Sadly, our cricket for the second eco-dome only lasted for about 3 days. When we opened it, it smelled quite bad and there was white mold that looks like cotton because of rotten tomatoes. Also, when we trashed all of the things inside there was moss on the bottom of the plastic container. Therefore, this time to make sure mold doesn't grow in the container we decided to only put carrot like the first time that the cricket ate everything of it and put a lot of it so that cricket won't die because of starvation.  We used the same type of soil like before but didn't put any plant in the container to make it the same way as we did at the first time.

This is the picture of our eco-dome and you can see that we just simply have carrots, leaves on the brown soil. At last just before we put cricket in we sprayed water for about 5 times for supply of water.

Opened ecodome with carrots, leaves, dirt:

Sideway of ecodome:

Research: What do they eat?

Cricket eats vegetables, leaves and fruit and anything that it can find. They also eat rotten leaves so if there isn't mold in the container it won't die because of starvation that we put enough carrot.

Changes to make next time:

  • No tomatoes or fruit that has liquid in it
  • more vegetables and food supply
  • Less water (only on the container)

Observations & Table

Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations
Soil Brown soil 80g We decided brown soil among 3 others because we thought it was the one that has is most moist, that cricket needs enough moisture. Soil still seems to be moist
Cricket 1 We only put one cricket because of there's more than one cricket they can eat each other. The cricket lives well by itself.
Carrot 18g Carrot has enough nutrition and we used it for day 1 and 2 and the cricket always eat a lot of it The cricket ate a lot of it and stays on the carrot
Dried leaves 4 Dried leaves can be both food supply for cricket and small shelter  Cricket often goes under dried leaves
Rocks 120.1g Rocks can make space for cricket to hide under so we put some rocks and piled them up. Cricket also goes under rocks
Water 4 spray of water Moisture and humidity is the most important of all for lives of cricket, so we decided to spray water, and also the cricket can drink some water that stays on the wall of the container Water vapors are all over on the wall of the container

Video:

When we opened eco-dome after we check cricket died, the smell of it was ok but there were no more carrots left. We think that the cricket ate all of the carrots because there was none of the carrot left and the only thing left in the container was soil, rocks, cricket and some leaves. There wasn't any mold in it either.

Container with closed lid and cricket in:

 

Changes for the next eco-dome:

  •  More variety of vegetables such as cucumber, tomato since we thought the cricket needs more food
  • Plants with roots that it needs oxygen and glucose from photosynthesis by the plant

Research:

We did research on photosynthesis and carbon cycle after we decided to put plants inside of our eco-dome. We found out that by photosynthesis of the plant, that it creates glucose and oxygen it would help the cricket to get more oxygen which is very important, inside of the sealed container and get glucose too, which would help cricket to survive.

Observations & Table

Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations
Soil Brown soil 80g We decided brown soil among 3 others because we thought it was the one that has is most moist, that cricket needs enough moisture. Soil still seems to be moist
Cricket 1 We only put one cricket because of there's more than one cricket they can eat each other. The cricket moves around itself
Carrot 14g Carrot has the most nutrient in and cricket likes it. Cricket ate a lot of carrots just by one day.
Dried leaves 5 Dried leaves can be both food supply for cricket and small shelter  Cricket often goes under dried leaves
Rocks 200g Rocks can make space for cricket to hide under so we put some rocks and piled them up. Cricket also goes under rocks
Water 5 sprays of water Moisture and humidity is the most important of all for lives of cricket, so we decided to spray water, and also the cricket can drink some water that stays on the wall of the container Water vapors are all over on the wall of the container

Cricket should eat more vegetables

tomato 1 small  since cricket needs more fruit we put in and cricket eats any fruit tomato stays the same
cucumber 1 small  cricket ate a little bit of  it

 

 

Problem:

  • What does cricket eat?
  • How is cricket's living environment?
  • What kind of plants does it need?
  • How much water does it need to survive?

         

Components:

  • A round shaped plastic container
  • brown soil
  • a pile of rocks
  • water spray
  • leaves
  • carrot

 

Observations & Table

Component Amount incl Units Reasoning Daily Observations
Soil Brown soil We decided brown soil among 3 others because we thought it was the one that has is most moist, that cricket needs enough moisture.  Soil still seems to be moist 
Cricket 1 We only put one cricket because of there's more than one cricket they can eat each other.  The cricket lives well by itself. 
Carrot 12.8g Carrot has enough nutrition.  We observed the cricket eating carrot as soon as it goes into the container, but after few days carrot got rotten. 
Dried leaves 4 Dried leaves can be both food supply for cricket and small shelter   Cricket often goes under dried leaves 
Rocks 120.1g Rocks can make space for cricket to hide under so we put some rocks and piled them up.  Cricket also goes under rocks
Water 4 spray of water Moisture and humidity is the most important of all for lives of cricket, so we decided to spray water, and also the cricket can drink some water that stays on the wall of the container  Water vapors are all over on the wall of the container 

The hardest part about journalism? why?

The hardest part about journalism for me was that we had to interview with a lot of people directly.  I had to go find a specific person for the interview. For example, since my journalism was about culture and K-pop, I had search for people who have interest and have some knowledge about it, but it was a bit complicated that except for few of my Korean friends there weren't  a lot of people around me who knows about K-pop in this school. However, because I searched and asked a lot of people, I could find a person like Lara from Malaysia, who enjoys listening to K-pop. 

What was the greatest achievement? Why? 

My greatest achievement was writing an engaging introduction and hook for the journalism. Before writing my article, I was very concerned about writing introduction and hook, that from my perspective, it is the most important part of the article, since it has a role of grabbing reader's attention and make them read the whole writing starting from that. Therefore, even after finishing writing other paragraphs, I worked on writing an introduction for a long time and I could get a good mark on introduction, as a result. 

What will you work on 2nd quarter? Anything? 

I will work on looking at the rubric more carefully everytime I have an assessment in the 2nd quarter, because every time I have an assessment, that I don't read rubric that carefully I always get some mark off that I don't follow what the rubric says. Therefore, I will try to look at the rubric for every subject and every assessment.

 

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Day 1

  • What did your group achieve today?

We painted other side

 

  • What did you do well today as a group?

We did well on time management and we could paint a lot today

 

  • What is the plan for next class?

We are going to finish all of our paintings by next class

 

Day 4

 

  • What did each of you do today?

 

Riko -  I am 70% done with painting the squared box

Jiyeon- I am also almost done with painting the squared box of mine

 

  • What are the problems that group members are facing?

 

Riko - I think our progress on painting is becoming slow.

Jiyeon- That we still haven’t finished painting, I think we have some problem with time management.

 

  • Did you work on the job you mentioned in the last reflection? If not, why not?

 

Riko - I couldn’t reach my goal: I was suppose to finish painting every object by today but I’m still working on one thing.

 

Jiyeon- I also couldn’t reach my goal because I was suppose to finish painting everything but I still haven’t finished yet.

 

  • What is the goal for next class?

 

Riko - Next class, I wish I can at least finish painting one object.

Jiyeon- Same.

 

Day 2

What did you do today? How?

I fixed painting that I did last time, and also painted on the other side of the building

How do you think your group members went?

My group member did good today, because she also finished painting the other side of the building like me.

What do you think of your progress so far? Why?

I think it’s going fine because I am almost finished with painting one building

What is your group plan for the next 5 classes?

Our group is going to paint all 3 buildings for the next 5 classes

 

Day 3

What did you do today?

I painted the other side of the building.  

How do you think your group members did?

My group member also did well today, making some progress on painting just like I did.

What do you think of your progress so far? Why?

I think I am doing well, but needs to do a little bit faster since I still didn’t finish painting all of the building.

What do you plan to do next class?

I want to finish painting all the buildings.

 

Day 5

 

What did you personally achieve today?

I finished painting one building using different patterns and colors for each side.

What challenges did you face today?

It was challenging to finish painting very fast, since I want to take more time on painting since I want to draw more details and more precisely, but I can’t because I don’t have a lot of time left.

What do you plan to do last 2 classes?

For last 2 classes, I want to finish painting other buildings and the ground, too, and start decorating them.

 

    A 12 year old boy wants to have a short break after doing some of his homework, so he decides to go online. While searching fun games on google, he finally finds the one that seems to be most enjoyable and clicks on the website to play the game. However, the one that popped out on the screen is not the game, but a word ‘error’. Just like this situation, some parents block websites with special filters for their children. Parents are concerned about teenagers, their children’s use of internet and websites, that they might go on to websites that are inappropriate, or very dangerous websites that harm their children. Parents should protect their children 50% with their use of social media by talking with them and use a filter to block inappropriate sites for teenagers because teenagers can hide their situation in danger from parents and they can see inappropriate websites.  Critics may claim that parents should trust their children; however, this is not a valid argument because parents can’t be sure whether their children are in any dangerous situation and have no idea if teenagers are using the internet, and social media in the right way.

 

    Parents should take care of their child’s social media accounts because children need at least a little bit of protection from their parents. Parents should be somewhat aware of child’s social media use, such as making sure that they understand the danger of social media. “My mom tried to ‘friend’ me, but I denied her request,” said Russel Taylor, a teen from Virginia.   As you can see in this quote, a lot of children are trying to hide what they do with social media. That could mean that even if they do extremely dangerous things with social media, parents wouldn’t be able to know anything about it. Teens are trying to hide more and more things from parents, and they wouldn’t want to reveal any of them. There are no ways that parents can check their children’s social media. As a result, since parents aren’t able to check what children are doing or if they are in danger, children can get into a dangerous situation, such as getting hacked without parents knowing, and that can happen anytime. Therefore, all parents should talk to and teach their children, before a situation occurs. They should also continuously be aware of their children using social media.

 

    The second reason is that parents should block and filter inappropriate sites for their children because they can see inappropriate media. Teenagers would want the freedom to go to websites and look at whatever they want. Therefore, if parents don’t care about their children, they might go over the boundary. “It’s parent’s job to watch over [their children] and be there to correct potential bad decisions that are all too common in a teenager’s life,” quoted the site that is selling software that filters and monitors Internet use. As a result, if parents don’t care about what their children look at, teenagers might accidentally visit some sites that hack private information of users, and get hacked and even be robbed. In conclusion, what parents should do for their children’s safety and clean private life is to take care of children’s use of internet sites.

 

    On the other hand, there are also parents of teenagers who claim that their children should be free using the internet however they want, without parent’s guard. For example, the privacy organization TRUSTe states that parents should not censor their children online, and instead they should trust but verify. Critics suggest that parents can trust their child instead of being too strict, and it is much better for both children and parents to have freedom.  There is some truth to the argument that teens need freedom, however, it doesn’t consider if teens still can be safe and secure, and helps teenagers not to get into a dangerous situation. Basically, Anthony Orsini, a middle school principal in New Jersey is saying that social networking has negative consequences for teens. This shows that it’s not too good for teenagers to visit any inappropriate sites, including social media sites, which aren’t created for teenagers but just for adults. After looking closely at both sides of the issue and the evidence, one can see that it is dangerous for teenagers to use social media and internet sites freely, without parents’ guard.

    In conclusion, parents should protect teenager’s safety by talking to them and teaching them about how to use social media appropriately and filter inappropriate sites. Teenagers can get into a lot of dangerous situations without parents’ help with their understanding of the danger of social media and inappropriate websites. They might friend strangers in social media and meet with dangerous people such as kidnappers, and they might see inappropriate media or even get hacked and get robbed by accessing inappropriate websites. Therefore, parents should take care of their children’s social media use no matter what, to keep them safe every time.