Ecodome Reflection – Day 1

Day 1 – November 2nd

For this project we are building ecodomes, ecodomes are self-sustainable environment, where nothing goes neither in or out.  We are trying to help the cricket(s) or grasshopper(s) survive during the winter break. To do this, we have planned it out and are going to do multiple trials.

A3 Design


Design Componenets 

  • Soil – An inch high and width of ¾ of the container for a place to plant the plants.
  • 3 or 4 plants – to provide oxygen for the insects.
  • 2 crickets – just in case one doesn’t survive the other has a chance of surviving.
  • Paper towels wet with water placed in the enclosure as crickets can drown easily + a bit of standing water beside the soil.  
  • Some pebbles/rocks – to give an animal a cool place to stay and to separate the water and soil.
  • A medium amount of food – Again as we can’t open the container, and because it may die of overeating or starvation.
  • Food = Rotting plants and fruits as they like rotting plants and they are omnivores they eat plants and pretty much everything.

Changes made on design day:

  • We added a plastic container on one side, ⅓ of the way filled with water.
  • We added the banana peels, for a good fertilizer.
  • Added a lot more wet paper towels for the cricket’s water source than we planned.
  • We took away worms as a food source for the insects.  
  • We changed the type of plant as we were going to use 3 tall plants we decided to add one tall one and a lot of small and short plants.



Art Blog Post Reflection

1. When this task was introduced to you what were your first thoughts, reactions? Why?

At first, I thought that this task would be really cool as we get to communicate with New York students. Also as we get to raise awareness about the animal we are doing by putting it into a book, I thought this was an amazing idea.

2. What are you excited the most about the collaboration unit? 

I am most excited about the final book and the communication between us and the New York students.

3. a) Explain how you have been connecting with your buddy?

It has been really fun connecting with our buddies so far and as our buddy responds to us a lot and asks a lot of questions about our project and just to know much about us, as we do too. It has been very interesting and I really enjoy talking to my buddy and getting to know more about her.

    b) What is your buddy’s name and what did you learn about them?

My buddy’s name is Baylee and her favorite subject is art. Her favorite singer is Sia, and wants to travel to Australia. Baylee has 3 sisters and 2 brothers, she also plays field hockey and basketball. Her favorite animal is a dog and wants to be a vet whens she grows up. Also, she was born on Long Island in Huntington Hospital. She likes chili and pizza and also has a bird and a dog.

    c) What similarities or differences did you notice between you and your buddy?

Our favorite subject is both art, we both like dogs. I also like pizza but she plays field hockey which I don’t but would love to try.

4. How has (will) your drawing/learning been (be) effected because of the collaboration so far? (for example are you working differently because you are working with someone else?)

My drawing/learning has not been affected too much as my partner and I have things in common and can work together without changing our learning too much.

5.  a)What did you think about Graeme Base writing to us? 

I think it was very helpful and cool that the author of the book in which we are inspiring off of is helping us to understand more about the project and giving us good advice. He gave us a lot of information from the letter he sent us and really helped us during the progress of making the book.

     b) What did you learn from his letter?

There was a lot that I learned about him as a person and about his book. I found it interesting that he wanted to be a rockstar when he was young. I also learned that his favorite page in his book is the lazy lion page.

     c) Describe what you think of his book.

I really like this book as the illustrations are very detailed and captured my attention. I also liked how there was a lot going on, on one page as there was a lot to look at and analyze. Overall, I think this is a great book for anyone.

6. What challenges have you faced so far?

There weren’t a lot of challenges as we didn’t have miscommunication and go everything done. The only challenge is the time difference.

ELA Q1 Reflection

  1. For the first big project of the year, we worked on writing newspaper articles. I think I did well at interviewing for the paper and using direct quotes from people, but I think I should have worked harder on adding additional information to support the reader’s understanding.
  2. During this project, I learned how the format of a newspaper looks like. I learned how it is in short paragraphs 1-3 sentences.
  3. Q1 was more successful than I expected. I really enjoyed ELA, especially the way Mr. Benck taught us.

Newspaper Article


Revolutionary Thinkers Project Reflection

Minimalist Posters:

Research Notes

How did it go conducting research? Triumphs? Challenges?

While conducting my research I think I did well on focusing on my work, as I usually get distracted as I am not interested on the topic I am researching/learning about. But as I got to learn about Leonardo which happens to be one of my favorite artist and learner of all time I found the facts about him very intriguing and learned more about him then I was required to do.  I have faced a challenge which was trying to find interesting and new facts as most of the facts lead to one main point.

What did you learn about yourself when you had to take notes?

I learned that to make it easier for myself, I needed to take the notes in order to not get confused.

Historical Narrative Final Draft

What insights did you gain about narrative hooks that you may not have been so aware of before?

An insight that I  learned about narrative hooks is that you can use quotes as hooks. I didn’t really know that you could use quotes as I don’t usually. But I really enjoy doing this and I think this captures the audience’s attention really well.

What narrative hooks did you experiment with in your writing?

I have used main ideas as my hooks or interesting facts about Leonardo Da Vinci. I think these two fit my topic and hence I decided to use these two narrative hooks for my historical narratives.

What discoveries did you encounter as you were vlogging?

I discovered while vlogging that practice makes perfect. While filming I have noticed that I had some spots where it wasn’t clear enough or wasn’t fluent. So I decided to film my whole vlog then go back and look at the spots I need to improve and work on to make it as precise and fluent as I can.

2 Historical Narrative Paragraphs Vlog

Historical Narrative w/ Musical Accompaniment Vlog

Reflection Vlog


What is your BIGGEST TAKEAWAY (BIGGEST LEARNING) from our Revolutionary Thinker’s Project?

My biggest takeaway from this project would be that I should not be afraid to say my ideas. Learning about Leonardo gave me confidence as he inspired me to try different things that I didn’t before as I thought it was ‘wrong’. Leonardo’s ideas were considered crazy at the time but that did not stop him from thinking the way he did. Saying what I think has always been hard for me as the society around us has an idea on what is right and wrong. But as I learned about Leonardo and how he thought my thinking has changed.



Mandarin Reflection Blog Post #1

So far in Mandarin level 3 we have learned how to write and speak about our family members in Mandarin, appearance, and we are learning how to speak and write about personalities now. We learned a few words while learning how to speak and write about our family in Mandarin such as;

亲戚 (qīnqī ) relatives

爷爷 (yéyé) grandfather (dad side)

奶奶 ( nǎinai ) grandmother (dad side)

大伯 (dàbó) father’s elder brother

叔叔 (shūshu) father’s younger brother

姑姑 (gūgū) father’s sister


Some things that we do in class are projects, quizzes, Mandarin packets, some games, and writing. I enjoy the projects the most as we have more freedom and I also enjoy the games as we get to have a lot of fun while also learning. On the other hand, I do not enjoy packets as they seem pretty useless to be honest, and very time-consuming. I feel like we could accomplish more and study more in the time we would be doing the packets. I also don’t like the quizzes but I do feel they are necessary to learn more.

Below is a picture of my family tree which was for the project that we did when we were learning about our family in mandarin.


Looking Back – SS End of Year Reflection

There are different contents that we have learned, skills that we have practiced, and different projects that we have done. Sadly, social studies has come to the end, as well as the school year. I have really enjoyed social studies as it was a very fun class and had very interesting units that I have enjoyed. Of course, there were different contents, assignments, projects, and skills there are a lot of best parts of social studies as well as some of the worst parts.

During social studies we have learned several different contents, did different projects and assignments and mastered different skills. The contents include the byzantines unit, christianity, islam, renaissance, and the black plague. The projects that we did are the renaissance fair, pecha kucha for the black plague unit, and different DBQ’s. I have really enjoyed the black plague and the renaissance units out of all the other ones because they were very interesting to me. I also enjoyed the christianity, islam and byzantine units as I have learned a lot of facts that I have not known. I highly enjoyed the projects this year especially the renaissance fair as it was something different that we have never done before, I really liked how we got to look at the different projects that the other students did as everybody made their presentation and activity different which was really interesting to look at. I also enjoyed the pecha kucha since I enjoy doing pecha kuchas. Even though I don’t enjoy DBQ’s I do think it is a very important part of social studies to do DBQ’s.

There are definitely a lot of good parts of social studies which for me includes the renaissance fair, the black plague unit and the films that we watched during class. As stated before, I really really really enjoyed the renaissance fair because it was very fun and educational at the same time. I also really liked the black plague unit, because personally for me, I found the black plague/black death really interesting even though it was tragic. I really found all the facts that I have never known before amazing and was very curious about a lot of things that happened during that time. The films that we watched during social studies that includes the renaissance movie bits that we watched very fun. I think they were entertaining and very educational at the same time. These are only some of the best parts of social studies because OBVIOUSLY social studies is amazing and there are a lot of amazing parts of it.

As much as social studies is amazing there are certainly some bad parts of it. Free write is one of the things that I despise most. I do enjoy writing but I feel like that the free write time is way too long. I think that 10 minutes would be enough to write about the topic we are giving but 15 minutes and sometimes longer, that is too much for me. I honestly have a attention span of a goldfish so I always end up drawing on my paper. I do really like some of the topics that are givin to write about, but sometimes I just have no idea what the topic is talking about which ends up with me drawing or talking to my neighbors. I do agree that free write is a good skill as we write on paper which we don’t do that often anymore as technology has become more popular leading to most assignments on our laptops. I do think that free writes should keep going even though it is one of my worst parts of social studies it is a good skill to improve on. Another thing that I do not like about social studies is the amount of blog posts. I’m pretty sure that social studies has the most blog posts. I do not enjoy writing blog posts as most of the time we are writing about a free write topic we wrote but editing it and revising it. But I think that the blog posts that we do that are about the unit that we have covered is a good thing.

These are some of the best parts, the only worst parts, and the contents, skills, and assignments that we did. I have had an amazing year in social studies with Ms. Mckinnon and will certainly miss her next year. Social studies has been phenomenal and I am looking forward to social studies next year.

Water System Reflection 3 – Science

What did your group do today?

Today our group finished our first part of our design and tested it and put it in agar.

What methods did you use to remove bacteria?

We used the natural method to remove the bacteria since the materials we used in the first part of our design uses sand, gravel, and charcoal.

What methods did you use to remove salt? What methods did you use to remove sediment? Would you drink your water after it has passed through your filter system? Why or why not?

We used the natural and biological method to remove the salt.

What methods did you use to remove sediment? Would you drink your water after it has passed through your filter system? Why or why not?

We used the natural method to remove the sediments because we used a piece of cloth to remove the sediments.

Would you drink your water after it has passed through your filter system? Why or why not?

I would not drink our water that has passed through our filter system because so far it is not as clean as I expected it to be and if we had finished the second part of our design and if the water went through it I would maybe drink it.

Water System Reflection 2 – Science

What methods (chemical, mechanical, biological, or natural) are you using in your design?

Our group is using the natural method because we are using materials such as sand, gravel, charcoal to get rid of some of the particles in the river water also we are boiling the water which is a natural method.

What steps do you need to do tomorrow to improve or test your design(systematic testing)?

Our group needs to finish the last part of our design and we will be done with our first prototype then we will test it and fix the parts that need more attention. Also I think that we should improve our design by making the charcoal and the sand cleaner by washing it over and over again several more times.

What is your prediction of how it will work?

I think that our design will make the water drinkable again if we make the design correctly and not mess up any parts. But I think that we made the first part of the design with the sand, charcoal, and gravel pretty well and will do a good job in distilling a lot of the big parts such as plants and such in the river water. And the other part of the distillation can kill the microbes and other extra things in the river water and take it out to make the water drinkable.