The Breadwinner

I really liked reading The Breadwinner in class. At times it was happy, at times it was sad. A lot happened, and I think it was a good book. I felt mostly sad during the story. The girl in the story, Parvana, had a very different life than ours. She wasn’t allowed to go outside in Afghanistan, because the Taliban had taken over. She had to dress up as a boy so she could work. She needed to provide the money and food for her family, and that’s what a breadwinner means. She couldn’t go to school, but she was still educated.
It tied in with our new social studies unit, Peace and Conflict, because Parvana and her family were refugees. In class, we talked about refugees. They are people who are forced to leave their homes and move to a new country because of war or conflict. A lot of people in Kabul, where she lived, were refugees too. That’s what made their lives so different from ours.

A Kid and Two Countries

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I have lived overseas for over half of my life, and I have  loved it. That’s why I am somewhat worried about moving back to America at the end of the year. I lived in Madrid, Spain for three years, and it was one of the best experiences ever. I was at a school called ICS. I was so sad when we left. The reason I’m a little anxious about moving is because its going to be so different. When I was living overseas, I got to visit other places- Boracay, Portugal, Germany- but when were back in Connecticut (where I live) we won’t get to visit some of these amazing places. In Spain and in China, I was at an international school. That was one of the reasons that made it so great because I got to meet new people. In Spain, my teachers were also great. I got friends, and I was really happy.

My time in China has been amazing. I have had amazing teachers, amazing friends, and an amazing school. My school is called SIS. When I go back to America, I won’t be in an international school. I’ll be a new kid. That’s why I’m nervous. My mom always says, “Don’t worry! It’ll be fine!” I hope she’s right.

But I guess I shouldn’t be that worried. I was really sad when I left Spain, but in Shenzhen it has been great. So, I might be sad about leaving China behind, but Connecticut is going to be great. Who knows? Maybe it’ll be better than Spain and China.

 

Photo credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_passport

Lantau Reflection 2014

Where to begin? That’s the first thing that I thought of when I started this post. There were so many amazing things that happened on the fifth grade trip to Lantau. We saw buffaloes, hiked up mountains, planted trees, swam at the beach, and so many other great things. At times though, I was really tired, and I just wanted to rest. At other times, I wanted to keep going, I wanted to never stop.

There were two groups (A and B) and I was in group B. We split up- on the first day, our group went to see the buffaloes, while the other group, group A, went to go plant trees. Each of our groups did many other things, though.

We went to this beach, where there were the buffaloes. There was also birds and different kinds of beautiful plants. We learned about this habitat called the berm,  which is like a natural barrier between the loose sand and the tight soil where the plants are. Once we were there, we split up into three groups. One group went to learn about the birds, one went to learn about the berm, and the other went to learn about the buffaloes.

We ate lunch after that, and then we all went swimming for a long time. The water was very nice and cool. Everyone got into water gun fights and splash fights and it was really fun. This was one of the parts where I wanted it to go on forever.

After swimming, we went to look at the trees in the area, and tried to catch crabs. One of the most interesting things that I saw on the trip happened here.

We all put our bags in the middle of a field. There were many buffaloes around, and there was a small… well, I don’t really know what to call it. It had some water in it, and it almost looked like a river. The guide, Deena, said something before about male buffaloes fighting. “There’ SA male buffalo there, and another over here. So that means they might fight.” And then without a moment’s hesitation, we moved out of the way. There was a really big water buffalo, and it just rammed into the other one.

We did other activities after that. We learned about crabs. Then, we went on the bus and went to the YWCA.

We ate dinner and watched a movie called ‘A Bug’s Life.’ We hang out in our rooms for awhile, and then went to bed. Everyone in our dorm was awake really early, and it felt like forever until we had breakfast.

All of us split up into A and B, and then went to our activities. We met these women named Jasmin and Kirsten. We walked to a polluted beach, picked up some trash, and then walked to eat lunch. Then, to get to ArkEden (ArkEden was the group/company that helped us and taught us about the buffaloes) we had to climb a big mountain, and when we got to the place, we had to leave and climb another mountain that was steep, slippery, and muddy. When we got to the top, we each planted our own tree. But then we had to go down. This was one of the parts that I really wanted to stop. We got down, went back to ArkEden and they taught us more about waste and the environment. We also met a pig called Charlie!

They thanked us and we thanked them, and they gave us a very tasty treat kind of like a granola bar, and we left. I thought it was a great experience, even if it was hard at times. But when I was at the top of that mountain, I actually felt really proud and glad that I did it.

 

 

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Chances for Leadership

At SIS, there are many chances of leadership. One of them is the Student Council. I signed up for the student council, and I became the vice president. All the time we meet, we have chances for leadership. We share our ideas, we make all make seperate movies for spirit days, and when we do, we decide what shots to take, and we tell the others ideas for so,etching they could do.

Another chance to be a leader is at recess. Sometimes, we choose people to make teams. Sometimes, there are also team captains. They choose the teams too, and decide the positions for other players.

We can be a leader when we are in groups, but we can also be a leader by helping others and stepping up.

 

Science Vascular Plants: The Celery Experiment

Last Tuesday our class 5B did an experiment on celery. We wanted to figure out how the water got to all of the cells in a celery stick. We split into groups, and we wrote down a plan. We each got 2 pieces of celery without leaves and two with leaves.

Our group wanted to weigh the water and the celery, to see if the weight changes. First, we would weigh how much water we put each stick into. we would also weigh the celery stick before and after we put it into water.

The next day we weighed the water and celery. It was a big increase! We found out that the celery stick with leaves sucked up more water, but it still weighed less than the one without leaves because the water had to get to the whole plant. Also, we found out that the water gets to the cells by tiny little holes in the bottom of the plant that go all around it, kind of like the circulatory system. These holes are called xylem.

Here are some photos of our experiment:

 

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Earth Week Reflection

Last week we celebrated Earth Week, a week to learn and participate in many events including ‘Stinky Friday’ to save water, ‘Save Electricity’ on Wednesday, and also a cleanup on the sports field.

I think one of the major problems is not recycling. If you throw plastic away and not into the recycling bin, it sometimes ends up in landfills, but it also ends up in the sea or ocean. It can really pollute the environment. Plastic is nonbiodegradable, so that means it will sit there for a long time and not break down or tear down.

So I think if I recycle plastic and other matierials, it can really save a lot of energy and uses less garbage. Maybe I could tell others so we all can save the earth. Also, I could reuse some plastic I use, like plastic water bottles and stuff.

 

Week 6- Soccer

For week 6, I chose to write about one of my passions: soccer. I really like to play soccer with my friends, and I started playing when I was living in Spain. In our school, we had 2 big courts. We didn’t really have any soccer fields. We had to wear sala shoes- ones that you wear indoors- and it really hurt whenever I fell down.

In China, where I live now, there is a soccer field just down the street. I go a lot with my friends, and we play matches and games. We can wear cleats so we don’t slip or fall.

I really love to play soccer all the time.

The Watson’s Go To Birmingham

Our read aloud for the past month (s) was called the Watson’s Go To Birmingham. I thought it was a good book.

The Watson’s live in Flint. There is Kenny, Byron, Joey, and the mom and dad. Byron is the troublemaker of the family, and he is almost always doing something bad.

When his parents threaten to send him to his Grandma’s house in Birmingham for a year. Kenny thinks he’s going to be so happy when Byron is gone, but Byron was beginning to be nice to him. And then when a tragedy happens, they go back to their home and try to return to their regular life.

I thought it was a nice book. There was a lot of feelings and emotions, and there was humor too. Here is my popplet that I made and added to after every read aloud.image

Is it Better to Have a Negative Digital Footprint or Have None At All?

This week on the blogging challenges I chose to debate the topic “Is it Better to Have a Negative Digital Footprint or Have No Footprint at All?”

I think it is better to have no footprint at all. If you do something bad on the internet, then a lot of people are going to know who you are and what you did. And it will probably affect your whole life. You would be infamous.

If you don’t do anything on the internet, like posting things and sending things, then you wouldn’t have to worry about anything. You could just live without people talking about you all the time.

Poetry

This year, we worked on a lot of poetry. We learned about different types of poems, and then we tried to write one ourselves.

One of the poems we wrote and learned about was called a sijo poem. It has 3 or 6 lines, and usually a joke or something that ‘wraps it up’ at the end.  And after we read a few sijo poems, we wrote some ourselves.

We also wrote percent poems about ourselves. Percent poems are a way to share something about something. So when I wrote my percent poem, I said I am 14% Newtown, because that’s where I’m from.  And then you just list more things about yourself, and in the end it should all add up to 100%.

We also wrote a poem called ‘If I Were in Charge of the World’, which is literally what it means. We just had to write at least 4 stanzas about what we would and wouldn’t do if we were in charge of the world.

Here is my ‘If I Were in Charge of the World’ poems:

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If Were in Charge of the World

If I were in charge of the world, I would throw Monday in the trash;
There would be no homework;
no mean people;
and a bacon-and-waffles-galore breakfast every morning

If I were in charge of the world, I’d have a billion soccer fields and a billion movie theaters for my friends so we can go all the time;
Fried chicken and mashed potatoes would be considered a very healthy dinner
and I’d be the fastest and smartest boy in the world;

If I were in charge of the world, my family and I would have the biggest library ever but only filled with books that I want!
All Apple products would be free; well everything would be free!
I would eliminate bedtime;
And I would never, ever, ever be even allowed to load the dishwasher.

If I were in charge of the world, there would be no bad people, no teasing, and absolutely no mean brothers or sisters;
There would be snow days all the time, giving us massive snowball fights;
and everything and everyone would be perfect!

 

 

 

 

 

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