1. What did you do at the Moon Bear Center? Be as descriptive as possible. Make it interesting to read. Remember, Mrs. Johnson has to read 19 of these. Don't be boring.

We got split into different groups. 1 group got to stuff some food in bamboo sticks and the other group got to spread some peanut butter on the bear equipment. The group that filled the bamboo stick with food had 9 people. The other group that spreads the peanut butter had 20 people. I was in the group that puts some food in the bamboo. After making a few bamboo sticks filled with food (2-4), we each brought 2 bamboo sticks to the moon bear place and the 9 people that stuffed the food, hid 2 bamboo sticks each. After we hid the bamboo sticks or spread the peanut butter (depending what group you are in), we went to the "forest" place that the moon bears had and there was this wheel barrow that carried some fruits so we picked it up with our hands and hid it. After hiding the foods, we got on this "tower" like hut to watch them find the food.

       2. What did you like and what was an unexpected surprise at Cat Tien?  What was something you’d never seen before?  What was your favorite moment?  Be specific and accurate.  Consider using thoughts, action, and dialogue!  This is a positive post.

I REALLY liked the food and it tasted better than I thought. An unexpected surprise was the rooms in my cabin were actually clean and it was cleaner than other rooms in other cabins. Something that I have never seen before were gibbons, deers, a porcupine, GINORMOUS spiders, a firefly and weird bugs. My favorite moment is either the night sensory hike or the night safari because on both the night sensory hike and night safari, it was almost pitch black, there were lots of star, quiet and relaxing. 

     3. How does Cat Tien connect to our unit about sustainability? 

Because in Cat Tien there are some sustainable things like trees, water, air and more. We can also relate some things that we are doing that we did in Cat Tien.

Describe what Close Reading is.

Yesterday we were close reading about ecosystems. Close reading means you read the text 3 times. Each time you read the text, you read for a different reason.  We had a sheet of paper next to us and it had 3 sections. 2 sections were folded so it could cover the 2 sections. Once we read 1 time, we write down what we need to write and so, we did that to all 3 sections.

Did you actually read the text 3 times? 

Yes because if I read the text less than 3 times, then it wouldn't me called close reading. For section 1, I wrote 3 questions that I had about the ecosystem. For section 2, I wrote 3 definitions about 3 important words. For sections 3, I wrote the main idea in the bubble and wrote 3-4 details about the main idea.

Did you read the text again before filling out the 3 sections, or did you look at #2 and #3 and just try to answer them without rereading the entire text?

I read it 3 times in total. I read the text 1 time for each section. I answered 1 question at a time, every time I read the text 1 time. Each time I finished 1 section, I unfolded the paper for the next section.

What is a Main Idea?  Can you give an example in your explanation? 

The main idea is the ecosystem. The main idea is the ecosystem because on the top part of the beginning of the text, it said the main idea is the ecosystem.

How can Close Reading help you…think about heading to middle school and high school…

By making us understand the text better and be better writers and readers because when we go to collage, it is important that we know how to read and write well.

This week we are doing a project called "Hack Your Classroom". Hack Your Classroom is a project that we try to make our classroom more fun to be in. There are 3 things that we can use to hack our classroom. One of them is the 3D Printing, the other one is LittleBits and the last one is VR (Virtual Reality). We use our computer for the 3D Printing and the VR first then we print it or get the VR to see our world. The LittleBits you do it in reality. It's kind of like coding but it's just that you don't use your computer.

We do it based on the ones that we choose. There is option 1, option 2 and option 3. My 1st option is VR, my 2nd option is LittleBits and 3rd is 3D Printing. I got my first option which is VR and my partner for Hack Your Classroom is Isabel.

On the 1st day, have a planning sheet and we plan out what we do on there. We started making a part of the VR world yesterday using the CoSpaces.io website. We made several worlds because people have different opinions. We made a celebrity crush world, an exploration world and a scavenger hunt world. We have until Thursday to finish the project.

On the 2nd day, we continued working on the worlds. We made about 6 or 7 worlds in total. We made 2 celebrity crushes worlds, 1 exploration world and about 3 scavenger hunt worlds. We only had 1 hour because we had a dragon dance at 2:10. I worked on most of the worlds. I worked on 1 celebrity crush world, 2 scavenger hunt worlds and the exploration world. I worked on 2 worlds on Monday and 2 worlds on Tuesday.

True or false?

  1. This shape is a quadrilateral. True
  2. This shape is a trapezoid. False
  3. This shape is a rhombus. False 
  4. This shape is a parallelogram. True
  5. This shape is a rectangle. True


  1. It is a quadrilateral because it has 4 sides and a quadrilateral has 4 sides.
  2. It is not a trapezoid because a rectangle doesn't have the same attributes as a trapezoid.
  3. It is not a rhombus because it doesn't have the same attribute as a rectangle.
  4. It is a parallelogram because it has 2 sets of parallel sides.
  5. It is a rectangle because it has the same attributes as a rectangle and because it is a rectangle.

We are starting a new genre which is Non-Fiction. We started out with a question and tried finding a topic for it. My topic is Diabetes.

Q.  What have you done so far in this inquiry journey?

I searched on Kids InfoBits to find out about Diabetes and I got lots of facts. I learned that there are 2 types of Diabetes. There is diabetes type 1 and type 2.

Q. What has been a challenge so far?

One of the challenges was finding facts that I needed. Some of them had weird facts and some of them weren't even related to the topic that I was researching about.

Q. What are you excited about?

I am excited about finding out more about diabetes because I don't want to get diabetes.

Q. What do you wonder?

I wonder why you get diabetes and what are the symptoms?

Yesterday, the whole 5th Grade did an Amazing Race to learn about self-reliance. We had an adult to follow us just in case one of us got hurt, lost or someone stole something from us. We brought and iPad to take pictures and for proof of something that we did. We made a flag based on our team color and we brought the flag with us so the adult and our team would know where we were. We had a bandana to put anywhere as long as the adult could see it because so they would know which team was which. My team was the light blue team so we got a light blue bandana and a light blue flag.

My favorite station was the Healthiest Drink station because we had to find out which drink was the healthiest instead of choosing your own because sometimes you could order a drink with too much sugar so it's unhealthy. I also liked it because we bought the drink which was milk and we drank it.

The hardest station was the spinning station. The spinning station was where you had to spin 20 times and you had a tray with plastic cups filled with water all the way to the top and you had to walk to the line that the teachers drew and you couldn't spill water.

My group got 2nd place and we got tied with the dark blue. We learned how to be more self-reliant and the race was really fun.

YESTERDAY WAS FUN AND AMAZING!! We went to Buu Long for a field trip. We got to go zip lining, abseiling and we played team building activities. We got split in to 2 different groups. There was Team and Team 2.

The most challenging one was abseiling. Although I didn't go abseiling I practiced abseiling because you needed to practice abseiling before you did the actual abseil. I heard my friends saying that it was hard, they got hurt or they tripped. As I was practicing, I thought it was hard because you had to lean back really hard and if you leaned back WAY too much then you'll flip. I didn't do it because I was too scared.

I liked the zip line activity most because it was easy and it was REALLY fun. The heavier you are, the faster you go but the lighter you are, the slower you go.

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Last week and this week we learned about alcohol, peer pressure and refusal skills. We learned that drinking too much alcohol is bad for your body and you could get cancer. If someone is telling you to drink, do drugs, stealing and etc., then it's negative peer pressure. If someone is telling not to steal, join a group/club because you're good at it and etc., then it's positive peer pressure. When someone is telling you to do something or is offering you something bad like drugs, alcohol and etc., then you need to say no. We learned about alcohol, peer pressure and refusal skills for 5 days for the amazing race.

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Last week my class and I learned about first aid. First aid is when you help people that needs help when something happens like collapsing, choking, burns and more. Here is a list of injuries/medical conditions.

Injuries/Medical Conditions:

  • Choking
  • Unresponsive and Breathing
  • Burns
  • Cuts
  • Broken Bones

Those are the things that I learned in class. We watched British Red Cross in class and we learned what to do when you get those injuries.


  1. Make sure it is safe to help.
  2. Put pressure on the place that is bleeding using a clean towel, cloth or your hand.
  3. Call the ambulance.
  4. Calm them down
  5. Put pressure on the place that is bleeding until the ambulance comes.



  1. Make sure it is safe to help.
  2. Ask if they are choking to make sure.
  3. Hit them firmly on their back in the middle.
  4. Hit them 5 times and if the food doesn't come back out then hit their back more until it comes out or until it goes back up.


Unresponsive and Breathing

  1. Make sure it is safe to help.
  2. Check if they are breathing by tilting their head backwards.
  3. Look and feel for their breaths.
  4. Move them on their side and tilt their head backwards.
  5. Call an ambulance.



  1. Make sure it is safe to help.
  2. Cool the burn by putting it under cold water for at least 10 minutes.
  3. After putting it under cold water, cover it using a plastic bag and don't let anything touch it.
  4. Don't rub ice on it or else it will get worse.
  5. Call the ambulance.


Broken Bones:

  1. Make sure it is safe to help.
  2. Tell the person to support the injury by using a cushion or a clothing.
  3. Call the ambulance.
  4. Keep on supporting the injury until the ambulance arrives.

That is what we learned for first aid. We learned first aid because the students in 5th Grade are making an Amazing Race.


This week we got book clubs. In my book club the members are Yung Eun, Kiwan and Thoa. We are reading Ruby Electric by Theresa Nelson. We worked on figuring out the traits of the main character. My INTERNAL traits are sleepy, lazy, cheerful and tired. My EXTERNAL traits are loud, annoying, obnoxious and weird.