How Do People Find Atoms?

How Do People Find Atoms?

Recently in class (Somewhere around May 15), we were learning about atoms. We watched a BrainPop video and we had to write 3 things I found out, 2 interesting things I found about atoms, and 1 question. My question was how do people find atoms? I used some links to find an answer to my question:


*HowStuffWorks (

*BrainPop (

The 3 thinks I found out was: Democritus called atoms atoms from the greek word atomos. I also heard that atoms are made of protons, neutrons and electrons. Neutrons have no electrical charges, while protons have positive electrical charge, and the periodic table of elements; all the items/things displayed on there are all made of atoms!

There were 2 things I found interesting: The density of nucleus is the size of 6.2 billion cars. I also wrote that the center of atoms were made out of protons, neutrons and electrons. The nucleus is stuck together by strong forces.

Atoms are very small things (smaller than dust) that are found almost everywhere! It’s impossible to see an atom with a light microscope, but in 1981, somebody invented something called a scanning tunneling microscope. You can also call it STM. Using a scanning tunneling microscope, it’s now possible to see atoms.

Soon after that, in the UK, SuperSTEM Facility made an electron microscope. Just like the scanning tunneling microscope, you can also see atoms; you can also see atomic columns (A photo of atomic columns ^^^ go up). You can see them because the electron microscope uses beams of electrons instead of photons. Photons have a longer wavelength than electrons, which means electrons have short wavelengths. Therefore it’s more useful to use electrons. You can see closer and zoom into stuff more than before.

Science in the 20th century showed the structure of an atom. They found out that the structure of the nucleus and the forces hold the atom together.

People and scientists from around the world are also trying to find another way to be able to spot maybe smaller things than atoms.

Writing ~ Home Learning

For home learning, I chose to inquire onto wheels. I decided to write about wheels because i think it made a big impact on everyone’s lives; convenient, it helped invent pottery, etc. I used many different sources to find my info like:

*Wikipedia (

*Smithsonian (

*Ancient Origins (  

*autoevolution (

I found out that the wheel originated from Mesopotamia, and it was made in the Roman Empire (3500 BC). People didn’t have as good materials as they do now so the wheels were made out of wood, stone, and a little bit of metal.

There are many positives of the old wheel, and the new wheel. I decided to write about the old wheel since there are many differences between them. I wrote that it works, it helped invent pottery (Pottery wheel), and it inspired people to create fun things like ferris wheels. It also helped invent fun things for pets like hamster wheels!

There are not many negatives of the old wheel. I couldn’t find or think of anything else, so I wrote that it could cause deforestation (Because of cutting down trees and most vehicles need 4/2 wheels.) and relating to that, it would waste some materials.

The first vehicle was a chariot. In 3500 BC, the wheel wasn’t used like regular wheels like how we use them today. They were first served as a potter’s wheel (Pottery). In 3200 BC, people finally got the idea to use the wheel to transport people around the place. They were used by the army for hunting, and racing, and of course transportation. The people that were involved was the army, the Europeans (They are one of the first to make the wheel), the Egyptians (They were also one of the first to make the wheel).

The wheel helped inspire people and inventors to make something more of the wheel, like ferris wheels and water wheels. It helps many people in many ways and makes our lives even easier.

My Role As A 5A Student

In class, we were thinking about our roles as a 5A student. We came up with 5 key things that would make the best classroom and we wrote them down on sticky notes. I wrote: 1. Be Positive, 2. Talk in a normal tone, 3. Be cooperative, 4. Stay on task, and 5. Follow instructions.

I wrote be positive because I think that if people kept saying negative things, it probably would start arguments and we’d get nothing done. I think that I could contribute to this and I can do it by thinking more about the positives than the negatives.

The next thing I wrote was talk in a normal tone because people outside (In the hallway) were talking really loud and nearly shouting and it distracted us. Sometimes we’ve heard them run by  our classroom and say weird things and made some people in our class laugh. Sometimes when my classmates are outside we can hear them from far away. I think I can contribute to this by: When seeing my friends are talking too loud and try to make them talk in a lower tone.

After that I wrote be cooperative. We should be more cooperative because sometimes people are working too slow, so then we should help them so then we don’t take too long. Our assembly is next/the week after next week and I think we should definitely be cooperative.

I wrote stay on task because if we don’t stay on task, nothing would be gotten done. It’s like being positive but more important. Staying on task means that you’re not gaming and playing games or listening to music on the computer when the teacher isn’t watching. If we stay off task, we’ll get too carried away and forget what to do. I can contribute to this ← by telling anyone that’s off task to get back on task so we could finish faster and get maybe free time at the end of what we’re doing.

The last thing I wrote was follow instructions. We should also ask questions about the instructions so that we don’t get mixed up and maybe have to start again. If we follow instructions, our classroom will be functioning much quicker. I can contribute to this by ← correcting anyone I see not following instructions – doing the wrong thing.

I believe if we follow all those things ^, we’ll be a better functioning class :).

Artist in Residence Project

The Artist in Residence project is a project where we have to split into groups consisting of  5 people. We had to design something more than a dress, shirt and pants. We needed to use unique fabrics and try to not use cloth, because that’s what nearly every dress is made out of. Our dressed needed to be LIFESIZE! Our group is using a garbage bag(Where you put all your garbage in and throw it away), it’s a unique fabric explaining that you shouldn’t treat your body like garbage. The Artist In Residence project is raising a charity for kids4kids. CDNIS is selling tickets for our show and the money goes to that charity. Our grade (Maybe grade 4, i’ve heard about it but I don’t know) is hosting a fashion show.

Our product is a dress which represents that people should eat more nutritious food. People need to eat nutritious food because it benefits your health, and the brain. Not eating enough nutritious foods, can give you stress, you can get sleepier than normal, and nutrition gives us energy to work. It’s just like breakfast, but if you walk around you might fall over. You might also get ill, like having a heart disease or a stroke. It is a serious risk and you wouldn’t want that to happen to you. So eat nutrients!

Sometimes when you grow older, you won’t really care about eating too much junk, and you would probably like it less. You would probably go to a club and eat donuts all day but that’s not good for you. It’s just like peer pressure, you want people to like you so you do whatever is a trend or anything like that. You probably eat more pizza, because everyone does, but that’s not good for your body. You shouldn’t eat too much protein without any vitamins. Just protein is just like sugar and it affects your health. This is why nutritious food is good to eat.

I think our group’s efforts were good, but we were a bit slow with creativity. The dress was too simple, so we changed it. I think we did pretty good for organization and cooperation because we worked together to know what we were doing. We seperated the jobs evenly so that we all got to do something or bring something. We did good on cooperation, but sometimes we went  too off task. We are in a good spot and I think we will have enough time to finish our Artist In Residence project. I think we could be a little more open minded and be more creative, we need to be open minded because neither of us wanted to be the model.

HWOO (How We Organise Ourselves)

HWOO (How We Organise Ourselves)

On the start of November, we started a new unit called How we Organise Ourselves. The central idea was: “Being organised empowers us to take action more effectively.”. The way an organization empowers itself effectively is by having leaders and lots of workers.

The reason why companies/organisations need to be organised is because not everyone can lead a company. People may have different perspectives of things and there may be many arguments. Workers also can have different opinions. Many people have different opinions of things, so the leader can decide what to do.

We learned all the leaders that you could be: Visionaries, Doers, Reasoners and bridge builders. Out of all the leaders I could have been, I chose that I would be a bridge-builder. A build bridger’s talents are having compassion, having communication skills, oratory skills and listening skills. The task of bridge builders is that they have to hold team meetings, give pep talks, manage things, and get people to calm down and get people to meditate.

We got a piece of paper, there were a bunch of gifts on there such as being a good listener, having physical strength, bilingual, being a good writer, a speaker, outgoing, athletic, musical, and artistic. Out of all of those gifts, I think I am a good listener and a good writer. I think I’m a good listener because I think I can help my friends through difficult times. I think I am a good writer because I can hurriedly draft/write letters to people (Especially on computers!).

The way an organisation’s form empowers it to function properly is that an organisation can have good people (There are executives, board of directors, etc). They can also have people that have the most/good experienced workers. The way the company decides decisions, is by having the executives and the board of directors decide decisions. The good people can make the company/Organisation function really well. We have been recently working on something called TwoPresents. TwoPresents is an organisation that connects with many different charities. They ask people to contribute by giving gifts for many different charities. Their mission is to reduce plastic waste.

My group for TwoPresents is the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital. We organised by starting with a plan of a board game Then we tried it on google drawings. The person from TwoPresents said our game was a very creative board game. I think it will be effective because it will make patients that are in the hospital less bored. It might also be able to reduce stress, and get your mind off of being scared (if you are). The people who are contributing are the TwoPresents people, and students. I think our group is good and we have done a successful job of contributing to TwoPresents.

Visual Arts Peace Flag

Visual Arts Peace Flag

Peace day is on September 21st, today is Nov 9. We have been making peace day flags since September. Along the way, I’ve learned how to sew. I’ve been making mistakes by sewing in from the TOP first.

The thing I wanted to express from my peace day flag is that peace isn’t dark and peace is having a heart. Remembrance day is coming soon so they are putting our flags along the grade 5 hallway. They might even keep it for Christmas.

The techniques I was using was sewing. I also used hot glue for things that couldn’t be sewed onto my peace flag.

I can use this skill by fixing my broken clothes. Instead of spending money to fix your old and torn up clothes, you can just fix it yourself without spending any money.

At the start, I would rate myself a 5. I would rate myself a 5 because I remember i’ve sewed before, but I am sure that I forgot. At the end, I would rate myself a 7 because I thought that I got better and we found out that I started sewing from the top instead of sewing on the bottom.

I think I would be able to use the skills I learned in the future, and I think that I can get better and reach at least a 8 when I grow up.





P.E – The Game of Life

During a P.E lesson, we played a game. We didn’t know what the game was called, so I called it the game of life.

“The Game of Life” is basically capture the flag. Instead of going against another team, every team was against each other. If you don’t know what capture the flag is: You have to try to get other people’s points by going into their base and stealing bean bags (points). If you get caught trying to steal bean bags, you get sent to jail. Since we play on the 6th floor pitch, jail is in the corner.

Since there are different houses in our school (Mountain Lion, Raven, Orca & Bear), we each had our own teams. I am a mountain lion so me and the other mountain lions were a team. Our teacher pretended that his favorite color was blue, so he gave all the bean bags to the blue team (Bears). Because he liked the blue team, we couldn’t tag them, but they were allowed to tag us.

We had a lot of people on our team. I was defending the bean bags. The bears took most of our bean bags, but I think that they felt bad so they left one bean bag in every team’s base.

Overall, we did a good job. We got most of the Raven’s points. We started low in the beginning but we worked our way up to a lot of bean bags.

At the end of P.E, people got angry because they thought that the game was not fair. The P.E teacher was telling us that life isn’t fair because lots of people are rich and some people are poor. In this game, the bears were the rich people. The other teams were the poor people.

I didn’t really care if I won or lost. It was fun, and I thought it wasn’t as bad as the other P.E classes.

Refugee Simulator

On October 27, we had to do a refugee simulation. At first, I felt confused. I was confused because they gave us a piece of paper to fill out. The words on the paper were greek. Later, we found out that the paper the teachers gave us was a health form. We didn’t know what to do, so we just put no no no no no no no, and of course we did it wrong.

Later when we got in, they gave us pieces of paper. They showed us a sample of paper bags. So we tried to figure out how to make it, and we made good quality ones so we got +10 and +2 dollars!

The things that made the biggest impact was figuring out how to make the paper bags by ourselves. The impact was was that it kind of wasted our time figuring out how to make them. Another thing was that we had to use our money wisely. People got diseases like infections. If we didn’t buy a cure for them, they would die. We also needed food, and basic needs.

During this, I felt nervous, dizzy, sleepy and excited. I was dizzy because if it’s really loud I get dizzy. I felt nervous because I had a disease and I thought I was gonna die (Not literally die, just sit out).

Once, we had 16 dollars. It is the most we’ve earned. At the end, we had 8 dollars. We used our money to cure diseases.

We did something similar to last year, and we were the poorest people. I enjoyed this and i wanna do it again, but I just want to make it quieter.

Pok Fu Lam Village – Field Trip Reflection

Pok Fu Lam Village – Field Trip Reflection

On Oct 24, we went to Pok Fu Lam Village for a field trip. We went to Dragon’s Museum, different restaurants, a Dairy Farm Staff quarters. We saw  a hay silo, wall graffiti, etc. There were stray dogs along the way – the dogs were adorable. There were also lots of butterflies – i always had to duck because i’m scared of butterflies. 

We hiked up the mountain to see historical sights. The hike was steep and I slipped a couple of times but friends behind me pushed me up so that I don’t fall.

Along the way, we saw different conditions of how people live. Some have very poor living conditions and some were living off container vans. It does not seem comfortable at all. Some people who live in villages along the slopes of the mountain need to use common toilets because there are only 4 toilets for the entire village. 

Other things that we saw were cacti, a cow picture from a long time ago, schools and spider webs. We saw alleys that were very narrow. This hiking experience was more difficult than the one we did last year because of the steepness of the slope.

Up till now, I still wonder whether there are snakes or lizards around the area. It would’ve been scary. Hopefully there is none around the area.