Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Creating, and then Painting

LINK to my art and clay site page.

This semester, I chose to do the elective: art and clay. I'm so happy I did, because I had a lot of fun. This site has all my art and clay projects, painted and fired. They also include a process and a reflection. At the bottom of my site is a short paragraph reflecting on this whole semester.

Thank you Ms. Ariani for everything!

Monday, December 08, 2014

Ever Changing Societies

 For my humanities research paper and graphic novel, I decided to investigate on plastic. Throughout these last couple of weeks, I've learnt many things about the effects plastic has had on our society. This simple material, invented in the early stages of the 1900s, has impacted our modern society in many ways. In this blog post, I will describe how different technologies, and my chosen technology as well, impacted the development of society.

How can technology change the development of society?

    Technology can change the development of society in multiple ways. There are a variety of effects, both positive and negative. Some positive things that different technologies have done for society is that it has helped us advance. Though, like I stated before, it also has had some negative effects. For example environmental pollution and destruction, or issues with human health, occur very often when in contact with these technologies. Sadly, technologies that are useful, can cause our world harm, and are also not that easy to get rid of. Before people make big decisions, such as freeing the world from a specific technology because it has harmed the environment, they also have to take into consideration the benefits of the technology that has helped the different societies and generations grow.
    The most basic impact that a technology from modern times has accomplished, is that it made doing everyday tasks easier, made it more manageable, and it is often a sustainable product. Usually, making our lives easier is the whole point of the technology. For example, my technology, plastic, simplified our daily lives as well. It replaced many materials such as wood and clay, as it is faster and easier to manufacture which also made it cheaper for the public. In modern day, you can see plastic wherever you go. You are most likely reading this on a technological device, which also has plastic particles in it.
   As well as the benefits, some technologies also have negative impacts on humans, because of too much use or of chemicals in the product. Human health could be heavily affected depending on the technology. Relating this back to my product, plastic, affects human health a lot. The overuse of plastic heavily impacts hormones, increased heart rates, and it raises the risk of getting diabetes. These are only some of the different illnesses that could occur because of plastic. Other technologies, such as the X-Ray machines or MRI scans are very crucial to citizens in the present day, because it gives doctors knowledge on what is wrong with their patients, so that they can help them to get better.
    These are just two main impacts out of the many that occur in our world. Technologies from the modern day, and from the past have all had some kind of impact on our society. For example, telescopes helped us learn about the solar system, ATM's made getting money out of a bank easier, but on the other hand plastic has harmed our environment and human health. It is easy to tell that society doesn't think about the negative impacts of plastic but rather it thinks of what the ATM machines and the telescopes have done. They have helped our world move forward, but sometimes, our world needs to pause, stop and reflect on what has happened.

Here is the link to my research paper about my technology: plastic.
Here is the link to my graphic novel, which I did with Talia de Beer. We chose to work with the technology: plastic and show how it impacted lives of humans and ocean pollution.  

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Uma Pessoa Pequena

O que e o projeto?
Neste bimestre, nós estudamos o preteria imperfeito. Para aprender isso de uma forma legal, Donna Lau nós propôs o projeto Infância. O objetivo para desse projeto é: crear uma vídeo que tem uma poema e foto's do seu infância. Primeira, nós escrevemos o poema, e depois gravamos o projeto. 
O que voce aprendeu?
Durante o projeto, eu aprendi muitas coisas. Por exemplo, eu aprendi o preteria perfeito muito. Agora eu sabi quals palavras eu preciso falar quando eu falar sobre uma tempo que aconteceu no passado. Q
Voce teve alguma dificuldade/ Como superou?
Quando eu fazer meu vídeo, eu tenho uma dificuldade: na pronuncia das palavras. Eu fazer o acento no uma parte da palavra que são errado. Felizmente, Donna Lau ajuda-me quando eu falou uma palavra errado. O produto final do meu vídeo, eu falou todas as palavras bom. Minha professora falou pra mim que ela está muito feliz com minha progresso, e por que ela falou disso, eu estou muito feliz também! 
Quais core values foram importantes?
O infância projeto tem muitos core values no processo, e no produto final. Duas core values que nós usaram muito no projeto e reflective e innovative. Eu acho essas coisas por que quando eu escreve meu poema, eu era reflexivo no minha infância, e eu era innovative quando eu brainstorm essas ideas do meu passado. Também quando eu fazia meu vídeo, eu era innovative por que eu pegava todos os fotos e crear uma coisa interessante e legal, e não uma coisa chato que ninguém queria de ver. 

Em conclusão, deste projeto foi muito bom, e o produto final estar muito bom também. As coisas que eu aprendi em deste projeto eu vou lembrar sempre. O grade que eu recebia por deste projeto foi muito bom, e eu estou muito orgulhoso. Muito obrigada Donna Lau pra deste projeto! 

Friday, December 05, 2014

Looking Back On My Invesitgations

This quarter, I had five summative assessments. All of the assessments were completed with care and all of my effort.

Throughout the semester, we only did one investigation. I'm really proud of my overall grade – I got a 6. For next time, I need to add my background research because I forgot to do that this time.
Link to my science investigation.

Additionally, we had two tests this semester. One on ecology and another on energy. My scores for the first test was 6 and for my second test was 7. The only thing I could improve for next year is to be more specific when explaining something on the test.

Lastly, my essays. We wrote two this semester: one essay was written at home, and the second was an in-class essay where we got 60 minutes for in class. On my first essay, I got a 6 for writing, content, and citing. For my second essay I got a 5 for writing and content and a 7 for citing. After I received my scores for my second essay I went up to Mr. Pro to know what I could do better for the next time, as a 5 is good, but it isn't as good as what I had done before. He told me that it sounded to scientific, and not really like my own words. That's the main thing I could do for next time.

Link to my ecological issue essay
Link to my energy In-class essay

Predicting My Grade (From most important to least important):

  1. Essay: 6
  2. Test: 6 
  3. Investigation Report: 6 

Overall Grade: 6

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Angles, They're All Interconnected

Understanding Relationships and Establishing Patterns Will Help Us Measure and Define Physical Space

Exterior Angle Investigation:
Did the question and directions in the investigation make sense when you were doing it or did you need help clarifying what to do? Did you get stuck along the way, or make any mistakes that had to be corrected?
      The day I got this worksheet, I was in class having a chat with my friends. I wasn't focusing on what I was doing, and I only half-completed the work sheet then. When I got home, I looked over what I had done, and noticed everything was wrong! Even though this wasn't a lot of work, I had to erase everything and start again. Once I did it again, I checked with my mom and she said I had gotten all my answers correct!

Explain the pattern or special relationship that you found and explain how the responds to the guiding statement: "Understanding relationships and establishing patterns will help us measure and define physical space." Be clear. Feel free to paste in images to really demonstrate what you are explaining. This is your opportunity to explain what you understand about this topic.
      Throughout this investigation, I discovered that angles <C + <D = 180 degrees. Before I did this investigation, I already knew that angles <A + <B + <C = 180 degrees as well. Because I knew that <C + <D also equaled to 180 degrees, I next discovered that angles <A + <B = <D. Now I had a shortcut to finding a missing angle, by using both the exterior and the interior angle(s).
      For example, in question 1 on the worksheet, I had to find the exterior angle. I solved the problem by first using finding out angles <A and <C. Angle <A was easy to discover, since it was simply a right angle (90 degrees). Then I added angle <A + <B = 130 degrees. I then subtracted 180 - 130 degrees = 50 degrees (angle <C). Finally, to find the exterior angle, the interior and exterior have to add up to 180 degrees. Looking back at what I had already figured out, I then realised that angles <A + <B = <D, so <D was 130 degrees.
     I can now conclude that using the relationships (angles <A + <B = 180 degrees, <C + <D = 180 degrees, <A + <B = <D) helped me find the pattern between the three questions that I completed on the worksheet. Now that I know the pattern, throughout my geometry career I can easily find and be able to measure a missing angle which leads me to having the ability to defining physical space.

Create a math problem that could be used on a test that uses the concept you are explaining in a problem solving situation. It could be a word problem, or a diagram with unknown angles, etc. Try to imagine how this concept could be applied to a real life situation, and how it could be tested on an exam. 
     Percy and Audrey were trying to find the missing angles. Who was right? If so, why?

Answer: Percy and Audrey were both right. Percy just solved the problem in a different way. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Enduring Stories, Are They Better?

LINK to slides (presentations).

Why do enduring stories survive over time?
       Stories that endure over time have an element in them that intrigue people to read or listen. Civilisations share them from generation to generation. In the Mesopotamian times, stories were told about heroism, and how people achieved certain quests, or activities. When reading a story from this time, or any other time in the past, you learn something. Gilgamesh's story tells us of how he at first wanted his voyages engraved in walls, and then shortly after that, he wanted immortality. The amount of greed he stored in himself was extravagant! Though throughout the story, he learns that all of these things, in the end, do not make you happy. To finalise the king's epic journey, he realises that a family and friends are much more important than all the other wishes he had. The last chapter tells us that Gilgamesh got married, and to make it even better, he got a baby!
       Another reason that stories are known from thousands of years is because they are written down. Even in Mesopotamian times, they had tablets or walls to engrave illustrations or written words of a specific story, They had writers and illustrators that recorded the story as not everyone in this civilisation knew how to write and/or draw correctly.

To what extent is the history of ancient civilisations a story about progress? 
       Sharing stories through written words, illustrations, verbally, or on technology has changed the experience people receive when being told or reading a story. The way it is shared has progressed a great deal. At first, the experience was talking to other people. Using your memory to try to remember how a specific story went, was a crucial thing in the past. As many inventors created new ways to record the stories, there is, and was, no chance that the story could change.
       Since the Mesopotamian times, we've had tablets, walls and columns to carve in stories. Next we had materials such as papyrus, which was on of the first forms of paper, paper, books, newspapers, and lastly technology. When reading about Gilgamesh, I noticed that they used tablets and walls to engrave a journey in the object. For this they used specific people to do that, as very few citizens knew how to write or draw.
       Additionally, progress has been shown within the story as well. In Mesopotamian times and in Ancient Greek times, characters teach us a moral, or a lesson. They do this by progressing and/or changing. In Gilgamesh's tale, he is at first a very greedy man. Throughout the variety of quests he goes on, he learns different things that help him progress and change into a better person. Luckily, at the end of his story, he ends up happily with a family. This showed me that he turned into a better person.

ALL image sources:
LINK to Book vs Technology
LINK to Book
LINK to question mark
LINK to exclamation point
LINK to full stop
LINK to globe
LINK to like and reblog button
LINK to Zeus with thunderbolt
LINK to auditorium filled with people VOTING

ALL image sources:
LINK to thinking bubble
LINK to wood
LINK to clay pot
LINK to metal
LINK to plastic bottles
LINK to crown
LINK to nano carbons
LINK to question mark
LINK to rock
LINK to tires

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Oi! Como Vai?

Hoje nós acabamos a dramatização. Este é uma projecto grande. O objetivo é mostrar o seu entendimento em uma dramatização. Eu trabalhei com a Nadya Marinkovic. Antes nós começamos de escrever o script, o filme e os clips, nós recebemos instruções.  A gente prescisava incluir uma dor, uma médica, e um paciente. Na dramatização, eu era a médica e Nadya era a paciente. Ela quebrou a perna direita quando ela correu mais rápido.
Se eu pudesse fazer isso de novo, eu iria melhorar o vídeo, e adicionar mais legendas, por que tem algumas coisas que você não entendeu o que as pessoas falaram.
Uma coisa eu gostei muito do projeto, e o cenário. Nadya e eu fomos no Office da Nurse, e na quadra de esportes por que a gente queria um vídeo realista.
O vídeo é muito legal, e eu acho que a Nadya gostou também.

LINK pra minha dramatização.

No meu popplet, eu falo nos tratamentos tradicionais e alternativos para as doenças. Adicionalmente, eu falo sobre tipos de remédios, partes do corpo, e doenças. Esta atividade era nas primeiras semanas da escola. Por que nesa atividade estava nas primeiras semanas, eu esqueci muitas palavras e verbos, então isso era um poquinho dificil. Mais eu trabalhei muito no meu popplet, e o produto final ficou muito bom.
A organização poderia ser melhor. É muito confuso quando você lê o mapa. Isso é uma coisa que eu queria fazer de novo.
No meu popplet, eu gosto muito das cores porque elas criam uma coisa interessante e bonita. Eu não quero mudar isso.
Para a primeira vez, eu gostei do meu projeto muito!

LINK pra meu popplet.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Electives: Learning For Fun!

My image
BYU Concert Choir
This semester, I'm taking the electives: Vocal Music, and Art & Clay. Both of these electives have been very interesting and very fun to take.

Something that I did well in these classes, is being a risk-taker. This is one of the main core values at Graded, though all are equally important. I did this by participating a lot and making sure I'm part of the class. In vocal music I tried out for a solo. The last time I tried out for a solo, I had forgotten the lines in front of the audience. Luckily, Ms. Mussete had let me sing the song again and then I did remember the lyrics. Because of the experience, I felt scared to try out again, though all my friends were really supportive and eventually I did try out. In art & clay I took a risk by taking this class. I hadn't had knowledge on clay and what to do with it. Throughout the classes I started learning about the material and how to use it effectively. Currently, I'm taking risks by trying out new concepts or skills. This could make my projects more interesting.

Reflecting upon the past 3 months, I would think that in vocal music, concentrating is sometimes a challenge. I have nearly all of my closest friends in this class. When Ms. Mussete is working with the high school boys on their part, my friends and I start chatting. If something funny is said, we'll start giggling. As soon as it is our turn, we could still be giggling, which wouldn't help us while singing... I could prevent this from happening if I start sitting farther away from my friends.

Here is the link to my art & clay website, which holds all of my projects.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Save Burle Marx Parque!

São Paulo Government
For Science this quarter, each student had to write an essay on an ecological problem in this world. I wrote about the major issue that is happening currently in São Paulo: the deforestation of Burle Marx Parque.
Before I actually knew, or researched about this project, I wasn't really that interested. I had just thought that this would just be another project to work on. Though now, after going through the whole process, I am very close to this subject. Knowing a variety of facts about the importance of this park, and having to write an essay about this subject, I feel like this park should be protected.
     In my essay, I did some things well, but there are also some things that I could improve. I received good overall grades, but on the criteria there were somethings that I could have done a lot better. For example, in my essay, I didn't include a lot of details on how to solve the problem in the future. To be honest, I hadn't really researched much into this area. The deforestation is a very recent issue, which results to there not being many sources on this issue.
     Something that I did well on though, is the writing. On the criteria, I'd used a lot of deep and expressive transition words. In addition, I had included many facts, and included a detailed analysis for each of the facts, so that it could easily flow in the essay.
     A core value that I demonstrated very well in this project, was being a critical thinker. Since this is a very recent issue, there wasn't that much information on the internet or from other sources. I had to be a critical thinker to connect main ecological issues related to the deforestation and try to add in facs whenever possible. This was challenging, but in the end I think I did very well in that area.
     As well as a positive core value, I think that there was also a core value that I could have improved on. Being Balanced in this process was pretty hard as well. I had to make sure that I was concentrated on the essay when working, so that it would turn out good. This project was due at the end of the quarter, which are usually stressful times. Not just science, but also in other classes such as art and clay, humanities, and Portuguese, I had important summative assignments due as well. Because I believed that an essay is more important that other things, I spent a lot of time on it. This made me loose track of my other assignments, leaving me to do them last minute. I hope that in the future I could change this situation by creating a mini schedule for homework, so I can work an even amount of time on each subject. 

To help this situation, please sign a petition, as this park should be saved! Here is the link to the petition, including some additional information.

Here is the link to my essay.

Here is a list of the sources of information I used:

"SOS Panamby | Facebook." 2014. 22 Sep. 2014 <https://pt-br.facebook.com/sospanamby>
"Parque Burle Marx." 2011. 22 Sep. 2014 <http://parqueburlemarx.com.br/>
"SOS Panamby - Those are some animals that ... - Facebook." 2014. 22 Sep. 2014 <https://www.facebook.com/sospanamby/posts/1524172761138858>
"Pollution in Sao Paulo, Brazil - Numbeo." 22 Sep. 2014 <http://www.numbeo.com/pollution/city_result.jsp?country=Brazil&city=Sao+Paulo>
Senhor. Roberto Delmanto, Jr
Mr. Prophet
Irma van Ballegooijen

The Spinner's Always a Mystery!

This activity was very fun. Again, I worked with Nadya Marinkovic on this activity.

Here is the link to the practice document.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Vampire Academy - Read It!

Static Tumblr
This quarter in Humanities, we did many things, though the one that most stood out to me was being able to present a book I read this quarter. For my presentation, I talked about a fictional book, called 'Vampire Academy', by Richelle Mead. This is the first out of six books in the Vampire Academy series.

Why did you excel in this assignment?
I think I excelled in this assignment for many reasons. First of all, I was very prepared for my presentation. I had created a slide-show for the audience, so that it would be easier for them to follow along with what I was saying. I'd created a speech so that I knew what I would be talking about, and that I didn't loose track of what I was saying. In addition, I had lots of information to include in my presentation. Looking through the book, I had gathered specific details to answer my question, which I was assigned in the beginning of this project. This had given me extra points for my overall grade, as I hadn't been guessing what the exact text had said. To conclude, my presentation had been (in my opinion), very engaging. I'd made sure that it was easy to follow for the 7th grade, and for Mr. J. To make my presentation more interesting, I'd asked questions and had related my evidence to things that happen to kids at ages 11-13.

Throughout this project, a core value I demonstrated the most, is being responsible. Firstly, I had been prepared for my presentation, as I said before. Mr. J had instructed us to practice our talk a couple times, to make sure it was in the time limit and that we knew what we were saying. I'd listened , and that had helped me because I hadn't stumbled on any words while talking. Secondly, I indicated responsibility by bringing all my materials to school for the presentation. I had brought flashcards, and made sure my prezi was shared with Mr. J before it was my turn. Lastly, I showed responsibility during my presentation. I'd done this by making sure that the writing wasn't super informal, but not to informal as well. The details from the book weren't off topic, and related to the main question/theme the whole time. These were three different reasons that I have shows responsibility during my book presentation and the process involved with it.

LINK to the presentation

The Rainbow Revealed

For math, we recently completed a document all about probability. I did this with the members of my table.

Being an innovative person to come up for answers to the last question was a challenge. I had to change the game to make sure it becomes fair. Even though I completed this on my own, I still had some help from my peers. They guided me to an answer, while not saying it aloud.

Here is the link to the document.

Analyzing a Game:  Before and After...

Step 1:  Learn the rules to this game:
rules:  each person picks a color, and starts on Orange.  Player 1 flips a coin three times and moves his piece to the right for each heads, and to the left for each tails.  If the player lands on the color he/she chose in the beginning, he/she wins a point.
Player 2 repeats the process.

Step 2:  Discuss with your partner and answer the following questions before playing:

  1. Do you think that one color is a better choice than the others?
Yes. Every colour except for orange occurs twice, so the probability of getting yellow purple or green is higher than the probability of getting orange.

  1. Do you think there is a color that you should not pick?
Yes. I think that you should not pick orange, as it has the smallest probability

Step 3:  Play the game as a class.  Mr. Hancock will play against the whole class.

Step 4:  Complete these statements:

  1. Before playing the game, I thought…
That you could get every colour except for orange.

  1. Now I think…
That you can only get yellow or purple. It is impossible to get the colours green and orange.

  1. How is this game connected to positive and negative integers?
This is connected because if you lose a point, then you are subtracting, but when you gain a point you are adding.


One way to analyze probability, is to count how many distinct possible outcomes there are in a situation.

  1. How many distinct possible outcomes can you count in Color-Rama?
There are 8 possible outcomes.
There may be more than one way to get certain colors.
A helpful way to count all of the possibilities is to make a tree diagram.  
Use this tree diagram to calculate the probability of landing on each color in the game:
  1. Can you figure out the color for each outcome from this diagram?
  1. yellow
  2. purple
  3. purple
  4. purple
  5. purple
  6. purple
  7. purple
  8. yellow
  1. What is the probability of each of the four colors in the game?
Orange: 1/7
Purple: 2/7
Green: 2/7
Yellow: 2/7
  1. How could you change the rules to Color-Rama to make it a ‘fair game’ ?  (discuss or research what ‘fair game’ really means before you answer?
Flip the coin 2 times, take-away one of the yellow’s, and then make orange just a tile.

Gilgamesh, the Epic Hero He Is

How is Gilgamesh an epic hero?
Gilgamesh is an epic hero, because he is brave, he went on impossible journeys to achieve greatness and he has an ‘epic’ flaw. Gilgamesh is brave, because he fought many mythical creatures and beasts. With his friend, Enkidu, he went on quests to seek out the creatures and destroy them. In addition, another factor of being an epic hero, is to go on many impossible journeys. Gilgamesh went by himself to seek out the key to immortality. He had to pass through a tunnel of darkness, for 12 leagues, and dive down in to a see to get a tiny plant, which eventually got eaten by a snake. Not missing the fact that he also went on journey’s with Enkidu. Finally, he also has an ‘epic’ flaw. Gilgamesh is very selfish. His selfishness made him go on all these impossible journey’s, as he wanted power and fame. He wanted to be remembered. Most of the battles he fought, and the journey’s he went on were all his idea. He wanted to kill the beast of the cedar forest, though it was not harming his village. Luckily, he survived and killed the animal. As a result, he go the attention of the Goddess Ishtar, though he didn’t like her that much. Ishtar got mad and sent the Bull of Heaven to destroy him, though Gilgamesh killed the creature. All these different examples make Gilgamesh a step closer to becoming an epic hero.

How do the values of ancient Mesopotamian society compare to our values today?
In Gilgamesh’s time, power and fame was a key to making your name be remembered. In the present time, it’s the same. People who can do something really well, or did something that no one else has done are remembered. For example, Michael Jackson, who was a very talented singer and dancer, is still remembered. Jackson invented a couple of dance moves, and sang many famous songs like ‘Love Never Felt So Good’, ‘Beat It’, and ‘Thriller’. Another example is Usain Bolt, who is an olympic Jamaican sprinter. He is the first man ever to hold the 100 AND the 200 meter sprint world records. Everyone who is interested in these different things knows about these people. In the Mesopotamian times, things like defeating people in a war or a one-to-one battle were things that would make you remembered. Though they are all different things that could make you remembered, they were still things that COULD make you remembered. 
Secondly, religion is something that is valued a lot in the Mesopotamian times, and now. In the past, the religion was to warship the Gods, though now a days, there are many more religions. Christians, Jews and Muslim are just three examples! A study shows that there are "roughly 4,200 religions" in the world. In 2800 B.C. (Gilgamesh's time), the civilisation did many things to pay their respects to the Gods. They'd pray to the Gods, to ask them for help, advice, or guidance in a quest, or a task. The society sacrificed things to the Gods, such as animals. Some people went to temples to pay their respects as well. Now a days, people pray as well, and some may give sacrifices to whomever they believe in. As well as these things, they also go to church, mosques, or temples. In our civilisation there is a lot more diversity in cultures and religion than there was in Gilgamesh's civilisation.
Lastly, love and family is something that is very important, and that was valued in the past, and in the present. In the book: "Gilgamesh the Hero", where I learned lots about Gilgamesh's time, shows me examples on how the people who lived in Gilgamesh's society reacted to this. When Gilgamesh and Enkidu were going to start their journey to kill the beast of the timber forest, Gilgamesh's mother found Enkidu and asked him to take care of Gilgamesh. Enkidu had made sure that Gilgamesh had stayed safe, even though Gilgamesh had done many things that put him in dangerous positions. I'm inferring that the amount of love that goes to a family is equal, no matter what time you live in. Family and love is always important. In my family, we help each other out with multiple things such as homework, personal problems, or something simple like riding a bike. A family, and love are very important things in everyone's life. If you don't have a family, you always have some kind of love.