Tag: Week 7

💸The Next Victim💸

💸The Next Victim💸


The two coins in my pocket clinked together as I stumbled down the cold pavement, the holes in my shoes turning my feet into blocks of ice. My heart was warmed though in the knowledge that I was rich. A slit smile appeared on my face as I heard a shrill cry echoed in the mist. 


I swear I was hearing things but sometimes it was too real… Icy wind slashed at my face, and I felt the rain starting to dance its evil dance upon my head as I tried to get run away from what I had become. I quickened my pace as the clouds began to gather in the sky. 


Up to now, the sky had been postcard-perfect, but it was changing. The beautiful cocktail-blue shade was beginning to darken into gravel-grey. Large pillows of cloud were forming, blotting out the old-gold colour of the sun.


The hair stood on end, a shiver raced down my spine and a lump came to my throat. It was her… I had felt lightheaded a few hours beforehand. I even bumped into several chairs and tables! My vision went fuzzy and black for a few seconds before… I fell to the ground!?! The air turned black all around me…


Everything stopped, people were stood like statues all around me, people in cars, men on bicycles, babies in prams all lifeless, frozen in time. Soon it all disappeared… I saw a woman dressed in white sitting on a bright red couch. It was placed in the most colourful room humanly possible, it was the most supercalifragilisticexpialidocious I had ever seen! 


I have lived a long life, in my many years I have gone to millions of places and seen over a million people and things. But the couch wasn’t any ordinary couch… It wasn’t just some random blinding red colour for no reason, because it was once a bright white couch. Over the years people have come and gone, and each time they did, the couch got a little bit more red. Soon there wasn’t any more space to fill…


The woman’s name was unknown, the only name people had ever heard to be her name was lily. The woman didn’t like people very much and didn’t talk to a lot of them. There were many different rumours about her, everyone in the neighbourhood thought she was going crazy or sick in the head. She didn’t care what others had to say, all she cared about was herself…


The woman stared at the TV as bloody tears rolled down her cheek. She sat on the stained red couch without the knowledge it was once white. The woman picked up the TV remote that was placed next to her, and turned the TV to channel 3… BREAKING NEW!?! 


The news reporter spoke in a tone that sent shivers down my spine. My trembling hands hovered just above my skin, afraid to touch myself for fear of getting caught, I felt fear in the hair on the back of my neck. 


It is like invisible fingers run along my spine. The reporter spoke as she said “today we are going to talk about some breaking news that is spreading like crazy on the internet. A mother who attempted homicide on her own kids, and is trying to deny it. We have more information about this now…


Lillian Salvatore, 36 years old, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on charges of first-degree murder in the death of her 2 year old son Stefan, and an attempted-murder charge related to her 7-year-old son, Damon. 


Lillian and her sons were reported missing by her husband, Giuseppe Salvatore, after the boys and their mother reportedly left to go visit relatives in Sumner, Iowa, on June 20, 2010. The next morning, Lillian walked into the home of residents in Littleton, Iowa, and told them that her sons were in danger. 


Stefan was found dead outside the family’s van. Autopsy results revealed the boy had died from severe cuts to his neck. His older brother, Damon, was found struggling for his life inside the vehicle and had suffered similar cuts. 


According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Lillian falsely claimed that her children had been abducted. She stated that she couldn’t explain why she had done it. She stated that she couldn’t face anyone. 


She stated that she wanted to die or be locked up where she couldn’t hurt anyone else, the affidavit read. At the trial in October 2012, Lillian pleaded not guilty. Her attorneys argued that she suffered from extreme mental illness.


An Iowa jury heard a tape of her surviving son telling police how his mother covered his eyes, nose and mouth with duct tape, slashed his throat, and then did the same to his younger brother. On November 5, 2012, she was found guilty of first-degree murder, attempted murder and child endangerment causing serious injury…”


The reporter’s voice drained out… The air around me started to turn black again!?! Footsteps slowly creaked on every step of the stairs. The bedroom door handle turned slowly. Death lurked in every doorway with hell at one dark window. Icy fingers gripped my arm in the darkness… 


I didn’t know if I should be scared or confused but either way I didn’t know what to do. BANG!?! The lights flickered and then it went black. My eyes flashed before me, then the sirens started, it was coming, I knew it wouldn’t be the last time… I got up and walked outside to see cops surrounding every corner. 


With their blood on my hands, I tried to deny it, but it was too late. A man with a gun spoke “what’s your name?” “Lily, Lillian Salvatore to be exact,” I replied in confidence. “Put your hands up where we can see them and step forward,” said the man! 

I walk towards him with my hand in the sky. I felt thousands of eyes all over me, I sensed a gut feeling of insecurity with each step… I looked at my hands as I lowered them, and whispered to myself “my time is up, goodbye for now…” And I was gone!?! Till this day all that is left is a red stain where I stood…

Main Idea & Supporting Details

Task description: This week during Writing, we are learning to identify the main idea of a paragraph, and identify the supporting detail in a paragraph. We are also learning to correctly highlight the main ideas and supporting details of a text. After that I completed the task, and I posted it on our blog. I enjoyed this task very much, and I hope to do more like this soon. Hope you enjoyed. Please leave a comment; thank you for visiting my blog.

For My Passionate Lily – By: Zaria Khan

For My Passionate Lily

A Poem By: Zaria Khan


Roses are red, 

Violets are blue, 

Energy is passionate, 

And so are you. 


Orchids are white, 

Ghost ones are rare, 

Bread is brown, 

And so is your hair. 


Magnolia grows, 

With buds like eggs, 

Columns are slender, 

And so are your legs. 


Sunflowers reach, 

Up to the skies, 

Bread is brown, 

And so are your eyes. 


Foxgloves in hedges, 

Surround the farms, 

The jerkin is buff, 

And so are your arms.


Daisies are pretty, 

Daffies have style, 

A manner is friendly, 

And so is your smile. 


A lily is beautiful, 

Just like you.

The Smelly And Gross Farts – By: Zaria Khan

The Smelly And Gross Farts

A Poem By: Zaria Khan


Whose Farts is that? I think I know. 

Its owner is quite angry though. 

She was cross like a dark potato. 

I watch her pace. I cry hello. 


She gives her Farts a shake, 

And screams I’ve made a bad mistake. 

The only other sound’s the break, 

Of distant waves and birds awake. 


The Farts is Smelly, Gross and deep, 

But she has promises to keep, 

Tormented with nightmares she never sleeps. 

Revenge is a promise a girl should keep. 


She rises from her cursed bed, 

With thoughts of violence in her head, 

A flash of rage and she sees red. 

Without a pause I turned and fled.

Why candy shouldn’t be sold in schools?

Why candy shouldn’t be sold in schools?


Hi my name is Zaria, and today I’m going to talk about why candy shouldn’t be sold in schools to students. I think schools shouldn’t sell candy in school and that is being said by a 12 year old child who loves candy. I think this because there are times and places where you can eat candy but I don’t think school is one of them. So here are my reasons why I think schools shouldn’t sell candy. I hope people read this writing piece and agree with me because after all my research this is what I found.


Did you know that the average child under 12 consumes 49 pounds of sugar annually? That is way too much for a kid. In fact, some schools are making money by selling candy to their students. I think this should be stopped. Buying and eating candy isn’t good for you, and it also makes a part of the brain release a hormone that makes it difficult to pay attention. This essay will prove to you that selling candy at school should be banned.


Candy is okay to have every once in a while, but if kids buy and eat the sweet treats every day, it isn’t good for them. Candy usually has a lot of sugar in it, and even though everybody needs sugar, too much of it isn’t good for your body. This is because it converts the excess sugar to fat, which is a big factor in obesity. Sugar can also cause hyperactivity in children, that’s where the term “‘sugar rush” comes from. Although sugar gives you a big energy boost, it doesn’t last for a long time, which makes you get super worn out and tired. Candy is also super tempting as children who see it in vending machines will most likely buy it over a healthy granola bar.


Another reason is candy can make bad things happen to your body, but it can also make bad things happen to your academic performance. When kids consume a lot of sugar, a part of their brain releases a hormone called cortisol. Studies show that cortisol makes it difficult to pay attention in class, difficult to sit still, and it makes it hard for children to remember the lessons they have been taught. It also fills their body with empty calories, which leads them to eating more unhealthy foods. Students who don’t eat a lot of healthy foods is a big factor in bad school performance as it lowers your cognitive function.


Most schools think it is okay to sell candy at school and put up vending machines full of candy, soda, chips and less healthy things. This clearly isn’t good for children, as soda contains a lot of corn syrup, while chips contain a lot of cholesterol and fat. It’s OK to have those foods, but if you have them every day, then it will be bad for your brain and your body. Schools should put more healthy foods and drinks into their vending machines, such as milk, granola bars, fig newtons, peanuts and sunflower seeds to name a few.


In conclusion, schools shouldn’t sell candy to the students. It can decrease academic performance a lot, it can cause hyperactivity, and it can do bad things to them. Instead, they should sell foods that are good for the brain, like fruits and vegetables. I hope you enjoyed reading about why candy shouldn’t be sold in schools, some people still might think you should and that’s okay, but for me I don’t think it’s a good idea, and that’s coming from someone who loves lollies like most of the other 12 year olds out there.

Identifying Theme

Task description: This week during Reading, we are learning to identify themes within a text. We had to give examples of a variety of themes, and know the difference between theme and topic. After that I completed the task, and I posted it on our blog. I enjoyed this task very much, and I hope to do more like this soon. Hope you enjoyed. Please leave a comment; thank you for visiting my blog.

What is Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr?

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is the Islamic holy month of fasting, where many Muslims refrain from eating during the hours of daylight. This is believed to teach self-discipline and make Muslims aware of suffering and the poor. Ramadan is the time to remember the month the Qur’an (the Muslim holy book) was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).

When is Ramadan 2023?

In 2023, Ramadan begins on Friday, March 24, 2023 until Friday, April 21, 2023 (although dates may slightly vary).

The date of Ramadan varies from year to year, depending on the sighting of the new moon and also the moon’s location. This means that across the world there can be a time difference for the start of Ramadan of up to one day!


What happens during Ramadan?

Ramadan is the ninth month of the holy Muslim calendar, where Muslims fast between the hours of sunrise and sunset. They use the fast to think about those less fortunate than themselves, dedicating themselves to prayer, reading the Qu’ran and performing good deeds. Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.

What is Eid al-Fitr?

Eid al-Fitr is a religious holiday that occurs at the end of Ramadan. The meaning of Eid al-Fitr, translated from Arabic, means ‘the feast of the breaking of the fast’. Eid al-Fitr officially begins once the religious authorities have confirmed the sighting of the new moon. Approximately 1.8 billion Muslims worldwide will mark Eid as the sun sets and the moon rises on the last day of Ramadan.

What is the difference between Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr?

In short, Ramadan is a period of fasting, whereas Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the fast and is the one day when Muslims are not allowed to fast.

How do Muslims celebrate Eid al-Fitr?

Muslims celebrate Eid in a number of ways. For example:

  • A special set of prayers (known as Salat al-Eid) are recited in the mosque or in public parks, where Muslims give thanks to God (Allah) for giving them the strength to fast and to focus on how to be a better person. The prayers normally take place on the first morning of Eid.

  • After prayers, Muslims have breakfast with family or friends. This will be their first daylight meal after a month of fasting.

  • Major cities, such as London and Birmingham usually host public events over a period of several days to celebrate Eid. In previous years, thousands of people went to Trafalgar Square for music, entertainment, food and family activities.

  • Muslims also give and exchange presents.

Facts About Ramadan and Eid-al-Fitr for Kids

Check out these facts about Ramadan for kids to learn about Ramadan in more detail, they’re sure to impress friends and family!

1. During Ramadan, Muslims fast between the hours of sunrise and sunset. They will often eat a big breakfast before this known as ‘suhur.’

2. After sunset, many Muslims break the fast with dates, as they are easily digested and help raise blood sugar levels in the body.

3. The elderly, pregnant women or those who are ill are not expected to fast during Ramadan.

4. Children are not expected to fast until they reach puberty, although some practice to help prepare themselves.

5. As well as celebrating the end of fasting, people also give each other gifts on Eid-al-Fitr. These include money, flowers, jewellery and more. These gifts are known as ‘Eidi.’

6. Eid-al-Fitr is one of two Eids in the Muslim calendar. The other is Eid-al-Adha, which commemorates Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah.


What Is Eid And How Many Types Of Eid Are There?

Eid is the most important Muslim festival celebrated worldwide. There are two types of Eid. The first is Eid-ul-Fitr, also known as Eid, and the second is Eid-ul-Adha or Eid-ul-Azha, also known as Bakra-Eid. Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated to commemorate the thirty days of fasting or Ramadan. Ramadan is the holy month of fasting for Muslims. In the Muslim calendar, it is the ninth month. When the new moon appears at the end of the month, the Eid celebrations officially begin.


Importance Of Eid

For Muslims, both Eid ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha are holy festivals. Eid-ul-Fitr is very important in the Islamic calendar, and Prophet Muhammad himself started its celebration. It is known as ‘The Feast of Breaking the Fast,’ and Muslims observe it all over the world to mark the conclusion of Ramadan. Eid-ul-Adha is observed to remember the willingness of Abraham/Ibrahim to sacrifice his son for Allah.


Rituals Of Eid

Prophet Muhammad started the ritual of celebrating Eid after the holy fasting month of Ramadan. It was first started in Mecca after the Prophet Muhammed reached there on the day of Eid. Muslims fast for one month of Ramadan, and during this month, they observe complete fasting during the day. As the month of Ramadan ends, they start preparing for Eid. Both men and women get ready in new dresses. Women wear accessories and apply mehndi or henna on their hands. Men wear traditional kurta pyjamas. Homes are decorated for celebrations and welcoming relatives to visit. When the Eid moon is sighted, Eid is believed to have begun. People start their celebrations by hugging. They greet their friends, relatives, and other community members by saying Eid Mubarak and Chaand Mubarak and praying for everyone’s wellness.

On the day of Eid, special prayers are offered, and charities are given. Kids receive many gifts and Eidi or money as a token of blessings from elders, an important Eid ritual. It is an important ritual to make sweet vermicelli or meethi seviyan on Eid. Along with sweet vermicelli, different kebabs, korma, biryani, etc., are also prepared and enjoyed with near and dear ones.


Celebration Of Eid

Eid is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm and excitement. Everyone wakes up early, wears new clothes, and offers special Eid prayers. Men go to mosques to offer namaaz, whereas most women perform the namaaz at home. After the namaaz, it is customary for men to greet each other by hugging three times alternately. Special Eid food is prepared at home. People go to their relatives and friends’ houses to celebrate and offer Eid greetings and gifts. The celebrations can go on for two-three days. Eid, the festival of joy and celebration, brings delight and happiness to everyone’s life. Eid is the reward for all the good actions performed during Ramadan.

Land Wars

Task description: This week during Inquiry, we are learning about the land wars. Did you know that our preferred name therefore is for the Land Wars, given that (in our view) the wars happened because of a contest for land; and, for Māori, defending land was all about defending historic landscapes and communities as well as defending sovereignty and te tino rangatiratanga which were integral to the land. After that I completed the task, and I posted it on our blog. I enjoyed this task very much, and I hope to do more like this soon. Hope you enjoyed. Please leave a comment; thank you for visiting my blog.


Task description: This week during Maths, we are learning to use correct vocabulary with fractions. We also learned how to identify the denominator and numerator. After that I completed the task, and I posted it on our blog. I enjoyed this task very much, and I hope to do more like this soon. Hope you enjoyed. Please leave a comment; thank you for visiting my blog.

Equivalent Fractions

Task description: This week during Maths, we are learning to convert between mixed and improper fractions, we also learned how to find simple equivalent fractions. Did you know that 1 1/2 is the same as 3/2, and that 1/2 is the same as 2/4. After that I completed the task, and I posted it on our blog. I enjoyed this task very much, and I hope to do more like this soon. Hope you enjoyed. Please leave a comment; thank you for visiting my blog.