Last week we started brainstorming for the main character for a disaster narrative. I created a space explorer, he has a space-suit and wears a fedora on top of his helmet. I haven’t yet came up with a last name yet but his first name is James.
We also had to write the weaknesses, strengths, things the character might say and behaviour of our character. I also haven’t came up with weaknesses or behaviours. But my character’s strengths are he has an unusually high dexterity level and high very high resilience. What he might say are : Who do you work for; do you need help.
Last week at CDNIS we had a convention called make-create-collaborate, where there were different stations, Alec and I just walked around at first but we found the green-screen station. The green-screen station was to make it look like you were doing impossible things but you were really just lying on the ground. Alec and I just walked about doing nothing until we saw the mosaic station. The mosaic station was about making mosaics out of plastic bottle and tin can lids found washed up on the beach. We made a mosaic that said JOY. It was very funny because I found a Lego Elsa from Frozen in the pile, so I put it on one of the bottle lids and Alec found loads of crystals. So Alec just glued them on, in the end there was like 10 crystals. I really liked the make-create-collaborate.
Yesterday, our learning buddies had their spotlight, but it wasn’t just 1E’S spotlight but 1B’S and 1D’S spotlight. It was about a girl called Amrita and her special tree. She stopped woodcutters from cutting down trees she does this by hugging her tree and the wood cutters run away. Then a royal person came and told the woodcutters to stop cutting down trees. The was a lot of singing and artworks. The concept was that they mixed what they learned in homeroom class with what they learned in visual arts and performing arts. They used shadow puppets for the Amrita story for the trees in the forest. It was very interesting to watch.
Last week and the week before last week, we had coding classes in order to learn how to make tessellations using scratch. I made a octagon tessellation, even though they don’t actually work because they overlap and have rhombuses in it. But it was fun during the process, because I was always trying to find the right angle so it tessellated perfectly, but it took a long time and I even did the closest angle to being correct but it didn’t work. It didn’t successfully tessellate at all sadly it just overlapped. It actually did the complete opposite of what I expected it to do. The most challenging bit of it was finding the closest angle to being correct. Something new I learnt is how to tessellate using scratch and the pick random block. The pick random chooses a random edge on when it starts the next shape which has to be the same shape.
This week we learnt about the artist, inventor and scientist Leonardo Da Vinci. He is most famous for 2 of his masterpieces: The Last Supper which he actually put himself in and Mona Lisa, the World’s most famous painting. Mona Lisa is actually a portrait of a woman named Lisa Gherardi. He was credited with designing the bicycle, the tank, a city of the future,the helicopter, parachute, airplane and the armoured car. He actually was the first person to find out the span of our limbs with the vitruvian man. He also studied the heart and that is why we know a lot about it.
Why I enjoyed it is that I really like Da Vinci because he gave us a lot of the knowledge that we know. We wouldn’t have airplanes because the Wright Brothers Design was based on sketches by Da Vinci. So I think Da Vinci was a genius!
This week and last week we had coding classes in order to learn how to make tessellations using scratch. I made a octagon tessellation, even though they don’t actually work because they overlap and have rhombuses in it. But it was fun during the process, because I was always trying to find the right angle so it tessellated perfectly, but it took a long time and I even did the closest angle to being correct but it didn’t work. It didn’t successfully tessellate at all sadly it just overlapped. It actually did the complete opposite of what I expected it to do. The most challenging bit of it was finding the closest angle to being correct. Something new I learnt is how to tessellate using scratch and the pick random block.
In Visual Arts this week our class made paper cut-outs inspired by Henri Matisse. We worked on a single piece, but Luca, Jacob and me decided to work together to make a bigger piece. We decided to make biomes: mine was the jungle; Luca’s was the savanna; Jacob’s was the swamp. Mine had a treehouse and tarzan on pop-up trees; Luca’s had a crashed plane; Jacob’s had lots of trees.
Why we did it was for an artist inquiry for Visual Arts, and why I choose it was because it was really fun. How we did it was cutting and gluing paper onto a bigger piece of paper and we. What I learnt is that paper cut-out is an art strategy invented by Henri Matisse. My thoughts are that it is very fun to create paper cut-outs and we can be very creative using this art forms. I really enjoyed it because we made lots and lots of cut-outs! In all it was very funny trying to relate one thing with the biome.
I believe students at CDNIS should be able to write report cards for their teachers. Because how come students always get bad grades and some teachers don’t care. Also, why do teachers get to write reports for students but not vice versa?
Firstly, if teachers give students report cards, students should be able to write report cards for teachers. It would also be fair because there would be a scale from good to bad at a subject, but for overall there will be four choices : nice, hard, easy and strict. Also, there will be no exceedings, meetings or approaching or scales from 1-8. Also, they will try their best to make the students learn more than they normally would to move up a grade.
Secondly, it would help choosing what class a student should be in. Students would have suited teachers. Smart students who pay attention in class will go to nicer teachers or the ones who try the student’s skills. Bad students the ones who don’t pay attention in class will go to stricter teachers.
Lastly, the school will know if they should move a teacher up a grade if they get a hard grade. The students will also have suited homework too. Also, the teacher can give homework to students that actually know how to do it, so not all the students would have bad grades. Also, every student wouldn’t be stressed because of homework.
In conclusion, I strongly believe the students should write report cards for the teachers. Students should take a break from schoolwork and write reports.
Last week we had camp, at camp we learnt new thing and new games. We had camp at Treasure Island, there were 9 groups. Each group had a counselor and a teacher. My group had 3 chinese teachers : Ms. Kee; Ms. Miao; Ms. Zhang and the counselor’s name was Jesse and he is from New Zealand and only 5 years old because he was born on a leap day.
This is what I enjoyed about camp: going surfing, swimming, the barbeque dinner, raft-building and the tent building, also while we were surfing the people in my group made a water-works with the mud. I experienced for the first time is sleeping in a tent because I have never gone camping before.
What I will remember the most is my counselor because he was the nicest counselor there. He supported me in the times I was feeling down and was always helping everybody. What I found challenging is the rafting because the people in my weren’t paddling but we eventually made it.
What I learnt from the experience is never to litter because glass bottles take 1,000,000 years to decompose. Also to, to be environmentally-friendly because being environmentally-friendly means that we can make the world a better place. In all camp was super fun.
I have been inquiring into the Rainforest. The rainforest is found in an area called the tropics. In the tropics the temperature never falls below 25ºc. The Rainforest has more than 50% of the earth species even though it only cover roughly 7% of the Earth’s surface. The Rainforest can be thought of in three layers: the canopy; the understory; the forest floor. The canopy is the top most layer with lots of plant and animal, the tallest trees reach this layer. The understory is the middle layer with shorter trees. The forest floor is the bottom most layer the soil isn’t good for growing things other than fungi. Even though the state of the soil is bad lots of animal live on the forest floor. The animals eat dead plant matter from the understory and the canopy.