Friday, March 18, 2011

IEW story

                                                        Doing the Wrong Job
                                                             By, Mae

     Sox the horse had served his master faithfully and willingly since the time he was
trained. He pulled the cumbersome plow he gave the children pony rides and pulled the
wagon to market too. Sox, who was a hardworking and honest horse, loved his master dearly and because of that he wanted to do more and more for him.

     On Sunday, Sox took the family to church in the shiny, black buggy. After church he was turned out into the pasture to rest while the family ate lunch. But Sox  was never satisfied resting he wanted to keep working and helping.

     One Sunday Sox saw some crows in the garden and thought it was up to him  to help drive them out when the family wasn’t there to. He quickly jumped over the fence around the garden and galloped this way and that through the garden and the crows disappeared. “I’ve done the master a good service and have been a big help.” Sox said. But when he looked down Sox was terribly ashamed, while he had been chasing the crows away all the vegetable plants which were very tender because they had just sprouted had been trampled. The garden was ruined because of him. Instead of being pleased the master would be angry.

     When the farmer saw what had happened while he had been inside he was angry. But nobody could be very angry with Sox for long. “Never undertake a task for which you aren’t fitted and then only do a task if you are told to” the farmer said to Sox. Sox took this lesson very seriously. “I was the right horse,” he said to himself. “But I was doing the wrong job.”

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Botany composition

                                               A Bristlecone Pine Named Methuselah

     Once upon a time a tiny seed lay on the dry earth. The seed was watching an old man build something he had never seen before and it was almost finished, right now the man was spreading pitch all over it. Then, an old woman came to the door of a nearby house and called the man, he went in and did not come out again that day. The sun went down and the moon came out followed one by one by the stars.
     In the morning the seed saw a wonderful sight: animals of every shape and size walking into the enormous thing the seed would find out was called an ark. As soon as all the animals were in, the old man whose name was Noah, along with his wife and three sons Shem, Ham and Japheth and their wives entered the ark. Suddenly, though no one was pushing it the door to the ark closed. Everything was still, absolutely still, then without warning, the earth cracked open and water poured out of it. Water poured from the sky too and great waves crashed everywhere. Waves pounded on top of the seed and he found himself floating in tons of water. All this lasted 40 days and 40 nights. During this time, the seed began to drift toward the bottom of the great body of water that covered the whole earth and as he was in the water he began to soak up more and more and get bigger and bigger because of it. By the time he reached the bottom the 40 days and nights were well over and the earth was starting to dry. After the seed reached the bottom he began to feel a tickly sensation in the side resting on the ground. Then, roots started to emerge and grow and a tiny seedling poked its head out of the earth. That seedling grew to be a bristlecone pine named “Methuselah” and that pine is now 4,700 years old.
                      THE END

Monday, March 7, 2011

A Botany Narration on the Different Kinds of Pine Cones



Did you know that conifers produce two different kinds of cones? One kind is called a seed cone and it is the kind that one usually sees it is also the kind that makes the seeds. The other kind is the pollen cone. It makes pollen and is much smaller and less noticeable. In the spring the pollen cones burst open sending pollen into the air. Some lands in water some lands on the ground but some also lands in seed cones pollinating them. Once the eggs in the seed cone are pollinated it takes a year for them to turn into seeds. After the year is over on a warm, dry day the seed cone opens up and lets the seeds come out. The seeds usually have little “wings”  that they use to float to another place where they can grow into trees.