What did you personally achieve today?- Describe how- what techniques did you use?

I finished making the window frames with different colored wires and glued them around or on the windows. Since Hundertwasser used different windows, I bend wires in different shapes or patterns. For example, some of the window frames are curvy like waves meanwhile others are twisted with several other wires. In addition, I also painted the half of the skin colored layer and added double sided to tape on every layer. To add more, I also colored and painted the windows on two layers.

How did the rest of the group do today? (any issues) Did they all have jobs and assist with the progress of your sculpture? Explain

In general, my group went pretty well today. My partner, Kai-Ting, and I divided our jobs equally. Our today's progress was to color the bottom part of the facade and to polish our windows. We all did equal jobs. However, I was the one who was focusing more on the windows while Kai-Ting was more on painting the cardboard.

What challenges did you face today (if any)?

In many times, it was quite challenging to choose a color for the bottom of the facade. As you can see the picture, my team used a skin color. The skin color came out after our exploration of colors. First, personally, I  wanted to do bright colors but soon realized it makes us to just concentrate on that bright color not the actual work. In addition, I mixed neon pink, yellow, and white, the colors that I wanted to use in this project, and eventually the skin color came out. I think it matches really well!

What are your last steps/ plans to complete this task? (2 classes left) This can be individually what you’ll do or group.

I can not believe that there are only two classes left, however, for next class, I am thinking of making and putting columns to our facade, gluing fences on the work, and lastly the most important thing, roof garden on the top of the building.

What did your group achieve today? Who did what? Where is the evidence?

In Today's art class, I worked on finishing sketching all the windows on the cardboard, cutting windows, creating a fence out of tape roll, and created twisted and curved little columns. My partner, Kai-Ting, did the same thing as I did. We have 4 layers of cardboard in total, so each of us got 2 layers and cut out windows.  However, this time, Kai-Ting did work more than I did because she painted the floral patterns on the tape role while I was struggling with cutting a thick cardboard.

What did you do well today as a group?

I have seen other groups shouting at each other and having communication troubles. On the other hand, my group, Kai-Ting and I listened to each other's opinion respectfully and applied all the ideas that we have in our minds on our facade of the building.

What is the plan for next class? Who is doing what?

Next class, we are planning on coloring the cardboard and decorate windows. Again, Kai-ting painting two layers of cardboard and myself coloring other two layers. We are not sure about the windows yet, but we are planning to decorate windows together.

Today's class progress image (Before-After)


Watercolour Lollipop Tree Painting






































Hundertwasser was famous for his lollipop trees, this is my interpretation of my style.
Quote Poster



















Spirals Life Cards 


His Elements

Painting Progress

Final Canvas Painting Inspired by Hundertwasser

Reflection Video

Link to Hundertwasser Video Reflection on youtube

My legs kick from hips to my motor boat feet which are very proficient. I rotate my shoulders, reach fingers forward and pull to my thigh in order to breathe and pull the water. I even bent my elbow higher so I can swim more efficiently. To breathe and not drink water, I turned my head to the side and put my ear down.

Since I thought that I am not very good at breast stroke, I tried my best to do a proper swim stroke. Like a frog, I folded my leg and stretched it. I alternate with pull an opposite part glides. For example, as I fold my arms, my leg glides and vice versa. I breathe by pulling off water to the side and head straight up. I alternate kick and pull.

I did long kicks from hips. I tried to put my head back and chin up so I can look straight up to the ceiling and not to drink water as possible. As I put one arm up, opposite shoulder goes up and vice versa for another side. However, in the video, I could see myself slapping my hand into the water instead of thumb coming out and pinkie down going in. So probably next time I can work on this.

For water filter project, the major goal was to create clean water for people living in rural areas in Vietnam. Our requirements were no sediments including salt and copper. Plus, provide water with an acidity neutral and produce at least 15ml of water.screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-6-27-49-pmAt first, we had two different ideas. One is using evaporation to clean water and another one using charcoal and cotton.

The prior result of the contaminated water was acidity of 3-4 ph level, 400-500 ppm of copper, low turbidity, and has quite a lot of salt. For our first attempt, we didn't make many differences. It was still acidity of 3-4 ph level but very low turbidity. However, we couldn't test copper and salt out since we didn't have enough water. For our second attempt, we made water neutral since we added baking soda into the water and made turbidity very low. However, like last time, even though we spent our whole class time, we couldn't get enough water to test copper and salt out. For our final attempt, we tried out another idea that we had. We could produce much more water than the previous way so we could test out all the materials. The acidity was neutral, 160-200 ppm for copper, turbidity was very low, but we still couldn't get rid of the salt. Which means it is still not drinkable.













The materials that my group used are beakers, cling wrap, rock, hot plate, rubber band, and baking soda. For our first attempt, we didn't make any major or minor differences but to lower the turbidity level. However, we couldn't test copper and salt since we didn't have enough water.  Based on research, we found out that by adding baking soda to the water, we can raise the ph level of the liquid.

Our second attempt, we added baking soda to the contaminated water and used scotch tape to secure the inner beaker. And also put a hole in the wrap to let the steam out. We made the water neutral and lowered the turbidity. However, like last time, we didn't have enough water, (less than 15ml which doesn't meet the requirement to test) even though we spent whole class time. we decided to try our plan B for our next attempt.

The last attempt, the filter made out of cotton, we made the water neutral, no sediments, and 160-200 ppm of copper. However, since we added baking soda to the water, the water turned out blue and we couldn't get rid of the salt.

For our next step, we need to do research on how to get rid of the salt from water.

Our group pretty worked well, but  we sometimes forgot to put on safety goggles which are very important for our safety. Plus, while we were testing the first attempt out, we forgot to put a hole in the cling wrap the let the steam out. All of us respected each other's ideas and voices.

My final product is a video of my final poem. The first time when I started this project, I thought that it won't be hard or challenging. However, we needed to use CC0 public domain photos or put credits for each picture. Besides, I had trouble shooting with my 'imovie' because the color contrast between the image and the text was kind of hard to match. It was a little bit awkward to record myself reading my own poem. However, I used my brain a lot to check when the emphasize and how to convey my feelings. But I still think that I could've done better to convey my feelings by using different tons of voice. When I watched my final video, I was so proud that the images went well with texts. Also, the calming and soothing voice suited well with it, too. I think my voice in the video helped me to understand the poem better. At some points, my voice went up to high pitch to emphasize a word such as 'uniqueness' or 'you' at the end. My background music is a bit quiet but the music is really cheerful and soothing which develops the mood of the poem. The photo that I used for the word 'uniqueness', I think the image carried all the things because it was the main thing that I wanted to show throughout my poem.

In quarter one, language art class, all of us did ‘learning how to learn’ presentation. Luckily, Melody and I got to present in front of the parents. We presented scientific materials like how our brain works and how we learn. It was great for me to inform parents about the materials that we have learned over the quarter.

In writing class, for quarter one, we worked on poetry. First, I wasn’t really sure how to write poems nor like poems. Besides, it was kind of challenging for me to add figurative languages in my poems and to clearly convey my message to readers. But now, even though it is still hard for me to convey the clear image or message to readers,  I enjoy writing and reading poems.

As I mentioned before earlier, in Language Art class, we learned about learning how to learn. I learned that we need to keep practice the materials that we learned in order to make our learning permanent. Besides, use amazing techniques like recalling or chaining in order to memorize things deeper and quicker.

I think I didn’t try all my best this quarter. So I would like to try all my best for all projects and assignments and show my effort through my work.

1.   Why did Christianity take hold in the ancient world?


↪  The document proves that Christianity was the only aspiration for the people who were at the bottom of the social pyramid. People decided to believe Christianity because everyone served fairly without any disadvantages or violence, unlike the Roman society. To add more, the teachings of Jesus conveyed mercy, love, salvation, afterlife and more which even made more people to convert.

↪ DBQ OUTLINE: Why Did Christianity Take Hold in the Ancient World?




My biggest takeaway from our Study of the Origins & Spread of Christianity is the words of Jesus were really powerful and moral. His parables and messages touched people and provided them with hopes especially slaves.

3  VISUALIZING TEXT -Sketchnoting

↪ How did sketchnoting help you understand how Christianity originated and spread?

I drew symbols and simple icons in my sketchnotes because it helped me remember information better. To add more, I wrote ideas in order and used arrows to show which happened first and later on.

↪ What did you learn about yourself as a visual notetaker?

I learned that listing events/notes in a hierarchical way helps me what when did this even happened. Also, it helped me organizing my sketchnotes. Furthermore, visualization (drawing simple icons using the 5 elements) helped me to memorize concepts longer and recall materials that I have learned previously.


What discoveries did you encounter as you were vlogging and exploring your thinking?

By recording myself and telling the story through using 'explain everything' helped me recalling ideas and to express my opinions. And I realized that I need to provide CHOCOLATE CHIPS for the readers/listeners to make them think deeper and I also could remind myself what were the KEY POINTS of this chapter or unit. Chocolate chips are the little interesting and relevant details.


Evidence & Analysis VLOG

Reflection VLOG



 What is ONE of your GOALS for social studies?

My goal is to gain and understand every small historical details so that I can have better and deeper understanding.

At the start of the year,  I wasn't really sure about what poetry is and just didn't like it. However, the format of the poem does not matter. Besides, I didn't know how figurative languages and sensory details can provide mood, theme, and setting. But I now know that how different elaborations can illustrate my poem better and deeper. Me as a being a poet for last two months, I kind of feel like everyone can be a poet. I didn't think about myself being a poet at the start of the year but guess what I now consider myself as a poet. I enjoy writing poems down, organizing my ideas, and I enjoy even more because I can do anything with the poems! But I think I need to improve more and advance my skills. I will keep writing poetry at home (outside of school) because it reminds the memories that were inside my heart. Plus, publish my poems on my personal blog. I have expanded my thinkings throughout this unit like narrowing the focus to illustrate poetry better and deeper and to think about new and creative ideas that I have thought of before.









(From left to right: Anger from inside out, Annabeth from Percy Jackson, and Isabella from Phineas and Ferb)

There are several reasons why I chose those three characters to describe my characters. First of all, if you ever watched inside out (If you didn't you SHOULD watch it), Anger is the representative character of anger in ourselves. Me, I easily get mad at things. Besides, Anger has different levels of anger just like me. The first time, you get kind of angry, but after few times, BOOM! I explode. Annabeth from Percy Jackson is famous for the daughter of Athena and a girl who is really brave and try to defend herself first when she meets a new person. I am brave at some point and also I usually defend myself first before anything happens. The last but not least, Isabella from Phineas and Ferb. She is confident and always hyper. To add more, she takes things with positive thinkings. I am confident and according to my friends, they are saying that I am always hyper and I agree, too. So those are the reasons why I chose those three characters.