Written by 3rd Grader, Sophia!
First, my class buddies and me went into the room where the virtual earth equipment was. The teacher’s went “blah, blah, blah” (they were really explaining the rules). After that we went right in. But it was a little boring when we put on the cardboard thingies that went over your eyes with the phone in them. The reason why it was boring it said wait for teacher to start. Then Miss E or Mrs. Burritt clicked start and then POW we were in space. It was so real, and if I could’ve I would have definitely wore them all day, because it was like i was actually saw earth, stars, sun and it was just amazing. I had to hold my friend Chloe’s hand because I felt like I was in actual space and I sorted of felt like I developed this fear of heights. Anyway getting back into the main part. After two minutes of being in space we went on, everyone oohed and awed. It was so cool, I went around the world, it felt so real. You couldn’t see anyone it was just space.
Second, we went into a part that was Angel Falls. There were rocky mountains it was this flat surface with waterfalls coming out. There were different kinds of stone. Looking down you could see miles and miles of forest. Looking back there appeared to be a village or something. The reason why they called it Angel Falls is because Angel and his wife the passenger flew over Angel Falls. They landed on it and couldn’t get the plane back out because it was stuck in mud. They had to scale the mountain down to get out.
Third, then I saw the place we were going to dive into, a sandy beach with a pond that was really like a lake. There were forests behind the sandy beach and some rocky stuff. Past the little pond was a huge ocean. The little pond had sand surrounding it. Then we dove into the water. We thought it was a little pond but it was a giant lake. I saw this sorta ugly fish, it was big and fat and ate other fish whole, can’t remember what it was called but it was a sandy creature. When I looked up I was in Nemo’s world because there was a giant scuba diver above me. It was so real I was scared, i thought he might try to catch me, just like in Nemo. When I looked to the other side there was a school of fish swimming together. They were yellow with a black stripe, so pretty. Then there was another group of fish these were yellow with an orange stripe.
Fourth, We dived into another water picture. This one was different, it didn’t have a coral reef. There were shiny fish that would bite with sharp teeth. They looked small but i was told they were big and could eat a fish whole with sharp teeth. It sometimes would mistake a human for a fish and would bite your finger. Looking on the other side I saw a shark and it was frozen in time, though. It couldn’t bite me, it didn’t have enough time because it was frozen in it.
Fifth, then we jumped into another body of water, it was the ocean and we landed in a cage. It was one of those safety cages used for looking at sharks, so they can’t get you. There was a great white shark off in the distance. There was a scuba diver with us and that was the last picture we saw.
Conclusion, next we were above the Roman coliseum, it wasn’t any coliseum it was the one used for fighting lions and minator’s. It was broken down and hilly. The building's were from an ancient time. The church had a weird building built into it. We could see the pillars of the coliseum, it was really cool. Next we saw all of the seats, it was fantastic. It was a really cool experience, it would be awesome to have that equipment everyday and get to go places I have only read about or seen in movies.
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