We didn't make any major changes from the first attempt, since the crickets survived over the weekend totally fine. Crickets are still alive, and there are traces of the cricket eating the plants. They didn't eat a whole lot of carrots, but it seems like they made a shelter under the pile of carrots. We could spot them crawling in and out under the carrots.

Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations
Water 40 ml For plants/cricket to survive Water vapor on the sides of the ecodome
Carrot 15 g Food/water for cricket It seems like the crickets created a shelter using the carrots
Crickets 2 We have 2 crickets in the ecodome to survive Both crickets are alive/active

GaHee and I worked together to build an ecodome. We researched the background knowledge of crickets, mainly about how to keep them alive. Using an A3 paper, we sketched how the ecodome will basically look like, and next class, we started to build the ecodome. By the end of that class, we had dirt, plants, 15g of carrots, 40 ml of water, and last but not least, the crickets in the ecodome. The crickets had no problem surviving over the weekend.

Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations
Water 40 ml For plants/cricket to survive Water vapor on the sides of the ecodome
Carrot 15 g Food/water for cricket
Crickets 2 We have 2 crickets in the ecodome to survive Both crickets are alive/active

1. What was the hardest part of writing a journalism? Why?

The most challenging part of writing a journalism was that I had to pay a lot of attention to make sure that it is a journalism, not an essay. I didn't have a whole lot of experience in writing a journalism, and I was more used to writing essays, which caused a few minor challenges. 

2. What was the greatest achievement? Why?

I think my greatest achievement I gained from writing a journalism is that now I am more used to writing a journalism. Before, it was challenging for me to write an interesting hook or headline, but now I have some experience, and learned how to create a fascinating headline out of something very boring. 

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4. What will you work on during the Second Quarter?

During the Second Quarter, I want to finish both school/academy homework on time. 

1. What was the hardest part about the Debate? Why?

I think I had the most difficulty during the actual Debate. It was not easy to debate against the opponents' statements off the top of my head given a short amount of time to think/organize my opinions. 

2. What was the greatest achievement? Why?

I think my greatest achievement during the Debate is that I gained more skills to find useful resources when I need to do a lot of research.

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4. What will you work on during the Second Quarter?

During the Second Quarter, I want to finish both school/academy homework on time. 

Black Death spread very quickly through trade routes. In 1347, Black Death arrived in Venice and killed half of its population. Then the trade between Venice and Asia spread the plague to Asia. A Genoese fleet full of dead bodies of Black Death arrived in Sicily. The plague plague spread very quickly through Spain, France, and England. The infectious Black Death spread rapidly through crowded towns, and in 1330s, stories of the Far East of “Floods, famines, locusts, and a plague that killed two-thirds of the people”.

 Second pandemic of the Black Death in Europe. Photograph. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.
quest.eb.com/search/309_1155454/1/309_1155454/cite. Accessed 12 Feb 2017.

This unit, we worked on making a water filter. We had to make the pH level 7, reduce ppm level and salt, and lower turbidity. Our group had 2 attempts. On the first attempt, pH level was 4, ppm level decreased to 300 ppm from 600 ppm, turbidity was extremely low, and there was no change with the amount of salt. The result was close to being clear, but it worked poorly on the pH level, decreasing the ppm level and salt, and it took a lot of time to get the result.

screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-2-29-51-pm <- This was our design for the first attempt. It has mashed charcoal, sand, rocks, and gravel.

On the second attempt, we changed out design and tried again. We added cotton to remove small sediments, parsley to reduce copper, and mashed the charcoal into smaller pieces. The pH level increased to 8 from 4, ppm level decreased to 100 ppm from 600 ppm, turbidity was low, and the amount of salt decreased. The pH level improved, and we brought down the ppm level, but we couldn't get rid of salt. We did better than the first attempt, but we didn't meet the requirements. If we worked on this project again, we would decrease the amount of baking soda in our water filter because it made the water murky, and find a way to reduce salt.

screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-2-43-02-pm <- This is our water filter design for the second attempt. It contains cotton, sand, mashed charcoal, rock, gravel, and parsley.

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1   Why did christianity take hold in the ancient world?

One of my favourite excerpt is that Christianity was a religion where everyone was equal in the system.

DBQ Outline # DBQ Final Draft #

2  BIGGEST TAKEAWAY

My biggest take away is that many Christians were persecuted, but Christianity could take hold and now be a very popular religion for multiple reasons that attracted people to believe in Christianity.

3  VISUALIZING TEXT - sketchnoting

Sketchnoting helped me understand how Christianity spread because when I looked at them, I could visualize the information in my head. I realized that I am not very good at drawing at all, but that I can draw things.

4  EXPLAIN EVERYTHING & VLOGGING as a METACOGNITIVE STRATEGIES

I encountered that I don’t really fit well with vlogging and explain everything.

Evidence & Analysis VLOG # Reflection VLOG # DBQ VLOG #

5  GOAL SETTING

One of my goals for social studies is to read the checklists carefully  and use them to improve my work before they get graded so that I can get a better grade. 

The difficulties that I faced during the Digital Poem Project was that I wasn't exactly sure how the poem should sound like when I read it aloud, so it took me time to record myself reading the poem. Sometimes I spoke to fast or I was too quiet, and I had to record myself several times.

If I did this project again, I would use my voice better to express the feelings of the poem, and spend more time on volume with my voice and background music. In addition, I can use more images that fit the poem.

In this project, I had to choose music and visuals that fit the mood and the content of the poem which made me think more about the mood of the poem, and help me improve in expressing my feelings with a poem.