So, like half an hour ago we did the fashion show and my parents came. If you haven’t seen the dress yet here’s a photo:
It started around 1:00 and we got the backseats. 🙁 But we also got a sofa to sit on. We were waiting for the show to start…
The show started and everyone was hooting and cheering, people started coming out and everyone was beautiful. One of the special features was when Ms. Laura’s class walked with special robots with robot clothes. The final dress was ours!!! The model came out and was wearing a flower crown. In the end, we did a group photo and I met my dad to look at the photos. It was really fun. We took a group photo and decided to make a nickname for the model. It was “Bubbles”.
I already said this in my last AIR post but I really like my group. We were very organized and cooperative and this project couldn’t have done better.
2 months ago, we had a fraction and ratio math test. I was really nervous not because of the fractions part, but because of the ratios. I knew ratios very little and I don’t have a full understanding of it. When we got the test, there were some easy questions like divide this square into quarters and shade in 1/4. But Mr. Minor told us if you wanted to show your full extent of knowledge, you could make it 2/8 instead of 1/4. The hardest question that I struggle with the most was “If you are baking for 18 people and I am baking for 12 people ad the recipe I am using will bake enough for 12 people, by how much do you need to multiply the ingredients to make enough for 18 people?” This question was so confusing and I had no idea. Another question that was hard was to divide a star into quarters. It may seem easy but it’s really challenging. I didn’t know much about ratios before this unit so I could say that I learned a lot. But I still don’t get the complete meaning so I still have much to learn for ratios. When I got back the corrections, I immediately checked my word problem answers. Mr. Minor said I was on the right track and I knew the answers, it’s just that I didn’t write the answers in a sentence. That got me pretty angry, so next time I’ll definitely remind myself to write the answers in a sentence. For the fraction problems, I got all of them correct, I was really proud of 1 question, it was “Show 3/10 in different ways”. Most people maybe got 3 or 4 different ways but I got a lot. (5) And I was really proud 😁. I also like the number line questions and the 3D cake question, in future tests, I’d like more question like this please.
I’m really proud of the last test and next time, I will make a reminder to tell myself to remember to write sentences for word problems. Overall, I think I know a lot about fractions and I need to work more on ratios.
This week we started a new project for our unit of inquiry; Who We Are. I chose to be in a group with my friend “____”. (Sorry, can’t say his name) We chose as our topic to inquire further into to be racial stereotyping. We made our BIQ (Big Inquiry Question) and made 5 SIQ (Small Inquiry Questions). We found this really good video and taught us a lot.
This was our first source, Youtube. We then went on to BrainPOP, Research in Context, and books! We spent a long time looking into these websites to find answers for our SIQs:
How have people changed over the years and has people got better?
What causes and affects racial stereotyping?
How do we stop it?
What are the ways of racial stereotyping others?
5.What is racial stereotyping?
We answered a lot of these questions and started moving on to the presenting part of the inquiry, we found a website called PowToon. It a really cool website where you can put in characters, words, images and they make it into a movie like animation. Me and my friend are not done yet, but we are almost there.
The past 3 weeks, our amazing art teacher invited in graduates from HKU, Poly U, and another university. We got to choose our groups and our task was to make wearable art. In our first lesson, we had to choose a topic for the clothing. There were only a couple choices so we chose “Peer Pressure”. We were planning on putting a picture of butterflies on the dress representing butterflies in my stomach. Our group cooperated really well, on the first day, we had a good time and laughed a lot, but we also did a lot. We planned a lot and sketched some ideas, we talked about what materials we needed and each of our roles. I was the co-leader and the guy who helps in all areas.
The next lesson, we learned how to drape and make decorations for our dress. The graduates also taught us how to make flowers to put on the dress which looked really beautiful.
For our ideas on “reusable” art, we wanted to use bubble wrap for “stress relief” and we wanted orange candy wrappers since orange is the nervous color for peer pressure. But the orange candy wrappers failed because we couldn’t find any and we didn’t want to eat 100 candies in less than 1 week. We were going to just color the bubble wrap. We got really creative and I had the weird idea of making a box as a hat. We didn’t start making it yet but we may do it.
Right now, it’s looking amazing, we just need to make it so someone can actually wear, paint the bubble wrap orange, and put more decorations. Sadly, our fashion show catwalk got canceled, but at least we have more time to make the dress even better! Overall, I think my group was perfect and couldn’t have been better, something I would change was to work a little quicker, we still need a lot of time to make it look good.
Update: Our catwalk is close by and we are adding our finishing touches, here’s a look!
A couple days ago, we went to a school called “Ling Ling Ying”. Once we got there, I thought the school was beautiful. The front of the school has pillars that stand up the ceiling, it was based on the Greek Parthenon.
Inside, there was a garden and huge walls surrounding the garden. The garden huge lake, a bridge, a table in the middle, and a lot of animals. Apparently, at night predators like owls come to the lake to eat the fish or find bugs to eat. The people there let us hold nets and catch some fish. It was my first time seeing a water gliding insect. It moved really quickly and didn’t get hurt by water. It was really cool.
They gave us some desert things that were really yummy. They looked like slime and it was on a leaf. I really enjoyed it.
At the end, we gave our gifts to them as a token of appreciation and left the area to go back home.
Mr. Minor started reading us a book called “Katie Friedman Gives Up Texting, And Lives To Tell It!”. The story is about a girl who loves texting, she texts everywhere. We have estimated that she probably texted 50 times just before breakfast! The first chapter is just Katie Friedman texting her friends, talking about school and home learning. She is struggling with the situation if she should break up with her boyfriend, Nareem. Just when she was going to tell Nareem the situation, Nareem says that he bought tickets to Katie’s favorite band, Plane Jane. This story is very funny because her parents are trying to get her to stop texting. It’s like the books “Middle School” which talks about a boy in middle school. It’s exactly like that, but with more texting. Showing problems in school that the main character has to try to solve.
A couple weeks ago (it felt like a million weeks) TwoPresents came and talked with the entire grade. They talked about what they did to help and how. TwoPresents is a charity which has other charities inside it. Basically, if it’s someone’s birthday, you can ask for people coming to your party to bring money, then TwoPresents will get the money and use half of the money to buy your gift, and half of the money to donate to the charity of your given choice. When you choose the charity, you can also choose what invitation cards, thank you cards, and games you want in your party. All of that stuff is related to the charity, but because TwoPresents can’t do it, so they’re asking us to make invitation cards, thank you cards, and games!
We got the charity “Children of the Mekong” which helps children in Southeast Asia have a better education, me and my classmates started to make some designs for our products. This is our maze:
We also made this thank you card:
We made some other stuff too but they’re not digital. After we designed all these products, we made and interactive board for feedback from other classmates. We got some really good advice to make it look good.
I also thought that our team worked really well together but sometimes we messed around but after we did all of our products really quickly.
I think TwoPresents liked our products. They were my first “client” in my life so I don’t think I’ll ever forget the last couple of weeks while doing this project.
Today, I went to the Asbury Centre and learned more about sub-divided/cubicle homes and also went to visit them and buy them some food. We first went to the centre where our guide started introducing us to their centre and what they do to help. While they were explaining, we had a sheet to fill out. It was the thinking strategy “Parts, People, Interaction.” We had to list all of the non-living objects that connected to Asbury and list all of the people that connected to Asbury. For people, I wrote the founders, interns, speakers, and the volunteers. After the guide explained what they do, what we’re going to do today, and what sub-divided homes are, (a house that is split into different pieces for more people to live in) we were ready to do the activities!
The first activity was to buy food for the people who lived in cubicle homes, with all the team members in the group combined, we had 100$. There were definitely requirements on what to buy so our group followed the guidelines and we bought a bag of vegetables, fruit, and 2 packs of tissue paper. After all the money trading, we used exactly 100$ and had no money spare!
The next activity was to actually go into the house and give the food. We could also ask some questions about them and how they feel. The family we were visiting was a Pakistan family and had 2 children. The 2 children were really cute and nice and the mom answered all of our questions. The mom seemed really happy that we were here and invited us in. It was really awkward because we didn’t have any questions prepared so we just stood there for a couple seconds in complete silence. But we eventually got used to standing in the house and it was not that hot. We learned a lot of stuff while asking the mom and she was really nice and told us about how she came to Hong Kong and why. What her husband did and why he was not here. Even where her two children went to school and what kind of Visa she had! She was so nice I didn’t really want to leave and ask more questions.
I empathized a lot with the family and I like this kind of field trip. We could talk the family and a group or company could talk to us a bit about the problem. I hope we get another one of these field trips because it was really fun.
So the last few weeks in art class we were working on different sewing methods to make our Art Peace Flag. I used tie-dying and sewing to make a beautiful masterpiece of art. It looked really good with the mixture of colors, green, light green, purple, and turquoise.
I sewed on the words P, E, A, C, and E to make the word peace. It looks really good together and after I was done that, I added hope and love on top of it and a peace sign below it. It also looks cool because it’s a spiral expanding out.
Message: Peace is everywhere, you just need to find it.
This is my favorite art project so far in the year (This is the first one). I learned how to start and end a sewing sequence with knots. This was also my first time tie-dying, it’s really cool and the outcome remarkable.
This is how to make a tie-dyed shirt, what we did was just crumple a wet cloth, wrap it around with a rubber band, and place dye randomly. Wait a few days and it’ll look like the prettiest pattern you’ve ever seen. I couldn’t really sew at the start, it was really hard for me so I asked my teacher to help me and I learned! It did take a long time though. I don’t really want to have another one of these projects because it was really hard and challenged me loads. But other then sewing, it was really fun~