For our unit in chemistry, we learnt about physical properties and one of them is density. To let us explore further, the teacher let us do a little experiment involving layering liquids and solids. It was very satisfying overall, but it also made me realise that water wasn’t the lightest liquid and I finally understand how they make a layered drink. They put the syrup first and something in between and the alcohol at the very top.

 

In this unit, I was focusing on how to be a credible scientist while I was doing lab reports, and I quickly realized that being a credible scientist isn’t as easy as it seems. A credible scientist has to make sure all their work is reliable and trustworthy. For my investigation on seed dispersal by wind, I had to do several trials to make sure my data was correct before handing it into my teacher.  In real life, people who are scientists for a living publish studies that affect everyone’s lives, so it is very important to not lie about their results and do more trials to show the public the most reliable study they could do. As I mentioned above, I also learned to write lab reports this unit. Even though my lab report is of an eighth grader’s, this lab writing skill will still be very useful for later grades

I love this week! Innovation week has given me so much opportunities to express my creativity in different ways. I was in a group with Denise and Vanessa and we made reusable candles. At first, we tried to make a disposable cup that was biodegradable but our idea got quickly shut down since it’s neither original nor degradable. Then Denise suggested a reusable candle which also was aromatherapy, and the idea was praised by the teachers. We spent the next few days working on the candles and quickly realized that working with wax was hard since it dries and hardens quickly and it is hard to clean off. But at last, we made it and I am very proud of my end product.

Factual:

How can  I express my needs in a classroom setting? How can I use French in a situation related to school?

-school subjects

-time

-places

-adjectives related to verbs

-reviewed

-reviewed connecting words

 

Conceptual:

The organization of our school and our curriculum is influenced by the socio-economic and cultural background of our community. In Hong Kong local schools, it is very competitive and we really care about our grades

 

Debatable:

What’s the perfect school system?

It’s the IB system is almost perfect with a little tweaks.

 

We learnt about systems in our past unit, and we focused on human impacts on the environment. This unit required us to work together to explain what we know to 4th graders. And my teammates and I picked a very important topic that we want other people to know about — Carbon Footprints. We used a variety of different ways to express our main point to our viewers, which included Google slides, kahoot quizzes and even a crossword puzzle.  Not only did I feel that the 4th graders learnt something new, but I too. I learnt how everything in the universe is essentially connected, like a system. We, as both an individual and a group, rely on this system to survive. I hope in the future, I can contribute to finding more about this complex system.

 

Um here’s a vid, hope you enjoy whatever’s going on

 

I came to this school just in time for the robotics stuff. In my old school, we stuck to the syllabus very closely. We never did robotics or study animals or stuff. It was a pity that I did not come in time for the Jurassic Garage as I love animals, especially snakes.

In the past month that I’ve been here, I’ve already learnt more than I ever did. Science news has always amazed me and I was glad that Mr MacEachern made time for them and was willing to talk about both the cons and pros of that subject. Different topics were mentioned, and we were encouraged to participate in the discussions.

I really like the science classes here. 🙂

 

 

Even though I have already learned the general aspects of this unit (geometry), maths lessons are much more fun than the ones in my old school. I can learn how to cooperate with others to solve a maths problem and Ms. Kirchner always finds a fun way to teach old units, i.e. Tetris and transformation golf. It doesn’t matter if I have already have knowledge of the subject because there is always something new and fun to learn in math class.

Tetris was my favorite part of this unit. When I was small, I used to play Tetris with my friends, I’ve never really given any thought as to how it relates to maths. But now, having knowledge of translation, rotation, and reflection, I can play Tetris with a much deeper understanding of the game. Rotating the blocks is a major part of the game and is needed to get a high score. Now that I can fully use what I’ve learned at school in Tetris, maybe I can finally beat my sister?