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April - May 2003
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Writing Contest:

A World Without Circles - by Adam M.
A World Without Circles - by Lacey P.
Life Without Circles - by David D.
Why We Need Circles - by Patrick G.
A World With No Circles - by Ashley R.
A World Without Circles!! - by Ana Z.
Untitled - by Alison W.
A World Without Circles - by Nicholas Tavares
No Circles!?!?!?!? - by Jay Hutchinson
A World Without Circles - by Jacob M.
"A World Without Circles" (poem) - by Seabren B.
A World Without Circles - by Adam Ferreira
If the World Didn't Have Circles - by George French
What would a world without circles be like? - by Madeline Pilato
A World Without Circles - by Jacob S.
Who Cares About Circles? - by Kayla Piehler
A Week Without Circles - by Victoria Pesaturo
No Circles? - by Bretta K.
Circles - by Katherine K.
Why We Need Circles - by Patricia L.
A World Without Circles... - by Savana K.
No Circles - by Garrett A.
No Circles - by Matthew H.
A World Without Circles - by John S.
A World Without Circles - by David M.


* A World Without Circles
by Adam M.
age 10, grade 4, George Martin School, Mrs. Kellogg's class,
Seekonk, Massachusetts, U.S.

        Once in New York City lived a boy named Billy. Billy was a very nice boy and always listened to his parents. One night Billy came home from a baseball game that he had playing with his friends. Billy loved baseball. He wouldn't know what to do without it. His mom told him it was time for bed. He did what he was told - he brushed his teeth and went to bed. He couldn't stop thinking about his exciting baseball game he had that day. He finally fell asleep and waited for a whole new day ahead of him.
        "Wake up, Billy, wake up. You're going to be late for school again," his mother stammered.
        "What do you mean? Its only 6:30!" Billy replied.
        "I know, that's the time you're supposed to get ready for school. Hurry up, you're going to be late!"
        Billy had no idea what was going on, but he did as he was told and got ready for school. When he was brushing his teeth he froze. When he looked in the mirror he did not know what to say. His head was the shape of a square, and that's not all - his eyeballs were squares too!!! He yelled at the top of his lungs.
        His mother came running up the stairs and yelled, "What's wrong? Did something happen?"
        He looked at her. Her head was shaped as a square too, and so were her eyeballs! Billy was so scared he ran out of the house. When he got out he heard a loud noise. A big long bus was coming down the road. When it stopped at Billy's house he was speechless. It wasn't the bus that he was scared of, it was its wheels. They were shaped like triangles!!! Billy ran down the road and heard so much noise he almost fainted. All the cars and trucks wheels were shaped like triangles! Billy finally realized it was a world without circles.
        Billy was so confused. He ran all around town seeing square heads and triangular wheels. He ran to his old friend Gary's house and knocked on the door. His mom opened it and she said, "Come on in."
        Gary came down the stairs and said, "Hi Billy."
        "Hi Gary," he said.
        His mom brought in cookies and milk and said, "Eat up." Billy looked at the glasses and found a big surprise. The glasses were shaped as squares. Then he remembered it was a world without circles. Billy didn't like it at all.
        Once he left it was getting close to sunset. He looked at the sun in astonishment. It wasn't a circle - it was a rectangle!!! Billy wished that this had never happened. When he went to go get some dinner at the pizza place he ordered a small pepperoni pizza. It took a long time before he got his meal. When he got it, it was a shaped just like a triangle! He hated everything now. When he went home he went straight to bed.
        The next day Billy went out to play baseball with his friends. When he was up to bat he put on a square helmet and grabbed his square shaped bat and when he got a pitch, he swung and missed. The ball was shaped as a triangle! He was so mad that there were no circles in the whole world he screamed as loud as he could.
        All of a sudden he found himself inside of his room. His mom came in and said, "What's wrong? You were screaming." His mother looked confused.
        Your head's not shaped as a square. Hey, mine isn't either!" Billy said.
        Billy explained what had happened and found out that it was all a dream. Billy had never had a dream like that ever again.

* A World Without Circles
by Lacey P.
age 9, grade 4, Silver Maple Academy, Lisa Pelly's class,
Asheville, North Carolina, U.S.

        A world without circles would be hard to live in. The world, for one, couldn't be a circle! If eggs were not circles, they would be much harder to crack for baking. There would be a ball, but it wouldn't bounce. And worst of all, we would not have rounded heads! If we tilted our heads and they were square.... we would have a neck that was always bruised! Our wrists would not be oval and rounded like they are; but we would probably stop noticing after a few weeks! Trees would have to be square, or something like that! Lakes could not be rounded like they are, but some other shape. Zeros would NOT be zeros but maybe polygons or hexogons!
        It would be a very hard life without circles.

* Life Without Circles
by David D.
age 10, grade 4, George Martin School, Mrs. Kellogg's class,
Seekonk, Massachusetts, U.S.

        One Sunday night, I had a dream. The dream was about life without circles. When I woke up (in the dream), I looked in the mirror and my head and eyes were square. I rubbed my eyes to make sure I wasn't seeing things.
        I went to the kitchen to have breakfast. My mom was square too! "Do you feel all right, Mom?"
        "I feel fine," Mom said.
        I guess she knew she was square. My breakfast was triangle Cheerios with a hexagon spoon.
        My friend Adam invited me over and we tried to play baseball. We named it Basesquare because when you hit the ball it doesn't go anywhere. "Let's sign up for baseball!!" I said.
        "I can't wait to see how funny this is going to turn out. No one is going to score points!" Adam said.
        When the first game was over, the score was 0-0 and it was a no hitter for both teams. The game only ended because we were in the 14th inning. The championship team only won once. And the score was 1-0.
        "Maybe we should not play sports anymore," I said.
        "Good idea," Adam said. "Let's go home." I went home and climbed into bed.
        I woke up and looked in the mirror and realized I was regular again. I told my parents the dream. I'm glad we have circles so everything is normal.

* Why We Need Circles
by Patrick G.
age 11, grade 5, 13th and Union School, Mrs. Soltysik's class,
Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.

        We need circles for architecture so we can keep making the wheels for cars, busses, and airplanes. We also need them to make bends, curves, corkscrews, loops, and bat wings for roller coasters. we need them to have pulleys to hoist things up on cables or ropes.
        Second of all we need them to have food and drinks, because without cups how can we drink? We need circles to have cones and dishes filled with scoops of ice cream. We need them to have scallops and deep dish pizzas, plus we wouldn't have a circular pan or plate to put it on.
        Without circles we'd be missing a whole quarter full of math sessions. We wouldn't be able to learn about the circumference of a circle or that a diameter is a line through the middle of a circle. We wouldn't even be able to know that the radius is half a diameter.
        Besides, I wouldn't be writing this essay if there wen't any circles because Earth and all the other planets wouldn't exist. Therefore, I wouldn't either.

* A World With No Circles
by Ashley R.
age 9, grade 4, George Martin School, Mrs. Kellogg's class,
Seekonk, Massachusetts, U.S.

        One day when I woke up, everything that was in the shape of a circle wasn't a circle anymore. When I went into the kitchen,I got a box of Cheerios and when I went to get a bowl to put the cereal in, it wasn't in the shape of a circle anymore!
        When I looked in the mirror, my face wasn't in the shape of a circle anymore, either! My eyes weren't circles, and neither were my glasses! My ears weren't circles either! Even all my hair ties weren't circles anymore. Then, when I went to put on a pair of shoes, they weren't rounded, either. They wouldn't fit on my feet, so I couldn't wear any shoes that day!
        At the bus stop, when the bus pulled up, the wheels weren't circles! On the bus ride to school, the whole time the bus bumped up and down because the wheels weren't round.
        Then at school, everyone was talking about the guy who stole all the circles. I went up to them and asked, "Who stole the circles?"
        "The guy who stole them. We don't know his name," they answered.
        All day I was wondering who stole the circles. How did he steal them? At school, I picked up my pencil and it wasn't round, either! It was very hard to write with that pencil because it didn't feel right and it moved around in my hand. Then, when the teacher called the class up to write the answers to the math problems on the board, the chalk wasn't a circle!
        Later at recess, I wanted to play soccer. When I went to get the ball. It wasn't a circle! We tried to play with it, but you can't kick a ball that's not a circle!
        Later in class, when the teacher pulled down the map of the Earth, it showed that the world wasn't a circle!
        At home, I wondered what the guy's name was? Where was he?
        I went to play outside when I noticed that the trampoline wasn't a circle either. Neither were any balls.
        When I went inside to get a drink, the cup wasn't a circle! When I went to drink from it, all the water spilled on the floor.
        All day I had nothing to play with or do because all the circles were gone. I never knew the world would be so different without circles! Even at night when the moon came out it wasn't a circle anymore!
        At night I woke up. I had heard something or someone. When I opened my eyes I saw someone taking the rest of the circles from my room. I sneaked up to him and caught him. He said he had taken the circles and gave them back to me. They were in a big sack. I opened up the sack and threw them all into the sky. Suddenly, the moon was a circle too and so was everything else! So I figured that at night the guy came in to everyone's house and stole the circles.
        The next day at school everyone congratulated me! They had all heard about me catching the guy who had stolen the circles. Now everything was back to normal. Everything was the same again.

* A World Without Circles!!
by Ana Z.
age 11, grade 5, 13th and Union School, Mrs. Soltysik's class,
Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.

        I think a world without circles would be crazy! There wouldn't be good games like duck duck goose. There wouldn't be round spinners to see how many spaces to move. It wouldn't be fun always playing on round boards. Circles make games more exciting.
        There wouldn't be good food like a whole hot cheese pizza. There also wouldn't be three circles scooped ice cream on a cone. And not to mention a whole hot berry pie.
        You would have a weird body! Imagine how your eyes would look. Your belly would not be a circle. And your head would be really weird!! I think a world without circles would be crazy!!!!

* A World Without Circles
by Alison W.
age 8, grade 3, Muhlenberg Elementary School, Mark McDermott's class,
Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.

        Once in the world, there were no circles. Lots of things didn't exist. Nobody had pupils, or heads, even. The big cats of the world (the jaguar, leopard, cheetah, etc. so to speak) did not have spots. There would only be 25 letters in the alphabet. The world would be flat!
        When the world was like this, a geinus math cat was born.
        Her name was Sparkle. Sparkle grew up as a mathematician. She was the smartest cat in school.
        One day when she was an adult, she decided she wanted to invent something that would have to do with math.
        She started drawing her ideas on a sheet of paper. She drew for 2 hours! Finally, she came up with an idea. Her drawing looked like this. 0 . She then thought of a name. Sparkle decided to name it, the circle. Her invention was made.
        Math cats all around the globe remembered Sparkle, and the circle, that eventually became the most popular shape.

* A World Without Circles
by Nicholas Tavares
age 8, grade 3, George Martin School, Mrs. Kellogg's class,
Seekonk, Massachusetts, U.S.

        If there was a world without circles that world would be square. All planets would be squares or other shapes. The sun would be square or other shapes, too.
        It would also be hard to travel. Roads would be straight and there would be very sharp turns. Also it would be hard to travel because tires would be square. Another reason why traveling would be hard is because bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, and scooters would have wheels that would be a different shape.
        People would look different, too. Our eyes would be square and triangular. Our heads would be different shapes too. So would a lot of glasses.
        Sports would be hard without circles. Footballs, basketballs, golf balls, soccer balls, and all the other balls would be squares or other shapes. Also hockey pucks would be different shapes, too. Bowls, cups, and spoons would be different shapes.
        My house would look very different. Some clocks and watches would be different shapes. So would hats and other kinds of headgear. Doorknobs would be a different shape, too. Most lightbulbs would be different shapes. CDs and video games would different shapes. So would mugs, plates, and salt and pepper shakers. My life would be very different if there was a world without circles.

* No Circles!?!?!?!?
by Jay Hutchinson
age 10, grade 4, Burton Elementary School, Mrs. Marsden's class,
Farmington, Utah, U.S.

        No Circles would be just plain boring! You need circles to make just about everything! Balls, Soup Cans, The letter O, the @ symbol, which would equal no E-Mail, and millions, no billions more things! I love sports, and without circles, there would be no sports, because I don't know of any sport that is played with a cube, cylinder, pyramid, or rectangular prism. Just sports with spheres. And no circles equals no spheres. No circles equals no computers, Internet, telephone, TV, I mean all those little tiny wires inside are just a bunch of circles. And one of my favorite numbers would be gone - pi. 3.14 is such a cool number, but it doesn't work without circles. Neither would Math Cats.

* A World Without Circles
by Jacob M.
age 10, grade 4, George Martin School, Mrs. Kellogg's class,
Seekonk, Massachusetts, U.S.

        One night I went to bed and the next morning when I woke up I found out there were no circles. Everything that was a circle had changed into a different shape. Nobody seemed to notice it but me. I told my mother but she didn't notice. She said it had always been that way. It was as if it was a dream. I pinched myself to wake myself up but it didnt work. Maybe it wasn't a dream.
        I had a baseball game in five minutes. I picked up my glove and got my uniform on. My hat was hollowed out in square instead of a circle. When I got into the car, the wheels were hexagons. We had a bumpy ride. When we got to the field all the baseballs were triangles.
        We started the game. I played first base. The first guy up hit a grounder to shortstop. The shortstop picked up the ball and threw it to me. I caught it and it ripped a hole in my glove. My hand stung. The triangular ball had cut my hand. The coach bandaged it and I went home.
        I tried to think of a reasonable explanation for what was happening. It couldn't be a dream because I tried to wake myself up and I didn't. I had to wake up somehow. I couldn't figure it out. So I decided to go on with life regularly. For the rest of the day I laid on the couch and did nothing. My mother would not let off because of my hand. I was so mad - I hated sitting on the couch.
        Three days later when my hand had healed, I called my friend to ask him how we did.
        He said, "We won."
        I was thrilled so I said bye and hung up. I told my mother. She was so happy for me even though I didn't even play in the game. I was happy but sad also because I didn't get to even make a play in the game.
        I was really bored. None of my friends could do anything. I saw my dad come in and asked him if he could do anything. He said he was busy so I was going to ask my mother but I saw her cleaning and ordering pizza so I didn't ask. I heard the doorbell ring. It was my best friend, Maxwell. He asked if I could come over for a while and my mother said yes. I went over. We went on his trampoline. I told him I was going to do a front flip. I tried to bounce. I jumped up and flipped. I hit my head and all of the sudden I woke up. It was all a dream. I went downstairs and there were circles. I jumped.
        My mother said, "What's wrong?"
        I said, "Nothing, Mom."

* A World Without Circles
by Seabren B.
age 11, grade 6, Paloma Elementary School, Mrs. Badger's class,
Temecula, California, U.S.

A World without circles,
Would be no World at all,
For we see circles all year round,
Through the Winter,Summer,Spring, and Fall
There are circles on all cars
In our houses too.
Oh,a world without circles,
Would make us feel so blue.
The world is full of circles
There are circles here and there
So if circles weren't here,
We might as well be squares.

* A World Without Circles
by Adam Ferreira
age 9, grade 3, George Martin School, Mrs. Kellogg's class,
Seekonk, Massachusetts, U.S.

        "Tag! You're it," Billy said as he touched Robert on his small, round head. Robert was Billy's identical twin. They both had chestnut brown hair, green eyes, were very short, and were 9 years old. Their last name was Macontosh. Billy was very fast but so was Robert.
        At the moment Billy was running at full speed. "Whoa," Billy said as he stepped on the ball that his younger sister Rachel left lying on the grass. Billy landed on the stone driveway. Robert ran up beside Billy and helped him up.
        "My arm hurts," Billy groaned.
        "Can you move it?" Robert asked.
        "No," Billy answered.
        "We better tell Mom," Robert said.
        "Oh my, Billy, what happened?" Mrs. Macotosh asked.
        "I stepped on a ball and fell on the driveway extremely hard," Billy answered.
        "We better get you to the doctor's office," Mrs. Macontosh said.
        "Well, Billy, your arm doesn't look so good. I think I'm going to have to take some x-rays," Dr. Swiss said. Billy, Robert, and Mrs. Macontosh followed Dr. Swiss to the operating room. "Just slip this on and hop on the operation table," Dr. Swiss said, holding up a heavy piece of clothing.
        After a few minutes Dr. Swiss got the results. "Billy, sadly you broke your arm," Dr. Swiss said, staring at the results. "Well, how does it feel, Billy?" he asked.
        "Heavy," Billy answered.
        "Well, let's be off," Mrs. Macontosh said.
        That night Billy was looking out his window thinking about his day, when he saw what looked like a falling star. Well of course Billy knew about the saying if you see a falling star you get to make a wish. So Billy quickly got out of bed and waddled over to the window slowly dragging his arm with him. Billy pulled the window open. "I wish....." Billy said. He didn't know what he wanted. Finally, it came to him. "I wish that there was no such thing as a circle," he said. Then he lazily hopped into bed and dozed off.
        "Get up, Billy," Mrs. Macontosh yelled up to him. Billy fell out of bed and clumsily walked to the door. When he reached for the doorknob he found out that the doorknob had changed shape. Well, he continued to the bathroom and when he looked in the mirror his face was the shape of a hexagon. After he was dressed, he went downstairs and had some breakfast.
        "Mom, can I play baseball with Wally, Dave, Harvey, Harold, and Kyle?" Billy asked.
        "Can I go too?" Robert asked.
        "OK," she said.
        "Yes!" the twins shouted. They ran to grab their stuff. After, they all met at the fields and picked the teams. Billy had to be a captain since he couldn't play. Robert's team was up to bat first. But when Kyle (who could really hit) connected with the ball it only went two feet. Same with everybody that hit.
        "Let's go roller skate," Harold suggested. Everybody ran home and grabbed their roller skates.
        "Let's race around the park," Robert said. Everybody lined up.
        "Go!" Wally said. But when everybody started off, they all fell. Everybody was puzzled. Billy went to sit on the bench. He stared at the grass. Something caught his eye. It was a four leaf clover. He put it into his pocket. Everybody went home not knowing what to do.
        That night Billy took the four leaf clover out of his pocket and said, "I wish that we had circles in this world." Then he brushed his teeth and went to bed.
        The next morning he looked in the mirror and his face was in the shape of a circle. "Yes!" he shouted.

* If the World Didn't Have Circles
by George French
age 8, grade 3, George Martin School, Mrs. Kellogg's class,
Seekonk, Massachusetts, U.S.

        If the world didn't have circles my day would be different. The shape of the world wouldn't be a circle. If there were no circles in the world there wouldn't be planets but the worst thing of all there wouldn't be ourselves.
        Imagine a world without circles. There wouldn't be such a thing as a round plate. If there wasn't an egg to eat for breakfast, I couldn't live my day. If there wasn't a circle, there would only be twenty-five letters in the alphabet because there wouldn't be an o . Most of all there wouldn't be a circle shape. There wouldn't be such a thing as an eyeball or a head.
        Transportation would also be different. There wouldn't be such a thing as a tire or wheel so there wouldn't be a car, truck, motorcycle, landing gear on a plane, skateboard, or even roller skates.
        Sports would be different. There wouldn't be a basketball, a baseball, softball, golf ball, or even a volleyball.
        As you can see my day in a world without circles would be different, and I really wouldn't like it.

* What would a world with out circles be like?
by Madeline Pilato
age 8, grade 3, homeschooled
New London, Connecticut, U.S.

        One day while the 9 Math Cats were outside playing Ginger looked up from her book and said, "What would a world without circles be like?"
        "I don't know," said Whiskers. "There wouldn't be bottle tops."
        "Yes there would," said Cocoa, "they could be hexagons."
        "Oh," said Milky.
        "There wouldn't be basketballs," said Buttercup, Muffin, Snowy, Penrose, and Chocolate together (that was what they were playing).
        "Wood" said Snowy.
        "It has patterns in it, does it not?" asked Snowy.
        "Yeah." said Whiskers.
        "And in those patterns there are circles," said Snowy.
        "Oh," said Whiskers.
        Ginger was not as interested as she had been, because she was reading again. The rest of the Math Cats went for lunch. Ginger was just about to go inside herself when she saw Sierra coming down the street.
        After Ginger had greeted her she asked, "What would a world without circles be like?"
        "Hmmm," said Sierra. "Well, fruit would be different. And wood."
        "That's what Snowy said, I mean the wood part," said Ginger.
        "Oh!" remembered Sierra. "Kitty has a new sister!"
        "What's her name?" asked Ginger.
        "Katty," answered Sierra.
        "Cool! Now let's eat lunch."
        "OK." said Sierra.
        After lunch, everyone played Cranium.
        Then they all went into the basement to look for Buttercup's seeds since it was spring and time to plant things. Finally they found them, and so began to plant them. Soon it was time to go in for dinner, and they invited Ditty and Katty for Milky's birthday.
        The next day someone knocked on the door. "That must be Kitty," said Whiskers, who was quite fond of her. And sure enough, there she was with her mother Noel, and Katty.
        "Hi," she said to Whiskers, who had opened the door.
        "Hello," said Whiskers. "Welcome to our house, Noel."
        "Oh, thank you." said Noel.
        "Let's eat, you must be starving," said Whiskers.
        "OK." Noel answered, and so they did.
        They all went outside after lunch and played softball. As they were playing, Ginger said, "A world without circles would be weird."

* A World Without Circles
by Jacob S.
age 10, grade 4, George Martin School, Mrs. Kellogg's class,
Seekonk, Massachusetts, U.S.

        My world would be very boring if there weren't any circles. If the world didn't have circles, the Earth and all of the other planets would be square. If there were no circles in the world, people would have squares or another shape for heads and bodies. Everyone's eyes would probably need glasses because it would be hard to see everything around you. There wouldn't be any fingers if there weren't circles because ovals are from the idea of circles and fingers look like ovals. Animals' feet would be square so it would be hard to hunt and to run away.
        If there were no circles in the world there wouldn't be any ovals or spheres. There wouldn't be half-circles which are used for some tables. Tree trunks are usually oval shaped which gives us air to breathe. If clouds were square or a different shape it would only rain in a certain area in the United States. The sun would only shine on one side of the world because the world would be square so it would not rotate or revolve. It would be the same with the moon except the moon wouldn't give light all over the world. If there were no circles, balls couldn't bounce. There wouldnt be any Os or zeros if there weren't circles.
        My world would be very different without circles.

* Who Cares About Circles?
by Kayla Piehler
age 11, grade 5, Dogwood Hill School, Mrs. Miggles's class,
Oakland, New Jersey, U.S.

        "Tammi, why do we have circles?" Jimmy asked. He was doing a project for his second grade class on shapes and forms. He didn't like circles and didn't see the point in them. He thought a square or an octagon or something like that would be better.
        "Well, many things are circles and life would be a lot harder without them," his older sister Tammi replied. "I mean, tires are circles, right? Well, if a tire gets flat, it has a straight side to it like an octagon or a heptagon would have. This way, the car would not be able to move."
        Jimmy still didn't understand her point of view. "But there are things that we could live without that are circular," he protested.
        "Name some things that are circular and I will tell you why they are important to our life. If you still don't believe me, I willexplain it a different way," she offered.
        "Okay," Jimmy said thoughtfully. "What about a pipe?"
        "Well, pipes carry water and are for heating or cooling. We couldn't live without that," his sister replied.
        Yet, still, Jimmy just didn't understand circles. Things wouldn't be so bad without them. He thought that it would be just as easy to replace them with another shape.
        "I still don't understand. I mean, why can't you just explain it so I understand? Circles are stupid and should be banned!" he exclaimed.
        "Oh all right. Here, just imagine a day without any circles or circular things," Tammi remarked.
        "Fine! I will!" Jimmy shouted.

A World Without Circles From Jimmy's Eyes

        I wake up a 7:00. I go to brush my teeth and see that the toothpaste tube is square. I can't get anything out of it. I eat breakfast (mush oatmeal) with an octagon spoon in a square bowl. No good comes out of that. My sister and I have to walk 15 miles to school because the cars have flat tires and can't move.
        "I guess this is getting pretty bad. Maybe circles are good," Jimmy mumbled under his breath.
        When he got to school, things just got worse. By the time he got back to his house, the little boy was exhausted! 30 miles there and back in walking to school! Dinner was just as bad. When he finally got into bed he realized that the world would be much better and easier with circles.
        "Well, I understand now and I say you're right! Now circles are my favorite shape! Sided figures are boring!" he exclaimed.

* A World Without Circles
by Victoria Pesaturo
age 10, grade 4, George Martin School, Mrs. Kellogg's class,
Seekonk, Massachusetts, U.S.

Today was a regular day. I got up, had breakfast, got dressed, and went to school. When I got to school it was all the same. I got thrown in the trash. After that I went to gym. In gym we played soccer. It was pretty fun.
        After gym I went to all my regular classes then went home. When I went home I had dinner. During dinner something really weird happened. During dinner the earth shook and the silverware shattered until it stopped. It was really weird - everything that was circle turned into a different shape. It was horrible!
        The next day was no better than the day before. But today I got really suspicious of what was going on. The next day someone called my house. It was my friend, Nicole. Nicole wanted to know if I wanted to investigate what was happening to all the circles. She also said that Ashley and Paige were doing it with her. I agreed to do it with them. Our first meeting was planned for Thursday.
        On Thursday we talked about how we would get information on who the person was who was stealing all the circles and where he lived. Nicole suggested we call the CIA. Ashley suggested that we find out on our own. Since we couldn't decide what to do, we took a vote. Mostly everybody voted to ask the CIA.
        That night we called the CIA. The CIA said they only knew who the person was. They said the person is named Joseph and that it was not the first time he has done something stupid like that. The last thing he said was very important. He said that he was doing it to get some sort of power.
        The next day at school at recess we were putting out all the places he could be. One example was the deserted factory on Main Street. That was a very productive day. We found out that he was somewhere in St. Louis, one town away from my house. That night Ashley called. Ashley said that we could travel down to St. Louis on a bus tomorrow after school. I said that would be great.
        The next day we did what Ashley said we would do. We took a bus to St. Louis and got off on the outskirts of town. When we got there we looked around at the choices. We narrowed it down to a few choices. One of the choices was the deserted factory on the edge of South Main Street. Another one was the old apartment building. Those were the choices we had to choose from.
        The next day at school we decided to start to search those places. We also decided that we were going to have to split up. Nicole and I were going to search the deserted factory on South Main Street. Ashley and Paige were going to search the old apartment building.
        That is what we did. We took a bus to town and searched the buildings. In the building it was very quiet. It was almost too quiet. While we were walking up the stairs we saw a very big flash of light. It was actually the light of all the circles. When we got up the stairs we walked into this huge room with one person in it. The person was Joseph.
        Joseph was holding this big machine. On it it said the Circle Power. He was just about to suck the power out of the sun when Nicole said, "STOP! This is stupid. You are taking away all of the circles just to have power. People need circles. Our heads were circles but now they're a different shape! Why are you doing this?"
        "I am doing this to get attention! Every day I would go to work and no one would notice I was there. They would say do this or do that. I hated it. But know they will notice me."
        "Now they will notice you as a person in jail not a nice person! If we want to right now we could pull the plug right out of your little machine."
        "No! No! Don't do that."
        "Why shouldn't we do that? I don't care why we shouldn't do that! We are doing it! Victoria, unplug it."
        All the circles went back to to the town and we saved the world.
        When we got back to my house there was a message on the answering machine and it said, "Thank You! You guys did great! Meet us down at the city hall for a celebration!"
        So we went down to city hall and celebrated. We made speeches and got medals. It was a great day.
        So Joseph got put in jail and got noticed. Of course he got noticed as a bad person not a nice one. So that was our week without circles.

* No Circles?
by Bretta K.
age 11, grade 5, 13th and Union School, Mrs. Soltysik's class,
Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.

        A life without circles would be like a life without food. You wouldn't have half the stuff we have now. Food wouldn't taste as good without circles. Circles are the shape of some of the best food ever made. Pizzas, pies, and cookies are all the shape of circles, and what would we do without those yummy treats? And without the shape of circle, pizzas just wouldn't be pizzas, pies wouldn't be pies, and cookies definitely wouldn't be cookies.
        Life would also be confusing without circles. The first clock ever made was a circle, and most clocks are still circles. Another way life without circles would be confusing is that heads wouldn't be heads, eyes wouldn't be eyes, and ears wouldn't quite be the same either. Ovals wouldn't even be on earth either because all an oval is, is a stretched out circle.
        Another reason circles are important is because quite a few letters, numbers and symbols are circles. Some examples are the "O" uppercase, "o" lowercase, bullets for listing items in a row, and the period.
        So basically circles are an important part of our everyday life and I'd be pretty disappointed if they were never invented.

* Circles
by Katherine K.
age 11, grade 5, 13th and Union School, Mrs. Soltysik's class,
Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.

        Circles are important because if there weren't any circles, eyeballs, heads, wheels, planets, and O's wouldn't exist. Circles also make life easy by the fact that clocks, light bulbs, hats, balls, and bracelets are circles. Circles make things tasty because jawbreakers, pies, fruit, vegetables, and gumballs are round. These are the reasons why circles are very important in the universe today. If the planets were triangular, it would be VERY hard to travel, and people wouldn't look very nice with triangles for heads and eyeballs! Jawbreakers would be too sharp, O's would be square, light bulbs would be pointy, hats would be hideous, balls wouldn't bounce, and bracelets would be bent without circles. The world would be chaos without them!

* Circles
by Patricia L.
age 11, grade 5, 13th and Union School, Mrs. Soltysik's class,
Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.

        Did you ever wonder how life would be without circles?
        First of all, food wouldn't be as good because you couldn't eat apples, oranges, or pies!!!
        And our bodies would look really weird because we wouldn't have eyes, nostrils, or a head!!!
        And can you imagine our solar system?? We wouldn't have planets, our sun, our moon, or Earth!!!
        If you think about it, life wouldn't be so great without circles, so never take them for granted.

* A World Without Circles...
by Savana K.
age 11, grade 5, 13th and Union School, Mrs. Soltysik's class,
Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.

        Circles are very important to everyday life because we wouldn't have wheels on cars, we wouldn't have wedding bands, we wouldn't have O's, we wouldn't have round eyes, no hot dogs or sausages that are round, tops of plates and tops of cups that are round, and no round nails.
        We wouldn't have round faces, what a dreadful thought, and no round apples, oranges, peaches, and plums. That is why I think circles are dreadfully important in everyday life. I hope we will always have circles in life even if we only have one thing that deals with circles. MAY THERE ALWAYS BE CIRCLES IN EVERYDAY LIFE....... AND LET'S KEEP IT THAT WAY!

1) We like circles...
2) We like circles...
3) We like circles!
4) Circles are important...
5) Circles are important...
6) Circles are important!

* No Circles
by Garrett A.
age 10, grade 5, 13th and Union School, Mrs. Soltysik's class,
Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.

        What would life be like without circles? There would be no lids for jars, bottles, and containers. How would you open them? Would you open them by smashing them into pieces?
        There would be no wheels. How could cars, toy cars, and strollers move without circular wheels?
        There also wouldn't be any balls, like a basketball, tennis ball, or baseball. How could you hit a baseball or tennis ball where you wanted it to go? How would you dribble a basketball without having to chase it because it bounces lopsided? So, this is what life would be without circles - useless.

* No Circles
by Matthew H.
age 11, grade 5, 13th and Union School, Mrs. Soltysik's class,
Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.

        If there were no circles in the world it would be a disaster. There would be no sports because there would be no baseballs, soccer balls, tennis balls, volleyballs, or football helmets. It would be a lot harder to travel without circles because there would be no car sheels, bike wheels, plane wheels, or steering wheels on ships. So naturally you would have to walk everywhere you want to go and it would take so long to get to a faraway place.
        If there were no circles there wouldn't be as much electronics such as DVDs, CDs, or computer games that we use every day. If there were no circles, math wouldn't be as advanced. I mean look how much in math involves circles, like finding area, and most of solid and plane geometry. The food definitely wouldn't be the same: no pizza other than Sicilian, no meatballs, no hard ice cream, no lollipops, no ice cream cones, or cheeseburger patties.
        So my conclusion is if there would be no circles in the world it would be a disaster as we know it.

* A World Without Circles
by John S.
age 11, grade 5, 13th and Union School, Mrs. Soltysik's class,
Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.

        The world would be a weird place without circles. We wouldn't be able to drive or do other necessary things. You wouldn't be able to have pie or use computer disks, and door knobs would have to be square or some other shape. You couldn't ride a bike, roller blades, or anything you need any wheels or gears for.
        But there are some good thigns about there being no circles. We wouldn't drive everywhere so there wouldn't be as much pollution and we would be stronger all because we wouldn't drive as much.
        But there are definitely some bad things about not having circles. We wouldn't be able to see our relatives that live on the other side of the country or in a whole different country unless you were close to them, because there would not be any boats, cars, or planes for us to move far distances.
        I think circles can be bad because they make more pollution and they can be good because we have cars, boats, and planes to help transport us from place to place.

* A World Without Circles
by David M.
age 10, grade 5, 13th and Union School, Mrs. Soltysik's class,
Reading, Pennsylvania, U.S.

        What would it be like if there weren't any circles? Life would be rather strange.
        Cars would be different. Tires would always be flat. Steering wheels would feel strange. Also the key wouldn't fit in the keyhole.
        Humans would look strange. Our heads could be square. Our nostrils might not be there. Our eyes could be trianges.
        The universe wouldn't seem right. The earth could be a hexagon. The sun could be a rectangle. The moon could be a dodecahedron!
        That is what life could be like if there weren't any circles.


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