The End of My 5th Grade Journey?

I can’t believe it! 5th grade is over, and we’re going to Middle School. I don’t even know if any type of field trip can beat Cat Tien? But I’m still excited to go to 6th grade. I think Cat Tien was an eye opening trip. We learned about sustainability and teamwork. The most challenging thing about 5th grade is near the end of the year. The Shark Tank. It gave everyone chills and got them nervous. Speaking in front of the Head of School, the Principal, the Business Manger, and the Admissions Director. I do think that the first Shark Tank kinda helped, I guess. If I have any advice for future 5th graders, it’s to never give up that easily. I’ve learnt that the hard way. And that 5th grade is hard. I admit that, homework, math, and other stuff too. It’s different than 4th grade and 3rd grade, and also 2nd grade. But you will survive like the rest of us. I’m looking forward to new classmates and new teachers in 6th grade. Also the exciting field trips that everyone talks about. And did you hear about Week Without Walls? I’m so excited for next year! A new chapter in Middle School!

 

 

 

♻️ Green Dragons ♻️

For the super unit Green Dragons, my group’s project was Color-Coded Recycling Bins. I chose this subject because I had noticed the recyclables that ended up in the trash. And as a goal of SSIS being a sustainable school, recycling is important.

This idea is sustainable, because it’s not harming the environment in any way. In fact, Color-Coded Recycling Bins will help the environment. Our source for wood would be supplied by a local store, which would make the cost of wood cheaper. Since this is recycling project, students and teacher should agree to recycle. There is no affect to any culture about recycling, but instead it would help the world. This project also can be made with only 5th graders. 

For our proposal, we started to mak individual proposals. That included the Problem, Solution, Evaluation, Project Description, Equipment and Facilities, Budget, and Timeline. We also gathered information from our observations, and our survey we made. Also the whole group had to work on a Infographic, so each person work on their part on the Infographic. Then we had to pick parts from each proposal to make the final proposal. Like any other pitch, we had to practice many times.

Proposals –  My Individual Proposal – Final Proposal

Something I found interesting in was the real amount of recyclables that are actually in the trash as well as the answers we got from the cleaners, about what they do to the trash.

 

 

The most challenging part of this unit was the gathering the information. It was hard to find answers about what happens to the recyclables and organize all the information into the Infographic and proposals. Also when we had to answer the questions for the Shark Tanks, that was really scary for our group. We worked together and helped each other with the proposals and the Infographic. For the questions, we agreed that someone would do one type of question, and then someone else would do a different one.

I think my team did good job at working together. And that’s the reason we probably finished everything on time. If we or someone would do this project again, I would suggest that they should interview the cleaner mostly, and use the survey results more effectively.

Thanks for reading my blog post about the Green Dragons unit, and about Color-Coded Recycling Bins.

 

 

?Hackathon?

Just a few days ago, the whole 5th grade had this event called the Hackathon . A Hackathon is an activity where people work in groups to come up with and develop ideas to improve something. We wrote some ideas we had on sticky notes, and made them into categories. I decided to do recycling. The main idea for my group was recycling bins. The teams had to make STAR posters, which means:

Situation – What problem or complaint would your idea solve?

Task – Basically, what are you trying to do?

Actions – What are the steps or things you need to do to carry out your plan?

Results – What kind of results do you want? How will you know if you succeed?

For Situation, my group put in something like this: We have a lot of trash bins and few recycling bins, but with the amount of plastic we use, we need more bins for recycling. The Task is to make SSIS a more sustainable place, and if we add in more recycling bins, that will reduce plastic litter. If you don’t know, plastic takes forever to break down. The Actions are to make the trash cans out of plastic bottles, and place them all over the whole campus. The reason we need more is because I only see them in the hallways and classrooms. Why can’t we have them all over the campus? People eat outside the classrooms and cafeteria. The types of results I want is that this idea works and all students and teachers follow this rule.

This idea is sustainable, because it will make the campus have less litter. And it will make the SSIS community better and healthier. Recycling bins are used for things that you would probably put in the trash bins, just because they’re near you. The good thing about recycling bins is that they are affordable, because we can use recyclable things in the Makerspace to make the bins. The reason why this idea might be something to think about for the leaders is that it has been planned already, so we know if it works. And if we add more we can do more. It will not affect any culture, because my group only wants to add more recycling bins.

Sadly, we didn’t get to go to the shark tank, but I think we still did well. A few people came to listen to the speech for our group. I  think why we didn’t go to the shark tank is because our idea was similar to a different groups idea. And that different group got to the shark tank.

This was my experience with the Hackaton.

   

 

 

 

?CAT TIEN FIELD TRIP?

The whole 5th grade went on an overnight trip to Cat Tien Natural Park. It was for the new super unit, GREEN DRAGONS.  On February 14th, Tuesday, we went on a bus ride for three hours to Cat Tien. I was in Group 2, which took Bus 2. We stop at this restaurant slash place to go to the bathroom.

  

Cat Tien Natural Park is an island covered with jungle. My favorite part of the trip was meeting the moon bears, with their crescent shaped moons on their chest. We got to feed the moon bears with peanut butter, and some people got to fill hollow bamboo tubes and fill them with bananas, banana leaves, and dog food. I liked the primate center too, because we got to see “retired” or “married” gibbons. I was also excited to go to the primate center, because that is where we got to get souvenirs. I got a pencil made out of recycled products, a stuffed animal gibbon, and a wristband. In addition, I also liked the bonfire, mostly because of the marshmallows.

 

The most interesting thing that I learned about during this trip is sustainability and teamwork. Sustainability: Cat Tien has a lot of greenery witch makes it a sustainable place for animals that rely on plants. In Cat Tien, they have two types of trash cans, one trash can for paper and cans, the other for food and normal trash. Teamwork: At Cat Tien, we had team activities, such as Alaskan baseball and human knot. Also when we did the micro-ecosystem study, we were in teams of four. We took a little area and placed down letters on little pieces of paper, and in our journal, we wrote down what we found.

One challenging thing about Cat Tien is all the heat during the day, and all the activities we did per day. Since all day we’re normally out in the sun, that makes it hard to stay energized.

  

I have a few suggestions for next year when the 5th grade goes to Cat Tien. I think for the time in between activities that go on longer than one hour, there should be 5 – 15 minutes of time to wash or cool down in their cabin. Also, the last night at Cat Tien, we had a student led bonfire and we got 1 1/2 hours to practice a skit, but only three groups that performed. I think next time before Cat Tien, people that want to make a skit already have a idea before they get to Cat Tien, so when they get the time to practice they don’t have to waste time thinking of an idea.

Thank you for reading my blog post about the 5th grade Cat Tien Field Trip!

 

 

RESEARCH ARTICLE

My topic was Photography. The reason why I chose Photography is, because I wanted to know more. If I didn’t research this topic I would provably think that a camera was made in 1800’s. I found all the information on the web, because on the books are mostly the same as online. The sources was InfoBits. For publishing I chose Pages, Because I wanted to try a new program, and I think it is the easiest to learn to use. I like my Contrast and Alignment but not my Repetition.

Reading Goals?

After winter break we got about 2 weeks to do a goal for reading, mine was to read a book with mostly text. The book that I chose was The Penderwicks. 

To meet this goal I had to read about an hour a day to finish the book in the 3 weeks time. I finished my book on the last day before Tết holiday. The way I found this book was that I went to the library with one other person and looked at many different book, but none of them I was interested in. The Librarian Found a book that she liked and I looked at it. I finally decided to read the book, because it was also my reading level.

The book is about four different sister that are going away from there dad for a summer holiday, but they find themselves in a beautiful estate called Arundel owned by Mrs. Tifton. They meet a boy named Jeffrey Mrs. Tifton son unexpectedly, Batty being the kid she is she said all the bad thing about Mrs. Tifton to her own son. Jeffrey got mad at the sisters, but they made up. The girls get used to the estate and feeling different about leaving. Do they want to leave???

I really really recommend this book to readers that like realistic books with adventures.

?Elephant Toothpaste??‍?

REFLECTION 

  1. What did you learn by doing this experiment?

I learned that adding hydrogen peroxide and dish soap make a foamy mixture, but not as what it looked like online. I learned the science equation for hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, yeast, and water  is 2H2O22 —-> H2O + O2.  

  1. What was the best or most interesting part of this experiment?

I think the most interesting part of my experiment was when the foam went all the way to the top, but didn’t flow over the top of the test tube. The next most interesting part of my experiment  is the smell of the reaction, because it smelled like soap. I thought it would smell like acetone, or worst.

  1. How could you make the experiment better or more interesting if you did it again?

I would get the proper amounts of ingredients, then I’ll do the whole procedure all over again and. I believe the elephant toothpaste will work fine!  Also if I do this experiment again, I would also have more information of the procedure, because maybe it didn’t work or I did one of the steps wrong. On the webpage and the videos for “How to Make Elephant Toothpaste”, there was no science measurement for the ingredients. Therefore,  when putting in the dish soap and hydrogen peroxide, I counted how long the people doing the science on the youtube videos, because I needed to know. I think next time I NEED to have everything exactly the same as the people doing it online. BYE

 

 

??Amazing Race Finally?

  Just on the 11 of October we had the Amazing Race, the race was in District 1. We did a different Amazing Race but at my school, and it was shorter. (It was a race.)

The challenges were:

  • Code Breaker – Mrs. Chi – Book Street
  • Monkey See, Monkey Do – Mrs. Rayle – Tao Dan Park
  • Statistics in Saigon – Mrs. Tram – Family Medical Practice
  • The Hunt – Mr. Edward – Takashimaya
  • Healthy Choice – Mrs. Kim – Hem 40, Bui Vien (Healthy Drinks)
  • Impaired Waiter – Mrs. Brown – 30/4 Park
  • Pit Stop

Our First stop was Code Breaker, it was about peer pressure. It was you had to guess what letter was with what number and it was hard. We were on stairs doing the challenging. My favorite challenge was Statistics in Saigon at the Family Medical Practice. It is because it was easy and we got a little time to chill in the clinic. I think my team did good with teamwork and everyone was cooperating, but I think my team should be more supported when doing challenges. I suggest next time I think there should be less teams. One of the challenges were Impaired Waiter, we had to spin around 20 times and walk to a bucket and the little cups filled with water must be all poured into the bucket. And another challenge we had to list the people that walked into the clinic, it was Statistics in Saigon at FMP. That was the Amazing Race in the middle of Ho Chi Minh (D1) it was super fun!

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?Buu Long??‍♀️

Buu Long Park is 1 hour and 30 min , but we got in traffic and it took 2 hours. The place was mossy but had amazing views and activities. We were there until 6pm. The company for the field trip was called Phat Tire. We had outdoor activities and team building games.

In the morning, the activities were rock climbing, zip lining and abseiling. My favorite one was abseiling because I never did it before and it was cool to walk backwards down a rocky cliff. Then it was zip lining and my lest favorite was rock climbing.

Abseiling was amazing, both the view and the adventure. It was challenging because there was a part were you need to go 90 degrees. And I was thinking that was the end, but it I was only halfway through. At the end, my hands were tired and burning even though I was wearing gloves. The challenge was that at the end you needed to balance on a log to get to land. I learned how to get down to the bottom, to not get scared and flail around. I said all the things I love and it worked.

On the climbing wall, I made it 1/3 of the way up, but then I gave up. My hands were really red and numb. The rock climb was long. I felt bad doing it and I learned how to support my legs by making my hands do all the work. I needed to stretch my body and it made it easier. It was challenging because it hurt and the rocks made it harder.

The food for lunch was great and was better than expected. We had 4 rice bowls, pork, beef and squid. I was with all my friends even though most of them are not in my class. I was in Bus 1 and in Group 2 with Mrs. Tram.

In the team building games were Star Wars, were you go in a loop of rope and two feet need to be in or you’re out,  and the ropes get taken away later in the game. It was challenging, because you needed to get both feet in and people were pushing to get their feet in. I got really muddy. I learned that you don’t need to put your whole body in the circle, just your feet, so sit down and put your feet in the circle. Easy to solve.

The next game was called the Cooperation Maze, where you try to guess the block you need to step in. If you step in the wrong block you go back in the same order you came there. And you need to remember the order your friend came. I learned how to use my hand and fingers to tell someone where to go and we did not talk.

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?Peer Pressure?

You and your friend have a sleepover and she/he is a popular student and want them to know you are cool too. It is your first time there . When your friends parents are asleep he/she says to go to the liquor cabinet to have some. What will you do? I would say NO! tThat is not safe for kids to drink alcohol and it will taste bitter. Say he/she said then I won’t be your friend. Say for a small little thing well then you are not a REAL friend.

This will cause less drama between you and your friend. The action if you said yes will make your parents feel bad about what their child did. And think about will you do this if your parents were watching? This is the same topic as my other blog post about Alcohol.