Here is my PSA, for this unit, Sharing the Planet, we had to do a PSA (Public Service Announcement) for our summative assessment. We had to make the PSA about a child right. The child right that I did was Article 31: You have the right to play and rest. I think that it is important for children to play and rest, if they don’t, they will be stuck with work.


Adora Svitak

We watched a video in class, and the girl who presented it is called Adora Svitak. As homework, we have to watch it with one of our family members and we had to make a comment on our class (The Alpha-Adventurers) blog. My comment: I watched the Adora Svitak video with my Dad. I think that no matter how old you are, and as long as you try, you can make a difference in the world, and it’s not only adults who do it. My Dad thinks that children learn from adults, and adults learn from children. Adults have more experience, because their older, but children are sometimes very creative.

Here is the Adora Svitak video, Hope you enjoy! Feel free to comment on what you think:

How We Organize Ourselves

Our fourth unit, how we organize ourselves was all about waste management and how we deal with our waste in Hong Kong and in other places. I learnt that the landfills in Hong Kong will get filled up in the mid 2010’s which will be in 2016-2020. Then what will we do with our other waste that we produce in 2025? Some people think we should compost more, because it’s environmentally friendly, and it doesn’t harm the environment. Some people think that we should reduce and reuse and recycle more, by doing that, we can save our planet and we can help reduce the use of raw materials. Some people think that we should dump, they don’t care about our environment, and they just want to dump their things in the ocean or on the ground. This unit is about perspectives and connections. The perspectives of different people liking different waste management strategies, and connections that we are having with the people.

In this unit, we learnt about 6 waste management strategies, they are dumping, composting, reducing and reusing, recycling, incineration and landfills. We also learnt the advantages, disadvantages, the effect on communities and effect on the environment of these 6 waste management strategies. For our summative assessment, we had to give a speech about the waste management strategies. We all got different roles to give speeches, my role is a resident living near a landfill. I had to give a speech about anything related to living near the landfill. I gave my speech about the extension of the landfills in Hong Kong should not be done because of many reasons. At first I was nervous to go and give my speech in front of my class, but standing on the podium made me feel more comfortable on giving my speech. Our second summative assessment in this unit is to make a kids story (which I did), a poster…etc, to show your learning after hearing the speeches that our classmates made. During this unit, I learnt about dialectical thought and how it can be used in persuasive speeches, like how we presented our speeches in class. Dialectical thought in speeches are saying a counter argument. For example, you are against landfills being extended, to have dialectical thought, you say something thats good about extending the landfill, then thats also a counter argument.

In conclusion, I think I learnt a lot about waste management and how it’s handled in this unit, and I really enjoyed learning about it.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! We will have a better environment! 🙂

After you recycle plastic bags, then this beautiful dress will be produced.


Here’s a video about waste management:


A Once in a Life Time Opportunity

Today classes 5A (Alpha-Adventurers) and 5B (Bosses) went to the S.E.N.T. landfill (South East New Territories) in Tseung Kwan O, Hong Kong for a field trip. It’s almost impossible to go there, because it’s a government place, and you have to sign a lot of documents. I learn’t a lot of things there.

We first saw a presentation about the S.E.N.T. landfill and the waste management in Hong Kong. I didn’t know this, but there are 16 landfills in Hong Kong, and we only use 3 of them today, the S.E.N.T. landfill, the N.E.N.T. landfill (North East New Territories) in Ta Kwu Ling and the W.E.N.T. landfill (West East New Territories) in Tuen Mun. The other 13 landfills were filled up and turned into parks, recreation centers… etc. In the presentation, many people asked different questions about landfills, how they turn it into parks and many others. I’m thinking why are the people in Hong Kong are not willing to expand the landfills even though it will help us with the waste that we produce? I’m also wondering why people in Hong Kong doesn’t want the Hong Kong government to build a high technology incinerator even though high technology incinerators produce very little dioxin and can help reduce the waste going to the landfill. People in Hong Kong think that the incinerators will harm them because of the dioxin that is going in the air, and harms our health. Almost half of the waste going to the landfill are domestic waste, it’s the waste we produce at home. The 2nd most waste going to the landfills are construction waste, which is the waste for renovating houses and for building houses.

After the presentation, we got to see the landfill, but we have to stay on the bus to see it. It was a good thing, because we don’t have to smell it, but if we got to see it in person, it would have been really cool, and making this field trip a very awesome experience! We saw the tipping phase, and we also saw the plastic wrap that they put on top of the rubbish. The plastic covers that we saw on the trash were green and blue. The plastic wraps keep the smell from spreading out of the landfill. There was a tour guide who works for the S.E.N.T. landfill who came with us to give us a tour. I really think this is a once in a life time opportunity! 🙂

S.E.N.T LandfillN.E.N.T Landfill
W.E.N.T Landfill

Severn Suzuki

This is a video about Severn Suzuki giving a speech about waste, and how we can have a better environment.  I learnt that we should be inspired by Severn Suzuki because she really shows her opinion about waste and how we should manage it. We should care about this speech because it tells us about the waste, we are wasting things and we should actually care for the environment, we should put effort into recycling and we should let the people who live on the streets have a home to live in, in war, we can stop it in many countries, because they want money, thats why they are fighting. A little kid on the streets wants to help the people living on the streets if he/she has money. The fortunate people wants to spend their money on shopping and not helping the less fortunate people. I think we should help the people who are less fortunate and the people who are suffering diseases and who are in war. We can tell adults that they should at least give a few dollars to help the people in need, that can make a big difference. This is related to our unit because it’s about the environment and waste, and we are working on speeches right now. Together we can change, and make a better future for further generations.


My Learning this week

On Wednesday 1st of February, we went to the eco park in Hong Kong.  I learn’t that Hong Kong’s waste is very serious, and that we have to take action and recycle plastic, plastic bottles, cans, metal, and paper, to make a better environment. I learn’t that in Hong Kong, there are 3 big landfills, in the North, West and the South. A short form for them are NENT, WENT, and SENT. NENT is the smallest, and SENT is the biggest. I also learn’t that things such as cooking oil, rotten food, or food scraps can be reused for the environment. WENT will be full in about 2 years, and NENT and SENT will be full in about 5 years. I think the government should do something about it. The landfills are getting full, and if we don’t have any landfills, where will our other trash go? Will Hong Kong be filled with rubbish? I hope not. 

We learn’t our new unit. It’s called How We Organize Ourselves. It’s about waste management and the different wastes, and what should we do about it. Our central idea is “Societal decisions made about waste management affect communities and the environment.” We used important word from that, and said what words were related to that central idea, for example, waste, we brainstormed the words unwanted stuff, and garbage/ trash/ rubbish. My question is why can’t the people make the decisions and tell the government? Most people are just shy or scared to go to the government, maybe not always to the government, but I think that the society can help to think of ideas if the government can’t think of any.

We learn’t about the Thinking Hats. Blue Hat- Thinking, Red Hat- Feelings/ emotions, Green Hat- Creativity, Yellow Hat- Benefits, Black Hat- Judgements, White Hat- Facts and Information. I think that these hats are very useful to people when their thinking. If you do a topic, you should use the thinking hats and use them to help you with the topic you have. We did some activities about them and they were kind of fun.  I thought that the thinking hats can help you when you are well, thinking. and it’s very useful for school work, projects and if your parents give you homework.  So you should use the thinking hats.

Reflection on the Grade 5 Performance

The grade 5 performance on the 5th of January 2012 was very successful. I’m going to write a reflection about how it went. Our Central Idea is Different Interpretations of the Past can be Discovered by Investigating Historical Events. I was in a group with Alpha-Adventurer 13, Alpha-Adventurer 19, and Alpha-Adventurer 4. Our topic was the Construction of the Pyramid of Giza. We did a skit about it that had to include perspectives of the different people who were in the historical event. Our perspectives were the Vizier, Surveyor and 2 workers. The Vizier is the chief minister of the Great pharaoh Khufu, a pharaoh is a king in Egypt. The Vizier inspects the work that the workers are doing and making sure they do it right. The Surveyor is like the Vizier but he has to make sure that work goes as planned. Actually there were many workers who built the pyramid, but in our skit, we have 2 because we have 4 people. Before we had to go on stage, Our group was really nervous. I was thinking that on stage we will mess up and do the wrong thing or forget our lines. When it was our turn to go on stage, I felt even more nervous. Our skit is about 2 workers complaining to the Vizier and the Surveyor and telling them they don’t want to do this job anymore, and the Surveyor says if they quit, she’ll curse them, and the Vizier tells the workers, if they don’t get back to work, they will have to wash her grandpa’s feet. So the 2 workers have to go back to work to finish the Pyramid. After we finished our skit, we thought we did pretty good on stage. At the end of the performance, the entire grade went on stage and sang our final song altogether. It’s called A Different Point of View. After the performance, the entire grade 5 could go directly to their family. When my family and I were going to our car, my Mom and Dad said that our performance was really good. My younger sister had the song A Different Point of View stuck in her head, so she kept singing it on the way home. What I thought about the performance was that it was really good how we all could get the last song correct when on the first time we got it mostly wrong. The process that lead to all this was we had to go into small groups with people we work well with. Then we started our research on the Construction of the Pyramid of Giza. We had to find perspectives of the people who were in the historical event. We also had to make our music, scripts and sounds. We had to practice our lines and remember them for the performance. We had a winter holiday for 2 weeks, then on January 3rd, we had to go back to school, and immediately had to start practicing on stage for the performance. I thought at first that my group was behind on finding the perspectives and everything we need, but my group we were really worried about the performance, we worked harder, so I felt okay then. What I learnt about this unit is that you can find out many perspectives by searching it in various historical events. I also learnt that we have to work as a group to make the performance successful.

Grade 5 Let’s Make it Happen

The Grade 5 let’s make it happen is a amazing thing that will happen to the grade 5’s because it will be shown to about 4-500 people. The let’s make it happen is to show our unit of inquiry (UOI) and it is our summative assessment. I thought my group’s topic is pretty interesting, because it’s about the construction of the pyramids of Giza. We’re not quite sure what we are doing for our let’s make it happen yet, but we will figure it out. One more thing to say, if you want to find out about the pyramids of Giza, then you can go to a cool site to find out more, you can find our more here, hope you enjoy!