Weekly Reflection 9

9 weeks into school already! This week we tuned into our new unit about economic historians. I already learned a lot about it. During this week I learned about new things and it lead me to some questions.

 

This unit is all about being and learning about economic historians. When I was doing my home learning, I learned about Adam Smith. Adam Smith is sort of know as the father of economics now. He wrote the book called, The Wealth of Nations. He believed that wealth came from labour. He had three strategies to help economies grow. The first strategy is to let people follow their own interest and goals. The second one is the division of labour, you can create more goods by separating work into simpler roles. The last one is free trade, when the governments don’t actively interact of international trade, everyone benefits. Some questions I have are, where was he born, and what inspired him to be what he is known as now?

 

We were also introduced to a challenge. From the text clues I think this challenge is about saving poverty. I still wonder why students are doing this challenge instead of teachers, adults and the World Economic Forum? While analysing the challenge, I learned new words. Some words I found interesting are, World economic forum and Global Factors. Overall, I already learned so much about economics.

 

This week was really interesting. After this week I look forward to learning more about economic historians and the challenge. This also makes me wonder what I will learn next week.

 

Unit Reflection

After seven weeks of hard work, our class finally finished our first unit about scientific inquiry. I learned a lot since the first week of school. Before that I was clueless of what matter, scientific inquiry and explanatory writing was. I can’t believe how much I’ve learned over the past weeks. I can’t wait till our next unit.

 

The main things we focused on in this unit is matter, experiments and explanatory writing. Before the end of the unit, the only knowledge I had about matter was: solid, liquid and gas are forms of matter. Now I know that matter is somethings that has mass, or can take up space. Solids, liquids and gases are all forms of matter(there is more, for example plazma). Before the unit, all I knew about experiments was that it was used to test things. Now I know scientific word that scientist use in their write up. For example, solute, solvent, diffuse, molecules, etc. All I knew about explanatory writing before the unit was it was a type of writing. After the unit I not only learned what explanatory writing was( explanatory writing is when your writing includes no you, we, us, our and only has facts for explaining a specific topic) but also learned how to write it. Overall, those are the main things my class focused over the past few weeks.

 

Throughout the unit, I learned some new words that I found interesting. I learned about what molecules are. Molecules are atoms bonded together. They make up everything including matter. Another is solute and solvent. Solute is the component in a solution dissolved in a solvent. Solvent is a solution able to dissolve the other substances. For example, the solvent is boiling water and the solute is the sugar. I wonder what new words I will learn in the next unit.

 

Things that I found challenging was the unit experiment. I found this challenging because my group and I chose a hard topic to research about. Our topic was borax crystals and our question was, how does the solution affect the making of the crystals. We found it challenging to find information about our question. At the end we had to synthesis with our information.

 

Altogether, I had lots of fun learning about science. I hope the next unit will be fun and interesting too.

Weekly Reflection 6

It’s been 6 weeks since the start of school! This week was really compelling, we learned and started new things. We spent the week learning more about science and our passions. After this weeks ventures in learning, I am really looking forward to many things.

 

What I really liked about this week was the experiments. This week we started our unit summative, and we get to chose our own product to show how much we learned this unit. I chose to do an experiment with my classmates. We decided that our experiment would be based on borax crystals. Our question is, how does the solution(borax powder and boiling water) affect the making of the crystals. In this experiment we are going to use detergent and contact lens solution with baking powder to substitute the borax powder and water. We will do the same procedure as the borax water one, but switch the borax powder with the substitutes, we’ll see which solution will create a crystal. Hypothesise : We think that the laundry detergent will replace the borax powder the best. We think this way because the detergent we are going to use contains a lot of liquid starch. Liquid starch is a really good replacement for the borax solution. We don’t think contact lens solution will work because it doesn’t contain as much borax(boric acid). There is a slight chance for contact solution and baking powder to work, because it acts like borax powder and boiling water. I am really looking forward what are results are going to be.

 

After starting my experiment, I have some wonders. My first wonder is, how do you know when your solution is supersaturated? I wonder about this because our first try making the borax crystal didn’t really meet our expectation. We were expecting it to be thick with a lot of crystals, but we ended up with just a few. We later understood that our solution wasn’t super saturated. When we tried putting more borax powder, it didn’t melt completely. So how do you know if it’s super saturated or not? Another question is,How does borax affect crystallization? I am also looking forward to knowing the answers of my questions.

 

Overall, I am looking forward to learning new things next week so I can use them in my experiment explanation. I am also looking forward to seeing my results of my experiment.

Weekly Reflection #4

It’s been a month since the first day of school, time flies when you are having fun. This month was very exciting and interesting, especially this week. This week was astonishing! We spent the week we inquiring into scientific inquiry and more into our unit. This week I had a lot of new experiences, some of them were unexpected and some were really interesting. Every week is different, before monday I thought week 3 was the best week. But after the 4th week ended, I now think that this week was better than all the other ones.

 

The thing that was unexpected this week was the Stanley cup and the Keeper coming to CDNIS. On Wednesday, we went to the theater to see the keeper of the cup, Phil Pritchard. He placed the shiny polished big long cup on the stage. Without notice he also brang 2001 hockey champion. The player is called Alex Troughay. Alex Troughay talked about what his team did with the cup when they won it. The keeper also talked about what he does with the cup. It was spellbinding! When the period was done and we were leaving, some people got to touch the cup, sadly I didn’t. But I am glad that I at least saw the cup. 

 

The thing that I thought was interesting was the experiments. This week we did two experiments, but I liked the first experiment better even though it was just observing. We watched the teacher make a almond brittle, we took notes. After the experiment  we got to eat it. It was delicious! I thought this was interesting because we got to learn how to make almond brittle, we also thought of some question. One of my questions that I am really interested in is, how the mixture of butter, sugar and salt become brown? Overall, this week’s experiments made me want to do more. I hope there will be more experiments next week. I am also really looking forward to using my knowledge from the experiment to make almond brittle over the weekends.

 

In conclusion, I thought this week was really exciting and unexpected. After my experience this week I am willing to use my new knowledge in my life inside and outside of school.

 

My Second Persuasive writing piece

I believe that we should stop Ivory Trading, because if we keep doing this there will be less elephants and people who wish to see elephants will be disappointed because they are all extinct. Elephants help us do lots of stuff like clearing the landscape and they help spread seeds. Ivory is not only in elephants it is also in other animals like hippopotamuses and some whales. So we should not only stop taking Ivory from elephants, We have to stop  killing all animals for Ivory.

For my first reason Elephants help clear and shape  the landscape by making roads, they make the roads by using their big foots to swipe all the tree out.  Elephants made paths for us to, without elephants we wouldn’t have a way to get cross jungles, forest and many other things.Elephants also break down other plants that we can’t get through . Elephants are very important to lots of animals because elephants are a big part of the food chain.

Secondly, Elephants shape the landscape and make more space for seeds and plants to grow. For example, since elephants always walk through the forest and make big path they carry seeds from the ground and bring them somewhere else to grow. They find the seeds left on the floor in the elephant dung, so they take them to different places. When elephants do this they make grasslands. In grasslands there are not much trees because the elephants knock them down, there are lots of grass there because the elephants spread the seeds. With grasslands it will be easier for animals to live, so we should not think that elephants don’t help make our land.

Thirdly, I believe that without elephants the food chain will change. For example, there won’t be much pathways for us and animals to walk on.  During  the dry season elephants use their tusk to dig up water for animals to live, with elephants gone more animals will go extinct with them(no water). The reason there is so much grass in the grasslands is that the elephants leave a dung full of seeds  for new bushes to grow. I Believe that elephants can do a lot of things that will help the world.

In conclusion, I believe that we should not kill elephants for Ivory. Every day, every 15 minutes one elephants is killed, soon there will not even be any Ivory in the world again if there is no ivory. So i believe that We should not kill elephants for Ivory.

My coding reflection for scratch

Last week, a computer teacher(technology teacher) came into our class to teach us about scratch. Scratch is a website for creating codings and learning how to code.

 

On that day we had to do a challenge, that challenge was to make a tessellation. The teacher taught us to use move __ steps, turn right/left  in ___degrees, pen up/down, colour pen.On Tuesday we also did scratch, but we had to cover the whole page with tessellations.

 

To reflect I successfully made a tessellation and I did not expected this shape to come out, the shape was not what I expected but it still was a nice shape. The most challenging part of the task was trying to make it because I had to try a lot of times to find a number  make a tessellation. I learned how to cover the whole page with tessellations,learned to use new blocks to code with(turn right/left ___ degrees, move__steps, etc). I had really fun coding and learning new things.

My First Persuasive writing piece

Don’t throw garbage in the sea or ocean

I don’t think that we should throw garbage in the ocean. Without a clean ocean marine animals can’t live a happy life, for example they will suffer from suffocating a plastic bag. They are like us, they have feelings and families and when marine animals die it can affect us too.

 

For my first reason I think that when marine animals die it can affect us too. For example, some marine animals die by eating plastic and when we eat that fish there might be a chance that we can eat the plastic or maybe find it. After a while marine animals will slowly fade away and some people feel bad about it. Fish are peaceful animals we should appreciate our animals who died and us food. Marine animals only hurt us when we hurt and now humans kill more fish more than fish do, so we should not harm them and give them a life.

 

Secondly, Garbage pollutes our ocean. For example marine animals need space to breath. Humans have much more space to breath so we should make it fair for the fishes are stop polluting. When animals don’t know what to do they will suffer like us, but when we were babies. They have a much sadder life than us, because they have less memorize. Fishes also have a sadder and faster life than us and the reason they are having a faster life than us is because we are polluting their home. When water is dirty it will be harder for us to make it clean. Overall we should give more space and cleaner water to the ocean/sea.

 

For my third reason I believe that marine animals have lives like us(families, feelings). First of all marine animals feel, live like us. They can feel pain, happiness, sadness,etc…. Marine animals have emotions , but they can’t show it because we don’t know how to communicate with them. Marine animals are friendly creatures, they have not much difference with us. Next time we should think before we do things.

 

After all, we should not throw garbage in the ocean, because it will affect us, it pollutes our ocean and Marine animals have feelings like us. Humans don’t like being hurt, losing a part of you family, but marine animals have more experience than us because of our garbage. Marine animals had never harmed us as much as we did, so that’s why we should not throw garbage in our ocean or sea.  

 

My Gravity Mind Map

This week 4B has been making Mind Maps again, but this time we are going to watch a video about Gravity. Now I am going to explain my Mind Map. My prior knowledge is  “gravity holds you down and when their is no gravity you will be floating, gravity holds all the planets together ands that means gravity is very important.”

Gravity pulls everything down , holds everything down and everything has gravity. Sir Isaac Newton discovered gravity and he found out that gravity depended on two things mass and distance. Later Albert Einstein continued Sir Isaac Newton research about gravity and found out that actually massive objects bend space time.

My Bar Graph

Lately, 4B has been making bar graphs, we all have to make one. To Make this graph 4B had to follow some steps.

  1. Make a topic
  2. collect the data
  3. Make the graph
  4. Add the data
  5. Add colour( must)

If you don’t add colour it wont be a bar graph ,because all bar graph has colour and colourful .My question is If you had a Mystical Pet what would it be : a Narwhal( not a mystical animal), unicorn, pegasus,ten headed lion, dragon, fairy(not a animal) and other. I learned how to make a digital  graph, also last year we also made a bar graph too.

 

Seminar- Ancient Olympics Reflection

The Ancient Olympics dedicated to a Greek God, Zeus. The first Olympics was held in 776 b.c. In the first Olympics there was only 1 event , the foot race. In that time no girls was allowed in the Olympics, they had to stay home do chores. Only men could watch or participate . Every time the Olympics has new events, they were mostly with fire. In the olden days  they only wanted to show the world , now we want to get medals.

This was for Zeus they wanted to give a gift to him , but now Ancient Olympics is for showing people. Now girls can watch the Olympics and participate in the Olympics.

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