Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The solar system

Our solar system has one sun in the center and eight planets orbiting it and more than 80 moons and thousands of asteroids.  Our solar system is in a galaxy called the milky way. Does the moon have a real name?

Our solar system has eight planets and one dwarf planet.
Mercury,Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and the dwarf planet Pluto. Today I will tell you about Mercury Venus Mars and Pluto.

Although Mercury is closest planet to the sun it isn’t the hottest planet Venus is the hottest planet. That is because Venus has an atmosphere that traps the heat on the planet. Mercury doesn’t have an atmosphere so the heat can bounce right off of it.  An atmosphere is like a divider that separates the oxygen on the planet from the gas in space.

Mars looks red because it has a thing called iron oxide all over its surface but we call it as rust.  That is what gives it the red colour.  Mars is the home of a lot of mountains and volcanoes.

Pluto is a dwarf planet that was named by an 11 year old girl when she spotted a new planet. Pluto is not a planet anymore because it is too small to be a planet.  Now that we have new technology we can see that one of Jupiter's moons is bigger than pluto.

To answer my question, yes the Moon does have a real name its name is Luna.  People call it the Moon because it is easier to remember and moon is a word that means a natural satellite orbiting the earth.  Our solar system has one sun 8 planets and one dwarf planet.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

How to block in hockey

Hockey is a team sport that is played in the winter.  It can be played on turf, grass or on Ice. You have the minimum of 11 players when playing hockey.  To play this sport you need a mouth guard so if the ball flings up at your face your teeth don’t get damaged, a candy cane shaped stick and a small hard ball.  Are the sticks you use in ice hockey the same as normal hockey sticks?

There are two main things in hockey which are blocking and striking.  Blocking the ball is when you are trying to stop the ball and striking is when you are trying to hit the ball into the goal or when you are trying to pass to someone.  Today I will teach you how to block.

Firstly, you need to be facing towards the ball with your legs apart and your stick will have the flat side of it facing the ball.  Hold the stick with one hand at the bottom of the grip and the other at the top of the grip.  When the ball is coming lay your stick on the ground and it should be on a small angle remember to keep holding the stick with your hands in the same place.

Secondly, when the ball hits the stick you don't want the stick to snap so to prevent that from happening when the ball hits the stick you give a little.  To you give a little when the ball hits the stick you move the stick back a little.  Then the ball doesn't hit the stick as hard as it would if you just let it hit the stick.

Finally, keep your eye on the ball because if you don't you never know if the ball is going to go straight past you. There are all kinds of things that could happen if you don't look at the ball like the opposition steals the ball off you or if you miss the ball.

To answer my initial question, no the sticks you use in ice hockey are more of an L shape and the sticks in normal hockey are shaped like a candy cane.  hockey is a winter sport and to have a team you need at least 11 players.