Interviews for Capstone

Recently, I finished my interviews for Capstone. I had one on Saturday and one on Wednesday. The first interview I had was with a nutritionist. She was actually my aunt. The 2nd was with the lead editor of the Food Revolution Network. Her name is Lindsay Oberst. The reason I interviewed two people was because I wanted to hear what different people said. They mostly said similar things. They talked about food addiction and how we don’t even know what we are eating for the most part. I learned that so many bad chemicals that we don’t even know are in the food affect our health tremendously. I am now very inspired and might want to be a nutritionist when I am older.

Spanish Restaurant Field Trip

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.

Social Issues Book, The Graduation of Jake Moon by Barbara Park

In the book, The Graduation of Jake Moon by Barbara Park, Jakes grandfather, Skelly, unfortunately, gets Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a disease where the person with the disease forgets most things. This causes Jake to change his actions and change his lifestyle.

A way that this challenge affects Jake’s interaction with the world is that he is very embarrassed to bring his friends over because he is afraid that Skelly will do something super embarrassing. He doesn’t even want them to call him because he is afraid that Skelly will pick the phone up. For example, the story states that when Jake was making a new friend, he invited him over to a sleepover. When the kid came they were having a good time but when Skelly was on his way to the shower he heard them talking and came in. The only thing is is that he wasn’t wearing pants! Not even underwear! This made Jake feel super uncomfortable and frustrated. I would feel the same way.

A way that Skelly getting Alzheimer’s disease affects Jake being alone is he just wants to think about his life without anyone disturbing him. As an example, when Jake goes to the restaurant with Skelly he sees two popular girls. Then he decides he doesn’t want to be seen with Skelly so he tries to walk home. On his way out he trips and the girl sees that Skelly is his grandpa. At that moment Jake wants to be alone so he runs home. On his way home he sees Skelly’s babysitter and she won’t leave Jake alone, Jake was just trying to think about what happened. I think if I was Jake I would be frustrated because if I just wanted to be alone and think about my situation I wouldn’t want anyone to be annoying me even more.

Overall, I think that even though Jake went through hard times he learned to push through the challenge and at the end of the story Jake realizes that Skelly should be important in his life and should see the big things that Jake goes through even if Skelly forgets them.


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.

Immigration Stop Motion 2018

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.

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.