Green Dragons Reflection

Our group chose to work on the sprinklers, because we noticed SSIS was wasting a lot of money and water and also harming the grass. Our solution is to buy the timers, attach it to the faucet, set the time and let sprinkling only in the right time. You may ask how is this sustainable? Well, it is, because if we attach the timers, set the times, and let it run, we could save water. For the ecology, it is good, because we can save water and water is precious. For the economics, it is also great, we would reduce the water bill and overtime we will profit. For the politics, it doesn’t affect any law or rules in Phu My Hung, so it is fine. For the culture, it doesn’t affect any religious thinking or cultural thinking. Also, which religion or culture won’t like trying to help save water?

To prepare for the final proposal, the infographic and Shark Tank pitch, our group did lots of things. We had to observe, make graphs, online research, e-mail, send surveys and more. We chose each other’s part what to do and we worked together. The most interesting thing I learned during this project is that the higher the heat is, the lower the humidity is, and the lower the heat is, the higher the humidity is. Also, if the humidity is high, the percentage of the evaporation will be low, and if the humidity is low, the percentage of the evaporation will be high.

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Our group’s Infographic

The most challenging part during this project was when we was presenting  and answering questions in front of the “Sharks”, because I was really nervous and the “Sharks” sometimes asked unpredicted questions that we didn’t prepare. So before we presented, I took three deep breathes and calmed down. I think our group did well on separating jobs and on working together. Also, I think we did well on writing the proposal and choosing the paragraphs of each others for the final proposal and finishing the work fast.

If our group did a project like this, we could to do better at doing more researches and find a better solution such as making the timer with something like little bits. Also, we could write and prepare a better script.

Grade 5 Hackathon

Grade 5 did a hackathon. A hackathon is an activity where people in small groups to come up with and develop ideas to improve something. In the hackathon, we listed the main words that the students said and labeled the gripes at the main words. For example, if there was a main word that says, “Library” you could put a post-it that says,”The library has only a few green plants. We want more green plants at the library.”


Then everyone chose the most interesting main word and the most interesting complaint that is in the main word that you chose. After the choosing it, everyone made a group that chose the same main word and discussed how solve this problem. For the hackathon, I chose littering because I thought it was like the most thing that pollutes the Earth. For example, people litter common trash, wasted food, and some resources. We had to brainstorm solutions and choose the main the solution we will work on. Then we drew and wrote the STAR poster.

The STAR stands for S=Situation-What problem would the idea solve? T=Task-What are you trying to do? A=Actions-What are the steps or things you need to do to carry out your plan? R=Results-What kind of results do you want? How will you know if you succeed?

 S  A lot of people litter vast amount of trash and do not recycle.
 T  We are trying to make a project building artworks with trash and display them in Learning Journeys.
  1.  Make recycle bins that will separate recyclable trash and non-recyclable trash.
  2.  Check the recycle bins everyday and get recyclable trashes to get materials to create artwork.
  3. In Art class or in Unit Studies, every grades make artworks.
  4. If it goes well, we can display them in the hallway in Learning Journeys
 R  Our project will success if less amount of trash which are littered and go to the dump.

I think my group’s idea is sustainable because if we do this project, it will help the trash being less dumped and pollute and damage the Earth which is our best planet that helps us live. I think developing and presenting our idea idea was yellow, because we explained a lot why it doesn’t affects ecology, economics, culture, and politics and the “STAR” idea, but I think our idea exists in our school and it is not quite really interesting. Also, after making the sculptures, it will turn into trash again.

Cat Tien Trip Blog Post

The fifth graders went to a trip to Cat Tien for the unit called eco-system. When everyone arrived to the school before going, Mrs. Johnson divided us to two groups and then we went to Cat Tien. My friends and I were really excited that we are going to experience nature.

Hiding foods for moon bears(the moon bears are called moon bears because they have a crescent shape on their chests) and observing the moon bears was the first most interesting thing I did in Cat Tien. Our group went to the Moon Bear Rescue Center then we divided into two groups. One group made foods that are inside bamboos and one group hid peanut butter and the fruits. Also, the group that made the bamboo food hid it inside a wood pile and in bushes. When we observed moon bears finding and eating foods, it was cool watching them standing and climbing up to find foods. Observing Golden-Cheeked Gibbons was the second most interesting I did. Our group went up to the observation platform and observed to gibbons swinging, jumping, and climbing on the tree. They were only a few years old so I thought that they would climb not well, but they climbed really well. Also, it was cute looking at the Golden-Cheeked Gibbons playing on the tree.

A Moon Bear Finding Foods
A Moon Bear on the Platform
Observing Moon Bears
The Observing Platform
Ben Taking Photos of Golden-Cheeked Gibbons

The most interesting that I learned was that pygmy lorises can make venom by the chemical of their saliva mixed with the chemical that comes out on their fur. Whenever a predator tries to eat the pygmy loris, the pygmy loris can bite them and run away. Also, the other interesting thing I learned is that a human can see not well as a cat, but see quite well in the dark because of our night vision. Another interesting thing I learned was that the gibbons born with blond fur and after they become two years-old, their fur changes to black. Then after they become five years-old, females change their fur to blond again and males don’t.

Pygmy Loris
Golden-Cheeked Gibbon

The challenging part was when our group was walking for the night sensory hike, because we had to walk in the dark with no light and I saw nothing only darkness. So I tried to concentrate on seeing in the dark and waited until I could see something. Also, I tried to concentrate on the light the stars were giving so that it will help me see at least 0.1% better. After walking few minutes, I could see basic things like trees, leaves, and the road, but with no colors.

Next year, if the school adds another day, it would be great if there will be more animal experiences such as observing more different kinds of animals and feed them. I suggest playing gamees at the place where we did the night sensory hike in the night, because we can have more night vision activities and experience the night vision. Also, I think it will be more fun than playing games at the activity field in the day.

Research Article Reflection

My topic for the research article was about Bon-Chan Ku and Hye Jin Chang, who were the gold medalists in 2016 Rio Olympics for archery. I chose this topic because I was really passionate about the Korean national Olympic archery team and the athletes of the Korean national Olympic archery team. I found a website that had articles and downloaded articles from the website. It was easy to find some articles, but some articles were quite hard to find it, because it was hard to find ones that had information that I needed. I learned how to organize my notes by color coding with my highlighter to find important information of different sections, how to take short and simple notes, how to outline my article, and about bridge sentences and transition words. I think I did a good job on highlighting important information, organizing my notes, and writing leads, body paragraphs, and concluding/bridge sentences. I could’ve been better at finding more articles that had more information and using more transition words, because I used few transition words. I used Pages to publish my article, because it is more familiar to me to write on Pages than Google Sites or iBooks Authors. While publishing my article, I learned about good repetition, which means repeating things like colors of the background, and good proximity, which means things related like the pictures and the texts. I think I made good contrast, because the text and the background were well matched. I also think I did good at alignment and repetition, but I think proximity could be better, because I had a few pictures that weren’t related to the text. 

New Years Reading Resolution

At the beginning of the year, our class set a reading goal individually that could be completed before Tet. My reading goal was to complete an amazing book called Percy Jackson & and Olympians: The Last Olympian that had about 300 pages left. I did meet my goal by planning to read at least 20 pages and 30 minutes every day, even on the weekends. That was my plan. So I read and read for about 10 days and I met my goal! The book’s genre is fantasy and Rick Riordan wrote this book. The book is about Percy Jackson, the other half-blood friends and the Olympians fighting Kronos’s army to save Olympus. My favourite part is when Luke wakes up inside Kronos and tries to sacrifice himself to kill Kronos and gets his sword, Backbiter, and stabs his own hand, which is his own Achilles spot. I really recommend this book to readers who are interested in Greek myths and don’t know Greek myths that much, because the book series is based on Greek myths.

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Rocket Science Experiment

Reflection : I learned in this experiment that if the baking soda(NaHCO3) and vinegar(CH3COOH) meets, they will react violently and really fast. Also, I learned that with the real rockets they fail and they found out what’s wrong. My favorite part of this experiment was when the reactant met the vinegar and reacted before we put the clay to block the gas going out, because our team was mad and it was quite funny. I think if we were going to do this again we could get bottles which fit with a cork and use a cork instead of clay. I also think we should reduce the amount of baking soda and get a better funnel.


Vietnamese Class with My Draft

In Vietnamese class, I wrote four drafts in Vietnamese. I wrote about Gia Đình(Family), Bửu Long(The park 5th grade went for the field trip), Têt Trung Thu(Moon Festival), and Tôi Đi(I go). In every Vietnamese class, I learned new words that are verbs, nouns, adjectives, and other Vietnamese phrases. Such as mùa hè(summer) and mùa thu(fall). I picked this daft, because it has a lot of Vietnamese and vocabularies. This link is one of my four drafts,Gia Đình, so take a look!

Gia Dình

The Amazing Race

This Tuesday, grade five did a race called the Amazing Race! But what is the AMAZING RACE? The Amazing Race is a race where a team goes to a specific place and solves missions, then goes to another place and solves missions and does this until the team does all the missions. Then the team goes to the finish line.

Red Team Photo before the Race

The challenge that I think was the best and the hardest was buying a healthy drink that has no sugar, because it was a kilometer far away from the place before the challenge, so it was tiring. Also, it was a very small street that was located in a place that was on the corner. But our team asked taxi drivers who probably would know where the place was, so it was easier than just finding the place in our own. It was fun to walk a rather long distance watching Vietnamese life and District 1. The main reason why it was the best challenge was because we found a cafe for a healthy drink and the cafe was cool. Also, we drank cold, sweet fresh orange juice for the challenge, so it was better than drinking water that has no taste.

Our Team with Ms. Kim
Our Team with the Sweet Fresh Orange Juice

Our team’s teamwork was pretty good and especially the energy of our team was active. Also, everyone was full of energy and jazzy. When someone was not good at something, we encouraged each other and moved together as a team. But if there will be one more Amazing Race, I would prepare a lighter bag that is small and learn how to use the map that is in the I-Pad.

The race would’ve been better if there was a real finish line that the team could cross, but except for the finish line, everything was great.

Buu Long Field Trip

Last Thursday, grade five went to a field trip to Buu Long and did a lot of fun activities. I will show some activities that I did in Buu Long field trip.

For adventure activities, I rock climbed. BUT HOW DID I? First I wore the harness for attaching the rope that will save me from falling off the wall and get severe injures or die. Then the man from Phat Tire attached the rope with a hook called carabiner. Then finally, I climbed up the wall. There were some challenges when I rock climbed. There were some small holds, so it was hard to go up sometimes even though I am a bad rock climber. Also, after going up a little, my hands and legs shook, so it was also hard to climb up.


I also zip-lined.BUT HOW DID I? First, I attached the carabiner to the rope for waiting on the cliff. Then when I move to the place, the man changed the carabiner that is with the rope. After it, the man attached the real rope for zip-lining and took off the other rope. Finally, I jumped off. Going up to the the cliff was fun, because it was very muddy and there were beautiful sights beside the trail. Also, when I waited on the top, it was a little scary, but still seeing beautiful sight made me calm down. After a long wait, when I jumped of the cliff, I first felt going down, but after time, the harness made the body steady and I felt good. It was like flying on the sky.


In team building games, I will introduce you Blind Block and Cooperate Maze. BUT HOW DO WE DO BLIND BLOCK? It’s simple. It’s just there are two blind people who tries to build a figure and the other people needs to tell the blind people without talking. It was hard to say to the blind people if the block that they pick is right or wrong without talking. In the other side, it was very fun to make ways to tell the people if that is right or wrong.

Cooperate Maze was also, trying to solve the way to the end of the maze and can’t talk when the person that is trying to solve the maze. It was hard, but also fun to solve the maze and remember the way to the end. Sometimes I tried to point on the right square and tried to tell the person with pointing with my foot.

Buu Long field trip was so fun and I wish there are more outdoor field trip like Buu Long field trip.

Peer Pressure and Effects of Alcohol Scenario

This week, I got an assignment that said You are at at a friend’s place for a sleepover. This is really popular student and it is the first time she/he invited you to her/him place. Once her/his parents are asleep your friend suggests  that you both sneak down to the Liquor cabinet to try some of the alcohol her/his parents have stored. 

I would say to the friend:No thanks, but we are growing and we are only 10, so I am not going to drink liquor. Also, liquor has high percentage of alcohol, so I am definitely not going to drink it. Oh, and do you think that you’re parents are going to like you doing this?

So this was my assignment! Bye bye!