Texploration: Sound Cloud

I have been looking at something called Sound Cloud. In Sound Cloud you can follow people, people can follow you, listen to people’s music, upload music, download people’s music and there is a chance that you can become famous! I think this is quite cool, because you can listen to other people’s music and comment on it.

Here are some pictures of Sound Cloud:

People who you follow

Your Dashboard

I think Sound Cloud is pretty cool, though I don’t post things often. Hope you can join Sound Cloud too!

Iqbal Masih

“I’m not afraid,” he said. “I’m not afraid of anybody.”
These few weeks, our class has been reading a book called Iqbal by Francesco D’ Adamo, translated by Ann Leonori. It is about a boy called Iqbal who joins the Bonded Labor Liberation Front of Pakistan, helps and frees all the child slaves who are working in Pakistan, closes a lot of factories which uses child labor and changes people’s lives. He is a hero. But he is only 1 of the main characters, there is: Fatima (who’s telling the story), Maria, Salman, Hussain Khan, Karim, Eshan Khan and others.

I think that this book is really good, it makes me want to read more. I think it’s really sad that the children have to work at such a young age, I can’t imagine myself in a small room making carpets, getting blisters on my hands and being away from my family for such a long time, or in a brick kiln making bricks, soles of my feet covered in black callus. It’s bad that all those children have to go to work just to pay off their family debt, but they’re actually not even paying the debt(because of Hussain Khan’s greed), so they are just working there forever! In the carpet factory there is a place called the Tomb, it is a small room that is dark, and you are not given food and water at all. I don’t think people should throw children in there because they might get sick or die there and they are not given anything to eat or drink, that’s against his/her rights. I think people should stop child labor, it is bad and it is against children’s rights. This is happening because of greed, because of wants. I think we should all try and help the children who are working around the world, it would help a lot.

Iqbal was a brave person, he saved lives, changed them, freed children and stood up for his companions. Unfortunately, he was murdered on Easter Sunday in 1995 in Pakistan, whose murderers have never been discovered. He was only 13. I think we should learn from him, he helped a lot of kids, and he wasn’t afraid to stand up to child labor.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

This week I read a book called Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K.Rowling. I haven’t finished it yet, right now I’m only up to page 550(there are 796 pages) , where they have just completed the 2nd task. Here’s what happened so far: Harry stays at Ron Weasley’s place with Hermione before he has to go to school again, and they go watch the finals of the Quidditch World Cup, and they see the Dark Mark (Voldemort’s symbol). After that, Harry goes to school, Harry is in his 4th year at Hogwarts, and for the first time in a long time the Triwizard Tournament is going to happen. The Triwizard Tournament is where Hogwarts and 2 other wizarding schools (Beauxbatons and Durmstrang) compete against each other, only 1 person from each school can compete. If they want to enter, they have to be over 17 and they have to put their name into the Goblet of Fire, which will decide the champion of the school who will represent that school. There are 3 tasks in which they have to compete in. But for some reason, on the day which the school champions were anounced, the Goblet of Fire shot out a piece of paper that said “Harry Potter”. The rest is about the tasks that they have to do, and what happened in between was: Hermione doesn’t like how house-elves are treated and sets up a campaign type of thing called S.P.E.W. (Society for the Promotion of Elfish Welfare), and a lot of other things. I am interested in finding out what happens next: I can’t stop reading it.

I really think J.K.Rowling is a good author, because when I put the book down, I really want to pick it up again and continue reading it. I wonder who put Harry’s name into the Goblet of Fire, because there is an age line, and if someone who is younger than 17 crosses it, they will grow a beard, so it can’t be one of Harry’s classmates. I have some guesses: it could be someone who hates Harry and wants him to die, because some people have died when they were competing, or it could be someone who’s a nice person, and wants to give Harry an opportunity to compete. I think the Triwizard Tournament is interesting because the tasks are really cool, here are the first two (there are 3):

1) Get the golden egg that is under the dragon

2) Go under the lake to get the thing that you will dearly miss

One of the few parts that I liked the best was when they did the tasks, because it’s kind of interesting to see what actions they will do. I also liked when Harry was trying to figure out the clue for the second task, because the egg kept on wailing whenever he opened it. My favourite character in the Harry Potter series would either be Hermione Granger, Cho Chang or Fleur Delacour, I like them because of their style, their smartness (Hermione) and others. I really think you should read this book, although I don’t know which book is best in the series: I can’t pick! Here is a link to my friend Alpha-Adventurer 20’s post about the 2nd book in the series (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets), and a link to my post about the 3rd book (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban). I would like to go to the actual Hogwarts one day and see how it is like, I wonder how doing magic feels like.

Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society

This week, I read a book called Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society by Adeline Yen Mah. I thought it was a really interesting book, it is related to: World War II and China. Here is the beginning of the story: Ye Xian (the main character/narrator’s chinese name) goes home from her Great Aunt’s house one day and her stepmother(who forces Ye Xian to call her “Niang”, which means mother in chinese), calls her into the room. She slaps Ye Xian, and scolds her too, Ye Xian gets mad and goes against her. Her stepmother gets very mad and goes upstairs to tell her dad, her dad gets very mad. Ye Xian calls her stepmother her dad’s new woman, and he gets even madder and kicks her out of the house. The rest is like this: Ye Xian goes to the Secret Dragon Society of Wandering Knights (which she saw before), and joins it. They are actually secret agents and they go on special missions. Each person in the society is there because their parents don’t want them. Even though they are different religions, they still get along well. Ye Xian changes her name to CC (which stands for Chinese Cinderella, because her chinese name is the same as the actual Chinese Cinderella). They set out on a journey to rescue the American airmen whose plane had crashed on Nan Tian Island. They meet a lot of people and they do a lot to change the future( I can’t tell you all or I’ll spoil the story and if I tell you I will have to write a lot of words).

I thought this book was quite good, I have never read anything like it. The author’s style was very good, it really made me want to read more. I brought this book to school because I wanted to read it a lot, but I did not have time. I think that Adeline Yen Mah writes really well, and I would definitely want to read the next book in the series. I would reccomend it to any girl who likes interesting books, something like mystery books, or people who like reading historical fiction. My friend Alpha-Adventurer 2 also wrote a review about it, and you can find it here(I think her post is better).

Our Unit: How We Organise Ourselves (Waste Management)

“Societal decisions made about waste management affect communities and the environment”. That is the central idea for the recent unit. Our unit is now over! The unit was How We Organise Ourselves and we were focusing on waste management. The different waste management strategies are: Recycling,


Reducing,

Reusing,

Dumping,


Composting,

Landfill

and Incineration.

Here is a brainpop video about waste management and here is another brainpop video about recycling. Our summative assessments were quite hard……we had to:

1) Do a speech related to waste management (the teacher will give you your role which you have to debate as) in front of the whole class (my role was a plastics recycling entrepreneur)

2) Answer this question using any format you like: What impact can different waste management strategies have on communities and the environment? (I chose to do a story which the main characters were the 3 little pigs).

Some highlights of the unit included: going to the landfill (I wrote about the trip, you can find the link here), breaking down the central idea (I thought that was kind of fun), and many others.

I learned a lot of things, like: the 6 different waste management strategies, the advantages and disadvantages of the waste management strategies, what impact they can have, how we can recycle plastic, the different perspectives that people can have about the waste management strategies, some waste management statistics……

Here are some cool facts that I found out by researching for my speech:

-we throw 10 billion plastic bottles away per year

-we throw around 2.5 million bottles every hour

-by recycling 1 plastic bottle you can power your house for 6 hours, so if we recycle all of our plastic bottles we could power our house for a really long time

-only 10% of plastic bottles created are recycled

-plastic has a lot of harmful chemicals in it (like cadmium, PVC, colorings and stabilizers)

As I said in my landfill trip post, I really think that we should think carefully about which waste management strategy we use, because then we can help make a big difference in the world.

Luv Ya Bunches

This week I read a book called Luv Ya Bunches By Lauren Myracle. It is about (just a short sum-up)students going to grade 5, they are excited and nervous at the same time. The 4 main characters are: Katie-Rose(a normal girl who wants to be a film maker one day), Yasaman(A muslim girl who is really good at computer things), Violet(the new girl who is nice and fools the popular girls later on) and Milla(also known as Camilla, the popular girl who is actually a really nice girl inside). Milla looses her lucky bobble-head turtle, and everything goes wrong. In the end, they all become friends and they realise that their names are all flower names(Katie-Rose, Camilla, Violet and Yasaman(which is Jasmine in turkish). In between, a lot of things happen, but the most important bits are: Yasaman makes her own site which the 4 girls go on to chat, post things up and lots of other things. Also, Camilla has known for a long time that the popular people that she is friends with: Modessa(also known as Medusa by the four girls) and Quin(also known as “Medusa”s evil harpy) were bad, but she kept running back to them. This time, she doesn’t run back and stays with her real friends.

I thought this was a good book, it will teach you a lot about friendship. A connection that I can make is that I was excited and nervous for grade 5 too. The author puts in chats of the 4 girls (and also some times Modessa and Quin) into the book. I think that’s really cool because you can see exactly what they are saying and it makes the book a bit more interesting. It also tells the story in different perspectives. Each chapter is told by one of the 4 girls, which would tell you more about their life and what they feel about what’s happening.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

This week I read a book called Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. by J.K. Rowling. Here is a bit of what the book was about(missing a lot of parts): Harry is at his third year in Hogwarts, he has a new lesson: divination which is fortune telling. His teacher predicts a lot of bad things will happen to Harry, and guess what: a murderer is on the loose and people think he is looking for Harry! In the end, they find out a lot of things(but I can’t tell you because then I will spoil it for you if you haven’t read it).

I thought that this book was really exciting because you don’t know what’s going to happen, and in the end a lot of unexpected things will happen. It is really interesting and you never know what will happen next. It can get a bit scary at parts(if you watch the movie, which I didn’t), but it still is a good book. I would recommend this book to anyone who is around my age.