My class has an Immigration We Video project. It’s where you pretend you’re an immigrant from a country in Europe and you immigrate to Ellis Island. I think that it was really fun because we had to get pictures, record our voice to go with the pictures etc. I was a Russian immigrant named Vladimir Orlov and I used my classmates to be my brother, dad, mom, and friends both in Russia and America after I “immigrated”. In the beginning we had to pick a country in Europe and I picked Russia because it is a large country with a lot of information on it so researching is easy. We made up a character. Then we created a storyboard. That was hard because we needed to make the pictures line up with the words. Then we took pictures with immigrant clothes.
The whole immigration We Video was really cool and I learned a lot!
My class had a poetry unit. We had to write poems of any kind and about anything, basically whatever type of poem you want for homework every week. I wrote many different kinds of poems. For example, a haiku about a tsunami. A haiku is a short poem. Only three lines. The first has five syllables, the second has seven, and the third also has five syllables. I also did some free writes. It’s where you can just make up some kind of poem. Poems don’t have to rhyme.
Each person in my class had to write their own “Where I’m From” poem. It’s where you use objects and places etc. that are in your life to write a poem. For example, I am from baby toys. After we wrote it, we had to type it, then make a lot of revisions, and in the end illustrate it.
Our poetry unit was pretty fun!
On Thursday, March 16, my group,( Joning, Mason, and I), taught Sphero lessons 2 and 3. We are only suppose to teach Sphero lesson 3 but we didn’t get to teach Sphero lesson 2 on Tuesday so we taught both lessons in one day. The first group was just like usual for both lessons. There was still the girl who kind of wanted to hog the Ipad while the others kind of let her do her thing. I think my group taught pretty well and the 1st group learned a lot. They also got to play Sphero games for the first time because last time my group forgot to tell them about it. The second group was pretty much like the 1st group and they also learned well. I think that there is still somebody who thinks that they are teaching us but the lessons went pretty well. Overall, I think that both groups did a much better job in their second and third lessons than their first lesson.
Yesterday my group, (Mason, Joning and I), taught our 1st Sphero lesson. Yeah! We had to teach two different class. The first class contained of Charlotte, Beatrice, and Sandy. The second group contained of Nate, Jonah, and Lola. We first taught the basic commands in both groups like roll, set speed, spin, delay, and stop. In the first class, there was somebody who was trying to hog the Ipad and code the Sphero herself but we told her to let the others try so she listened. I don’t think we did well for the 1st group because after we finished teaching how to make a circle with the Sphero, we didn’t know what to do. But after that, the teacher told us to give challenges for the learners so in the 2nd group, after we finished teaching how to make a circle, we gave them challenges like can you make a half circle, stop, and make the other half. Another thing was that my group felt that one of the learners were trying to teach us. We also played games with them with the Sphero. My group didn’t code the advanced games but we still played them and had fun. For example, Color Grab. The Sphero would say a color and the colors would start changing and you would have to shake the Sphero when the color turns to the color that the Sphero said.
For our final Ballroom dancing performance, I think that it went pretty good because we all danced well and the readers and demonstrators read and demonstrated well so it was okay. I was a reader so I was kind of nervous. Before the performance, Mr. Simon, the dance teacher, told me to not say three after I said on a scale of one to ten, I would rate the first ballroom dancing lesson a… so he could cut me off and make the parents laugh. I wasn’t nervous to dance but nervous to dance on front of my parents because they would take pictures and videos of me. Overall, I would say that it went great except for the part where my parents took pictures and videos of me.
For our final phase, we had to record the machine on iMovie or any other app that allows you to edit your recording. We recorded many fails, and finally our success. We put music in it, added sounds, words,etc. My group and I watched the clip a few times and thought that it was okay. I don’t think the video is “great” or “bad” but i think it is decent. I think that we could add more “things” in it like how long it took, or what materials we used. I hope that we did well compared to the other groups. Overall, I had a great experience because I have never done anything like this before. But other than that, the experience was so much fun and I wish that I could do something like this again!
For this part of the Rube Goldberg Project, my group and I had to make sure that the machine would work and so we added a few minor adjustments. First, we took out some dominoes in the beginning because we didn’t have a lot of materials to use and we couldn’t meet often. We also put some wood blocks under the car ramp to stabilize it, because after a few tries, starting from the middle of the machine, we realized that the ramp would often collapse when the car was on it. And lastly, we had to change from the marble to the big toy ball because it was heavier and could hit the box harder, which would lead to the car going down the ramp, letting the ball go into the hoop.
A couple days ago, my partners and I basically finished our Rube Goldberg Project. We finally finished our building and got a lot of work done. We built the final last steps of the machine and then we were finished. We didn’t copy off everything on our sketch, but did most of it. We added some different steps that weren’t on the sketch and we didn’t use some if the steps that were on the sketch. I think that that was the day that we got the most work done. We built for an hour and finished the building part of the project.
Mason, Joning, and I just finished our Rube Goldberg Machine sketch on Google Drawings. We weren’t next to each other so we had to comment and type what we wanted to say. It was pretty fun and took some good thinking. I think that our Rube Goldberg Sketch is neat, and pretty good. We had to come up with six more steps so it was a bit challenging. Our Rube Goldberg Machine might be a bit short. I’m so looking forward to building the actual machine with Chain Reactions. I can’t wait to build the rest of our machine. This project is so cool!