Here is a brand new table we made to record our observations:
Amount incl Units
Carrots, Cabbage, Apple Cores, corn flakes
Quarter of an apple
6.1 grams of cereal
2 cabbage leaves
3 slices of carrots
These are the food that crickets eat and we want to have a variety of food so crickets can survive.
1st Day: The cricket died because we didn’t have plants
2nd day: Our cricket is still alive but there is this white cotton stuff in our ecodome which happens to be mold.
1 plant so that the cricket has oxygen.
3rd day: Our whole ecodome was covered in mold. The mold looked very similar to cotton and there was also other mold that has a green/yellowish color. Mold on mold. Our cricket still managed to survive but we have decided to rebuild our ecodome since we know the cricket won’t last long. The cricket lasted for exactly 6 days.
The crickets need water to survive other wise it will be dehydrated.
Here is an image of the ecodome from our 3rd observation day:
You can see that the ecodome is covered in mold which is the white cotton stuff. The plants are still alive and you can also still see the food. If you look closely, you could also see the cricket.
For the 7th grade Renaissance Faire, I chose fashion to be my main topic. My research question was: How did class determine fashion during the Renaissance? I did a lot of research on this topic and wrote a summary about this topic. After completing the summary and notes, I had to create a visual and interactive presentation. At first, my plan was to create a slideshow presentation using Google Slides for my visual and create a quiz for my interactive presentation. After talking to Ms. Beals, I changed my interactive presentation because I thought it was not creative and was boring. My interactive presentation after I changed it was to print Renaissance paper dolls out and cut them and put them into different packets that include 2 women's and 2 men's outfit for both the higher and lower classes. The final project was, I would give a short presentation about my topic and let people who visit my station play the paper doll identify Renaissance status game. A lot of the kids who visited my station listened to the presentation and got the answers correct. I also learned a lot while doing research. Something I recognized was that the corset belt that a lot of women from the Renaissance wore came back on trend right now which was pretty cool. I was also surprised to see fur on the list of higher classes fabrics since real fur is really expensive and for the higher classes back then to get a hand on fur was really surprising for me.
Interactive Presentation (Paper Dolls):
Citation: “Italian Renaissance Paper Dolls.” Gabi's Paper Dolls, gabipaperdolls.blogspot.com/2012/07/italian-renaissance-paper-dolls.html. Accessed 30 May 2017.
What I did during this role playing game: I had to make a lot of cakes for this fair. A lot of people set up booths and I had to bake them cake. I was super super busy and because I was so busy, I needed someone to help me. Since I couldn’t bake cakes and find someone to help me at the same time, I decided to put up a sign in front of my shop so people can see that I need help. A lot of people came to my shop and earned a lot of money from baking cakes. I even baked a wedding cake for Medici for his daughter’s wedding. I kind of achieved my goal. One of Medici’s man came to my shop and asked for a wedding cake and I refused. After that I was told that that cake was for Medici and he would help me do some quick baking if I could make the wedding cake quickly. I quickly agreed on the deal and he helped me with a lot of baking. It was great to hear that Medici loved the cake!
What I learnt while playing this game: I learnt a lot of different things while playing this game. Starting with my character, i honestly thought that being a baker and owning a baking shop wouldn’t get me much money to survive since not a lot of people would need cakes. I was totally wrong! I had to bake a lot of cakes and other things for a lot of people. As I said, I earned a lot of money while working very hard. Something I didn’t know was that everyone was very busy in Florence. People who didn’t have much power also worked really hard and earned a good certain amount of money to survive. The laws back then were also very strict. Same with the judges. In the game there were multiple cases that we need the judges to decide and they made some pretty harsh decisions like making people to pay a large amount of money. I think Florence is a very busy city with everyone working and something to do every day.
My overall experience: I thought this game was super fun and I honestly didn’t think that it would be that fun since I don’t really like role playing. I was hoping that I would be more involved in the game since it was a fair and I knew a lot of people would want cakes.
About 2 weeks ago, Mr. Schoonard showed us this video of this random Swedish guy talking about poverty. The video is about poverty in general and the Swedish guy showed us graphs and charts of how poverty improved throughout the year. Also, he showed us the income and how rich countries are throughout the years. We also saw small clips from Malawi and Cambodia and they were talking about their situation and how poor they were. Something I found out when I was watching the video was that I never knew Africa or Malawi to be more specific, has a hunger season. I never knew hunger season existed. Another thing I found out was that in Cambodia if you are poor and you need help, then you could get interviewed about basic things. If you past 19 points then you do not need help because you are not that poor and if you are below 19 then you could get help from the government. I'm not so sure that this video would help me make better decisions in life but I think it is a cool video in general. Some questions I still have is that how did they manage to find the family in Malawi and the family in Cambodia?
Something I accomplished well this year was that I made a lot of friends. I think it is kind of hard when you come to a new school and don't know anyone. I think I settled in very well and I'm very close to my friends. I think the most challenging thing I faced this year was my homework or studies in general. I am not used to dealing with a big amount of homework so I struggled to do them well. I always finish my homework in time but I don't think the quality is that good. Skills that I'm very good at is that I'm a very tidy person and I'm not messy. I know when things are due and if I do need more time to do homework, I would always email my teachers for homework extension. I'm also very good at time management and organization. I would prioritize my homework and make checklists every day to make sure that I complete them in time. Something that I need to work on for 8th Grade is to check the quality of my homework and make sure it is finished in time but in better quality.
For the last three to four weeks in our Science class, we worked on our water filtration project. I was grouped with Brandon, Bean, and Valdi. So the requirements for this project were to try to remove the sediment, salt, and copper. Another one of our requirements for this project was to come up with the final product with the pH from 6-8 with ppm of 0.01. So we came up with the idea that we would use cloth instead of the coffee filter and use evaporation to our advantage. The materials we used for this project were charcoal because it helps to remove impurities also plays as active carbon, rocks to filter out small solids, cotton cloth to filter out the solids in the water as the last step also it can reduce pathogen 99, sand because it helps to remove the supported particles, plastic bottles to contain all the material and elastic to keep the cloth in place. Our first prototype design was a complete fail. The level of our first prototype was too low and-and the PMM was way too high. We first tried to improve our prototype by adding layers but it turns out that the more layer we add the harder the water will go through. We were also very messy and had no organization so it was a complete fail for all of us. For our second prototype, what we did was we tried to decrease the number of layers and tried to plan out everything before starting. Luckily this time the water came through but the results did not change much so it was still a fail. Since I was not here for the final prototype, I am not sure what our results were and what happened. I like the way we learn in this unit. I think this is a very fun activity and it is a different way of learning rather than just sitting in the classroom and watching videos and answering questions. It is different from the activities we have done and it is also a team effort and we don't really get to do activities that include other's people effort so I find it very interesting.
In my opinion, our prototype was pretty bad. We managed to make two prototypes but none of them were successful. The pH level of the two prototype was too low and the PMM is too high. We tried to improve our prototype by adding layers but we completely failed. Our group had no organization and made a big mess. we dropped the prototype more than three times. I think the next time we do this, we should really think before we start and organize and make a plan rather than just jumping in and start with absolutely no organization. Our group made the most mess out of all other groups. We were the last one to finish tyding up since there was a big mess.