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How I Chose My Topic For Capstone

For Capstone, (a big project) I chose Hyperloop as my topic because it includes interesting information, engineering, and a road to the future. I first heard of the Hyperloop reading in a TFK article. The Hyperloop is a train that will levitate in a pipe, and it will go 800+ mph. The hyperloop is the transportation for the future. Hyperloop One is the company that will build the future train. This is why I chose Hyperloop as my capstone topic.

Poetry Unit

For our poetry unit, we wrote… Poems! For our first 1-2 weeks, we read books and got inspiration of other poems to write our own poems. We did this for a lot of days and we eventually got used to writing poems daily. Our poetry unit is still going, and it will keep on going ’till the end of April. A important poem that our class wrote was a “I am from” poem. For this poem, you have to state like different,”Where I’m from”s, like, “I am from trees”. My favorite poems were the ones that we wrote ourselves for our homework. I like these types of poems because you could write about whatever you want to write about! It doesn’t even need to rhyme! I enjoy the freedom of poetry.

Immigration Wevideo

Our class did an immigration about different countries. I chose Russia because it is a big place with lots of information to research about. On the first days when we started the project, we had to write the voiceover and the storyboard of whats going to happen in the movie/video. For our voiceover, we had to write sooooo many paragraphs about our “fake” trip to America. We had to write from where are hometown is, to where our new home in America is going to be. For our storyboard, we drew a strip of comic-like pictures to determine what will happen through out our story. The for our photo shoot, we took pictures of where we would take the photos of our story board. Some of the pictures required a green screen so we took a picture in front of a green wall, then we used this app called “Doink” to merge the picture we want to be in to the picture with the green screen. My favorite green screen pic is this:

Sphero Lesson 2.0 and 3.0

For our second and third class for spheros, we taught our “Students” how to make a circle getting bigger and a figure eight. We also added challenges like colors, sound and speed differences for them to do. After we finished all our challenges for them, we played sphero community games, like Pong, Fortune Teller,  Animal Toss, etc.  Our students had so much fun that they were bummed out when they had to leave. Overall I think that these classes have made a great amount of progress than when we first started teaching them.

 

Sphero Lesson #1

On March 8, my group (Mason, Rick, Me) and I taught Mrs. Boyer’s class and Mrs. Cooper’s class about Sphero. Each group had been assigned to teach a certain amount of students. My group had to teach Charlotte, Beatrice, and Sandy in Mrs. Cooper’s class, then we had to teach Nate, Jonah, and Lola. The lessons were really hard because people didn’t understand certain things. We had to start with the basics, like what the Sphero is, and what programming code does. In the middle of our lesson with Mrs. Cooper’s class, someone kept on hogging the Ipad and didn’t really let the other people get to code. For Mrs. Boyer’s class, it felt to us that someone was trying to teach us than trying being taught.  Overall I thought that it was a very fun experience to teach other kids in my grade.

MLK, jr. Speech

For Martin Luther King, jr.’s speech, I thought that his speech has been realized because King’s speech played an important role for ending segregation and gaining rights for the black people. If King didn’t make the speech, people might have ignored him if he wasn’t doing the, “Nation’s most historical moment”. King was talking about how the black people still didn’t have freedom, and how they will gain freedom by protesting and boycotting.

I thought that the most important part of Martin Luther King, jr.’s speech was when he said, “I have a dream, that one day little black boys and little black girls can join hands with little white boys and little white girls, I have a dream!” I thought that this was the most important part because it represents how segregation can be “cured”.

I think that Martin’s speech changed the world by “Using love against hate, not using hate against hate”. His speech probably changed lots of people’s mind about segregation. I think that the speech has been realized because lots of people heard about it, and agreed about his speech.

Cursive in Schools

I think cursive should still be taught in school because it is a fun way of writing that is different from regular writing. It is also more efficient than printed handwriting because it might be easier to use and more fun. Once you know how to read and write cursive, it can be really cool to read different documents written a long time ago. Cursive is also an important skill to learn.

NF Article

Each person in our class made feature articles about a certain topic that they liked. My favorite part of the feature article was inserting pictures because it was fun looking for them. This writing project took lots of time to make because we had to write a lot about our topic, and it was also hard to think about our topic.  We also had to write our real article on Pages because it will look more like an article, then on Google Docs. I think that writing this feature article was really fun.

This is my feature article below:

Joning’s-NF-Article