A Geology-Changing Element

Visitor on Zen’s blog: “Have you stopped posting already? I haven’t seen a new post in months.”
Me (Zen): “I know that I haven’t been on it for a long time, but I’m making a comeback today.”
Visitor on Zen’s blog: “What’s this post going to be about?”
Me (Zen): “You’ll see. It’s VERY interesting. Not only that, but you will also learn something new!”
Visitor on Zen’s blog: “Oh, yeah! I can’t wait until you publish it!”
Me (Zen): “I hope you will enjoy it and learn new stuff!”

Hello. It’s me again. Haven’t been here in a long time, but I’m making another post today. Ready to see what’s in the spotlight?
It is… something that changes geology.

As many of you know, geology is the study of Earth. But that’s not what I’m talking about – we’ll take a look at a force that changes Earth’s surface. Earth has been here for a very long time indeed – 4.5 billion years! Over this period of time, Earth has changed a lot in many different ways – continental drift, weather changes, and erosion!

I have built a Lego model of a transform boundary. If you don’t know what this is, a transform boundary is a border in Earth’s tectonic plates that move past each other (e.g. one moves east and the other goes west, or a plate may move north and have one beside it move south). This model will give you a clear image of a transform boundary (note that I edited the picture):

The green blocks represent land, the blue blocks depict water, and the white arrows show us the direction in which the plates are moving. My model shows that this piece of land was once a river, but a plate boundary was in the middle of the river, causing the plates to break apart and move in opposite directions. Not only this is a transform boundary, but this is also a fault (where there is a crack in the Earth’s crust and plates slide past each other). One example of this is the San Andreas Fault, which lies in the middle of California and is the cause of many earthquakes happening there (e.g. the 1906 San Francisco earthquake). Did you know that one part of California will drift away from the United States and become an island on the Pacific Ocean in a few thousand years to a few million years later?

I hoped that you guys have learned about transform boundaries and understood this model! I’ll most likely see you in August or September, but I could also make one more post before I finish my school year in June! Bye! (Also try making your own model of a volcano, mudslide, divergent/convergent/transform boundary, mountain, or glacier.)

Grade 6 SLCs

“Tomorrow, Friday, March 24, is SLC (student LED conferences). I really need to get ready for it. And I’m not that prepared.”

Well, SLC is an event where students come to school and show their parents the things they learned in school. Here are some things I will show my parents.

First up, I will show you my rationale for Exploratory Writing. I decided to show this piece of work because I got a very good grade for it (50/50 pts, A+). Then, I will explain to you about the different aspects of design, which are CARP (contrast, alignment, repetition, proximity) and AFOREST (alliteration, facts, opinions, repetition, emotive language, statistics, triples). Finally, I will read the whole thing to you.

After all, I did a very good job on it, and I got good comments (except for 2 comments, which are: “this poster is not an ad” and “how will you link this to your design?”.)

(Move to next artifact)

The second artifact I will show you today is my Dragon’s Apprentice Poster. I really like how it turned out, but I needed some of your help. I tried to erase the background of the product, but you said it was way more unprofessional than making the circle blend in with the background. However, I ended up making the background blend in with the circle, and I could barely see the background now. At the Dragon’s Apprentice sale, though, my poster wasn’t shown on the table. I tried to make the colors go well together and make the poster look professional. Even though I ended up submitting it late, but that’s better than not finishing it at all!

(Move to next artifact)

Third, I will show you a science lab that I did in science class. It’s all about the moon phases. In this lab, there is a light bulb in the center. I will hold a stick with a styrofoam ball, move in a circle around the light bulbs, and position the styrofoam ball while looking at it to show the moon phases from Earth’s view. I will then explain about each of the moon phases, what they look like, and provide some interesting facts. Later, I will explain about solar and lunar eclipses. Afterwards, I will ask you some questions so you can prove to me that you have learned something new.

(Move to next artifact)

Art is one of my favorite classes! There is something I would really like to show you. It is…
my Zentangle Eye. The reason why I want to show you this artifact is because I was awarded “Artist of the Week”. As you can see, my patterns were very detailed and I included a variety of colors. One particular thing I learned from this project was movement. Movement is an aspect in a drawing/painting that guides the viewer(s) around it, so it’s giving the eyes a tour. Not only this is one of my best pieces of artwork, but my peers also complimented my eye, patterns, and level of detail. I hope you found this drawing as interesting as I did!

(Move to next artifact)

This is going to be a live demonstration, so I can’t open my laptop right now. This activity, the agility test, will take place in the gym. You will complete this activity by doing to following steps:

  1. I will show you which path you will run in.
  2. See the 2 green cones? Crouch in between them.
  3. Look for a red cone on the left. This object marks the point you will touch when you finish the course.
  4. I will say “Ready, go!” and start the stopwatch.
  5. When I say “go” and start the stopwatch,  you will get up and start running in the path I showed you.
  6. Touch the red cone at the end of the course, and I will stop the stopwatch.
  7. If you fail to touch the red cone at the end, complete the course in the correct path, or if you’re unhappy with your score, you will be asked to redo the course.
  8. When you complete the course in the correct path and touch the red cone, I will tell you your result!

The agility test will tell you how fast you can run. Try to improve and be faster the next time you try!

(Move to next artifact)

What is 1+1? 2! What is 2-2? 0, of course. What’s 3×3? The answer is 9. Finally, what’s 457÷99? Uh oh… that one seems a little bit hard to do mentally. You might need a calculator for this problem…

In math, the program we use to progress is ALEKS. You will be familiar with this, but I just wanted to show it to you because I want you to be experienced with it. I’m going to explain the steps how ALEKS works, and I’ll even do a topic for more fun and learning! Today, the topic I’ll be doing is “Area of inscribed figures”. I have tried this out already, and I want to show you how to do it. You can also help me if I’m stuck! Hopefully, you’ll have a mathtastic and fun time learning this topic. I can do some more topics of you wish! Anyways, let’s move on.

(Move to next artifact)

¡Hola y bienvenido! (Hello and welcome!) Do you want to get to know me better? Then let’s zoom into the comic I made en la clase de español (in Spanish class)!

The comic displays info about me, such as:

  1. Mi nombre (my name)
  2. Me apellido (my last name)
  3. ¿Cómo se escribe tu nombre? (How do you write your name?)
  4. ¿Cómo se escribe tu apellido? (How do you write your last name?)
  5. Mi edad (my age)
  6. Mi cumpleaños (my birthday)
  7. Mi nationalidad (my nationality)
  8. ¿Dónde vives? (Where do you live?)
  9. Mi número de teléfono (my phone number)
  10. Mi color favorito (my favorite color)
  11. ¿Cuántos idiomas hablas? (How many languages do you speak?)
  12. ¿Qué idiomas hablas? (What languages do you speak?)
  13. Mascotas (pets)

Besides telling you the information on my comic, I also hoped you learned a bit of Spanish as well! ¡Adiós y hasta pronto! (Goodbye and see you soon!)

(Move to next artifact)

Next up, I will go to Social Studies and show you my Ancient Egypt ABCs sheet. I wanted to show you this artifact because I won for my letter, F. In the process of creating the Ancient Egypt ABCs, we had to think of an object from Ancient Egypt. Then, we had to draw (NOT PRINT a pic from the Internet) the object on a piece of paper. Next, we had to put in on a slide in Google Slides and write a brief explanation about the object. After that, all the slides that were submitted on time were put into one big presentation, where everyone voted on them. We looked at all the slides, then we chose the slide that looked the best in terms of drawing skills and the explanation’s grammar. We wrote the results on a paper, and finally, we put the results on a Google Form. The object for each letter that got the most votes would win, and they will be printed out and displayed. However, anyone who copied and pasted from another website would be disqualified. My object (from Ancient Egypt) was a farmer. A farmer is a peasant who harvested crops. Most peasants were farmers. Their lives mainly took place around the Nile River. A farmer’s life was split into three seasons: the Flooding Season, the Planting Season, and the Harvesting Season. But a downside of this project is, it was pretty unfair to the people who didn’t win. Not only did I win this, but my slide was one of the only slides to have proper grammar! (That’s also something I’m proud of.)

(Move to the last artifact)

Last but not least is Advisory. I would like to show you my Advisory reflection. This includes strong skills at school and skills I need to work on for next year. I’ve written one thing that I feel proud of this year, and one thing that was challenging for me this year.

“The best achievement I got this year was getting all A’s in my classes for Semester 1 (except for health and science Quarter 1). I really like this achievement because it shows that I am a strong learner and that I am able to understand assignments clearly. The most challenging part of this year was WWW (Week Without Walls) because it’s an overnight field trip, and overnight field trips make me feel homesick and sad. This WWW trip was only my second time away from my parents overnight, and my first one was in Cat Tien from last year. Also, I’ve never been on a sleepover. Ever. Next year, I will need to try to be more confident, prepared, and brave for WWW.”

Overall, I would like to thank you for coming to SLC this year, and I’m also happy to share my learning with you. I hope you can come again next year!

Poster Annotation

Hey! I’m back with another assignment: Poster Annotation!

I was supposed to do this earlier, but I got confused. So that’s why I did it late.
Anyways, here’s the picture:

My product is felt ID card holders. However, I was unable to find a poster for that product, so I chose to use a backpack poster instead. One main design point that I noted is the logo, which is an essential part of every poster. Without it, the audience wouldn’t be able to recognize the person/people who made the product. Another main design point is the slogan/message. It reminds the audience about how your product is good and has benefits.

This was a pretty short post, but I hope you know more about posters and the essential parts of them. See you again!

Gummy Bear Government

Hi! I’m back with a fun project that I want to share with you guys: Gummy Bear Government!

If you can find a purpose for gummy bears (other than eating them), this is one of the things you can do with them. It’s like as if you were the director of a movie/play and the gummy bears were the actors. My story is about a presidential election. Here are the screenshots I took as my scenes:

Pic 1: The citizens gather for the election in the town square (tissue).

Pic 2: The former president speaks up about what it is like to be the president.

Pic 3: The MC announces the beginning of the election and takes off the former president’s hat (thumbtack with UK flag).

Pic 4: The first candidate says his quote.

Pic 5: The second candidate speaks up.

Pic 6: It’s the third candidate’s turn to speak. However, the citizens did not like his quote, so they protest.

Pic 7: The last candidate says her quote and the election is over.

Pic 8: 1 week later, the citizens return to the town square, and the MC announces the winner of the election. The winner’s wife is also the new First Lady.


Also, I have to answer some questions:

Q1: What did you know about these forms of government before we started this unit?
A1: I didn’t really know that much about oligarchy and tyranny, but I knew that in a monarchy, the government is ruled by a king or queen. I also knew that in a democracy, all citizens share power.

Q2: Why is it important to learn about forms of government?
A2: I think it is important to learn about government because without it, the country would be OUT OF CONTROL and people will do illegal things. Also, we can know how the country is managed and we can follow the laws easier.

Q3: What form of government do you think works best and why?
A3: I think democracy works best because every citizen should have ruling power/freedom and decide on problems themselves (direct democracy) or vote for representatives (representative democracy).

That’s it for this post. I hope you have found another use for gummy bears (if you haven’t already) and most of all, enjoyed reading this. See you soon!

Cast of characters in scenes:

MC = Light yellow gummy bear
Former President = Green gummy bear
President Candidates = Dark Orange gummy bears
First Ladies = Red gummy bears
Citizens = Light Orange & Yellow gummy bears

Ads and Slogans: I’m lovin’ it

Hello, everyone! I haven’t been back for a long time, but now, I’ve been learning something new. This new unit is all about advertising.

The slogan that I am going to be talking about is “I’m lovin’ it”. I think a lot of you already know this slogan; it’s from McDonald’s.

The key concept of this slogan is to have fun while enjoying the food. The language used to relate to the concept is fun, simple, and personal. It also creates good feelings like happiness, love, and indulgence (the feeling of enjoyment). This is how it’s related to the product (fast food): they are trying to say that their food not only tastes good but also makes it easy for people to enjoy it together. There is a good variety of food, it’s affordable, and the ambiance is friendly and comfortable. The slogan sends a strong message to customers that they will have a wonderful experience if they choose to eat at McDonald’s.

So, I hope you learned something about the meaning of this slogan and how it is used to draw customers’ attention and to make the product a top choice in the consumers’ mind. See you in the next post!

Christmas Carol Lit. Circles Vlog Reflection

Hi guys! Zen has another thing to show you guys. It’s a literature circles session for Quater 2! This time, we read classic books. The book that I read was called A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

This time, the books were a lot harder to read, because they’re classic and they have lots of challenging words.

I have a video about my reflection to show to you guys. I hope you enjoy it! (Sorry about going over the time limit, it was a bit over 3 minutes and we were supposed to do 2-3 minutes). The video is below (I’m on the left):

That is all I have to say for this post, see you again later (or after Winter Break), and Merry Christmas! 😀


Plummies + SS Reflection

Hello! Zen is back with another post from Social Studies!

This time, we made plummies (mummified fruits and veggies). It was related to our Ancient Egypt Unit since we mummified apples, cucumbers, and cherry tomatoes. In Ancient Egypt, when someone died, priests and priestesses would embalm the body, similar to what we did in this activity.

Here are the steps of embalming:

First, the body is cut and the organs are removed (except for the heart). They removed the brain by putting a hook through the nose.
Second, the organs are dried out with a salt called natron. Next, they were put into canopic jars (jars used to store organs).
Third, the body dried out after 70 days. After 70 days of drying out, the body was washed and oiled.
Fourth, they wrapped the body in lots of linen (mummifying).
Fifth, protective/good luck charms were put on the body. Then, a black gooey liquid was spread over the body. Afterwards, the body got wrapped again.
Finally, the mummy was put in a wooden box, and then the box was put into a sarcophagus (a coffin made of stone), as well as other things that were needed in the afterlife. The mummy was ready for burial.

This was fun, but pretty disgusting at the same time! Out of the three things we mummified, the apples changed the most. When we mummified it, the skin was red. But when we came back to it, the skin turned brown, while the others looked very similar to before.

Picture of mummified fruits/veggies:


SS Reflection for Semester 1:

My top 3 favorite things we did in SS in Semester 1 were:

  1. The Kahoot we did as practicing for our quiz
  2. The Minecraft Video we did about Ancient Egypt’s Geography
  3. Attendance questions (questions asked at the beginning of class)

That’s all I have to tell today. Wait! It’s almost my Winter Break. Happy Winter, and have a good holiday!

Moving on to Lit. Circles Session 2

Hi everyone! Today, I will be sharing a reflection from m Lit. Circles Session 2!

Here’s my reflection:

This week, our Lit. Circle was good! We had all sorts of interesting questions and vocabulary words! The book was also getting easier on the way!

I learned a lot in this Lit. Circles! There were a lot of new things during the discussion!

Next time, I should work on writing a summary and speaking more in the discussion.

That’s it for this reflection! See you soon!


How do I feel in math?

Guys, this is Zen here. I’m going to share you guys how I feel in math.


Q1: In what areas do you feel successful in math?
A1: I don’t really feel successful at anything, but I can follow the instructions correctly in some topics and do them.

Q2: In what areas are you unhappy with your progress?
A2: I don’t like some of the topics, because I keep getting them wrong, and sometimes the instructions can be confusing in some parts. I also usually fail to reach my weekly goals, mainly because the topics are just so confusing and hard!

Q3: What goals can you set for next quarter?
A3: I can try to work more independently/get less help and understand things easier, and try to meet my weekly goal (or at least try to make it really close to the goal, which is 18 topics a week).

This is it for now everyone. See you soon!

My Geography on Ancient Canaan

Hi everyone! I have a project I want to present to you guys today:

Guess it first.

Could it be something I made all alone?

Could it be something on the Internet that I made myself?
No way!

Is it a video about something you made?


Anyways, I am presenting to you guys, my geography of Ancient Canaan!
I had to build my 3 bodies of water, 2 examples of vegetation, and 2 examples of topography in Minecraft. And I’m pretty sure that many of you have heard of Minecraft before. Even some of us play it!

It was a lot of effort building everything. For my bodies of water, I used too much TNT, and it blew up MASSIVE areas. I had to also work really hard to put water in. For my topography, the desert was already there, but I had to cover the areas around the bodies of water with grass blocks. The good thing was that my bodies of water looked realistic, though. The building process took several days to complete.

After that, I did something called screencasting. It’s basically when you record your screen, record your voice, and do some actions. That process took much shorter than building my world – it only took one day to complete all the scenes.

Now, I’m going to share my reflection about the video.

Q1: What are 3 ways this project helped you understand how water, vegetation, and topography influenced ancient human settlement?

1. I can learn how water, vegetation, and topography helped humans.
2. I can also learn what disadvantages they have.
3. I can know what they had that made humans want to settle there.

Q2: What are 2 parts of your project that you’re proud on?

A2: I feel proud of building my world and editing my video.

Q3: What is 1 part of your project you would do differently?

A3: I would talk more clearly (and possibly try to change how my voice sounds). The reason why I would want to change the way I sound in videos is because my voice is always so crappy in them!

I hope you will learn something while watching my video! Goodbye everyone!

My video: