Welcome to 4th grade!

My 4th grade year has begun. I feel very excited! I also miss third grade. My teacher and teacher aide are very nice. They’re so nice that if they are doing something and a student needs help, they’ll stop to help that student. I like my new classmates. Hardly any of my new classmates were from my third grade class.

My goals are to be a better person, learn a lot more math strategies for math, and get into a habit of comprehending in reading. I’ll reach those goals by working hard in fourth grade.

Practice Ignite

In this blog post, I’m going to be talking about my Ignite. What is an Ignite? An Ignite is a five minute presentation on a topic. And think about it as a story. You would tell a story on, let’s say, gymnastics, if you like gymnastics. My presentation is one minute and forty five seconds long. I was given the choice to do whatever topic I want. So I chose Greek Mythology. I think doing an Ignite is fun, except presenting it. I always get nervous. This is a practice Ignite, because after this Ignite, I’m going to do an official one on Colonial America, but that’s later. In the process, I wrote stuff in a script, and then, after that, made a slideshow with pictures, no words. It’s because I’m going to be talking, so if I put words on the slideshow, then the audience would focus on the words, and not me. In the speaker notes, I put in my script for each slide. In total, there are seven sides, and an eighth slide that says “Time is up!” There’s an eighth slide that says “Time Is Up”, so that you wouldn’t keep talking. Each slide would stay up for fifteen seconds, so I would have to talk for fifteen seconds. Originally, there’s supposed to be twenty six slides. In the script, there are four sections: time, picture, slides, and words. In the beginning of the project, I was super nervous. But now, I’m mostly not nervous, except on the part that I have to present it to twenty three people, plus, their parents. But I love doing this project because it’s super fun and exciting. Mr. Casal kept on teaching me what to do, so that’s how I got to here.

Plant Blog Post #4

A seed pod is a pod and inside, it has black seeds. It also has a shell that protects the seeds inside. It grows near the pistil on a flower. It’s sometimes skinny and sometimes fat. The pod is green.

The plant cycle is: First, the seed gets planted. Next, it grows with water and sunlight. When the plant grows leaves, it will use photosynthesis to give itself food. The roots find water underground. When the flower part of the plant grows, pollinators (Bees, butterflies, etc.) come and pollinate the flower. The sticky pollen sticks to the pollinator and when the pollinator goes to the next flower or plant, that’s called pollinating. After that plant gets pollinated, the petals fall of and the plant dies. The seeds stick on the petal and the plant cycle goes all over again.

Yesterday, my group and I picked seed pods from the Wisconsin Fast Plants and today, we opened the seed pods. We got six seeds from the seed pods. Yesterday, we dried the seed pod under a lamp so today, it would be easier for us to open the seed pods. We picked out two  big seed pods from our plant. I wonder, What if the Wisconsin Fast Plant is in nature? How will the seeds come out of the pod?

Cultural Universals on China

I researched about China. My teacher put a packet together and that’s where I wrote my notes. I got information from the Heathcote library databases, from books and from my own  knowledge to study the different cultural universals of China. The cultural universals are: Politics. Social Aspects, Economics, Beliefs and Cultural Arts. After I researched enough on each cultural universal, I put together a comic book titled “The Wonders of China.” My favorite part of this project is making the character in Google Drawings. The thing I found challenging was copying and pasting my character into the slides.