This week we focused on exhibition, I did a lot of research about my topic. Two stars I have are that I emailed two Black-faced Spoonbill experts and that I went to the wetland park and got information and a disc about them. But a wish I have is that I want to find out how Black-faced Spoonbills affect and benefit the world.
On Monday, 6D presented a speech about any topic. I chose to do Gender inequality. Our peers gave us feedback after our speech. Some glow I have are that my speech was inspiring, I did good research, memorable conclusion, clear voice, I had good slides and I had a good hook. But some things I need to work on are I need to choose stronger visuals, I need to speak louder and that I need to use stronger words. Next time I can use a thesaurus to make my words stronger, practice speaking with a loud voice at home.
Here is the link to my Speech(red binder)
Our math unit is about probability. During this unit, I gained more knowledge about this topic.
The new things I learned about probability are theoretical probability and experimental probability. Theoretical probability is probability expressed as ratios, fractions, percentages(number of outcomes over the number of all the outcomes). An example is heads and tails, the probability of getting heads is 50%, ½, or 1:2. Experimental probability is probability based on an experiment, it can also be written as a ratio, fraction and percentage. However, instead of the number of outcomes over all of them, it’s the number of times event occurred over the number of trials. We learned more probability language too, for instance likely, unlikely impossible, certain, probable, improbable and equally likely.
I think that that the best things I’ve learned are theoretical and experimental probability. I think this way because it’s one of the most important parts of probability. They are strategies to find the probability of something. It also taught me how to write probability in numbers(ratios, fractions, percentages). The activity that helped me the most was calculating and experimenting with theoretical and experimental probability. This helped me understand more about how to calculate the probability. In this activity, I struggled to turn a fraction like this ⅓ into a percentage. Now I have learned that you have to multiply the numerator by 100 and then divide it with the denominator.
Overall, this unit helped me learn more about probability. I thought this unit was fun and interesting because there were many fun ways to learn about this.
In this activity, I watched Emma Watson’s UN Speech about gender equality. After watching this video I am now inspired me to make a speech for home learning about gender equality. I am looking forward to exploring more into this problem. Emma Watson used convincing quotes. For instance, “If not me, who, if not now when.” She looked at the perspective of people who have been affected by gender equality. Overall, I have been persuaded to look into gender equality.
This week was very inspiring, I’ve been inspired. Now I am now interested in more world problems.
I learned from the guest speaker, Jordan Hattar. Though I wasn’t here on that day, I was still moved and inspired by him. I learned and surprised by the fact that a boy sent a letter to Former President Obama about how he wanted to help a little boy in Syria, he wanted to give the little boy a home by letting him live in his. After Former President Obama read it, he later on, made a speech about it. Jordan Hattar quotes inspired me. My favorite quote is, “You don’t need a specific skill to make a difference, just heart.” He had heart and helped many refugees in Syria.
After learning about Jordan Hattar, I can use the information I learned to make my exhibition more persuasive, like Jordan Hattar’s presentation.
I watched a video about Hugh Evans. He talked about global citizens. He works with others to raise awareness about global citizens, and tries everyone to become one. Hugh Evans talked about how he went to the Philippines to see a landfill where people lived in. While he was there he met Sonny boy, they became good friends. After a few years after, he tried to contact Sonny boy. But his home had been relocated by authorities. After learning this I am aware of this problem. I can use this information to raise awareness in the future.
Overall, I thought this week was interesting and fun, because of what I’ve learned next week I hope I can look deeper into these problems.
Last week, the Young Americans came to CDNIS to teach Grade 6 for 3 days. During the Young Americans experience, we sang and danced as a group. I thought the Young Americans was a one time experience, it was fun and enjoyable.
Before the Young Americans experience, I was really nervous to step out of my comfort zone. At the end I did, and I tried my best to be as close to the front of the stage as possible. I used to think that dancing was simple. After the experience, I realized dancing is complicated and takes lots of practice. I also thought that moving to positions were challenging. I think this way because everyone would be scattered around the stage, and we would run into each other. During the show, somebody stood in my spot, but we solve the problem quickly. The Young Americans experience allowed me to have more courage and confidence. Altogether, there were many challenges but they were all worth it.
Overall, I thought the experience was really fun, it also pushed me out of my comfort zone. But I regret not doing the homestay. Many of my friends said it was fun, they got to socialize with the Young Americans more than others. I really enjoyed this experience.
After weeks of practice, last week my group and I finally performed our dance choreography. What we did in class was, choreographing a dance that included what we learned last year and this year, we also practiced it. What my group and I found challenging were practicing the lifts. We thought this was challenging because sometimes we would lose balance, be distracted or we would be too confident. Therefore, we had to practice the lifts many times, until we found a solution that solved our problem. What I thought was fun was improving. I thought this was fun because when I saw my final product, in the end, it really made me feel accomplished. Here is the link to my dance performance and rubric Link
This week we focused on exhibition. We continued on our next steps, I explored more about my topic, wrote my lines of inquiry, we also figured out the purpose of our learning. Another new thing we tried in 6D we started planning our own morning meeting. This way we connected with each other more than usual and it took more responsibility.
While doing my next steps on exhibition, I wrote about how key concepts can relate to saving Black-faced Spoonbills. Causation: In order to start taking action, I need to know what’s causing Black-faced spoonbills to be endangered. Perspective: Before destroying wetlands, we have to ourselves in the Black-faced spoonbill’s shoes. If we were the Black-faced Spoonbills, losing the wetlands is like losing our homes and running away from it. Reflection: We should reflect on what we’ve done to the animals in the world. From reflecting we should consider to stop hurting them. Change: We need to know the consequences. What will happen if they go extinct? Responsibility: It’s our fault that the spoonbills are endangered, and it’s our responsibility to save them. We caused it we fix it. But we are not letting them, we are just taking advantage of them(IVORY). That makes us greedy.
For our morning meeting, our teacher let us plan and do our morning meeting ourselves. The first time we played the game we decided to play “Wah”. Since it was our first time doing this, we kept arguing about what game we should play and do. In the end, we got to play two games. Every time we finished one morning meeting, we reflected on what we did and what we should improve on. On Thursday, we were much better and had more fun than the other days. We decided on a game efficiently and quickly. We played telephone. It ended up really fun and funny. The morning meeting allowed 6D to connect with each other and it also gave us more responsibility.
Overall, this week we focused on using the key concepts in our learning. We also focused on exhibition, and what steps we are going to take next. I wonder if we will be planning our own morning meeting next week too.
This week finished up many things. Like our math unit and report writing. We did our math summative and did our final edit on our report writing. I thought the math assessment was challenging, but in the end, I finished it. Writing the report writing was fun, it was like reflecting on my research. Even better, our reports will be sent to The World Economic Forum.
Something I focused on this week was my report writing. I wrote about the Wall Street Crash of 1929. I thought writing the report was challenging because I prefer writing fiction stories. I learned about three forms of media I can use to make my report more entertaining. During the week we went to some workshops, there we learned about three forms of media. The three forms of media are whiteboard animation, magazine article, and an infographic. I chose to do a magazine article. Since I finished my report writing the week before, I just had to put my writing into a magazine template, then make some edits. After all, I thought this task was challenging and fun at the same time.
For math, I had been assigned to do a special task. It was about using my knowledge of decimals in the real world. For the decimals summative, I thought some questions were challenging. But at the end, I got through them. I am wondering what we will learn next unit on math.
Somethings I am looking forward to next week is SECRET SANTA! On Friday, we decided to do Secret Santa. I am looking forward to finding out who got me.
Overall, this week we wrapped up somethings and started some too. I am excited to find out about new topics and news next week.
Last week, grade 6 took a trip to outward bound. I learned and experienced many things past those 4 days. Even though many activities were a challenge, I participated in all. This week I did many things I wouldn’t have done if I weren’t in Outward Bound. After this year’s experience, I am looking forward to next year’s trip.
My favorite activity was hiking. I enjoyed this activity because it was challenging and fun. I never thought that the hike would be so hard. The road was covered up with rocks and soil, I was afraid that I would fall or hurt myself. The hike was much different than I was expecting. I tripped a few times and got hurt, but that didn’t mean that I was going to give up. I just kept climbing. Eventually, I reached the top of the peak. The seven-hour hike was worth it, the view up there was astonishing! Once I reached the top, the breezy wind brushed past my hair and the fresh air went into my nose. Inhale, exhale. From the top of the mountain, I could see tiny building under me, I could see far and wide. It was like I was looking from a flying bird’s perspective.
After spending some time on the mountain, it was time for us to hike down. From the start, I already knew that it hiking down was going to be challenging. Many people fell and tripped at this time, luckily I didn’t. I held on tight to the rocks and grass, using it as support and balance. Doing and finishing this activity made me proud, I climbed/hiked a mountain I can see from far away. This makes me hope I’ll do this next time.
Because of camp, I got to experience things that I wouldn’t have done if I didn’t go to Outward-Bound. Even though it was challenging, it was a wonderful experience. Therefore, I am looking forward to what new experiences I am going to go through next year.