For math, our class has been learning about area and perimeter . To learn more about it, we built our own buildings using Minecraft edu . But before we built it in Minecraft, we needed to finish the blueprint design . I didn’t get to the Minecraft part because I worked on the blueprint for too long . The thing I really enjoyed about this project is that I could learn area and perimeter in a fun way . The challenges that I faced was counting the perimeter of a compound shape, because if there is a room inside another room it’s more harder than counting a square or a rectangle for me. I think they should do it next year in grade 4 because I think they would enjoy learning about area and perimeter on Minecraft edu .
My goal was to talk more in class and to take more risks. I am still working on both of them. For one of my goals I hosted more morning meetings and shared my ideas in group works. When Ms.Costner chooses the partners I usually have to work with a boy. When I am working with a boy I feel a bit more uncomfortable because I have more friends that are girls. But I think that helps me work with another person because most of the time I work with a girl. I still have to work on raising my hand more and sharing my ideas in class. For my other goal which is taking more risks, I talked more in class and hosted more morning meetings. But I think I have to try to join in some more lip sync battles, singing battles or dance battles.
On Friday,December 8th, 2017, our class went on a hike to Nam Long Shan mountain. We had to fill out the paper about erosion and weathering with our group. We brought an iPad with us to take photos.When we came to a flat surface we had snack and filled out our papers. On the paper we could also draw pictures about the things we learned. When we were all finished eating our snacks we went up some more and hanged out a little. When we were there we filled out the bottom part of the worksheet. You had to fill out how you communicated, inquired and acted curious.After that we went down and went back to school and ate lunch.
A strategy that I use a lot is called chunking.First you write the number problem horizontally..(21×3) Next you multiply the tens place which is 20 and the 3.(20×3=60) Then you multiply the 1 and the 3.(1×3=3) Lastly you add the 60 and 3 which are the answers of the two number problems. A new strategy that I learned is the lattice. You first draw two squares and cross two diagonal lines over the squares. Next you write the 21 on top of the two squares and put multiplication sign on the top right corner and write the 3 on the right side of the right square. You also have to write the 20 on the top of the left square and also on top of the diagonal line and put the 3 under the diagonal line. You also have to put the three under the right diagonal line. Then you add the ones in the middle together and keep the ones in the side. Last you put the numbers together and that is the answer. We also made the worst strategy ever with a partner. Our strategy was called The Halving Way. If the question is 30 times 6 then you break the 30 apart and times the 6.
The aqueduct challenge is to transform water. It had to be 150 cm long and had to be 20 cm high. It also had to carry 200 ml of water. But we didn’t make it 150 cm long because we didn’t have enough time. Me and partner made the aqueduct with sparkling water bottle, plastic cups, toilet roll, straws, and some tape. First we took some of the cups and cut the bottom of each cup and taped the sparkling water bottle to the cups. Next we taped all of the cups together. Then we taped four toilet rolls together and taped it onto the plastic cups to make the bridge more stable. We also taped three toilet rolls and taped it to another part of the plastic cup far away from the other one. We only used three because we needed it to be a little slanted for the water to down. When we were testing our aqueduct it couldn’t stand and it leaked because it had a little hole. Next time we can tape the toilet roll better or use other materials to make it more stable and we can block the hole with stronger materials and not use tape.
During this unit I learned about beliefs and values. We did interviews, writings, read aloud and also a lot of other things. We also had home learning grids that were related to beliefs and values.Our central idea was, beliefs and values are expressed in different ways and a part of who we are. My thinkings also changed because I thought values are the things you like. In the library mr. Adams told us about our mission and our vision. We had partners to share what they care about.We also did a values card swap.Values card swap is where you keep switching cards until you find the card that you want to hang on to.when everybody has a card that they want, you have to glue the value card in your process journal and explain why you think it’s important. A believe is something that you believe in and a value is what you can’t live with. I think our beliefs and values come from our self and our family. some of my believes are my family, my self, god, Santa and other things. My values are my blanket, my family, my friends, my things at my house and other stuff. My beliefs impact my choices because I believe you need to treat everyone equally no matter what race they are and their out look.
Beliefs & Values Interview
Who We Are Attitude Ranking
This is what we did on August 30th. We made a little poster about who we are. We wrote the PYP attitudes on the post-its and stuck the post-its on the paper.We had to stick in a order. If you stick the post-it on the top that means you value it and if you stick it to the right that means you show that attitude the most. We had to stick all of the 12 attitudes and you had to be honest. After that we had to write why we put that attitude in the place you did and glue your reflection sheet on the back of your attitude ranking paper. I think I did well at my reflection and being honest but next time I can be more organized because my post-its are all smudged together