I’m back and I survived Grade 6 camp! We went to Outward Bound in Sai Kung. I did so many exciting and awesome things. I got a bit homesick, but I just reminded myself that I was with my friends and that it was only for a few days. My camp leaders, Yolanda, Matt and Sonia, were really nice and encouraging. We also saw wild boars! Not up close, but on the helicopter pad near our campsite where we stayed for the last night. I had so much more fun then I imagined I would.
I pushed myself out of my comfort zone by jumping off the top jetty when I only planned to do the middle. I was really scared at first, but when I actually jumped, it felt amazing. I knew that if I didn’t jump, I would regret not jumping later. I felt really proud of myself after. We spent the first night in the dorms, which were nice (except for the really noisy ceiling fans), and the next two nights in tents.
Basically all of the activities were fun. We hiked up one of the tallest mountains in that area! There was a cool marker at the top. We did orienteering, where we had a map of the area and we had to find these numbers and letters. After we found them all, we had to decode the message, which read pontoon, so that’s when we went to the pontoon to do a practice jetty jump, and our camp leaders showed us how to hold the life jackets and how to step off. We also did kayaking. We saw lots of rock-like things floating around in the water. My best friend Alexa thought they were coconuts, but Yolanda told us that they were actually dead sea urchins, which was a bit creepy.
I think my favourite part was getting s’mores on the last night. They were delicious, probably more delicious because I hadn’t had one since 4th grade. I also loved looking at the stars. My dad has an app on his phone where you can look up all the constellations and find them in real life. I wish I had my dad’s phone there to tell what all the constellations were, and I wish we could see more stars like that in the city because that would just be amazing.
Overall, I was really happy with my accomplishments at camp. I think I did a pretty good job and put my best effort in all the activities. I think that next year if we do camp-like trips, I can maybe be more of a risk-taker because if I don’t push myself out of my comfort zone, I’ll be stuck doing the same things again and again and I won’t learn new things and become more comfortable doing different things.
Today, we answered a question called The Monty Hall Problem. In the Monty Hall problem, there are three doors- door 1, door 2 and door 3. Behind two of those doors, there were goats. Behind one of the doors, there was a sports car. So, for example, I picked door 1. Then one of the doors, I’ll say, door 2, would open and reveal a goat. Then, you would have to decide whether to stay on door 1 or to switch to door 3. After I watched this video, I understood it a lot more. I learnt that you should always switch because door 1 has a 1/3 chance of being a sports car, and the other two doors (doors 2 and 3) have a 2/3 chance of being a sports car. When door 2 was revealed, it was the goat. Then door 3 would be the 2/3 chance. I would pick door 3 because it’s twice as likely to get the sports car. Click here to go to the Monty Hall game I played.
For my research and jot notes, click here
Home Learning blog post
By Anna Parsons
For my inquiry, I wanted to know:
- What is plastic made of?
- Why doesn’t plastic biodegrade?
I did jot notes and I used two sources: this website and this website.
Do you know what plastic is actually made of? Plastic is made of natural things, such as petroleum, natural gas, oil, coal and rubber from a rubber tree. Did you know that rubber from a rubber tree is actually plastic? Most plastic isn’t biodegradable, but it’s degradable, which means it can break down. Corn plastic can biodegrade naturally. Plastics made of petrol, instead of biodegrading, can photodegrade, which requires sunlight and not bacteria. That process takes 47-90 days. Plastics that do not biodegrade get thrown into the sea and then get eaten by fish and other marine animals. The plastic just stays in the fish or marine animal after it’s eaten the plastic because it doesn’t biodegrade. I think that we should reuse and recycle the plastics that we’re finished using so we can save fish and marine animals.
Our assembly was last Friday. Since our unit was on history, we made a skit about historical people and time periods. Me and Alexa were on the props team. We were in charge of making all the props for the assembly. We had very little time-only a week. But we managed to make or bring all the props that people needed. Some groups needed more props than others. The hardest thing to make was the time machine. It was obviously the biggest prop that we made and the one that was the hardest to make because it was so big, but we managed to make all the props in time.
Last Friday we went to Asbury Community Centar. Friday was actually a Dress Down Day, so we still brought the money and used it to buy things for a family. Unfortunately, the bus driver got a little bit lost on the way over, but we still got there. Once we got there, we were all starving. So we got into our groups and ate our snacks while a lady explained what we would be doing. In my group, there was me, Des, Darren, Aline and Joshua. So we went off and bought peppers, broccoli, tangerines and toilet rolls for a family. It was really fun.
Asbury’s mission is to help people in subdivided units. Asbury offers food and other things to these people because they may not have enough money to buy it themselves.
The Pakistani family that me and my group met was a husband and a mother with two kids, a two year old and a four year old. Their house was kind of nice for a subdivided unit. They had a washing machine and a kitchen stove and a big bunkbed with a bigger bottom bunk than the top bunk. Their bathroom was nice as well. Their house was very clean. The father was at work. He’s a construction worker. The four year old was interested in playing with us and kept throwing toys at us and wanting us to throw them back. He was cute. The two year old didn’t do much. She just crawled around the bottom bunk and played with her toys. The mother explained that before they got married, the husband was already living in Hong Kong, so they moved here. I was very surprised when the mother said that she liked living in that house. I wouldn’t want to live there.
This is my peace flag. We made them for Peace Day. First we tie dyed cloth. I did a spiral design. In the next lesson, we started planning and sewing our designs. We drew on little pieces of cloth and cut them out. We sewed beads and our cloth designs to our flag. I made tassels and sewed them onto my flag. I also used a sewing machine and sewed some things on.
I came back from G5 camp on friday.
Before I left for camp, I was really excited and I knew from my experience at G4 camp that it was going to be awesome.It turned out to be fun and unexpected. My camp leaders were Toby and Emma.
My favourite activity was the kayaking. When we were kayaking, we played a game called risk. We had to tap the front of other people’s kayaks 3 times and say your country name, for example, England England England. That means that the person that was tapped is now England. They have to go around and tap other people and turn them into England too.
The frustrating part was moving. If you paddle on one side, the kayak turned TOO much. I was close to capsizing a few times. I learnt that kayaking is a lot harder than it looks, also when we were practicing on land.
One thing I want to improve in kayaking would be to focus on going in a straight line. That would help me not crash into other boats in the future (not that I did) and it would also help me become a better kayaker.
This was our campsite (and a pile of bags). There’s a little red arrow pointing to me.
This is us in the field just taking a break. I was writing AKA drawing, as usual.
I’m in grade 5!! G4 went by SO FAST! I love my new class and mostly everything about G5!
Anyway, This is my writing what I would want change in our classroom community. I would like to change in our classroom community, which was our behaviour in the classroom. This is the link to my writing.
Today we coded our initials in scratch. It was hard but fun. And it turned out pretty good…!
The hardest part was to make the curve on the P, but what I did was I repeated tiny lines and turning. My code looked like this: