji.

The image of Fuji is in the background and in the foreground is the Japanese cherry blossoms called sakura.



Richard Lee
Carbon has a atomic weight of 6 because it has 6 protons. It has an atomic mass of 12.0107 because it has 6 protons and newtrons with some electrons.


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