The Life of Lonnie Johnson
Written by: Room 22
Do you know the name Lonnie Johnson? If not, then you should! Who is Lonnie Johnson? Lonnie Johnson is a black inventor. He is most famous for creating the Super Soaker and the NERF gun.
Lonnie Johnson is from Mobile, Alabama, U.S.A. His family includes six siblings who all lived together in a small house. As a child, Lonnie adored creating and building different things. For example, he started by building toy rockets that could actually fly. Then he created a robot named Linex that could turn and move. Lonnie’s family was extremely supportive of his passion.
When Lonnie grew up he became an engineer. He worked at NASA to help build backup power for Galileo which travelled to Jupiter.
Lonnie created a super cool toy in 1982 called the Super Soaker. He created it by accident! Lonnie was using water and air pressure to create a cooling system. When he tested it he thought it would make an incredible water gun! Over the years he invented many types of Super Soakers. Lonnie also invented the NERF gun. Lonnie quit his job at NASA to become a full time inventor. He is currently working to create power that does not harm the earth.
Did You Know?
- The Super Soaker was originally called the Drencher.
- It took 7 years before a toy company agreed to make the Super Soaker.
- The Super Soaker was a huge hit! It was the #1 selling toy in the entire world!
Lonnie did not give up. He kept trying and trying to accomplish his goals. Lonnie worked hard, believed in himself and was able to make his dreams come true!
Room 12 & 21 (who are learning in the Open Area) wrote poems about our hair as part of our identity! We read poems about various types of hair to inspire us and also learned some juicy describing words to try out in our writing. Please enjoy our Spanglish creations!
Mi pelo es rubio.
Mi pelo es lizo.
My hair soft like a pole.
My hair smells like nothing because I can’t smell.
My hair is like a cat’s fur.
And my hair is like ice because it is so slippery.
My hair is the best thing that I have.
Yo voy al lugar de pelo.
Mi pelo es lizo.
My hair gets short and it is blonde.
My hair is like a piece of paper.
My hair is blonde like caramel.
Oh, my hair, my hair!
My new and old hair…
My hair is long like a piece of silk.
My hair sometimes feels rough and tough.
But most of the time it feels smooth and silky.
Every time after my shower, my hair feels straight and clean.
I was born bald,
So with that being said,
My hair grew and grew and my hair is long now.
My hair has always been brown.
And in ways, my hair can be thought to be black.
Okay. But, I believe it is both colors.
I braid, and I curl my hair.
So that it can be different ways.
Yo veo a mis trenzas en un espejo.
Tambien yo pienso que mi pelo no es malo.
A mi me gusta mi pelo ondulado y tambien
Es marron como mi chocolate favorito.
I have seen my braids in the mirror.
They are wavy when the braids go away. POOF!
My new hair now feels like it has no error.
The braids that my family makes
Are one hairstyle that make me feel
Strong like my dad.
My hair makes me proud.
Are you proud of yours?
My pink hair smells like a cherry.
My hair is pink like a flower.
My hair is long like a broom and it is fun.
Brown is the color of my hair too, it is like a string.
My hair is straight like a fork.
Mi pelo es lizo.
Mi pelo es rosa y marron.
Mi pelo es largo y corto.
Silly Blonde Hair
I am blonde.
My mama is blonde.
My dad is blonde.
My brother is blonde.
I have blonde hair.
My hair feels soft.
Mi pelo es largo y mi pelo es lizo.
My hair feels silly and it feels like a furry jacket.
My hair smells like a coffee seed.
The Justice System
You are innocent till proven guilty
that is the truth.
Then why are the innocent being treated guilty?
Has the jury come to a decision?
never to be the same.
Yet they will walk.
Not guilty, but why?
Pictures, DNA, Hair fibers
But nothing matters because,
Abused, hurt, evidence everywhere;
Yet they will walk.
Why, because they are not guilty.
We asked for a retrial
Denied, bail set higher,
but why when they are not guilty.
We are killing the earth,
at an alarming rate.
Dumping plastic into the ocean,
crate by crate.
Burning the earth, with our machines and tech.
We can make a difference,
we can stop polluting,
we can change the world.
By doing things right.
We made these machines, let’s use them for good.
By planting trees and cleaning the air, earth and water.
We need to do something,
before it’s too late.
We need to stop.
before it’s too late.
Some live in the dark,
Afraid of lighting the torch,
Afraid of the fire it would erupt,
Worried that it may burn them,
And turn their skin and bones to ashes and dust,
Others light the torch and take a stand,
Preferring the light over the dark,
People like Viola,
Brave, Strong, Resilient,
Who took a stand and lit the torch,
Because it was less about tax,
And more about race,
Viewing Black as a disgrace,
But they all knew Justice meant liberty,
And segregation was oppression,
But that torch sparked a flame,
Which shone through the darkest of cannons,
Taking the oppression and ending the segregation,
Meeting the liberty and correcting the injustice.
Have you ever seen Misty Copeland dance?
Have you ever read one of her books?
Misty Copeland was born in Kanas City, Missouri. Misty Copeland was 13 years old when she started dancing in California. She studied ballet. She became known as one of the most amazing dancers in L.A. and won several competitions. Her family didn’t have a lot of money and had to live in a motel for some time. She pushed through the hard times and kept on dancing.
Did you know that she was denied entry into different ballet schools because she was too old and her body didn’t look like a typical ballet dancer’s body? She never gave up because she was obsessed with dancing so much! It was her passion! She became a professional ballet dancer at 14 years old! WOW!
She took the ballet world by storm! In 2000 she joined the American Ballet Theatre. In 2001 she became a member of the American Ballet Theatre’s Corps de Ballet. In 2007 she became the company’s 2nd African American soloist. In 2015 she was prompted to principal dancer making her the first ever African American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre. She practiced every day to become better.
Today she is a public speaker, celebrity spokesperson and a New York Times Best Selling author. She has written two children’s booked, “Bunhead” and “Firebird”.
This is what we have learned about Misty Copeland. Room 23
Room 28 spent the last month and a half diving into Poetry!
We have looked at poems made by other students as well as some more established authors as mentor texts to explore. The students had opportunities to write different styles of poems including: free verse, acrostic, diamente, cinquaine, and haiku. Our topics ranged from the seasons around us to our Science topic, Weather, and many more. We had the chance to learn about various types of figurative language such as: metaphors, simile, alliteration, imagery and onomatopoeia. To wrap up our unit we are going to create and publish a class anthology, or collection, of poems!
We also made an art project based on Onomatopoeia. This was inspired by the art in graphic novels and the use of words that sound like the meaning of the word.
Check it out!
Ms. Savannah Funk-Unrau
Grades 5/6 Room 28
Earl Grey School
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Last week, Room 21 began to explore patterns. We read a book about patterns together and talked about all the different places where we can find patterns. We learned that patterns are everywhere and are very important. Please allow us to share with you where we have observed patterns in our lives. Patterns can be found in nature, in time, on animals and insects, on our clothes, in the classroom, and even in our hair!
Patterns Are Everywhere
We know that patterns can change shape, colour, size, and direction.
There is a pattern in a number line that goes on forever (Harlow).
There is a pattern in the alphabet (Elena).
In nature, the leaves change colour every season. They turn green in the summer, brown or orange or yellow in the fall, brown in the winter, and back to green in the spring time (Arianna and Elena).
The grass outside has a pattern because it goes grass, dirt, grass, dirt, grass, dirt… (Hans).
Animals have patterns. Zebras have black and white stripes, cats can have black and white spots like Ben’s cat, tigers have orange and black stripes, cheetahs and jaguars have black dots with orange-brownish colour, dogs have many patterns like brown with white and black (Joshua, Ben, Caitlin, Elena, Carlitos).
Insects can have patterns too. Lady bugs are insects with red, black, and white dots on their back. Sometimes they are orange. Bumblebees have striped patterns with lines that are yellow and black (Hans and Anna).
Our Spanish days of the week wheel repeats over and over again. It goes lunes, martes, miércoles, jueves, viernes, sabado, y domingo (Anna).
Stepping stones found outside of houses on their paths have patterns too (Arianna).
Water bottles can have patterns too, like Ben’s blue and yellow water bottle (Ben).
Clothes have patterns, like Señorita Garcia’s elephant skirt and Hans’ striped shirt (Anna).
Ben’s space theme pants or Joshua’s striped sweatpants also have a pattern (Ben and Joshua).
Baskets can have patterns in their weaving going in and out, in and out. Braids have patterns, kind of like baskets do (Sofia and Carlitos).
There is a blue, white, and green pattern of zigzag stripes in our classroom’s bulletin board (Sofia).