I’m really sorry that I haven’t posted in a long time. It’s been quite a while. Edit: This was supposed to come in like a month ago so sorry!
In my class, I usually don’t have the chance to blog. After this post, you will probably not see another post in a few months!
This week, my class started a new Unit of Inquiry: How the World Works. My team and I are conducting scientific experiments!
We did this scientific experiment called “Magic Paper”! We rubbed different rods with different materials to create static electricity, the electricity attracted little flakes of paper! I thought it was really cool to watch because you usually don’t get to see static electricity in action.
Edit: Now my class has completed many scientific experiments! We did an experiment where we had to power a lightbulb with a lemon, the lightbulbs were faulty so we ended up using a voltmeter to measure the voltage of the power output. I learned that the metal strips we used to conduct the electricity were called electrodes and the lemon juice was an electrolyte. Another experiment we did was about creating circuits, we had to connect a light bulb to a battery and keep on light on and one off. We mostly played with the wires and figured it out. Today, we did an experiment with a lumen (LUX) detector! It was pretty fun because we got to see how much light the lightbulb was radiating!
Note: Sorry if this post was grammatically incorrect, I typed this up in a hurry.
In the past few weeks, grade 5 has been working on a fashion show. Our goal was to create a catwalk in the LLAC showing off all of grade 5’s fashion designs.
We split into small groups of 5 for this project, we first chose our theme. My group’s theme was winter, we decided to use blue for most of our dress. Next, we started designing our dress. Ms. Laura told us that we would be coding our robots to follow us on the catwalk carpet. My group split up into to sub-groups, one sub-group was to design and code the robot and the other was in charge of creating and design the dress.
I was in the section which was in charge of the robot. We first designed the robot’s mannequin on Tinkercad, Tinkercad is a 3D modeling app that allows you to design items. It is possible to 3D print with Tinkercad, all you have to do is send it to another app called Cora and transmit the design to the 3D printer. Next, my teammates worked on the code and I designed the robot. I tried many ways to make the robot faster by changing the leg format, it was really fun.
My team had to create the dress with reusable materials, we used cellophane and shower curtains! I think shower curtains were good for my dress because it was flexible, strong, and good looking. I didn’t really like the cellophane because it was translucent, I would have stuck to only using shower curtains but the criteria stated that we had to use multiple materials.
I think my team worked really well together, we did well in our individual roles.
This week was really packed, we had 4 special occasions! On Tuesday, we had sports day! Sports day was really fun for me, I can’t believe I made it to the boys’ grade 5 100 meter finals! I really enjoyed Tuesday, the only downside about Tuesday was that I had swimming ASA after sports day so I got exceptionally tired. I really liked the tug of war, Orca won for grade 5 and mountain lion won for grade 6! It was awesome!
On Wednesday, 5B and 5A had their spotlight. I think my group did a great job considering that we never had a rehearsal. Wednesday was a success!
Bonus: We also had the chance to see some 3D printing! It was really cool, I feel extremely fortunate to witness this.
It’s been a long time since I have posted something, I’m sorry.
5B has completed a lot of things this term, I loved writing up my report. It was really fun, I enjoyed design the structure of my writing too. Overall, my favorite project was about designing products (E-Products) for Two Presents. That means my favorite unit of inquiry is HWOO (How We Organize Ourselves)
There were a few things that went great and some things that didn’t go so well. I think I did well in my writing and UOI but I need some work on math and participation. I haven’t been participating much in class much and I’m kind of slow in calculating math equations.
Some things I can work on next year:
Some things I am doing well in:
I hope I can do even better in school next year! Happy New Year!
I made a peace flag in visual art class last week.
1. What is the message you wanted to express through the peace flag?
I wanted peace and joy.
2. List all of the techniques you used:
3. Now that you have learned sewing, how can you apply your sewing skills in the future?
- I can patch up blankets, cushions and pillows. It would be very easy for me if I had a sewing machine too!
4. On the scale of 1-10, how do you rate your success?
A guest speaker from crossroads visited us today! His name was David Livingstone. Mr. Livingstone was from North Uganda, he had been through a lot of things in his life. The most surprising fact was that he was once a child soldier. He admitted that he once was forced to kill one of his friends. He also said he had to carry a heavy gun all day long (AK-47 with fully loaded magazines), he even had to go to jail for six months because the army suspected that he was a spy from the rebels. I feel very sorry for him, I would never have wanted to work for terrorists. Mr. Livingstone said that if he didn’t do what they commanded, he would die. He said he was tortured too, we saw many scars on his leg. I learned that there are other people out there too, getting abducted by terrorist groups and getting put in jail. The army misunderstands the escaped child soldiers as spies and put them in jail, this happens because most escaped child soldiers have no evidence or proof that they have escaped. We must help free the child soldiers!
Here are some things we can do to help
- Donate to charities, every donation counts!
- Inform people about the issue so more people can know about this!
Some questions that I have:
- Where does the donation money go?
- What are some organizations which support child soldiers?
5B did many things this week, what I most enjoyed was the literacy. In literacy, we had to create a piece of persuasive writing. I think I did pretty good because my conclusion didn’t have any problems. I will tell you what I did this week:
Literacy: I wrote a piece of persuasive writing about child soldiers. I wrote 1 introduction, 3 supporting paragraphs, and 1 conclusion.
UOI: Aaren, Andrew and I made a poster about child soldiers, I think we did pretty good.
Math: We did a big maths revision on Tuesday. We did a maths test on Wednesday.
Bookclub: We wrote down some information for our book, my book is called “Number the Stars”. It is about a girl called Ellen escaping from the Nazis.
Robotics: 5B started coding our robots, I couldn’t code my robot because I updated to MacOS Sierra.
In conclusion, this was a great week. I completed many things, I hope next week will be like this too!
We played a game last week called “Game of Life”, it was an unfair version of capture the flag. We did this activity to learn about the world and its people. The blue bears had the advantage while the rest of the houses had the disadvantage. The blue team had unlimited lives and lots of treasure while the rest had limited lives and less treasure. We wanted to change the rules but we didn’t have the ability. This is exactly like the real world, most poor people don’t have the ability to change the rules of life. That is why they need us, they need food, money, water and hope. Making a donation will help change the circumstances of the poor.
I learned that it is not the poor people’s fault that they are poor, it was the circumstance that they born in which determined their life. If a person was born in a war-ravaged country, they would probably have a poor life. If a person was born in a rich country with both parents, that person would most likely have a rich life. We may think that we are regular but we are actually the top 1% most privileged people worldwide. We have to help the poor to make the world better. Stopping wars will also help, there is a lot of poverty in war-torn places like Syria. War also displaces people, that means there will be more refugees or poor people in the world if war continues.
Last week, grade 5 went on a camping trip to Tai Tam! We stayed at the Tai Tam Scout Center. We spent 2 nights and 3 days in there. My camp leaders were John and Dylan. The first night we were in a fully air-conditioned dormitory, I got 4 hours of sleep because everybody in the dorms was either crying or complaining about the light and heat. It was an unpleasant experience for me. The next night we transitioned into tents, it was better because everyone fell silent. The tents were troublesome, full of bugs (I had to kill 2 spiders for my friends) and hot, I have to say I liked them better than the dorms. Camp was very fun in general because the washrooms were exceptionally high quality and I could work with my friends.
Throughout camp, we completed a vast amount of activities like rock climbing, fire building and team building. The one activity which was challenging for me was raft building, it was hard to paddle and we were very slow. Kayaking was also a slight challenge for me because it was extremely windy and wavy. My favorite activity was fire building because I loved using magnesium and steel to create sparks. What I learned was how to use the equipment properly without burning myself. I also enjoyed creating a map with my friend. Here is a video of me creating sparks with magnesium and steel.
On the third and final day, we had a star challenge. In the star challenge, our group was split into different sections (A and B). We were still on the same team, we just did this so we could do more activities. The more activities we did, the more points we had. There were some very challenging activities like “Nose to Bell”. We had to lift every single team member’s nose to a bell tied to a tree. It was really hard when we had to lift our friend who was a little too heavy. Our final score was about 1400, we won the 3rd place in the whole grade so my team was really happy. It was a great experience.
Grade 5 camp was great, I enjoyed it because I learned a few new skills like lighting a fire. I hope camp will be similar to this in grade 6. I will camp in the Tai Tam Scout Center later in the year for scouts too, many of my fellow grade 5 scouts are disappointed but I’m kind of looking forward to it because the showers are extremely clean. Be sure to check out my Tai Tam scout camp when it comes out, I think I will also have a great time!
I made this drawing of my bedroom today! Have a look:
5B did this because we were looking at pictures of different bedrooms. Some bedrooms were cramped, dark and dirty but some bedrooms were bright, clean, spacious and full of toys. It was obvious the dirty bedrooms were owned by poor people and the clean bedrooms were owned by rich people. By looking at the bedrooms we already knew the owners of them, this shows that every bedroom tells a story about your life. Some people might have been born in poor circumstances, others might have been born in excellent circumstances.
Our task was to draw our own bedroom, it showed our story. My bedroom showed that I was born in good circumstances. We did this because our UOI(Unit of Inquiry) was about the unprivileged. The unprivileged might be jobless, homeless or someone who lives in extreme poverty.
I think this activity was very educational and interesting, I hope we can do a similar activity next time. This unit of inquiry seems very interesting, I hope I can learn more about the unprivileged in the future!