Tundra Mind-Map

Tundra Mind-Map

This picture on the top is a mind-map of the tundra. I used BrainPop to make the mind-map and also used it to research what is tundra. I have one example, and many facts about the different types of tundra. There are three types of tundra on Earth. The Arctic tundra, Antarctic tundra and the Alpine tundra.

First, the Arctic tundra is a cold desert formed 10,000 years ago when it was the ice age. Glaciers covered most of the North America, and when the Earth got hotter by the sun, glaciers  backed away leaving the flattened tundra. It is on the top of North pole where there is Greenland, Alaska, Canada, Europe and Russia. There is no trees so it is a flat land. Tundra in Russian means treeless plain. This depends on where you are in the Arctic tundra,

Temperatures vary, but it is usually cold all the time. At winter, the average temperature is below zero and, it can go to minus 90s. In the summer, you will mostly not find the temperature above 50 degrees. When the temperature goes up, the snow melts and turns into water pools and the ground gets very spongy. With the water, these plants like bushes, grass and flowers grow. Under the spongy ground, it is permafrost that is cold and frozen all year around. But in these weathers, many kind of animal still make home.

The Antarctic tundra is the same thing as the Arctic tundra but instead of flowers and bushes, they grow Lichens, mosses and and algae.

The Alpine tundra is everywhere around, not like the Arctic and Antarctic tundra. You can find it on top of mountains above the tree line. In the Alpine tundra, the weather is very harsh, it has heavy snowfall and high, strong winds. But still in these conditions and the weather, animals and plants still survive.

The tundra is also connected the environment. Tracks made by transportation like cars, trucks and buses can be there for 30 years or more. These means every tundra is very fragile.

Hajime:)

Land Biome Mind-Map

Land Biome Mind-Map

The picture on the top is a Mind-Map is about Biome. Red boxes is for Important and main idea. The blue box is the examples and other things are facts about it.

 

Biome is and interdependent system of plants, animal and land. It is also a large region with similar ecosystems. Temperature, rainfall and altitude all decide what type of plant and animal life a biome can support. A place called Utah consists mainly of the desert biome. These plants, animal and land each evolved to become specially adapted to their environment. If you move an animal or a plant out of it’s biome, it might not survive. There are countless species of plants and animal living on Earth.

 

All of these species live in different biomes. Subartic Taiga has cool summers and cold winters. Evergreen trees grow and the soil is rocky. At Tundra, it is very cold at all time. Soil is frozen all year round, so not much can grow besides lichen and moss. Temperate Forests are found in areas in mid-latitude. It has a moderate rain and the four season. Oak and maple trees grow here, and the soil is very fertile. Deserts get less than 10 centimeter of rain each year. It is very hot all day and cold at night. Grassland or savannas are found in areas like Central Africa. It has a hot rainy season and a cold dry season. Rainforests are in areas along the equator. Over 150 centimeters of rainfall each year. It is humid and hot like Hong Kong.

 

Different biomes been around thousands of years but change time to time. For example, Icy glaciers once covered most of North America. Before, It was covered by a shallow sea. It takes millions of years and the plant and animal have time to adapt they need to adapt. But because of the human activity, it has changed everything. Humans can change a biome overnight by cutting down trees, throwing up buildings and polluting the water. Without the proper habitat to support, plants and animals can become extinct. If people knew how fast forests can become deserts, they might think twice before messing with our more fragile environment.

 

Hajime:)

Ecosystems Mind-Map

Ecosystems Mind-Map

This mind-map on the top is the mind-map I made in Brain pop. I have used words and colour to represent the meaning. Red is for main things, green is for examples, and dotted lines are for  things leading to little examples.

 

Ecosystems is categorised in by the amount of rainfall and sunlight they get, and the condition of the soil. One of the examples for ecosystems are water ecosystems like ponds, lakes, rivers and ocean. These ecosystems interact with each other. In deserts, there are living and nonliving things. Deserts also don’t get much rain so they have very little water. Living things that live in these condition have to be able to survive without water for a long time. The soil is delicate and not very good for growing things. But they have a community of plants and animals that have adapted and lives in these places. For example, Cacti can store water, kangaroo rats sleeps underground where it’s cooler than outside where it’s burning hot and owls prey at night when the sun goes down. Community is also divided into different population. Population is made up of just one type of organism. These organisms has it’s own home. These homes are called habitats. For example, scorpions habitats is in sand.

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Grade 10 Exhibition

Grade 10 Exhibition

Last week, our class went down to the library to look at the Grade 10 exhibition. The grade 10 exhibition is a personal project that the grade 10’s made.

 

We saw some creative ideas and some people used technology like the computer and coded video games. I remember one of the student used a bicycle and made a machine to make electricity so we can charge the computer. It was really hard than I thought it would be. I also remember somebody using Sketchup to design the house and made a small sculpture out of it.
I think if these creative ideas be able to spread around the world, It might help the future a better place to live.

Hajime:)

Design project(Feb/19,Feb/24)

Design project(Feb/19,Feb/24)

This week(Feb 19th – Feb 24th), the thing that I found interesting is the Design project using Minecraft. We did the Minecraft project because we were learning about the area and perimeter.

 

We started off with a draft of our house and we had to calculate the perimeter of the house and the area of the house and the room. Next, we did a Blueprint for the draft. The blueprint has to be really neat and clear so we all had to use a ruler so we can make straight lines.

 

The last step is to make the structure on Minecraft!! I am still on the blueprint step but I am very close to finishing. Also, the structure has to be the same as the blueprint.

 

I chose to write about this because it is very fun to make our very own structure. I also liked how we had to calculate the perimeter and the area. I am also looking forward to using my Minecraft. I also like to draw the blueprint because I like to draw and be creative.

 

I learnt about the perimeter and the area of things. For the perimeter, you have to add length and the height twice. To calculate the area, you have to times the length and the height.

 

Hajime:)

Things that I learnt this week (Feb/12 to Feb/17)

Things that I learnt this week (Feb/12 to Feb/17)

On the week, we did the project for visual arts. We are all making different products and we have to make a Eco Friendly Packaging for the product. My product is a Bamboo water bottle and I want to make a simple packaging for the product.

 

I chose to talk about this project because I think it was very educational for me and it teached me a lot of things. The teacher also talked about the colours that represent the meaning of ECO. We have to make the packaging for the product. We also have to make your company’s name and the logo for it. The teacher teached us about how these packaging for the product affects our world and the pollution.
Hajime:)

Comparing Advertisement

Comparing Advertisement

Last week, we made a poster about iPod advertisements. We had two advertisements (poster) and we wrote persuasive techniques on the poster under each pictures. On the bottom, we compared which one was better and why was it bad.

 

This picture on the top is our poster. The one on the left used colour and words that pops out. One of the sentence is bold because it’s the most important thing that they want to tell to people who buy their products. It is very simple so it’s very easy for people to see. It also tells us more info(name of the product). You can tell that it is new because it says “Get your groove on. In four new colours.”

 

On the right one, it has the logo on the top so it tells what company made this product. The person on the advertisement is happy, so it tells us if you buy the product, you can be happy and excited. The background also stands out because the colour is is green. It is also big so it is easier for people to see. It also says the description of the iPod on the bottom. The iPod also stands out because the it’s white.

 

Our group thought that the left advertisement is better because it’s more neat. It is also clear to for other people to understand the product they’re trying to sell. There is more info than the right one. There is more colour so everything stands out. Our group thought the right one is too plane because they didn’t write anything. It used less colour than the left advertisement. We also agreed that the words on the bottom is too small.
Hajime:)

Things that we learnt this week (Feb/6-10)

Things that we learnt this week (Feb/6-10)

I think that the most important things that we learnt this week is the filming techniques. We made a video (commercial) and we also used iMovie to rearranged the video. We also used some different kinds of shots. We made this video because we are going to make a commercial by a iPad and iMovie by ourselves. I chose to write this because it was related to our Unit of Inquiry and I am also a Digital Ambassadors so I should also remember these things to help other people in my class. We learnt about how to take care of these equipment, and how to use the equipment like the iPad’s and how to use iMovie. We also learnt about the Camera angles and when the camera angle is used (what feelings does it have).
Hajime:)

Poster for our New Unit, How We Express Ourselves

Poster for our New Unit, How We Express Ourselves

We started a new unit for How We Express Ourselves (HWEO). The central idea is “People can create message to target and influence specific audiences”. It means people can use Social Media to communicate with other people. Social Media is like Whatsapp, Line, Skype, etc. People can also use other ways like making a commercial / advertisement to communicate to the community.

 

This picture on the top is the poster. Our poster is about the SPCA, telling people to go to this garage sell to help the puppies who are at the SPCA. Our target audience means people who might be interested about the garage sell. So our target audience is people who like puppies and might want to help the puppies.

 

The techniques that we used is colour because the colour made the words were clear and easier to see. We also used pictures to convince people to come to our garage sell to save the puppies. We put pictures that our happy so we can tell people what will happen to these puppies when they were saved. We put small details like the address and what time it starts and ends and all details(it is fake).

 

I think people will want to save the puppies because the pictures can convince them to buy the goods to save the puppies.

 

Amazing Musical Race (Spotlight)

Amazing Musical Race (Spotlight)

On Wednesday, January 11th, 2017, we performed a Spotlight based on the TV show, Amazing Race, But instead of the Amazing Race, We did an Amazing Musical Race.

 

The part it went well is that most people spoke clearly. I also think the transitions were smooth. I also think everybody tried to remember their lines.

 

I think what people can improve on is they should know when the other person is speaking or if you were the one who is speaking. The other part of what I didn’t like about is that some people were talking at the backstage. It might have been heard over to the audience. It was also weird when we were playing the Lion Sleeps Tonight, because some parts, we kind of messed up, but we formed up again to make it better.

 

I enjoyed when my classmates made the audience laugh. I think that was well done. I also liked when we were at the backstage. We made some mistakes, but I think the spotlight went really went well. I am looking forward to next year’s spotlight.
Hajime:)