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.
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.
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.
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.
This my poster about The CNY Dragon Dance. First, we worked in groups to find information about our topic. Then we started working on our own poster. I added a lot of colour into my poster like red, yellow, orange, silver and gold. My poster is split into 2 groups, The North Dragon and The South Dragon. In the middle I wrote some fun facts. When I finished the poster, it looked very nice.
Last week, Mrs. Fung came to our classroom to teach us some filming techniques and how to make iMovies. My group and I made an iMovie called “The Dinner”. I was one of the actors so I had to repeat my lines 3 times because we had to film it 3 times in different angles. Then we AirDropped the videos to our computers and made an iMovie. In iMovie you can choose different parts of different videos to put together. We didn’t have enough time to finish the movie but the half that we created was really cool.
We were a bit confused in the beginning about how to film and which angles to use but in the end we got the hang of it. The 3 angles that we used were Medium shot, Over the Shoulder shot and Reverse shot. A medium shot is the easiest shot to me because basically everyone uses it. Over the Shoulder is harder because most people aren’t used to shooting that way. Reverse is basically the same as Over the Shoulder except it is over the other person’s shoulder. It was hard to get the camera in the correct position in the Over the Shoulder shot because we were sitting on a bench. In the end we had to put the tripod on the bench and angle the camera, that way it was over the shoulder but we also saw the head instead of only the shoulder.
After we finished filming we came back to the classroom to make to iMovie. Mrs. Fung gave us a short lesson on how to make an iMovie and we got started. First we used the medium shot video, the part that we used was the part where we walked through the door. Then we switched to a different angle for the conversation. Then put away our laptops because it was lunch time.
Last week 4B did an activity where we had to compare 2 different ads for the same product. My group and I got 2 lego ads. One of them shows 3 lego blocks stacked up on each other with a white background, the other one shows a pile of lego blocks that are shaped into a fire-breathing dragon.
The first ad says some random words like rowing boat, submarine, skyscraper. I think that is supposed to be one of the persuasive techniques. They also put their logo in the advertisement. The font that they used is really nice. I don’t think that they put a lot of colour into this ad.
The second ad is really colourful and creative. Kids would be drawn more this ad more than the first ad. This ad also has a cool slogan, “Unleash Your Lego”. In both the ads, they replaced the word Lego with the logo of the lego company. Most of our group thinks that this ad stands out a lot.
Every year, CISPA holds a fair during Chinese New Year, it is called The Flower Fair. At the Flower Fair, you can buy items with your tokens. Some of the items that the booths sell are toys and food. You can also play some games. I bought 40 tokens and each bag of tokens cost $100. Grade 4 was the last grade to go down so most of the things I wanted were gone. I bought some fish balls and half an egg waffle. I also bought some toys.
I thought last year’s Flower Fair was more fun, this year’s Flower Fair was a bit boring. I think that if they added a bit more games and more toys, then people would like it more. We went to the Flower Fair right after swimming so my hair was wet and it was very cold. Even though last year’s Flower Fair was more interesting, I still enjoyed it.
For the last few weeks, 4B has been working on a mini project. We had to make a poster about a topic. On the poster you have to put content that will convince your target audience to do what your poster says. My group and I chose to do our poster around the topic “No More Plastic at the Flower Fair”. For some reason, we were the only group in the class that chose that topic.
Our target audience would be lower school students because they are the only people that will buy anything at the flower fair. Some of the techniques that we used were emotional photos and facts. I think the people that read our poster would think before they buy something at the flower fair.
I really enjoyed making that poster with my friends.