This week was the 2nd week of 6th grade. It was really interesting. First on Monday, 6D were working on our math groups to learn aboout new ways to use patterns and math in our daily life. We had to do a mind map about it. Also, we had to do a lot of patterns of numbers and make our own.
Then we had library, we got to borrow books again. We had a great time with Ms. Williams. After that we had the classroom design challenge, we had to get into 5 groups in total and draw the group’s perspective of what they want the classroom to look like if they wanted the classroom to have only one carpet or something like that.
Then we had our student led where we could work on a worksheet on something individualy.
Then on Tuesday we had more interesting things to do. We read a book called Shi-Shi-Etko which was about a girl names Shi-Shi-Etko who had to go to a school where she has to learn about that country’s culture only so it’s like a boarding school and if she doesns’t go there the government will throw her parents in jail. So Shi-Shi-Etko had a memory bag to put everything that she thinks is most special about her culture and she would count how many nights till she has to go back to school.
Then we had the student led and we finished everything we had to do on that day.
On Wendnesday, we had performing arts and Ms. Butler tought the class how to play the ukelele. It was really fun because I’ve never played the ukelele before. Then we were learning about our central idea about Who we are, so the class each made a mind map about the central idea.
Then on Thursday, the class did an activity called ‘Own it’ which was a thing we had to do on our own. Mr. Brodie gave us a time table to put the time and which activity we wanted to do. We could do math our passion and skills worsheet and a few more.
Then we had Visual arts and we were drawing our names for our notebook cover. The writing looked a bit like computer writing. We got a big sheet of paper then we would use a ruler, a pencil and a popsicle stick. It was really cool.
On Friday we did an Exploration time when Mr. Brodie would give pictures of things that we could guess and recive clues so we could understand more about our central idea. Then we did our Weekly reflection. This week was really fun.
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.
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.
On Monday I have been watching a video on brainpop about the Everglades then made a mind map. The Everglades is one of the world’s largest wetlands. That’s an area where the soil is completely soaked with water, either year round or seasonally. It all starts in central Florida, near Orlando.The Everglades is located in southern Florida and covers more than 4,000 square miles. In fact before south Florida became populated in the 20th century the Everglades took up one-third of the state.The Everglades are often called the river of grass because in the Everglades is covered up in wet grass. Much of the Everglades is a slow-moving river, but it also includes swamps, coastal islands, and lots of other ecosystems. Islands in the Everglades are called Hammocks rise up from water throughout the Everglades. In coastal areas, where fresh and saltwater mix, there are mangrove forests. There the Kissimmee river flows southward into the lake okeechobee.
These are the new facts about the Everglades that I learned about. This topic is really interesting I really enjoy it.
On March 15th some people have been watching the video about Biomes and had to make a mind map after we the video.
The video said that a biome an interdependent system of plants, animals and land. There are countless species of plants and animals living on earth. A sort of large region with similar ecosystems.
The Subarctic taiga has cool summers and cold winters.
Animals can suffer so they have to survive in the cold days. Grasslands, or Savanna are found in areas like Central Africa. The biome has hot rainy seasons and a cold dry season; with not many trees and lots of grasslands, surprisingly enough. Just for the record, Utah consists mainly of the desert biome. Deserts get less than 10 cm of rain each year. Tropical rainforests are found in areas along the equator. The vines and the trees form a lush jungle, where all sorts of undiscovered species lie.
This topic is really interesting. I enjoyed it so much !
This week we’ve been inquiring into our new unit Sharing the planet. So today we have been watching a Brainpop video about Ecosystems. The video talks about what are Ecosystems and what types of Ecosystems there are. After we watched the video we made a Mind map. We had to create a mind map about the videos and what is related to it. The video said that an ecosystem is when a made up living and nonliving things that interact with each other. In an ecosystem, communities can be divided into different populations. Populations are made up of just one type of organism. Ecosystems are categorized by the amount of rainfall and sunlight they get, and the condition of the soil.Plants and animals that live in the desert have to be able to survive without water for long periods. And the sun is intense. Every organism has it’s own home which is called a habitat. There are water ecosystems too, like ponds, rivers and oceans.
When we started to inquire into this unit I’m starting to like it even more than I used to. I love doing mind maps.
Yesterday ( December 14th ) our whole grade went ice-skating in the biggest rink in Hong Kong which is Mega Ice in a shopping centre called Mega box. The ice-skating rink is on the top of the shopping centre. Our grade left the school at 8:55am to take the bus to Mega box and at 1:55 our grade left Mega box. When we arrived at Mega box we had to take the escalator to get to the top of the shopping centre. Most students in our grade didn’t bring their own ice-skates, instead they borrowed it from the front counter of the rink. We stayed at Mega Ice approximately 5 hours. We ate lunch at around 11:30. Some of us had figure skates and some people had hockey skates. Unfortunately there was multiple cones in the middle of the rink for some skating coaches to teach kids. My friend taught me how to use figure skates cause there a little different than hockey skates . After a couple rounds my friend and I took a couple breaks. Some people even wear short sleeves when the rink was super cold. I wear a top and a pretty thin jumper. When I came back from Mega Ice my feet was very sore and I still have a little mark from the figure skates because it was so suffocating and tight. But I still had a lot of fun ! I enjoyed the field trip a lot.
Today we went on brainpop and watched about Newton’s laws of science. The video talked about what we’re Newton’s 3 laws. The scientific law that Newton created says “an object in motion will stay in motion and an object at rest will stay at rest.” Say for example I have 2 toys cars and I leave the first one alone and I push the second one. The first car will stay there because I didn’t push it but I pushed the second car so the second car moves. The second law that Newton created was “
An object that has an unbalanced force acting on it will accelerate in the direction of the force.” Newton’s third law says “forces always occur in equal and opposite pairs.” I had so much fun watching the brainpop video.
On November 29th we were still inquiring into buoyancy so we got into groups and created a sailboat using cardboard, a plastic bag and a piece of paper. The challenge was you had to create a boat that can carry one marble across the water.
The next day we went to the Green Roof on the 10th floor and we placed our sailboats on a little basin that was a really small amount of water. We tried to place our sailboats on the basin and Mr. Wahid used to pieces of cardboard to create wind for the sailboats to move. Luckily all of the sailboats floated and were able to carry one marble across the basin. Ours didn’t really go that fast, but at least it was able to carry one marble across.
I think my group worked really well and we didn’t really argue when we started making the sailboat. I think we did a pretty good job working well together! I found making the sailboat was a tiny bit challenging because you could only use the materials given to you . I would improve on my design by maybe making the one more sail so it could move across easily. I enjoyed creating the sailboat with my group members and seeing if the boats that people in our class made a sailboat that can be able to carry a marble across the basin, it was really exciting. I enjoyed it so much!
This week we were researching about buoyancy on Brainpop and we watched a video and we created a mind map about it. The video said water and other liquids are a fluid. We use fluids all the time so we don’t know how strange they are. If we push solids it bounces back at you but if you push through a liquid, it doesn’t push back at you. Archimedes’ theory of buoyancy is that the buoyant force is equal to weight of water an object displaces. Whether that the force is strong enough to make something float depends on the objects destiny.The negative buoyancy that it weights more than the volume of water it displaces. But the positive buoyancy is an equal volume of displaced water is more than enough to support it. That’s the positive buoyancy. Objects with neutral buoyancy weight about the same as the displaced water. Negative buoyancy is when the object weighs more than the volume of water it displaces. That’s negative buoyancy. For me buoyancy is so interesting !