What was challenging about this unit was the process of making the comic. I had to draw it out with pencil and go over it with ink. Also because I don’t have art or drawing skills so it was hard for me to draw what I wanted to.Techniques that I used while making this comic is shown in the images above. Like action lines when the father was going up the stairs. Close up, when my character is crying about a death. Another closeup and closure because she closes her eyes as she cries. I also put in sound effects and blurring effects in my other panels. Those are examples of the techniques I have put in my comic. I thought that this whole unit was a bit hard because of the drawing but it was also cool to learn techniques and make a comic. We can use those techniques in the future when creating a film or another comic.
This was our first time making an ecodome and from our results, we have failed. I observed that some groups when they tried to put food they put in uncooked rice and later on it smelled really bad because it was in water, some groups had a lot of food and water. One group had a very smart idea which was to put a damp sponge in, which I thought was smart because another thing that I have observed was some groups crickets or grasshoppers died from drowning. Having a damp sponge can provide water without having the cricket to die.
Miki and I came back to the science room the next day after building our ecodome, to check up on our cricket if it was still alive. We saw that it was dead, lying on its back underneath the tree skin.
- cricket died underneath tree skin
- food was untouched
- water has evaporated
- one plant was dead
This is our reflection video:
Our results were very surprising, we thought we would do good because of our last ecodome. In our second one, all of our 8 plants were alive but in this one all 8 of our plants are dead. We think that it did not have enough sunlight and water, I think that we should have added more water and placed the ecodome that is closer to sunlight because all of the plants were dead. Since all of the plants died then we thought it’s why the crickets are dead because there was no more oxygen provided. Although we put a lot of food, there might not have been enough water that was distributed. From other groups, I’ve noticed that they just put a lot of food and water and they put their ecodome so that it takes a lot of sunlight. In our next ecodome I would like to add the tree skin that we put in our first ecodome because it can be shade for the cricket if there is too much heat. I would also add in the charcoal again incase there is too much water. I would also add a lot of bell peppers because I have noticed that the cricket really liked to eat it.
At first when we just put the crickets in, one stayed between plants and just didn’t move and the other went to the food and ate so much, mostly bell peppers.Which made Miki and I happy because we thought one of them might be able to survive since it is eating so much. But the crickets didn’t seem to get near each other or interact, it was just living their own lives.
- Food rotten
- Decomposed crickets
- 8 plants were dead
- Most food was eaten
Our conclusion video for day 3:
This is our third time trying to make an ecodome, the last time our cricket sadly died. We thought we would be more successful in this trial but again, we failed. In this ecodome, we thought we wouldn’t focus on designing it and making it look pretty, we just put in whatever we thought was necessary for the cricket’s survival.
Materials used for this ecodome:
- Vegetables (8 cabbages, 5 carrots, 5 lettuce and 3 bell peppers)
- 8 plants
- Container (ecodome container)
- 2 Crickets
- 25 ml of water
- Damp sponge
Changes we have made:
- Added a lot more food (This time, we definitely put a lot more food, because we thought in our past ecodome’s they didn’t have enough so we put a lot.
- 2 Crickets (In our past ecodome’s we always put one cricket but we thought to put two so maybe if one dies, the other can survive)
What we have kept the same:
- Amount of water (25 ml)
- Amount of plants (8 plants)
- Plant type and soil (School garden)
- Damp sponge
What we removed:
- Plastic bottle (It was useless, from our observation the cricket didn’t even go in it as shelter)
- Charcoal (It did help with soaking access water but it didn’t make a huge difference)
Our video for the changes we made:
This is what has happened in our 2nd trial, sadly we have failed again and our cricket died. It was surprising that the plants were all still alive, that means we had enough sunlight and water and oxygen for the cricket. But it still died between the plants, Miki and I conclude that it was trying to get oxygen. But we did not put much food and that’s why we think our cricket sadly passed. What we have seen from other groups was that they put lots of food, not as much plants that we put in but they put a lot of food. Some groups even had another container attached to their ecodome and it was just filled with water. Other groups put their ecodome very near the window to get a lot of sunlight, it is good for the plant but I don’t think the cricket really needs heat. Most of the crickets or grasshoppers have also died in their groups.
- Our cricket died between the plants
- Less foggy
- Sponge had black charcoal bits
- The cabbage we put wasn’t eaten, untouched by the cricket
- 8 plants were all alive
This is when we made our second ecodome and what changes that we decided to make since our first one.
Changes we have made:
– We made our ecodome horizontally because in the first ecodome we thought it didn’t have enough space and we needed more space to put more plants.
– Added more plants (we had 8 plants this time)
– 25 ml of water for the soil and plants, also sprayed water 5 times all over the ecodome to provide enough water (Last time was only 10 ml)
– We put a damp sponge to provide more water but not too much that the cricket will drown in
– Added some charcoal to soak up any access water (about 4-5)
– Small amount of vegetables like cabbage
– Put in a plastic bottle that was cut in half for shelter and decoration
What we have kept the same:
– Cricket (Only one cricket because we thought they would eat each other)
– Same plants (from the school garden)
What we removed:
– We removed the plastic cap that held water for the cricket, we had it the last time. We took it out because it did not help much and it we didn’t want the cricket to drown in it
This is our video for the changes we have made from trial 1 – 2
<– In this picture, This is what we planned to have but we made changes along the way. First we thought to add plants and flowers, stones and soil on the bottom and a cricket and a little bit of water. As you can see it wasn’t quite exact in my drawing.
It wasn’t quite according to the drawing and here are the changes we made…
Materials that we actually used:
– Container for ecodome
– 1 Cricket (we didn’t put two because we were scared they are going to kill each other)
– 20 ml of water
– Tree bark/skin
– small stones
– bottle cap with water
– carrots and lettuce
– 3 plants (mixed soil)
Currently in Science we have been working on building an ecodome. Basically like a home for either a cricket or grasshopper or even both. But basically I was partners with Miki and I was suppose to work individually but ended up with partners. I got a plant from the store and then got some plants at the school garden. Miki and I decided to mix the soils up because we realized that the plant I got and the plant from the garden was from different soils, and so we mixed both of the soils together.We also took some soil from the class it was soft, we also mixed it. We put in 3 plants because we thought it wou
ld be enough to provide oxygen for the cricket. 1 plant was from the school garden and one was from the store and one succulent plant.We didn’t measure an exact amount of soil but we just made sure it was enough to cover the roots. That was the first thing we put in our container/ecodome, it was like our base. Also the insect we chose was cricket, we only chose one cricket because we were scared that it would reproduce or eat each other. After all the plants and the soil were in the container, we agreed to put 10 ml of water for the soil but then realized that wasn’t enough so we added 10 ml more so that was 20 ml of water for the plants and soil. We just sprinkled the water across the plants and the soil. We didn’t want to add too much water because we were scared it might die from too much water. We wanted to put in some food for the cricket and so we put in vegetables like carrots and bean sprouts on one corner.We put in little rocks for design to make it look more home like. We also added a bottle cap of water because we just wanted water for the cricket but not too much for it to drown and die. We also put in this tree bark, coconut tree skin because we thought it would make it less humid. We put it on the wall where there was sunlight but not too much sunlight.
So far in language arts, our class has been working on Lit circles and also newspaper articles. Lit circle is where you read a book in a group and you guys have discussions about the book in class and there are different roles in the group like discussion director and wordsmith’s etc. On the last discussion for the lit circle, it wasn’t a discussion it was a project where we show our learning about the book, what we think of it and what its about, etc. and my group made a video and a skit and it was a pretty fun experience.
I learned about writing a newspaper article is pretty confusing, fun and a little hard. I have discovered you will need quotes and research online and also interviews to complete a newspaper article. You will also need a layout for it,a picture, a description under a picture. It takes a lot of time to do but the process is also pretty fun. From our lit circles I learned a lot about the book and Cambodia in the past because it is inspired by a true story and overall I think that ela is interesting and fun because of the projects that we have done.
In quarter one it has been, piles and piles of homework every week. But the teachers are quite kind and understanding, its just that there is a lot of homework and projects we had to do. My classes weren’t that bad, I thought it was going to be really hard and boring. It is pretty hard sometimes but its not as boring as I thought it would. Some are boring and some are fun. All together my first quarter in 8th grade has been pretty fun and an emotional rollercoaster (because of the homework).
Here are the projects that I have done during this quarter:
Minimalist Poster #1
Minimalist Poster #2
These are my research notes where I put in the research I did for my revolutionary thinker, William Harvey. I found some information that I needed and I left some blank because I couldn’t find much and I forgot to cite some because I didn’t really know how to use the website or I couldn’t find information for citing it.
↪How did it go conducting research? Triumphs? Challenges?
It was a little bit hard to find information about William harvey because there wasn’t really a lot of trusted sources and I couldn’t really find what I was looking for and it took a lot of time to read really really long articles about him.
↪What did you learn about yourself when you had to take-notes?
I learned that whenever I am taking notes I usually just paraphrase and also summarize. I sometimes just directly copy and paste it in my notes because I think it is important like a quote.
↪ What insights did you gain about narrative hooks that you may not have been so aware of before?
I noticed that hooks can make a big difference in writing and also to the audience because whenever I’m reading something and the introduction is just boring then I don’t really want to continue reading it.
↪ What narrative hooks did you experiment with in your writing?
I tried to just make short hooks so that it’s like fast to read and so I can get right to the point in my writing and it wouldn’t bore me or my readers.
What discoveries did you encounter as you were vlogging?
While I was filming my vlog, reading my paragraphs for my revolutionary thinkers project. I did it on William Harvey, it was late at night and I had to try to get good lighting so I shined a flashlight on my face as I filmed and opened up my document, I even wore my cat ears so that as the audience is watching they will find something interesting to look at while listening to my reading, as hoping my cat ears wouldn’t distract them at the same time. I had to redo mine once because I couldn’t say the name of the person who influenced William Harvey and I really like doing vlogs and I just think it’s really fun because I love to edit videos and I just love watching videos and so I’m usually always in a happy mood whenever I am doing vlogs.
Me and my partner have worked on this project together and this is our ZINE
What is your BIGGEST TAKEAWAY (BIGGEST LEARNING) from our Revolutionary Thinker’s Project?
My biggest takeaway is that big words and looking into a thesaurus really helped me because even with a small change it made me sound more professional and it made my writing sound a lot better, and also i learned how to cite sources and find trusted sources to use.