Category Archives: Social Studies

capstone #5 Answering my main inquiry question

Hello. Today I will be talking about answering my main inquiry question to remind you my question is what are the positive and negative effects of social media on kids.

All my sub questions helped me answer my main inquiry question because they were each talking about a different aspect of social media’s effect on kids. My sub-questions were:

  • What is social media?
  • How does social media effect kids daily lives?
  • How does social media effect kids mental health?
  • How does social media effect kids physical health?
  • How does social media effect  kids communication?

The sub question that most helped me answer my main question was mental health and physical health because they had lots of information and most of the information was positive and negative witch answered my main question.

The hardest sub-question to answer was what is social media because there were so many answers to this question in my research so I had to take all my information and make an answer.

I learned so much from my information more then I ever thought. I got so much information on all my sub and main questions but I mostly learned about the positive and negative effects of social media on kids.

capstone#3 interview

i interviewed Samantha Silverman. She is a journalist for a website called health magazine, she has researched, and wrote articles on social media’s effects on health.

Somethings that she told me on what her opinion is on the topic, she told my about some articles she wrote on social media. Also, how we could fix the negative effects. I asked her what the proper age is to use social media and she said, ”11”. This matched my research because my research claimed that 11 was the typical age to start using social media. But this also means that kids already start using social media at a young age.

This interview helped me answer my main and sub questions because I asked her small questions within my sub questions and and answers to those question help my get info on my main and sub question. One sub question that helped me was how does social media effect kids communication. She explained that kids can talk to each other more easily with social media, but they communicate less face to face.

This interview surprised me because she said that social media probably has the biggest effect on families. I had no idea it affected not only the kid or teen using social media, but their parents and siblings and people around them. This interview did not surprise me because she said that social media has big effects on mental health, which I already knew from my research. This interview really helped me get good information to answer my questions.

This interview changed my opinion on social media in some ways, and kept my opinion the same in other ways. This changed my opinion on social media’s effect on physical health because I didn’t realize that kids don’t exercise as much or sleep as much because they are on their phones. This kept my opinion the same on social media’s effect on mental health because my research showed the same information.

capstone #2 choosing a main iquiry questions and choosing my sub questions

the main thing you need for capstone is you need to have a main inquiry question and sub questions but is hard to come up with thees questions. a inqury question is a main question you want to research about your topic to find a main inqury question   you need to know is it a  researchable, does this question intreast me, and many more things you need to know to make sure its a good question. sub questions  are questions about your main inqury question and your main topic that you are going to and talk about in your presintashion. over all it was a long prossice to find my questions but i am exited to start reasheraching.

Capstone #1 Choosing a topic

All of the 5th graders in every Scarsdale school does a big project at the end of the year its called capstone its when every child picks a topic that they are very interested in and they do lots of research on . The 5th graders a Heathcote school stared capstone first we had to choose a topic. we filed out an inquiry packet that would later help you pick your topic it had questions like what are your interest , what are you an expert on, and many more questions. i had to narrow  down lots of topics that  i had in mind. At the end we had to pick a topic a topic one and topic two  a topic one is the topic you are most interested in and your topic two is the topic is a topic you want to do but you are a little less interested in. my topic one  was social media and my topic two  was dance i chose  social media because i love social media and i want to learn lots more about it. i choose dance as my topic two because i know lots about dance already but still want to learn more.

philadelphia trip

On November 9th the 5th graders went to philadelphia we left at 6 am and came back around 8  the bus was a choach bus which lots of kids liked you were aloud to bring your phone and snacks for the bus and you could take photos we went to the to lots or museums and walked around the city so cool things we saw were the declaration of independence and the liberty bell. the trip would have been better if it was not raining. the ride back took much longer because it was raining hard. over all i think the trip was lots of fun and i learned a lot

edcamp 2

I thought ed camp was really fun. i saw Jeannie Rosenthal who was talking about being  a person who started a new company. She was very interesting she also talked about how we can change the world. I also went to see a man  who was talking about climate change he won the nobel peace prize and he also told us how we can make a difference in the world. Overall i thought ed camp so much fun and i would do it again.

Book of The Month – Ted Talk Reflection


“‘One Plastic Bag” is mainly about how 5 women made that make a change. My favorite part  was when one person bought the bag and then a lot of people started to buy the bag because it shows that one person can change a lot. This book reminded me of  when my aunt made me a sweater from scratch. The message of the book is to keep your environment clean. I think that because if you litter some animals will die because it is bad to pollute.

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In the Ted Talk it is mainly about banning plastic bags in bail and working to fix a problem. My favorite part was when  the girls went to the airport to get signatures because they reached their goal. This talk  reminds me of a poem called dont give up. The message  of the talk is dont give up