Tagged: Trimester 3

My Tea Presentation

A few weeks ago, I presented a few key points of Chinese tea to a few other students in my grade, and I also taught them how to perform the tea ceremony, a traditional Chinese process where tea is brewed. I thought that my presentation was very successful, with my group enjoying all three kinds of tea we tasted, and performed the tea ceremony on. The teas were Chinese Jasmine, Pu-Erh and Chinese Green Tea. Here is the presentation I used!
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The tea house where I presented my presentation was very well equipped and designed, with very comfortable yet traditional chairs, professional materials, helpful staff and also very good tea. I really liked that I could relax while presenting, and to be relaxed is really important in presentations. Here are pictures of the tea house!

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I focused on 3 major kinds of tea in my presentation, Jasmine, Green and Pu-Erh, all of which are enjoyed all over China. My group thought that the tea was bitter, yet left a sweet scent in your mouth after consumed. Although they expected the jasmine to be sweet, it was in fact that most bitter, because it went through more processing. My group found the green tea very tasty, and asked for multiple refills. I actually think that Pu-Erh is the best because it leaves a strong scent after consuming it. Here are pictures of me presenting!
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If you want to perform the tea ceremony, you have to buy a set of tools, they are quite cheap, but hard to find in some countries. They can be sold in Chinatown of some larger cities, but you have a good chance of finding them online. After you have the equipment, you have to have the right tea, Chinese tea can also be bought in the places I mentioned. After you get those things, just follow the steps I showed, and it is quite simple to perform.

I worked (along with the rest of my chinese class) really hard on this presentation, making weekly reports of various kinds of tea so I mastered the ceremony, and also remembered what I had to say. I had to work for 2 months, but it really payed off because of the support and praise I received.

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.

To Educate A Girl

Today our class watched a movie named Educating A Girl regarding female rights to education in a few African countries. It made me feel like the world was split completely. Some people are really fortunate and have rights to education and resources, while other completely do not. I saw many girls who had to drop out of school at a very young age to get married! There are two things wrong with that, and they are both very important. The first is that teenage girls shouldn’t even be getting married! And secondly, they should come back to school even if they get married , because if they earn a steady income, the family could be in a better economical situation.
The movie showed many groups like GEM, the girls education movement and Young Champions going to rural villages and trying to persuade parents to send they’re female children to school. I saw the conditions these children and adults had to live in, I saw the schools they went to, and I thought “Wow… All my life, I’ve taken school for granted, I’ve had books, iPads, and pencils, and I thought the rest of the world had that!” And I saw how selfish people in developed countries have been.
Now that I’ve seen this film, I really want to make a difference. I want boys AND girls to go to school, all over the world! I don’t want girls sacrificing schooling to earn money, I don’t want girls in school being gossiped about for not being married. I want to help this stop. So I am going to start donating little by little to foundations like GEM, so that they can help those girls in those developing areas.

The Breadwinner

For the past month, Mrs. Huiet has been reading the book The Breadwinner (Link To GoodReads), and I really loved the book. Although it was really kind of shocking to hear, a lot of the writing was really wonderful. I recommend that people above 11 years old to read it, but don’t let young children read it because it really has some disturbing scenes including a part where Parvana, the main character, and Shauzia, her friend, witness a group of men’s hands being cut off by Taliban soldiers.

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The book is really centered on hope, and the journey of a girl called Parvana, who has to transform into a “boy” to feed her family when her father is captured by Taliban soldiers. I couldn’t even imagine how Parvana suffered so much discrimination for being a girl, and how her entire family starved because they didn’t have a male escort to take them out to buy food. The family almost starved to death, but whenever they held onto hope, they survived trial after trial. Here is a quote that was said by an unnamed old man at the end of the book. It really depicted how horrible it was, but also that if you are optimistic, everything is better.
“Afghans love beautiful things, but we have seen so much ugliness, we sometimes forget how wonderful a thing like a flower is” -The Breadwinner, by Deborah Ellis

Discover The Future – My Edublogs Award Nomination

Today, I am going to nominate a great blog for the Edublogs awards as the best blog. I would like to nominate Discover The Future as the best blog of 2014. I would like to nominate this blog because the author, a 9th grade student named Andrea, writes extremely in-depth and exemplary posts, (she writes about all kinds of scientific phenomenons related to all kinds of different fields of science) she replies to almost all of her comments, and also is very enthusiastic to anyone who needs her help. She really deserves to be nominated for an Edublogs award.

Her blog not only incorporates all kinds of scientific discoveries, she also makes them very interesting, and keeps her readers hooked by asking questions and using various writing strategies, almost all of her posts include some form of media, like pictures and links, and she almost always gives credit.

Replying to people’s comments is a great way to gain recognition in the blogging community, and Andrea does it almost all the time. I think that it is really an important part of blogging.

Anyways, I think that Andrea’s blog really deserves to win an Edublogs Award.

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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!

Bottle Or Tap? – The Story of Drinking Water

Do you drink bottled water? Or do you drink water right from the tap? Sometimes, countries do not have clean water coming from the tap, but most countries do. So why do people still drink bottled water in the USA? And why are people scared of drinking tap water even though it has been proven to be safe to drink? And how exactly is bottled water made and recycled or dumped? We’ll take a closer look now.

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Photo Credit: Musician’s Muse Via Wikimedia Commons

I first got interested in bottled water VS tap water when I watched a video on youtube called “The Story Of Bottled Water”. It showed that bottled water isn’t always as clean as it claims to be, how the bottles themselves are created and other main points that water companies don’t tell you! Large companies make us buy bottled water by doing two things, scaring us and seducing us. On the Aquafina logo, there is a picture of the sun and large mountains, but guess where aquafina’s water comes from? The same place tap water does! But the cost can be up to 1,000 times more! That is how these large companies seduce us into buying their products. They also scare us, by saying that tap water is unclean, or showing us “tests” in commercials. Which are sometimes completely false. Also, did you know the Americans produce 1 billion bottles of water a day? And you finish 1 within 2 minutes? Is such a waste of bottles necessary?

Another reason tap water is much better than bottled water is because bottled water just might not be as safe! From this article on the Daily Mail, I learned that bottled water doesn’t go through as many tests as tap water does. So your very own tap water that you are scared to drink, might be healthier than the expensive bottled water you buy! This was actually proved in a study by people in Cleveland after a water company publicly stated “At least it’s not Cleveland’s tap water!”.

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Photo Credit: Eubulides Via Wikimedia Commons

So where do the bottles themselves come from? From this post on WiseGeek, you can see that plastic bottles come from fossil fuels, which are a non-renewable material, and the plastic that it creates, can never decompose when it is put in a landfill! So think about how the bottles themselves are made, not very Eco-friendly huh? So say that you recycle them, what do you expect? That they be turned into plastic bottles again? WRONG! In the US, they get taken to India, where they are turned into smaller parts to be dumped into another landfill. And in Hong Kong, it gets turned into bricks to build more buildings and destroy more animal habitats!

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Photo Credit: Ranveig Via Wikimedia Commons

Some people say that bottled water is cleaner, but that is just how it looks on the outside. Companies decorate their bottles to make them look nice, but is a beautiful bottle that you’ll drink out of for 2 minutes worth all that trouble to the environment? Companies buy land to drill oil and take water from, which highly impacts the living standards of various animals and plants. The life quality of animals is terribly changed in those areas.

We have to act now to make our world a better place! If we stop drinking bottled water, factories will stop creating them and emitting poisonous gasses that create air pollution and acid rain which causes water pollution, and if we stop the factories, will there be any more people drilling for oil and disturbing the animals’ way of life? No! Let’s work together to make this world a better place, and we can start by saving money to drink tap water! It’s a win-win situation! People have to stop drinking bottled water if we want various issues to start to stop! Even one person can make a difference.

So, if you don’t trust we now, this article from The Good Human will probably convince you to. Because we have to stop bottled water. Just by refusing to drink bottled water for a day, you save some fossil fuels, and if everyone stops for a day, you would have saved enough oil to power a million cars. So think about it. Just think.

Going To School

Today, I created a slideshow of pictures of people going to school from all over the world! I found most of the pictures via wikimedia commons but one is from Flikr. Since this is my first time experimenting with iPhoto, this might be slightly sloppy, so please don’t comment that it “sucked” or was “horrible” because this is my first shot. You can feel free to share your opinion about the slideshow or the music, but still follow the guidelines that I told you all about!
Click This To Get To The Slideshow! (Please Note That It Repeats Again And Again)
Photo Credits (In No Particular Order)
School Kids Going To School – Abik Through Wikimedia Commons
Zip-Lining – Magnus Manske (File Upload Bot) Through Wikimedia Commons
Going To School – Upload Bot Through Wikimedia Commons
Going To School – Christina August Through Flikr
Thai Kids Going To School – Exephyo Through Wikimedia Commons
Cable Car – Leonardolo Through Wikimedia Commons
Village Children Going To School – Foreign User Through Wikimedia Commons
New Zealand Going To School – Jorgeroyan Through Wikimedia Commons
School Rickshaw – SID Through Wikimedia Commons
Students About To Board The Bus – PRA Through Wikimedia Commons

Browsing Blogs

Today, I’ve been browsing online from the Edublogs Student Challenge student list for blogs to view and comment on. I only went through the “one, two, three” process 3 times. The “one, two, three” process is a process in which someone clicks a link from the challenge list, visits a blog on their Blogroll, and then visit a blog on their Blogroll! I did comment on some other blogs though!

The First Time
I started out by clicking on Chessa’s Silver Lining, and clicked on Adrielle’s Blog which was on her New Blogs Blogroll! On Adrielle’s Blog, I couldn’t find any blogs on her Blogroll, but I found a link to Hannah R.’s Blog on one of her posts. I commented on Hannah’s post about experiences!

The Second Time
This time, I tried going to Kendall’s Kreative Blog, and I clicked on one of his class blogs, Daisy’s Delightful Blog! Daisy had no Blogroll so I commented on her post about California! I found the post very interesting and I probably will revisit this blog because it is very cheerful and her posts are quite well-written!

The Third Time
Finally, I started on David’s Writing Depository, and then access his class blog called Mrs. Abney’s Class Blog. And I clicked on one of her fourth period blogs: Aiden’s Abnormal Blog! I commented on his post about his interests!

Anyways, that’s it for this post! See y’all next time!