Book 8-9: The House of the Scorpion (by Nancy Farmer)

Book #   8                                  Words:   100,214                                             Date: 2015


Title:   The House of the Scorpion                                                               Author:   Nancy Farmer                               


Genre ~ Fiction Type:  Dystopian    



  • Opening Sentence: Matt woke in darkness to the sound of something moving past him.



  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:
  • “Any rat in a sewer can lie. But a human doesn’t run and hide in dark places, because he’s something more.”




  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:
  • eejit (n.): a way of saying idiot
  • fetal (adj.): like a fetus
  • valiantly (adj.): showing courage and bravery


  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:
  • This book was very enjoyable for me. I came to learn more about the horrors of future human technology, such as cloning, from a very interesting perspective. The character Matt was very interesting, especially because of the environment he grew up in and the way he was treated by other people. However, my favorite character in the book was Tam Lin, because even though he seemed like such an imposing figure at the beginning, as I read, he was very righteous and I admired that about him.

Book 7: The Giver (by Lois Lowry)

Book 7                                    Words:  43139                                    Date:  June 2        Title:  The Giver                                                                Author:    Lois Lowry                                 Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type:  Fiction                                                                                     

  • Opening Sentence:

t was almost December, and Jonas was beginning to be frightened.   

  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:


“For the first time, he heard something that he knew to be music. He heard people singing. Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps, it was only an echo.”
“If you were to be lost in the river, Jonas, your memories would not be lost with you. Memories are forever.” 
  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:
  • infraction (n.): a crime less than a felony
  • relinquish (v.): to release from someone’s grip
  • exuberant (adj.): joyously unrestrained
  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

It was a really good book and something simple that I could read. I like how the author decided to do a cliffhanger at the very end. I liked it very much

Week 2

•Added a new feature of bell

•Works with a motion sensor (put your foot and it and makes a sound)

•Used NXT Brain for program

•Took extra tries to see if broken or not

•Took some time to tape the motion sensor on the penny board

•Successfully attached and tested



Day 5

•Used my phone to test out speed and its limits

•Got the results of the minimum speed needed to create electricity for flashlight

Test # Time Speed
1 2.54 sec 2m/s
2 2.63 1.9m/s
3 2.43 2.1m/s
4 2.39 2.1m/s
5 2.61 1.9m/s

Day 3 and 4

•Did not come due to a trip with High schoolers

•Got reports that group was done with soldering flashlight and the motor generator

•Success on sticking them on the penny board

•Have not checked if it is successfully working yet

•Came back and took the pictures



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Day 2

•Soldered iron into the motor generator to connect the wires

•Successful on soldering, conducting electricity works

•Decided that a glue-stick cap would work out and attached it to the motor generator (friction from wheels)


Day 1

•Had some ideas of how to build our motor

•Got our penny board ready to be built

•Used some motors as our idea





PBL Energy- Planning Week 2

Monday-Solder the flashlight and stick it onto the wire, then test it out

Wednesday-Further testing and fixing, gathering information. Brainstorm ideas of how to improve

Thursday-Start improving our design of the final product

Friday-Finish off