Choosing a Main Inquiry Question and Sub Questions – Capstone Post #2

My class has just picked their main inquiry question and sub questions for their project!

After we had our topics ready we started thinking about our main inquiry question. We “pre-searched” (by pre-searching I mean learning a bit about our topic) on our topics to try and come up with ideas for our question. Once we had some ideas on what could be our question, we narrowed down to questions that we had in mind to the ones that really interested us. Finally I chose “What is a cochlear implant, and how does it work?” I chose that question because a lot of people don’t know what cochlear implants are. Most of my audience probably won’t know what they are. What I thought was challenging about choosing a main inquiry question was that I knew that I’d have to do a lot of research on this question. I really needed to chose a question that interested me because if it didn’t interest me, then everything about capstone would be boring. I learned that when I have to chose a question to research on for a project, it has to be one that gives you a lot of information.

After we chose our main inquiry question, my class “pre-searched” some more to come up with possible sub questions. We need to have five sub questions for the project and those sub questions needed to be related to our main inquiry question. After we had about nine sub questions in mind, we started to chose the ones that most interested us. I chose the five that interested me the most out of the ten that I had in mind. It was pretty challenging to choose these questions because, like I said before, these questions really needed to interest me. It was also hard to come up with sub questions because those questions needed to be ones that your sure can be answered by either a person, website, book, database, etc.

Choosing a Topic – Capstone Post #1

We just started Capstone! I am so excited. These past two weeks I have been thinking about what topic I wanted to do for my Capstone project. My class filled out an inquiry packet that helped us get good ideas on what we might want to do. Then we started narrowing down to some topics that really interested us.

A topic that really interests me is cochlear implants. It’s an incredible device that lets people who are deaf hear. Cochlear implants interest me because my brother was born deaf, and if it weren’t for that device, my brother would have been very different. He would have to do sign language and he would only be able to communicate with a limited amount of people who know sign language. I think that this device is amazing and it really makes an impact in deaf people’s lives.

I hope that I will learn a lot about cochlear implants through this process. I also hope that my final presentation will be amazing and that my audience will learn a LOT. I realized that by educating people about cochlear implants, I am helping people who have them because if people know what they are, the less different they will feel when they come across someone with cochlear implants. They’ll just treat them like anybody else. Which would make another impact on deaf people’s lives.

5th Grade Philadelphia Trip

Earlier this year, we had our Philadelphia trip. I decided to post this now, just like a few other posts because I never got to post them. Anyway, we went to Philadelphia to learn about the important things that happened there in the past. Like the Constitution. I really liked the trip. I thought it was really fun and exciting. Right now, I am going to tell you some things about it.

There was one annoying thing about the trip. We had to be at school at 5:45 a.m. to get on the bus at 6:00! I wasn’t sleepy though because I was too excited. One awesome thing was that the bus was a coach bus and we were allowed to use our phones on the ride there and back. In all of the places we visited, our teachers allowed us to take photos and videos with our phones. When we went to see the Constitution, we weren’t allowed to take pictures with flash because it could ruin the paper because of how old it is. I thought that the liberty bell was pretty cool. When I went there, I saw it for the first time. What surprised me though was that it was smaller than I had expected it to be. We saw a show too. When we were close to leaving, it started to rain really badly, so I got really wet. The bus ride back was longer than getting there and plus I was uncomfortable because of how wet I was which was really annoying! At least we got to use our phones though.

I suggest that you go to Philly one day. It was really fun and I think you’ll really enjoy it!

EdCamp Experience #2

I loved this EdCamp experience again! I learned a lot of great things about baseball and climate change!

In this EdCamp when Mr. Lamberg was presenting on baseball, he taught us a lesson. And that lesson was that if you want to achieve something, then you should make a game out of it, and once you have made the game, you should set a goal for it that’s maybe a little harder than what you think you’re capable of. So, by making games out of things and setting goals for yourself out of those games and then achieving the goal, you will achieve the thing that you really want.

Mr. Trindade taught us a lot about climate change today. What he really wanted us to know though, is that we should really help to stop global warming. Even if it isn’t true, we still don’t want our planet’s climate to change. So we should try and stop that. He taught us ways to help with this, and I really learned from it. I was really inspired to help. Here are three things that you can do to help, reduce water waste, actually eat the food you buy – and less of it meat, and power your home with renewable energy. You don’t HAVE to do them, but if you really want to keep our planet in good shape, then you should do it. And trust me, you’ll be thankful that you have.

I hope you take to mind what you learned just now and I hope you try to help too!

EdCamp Experience #1

This EdCamp experience was great! I really liked the two topics I learned about, which were Orthopedic Surgery and Duties of a District Attorney. I learned a lot of cool things from this experience. I especially enjoyed the part in the orthopedic surgery presentation where the presenter asked for a volunteer and demonstrated how you would make a cast, put it on and take it off. She did exactly what she would do with a patient who was in need for that. Another part I enjoyed was in the Duties of a District Attorney presentation, when the presenter told us that once she had a case about someone being accused of choking a llama! I thought that was really funny. The presenter for this topic also told us about another case she had that I thought was funny. That case was about a woman being arrested for stealing someone’s pocketbook in McDonald’s. Well, the funny part is that she was chased all the way to Burger King and was arrested there. And guess what her last name was? Burger! Those are three things I enjoyed in this experience. I really hope I will learn more about these topics.