First Year of G5

On August 1st, we have finished grade 4 and now moving on to grade 5! This blog post is a little bit late because we had to do a lot of things. Now we are on our next unit. This blog post, I am going to talk about a math game that I played online as an extra.

We played this game called Deep Sea Dive on the website called Illuminations. It’s a game where you can choose which grid you have. They have a 16 bubble grid and a 9 it says the target number on the top of the screen., and then you have to match the number so then it adds up to the target number.

I played the game a couple of times and I won a lot of them. Once you won like 4 times, the game gets harder and it can add in decimals and maybe even negative numbers!

The things I learned from this is how to add decimals. It was also very entertaining. Once I got to the decimals, I lost quite a bit. First when I tried it I kept guessing. Sometimes I won and sometimes I didn’t. I mostly didn’t. If you want to see the link, click HERE!

Before this, we had to do a summative test of UOI. This summative was about the first unit. It was about what we needed our classroom community to look like. By that, it meant that we needed to talk about what we wanted everyone to act, or what we actually wanted our classroom community to look like (Arranging tables and changing the design).

I am fast at typing, so I finished it earlier than some people. We also had this paper to correct our work and correct our mistakes. I added a few more ideas because the minimum of paragraphs were at least like 7-11 paragraphs.

This was a summative task, which means we can’t help other people. I helped someone a little bit but then I didn’t know.

I think I was successful with my writing piece. Maybe to improve it, I can add more details. In case you want to read it yourself, just go HERE!

I felt very happy since the start of the year. The only thing is that people kept talking when I was trying to focus.

Treasure Island (Camp)

On Wednesday, Grade 4 went to treasure island for camp. We stayed there for 3 days (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). I was put into group 2, and we did many different activities.

The thing I enjoyed the most was the rope course. The rope course is where you have to blindfold yourself and hold onto the rope and try to get your whole team to the finish line. There was trees in the way so it made it more interesting. I like that the most because it is like dialogue in the dark. I also enjoyed it because you don’t know where you are going and it is a bit like a mystery.

I experienced many things for the first time but I liked surfing. I have never done surfing before and I thought that it was very fun.

I will remember making smores the most because I like eating food. It is also my first time making smores!

The thing I found most challenging was the raft building. I think it was the most challenging because you have a short amount of time to plan and build. We only had a certain amount of materials. Everyone had 4 bamboo sticks, 4 short ropes and 2 long ropes, and 4 tires. Our raft broke when we went to ride it, so instead of riding it we pushed it. At the end you have to pile it up to match what it looked like when we first got there.
From camp, I learned how to set up my own tent. I also learned how to take care of myself when I am away from my family. I enjoyed being at camp.

What Was More Important This Week

2 Weeks ago, we continued doing the design project. I have wrote about this but I am now at a different stage and I thought that it was cool. I finished doing the design project. Now I am adding furniture.

I finished building my house. Now I get to decorate it. Before we went on minecraft and created our house, we had to finish a booklet. There were questions like: What is the total perimeter and area of your house and what is the perimeter, volume, and area of every room. After that, we needed to do 3 word problems. We could choose whether it was about perimeter or area.  I think we did it because it was interesting and we needed to know what perimeter, area and volume meant. From doing that, I learned volume and how to do word problems that have to do with perimeter and area.

Make A Map – Extinction

On March 21st, I watched a video on BrainPop. The video was about extinction. I liked this one and decided to create a mind map about it. It was really cool.

Extinction is when an entire species of animals die. Species are any group of organisms that share enough common traits to breed together. There are more than 1 billion extinct species! Some examples of animals that are extinct; Sabre tooth tiger, dodo bird and dinosaurs are all extinct! And when a species die, it can affect the whole ecosystem.

The way the dinosaurs were extinct was by mass extinction. It is when a large percentage of species on earth die in a short period of time. It happens because sudden environmental factors like it suddenly becomes really cold. Dinosaurs do not live in cold places so they die very easily.

Evolutionary pressure is when one species change into many generations. There’s also a theory of evolution; All living things are competing for food, water and space, and because of that, they are becoming extinct! For example, if a fish is trying to get food and have more space, then a shark suddenly wants it, they’ll eat the fish to get even more space for themselves. If it keeps on happening, species will become extinct quicker.

Extinction can also happen by human activities like farming, forestry, industry and commercial fishing. They all put lots of pressure on the environment. Humans also depend a lot on food, clothing and shelter. They kill the animals and cut the trees for all of those. That is another way animals can become extinct.
I learned a lot about extinction. I am looking forward to creating another one :D.

Make a Map – Oceans

On March 16th, I used BrainPop to create a mind map about oceans. I found out way more than the Land Biomes one I did. The video was called Underwater World. I chose this topic because I did not know much about what is in the oceans.

First, I found out that oceans are the largest ecosystems in the world. Over 70% of earth’s surface is covered with water, and all of the oceans connect so that animals can move between them. The Depths of oceans is so dark, no plants can grow, and the fish down there have light emitting abilities.

After that, I learned that there are a lot of different habitats underwater. There are sandy plains, mountains, coral reefs, deep canyons, and open water. Another one is called the Pelagic habitat. They are divided in 3 zones: Bathyal zone, Abyssal zone and Euphotic zone. The Bathyal zone have just a little bit of light. In the Abyssal zone, there is no sunlight and it can go down to 6,000m! The pressure there can turn you into a smooth paste, but there are still animals living in the Abyssal zone! The Euphotic zone is from the surface down to 100m, and they get enough sunlight that tiny plankton live there. They need just about every food chain in the ocean!

There is also a Benthic habitat. Scientists call it the ocean floor. It covers the coral reef to continental shelves to underwater mountains ranges to deep ocean trenches. One of the deepest trench in the world is the Marianas in the Pacifics. It’s over 11,000m deep and you can loose the world’s tallest inside of it!

Another habitat is the coral reef. The coral reef can look like a rock, but it is actually made of hard skeleton of small animals. The skeleton is from a coral polyp. Since the coral reef is close to the surface, sunlight penetrates the water.
All of those habitats support different types of sea life. If you combine all of those habitats together, there will be more than 21,000 species living in the water! I really enjoyed watching the video and creating the mind map. It was very fun.

Make A Map-Land Biomes

On March 14th, we made a map about biomes. We used BrainPop to watch a video about it and created a mind map. On this mind map, I knew more than the other mind maps I’ve created.

Biomes are a system of plants, animals and land, and they all have similar ecosystems. Factors like temperature, rainfall and attitude all decide what plant and animal life a biome can support. I also learned that if you move an animal out of their biome, there is a high chance of them dying. For example: If you move a polar bear out to a Desert, it will most likely die because it’s too hot. The same happens with plants.

I learned about the different biomes. There are much more than I expected. One biome is a Rainforest, it can reach over 150 cm of rainfall each year, and they’re humid and hot. Another biome is a Temperate Forest. That is where Oak and Maple Trees grow, and the soil is very fertile. I learned about another biome called Taiga. They have cool summers and cold winters. There is also Grasslands or Savanna. There are NOT a lot of trees but lots of grassland. They have hot rainy seasons and cold dry seasons. The last one was the Desert, it’s hot during the day and cold during the night.

There was one biome I missed. It was the tundra. I couldn’t put them anywhere because there is no more space. I learned a lot from BrainPop, and enjoyed creating the mind map.

Mind-Map Ecosystems

On March 9th, we began to start a new unit. I think our new unit is about ecosystems or just different types of systems. So we all went on BrainPop and watched a video about ecosystems, and then we created a mind-map about ecosystems. I found out a lot about them.

When I was watching the video, one of the ecosystems was a Desert. The Desert’s ecosystem is made up from living and nonliving animals that can interact with each other. Many times, ecosystems are categorized. From the amount of rainfalls and the sunlight they get, a Desert don’t get a lot of rain so there is almost no water.  They also have their own community of plants and animals that have adapted. Because of the hot and dry weather, Kangaroo rats sleep underground so it’s cooler (Cooler as in weather cooler). Plants and animals that live in the desert must be able to survive without any water.

Other than Desert ecosystems, there is also Water ecosystems. Some examples of water ecosystems are ponds, lakes, rivers and oceans. Communities can be separated into different populations. They are all made up by 1 organsim, and they all have their own habitat. There are many different types of habitats. One of them is the forest. Habitats are a little bit like biomes, but not really. Biomes are different places, habitats are like where they live.

I enjoyed creating this mind-map and I am looking forward to create the next one.