Category: 5th Grade

Capstone Presentation

Finally, we have finished capstone. It was a long journey, but it taught me so so much. The first time I ever presented was  in front of my class. I was terrified and my legs were shaking while presenting. I didn’t know all of my script at the time so I had to keep looking down at it. The second time I presented was 10 times better. I did it in front of A 3rd grade class and it went very well. I pretty much new my script and I wasn’t nearly as nervous as before. This time was my last dress rehearsal. Finally, the night came to present to the parents. I surprisingly wasn’t  nervous at all. I think this was because I had enough experience with presenting and I had at least practiced my script 100 times. After finishing this project, I learned so much. Capstone taught me to manage my time. I also learned that speaking loud and clearly is VERY important because if you don’t, no one can you and therefore your not teaching anyone anything. This capstone could be life changing for me because now I might try to be a nutritionist when I’m older.

Graphic Novels

These past weeks, my class has been learning about graphic novels. From gutters to illustrations to complicated writing, we have created our own. I have faced many challenges and went through a long journey. For example one of my biggest challenges was finding a good story-line and making the story sound good in the graphic novel form-mat. I kept changing my story because I felt it was either to hard to express or it just wasn’t a good story.

Reading Graphic Novels changed my view on them because I realized that the story expresses a lot more than people would think because the story seems so short when reading. It has the same amount of action, feelings, and emotions than a novel. I realized also that graphic novels are pretty tricky to read because you have to consider the gutters, thinking bubbles, speech bubbles, captions and more.

Writing Graphic Novels is A LOT harder than it looks. Same as the reading, while writing I need to consider, gutter, thinking bubbles, captions and speech bubbles. I thought that it was going to be super easy but the drawings take FOREVER and in my experience, it’s hard to think up how your story is going to go.

Here is my slideshow and if you can’t see it click this link –

Finding my Main questions and Sub questions – Capstone

Since changing my topic I was thinking about what my main question would be. I thought that my best thing to research on fast food would be the health effects of it. My first question that I came up with was, What is it in fast food that makes so many people avoid it, and how does it effect peoples health? My teacher told me that not everybody avoids it and that I should change it to, What is it in fast food that makes so many people avoid and consume it, and how does that effect peoples health? I was very comfortable with this question and it also could expand my research. Next, it was time to find sub – questions. These weren’t to hard to make but the only problem I had was I only thought about one side of people. For instance, I wrote, What makes people choose healthy food over fast food? The problem with this question is that not everybody chooses healthy food over fast food so I had to change it to, What makes some people choose healthy food over fast food? Everything else was pretty easy and I didn’t get bored very easily.

Changing My Topic – Capstone

Originally, I was set on doing Marvel and DC for my capstone. I had a great main question and I felt I was going to really like that topic. Then one day we were told to make sub-questions. At that moment,  I was excited to make sub-questions because I really wanted to grow on my topic. When I got home that night, the first thing I did for homework was to find sub-questions for capstone. I got out a pen and notebook and started to brainstorm questions. All of a sudden I felt like my sub-questions weren’t good ones to grow on. I thought to myself, that’s what helps for, right? The questions that I ended up with were good ones but they bored me. That’s when I finally realized, this topic is not for me, I have to change it. The next night I started to brainstorm all new topics that interested me. I wrote Social Media, Starbucks, and Fast Food. After that, I started to come up with possible main questions. When I got to school the next day, I told my teacher that I wanted to change my topic. I felt like researching fast food because I felt like I could really grow on that topic and be comfortable with it. My teacher told me that she was fine with me changing my topic and after that, I finally felt like a could “chill out”.

Choosing a Question for CAPSTONE #1

A few days ago, my class (and the whole grade) started something called, Capstone. Capstone is basically a topic that we have to research and have to love for about 2 months. You might be thinking, wow  some 5th grader researching only one thing for 2 months…. how is that going to play out. Well actually it’s a lot more complicated than you think. 

For my capstone I am going to be researching Marvel and DC. More specifically superheroes. When I first thought of Marvel and DC I really wanted to focus on film making and the process in how they make the movies but when my teacher saw my question she thought it was great but it would take years and years to answer. I took this into consideration and realized how hard it was to answer. Then she started to talk about how a lot of the superheroes in the movies and comics are mirrored off of popular history. I was immediately interested. She then told me to write down anything I needed and make a great question out of it. I made a question that I ended up being really happy with which is, “How do superheroes reflect popular culture and history“. One thing I really liked about this question was that I could talk about both the movies and the comics which I couldn’t do with my first question. My next step is to find sub questions and resources.

Spring Break 2018

Spring break starts next Friday but for me, it starts after school on Wednesday. I leave for California at around evening time. We usually go to San Clemente but my grandparents moved and I’m a little sad about that because I loved their old house and I loved the close by beach. Since they moved to a senior center they get to swim at the pool there I am excited about that because last year I always wanted to go to a pool but there were none nearby. The new house they live in is a lot smaller than the old house, but I still think I’m going to like their new house because they renovated it to make it look really nice and modern. Another con of them moving is it takes really long to get to the CLOSEST beach.  The beach is also really rocky and the tide is always super high so it’s kind of hard to swim and to find a good place to sit. Something really good about the beach is that it has SO MUCH sea glass. Me and my love to collect sea glass! The beach also has a lot of caves and tide pools. The tide pools are super cool because there are so many cool sea creatures. I also love the cave because it is a great place to take pictures. Overall the whole beach area is so beautiful! I am overall super excited to see how different it is living there compared to living in San Clemente.

Science Filtration Process

Around  the beginning of February my class and I began reading the book, A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park.

Image result for A long walk to waterThe book was split into two different stories. One story was in 1985 and it was about a boy named Salva. The other story was in 2008 and it was about a girl named Nya. In Nya’s household water was scarce so everyday she had to walk back and forth from sunrise to sundown just to get water. Even though she walked so long to get the water, the water was still very dirty and probably not the safest to drink either. We also read the book, Salila’s Turtle by Engineering is Elementary Team. Salila was working hard on trying to filter water. This inspired my class to start looking into pollution and how pollution forms. We realized most and/or all the pollution is caused by humans. Since lots of people don’t have a water system in there home they use ponds, lakes and oceans to “tidy” themselves. This causes water to have lots of contaminants.

My class was split into groups. My group was Max and Jessica. Our goal was to find a way to make a useful filter but we had to move in small steps. First, we brainstormed the criteria for determining the quality. These are the ones we came up with,

  • Number of particles left behind
  • Clarity
  • Taste
  • Odor
  • Color
  • Speed
  • Durability

After, it was our first time filtering water. We were only allowed to use each filter by itself. We did this to see what each filter could do by itself. We were given paper filters (coffee filters), sand and gravel and a screen (mosquito net). We were looking at how many particles the filter could remove, how much color the filter removed, and how long it took. We also were assigned to a bottle full of a contaminant. My group got assigned to soil water. Then, we filtered the water with the three filters we had. We found that the sand and gravel worked the best. It didn’t take that long but it could have been faster. It took about 2 minutes. I think it took so long because the holes that water seeped through were so small but that’s also why I think the water was filtered so well. Finally it was time to really start thinking about the criteria we needed to make a good filter. Our class thought of these.

  • Reusable
  • Hardy
  • Strong
  • Durable
  • Easy to use
  • Efficient
  • Safe for environment and kids
  • Portable
  • Inexpensive
  • Long lasting
  • Easy use for kids
  • Good quality

Before we started,

2 groups got paired together. (I think we did this to make things easier.) Our teacher asked us to find the top 4 criteria that we wanted our filter to be based off of. We chose safe for all ages, reusable, efficient, and good quality. Then, we started thinking about materials to use. Our teacher said every single idea should be written down no matter how weird it is. Here is the a list.

  • Elephants trunk
  • Pink fluffy unicorn
  • Layered paper filter
  • Medal
  • Soybean powder
  • Self contained tank
  • Cheap thin fabric
  • Dried and washed non toxic baby wipes, stretched out

In the end our materials for our first filter were,

  • Non toxic baby wipes
  • Paper filter
  • Folded screen
  • bottle

We made the filter like this, we put the folded screen in the bottom of the bottle then, we put 5 paper filters right on top, and lastly we taped the baby wipe to the top of the bottle. We also had a rating system. 5 meant super bad and dirty water, 4 meant a little bit lighter and still a lot of particles, 3 meant pretty clear and just a couple particles, 2 meant almost completely clear and very little particles, and 1 meant completely clear water.

Before we started to filter our water we had to answer some question in our note book. Here is a picture of what it looked like.

Then, finally we were ready to filter our polluted water. Our first attempt took about two minutes which isn’t bad. It was a 2 ½ because there were not many particles but the color was in between the two. We thought it was really good for our first try.

Our 2nd attempt went the exact same but we went with a different design. This design was a little bit more sophisticated. Here are the materials we used.

  • Folded screen
  • 5 Paper filters
  • Non toxic baby wipe (we put the baby wipe inside the paper filter)
  • Sand and gravel

Our 2nd try we also think it got a 2 ½ because the color was in between and there was a little amount of particles left. Since our end product turned out being the same we wanted to see what would happen if we filtered it again. (we double filtered it). The color didn’t change but there were no particles at all. We came to a conclusion and said that the rating was a 2. I think if we filtered the water 5 times it would be a one but we didn’t have time.

Our last attempt was the the worst and the best in different ways. These are the materials we used for our last design.

  • Folded screen
  • 5 paper filters
  • Flattened out cotton balls
  • Sand and gravel
  • Non toxic wipe

Our last filter was weird because after we filtered the water there were absolutely no particles in it that were visible but yet the color was still very dark. This is confusing to me because i thought that the cotton balls would take most of the color out but it didn’t. But i do think that the cotton balls helped with making the water have no particles.

Overall, I would definitely do this again at home because it is a fun project but it can also help stop pollution.

A Long Walk to Water

My class and I are reading the book A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park.  We have been discussing leadership, survival and more. Our book had been very and intense and it makes me realize how much I actually have and how I take it for granted. Nya and Salva, the two main characters, go through lots and lots of hard times and times they want to just end. But Salva was told by his uncle to take things bit by bit, day by day. This encourages Salva to never give up and keep going. These two characters, Nya an Salva stories are at different time periods. Salva’s story was a true story that happened in 1985 and Nya’s story was based on a true and happened in 2008.

My class and I have been thinking about some questions. One that we discussed and talked about was, What are the qualities of effective leadership? I was thinking about this hard and the first one that popped up in my mind was perseverance. I feel like perseverance is super important characteristic because if a leader gives up the people following might as well give up too because a leader is suppose to show bravery and being strong but if the leader just gives up they will think that if it is to hard for the leader they have no chance to do it either.  Another quality of effective leadership is being bold. I think being bold is super important because if a leader has an idea they should not hide it they should tell it to everybody. Even if the idea does not work, it would be the right choice to at least try because if they don’t then they are losing a chance of a possible good idea and a possible chance of something working and succeeding. In the book A Long walk to Water, Salva shows these characteristics. Salva shows perseverance when he is kicked out of Ethiopia and his refugee camp and ends up leading about 1500 boys and always tells himself to take things bit by bit and day by day. When he keeps telling this to himself  and others he finishes his journey and he gets 1200 boys to Kenya. Salva shows boldness when he decided where he is going. This is boldness because Salva did not hesitate to tell anybody he just decided to go because he knew it would be best. he knew Kenya was the best choice because there would be refugee camps there. Eventually a lot of boys started to follow Salva.

Salva is wise and has great knowledge. His philosophy can help me in my life because Salva shows me that at such a young age I can do sooo much. Salva also inspired me to act more like a leader like persevering and being brave. I chose these two characteristics that Salva has because being brave can affect so many things. For example, if there was a spider and no one else wanted to go near it to kill it, I would go so that the other people that didn’t want to approach it would relax after I killed it for them. I think perseverance is a huge one because if I stop trying, I will never know what it would benefit for me. For example, the Spartan Race. If I give up in the middle of the Spartan Race, then I won’t be able to feel the experience of accomplishing and finishing the race.  Out of all the characteristics, I think that perseverance is the most important because there is always a chance to get to your goal and if you give up, you are missing an opportunity. I think I can develop the ability to persevere if I tell myself the same thing Salva’s uncle to Salva, “bit by bit, one step at a time.” I think this will help me because I will just focus on the things I am doing at the time rather than overthinking  what I am going to do later.

Overall, this book really makes me so thankful for what I have because Salva has almost nothing but yet, can persevere through all of it just from some words, “bit by bit, one step at a time.”

Rocketry project (preparing and building)

We have started to build our rockets. We are also are preparing for the launch and how to measure how high the rocket goes. Today (10/17/17) we started learning how to measure things in motion. We used a trendall wheel to tell us we were 15m away from the flagpost or soccer ball. First, we measured a flagpost I found this to be easy because it wasn’t moving and we had multiple tries. Next, we threw the ball in the up in the air. We had to try to measure the highest point that it went. I found this to be tricky because we had limited tries and it wasn’t so as accurate as the flagpole. I think when we have to measure the rocket it will be very hard because it goes very fast and we only get one try so our measurements might be totally off.

For our building, it was pretty easy since we already had our plans. The first thing we had to do was sand our bottles. We had to sand our bottle because if we left it smooth than the hot glue would peel off the bottle. After we finished sanding our bottle we had to cut a strip of paper that was the size of around the whole bottle. Then we had to fold the paper into four even sections. Next, we had to tape the strip around our bottle and extend the lines onto the bottle.

Then we decorated our fins, we had to make sure we left aside without tape so the glue wouldn’t slide off of it. That was a big problem for us because we weren’t thinking about that when we started. So we had to try to peel some of the tape and cut some of it off. Two of them worked two of them failed. We re-started the ones that failed and they ended up looking really good. Next, we decorated the top of the bottle with tape. We only decorated the top of our bottle because we didn’t want to cover up the sanded part. After that, we hot glued the wings onto the sanded sides of the bottle and made sure we did extra glue so it would for sure stay.

For the nose cone, my teacher (Ms. Boyer) contacted the high school and asked them if we could use their 3D printer. A big problem that happened was that we forgot to send our nose cone prototype to her. We solved this problem because Om has a 3D printer at his house, so we are every thankful for that. We are planning to just hot glue it onto the bottom of the bottle and we should be fine. Overall my group and I have a solid build. We still need to finish the nose cone, but other than that we should be good. I think that our build will be very good for the launch I think it is strong and it won’t fall apart too easy.

This is what our rocket looks like we decided to put red tape in between the wings because it was dull without it and now it pops a lot more. We put our team name (Science Minds) on our rocket so it was more customized and personalized.