For Week Six, on the Student Blogging Challenge, I chose activity number one, research a board game. For my board game that I am researching, I chose Scrabble. Scrabble has been one of my favorite board games for a long time. My dad and I play it together all the time. I thought it would be pretty interesting to research a family favorite board game for this challenge.

Scrabble was invented in 1933, by Alfred Mosher Butts. It was originally started as a scoring word game, called Lexico. In the early 40’s, the game’s name was changed to Criss Cross Words. Many companies rejected Alfred’s game, until he met a man named James Brunot. Together, Alfred and James Brunot made the rules, and later changed the name to Scrabble. The name was trademarked in 1948.

Alfred Mosher Butts lived in New York, and came up with the  game in New York. When Alfred met James Brunot, and business started rising, they changed the name to Scrabble. The Scrabble games were started and manufactured in Dodgington, Connecticut, in a former schoolhouse that they rented.

Scrabble was invented for home entertainment during the Great Depression. Alfred originally invented it for his family and friends at home. Later, though, Scrabble became a popular board game as I described earlier. As many of you know, Scrabble is started in the center of the board. Before Alfred met James Brunot, and before they changed the rules, the game was actually started in the top left corner of the board.

Scrabble is now owned by Hasbro. It is still a family favorite board game for many people. I know that my dad and his grandma enjoyed playing this game together as well. This is one of my favorite board games, and I really enjoyed learning about the history of it. What is your favorite board game? Do you know about the history of that board game? Please comment!

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My Favorite Place

On the Student Blogging Challenge, we get to write about our favorites. I’m writing about my favorite place I have been to. My all time favorite place I have been to is Disney World. I have been on vacation to Disney World twice. My first time was in first grade, and my second time was last year during St. Patrick’s Day. Both vacations were my favorite vacations I’ve ever had.

Disney World is an amusement park in Orlando, Florida. Inside Disney World, there are five smaller parks. Each smaller park has its own theme to it. My favorite park, the Magic Kingdom, is probably the most popular park in Disney. It is the home of Cinderella’s Castle, one of it’s most popular attractions. Magic Kingdom also has more rides than any of the other parks. It’s the park where you can meet the most princesses, and they have great places to eat, too!

Epcot is another one of the parks in Disney. It is popular for its giant ride that looks like a golf ball. The ride is actually called Spaceship Earth. It is kind of like a live timeline of the world. It is pretty cool! Epcot’s theme is the world, and a little bit of history. It has a lot of places in it that are based off of other countries. It also has little theaters in it like the theater where you can talk to Crush, the turtle from Finding Nemo. Epcot is my second favorite park.

Another park in Disney is Hollywood Studios. It’s theme is, well, Hollywood! One of it’s most famous attractions is the Hollywood Tower of  Terror. I have never ridden it, because I’m too scared. I don’t like things that drop! Hollywood Studios also has a lot of great restaurants! It also has a lot of little theater-like rides. I think Hollywood Studios is a lot of fun! It is probably my third favorite out of all of the parks.

My fourth favorite park is Animal Kingdom. It reminds me of the zoo. As you can probably guess, the Animal Kingdom’s theme is animals! My favorite part of Animal Kingdom is the safari. I really felt like I was in Africa on a real safari! The animals get really close to the vehicle that we ride in, and it’s really cool!

Last, is Downtown Disney. I really enjoy Downtown Disney, but it is my least favorite because it has the least amount of rides to do. Downtown Disney’s theme is mostly just shopping. It has a few places to eat here and there, but there is mostly just stores everywhere. My favorite store down there is the Lego store. They can build some really cool things out of Legos! Downtown Disney also has a few entertainment places, too.

I don’t remember everything about Disney, but it is certainly a place I’ll never forget. Where is your favorite place? Please leave comments!

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#WritingWednesdays: I am Poem

In language arts, Mrs. Caudill started a new project called #WritingWednesdays. Each Wednesday, she gives my class and I a new assignment to write about. This past Wednesday’s assignment was an “I am poem”. I wrote it about my experiences with dancing. I hope you enjoy!


I am poem

I am a dancer

I wonder about the new dances I’ll learn, and my years to come in dance.

I hear the music I dance to.

I see the audience watching me as I perform.

I want to perform the best I can.

I am an artist.


I pretend to be a professional dancer.

I feel unstoppable when I dance.

I touch my silky pointe shoes when I put them on.

I worry about forgetting my dance or messing up on stage.

I cry when I fall and get hurt.

I am a performer.


I understand that I need to work hard.

I say that I’ll dance forever.

I dream that one day I will be a dancer people look up to.

I try to learn as much as I can.

I hope to dance until I graduate high school.

I am, and always will be, a dancer.


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National Family Day

If I could create my own international event, it would be called National Family Day. It would be a day that everybody celebrates their families. The date would be on August first, because it would be summer time and families could go out and do more fun activities together.

I think it’s important for people to celebrate their families. Your family does so much for you, all the time. No matter how old you are, your family is always doing so much for you, even when you don’t know it. They always love you, too. I think it would be great to go out on a day and just spend a full day of fun with my family!

On National Family Day, there would be no school. Both teachers and students could stay home or go out with their families. Owners of stores could choose if they want to close their stores, too. Restaurants would have family deals for food, so everybody could have a chance to go out and eat at a nice place. Family places, like the zoo would be free. I would want every family to have a chance to go to a fun place where they can spend time together!

I would love to have a day to just spend time with my family. In my opinion, it would be just as good as my birthday, or even Christmas! I love my family so much, and I would look forward to this day every year. Do you think this would be a good holiday? Please comment about what you think!

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Making My Avatar

To make my avatar for my blog, I used a website called It’s a great website with many features to make your avatar look just like you! It had features like hair color, eye color, clothing, backgrounds, skin tone, shape of the mouth, and so much more!

I think my avatar really resembles me. I have light blue eyes, and long, blonde hair too. My hair is naturally wavy, just like my avatar has. My skin is also kind of pale too. I like my background because my favorite color is pink. I have a lot of blue colored shirts that I like to wear too.That is why my avatar’s shirt is blue.

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My First Time Riding the Rock’n Roller Coaster

There I was, standing in line, my stomach tingling with excitement and fear. I’m not a big fan of roller coasters, but I was already in line for the Rock’n Roller Coaster at Walt Disney World in Florida. As much as I didn’t want to get on, there was no way I was going to be able to escape.

The day started out with my family and I walking around Disney. It was a beautiful warm and sunny day, and we had so much to see. My parents had a big list of things they wanted to do, and the Rock’n Roller Coaster was one of them. As we walked closer to the roller coaster, my mom said she wanted our whole family to ride it. I wasn’t too excited about it, but I knew I was going to have to ride it anyway. My littlest sister, Chloe, on the other hand, won’t even ride a roller coaster made for toddlers. She instantly started complaining about it! As much as she complained, though, we still got in line. What my mom didn’t know, was that it was a real roller coaster. She had told everyone that it was a simulation, which was why she was making us get on.

When we finally made it to the roller coaster, all I saw was a big building with glowing lights everywhere. It had a big guitar in the front, with a long line of music notes following it. The sign read: The Rock’n Roller Coaster.  We walked inside, and the music was blaring. It hurt my ears, it was so loud! I started to get sick to my stomach. I really didn’t want to get on!

Soon, we were in line for the roller coaster. We were too far back to see it, but we knew from the loud screams of the people on the roller coaster that it wasn’t a simulation. Chloe was really scared and my dad took her out of line. He stood with her outside until my mom, my other sister, Brooke, and I were finished riding the roller coaster. I was begging to get out of line with them, but my mom wouldn’t let me.

The next thing I know, we are sitting in the roller coaster cars, waiting for it to start. I chose the third car down. I thought it was better than sitting on the ends, because I didn’t know what to expect.  I sat with Brooke, and my mom sat right behind us with somebody else that we didn’t know. I was scared to death, watching how fast it starts. As the roller coaster was counting down, I tried to brace myself for how fast it was. It didn’t work very well! My heart was pounding so hard, I thought it would explode! And it started out so fast, I couldn’t catch my breath. All I could feel was the rush of air hitting my face. At first, I just wanted to get off, I didn’t really like the beginning very well. But as we went around a turn, the roller coaster slowed down a little bit, and I started to enjoy myself. I relaxed after I could breathe again!

The rest of the ride was a blast! I loved the feeling when we would go upside down, or around a really fast turn. The inside of the roller coaster was pitch black, too. I like that a lot better than being able to see, because I don’t feel so scared when we go upside down. I was so excited after the roller coaster was over, I had a huge grin on my face. I wanted to ride it again, I enjoyed it so much!

When we joined back with my dad and Chloe, I told them how much I loved it! Although I was a little bit scared in the beginning, I was so proud of myself for facing my fears and getting on. Even though I didn’t have much of a choice! I learned that even though something might look scary, or I don’t want to ride something, I should try it anyway, because I might end up liking it.


Student Blogging Challenge: About Me

Hi, everyone, I’m Alexis. I’m in the seventh grade at McDowell Middle School. My favorite subject at school is language arts. I love language arts because I get to read all the time. I really enjoy reading. I also like to write, though it tends to stress me out when I get a limited time to do it. Language arts is also my best subject. This is my first year in middle school, and I have really enjoyed it so far. I love all of my teachers, and I have a lot of my friends in my classes, too!

I also really enjoy sports! I do many different sports, but dance is definitely my favorite. I’ve danced at the YMCA Dance and Art studio for almost twelve years. I started when I was one and a half with my cousin. I also do cheer and softball. I started cheer when I was in fourth grade. I only do school cheer, though. Earlier this year, I made the school’s cheer team. I was so excited because I’ve never tried out for anything before.  I’ve done softball since I was in kindergarten. I’ve done rec league softball every year since, until this year. I just recently made the school’s softball team. I was so relieved when I found out, because there were so many great players trying out. As you can probably tell, I’m very busy during the week with sports!

I have two younger sisters named Brooke and Chloe. Brooke is eleven, and in fifth grade, and Chloe is eight, and in third grade. I don’t have any pets. My room at home is always clean, I’m a little bit of a clean freak. Everything always has to be clean and organized in my room. When I’m bored, I like to draw in my sketch book. I have taken a recent interest in art, and I love to draw Disney characters. I’m not very good at drawing realistic pictures, though I would like to be good at it someday. My favorite book series is called the Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson. It is a series all about Disney. It’s a perfect mixture of my two favorite genres: fantasy and action. I’m currently reading the Maze Runner series by James Dashner. I love that series almost as much as I love the Kingdom Keepers series!

Last, but not least, my favorite color is light pink. Thank you for taking the time to read about me! I hope everyone enjoyed, and please leave comments!