Our class had our second book club in the same groups, so my group members were me, Yu-jin, Misha and Alex. I had an earlier blog post about our first book club but I think I didn’t explain what we do in book clubs. In book clubs we get a book that is suitable for our reading level and then all the team members each have a job ready for each meeting. We have 3 meeting and a plenty of time so we could get ready with our job and read the book. That is basically what we do in book clubs.
Okay… so now I will introduce to you our new book club book which is called ‘ Baseball in April and other stories.’ I would like to rate this book a 2 out of 4 because in this book it had a bit of Spanish, the book had most of the Spanish words translated but some of the Spanish words wasn’t translated so it was hard for the reader to understand and because every chapter in this book was a different story so it was also sometimes confusing.
As I said this book has a lot of different stories but I would like to write a short summary about the chapter/story I liked the most. So the story I liked the most in this book is called the ‘karate kid’ and this story is mainly about a boy who is bullied, saw a movie named ‘Karate kid’ which he thought the main character of the movie had the same life as him. So he decided to take Karate classes like the character in the movie. Further on this book it tells us what the kid would go through like did he like the Karate class? Could he beat the bully by his Karate skills?
I would like to recommend this book to the people who know Spanish because as I said this book had a little bit of Spanish in it that could make the reader confused if we didn’t understand the Spanish words that comes out in some of the sentences.
The grade 4 had performed a skit of the early age of exploration. My group chose Jeanne Baret as our explorer. To get prepared for the skit our group practiced lots of times on our script memorising it. Then we added the actions to our skit so it would be more easy to understand and it would be more fun for the audience. Our group members was me, Yuli, Selena and Misha. Our script was about when Jeanne Baret got a disease called gangrene and when she was thrown off the boat/ship because the barber found out that she was a girl. What I really liked about our play was that we didn’t make mistakes and we spoke loud and clearly. I think our skit would have been better if I stayed in character more. I would give our group a 3 out of 4 because we sometimes swallowed our last word and we got confused on some places where we were supposed to stay. I really admire of the play of Yuki, Annie, Victoria and Patty because they had a narrator (which we didn’t have) to explain the skit had humor and got the props ready (which we didn’t do.) But I still think our group did a great job without getting nervous.
During the few weeks, we chose an explorer and worked on him/her in a pair, a three and a quad. My groups explorer was Jeanne baret or also known as Jean bare, the first woman to circumnavigate the world. She was born in France July 27th 1470. She started to explore from France on a boat. The boat that Jeanne baret sailed on is called the ‘étoile’. She passed away on August 5th, 1807.
All the grade 4 had work really hard to be ready for the awesome film festival. We had to research, find interesting facts, interview experts about your topic and a lot more. It was challenging to write scripts and find good pictures but it was still a lot of fun. At the time of the film festival all the grade 4 students went to the back stage and lined up in order getting ready for the red carpet festival. Everyone was dressed fancy and pretty getting ready. After the red carpet festival we watched the documentaries, It was awesome! During the intermission we got to taste vietnamese food and it was also very delicious! It was an fantastic evening!
The book me and my book club read was called ‘Jeremy Fink and The meaning of Life’. I would rate this book a 4 out of 5 because in my opinion even though the book was fun and mysterious it wasn’t really catchy or really that interesting to me.
So the book was mostly about a boy named Jeremy Fink who was turning thirteen this year found a box that had letters curved written ‘The meaning of life and for Jeremy Fink to open on his thirteenth birthday.’ which was from his father but his father passed away. The box had 4 keyholes but Jeremy and His best friend Lizzy found out that the keeper of the box, Jeremy’s fathers friend, lost the key, they decided to go on a mystery adventure to find out where the key is so that Jeremy would be able to open the box on his thirteenth birthday. And the book continues with a mysterious adventure with Lizzy and Jeremy Fink!
I recommend this book to third graders to fifth graders because I think this book will be hard for second graders and it would be too easy for the sixth graders.
It was a really lucky experience to be able to go to a field trip with the eco-artist Tracy Lee. We went to the Crescent Mall bridge to start and got into 3 groups. One of the groups went to sketch first, the second group got to write poems about nature and the last group got to dip a long fabric to the river with Tracy Lee. We rotated 1 time and then ate home lunch. Then we rotated the rest of the time so everyone could do three things.We also learned a word that is Sustainability. Sustainability is having habits that restore our environment. It was an amazing experiment.
We went to the museums to learn about our topic Viable Vietnam. The first museum we went was the Vietnamese traditional medical museum. We saw lots of different types of medicines that Vietnamese people used a long time ago.We also saw A herb doctors tree which was really interesting. The next museum we went was the Vietnamese ao dai museum. We saw a lot of different types of ao dai’s. There were also ao dai’s that were mixed with 2 countries. For example Vietnamese ao dai with american traditional clothes design mixed together.
Today we went on a fabulous field trip. We did a lot of different things which were really fun and interesting. The first thing we did was to watch a water puppet show. It was absolutely amazing. There was a lot of different characters that could do different things. Then we went to the park to have a rest and eat our snack. We also had to interview someone and ask them about Vietnam. Interviewing was harder than I thought because some people didn’t want to interview. And the last thing we did was to eat our lunch.we went to a place called Ben thanh. we went to eat in a place called Ben thanh street food. There were a lot of different food from different countries but we were only aloud to eat vietnamese food but the food was still delicious.
In grade 4, We have a showcase time when we can show our parents what we have done in our thinking outside the box unit. We show our parents the fantasy game, the fantasy story and our prototypes. It was very nervous but also fun to show our parents what we did.
In the unit thinking outside the box, we have been doing a lot of things and one of them are making prototypes in groups. While we were making prototypes there were many difficulties and frustration because our prototype sometimes broke and sometimes the hummingbird didn’t connect. But we also got to do teamwork and use different tools in the maker space. Our prototype was a lamp. It had 2 distance sensors that if it senses you, the light will come up. It was really creative. Our prototype name is THE C.P.L short for the creative pink lamp.
Me in the left, Dan bee in the middle and Davina in the right