After spending 4 days and 3 nights in Zaoqing, I have experienced so many different activities and had so much fun, it made me sad when it was time to leave. But right after camp I was glad to be able to sleep in my own bedroom without thinking the floor was dirty, dry my hair before I slept and eat all the delicious food back home (not that the food at camp was bad)! Even though it was raining most of the time during camp, it didn’t keep us from having a great time building catapult building, cableway hiking, Chinese painting, ink stone carving, etc.
Word Splatter of Camp
Pictures From Camp
The Great Race
My Chinese painting and Ink stone
The performance last night was amazing! Check out the work splatter I made about the performance on Tagxedo.
For the next two days (not counting today) a group called the Young Americans will come to our school and do a workshop including singing and dancing. Our day started with the Young Americans introducing themselves by performing and them getting to know the students of Gr.6. Everyone was really excited about the workshop (especially the Young Americans and some of the students). After having performing to us, the young americans helped learn our routines and songs. But during the practices, we played games to get to know each other even better by singing and dancing whatever we liked. At the end of the day we knew our routines, was familier with it and did a great job performing them at the end. This workshop so far was an amazing experience for everyone, and I was really looking forward to the next two days and feeling a little nervous knowing we were going to have to be so familier with the whole routine to perform in front of our parents and friends!
For the last few weeks, our class has been reading about fictional story about a girl living through changes in China, based on the real lives of chinese women in the olden days. It is connected to our U.O.I because it is related to conflicts and values. Below is the character profile of Ailin, the main character in the story.
Ailin can be described as a rebellious, confident and determined girl. We can see these traits from her appearance through to what others say about her. Ailin’s rebelliousness can be seen when she fought to keep her feet unbounded when her mother forced her. Another example is when she boldly talked back to Big Uncle when he refused to send Ailin to school when Father passed away.
Ailin has a lot of confidence in herself, she is not bothered appearance and admires her friend Xueyan for not being ashamed of her unbound feet. She shows confidence in her words because she dared to challenge tradition by saying, “If we women are so powerful, why do we submit to the torture of having our feet bound? Men don’t have to have bound feet” (P.67). One of the best examples that shows Ailin’s confidence in her actions is when she spoke back to Big Uncle bravely reasoning with him about what she believed was right.
Finally, Ailin shows determination for becoming a teacher when she was still studying in school. She wanted to be a teacher so much so that most of her thoughts, hopes and dreams were based on her school life.
Although Ailin shows a lot of characteristics, these three were the ones that discribe her best.
On the first day in Gr.6, it was very exciting because almost everything was new, from teachers to schedules. Now it has only been a week I have now adjusted into the Gr.6, and did lots of activities. Through out the first week we had pre assessments, an art activity about inquiry, got out process journals, got to know the 6E family, etc..
The pre assessments we did were math and english, they weren’t hard but we had to do them to let the teachers know what we know. Personally, I thought the math one was harder and more complicated. Then we had an art activity to get us started about thinking inquiry, what it means to us. Even the process was fun and challenging at the same time, our teacher Ms Kinsinger gave us only 3 days to complete to work on our time management skills. My art piece came out pretty good, even though there are a few areas I would like to change. Overall, I was proud of it. On the second or third day, our teacher handed out our very own process journals to us. I think they were pretty cool because they are used to keep track of almost everything important. Lastly, we met the 6E family. The 6E family are teddy bears Ms Kinsinger adopted, they’re very cute fun to cuddle with. I thought Ms Kinsinger was really nice to adopt them.
In conclusion my start of Gr.6 was very enjoyable, and I hope it would get even better!
My personal inquiry to exercise
To finish of our algebra unit, our class went into groups and created algebra raps, and this YouTube video below is created by AA-13, AA-4, AA-20 and AA-19. Please enjoy!
Today from 8:15 – 9:15, a group of grade 9 students arranged some games for us to play, the activities were called crossroads. The goal or message their trying to achieve is to tell us the lives of others who aren’t so fortunate, mostly focusing on people that are living in a war country. In the games my group was assigned in, the 9th graders taught us about how hard it is to survive in war condition.
After each game or activity, I would learn something and what it would feel like it would feel like to be like in their situation. Also some facts about the people and landmines, because landmines are popularly used in war country. One thing that shocked me was when in one of the activities, I found out there are 100 million active landmines in Afghanistan, I never thought there would be so many of them.
Over all, I thought the 9th graders did a good job arranging the games and making it happen, and I hope they can do the same next time with even more varieties focusing other things.
Just recently, I read the book Dog Days from Diary of a Whimpy Kid series, and I’m very sure you have heard of it. So the author is Jeff Kinney and this book and series is a best seller.
As you might know Greg Heffley and the book is written as a diary or journal (as Greg likes to call it), with lots of pictures and illustrutions on every page (which I think is awesome because the most pictures and illustrutions drawn are funny and it helps tell the story better).
I thought that the part where Greg was trying to do push ups in the bathroom to show off to Heather Hills (a popular girl at high school), puting suntan oil. An other part where I thought it was really funny is when Manny (Greg’s brother) uses the uniral as a sink.
I reccomend you to read this funny and hilarious book, and once you read a few pages it’s hard to stop reading.