On may 18th, we had to continue our robotics dance challenge. This time, me and my partner were not coding. We created costumes. At the start of robotics, I was trying to code our robots because we are very very far behind. We have not even done half of our dance.
In order to get our supplies for our costumes, we needed to go to the art room or outside our classroom to get paper to make the costumes. For my robot, I decided to put a moustache on mine. It didn’t work very well, and someone did it and I wanted something different. So I put sunglasses instead. We also put small signs on our robots. Our group was called Starry Potatoes. Both of our robots have flowers on the butt.
My partner’s robot had a flower on the butt of the robot. They also put signs. At the end, I noticed our robot had no colour. The wheel was kind of lame. I decided to put rainbow strips of paper around our robot’s wheels. Unfortunately, we ran out of time. We had to wait for the next lesson.
Me and my partner is almost done. We just need to add a little bit more to our robots. I am looking forward to the next lesson of Robotics.
On May 12th, every class in grade 4 went to the library pit to learn about disasters. There was a police officer there named Mr. Graeme. He taught us many things about different disasters. Mainly natural disasters.
The things we learned about there was a landslide, typhoon and fires. The first thing we learned about was the typhoon. When there was a typhoon 7 or 8, they would put up the flag to the highest. If it was lower, the flag would go lower. The flag is to warn the people that are shipping stuff that people order that there is a typhoon coming.
Next, we learned about fires. We did not just learn about people setting stuff on fire or overcooking, we also learned about forest fires. There was one near my house and when I went outside I saw lots of smoke. People can also start forest fires by camping. If the fire is too hot, later it will cause the trees beside the fire pit to burn.
Lastly, we learned about Landslides. Landslides are when there are huge rocks falling from mountains. The rocks are really heavy, they can knock down buildings very easily. They can knock down half of an apartment!
I learned a lot about disasters and I am hoping to see another one of these presentations. 🙂
On May 11th, we went to the 10th floor LLAC lobby. We went to the LLAC lobby to do stations. It’s when there are many different topics for each station. For example: Singing, Knitting and more. If you liked singing you could go there if you were interested in knitting you could go to the knitting centre.
There were many different stations that we could go to. The ones that I remember is the singing, 3D doodling, knitting, music, greenscreen, plastics and I forgot the rest. Plastics is the one where you use the bottled water’s caps to make something pretty. I was helping on one that said “Joy” The singing station was the most popular one.
I think we did this because our teacher thought it would be fun for us. I also think that we did this because maybe our teacher thought that we could learn to do something new.I chose to write about this because I thought that it was the most interesting. From this, I learned how to edit, what a 3D doodling pen is, and what you can do with using just the plastic bottle caps.
I thought that it was a very interesting and I am wondering if we can do another one of these stations.
On May 9th, there was a spotlight. There were 3 classes in the same grade performing the spotlight. The classes that participated were 1B, 1D and 1E. Our buddies were in the class 1E.
The things they all did good on was talking. The microphone wasn’t working so then they had to shout. Sometimes when people shout in a spotlight or assembly, it’s not that loud. I think it’s mostly because they are shy. In this spotlight the people who needed to talk knew when to talk, and I think they did a good job.
The attitudes my buddy displayed changed throughout the spotlight. At the start she was confident because she wasn’t afraid to do anything. In the middle when they were dancing, she wasn’t very confident because she would always run to the back so nobody could see her. I also lost her so I couldn’t keep track of where she ran.
The attitude all the classes displayed was open minded because when they were dancing they needed a new partner and they did not care whether it was a girl or a boy. I think they also showed Enthusiasm because they I saw that they had a lot of fun and they were always smiling.
The spotlight was good. It’s just that there are some things that they needed to work on is maybe on their transition because they did not listen very carefully on the teacher’s sign whether to go to the spot they need to go next so they got left behind a little bit. Other than that, they did a really good job.
The Different elements of Performing Arts and Visual Arts is that they needed to create a script. They also needed to plan what a head of the big guy looks like. They also needed to know how to do all those dance moves. They also needed to memorise the script and know when they were going to talk without other people reminding them. I enjoyed watching their spotlight and I hope to see another one soon.
On April, (I forgot which day) We had SLLRS. SLLR stands for Student Led Learning Reviews. An SLLR is when students from every class (Except upper school) tell their parents about what they learned about over the school year. You don’t have to talk about everything. You could choose 3 that you wanted to tell your parents about.
My SLLR was on Friday. I got to relax for 1 day and then I had to go to the SLLR. After that, I needed to go to a birthday party so I got to relax again.
The things I told my parents about was The Design Project, A Persuasive writing piece about deforestation and the robotics dance challenge. We also had to talk to our parents about chinese. It was the same as the one we are doing for english but we had to speak in chinese and we tell them about what we did in chinese. I enjoyed telling my parents about my SLLR, but I am not very excited for the next one next year.
On May 2, we had to code a little cat called Scratch, we had a challenge and we needed to make a tessellation. A tessellation is when you draw the same things over and over and over again until it fills up the paper. There has to be no gaps. You could pick any shape to tessellate. I chose to do a tessellation of a triangle.
This was my first time coding. I do not know how many times I could successfully tessellate the triangle. There is probably about more than 30. Scratch sometimes drew what I expected. Sometimes I was puzzled about why Scratch suddenly overlapped the triangles. I finally figured it out because there was a limited amount of space. When it gets to the edge/corner, it turns back and it overlaps,
The most challenging part in this task was the coding. Sometimes I did not understand what most of the codes meant. When I tried it, I followed the code really closely so that I know what it does and I know what Scratch is doing.
I have learned a lot this lesson because this is just my first time doing scratch. I have learned what all of the movements meant. Some of them are: Pen up, Pen down, and pick random. Pen up means Scratch puts his pen up. Pen down is the opposite and instead Scratch puts his pen down. Pick random () () Means where it’s gonna go like the direction. So you have to give the coordinates to Scratch so he knows where to start and go.
I enjoyed exploring this new coding programme and am looking forward to the next challenge.
Kids shouldn’t be allowed to eat in class. I think kids should just wait until lunch or recess. It will distract kids and cause lots of trouble.
First of all, if they eat in class, there will be a lot of ants, bugs and flies around the class. Bugs and insects are usually attracted to food. Kids would then be coming home with mosquito bites. There will also be a lot of clapping. People will be distracted. There would also be several dead bugs on the floor.
Second of all, the classroom would be a mess! There would be food on the floor and on tables too. All the mess that we make, the janitors would have to clean it all up. Even papers will have food on it and people would think it’s disgusting.
Lastly, recess and lunch is only 1 hour and 30 minutes away. It’s like going on a hike for 1 hour and 30 minutes without food. You can just be patient and wait, and when it’s already lunch or recess, you can’t eat anymore cause you’re too full. You might even have a tummy ache.
In conclusion, I believe that kids should not be able to eat in class and should wait until lunch or recess. Kids will not focus and will create lots of problems. 🙂
On April 20th, we had visual arts. Last time in visual arts. This time we did not continue doing our packages. We have all finished that and now we are learning about different famous artists.
We learned about 3 different people (I forgot what their name is). We also had to draw a famous artist’s picture or something that they have painted or drew. This week, we have been learning about Henri Matisse. He was a person that used to colour very bright paintings. Then he caught a disease so he had to sit in a wheelchair. Then he thought of making a new type of art: Cut out art I think it was called. Then we had to create one of our own cut out painting/art.
We did this by not drawing and colouring, instead we needed to cut out random things and glue it to a piece of paper. Or the things that we were cutting out doesn’t need to be random. You can have themes like rainforest or nature or random. I did random because I couldn’t think of anything else. I think we learned about it because we should know what different types of arts they created and who invented types of art. I learned a new type of art. I enjoyed cutting little small pieces out :).
On March, we started doing a robotics dance challenge. The way we do the robotics dance challenge is by getting 2 robots to dance. They both have to be synchronised. Our class was the first class to get the robots.
We have already finished doing the plan. Our dance looks a little bit too complicated. We have only done the start and we don’t have much time left. I thought my robot was a bit broken because at the start my partner’s robot was working when mine was not. Then mine was working and my partner’s was not.
For all of the sessions we’ve had robotics, I have been trying to fix my robot but it wasn’t working so I just changed it a little bit and it started working.
I think we did it because the teachers would think that it was fun. From doing the robotics dance challenge, I learned how to make the robot turn 360° .