Before we built our flashlights, we had to build a diagram that was as accurate as possible so we would know where to put the wires. When Mr. Calvert showed us how we were going to make the diagram I was so confused and worried that I was going to mess up. When we started our diagrams, I got distracted so I was a little bit behind. Luckily I was able to catch up to everyone else soon. I just finished making the base for the diagram and I am going to draw where the wires are going to go tomorrow.
When Mr. Calvert introduced this project, he first talked about when this soccer team got stuck in a cave for weeks. You have probably already heard of it. Anyways, it was a really really hard process of getting the kids out and one of the divers even passed away from trying to get the team out. Mr. Calvert then told us we had to make a flashlight that was waterproof. I was kind of confused of how I was gonna do that but when he explained it a little better, I was started to get how I was going to do it.
In tech we just finished doing the switch game. At first, I thought that it was going to be too much work and I would get bored of it quickly but when I started building my first switch I realized that it was a lot of fun and I was excited to start building the other ones. My first switch was almost like a bungee cord button. I used a rubber band to make it jump back up. My second switch was made out of a popsticle stick, and my last one was simply just made out of cardboard.
In tech we made solder people. At first I thought that I wouldn’t be able to do it or it would turn out horrible but it just turned out a little bad. First we planned out what we wanted our person to be doing. I decided to just have a regular person doing nothing. I wanted to do a plain jane design because I thought it would be easier. Then we took a thick piece of brass wire and formed it on a penil. After that we soldered the arms of the person on. When I soldered the arms on a little piece of solder was sticking out of the “armpit”. I now call it armpit hair.
Recently in tech we’ve been learning about atoms. I personally don’t find it that fun but Mr Calvert said that we need to know about atoms before we can start building. I am starting to get it and at least he makes more interesting and funny than it normally would be. I think it’s cool that everything is made out of atoms but we can’t see them. I thought it was really cool when we were talking about how if we turned a grapefruit into the size of the Earth, then the atoms would only be the size of a blueberry and no matter where we were, we would just see blueberries. I liked how we put it into perspective.
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 – http://blogs.scarsdaleschools.org/cboyer/graphic-novels/
Today, my grade went to a Spanish restaurant. We have been learning and preparing for this field trip. For instance, we learned all the names of the dishes and what to say to the waiters.
When we first got to the restaurant we got seated. Surprisingly the dishes came right away! When the waiter brought us the food I told her, Muchas gracias. The first dish they served was, lomo saltado. It is a dish with patas fritas ( french fries) aros ( rice ) and steak. The next dish they served was pollo saltado which consisted of, patas fritas, pollo ( chicken ) and aros. They brought out two more plates one full of aros and the other had Pescado ( fish ) and aros. My favorite dish was the lomo saltado.
Finally, my group and I finished filming our Stop Motion Film. We started audio today and its not going so well. Basically, our clips are way to short and our audio is to long. Even if we speed up our talking it is still to long. If we were allowed to we would talk as fast as we can but if we do it to fast it will sound very unnatural and bad. Our plan is to duplicate some parts of each scene so that the scene will become longer. If that doesn’t work we might have to shorten the script a little. I’m nervous about the audio for the last couple scenes because we kind of rushed through filming the last two scenes and they don’t look the best either. I’m afraid that we won’t be able to duplicate parts of the scene enough without it looking unnatural. I’m also worried that we won’t get our project done on time. I scared we might run into the same problem we had with Rube Goldberg. Being the last people to finish and being late on yet again, another project. So that’s basically whats been going on with our stop motion movie.
Winter break is coming up soon. I’m super excited because I’m going to Vermont to Ski I’m going with some family friend and obviously we are staying at a ski house. I am only staying there for a couple days so the rest of the break I’m home chillaxing watching youtube and Netflix and finishing season 2 of stranger things. Something I’m really upset is the Teacher vs student volleyball game is the day before the break in the afternoon so a lot of my friends can’t go because they’ll be on vacation. So yeah that’s basically how my winter break is going.
Today was our 2nd day of Immigration Stop Motion. My group and I decided to re-do our movie because my shoe was in it and it was really choppy. We didn’t get much done because one, we didn’t have as much time and two, we used most of our time seeing how long it would take us to read one scene so we would know how long we should make the stop motion part. We also added side walls with white paper so that you couldn’t see the wall and the carpet on the sides. It made our movie look a lot cleaner and smoother. Another way we made it look cleaner and smoother was by moving the characters very little each time we took a photo so that it made it look more realistic. So yea, that is basically how stop-motion went today.