reflections for the week and goal setting

This week, I am grateful that I have friends that I can play with. I enjoyed having the extra day of holiday because I had a playdate with 3 of my old friends called Felix, Brendan and Aaron. We played tennis, badminton and bowling. It was really fun! The challenge that I faced this week was trying not to  make my dad get mad at me because it happens everyday. My personal goal is time management, the learning goal is practicing math and my relationship goal is to have a playdate with some of my friends.

My Grade 4 camp!

  I went to the grade 4 camp last Wednesday on March 29 to March 31! My tent mate was Ishaan.  Another one of my friends whose name is Hayden was supposed to be with me in the tent, but he broke his leg so he couldn’t go.  My camp group was group 2, and my 2 group leaders at camp were Mr Brown from CDNIS and Melissa from Treasure Island. Camp was really fun!Screen Shot 2017-04-06 at 10.17.28 AM

  On the first day, everyone was really excited because we were doing fun activities, finding out who is in our camp group and building our tents. We had beach activities, saw wild buffaloes, met Billy the cow, had the best spaghetti bolognese dinner of my life, organised our tents and we also did twilight activities and scavenger hunts. Unfortunately Joe threw up after eating too much dinner and Ishaan lost his water boScreen Shot 2017-04-06 at 10.14.06 AMttle. During the beginning of the night, he was sniffing really loudly because I think he was sad.  I couldn’t sleep that well because the people beside us were really noisy and a frog went inside someone else’s tent so the kids there were screaming.

  Day 2 was the best day ever. We had animal relay races, tons of beach and water activities, went surfing and we had barbecue and s’mores for dinner! We also had Tent city at camptwilight activities again but when I went back into the tent, there was sand and leaves all over my clothes and suitcase. There was also a fly in our tent twice but I’m not sure if it was me or Ishaan whom let it in. He was sniffing a lot again because he told me he was homesick. Eventually he stopped when I told him to because I wouldn’t be able to sleep if he kept sniffing for the whole night.

  On the last day of camp, we learned how to build a shelter. We tested it out when it rained and had lots of wind and built the base of a fire.  We had a lost and found table so he found 4 of his things there and he found his water bottle between the orange waterproof cover and the part of the tent that we slept in. We also took down our tents. When we left camp, It was raining heavily and we all got wet. A few other kids and I got carsick. Some of us were so dizzy that we fell asleep and didn’t wake up until Ms Brown woke them up. Finally, we arrived at school and had popcorn.

  At camp, I learned about wildlife and the problems we are facing like garbage getting eaten by cows like Billy and buffaloesScreen Shot 2017-04-06 at 10.19.10 AM too. I learned about teamwork and cooperation and most importantly, how to be independent and responsible. Learning about those things were some of my goals, and I successfully completed most of them so that was really good. I am really thankful that I did not lose anything at the end of the trip. 

Plastic free seas workshop

Today we had the plastic free seas workshop in the upper school science lab, and it was really fun! We found out all about microbeads that were in different soaps, alcohol for cleaning hands and face washes. The microbeads are little bits of plastic that are in some products. We did an experiment on taking micro beads out of soap, hand alcohol and face washes and seeing which product had the biggest, most and smallest microbeads. My group (Me, Joshua, Patrick, Ishaan, Darren L and Calvin) had the product that had the most microbeads. Here’s how you do it:

1: squeeze the product into a piece of cloth(cotton bags are the best)                                                                                             2: rinse the cotton bag under a water tap and squeeze it to get the soap out so the microbeads will stay inside the bag and there won’t be anymore soap                                                                                                                                                             3: dry the bag with a hair dryer                                                                                                                                                               4: pour all the microbeads into a glass petri dish so you can see it(you can also use other things that can store microbeads)                                                                                                                                                                                               5: (optional) use a microscope to see the microbeads close up

  Now you are done!

About ecosystems

An ecosystem is a large group of living and non-living things that depend on each other to survive. There are different types of ecosystems like ocean ecosystems, forest ecosystems, desert ecosystems and more! The type of ecosystem I am really interested in are the forest ecosystems. I am interested in them because there are tons of different types of animals, insects, trees, rocks, mushrooms and plants in forests and each and every one of them have a role in the ecosystem. I want to find out more about them and how the ecosystem works.

The video that I watched today

The video that I watched today was  really cool, but some parts were really sad too. It was about saving the environment. In the first half of the video, it shows us some really cool pictures when there wasn’t any pollution in the air, but it also showed me pictures of pollution, water pollution, smoke, people killing animals, etc. The coolest picture in my opinion was this one:             Screen Shot 2017-02-27 at 7.19.03 PM       The most awful picture had people standing over a bunch of dead animals (it was too disgusting so I didn’t put the picture.) The picture that was the most powerful was the nice picture I picked. at the end of the video, I felt like we had to do something about all the bad things we are doing to the environment.  Here is the link for the video:                                                                                                                                                             https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zPcR7wgh0

My winter vacation

During my winter vacation, I went snowboarding. On the first day of snowboarding, I wasn’t too good. Why? Because I kept falling down. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get the edges into the snow properly. The board was just too heavy for me because the size was 135. So, my dad bought me a 130. It felt much better. After we got the board, My dad took me to the easiest run on the mountain. Since it was my first day, it looked really steep but it actually wasn’t when I got used to snowboarding. I fell down more than 10 times(I think). The next day, I had to work on going down the easy run without falling down. I also went on a few harder green runs. On the 3rd and 4th day, I went down harder runs like blue or red ones, (they are both exactly the same difficulty, just different colours.) and did some jumps on a small hill. On the 3rd day, I went on my first blue of my vacation called Freeway. After my friend’s Mom went on it she said it felt like jumping off a cliff.(Only the top part was really scary. When you get to the middle and end it’s really easy.) On the jump, I always fell down. It’s not as easy as you think. I got really scared when I was flying through the air. On the 4th day I mostly went down blue runs, and I finally made the jump (it wasn’t a good jump, but it’s progress.) On the last 2 days, I went down 3 black runs called: Grand Prix Z (which was the easiest, kind of like a blue), North star (2nd hardest) and No gravity which was the hardest run on the mountain. I went down the Grand Prix and north star on the 5th day and no gravity on the 6th. On North star and No gravity, whenever I fell, I was rolling down the hill, flying down the slope and getting snow in my jacket because it was so steep and it had so much powder snow on it.