Video for Research

I love that I am still learning new things from my students. We are currently working on our informational writing unit. The students are busy searching the internet for article on various environmental topics. We did a lesson on using videos from Discovery Education as a way to increase our knowledge about difficult, complex topics. Often video is easier to understand and gives necessary background knowledge before tackling the academic language in their articles.

As I was walking around today I noticed several students watching videos that were not from Discovery Education. When I asked them about it, they introduced me to a new, free source for educational videos. I am so pleased to see my students finding new resources on their own and sharing what they find. If you have had any experience with using videos for research or this site please share your experience.

The Airship Fortress Part 2: Bowser Jr. Koopa Attack!

The end of the cheep cheep ride, the cheep cheep left, leaving me at the castle. Remember me from part 1? My nickname a Toad called me is Weiner, because I was scared of the ride. I am mad, but I need to defeat Bowser so the world is returned to normal. I see a castle, before Bowsers appearantly. It has a bunch of goombas in it, which I use fire flowers to own the goombas in there faces. They get so afraid that I don’t waste a fire flower burning them and making them join the crew. I have an entire goomba army now! But, I just don’t know what this castle has anymore.

With this castle creeping me out, I go a little closer to a big noise. It’s the sound of koopa karts crashing into each other. I get a little scared, but then I realize that my goombas are gone. This makes my defence very little, so I scream to see if they are close to me. No answer. I scream again.

“GOOMBAS, WHERE ARE YOU? I NEED YOU RIGHT NOW! DON’T LET ME… DON’T LET ME… DON’T LET ME DOWN!” I stammer so much I can’t say the sentence right 2 times. I can’t say the phrase anymore!

With the goombas out of sight, I walk towards the clanging and the banging. I feel stupi to walk into disaster, because I was stupid enough to go here. Before I got the goombas back, hundreds of koopas and goombas were fighting, and I didn’t know what to do. But then, a little koopa, smaller then Bowser, was riding in a kart, and I knw who it was. His laugh was different, and he was way smaller then Bowser. Bowser Junior.

He was the owner of this goomba castle? But, he started throwing koopas at me, but I knew what his weakness was, so I stomped on the koopas (which turned into turtle shells), and threw them back at Bowser Junior. He got hit, and flew into the sky, and landed butt first on the hard floor. I put a pillow underneath him to prevent pain. Bowser Jr. thanked me, and said he wanted to destroy his own father for making this floor. I said ok, and now, WE WILL DESTROY BOWSER!

Now since our army is even better, we can make this happen, and we will destroy bowser no matter how hard it might be, we will fight till the end!

We see a weird shaped looking castle having a bowser face on it, it wasn’t a ship though. It was Bowser’s castle! We needed to be prepared, and someone was guaring the door, with a witch look, and a broom stick, it was Magikoopa, the horrible witch!

To be contuined…


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There was once a girl named Maddie who lived in a weird world. Everyone had one food they could eat. Maddie’s was bread and her sister Ella had cheese. So all Maddie ate was bread and all Ella ate was cheese. The rest of the world had the rest of the food.

Next, Maddie was bored of just eating one food so she decided to do something about it. Then, she went to her sister and told her idea to Ella. The next day, Maddie and Ella combined their foods and SHAZAM!!!! Maddie could eat cheese AND bread and so could Ella.

Last, everyone started to combine their foods with eachother and thats how the world could eat whatever they wanted. All because of Maddie’s food idea.

The key Hole

Once upon a time there was a man who was on vacation and he decided to spend some of it in a hotel. He arrived at the hotel and one of the workers there had warned him about the room with no number. He was told to not open the door in any way. He got a little scared but decided not to let it bother him. The next day he felt a little curious and decided to take a peek through the Key Hole. All he saw was a person in all white, their back facing the door, and their head banging against the wall. He got pretty freaked out so he just went on with his day. A little later he went to go see it again, but all he saw was red, just red. He got curious so he went to go ask the worker what happened and he was informed that there was once someone who visited  there that had died from a accident and she is still there and haunts it. He was also told that she had pale white skin and RED eyes.

What he did not know before, was that the ghost of the person saw him through their RED eyes.

Vegas Mayham


South Points appears in Zach’s eyes. The sight of Las Vegas was covered in neon. With every light sparkleling, Zach drove to Silverton and ate dinner at a mexican food resturant. Nevada was just dying to see Zack explore Las Vegas!


Zach went to the Casino and asked the attendent for his ard to play some casino games, but the attendent said he didn’t know a soul who had a casino card named Zach.

“Drats!” Said Zach.

He soon went to Mandalay Bay, and he still didn’t get his card.

“Drats!” Said Zach

Then he went to Delano, and soon found himself going physco about one little discount card. He soon, bought 300 plays for the Teen Titans Machne that you can win a max of 50 cents for a jackpot. But he never won that machine, so he went to “Loser Slots” and you could win 10 cents max. He wasted 500 hundred dollars on that machine, and he never won a single cent. He started banging the machine, and everyone inside Delano gasped. They kicked Zach out, but that didn’t work. Soon, he started going to New York New York’s SSlot and losing, and went to Excalibur losing the 5 cent grand prizes slots. He started throwing machines out of the hotel and forcing the machine to spit out millions of dollars in cash. Soon, everyone in Las Vegas ran into the The Cosmopolition because that was Zach’s least favorite hotel. But it just didn’t work.

“We got to do something!” Said the mayor of Las Vegas.

“You can’t run away from me, fools!” Said Zach, who wanted revenge on the mayor for poor shipment.

Soon, every hotel got wreckng balled by Zach, who recked everything in his path. Soon, every car in Las Vegas, and every plane went away to their home country. Zach was alone, in Las Vegas with nobody by his side, and everyone was enjoying the drive back home. Zach thought about how bad everyone felt for Las Vegas, and soon got arrested for destroying a huge, rich, city like place. The police took him to jail, and that was exactly what happened that day.

“Honey, your boiled chili is ready!” Said his mom.

“Another boring criminal day…” Said Zach.

“I know, but you said you would work here.”

“Oh yeah, because I have to pay for damage, aw man!”

The End?

Evil (Every Villian is Lemons) Episode 1: Sir Poker

Hello my name is Tyler. I am in the school of Middle School, and I’m 12. I live with my mom in Piqua, Ohio, and if you live somewhere else TO BAD, YOU’LL NEVER SEE ME. I am just sitting on a bench, when a random person pops out at my face. His name is Sir Poker, with a golden nametag saying EVIL CORPERATION! I know what that means, Every Villian is Lemons.

I look at him with a stare, and make him frightened. Though, he was muscular like a wrestler John Cena. He was big and tall, and he looked like he was never gonna go down. But I was prepared for any enemies coming my way, so I just had a army that had trained for a month. We bowed, then went to our castles ready to fight.

“ATTACK!” I yelled.

The war started really quickly. Like, it started before a pistol shot fire, and everyone was getting clobbered by Sir Poker. But, we defended his enemies also, so far, it wasn’t that great, but no one was losing there castle to us. We were fighting on 2 castles, and our monsters, jousters, horsemen, shooters, fighters, and plenty of other kinds of combat with our enemies were getting killed, and respawned back into the castle to come back again. Just like a video game, we were scoring points for each enemy we killed. But then, Sir Poker summoned “EVILP” who was strong, so I had to pitch in and land cannons to fire at him, it took work, but finally he fell down with a thud. I summoned Thwomps, and they crushed some enemies coming our way. I sent some Weegees (Like Luigi, but weirder) and they got to the castle, and started destroying the control room. Then I sent the Master Hand. (From Super Smash Bros 4) and he started to spawn some Sonics, and they ran faster then the speed of light to the castle, and the castle got destroyed, but before he gave up, he sent two more bosses, Professor Snape with Bowser beside him.

I had to react by spawning SpongeBob, with Patrick, Squidward, Sandy, Mr. Krabs, and even Plankton. I also sent Robin, (Teen Titans Series) along with the rest of the crew. Then, the war ended with a BIG BANG! And, when I could see again, everyone on my team, were alive, Bowser and Snape, were gone. They were back in the castle, respawned. I had won!

“Great Game, your good, but beware of Dirty Bubble! He’ll get you for sure!” Said Sir Poker, and he vanished into the air. A random crowd was here, and they cheered for me, for I had beat, the 1st challenger, but who was next? What if he beat me? That was the next thing to figure out, for I am the protecter, of PIQUA!


Referances: Mario, SpongeBob, Teen Titans Go!, Sonic the Hedgehog, A new name for I guess Batman, Captain Underpants (city), Harry Potter, and Mermaid Man and Barnicale Boy adventures in SpongeBob! Thank you for reading! See you in episode 2!

The Airship Fortress Part 1 A CHEEP CHEEP!???



Hello, my name is Spencer and I live in a Toad Village in Paper Mario Sticker Star Land (Picture above is from Paper Mario Sticker Star). Right now I am setting up a boat to travel to the Airship to defeat Bowser. But I need the last part, but where was the last part? I need a motor for the boat, which came with the steering wheel. I saw a Toad walking toward a basement so I followed.

He lead me into a dark room, I couldn’t see anything, but I had a lightbulb, so I connected it with a light that was really faded. The light turned on, and I saw the motor with the steering wheel on 3 boxes! I was saved, but before I grabbed it the Toad asked a question:

“Are You Spencer?”


“Your free to take that if you want to, and thanks so much for making this light bigger in here.

So, I ran back to the boat to put on the motor and the steering wheel to go on my adventure. But, all of a sudden, a big giant group of Toads ran towards me, and soon, I saw a giant Cheep Cheep crash into building, and throwing Toads at me. All of the Toads huddled behind me with there scared faces. Some girls, some boys, but I had to find a way to destroy this cheep cheep.

I ran to the ship, and found this hurl hammer I never saw before. I decided to give it a try. So, I hit the cheep cheep, but it didn’t go away, it just threw more Toads at me. Soon, there were more then 10,000 toads behind me huddling. I had no choice, so I got a giant narwhal, and whacked him (I didn’t use the spike), and he started to cry. I gave him a nice chocolate cake, and he started to cry tears of joy. I decided to let a Toad go on his back, and  Alleluia! The Toad was riding him for hours, until it was all of us’s turns to go on. So, with all my Toad friends, we rode the Cheep Cheep to Bowser’s castle to show who’s boss!

To be Continued…


Spencer (ToadOnStrike1 x)