Last Friday, There was a guest speaker that came to our school to talk about Natural Disasters he was called Graeme Still. The guest speaker used to be a police officer so that’s why he has been in a lot of dangerous disasters. He was talking about three main things Typhoon, fire, floods, landslides.
The first thing he talked about was Typhoon. In Graeme Still’s days their was no television or phones to tell the world a important message at once. So they used signs, They had different meanings some meant a very dangerous Typhoon, not so bad Typhoon, etc… . The signs are put on the top of some houses close to the ocean so boats can see, they are hanged up by a sting, but it won’t go up in till you pull the sting. For different levels of how strong the wind is they have to go to other houses to show the different levels of how strong the wind . Graeme Still had been on heavy typhoons like typhoon 10. One time the was a big typhoon and there was a taxi with elderly people in it, the taxi driver could not see the road properly because of the rain. Then the fell in to a big pool with lots of mud in it, so when the police came they only saw the light of the taxi. The police(Graeme Still and other police men) men had to go inside and take the passengers out, only the driver came out the passengers did not make it.
The second thing he talked about was Land Slides. Land slides is when a big part of a mountin or dirt falls and destroy the things below it. There was one Land slide that happened in Po Shan Road(HK), 1972. It happened at 7pm so nobody was prepared. When it happened it covered a 4 story house, knocked down lots of buildings, Now there are not much Land Slides because our drains are now better.
The last thing he talked about was about fires he told us two stories about him learning and helping to stop a fire. Once he was learning how to use a fire hose he flew straight back because he thought it was easy like how people do it in movies. Another movie was there was a fire in his building and he had to go out. Lastley he told us how dangouros fire was.
On that day I learned a lot more about natural disasters.
May 9th, Our learning Buddies and three other classes had a spotlight in the LLAC, It was about Puppets and nature. The spotlight was based on a story about a girl called Amrita and one day she was sitting by her favorite tree, then woodchoppers came and said “ we are going to cut down your trees.” When they arrived Amrita heard she quickly ran to the village and told her mom everything. When she finished taking Amrita’s mom spreaded the new to every women in the village and ran to the forest to stop the woodchoppers. When the got there they said “don’t cut our trees!”, but they rejected they said and chopped the trees down. When one of the wood choppers were going to chop down Amrita’s favorite tree she hugged it very tightly, so the woodchoppers would not cut it down. The wood choppers later stopped cutting the trees and went to there master. After a few days, the woodchoppers master came to award Amrita’s bravery and after that they had a fun Party with lots of wonderful singing.
What I liked about the Spotlight was that they chose a very interesting story and the background matched it a lot. I like how it was a combination of a roleplay and a puppet roleplay. I like even though the microphones were not working you did not stop and used a big loud voice. You and the other classes were very committed and confident in the spotlight.
I believe that we should stop Ivory Trading, because if we keep doing this there will be less elephants and people who wish to see elephants will be disappointed because they are all extinct. Elephants help us do lots of stuff like clearing the landscape and they help spread seeds. Ivory is not only in elephants it is also in other animals like hippopotamuses and some whales. So we should not only stop taking Ivory from elephants, We have to stop killing all animals for Ivory.
For my first reason Elephants help clear and shape the landscape by making roads, they make the roads by using their big foots to swipe all the tree out. Elephants made paths for us to, without elephants we wouldn’t have a way to get cross jungles, forest and many other things.Elephants also break down other plants that we can’t get through . Elephants are very important to lots of animals because elephants are a big part of the food chain.
Secondly, Elephants shape the landscape and make more space for seeds and plants to grow. For example, since elephants always walk through the forest and make big path they carry seeds from the ground and bring them somewhere else to grow. They find the seeds left on the floor in the elephant dung, so they take them to different places. When elephants do this they make grasslands. In grasslands there are not much trees because the elephants knock them down, there are lots of grass there because the elephants spread the seeds. With grasslands it will be easier for animals to live, so we should not think that elephants don’t help make our land.
Thirdly, I believe that without elephants the food chain will change. For example, there won’t be much pathways for us and animals to walk on. During the dry season elephants use their tusk to dig up water for animals to live, with elephants gone more animals will go extinct with them(no water). The reason there is so much grass in the grasslands is that the elephants leave a dung full of seeds for new bushes to grow. I Believe that elephants can do a lot of things that will help the world.
In conclusion, I believe that we should not kill elephants for Ivory. Every day, every 15 minutes one elephants is killed, soon there will not even be any Ivory in the world again if there is no ivory. So i believe that We should not kill elephants for Ivory.
In our new unit in PA, we learned about elements of dance, light paintings,etc…. Our teacher put us in groups in the start of the unit, because we were going to make a light painting and a dance. A light painting is a dance, but when you dance it there will be lights on your shirt(anywhere on body) and then there is a app and when you take a picture on that app there will be a painting of what shape you did. We also learned about the elements of dance, The elements of dance is Body, Action, Energy, Space, Time.
On the first day and some of the other days of making the dance we first did choreography, we had to draw and explain the dance on a storyboard and the moves had to be patterns. When we planned the dance, it was hard to agree on one move because some of us did not like it. It was also hard to make up the moves because we had to think of some that other groups did not do. We communicated a lot when we were making the dance. On the other days we practiced.
To Reflect we had a lot of disagreeing, but we still cooperated and communicated. Next time I think our group should be more cooperative and we should agree more on what we have.
Last week, a computer teacher(technology teacher) came into our class to teach us about scratch. Scratch is a website for creating codings and learning how to code.
On that day we had to do a challenge, that challenge was to make a tessellation. The teacher taught us to use move __ steps, turn right/left in ___degrees, pen up/down, colour pen.On Tuesday we also did scratch, but we had to cover the whole page with tessellations.
To reflect I successfully made a tessellation and I did not expected this shape to come out, the shape was not what I expected but it still was a nice shape. The most challenging part of the task was trying to make it because I had to try a lot of times to find a number make a tessellation. I learned how to cover the whole page with tessellations,learned to use new blocks to code with(turn right/left ___ degrees, move__steps, etc). I had really fun coding and learning new things.
I don’t think that we should throw garbage in the ocean. Without a clean ocean marine animals can’t live a happy life, for example they will suffer from suffocating a plastic bag. They are like us, they have feelings and families and when marine animals die it can affect us too.
For my first reason I think that when marine animals die it can affect us too. For example, some marine animals die by eating plastic and when we eat that fish there might be a chance that we can eat the plastic or maybe find it. After a while marine animals will slowly fade away and some people feel bad about it. Fish are peaceful animals we should appreciate our animals who died and us food. Marine animals only hurt us when we hurt and now humans kill more fish more than fish do, so we should not harm them and give them a life.
Secondly, Garbage pollutes our ocean. For example marine animals need space to breath. Humans have much more space to breath so we should make it fair for the fishes are stop polluting. When animals don’t know what to do they will suffer like us, but when we were babies. They have a much sadder life than us, because they have less memorize. Fishes also have a sadder and faster life than us and the reason they are having a faster life than us is because we are polluting their home. When water is dirty it will be harder for us to make it clean. Overall we should give more space and cleaner water to the ocean/sea.
For my third reason I believe that marine animals have lives like us(families, feelings). First of all marine animals feel, live like us. They can feel pain, happiness, sadness,etc…. Marine animals have emotions , but they can’t show it because we don’t know how to communicate with them. Marine animals are friendly creatures, they have not much difference with us. Next time we should think before we do things.
After all, we should not throw garbage in the ocean, because it will affect us, it pollutes our ocean and Marine animals have feelings like us. Humans don’t like being hurt, losing a part of you family, but marine animals have more experience than us because of our garbage. Marine animals had never harmed us as much as we did, so that’s why we should not throw garbage in our ocean or sea.
On March 2 (late) 4B was invited to see the grade 10 personal projects. Grade 10 took along time doing this and they put hard work into this project. In the exhibition there was a lot of cool and interesting projects. For example, there was a bicycle that charges devices, there was a some for saving puppies( there is a lot more).
The first project I went to see was a bicycle one. The bicycle could charge devices by paddling it. I went on the tall mountain bike and tried it , the man did not turn it on yet so later he turned it on,it really worked. Later I went to a girl who was trying to help dogs by making a Facebook page about saving puppies, in her Facebook page there was article’s about dogs. In one of the parts on her Facebook page there was a video about a dog getting tested by people. The reason she made this page because she loves animals but the real reason she made this was because some people really hate dogs so they throw them out or use them for testing.
The third station I went to was a comic book station, in that station there was a girl who made a comic book. The comic book was not really for kids to read so I didn’t really understand. Later we went to a station that was next to us and it was about how to play basketball, there i learned more about the rules in basketball.
For my last station i went to the dolphin project, it was about dolphins in captivity. The there was against it, she said that they live longer and better in the wild but in captivity they live for live for like three years.he also told me that they can’t show their feeling so that’s why what we don’t know what their feeling. In captivity they also give them dead fish, not like fish in the wild. In that case, dolphins won’t know how to dive more than three meters because they will forget their survival skills and die.
I really enjoyed the Grade 10 personal projects I hope I can visit this exhibition again.
On March 29th grade 4 went to Treasure Island for camp, We were there for three days and two nights. I have been looking forward to this day since they told grade 4 about camp.
On the day of camp I was all packed and ready to go, once I arrived at school I brought all my stuff down to the 7th floor so I don’t need to bring it in my classroom. We had to bring our day bags to our classroom, the day bag was used for putting the stuff we need for when we have activities in the daytime or night . The reason we use the day bag is so we don’t need to hold our stuff, in our daybag there is a 1 liter water bottle, an extra towel, an extra t-shirt, a rain jacket/jacket, mosquito repellent, sunscreen etc…… After we put down our luggages we had to go to our classrooms and wait for the bus to come, when the bus arrived the classes came down one by one.
The ride from our school to Pui O(where Treasure Island is) was more than 1 hour, since I was so excited the ride felt like thirty min. When I got there was a lot of cow and buffalo poop on the floor, I also saw a lot of buffalos walking on a green field. There was only one cow there called Billy, he had brown covered all over him so he was easy to spot. When we got to the place where all the tents are supposed to be put up we got introduced to our leaders for three days, I was with a girl she was Canadian.
The first activity we did was putting up our tents and we got to know who was in your tent. I was with two girls they are really good friends, after we did that we moved our tent to make so it wouldn’t be in a random place, later we did some water games and finally we moved in. On the two other days we did stuff like surfing, raft building,twilight activities(games we do at night) etc… I had some trouble doing stuff over time but luckily I had a friend who help me and supported me in almost everything.
What I enjoyed in camp was sleeping with my friend for the first time, beach clean up and raft building.I also went surfing it was my first time. I think I will remember the time when I slept with my friends for the first time.I found taking a bath and packing up the most challenging because on the second day I was in the shower with my friend and I just put on my soup and then I had to get out and wash it in another toilet with my friend, when we got back to the campsite we had two min to change. The reason I don’t like packing up because it was so much clothes I had to hang stuff on my luggage. While I was in camp I learned how to be more independent and I was better at time management. I had a really fun time in camp.
These few weeks, 4B has been making mind maps about land biomes in BrainPop. For my prior knowledge i think that land biomes are places where animals and plants live it, and if they move to another habitat they might not survive.
In the BrainPop video they talked about animals and plants that can’t live in another habitat, different biomes , what will happen when an animal or plants moves to another biome and animals that live in different biomes. Animals and plants have to stay in their habitat because they have all they need there. For example, a human can’t stay in mountain Everest for over 30 min, in towns and countries humans will live over 30 min. That’s why animals and plants shouldn’t move to another biome. There are many different types of biomes for example, Desert biomes, Rainforest biomes, water biomes etc… Some animals and plants that live in different biomes are cacti and kangaroo rats live in the Desert biome, toucans and monkeys live in the Tropical Rain Forest, elephants and zebras live in grasslands etc….
I learned that land biomes are places where animals live on and if they move it will be harder for them to live.
Few days ago, 4B started a new unit about eco-systems. 4B didn’t really know what it was so we made a mind map about it. We used BrainPop for this activity, we first watched a video about ecosystems and later we made a mind map about it.
In that video they told me things about different habitats, communities, populations and organisms. Habitats are different places were different animals live in, such as an water ecosystems and desert ecosystems and rain forest ecosystems. Ecosystems are made out of nonliving or living organisms. Living organisms will grow or walk or talk, for example a plant. A plant is a living organism because it grows and changes. A non living organism can’t walk talk or do anything, for example soil. Soil can’t grow or anything it just stays on the ground.
In a habitat animals build up their own community and do what they are supposed to do to keep the ecosystem going. A desert ecosystem has there own animals and plants, in the desert ecosystem cacti can store water, kangaroo rats sleep underground where it’s less hot. Some organisms can be divided into different places, but they each have a home and the meaning of populations it when one type of organism gets divided into different places around the world.
I learned that ecosystems are a really important thing in our planet.