On Wednesday we had the robotics dance challenge that we had to get into groups and create our own dance challenge using the robots. The thing you had to do is create your own program then create a lot of details on the robot for example create a costume and lights and noises. You can choose your own type of music and then make the robots dance to it.
My 2 group members are Alicia and Estelle and we are already finished everything all we have to do is create costume using colored.
We had different jobs. Alicia was in charge for the coding, Estelle was in charge of which angles we had to place our robots because we want our robots to be exactly the same. I was in charge for the music so basically I was the DJ. Every Wednesday Me, Alicia and Estelle work on our robot dance program in the lift area so we have enough space for the robots.
It is almost the end of the year so Mr. Grant said that we will soon do the robotics challenge.
On May 11th our class went to the LLAC lobby to go see the make create collaborate exhibition. There were all kinds of activities to do for example sewing, knitting, green screen, music making and singing. We stayed there for one whole hour and we could choose any activity we wanted to go to. I went to the green screen, the music making and the singing. I really wanted to do knitting but I had no time for it.
Also the grade 6’s went to it and some receptions and prep kids went to the make create collaborate too. I think the purpose of this activity is to encourage people to express their feelings through art, music and other things. I saw everyone was enjoying their time in the LLAC lobby. The most popular activity was the Knitting activity and everyone wants the string and yarn to knit by themselves.
It was really fun and I wish we could go to the Make Create Collaborate again.
Today all the grade 4 students went to the library pit so we could listen to the guest speaker Mr. Graeme Still to talk about his job and natural disasters. Mr. Graeme Still is a police officer that helps people stay safe when there is a natural disasters. He explained to us about three types of natural disasters. The first one was Typhoon, flood and landslides. He showed us a video about natural disasters and how they hurt people and how much there are really scary. He also told us about rules that we have to keep so we can stay safe for example he said never play with matches or lighters because it can cause a fire at home or anywhere or also don’t litter glass in the countryside because when the sun gets toward it because of its reflection it can cause a fire. Be careful when you are having a B.B.Q and always bring a bottled water so you can avoid possibilities of fighting fire. He talked about what kind of people can help us when there is a natural disaster. The police can help us, the fire brigade, the ambulance and the social welfare department can.
This topic is really fun and interesting to learn and discuss about. It was really fun.
Today our grade 1 learning buddies had their spotlight performance in the LLAC. Our learning buddies’ spotlight performance was a little different from our spotlight because our learning buddies did their spotlight with other grade 1 classes mixed up so the three grade 1 classes did their spotlight together.
The thing that I liked about that performance was that all the students spoke in a big loud voice and they didn’t have to use the microphone. I could hear all of them talk really clearly.
The thing that I think they need to improve on is their transitioning because the transitioning was a little slow.
My learning buddy performed well, because he was showing a lot of enthusiasm for the whole time and I really enjoyed watching him perform. The attitude that the learning buddies displayed was confidence because they were not frightened because it was a big audience they all spoke very clearly. The attribute that the learning buddies displayed was
communicator because they showed all their knowledge to the audience.
The different types of elements of performing arts and visual arts were that they sang, danced, they used puppets and props and paintings.
I really enjoyed the grade 1 spotlight it was really fun to watch our learning buddies perform.
This week we have been tuning into our new unit HWOO (How we organise ourselves) which means we are learning about natural disasters. The central idea is: People and Organizations can work together to prepare and respond to disasters. Mr. Grant told us to write things that we know about this central idea in our sketchbooks. In our sketchbooks we had to rename the central idea in our own words and also write the meaning of multiple words in the central idea. We also named different types of natural disasters like volcanoes, tornadoes earthquakes,tsunamis and other natural disasters. We also named different types of organizations like fire departments, ambulances, the police station and other types of organizations. We also drew diagrams and illustrations about these kinds of disasters. I know a lot of people have been looking forward to this unit and is very curious. I am also looking forward to it.
For the past 2 Tuesdays we Ms. Fung came in our classroom and taught us about how to do coding using a program called Scratch. Scratch is a program that you can use for coding or other things. We created our own Tessellation using controls and commands on Scratch. There is a icon which is a cat and when you create a tessellation and press a green flag that makes the cat icon move the cat moves and it makes the tessellation that you created using the controls.
Ms. Fung posted 2 videos about how to create a tessellation. One of them was a square tessellation and the other one was a triangle tessellation. We get to choose what types of shapes and sizes we want for the tessellation. In order to make a tessellation you have to create and decide what the angle would be and also how many steps the cat icon will take and lastly how big or small the size would be. I could create a tessellation 2 times and both of them turned out the way I wanted. Scratch drew both the tessellation perfectly. The most challenging part of this challenge was coding and creating the whole thing because we had to think a lot. I have learned how to code now.
I think coding is really fun and I am excited to do it again.
In my opinion, people should stop being racist because it involves making fun of other people’s appearance and skin colors.
First of all, racism could be an insult to the people who are getting teased. It could hurt the other person’s feelings. If you make fun of people with different types of skin colors you can make them feel insulted.
Secondly, if you insult people you can make them feel stressed. It can cause problems at home, and it can cause big problems with your family members and friends. You can make them feel not needed.
Sometimes, when you are being racist it’s not fair. Some schools don’t let other skin colored people to go to the same schools. So different skinned people are separated.
In conclusion, people should stop being racist because it involves a lot of stress and it’s not fair for others.
Yesterday on April 20th, we had visual arts with Ms. Lam.
Every week, when we go to visual arts we always inquire into different types of artists lives and their paintings. This time we were inquiring into an artist named Matisse. Matisse is born in southern France and had a passion in art and painting. When he was an adult he tried to paint and his paintings had always have vibrant colors and happy thoughts. A few years later sadly Matisse caught a disease and unfortunately he had to sit on a wheelchair but he would not give up so he started to get his scissors and start to make collages. Years later he became really famous and a lot of people admire his collages. We made our own collage and we had lots of options.
I learned that an artist never gives up until he comes to an end. I understand his feelings and understand his paintings and collages.
This learning engagement was really interesting and i really enjoyed making a collage of nature.
Yesterday our class went to the IB Art Exhibition in the LLAC lobby. There were paintings and artworks made by the grade 9’s and 10’s. Mr.Grant gave us a worksheet that we had to fill it in by choosing one artwork out of all of them. I chose a picture with 2 eggs on a boat with a sun made out of an egg.
I chose the picture of the 2 eggs because it reminds me of the ocean and when I was around 7 years old I drew a picture of 2 people in the sunset. It reminds me of that memory.
When Mr.Grant gave us the worksheet so we could fill it in the questions were: 1. What do you see 2. What do you think 3. Do you have a connection ?
Learned more about how people express their artwork by painting and drawing. It was really fun.
On March 29th, 30th and 31st we have been in Treasure Island for camp. There were lots of activities and we were put in a tent group of 3’s or 4’s. There were also different groups and we had rotations that we had to do.
One of the activity that I enjoyed the most was the raft building because we had to build our own rafts with the materials that we have gotten and use them to build one. The exciting part was when we got to ride on our rafts into the water. I got soaked.
I experienced quite a few things that I’ve never experienced before. I have never experienced building a raft, setting up a tent or spending the night without one of my family members.
The thing that I would remember the most would probably be sleeping in tents because I have never slept in a tent before. The last time I went camping was in my old school but we slept in dorms.
One of the most challenging thing was setting up the tent because I have never set up a tent before but it was pretty fun.
From this camp experience I have learned how to survive outdoors and taking care of yourself and being independent.
This camp experience would be the highlight of grade 4.