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My Archimedes project

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I have written a   diary entry from the perspective of Archimedes the ancient Greek mathematician. I have chosen to present it in this way because English was one of the subjects I was chosen for more able group and I like writing diary entries.

My aim  was to represent Archimedes’s achievements and show what daily life was like for Archimedes in Greece using correct facts. I researched in books from the library first, then when I absolutely had to I used Google.

During this project I learnt about the following subjects: theater, medicine, food , war, inventions and of course Archimedes himself. Archimedes was a very impressive character. Some of the things that he invented are still important in our lives today. For example, his work on buoyancy ,  hydrodynamics ,and the Archimedes principle (eureka, of course!) . But my favourite of them all is the screw pump, which is still used by building companies to carry water uphill.

I made my book by first planing all the contents, then writing it all  out. I decided that I should only write the dates in a Greek font since otherwise it would take a long time to write out all the text that way. Then I tea-stainedimage the pieces of paper and sewed it together .After that I put binding tape around it and lined it with marble paper, which I had made myself.

One other point of my project that is ‘incorrect’ is that Archimedes would have not had pencils and paper,he  would have used papyrus and a hard reed for a pen. For ink, ancient greeks used all sorts of materials including squid ink and vegetable juice!

Translations:

I have written in Modern Greek whereas Archimedes would have written in Ancient Greek. I did this because I couldn’t find  Ancient Greek.

Εφημερίδα: Journal

Ουομα: Name

Αρχιμήδηζ: Archimedes

Να Κάνω: To Do

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Rupert

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Craft Activities, Kids Gardening

How to make a Terrarium

I have always been fascinated by terraria. They are mini eco-systems inside a jar. If they are covered, they can last months without any water. You can also mini-scape, which makes it look even more like a micro-world. This is how to make one:

You will need:

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  •  Glass Container
  • Pebbles
  • Dried Sheet Moss or Coir
  • Plants
1. Fill the bottom of the jar with the pebbles.

1. Fill the bottom of the jar with the pebbles.

Cover the pebbles with the coir or dry moss making sure you tuck in the edges.

2. Cover the pebbles with the coir or dry moss making sure you tuck it into the edges.

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3. Fill the bottom with enough soil for your plants. Make sure you leave enough space for the roots and the plant itself.

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4. Now it is time for the plants!

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Some people sprinkle a little charcoal in their terrarium – this keeps the humidity level balanced.

If you are struggling, a useful book is “Tiny World Terrariums”. Otherwise, just contact us.

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THE BUTTERFLIES HAVE HATCHED!

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Yesterdayafternoon, the butterflies hatched! When I came back from Little Foxes, I heard some fluttering coming from the enclosure where the chrysalids hang. I went to investigate and there, staring at me through big shiny eyes, were were two beautiful butterflies!! And then I turned my back for five minutes, I checked them and there were three butterflies. The next butterfly emerged from its chrysalis while I was watching. It is very fascinating! When I came downstairs the next day there was one more butterfly there to greet me and before I knew it, there was another one emerging. Now I am waiting for the last four butterflies. I can’t wait! I am feeding them on rotten nectarines and they seem to love them. I am wondering what species I will breed next time. This time it was painted lady butterflies.

Helen.

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