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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).