This week we went to Cat Tien for 4 days and 3 nights. My favorite part of Cat Tien was going to the Rapids which is a part of the river where you can put your feet into the cold water. The rapids was a long way from the park headquarters but we were lucky we came at the time when the water level was high. The most interesting thing I saw was probably the strangler fig, it looked really strange and felt weird when I touched it. I also saw a poisonous snake that was yellow when we visited the primate center. The most challenging part was hiking for like 3 hours in a really long trail that looked like it was never going to end and now my leg is really sore, also I got so many mosquito bites even after spraying mosquito spray. There was a frog in my toilet so I couldn't go.  I suggest that next year the kids should go 2 classes at a time because this time it was really crowded, also they should visit the crocodile lake. During the meals, it was total chaos and way too crowded.  The food was ok but it was really cramped. My favorite food was the fried shrimp and instant noodles. 


Today the 5th grade walked to the Rainbow Bridge and did 3 stations. The first station we carried a 5 litre jug of water on our heads without spilling👺.  The second station we carry 2 buckets of water on our back😩. After that we filtered water into drinking water and the last station we threw a bucket into the river and got dirty water!!!!!!😡😡😡.  This field Trip was very hard because I get tired easily and the water buckets and jugs are super heavy!!! Next year I think the teachers shouldn't make the kids carry to buckets of water because I don't think most kids are able to without spilling plus the kids are smaller.

In art I chose 1 point perspective as my drawing piece because I thought that it wouldn't take much time and is easier than 2 point perspective and shading. My drawing is a corner of a town. At first it was hard for me because I had no idea of what to draw but once I started drawing it got easier and easier. I want to improve on using the ruler more because some parts I was too lazy to use the ruler. If I did this again I would add more buildings or try shading because I like how shading looks and it looks simple to do. Overall this was not fully a succeed because it didn't look like how I expected it to be and the buildings were not strait.

Yesterday, we went to Buu Long and did abseiling, rock climbing and zip lining. We first put on a harness and then we went to do a practice for abseiling. I did well on the practice. After that we went up the mountain to the real abseiling. I was very scared to start and the guide went with me for 1 second and then he went down very quickly which wasn't so helpful. I scraped my elbow, arm and ankle all in abseiling, my hair also got stuck in the rope and that just made it harder. I told the guide I couldn't do this anymore!!! But they just ignored me and forced me to continue. We then went to do some rock climbing and at that time my hand was super sore so that I couldn't do it. I think I could have finished but my hand couldn't take it anymore and I gave up. This time the guide wasn't pressuring and forcing me to do it. My group went to zip lining last which I enjoyed the most. The beginning when you get off was a little scary but it was fun. I liked the zip lining a lot so I did it 3 times. I learned that I am afraid of hights and that I don't like being pressured while doing something that is already hard. I think we are pursuing excellence by learning while we are on our field trip. Overall most parts were fun. 

On sunday I wanted to decorate my house in Roblox so I imagined what I needed then I made a plan of where to put everything. I already had a few things in my house so I wanted to design my house to look modern. I went to buy what I needed then put them where it looked good. The last thing I did was check what other things did I need or if something should go here or there.

Backward-LookingWhat problems did you encounter while you were working on this challenge? How did you solve them?

Pong did not slide and we put too much weight on it so it made it even harder too move. Our zip line made too much friction.

Inward-LookingWhat was satisfying to you or frustrating to you during the challenge?

It was quite funny because we were making names for the zip line we built.

Outward-LookingIn what ways did your product meet or not meet the goals of the challenge?

We built something but it didn't meet our goal because Pong didn't slide to the other side.

Forward-LookingWhat would you change if you have a chance to do this challenge over again?

I would change the way we built it because we used materials that would cause friction and not make it go.

Feelings: What were some of the different feelings you experienced during the challenge?

Happy, Frustrated, Funny

Last week we researched about explorers(My explorer was Lewis and Clark). Then we turned them into plays and performed then in the flex room. Since Lewis and Clark( Me and Chelsea) and Sacagawea( An and Manabi) were related, we decided to do a play together. Here is our play(VERY CRINGY)!!!!. We first wrote our skit then we decided what props we needed and who would bring it, I am proud of bringing enough props because some groups didn't really have enough props. I think we should have stayed in character more because at some parts we were laughing and smiling. I give my play a 3 because I think our play had a lot of details, props, facts and more. I liked some other skits that had funny parts in it to make us laugh.

ME: Lewis, CHELSEA: Clark and Kidnapper, Manabi: narrator, AN: Sacagawea

Yesterday my class went to the high school gym. The 9th and 10th graders were teaching us how to dance to a song called Its Good To Be Alive, Right About Now!. I think the high schoolers did a good job teaching us the dance because they were being enthusiastic and they made it easy for us to dance. 2 things I think they should improve on is letting everyone talk because in my group only the girls were talking and the boys kept quiet and followed along. The 2nd thing is at some parts they forgot the movement so it made it harder for us to dance. 

Starting last week we started building ships in the makerspace. We were building ships of different explorers from 950 until the year 1700. My explorers were Lewis and my other explorer was Clark, they went exploring together. Lewis and Clark didn't go by ship but instead they went by foot, starting in the west and then exploring the east side of the United States. They crossed rivers by a barge(A ship that takes you across the river). So thats whats me and my partner Chelsea are building.

First we started building the sides of the ship and the bottom and the top of the ship. Then we built the room, the third step was building the sail and gluing the flag on. The last step was painting the ship.


This month we started book clubs! We read the book The Bridge To Terabithia. My group members are Manabi, Tim and Son. Here is my review on this book.

The Bridge To Terabithia

This book is not a really good book because it is about this boy(Jesse)'s life. Even the sad part was only ok. This book happened a long time ago because it gave hints like what life was like in the 1980's. I like the part that Leslie(Jesse's best friend) died because it made the book more intresting.