In dance, we had to make groups and put together dance elements that we learned this year and last year. At the beginning of the year, we learned how to do lifts, where you have a certain position where you can lift the other person without getting hurt. Last year we learned things like around the world or where you move your hands in one movement where you can place it somewhere or move your partner’s hand. When created the dance we had to express passion in it and have lots of elements that mix together. When we were practicing we got to choose music to go with our dance. In our dance, we had to work well with each other to put the dance together, if we did not someone could have gotten hurt or our dance would be ruined.
We performed our dances in front of the class and our teacher at the end of dance before the winter break. It was very interesting to see other peoples dances and to learn what we could have done better. Here is our dance https://youtu.be/1Gdr9wPPSRY
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From the start of the year, we have been learning how to play ukuleles in PA. We learned how to strum, move our fingers, lots of different strum patterns and how to chuck. Over the weeks we played different songs until we were ready to choose a song that we would sing and play to in front of Ms. Butler. I chose the song Little Talks by Monsters and Men, I thought it was hard at first but after I practiced it got easier and easier. We had to get the song on ukutabs and choose strum patterns to play along with the notes. We also had to learn the lyrics of the song and the tune. We had a while to learn it and practice, luckily I have a ukulele at home that I used.
When we had to perform the song, we got 10 minutes to practice. I was nervous beforehand but during the song, I felt fine. When I played the song I messed up a bit and I had mistakes but I also had good parts. Next time I’m playing I will learn from my mistakes and challenge myself with harder strum patterns. I will also try to keep playing at home and now that I know the basics of ukuleles I can play so many songs with all the strum patterns I have learned.
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Tomorrow is our last day at school, which is a DDD and a half day. After that its the winter break! Here are two reflections from what we have been doing.
First is about math, we have done tons of math on fractions and decimals. I think that I have learned lots more in math and about multiplication and division, I also managed to challenge myself with long division and bigger multiplication problems. This year and last year were the only two years that I have liked math. I have been doing differently on the tests we have been doing and I hope to keep on improving throughout this year and prepare myself for upper school.
Secondly, since the beginning of the year I have been trying to improve my writing which was also my goal in grade 5. I have learned that doing it on the computer is wayyyy easier but I know that I still have to practice on paper, also that having a really good plan is a key part in writing. I have improved a bit since the beginning but I know that I will always have to keep trying to improve and I will eventually achieve my goal which would be being better in spelling, punctuation and usage of words.
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Heyyy guys! So I know it’s almost the first day of grade 6 and I have not made a post about it yet. My last post about grade 5 (other than Chinese) was in January… I have done lots since then, such as a fashion show with robots, we wrote historical fiction, we had math lessons on time and a big science unit.
For science, we did loads of things on how lemons can power lights and we tested the brightness of the light. The photo above will be what my group did. The historical fiction took a long time to do, we had to plan and draft and do the final on the computer. At the end of the year, we had a small lesson on mean medium and mode. Finally, the fashion show where we made a costume and went down a runway with robots dressed the same.
I thought this year was amazing and I met so many new people. I’m gonna be in 6E and I can’t wait. Thank you especially to my amazing teacher Ms. Laura! Thanks so much for reading and see you in grade 6!
In the past week, we have had a Chinese field trip, spotlights, sports day and stuff with robotics and 3D printing. In Chinese, we went to a Chinese museum thing. We got worksheets that we had to fill out and each part we found out by looking around the place.
For the spotlights, it was different than usual. Instead of having a performance we had stations where the parents and kids could go around and learn about different things we learned in class. I was doing tableau with four other people. First, we explained what it was, then we did some examples and let them try. The little kids were confused so after the presentation I went to them and explained simply. It was fun with the little kids cause they made funny tableau’s and they were also shy at first but when we started to talk they got less shy and were having fun.
Sports day was very fun, it’s always my favorite thing in the school year. First grade 5 were doing activities while grade 6 did relay and races. Then grade 5 did relays and races while grade 6 did activities. For the activities we did long jump first, then mat ball, then capture the flag twice which was very fun! Then ball throwing. Last year I did pretty well in long jump so I hope I can do great this year as well! In the relay first was raven second was mountain lion then in third orca and last was bear. In the tug of war orca came first though! I did the 400 meters and 200 meter races, I came second in both. Sports day was very fun and I can’t wait for next year!!!
In robotics, we are attaching legs to our robots because we are having a fashion show where we are making our own clothes out of stuff that is not fabric and we will have our robots walking next to us in the same outfit which we will make for them. A lot of people are 3D printing a mannequin that they will use to put the dress on, I am also doing that.
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On Tuesday I had my first week back to school. Since then we have started our UOI unit and done some maths about multiplication and division. We have also had our first back at school performing arts lesson. Sadly we have finished our visual arts.
Our new unit is Who We are. Our central idea is ‘Throughout life people experience change for different reasons.’ Yesterday we had a look at our new unit vocabulary about the changed we go through, we also made a list of the changes we go through such as voice change, age, emotions and feelings, attitudes and more. Next week we have to send our computer photos of when we were babies up until now so we can see what changes we have gone through.
In math, we looked at some strategies for division and multiplication. One was a grid where you draw the number of boxes you need for the digits and then draw a diagonal line across each box to make a ton of small triangles, then you multiply the numbers and add the numbers that are in each triangle that are in a line, when you add everything up that is your answer. Another multiplication strategy was a box where you write the numbers on the outside and make lines to make an area in each box, if you are multiplying 2 digits by 2 digits there should be 4 boxes, then you multiply all the numbers and put the answers in the spaces inside the box, after that you add the numbers in the box and there’s your answer.
In performing arts we have started to work on our spotlight. For the spotlight, we are doing something different than usual, now it’s a workshop where each station is about something different. My group is doing tableau. We will explain to the groups that come what a tableau is. We will also give examples and let them play the game.
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