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Welcome to my first blog !!! This is the first time I’m using blogs, so don’t mind if I did something wrong accidentally. This blog is for classes that I’m taking in school. It is used mostly to hand in and share homework.

Humanities Unit 1 Summative Reflection

In this summative for humanities, we mainly focused on the ATLs skills organising skills. The organising part is the action plan, where we  plan out and break down the summative in to  make sure you don’t do everything last minute and also to make sure you know what you need to do and and when you should do it.  I didn’t do well on this part because I misjudged the time I needed to finish my research organiser. It took me longer than I thought it would and pushing everything behind it back. Next time, I should also should check if I have any activities that will hold me back during that week or two, because this time additional to the misjudged time, I also had a activity on the last day that I didn’t expect. That activity took me about 4 hours, resulting me having to stay up late.

Grade 8 Unit 1 Science IFolio Reflection

What makes a credible scientist?

A credible scientist is one who gives reliable, accurate and valid results in what  ever experiment or knowledge they are studying. To do this they will have to control the controlled variables precisely, change the IV well and measure the DV accurately and also process the data they get correctly if they are doing an experiment. If they are learning a knowledge, they will have to be able to explain about that knowledge and know it really well.

 

Why is the scientific ‘way of knowing’ used in medicine compared to other ways of knowing?

The scientific way of knowing is tested and got good results before using it on patient, while other ways of knowing might not be tested or have worked. The scientific ‘way of knowing’ may also have more precise wording and more accurate sentences so that the doctors/patients know exactly what they should/need to do. The scientific ‘way of knowing’ will also include more information like exactly how many pills to use and how long will the medicine’s effect kick in.

 

Reflecting on scientific investigations is important because you can get more accurate results by repeating investigations with improvements to your method. How would you improve your seed dispersal investigation if you were to repeat it?

If I were to repeat it, I could improve how to measure the DV more accurately to get more accurate results. To do this, instead of looking at when the cone hits the ground and then hitting the stop button (that takes time so the results might be a bit longer than the actual time it takes) I could use a camera to record the thing in slow motion, so that later I could replay it and see exactly what time does the cone hit the ground. I could also improve the method by controlling controlled variable two better. To do that I could use a measuring tape to measure at what height do I let go of the paper cone.

Reflection on Innovation Fair

This week was the innovation fair. In this week, we are supposed to find a problem and solve it. On the first day, we come up with ideas and write a proposal. On the second, third and fourth day we made our prototype and our pitch video. On the fifth day we go and look at others project and people from different grades come to see our project. At first we had a big trouble coming up with ideas, we came about 4-5 ideas but none of them got approved by the teachers. In each day, 3 classes/periods are devoted to this innovation fair and 1 class is a recharge time.  Later, someone in our group wished there was a innovation idea generator so we can get ideas, then we decided to make a innovation idea generator to help people like us (who couldn’t find ideas) to find ideas. In the second day, we started to make the plan of the app and started to code it. The third day was mainly focused on finding ideas to put into  the app and to continue coding it. We also started the pitch video. Finding the ideas for “other ideas” and “3D printing / laser – cutting ideas” was hard but still manageable. The  real challenge was to find ideas for “digital ideas”. In the end, we had about 4 digital ideas and 20 other ideas and 20 3D printing / laser – cutting ideas. In the fourth day we did the pitch video and improved the app. The second prototype of the app was better than the first one because in the first one, when you click the button “more” , more ideas will show up, but when you click button “more” again, nothing will happen. In the second app, when you click the button “more” , more ideas will show up, and when you click button “more” again and again, the screen will keep on changing. Coding the second app was hard for me, I didn’t know how to code it so I asked Mr.Stringer how to code it. On the fifth day, we sent up our place and explain and got feedback from other people. The challenge during this week was finding an idea and finding digital ideas. The most interesting thing in this week was board games (during recharge time) and coding (during innovation fair time) .

These are picture of our app: 

And this is the pitch video of we made:

 

Unite 2 – Portrait de famille

Global context:

Identities and Relationships

Statement of inquiry:

Our Family and the people around us contribute to our own individual identity

For the french summative, we had a Crit C & D video presentation we had to make.

ATLS ( APPROACHES TO LEARNING SKILLS)  on the summative

  • Communication: presented orally and visually a portrait of my family
  • Time management : there was a due date …
  • Organization: I managed to finished it before the due date, but I accidentally uploaded the wrong one at first. Later, I had to upload the correct video and take the old one down.
  • Being resourceful: I took the knowledge from previous french class and putted the script together

I thought I did ok on this assessment,  I did better in crit C than crit D. I have to improve a lot on pronunciation (which is a part of crit D). Madam Boyle suggests I should pay more attention to the pronunciation and use the google translations to help with the pronunciation.

This is the link to the video:

Link

 

Unit 3 Ifolio Reflection

The third unit was poetry.We analysed some poetry, and for the summative, we had to decorate a box according to a poetry and present it.

The challenging part I find in this unit is finding the objects that represent the things in the poetry for the summative and writing PEE paragraphs. The fun part of this unit is we get to decorate the box what ever way we wanted to, as long as it was connected to the poetry.

Unit 2 Ifolio Reflection

Global Context – Personal and Cultural Expression

Key Concept(s) – Perspectives

Related Concept(s) – Character and Point of View

Summative Assessment(s) – Fishbowl Discussion and Create your Own Short Story

 

Q: What did you enjoy about this unit (content, activities, etc.)? Explain

A: I enjoyed the short storied we read, because most of them were really interesting.

 

Q:What did you find challenging in this unit? 

A: The fish bowl discussion,  because I find it hard to speak in front people.

 

Q:  Which short story was your favorite? Why?

A: I liked ” Death on the Playground”  because the title is a bit exaggerating and it does show a lot of change in the character Principal Chow from to events.

 

Q: What causes change in a character?

A: A lot of factors could cause change in a character, like ageing, change of environment, something big happened in their lives…

 

Q: Is change inevitable?

A: I think change is inevitable, because a character could be changed  for a lot of reasons, and some of them might be inevitable. For example, some people’s interest change when they age, you could not prevent from ageing, so then you could prevent you interest to change.

Robotics Week

After CNY break, we had a robotics week. During this week, we got 7 lessons to work on robotics to make a robot and a video of the robot in groups of 3.

The robot that we need to make should be smaller than 14 x 14 cm, should be able to run and grab objects. The teachers had already made a robot that could  run and grab objects, but our goal is to make it smaller.

It took us a really long time to make adjustments and make the robot smaller. Sometimes, we had to take some parts of the robot apart to adjust it. A problem with our robot is it was a bit unstable, since some parts of it is zip tied together or putted on with blue tag. Another problem with our robot was the robot could not turn on ( because the batteries were not put in properly). Later, we took the robot to one door, and they helped us make the robot more stabler and told us that the robot could not turn on because the battery was not put in properly.

This is what our final robot looks like:

And this is the video we made:

Robotics Video

 

Unit 1 IFoilio Post Reflection

UNIT 1:

Global Context – Fairness and Development

Key Concept(s) – Connections and Culture

Related Concept(s) – Perspectives

Summative Assessment(s) – PEE Paragraph

QUESTIONS:
Q: What did you enjoy about this unit (content, activities, etc.)?

A: I enjoyed the part when we read “The Giver”  and answered reading comprehension questions.

 

Q: What did you find challenging in this unit?

A: I find the PEE paragraphs challenging, especially the explaining part.

 

Q:  What did you enjoy and find challenging about the summative assessment (PEE paragraph)?

A: I find explaining and analysing my examples challenging in the summative assessment . I kind of enjoyed the choice of the questions, since we could choose which one we find easier or more interesting. 

 

Q: How can we express our hopes and fears about our world through creative writing?

A: We can express our hopes and fears about our world through creative writing by describing a world/ event that is our hope / fear. For example, the author of  ” The Giver” might fear of people losing their freedom or fear of people losing their feelings ,so in “The Giver” , he described a word of people with out their freedom, or feelings.

 

Q: Why are dystopian novels so popular with teenagers today?

A: Dystopian novels are so popular with teenagers today because they describe a world people never seen, which makes it interesting. A lot of dystopian novels are also having the story told by a teenagers view (like “The Giver” or “Hunger Games” ) .

Science Unit 2 Blog Post

Unit 2 : Ecosystems

Key concept: Systems

Global context: Human impact on the environment

The key concept and global context connects to this unit because this unit is about ecosystems and the key concept is systems, systems include ecosystems. Also, we did a presentation and a vidcast on Human impact on the environment in this unit.

These are some pictures of the work I did in this unit:

 

In this unit I learned some vocabulary about ecosystems (like abiotic and biotic elements, niche, mutualism), how biotic and abiotic factors effect each other and about food chains and food webs. I also learned that people affect the ecosystems a lot through the vidcast and the presentation. During this unit, we had to make a poster, a presentation and a vidcast. For all three of those things, we had to do a lot of research at first and cite the sources. I printed out all the words and pictures for the poster and stuck them onto a piece of paper. For the vidcast, we had to make a presentation first, then we record the vidcast using Quicktime player. There was also a quiz during the unit, I prepared for that quiz by studying all the vocabulary.