We love you 6C, we do… oohhhhh 6C we love you.
Class 6C showed great determination and skill to defeat bitter rivals 6E in the Gr. 6 intramural basketball championships. There was plenty of anticipation before the game, and to be honest we were a bit scared because in the previous game, 6E had thrashed their semi-final opponents.
We dominated from the tip-off. After we showed great teamwork to score our first basket, 6E had no chance. We passed the ball up and down the pitch, and even tried the pick n’ roll. We won 19-8, and I scored 6 points.
I hope we do this well again in handball intramurals.
Today, we got started on our summative assessments. Apparently, the teachers were having a hard time deciding what task(s) would be the most appropriate and relevant to the success criteria and the central idea, “The organization and operation of a marketplace is determined by the communities in which they are located.”
Ms. Fenton split us into 6 groups of 4, and gave us a big sheet of paper. We then had to individually think about the summative assessments we did in the past, and determine which kinds of summative we did the best. That wasn’t hard for me, because there was only one clear favorite to that question, and that would be the persuasive writing piece I did back in Grade 5. Next, we had to draw a diagram on the paper that would allow four of us to write at the same time and have a space in the middle for similarities. The task was to list kinds of summative tasks that I was familiar with. As said, my favorite task was the persuasive writing task, so I jotted down different kinds of literacy, such as brochures, reports, essays, and poems.
When my whole group was done, we observed others’ lists and when we had similarities, we wrote that in the middle box(like a Venn Diagram). Finally, we did a “whole class” one, were we shared our ideas from the middle box with other groups.
I think this is a new and exciting way to compile our ideas quickly and efficiently.
For 5 days, my book club read and discussed the book The Cat Ate My Gymsuit, by Paula Danziger.
The story is about Marcy Lewis, a thirteen-year-old girl who thinks that she is ugly and fat. She has an abusive father and it seems her parents are always fighting. Marcy only has one friend, Nancy Sheridan.
Then comes Ms Finney. Ms Finney, unlike Marcy’s former english teachers, teach the students in a unique way that works, and forms a club called Smedley. Through this club, Marcy meets a lot of new friends. She even meets a boy who seems to be attracted to her, Joel Anderson, whose father works with the Board of Education. Then one day, the principal comes to observe Ms. Finney. She teaches the lesson goes fairly successfully, but the Ms. Finney’s teaching techniques are not agreed with by the school administrators.
Marcy and her friends suddenly find themselves coming to Ms. Finney’s defense when she is threatened with the loss of her job, with several consequences such as getting suspended.
Also, my book club created a book trailer about the book. Enjoy.
The Cat Ate My Gymsuit from Jennifer Fenton on Vimeo.
On June 1st we got our groups for a imaginary pool proposal project on the 3rd floor play area. My group comprised of Anna and Mark.
First, we made a group name Y.A.M. Second, we figured out the data we needed to collect and what we needed to measure on the 3rd floor. We wanted to make a border of 1m.
On June 2nd, we went down with our trundle wheels. We needed both the perimeter and the area of the pool. Since we wanted a 1m border we measured the length and width of the play area with the trundle wheel and just subtracted both numbers by 1. We took those two numbers and found out the perimeter, which was 70 m and the area which was 234 m2, Now for volume. We needed to agree on a suitable height for the swimming pool, so we asked Mr. Dave. After a long discussion about the customary system, we decided on 1.5m. 234 x 1.5 equals 351 m3, and that was the volume. Using the trundle wheel wasn’t easy. Our trundle wheel din’t click, so we had to work together to know if a meter had passed.
After we finished all the measurements, we went back to the classroom to figure the how much the water would cost. With Mr. Macpherson’s help, we went to the Hong Kong Water Department website and calculated the average of water cost in H.K ($6.55). We discovered that 1 cubic meter equals 1000 liters. Finally, we found out that the water cost would be $29,050, except that in the presentation we discovered that we “screwed up” and all the other groups water cost was only around 2,000 – 4,000. I think the problem was in the multiplication, but at least this summer I’m taking a math summer school course.
On Thursday May 26, our class had a day of exploration, which was a day for us to explore into something that we wanted to know more about, such as music videos, book trailers, movie trailers, etc. I did a review in photos of my soccer teams (Eastern Fc’s trip to Portugal/England Easter 2011.
For the literacy part of our history unit, we did historical fiction. Our teacher said he wanted a historical fiction without text, which is basically a digital story. We had to write it based on the exhibit topic wide used a few weeks ago, and my were the Ancient Greeks. First, I found a some images on a variety of sites that would help me with my story. Second I created my storyboard and did my actual story on Keynote. Third, I used the screen recording function on QuickTime for my voiceover. Finally, I imported it to imovie and added some background music.
For our history unit tune-in, we went to the Happy Valley Cemetery to find out more about Hong Kong’s past. Then, we each made a brief presentation about the highlights.