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Unit 1 Humanities Reflection

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.

Expressing Myself Presentation Reflection

On Wednesday, September 3rd I presented my Expressing Myself presentation (an assessment) to my entire class. My goal for the assessment was to create a presentation that explained the visible and invisible aspects of my culture. I think that I took a variety of technological and personal risks on this presentation.

I think that we were told to do this because it quite nicely starts our unit on culture and is a good way for us to get to know each other better. We did it in this way because it makes us think about our cultures, invisible and visible aspects of culture and also our peers. Just in the last 2 days I have learned a lot about many of my peers. I had no idea Saskia’s ancestors included Franz Schubert and a previous president of Germany! I also did not know that in Finland, people had to go through an 8 day life preparation camp. I also think we did it because it really ties in with our unit about culture, and instead of writing a report of another culture, presenting about our own would be much more interesting in many ways.

I am really proud of my “call”. A video I made using photo booth. I found a picture using Creative Commons of a temple in Sai Kung and used it as a backdrop. I then filmed myself and left gaps in between to let the presenter (me) speak. I thought it was a big challenge for me because I had never done something like this before, and I had no idea how to put a video from my computer into my iPad. But after a few hours of work I finished it, and I am very very proud of it. I also think the presentation itself is a big step from my other ones, as my other ones were all filled with animations that it was almost distracting. I feel like I also did a pretty goo job with my pic collage, instead of just telling people about my collage, I let people guess what each picture represented, and I think that made the presentation a bit more interactive.

If I could redo this, I would have talked a little bit more about the visible aspects, and I would also use a MLA format bot, which puts all photos into MLA format. I would also try out more technological risks, such as possibly creating a cartoon or even playing a few traditional songs. I would also have tried to incorporate more information about my culture, maybe having someone else in the video instead of me!

As I said earlier, I took a few risks, but I have already told you my technological risks, but now I will tell you the very personal risk I took. I have never told a large amount of people that I am atheist and that made me quite nervous, but I still shared it because I feel like I can trust this group of peers. I also took a risk by bringing the incense, because I couldn’t break them, or else I would be in violation of a Buddhist rule, and incense breaks VERY easily.

Making this presentation was sort of like writing a memoir, but more generalized, I think that I shared a lot of information about myself but also a lot of information about my culture itself, and everyone that has the same culture. I think that this was quite a challenge because I didn’t know a lot about my culture, so I had to use many sources to research. I used the internet, my parents and even my extended family! This was like writing a memoir because writing a memoir tells a lot about a person, and this told very much about my culture. I also think this was like writing a memoir was because I shared a lot of information that I wasn’t comfortable sharing before, and many people share things they hadn’t shared before in memoirs.

To conclude, I am VERY proud of this presentation and I hope that I can share it with you! Attached is the link!
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My Unit 9 Math Reflection

During this math unit, I was pretty good at finding the area of 2D shapes, and also finding the volume of 3D shapes. And because I double-checked, I only got 1 silly mistake! I wrote 5 centimeters instead of 5 inches in a problem in which I had to find the height of a prism from it’s volume and the area of the base of the prism. I thought that this unit was relatively easy, but I struggled with finding the area of scalene triangles, but when I figure it out, I thought it was actually quite simple.

I think that during this unit I was best at plotting points and connecting points on a coordinate grid, finding volume of 3D shapes, and also finding area of 2D shapes. I think so because I got all of the problems in these categories correct. I also think I was food at plotting reflections of figures on coordinate grids.

I found experimenting with coordinate grids really fun, especially ones with 4 quadrants. There were a few math pages where we plotted sailboats in different quadrants, plotted reflections of sailboats, and even made new sailboats from the original sailboat. Those were really fun because I really like experimenting with coordinate grids. I also thought the open response, where you have to explain how you solved the problems was really fun because I like writing long explanations, and you had to find out if you can get some tiles on a countertop without overlapping, getting off the countertop, or leaving extra space.

Anyways, I thought that this unit was really fun because I liked playing with coordinates, and also finding area.

The Bee Movie – How It Relates To The Economy

Today our class watched a movie called The Bee Movie, in which bees sue human beings for taking their honey illegally. The movie had quite clear relations to the economy, uneven distribution of resources, unfair trade and even human resources/forced labour. Although the main purpose of the movie was to entertain young people, the movie also showed examples of various economical issues that countries and international corporations have.

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The movie was focused on bees that worked all their lives to make honey, and humans taking the honey away from them without their knowledge and permission. That can be connected to forced labour, with the bees being the human resources, and the humans being wealthy buisness owners (technically, the humans WERE wealthy business owners).

Another connection I made from the movie is that if 1 part of the economy stops working, in this case the producers of honey (bees), there could be disastrous effects. Although the movie was extremely exaggerated, it clearly showed that even 1 tiny part of our economy (environment in the movie), could change things massively.

The movie also showed unfair trade and uneven distribution of resources when the humans had most of the honey, but the very makers of the honey were overworked, and didn’t even have most of the products they produced! This is actually a clear sign of the uneven distribution, and also the unfair trade between humans and bees.

Anyways, the movie was generally entertaining, although extremely impossible (I didn’t even count the talking animals!), and there was a lot of conflict in the movie, with bees using the humans towards the end, but it ended in peace, and the bees returned the flowers, but also learned to rest more.

My Unit 8 Math Reflection

During this math unit, we learned all about mixed numbers, multiplying mixed numbers other things related to fractions. I thought that this unit was exceptionally fun, especially converting fractions to percentage and multiplying fractions. I also really liked doing math extensions like working on Khan Academy.

On this unit, I was very good at multiplying fractions, converting fractions into mixed numbers and also doing mixed number word problems. I was good at them because I knew how to do them already, but it was still really fun to do them! Adding and subtracting mixed numbers were also easy, but I thought they were harder than multiplying decimals because you had to convert to common denominator on adding and subtracting but you don’t have to for multiplying decimals. We also converted amounts of things out of other amounts into percents, which were really fun. We had to do everything in simplest form though, which was slightly annoying because you had to convert every time.

On this unit, I was bad at listing fractions that had denominators in order from least to greatest because I take a long time to get a problem with them right. I should have used the guide on the math test, but because I didn’t, I got a slight mix-up with a problem.

I also really enjoyed doing the oral test, which included finding common denominators for numbers, percents of numbers and also multiplying mixed numbers. The oral test was slightly boring though, because it takes a long time to do one problem because you have to wait for the whole class to finish before you move on.

Anyways, I really enjoyed this unit because it was enjoyable and challenging, but also quite easy. So I think that this unit was really awesome!

My Student Led Conference

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!

My Keynote

The Water Cycle

The water cycle is a cycle in which water becomes water vapor and then liquid again. Recently, my class has been studying a lot about our planet, and we had to create something to show our knowledge of the water cycle. So I create a Doodlecast pro. I think it’s quite informational and I hope that you enjoy it! Please give me some feedback I’m the comments!

My Unit 7 Reflection

Last Friday, we took the unit 7 math assessment, and I thought I did quite a good job on it. It was a pretty simple unit about negative numbers, adding and subtracting negative numbers and graphs. I don’t really know how graphs and negative numbers relate, but I guess they do!

Anyways, I think my strengths during this unit were creating line graphs, adding and subtracting negative numbers to positive numbers, and adding and subtracting negative numbers to negative numbers. I thought these were my strengths because I can do them really easily. And I can do them really quick. But sometimes I get confused with the fact that a negative number has to come after in a subtraction problem to reverse the symbol. For example -8 – 7 is -15, while -8 – -7 is -1. So I made some silly errors with that.

I also made some silly errors on my tests, 3 to be exact, but that’s better than most of my tests. And I got all proficients, which is a pretty good. Mrs. Huiet said that you couldn’t get any exemplary because there was no way to show your more complex thinkings on this unit’s assessment, so all proficients was technically the best score you can get.

Anyways, this was a really fun unit.

My Unit 7 Reflection

Last Friday, we took the unit 7 math assessment, and I thought I did quite a good job on it. It was a pretty simple unit about negative numbers, adding and subtracting negative numbers and graphs. I don’t really know how graphs and negative numbers relate, but I guess they do!

Anyways, I think my strengths during this unit were creating line graphs, adding and subtracting negative numbers to positive numbers, and adding and subtracting negative numbers to negative numbers. I thought these were my strengths because I can do them really easily. And I can do them really quick. But sometimes I get confused with the fact that a negative number has to come after in a subtraction problem to reverse the symbol. For example -8 – 7 is -15, while -8 – -7 is -1. So I made some silly errors with that.

I also made some silly errors on my tests, 3 to be exact, but that’s better than most of my tests. And I got all proficients, which is a pretty good. Mrs. Huiet said that you couldn’t get any exemplary because there was no way to show your more complex thinkings on this unit’s assessment, so all proficients was technically the best score you can get.

Anyways, this was a really fun unit.

Pendulums

This week, we’ve been learning all about pendulums. Pendulums are weights that are hung from a fixed point, for example, a chandelier and a wrecking ball would be pendulums. We did 4 controlled experiments, which are experiments where 1 variable, which is something that could change the results of the experiment, is changed, while the rest remain controlled. The variable that we change becomes the independent variable in the experiment. So what is a dependent variable? A dependent variable is the result of the experiment. A trick I use to remember this is that the dependent variable depends on the independent variable. For example, if I changed the mass of the bob, which is the weight at the bottom of the pendulum, the mass of the bob would be the independent variable, while the rest are controlled variables.

The first experiment was having a penny hung to a 38 centimeter string, and releasing it at a 90 degree angle, and counting how many cycles it makes in 15 seconds, the result after 32 trials (tests) were 12 cycles, so each cycle had a period, which is the time it takes to complete 1 cycle, of 1.25 seconds.

The second experiment was changing the bob’s mass, by exchanging the penny with a quarter. But still using a 38 centimeter string, and releasing it at a 90 degree angle and using 15 seconds, the results after another 32 trials, were still 12 cycles. So the bob’s mass didn’t affect the results.

The third experiment was changing the release place, we changed it to releasing at a 45 degree angle, and reused the penny and kept the length as 38 centimeters. The results were the same, so we came to the conclusion that most of the variables don’t affect the results, but we still had one experiment to do.

The last experiment had each group having 2 pendulums with strings of different lengths. The results were that the longer the length of the string the fewer the cycles, and the shorter the length of the string the more the cycles. We then made 2 graphs, one pictograph, and one coordinate graph. I thought that the length would not effect the amount of cycles, but I was wrong. Here are the graphs for you to see.

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And here are some pictures from the experiments!

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