Capstone #6: Working on my final project

After all the research and everything, we finally get to work on our final presentation! We got to choose from an ignite, a TED Talk, or a digital experience where you just watch the video with them talking in the background. An ignite is a talk in front of a presentation with only 12 slides, with 15 seconds on each slide and so the total time is three minutes. I felt that I didn’t want to be rushed so I crossed out ignite. Then there was the TED Talk. I kind of wanted to do the TED Talk in the beginning of Capstone where Mr. Casal told us the different types of presentations because I thought that I would have more freedom to show what I learned. It had to be 5 – 8 minutes long, which was fine with me, and you could have as many slides as you want. So I chose the TED Talk. Also, I didn’t want to do a digital experience because I like presenting in front of people to work on my public speaking skill.

Working on it was kind of tough but also at the same time not that tough. It was tough because I didn’t know what to really do and want pictures to put on it. But it wasn’t that tough because Mr. Casal shared us a presentation showing what to put on each slide for an ignite. He also said that you could use it for a TED Talk so that’s what I did. I had to find a lot of pictures and two days before we had to present to the parents, I added a video demonstrating what the da Vinci surgical system looks like and how it works.

I presented to my class a couple of times and they gave me feedback that helped me a lot. For example, they told me to speak slower. Presenting to your classmates is good practice for when I have to present to the parents. Overall I think I am ready to present in front of the parents!

Field trip to SMS tour

ButToday the whole fifth grade of each Scarsdale school went to the Scarsdale middle school for a tour of each person’s house. When we got there we went to the auditorium. Everybody got separated by their house. For example, one part of the auditorium was Butler, another one was for Popham, another one was for Fountain, and last but not least one was for Cooper. After the principal and the new principal next year gave their speech and the S.O. (Student Organization which is basically a student government where they raise money for charity) President and Vice President gave their speeches we each followed out house counselor to the house cafeteria. Also, some houses went to other places like for example Popham went to the courtyard and they got to run around. Then for Butler, the house that I’m in, we each got split up in the cafeteria to go to either class. Mrs. Cass, the house counselor for Butler told us that the first class you go to now is most likely to be the one that you will go to first in September and so on. I first went to the science class, we asked some questions and then we left. Then we went to the math class and we basically did the same as in the science class. Next we went to the social studies class. The teacher was really nice and a lot of middle schoolers passing by told us that she barely gives us any homework. Last but not least we went to the english class. We were a bit behind schedule so we only talked about english and our summer reading for a shorter amount of time than the others. Then some middle schoolers led us back to the auditorium and from there, just like when we got here, we went by school and got back on the buses and went back to Heathcote.

How I feel about going to middle school: Butler

I just got my house for middle school. The houses are Popham, Fountain, Butler, and Cooper. I wanted to get in Popham or Fountain but I got in Butler. I was kind of depressed at first but then I got over it because I just thought, “I’m just going to think that all the houses are equal.” I didn’t want to think that some houses were better than others.

I feel pretty excited about going to middle school because there are lot of things that are different from elementary school. One is that you don’t have to want in a line. You can just walk from one place to another by yourself or with your friends. That’s also a benefit of middle school. Another thing that’s different from elementary school is that for each subject, there’s a different teacher so you get to switch teachers. Also, Butler and Fountain are sister houses.We have the pool party together before we go to middle school to see who’s in your house. Also we have P.E. together.

I’m so looking forward to middle school!

Poetry Reading

This is a video of me reading my “Where I’m From” poem. The 5th grade chose this theme. I really like this poem because it reminds me of the toys I had when I was little. I chose the background because it looked cool.


Enjoy my poem reading!




Immigration WeVideo

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!

Poetry Unit

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!

Sphero lesson #2 and #3

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.



Sphero lesson #1

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.

Ballroom Dancing Reflection

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.

Martin Luther King Jr. Speech realized?

I think that Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Dream” speech has been realized and not.

I think that it has been realized because now there’s no segregation. When Martin was alive, there would be signs saying “Whites Only”. Also, black people and white people went to different schools, used different bathrooms, water fountains etc. On the bus, black people could only sit in the back and the white people get to sit in the front. But now, black people have way more rights than they had a long time ago. So I think that Martin’s speech has definitely been realized in this point of view but also it hasn’t been realized in another.

I also kind of think that Martin’s speech was not really realized because there are still some people who don’t want/like black people being treated fairly. Maybe for example, some companies take in white people for jobs but not black people just because of their skin color. I do not think that is right.

So this is how I would answer to Martin’s speech being realized or not.