My Ukulele Song (Amazing Grace)

The song that I chose for my Ukulele was Amazing Grace. To play the song, you need to know how to play 3 different chords they are C, F, and G7. I found most difficulty in playing the G chord because it took a long time for me to place my fingers on the right places. The song that is a hymn from Old American times that was composed by John Newton starts with an anacrusis that is G is strummed by a fingerpicking the string closest to the top of the ukulele. Then, you play the C chord for two bars consecutively and then you play F for a bar then your return to the C note. Then, you play G7 after 3 consecutive bars of playing the C chord. The skills that I acquired by playing the Ukulele during this unit were to have a better understanding of key of tune, reading notes, playing in time and rhythm accuracy. But of course, most importantly during the duration of playing the Ukulele, I further broadened and improved my skills in playing the Ukulele.
During these classes where I have been exposed to the Ukulele, I have been using Garageband to record my progress and my recordings for my Ukulele. I have been exposed to Garageband before on an I-pad before but never on a computer. Therefore, my knowledge of recording things on Garageband on a computer is very limited. My skill in using Garageband has really affected my song because if I was an expert, I would have been able to make my recording look flawless. Unfortunately, I am not an expert in Garageband so my editing skills are terrible.

Chinese Unit Reflection

通過這個單元的學習, 我學到很多新的東西,比如新詞語, 新句子還有新 內容。 我們第一個單元是《社區生活》。在這個單元裡, 我們主要學習了在社區生活中,需要建立一個和諧的社區生活環境,以及社區設施與人們需要的關係。這個單元告訴我一個良好的社區環境對我們非常重要,完善的設施給我們提供一個舒適的生活環境。 這個單元的學習目的是讓我們了解社區生活設施與功能 應為人們選擇社區居住環境與家庭的需要有緊密的聯繫。  

 

我們在這個單元學了兩篇文章,第一篇文章的內容是一個男孩由於他爸爸的工作的關係要搬到香港,所以他選擇去香港旅行三天,最後才決定是否搬到香港。第二篇文章說他搬來香港以後慢慢地適應了新的生活環境,也認識了新朋友。他很喜歡香港的新生活。我在這個單元裡學到社區生活對我們很重要。學完這單元後,我們做了評估。為做好評估,我花去了很多時間溫習新學的詞語和句子。

 

Service Day

So, on the sixteenth of November, our school held the Service Day initiative. I went to the E- farm to give back to my community. This E-farm located in Sai Kung is an organic farm that uses all their resources to support their farm together on the whole. A few of the activities we did were listening to some talks from the people working there, planting corn seeds and making a fire naturally.

  • What did I learn during this Service Day?

During this Service Day, I learned a lot about how this E- farm works to keep the food very organic. I learned a lot on Aquaponics, Hydroponics and Aquaculture. I also learned about what precautions the farm takes to keep the food that they produce 100% organic.

  • How did I develop a greater understanding of an issue or need as a result of my service experience?

During this Service Day, I developed a greater understanding of the need for organic food. During this Service day, I realized that a lot of food is transported from many different places in the world where preservatives must be added to preserve the food so that it is able to be sold to local markets. This farm which is organic takes incredible precautions to keep the food organic is one of the few farms left in Hong Kong which are organic with many other farms adding preservatives to all their food.

Learning about their ways of keeping the farm in shape through natural and artificial ways to me ways was very compelling. I think that although there is little action I can do about keeping food organic, I think that it is worthy for me to spread the word to support organic food and eat farmed fish. I overall think that over this whole Service day, I learned a lot about organic food and how this E- farm keeps its food organic. This was a great opportunity for me to have this service day so I would like to thank all the teachers for organizing this wonderful Service day initiative for us students.

Instrument Research

Clarinet –

  • woodwind instruments family
  • Johan Christopher Denner is generally believed to have invented the clarinet in 1700
  •  originally made of boxwood
  • now made of metal and wood

Flute –

  • It is believed at least 40 000 years ago
  • Part of the woodwind family
  • Found all over the world in India, Germany, China e.t.c.
  • 3 types of flutes – Piccolo, Alto Flute, and Bass Flute

My Design Logo

This is my design logo.

This is my logo and I have a few questions for you.

How do you think is my logo? Why?

How did I do to include the 5 logo design elements (The five logo design elements are Simple, Timeless, Memorable, Versatile, and Appropriate.)? Why?

Thank You for answering these questions!

9 November Update:

This is my reflection on my logo design.

Write an overall evaluation of your logo (4-6 sentences) that answers, with evidence from viewer feedback:

By keeping my logo simple, I was able to make sure that the logo was simple and versatile. The main focal point of my logo is the football to advertise myself as a football player. I also made sure that the colours would work together and that my name would be on top of the ball making it memorable. My logo is also timeless which is a very important feature of my logo. My logo does not have something is out of date or has anything that representing time making it timeless.

Write an overall evaluation of your logo (4-6 sentences) that answers, with evidence from viewer feedback:

By keeping my logo simple, I was able to make sure that the logo was simple and versatile. The main focal point of my logo is the football to advertise myself as a football player. I also made sure that the colours would work together and that my name would be on top of the ball making it memorable. My logo is also timeless which is a very important feature of my logo. My logo does not have something is out of date or has anything that representing time making it timeless.

First few weeks of CDNISUS (Design)

Hi guys! It’s been a while since I have made a post so it’s pretty nice to be back. It’s been a busy first few days settling into Upper School with all the changes, everyone is very nervous. But I am very jolly because the first week of school also was the week of my birthday. I just turned 12 a few days ago! There has not been much to write about the start of school because in fact,  the settling was actually pretty smooth and easy.

Today, instead of going off on other subjects, I will be talking about the project I recently did during Design class, making a paper cup. So, I had two lessons to create a paper cup and it was pretty interesting seeing how everything came out in the end. This how my cup looked at the end.

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This challenge was inspired by Starbucks’ challenge to create a reusable paper cup. The winner would win 10 million us dollars! Alright, I have to confess that my cup was copied from a youtube origami cup tutorial. This the link to that video if you want to make a paper cup. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kv0BuaxD-gU

I think that I should have been more creative by making a cup myself without any help from other sources.  I believe that there are still many opportunities to show my creativity.

So that’s all for today and I look forward to my next and upcoming blog post. Thanks for coming by and see you in the next post!

Where We Are In Place and Time Chinese Reflection

在這個单元 裏,我學了很多的新詞語和新的句子結構。我跟老師學了很多相關經濟活动的內容。 我發現中國以前不會跟另的國家做貿易,但是因為中國現在需要很多來自其他國家的材料,所以貿易對中國非常重要。

This unit, I have been learning vocabulary and phrases related to our previous central idea unit. I reviewed many vocabulary and phrases learned before and some new things too. I learned a lot about the economy in the world but mostly in Hong Kong and China. For example, in China, around 50 years ago, the economy was totally different as China was not as transparent as it is now. I also learned about where economic activities can happen at home. A simple example of an economic activity can be when you buy something from Amazon online. I believe during this unit, I believe that my knowledge in the economy has grown through many activities.

 

May 21-25 weekly blog post + all the other blog posts that I forgot to publish and save from after the PYPX

Ok. Just a quick word before I start. I have to say that I am sorry to have not published my previous blog posts and not even saving them.

So ok I’ll just compile everything into this blog post. And just one gentle reminder, I am writing in the past.

Exhibition Week

(This is what I think I wrote on the post that I forgot to publish and forgot to save) This week, I completed my  PYPX! I had a tough grill from parents on Thursday night and was pretty annoyed by the little prep kids’ questions on how tall a unicorn was! For me, I believe that the hardest part of the presentation was when I had to present my findings and Creative Solution to the Victoria Shanghai Academy Students who were one year smaller that me. Right after the end of the PYPX, I stripped of the board for our display and went on the Pitch to shrug off the Exhibition from my shoulders.

Week after Exhibition a.k.a. three weeks ago.

This week, I just shrugged off the PYPX labour from my shoulders and started our new unit. How We Express Ourselves.  ON Monday, it was a week for reflection on the Exhibition. On Tuesday, I had a double period with my PYPX group for the final time in a session to reflect on the Exhibition for one last time. We then, on Wednesday started to settle back into our old routines and had math and began to start a new U.O.I. How We express Ourselves by looking at different art forms that we will inquire into in the future.

2 weeks ago

2 weeks ago,  my teacher started to talk to us about the elements of design and also shared with us the many powerpoints on art that was amazing! I then, started a personal inquiry on an art form. The art form that  I chose was interior design. Interior design, I found out was another branch of architecture. In this inquiry, I decided that I will be making a design of a home with rooms made out of different interior designs. I did research and I found out a lot about different types of interior design.

 

Last Week

Last week was mostly contributed to my art form. I completed my research and also started sketching designs of my interior design rooms. I also, most importantly, completed my MAP test. I had tests on English, reading and Math    on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

This Week

This week, I sang twice for my peers. In the Friday Fun in the Forum and in the Student Showcase. It was really fun! I also kept on doing my art form inquiry. I am almost. done and my project is due on Wednesday.

 

So there you have it! 4 weeks’ blog posts in 1 post! Sorry for not being able to post previously but now I am back. See you all in the next post! Bye!

 

 

 

 

 

March 9 2018 Blog Post

This week,  I had my concepts part of the exhibition finished. Next week, I do my lines of inquiry and I start my research.

So, on Monday I continued working on the PYPX and I got a foundation work done. I also did swimming which was a blast.

On Tuesday, we had a Guest Speaker from Room To Read but we were just beginning when we had a fire drill. Then, we had a nice lesson about concepts from Mr. Mark.

On Wednesday, we had Alan Dick Community Blast where we did the ‘Hokey-Pokey’ and the House Dance.

Yesterday, my PYP group finalised a few questions and we also did a Math Pre Assessment.

Today, I got my concepts finalised with my questions. I also did some Math to end the day.

This week was another week full of surprises(the House dance) and of course, the Exhibition’s sails for me is going in my favour. Have a nice week guys and piece out!

Weekly blog post Jan 26

Hi everybody! It’s been a long time since I last wrote a post but I am back! This week was a week that was very interesting because I did 2 science experiments.

So on Monday, I started in experiment where we would put a bread with vinegar and observe the bread. I also re-did the borax experiment.

On Tuesday, I had sports day and I got last place everywhere. My class did well in the class events.

On Wednesday, I had the four experiments which I wrote a post on and I also had my 3rd VA and fourth coding lesson.

On Thursday, I observed my crystals after some waiting and once again, crystals formed at the bottom and not on the pencil. I stirred the Borax, what else could I have done?

And today, I observed my bread and I also did a few math questions.