Journal entries from Chris Rowan's Kids
Adri Serrata's journal entry
Hello. My name is Adriana Serrata. During this week our class has
been learning a lot about Mars. The first day we started learning
about the "Red Planet." We made a journal. Then we started to write
things we could write about and wrote a few notes. We also made a
time line. Now we know what homework we have, and that is very easy
in my opinion. We also made a glossary so when we read he would tell
us if it was a glossary and we would write it down and tell us the
definition. We also made a chart so we could know what time to look for
Today we made a model of the solar system. Too bad we did not get to
Jupiter. At least we got to Mars. When we were going to Jupiter, well
trying to get to Jupiter Rossi was dancing and Chris said "A planet is
moving." He said that because Rossi was a planet, Earth. We read more
on our books Mr. Rowan gave us and got a lot of glossary words. Last of
all we made little planets and we were suppose to finish but I did not
Today I finished coloring and pasting my planets to a sheet of my journal.
We had a lot of fun playing with the computer programs about
the planets. On the computer I was on I could see little films about the
nine planets. On Mars I got to see the texture which I had never seen. I
never knew that Mars texture had many craters. Venus had a texture that
nobody could see because of I think thick clouds. Then one of NASA's
missions found out that the texture was with lava. I soon got bored of
this because I had seen all of the films. So I went to the computer Karla
was at. We both saw a rhyme with all of the planets' first letters in
It went like this: My very elegant mother just sat upon nine porcupines.
My mom told me one too-- it goes like this: My very elegant mother just
served us nine pizzas.
Roxanna Muniz's journal entry
What I Did..... 10-23-96
Well, I did so much on space. I think it is so INTERESTING to
learn about space because we could never go to unless were a astronaut.
With all that Mr. Rowan (my teacher) seems like we were there. Him and his
wonderful mind come up with so many FUN but still learning activities.
One of his fun but still learning activities was to go out on our
Morningside Elementary grounds and make a 1 billion size smaller model of
the planets in their order. When we did that activity I was the sun.
While I was pretending to be the sun I was day dreaming. I was day
dreaming about how the planets must be so far apart. OH, and did I tell
you that we got less than half way to Pluto.
More Fun Stuff........ 10-24-96
Well today was not as fun as when we did the planet activity.
WELL, I had a sort of better time looking through a cd that Mr. Rowan went
to a Live From Mars conference in Washington D.C. Mr. Rowan was one of the
two teachers chosen from Texas to go. The name of the cd was Mars
Navigator by JPL Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
I got to see some movies about the Pathfinder Missions. I met the
workers and the workers always said a little bit about themselves. I
also read about missions before like the Viking. I thought there wasn't
much to learn about space but I was proven wrong. There are so many
things to be learned about space.
Lee Alonzo's journal entry
WHAT I HAVE DONE...... 10-25-96 By Nephtali Alonzo
The past three weeks or so my class, my teacher (Mr.Rowan), and I have
been doing a lot of interesting activeties about space. Just the other
day my whole class walked outside and checked how far the planets
really are. We cut out a Sun with a diameter about the size of a
yardstick and took it outside. Then Mr. Rowan (my teacher) cut out
little planets. Pluto was the size of a dot!
So we all walked outside and in our Mars Exploration Booklet it said how
far the planets are from each other. And we figured out that the
planets are so far away that walking our whole campus is not even half
way to Jupiter! That really suprised me.
And yesterday we used our computers and Mr. Rowan put a disk in called
JPL Mars Navigator. On that disk we saw and heard a short movie of a
rocket launch on the computer. That is some of the stuff we did in the
past three weeks.