The Unexpected Disaster

The Unexpected Disaster

Germy Bookwormy, Emma Bookwormy, Mr. Bookwormy and Mrs. Bookwormy were creating a plan in case there was a cyclonic storm.  They dug up an underground cellar with a strong trapdoor. They also made an emergency hurricane kit. In it was canned food, water, a flashlight and extra batteries, a first aid kit, blankets  and a battery powered radio. What they didn’t know was that there was a hurricane going on right then and they were in the eye of the storm.

24 HOURS LATER

“What’s going on !” shouted Germy. The wind was vigorously shaking the house, the fence around the house has fallen down. Outside the garden was a mess, the fence has squashed all the veggies and fruit they were planting and all the lemons were getting blown off the tree. He and Emma ran into the living room and saw Mrs. Bookwormy were hiding under a table.

“Hurry up and get under here kids !” shouted Mrs. Bookwormy. “Where’s daddy ?” Emma asked after they got under the sturdy table. “He went to find you guys, but since you guys popped up in front of me I’ll go get him.” A moment later Mrs. Bookwormy came back in but without Mr. Bookwormy. “Where’s daddy ?” Emma asked again, “I looked for him everywhere in the house but I can’t find him.

“Then he would probably be outside.” replied Emma “We should go find him !” “I’m not so sure about that.” “Yeah, winds in a hurricane like this can get really high, it even blew down the fence.” They all turned their heads towards the broken window. “But we should still go find daddy !” cried Emma. “Okay fine but only in the backyard.” Mrs. Bookwormy said.

They went into the blinding storm, none of them could see anything so they had to rely on their other senses to guide them. They walked around the back yard until they all felt like they were going to be blown away. Germy’s limbs were going numb and he felt his face being scratched and his skin being ripped apart by dead branches and bricks flying in their direction. Emma felt like she was going to faint but she kept on going for the sake of her dad.

Suddenly Emma heard the sound of someone falling. The fall was heavy, too heavy to be anyone of them, but it sounded like “ DADDY !!!!” Emma shouted. “Emma ? What are you doing here ? Are you alone ? Are you okay ?” Mr. Bookwormy sounded like he was having a heart attack. “ Don’t worry daddy, mommy and Germy are here too.”

“Wait a second, daddy stand up.” Germy ordered “What did you trip on ?” “Something like a cupboard handle.” replied Mr. Bookwormy. “Didn’t we make something with a cupboard handle yesterday ?” Emma asked. “Oh yeah ! It was … It was … It was …” “A hurricane shelter ! Okay, once I open the door get in as quick as you can so the wind doesn’t blow away the door” Mr. Bookwormy instructed.

“ One … two … THREE ! “ Everybody scramble in the shelter. First Emma and Germy, then Mrs. Bookwormy and finally Mr. Bookwormy and the door slammed shut. Mr. Bookwormy held the door shut while Mrs. Bookwormy bolted the door down.

“Phew ! Thank goodness none of us are hurt !” Mrs. Bookwormy exclaimed. They could hear the wind howling outside. “It’s pitch black ! Can someone light a candle please ?” ” I’m working on it.” They could hear Mr. Bookwormy stumbling and staggering to get to the emergency kit. “Ah hah ! I got it. Now I just have to figure out how to light this match. OOWWWWWWWWWWWWEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!! Ow ow ow ow ow ow!” A burst of light exploded in the room. “You should have just used the flashlight .” Germy commented “Hooray we can see now ! Thank you daddy” Emma squealed delightedly.

Mrs. Bookwormy took the match from him and lit the candle. She took out the blankets and wrapped Emma and Germy up. The blankets were made out of a heavy material so it trapped their heat very well. Germy didn’t realise how tired he was until right then. Slowly he started to fall asleep. Emma also started to drowse off.

Germy woke to the sound of splattering raindrops, the rain was falling hard but he could not hear and wind.  Beside the flickering light sat Mrs and Mr. Bookwormy listening to the radio. The radio said that the hurricane should be over in about 2 hours. Scientist say that hurricanes usually end with a heavy rainfall. “Mommy, do you believe that the hurricane is almost over ?” Germy piped up. “I do hope so.” replied Mrs. Bookwormy.

A FEW HOURS LATEr

“Do you think it is safe to go outside now ?” asked Emma. Emma had woken up just about the time that the rain started to stop. “Can we go check” Germy begged “Please please please please please please pleeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaase?” “No you are not going out, I’m going to see but you stay inside.” They all watch while Mr. Bookwormy undid all the locks and bolts and finally he opened the door. “SUNSHINE & RAINBOWS !!” screamed Emma. “Hooray we can come out now !” everybody cheered.

They all got out and went to look at the damage of the house. There were only a few broken windows and a couple roof tiles broken down. Other than that the outside of the house looked fine. Mr. Bookwormy went into the house to check, incase there was any fallen debris. The inside of the house was perfectly fine other than some overturned tables and chairs. “Come in. “ Mr. Bookwormy hollered. “Everything is fine.” “Fine, Fine ! How is this fine ! All of my stuff is on the floor, my dresses and blouses and skirts . Ugh !” “Mummyyyyyyyyyyyy!” Germy groaned.

 

Reading Time

Reading Time

For the past few weeks during reading time after lunch, I have been reading a book called ‘The Long Winter’. It is by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The story is about a family who lives on a prairie. They have a very hard winter ahead so they decided to move into town. Then the trains that bring the supplies stop coming. They have to live the last month of winter burning hay and eating potatoes and drinking tea. To keep themselves entertained they sing songs and tell stories.

I think that this story is very intriguing and the characters in this story are really developed. I can already predicted what the ending will be but I might be wrong.

 

 

 

Body Science

Body Science

On Thursday, Ms. Williams came into our class during library period but we didn’t do what we usually did during library. We learnt about our body and how it changes over time. We learnt about Puberty.

We played the Puberty game. Everybody gets a card that has a word that is related to puberty. You have to put the card in a section, Male, Female or Everybody. After we put our cards on, our teacher would explain the words. I got urine so I put it in everybody. The game helped me develop my vocabulary.

I think that this game helps us learn about how our body changes and help us learn new words.

 

Make, Create, Collaborate

Make, Create, Collaborate

On Thursday, 4B went to the LLAC for an event called “Make, Create, Collaborate”. It is a bunch of different workshops such as Knitting, Percussion, Karaoke and 3D Drawing.

At first I didn’t know where to go so I just strolled around looking for something interesting. At first I saw the knitting section so I went there. I found it a bit boring. After that I saw the 3D Drawing section. It looked very interesting so I sat down at the table there. One of the teachers there told us how to use the 3D pens and to follow the lines on the paper. I first made a flower, then I realised how the pens work. You get a stick of plastic and the pen melts it so you can draw with the melted plastic. Then you wait for the plastic to dry and you can lift the drawing off the paper. I made another flower and a butterfly. After that there were other kids who wanted to try so I left.

Then, I went back to the knitting section I saw my learning buddy there so I said “Hi”. She was learning how to knit. I didn’t have the patience to knit so I went to the percussion section. Before I even got started it was time to go.

I found the workshops very interesting and I was sad to leave. The 3D art section was my favourite (and basically the only one I went to).

 

Scratch Tessellations

Scratch Tessellations

Last Tuesday, Ms. Fung came into 4B to continue our coding lesson. She taught us how to tessellate a shape using scratch. I first tried to tessellate a pentagon, then I realised that a pentagon cannot be tessellated. After that I changed a few things and made Scratch tessellate a hexagon.

My program is in the screenshot above. The first command is just to let Scratch know to only move when it is told. Then there is a command called pen down. That is to let Scratch start drawing. The next command is repeat 10 times. I will explain that later. The next command is also a repeat. That block of coding to create just one hexagon and get ready to make another hexagon. The final turn 120 degrees is to make sure that the next hexagon in not right on top of the old one. The repeat 10 times in the beginning is just to create 10 hexagons. If I changed the repeat 10 times to forever then Scratch would tessellate forever.

I was able to tessellate as many times as I want until Scratch collides with the border. The border messes up scratch’s tessellation. In the beginning, I started with drawing a simple hexagon. That worked out very well. It was very easy. Then, I started to work on tessellating. It did not turn out the waY I wanted it to on my first try. Neither did it on my second try. Then Ms.Fung gave us some tips and it finally worked the way I wanted it to. After that I tried doing other shapes. Most of them work, only when I tried to make a decagon, It turned out looking like a star.

The hardest part of this task was finding what angle the 120° at the end should be. I tried so many different angles that relate to 60°. Finally Ms.Fung came over and told me the formula for the angle. 180°- The exterior angle of the shape. So it turned out to be 120°. I learnt how to add notes onto our program. I think it really helps because then it helps me remember what I am doing.

Overall, I really enjoyed this coding session with Ms.Fung and I am happy that I was able to complete this task.

 

1B/1D/1E Spotlight Performance

1B/1D/1E Spotlight Performance

On Tuesday this week we went to watch a combined class spotlight performance. It was 1B, 1D & 1E’s spotlight. Our learning buddies are in 1E. It was to show what they learnt in UOI, Performing Arts and Visual Arts

I really liked all the songs that they sang, they were very energetic. I also thought that the plot of the story was really interesting.  I thought that they spoke with loud and confident voices, even when the microphones weren’t working. They could improve on their transitions in between scenes though, they could be a bit quicker and a bit quieter. My learning buddy specifically was really energetic and she was really committed to the performance. They showed confidence and cooperation

I am pretty sure that they put a lot of effort into this spotlight.

How We Organise Ourselves

How We Organise Ourselves

We are ending our Sharing the Planet now. Our new unit is How We Organise Ourselves. It is about natural disasters and how people should prepare and react to disasters. The central idea : People and organisations can work together to prepare for and respond to disasters.

We have already started our pre-assessments. For that I started a  mind map with the CI (Central Idea) in the middle. Around the CI were what I thought the bid words in it meant. From there I took the words and rephrased the whole CI. For some reason I decided to add in a list of natural disasters and Manmade disasters. In the top right hand corner I put in my questions and wonders about the unit.  I don’t really know anything else about our new unit so I just added some illustrations of tornados, tsunamis, earthquakes and floods.

I think that this unit will be very interesting and that I will learn a lot from it (as you can see above I don’t know a lot).

Performing Arts

Performing Arts

The past few weeks in PA we have been working on a dance in our groups. We used everyday moves and changed them a bit to turn them into a dance move. To create a good dance you have to think about the dance elements: Body, Action, Energy, Space and Time. Our central idea is “patterns can be represented through a combination of art forms”.

After you finish your dance you are supposed to use an app to make a light painting. A light painting is where you go in a very dark room and create some patterns with a light and the app should catch the light and create a piece of artwork. We haven’t got up to that stage yet.

I think that our group is making a lot of progress. We have a lot of cooperation and commitment. I think that my groupmates also have a lot of creativity so our dance is very creative. That made choreographing the dance a very easy part. I think that the most challenging part was probably drawing the dance down. None of us were very good at drawing. I think that we could improve on the timing. I think that the final result was very good. I’m very excited to see what the light painting will look like.

 

Visual Arts

Visual Arts

Yesterday, we had Visual Arts. In Visual Arts we usually focus on 1 specific artist and do some of his/her art. This week we learnt about Henri Matisse. He is famous for discovering the art of paper cut-outs. He was stuck in a wheelchair for life after battling stomach cancer. The picture above is one of his famous art pieces. It is suppose to be a snail.

I choose to make a tropical rainforest scene. I choose to do this picture because it can relate to what I am doing in UOI. I am also very interested in rainforests. I started on the floor first, I stuck on a wavy strip of brown paper on the bottom of the piece of paper. I attempted to make the leaves of a tree but it was a fail. They looked more like ferns. The fail tree leaves ended up on the floor as ferns. Then I did the trees, the tree trunk was the same colour as the soil. For the leaves of the trees I just stuck a few layers of leaf shaped paper cut-outs. I made a few trees. For some random reason I decided to stick on a monkey hanging on a tree. I made a rock pool filled with rainwater. It looked pretty cool. I was going to put some raindrops on but there was no more time. In the end it looked really nice.

I think that paper collages are very fun and interesting to make. Henri Matisse was probably very famous at that time.