Nature Photography

Our nature school learned about nature photography from a park ranger.

The first station was zoom and focus. There we used little toys and practiced zooming and focusing.


In the second station, we learned how to fill the frame. There, we had props and filled our camera space as much as possible without them getting cut off.


The next station was angling. We used a variety of props and shot them from different angles.


After that, we learned about patterns. We sprayed water on DVD’s and took pictures.


Finally, we photographed lines at the playground.


We had a fun day!

Thank you, Ranger Jenn!


Our Fun Field Trip Day!

We did three fun things on our field trip day last week. First, we went on an archeology field trip. Next, we went to Tio’s Tacos. Finally, we went to the Misson Inn.

  • Archeology Field Trip

We got there early so my brother, John, could work on his Boy Scout archaeology merit badge. We played games while we waited for the actual class to start. Finally, the class began. We first learned a little about it, and then we played a fun game. We had to match the artifacts to what it would be nowadays. My partner was Elena, and we did pretty well. Finally, we got to the digging part. Kasen was late, so he joined our group. I started off as a sifter while Elena dug, and Kasen brushed. Once the bucket was one-third of the way full, I sifted it.  We all took turns digging, brushing and sifting.

It was super fun!

  • Tio’s Tacos

When we walked in, there were lots of sculptures to celebrate the Day of the Dead. They were all made out of recycled products. I had one chicken taco and one meat taco. The place was creepy though the food was good.

  • The Misson Inn

After the tacos, we went to the Misson Inn to see their Christmas lights. First, we got a gingerbread man at the Gingerbread Shop. Then, we walked through the hotel to see the lights and a talking macaw.

We had a great day!

Wags and Wiggles

Wags and Wiggles is a doggy daycare and a place where they train dogs and have them play together. We went there on a fun field trip. First, we met some cute dogs. After that, we went to learn about them.

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  1. Always before you pet a dog, ask your parent/guardian and the owner to pet it. Put your hand in a fist and let the dog sniff it. If it backs away, then don’t pet it.
  2. If a dog has its tail up, you can see the whites of its eyes, its mouth is closed, or if it barks, then do not pet it.
  3. If it wags its tail, and/or smiles, then you can pet it.

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After we learned those rules, we made the dogs do tricks.

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We could pick from Santana (the one I picked), Reverend or Simone. I chose Santana and made him go right. We used a clicker and gave them treats. Everybody had a blast, and I hope we go there again!!!!!!

Bye, Kate!!!

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Gemological Institute of America Field Trip

For one of our field trips, we visited the GIA in Carlsbad. It is a place with lots of valuable gems and other rocks. They also have a $78 MILLION diamond there. Plus, it is a school.

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We went into the classroom and sat at a long table. Our teacher told us what our birthstone was. She also told us about rocks and minerals. We wrote the things she told us in our workbook. Also, we shined a light on different rocks to see effects. Furthermore, we looked at gems through a microscope!

BUT WAIT FOR THIS!! Drum roll, please. I WON THE RAFFLE!!! I chose a citrine because it is my birthstone. Plus, everybody including me got a free blue topaz.

april diamondAfter that, we saw jewelry with our birthstones. Also, we saw the world largest pendant, and we got to touch crystals. The field trip was cool!!!


Have you ever visited a chocolate factory? For one of our field trips, we went to ChocXO in Irvine. They have some of the finest beans in the world from Latin America.

First, we learned about the fruit and got to eat some of it. It tasted weird but sweet. If other fruits trees, like bananas or mangoes, grew by it, the chocolate would get that taste.

Next, we learned about fermenting. They let the fruit sit for a certain amount of time.


Right after fermenting, they dry the fruit.

dry big sign

Next, they roast and grind the chocolate.


We got to taste it ground, but it did not taste the best. After grinding was refine. They put the sugar in there. Next was conch. They mixed up the butter and chocolate. Finally, we got to taste 5 different types of chocolate. The field trip was super fun…….. and yummy.



SubZero Ice Cream and Yogurt

At SubZero Ice Cream in Laguna Niguel, we had a field trip about chemistry. They make the ice cream with nitrogen. Nitrogen is 321 degrees below 0!

Before class began, we ordered our ice cream. There were 12 cotton candy, 11 chocolate, and 7 vanilla.

Next, we put nitrogen in a water bottle, and it exploded.

Then, we put a flower in the nitrogen for 5 seconds.


When we took it out, the flower was hard and you could break it. After that, we held signs that meant “Heat and pressure = Temperature.”

If you feel nitrogen for less than a second,  you will be fine. Everybody put their finger in. Mr. Terry put his finger in for a little longer. It hurt more.

After that, we put a balloon in nitrogen. It turned flat and hard, but then it reinflated.


Next, we put a balloon on a bottle of nitrogen. It got super big and popped.

Then, we made a cloud! It was giant and fun to play in!

After that, we ate our ice cream. I chose cotton candy flavor with gummy bears.

Finally, we played tag. The SubZero ice cream field trip was super fun!!

Knotts Berry Farm Field Trip

Knotts Berry Farm is very fun! We went there with our field trip group. A tour guide took us in and gave us a tour of the park. The first thing we did was learn to make Christmas candles.

Ours were colored green and red. After the candles, we went to the train. It was first operated in 1952 and everything is original. Compared to Disneyland, the lines at Knotts Berry Farm are very short.

Next, we learned about toys in the 1800’s. There were lots of different toys. They were also special because they were sewn by someone with love for you. Also, it took very long to sew them.

After that, we saw “Merry Christmas Snoopy” which is an ice show. Knotts Berry Farm was very fun!!