Welcome

by 053518 on September 10, 2013

Welcome  to my blog! Here you will find a lot of what I’ll be learning over the year! Enjoy!

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Sharps, Flats, Naturals and Note & Rest Values

by 053518 on October 14, 2014

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(Unfortunately I forgot to write how much out of 30 I got on the first page, but it’s 30 out of 30 in case you were wondering)

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Sept. 20 – Eco Fact of the Day

by 053518 on October 10, 2014

Fact #8: Peak Oil 

So what is peak oil? 
Peak oil is the circumstance when we move on / run out of oil. It’s happened in several small areas before (like Cuba – in which case you can watch this 53-minute-long documentary that isn’t that bad but it’s still pretty lengthy) and usually has some really, really, really negative impacts.
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So why is this important?
 
Well… :
1. We are running out of oil.
2. We rely on oil for 30-some% of our global energy needs. Around 30%. (Not sure if you’ve noticed but that 1/3 of the world’s energy.)
3. When peak oil does happen (and trust me, it will), it often has disastrous effects on the community. Let’s look more into that.
4. A US citizen relies on 10 barrels of oil for food, 9 for transport and 7 for shelter a YEAR.
Negative Impacts of Peak Oil:
- We completely lose transport as we rely on oil (yes, and gas, so we have a little hope) to drive our vehicles.
- The community is disbanded and because of no transport we find it hard to see each other and commute.
- We lose electricity (so no computers, guys!) and other stuff besides (like A.C, hot water, etc).
- We lose our crops, because farmers rely a lot on machines (which cannot be powered) to help with farming. In Cuba, the average citizen lost 20 POUNDS during this period from 1970 – 1980 (around).
- (Duh) Economic problems.
- Low trade rates because we can’t export/import food and other products elsewhere.
- (Duh again) Demand for oil goes up more and more, thus value increases as well.
What we / the government can do (if they’re smart) when this happens (I’m mostly basing this off Cuba):
- Rent out land to other people so they can grow their own food (although because HK is such a small island it’ll be difficult).
- The government can buy out bicycles (Cuba’s government bought 1.2 million bikes for the citizens) so we can get to places.
- Grow our own food (80% of Cuba’s crops were locally and organically grown)
- Connect to alternative sources of energy for electricity (this means a boom in scientific research and knowledge, as well as citizen participation).
Yeah! Honestly, that’s really all we can do. Most of it will be responsible energy and consumption management, which start in the US.

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Music Note-Reading Worksheets

by 053518 on October 6, 2014

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Sept. 19 – Eco Fact of the Day

by 053518 on September 23, 2014

Fact #7: Landfills and Leachate

Ok, to start off, we all know what landfills are, right? Great! Moving on… (if you don’t know what a landfill is, click here)
Now, leachate is a chemical substance that is released when “things” are decomposing. Leachate is primarily produced in a landfill (because that’s where we get rid of our trash – see a pattern?).
Leachate is a very dangerous chemical that is poisonous, toxic and other stuff besides, so managing it is very important. To do this, landfills have either one layer of plastic sheeting, or several compound layers (which are much safer) of cardboard material, plastic, and special sheeting which is basically made out of a material that absorbs the liquid leachate so it doesn’t seep into the earth and kill the surrounding environment. Then, it transports the leachate through pipes to a treatment plant (see below).
Another interesting is that leachate can produce green energy. Leachate releases methane (a very damaging greenhouse gas that has 25 times more damage on the air but lives 10 times less longer than CO2), so using leachate is very worthwhile.
How do we make leachate energy? 
 
First, it gets sent to a treatment plant where it is separated with other chemicals that get absorbed. This plant is called aleachate recovery plant. Then, people use the methane to power “stuff”. If you want to know more, click here. However, it’s expensive and hard to treat, but it’s better than letting it spread out into the atmosphere.
Landfill Organisation:
- It’s separated into disposal cells for different types of waste at different times
- Has the plastic/cardboard/synthetic material layering at the bottom
- Once capped, the methane/leachate still has to be monitored for another 20 years

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Sept. 18 – Eco Fact of the Day

by 053518 on September 21, 2014

Fact #6: Nuclear Energy (how does it really work?)

First of all, there are two types of nuclear energy. Fission and fusion.
Fission = when you send a neutron towards an element (usually uranium 235) and the uranium splits up because of fission as the particles in the uranium aren’t stable enough to handle that other neutron. The atoms splitting up generates around 200 million electric volts, but when you add up all the of the atoms splitting up, you get quite a lot of energy. Then, this energy is used to heat water, which is used to spin a turbine (as we all know).
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Fusion = When you combine hydrogen atoms to make helium atoms and neutrons (not to mention all that energy). This is more efficient in terms of energy than fission, but isn’t used all that much. If you’re still confused about how fusion works, visit this link.
A bit more about nuclear energy:
- Powers 15% of the world’s energy (as I said in yesterday’s eco-fact-of-the-day)
- Both methods are extremely expensive as fission requires lots of money to build and get the uranium, and fusion takes lots of energy to get the protons close enough so that their electrostatic forces are overcome
- Both methods do release radioactive particles (although fission does it consistently while it depends on what method you’re using to create fusion)
(I think we can all agree though, that nuclear fusion is slightly better :D )

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Sept. 17th – Eco Fact of the Day

by 053518 on September 20, 2014

Fact #5: What is the best alternative energy source?

This fact is from a bit of a personal view as there is a lot of debate on this and it’s hard to decide, so bear with me!
First of all, what is alternative energy? Alternative energy is separated into two groups: renewable and nuclear. Renewables = solar, wind, hydropower, biomass, geothermal, etc. Nuclear = Nuclear.
So, let’s first clear out the ones who have too many cons:
- All fossil fuels (i.e. gas, oil and coal, despite how effective they are).
- Solar – too expensive, requires too much maintenance, only works for half the day (if you’re lucky), not that much power generated, the land is expensive, and the photovoltaic cells (cells in the panels that absorb the heat created by the sun) are very non-environmentally friendly.
- Hydropower – too expensive, takes up too much space when building dams, does tons of damage to the surrounding area (take the Three Gorges Dam for example) and albeit pretty efficient, not worth it, in my opinion.
A few of the most helpful sources (again, this is opinionated, so please feel free to argue):
Wind power:
 
Pros:
- Doesn’t take up that much space unless you’re building a wind farm, in which case they need to be spread out (and yet you can build offshore wind farms!)
- Very efficient
- Not too expensive (although more expensive than natural gas sometimes, it’s nothing compared to the renewable sources listed above)
- Doesn’t require that much maintenance (compared to oil fields, solar panels and hydropower dams)
Cons:
- NIMBY (“not in my backyard” is a concept where people do not want wind turbines and energy plants surrounding their homes which can sometimes overturn plans to build wind farms because people don’t want them there)
- Slight danger to birds, although pollution kills more birds than wind turbines do, so I don’t really think that’s a major problem
- The turbine’s materials are harmful to make
Biomass gasification:
 
Pros:
- Cheap
- Very efficient (EROEI: 19 to 1 – I think)
- Not that difficult to use
- Big supply of resources
Cons:
- Storage for biomass and the gasifier
- Space to grow biomass
Nuclear energy: 
 
Pros: 
- HIGHLY efficient – makes up 15% of the world’s global energy (although a pretty low EROEI according to this link)
- Very clean in terms of creating the energy and using it
Cons:
- Hard to create
- Very expensive to get the reactors
- Pretty dangerous (when nuclear plants fall, they fall hard, causing health, economic, and environmental disasters – like this one)
- High temperatures are created in the nuclear plants which can be hazardous
- Nuclear plants usually rely on uranium, which is a depleting fossil fuel and is hard to get
Up for debate:
 
Geothermal -
 
Pro’s:
- Efficient-ish (EROEI of 9:1)
- Very easy to get and in a very plentiful supply
Con’s:
- A small amount of CO2 does escape naturally during this process but it’s only 10% of a coal power plant’s CO2 emissions
- It means drilling holes into the 3-5 miles beneath the ground which can disrupt the surrounding area
- Rather expensive
So what do you think about geothermal energy? Is it included with nuclear, biomass and wind energy? Or is it too much?

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Sept. 16th – Eco Fact of the Day

by 053518 on September 20, 2014

Fact #4: Biomass Gasification (a renewable source of energy!)
What is biomass gasification? Well, let’s break it down; biomass is “stuff” that comes from plants (in really simple terms), and gasification is when you convert something into a gas. In this case, we’re converting dead organic matter into natural gas.
Normally, this process would take millions of years of being trapped beneath the soil and rotting away in just the right way to become gas, but with biomass gasification, this process can happen in around an hour. (Big difference much?)

The way it works:
1. You collect the organic matter from farms, crops, furniture, etc (practically anything that is solely organic matter can be used).
2. You get a gasification tank.
3. You load all the biomass inside the tank and then create a low-oxygen environment inside the tank (which can be done if you look at the gasification tank’s manual because I actually don’t know how).
4. Combust the biomass using heat (yes, unfortunately, the first time you will need heat from a non-renewable source), which will work easily in a low-oxygen environment. The heat will then rise to insane temperatures, which will completely break down the matter into tinier molecules and basicallyinto two elements: hydrogen and carbon monoxide (which is pretty dangerous, so be careful).
5. The natural gas will then come out. It should burn cleanly, if you do it right. You may get bi-products like tar, depending on the quality of the gasifier.
6. You can then use the gas for heating, driving, heating, and other stuff like that. (Yeah, basically every source of energy is used for heating – except for solar energy which is directly turned into electricity, but electricity can be made with these sources of energy as well – I won’t explain it here).
Ta-da! Also, it only takes 1/20 of the gas produced from the biomass (again, depending on the quality of your gasifier) to re-combust other biomass and make it into more natural gas. It’s exponential!
Pros of Biomass:
- Pretty cheap (except for the gasifier)
- Very high EROEI rate (energy returned on energy invested)
Very efficient
- Not hard to get (supply of resources are pretty big)
- Completely clean to get, no carbon footprint (just the process of making the gasifier is a little demanding on our resources, but I think it’s worth it)
Cons of Biomass:
- Deforestation is occurring because we are razing down forest to make farmland for biomass and other crops
- Requires space for storage of the biomass and for the gasifier
- Requires high maintenance and is pretty dangerous
Random facts about biomass gasification:
- Interest in biomass is growing
- Only produces 40 gigawatts for the world as of 2004
- 25% of that is produced in the U.S.
- More and more biomass gasification plants appearing in China
- Very high profit
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中文口語反思 - Crit C-D

by 053518 on September 19, 2014

今天,我們做了一個口語的項目。這個口語的活動會在Crit 。C 和 Crit 。D 評分。 我們在活動裡要看一張圖片,然後跟別人討論圖片的內容。

 

這張圖片展示一個男人在樹上演習,但是背後有一個招牌說“尊重環境,不要踐踏草地”。這張圖片裡還有一個男孩在問她的媽媽:“那個在演習的叔叔可以閱讀嗎?”。

我覺得我們在討論的時候,沒有用到豐富的詞彙,所以應該練習比較多的詞語,希望下次會用得到。但是,我覺得我們的組提出了很多相關的想法,幫助我們的理解。

我們也提出了很多問題-我最喜歡有人提出的問題是 “為甚麼這些人都在樹上演習?為甚麼他們不去別的地方?” 其實,雖然這個問題聽起來會覺得很簡單,但是如果你知道答案,這個問題是可以解決的。

總體來說,我覺得我們的組雖然可以用到比較好的詞彙,但是我們的主題很有趣,也把加深了我們看圖分析的能力。

 

 

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Sept. 15 – Eco Fact of the Day

by 053518 on September 17, 2014

Fact #3: Stuff you didn’t know about trash gyres… 

So we all know that trash gyres are a really big problem these days. Trash gyres, if you didn’t know, are major “fields” of plastic trash floating in the sea. Here are some facts you probably didn’t know about trash gyres:
- The most unknown fact is that there are actually FIVE gyres in the world. One in the north Pacific ocean (the biggest), one below Africa, one in the south Pacific ocean, one in the Indian ocean, and one on the right of South America:
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- The North Pacific gyre (which is the one most commonly referred to), is NOT 2 times the size of Texas. It changes size - right now I believe it is just the size of France of something (will have to check on that).
- These gyres kill around 1 million seabirds and one hundred thousand marine mammals a YEAR.
- These gyres also carry around invasive species, i.e. the green crab.
- The plastic in the oceans all raise ocean acidity. Ocean acidity is basically when CO2 levels are raised and they dissolve into the oceans, then breaking down into something called carbonic acid. This process is usually made by, i.e. human breathing, but can also be made when plastic particles from trash in the ocean decompose. Ocean acidity makes it harder for fish to breathe as they are adapted to a certain level of PH in their habitat.
- The total environmental damage per year costs around $13 billion.
- This fact may be one you already know, but it’s still not something you should forget.
  The toxic chemicals in the water get transferred to us as well. As you know, plastic products usually involve mixing toxins with chemicals and sand compounds. When youdump this in the ocean, the fish eat it. Bigger fish eat smaller fish, getting exponential doses of those chemicals and toxins. Bigger-er fish eat those bigger fish, getting EVEN MORE exponential doses. THEN, WE EAT THE BIGGEST FISH, AND THE TOXINS ARE TRANSFERRED TO US. 
 
If you eat fish on a daily basis, your mercury levels are most likely really, really high.
So how do we stop this?
There are several solutions:
- be choosy about what you buy in the first place
- RECYCLE (although in HK, only 25% of stuff that’s supposed to get recycled actually does…)
- Beach clean-ups, although it’s pretty inefficient (realistically speaking, guys)
And a VERY interesting one:

 

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Sept. 14 – Eco Fact of the Day

by 053518 on September 15, 2014

Fact #2: Organic or local

We all know fast-food restaurants can’t be trusted (and if you don’t, you know now). So what do we eat? Organically grown food or locally grown food?
Well, when you’re at a supermarket buying food, keep in mind that buying locally grown food is usually more sustainable (unless it’s from a slaughterhouse or something – what I’m talking about is farm-food :). Here’s why:
- When you buy local food, you’re usually supporting independent local farmers. This is good because then the big corporations who are more likely to use chemicals for their foods don’t hog the money.
- Despite organic food being healthier, local food is certainly cleaner because it wasn’t exposed to as many things when it was traveling to get to your supermarket. Organic food that’s been stuck in the back of a truck has exposure to viruses, diseases, mishandling and other “stuff” that makes it less healthy and more dangerous.
- Lastly, transportation. As I said before, organic food has exposure to many things while in the back of a truck. Well, that truck, or boat, or plane creates CO2 emissions so high that usually, organic food isn’t worth it.
- In Chicago, fresh food travels around 1500 miles (average) to get to you, while processed food travels 1300 miles (average) to get to you.
- Local food usually only travels around 12.5 miles to get to you.
So what about Hong Kong? We don’t have any local farms on the island, and most our food is already exported.
The solution is: buy frozen. Frozen food usually is frozen at the peak of their freshness, and usually comes from ShenZhen, which is about the closest you can get.
Another solution is to grow your own food or start a roof garden, although this is much harder and less realistic of a goal for obvious reasons. If you do plan on growing one (good luck!), here’s what to consider.
So, if possible, try to buy local food instead, unless you’re at least 80% sure that that local farm is using chemicals or harmful methods to grow their food. :D

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Parkour Summative Performance Video Reflection

by 053518 on September 13, 2014

So, a few weeks ago we performed our pre-planned parkour routine to the class. Watch the video to see how it went!

 

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Eco Fact of the Day – September 13th

by 053518 on September 13, 2014

Fact #1: Do you know what the major issue in our future will be? It’s not water scarcity, it’s productive area. Productive area is land that can be used to grow crops and resources. 

Did you know that:
- At this rate, all our productive area may be ALL gone in 310 years? (it seems like a long time, but without productive area or arable land, we could grow NOTHING) This is mostly due to:
- Bad agricultural practices that damage the land
- Toxic chemicals that leach through the ground
- Desertification
- Humans taking too many resources from the land, thus rendering it unusable
- Natural disasters (but natural disasters usually only does temporary damage to the land because it regrows)
- If 7 billion humans were to live on the earth sustainably, each one of us would only take around 4.5 acres as there are 12 million acres of arable land right now. BUT! We are losing productive area at a rate of 38,610 square miles per year.
- We are using way more than 4.5 acres of productive area to get our resources. I, for example, use 9.6 acres, which means that if all of us used that amount of arable land, (and if you can’t do the maths) we would need 2.2 earths. Scary much?
- There are different types of productive areas:
- Crop land
- Energy land (although crop land and energy land kinda go together)
- Grazing land
- Forest land
- Fishing grounds
Also, if you want to find out your personal footprint, click this link.

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Yay for another school year!

by 053518 on September 1, 2014

So, the school year started a few weeks ago, and I’m in 8D, Mr. Luciani’s class.

 

So far, it’s been going great, although I must say that there’s a lot of “stuff” going on at once – it’s pretty disconcerting. Also, due to my position as VP of the E-club, I have to attend meetings and the like, which keeps me busy almost every day during lunch. (AHHHH!) But, the e-club has been going great and we’re scheduled to have our first meeting on September 16th! (You’d better come or else… – just kidding).

 

I’m opening up a new page as well that will just be informal, and it will showcase a bunch of stories, riddles, maybe an eco-fact-of-the-day, and anything else that happens to come along!

To all my fellow grademates, happy new school year (or not) and hope you have a wonderful ten months in school! (or not, depending on your attitude)

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Science KMT Trial Reflection

by 053518 on June 4, 2014

So, we just finished out KMT trial. The jury decided that the KMT was false by the end of the trial. I was on the prosecuting side.

I agree with the jury’s verdict, because the prosecuting side did their job very well – they managed to poke a hole in the KMT without any possible objections. For example, Svasti’s egg case was very hard to argue, and Jeffy’s case for the convection experiment was presented with lots of evidence. Another example would be Julian’s cornstarch experiment because again, there was a lot of evidence and we argued our points very well and shot down the defending side’s argument. Maja’s case about the particles’ odd speed when adding carbonated water also added to the “the KMT is definitely wrong” effect. Lastly, Pak San’s case about Epson Salt also poked a hole in point 8 of the KMT. 

I was a lawyer during this trial. Throughout the trial, I debated and argued against the defending side and shot most of their cases down with logic, although I used the reliability factor to help with that as well. I think I fulfilled my responsibilities because I was always cross examining, objecting, asking questions, etc. In terms of personal engagement, I think I did quite well participating and listening so I could poke holes. 

Honestly, I just wanted to be a lawyer, but if not, I would have chosen to be a jury member in deciding the verdict. I would choose this job because you can participate a lot and still be open minded to the other side. It’s honestly a fun job too because you can fairly judge which side you think is right without being (that) biased. 

One thing I learnt from this trial about the KMT is that it has a lot of holes and rules that aren’t always correct. I could easily see this from all the evidence we had to shoot down the defending side. 

One way I improved was by learning that a lot of cases have some factors that make it unreliable, and it’s hard to do a clean experiment. Also, many times, you could see that the points people made weren’t always logical, and almost always had some sort of mistake, so I learnt that we need to have hard evidence to prove a point.

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So, we just got our Criterion A Assessment on Freeze Frames back. In this assessment, we were meant to show and describe whether a tableau (of our own creation) was poor, adequate or high levelled (we had to do one of each). We based our tableaus on fairytales – mine was Red Riding Hood. My overall grade was a 6 out of 8. I’m not entirely happy about this, because I spent an extremely long time working on it. (And I thought it was good, but it might just be me.) As with my other Drama assessment, I was too general, but now I think I’ve learned my lesson and I’ve applied it to my next Crit A Assessment (which hasn’t been graded yet). So, fingers crossed!

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So, one thing in the design challenge is to earn feedback comments from peers and teachers on what I’ve achieved this year. Now, I’m going to ask YOU to give me some feedback! I’d very much appreciate it!

If you could follow this routine and specify on what you’re talking about – for example, are you trying to give feedback on a certain subject, on a certain quality, etc – it’d be great! Please use:

“I like…

I wish…

What if?

and Extra:”

to give me feedback. Thank you again!

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Stairways to Heaven – Ongoing Reflection

by 053518 on May 23, 2014

Elvis – 25/9/2013

1. Describe the Elvis version of Stairway to Heaven using music vocabulary and personal opinion.

This Elvis version is a lot funkier than the original, and the guitar in the background that doesn’t stop keeps it fast paced; the beat on the drums as well. The low vocal “oo’s” in the background behind his voice give a resemblance to the original in my opinion by making it more spiritual. The main voice itself is pretty entrancing and it sounds good with the beat and the guitar. The lyrics are the same as the original, but he sings them louder and old-fashioned like than the original. (Personally, I like this version better than the original because it’s faster paced and it’s more enthusiastic.)

2. Listen to both the Elvis ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and the Elvis ‘Viva Las Vegas’ video and describe the similarities and differences of the MELODY between the two versions. (Consider the vocal melody and the instrumental melody)

The vocal melody in Viva Las Vegas is a lot more enthusiastic seeming than the Stairway to Heaven one, but the low pitched voice is practically the same. The African drums in the background are the same, and the vocal oo’s are too! However, the guitar melody is different, because the guitar in Viva Las Vegas is more pronounced, louder and the melody keeps changing, but in the Stairway To Heaven version the guitar isn’t as loud and it has the same melody throughout the song.

One more difference between the two vocal melodies is that in Viva Las Vegas, Elvis’ voice has different “peaks” of sound. For example, he keeps his voice low in the beginning, and gets higher towards the end. But in Stairway To Heaven, his pitch is consistent throughout the song.

 

Reggae – 23/10/2013

1. Describe the Vegemite Reggae version of Stairway to Heaven using music vocabulary and personal opinion.

I enjoyed this song a lot. I especially like the steady beat and drums which give it a sense of management and organisation in the melody, and the high-pitched guitar chords fit along pretty well. The background guitar with the repeating strand of notes also blends with the drums and the guitar so well you can barely hear it in the song because of the amazing compromise. When the cymbal-like drums (I think it’s a timpani, although I’m not sure) come in during the middle, it gives the song a faster pace yet still keeps the same steady tempo. However, I don’t like the voice of the lead singer because I think that it clashes with the guitar’s chords a little if we talk about pitch, and it’s a little rough on the edges, but other than that I think it’s a pretty good song and the melody fits nicely with the lyrics, but not exactly with the voice of the lead singer.

2. Explain the characteristics of Reggae Music in relation to the music elements of BEAT, METER and RHYTHM.

For beat, you can tell that in both songs there is a repetitive drum beat that goes through the entire song. It keeps the song at a steady pace and keeps it organised with the other elements such as tempo, and maintains the harmony between the different instruments. For meter, again, you can see how repetitive the background chords and the drum beat is (until it gets to the middle). Also, the pace is the same and it continues throughout the entire song, which I think adds to the element of meter, although I’m not entirely sure. Lastly, you can see rhythm clearly in the ongoing drum beat, chords and the background guitar and how the singer’s voice matches the tempo of the song, which all contribute to this element.

 

Swing Jazz – 14/11/2013

1. Describe the Swing Jazz version of Stairway to Heaven using music vocabulary and personal opinion.

I personally thought that this style of music was amazing! I love jazz, so this is great! The swing jazz style of music goes from high notes and then drops down suddenly, which is pretty cool. Same thing with the pitch – it goes from high to low. Also, the sudden staccato notes that are put in sound awesome. Then, when the solos come in, you can hear the long notes that seem to drag on and then all of a sudden it ends and the quarter notes take over. After the solos, when they speed up to the tempo near the end and start singing really fast isn’t my favourite part of the song because the music and the key of the singer sound a little wonky and off pitch (and without much harmony). However, the trumpets there sound awesome when they speed up because they’ve still got the beat, and even if the notes are practically the same, it still sounds different and new.

2. Explain the characteristics of Swing Music in relation to the music element of MELODY.

Well, jazz (or swing music) uses many of the same melodies (or strands of notes) to make up a song. There are three parts of the music – the notes, the pitch and how much it repeats. In jazz, there is usually a main scale that is used, which make up the majority of the strands of notes. The pitch affects the melody as well – and as you can hear in jazz music, the up, downs and sudden notes also make up a lot of the song and leave your ear engaged. Lastly, the repetition of the notes make the song sound refined and smooth, and when there is a new chord or strand of music, you become even more interested.

3. Define the term syncopation. (1-2 sentences)

Syncopation is the “stress” or the “accent” on certain beats in a rhythm or melody. Usually syncopation is used to create a variety or to help the rhythm along so it sounds different to your ears.

 

4. Define the term improvisation. (1-2 sentences)

Improvisation is making up the music on the spot. It doesn’t have to follow a rule or a certain scale of notes, but often improvisation does use that to make the melody smoother.

 

Beatles – 15/1/2014

1. Describe the Beatles version of Stairway to Heaven using music vocabulary and personal opinion.

Like most of the Beatles’ songs, this song has a strong melody and lead singer, and the drums and guitars are mixed into the background together. The guitars seems to stick to the same rhythms for a while then switch. They do harmonise very well with each other and the singer, and the drum seems to make up for the beat and rhythm. The echoes of the lyrics seem play well with the drum, almost as if they’re backing it up as well. Personally, I’ve always loved the Beatles, and I think that’s because the melodic singing just matches with the drums that are in “skiffle” mode, and the guitars play some pretty cool chords, and that all creates a nice rock song that isn’t hard on the ears.

2. Discuss the popular culture impact of the Beatles. (For you or for others)

The Beatles are definitely one of the most famous bands yet! In my family, we listen to the Beatles and the Doors quite often, so this is a pretty familiar style for me. Because of the Beatles’ fame, they seem to be known almost everywhere you go! Even when I was vacationing in Myanmar, I heard “Twist and Shout” on the radio, so you can tell that they’re a world-wide band. John Lennon’s peace work is also to be noted as well. I’ve heard a lot about it, and I know that during the Vietnamese war he protested against it. He was quite an inspiration, and I have so many friends who loved the Beatles and want to do the same. I have to say that the Beatles have a huge impact on my life and quite a few of the people around me, and that they are probably still the one of the most influential bands to this day.

 

Punk – 30/4/2014

1. Describe the Beatles version of Stairway to Heaven using music vocabulary and personal opinion.

Like most of the Beatles’ songs, this song has a strong melody and lead singer, and the drums and guitars are mixed into the background together. The guitars seems to stick to the same rhythms for a while then switch. They do harmonise very well with each other and the singer, and the drum seems to make up for the beat and rhythm. The echoes of the lyrics seem play well with the drum, almost as if they’re backing it up as well. Personally, I’ve always loved the Beatles, and I think that’s because the melodic singing just matches with the drums that are in “skiffle” mode, and the guitars play some pretty cool chords, and that all creates a nice rock song that isn’t hard on the ears.

2. Discuss the popular culture impact of the Beatles. (For you or for others)

The Beatles are definitely one of the most famous bands yet! In my family, we listen to the Beatles and the Doors quite often, so this is a pretty familiar style for me. Because of the Beatles’ fame, they seem to be known almost everywhere you go! Even when I was vacationing in Myanmar, I heard “Twist and Shout” on the radio, so you can tell that they’re a world-wide band. John Lennon’s peace work is also to be noted as well. I’ve heard a lot about it, and I know that during the Vietnamese war he protested against it. He was quite an inspiration, and I have so many friends who loved the Beatles and want to do the same. I have to say that the Beatles have a huge impact on my life and quite a few of the people around me, and that they are probably still the one of the most influential bands to this day.

 

 

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Honestly, I have to say no. Over the course of the year, none of us honestly made an effort to keep our iFolio updated completely. I only just realised that I had to have a post for every subject, and then scrambled to get it done… So, no.

If we emphasised the point of iFolios throughout the grade, then maybe. Most people just view the iFolio as something extra to do, an optional task that doesn’t necessarily get you grades. So, I’m a little negative on the side, but also, I’m being a realist. We need to emphasise the iFolios if we ever want to get it on our report cards.

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Badminton / Racquet Sports Reflections

by 053518 on May 23, 2014

So, our badminton unit finished and I can say this easily: eek. This was definitely my worst P.E. unit so far. In the end, I got a 4 out of 10, which for me, is horrible. This is only my second or third time playing badminton, but I honestly think I could have done a lot better. I did try my hardest during the games of badminton, but I suppose not enough during my practice. Another reason for this mark might be because I was limiting myself. I was working with someone slightly below my ability (no offense intended), so I matched myself to that person’s level, which wasn’t a good idea. Consequently, my skill went down.

So, where do I want to go? I obviously want to improve to at least a 7 in my next badminton unit if possible. How do I achieve this? Well, I’ve already decided to get badminton rackets and birdies to practice at home with my family (who are champion winners at badminton), and me and my family have already gone to a court to practice some badminton this weekend! So, on the way to becoming better!

I just feel like I need more practice in a lot of fields. Mostly though, to get better at positioning the birdie and passing the birdie more accurately to the other court. I can receive the birdie and pass it back fine, so I just need to work on passing it back to the right place where my opponent can’t get it.

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Swimming Reflections

by 053518 on May 23, 2014

We just had our swimming unit and grade swimming gala! (Yay!) So, to wrap up our swimming unit, I can positively say I think I did pretty well! Throughout the unit, I put my best effort into coming on time and ready to practices, working with people I didn’t know, and I can say that my personal commitment level was quite high. I also improved my technique a lot from our partner practices and in the swimming gala, I came second out of five people on both my races. So, not bad! However, I was hoping to win a race, but I suppose that’s because I need more practice. So, goals for next time: more practice!

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Out-of-school Digital Work

by 053518 on May 23, 2014

So, out of school work. It’s almost always related to my passion – the environment/nature. Because of this, I decided to create a website for people who want to volunteer in HK but can’t because they have absolutely no idea how to. Using Weebly, it’s called HK Charity Volunteers.

Warning: It’s a work in progress, with only very few charities updated on the website. I’m planning to join forces with some other environmentally-caring people at our school, and make this a joint collaboration. So far, it’s going pretty well!

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Best Digital Work of this Year!

by 053518 on May 23, 2014

So, we’ve had a long and interesting year when it comes to digital technology. Overall, my best digital works would have to come from design as I spent so much work and time on them. The top contestants for this year are (drum roll please):

In 2nd place (because there is no 3rd!): Cultural Heritage Movie! : [vimeo]https://vimeo.com/groups/hkh2014/videos/93947471[/vimeo] or https://vimeo.com/groups/hkh2014/videos/93947471

In 1st place: Design Book Jacket for When You Reach Me! :

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using digital tools this year, we’ve created many works of art! We’ve researched on good design principles to help out, we’ve had to communicate with group members and others to earn opinions to improve our works of art. Then, we’ve had to consider, reconsider and change so many elements and principles that by now, you’d think we’d know everything about design. BUT WRONG! Because next year will be even better of a journey!

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Experience Week – Mongolia

by 053518 on May 23, 2014

So, two weeks ago we spent the week in Mongolia. 6 days, 5 nights, traveling around

the ChiFeng province. In ChiFeng, there’s around 4 million people, and that’s in a state that’s 10 times Hong Kong! (HK only has 7 million)

My overall thoughts on Mongolia – it was beautiful. The grasslands, the desert, the (somehow) unpolluted sky, just wow. I could go through the daily itinerary, but that would take too long (and you can look at the link here), so I’ll just emphasise the main points.

Ok, first day – we went to a school exchange and a mountain hike. The school was a vocational school, but HUGE. The students there were super friendly – the locals too. However, they kept taking photos and selfies which got a little annoying, but it’s ok. After that, we went on a mountain hike and learned about historical figures with the tour guide group – the HuTong Education.

In the following days, we went camel riding (which was AMAZING), then played around in the desert. After that we did some water testing, which was ultra cool. And then we went on a scavenger hunt in WuDan, a local city. Again, the locals were amazingly nice and we got 3 bags of free food! That night, we stayed in a local homestay and had to communicate using sign language most of time as our hosts talked Mongolian and no other language. The next night, we stayed in a yurt, which was super super cold (but fun, as we had a bonfire).

Overall, the entire experience was fun and entertaining. We also learned a LOT due to our tour guides and it was also an educational experience. Sometimes, I had to restrict myself from having too much fun and messing around, which happened once or twice, but I think I learned my lesson in self-management.

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Mathematics Crit. A Assessment Reflection

by 053518 on May 23, 2014

Last week, we completed our Math test on Algebra. At the time, I was feeling really bad and worried about it since when I feel good, I usually get lower marks (don’t ask me why, it’s an odd psychology). Anyways, now I feel really good because out of 8, I got a 7! (Yay!)

Looking back, I must say it was an interesting math test. I liked the trick questions and all (well, the ones I happened to solve). So, from my pre-assessment, I know I’ve improved a lot. The field I’ve improved the most in, however, is simplifying and solving algebraic expressions/equations. At the beginning of the unit, I had almost no idea how to do this. Now, after learning to combine like terms to simplify and use inverse operations to solve, a lot of algebra has become clearer. I used these methods on the test to solve questions quite effectively. If I didn’t know these simple yet amazing methods I probably would have failed.

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So we just finished Criterion C of the design process! Yes, it’s been going on for a while. What are goal was was to make a documentary on special Hong Kong historical sites – each group with a different one (at least in the class). Now, we’re on Criterion D – Evaluating our product.

We’d (as in me, Branson and Sonia) really appreciate it if you watched our movie, then filled out the survey below.

Here is our Work Cited Page: (unfortunately it’s not in our video) https://docs.google.com/a/cdnis.edu.hk/document/d/1W8B4XKuCRf1Ldi7QCOuIkLQ-VD5ioT9NxWX7WsfeV0g/edit

 

[vimeo]https://vimeo.com/groups/hkh2014/videos/93947471[/vimeo]

If the video isn’t working, click this link.

 

Here’s the link to watch all the other videos our grade has made: vimeo.com/groups/hkh2014

 

So here is my evaluation of the movie:

I feel like all the standard requirements (i.e. footage, sources, length of video) were met, and used effectively. However, the other judged requirements weren’t met as well as they could have been (yet they were still satisfied). Viewer feedback showed us that although they understood the importance of the place, the movie was missing the component of how it reflects the culture – we lacked information, which was one of the major specifications. Another specification was that we had to have a specific documentary style, although viewer feedback went against that. Lastly, a specification that was well met was that all the videos were in amazing quality, as feedback told us.

 

My personal performance evaluation:

I like how I was focused the entire time and brought the team together to accomplish our goal together. I wish I had spent some more time editing and learning about movie making as it backfired against me in the end and I couldn’t get what I wanted to do in the movie done. What if I had chosen to be the editor instead, as the role of videographer was familiar to me and editing was not? I would have loved to take the risk, and it would have been a more enriched experience for me.

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Design Day #2

by 053518 on March 20, 2014

So, today was the second design day in preparation for our project the “Hong Kong Heritage” where we have to work with a group to create a movie of a historical site in Hong Kong. My historical site is the St. Michael Catholic Cemetery. Members of my group: Sonia and Branson.

So today, for Design Day we had to create a short 30 seconds to one minute movie about CDNIS! So, after creating a shotlist and script, we filmed, edited and published on vimeo our own movie! (It’s embedded below.)

It was a good movie because we used tons of camera angles and shots. It’s also a good movie because our script was ah-may-zing, and we had a very adaptable idea (The Daily Life of a Student). It’s also good because we retook a lot of it to make it as close to perfect as possible, and our lighting was well used. However, there was a lot of sound issues which we didn’t have enough to fix. But I think that the rest of the product made up for that. In the end, it was exactly one minute long!

As a personal strength, I can say that “I love the camera, and the camera loves me!” – Mr. Larson. It’s true, however. I can make a good video with an iPhone! (Yay! Luckily, otherwise our movie wouldn’t have been filmed at all.) I can easily make the camera get the lighting and focus right, and make it zoom in appropriately. I can also hold it steady without a tripod!

One weakness of mine would be that I can’t edit movies very well. This is going to be a pretty big problem later on, so I suppose I’ll have to manage it by practicing with other movies and learning some neat tricks on the web!

 

[vimeo]https://vimeo.com/89582684[/vimeo]

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This investigation was all about finding polygons with straight edges and their areas, and finding the patterns. There were two types of polygons we had to find the area of; the first was polygons with no inside points (and here I mean points where vertical and horizontal lines intersect on graph paper), and polygons who do have points inside. We called the points on our polygon’s edges edge points, and points inside polygons interior points. For this investigation, we used graph paper to collect data, then followed the rest of MYP investigation steps as follows:

1. Collect Data

2. Organize Data

3. Find a Pattern

4. Come up with a conjecture

5. Test your conjecture

6. Explain why it makes sense

So, this investigation was graded out of 8. I got an 8 (YAY!) I found that if you follow all of the steps and organize the data clearly, you can see an obvious pattern. Then, all that’s left is to write the pattern down (come up with a formula if possible), and test it several times! Whoops! I almost forgot the last step! Explaining your conjecture.

For me, that was the hardest part of the investigation, but I managed (barely). It took a while to grasp why, but after that it was fine! I don’t know if there’s anything I need to improve to do better next time (considering I still had time to doodle before the end).

Anyways, overall, I love these investigations because they make me try to answer a difficult question, and then make me come up with an answer that makes sense! I also like looking and finding patterns, so to be honest I find these investigations fun.

 

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Year of the Horse Reflection

by 053518 on March 9, 2014

This Chinese New Year, the entire grade did a huge music performance based on the song “Year of the Horse”, written by our music teacher. I was in the band playing the saxophone (my instrument). Everyone in the grade participated in at least one way – playing an instrument, taking pictures or going up in the effects booth to coordinate the effects.

I, personally, thoroughly enjoyed the performance. Despite all the things that could have gone wrong, we got through the performance and the ride was amazing. I was also a class leader, in charge of a small group of people. It was great to organise them and help them out because it felt like I was building bonds with other people. Also, playing in the band was just fun, and it made me aware of how powerful a band can be when they work together. Overall, I think that the entire experience was great! I had fun, I learnt some new musical aspects and I worked with people, who before, I wouldn’t have worked with at all. It was hard work to practice and get organised and be fluent with the song, but in the end I think it was worth it.

Over this experience, I grew a lot in terms of musical ability. I was practicing twice more than usual, so I felt like I was getting better and better. Also, being a class leader, I grew in terms of leadership and I felt like my bonds with people grew and grew. It was definitely fun to help people out, but I feel like the pressure of getting things done and meeting deadlines also gave me a lesson to learn: TIME MANAGEMENT IS IMPORTANT! This was something I still needed to learn more about, and I feel like it will help later on in my life. That was probably the biggest lesson.

So, to sum it all up, IT WAS GREAT! The Year of the Horse song was amazing (complimenting my music teacher here smile ) and the entire audience loved the performance!

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So, we just handed in our short stories for English! The only rules that we needed to follow were:

1. It had to be around 2-3 pages long.

2. We had to base it off a moral.

3. We had to include as many literary devices as we could.

And that’s it. So basically, a LOT of freedom.

If you asked me how I felt about handing it in, I’d probably say: Ahhhh! Worst story I’ve ever written (not counting the one about frogs that I wrote when I was 5)! 

Then again, I always feel that way whenever I write stories. And I write them a LOT.

So… I don’t really know what to expect. However, one thing I do know is that I don’t like knowing my plot or the ending of a story before I write it. It may make the story a lot better when I do know my plot and know what the character will do, but personally the excitement just goes away and I get bored writing it. Even if the plot is good, I just feel like it’d be better to read the plot than bother writing the story.

It’s an odd feeling for sure. So, back to my short story.

My moral was (in plain words, I’m not going to write the actual idiom): Desire is a strong motivation. Let me explain that. What I’m trying to say is that desire can make you do things to get you where you want. Your intentions may start off pure, but once desire and greed kick in, they go from white to black, and all you start to think about is that one thing you’ve been wanting for years, and you don’t care how you get it so long as you do. Although you may be thinking: No way. I’ve never felt that way before – think about the last thing you worked extra hard for. Did you care about the consequences? How about the people around you that were affected by what you did to get what you wanted? That’s what I mean.

So, my story was about a girl named Mary in London; the year is 1798. She suddenly gets sick, and all the people around her start to pray to God so that she’ll get better. She’s slightly skeptical about God. So she decides to actually take action and sews sweaters for everyone so that there’s a lesser chance they’ll get sick as well. And when she dies, she finds that her sweaters helped a lot more than praying to God. So as she’s happily living in Heaven (yes, God does exist in my story) she sees that the priest who lived in her town also died but because all he wanted was to go to Heaven, he didn’t really care about those around him, just about the final result. Well, you can guess what happens next. And if you can’t, I’ll publish my story soon (I hope, not 100% sure yet) for you to see!

Here’s a photo of what my character (Mary) would look like:

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Build A Bird Project Self-Assessment

by 053518 on February 17, 2014

As a science project, we were asked to create a new type of bird whose adaptations match the environment they live in. Then, we would have to draw (or sculpt, but I drew) our bird in it’s habitat. My bird was called the Tail-Lure Maplire, and in general it was blue-grey but had a bright long tail. Overall, it slightly resembled a heron but with short webbed feet. Its’ scientific name was Aquatilisave illecebra. We wrote all of our adaptations and facts about the bird in a report. 

Following the rubric, I think I can say that I completed all the necessary items. I feel like I could have done a better job with more time, because by the time I knew what the due date was, I only had 4 days to complete the task, which I suppose is partly my fault time-management-wise.

For sure, this wasn’t my best project of the year. I originally wanted to build my bird out of recycled materials, but as I said before, I didn’t have enough time and had to scrap the idea. I ended up doing a last-minute drawing of the bird instead.

However, in terms of the quality, I think it was okay. The report was great and outlined several behavioural and structural adaptations clearly, but compared to other people’s drawings/models of their birds, I think mine was far below top-quality, and I feel like it would have been better if I had more time and put in some more effort.

So, if there’s anything I would want to do next time, it would be managing my time more efficiently so that it would be even better. I would probably rate this project on terms of successfulness a 6 out of 10.

To see my drawing of the bird (cringe), click here: img-2140934-0001

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Swimming Reflection Crit D

by 053518 on February 17, 2014

Q#1 Describe how you demonstrated a positive attitude in the swimming unit in order to enhance your relationship with others (Be sure to be specific in the strategies that you used to show respect and sensitivity to others).

 

I think that the partner swimming technique correction lessons (when we teamed up and one of us would watch the other swim and then give feedback) were useful because I teamed up with people I didn’t know so much. Obviously if someone had big areas to improve, I said what they could improve nicely and tried to soften the edge a little to give a better motivation to the person swimming, so that it wouldn’t be like a swimming coach yelling at you to hurry up or change something (no offense intended to the swimming coaches!). I also gave my time to listen when people gave me feedback, and overall I think that these ways of motivating and complimenting people created stronger bonds between people that before, I wouldn’t have worked with.

During the games of Water Polo, I was always trying to share the ball with everyone in our team, no matter who they were, and I think that also created some bonds as well to work better when in a team. Lastly, during the Swimming Gala, I led everyone in cheering for our class so we could motivate our teammates who were swimming, which led to us also winning the participation/cheering points, which saved our day and got us to the top! This also created a bond between all of us, because we were cheering for the same team and we felt like a team, which is extremely important when playing sports!

 

 

Q#2 Personal engagement is an important component of the swimming unit. If an observer watched the lessons, state (minimum 5) things that he/she would have noted about your enthusiasm and commitment. You may want to make references to things like punctuality, effort levels, coming prepared to class, time management, attitude etc.

 

In terms of punctuality, I attended all of the swimming lessons and never forgot my swimming gear or was late. I also was one of the first few people out of the changing rooms and ready to go, which an observer could easily see. In every game of Water Polo, I was breathless after playing and I think that that’s another one of the five things an observer could see about my commitment and effort. I was moving for at least three quarters of the game trying to catch the ball and get someone to pass it to me or trying to tell someone to score a goal, or pass it to someone else.

 

Also, during the partner training, I was always watching my partner and looking to see what feedback I could give afterwards to improve her swimming stroke. I also tried my hardest when swimming to do whatever my partner told me and improve. I was always on track too, focusing on the technique and giving the most feedback I could in the nicest way possible consistently, which I think made a difference to the lesson, and was something an observer could easily spot.

 

In general, I was always ready to go and trying my hardest whenever I could in all the lessons.

 

Q#3 What achievements are you particularly proud of from this unit?  Why?

I’m personally proud (although this doesn’t relate to swimming, more to teamwork) of winning the spirit points for our grade because I feel like I was the one on the balcony telling everyone to get ready to cheer their hardest, and we all felt good afterwards about being one team and yelling as hard as we could to motivate our teammates.

 

However, I’m also proud of perfecting my technique in all the strokes and improving greatly at butterfly and breaststroke especially. Although breaststroke was one my long-term goals, I believe that this is the first (or second) year we’ve swam butterfly. At the beginning of last lesson I had completely forgotten how to swim butterfly, but during the great lesson I learnt how to do it properly, and then it came naturally, and I could go faster while doing the proper technique, which I enjoyed a lot.

 

Another achievement would be swimming the mixed Medley for my class. There, I felt proud to be representing my class and I tried as hard as I could to give the group the lead (although that didn’t work out so well in the end; I came third out of the six classes). I was also proud to be chosen to swim the Medley, so there was a great motivation when I was swimming that 50-meter lap.

 

 

Q#4 Describe your key swimming goals (minimum two) and comment on your progress towards achieving these goals? Did you achieve them? If not, why?

 

My first goal was to improve my strokes – breaststroke mostly – because last year I was most critiqued on my technique, and breaststroke was by far the worst of my strokes. This year however, I found that I improved greatly, and I finally managed to swim breaststroke with the perfect technique consistently during the lesson on the 15th of January (Not a hundred percent sure about the date). So yes, I achieved this goal. This has been a long-term goal for a while now, and it looks like this year I finally achieved it because of the partner practices we did.

My second goal was to win a race in the Swimming Gala, which sadly I didn’t achieve. I’m more of a sprinter when it comes to sports, but that still didn’t help when racing in the Swimming Gala. I was up against some good swimmers, and coming second in both races was still pretty good for me, although I think I could have done a bit better with some more practice. My speed has been improving over the years, which is great, but sadly I find that I should be swimming more if I want to improve. Although I don’t know my time for the heats that I swam, I feel like I put in my best effort and tried my hardest. So I suppose my next goal is to practice racing and improving my speed to earn a new best time!

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CAS so far….

by 053518 on January 14, 2014

Each year, we are “obliged” to do at least one act of community and service inside of school and at least one outside of school, and then blog about it! (Which is what I’m doing right now)

So, for my inside of school CAS acts (I’ve done more than one), I have:

- Volunteered for the E-Club to raise money for an ocean/pollution charity by manning an ice-cream booth at the Family Fun Fair (GO ECO-CLUB! I LOVE THE ENVIRONMENT!)

- Volunteered for the Animal Protection Club and fundraised for HK Alley Cats (a charity) during the Family Fun Fair

- Sang Christmas carols on the lobby to spread cheer!


 

Outside of school, I’ve:

- Done a beach clean-up at Shek O with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (again done with the E-club)

- Done another beach clean-up on Lamma Island

 

Unfortunately, there are not very many pictures because I was too busy doing the actual work! (Plus, I didn’t bring a camera… Oops!) 

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Art is leaving us behind already!

by 053518 on January 8, 2014

This year’s art session has almost ended! (insert hour-long “noooooo!”)

Over the course of our art lessons, we’ve done a number of pieces.

There’d be too many to name, so I’ll just note the big ones.

1. Shapes in Space

2. Fruit Composition

3. Dream Bedroom

4. 2 Unlike Things as One

5. Tape Sculpture in Movement

6. Impressionism

7. 2-Point Perspective Name

Out of these seven compositions, I have to say that I enjoyed the dream bedroom and the tape sculpture the best.

The dream bedroom was one of the three sketches we had to do. It involved using one-point perspective and (as the name says) creating your dream bedroom. For me, this was the funnest project. I loved using my imagination to make what would honestly be the BEST dream bedroom ever and using the concepts of art to create it so that it still looked realistic. Colouring the dream bedroom in also was fun because I got to experiment with different hues and values to make it look real, and it allowed me to try to apply space as well (which I didn’t do too well, but I’m still proud of trying). I felt that this art piece was one of my best ones, mostly because of the colouring and the great 3-D feel of it that was implied.

The tape sculpture was my second favourite of the pieces. It felt good to make something 3-D! In this piece, you can easily see how proportion was applied and how easy it was to recognise that it was a human body. Making the body look like it was in movement was pretty hard too, but when you show the telltale signs (like hair flying all over the place, arms outstretched and in an unnatural position), it’s just a matter of applying them. The painting was a little complicated, but I think my plan showed some movement was as well (the top was a gradient colour from dark, dark red to pale yellow and the bottom was a mix of dark blue and light blue stripes). However, the end product was a little messy because I put too much glue on, which ruined the effect. Overall though, I feel like this was another great piece in my Grade 7 art “career” because it went as I intended and there were no major mistakes.

So far, art’s been going great and I enjoy creating and drawing and painting and… everything that has to do with art!

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So, this is a summative assessment done quite a long time ago but still important. Basically, we were given the question: how do you know in the space of a few seconds whether the decimal representation of a fraction is terminating?

We had five steps for this investigation:

1. Collecting and Organising Data

2. Recognising Patterns

3. Making a Conjecture

4. Testing your Conjecture

5. Drawing Conclusions

This was graded on Criterion B (investigating patterns – max score 8) and Criterion C (communication in mathematics – max score 6). I got a 7 for B and a 4 for C.

We were meant to follow the steps and investigate fractions to see what their decimal representations were, although I didn’t quite follow the steps. Instead of organising data first, I did that last and instead focused on the fractions, wrote my conjecture and tested it first. That was a mistake on my part. The conclusion wasn’t so clear either, which probably lowered my Criterion C mark.

Also, I didn’t find the right answer, but I feel like that didn’t matter as much because I now know what to improve on my next investigation. I should organise my data, and I should proofread it first before submitting, as I rushed a little bit.

But to be honest, I feel like I did fine, and although I could have been more organised, I think I did well. However, I rushed a little too much which led to not perfecting it, which I think was (at the time) my major problem.

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Final Book Jacket

by 053518 on November 25, 2013

So, this is my final book cover for the book “When You Reach Me”!

I’m looking for some more feedback on this one, especially from 10th graders!I’d very much appreciate it!

If you have any questions about this, just ask them in the comments below as well!

Thank you!

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Blues Music Unit

by 053518 on November 22, 2013

We (as in the entire grade) are finishing our Blues unit now in Music, and we’re asked to share our opinion and what we’ve learnt in a blog post. So, let’s get started!

I can definitely say I’ve learned a lot more about the Blues. I’ve learned about what notes and the scale you can use to play Blues music, and I’ve learned a lot about the style of playing as well. The Blues booklet (a booklet we had with a few songs) was a great guide to playing the Blues as well, and some of what I’ve learnt comes from there. However, most of what I’ve learnt about the Blues comes from Ms. Lovett, our music teacher, who taught us a lot about the style of playing, how to write a blues solo and play properly on our instruments to get the right tone for each song in this unit.

I love listening to Blues music now, because it sounds so great when you know the ingredients. For example, if you ate something new with your eyes closed, something you’ve never tasted before and you don’t know the ingredients, are you going to like it? Maybe, but I think that if you know what’s in the thing you’re eating and you taste every ingredient one by one, I think that it’ll taste better. So that’s what I feel about Blues music now. However, I don’t talk about Blues music to my parents or my friends much, because my parents already know what it is and they love it too (so we listen to it a lot).

So, obviously I enjoyed playing Blues in class. When you practice at home, it sounds lonely and a little depressing, but with a band, it sounds way better. It’s richer, it’s deeper and it brings out the emotion or the feel of the song more. One of our songs was called “Blues Down Under”. It was quite enjoyable but a little too repetitive (in my opinion) but I liked the overall tune and especially the solo, which brings me to my next point.

The solo in Blues Down Under was probably my favourite part of playing Blues. I played whenever I had a chance, and I liked it because it was funky and fast. It felt pretty good to be playing something unique to the song, which was another reason why I liked it.

Writing solos isn’t my strong point. Although I enjoyed it, it wasn’t so fun because it didn’t sound so good afterwards. The tune didn’t sound so much like the blues, and even though it was probably my fault smile it didn’t strike me as the funnest part of the unit.

I think my favourite part or the Blues unit was actually playing the songs Blues Down Under and Wild Card. However, I wish there were more songs that we could play for a variety of tunes to experience more of the Blues.

Overall, I loved the Blues unit!

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“When You Reach Me” Mock-up Book Covers

by 053518 on November 11, 2013

For a book cover project, I have to make 3 mock-ups. One is digital, one is on paper, and one is the last design for the final creation. However, the third mock-up can only be made with your feedback! So I’d like to get some feedback from you, using these sentences:

I like…

I wish…

What if…

Here is my first one:

 

Here is my second one:

Thank you!

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Math Integers Quiz

by 053518 on November 9, 2013

I feel horrible about this integers quiz. It was marked on Criterion A (out of 8 ) and I got a 6. I honestly feel I could have done better, considering that the main reason I got a 6 was because I misread/misunderstood the questions from level 5-6 and some from level 3-4. However, I got both the level 7-8 questions right, so I wonder what went wrong with the lower levels. My theory is that I spent too much time on the higher level questions than the the lower level ones, which is probably why. So, from the test I’ve learnt to READ the questions CAREFULLY before handing it in!

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Math Learning Tools

by 053518 on November 5, 2013

So, the question here is: What can I do to make better/best use of the math learning tools available to me?

Well, I’ll start with the math learning tools available first. We have Mathletics, tons of games/links we can find on Moodle, Kahn Academy, ThatQuiz.com, teacher revision, and more!

We can use all these resources to learn, practice math and test ourselves to see how we’re doing. To best use them, we need to use these resources as much as possible and use them in a way to learn as much as we can. For example, in Live Mathletics, we need to challenge ourselves instead of doing easy maths instead and taking the short way out of it. Another example would be Kahn Academy – if we’re not sure about something, we can go there whenever we want and try to find the answers to our questions. And for teacher revision, same concept – we can use the resources as much as we want!

So basically, the main answer is – as long as we do them and use them effectively in order to either challenge ourselves or learn more, it’s being used effectively and the best possible.

 

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I used to think that scientific reports were all about the results and theories, but now I know it’s about observations, data gathering, hypothesis and scientific questions. I also used to think that we didn’t need to use or know any of the dependent or independent (and control) variables, but now I know we do.

But now, I think that we need to have everything in a scientific report – your guess, a good question, only one independent variable and control variables which you can’t change. I also think that the evaluating stage is incredibly valuable because from there, we can get more ideas for experiments and questions to answer. For example, during one of our two experiments (the Paper Towel experiment), one of the major things was doing the experiment the same for each trial, which was easy to mess up. So now I see that in order to make it a fair experiment, you have to have more than one trial for all of your independent variables, which is another thing I did not know before.

A few years ago, all we needed to write was the materials and what you thought would happen. So as you can see, over the course of the last few months, I have learned A LOT about scientific reports and all the parts needed for a scientific experiment.

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Humanities So Far

by 053518 on October 27, 2013

So, we’re halfway into Unit 2. Unit 1 was all about geography, scale and creating maps. We had one major test and one major assignment in this test. So far, I’m really liking Humanities because I’m learning a lot about things I never knew about before which is really interesting like creating maps and history. Unit 2, which is all about History and about fact, opinion and reliability, is pretty great so far because I’ve always had an interest for history, so this is a great opportunity to learn more!

For the test in Unit 1, I got a full mark, which I’m quite proud of. The major assignment however, was the most intere

sting because we each got our own country, and we had to geologically place cities, towns, rivers, mountains, and more in the right spot, and create a map for that with all the requirements.. I got an 8 out of 8 and a 7 out of 8 for this assignment, which was graded on two criteria, Criterion A  (Knowledge and Understanding) and Criterion D (Presentation and Organisation). Here is a photo of  my map:

Overall, humanities has been great so far! I can’t say I’d like anything to change. I’m excited for the rest of Unit 2, and I hope I get to learn even more about history then before!

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Design Day Autobiography Book Jacket

by 053518 on October 22, 2013

 

This is my book jacket for my autobiography. Today is design day, and one the tasks we had to do is create a book jacket using photoshop and keynote. The book jacket was organised on Keynote, but the photos were edited/drawn using photoshop. While doing this book jacket, we were thinking about C.R.A.P., which is an acronym for Contrast, Repetition, Alignment and Proximity.

We had around an hour to do this, so due to time limits, it isn’t very good. However, I do think that on this project I should have controlled my time a little better, considering that I’m writing this post five minutes before the deadline and I spent most of my time on the cover photo.

Regarding the learning approach, I think that I’ve learned A LOT of new skills with Photoshop and improved as well.

Overall, I’m happy with the book jacket and the photos, considering this is the first time using photoshop.

Please comment on this book jacket, completing these three sentences:
I like…

I wish…

What if…

 

Thank you!

 

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Judge A Book By It’s Cover

by 053518 on October 22, 2013

Today, we had a mini introduction to the english design tech unit. Over the holiday, we read a book named “When You Reach Me” as a literature circle project. We were put into groups to do this. We did all the roles, and today, we spent the entire morning with out first task – making a paper airplane.

Each group had to try to make the “best” paper airplane. Not knowing what qualified as best, we made all sorts of planes. Then, we decided on the best one and met with another group to look at their paper airplane to see what we could improve.

We made a long type of paper plane which can fly really far, but doesn’t land so well. However, after looking at another group’s paper plane, we made ours shorter and it improved a lot with the landing and flight stability.

Also, we worked on the first plane’s design with colourful markers that related to the book, but we didn’t do that to the second plane.

Regarding time management, I think we did quite well because we finished all the required jobs and our plane was quite well done.

However, one major issue we would have to focus on is cooperation because some people in our group were arguing, and I hope we can get that sorted soon, either by compromising or collaborating positively.

One question I have is, what are the requirements for this book jacket? I hope I can answer that soon!

So, other than that, I think we did quite well this morning and I hope we can continue this way (except the teamwork issue)!

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For this unit’s assessment, I think I did pretty well. This test included Criterion B and C. Criterion B is out of 8, and C is out of 6. I got a 7 for B and a 6 for C, which is really close to full marks.

One thing I think I could improve on Criterion B is to read the question more carefully, as that was what went wrong on two of the questions which were related.

For Criterion C, I think I could have used more mathematical language.

Overall, I’m proud with the grade I received, and I hope I can reach full marks next time by doing more maths and reading the question carefully.

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Intro to Subjects

by 053518 on October 3, 2013

Here, you will see what I’ve been doing for each of my school subjects! Here’s a copy of my schedule so you know what’s when:

Day 1

PE

Music

English

Humanities

Math

 

Day 2

Language A (Chinese)

Science

Language B (French)

Art

 

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At-Home Learning

by 053518 on September 23, 2013

At CDNIS, we use a lot of online sources to do our work. And on typhoon days like today, we don’t have school, so we rely on these sources to know what our homework is.

Some of the sources we use are Moodle, Gmail, and Google Docs. On Moodle, we have a direct link to our teachers’ assignments and homework, and on Gmail we can contact teachers and students. With Google Docs, we can post our homework or assignments with each other and see what other people have written as well.

It’s our responsibility to complete our homework, and we have many ways of finding out what we have to do, so use those ways!

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Here’s a little video I made for our last PE task this year (The link is included). Enjoy!

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxNvmWtNZPo[/youtube]

 

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Futuristic Invention/Creature

by 053518 on May 27, 2013

As another task, we were asked to draw a futuristic invention or creature. I drew a completely green car (as you can see below) that instead of creating pollution, cleans the air and takes it away. I think this will impact the Earth because it’ll clean the pollution we’ve created, and although this would be nearly impossible to make, it’ll help our planet a lot. This creation could save animals and humans from the oxygen we breathe. And if we could convert it to other vehicles (submarines, boats, etc) we could take away the pollution in the water as well. In my opinion, this is a very helpful machine that doesn’t use energy but creates a clean environment.

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Bubbl.us For Learning

by 053518 on May 27, 2013

For one of our tasks, we have to evaluate this site called bubbl.us. It’s used for making mindmaps. I think it’s a great tool for organizing your information, the design (bubble shaped text boxes) is fine, but I’d change the color scheme. It’s great for organizing (like I said before), but I don’t see how you can learn new knowledge if this website allows you to just put all you’ve learned down. However, it is helpful for sorting your information and finding out relevant information as well. Also, it allows you to take a look at it overall and make connections. Overall, it’s a good site for organizing and making connections.

Here’s an example:

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Jane Goodall Mother’s Day Video

by 053518 on May 22, 2013

[vimeo][/vimeo]I found this video on Jane Goodall’s website. It’s very cute and full of chimpanzees for all you animal lovers! Here it is:

You can find more on her website:

http://www.janegoodall.org/

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Open-mouthed

by 053518 on May 20, 2013

Well, I’ve realized that I haven’t written anything for a while on my blog, so here’s a story I’ve been working on (keep it mind that it’s nowhere near finished):

Open-mouthed

Snakes. I have always hated snakes. They were my worst enemies ever since the time a common garden snake bit me. I was sick for 5 days. I got so frustrated that I threw a fit and they had to stop me from going to the zoo and strangling all the snakes in area. Each time I see one, I remember that moment and get mad. So, whenever I went to the zoo with someone I would say, “I’m sorry, but I’m allergic to snakes. Do you mind if pass this exhibit?” Now, I definitely did not want to be around snakes, but – Murphy’s Law – I was stuck with them in a cage with no one but a huge boa constrictor and several pythons.

You might ask how I got to this point in my very dramatic life. Well, I’ll tell you. I’m thirteen now and my name’s Penelaire. I’ve got dark brown hair and tan skin. I’m quite tall, and I’m really skinny too. I have lived alone for most of my life. No parents, no siblings, and only a few friends here and there. I am a “stray” and an orphan. Or my parents just abandoned me when I was young. Either way, I was put out onto the street and left to rot. Luckily, another stray person took me as her apprentice. I stayed with her until she left and went to find her destiny. I won’t share her story, but I will tell you that it is extremely depressing. Anyway, this person’s name was Jennifer (Jenny for short). She taught me how to find food, how to earn money, and basically how to live as a stray person.

Stray people don’t have nice, luxurious houses, but we’re not exactly homeless either. We stay in shelters for a few months, and then move on to a different shelter. Usually shelters are in the forest and hills or down dark alleys where nobody goes. It’s almost always the first possibility, although sometimes the creepy strays use dark alleys as hideouts. Well, I always stay in the forest because there is plenty of food if you know where to find it.

We also take the odd job here and there. If anyone accepts us as employees, that is. The zoo accepted me as a paid volunteer, which is the reason I’m stuck with the snakes right now. I just feed the animals in the zoo, and today I just had to feed the snakes. I was walking past their cage, hoping to just throw the food to them and fast-walk away, but I just had to trip over the knee-high bar that was protecting me from the snakes. Also, I just had to fall through the net that prevented the snakes from getting out. The exit door automatically locked behind me. Now, I was the stuck with the snakes with no chance of escaping. The cage in which the snakes were in was quite small and I was squeezing myself to the farthest corner from the pythons. Unfortunately, that corner was also the corner where the boa constrictor was. The glass wall where people peered in to look at the snakes was right next to me, so I pounded on it and yelled at the top of my lungs.

“Let me out! Help! Please! I’m allergic to snakes!” No use. There wasn’t anyone out there anyways. I turned around and froze all of a sudden. The boa constrictor and four  

pythons were in front of me. They were advancing slowly and surely, but almost lazily as well, as if they savored the moment of when their victims all of a sudden realized that they were helpless and enjoyed watching them panic. I thought to myself, if they try to bite you, run. So I did. I leapt over the plants that housed the snakes, and I ran to the other side of the cage. I pressed my face against the dirty glass and I pounded on it.

“Help! Let me out of here! Someone!” Behind me, I could hear the snakes hissing. I looked back and saw what I did to the exhibit. I had trampled over the plants and destroyed the few nice parts of the exhibit, such as the log where the snakes lounged every day at noon. I also stepped on the boa constrictor. Oops. I looked around for an exit. The snakes were getting really mad. They hissed and slithered right next to me. I felt one of the pythons circle around my leg. I think it was at that moment that I fainted.

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I woke up in a hospital. A hospital where there were no windows, no snakes (thank god) and no people. Except for a chunky nurse sitting next to me. I could feel a lot of pain in my left thigh. I swallowed and looked at the nurse. She could obviously tell that I was awake.

“Hey kiddo. How was your sleep? You got bitten by a big snake right there, I’m guessing it’s a python?” I nodded my head, too tired to say anything. “Don’t worry.” She continued. “We’ve treated it. You would have been a goner if Tasha didn’t find you.” A number of questions flew through my head. Who on earth was Tasha? How did I get here? And most of all, what happened?

I must have looked quite confused because the nurse spoke again. I think she had a bit of a southern accent, but I’m not sure. I couldn’t see her face behind her mask, but I was guessing she was a black woman, judging by her dark brown hands. “See, Tasha found you when she heard you yell. She came running and saw you in that cage with the big snakes. She managed to open the door that was the exit to the cage. I guess you didn’t find it, huh?”

I shook my head. “I fell through it and it locked behind me.” I managed to whisper. “I was feeding the snakes.”

“You’ve got a job already? Young girl like you should finish Grade 10 first.” The nurse said. She sounded quite casual, and I wondered how no one had found out that I was a stray yet. See, strays don’t go to school, and we don’t wait until we become fourteen to get a job. I realized that I had to pick my words extremely carefully if I wanted no one to find out who I was. In Long Island, strays don’t usually have a free get-away every time we get caught.

“It was an easy job. I like most animals, but I hate snakes. How long before I can leave the hospital?” I asked.

“Quite a long time. Perhaps a week. Yeah, I know no one wants to stay in the hospital, but if you want to get better, you’d better stay in here.” She went on. “Where are your parents, by the way? Where’s home?”

Uh oh. I couldn’t spill anything right now otherwise I’d probably be put into foster care. I would rather die than let that happen. I pitied all the kids without a home, just moving from one house to another like pieces of trash.

“My parents are on a business trip right now. And my home is, um, a few blocks away from the library. I can’t tell you the exact address, because I’m not supposed to tell strangers, am I?” I told her. Hopefully she believed me.

“Well, you’re gonna have to tell me sooner or later. By the way, my name’s Marion. Oh, and Tasha is coming in a few minutes. You’d probably like to meet her, wouldn’t you?”

“I sure hope so. And I’m already here.” A tall girl, maybe about fifteen walked in. She had long blonde hair that fell below her shoulders. She was wearing a plain t-shirt and blue shorts. She also had olive-colored skin and she spoke in very delicate accent, but she didn’t look very fragile. Instead, she looked quite strong, but still pretty. “What were you doing in a cage full of snakes when I saw you?” She asked with a hint of accusation.

“Um… I was trying to feed them but I fell into the cage and I screamed and no one came and I think one of the snakes bit me.” I spoke extremely quickly. I didn’t want anyone to think that I was a stray. I was also in awe of this girl. She seemed very strong and full of character. I was afraid that she could figure out who I was if I spilled anything.

“You think that a snake bit you?” she smiled. “Take a look at your leg. Still think that a snake bit you?”

I looked down. There was a huge red mark near my left ankle. The edges were slightly black as well. I swallowed nervously and said, “No, I know that a snake bit me.” I decided to play the freaked-out, concerned, scared girl who had no idea what was going on.

“Well, now we’re going to need your address and your parents’ phone number, as well as your age so we can send you back as soon as you feel better. And when you can walk.” Tasha said.

“I live just a few blocks down from the library, on Sharmaine road. My parents are on a business trip in – uh – London so I don’t know their phone number right now.”

“How about your age?” she asked. She looked quite suspicious.

“15.” I lied. I was tall enough to make it look that way.

“Alright then. We still don’t know your name, though. Would you mind telling us?” Tasha said. She was still staring at me intently. I was getting a little nervous now.

“Penelaire.” I didn’t like lying. Anyway, I didn’t have any last name, so that didn’t matter.

Suddenly, Marion jumped up and gasped. “Oh no! I didn’t realize it was noon already! I‘ve got to treat the other patients! Tasha, could you keep an eye on Penelaire? Thanks!” She didn’t wait for an answer before she raced out of the room and slammed it behind her.

“That took a while.” Tasha murmured. She turned to me and smiled. Right now, she seemed a bit like a vampire waiting for the kill. Then, just as suddenly as Marion, she gripped my arm and leaned in closer.

“I know who you are, Penelaire. You’re a stray. You’ve lived in the forest ever since you were born and lived with that ridiculous Jennifer until she left. Your parents abandoned you. You took the job of feeding animals at the zoo, which is how you got into this mess. And you’re not 15, you’re 13. And now, you have me to deal with.” She smiled again, but this time with her teeth showing.

Uh oh. I was busted. Who was Tasha really? How did she know? Was she my enemy? She could see the fear in my eyes.

She let go of my arm all at once when her mobile rang. She picked it up and answered it.

“Hello? Yeah, it’s me. Yup, I’ve got the girl. How’s Jenny? Still keeping her mouth shut? Oh well, she’s going to open soon now.” She was definitely my enemy. She spoke in a tone like someone speaking cutie-language to a kitten, only she was way more menacing. They wanted to kidnap me? What was wrong with Jenny? I had to get out of here.

She was still occupied on her phone. I got to the end of the bed without making a sound. I leaped out of it and ran for the door. Tasha was on my right and the door was on my left. I had a chance. I ran for the door. I opened it and used my remaining strength to get to the elevator. I whipped around, and saw Tasha cursing as she tried to catch me. I reached the elevator. Only then was I aware of the pain in my leg. I screamed out. Luckily, the elevator was already here. I slithered in and pressed the close button.

I was safe for now. But what did they want with me? And what was wrong with Jenny? I was too worried to think. I sat down and waited.

A moment later, the elevator arrived at the lobby of the hospital. I got out and reached the help desk. The hospital lobby was huge, and the walls and floors were all white. There were patients all over the room. There was another nurse at the help desk. Her name tag said Holly.

“Um, excuse me, but I’m looking for some painkillers for my sister. She cut her leg badly yesterday and it hurts a lot. Do you mind if I buy some?” I lied. The desk was too tall for her to see the snake’s bite on my thigh.

“Sure! Which brand do you want? Excel or Paranol?” Holly replied.

“The better one.” I told her. She smiled.

“It’ll be three-fifty for a box.” she said. I gave her the money that was still in my pocket from my latest salary at the job at the zoo. Thank god they didn’t take away my clothes! She gave the painkiller medicine. I put it in my p

ocket and headed for the bathroom around the corner. The elevator on my right suddenly opened. It was Tasha! Luckily, I turned the corner before she saw me. I headed towards the other exit. I pushed the door open onto the parking lot behind the hospital. Just behind me, I heard the door slam and close. I ran straight past the road without waiting for the stoplight to the nearest bus stop with my spare change. After the bus picked me up and we were off, I relaxed.

I headed towards my shelter in the south of the forest when the bus dropped me off. I crashed through the branches, taking the path that no one had used since a year ago, judging by the trash left around. I was still wondering why Tasha wanted me. It was odd that a girl like her would want a stray like me. But then, if it had something to do with Jenny…. I was still pondering this when I got back to my shelter. I almost didn’t notice how destroyed it was.

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Ok, I think it’s time I told you Jenny’s story. She used to have a nice life. Rich parents, good friends and good grades. But when she was seven, her parents divorced. Two years later they died. They just so happened to be on the same plane the time it crashed in Bolivia. When Jenny heard the news, she couldn’t bear it. About six months later, in complete depression, she decided to run away. She was 10 at the time. She’d been living by herself during that time, and she’d been escaping visits from foster care homes and guardians. She didn’t want anyone taking care of her that wasn’t her parents. She ran away and met up with another gang of strays that lived where I lived now. She learnt to live and survive. About three months later – when she was still ten – she found me. She brought me up and taught all that she had learned. By that time, the gang of girl strays had moved on, but Jenny had to take care of me. That’s basically how the strays survive. They come, they learn, they teach and then they leave.

Then, on her nineteenth birthday, she decided to leave. She wanted to find her destiny, she told me, and find a home and a family – something she had longed for since her parents had died. The only time I’ve heard from her was when she sent me a letter. The letter said that she had found a better place to live. It was super short, but when I checked the stamps on the back of the page, I found all sorts of them. I’m not a stamp collector, but it had been all over the world; Russia, Germany, China, England, Holland, Greenland, U.S., Australia, and then back here. I’ve kept this letter with me since I got it the first time. But other than that, I know nothing.

Well, it did mention one more thing. It said on the back that, if and only if I needed help I could go to Gnathafisan. Who on earth was that? And what a weird name too. I decided to find Gnathafisan. Someone had to know her, right?

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Turns out I was wrong. No one knew her. I went out of hiding for an hour and asked all the strays around me. No point. I’m pretty sure Tasha was still following me, so I whispered and I made sure no one could see me. Better safe than sorry. I started walking out of the -

“Hey you! Girl! Whatcha doing there behind the bushes?” I turned around and saw an old man of about sixty-five with a vendor cart. Some strays sell to make a living. This was one of them. I looked at the man’s face and smiled. I knew who it was.

“Hey! Gorwhin, come over here!” I yelled. This man might be the end to my problems. Gorwhin shuffled over with his cart.

“Quiet down Penelaire! If my customers find out that I’m a stray, they won’t buy!” he huffed. Gorwhin was a notorious stray. Not very many people knew him or saw him. When he was young, he was the leader of the pack. The pack being strays, of course. Then, one day he disappeared. And he turned into Gorwhin. He knew all sorts of techniques to stay out of sight. And he knew all sorts of people.

“Gorwhin, have you ever heard of Gnathafisan?” I whispered. He turned around and shouted, “No, why should I know?” He also has hearing problems.

“Keep your voice down!” I said. “I’m on the run!” he smiled. That was all it took to convince him that I was on his side. After quite a while of debating behind his vending cart, we came to a conclusion. He was going to dress up like Elvis Presley (or a hippie, either one worked), and look for Tasha, while I would stay here and wait for events. I wanted to go see the action, but he forced me to stay behind with some force. The hippie outfit was just so that Tasha thought he was vain, stupid and well, stupid. Oh and by the way, he’s not sixty five, he’s forty.

About three hours later, he came back with some news. He’d found Tasha, except she went under the name Cynthia. Liar, I thought. Well, maybe not because I didn’t know if Tasha was her real name anyways. Anyways, Gorwhin told me that she was looking for a young lady who fit my description. She was also whispering things into people’s ears. Now that got me worried. It’s hard getting money as a stray. You do what you can, but most of the time you have to forage and hunt for things to eat. And most of time the stuff you can eat is disgusting. So, if people start bribing you, you take it. Well, most people would easily. Which meant that soon I would probably have a dozen people on my trail and Tasha right behind them. Which meant I had to run. NOW.

I grabbed the stuff I had managed to find in my ruined shelter, and bolted with Gorwhin at my side. He still didn’t know who Gnathafisan was, or what, but he was still useful in the long run. I made a split-second decision and ran. It was raining cats and dogs, and we were drenched in water, but we still ran. It didn’t stop us. Gorwhin had no idea where we were going, but I did. To the pier.

The pier is a huge area with docks and a sheltered hallway that leads to where all the boats are. I was planning to get on one of those boats before they could chase us. I kept running, running until I got onto one of those little motor boat docks. It costed 20 dollars for a ride. I had 100. I turned around to see if Gorwhin was still following me. He wasn’t. I searched the crowd, looking for him. And then I saw her. Tasha. Right there, in the middle of the crowd, staring at me. I froze in fear. She was holding Gorwhin, and he had stopped struggling. And no, he wasn’t dead. He just stared at me, and mouthed one word – run. And I did.

I leapt through all the people on the crowded dock to cries of shock, and jumped onto one of the big motor boats that could fit eight people if it wanted. Then, – and don’t ask me how I did it, I just knew – I started the boat up. Jenny had said my parents were probably poor fishermen. These days, boats were so expensive that they couldn’t buy one and continue their profession if they were going to take care of me. So they chose to abandon me. I never really believed it, but when I started up the throttle of the boat, I’m pretty sure it was true. I had the skill. Amazingly, the boat started driving away, and I could no longer see Tasha.

When I got out in the open sea where I couldn’t see land, it finally occurred to me that there was probably an old boatman who wanted his boat back. And that he had called the police. And that the police might be on my trail right now. Oops. Well, that was bad thinking on my part. Oh well. How would they catch me in the middle of the ocean? I started going faster, pointing towards the south. I didn’t really know where I was going. After about another half an hour, I’m pretty sure I fell asleep on the boat.

By the time I woke up, the rain had stopped and the sky was getting dark. I stared off the side of the boat. The water was murky green. The boat had kept going once I fell asleep, and because there were definitely no rocks or any land anywhere, I wasn’t afraid. But I had never felt this alone in my life. I checked the boat’s GPS. Wow. Around a hundred miles away from any shore. For once, I felt like I had the lead. Now, all I had to do was find Jenny. And I wouldn’t stop until I found her. At the moment, I felt like I could keep going forever.

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The boat spluttered to a stop five hours later. In the middle of the ocean. I had run out of gas. There was no land to be seen for miles. I checked the GPS. The nearest island that had people was about a day’s swim. I sighed. I was going to lose my head start. At least they didn’t know where I was. But I didn’t know how to start. Swim the whole way dragging the boat behind me? Nah, too tiring. Probably impossible too. Plus I didn’t have any food.

I decided to paddle the whole way. I tried to find something suitable. The rudder? A stick? I decided to settle for the rudder. It’s broad end made it easy to paddle the boat forward if you used it like a canoe. I looked around for something to eat. Aha! Yes! The owner had left some snacks inside the tiny cabin. I devoured most of it. I needed some more gas. I wondered how much gas would cost. Maybe I’d have to use up the whole of my one hundred dollars. Not a good day.

After another ten minutes, the first cargo ship I had seen in quite a while passed by. It honked like a freight train, only a hundred times louder. I covered my ears and dived under the tarpaulin. That was noisy.

Hoped you liked it!

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Exhibition

by 053518 on May 8, 2013

Well, a month ago, we had Exhibition. (dun dun dun) It may have seemed like a long time ago, but it has happened. Exhibition is perhaps the best, the worst, the hardest and the funnest project, unit or investigation you can do during this year. Like a variable, your emotions between vary. So do your thoughts and feelings. And a bunch of other “stuff” (for lack of a better word).

You get stuck in groups for the Exhibition of maybe 3 or four. You pick a Topic of Focus, and then you start Tuning In. There’s a cycle that we used called the Kath Murdoch Cycle. (Look for another post like it on my blog.) Then, we use the Chain of Inquiry. (Also included on that other post.)

My Exhibition:

I was put into a group of three, so two other boys and me. I hope I’m not exaggerating when I say this, but they were possibly one of or the most horrible group I’ve ever had to work with. For me, Exhibition was mainly centered on my group. One of them was alright, but slightly annoying (but that didn’t bother us much), and the second was purely irritating, annoying, bossy, the opposite of open-minded, and the opposite of logical. I won’t gossip too much about these boys, so let’s move onto my work.

Work-wise, we did pretty well. In Exhibition, you have to set up a booth at the very end and people come over to see what you’ve learned, and you explain it to them. So basically, you have to know all about your topic and your research. Which means a lot of hard working time for research and sorting it out. For the last two weeks, we get a collapsed schedule, which means you get to work just on Exhibition. My topic was politics. Politics was something I was interested in at the time, so I chose it just to see how it would go. It worked out alright work-wise, but like I said before, my group was another matter. We ended up having a horrible booth though, because – guess what? – my group members wouldn’t let me staple anything up. Just a little unfair. Just a little. Compared to everything else, that was minor.

If you’re doing the Exhibition soon, here are some hints:

1. Cooperate with your group. I didn’t, and guess what happened? We didn’t do as well as we could have.

2. Do all your work and come prepared. If not, you’re in serious trouble with your group and your mentor.

3. Don’t forget to do daily reflections! In this unit, daily reflections are mandatory. WHATEVER YOU DO, DON’T FORGET TO DO THEM! (Unless it conflicts with hint one or two)

4. Don’t quit anything for Exhibition. Remember, Exhibition is not your life! It’s only going to last – for what? – two months.

Well, these are just “hints”. I hope that you have a memorable experience and do well on your Exhibition! Good luck!

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Here is another Math Menu activity, this time though, it’s just a recording. Please enjoy!

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Happy CNY!!!!

by 053518 on February 18, 2013

To everyone across the world, HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!

Have a nice holiday and best of luck to the new year! A warm welcome to 2013, year of the snake (my birth year!!!) !!! 

Happy Holidays!!!

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Math Menu Auditory Task – Simplifying Fractions

by 053518 on February 18, 2013

We’ve started another math menu again. This time, it’s based on fractions, decimals and percentages. This is my second task. Below is my auditory task itself, a video I made to teach others how to simplify and add fractions. Please enjoy!

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Sports Q&A

by 053518 on February 5, 2013

Questions for G6 Blogs from Mr. Steiner

 

Students are to write in their own words or video themselves (using their laptops) answers to the following questions related to our central idea for team games –Success in games depends on skills, rules, strategies and sportsmanship.” Students need to post these answers on their blog.  Students are encouraged to comment on each other’s answers in a positive/constructive manner.

 

What does sportsmanship mean to you/look like to you? Give some examples.

Sportsmanship to me is cooperation, teamwork and just helping each other out on the field. For example, if someone passed to someone else on his or her team and yelled “You can do it! Score a goal!” that would be sportsmanship to me because they were cooperating on the field and passing to one another in order to help their team. Also, after a game, if the two teams hi-five or congratulate each other, that would be sportsmanship too because no only are they communicating to their own team, but with others as well.

 

Why is it important to follow the rules of a game?

It is important to follow the rules of games because if you don’t, you won’t be able to play a fair match and you’ll be denying what sports is all about. But if you do follow the rules of the game, you’ll be able to play a fair match and have fun as well, without people nagging you about cheating. However, if we don’t follow the rules, what type of game is it if anyone can score or cheat to win?

Why are good team strategies important to success in team games? Give examples of strategies for team handball?  How would you create and/or deny space in team handball?

What is a strategy you/your team used in “Capture the Flag” to be more successful?

Team strategies are important because they are your plan that you run with and take action with. It also is important because with team strategies, everyone knows what to do, how to do it, who to pass to, who to mark, and how to beat the opposing team. That way, there’s no confusion and it’s very simple to score or win the match. One good strategy for any game really, is to spread out along the field first, and then pass to one another until you reach the goal, and there you can score. If the players mark you and deny space, then you move closer to your team player and pass the ball to them and the sequence continues as you try to move closer to the goal. One handball strategy is to pass the ball across the field to different people and move according to how the game is going. The person nearest to the goal shoots and tries to score. A capture the flag strategy would be different. A capture the flag strategy could be where a little less than three quarters of the team stay on defense (for tagging runners who try to steal the ball or people who defend the jail) or as people to save others from jail if they get caught, while the rest run and try to “capture the flag”.

You create space by moving around and away from other people, as well as running in a different direction or turning around to an unoccupied space where you can then move into. You deny space by pushing up against the opposing player, or marking them, and surrounding them so that they can’t find space to pass or score.

 

Describe why having strong skills helps your team be more successful. Give some examples of skills with a specific team sport in mind.

Having strong skills are important because with these skills you can specialize at scoring goals, staying on defense or passing to one another. Also, if you have strong skills then it’s easier to devise a strategy where you can contribute your skills and win the match. However, if you don’t have good skills, then you are most likely to lose the match because you haven’t practiced or couldn’t contribute anything to the game.

In Capture the Flag it is important to be good at the following skills:

-       Running (for obvious reasons)

-       Stealth (if you’re trying to steal the flag, it’s best to be stealthy because other people don’t notice you as much)

-       Alert (if you’re on defense, it’s best to be alert in case anybody tries to sneak in to your side of the field)

 

Why does a team that is very physically fit have an advantage over a team that is not fit?

The team that is physically fit has an advantage because they can tower over the weaker team and take the opportunities to score. (Opportunities such as skills, power, stamina and accuracy). The weaker team will not have these advantages, and will not be able to score any goals or win the match if the stronger team can beat them easily at all of these. Also, the unfit team will run out of energy perhaps halfway through the game because they don’t have the endurance to keep going, letting the stronger team have even more chances at winning the match.

 

 

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I’m doing another Math Menu task for tessellations and transformations. Since this is an auditory task, I had to write a song about tessellations and transformations and upload it to Youtube. If you would like to hear it, you can watch the video below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dX24x1HwjHE[/youtube]

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My Camp Reflection

by 053518 on December 5, 2012

Last week, the whole of Grade 6 (plus the teachers) went to Zhao Qing, China for our annual camp. Dragonfly, a team that organizes camps around Asia, hosted the camp. We stayed in China for four days and three nights. Over the three days that we were free (on the fourth day we had to leave), we had to do four activities per group. Our grade was divided into five colour groups. I was in the Yellow Group, and we had a lot of fun. Originally, we were supposed to do five activities, but we came later then planned on the first day, so we skipped an activity and did the one we missed instead. We did the Great Race, Ink Stones, Cableway Hiking and Chinese Painting. Each activity was a lot of fun, but the main challenge and disappointment were the bus rides.

To get to China we had to take a seven or eight hour bus ride. It isn’t that bad if you have something to do, but it takes a while. Going through immigrations is also a pain. It takes quite a while, and you wait in the line for ages. Anyways, as soon as we got there, we (me and my roommates) went up to our rooms and dropped our bags off. My roommates were Sara and Carolyn. After that, we met below the reception with our Dragonfly camp leader, Basha. She is from Poland, so she has a strong Polish accent that makes it a bit hard to understand her. We went up to a place in the hills and played a few team-building games, such as “retrieve the tank of oxygen without letting go of each other’s hands”.

In my opinion, the food was the second worst bit of camp. I don’t think it was very healthy, but I was starving so I didn’t really care at the time. The worst bit of camp for me was the Great Race. This was because we got lost twice, and we ended up in a cave that was out-of-bounds. The cave was pretty interesting though, with lots of Chinese characters painted on the wall. Other than that, the rest of the camp was really fun and enjoyable. My favorite part of camp was the cableway hiking because we got to walk all over the hills and on cables. I personally enjoy thrills the best, so this was the most fun for me.

Overall, camp gives us the experience we need to live the rest of our lives. It also helps us participate with people we don’t know, and we can learn some new skills, which (I think) is the whole purpose of camp. However, it also gives us the thrills of life and adventure, as well as a chance to be away from home for a few days.

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Math Menu – Kinesthetic

by 053518 on December 4, 2012

Over the past few weeks, we have been completing a Math Menu. A Math Menu is a math activity with several categories and a few activities for each category. Right now, I am working in the “Understand the relationships between area and perimeter, between area” category and the kinesthetic activity. For this activity, I have to practice finding the area and perimeter for rectangles at this website: http://www.mathplayground.com/area_perimeter.html

Then, we have to make our own shape using pattern blocks and then measure the perimeter and area of this shape and explain how to calculate the area and perimeter in a blog post, which is what I am doing right now.

So, first, let’s measure the perimeter. Perimeter is the distance around a shape. To calculate the perimeter of a rectangle, first you calculate one edge of the rectangle. Times it by two, then calculate the edge right next to the one you just calculate. Times that edge by two and add it to the sum of the other edge and you get the perimeter. Now for this shape, I’ll give you the answer right now, and then I’ll tell you how to measure it. The perimeter is 47 kinks. Kinks is a made-up unit since in these pattern blocks you can divide the blocks into squares. One of those squares is 1 kink square. One kink is 2.3 centimeters, which is much harder to calculate so I called it a kink. To calculate the perimeter, you can either count along the edges (which is what I did), or subdivide it into rectangles and count only the edges that stick out. In my opinion, counting along the edges is a lot faster but less organized. So to do this, you should count the edges that stick out in groups, and make sure you have a starting point. In the end, your perimeter is 47 kinks.

Now, the area is a little bit more difficult. Area is the amount of space inside of a shape. For a normal rectangle, calculating the area isn’t that hard. All you have to do is take one edge of the rectangle and the edge not parallel to it, but connected to it (like last time) and calculate both of them. After that, take the calculations and times them by each other. To calculate the area for this kind of shape (an irregular shape), you have to subdivide the blocks into equal rectangles. Keep in mind that you will probably have one squared rectangles. Then, count the squares of the rectangles and add them all up. Remember to add a small 2 or square at the end of the number. For this shape, the area is 35 kinks square. That is how to calculate the area and perimeter of a rectangular based shape.

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Pages on My Blog

by 053518 on December 1, 2012

Well, since the new update, it seems like the other pages on my blog don’t appear on the tabs at the top. I have a few other pages that I will put the links up on my blog to make it convenient for visitors to follow. Here are the links:

About me - http://sites.cdnis.edu.hk/students/053518/about-me/

Riddles, Jokes and Stories - http://sites.cdnis.edu.hk/students/053518/riddles-stories-and-jokes/

Hope you enjoy!

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Reflection on Young Americans Day Two

by 053518 on November 13, 2012

Well, today we had our second fill of the Young Americans. We sang, we danced, we acted and we practiced. It was just like yesterday, only better. We had a dance class and an improv class in the morning, then we practiced a new song called Happiness. We rehearsed our other songs as well (including our finale). It was a lot of fun and time went so quickly it was like nothing had happened. Yet we got so much done! Overall, it was amazing and incredible. Also, when the Young Americans performed the finale to us, it made me feel rushed and refreshed. I have never seen something so energetic.

My favourite part of today was practicing the finale. I especially loved it because we got to be just like them on stage. I hope that when our parents see us we’ll seem just as strong and lively as the Young Americans. Basically, I can sum it all up into an amazing day.

 

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Literature Study – The Atomic Weight of Secrets

by 053518 on November 12, 2012

Last week, our literature study was due. Our literature study is based on a book that we chose from a selection. I chose the Atomic Weight of Secrets, which is actually a really interesting book. Then, we were given a small booklet to fill out, with things like the descriptions of characters or figurative language used. After we completed the booklet, we had to make either a detailed review on the book, or a trailer on iMovie for it. I chose to do a trailer, and I’m going to put it on this post.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IExup7Ckhs&feature=youtu.be[/youtube]

Hoped you enjoyed it!

 

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Young Americans Day One – Reflection

by 053518 on November 12, 2012

Today, we had a group called the Young Americans come over and do a workshop with us. They’ll be staying with us for three days, and this was our first. The Young Americans are a group that love to dance, sing, act and perform – and now they’re here to teach us how to do it. So today, we got separated into three groups. There were two girl groups; an Alto and a Soprano group. I was in the Alto group (which I think is great). We also learned how to dance to a wacky song. The steps were difficult, but after a while I got the hang of it. Then, we went off into our groups and learned how to sing parts of two songs in an Alto voice: “Don’t Stop Believing” and “Let it Be”. After that, we danced to “Dancing Queen”, “Twist and Shout” and “Shake, Baby, Shake”.

We are all going to show this in our performance on Wednesday night when everyone is going to watch what we’ve learned over the past three days. Personally, I can’t wait for tomorrow! I think that the Young Americans are creative and original. I especially like how they get all of us to perform and have fun.

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An Update on my Blog

by 053518 on November 10, 2012

Well, if you’ve noticed, I haven’t updated any posts on my blog for quite a while. Grade 6 is so busy! Anyway, I’ve finished my summative assessment on story-telling. One of the books I had to recite was The Hobbit, from Lord of the Rings. In The Hobbit, there are some pretty good riddles which I would like to share with you today. The answers will be at the bottom.

1. What has roots that nobody sees,

Is taller than trees,

Up, up it goes,

Yet never grows?

 

2. Thirty white horses on a red hill,

First they stamp,

Then they champ,

And then they stand still.

 

3. Voiceless it cries,

Wingless it flutters,

Toothless bites,

Mouthless mutters.

 

4. An eye in a blue face,

Saw an eye in a green face,

“That eye is like to this eye”

But in a low place,

Not a high place.

 

5. It cannot be seen, cannot be felt,

Cannot be heard, cannot be smelt,

It lies beneath stars and under hills,

And empty holes it fills,

It comes first, and follows after,

Ends life, kills laughter.

 

6. A box without hinges, key or lid,

Yet golden treasure inside is hid.

 

7. Alive without breath,

As cold as death,

Never thirsty, ever drinking,

All in mail never clinking.

 

8. This thing all things devours,

Birds, beasts, trees and flowers,

Gnaws iron, bites steel,

Grinds hard stones into meal,

Slays kings, ruins towns,

And beats high mountains down.

 

 

Answers:

1. A mountain

2. Teeth

3. The wind

4. Sun on the daisies

5. Darkness

6. An egg

7. A fish

8. Time

Well, I’m afraid that’s it for today! I hope I can update some more posts like this one!

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Over the past few weeks, we have been reading a book called Ties that Bind, Ties that Break. It is about a girl in olden day China who refuses to have bound feet. We were asked to write a descriptive paragraph about the main character. Here it is:

Ailin is a headstrong, determined girl. She also seems like a stubborn, rebellious person who is willing to do anything she wants. If other people tell her to do something she doesn’t like, she’ll alter it to her liking. Sometimes she does listen, but only to the people she loves, such as Grandmother or Father. She has continuously argued and rebelled against having bound feet. This shows that she is determined and can be set on one thing. When she is, no one can move or budge her. Another example would be when the Warners gave Ailin the decision to come to America with them, and Ailin chooses to say goodbye to her family. This proves that Ailin is courageous and a little bit headstrong because she was brave enough to meet Big Uncle again and tell him she was leaving for America. Overall, Ailin is a strong, reasonable girl and is adventurous enough to go to America. I predict that she will make a reasonable decision once she arrives in America, because so far in the story, her choices have made sense and they have improved her life. For example, when she became an amah, it gave her different opportunities to learn about the world. This allowed her to follow her dream and keep open-minded to the rest of the world.

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Into 6E!

by 053518 on August 24, 2012

I’ve started a new year now, and I’m going to write a blog post about the first week of school, because it’s Friday. We are the 6E Elite Empire now and we’ve had a fun start. We’ve done all the usual subjects (P.E., Chinese, etc.) but I think already that 6E will be more exciting than 5D. On the first day (Monday), we came to school and did some math and brainstormed some names for our class and learned things about our amazing teacher, Ms. Kinsinger, then did 60 Seconds in the Spotlight, where we told our class some things about ourselves. We also had 6B come into our classroom. On the 2nd day we had Chinese and were given a task: to make a non-text based art piece on what we think of inquiry. I eventually made (and presented it today) a crunched-up newspaper ball, painted it, so the words wouldn’t show, then taped newspaper photos on it. We also made a name puzzle which we put into a big 6E on Thursday and we learned about process journals which we use to record the things we learned.

On Wednesday we visited the new art studio, which is exciting because it means that we will have an art class regularly (which I’m looking forward too) and did some reading and more math. Yesterday, we listened to some stories and looked at reflections, what makes one good and one bad. Today, we looked at our goals and made some notes to decide what our new ones should be and voted on our name. We also had the 12-minute-run where you run straight for 12 minutes. Then we presented our art pieces and finished our reading comprehensions.

Overall, I love Grade 6 and think it will be a super fun year and can’t wait for it!

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Our Human Body

by 053518 on May 18, 2012

Our new unit is about the human body and how it changes during your life. For example, getting old, walking for the first time, becoming an adult, etc. We are also having this unit because right now we are going through puberty. We also learn about bones, muscles and organs.

We now know some weird, unusual facts about the human body, such as:

Babies’ eyes are blue when they are born and turn into their natural color once they see ultraviolet light.

When you die, some cells in your body are still alive and your nails and hair keep growing for a while.

You can live with half a brain.

Your brain cannot feel pain; it only sends out pain signals.

Later in this unit, we have to make an independent inquiry. We have to choose a change that happens in the human body. I’m thinking that I will pick how you fast you grow when you are a baby and what new things happen in your body. It interests me a lot because I want to know why you grow so fast and why you don’t have some things when you are newborn, such as teeth. My three big questions are: why does your body grows so fast when you are young, why babies have systems that don’t work well yet, and why people don’t have as good body organs when they are babies.

So far we have discovered weird facts about the human body, played games to learn bones and muscles and used workbooks to answer questions about the human body. I’m looking forward to our independent inquiries because I want to answer the questions and learn about the human body.

 

 

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My Final Masterpiece!

by 053518 on May 16, 2012

Artist: Dynamo 6
Date Finished: Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Tools: Mosaic, Paper, Color
Description:
This is my masterpiece. It is for our geometry math unit, and It has a flower-like piece of paper on it, which I made on the computer with a program called InspirArtion. Then, I cut four circles of green paper and put them on too for a tree. Afterwards, I put cut up pieces of paper in triangles and squares only and put them on for a trunk. I did the sky the same too, and then finally used light blue and dark blue to draw shapes as the background. I used circles, triangles, squares and rectangles and fit them all together. This is my final masterpiece in our geometric unit.

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PSA Summative Reflection

by 053518 on May 7, 2012

This post is about the PSA we have done for the summative task in this unit.

A PSA is Public Service Announcement, which tells people something or leaves them a message to take action. The reason why we did a PSA is because of our unit (which is about Child Rights) and it tells people to take action and help children all around the world who don’t always have their full rights. My PSA is about Child Right Article #2, which states that any child, no matter what religion, what nationality, what bloodline, gets their rights.

Our unit is about Child Rights (as I said before) and children around the world. It’s also about how some children don’t have their rights, and how they don’t get opportunities like us. Some don’t go to school, some don’t have enough clean water and food, and some are slaves working for harsh, cruel masters. In this UOI (unit of inquiry), I’ve learnt that even though you are disabled, poor or rich you deserve these rights. I’ve also learnt how people in different places in the world live, and what they eat and do all day. The thing most important that I’ve learnt though, is the fact that even though there is so much unfairness in the world, we can make a difference, and help children around the world who don’t get the same opportunities as us, and take action. The questions I’d still like to ask are how we can help children other then donating, and how we can make enough of a difference to change the world.

I think that I’ve demonstrated my responsibility that I have by making my PSA. My responsibility is to help other children around the world like me, but in poverty, or with serious diseases, because I am just like them. A child. So it’s what I have to do if I get the chance and I think that it’s really important, because by taking action, I can help children around the world, and that’s what I want to do.

This is why I would really encourage you to watch my PSA, which I have put on this blog post below. It talks about taking action and helping children. Thanks for watching!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gViL1PLj2mE[/youtube]

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Amazing Rubric Cube Art!

by 053518 on April 19, 2012

This is a picture of a man using thousands of rubric cubes to make a portrait of Martin Luther King Jr.! I am amazed, because he puts them into the right color that he wants and then glues them onto is picture. But he has to change the color exactly to make the right spot of color, and I find that this is extremely difficult to do. Then, he glues this in strips into the holes in the portrait. I’m really wonder what the exact number of the rubric cubes he used are, but I feel that the plastic he uses is wasted and whether it will be recycled of sent to the landfill. Apart from that, I am amazed how the color is perfectly in place and the sheer size of it.

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My SLLR

by 053518 on April 18, 2012

Today is the student led learning review for our school. I went with my mom and we did ten stations – Unit of inquiry, mathematics, literacy, technology, art, Stop!, Chinese, French, physical education, performing arts. They were each approximately 5 minutes long. I particularly enjoyed the technology station and the poetry station because I got to show her my blog and we got to write Haikus together. Mom enjoyed my U.O.I. station because of the speech I did for my last unit. She also enjoyed the performing arts station because of the program we used called Finale and the chord melodies. We just finished and we are writing this blog post together! And we decided that we would play Stop! and Capture the Flag at home.

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Two odd, funny stories (used to be one)

by 053518 on April 10, 2012

Here’s an odd, funny raw egg story from Dynamo 25 on his spring break:

They were at a japanese restaurant and the chef was juggling an egg on a pan. Dynamo 25 decided to have a go and tried it. He aimed the egg at his brother’s head, and threw it, only it landed on the floor and nearly broke. Then he threw it again, and it landed on his friend’s drink. It was a raw egg!

Here’s my story during the spring break:

I stayed in Beijing for an exchange program during the spring break. On Qing Ming festival, we went to pick strawberries. My host family invited my Beijing buddy’s friend, who also had someone from CDNIS. We went to pick strawberries, but she (the buddy from HK), needed to go to the bathroom. In Beijing, there are hardly any western toilets, so my friend used a squat toilet with no flushing water. So she took a bottle of water and and used that to flush. It was quite disgusting, as you can imagine!

 

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Mid-Unit Reflection

by 053518 on March 27, 2012

Our unit is about child rights and how children in the world aren’t getting their proper rights, and instead put in child labor or the army or other harmful places. Our key concepts are for this unit: responsibility and causation. I’ve learned that children are being put to labor in lots of countries, most commonly in Iran, Pakistan, and undeveloped countries, unlike Hong Kong. I’ve also learned about some of the charities involved in helping children’s rights and some of the rights. I think that the most important that I’ve learned so far is about child heroes, and how they’ve helped. Like Iqbal Masih, who helped children escape out a child laboring carpet factory. Also like Ryan Hrejiac, who helped make a well with clean, fresh water by getting people to help donate money, who was just an ordinary kid. The most surprising thing I’ve learned is also about child heroes, and how they’ve helped so well even when they’re extremely young! If I could join an organization that helps children, I think that I would join UNICEF or Spread the Words, because they are both great charities, although UNICEF is more well known, Spread the Words is great too, because it was founded by a child hero named Tatiana Grossman, and still works as hard as UNICEF. People can deny children’s rights by forcing them to do child labor, or not HIV/AIDS, or denying them the chance to make a difference, or denying them a chance to have education, or denying them the chance to be what they want to be. I think that the one article of child rights I will be doing a PSA on is the right to have the right. I think I’ll do this because this I think is overall the most important, and if you look at just this one, you’ll see all the other rights and how important they are. This unit makes feel about all the injustice and unfairness that people are doing to children. If a child is poor, what makes it so that they especially will be chosen to work in carpet factories or other factories? There are millions of kids that are being held in labor or in the army, and it seems that nobody is caring! Even though the charities are working hard, it’s not making much of a difference. I feel that the child rights should be enhanced by a lot, so every child has the right to be free and determine their life. I think that we should help the children that do not have their proper rights and make sure that every child will live their life freely.

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Book Review

by 053518 on March 26, 2012

As homework, we need to do a book review on a book we’ve read recently. I’ve read Brisingr, the third book of a series called the Inheritance Cycle.

Brisingr is a good book, an important continuum to the second book. It is an adventure/fantasy novel, meant for the age of nine or above. It relates about Eragon, the last free Dragon Rider in the kingdom of Alagaesia, and his dragon, Saphira. In this book, they continue on their quest to kill Galbatorix, the evil king of Alagaesia. With the help of the Varden, the army attacking Galbatorix, and the ancient elves, also opposing Galbatorix, they train with the elves in the realization that Saphira is one of the last dragons, and Eragon is probably the last free rider to live in Alagaesia. This book is mysterious, interesting, adventurous, and  sublime. If you like a style of adventure and fantasy, you’ll love Brisingr. I especially love the time when Eragon creates his sword, Brisingr. I would rate this book an 8 out of 10.  Go read it!

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Week 1 Spelling Words

by 053518 on February 28, 2012

We are now doing spelling activities in 5D, and we had to pick 10 words that are tricky or confusing to spell. Here are my ten (do not be too surprised, I am a good speller):

1. leachate

2. meerschaum

3. spielgeleissen

4. uintaite

5. proceleusmatic

6. aiguille

7. cordierite

8. erythite

9. restaurant

10. peristalsis

Most of these words are names of mirenals or rocks as I love rocks and they were the hardest ones I could find in dictionary. One of these words in the blog post are spelled wrong. Can you guess which one? Leave your comment!

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Trash Art!

by 053518 on February 15, 2012

When you hear that, it might sound like you want to throw art into the garbage can. But were doing the opposite. Instead, were turning trash into art. Our class just started a project on this, and we all have to pick one specific type of trash to make our sculpture out of. I’m going to do cracker or cookie plastic wrappers. We need to collect as many as we need because, (as you can imagine) were going to need a lot to make a sculpture. Each sculpture will have a message: mine is to stop throwing garbage everywhere as animals can easily choke on it. Every message needs to relate to our unit, which is about waste management. My sculpture will be a big white tiger choking on a plastic wrapper. We haven’t started making our sculpture yet, but we will soon. I can’t wait!

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Eco-Park Field Trip

by 053518 on February 2, 2012

Hi! It’s been very long since I wrote my last blog post so here is a post about an eco-park field trip we went to today. We started with an hour long bus ride, and when we arrived, we got taken on a tour. We had these SmartCards that allowed us to watch a mini presentation or game about all of the waste produced in Hong Kong. I learned that there are four major types of waste: Domestic waste, Construction waste, Chemical waste and Special waste. I also learned that there are 3 landfills in Hong Kong, and they will all get filled up in around several years. The second part of the tour was more interesting, as we got to see the recycling plant, and  we learned that the there are 7 types of plastic and in order to be recycled, it has to go through sorting, slicing and then melting where we get these plastic pellets that can be made into things. I found that this tour was very interesting and amazing because we got to see it actually being recycled, which is a thing not many people really do get to see.

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School is over! Merry Christmas!

by 053518 on December 16, 2011

School is over! Merry Christmas to one and all! We finally get to bring our Macbooks home for the first time ever! It looks like we are the first Grade 5s ever to bring our Macbooks home on Christmas. So far my Macbook hasn’t broken yet, so that’s good news. I’m so glad for the Christmas holidays! I hope you all have a wonderful time on your vacations! Have fun! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Since I think this will be my last post for the year 2011, I’ll add a small poem here:

Merry Christmas to one and all,

It’s time to shop at the mall,

For you and for some,

Enjoy Christmas and here we come!

 

Gooooooooodbye 2011!

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Elements Ice Skating

by 053518 on December 13, 2011

Today we went to the ice rink in Elements to go skating for fun. The bus ride took quite long and when we got there, almost 30 minutes of our skating time was wasted. We got our skates on and started skating. We skated in big circles, all in one direction but we didn’t get dizzy. In the middle of our skating I got my camera out and started taking photos of my friends skating, and one really amazing video of a girl doing fancy tricks and spinning on the ice really fast. We ate lunch and then had a Grade 5 photo, with everyone included. I’m afraid I didn’t get it on my camera. Then we went back to school.

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The Movie of the Year Critic

by 053518 on December 5, 2011

Over the past week in our class, we have watched National Treasure since it is related to our unit. In the movie, Benjamin Franklin Gates (Ben for short) and his friends, Riley and Abigail Chase decipher clues to find the biggest treasure in the world, apparently, but there are problems since Ian – the bad guy – is trying to find the treasure too, and wants it all to himself. It involves a whole bunch of different characters who come in eventually.

I personally would mark this movie as a favorite, since the plot is excellent, and the movie is full of chases and riddles and so on, and it is a really enjoyable movie for everyone, and at the end the outcome is quite amusing. I would recommend it for anyone who loves a bit of action, and riddles/clues. My favorite character would be Riley (whose last name I don’t know), since he is the funniest character in the movie and is a bit of nerd, and a technology master. Overall, I would recommend that you watch it right now!

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SPLAT! Poetry Creation

by 053518 on November 29, 2011

This afternoon, we watched a poetry performance called SPLAT! where they performed poems by acting them out and reading them. This was done by the company FAUST, a acting production. Afterwards, we were given a little bit of homework, we were supposed to pick a section to do as homework. I picked a section called A time for learning, where you make rhymes and make a poem both with specific words.

For rhyming, here are the rhymes and words:

Green – seen, lean, bean, screen, keen, mean

Dog – hog, bog, log, blog

Nose – hose, ambrose, dose, pose, doze, rose, toes

Dream – gleam, team, beam, seam, deem, seem, scream, cream

Tip – hip, lip, nip, sip, rip, skip, trip, grip, flip, ship, whip, zip

Moon – soon, toon, cacoon, june

Here is the poem:

Can you imagine a gleam dream?

Or a beam scream?

What about a toon moon?

And a June cacoon?

From a mean green,

To a flip tip.

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The Artifact Game

by 053518 on November 21, 2011

The artifact game is a game we play in class. The artifact game is a game where the teacher picks an artifact and we write down what we think about this artifact, how it was used, where it came from, etc. We have to be silent, or else the game will be ruined. Then we share our ideas. The artifact game only requires a image of an artifact that no one knows about, a few people (3 of 4 is fine), a writing tool and a piece of paper (preferably a sticky note).

5D plays it like this:

Ms. Cahusac shows us an image of an artifact, and we get sticky notes and write down what we think about this artifact, for example how it was made, what is it used for, and so on. We are still very silent. Then, with a group of people or with our entire class, we discuss it for a few minutes what we wrote. After, if there is a description of this object, Ms. Cahusac reads it out to us. Then we throw away our stickies and finish the game.

This is a picture of an artifact. Please guess and leave a comment of what you think about it. You could write about where you think it came from, who used it, or anything you want about this artifact. (Please be reasonable.) ALso, after I have a lot of comments, I will post what it really is. So quickly comment!

I think that the artifact game is related to our unit because our unit is about perspectives, interpretations, and basically how we learn about history, and we play it because in this game, we are writing our perspectives about an artifact that we are trying to interpret.

Now that some people commented on what they thought it was, I’ll tell you. It is an armorial candlestick used by a Mamluk from Egypt and is worth around 2,000,000 euros.

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Photo of the Day

by 053518 on November 16, 2011

I chose this photo for my blog post today. The reason that I chose it was because this photo was taken in New York, where I used to live for a few years. And as you can see, it’s a horse carriage in Central Park, and the driver is actually not even looking where he’s driving.There were also a few accidents that happened with horse carriages, and people want now to ban horse carriages again. When I lived in New York, I don’t think that horse carriages were allowed, and now that it’s allowed, there might be even more accidents than before. I think that it isn’t fair to the horses, because New York is a big city, and the horse could easily get scared. I also think that this horse doesn’t want to be in a city, and it would rather be in a farm or field.

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Remembrance Day

by 053518 on November 14, 2011

Remembrance day is a day when everybody honors those who fought in the war and died for a good cause. We wear paper poppy pins and we are very solemn on this day, November 11th. We sometimes have an assembly for this day and we listen to poems and songs. I wrote a poem about Remembrance Day, and here it is:

What the world needs

Too many have died,
Too many have sighed,
For those who have fell,
In a dead, cruel cell.
This is not a game,
It’s a teasing shame,
Grenades destroy,
Anyone from man to boy,
They sacrifice for a reason,
But is it the right one?
Poppies and songs do not have right,
But who has the sight,
To say” This is wrong, it has to change,
Why does no one find it strange?
But no, it goes on,
Pain and suffering,
Duty is heavier than a mountain,
Death lighter than a feather.
Remember those words,
And advance forward,
Knowing the things change,
And someday the world will change,
To go on, like death and birth,
Glory and losing will not count.

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Why Does CDNIS Love Halloween?

by 053518 on October 31, 2011

I think that CDNIS loves Halloween because Halloween is the only day in the year where you can be funny and do whatever you dress up and be someone you aren’t, unless you’re dressing up as yourself! Also, I think it’s because CDNIS loves celebrating holidays and festivals as a fun school, and Halloween is so full of spirit and fun.

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October Break

by 053518 on October 24, 2011

This October break I stayed in Hong Kong, and it was quite boring, but I had a lot of fun. On Monday and Tuesday, I went to my friend’s house for a sleepover. At the front of her house, she has a driveway to bike, a trampoline and a lot of swings. We spent a lot of time biking, and once I bumped my friend on her bike. Luckily, she didn’t fall, but I did and got a big scrape on my knee. We went back to her house to stop the bleeding and bandage it and she kept joking to replace my leg with a taser. Afterwards, we went back to biking and we played in her living room that was made into a club. We had lunch at a club called LRC, and played at the library. Then we played some more. On Tuesday we were reading and went to LRC again to swim. In the swimming pool at LRC, there are three diving boards. A low one, a medium one, and a really high one. I finally was able to jump off the high one at last, and my knee was stinging by the time I hit the water. After we had dinner there, and went to the library again, and I went home. On Wednesday, I was quite bored and stayed home the entire day with my brother and read. On Thursday, again there was nothing to do but I went to an art class and had some fun. On Friday, another friend came over and she pretended she was a 14 foot tall worm and lay in my hammock. We had a lot of fun. On Saturday, we went to the Police Museum Park which is close by, me and my brother played tag and I kept going on the flying fox. On Sunday, we had planned to go swimming, but my mother was sick and we stayed home and watched a movie. I think the October Break was really fun though, and I wished we had more days of holiday.

 

 

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My Survey

by 053518 on October 11, 2011

In class, we had to do our own survey or with a another student. I did my survey with my friend, Dynamo 1. I would be glad if you answered it. Here is the link to answer the survey:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RQV7SZM

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My Invention of the Future

by 053518 on October 6, 2011

My class has been working on a project to make an invention for the future to communicate and connect with other people, or an idea. I called my invention the conecsphone, because it connects people around the world. We made our presentations on Prezi, a place where you can make slideshows or other neat stuff. Click below to watch my Prezi.

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Art Jamming

by 053518 on October 5, 2011

On Wednesday, we went to Art Jam, a place in Causeway Bay (in Hong Kong) where we paint. Painting in Art Jam is called Art Jamming. We were supposed to pick a color and paint whatever we could think of that was that color, as well as portray a feeling. I chose green and we painted for around a hour and a half. My feeling was calm. My pictures had a green background, plants, lizards and frogs, as well as some other things. We carried it back to school in a cardboard box. Tomorrow, we will have an exibit where we will present our paintings.

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I express myself using email, phone, Keynote, PREZI, the internet and blogging. I usually send emails to my friends and write to them personally, but sometimes I write to others, and write formally. But when I write to my friends, I don’t really care how I write. When I use my phone, it’s just usually to call my family and problems  but sometimes I call friends and ask how they are doing. On Keynote, I just do projects, but I sometimes just one for fun because I still don’t feel like I know how to master Keynote. Prezi is something new, and I am still getting the hang of it. Also Prezis go online, so everybody can see it. The internet I usually use to play games, or go on websites, but I like reading blogs and commenting (which is a new thing). Blogging so far is really amazing and I can’t wait to write more posts, and add more widgets, but I really like how everybody can see what you publish (like Prezi) and write.

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My Favorite Poem

by 053518 on September 27, 2011

In class, we are studying poetry, and we are going to write ten poems in our poetry folder. This poem is a very long color poem that I wrote:
Cyan
The most beautiful color in nature,
The color of a new tree and leaf,
The calmness of the sky and clouds,
The fish and coral in the ocean reef.
Cyan with the forests and the rivers,
The taste of rosemary on your toungue,
The bees buzzing around your flowers,
With the fresh air going into your lung.
The green birds singing,
And the sound of spring,
The dying of the plants,
No longer living.
So soft and sprightly,
In my hand,
Burning in the soft,
Desert sand.
Smelling the morning dew,
In the fresh grass,
It’s like music in the air,
And you are breathing.

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Walls of Wisdom

by 053518 on September 23, 2011

Our class is going to contribute to a charity called Walls of Wisdom. Walls of Wisdom is a charity not well known, but it builds schools in different places around the world who don’t have schools, or places where schools have been destroyed. We have been to their website and watched their current project video. We are planning to do a lot of things like sales, movies or more to raise money for this charity. If we manage to raise 300 or more US dollars, the Walls of Wisdom website will put us on their contributors list.

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11 Interesting Things About Me

by 053518 on September 22, 2011

1. I was born in New York.
2. I love sushi.
3. I like swimming.
4. I have broken my left collar bone twice.
5. I love reading.
6. My brother broke his front two teeth.
7. My favourite animal is a jaguar.
8. I can speak French and Chinese.
9. I don’t have any pets.
10. I go to Canada every summer.
11. I am 10 (now).

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