In our U.O.I unit we played a game called ‘Alive At Five’. It was a great game. We each got a card with a nationality, name and answers to eight questions about our environment and lives. We started between 2 areas. One meant death, while the other meant survival. Each question that had an answer that was good for us made us move one step forward while the ones with an answer that didn’t benefit us would make us move one step backwards. If you were closer to death than survival (like me) you wouldn’t die, but you wouldn’t be as healthy as the others. If you were closer to survival then you would survive but you would only be 80% healthy. I really enjoyed the game and learned that many kids actually go through this and don’t survive (especially in Africa).This connects to our unit of children rights and responsibilities because it shows how many people have the rights to many things that they don’t have. I really feel sad for the children who were really going through this situation. They are saving money and working to survive while we are saving money and working to buy the newest electronics and games or jewelry and accessories. I really hope that we can save all the kids who are dying out there in Africa, and make them happy too.
In unit four of math, I learned about decimals and how to subtract and add them too. I had forgot a bit about decimals since third grade so this was a chance to restore my memory. I learned about tenths hundredths and thousandths. I learned how to convert them into words or into numbers. I really enjoyed this unit and hope we have this much fun in the future units!
In this unit, we had an energy project. I chose to talk about the timeline of energy and it’s future since I was interested in when energy was made and who created it. I wanted to know which energy our ancestors used the most. I made a poster, filled in a research booklet, made a short cartoon, and gave the people a short quiz on my computer. I think I did great! We got graded too so I was really stressed! Plus we only had one week to complete everything! I think everybody presented well and did great! I hope we get to do more projects in the future!
I loved our reading unit! We did many things that we liked, including research! My group and I researched about lions. We ended up with lots of information. I learned that nonfiction text has less text than fiction text. The books are also shorter and don’t have characters. I enjoy fiction more because it expands my imagination and is fun to read. I noticed that nonfiction comes in short series while fiction have many books in one series. I really enjoyed researching with my group and I hope we can do more research in the future.
In my writing unit, I wrote a persuasive essay about soccer and that it is the best sport ever. We had to use the OREO structure (Opinion, Reason, Evidence, Opinion Restated). We also used in paragraphs and had to have three reasons accompanied by a short memory and fact/interesting thing. We learned that we have to hook the readers while giving information to them. I enjoyed writing the informational essay and think I did great!
On Wednesday, February 14th, I left to camp with most of my grade. At first, it didn’t look so great. But as we explored, it turned out to to be one of the best places I had ever been to!
First, we got on the bus with our luggage in the trunk. The seats were very comfortable. It was no ordinary bus though, it had cupholders, seats that go back, and armrests, unlike the buses at our school, which have leather seats covered in polyester. These buses were touristic buses, which are big and safe.
When we arrived at the mangroves, we got divided into groups. Each group had an instructor. My instructor was the best! Her name was Marina. She was from Spain. After we got divided into the 5 groups, we started our first activity, Crab Catching.The activity lasted for about 45 minutes. We ended up with 3 crabs. One yellowish orange and two purple. We even named the purple crabs Charles and Joseph, and the orange crab Charlie. To catch the crabs we used small, green nets. After we finished, we let the crabs go, of course. Later, we ate lunch under our tent in the mangroves. They had burgers, biscuits, apples and potato chips. After lunch, we had another group challenge. The scavenger hunt. The winners would get dinner first that night. We were hoping to win. Unlucky for us, another group won. As I remember, they were the Ickle Pickles. Not to mention that our group was called The Mad Crabs. I liked our chant the most though. At first, Marina would shout, Who likes the mangroves! Then we would respond, we we we we we like the mangroves! In the rhythm of the song, Who Let The Dogs Out! I really enjoyed the mangroves.
After we finished, we hopped back onto the bus and drove to camp. The drive there was only 1 hour and 15 minutes. Compared to the ride to the mangroves, which was 2 hours and a half, that ride was nothing! When we reached to camp, we dried off and got to experience something that most campers don’t get to see, the camels at the campsite gave birth! The baby camels were white, unlike the big camels who were dark beige. We also studied camel poop, and how it was dry because the camels keep the water they have in their bodies. marina also opened the poop up so we could see what the camels ate. We found grass, plants, and seeds. After that, we went back in to change and have free time. In free time, I played soccer with my friends. After free time, we went to have dinner. The dinner was chicken wings, noodles, and rice. The food was delicious! After dinner, we went back to our dorms to unpack and change for the campfire. So I went in to change into my PJs. Soon, we headed to the campfire, which was outdoors. At campfire, we sang songs, told riddles and jokes, played games, and did a talent show.
After the campfire, we headed to our dorms to brush our teeth and pack our bags with the stuff we didn’t need for the next day. This was so we could put our bags in the bus the next day right after we changed and got ready for the day. We also got our sleeping bags ready for sleeping time. After 30 minutes, we turned lights off and went to sleep. At that time it was about 9:30 pm.
The next day, I woke up at 5:45 due to the noises that were coming from the AC. At that time only 2 people were awake. So I started dressing up and putting sun lotion on. But most importantly, I finished packing my luggage and day bag. At 6:15, everybody was awake. So we all packed our stuff and sleeping bags and were on our way outside to put our bags next to the buses.
When we finished with the bags, we had breakfast. It was the best! I had 3 boiled eggs, 1 bowl of cereal, and a piece of toast with strawberry jam.
Then, we were divided into 4 groups. This time we changed instructors every activity or two.
First, we went sand boarding. Which was awesome! Then we went to a place where we learned how to make a fire with flint and steel, cotton balls, and different sizes and shapes of wood. Later, we went to the high ropes course, which had 3 floors. Of course I chose the highest one, the third floor. It had four planks of wood lined up in front of each other with gaps in between them that were attached to the rope on top of them by two ropes each. I was nervous, but I made it in no time at all. After that activity, we did an activity called Tracks and Traps. There we had to identify animal tracks and find animal burrows. Then we would place the traps in front of the burrows. We didn’t keep the traps because, if we caught a bug in the pitfall trap, which was a bucket in a hole with a biscuit in it, a bird would eat it and leave. Also, if we caught a rodent in the normal trap, then the metal it was made of would get hot and burn the rodents’ feet.
Then, we took a group picture and had lunch. Which was pasta and red or white sauce with potato chips along with bread and hummus.
After that, we got back onto the bus and drove back to school. There, I was welcomed by my mom. I was really happy to see them again. It was a great moment!
I loved camp and I am really, really looking forward to the Marine Camp next year, in grade 5!
In the video, Bill Nye The Science Guy Energy, I learned about many types of energy and how to convert energy and how energy is used in certain ways. In this post, I will be sharing some things I learned from the video and some topics the video was talking about.
The topics that the video told me about were types of energy, how energy is used, why it is important, and how we get our energy.
I learned that:
- All energy can be converted to another energy.
- Solar power is unlimited while oil, coal, uranium and other ores are finite.
- Most energy comes from the sun.
- The world relies on energy.
- Water can be used as an energy source as well as steam. (Which power turbines).
- The sun doesn’t only give solar energy/power, it also gives plasma energy.
- The higher an object is, the more potential energy it stores.
- The amount of kinetic energy can never be more than the amount of potential energy.
- Somehow, clouds will stop moving if the energy in the world disappears.
- Most energy is infinite. (Solar, thermal, plasma, wind)
- (IMPORTANT). Water energy is actually FINITE because water can run out.
This is what I learned from the Bill Nye The Science Guy Video about energy. I hope you learned a lot!
So far, in this unit, I have learned quite a lot of things. So, in this post, I will share some interesting facts I have learned from the best learning app ever, BrainPOP! I really enjoy the videos because they are funny and teach me a lot. Anyways, let’s get started with the facts!
First, I learned that an ore called Uranium is used as a fuel for nuclear energy.
Secondly, I learned that in most nuclear plants, they use heat to power turbines.
Third of all, I learned that nuclear energy is not a good type of energy since it produces nuclear waste which is highly radioactive.
Fourth of all, I learned that scientists are working on perefecting a method of nuclear fusion.
Last but not least, I learned that humans can hear sounds from 20 to 20,000 cycles per second.
These were 5 facts about energy that I have learned from BrainPOP. I hope you learned a lot from this post and recommend you try BrainPOP the best mobile experience for learning.
I also have some questions and things to say about how it related to energy. So here they are:
- Why do we need energy to survive?
- How many types of energy are there?
- How is there energy in something when you lift it?
- Why did we make nuclear energy if it is a bad type of energy which can kill people?
- What is the most important type of energy in the world?
This video relates to energy because it teaches me many facts about energy and helps me understand more about it.
In this unit, I have really enjoyed all our fun activities. We made our own ads for existing products. We also made a research project about ads and logos and everything we have learned throughout the unit. We shared most of the work we did in the class. We also answered a sheet which asked us to guess the name of a company or place using it’s logo. We did this activity in groups and had a great time. We also listened to radio ads and made hear think wonders for them. We also made see think wonders for magazine ads. The main goal of this unit was to learn about ads and how companies make them, how logos are thought of, and how they make their jingles and slogans. Overall, I enjoyed every part of the unit. Though we didn’t make our own products, I disliked nothing. I am really looking forward to our new unit about energy. It sounds as if it will be fun and will include lots of new facts and statements. I really love unit of inquiry!
Slogans are catchphrases that hook the listener or reader in and tempts them to buy the products. So today I have researched about some of the best and most attractive slogans, I have them in order from the best in my opinion to the worst in my opinion. Here they are:
1. Skittles: Taste the rainbow.
2. Frosties: It’s grrreat!
3. Wheaties: The breakfast for champions.
4. Lays: Betcha can’t just eat one!
5. Nike: Just do it.
6. M and M’s: Melts in your mouth, not your hand.
7. I can’t believe it’s not butter!: I can’t believe it’s not butter.
8. De Beers: a diamond is forever.
9. Maybelline: Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s Maybelline.
10. Wendy’s: Where’s the beef? [Why it’s the worst: because the beef is right there on the bun!]
During my research I also found another bad slogan from google. It was don’t be evil. I think this isn’t a good slogan since it has no good meaning or connection to a search site. I think a good slogan would need a connection to the type of store, make sense, have an avatar speaking and should have a video alongside with it. I really hope I get to make my own slogan in class and use tips from real slogans. I think my classmates would also enjoy this activity since it requires creativity and they really like decorating. I really enjoyed researching these slogans and worked really hard, so I hope you liked it!