Thursday, October 31, 2013

Being Brave ~ Chapters 11-15

On page 110, Brian hears a plane coming towards him, though as the plane gets nearer, it turns away, just as Brain fired up the camp fire. Brian felt devastated, mad and a bit disappointed because he missed the chance of being rescued, being brought back home.


How would you feel if you were in the Canadian Wilderness, and you heard a rescue plane coming, but it turned away and didn't see you? How do you predict Brian is going to get home? Is he even going to get home?

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Starting a Fire ~ Chapters 6-10

During chapters 6-10, Brian finds a shelter, some healthy food, meets a bear, and starts a fire. It's cool how he discovers a new way of making a fire by sparks from his hatchet, paper trees, and some black rock. These chapters taught me some information, so if I were to be stranded in the jungle, now I would know a little bit of information on how to survive!

My question was after he made a fire on page 86,
How do you think that Brian is going to signal the rescue planes? Will he use his fire?
(page 86-88 + 97)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Crashing Down ~ Chapters 1-5

This story started off, with a boy named Brian, who was on his way in a one-engined plain, to his dad. His parents are divorced. While on the plain, the pilot gets a heart attack, and dies. Since brian is the only other person on the plain, he takes over the wheel and tries to figure out where to go. Running out of fuel, the Brian has to figure out how to steer the plain safely down without killing himself in the process. Being lucky, he crashes in a lake, and swims his way to safety. He has to survive in the Canadian Wilderness, but how?

Discussion Question:

How is Brian going to survive in the canadian wilderness? I he going to gather food? Wait until a rescue plain comes? Will he find shelter?

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Improving on Reflectivness

I think that during this quarter, I haven't been that reflective. My goal is that next quarter I am going to be more of this core value. 
To improve on this core value, I want to just think about how things went, why things happened and how. For example, after a test or presentation, I could sit on the bus and reflect on how that went. What was good about it, what was bad. My mom always tells me to reflect, though I haven't been reflecting a lot lately. 
I know in England, at my old school, this was something I had to improve on too. I think that i have to make more of an effort to do this. It is a little hard to do this, though I know that if I actually try, that I can be more of a reflective person. 
As you can see in most of my posts, they usually say I have to be more reflective. So I think I should. My family is a supportive one. I am going to talk to them and see if they can help me improve on being a reflective person. That will be the first step. My goal is to be this core value next quarter. 

PHE --- Getting Excersise

During PHE this semester, we did soccer and track and field. I learned a lot of new skills during these two units. For example, for soccer I learned a little bit about being a goal keeper. I got the chance to be a goal keeper, when we were playing against each other. Also I learned how to shoot goals with special part of your foot and I learned how to block corners from specific angles -like the post- from different class mates.
During the track and field unit though, we ran long distances and short distances, so I learned all about where and how to start these kinds or races. It was really fun racing against friends and just kids form my 6th grade. We did long jump, and my record was over 3 meters. It was 3.10 meters. Because I got past 3 meters, I was allowed to go into the final round of long jumping, against the other 4 people that got past 3 meters. Also, we did high jump. During this, I learned all about the techniques that you need to use when you are doing high jump. For example: you need to through your legs up when you are jumping towards the big mat. To wrap up, PHE this quarter was just awesome, and it was really fun and actually it helped me meet new people and make new friends! :)

Being a mini Scientist

In science last quarter, we did some experiments, test and more. In the link below is a survey I did, as a reflection.


Also, something else we worked on during the first quarter, is that we had to make a science video. We were divided into groups and each group got a topic to work on a show all the rules related to this topic. The members of my group were Claudia and Tashi. Our topic was Sharp Tools. The instruction was to make a 4-5 minute video and then in the video explain all the safety rules related to the topic we were assigned. I had a really awesome group, and so we had a fun time creating the video. During the making of the video, I think I demonstrated the core value communicator a lot because I shared all my ideas and talked a lot in the video. A core value I didn't demonstrate so much was being innovative. I wasn't that creative when we were planning our video. It was more just a plain idea, an idea that was not that original. Luckily, my group members had thought of some things too for the video. Even though I wasn't that innovative during the planning for the full video, I had some gob-smacking ideas for the introduction!

There was another group, that did their science video about General Safety. This group was not in my class though. A member of this group, left the school the day they finished their Science video. Since this group had their video on the laptop of the girl that left, they didn't have a science video to share. They were told by ms. Pro to try to do it again. Because someone left, they were one person short for their video, and so their great idea that they had, couldn't be used anymore. As I am a friend of one of the girls in that group, they asked me to fill in for the girl that left. I worked with the for 4 lunch times. It was pretty annoying that I had to give up my spare time, though it was still very fun working with this group. For their video, they did a game show. Two contestants (Tea and Anna M) me as their Hostess, Martin as the assistant.

They did a great job of their video, and since they had to re-do their video, I am pretty proud of them.

Monday, October 07, 2013

Algo que eu estou aprendendo: Português

Coming here to Sao paulo, I only had a little back-round information of the language. Having lessons every other day, I am improving a lot. Maggie (ms. Moraes) is helping me learn new words and sentences. We take little field trips around the school. We have to point out things and name them, or we talk with random people. Something we do once a month, is we go to the snack bar. We are allowed to buy something, though one word in english, and we are out! We are supposed to order everything ourselves and stuff.
With electronics, I think this is a balanced class. We usually do half of the lesson learning the words, then the other half doing activities with those words on the laptops.

Vir aqui para São Paulo, eu só tinha um pouco de informação de background da língua. Ter aulas todos os dias, estou melhorando muito. Maggie (ms. Moraes) está me ajudando a aprender novas palavras e frases. Tomamos pequenas excursões ao redor da escola. Temos de apontar as coisas e nomeá-los, ou falamos com pessoas aleatórias. Algo que fazemos uma vez por mês, se formos para o snack-bar. Podemos comprar alguma coisa, apesar de uma palavra em Inglês, e estamos fora! Devemos pedir tudo por nós mesmos e outras coisas.
Com a tecnologia, eu acho que esta é uma classe equilibrada. Costumamos fazer metade da lição noi caderno e aprender as palavras, então a outra metade fazendo atividades com essas palavras nos laptops.

A poem of Two Voices....

I think that this two-voice poem was a good learning and closing activity for our book "Bringing the Boy Home" written by N.A. Nelson. The instruction was to create a two-voice poem, with one voice being a character form the book -I chose Karara- and the second person being me. We had to create a theme. My theme for my poem is: you are who you are and no one can change you. I showed this by showing the characteristics from the different characters. I compared and contrasted them. We first had to create a rough draft, then mr. Z would correct it, then we could create a final. My first and Final draft, were written very carelessly. Being so nice, and knowing I can do better, he gave me another chance. I worked really hard on it over the weekend, and my (third) final draft of my poem, turned out pretty good! I really had worked hard to include everything that I needed to.

I was able to include textual evidence, that made sense when I was using it un my poem. My poem is about ethnicity. The textual evidence I used was about Karara and a little bit about her.
While writing my poem, I was able to compare and contrast it well. I compared details like that we both use our special talents daily, that we have different sides on some things, though the same on others.
I used descriptive words to be able to make my reader visualize my image, so that I don't need to tell them. Like "snuggled up in front of the crackling fire, reading the adventures books of Harry Potter," or "in the big chairs in front on the fire, reading Harry Potter." The first example was showing the reader, the second was just simply telling the reader.
Since mr. Z, gave me a third chance, because he knew I could do way way better, I revised my poem as much as I could. I used to feel like: oh this is not what I wanted it to turn out into. Now though I feel really confident about my poem and so I rally feel like: Wow! Yeah!

A strength I've shown while doing my two-voice poem, is being reflective. I was reflective when revising my poem for the final draft, because I had to look and read all the comments that mr. Z had given me. I had to use those to think "how could I make my poem any better?"
A strength I did not show as much, was being balanced between comparing and contrasting the characteristics. I was able to easily contrast, though comparing was a challenge. In my first and second draft, you could see that that was a bit of a problem. Though in my improved 3rd draft, it is way better.


Friday, October 04, 2013

Where am I going to use this?

1. If the circumference of each button is 3cm, what is the diameter?
2. If the string on the hoodie was 132cm long, and you wanted to cut it into 11 pieces, how long would each piece be?
3. One piece is what fraction of the whole string (simplest form) ?
4. Julie wanted to draw herself as a monster with eyed covering her whole face. She wants her eyes to be 7cm wide. If her face is 91cm wide, how much eyes could she fit across?

First Quarter Reflection- Math

Statement: Mathematical thinking is not the same as doing math.

I agree because when you are thinking mathematically, you think of reasons why things could happen. When you are doing math your just doing the writing and not the thinking. Thinking mathematically, you think about WHY things happen the way they do. Mathematical thinking helps you understand things better. Thinking mathematically also helps you solve an answer to it's most accurate or the exact answer. Doing math is just plain writing and solving problems. Maybe a bit of critical thinking, to solve a problem logically, other than that though.... Nothing interesting. 

Characteristics of a good mathematician...

  • Thinking logically (Critical Thinking)
  • Estimating
  • Thinking of ways to make things easier, simpler
  • Writing neatly
  • Thinking why things happen
  • Checking over your answers
  • Trying your best
  • Trying to deepen your understanding of something if you don't understand it
I think one of my strengths and a mathematician is being a critical thinker. I that because I really try to deepen my understanding of why some mathematical reasons are the way they are. Thinking critically, also helps me solve a problem that I do not understand very well. It helps me realise some methods I could use to solve those types of problems. It helps make the problem easier. 

How effective was this elective?

This elective was really fun! We learned all about shading, facial proportions, texture, lines and detail. It was really fun working with ms. Ariani during this quarter.I learned so much, I think that making Christmas and Birthday cards won't be such a problem this year! I know for sure I will use what I learned in future preferences. The drawings I drew, really impressed me. I never knew I could do this, till I signed up for art 6. Having guidance from ms. Ariani, I improved so much since the beginning of the quarter.Art was amazing this quarter. A core value I think I really showed, was being a risk-taker. I think I was a risk-taker because I kept on trying to draw new things, I was using new methods every class to try and draw new things. A core-value I thought I might not have shown as much was being reflective. I realise i never thought about why ms. Ariani told me to draw something like this. Why we would have to draw this. Overal, art was a great experience. 


Thursday, October 03, 2013

CWW - Something Unforgettable

My expert group topic was about the Folktales. We learned all about the different characters in the folktales, and what they do. We learnt about the main character: Saci. The storyteller told us all about his legend and his actions. We also learnt a little bit about what happens in the stories with Saci. For example, that he tricks people and that he protects nature or anything to do with the number 7. We got all our information about the stories and characters from a storyteller we visited on the trip. His name was Ditão.
My group worked together to create our documentary by collaborating and communicating our ideas. Being inclusive was big part of this. I think we were all inclusive because we accepted each others ideas and we didn’t be rude or disrespectful to each other. Something that was hard during the process of making our documentary, was that we all had different ideas, and we wanted to figure out a way to use them all, without anybody feeling sad. We decided what would be the best option, that would be easy to understand when presenting, and that would be fastest to make.
A risk I took during CWW is when I felt so sick on the second day, but I still went rafting. Rafting was a super fun experience, and after we finished rafting, I just felt proud I went.
Next time I create a documentary, I would plan just a little. When we were planning our documentary and writing our script, we kept on changing our minds. One time we wanted to write this, and another time we wanted to write that. It was all very confusing in some points. Though we did it and I’m super duper proud of my group!

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Nature and it's dangers...

Chapter 8 ~ Discussion Question 1

Tirio believes that nature can be cruel. Some experiences he has had with this is when on page 8-9, when he has his first hunting lesson with Wata. Wata had picked a pierid butterfly from it's huddled up group, and had plucked of a wing. After doing so, a horned frog leaped up and ate it. Another experience is when he steps on a colony of ants, page 134. He sees one limping, still holding it's heavy load. The ant had lost one leg. Finally, on page 130, a prupita had attacked the parakeets nest and eaten the parakeet's babies. This is another piece of evidence that shows that nature can be cruel.
I believe that nature has not been cruel to Tirio. For one, Tirio has a bad foot, "most sick baby's are soon killed after they are born," (189) though "you were born under a lucky moon..." (189). Which shows that nature didn't kill Tirio from the start, which is a good thing. Secondly, on page 133, Tirio has luck when he comes across a tree with ripe fruit and fresh rain water from the big leaves. Also on the same page, the Good Gods sent Tirio a sign. A green arrow, -made out of leaves and ants carrying them- pointing towards a path. This also shows that nature is on his side. Lastly, pages 116,117, and 118 is about when Tirio gets led by the orange and yellow eyed caiman, to the point when he feels he has to stop the boat and start his soche sete tente. This is a sign, when nature is leading him to his start. The start which will lead him to what's left of his family.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Last Literature Circle DIscussion ~ Bringing the Boy Home

1-10-13 TUE

Today, I think that my group did a very well job of having a good book discussion. We opened our books very often and we read short paragraphs to gain a better understanding of what we were talking about. I know Tea and I tend to talk a lot, but today we were able to equally share the floor. We gave each other eye contact and we showed each other positive body language. Something our group might need to work on slightly is staying on topic. We tend to trail of while talking about the book. Perhaps also maybe we should focus on one question/topic till we all understand it, and then move on to something else. I’m noticing that we are moving on way too fast.

I think that during this discussion I showed a lot of the core value: communicator. I think that I demonstrated this during our discussion today because i communicated all my ideas and thoughts with my group when we were discussing our clarifying and discussion questions. I think I strengthened my sharing-the-floor skill because now I hear my whole group talking instead of just me. Also I am strong in eye contact and body language. I always try to make the speaker feel like someone is listening. I would like to improve on having and understanding of the questions we just answered and discussed as a group because I’m noticing that when I’m listening, I don’t always clearly understand what the person is asking or what the speaker is trying to say. I would like to improve on understanding things more clearly and making sure I know what we are talking about.

I prepared for this last literature circle discussion by filling in the piece of paper I received. I put sticky notes by the text in the book for the answers I have to the discussion questions. I jotted down some of my clarifying questions, so i could be prepared to share them when my group met again. As I said in the first paragraph, Tea and I tend to talk a lot during the discussions. Though since the first time my group met, we’ve both improved a lot on sharing the floor. Because of that, we have become more inclusive during the discussions, and so we let the other group members feel apart of the discussion. By asking questions, we got everyone included, but it also got me thinking. I try to think deep and answer the questions people ask. Sometimes I try to make a prediction, because then it’s a deep question and so there isn’t an answer for it yet. Asking and answering questions help me deepen my understanding because it will help me think about things I would have never thought about.

The Last and Final Chapter

What do you think the theme of the book is? What evidence do you have to support that?

I think that the theme of the book is that: It takes time to figure out how you define yourself.
I think this because during the whole book, it is showing the different moods and characteristics the different characters show. Their feelings and the way they act keeps on changing throughout the variety of events that occur. For example, on page 83, it talks about how Luka "found" Karara, and so is trying to get her into trouble. Now Luka was angry at his sister, and so shows he has a dark side. Though on page 43, Luka is scared and sorry for Karara, because maha is whacking her with a bamboo stick. These are two different feelings from Luka. Pages 8 and 9 talk about Tirios first lesson with Wata. How Wata picked out a pierid butterfly from it's group, plucked of a wing and waited till a horned frog came and ate it. Connecting to this, on page 133 and 134, Tirio by accidentally steps on a colony of bu-ki ants. After he notices that he stepped on them, he feels sorry for the ants. One of the ants was limping afterwards. He says to himself: "I'd forgotten how cruel nature is."