Recently, we finished our first writing and social studies unit. We focused on Ancient River Civilizations and personal narratives. I wrote a written reflection and created a Storehouse. You can click the link to access my storehouse and read my reflections and look at my photo evidence.
Last Friday, we had a student led conference, which is like a parent conference, except it’s led by students! I had to create a keynote that showed my learning to my parents, which was quite fun to do. I also had to find pieces of work that I worked on during the year, and I also had to talk about my goals that I set at the beginning of the year, and set new ones for the last weeks of school. Boey and I sort of worked together because we gave each other ideas for what to do.
Mainly, I talked about what I’ve learned this year, I also talked a lot about having the oppotunity to have a blog, and more importantly, a school issued iPad, at such a young age. I also talked about my goals. My original ones were to make 1 true friend and to double check my work, which I often fail to. I achieved these goals, and is set 2 new ones, the first one was to learn 5 more complex ideas of physics, but I would like to know more especially about quantum physics. The other one was to talk to people in a respectful tone, which I do pretty well.
The conference was an overall success in my opinion because I showed my learning in a variety of subjects by showing videos I made, tests I took and my various journals. I also enjoyed just showing how school was like to my parents! I hope we get to do that next year!
Today, I decided to join a few of my friends in a short novel for the edublogs student blogging challenge. The challenge was to create a story about a small animal. We each wrote 1 or 2 chapters, and I will release all the chapters as PDFs. My friends Than, Boey and Matteo were the ones in the project.
It’s very cool because although we are telling 1 story, you can see each of our different writing styles in each chapter. And the story is actually very enjoyable. Here is a short BLURB for the story:
“Fury wakes up alone, and discovers his friends dead. But his parents are no where to be seen! What will Fury do? He’s never left his cave! Who will he meet? A butterfly? A cockroach? Read Fury The Bat to find out!”
In my life, I’ve been lucky enough to be part of a few global events. Such as the World’s Math Day, The Haiyan Relief Effort and a project that was not exactly global, called the Bali Service Learning Project. In this post, I will describe these three events.
On the World’s Math Day, I did challenges against players from all over the world! From people in Laos to Latvia, from China to Chad, we all did challenges on the World’s Math Day website. I won around 72 rounds against kids younger, and older than me. I almost won every round I did because they were simple problem! I really suggest you check out the website. Here is the link for World’s Education Games, which includes similar games for other subjects: http://www.worldeducationgames.com
For the Haiyan Relief Effort, I participated in a Walk-A-Thon. Where people donated at least 10 RMB for people in our school to walk laps in the school sports field, the ECLC department also baked cookies and sold artwork for the disastrous typhoon that ruined many lives. I have a blog post about the Walk-A-Thon, and for the Bali Service Learning Project, which I will talk about now!
The Bali Service Learning Project was a series of assignments from our teachers, to make items to help children in Bali that only go to school once every week. I made sets of videos with me showing a picture and asking what it showed. I then told the answer. I hope the children in Bali are using those sets, but I don’t know if they are.
Well, that’s it for this post. I hope you’ve enjoyed it!
Hi! For the last 2 months, our class has been studying Movers and Shakers, or people who have had an impact over the world. First, we studied people like Ghandi, Martin Luther King Junior, and Malcolm X. We compared the ways of more peaceful Movers and Shakers, and the more aggressive ones. Personally, I believe in peaceful protests and pacifism, but sometimes people have to be aggressive to get results. We also studied some key words, like prejudice, political prisoner, ethnic, discrimination etc.
End Of Unit Project
At the end of the unit, we had to choose a Mover and Shaker and write an biography about their lives. But we had to write it in first person, and infer their feelings during specific times in their lives. We then had to make an iMovie and pull out information from the faux autobiography to use. We also had to act in the movie, and explain general information. I chose Albert Einstein because I have always been fascinated by his works.
During research, I visited numerous sources. like Encyclopedia Britannica online. I paraphrased information from these sources and used them in my writing. I remembered to cite sources though, because if I didn’t, I would be breaking the law. I made sure to only include information that more than 1 reliable source said was true, and I made sure that my sources were true, and only stated facts, rather than opinions.
Some strengths I’ve had during research was always writing down my sources, paraphrasing, making sure I did not use inaccurate information, and making sure my sources were trustable. An areas of growth for me during this unit are citing my sources in proper form for my bibliography. To do this, I will record the dates of when I access sites, and learn how to write the bibliography in proper form by asking some friends. Another area of growth would be to access more sources, so that my information is as accurate as it can be, and to do that, I will make sure that I access at least 2 more sources than I did during this project.
On the faux autobiography, I drafted, revised and edited multiple times in first person. In my drafts, I made some errors with word choice and some of my information was outdated, but generally, it was okay. After I revised multiple times, I started editing. I sent my faux autobiography to Mrs. Huiet for extra support, and she found places where I used commas instead of periods, and found some awkward sentences. After that revision, my piece was quite enjoyable.
Here is my piece for you to enjoy!
Some strengths I had for my autobiography was that I worked hard, that I revised and edited multiple times, that I portrayed Mr. Einstein’s personality quite well and that my piece came out as quite entertaining, while still being full of information. Some criticism I received was that it was too long, I will try to make my next informational piece shorter, while still being information packed. To do this, I will make sure my piece will be less than 1,200 words long.
For the iMovie, I first reviewed the expectations, and then I wrote a script, taking information from the faux autobiography, but having it more like someone speaking to you. I then practiced multiple times with my friends. And finally, I shot my video. After shooting, I dubbed my voice, in a German accent I learned from youtubers. My friend Than also dubbed himself, as an Australian tour guide. My movie also had cameos of my friends Matteo and Hoon.
Here is the video for your enjoyment!
For this movie, my strengths were that my voice was loud and clear, I was in character with the accent and – bad – costume, I had different shots to make it enjoyable, I dubbed to make the volume clear and I used humor to make it reflect on Mr. Einstein’s humorous personality. Something I have to work on is having my lips look like what I am dubbing, because you probably can notice that my lips are moving, even when I am not talking! I will work on that by memorizing the script, but just dubbing for better volume.
I really enjoyed this unit. And I think that I did quite a good job, and from the feedback I got, I did. I hope you give me some feedback in the comments, and as always, thank you for reading. And for your support for this blog.
To me, the best part of writing is the fact that you can write anything you want and still produce a wonderful piece of writing, and that each time you write you challenge your imagination. I like that you can write about anything because you can keep writing, and there are almost no limitations! I love to challenge my imagination because it’s fun to think of things that I will never see in my life, like fairy crocodiles, or pink clouds. And to challenge that and think of something cooler, more amazing, sometimes what I think of even impresses me! Writing is a really good way to show people what you feel about things, sometimes to a group, sometimes it’s just for yourself, and sometimes to the world! So that’s what I think is the best part of writing.
Last week, I finished my I Am From poem. I drafted it from multiple sentences about different things and people on a big chart. I wrote around 20 sentences. Then, I chose the most important ones and put them into a draft. I had my Mom, Dad, Grandma, 2 Best Friends, my bed and a few other things on that draft. I liked it but I realized when reading it, I could not picture what the people and things in it looked like. So, I added in descriptors and I added three more people. My piece then got rated, we used stars and wishes. A star being a compliment and a wish being something I could improve on. I mostly got stars but got a wish for using the same descriptor twice for the same person.
After that, I fixed my mistakes and tried to fit it all in one page for publishing because it would get an “effect” (I don’t know what, Mrs. Huiet said it would). But it ended up being tiny! So I had to fit it in 2 pages. We used A3 paper so it would look much better. I pinned all my drafts and my stars and wishes sheet together. It was quite a pile of papers!
Overall, I was quite impressed with my peice.