This represents energy
This represents the different forms/types of energy that we learnt about.
In my speech, I talked about animal cruelty. Where we neglect our pets, poach animals and do experiments on them. I think some of my glows where that I remembered most of it and I didn’t hesitate as much as I would usually do. Some of my grows was that I spoke too fast, I didn’t keep eye contact and I looked at my flash cards too often.
I recall seeing owners hitting their dogs. Maybe because it did something wrong, or something it didn’t intend on doing. Seeing animal cruelty isn’t common, but it isn’t rare either. However, most people choose to do it in the comfort of their homes. Furthermore animals also face neglect, this is when owners don’t give the proper necessities an animal needs to survive. Animals of neglect suffer as much as those who are abused. People poach animals for their fur, anything considered valuable or maybe even just for fun. Animals deserve the same amount of protection and care as we do.
Everyday, hunters go out in search for animals to poach. The meat of turtles, horns of rhinos, fur of lions etc. These animals may just be taken away for our lives due to animal cruelty. On the other hand, animals can also benefit our world, for example, elephants. Elephants use their tusks to help survive during drought strikes and for the other living creatures around. They also help disperse the seeds of trees to allow more plants to grow.
Finally using animals for testing. Each year, there are 115 million animals in experiments globally, and during 2017 only 46 new medicines were approved. Vioxx, a drug used to treat arthritis was found safe when tested on 6 different species. However, it has caused 320,000 heart attacks and strokes while there were 140,000 deaths worldwide. This didn’t only harm the animals but us too.
In conclusion, I believe that the time has come to end animal cruelty. We can all play a part and help out by donating, reporting animal cruelty, and adopting instead of buying. If we humans killed each other at the same rate as we kill animals, we’d be extinct in 17 days. It’s time for us to make a change and end animal cruelty.
We’ve been learning probability for this unit. I feel like I somewhat understand probability and the two types we’ve been learning so far. Theoretical probability and experimental probability are both different forms/types of probability. Theoretical probability is what we expect to happen, while experimental probability is where we test out what will happen. I enjoyed playing the probability games and testing them out, but the challenges were probably finding the theoretical probability. I would always think that ( for example ) Paper and rock meant the same thing as rock and paper. This would always mess up my calculation and would lead me to the wrong answer. After learning this unit and practising more, I think I understand probability better than before.
For last week’s home learning, I interviewed my family members and I received feedback on my exhibition topic. I’m researching about blackfaced spoonbills and how I can help them. My mum gave me some examples of solutions that can help them, e.g. disposing our garbage properly. My dad gave me an idea of how I can raise awareness and it was through social media. E.g Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter…
I also interviewed my mum on issues she cares about in Hk/ the world. Her answer was global climate change and the effects of it. Some examples she had done about is using less energy, green Mondays, buying organic foods, not wasting foods and recycling, reusing and reducing.
This week I learnt more about fractions, ratios, rates and probability. I also learnt about theoretical and experimental probability. Theoretical probability is probability based on reasoning written as a ratio of the number of favourable outcomes to the number of possible outcomes. Experimental probability is probability based on an experiment written as a ratio comparing the number of times the event occurred to the number of trials.
On Monday, a guest speaker visited our school and told us about refugees. Jordan Hattar visited different refugee camps, met Michelle Obama, and many more. He inspired me to take action as little actions can make a great impact. He said also said lots of inspirational quotes, for example,
“ you don’t need skills to help, just your heart. “
“ you need to know someone’s story, to decide what to do. “
“ we’re never too young to make a difference. “
“ Just because you can’t do something doesn’t mean you can’t do anything.”
In the future, I will learn from Jordan Hatter and start donating to those in need. Every year, my family and I would donate toys, food and clothing to the kids in China. We’d donate our books and participate in box of hope too. We’ve also donated to Orbis, kids for kids…
Here is the link to my dance performance and my reflection Link
This week we focused on exhibition and key concepts. I finished my lines of inquiry and continued researching more about them. I researched more about black-faced spoonbills and how and why their population is decreasing.
My exhibition topic is to help raise awareness for black Faced spoonbills. I can help raise awareness by selling baked goods, through the internet/social media, or even a beach clean up to help save their habitat. ( the beach clean up isn’t my idea ) Black-faced spoonbills’ population are decreasing just because of habitat destruction. We are littering, building land out of it, and doing activities around them which affects not only the spoonbills but their habitat too. Some foundations like WWF or Kadoorie Farm & Botanic Garden (KFBG) helps not only black-faced spoonbills but other animals too. Some others and I are thinking of donating to these foundations to help raise awareness and ( if possible ), see the population of these wading birds rise.
I hope that we will be able to focus more on exhibition or fractions next week, and hope that we won’t have any upcoming assessments soon :).
This week, we just came back from camp. It was EXHAUSTING!! This week wasn’t as exciting as the previous weeks, however, I did complete lots of tasks during the week.
We’ve been learning about decimals, I was assigned a special task named “HK facts sheets”. I completed this task in an hour, it took A LOT of thinking. I also finished an assessment and worksheets. I learnt that we shouldn’t rush through our work and take it slowly. The decimals worksheet took up a lot of time. I had to complete several division questions. After completing these, I still wonder, how do the unemployed earn money/ survive? I really enjoyed completing the tasks, it made me feel proud of myself.
We continued to write about our reports and I finally completed mine. I wrote about the 1929 wall street crash, what caused it, who was involved and what happened. I choose to write it in a magazine form, I added pictures + diagrams. I am really happy with the topic I choose, It was really interesting researching and understanding what happened.
Last but not least, Secret Santa. I drew a boy. I’m not quite sure what I should get him, but I’m looking forward to seeing what I’m receiving. I can’t wait for next week to come and excited to see who got me.
Last week, we went to Outward Bound. There, we played several different games and did multiple activities, for example, kayaking, jetty jumping, hiking… We went for four days and three nights. I was attacked by hundreds of mosquitos and now have a dozen of scabs around my leg.
On the first day, we took the bus from school and arrived at the outward bound campus at 12 o’clock. We first put down our bags and then met our instructors. They gave us a 1 litre water bottle and we wrote our names on it. I was in group Hilary, a famous explorer.
We played many different activities and put our bags down at the cage. The cage is a place where they store our bags and valued items and in return, they give us a day bag and a water jug. After we grabbed our bag, we headed out to our campsite. We settled down under a shelter and pitched our tents as it was raining. We cooked pasta for dinner and played a few activities. I felt very homesick at the time, however, playing the games got it off my mind. We slept at 9:00 and woke up the next day at 6:00.
The next day, we had bread for breakfast. The instructors got out the map, taught us how to use it, and pointed out were we needed to go. The hike began. We took the bus and climbed a mountain for what felt like years. It was so tiring, but luckily, our instructor and group mates shared riddles amongst each other and time flew by. We stopped at 12:30 and had lunch, I felt so relieved that we could finally eat. We ate a tuna sandwich, with mayo, tomatoes and cucumbers. After lunch, we hiked for another hour and a half and FINALLY arrived at the campsite. We set up out tents and sang songs by the campfire. Once again, I felt homesick, minutes past and I still felt really miserable. An hour later, the instructors gave us smores. We roasted marshmallows and it cheered me up quickly. We slept at 9 again and woke up the next day at 6:20.
Early during the morning, we headed down to eat breakfast. We ate congee and played activities. At 8:00, the bus arrived, we hopped on and headed back to base. We were showed our dorms, grabbed our bags from the cage and got changed into out swimming clothes. We arrived at a beach and the instructors taught us how to kayak. We headed out and kayaked for 45 minutes. We stopped by an island, ate lunch and headed back to campus. We cleaned up our tents ( took and hour) then headed for the jetty jump. The jetty jump was so high up, when you jumped off, it felt like you were falling to your death. I first looked down and decided to back off. After my friend jumped, it gave me courage and I jumped after her. We headed back to our dorms, took a shower, ate dinner, then had a group meeting. We talked about what we appreciated and what we were thankful for. We slept at 9:00 and woke up at 6:00 the next day.
This day was the last day. We bouldered and headed for the ending ceremony. We sang songs and talked about what we appreciated ( again ) and then walked to the buses. The ride back took 45 minutes. I was so glad to be back, camp was exhausting.
Overall, camp was very exciting and we completed multiple of activities. Even though I felt very homesick, I enjoyed playing most of the activities with my groupmates. If I had a choice to go back to camp or not, I wouldn’t choose to go. I enjoyed the day times, really, but when it comes to night, i’m not really used to it. Camp was a great experience and a great time to meet new friends, I really enjoyed it.
This week, we officially started the trade game. The trade game is a game where we draw a card and collect a number of cubes, different coloured markers, coloured paper and a KitKat. I drew 10 of diamonds and collected 2 different coloured papers, 4 different coloured markers and a KitKat. How we win is by completing the 3 goals that Mr Brodie assigned to us, A colourful poster, the tallest unifix cube tower and a clean and tidy locker and tray. I grouped up with 7 other people and in total, we have about 80-90 cubes.
For the poster, I provided colours and lettering, Jessica wrote down the tips, Kayla decorated, Daphne and Hayley came up with ideas and provided us with washi tape, and Ava searched up photos. The poster turned out well, we still haven’t finished designing it though. The poster was about report writing tips, for example,
And more! ( all written down on the poster )
I can use these tips while writing reports, so it can help me write a better essay.
In the trade game, you could also trade amongst each other for cubes, food and more! ( form )→ This trading game feels like trading in real life, where people trade with each other, for example, using the silk road. Back then, people would use the silk road to trade different goods with each other, in the trade game, we ask around for different items, people usually we trade foods for goods. ( connection ) → This game is also connected to economics. For example supply and demand. Our group has more supply than demand. We have so many items but are too expensive. People start bargaining for a cheaper price, and in the end, we allow it. ( causation )→ I decided to work in a group as I didn’t have enough materials, colours and unifix cubes, so I thought that if I joined up with other groups, we could share our supplies and collect the most unifix cubes. However, when the game comes to a stop, we would all have to split up the number of cubes we receive, then we wouldn’t have enough cubes as there are 8 people in our group. This trading experience hasn’t helped me understand my past event, however, I could use some of the reports writing tips to help me write my report on the 1929 wall street crash.