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Exhibition Reflection

by on May.12, 2014, under Exhibition, Portfolio

Exhibition Reflection

                I just finished the Grade 5 Exhibition! We have been studying for eight weeks about a topic we are passionate about. First, everyone in Grade 5 did a “Hot Topic”, where we wrote about something happening in the world that we could connect to somehow. My Hot Topic was Refugees in Australia, but I ended up choosing Minecraft in Schools for my final decision.

We were, in the first week, asked to put down our choices for our Exhibition topic. In the second week, we found out the results: I got my third choice, which was Minecraft in Schools. I was in a group with Alex K., Nusayb, Massi, Kilyann and Yi Fan. I think it was a good group.

Teachers creating groups for us

Teachers creating groups for us

Then, we started researching how Minecraft could be used in education. At the start, things didn’t work out so well; Alex didn’t really do much while the rest of us did work. I think we should’ve given him a job to do instead of doing everything ourselves. After that, everything was ok.

Compass Points activity

In Week 4, we did a compass points activity, where we looked at our topic from different perspectives: Nature, Society, Economy and Wellbeing. We were also beginning to gather some ideas about our research.

During Week 5, we had to choose one of the arts to incorporate into our project. We chose Media Arts for our art so we could work on making some Minecraft worlds. Our research showed that Minecraft can help in: Reading, Writing, Math, Geometry, Music, Social skills, Basic Technological Science, Linguistics and expressing creativity. We created three worlds to show three main ones: Geometry, Technological Science and Math. But in the Technological Science world, Massi or Kiki were playing around and they teleported so high that it wouldn’t let them back on the world. It was SO ANNOYING! I think they shouldn’t have been playing around, and I agree that they need to take the time to rebuild the world because they were playing around during work time.

The winning design

The winning design

At the start of Week 6, everyone made a logo and 20 logos went into the final round. One of them won, and that was printed on our Exhibition shirts. The funny thing was, on the piece of paper they gave to the printing company, There was curved writing that said “UNIS”. But when we got the shirts, they said “UNS”. It was lucky no one noticed it except me.

Our Spot

Our spot in the foyer before setting up…

Setup

…and during setup

Weeks 7 and 8 were preparations and setup. Then, on Tuesday and Wednesday we shared. It was great! I was a bit nervous at the start, but I got more confident. Parent night was also good, but some people asked difficult questions and me and Yi Fan had to think and answer them.

Parent night

Parent night

Overall, I loved the exhibition and I think it helped prepare me for middle school by setting deadlines, requiring deep thoughts and high quality overall work.

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Final Portfolio Piece

by on Apr.03, 2014, under Art

Final Portfolio Piece
In art class, we created a 3D cardboard piece that represented us. We first traced our shadow on a piece of cardboard, and we then assembled it to make a head-shaped piece (see picture). Then we added:
• A collage of shapes (2D and 3D)
• Symbolic lines
• Doodling, Graffiti Name and Animal Drawing
• An Exhibition Panel (Unfortunately, due to a change in Exhibition plans this was left blank)
With this piece, I practiced: collage, positive and negative shapes (in collage), overlapping (in collage), lines/symbols (doodling/symbolic lines), and repetition (collage-shapes are repeated). I chose this piece because it represents me. For the panels in more detail:
Collage-I chose the panda picture because I like pandas.
Symbolic lines-I did zig-zags because they are random and I am also a bit random
Collage: Geometric shapes because I like math
I hope the audience will use this to understand me more.Head

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Book CROP-QV

by on Mar.19, 2014, under Elementary

I have recently finished reading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It is about Harry Potter, who in his 4th year at Hogwarts, is selected as the 4th contestant in the Triwizard Tournament. But only three contestants participate, and Harry never submitted his name.

When I heard this, I was very surprised because something wasn’t right and I wanted to know more.

I can connect to Harry feeling nervous and confused when there was a mistake, because when these things happen to me I also feel nervous and confused.

I predicted that Harry would reach the Cup in the maze first, and I was sort of right: he reached it at the same time as the other Hogwarts competitor, but that other competitor died shortly after so I was sort of correct.

In my opinion, this is a great book and I cant wait to continue reading the series!

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Math Budget Presentation Reflection

by on Mar.05, 2014, under Elementary

Math Budget Presentation Reflection

                For our fractions, decimals and percents final assessment, we were asked to plan a G5 graduation party for our class. We were allowed to spend 275,000 dong on each student and teacher in our class, and we had to have at least 2 types of food of each of the following:

  • Food
  • Drinks
  • Dessert

For the bonus, we had to convert the calculations to USD and spend every last dong.

I really liked doing this because it was really fun, and I liked doing a lot of the math. I think the most challenging part was doing the surveys, because we didn’t do our desserts survey, so we had to pick our own desserts. We were also worried that Ms. Karen wouldn’t like us picking our own desserts, but she said it was fine and everything was ok.

Also, looking back, to spend all our money, we had to order a mineral water, and we made it into a lucky dip. I now think that we should’ve done something else, such as making a grand prize and making the water the secondary prize. But still, I think we did really well!

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Speed Geeking Session

by on Feb.28, 2014, under Other

Today, at the Speed Geeking Session, I learned:

  • How to use SketchUp
  • Additional features on Movie Maker
  • What you can create with iMovie and some features on it
  • How to record desktop videos using Screencast-o-Matic

And much more!

All of G5 went into the foyer of the arts center, where the geek squad taught us about different programs and websites (My favorites listed above), and it was really fun. We had 8 minutes at each station, then we moved on to learn about something different. Everyone had a great time! My only suggestion is to have longer sessions, because we only got a couple of minutes to experiment with each website or program and because we didn’t explore the programs/websites properly, when we had questions about things we discovered later, we had no one to answer them.

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Hatchet Questions

by on Feb.28, 2014, under Elementary

Hatchet Questions:

In the book Hatchet, Brian has been learning to survive in the wilderness. Describe some of the things he has learned and how he has changed as a person.

During his adventure in the wilderness, Brian learned some survival skills, such as how to make fire, how to make a shelter and how to hunt fish and birds. He has also has learned to rely on himself and be independent instead of relying on others. He is more alert, more mentally together and more active. He also puts more effort into his work, compared to before when he was lazy, afraid and relying on others.

Describe the ways Brian attempted to make a fire and how he needed some conditions in order to make a fire.

One night, a small animal invades his shelter, and Brian throws his hatchet at it. It misses, hits a rock and makes sparks. Brian explores this and tries to make fire.

  1. He tries to set fire to grass and twigs. Doesn’t work.
  2. He tries to set fire to ripped up paper. Doesn’t work.
  3. He tries to use papery tree bark. Glows but goes out.
  4. He makes the bark incredibly fine with the hatchet. Glows but goes out.
  5. Tries again. Still doesn’t work.
  6. He tries blowing on it, but he blows too hard and it goes out.
  7. He tries again, blowing more gently this time, and when he pauses to inhale it bursts into flames!
  8. FIRE!
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Artist Statement

by on Feb.24, 2014, under Portfolio

Drawn using Ink Brush and Nib

Drawn using Ink Brush and Nib

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In art we have been doing a unit on making a mark. I chose this picture to share on my blog.

I chose this because I wanted to draw an animal and I wanted to challenge myself. This picture looked difficult, so I chose it to challenge myself. I used ink, and I applied it with a brush and a nib. I practiced paying attention to details when I drew the scales. I chose this as my best drawing because it shows my best work using ink as a medium.

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“Hatchet” Book Review

by on Jan.21, 2014, under Elementary

Book Review for “Hatchet”

            I have recently been reading “Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen. I haven’t read the end yet (only up to chapter 12 out of 18), but I can already say it’s a great book!

I really like this book because he is about my age, so I can connect to what he feels a lot of the time. Also, there is a lot of adventure, because the book is about a 13 year old, Brian Robeson, who is in a plan that crash lands when the pilot has a heart attack. Forced to survive in the wild, Brian begins a huge adventure.

I suggest this book to good readers in 5th grade, because the vocabulary can be challenging for some people. I would recommend this to older readers and adults as well, as it interests a wide age range of people. I think that my favourite part so far is when Brian discovered fire. The words in italics below are a quote from the book.

And when he ran out of breath and paused to inhale, the red ball suddenly burst into flame.

            “Fire!” He yelled. “I’ve got fire! I’ve got it, I’ve got, I’ve got it…”

            But the flames were thick and burning fast, consuming the ball of bark as if it was gasoline. He had to feed the flames, keep them going.

            Read the book to find out what happens next!

Book cover of "Hatchet"

Book cover of “Hatchet”

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On the Move UOI Reflection

by on Dec.11, 2013, under Portfolio, UOI

On the Move UOI Reflection

            For over a month now I have been doing a UOI called “On the Move” about human migration. I really liked this unit, and here’s my reflection on it.

I really liked when I made a map of some places that connected to your family (e. g. where they have lived, where they were born, etc.) because it was very interesting to find out where my mum and dad had lived. Also, when I was interviewing my dad I liked hearing about his migration story. I didn’t like preparing interview questions because it was a bit difficult for me and because I didn’t know what migration journey he would tell me about (he migrated many times in his life), I didn’t know what kinds of questions to ask, so I couldn’t get the full story out of him right away and some questions were totally useless.

I think the easiest part of this unit for me was practicing my speech. I’m very good at making eye contact (and other things like that), so within six tries it was very good. I’m looking forward to Thursday, where, at the migration museum, I’ll present my speech to many students and teachers. I’m kind of nervous, but I’ll know it’ll be a learning experience for me.

I loved this unit. I had so much fun, and I wish we could do it again. I only wish that we got to do this in Grade 6!

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Book Reflection

by on Nov.12, 2013, under Elementary

Book Reflection

I have recently finished reading You Have to Stop This by Pseudonymous Bosch. It is fifth in The Secret Series (the first is The Name of This Book is Secret, followed by If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late, then This Book is Not Good For You and This Isn’t What it Looks Like). I would definitely recommend it to 5th graders who are interested in mysteries, secrets, an author who desperately tries to get you to not read his books (it doesn’t work) and characters with false names (plus a setting that the author never reveals and never will) for a few reasons.

I’ve learned that sometimes when you need to trust someone, you can trust them even if they’ve done bad things in the past. For example, the magician Pietro didn’t trust his nemesis and twin Dr. L. If he had trusted him, he might’ve gotten some information to help Cass (the main character) with her friends Max-Ernest and Yo-Yoji.

At the end of the book, Cass finally learned the Secret. It was supposed to be about how to become immortal, but she asked the mummy (the ancient Egyptian kind) the question to which the answer to would be the Secret. She said’ “Why did the ibis cross the Nile?” And the mummy (still the ancient Egyptian kind) replied, “To get to the other side, of course.” She was very disappointed that the Secret was a joke, but then she thought about it and realised that all the strange things in her adventures had come from another place/dimension. L’altro lato. The other side.

As you can see, you (yes, YOU) should definitely read this book! But make sure you read the other books in this series first or this doesn’t make sense.

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