My First Persuasive Writing Piece

My First Persuasive Writing Piece

Children Under the Age of 14 Shouldn’t Have Access to Social Media

The government should stop all usage of social media for children under the age of 14. Social media can be very dangerous for kids who don’t understand how dangerous the internet is.

First of all, children already have too much screen time. Staring at a screen for too long can damage your eyes. Having social media might also result in children not finishing important stuff. Things like homework might be turned in incomplete because of social media. Social media can also influence children to stay up late.

Sometimes social media can be very dangerous. Children could accidentally make private information public. Private information like their full name and house address could be exposed online. Even if children don’t make private information public, hackers still could find out your private information. Sometimes children want to chat with someone because they are bored. So they would go online, none of their friends are online so they start chatting to strangers. Strangers can be tricksters.

Lastly, smartphones send out an addictive chemical that is bad for your health. The more you use social media, the more of the chemical will be sent out. Too much of the chemical can be very dangerous. It’s like a drug, it makes you happy, you get addicted and it’s not good for you health. There’s an age limit to drugs but there is no age limit to social media (only age suggestions)

In conclusion I believe children under the age of 14 shouldn’t have access to social media. Social media can put little kids in danger. Hackers could be teamed up with criminals.

Visual Arts

Visual Arts

On Thursdays we usually have Visual Arts. During our last visual arts class, we learnt about Frida Kahlo. We first read a short story about her life. Then we had to choose a self-portrait of her to sketch in our art books. I sketched the portrait showed in the image on top of this post. I haven’t exactly finished it yet.

I chose this picture because the background is nature and I think that it is the most unique out of all the portraits.

I started with her face shape. It was very hard to get it right. Then I moved on to the eyebrows and eyes. After that I just slowly moved down the page until I got to the shoulders. That is where the portrait stopped.

In this art lesson I learnt the style of the Mexican painting. I think that the way she paints self portraits are different from other portraits because she usually paints nature behind and on her. She is a very interesting artist.

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

On March 28th-31st all of Grade 4’s went to Treasure Island for camp. Treasure Island is on Pui O Beach in Lantau Island. We took the bus there and when we got there the first thing we did was sorting ourselves into groups.

I enjoyed all of the activities but my favourite would be the orienteering. Orienteering is basically finding your location on a map. First we had to mark down the coordinates on the map. Then we had to leave the starting point to find all the marks. When you find a mark you have to copy the symbol from the mark onto your map. I also really enjoyed sleeping in tents.

I experienced sleeping in a tent outdoors. It was my first time actually camping. I also experienced the feeling of finally being able to do something you have wanted to do in a very long time.

I will remember the raft building and the adventure challenge the most. I will also remember the part where we had some free time so we ended up digging out plastic from the sand. It is so satisfying when we finally got the gigantic plastic bag out of the sand. I will definitely remember setting up our tents.

I found the water pipes really hard to control because we had to cover the holes in the pipe. If you were looking at one hole that you were covering then the other hole that you are also covering would start leaking. Then you look at that hole and the other hole starts leaking. I also found out that avoiding the buffalo poop during the night is very hard. Lastly I found that it is very hard to build a proper shelter with only tarp, rope and a few trees.

I learnt a lot of things at camp. The main things that i learnt were how to set up a tent, how to build a shelter with limited materials and the best structure for a raft made out of tires, bamboo sticks and rope.

I enjoyed camp a lot and I think that will be my most memorable camp (Mostly because it was my first).

 

Rainforest Mind Map

Rainforest Mind Map

This mind map shows how much I know about rainforests. This is some of what I wrote. Deforestation is a problem. People cut down trees for things like Coffee, Chocolate, Wood and Chinese medicines. They then use the land for things like farming, mining and grazing animals. The rainforest is split into 3 parts, The canopy, the understory and the forest floor. The canopy is where most of the animals live. It is the highest part of the rainforest. The understory is where all the short trees and bushes are. The forest floor is basically the forest floor, it is where most of the bacteria and fungus grows. I also put in  some fun facts. I think that the rainforest is a very interesting topic, especially tropical rainforests.

Design Project

Design Project

Remember in one of my recent blog posts I talk about the design project ? If you haven’t then click here or scroll down. This is an update on my design project. I have finally finished the final copy of the blueprint. Now I am on the Minecraft, it is a bit confusing.

I think that we did this to have experience in making blueprints and how to be an architecture. I also think that we did this to work on calculating area and perimeter. In this project I learnt how confusing it is to draw a blueprint and copy it all over again. I also learnt what Minecraft looks like and how it functions.

I hope that my house turns out well and that I can finish it quickly.

Land Biomes Mind Map

Land Biomes Mind Map

After 4B finish the mind map about ecosystems, we did a mind map about land biomes. There is less information in this mind map because I don’t know much about land biomes.

In the mind map I put different types of land biomes. Deserts are hot during the day and cold during the night. Rainforests have lots of rainfall and are humid and hot. Temperate forests grow Oak and Maple trees, the soil is very fertile. Grassland have hot and rainy seasons, but also have cold and dry seasons.The taiga has evergreen trees and rocky soil. The Artic Tundra has frozen soil so the only plants that can grow are lichen and moss.

I also put my own definition of biomes in, “A biome is the habitat of an interdependent chain of plants and animals. Factors of biomes can be temperature, rainfall and altitude.

 

Ecosystems Mindmap

Ecosystems Mindmap

This week, 4B has been working on our new unit of inquiry. It is about ecosystems. I made a mind map about  ecosystems. It is based on a BrainPop video.

My mind map is made out of 5 sections, habitat, population, community, types of ecosystems and organisms. There were two arrows pointing out of “Habitat”, water ecosystems and a picture of different ecosystems. At the bottom of the picture it said “Ecosystems can be based on different habitats”

In the “population” section there was an arrow pointing to the words animal and plants. That means that the population of places can be based on plants, animals or humans. Population is basically how many of a species there is in a certain place. The “community” section is also made out of animals, plants and humans. It is made out of those key words for a different reason. A community can be made out of plants, animals and humans.

Organisms are split into two main parts, living organisms and nonliving organisms. Examples of living organisms are plants, animals and humans. Some nonliving ecosystems are rocks and soil.

Finally, the “Types of ecosystems section” is split into two different parts, land ecosystems and water ecosystems. In the “land ecosystems” part there are examples of land ecosystems, Rainforests, Deserts, Savannahs, Grasslands etc. In the “water ecosystems” section there are examples of water ecosystems like lakes, ponds, rivers, oceans and streams.

Personal Project Exhibition

Personal Project Exhibition

Last week, 4B went to the Grade 10 Personal Project Exhibition. When Mr. Grant told us we were going I thought it would be quite boring but it turned out to be very interesting.

Firstly,  I went to the station that had a bike in it. When I went there I found out that when someone rides the stationary bike, it generates electricity.

After that I went to a comic book station. I think that the comic book station was a bit inappropriate. It had some swear words in it.

Next, I went to a “Basketball for Beginners” station. In that station there was a video that the grade 10 student put together. The video was about Basketball drills and how to do them.

Lastly I went to a “Dolphins in Captivity” station. The presenter talked to us about how dolphins feel in captivity versus how they feel in the wild. I learnt the most in that station.

The exhibition was very interesting, unlike what I thought it would be like.

 

The Commercial Project

The Commercial Project

For the past week, 4B has been working on our own commercials. We got into groups of 2-4 and started working on the planning. After we choose the product and slogan we got into the storyboarding. For those of you who don’t know what storyboarding is, it basically drawing down the whole story and explaining each scene in a few words. Then you go into the scripting (Writing down every one’s lines). After you finish that you can go onto the filming. The last stage is to edit the movie in iMovie. My group and I are on the filming stage.

My group and I chose to advertise a bamboo toothbrush, we named it bossy brush. I think grade 4 was supposed to do this commercial to practise filming and to practice using persuasive techniques. My group and I chose to advertise a toothbrush because it was one of our group member’s product in Visual Arts (a totally different story). I learnt how to properly film in different angles. I also learnt how to use the green screen effect and lots more. I think that this commercial project was very interesting so far.

Design Project

Design Project

This week, We started our Design Project. We get to create our own structure in Minecraft. I decided to make a house. First, we have to make a simple blueprint of our structure. Then we copied it onto a 50 by 50 graph paper. It has to have the measurements of the inner dimensions and the walls. Then we can start creating it on Minecraft. I am on the drafting part.

My virtual house is based on my real house that has 3 floors. We are only allowed to do 1 floor so I modified it a bit. I think that we are doing this project to help us practise calculating perimeter and area. I chose to do a house because I have always wanted to recreate my house. I learnt how to create a blueprint and hopefully how to build something in Minecraft. I think that this project is really fun so far.