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I&S Connection Reflection

Who else in your life would find this interesting?

I believe that my grandfather would’ve liked to know more about this topic. I believe this because he used to work in a factory. I think that he would’ve found it interesting to know more about his working environment, and possibly know more about the history of his workplace.  I also believe that one of my uncles would like to know more about this topic. I think this because he is interested in history, and he enjoys learning more about these types of topics.

What are you studying in another subject that relates to this?

In science class at the moment, we are learning about nutrients and what they do to your body. I believe that this connects to child labor and the Industrial Revolution because, during the Industrial Revolution many people got sick, and many child lacked a nice meal. Also, I would relate this to english, because in a recent unit we learned about persuasive language, and how to be and sound confident. This really helped me with my trial, as I had to debate for something I did not believe in. I looked through my english notebook and found many helpful ideas to make me sound more confident and persuasive.

What did I learn?

I learned that the Industrial Revolution was a time of change. In some ways, positive and in other ways, negative. I also learned many different points of view on child labor, and more about the government during this revolution. I also learned how to keep my focus, and how to stay organized with my time. This unit has had a lot to offer for me and I really enjoyed it.

Chia Seed Superfood Research

What is in your Superfood?

100 grams of Chia Seeds contain 16.54 grams of protein, 30.74 grams of fat/lipids, 42.12 grams of carbohydrates, and 34.4 grams of fiber. They are also high in omega-3 fatty acids.

What do Those Nutrients do for your Body?

Protein helps build & repair our tissues, fat/lipids store energy and provide insulation, carbohydrate provide energy, and fiber helps send out waste. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation, and help lower risks of getting heart disease, cancer, or arthritis.

What Other Foods Have These Same Nutrients?

I researched and found that 100g of sunflower seeds also contain these nutrients.  Sunflower seeds have 4.24 grams more protein than chia seeds, (16.54 vs. 20.78 grams). However, chia seeds contain 20.72 grams less fat than sunflower seeds, (30.74g vs.51.46g), chia seeds contain 22.92 more grams of carbohydrates than sunflower seeds, (20.00g vs. 42.12g),  and chia seeds contain 25.8 grams more fiber than sunflower seeds, (8.6g vs.34.4g). At walmart,16 oz. of sunflower seeds sell for $3.18, while 14oz. of chia seeds sell for $6.77.

I also researched and found that flax seeds have the same nutrients as chia seeds. Flax seeds are another so called,”Superfood”. I found that chia seeds contain less calories than flax seeds, (69 calories vs. 79 calories). I found that chia seeds contain more fiber than flax seeds, (20% vs. 15%). I found that flax seeds contain  0.3 grams more protein than chia seeds, (2.3g vs. 2.6g). Flax seeds also contain less carbohydrates than chia seeds (6g vs. 4g).

Are there Any Issues with Chia Seeds?

I researched and found that when chia seeds absorb water, they can expand up to 75% their size. This was a problem for a 39 year old healthy man, as he experienced swallowing problems after swallowing a cup of raw chia seeds. He did not let them expand in water before swallowing so they started expanding in his throat, causing him to have swallowing problems because it was blocking his esophagus. He proceeded to go the emergency room, and he needed to have endoscopic extraction. Chia seeds can also make your blood pressure go down, and thin out your blood if you already have blood issues. Chia seeds can cause bloating, and gastrointestinal issues. Lastly, chia seeds can cause abdominal cramps due to slow moving fiber.

What’s an Issue with the Term Superfood?

I believe that the term ‘Superfood’, is to sell you products, because some foods have more nutrients than other superfoods, and yet they aren’t considered superfoods.  I would also recommend that you eat flax seeds over chia seeds for protein, and also because they are safer. Lastly, I would prefer to eat chia seeds over sunflower seeds for all the nutrients except for protein.


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Industrial Revolution Role Play; Autobiography,Persuasive Paragraph, and Empathy Map

Empathy Map:


Persuasive Paragraph, and Autobiography (Quote)


Fred Ward, an experienced lawyer, believes that child labor is necessary for a successful economy and a successful factory industry. “I believe that children in factories are learning to be responsible, and helpful towards others.” He includes many important points about child labor that, most of us against it, forget to consider. He thinks that child labor will cause a future filled with responsible, caring and knowledgeable young adults. Children working in factories are most likely there to provide for their family, or to make money for themselves. This is important to him, because he believes that children like these could shape the future.


“In all my cases, this is a truly important case for me, because I strongly believe that if these children stop working, they won’t know about responsibility, and they won’t care for each other. People around me tell me that school is a better option to make them responsible, but I disagree with this. School does help them obtain knowledge, but how will we make sure that they put their best effort into their work?In factories, the machines take a lot of effort to run, and this makes children work their hardest, and put their best effort in. I travelled to many different factories, and if I saw a child get hurt, there was always another child there to help. This proves that children in factories are learning to care for each other. Also, our economy is now dependent on factories, so we need children to put work into making our economy strong.”