Pollo a La Brasa Misti Restaurant Field Trip

For a taste of some Spanish dishes, we went on a field trip to a Peruvian restaurant: Pollo a La Brasa – Misti Restaurant. We tried five dishes: pollo saltado (chicken with rice), lomo saltado (steak with rice), tallarin saltado de carne (steak with noodles), pescado al ajo (fish), ensalada de verduras (salad). We also tried a Peruvian beverage: chicha morada.

Each class split in groups who each sat with a chaperone or at least near one. I was in a group with Ally, Giana, and William M – so without a chaperone! At the restaurant there wasn’t enough tables, so one of the groups split and sat at different tables, so we had to make room for William L. and Eli.

We had worksheets with questions to ask every person at our table. The questions were asking if you like the food, which food was your favorite, if you liked the chicha morada, and things like that.

All the food was great! But my favorite dish was probably either lomo saltado or tallarin saltado de carne (probably because I like most steak dishes).

Overall I think it was a great experience!

Choosing a Main Inquiry Question and Choosing Sub Questions – Capstone #2

Now, if you read my first post, I wrote that my topic was on alcohol and marijuana and how they affect the brain. However, I changed my topic.

In my first post, I also said how I came across the idea on video games and how they affect the brain. Well, I reconsidered that idea, and I decided to use it. Why? Partly because it’s more of a topic on kids (not teens), and partly because I think it might be more interesting and easier.

I revised my question, though. At first when I revised it, I made it about how watching videos and playing video games affect the brain, so it was not just about video games. However, when I was thinking about the topic, I wasn’t sure if I could get enough information on the part about watching videos. On the other hand, if I compared both, then my main inquiry question would be a level 4, and even though I could get a level 4 on just video games, it would be harder to find that type of question. There are 4 levels of types of questions, level 4 being the best.

I think for my Capstone project, I’m going to make my question about how video games affect the brain, because I’m not sure there’s enough information on watching videos to last me 2 months. My final question is: How does playing video games affect the brain, and how can you make minimize the negative effects?

After I came up with a main inquiry question, it was time to come up with sub questions. Sub questions are littler questions to help answer the main inquiry question. I already started on my sub questions, so it was just a matter of revising and editing them. I came up with six of them, but I combined two together.  My final sub questions are: What are the pros of playing video games? What are the cons of playing video games? What makes video games so addicting? How can you minimize the negative effects on the brain from video games? What role does age play in the effects of video game playing on the brain?

I don’t have a ton of information and I’m not really ahead, but I’m also not lagging behind. I think I’m doing okay so far, but that could change real quick…

Where I’m From

April is poetry month, where our school has an art and poetry festival. All of the 5th grade had to write a poem about where they are from, like what things are a part of them.

I wanted my poem a little bit more different from everyone else’s. Most people’s poems would list things: things they cherish, phrases often said in their house, things they love to do (hobbies), family names, etc. My poem was more like a story, and I only talked about three things (of course I love more than three things, but I couldn’t write more than one page).

After we finished our poems, we colored them, and that really brought them alive!

Most of us recorded ourselves in front of a green screen reciting the poem, so we could chose a background in our video.

The rest of us made a short movie, where we added different pictures together to form a video, then added a voice over. I also wanted to make a video, so I did. I didn’t know what site to make it on. After trying out lots of different movie making sites, I finally decided to use WeVideo, which was my original choice. I started a video, adding different pictures and videos to match my poem. I didn’t really like it though, I thought it was too boring. Then I came up with an idea. I totally changed the content in my video, and I think it looks way better.

Check my final video out:


Choosing a Topic – Capstone #1

Way back in 3rd grade, I learned about Capstone, since my brother was in 5th grade at the time. I tried to think about it, but couldn’t come up with a good idea. Somewhere around the middle of 5th grade, I decided I thought I wanted to do my topic on the Bermuda Triangle, but when I learned that each student has to do a site visit, I decided maybe the Bermuda Triangle wasn’t the right topic.

My mom and I discussed it, and pretty quickly, I decided I wanted to do something related to the brain, like how memory works.

But after doing some research, I changed my mind (again). I was searching up something about the brain, and an article showed up. It was something about how drugs affect the brain.

I thought it was very interesting, so I did more research on it, and eventually I liked it better than my other topic on how memory works, so I crossed my other topic off my list.

Soon, however, I realized I needed to narrow my topic down. Did I want to do marijuana’s affects on the brain and compare the affects of different ages? Or did I want to talk about alcohol’s affects of different ages? Or maybe compare both: Does marijuana have worse effects on the brain, or does alcohol?

I was having a really hard time deciding, and while I was, I crashed into yet another topic: How does video games affect the brain? It really didn’t help.

I felt surrounded by different topics, it took me a long time to decide which topic to pick. I picked my topic on marijuana vs. alcohol: which one is worse for the brain? I finally decided this because at the middle school there was going to be an exhibit about how drugs affect the brain, so if I went, it could really help me learn more about my topic.

My 1st Scratch Project

When this project was assigned, I immediately started thinking how many scratch to tynker projects I wanted. Did I want 3 scratch, 1 tynker? 3 tynker, 1 scratch? 2 scratch, 2 tynker? Eventually I decided I wanted 3 scratch, 1 tynker, because in my opinion scratch is easier for me (tynker does all the work for you without explaining it well enough).

So at home, I went to scratch, and then I realized that I couldn’t sign in because I forgot my username. So I made another one, and started my project.

I started a pong game, because I thought that it would be easy but also fun.

When I got back to school, I asked Ally what my username was. Everyone has similar usernames, the only difference is your name. So, Ally knew what my username was, and luckily it worked. Thanks, Ally!

Now the only problem was that the project I started at home was in my other account, and I didn’t want to remake it because I already added A LOT to it.

So I kept on working on my pong game. I added blocks so that when the blue ball touches them, they disappear. If you make all of them disappear, you win!

Hope you like it:

My Tynker Project

I had a really hard time deciding what tynker project I wanted. I tried to do a platformer game, since the one with scratch didn’t work, but it was also too hard. I couldn’t really think of anything, so I tried the tutorials.

After thinking about it, I did another kind of story thing, like my 3rd scratch project. Only my tynker one is less complicated, because I am better at scratch than tynker.

I don’t think this one is really good, but I think it’s okay. I hope you do too.

My 3rd Scratch Project

After I came up with two scratch projects, I considered what I would make my 3rd one like.

I decided I wanted to make it a little more complicated than my first two projects. But I didn’t know what it should be. Maybe it should be a platformer game of some sort. I wasn’t sure. But I couldn’t really think of anything else.

Eventually I decided I wanted a platformer game. I started it, but halfway in I realized it was too hard, and that it probably wouldn’t be done in time. So I brainstormed new ideas.

Then I remembered a featured project that was kind of like a story, so I decided to code a story. I wanted to have a castle theme, so it is about a prince and a princess.

Here it is:

My 2nd Scratch Project

After I liked how my 1st scratch project was going, and started working on my 2nd scratch project. I logged into my original account, the one without my pong game. I saw that I had made a scratch project before, and I liked it so I decided to make it my 2nd scratch project. I went inside and added some things, though.

My second scratch project is called My Virtual Pet. You get a dog as your pet, and you can play with it and feed it by clicking on the objects. If your dog is too full, drank enough water, or isn’t bored, your dog won’t eat, drink, or play. But if your dog gets too hungry, bored, or thirsty, your dog will faint.

This project isn’t that complicated, but I hope you like it:

“My Time at Heathcote” – Ignite

This Ignite was a practice one for Capstone. For Capstone, you could either do an Ignite, or a Ted Talk. So we started practicing, to get what it feels like to decide which one we wanted to do for Capstone.

An Ignite usually has 20 slides, 15 seconds each, 5 minutes long in total. But since this is our first Ignite and just a practice one, our Ignites were only 7 slides, 15 seconds each, 90 seconds in total.

We could choose any topic we wanted, as long as it was about us, and it was a story. I was a little unsure of what I wanted to talk about (I explain this in my Ignite), but I eventually got an idea from Mr. Casal.

I did my Ignite about my time at Heathcote; the good times, and the bad, too. I also talked a little about middle school; my hopes, and my feelings.

On the day, I was very nervous. I spoke kind of fast, so my slides didn’t exactly match with my words since I rushed ahead. But, I hope you still like it:

Debatable Issue – Should we be More Focused on Underwater Exploration or Outer Space Exploration?

Our teacher Mrs. Edwards assigned our class a debate project. She split our class into teams, in our reading/writing groups. My reading/writing group consisted of me, Ally, Kevin, and Sam.

Each team got to choose their debate topic. The choices were: Should animals be kept in zoos? Should people be more focused on underwater exploration or outer space exploration? Should we ban plastic bags? Should you drink tap or bottled water? Should we be more focused on protecting sharks from humans or humans from sharks? Kevin and Sam wanted to pick Should people be more focused on underwater exploration or outer space exploration?, but Ally and I wanted to pick Should animals be kept in zoos? Eventually we let Kevin and Sam have their first pick, but the second and third pick would be ones Ally and I wanted.

Mrs. Edwards used sticks with everyone’s names on it to pick which group would go first. But, there was another group that wanted to pick Should people be more focused on underwater exploration or outer space exploration? Luckily Mrs. Edwards chose Ally first, so we got our first pick.

After everyone chose a topic, we started reading articles that were in our debate bin. We couldn’t decide what side we would be on during the real debate, because we all wanted to be on the outer space side.

We had a lot of arguments, but with the final debates nearing closer we decided Ally and I would be on the outer space side, and Sam and Kevin would be on the underwater side.

We had few practice debates because we always were in different places with different schedules and other things to do.

But our final debate went better than I thought it would.

Check it out: