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The World at War – Unit Questions

What were the causes and consequences of World War II? (factual)

I believe there were many causes and consequences of the war as there were several areas of the world that were war zones. If we look at the European Theatre, I believe that the Nazi Regime and Hitler’s rise to power is the major cause for the war. Because Hitler was invading different countries for control, he was aggravating other countries that protected and allied with the countries being invaded. These countries that he aggravated were quite strong and powerful, and when countries like the U.K got involved with Germany, this is when the whole war started. There were several consequences as well such as 70 million deaths after the war, and this includes civilians and soldiers. This is quite a large number that does in fact impact us today. The Cold War could also be considered a consequence of the war as this was before the superpower countries split up Germany as being allies, but Stalin and the USSR had different plans. If the Soviet Union had not been a winner of the war and on the allied side, then the Yalta Meeting would not have occurred which would not have started the arms race.

Why do nations go to war? (conceptual)

Countries go to war because they want power, generally war can start with countries invading smaller countries to seem more powerful. When a country has a strong army with good technology or battle strategies, they want to go to war to show that they are superior to others and that they can take on countries that seem stronger. Countries that go to war also may wish to steal or take resources that they do not have to help the citizens in that country. Another reason countries go to war is often relating to religious or racial beliefs. When countries want to stand up and go fight for what they believe in, and against someone that has wronged them or oppressed their religion or race.

What was the most significant aspect of the World War II? (debatable)

I think the whole war itself was quite significant and the most significant part is definitely debatable. I believe that the most significant aspect of the war was the amount of soldiers and civilians that died fighting for their country. Around 70 million people died in World War II which is a significantly large number. Some countries lost more people fighting in WWII than in all the wars they have fought in in history. This is something that I thin is quite important when we look back on this event. The USSR lost around 40 million civilians and soldiers by the end of the war. I believe this was the most significant aspect of the war after the fact, but I believe that events like the Holocaust, Attack on Pearl Harbour, and Hiroshima and Nagasaki, were also very significant in terms of during the actual war.


IB Learner Profile Trait #2: Balanced

IB Learner Profile Trait #2: Balanced

Being balanced means that I understand and acknowledge the importance of being physically, academically, and emotionally involved to ensure my personal well-being. These pieces of evidence show that I am involved in all aspects of a healthy lifestyle. By physically making sure I am healthy and balancing school and social life, I dance. It is a way to help me be active and healthy physically, but it also emotionally and mentally lets me relax from the stress at school. By dancing I allow my mind and my body to focus on something else besides school and I feel so much happier and overall healthier. I also focus a lot on my school work and make sure that I am doing the best that I can in each subject. I enjoy learning and going to school so it isn’t hard for me. I am a very diligent student an always work my hardest in each subject because I know that it will pay off in the end. The first piece of evidence is a picture of me dancing, and my second piece of evidence is my honour roll certificate.

Evidence #1: Dance

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Evidence #2: Honour Roll Certificate

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IB Learner Profile Trait #5: Inquirer

IB Learner Profile Trait #5: Inquirer

I am naturally a very curious person and I question almost anything. This comes with my natural curiosity about the world around me. An example of when I am quite curious is during class when I ask questions and wonder what we talk about. In classes like English, I actively participate that I think of things in a different and creative way. My English teacher has said that my ideas are very outside the box and are a different way of looking at a concept or idea. My other piece of evidence was when I went to a science camp during the summer. I decided that I will be able to learn a lot from there and because of my interest in science, I asked a lot of questions and tried to get the most out of it. My natural curiosity helped push me to go to this camp because I was very interested in science and wanted to take my learning a step further. I went to science camp to learn a lot and I did end up learning a lot.

Evidence #1: Comment from teacher

Evidence #2: Science Camp Certification

 

 


IB Learner Profile Trait #4: Caring

IB Learner Profile Trait #4: Caring

I have been told by many people that I am very respectful to other people and their ideas and feelings. I am a very big carer of others, as I grow my parents have noticed that I care for others sometimes before myself. I believe that making a difference in the environment is very important, and that is evidence #1. During the summer, I did a beach cleanup with my sister back home in Canada. The environment is very important to me and I believe that cleaning it is very important. When there are people less fortunate than you, it is very important that you help them in any way possible to help make their lives better and make the individuals happier. Evidence #2 is an excellent example of how helping people is a passion of mine. After you help someone, the best part about that is seeing their faces when they see how you helped them, they just seem so much happier than before and it makes me much happier after seeing them smile. Evidence #2 is a picture of a house that I help build for a family in Cambodia, it was an experience that made me feel like I did something good for someone else, and genuinely made me feel very happy.

Evidence #1: Stopped buying plastic bottles

 

Evidence #2: House I helped build in Cambodia photo (2)

 


IB Learner Profile Trait #1: Principled

IB Learner Profile Trait #1: Principled

I believe I am a good example of the IB Learner Profile trait principled because I take responsibility of my own learning and I know that anything I do may have consequences that I have to deal with. Being principled means that I focus in class and I know when is the appropriate time to do things. These pieces of evidence show that my peers and teachers think that I work well at school and they know that I am taking responsibility of my learning. I’m honest in a classroom environment and I respect the rules and guidelines in the classroom and at school.

 

Evidence #1: Principled – Learner Profile Award (Pin)

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CAS Week – Cambodia

This year I went to Cambodia during CAS week. It was one of the best choices I could have made because I learned so much and it was definitely a memorable trip. There were many significant things that happened but some of the best ones would be building the house for the family, teaching the kids, and doing the bottle building. I feel these are the most significant moments of the trip because when doing these things I had many moments of realisation and appreciation for my life. First I’ll start with building the house. This was such a special moment for me and I really enjoyed taking part in giving a family a safe home to live in. From the very start of the building to the very end, I enjoyed every bit of it. Even though it was quite tiring and we were working in the intense heat in Cambodia, I had a moment of self accomplishment because I truly felt happy after seeing what I did to help someone that is less fortunate. I feel that unless you do something like building a house for someone that has never known what it feels like to have a house, you will never realize how lucky you are and how fortunate you are to live the life you have. Teaching the kids was so special as well. I learned how to teach with different strategies, and I loved playing games and having fun with the kids. All of the kids there are so amazing and they are truly the happiest kids I have ever met. As soon as they walked into the classroom, they had the biggest smile on their face and I am so happy that even though they do not have much, they still find a reason to smile. This is definitely one of the things I will never forget about the trip. They are the sweetest kids I have ever met and I will never forget them. One thing that I also thought was really special was how when we would be driving along the streets or walking through the villages, everyone would say hello or wave or even smile. As soon as I saw this, I thought they were the nicest people ever, with such a friendly nature. I also realised the lengths they go to to get an education, some of the kids walk a long time in the heat every morning just to go to school. And I thought to myself that I should really appreciate the fact that I have a good education. Doing the bottle building definitely taught me that with a lot of people working hard to get something done, can go a long way. We accomplished so much and helped provide ladies with the opportunity of space to make amazing toys and bags with jeans. The important thing that I learned about this is that even if you are tired and sweaty and feel that you cannot do anymore work, you just need to push through because you would have contributed to something so much bigger in the community.

The most valuable outcome of this experience would be building the house. I felt that as a group we accomplished a lot and seeing the finished project with the smiles on the families face made me feel really happy and great about what I have done. Building the house was really important, because before, a family did not have a place to sleep with space and possibly a place to sleep that would keep them dry, but now I know that they have a nice safe place to sleep and it makes me really happy to know that. This was definitely the most valuable outcome because everything else we did was so valuable too, but this was the most valuable because I realised something about my life.

As soon as we were in the tuk tuk’s riding around and seeing everything there is to see about Cambodia, I realised how beautiful it is. The culture and the people were truly beautiful and they have a special way about them. I thought that it would be similar to countries like Thailand and Vietnam, but after visiting it, I realised that it super different than those countries. They are all very similar in their culture and people, but Cambodia had a different feeling and it was nice to see and understand their way of life. The people are what amazed me the most. The people are so friendly, especially the kids. When we were riding our bikes through the villages, I saw a lot of kids waving and saying hello to us. Even if they couldn’t speak a word of English, they still bothered to wave or smile which I thought was so friendly and welcoming.

In the future when I am thinking back on my experiences in my school days, I want to remember the people I’ve learned from and the things I accomplished on this trip. The people are so nice and friendly and I want to remember the fact that even with the little they have they are still happy and they smile. I want to remember how I built a house for a family, and I want to remember the smiles on their faces. These are just two things I chose to talk about, but I will try and remember all the memories I made. I hope that this was an experience that I will never forget and cherish for the rest of my life.


In a Heartbeat – Crit C

When I was creating the final model, I followed a plan in the form of a gantt chart. When I was building and designing my final model I had to stick to the plan in order to finish everything on time. Although, the model was successful and I completed the model in time with my plan, I did have to make some changes to the plan and to the actual final model. At first I was just going to make the model similar to what my final prototype was but then along the way I made some changes. I decided that in order to meet my design specifications I had to create a model that was more transportable and easy to stand by itself. So in order to do this, I created a box around the design so that it can stand by itself on all four sides. I also wanted to make it more waterproof, so instead of using normal brown cardboard I decided to use a stronger and more durable cardboard. This benefited me because the stronger cardboard is water resistant and will help make my design a little more durable as a whole.

There were not too many changes to my plan, but I did not spend that much time during the holiday doing my process journal entries, but instead I did them before the break, and then I did one on the Monday that we got back. I actually only completed one during the break just because I did not have enough time to complete it. There was one major change in my plan which was that I completed my final design earlier than planned. I had put in my gantt chart that I would spend 5 days working on my design, but I did not need that much time. Instead I only spent about 2-3 days working and completing my final design. This was quite useful and beneficial because then I didn’t need to work on my design during the holiday.


Design Day Term 1

Today was term 1’s design day, and we did a number of things that include making a valve out of several materials. They key takeaways from today would be that it is important to try a bunch of ideas and different materials because there might be something that does what you want it to do, better. I believe that there is also a better way to do something or would do the job better. We never got our valve to actually work, it was quite close but it never actually worked. Water still came out of it when it wasn’t supposed to. But, the important thing is that we tried a several different materials and ways. If I could do it all again, I would try spend less time trying to work out the best way that something is going to work, and actually try to just put something together and test it out and see what worked and what didn’t. That way you can go back and make improvements to the idea and hopefully go and try it again and it would work.

Here is the drawing of our prototype:
design day term 1Writing: Plastic sheet wrapped into a cone, ping pong ball/ balloon filled with water and paper.

We thought that if we put water through the little opening in the cone and then turned it the other way around the ping pong ball would fall down and close the opening, not allowing any water to flow past it. But, we then realised that ping pong balls float and that it wasn’t working because it wasn’t fast enough. We then thought that we should make the ping pong ball heavier so we switched to a balloon and put paper and water in it, that worked a little better than the ping pong ball but never fully worked. We never got to any conclusion or any idea that actually did block all water from flowing through but we learned a lot about using different materials and working with what you have.


History Timeline


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In my opinion, I believe that one of the important historic events would be The Holocaust, when Hitler was in power. This event has had a big impact on many people and created some very historic backgrounds in many different countries. The Holocaust was a time where many jewish people were brutally murdered for being different. Hitler said that the Jews were ruining the “purity of Germany”, which lead him to set up concentration camps just so they could send all the jews there to kill them. This has impacted many people who are Jewish and may have had grandparents or great grandparents that may have died in the event. For some people, this is a tragic event that killed innocent people and will forever be one of the most violent parts of history.

Another event that is also quite important is Martin Luther King Jr. when he gave the speech “I have a dream”. This was a speech delivered in the 1960’s by an American Civil Rights activist that wanted to end racism in the United States. The speech inspired many people and is thought to be one of the biggest events in history involving ending racism and segregation.


Criteria D Grade

I believe that I deserve a  5/8, this is because I do practice at home and I always write in my practice diary. What I don’t do that much is participate during class, and that is what I need to work on for every class.  I should also be more positive in music class because I always believe I’m going to do bad in music but I should be more confident and positive and that might make me participate more.


End of Year Theory Test and Playing Reflection

Theory Test

Today, we got back our test and I didn’t do that well. When we were writing the test I was sure that I did well but now that I look back at it it doesn’t look like I did. I really worked for this test, I studied and I really tried to do well but the result wasn’t what I was expecting. This year I believed that I didn’t put the best effort into the work but I did try really hard getting closer to the end of the year. I really wish I tried more to understand the theory as it never made sense, but then I thought I did understand. I really wish the outcome was better of this test but it is in the past so I am just going to review but never forget what I learned this year. Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 11.29.34 AM Screen Shot 2014-06-04 at 11.29.51 AM

That is my test! I really hope that one day this will make sense to me because music is pretty interesting and fun!

 

Playing Test

I believe that I did pretty well in the playing test because the outcome was what I was expecting. I really worked hard for this playing test as I practiced for it a couple of weekends before the test. I was trying to get it to the best of my ability, and I think I did because I didn’t have high expectations. I really liked the song I played and that is one of the reasons why I practiced so much. I like playing the clarinet because it had a nice sound, so I didn’t mind doing the playing test.

Here are my results:

 

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Artwork – Looking at the work

During art we have done a lot of sketches and art pieces. I really like my masterpiece as I worked really hard on it and it turned out pretty well. 

Here it is:

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This is Tayl0r Swift painted in a Roy Lichtenstein style, I really liked the final result as it turned out a lot better than I thought. I chose to work with Lichtenstein’s style as it is creative and I found quite cool. I learned, through this process, that you should make sure you are in a good environment to work in and you have to be able to understand the style of your artist, because it is a lot easier if you understand it. Since I will not be continuing art next year, I will carry on doing art at home because I think it is really fun and I like to get creative. During this year I have learnt a lot and I will never forget it! 


End of Year French Reflection

This year in French, we have learned a lot about the things you need to know in your daily life. It was really interesting learning about these concepts as we can use the vocabulary when we go on holiday or when we visit a restaurant in French. We don’t have much of the school year left, and we don’t have much time to learn more French, but what we have learnt this year I think is enough. 

This past unit was about visiting a French country and trying to get around the city, asking for directions and ordering in French restaurants. This would really help a lot if you go on holiday to a French speaking country because you could get your way around the city. This was a unit that I find is important because it is helpful for later on and it is important to know and understand other languages. 

Our first unit, I think, was learning about school and the subjects and the stationary. This was more about a review as I learned most of it already last year. But it was good to review this vocabulary because it refreshed my memory right after the holiday. This year has definitely taught me a lot and it was really fun. I have learned so much and it has really helped me prepare for next year since I’m taking French again. I really can’t wait to see what I learn!

 


Celebration of My Digital Work

I really like my design for math as I find it is really unique and cool. I really like my design also because I took a while to find the best design possible and then eventually I did find a good design as my final design. Here is a photo of my final design:

I was kind of proud of this one as it turned out looking pretty good at the end with the actual materials. I think it is also one of my best digital works because we used sketch up and before this project I have never used sketch up before but now I know how to use it pretty well because of this project. I could teach someone how to get started on a project in sketch up and then they could carry on.


CAS – Experience Week

This year I had the best opportunity to go to Vietnam, it was so fun and cool meeting new people and experiencing new things for the first time. There was so much we did, like we learned how to control and ride on a sampan, built part of a house for the poor, learned how to make traditional hats, went fishing with our hands, and so much more! I met so many new people that I wouldn’t really talk to at school and now some of them are my close friends! We did so much that you wouldn’t be able to do in HK so it was really exciting. I met lots of local people to and they are so kind and generous. I made so many memories there and I really want to go back and visit now. I can’t wait for next years CAS week!

I think that one of the things that I really enjoyed, was building the house for the community. They have so little and it would mean so much to them if someone came to help. After the end of the process in which we were building the house, I felt really proud to have helped this Vietnamese community because I know that they don’t have much and if people come to help, they are always grateful after you leave. We did a lot of different things in the building process such as, digging holes, pouring cement, making cement, cleaning up, and piling bricks. This was such a great experience as you feel wonderful after and you are really happy that you got to help the community and help them reach their wish of having a nice home with their families. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this trip as it was the best and I had so much fun doing things that people wouldn’t normally do in Hong Kong. 


Exam Reflection

In this exam, I didn’t do so well as I think I should have prepared since the beginning of the year. I only started preparing a month before the exam but I think I should have prepared more in ahead of time. I should have reviewed everything a little more and really made sure I understood everything. During the exam, I answered every question I could and was feeling confident but now that I look at it I should have reviewed everything more carefully. If I had to give advice to someone, then I would have to say that if you’re not very good at the subject then start studying in the beginning of the year, but if you are ok at it then you should start studying content in that subject  a couple of months before the exam. If I had to tell you something not to do then you should not think you know it unless you are sure of it because even if you think you know it, you should still review it a lot so you know it for sure. Also, don’t take the mark too seriously because it is just a picture of what you did that day, but the important thing is just try harder next year.


What motivates me? Finding an academic passion

What motivates me is gymnastics because it makes me feel more confidence about myself, and I feel like I can do a lot and I am motivated to always get better, because I know that I am always doing my best. I know that if I always try and get back up after I don’t do so well then you can always learn from it and do better. And gymnastics taught me that sometimes failure is ok and that you should just carry on going, and so it motivates me in other parts of my life too. For example, when I don’t do so well in something I know that something good will come out of it. Every time something doesn’t go the way I wanted it to go, I would get really upset because I think that I’m not doing as well as I could have. But, I learned that if you don’t give up and you keep trying, then you can do that thing better next time.

After reading the essay that Kwasi Enin wrote, I think that the reason why he got in, is he showed a passion for music but he wants do something else in life. But the reason why he got accepted was because he knew he couldn’t do music but he said he won’t give up on it because it’t his passion. Instead, he chose to do something like medicine which he knows will help the community in a good way. The colleges saw in him that he loved music but he also wanted to help the world and he stayed passionate about that even though he can’t do it anymore as much as he did before.

 

 


Cleaning the Beach

Today I went to Shek O and cleaned up the beach. It was really fun and I really started to realize what was really the big problem with littering. I found a lot of garbage just left there, and it made me think about my actions and I thought to myself that I should really start taking action and recycle more. I didn’t like seeing all the rubbish but I felt proud after knowing that I helped save the environment. I learned that the community is not very aware of what their actions are doing to the environment. I think that we should definitely spread awareness because then the beaches in Hong Kong could be cleaner and nicer to have fun in. But I think that if more people start cleaning their own mess then eventually it will be neat forever.


Reflection on Theory Test December 2013

Our theory test that we just did, was challenging for me because I do not understand music as much as I should by now. I think that I really should study more and make sure that what I’m studying is good. Next time I will also have to study more because I believe that studying for 45 mins wasn’t enough for me because I really do struggle in music and understanding theory. I think that the next test I do, I will have to understand it A LOT because I did not feel confident during this test but next time I would like to feel confident when writing tests in music. I think if I had to sum my feelings and thoughts during this test is that I felt very scared and nervous because I didn’t understand a lot of the things on the test. But maybe I didn’t understand all the test but I understood a little bit of some questions but not enough to understand and know confidently how to answer it correctly.

 

After I got the test back I should have studied WAY more than I did, because I didn’t do as well as I should have and I should have tried a little more to actually understand everything really well.


PE Swimming Reflection

1) What did you find the most challenging part of the personal survival training and test?

For me, I found that treading water without any hands and then doing a turn. I found this difficult because you had to keep your head above the water and turn without putting your hands down. I found it really hard to do because I kept wanting to put my head under water but we weren’t supposed to.

2) Assuming you were challenged by one or more activities, what methods did you use do overcome the challenge? (you might simply say you used your will power when you were already exhausted)

I was challenged when we had to swim a bunch of laps in a row because I got pretty tired quickly and I couldn’t just stop. So what I did was I just used the energy I had left and carried on swimming. But then if I got too tired to swim then I would just switch my place in the order of the line and just take a breath for a bit.

3) Explain what you have learned about how to survive in the water in an emergency situation?

I have learned to grab onto a piece of wood if there was a ship wreck or something. I learned about the HELP (Heat Escape Lessening Position) position and how to stay safe using that in the water. That also helps to keep energy in your body so there is enough saved energy to help you float longer and tread longer in the water.  I also learned how to jump into the water properly to save someone, without getting your head wet.

4) How would your overall fitness level affect your chances of survival in a water emergency?

I am pretty fit and have enough muscle in my legs to tread water if I really had to for a long time. I also think that I know enough about how being fit would be really important in an emergency situation in the water, I also know how to swim pretty well.

The HELP position:


The iBook Project – Design Day

Today we started our new design cycle, which is about science and Tuberculosis. Our whole plan in this design cycle is to learn about this disease and write an iBook about the disease and how we can prevent and spread awareness. Something I learnt in the Waste Not, Want Not design cycle in the beginning of the year is that if you get everything done quickly the everything is not stressful and you don’t have to worry about it later. I also learnt that if you follow the design steps then everything will be a lot quicker and easier to understand. One of my personal strengths is that I like to get things done as soon as possible and I also follow steps pretty well so then I don’t end up having many questions and I understand things well. This definitely helped me through the Waste Not, Want Not design project. Something that I had some trouble with during the other design project is that sometimes something didn’t work and it frustrated me, but I get really frustrated quickly and so during the other design project I just had to make sure that everything worked and if it didn’t I would get some help. But now I know that if something that makes me confused happens then I should just ask someone about it.


Reflection for Greatest Song Ever

During the process of Greatest Song Ever in finale I had to learn a lot to do some of the notes needed to make the song. I thought that making the song in finale was pretty fun because it was fun making the song and I think it would be cool to even create our own song. I had to go through the challenges like not knowing what had to happen and how to make some things happen like the notes. I haven’t used finale in a while so I had to refresh my memory but it was fun learning! 


Scarborough Fair reflection

When I recorded I found it didn’t sound good the first few times so I had to try a couple of times before it sounded good. The flow of the song is not that good because some notes I didn’t play right so I had to take a while to get into those notes. The timing wasn’t that good either because it doesn’t really sound like the song should, but I had to get it as close as I could! The notes that were played sounded good to me and I tried hard to not squeak or anything but after a while I got it. I think I could have done a better job in this because some notes I found hard to play but I think if I just practice a lot then eventually I will get them. The connection of the notes was ok but not the best but I tried my best to make it flow together.


Design Criteria B Reflection

In criteria B, we have started to actually develop ideas! Which has been a lot of fun because I can start to look at packages that I could possibly take certain stuff from. In this criteria we made some sketch-up mock ups, to start understanding how to use sketch-up and later we had to decide from 2-3 packages which one was better, based on feedback from peers and from myself. I think that this was a fun stage in this design project because we could actually start thinking about what we are going to use as our package and that was really exciting. I chose this one:

 

I found that this one was going to be better for the environment and it was going to be more fun using this as my package.


Design Criteria A Reflection

For our design project we are designing a package for an object from school. Mine was a stapler and this stapler will have to be packaged into a package that fits certain requirements. So far my investigation into good packages and starting my design project has been good and I have been able to analyze a package and describe what is good and bad about it because this is good in this kind of project. Because if you are learning to give feedback then later on when I start to design my package I will be able to judge its good and bad qualities. I have started on my design journal where I will keep all my progress in this project and that journal will reflect on my journey through this packaging project. I can’t wait to start planning!


Theory Test Reflection

On this test/quiz I did expect the mark I got because even though I studied I still didn’t understand a lot of things but by then it was too late to ask for help. Next time I will get some help with the theory and make sure I understand EVERYTHING before I walk into a test. I will make sure that I get a better mark next time and know what I need to know.


Instrument Care reflection

What went well?

There was a lot that went well, like there was a lot of co operation in our group. We never did any fighting between us and we all tried give in a little bit of information. We also had a lot of information and all the explanations were very detailed and explained.

How did you interact with your group? Was there an equal division of work?

We all interacted with the group very well as there was a lot of group co operation and we all worked together to at least do a little of the work. I wouldn’t say that there was an equal division of work because there were some people in the group that did more work than others.

What aspects of your presentation would you improve if you had to do this again?

I think that if we had to do this again I would probably fix the environmental impacts because I honestly think that now if I look back at it there were things that we could have taken out and put in. Such as not needed and obvious information, for example we said that trees were being cut down and the factories used to make a clarinet releases toxic chemicals into the environment and the air. I think maybe we could have put some pictures or some videos of how this is true. Maybe even put a little more information because it was very broad. I would also say that all of us should have had equal amount of things to say, as some of our group members said more than others.

Is your poster clear with detailed specific instructions?

Yes it is because there was a lot of detailed explanations and a lot of clear work. Even though there was a lot of detail, we didn’t write too many words that it would become confusing and weird to the reader. There was a lot of explanations that clearly state how to take care of your instrument and how to put it apart and put it back together.

Is your poster appropriate for the assignment and reflect the required amount of work?

I think that the poster did stay on topic and it did reflect what was needed because it was clearly stating everything from how to care from how to put it together. It also showed everything you needed to know if you were a beginner.


Does our understanding of chemistry carry a responsibility?

Our understanding of chemistry is really important because it makes us think about what is actually going on around the world. If we understand more, then that means that we can do more about it, and we can change the world in ways we don’t even realize. We are now more cautious about everything around us and we can’t not be cautious about everything because of our understanding of the science behind all the problems in the world. After knowing this about chemistry I realize that there is so much that happens to us when we know this information because we now think about what the meaning is of what this all means and what this will actually do. 

Today we watched a video about the Fukushima radiation problem and this changed what I thought about this before. One thing that I thought would really affect this world was that in 6 years, the whole pacific ocean could be contaminated with radioactive water. This is such a big problem but people don’t even realize. They read and learn about it and they go on with life, but what I’ve learnt is that if we just all sit around and go on with our lives for the rest of our lives, then this world will never change and continue to have all these problems that could possibly one day be erased.

Now that we all know more about these kind of problems, we realize that we are doing so much more to cause this than we thought. We might think ” Oh this is not my problem because this is a world wide issue and this only happened in Japan” but we caused some of this too. The pacific ocean is not Japans, it is the worlds and this means that one day the world will realize that this isn’t just one countries’ problem, it is a lot more than that.  

Our responsibility is that we have to make sure that everything we do, will not do anything harmful to the world, or at least we have to try. 

This image shows that this problem caused a lot of individual problems, that will forever harm the world. This shows the radiation travelling in the pacific ocean. 


Reflection on Instrument care Presentation and Poster

What went well?

There was a lot that went well, like there was a lot of co operation in our group. We never did any fighting between us and we all tried give in a little bit of information. We also had a lot of information and all the explanations were very detailed and explained.

How did you interact with your group? Was there an equal division of work?

We all interacted with the group very well as there was a lot of group co operation and we all worked together to at least do a little of the work. I wouldn’t say that there was an equal division of work because there were some people in the group that did more work than others.

What aspects of your presentation would you improve if you had to do this again?

I think that if we had to do this again I would probably fix the environmental impacts because I honestly think that now if I look back at it there were things that we could have taken out and put in. Such as not needed and obvious information, for example we said that trees were being cut down and the factories used to make a clarinet releases toxic chemicals into the environment and the air. I think maybe we could have put some pictures or some videos of how this is true. Maybe even put a little more information because it was very broad. I would also say that all of us should have had equal amount of things to say, as some of our group members said more than others.

Is your poster clear with detailed specific instructions?

Yes it is because there was a lot of detailed explanations and a lot of clear work. Even though there was a lot of detail, we didn’t write too many words that it would become confusing and weird to the reader. There was a lot of explanations that clearly state how to take care of your instrument and how to put it apart and put it back together.

Is your poster appropriate for the assignment and reflect the required amount of work?

I think that the poster did stay on topic and it did reflect what was needed because it was clearly stating everything from how to care from how to put it together. It also showed everything you needed to know if you were a beginner.


Melodrama Performance

At the end of our Melodrama unit we had to do a performance and it was really fun! I learned so much being in front of an audience, I learned that if you engage with the audience, the audience will enjoy the show more. I also learned that if you just stay in character, you can’t make many mistakes. My thoughts on this unit is that it was fun but sometimes I found it hard to play a character so different from myself. My thoughts on my performance are that I think that I did pretty well because I projected my voice and I was believable. If I were to do this next time I would engage with the audience more and stay closer to the audience because I was very far away from the audience and kept moving back. 


Waste Not, Want Not l

Today we did some deconstruction and construction with some boxes and some paper. First we had to deconstruct a box and talk about it with the group later. Some things we talked about were if the box was attractive, reusable, and secure. Then we made our own designs to either hold an apple or a banana inside of it, my group made one with an apple inside of it. It was really attractive because it looks like it came from McDonalds.  With the grade, we talked about if our creations are those criteria. 

 

 

 


Community and Service – Whats happening next?

In school I have done 2 things, I have helped usher for a play and I have entertained in the family fun fair. I ushered for 2 nights and they were helping people get to their seats, helping them with and problems, and any concerns, I also had to give them papers about the play. That all helped them enjoy the play. I also have entertained in the family fun fair by DJ’ing outside and helping everyone having a good time.

Outside of school I have cleaned a beach. That is all I have done so far outside of school but I am working on trying to find a place where I could tutor someone and that could help their education. I am going to talk to a teacher and see if I can find any place that could do that, and if I can’t then I will just find a place myself.

This year I also plan to do another thing outside the school because helping the outside community is so important because after they will be very grateful for your help and you will feel great after. I will also go and see if anything could be done inside the school, because every year you need to have 1 inside and 1 outside of school community service.


Grade 8-Math Assessment on Doubling an Investment

What makes me a smart investor?

It makes you a smart investor when you look carefully at how long it would take to double your money and look carefully at the interest rate. So many people will not look carefully at this and would be throwing their money out the window.

What is so important about rate?

The important thing about rate is that even a small increase or decrease can effect the money and amount of years it takes to double it.

 


Article for Millenium Goals

This article is about how Nigeria is trying to improve education for out of school children. They are trying to reach one of the Millenium goals in Nigeria. There is also a campagne that is called “All children, One Goal” and that compagne basically helps all the children in Nigeria get basic education from any kind of school. It also helps the children and families that are poor and don’t get an education, it just gives them some support towards your family and basic needs. One really good thing about this is that the person that is in charge of the campagne said that it is important that at the end no child is left out of school which is really significant because then everyone is fair and no one can be getting less needs than anyone else. Also, it would be quicker if other organizations and people helped reach this goal because then it would be very successful. This article is related to the Education for all Millenium goal.

I wonder if any other countries are trying to do this too? Are other countries aware of how it happened in Nigeria? How long did it take to achieve this goal? I really think that it’s good that at least one country has tried to achieve a goal because then it will encourage other countries to do the same. This is my article! 


Reflection for the Fraction and Decimal Unit

This last math unit was about fractions and decimals, and it was really stressful for me. On the scale I was around number 4 because I wasn’t understanding a lot of it and I was scared I wasn’t doing so well during class and for the homework. I thought this unit was challenging because there were many things I didn’t understand and I got really frustrated. I also thought it was challenging learning the things that I didn’t know before. What I thought was kind of easy, was what I already learned from my extra math class. The things that I learnt in the extra math class were things like equations with fractions and some word problems. The assessment that we did, which was like the test for the unit, was reflecting only a little about how I work during class and the effort I put in. Because I put a lot of effort to try to understand things during class and when I didn’t, I made sure that I figured out a way to understand so that I wouldn’t fail the test. I liked the activity when we had to use models to demonstrate the equation, because I thought those were fun and easy. 


The Other Side of Truth-A novel

       In English, we read a book called The Other Side of Truth. It was a very interesting book about refugees and this family being forced to leave their country because of their dad. It was a really good book and I enjoyed the wording used in it and the similes and metaphors were very detailed and pulled me in to want to read more. We had to make a presentation about the refugees in Canada after that, and we worked in partners for that. I learnt that refugees have to get asylum to go to a new country and that helped me with my presentation because then I could explain what kind of things/activities refugees have to go through. I learned to use Prezi during this project and I believe that was a useful skill to know and that is why my group chose Prezi. I will probably have to use it later on and to know the basic skills will be helpful for later. I didn’t like the part of this project when we had to kind of restart, because I was getting really stressed out about how I thought that we weren’t going to get it done on time. 

      I worked on almost the whole Prezi, almost the whole script, and about half of the research. I was doing so much work because the work wasn’t getting done on time (the little goals that I set myself for this project) and it needed to be done by tomorrow. I will still have to finish some work tonight, but that’s ok because we are nearly done with the whole project! 

Here is a picture of the book we read:


Community and Service-TAP

During TAP class in the beginning of the year we talked about doing community and service, one inside school and one outside school. I have done 2 things in school but none outside of school yet. The first one was that since I was in the DJ club, I DJ’d during the Family Fun Fair, and the other thing is that I ushered for Romeo and Juliet. I still need to find something to do outside of school. I have some ideas but still need to take action and do them. For Romeo and Juliet ushering, I ushered for 2 nights and go to watch for one night, and I DJ’d for 1 hour and a half. I think that for the outside of school community and service, I will clean a beach or help in a fundraising or something like helping an organization that comes through school. Which means something like teachers suggest places for outside school action, so I will probably do something that a teacher suggests if I can’t find anything else.


Author’s Choice Task

For this task in English we had to make a story from a real life experience, and later make a presentation about a devices we used or talk about the setting, or how you developed the characters. I learnt many things in this activity, like how to make a story using devices and feel what it’s like to be an author of  a story. It’s really cool that we got to write our own story and use similes and metaphors because they are really cool to use to show the power of something or how bad or good something is. If I could do the presentation again I would definitely put quotes into my presentation because I got one at the end when Ms. Kirchner asked me to find one. I should definitely next time put more quotes and explain them. I would also explain a little bit more on how I crafted one character and maybe not all of the characters, because then I could focus on one and describe their actions and their dialogue. 

I think that overall the process of making the story was really fun because we got to make anything up because there would be no wrong answer in the story because you are the author. I also like all the feedback because it was so helpful and helped my story to improve a lot, and it made a big impact on how the reader pictured the scene in their mind.


Patterns-Math Unit

I liked that we did lots of questions that involved real life problems and how we learned the easier way to do them, and I enjoyed the dinner table problem. I also like input and output tables because they are so fun to figure out the rule for, and I challenged myself a lot . I learned how to do input and output tables better and I enjoyed it because it was really fun and interesting to learn about how to do the output if the input is x. I’m still not that sure about how to do some word problems, I still have a little bit of trouble doing that because I sometimes don’t understand the question. I also don’t always understand how to do some number sequence rules, because some of them on the test I couldn’t figure out because they were difficult for me, and I tried a lot of different rules but when I knew what the rule is, I realized that I tried half of that rule but didn’t add the other half! Patterns can help us in life because for example the dinner problem can help us find out something like how many people can sit with a certain amount of tables. Or the handshake problem can help us find out how many handshakes will you get from each person shaking every other persons hand once or twice.

This is a picture of the Dinner table problem:


New Species Discovered

   I have discovered a new species. It’s name is the Green Feathered Oak, and its scientific name is the Quercus Greenus. I have worked on the model of this bird for a week, and have been planning before that for about half a week. I didn’t work too much at home though only because I didn’t want to bring my bird model home because I was scared it would break. I didn’t think that what I did at home was sufficient because I didn’t have my model with me so I couldn’t do so much. I worked on the wings and the feet but ended up not even using them because they didn’t look right on the bird.

   I worked very effectively during class because I made little plans in my head, like doing the painting one day then doing something else another day, and I tried to stay very organized. Overall, I looked at my bird and what I handed in and I thought that I did manage my time well for this project, except for one of the nights before the project was due, I was very stressed out about it. I thought that I wouldn’t finish it on time, but I did!

    I would probably work more on the environment and I would’ve made the tree in my environment (box) bigger so that I could have put the nest into the tree, because that is how it should go. Instead it was on the ground because the tree wasn’t big enough. I would also put a little more feathers on the bird, and make the wings more visible. The strengths of my bird are that they are very strong and they are very light. They also have very light nests so they can carry it quickly with their family. They also have lots of feathers which help them to camouflage into the trees. Their weaknesses is that they have many predators trying to eat them and their eggs. I would assess myself a 5 for Criterion C, because I listed and explained the reasons for the behavioral and structural adaptions. I have related the adaptations to the environment. 


Shi Huang Di Unit

          During the Shi Huang Di unit, I learned a lot about him and his ideas. I learned about his positive and negative achievements, and many things that he did to unify and standardize China. I now know a lot about China and how it has changed over the years. I also learnt many things from doing the poster presentation because each group had a different question to answer and so I learned a lot listening to that. 

        I learnt a lot of skills during this unit. Like how to use C.R.A.P principles in your posters, and how to research with noodletools so that you can make conclusions from your research without copying exactly what it says. I also learnt about how to take notes when listening to other groups present, also something very important I learned about was sentence fluency and making an outline for an essay so that it can be organized and easy to read. When you use sentence fluency you have to make your sentences less choppy and make sure that if people read them out loud it makes sense and they don’t stumble when they read it. When you use an outline, it is easier to write an essay because you are organized with what you write for each paragraph. I think that since I learnt about sentence fluency and using an outline, I have been better at writing more organized and detailed paragraphs.

       A picture of the poster that my group and I made:

     My groups poster is the one in the middle. We learned a lot about contrast because we used many different colours that suited each other. We also learned about alignment because we tried to make things look nice and organized, but some parts didn’t look very aligned. 

🙂 


Environments-Our new science unit

If there is no more environments then people can’t live. But the Hong Kong Government doesn’t believe that having the environment is more important than having disney land and ocean park.Environmentalists have been trying to argue against the government to try to stop the people from expanding these two amusement parks because of how they aren’t getting any money. They want to expand their land to make more money and make sure that more tourists come. Trees and water can’t talk, so we have to talk for them. We have to use our voices to do exactly what the environmentalists are trying to do, tell the government to stop building stuff on top of animals habitats.

The government is going to listen to businessmen because they are what make the money, are they going to listen to the scientists that try to protect the environment. No, they won’t because they want money. People should speak for animals and the nature around us because we have to save the nature. The world wouldn’t be the same if there was no nature because we can’t breathe without the trees and plants around us. We need them and if someone is going to destroy them then they are basically going to destroy themselves because of how we are linked to the world so much.

In science today we talked about our new unit, environments. We have to speak for more things than just ourselves. “We have to speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.” -The Lorax, Dr. Seuss


Math Stations

In the math stations we did lots of different stations like: Adding and Subtracting integers, playing games called Zero, Connect 3, and Beat the clock. My favourite station was the game Zero. It was really fun because the pictures on the cards are funny, they were pictures of teachers at my school. I think that this really helped me be independent because of how we worked alone but together. Next time, I would really like to make the stations groups smaller but I think if they are smaller then you could play more games together and you could make the activities harder so you could work together. I didn’t like this packet we got though, because it was really long. It wasn’t hard but it wasn’t easy. It was just right. 🙂


AOI-Environments

In Grade 7, we have been learning about the Area’s of Interaction. They are Human Ingenuity, Health and Social Education, Community and Service, Approaches to Learning and Environments. I’m going to explain how the earthquake in China can be related to Environments as one of the AOI’s. Well, since the earthquake happened lots of trees and plants probably got destroyed, one thing that we can help is we can start planting more trees and being careful with what we destroy. You could also look at plants that make vegetables and plant those especially because then people have more healthy things to eat. To help the destruction of the city, people could go around helping clean up all the broken houses and broken buildings and help make things nicer.

 


This Week In Review

Hey Guys,

 

This week was pretty much AWESOME-ish! We have been doing poetry, math, and our summative assessment. The Math was a lot of word problems. The Summative Assessment was the filming of our skit and editing it. It was a lot of fun this week and today was our teachers birthday so we celebrated it for her birthday we all went into our classroom before she did and one of our classmates brought cake to school for the birthday and when she was half way in the classroom we all shouted “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” and she was really surprised and she was really happy! And that’s about it!

 

 

 

 


C A M P Wanna Know About It?

On Friday we got back from camp it was really cool! It was our first camp going to somewhere besides Hong Kong. Guess where we went….. China. We did so many things I can give you a list:

-Chinese Painting

-Ink Pots (which I will explain later)

-Amazing Race (which I will also explain later)

-Fire Setting

-Campfire

-BBQ

-Went to markets to learn about how they are different from Hong Kong’s markets

-Catapult Building

-Canyon Hike

-Team Building

-Dragonfly Challenge

 

 

They were all so fun but I think that if I had to pick my favourite activity then it would be the Canyon Hike, Dragonfly Challenge, and the Campfire.

The Chinese painting was really fun and interesting because you only use black paint to do chinese painting. Our chinese painting that we learned how to do was a picture of an island with some fishing things and a boat and there was also another island with houses and lots of trees.

The Ink Pot was sort of related to the Chinese Painting because an ink pot is the object that you put the black paint on. So we learnt how to make those and we also got to be able to carve on it.

The Amazing Race was SUPER fun. We did the whole race in one of Zhao Qing’s parks. We got split up into groups and we got a Map of the park, a piece of paper with the pictures of statues and bridges that we had to find. So when we were in our groups we walked around looking for the things on the piece of paper. We had to look for other people (locals) that would answer our questions like where to find one of the pictures.

We learnt how to make a fire and what to put in the fire and what not to put. The things that were good to put in a fire are:

-A little bit of dried grass

-small twigs

-medium sized twigs

-big twgs

-crushed leaves

At the end of making the fire we had banana boats. Banana boats are bananas cut in the middle and then chocolate in the middle but we got to cook that in our own fire.

The campfire was the activity that happened in day 3 but it was AWESOME.


SLLR (Student Led Learning Review)

Hi guys,

Today we had our SLLR which is a Student Led Learning Review. In the SLLR we had  to talk about certain subjects. They were Chinese, French, Math, Visual Arts, Literacy, Music, P.E, Technology, Social, and our Unit of Inquiry. It was a good day and I got to teach my mom how to write Chinese characters, how to say colours and classroom objects in French. In Math my Mom did a timed board game about all the units we have learnt so far. Visual Arts was fun and was connected to the Unit of Inquiry because we talked about Power and we created a mask. The power we decided on was to be positive and we used bright colours to decorate the mask. In Literacy we did a Reader’s Theatre called “The Hula-Hoop Competition” and my mom was the Champion and I was the Announcer. For Music I played the song “Can Can” on my flute. In P.E we have been talking about sequences and I showed my mom a slideshow I made of some P.E. activities. In Social we talked about the Attitudes and Attributes of the PYP and looked at some of my group projects. In UOI we talked about my Formative Assessment and looked through my Process Journal. And for Technology….. we wrote this blog post!!!

 

Here is a photo that was from my P.E. slideshow:

My Mom and I really enjoyed my SLLR and we hope you enjoy this post!

Kyra and Mom 🙂

 

 


Dividing Fractions Video

Hi Guys,

Recently we have been working on a Dividing Fractions video and it was meant for the grade 5s to watch to help with their unit which is fractions. It would also have shown how much we understand about how to divide fractions. When we were making the video to help explain how to we could use voice overs and that would probably have helped more people understand. When we were finished we were supposed to upload it to youtube, and that’s what we did. After we were supposed to put it in our blog, and if you want to watch it here is the link. If you like it please give me feedback.

Enjoy!

Kyra L 🙂


Almost the Holiday

Can you believe it?! The week went by so fast. In a way that’s a good thing…but guess what after the week is done it’s a holiday. I am so ecxited right now because it is almost the holiday and it is going to be a good holiday because in the winter holiday I was sick for a week so I hope that won’t happen this holiday.
 
The week was kinda fun because on Monday we had a half day and it went by really fast. This week we also had a lot of presentations for our personal history project. It was sort of scary because you had to stand in front of the class and present your history.
 
The reason why we have a holiday is because it is the Chinese New Year holiday. The holiday is going to go on for a week and two days. So I am really excited just to chill over the holiday because that’s something that I like to do.
 
So if you have a holiday, have a good one.
 
And Happy Chinese New Year Everybody.
 
Kyra L 🙂

My Hopes and Dreams for 2012

Hey Guys,

Well as you know people have hopes and dreams for every year, and since it’s a new year I have a couple of hopes and dreams for this year.

I also have a couple of goals some the same and some different, but the ones that are different are the ones that haven’t been achieved yet but I hope to this year.

One of my hopes are about the exhibition that we have to do in a few months, and it’s pretty stressful during the time that it is happening. One of my dreams is that this will be the best year ever because of all the exciting things that happen in school and out of school. One of my goals is about school because I hope that during the school year grade 6 and 7 I will work really hard in all the subjects and get really good marks.

Anyway Happy New Year!


Online Newspaper…..Article about Mars

Hey guys,

Just a second ago I just read an online newspaper. The article that caught my attention was an article about mars, and no not mars bars….MARS the actual planet in the solar system.

The article was about on November the 26th NASA an american space agency launched a spacecraft that would be going to Mars .Apparently there were no humans on the spacecraft only a car sized rover named curiosity. To get to Mars it will take at least 8 months to reach there, the landing expected on August 2012. Curiosity is basically a little robot that will be exploring Mars looking for soil and rocks, it will then analyze those objects. Curiosity has a little drill on the end of one of it’s arms that will be able to dig deep  into the rocks. Scientists have previously confirmed that there is ice water on Mars. Curiosity has a friend that is also on Mars which is named Opportunity. Opportunity has been on Mars since 2004 and is still exploring the planet.

That is basically what the article is about. If you would like to read the actual article click HERE.

 

-Kyra L. 🙂


It’s been a while since I’ve written

Hey guys,

So sorry I haven’t been writing posts in a while so here is one for you!!!!

In the past few weeks we have been doing a whole bunch of things like we started our new unit which is about marketing and a lot about grammar. On Wednesday we were told that we had to visit a market and show a visual presentation on the market without showing words. I went to a market with Kyra J and Annelien (people in my class) we went to the ladies market and it was pretty cool because we went at night.

The other thing is that we just lately learned about markets. We had to make our own market but we didn’t just because we want to get money but we had to do it for a reason. We had to raise money for a charity called “World Vision”  but before we could just move right to the planning we had to find ways to raise money. We found out that bake sale, game booths, rummage sales, and lucky draws. We first had to get into groups and choose which one we would like to do and that would be our group. I chose to do a bake sale because I like to cook and it would be a good way to raise money. I was in a group with Kyra J, Annelien, Clara, Cassandra, Bianca, and Irene.  We had to start with a lot of planning, for planning we used google docs and it was fun because we used all the planning on that. After that the bake sale came. The time we had before the bake sale went by so fast. But when it came we started with taking out all the things we were going to sell and then we went to taking out the tables so that we could sell on them and that was fun because we were making it look nice.

After the bake sale was over we tidied up and wrote a reflection of how it went. And it went well!!!

 

-Kyra L.


A Week In Review

Hey Guys,

 

This week was pretty good! On Monday we did our self reflection on our Summative Assessment and that’s mostly what we did on Monday. But Tuesday is when we started our new unit “How We Express Ourselves” and it is mostly about how different people express different things in different ways. I think I am going to like this unit because I think that we are going to do a lot of art work. On Wednesday we got our new “How We Express Ourselves” booklet and then we got homework and she asked us to write about what we think we’re going to do in this unit. On Thursday we didn’t have school because there was a typhoon 8. At 6:00 in the morning my mom got a call saying that we wouldn’t have school and so when I woke up I looked at the time and it was 8:30 and I ran to my dad saying that he made me late for school but he said the typhoon was too strong so we don’t have to go to school. But in a way I was sort of happy that we didn’t have school because if we went to school and then the typhoon 8 wasn’t there and then later in the school day it would start we would be stuck in school and that would be worse. We were also suppose to have a math quiz on Thursday but we didn’t so I got a whole day to study. On Friday (which is today) so far we have just done a couple hours ago the math quiz, but in the morning we had an assembly which we sung this attitude song. Something that was due on today was we had to bring two things that were created by an artist but in artist I mean someone you think is good at some kind of art. And this is what I brought: It is a flower that is made out of soap! I got it in Thailand and it is so cool. Don’t you think?!?!


Poetry Review

Hey guys,

 

These few days we have been studying about poetry. We had to pick a kind of poetry that we didn’t know about and write things about it.

Today I did this poetry presentation with 6B. I picked ballad which is a kind of song poem so is normally in the form of a song or can also be about a persons life or a fairy tale. I like ballads because they are really interesting. Before our research we had to first write effective questions about what kind of poem we picked and we first had to answer those questions. After that we researched just about things like what is a ballad poem? and like What is the structure? and How do you make a successful ballad poem and things like that. 

We could also write our own poem and I chose the name of “I met a fairy” it is a very happy and interesting poem and the reason why I did I met a something because you can write about that thing and say things like she was beautiful and things like  that.

I thought that it was very fun doing to poetry. I love poetry because it is a way to express yourself!

-Element 15 🙂


How Grade 6 is so far!

Hey guys I’m back,

But now I’m in 6th grade so I’m going to be writing things that maybe I have learnt in grade 6 now, not grade 5. Grade 6 is really fun so far and I think that I am going to enjoy it. We have been doing a lot of work on conflicts that have been happening around the world. We have recently just been working on our summative assessment for this unit which is split into group work and individual work. The summative assessment is to do a script which is in a group and then we have to write about the conflict that other groups are doing on their script. I really like doing things about acting and recording because we also have to record it so that we can watch it and fix it if it needs fixing so I’m really excited about recording it so that it looks really real and not like we are being sarcastic like saying wow in a normal way. I also think that what my group should work on that I think for when we record is facial expression when we are acting.   I am really curious if all of us are going to remember our lines  for the script and is it going to be a success!

My teacher this year is Ms. Kinsinger. She is a really nice teacher and I am excited to see how the year goes.

I will definitely write more on my unit and how the summative assessment goes for this unit!

-Element 15

 


The Human Body Final Exam

Hey guys,

Bad news guess what I have BIG HUGE human body exam that is all about the human body.

 

The good thing is that I am pretty prepared to do good in the exam another bad thing is that I am so nervous my nervous system is probably going high so umm yeah…

My teacher the Dancing DJ told us to write this post to tell you how we are going to study tonight for the last night, which is tonight here is a list of how I am going to study:

-Go on GOOGLE

-Read books

-Look at online articles

-Ask people and then right down things on a paper (what they said)

-Call friends and ask them about the human body and what they know or have as notes

so…um….yeah….that’s pretty…..um……much it……ugh…..I guess….. I think……so I will keep my fingers crossed….. so keep yours too….. wish me luck in a comment!

thnx (means thanks)

“Remember If You Are An Awesome Person You Will Make An Awesome Day”

DJ17:)

“The more you learn, the more you know, the more you know, the more you forget, the more you forget, the less you learn, so why learn” LOL :)!”


SLLR’s (Student Led Learning Review)

Hello Readers,

Today is SLLR day! An SLLR is a Student Led Learning Review where you are supposed to bring your parents to your classroom and show them what you have learnt. There are different subjects that you show your parents and you discuss the central idea of each unit of inquiry, the themes and attitudes, and key concepts.

My mom came to school but unfortunately my dad could not come.

DJ17 🙂


All The Different Ways To Find Out About The Past.

In my class we have a new unit called “where we are in Place and time”. I am going to show you a list of all the ways you can learn about the past:

-Books

-computers

-Digging things Up

-Going to a Museum

-Watching a video

-Writing or reading a documentary

-Reading a newspaper

-Watching a P.S.A

-Reading a Magizine

-Internet

-Photos

-Teachers

-Friends or Family

-Performance

-Art

-Movies

That was a list that I have made for my readers of my blog and you can use those ways to to find out more about the past.  And also you can look at things that make you interested so you can learn more about it.

I feel happy that we are learning about things that happened in the past. Also last week we went to the Hong Kong History Museum. And it was pretty fun. I have figured that I like to learn about the past and the history of somewhere around the word.

Also something we are going to do in the future is that we had to pick a artifact from the internet then we had to learn about them and and sketch what it looks like. And then we are going to make the sculpture of our artifact out of clay and then we are going to the beach and we burry it up and someone from the school is going to try to find it and if they find it they have to look at the sculpture and they look at  the sketch and they have to find the matching pictures and that is what they are going to do with our sculpture and the sketch we did. I think it is going to be fun going to the beach and burying it up so that people can find it!

DJ17:)

Hope you liked my list! 😉


My Chinese New Year Holiday

Hello everyone how was your holiday? Mine was great I stayed in Hong Kong I did not travel but it was still fun.

In my holiday I went to the Hong Kong science museum to see this thing that is all about leonardo Da Vinci thing where it told people that went all about the inventions that he created a long time ago and it was really interesting to learn about this famous artist and inventor.

One thing that I also did was I brought my MacBook pro home and it was pretty exciting. On the weekend that is also in the holiday I went to see this movie in the cinema called Tangled it was really funny and it had a lot of adventure in it I also went with my friend to see the movie so it was even more exciting. Me and my friend like adventure movies and we think that when we watch movies like that we think they are really cool! And after that I had a Hang Out day with 2 of my friends and I think that me and all of my family and friends had a good holiday! And I hope all of the readers of my blog had a good time in THEIR holiday.


The Breadwinner

In my class we have been reading a book called The Breadwinner and it was a really good book. It made me feel sad because in the book one of the people that are special in the story get taken away from his family. We read the book in groups and it was like when one person takes a turn to read then another person. What I didn’t understand was why is the story called the breadwinner because to me it does not go with the story so why call it the breadwinner but that is all I was wondering.


Cyber Safety

My whole class had a lesson on Cyber Safety and it was really interesting because we learnt all about how to stay safe on the internet and that you should always be careful of what you put/do online. I learnt that when people get bullied online it hurts people’s feelings and it might effect people. Thats why I always try to stay safe online. Like if people have emails, facebook and twitter and things that might be a bit private to some people. So always remember what you put or do online and try to stay safe.


Artifact Game

Hi readers,

In class we have been playing this game called the artifact game and what your suppose to do is you find a picture then show it to some one then ask them questions like when is this from and what is it and things like that. That is how we have been doing it in class. Now I am going to ask YOU some questions about the artifact/Picture above. What do you think it is? Where is it from? What year is it from? Also the difference between guessing and interpreting is that guessing is when you don’t know the real answer and interpreting is when you gather the information you know and you make it a way that you can understand it. And if you would like to answer these questions you can just post a comment on what you think the answer to the questions are.


What are P.S.A’s?

Right now in this unit we are learning about P.S.A’s and it is cool because we are making our own P.S.A’s and I think that it is going to be really cool when I am done. A P.S.A a Public Service announcement and the whole point of P.S.A’s are that your convincing people about anything that you want to convince people like for example: More recycling or something like that. My P.S.A is about child labour and specifically kidnapping and I am almost done with it and I am very excited for every one to see it on my blog.

P.S.A’s can make you feel many different ways and it can make you feel sad angry and  sometimes happy. Well Here is mine right below!


The Hong Kong Cemetery Field Trip

Today we went to the Hong Kong Cemetery. It was very interesting to go there and it was very cool that most of the people that were buried there were soldiers and that also a lot of them were christian and not any other religion. I have found out that almost half of the people buried there were young when they died. If you go to the top of the cemetery some of the graves were slanted and very old.

Some of the graves were also cracked open and that was very interesting to see. One of the question I asked myself was whey are most of the graves written in english and not chinese or any other language. if you look at the military graves then they have a thing saying MOD which means Military Of Defense and you would only find that on the soldiers graves not any where else. If most of them are not soldiers then some of them where just in the war and not actually a soldier.

The graves where actually mostly cracked because they are very old. I saw I very big grave that said that a couple of people died because of a very high fever.

When I was wondering around the cemetery with my group I also saw little part where they burnt the dead people and that was kind of scary when I saw it. The real word is to cremate people and that means to burn the people. My feelings when I was there were very strong and sad about how many people have died and maybe are very special people. I think that this field trip was very good to go and see because the whole point was for all the students to learn about Hong Kong’s past. I have also heard that the cemetery is full now and has no more space to put people in. I also think that the cemetery was pretty freaky it was actually interesting to learn about because it was very big.

DJ17:)


IQBAL Reflection

In my class we have been reading this book called IQBAL and it is really good. I think that we read this book in class because it tells us about how some people have hard lives in Pakistan and how children have to be forced to work in factories in a young age. The important thing that I have learnt is that some children are not as lucky as we are and we do not get forced to work in factories. On of the challenging things about the book are the vocabulary and it is more for older people like adults but it is also good for us to learn new vocabulary. I would like to know more about the factories they have to work in and how they get treated. This also makes me want to know about how they get treated in other countries.Click HERE to see more about this brave child!


Author Visit

Today two Authors came to visit. All the grade 5 came to their presentations and the presentation was really good because it tuaght us about poetry and it was really funny . I hope that all of you know and have read one of her books because I have once read them and they are pretty good. Later on today there is a workshop that you can got to and you can learn more about poetry. The names are Sara Holbrook and Michael Salvador and they are very emotional and strong about their feelings Michael is very good at being expressive and Sara is good at being funny. My favorite poem they told us today is called Zombies! And it is very cool because it is about scary creatures and things that are realetad to scary.

I am starting to love poems because I love things that rhyme and that sometimes don’t make sense at all like nonsense poems.


Reading Buddies

Today my reading buddy came to our classroom to read with us his name is Hugo and he is a very nice boy. He today has listened to a story about Invisible Alligators. It was about alligators who caused trouble for everyone. They were parts like when two bridges broke in half, and there were rocks all over the stairs so this girl could not walk away from the alligators. The girl tipped her bed over to see what was happening and it was the alligators ender her bed.Hugo really enjoyed reading the book he found it funny and he enjoyed learning new words.


Voki

Here is a voki I made:

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Click HERE to make one!


Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays everyone! Happy New Year!

I hope that everyone had a nice holiday. I know that I had a great holiday.

The best part of my holiday is that I had a lot of time to be with my family and friends and holidays make me happy if I am with people that I care about. What I also did was that on Christmas day I called all of my relatives to say merry Christmas and a Happy new Year. It was fun doing stuff with friends and family for a long time. I also just stayed at home and read my book and watched T.V. and that was fun. I also watched Harry Potter #7 and it was really good and it was a bit scary. On New Year I went to lunch with my family at a hotel it was a buffet and it was really yummy because they make really good food. It was really fun eating desert because there were lots of choices like ice cream, cake, etc.

The worst thing about my winter break is that I always woke up at 9:00 so it was hard for me to get use to waking up for school at 6:00 and so that was the worse part of my holiday. I had literally one morning to get use to waking up so early and so when I woke up for school that morning I was really tired.

But other than that my holiday was really cool and I had a lot of fun.

I really hope that all of your holidays were cool and fun.


The Word “Perspective”

Perspective:

The word perspective means someone else’s opinion of something.                                                                                                 Here is an example: If someone goes to an art museum and two people both look at the same picture you and the other person both think of something different that the picture can be and that is called point of veiw.

You can use a persons perspective when you are maybe at a meeting and you need to make a different idea for something and you need to ask people what perspective they have on a certain idea. They might even have a better or more creative perspective than you.

Your perspective is different from different people because you have a different way of seeing things. You can never copy someones perspective because all of peoples perspectives are different.

You can tell from someones perspective because you will always know what yours is because it will be different.