What was 3 things that was new that I learned about geography and early human settlement?

  1. I learned that most Ancient Egyptian are farmers.
  2. I learned that most people that live in Egypt rely on the Nile river as their water sources.
  3. Features influenced human settlement.

What are 2 things that I am proud of in my project?

  1. I am proud of my Nile River Delta about how it is linked to the Mediterranean sea, which is those lines that link the Nile River to the sea.
  2. The Nile River is the longest river in the world so I made mine really long and i'm proud of it.

What is 1 thing I would do differently

  • I would probably talk slower because I think I talked kind of too fast.



For the past two months, us fifth graders ( including me) had a super unit named Green Dragon! My group's name is Paper Towels. I chose this idea because I think that SSIS middle school and elementary school students are using too much paper towels, so we must use air dryers and hand towels instead of paper towels. Having air dryers and hand towels can also make the school looks a little cooler too.

Talking about ecology, economics, politics, and culture, it's really sustainable because for air dryers, you can reuse it a lot of time, maybe a few years. With hand towels, you can reuse it for a long time so it's also sustainable. For economics, SSIS could afford it, it might be kind of expensive but it's worth it. Also, it'll actually save money in time. Politics, there's a really high chance of the leaders at SSIS will agree because in high school, we already have air dryers and we could cancel the hand towels. Last but not least, culture, I think it's perfectly find because it doesn't make anyone think that they're doing something wrong, and some people like air dryers more than paper towels.

We made the script on the last minute of Shark Tank and it went really well except that I messed up a little during the presentation. I also learned how to use Prezi and Canva. I don't really like how Canva works but I can work with it. I think Prezi is a really good site, I might like Prezi more than Google Slides from now. The most challenging part was us doing the budget & timeline because we forgot to count the bathrooms so we had to count it. For timeline, it's pretty hard to figure out the time to ship and install all the tools but we fixed it at last.

We forgot a lot of stuff so we had to went back and did it again, it took a few days but at least we were done with it in the day of Shark Tank. Our proposal went really well and I think there was no mistake at all. I'm really happy about our project even if we didn't get green lighted because we worked together and finished it on time.

Here's our proposal!

Last week, we did a hackathon! A hackathon is an event that typically last several days, in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming. Our hackathon didn't goes for several days but it does went for three hours. I chose to put cows in the campus and we learned about the STAR poster. The Star poster stands for Situation, Task, Action and Result. The situation is when we use the lawn mowers, it used too much fuel and there's too much air pollution going all over the place. The task is to prevent air pollution and fuel, we should use cows instead of lawn mowers. The action is we have to write a proposal and if we success, we can buy cows. Result would be less air pollution and saving fuel, and we could have an eco- friendly lawn mower.

We started a reading & writing unit called Reading Article , and we started it since November      ( I think) and most of us just finished it now because it was a long unit. First, we had to make an outline about 3 random topics that we chose, then we researched about those 3 random topics that we chose. After that, we had to choose 1 of our 3 topics to make an article, then a draft, then a final one with pictures and colours which we can make on Pages, Ibooks, or Google Sites, and last but not least, this post.

The topics that I chose are dogs, chess, and multiple birth. The 1 out of 3 topic that I chose is multiple birth. Multiple birth is about different kinds of twins, triplets, quadruplets... And facts about them. And the reason that I chose this topic is because multiple birth is the thing that I were interested in the most and I would like to learn about it. Researching is pretty hard because there were nothing that I wanted in InfoBits ( a school website) and I have to research it in wikipedia.

I also had learned some skills and tips when I did this project, and the first one is delete the en    ( stand for english) and put simple in that place and you'll have a much shorter article. Another is that I learned how to organize CARP:     

Contrast: How well did you use colours to make your article attractive and easy to read?

Alignment: Do things look neat? Is it clear which order a reader should follow through the article or I-Book, or how they should navigate your sites

Repetition: Did you repeat things like colours and fonts to keep the article, I-Book or site neat and attractive?

Proximity: Are related things (such as text and pictures) placed near each other?

I chose Pages instead of Ibook and Google Sites because Pages is the only familiar site with me and Ms. Rayle know about Pages more than Google sites and Ibooks too. Also, I chose it because if I have a problem, Ms. Rayle usually would know how to solve it.

Multiple birth






Last week, we went to Cat Tien national park for 3 days. The teachers splited us up into 2 teams which were team 1 and 2 ( I'm in team 2). We went to Cat Tien by busses and it also took us 4 hours to get to Cat Tien.

My most favourite activities are the bon fire and the moon bear. The reason that I liked the moon bear centre is because we fed the bears, well not directly. The guys that work there made them go to a small cage then we got to the big cage and hide food somewhere in there. Then, we came out of the big cage and then the guys  that work there released the bear to the big cage     ( more like a forest with fences around), they found food and they just ate it. We also named a few bears for fun too.

                         The Gambler                                               Alexis' favourite

The reason that I liked the bonfire is because there are fun activities. It's pretty cold at night in Cat Tien and there's fire so it's warmer so I really liked it. We also roasted marshmallows too. But Ms. Rayle had a cold so she couldn't tell all the scary stories, and that's pretty sad.

                                                                                          Teacher-led bon fire





For the past 3 weeks, I made a reading goal, which is to finish a book before Tet break, but I didn't finish it yet. I think I'll meet my goal before Tet. I highly recommend this book called Dear Dumb Diary: The Problem With Here Is That It's Where I'm From, by Jim Benton. This book is about Jamie Kelly's diary that talks about her life with her best friend named Isabella and a new student named Colette  (I didn't read about her that much).The Dear Dumb Diary series has a lot of books like Never Do Anything Ever,  My Pants Are Haunted, It's Not My Fault I Know Everything and Let's Pretend This Never Happened......


I learned that different kind of Coke and Mentos may be chemically different and some reaction are cool to watch, but it takes time. My favourite part in my experiment is when I put Mentos in the Coke and dry ice solution then the bubbles came out and popped by itself. If I have a chance to do another experiment, I would probably use a smaller container so the coke could explode because the container is going to be too small to fit all of them.

Two days ago, we did The Amazing Race challenges in District 1. Our team's name was The heart ice cream and our flag had pink ice cream cpnext_emoticon_-_strawberry_ice_cream_conewith 4 pink hearts images around the ice cream. On the other side, we had a face emoji with pink a pair of sunglasses on the left, and a pink heart eyes emoji on the right with a big word THE AMAZING RACE right in the middle

img_0130-4img_0197-2      THE HEART ICE CREAM                                                THE AMAZING RACE

My favourite challenge was the the thing that we did in Takashimaya because Takashimaya is a mall so it have air condition which mean it's not hot anymore! There was a really nice guy who leaded us to Takashimaya, and another nice guy that works in Annam Gourmet Market that helped us to find all the things that we need in the list that Mr. Edward gave us. It's super easy because we just had to take a picture of the nutrition fact of the foods that was in the list then put it in order from the smallest amount to the biggest of sodium in the food.

img_0172-2 img_0186-2                           We got to chose 1 challenge                             The nice guy that works in Annam Gourmet Market

The hardest one was at the Book Street station, it's hard but my most favourite thing about it is that I did the leading from Takashimaya to Notre Dame then from Notre Dame, I leaded the group to the Book Street because I remembered the road. First, we had to take a picture with a sculpture, then the hard part come, we have to solve the code and used our 8 minutes to solve a sentence!

img_0202-2 img_0205-2      We solved the code                                                 This is the sculpture




Last Thursday, we went to a park named Buu Long. It took us 2 hours to go there but we made it. We paid a company named Phat Tire to do activities and adventures. They split us in 2 groups. One group does the adventure and the other does the teamwork games (outside activities). My group did the adventure first, and the Phat Tire's guide also split us into 3 groups we called group 1, 2, and 3.

Group 1 did the rock climbing, group 2 did the zip lining, and group 3 did the abseiling. I'm in group two and I did the zip lining first, it also my favorite too. First, we have to put the harness and the helmet on and then we have to hike up a hill (I call it muddy hill, my shoes got all dirty and muddy) to a really high place, and a guy have something that lock us to the rope and then we zip lining down. It's really hard to run of the cliff because I scare of high (and I don't used to do it) so I decided to tell the guy to push me off and it was so fun!


We climbing up to the hill (the last person is me)

When we finished the zip lining, we do the abseiling practice. We practiced when it's raining, but we still have to wear the harness and the helmet even if the practice place is super short. We have to turn our body exactly 90 degrees, and a few people fall of at last because they are nervous. But when we finish the practice, the rain is so hard that we couldn't do the abseiling, but the zip lining group zip lined in the rain because they already climbed up, so if they walk back it's going to take more time or someone might have injury because it's slippery!


He felt down

After lunch, we did the teamwork activities while the other did the adventure. My favorite one is " Cooperative Maze ". There's a huge piece of plastic paper (whatever it is) with horizontal lines and vertical lines (it kind of look like the XO board game but huge). The rules is no talking and no marking, seems like the rule is easy, but the games is hard. You have to guess the squares that you'll go from the start to the finish, which mean you have to go some where that the guy say yes, if he keeping say yes you can go another step, but if he say no you have to go back to the start line by going exactly to the square that you went.



That's our team

And last but not least, I like " Star War ". You have to understand this is a game name's          " Star War " not the movie. You have to fit your 2 feet in the circle, there’s a lot of circle on the ground, when the guy call 3...2...1 you are going to run to another circle to fit your feet in it, and then the guy will take out the circle 1 at a time and at last, it be 1 circle left. How can you fit 29 persons in the circle? But then we found out that the guy said " feet " not your whole body, so we have 2 solution is sit outside and put your feet in the circle and the rest will stay in the circle, but if it not enough, somebody is going to be carry.


Everybody tried to get in the circle



You are at a friend's house for a sleepover. This is a really popular student and it's the first time she has invited you to her house. Once her parent are asleep, your friend suggests that you both sneak to the liquor cabinet to try some of the alcohol her parents have stored.

I would say " No, my parent don't let me drink it and it makes you drunk, my opinion is you shouldn't drink it too ". But if she say that if I don't drink it, she'll not be my friend anymore          ( peer pressure ). I'll still say " No, if I drink, I'll be in big trouble. I"d rather not be your friend than against the law but be your friend ".