In math, we talked about SimpleMontyHall. Everyone knows how this game works right? Anyways, all of them start as 1/3. if one of the possibilities are crossed out, then one of the possibilities becomes 2/3. If you stay at that door your chances are still 1/3 because you didn’t move so that means the possibility that got ruled out made it when you switch your chances are 2/3. Which means if you stay at your door your chances will still remain 1/3 but then that means the other door has the chance of 2/3 from the door that got ruled out because if the door you’re staying at is 1/3 then the rest of the chances must be in the other door.
Welcome back to my blog. Yesterday, we learnt atoms, neutrons and electrons. We read a book called Eddie the electron. It basically talked about an electrons inside a balloon and he lives alone with another dude but then the balloon pops and he meets a lot of other electrons. We also watched a brainpop video about atoms and how they work.
A few interesting things I found out about Atoms were that the nucleus is the middle of the atom. Protons + Neutrons surrounded by electrons = Atom :O! Different amounts of protons and neutrons could makes significant impacts. Atoms were discovered in ancient greece though, it was just a theory. That theory was proved in the 1800’s. This is what we learnt in the brainpop video.
I had a question that brainpop and Eddie the electron didn’t answer. What would happen if there were no electrons? What would be the impact on atoms? I found An article in Quota and this is what I got from it. Earth would explode due to the fact that repulsion between the protons and neutron in the earth’s atoms. Then soon after that, the galaxy would slowly disappear in a black hole. I looked at another site I found that if someone walked into a zone with no electrons then it would cause a nuclear explosion.And one funny thing that stuck in my mind was Mr.Atoms lolol (Mr.Adams) Maybe he secretly is an atom?! DUN DUN DUNNNNNNN!
That’s what I learnt from yesterday and today (after researching about atoms). And It was pretty dope. Maybe I could learn more? I’m not sure
Some examples of programs or programs that I personally use: Scratch, a very easy coding site but it can only create the simplest of apps. But, people challenge themselves and make things a lot more complex by adding extra files and variables. This is where I started and I think it’s very educational and fun for beginners. AppInventor: It has the same concept as scratch but there’s a lot of more complicated blocks that makes things easier to work with if you are making a really complex app. Also what I like about app inventor is that there’s a design mode! You can add buttons and labels and timers and sliders and much more! Another thing is that with app inventor is that you can actually download your come onto your android phone with a QR code.
Anyways, I think I talked / wrote to much… Oh well. I’ve kinda dropped the coding thing now but I do have a coding ASA every Wednesday. There’s a lot of stuff to do because it is the end of grade 5 after all. And I wanna sleep :3. Maybe in the holidays I’ll start again? I dunno but I hope I do!
In class, we discussed something about the 5 most important ingredients for a good classroom. Here were my points (they may have changed a little):
Having a positive attitude
Having a positive attitude is very important. Students can have fun learning and teachers can help with whatever the students need. To do this, we must have to think about the bright side. The glass is half full not half empty. Being enthusiastic about learning new things and being a risk taker.
Fair rules and Fairness in the classroom
Fairness is also very important. I think that if teachers respect their students, students should also respect them. Also fair rules which means that students can show their full potential in learning if the rules are fair and teachers can support them. We can achieve this if students can respect teachers and not interrupt or chat while the teacher is talking and basic manners too. If students can achieve somewhat of this there should be somewhat of a reward. After all, students do like rewards ;D
Basic school supplies (pens, pencils, paper etc.)
Oh! Of course! School supplies!!! What would a school be without them? Without these, students wouldn’t be able to express themselves freely and lots of projects that we can enjoy doing, probably wont be something we’ll be doing again. Therefor, if we keep the supplies and maybe even more supplies, students will feel encouraged to do the things they love.
Fair amounts of work (including homework)
Fair amounts of work is really valuable to students. We don’t want to do something 10 times again and again which trains your brain to do the same thing. Like, your math homework tonight is to figure out what 1+1 is. Your homework for tomorrow is to figure out what 1×1 is. I’m sure you wouldn’t want that day after day if you were a student. Also at school, we don’t want to hear the same old 1+1. Teachers could teach us things REVOLVING 1+1. We can get this by persuading your teacher that this extra work is very unreasonable and give him/her a good reason 😉 or earn their trust so they can trust you to do only a little.
SAFETY (supposed to be safety 1st but meh)
Lastly, Buckle up your seat belts, safety first! Safety is the MOST important out of all.Which is why at school we practice fire drills and shelter drills. But what if there’s more? Bad things could happen to students mentally and physically. If you feel sick start to wash your hands more often and go to the nurse. If the nurse tells you to stay at school, make sure you keep good hygiene so you wont infect anyone else. For safety mentally… If you are having some problems about you, people who are around you or whatever, talk to a teacher or our school counselor Ms.Lora to lend a hand. If not, talk to a trusted adult or just anyone you trust overall.
That was basically what I think are the best ingredients for a classroom and as my responsibility as a 5A student to try my best to make these things happen.
在中文課以前的兩個星期，我們在做一部電影，我和Caitlyn在一組。電影裡有一個中心思想，我的組的中心思想是不要放棄。我覺得我的組做得好，因為我們的工作是很公平。我們會一起再看多一次看有沒有不好的地方。還有，我們在一起合作。下次我會編輯好一點還有我也會寫多一點在劇本上因為劇本是Caitlyn做的然後電影是我做的。 這是我們上中文課做的。https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/196518503/#player <– 電影
HWOO Blog post
In our class, we’re just about to finish our unit How we organize ourselves. The central idea was: Being Organized Empowers us to take action more effectively. Our lines of inquiry is how to develop actions that are effective, reasons why people organize themselves and interactions between parts and people within. The way an organization empowers itself effectively is by having multiple people working together to make one great thing. With that we need leaders to tell them what to do like the board of executives. Speaking of leaders…
The type of leader I thought I was is the Visioner. Which means I’m imaginative, Passionate and I have the courage to dream. The tasks I would do is projects and proposals, mission statements, long term planning and Media relations. Speaking of that, some of the things I have as a gift is being a good writer because, I’m very creative and I can come up with a plot anytime and write it down. I’m also an artist (in coding) like I can understand lots of components in programs and use them for games. I’m also good listener because in group conversations, I listen to people’s ideas and add my own ideas back onto it. Lastly, I’m bilingual. I often help my friends with things they don’t understand in subjects I’m good at like coding or writing or something like that.
In class, we started to do something for this charity called two presents. For our group, our leader was Caitlyn and she was very organised so we finished very quickly. I would do all the techy stuff with the pixels, sizing and printing while Caitlyn and Chloe made a hand drawn one. Chloe would be the assistant and help with paper cutting and finding images or something. When me and Caitlyn had something to do Chloe would help us multitask. Which is why we worked very efficient in our group. When two present came to check our work, they were very pleased but we had a few errors like forgetting to write G5 cdnis and the shape but otherwise we did a good job. Some difficulties were that our group wasn’t participating and we weren’t committed to make the card but our group was committed to help the charity so that’s why we thought about if we finished the card we would help the charity. So we finished the card and in 2-3 weeks.
What I learnt from that unit is about kids who suffer in world problems. Like child labour, human trafficking, poverty and world hunger. I also learnt that we’re really lucky. What we’ve learnt is connected to the central idea because when we learnt about the kids that suffered, it empowered us to help them by helping this charity called two presents. The ways to develop actions that are effective is through the design cycle. Empathise, Define, Ideate, Prototype and Test. The interactions between parts and people in companies is people is a part of a company, people work to make some of the parts like goals and accomplishing them. The reasons why people organize themselves is so they can focus, get their jobs done and accomplish their goal like maybe their goal is to help people in world hunger so if they organize themselves, they could help the people who suffer in world hunger.
Asbury Center Reflection
Last friday (24 Nov 2017), we went to the Asbury center to see the subdivided/caged homes. We went there because our unit was about problems in the world like child labour and we experienced what it was like. It went like this.
At the beginning of the field trip, The Asbury Center told us about their mission. Their mission was to help the people who lived in illegal housing/ caged homes. They wanted to help provide them with food and support them as many ways as possible. Our unit was about problems in the world so we went there for our field trip.
The houses were very small and you couldn’t fit a lot of people. The family we visited had five people. The mom, the dad and three daughters. They had to pay a high rent of three thousand to four thousand excluding the water bill and electric bill. They had a bunk bed, a fridge, a small toilet which had only a really small shower and a toilet seat, they had a kitchen table and on the kitchen table was a sink. Some of the services was water and electricity, they had their own bathroom. They didn’t have cleaners or anything to clean their homes nor do they have a washing machine. They also didn’t have much food and often they had to go out and eat. Reminding you, they had a very high rent and might not have had a lot of money.
Before we went to the field trip, I knew that the houses were small and there was maybe 40-60 square feet in one subdivided house. I knew that some subdivided homes didn’t have their own toilets in their units and had to share bathrooms. Another thing I knew is that some of the people that live there are refugees, immigrants, people that can’t find a job and people that live in poverty.
What it tells me about myself and other people is that we are very lucky compared to them because we have an education, proper food and water, someone to take care of us (parents), our own rooms, safety, good housing, freedom and all the other things we need and want. Also, how I learn is with excitement, enthusiasm, being a thinker, being principled and caring.
What I want people to notice is how poor these people are and that we should help them and how we can help as many of them as we can. I also want them to feel what it’s like to live in a home that small and how they can manage to survive.
What we did to help was we bought them some food and toilet paper so they can save some of their own money and they can be healthy. For my group, we bought oranges, tangerine, corn, cabbage and toilet paper.
When we got to the center, we had a guest speaker who shared about his experience about subdivided homes and what he should’ve done. He told us about what we should do when we visited the families and what questions we should ask them.
What I think I can do better next time is ask more questions about what it was like living there and how they can manage like that. I could also take more notes about what their home was like and I also should’ve about the 5W’s and 1H.
That’s what we did last friday at Asbury center. We went there to see subdivided home, we bought them food, we had a guest speaker and we interviewed them.
In art, we made a peace flag for peace day. The message of this flag is everyone should be happy and live in peace. The colour of happiness as you can see, is rainbow colours which is considered peaceful. There’s a heart which means love, a peace sign which means peace and there’s a music note which is there because there’s peaceful music like classical music.
The techniques I used were sewing, fabric drawing and tye-dying. For sewing(which was used in most of the project), there was a sewing machine but I didn’t use it because my sewing was easy to day. So we used a needle and a thread. On the fabric, we used fabric markers to draw on our fabric and coloured it. For the tie-dying, we used a technique to make the colour go where we want it to go.
Now that I know how to sew, I want to use this technique in the future for future projects because it’s a really easy technique.
From a scale of 1-10 I think I got a 7 because I finished fast, I used different techniques, I sewed really well, I did the symbols well and I worked really hard on it (effort).
So this is what we do in visual arts. We made peace flags and what I learnt what peace really is. For me, it means hope, love and music 🙂
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