Indigenous Communities Blog Post

Hi, My name is Hanna, and I’m in 6th grade.

Recently both social studies classes have come together for an Indigenous Communities project. The task was to learn more about the history of various Indigenous communities in Canada.  Students worked in groups to build a presentation. The following is my group’s presentation.

Grade 6 Project

Once the groups were done presenting were then asked to create a blog post to showcase our project. I really didn’t think it was important or necessary for this lesson and was a little bored until we really started the lesson I was pretty invested in people’s ancestors, how a bunch of traditions were celebrated, and surprisingly are active to this day and cool facts. For example, In the Iroquois community, there were longhouses and up to 60 people could live in them! Everything was freely shared. Here’s another one less than 250 people in the world still speak Iroquois! THATS CRAZY! Here are some more cool facts .

  1. The Iroquois homeland is now the New York State.
  2. They hunted and fished in rivers to get their food and they made arrows and spears out of flint to hunt with. 

  3. The Iroquois people led semisedentary lives. They moved to a new location every 10–30 years. They grew corn, squash, and beans, and hunted to feed themselves.
  4. Iroquois tribes likely started in the late 15th century

  5. The Iroquois were also known as the Haudenosaunee

  6. To this day, fifty sachems who represent different clans of the Iroquois meet at the Grand Council near Syracuse, New York.

  7. After the people who spoke Iroquoian came together as different tribes, which were mostly in what is now central and upstate New York, in the 16th century or earlier they came together in a group known today as the Iroquois League,

That was only a little bit for me this project was cool and I learned a bunch from it. Thank you for making it this far in reading my blog post

Innovation Day Project Reflection

My name is Hanna. I’m in grade 6 and this is my innovation day project reflection.

Last month the 6th grade went through the scientific method and the electricity unit in science class. We were tasked with the assignment of making a game somehow including a circuit and a poster board presentation. This reflection is about my experience*.

When the class first found out about the project, we were all pretty excited. Everyone split up into partners quicker than turning on a light, classmates partnered up without any words, simply eye contact. I wanted to partner up with Noa-Tili but she was already made contact with Lila. Sadly I had to continue my journey alone.

At that time, I missed a week of school which was exactly what I needed. Being behind a whole made me totally clueless about what game I was going to do. I started to feel super anxious because everyone had started on their game, and had almost finished with their digital presentation. This process helped me come up with a great idea, Whack-a-mole.

I was super worried that I wouldn’t be able to finish in time for the due date. But I finished my brainstorming document and started on my game which I was actually not supposed to do. After the doc, you have to finish the digital presentation, get Mr. Ray’s approval, and then only then you could start building your game. I didn’t know that at the time but it ended up being ok in the end.

I started building my game with a pizza box provided by Mr.Ray and cutting the holes the “mole” would come of. That was pretty much it except for making the hammer, the “mole”, and connecting the circuit. When I was done looked nice, but not enough to make the cut. It’s 2 weeks to innovation day, I’ve worked super hard but yet I have no game and no poster. I have to pick up the pace. I finish the game but still don’t like it so I take plastic knives and make them into levers.

I liked the way it was constructed and I was proud of it. Now it’s a week to innovation day, and BOOM!, I get a concussion. Getting badly injured right before an event, woah that’s never happened to me before. Even though my concussion wasn’t what I needed, I kept working on what was left I had almost finished but I just couldn’t. Innovation Day is here, I’m barely not finished and super disappointed in myself. I have no idea what I’m going to tell Mr.Ray, but I had to say something. He eventually approached me and thanks to the scientific spirits in the room he gave me an extension. I was super grateful about it and finished the project. It was the day to present it. Mr. Ray wasn’t there. Now it’s tomorrow and I’m not there of course something came up at home on the last day before the break. But right after school started and I was so so nervous to present but I did. Even though it wasn’t the best I’m super proud of myself. I know I could have done a lot of things another way but I was proud of myself and my project.

Mishpacha Project

My Mishpacha Project by Hanna Friedlander Cohen

We are starting the Jewish life cycle in our Jewish Studies class. We’re currently talking about the process and customs of naming a Jewish child. You have been assigned the task of conducting an interview with your parents/family members. The goal of this activity is for you to learn about your family history and name. Students are asked to engage with their families in a discussion about their family background as we begin our journey through the Jewish life cycle.

Interactions of Indigenous People & Europeans

In social studies, we are learning about Indigenous and European people. We were handed a list of projects and 1 of them was making/building a longhouse. A longhouse is a longhouse, it was used around 300 years ago by the indigenous people. The entire class decided to make longhouses, so did I so today I am going to tell you how I made my longhouse. 1- I gathered all the supplies I was going to need (cardboard, scissors, hot glue gun, hot glue sticks, candlelight, and tape). 2- I traced, measured, and cut the cardboard. 3- I hot glued and taped the pieces and let them dry.


My Speech

Did you know 8.3 tonnes of plastic have been produced since the 1950’s? That is the same as the weight of roughly a billion elephants or 47 million Blue whales. 

I will pause while that sinks in…


(Pause for 4 seconds for effect)


Hi, my name is Moonlight and I’m in the 4th grade. I’m going to share the harm that plastic pollution is causing and what you can do about it!


In the comics, heroes are about fighting villains but that’s not the only way to be a hero. You can save the world by recycling and informing other people of how they can be environmental warriors! The more people working together, the more saving this world can be done!


Body Paragraph 1: Recycling

Let’s begin with recycling…

Plastic is made of cellulose, coal, natural gas, salt, and crude oil.

All of these don’t do good to our environment and that’s why we have to recycle. Did you know that the average American throws away four pounds of trash daily? That is more than 1.5 tons of waste per person per year. Multiply that by 6 billion people and you know we have a major problem with waste. It cant go on like this it’s really bad and it makes me angry when I see garbage on the road, floor, ext.


Body Paragraph 2: Harming the ocean:


It harms the ocean too.

Sea animals die or get harmed just because people pollute the ocean. Plastic pollution has a direct and deadly effect on wildlife. Thousands of seabirds, sea turtles, seals, and many other marine animals it’s not that hard it’s just taking care of the environment which as I said is not that hard. Before I end the paragraph I want to talk about the sargasso sea/el mar de Los sargasso. Sargasso is something that floats on water in the Atlantic ocean, and it’s made out of the trash that people throw in the sea. Think about it as an invasion of beaches, it has invaded the land in the Caribbean(the Dominican Republic). The president of DR (Luis Abinader) has spent 28,000,000 cleaning the beaches and we are running out of space to store sargasso. So what I’m saying is to stop throwing trash in the ocean to stop sargasso and what I am trying to say is almost impossible so I need help taking care of the ocean. I already have help from people recycling. For example, some people reuse sargasso to make shoes, books, paper, and plastic that does not pollute and that is edible.


Body Paragraph 3: What can you do to help

Plastic pollution is not good for any reason or anyone, it’s quite the opposite. It harms like crazy and it has to stop. the world to stop throwing trash everywhere.

As I said before recycling is the best way to help the environment. And the next time you have trash don’t throw it anywhere throw it in the garbage same if you see someone else.


Conclusion: Bring all your ideas together and make one final point

Living in a healthy environment is very important to all of us. Plastic pollution has become a big problem. It harms the ocean and environment/planet and to live in a healthy planet we all have to put an effort to care for the environment. To recycle to pick up trash from the floor even if it’s not yours. Make an effort to make a huge difference.