May 21

Spanish Restaurant

A few days ago the whole fifth grade went on a little field trip to a Spanish restaurant in Port Chester. Since we have been taking Spanish since second grade (I moved in third grade so I’ve been taking Spanish since third grade and now we’re in fifth grade), our Spanish teacher, Senor Johnson, planned this for a little treat. Not only that, we also had to speak Spanish to the waitresses! Also Senor Johnson handed out some papers with question on them. Every class in our grade split up and we got put with people to sit with. I sat with my two friends Leila and Rehma. The waitresses gave different Spanish dishes to us and we all tried the food. With the questions we had to ask the people sitting at our table (Rehma and Leila) questions like “What was your favorite dish” and “What was your least favorite dish” but in Spanish.

I think this was a great opportunity not only speaking Spanish but trying Spanish dishes. I would definitely want to do this again!

May 9

Final Passion Project

In school we finished passion project. I did my project with my friend Audrey and we researched about fashion designing and two famous fashion designers. With our slide show we also created an inspiration board with some of our sketches and our fabric. First we decided that we were going to sew a dress but then we thought that that was a little hard, so we decided to make an inspiration board. The fabric that we were going to use to sew our dress was a light pink color, smooth and it was very durable.

This is our slide show for our Passion Project:

I hope you enjoyed watching and I hope you learned a lot!

April 20

Capstone – Choosing My Topic

What is Capstone? Capstone is a project of your choice and you research about the topic you choose. At my school we chose our topic and we are in the process of choosing a big question to research throughout the project. Then we are going to visit a place that involves our topic. We are also going to interview someone that studies our topic and is an expert on it.

Capstone is mostly done in school and some of the project done at home. During school, what we did to come up with questions is, we got a piece of BIG paper and wrote some questions that related to our topic but wasn’t a main question. Then we graded them and if we thought they were really good then we out them on the top of the paper and if they weren’t deep and wasn’t going to have a good answer, than we put them on the bottom of the paper. What I did was, I made some of my questions that were the good ones and that were on the top of the paper my following up questions. Here is my process so far:

 A little bit before Capstone started I was always thinking of what to research and learn for my capstone. I was thinking of researching gymnastics leading to scoliosis because my sister has scoliosis and I wanted to learn more of what my sister and other people have. I then talked with my mom and felt like I wanted to research something else. My mom suggested I should research redheads. I thought that was a great idea because I’m a redhead and I don’t even know some parts of me like, Why is my hair red? I thought more about it and I just loved the idea. My mom and I looked up some places to interview. We saw a University that is all about biology. Genetics is part of biology and that means that the professors there would talk about anything that has to do with genetics which is the genetics about redheads. Right after that I was sure that I was going to research redheads.

My main question I am going to research is:

“How does genetics work for redheads and how does that compare with others”?

My follow up questions are: Why is red hair so rare?, About how many people in the world are redheads and what other specific nationalities tend to have red hair?, Why do people think redheads are going extinct?, Are there any other natural hair color(s) that tend to be rare, if so why?, Do redheads’ hair change as they get older?, Why do redheads tend to have more freckles that other people and fair skin?, and If red hair is going extinct, how will it if people keep passing the generation on?

So far this has been going very well for me and I think I’m very organized with this project. I know I will do very well going further on!

March 20

Nerdy Derby

In school today these two people that work for a compony that do engineering work came into our school for a fun activity. They worked with each class in my grade. What we did was we designed cars and then we raced then on this mini “race track.” We got to work alone or with a partner. So I decided to work with my friend Audrey. Working together we made this awesome car. First, we got a mini wooden platform. Next, we got  2 tiny plastic tubes. Then, we got 4 wheels. After that, we got 2 tiny metal “tubes.”

Making The Car

First, we hot glued the plastic tubes onto the wooden platform. 1 on each side of the wooden platform. Then, we got the wheels and stuck 1 on each side of the medal “tubes” and then stuck that through the plastic tubes so they can roll down the track.

Now the whole car was put together and all we needed to do was decorate it!

In the box of all the materials, Audrey found pom poms and thought we could decorate the car by putting pom poms on the car and making it fuzzy. Then I suggusted we could put the pom poms in rainbow order. We did that and and it was awesome! On the sides of the car it was just white and we wanted to add something to make it better and we decided to write A (for Audrey) + S (for Samantha) = BFFs On the other side we drew three hearts and wrote BFF and then three more other hearts. Then we needed even more designs and color. We put a tiny pink piece of pipe cleaners on eacc of the other sides of the car. Finally, we had a perfect car!!

Now it was time to race! We won a few times but at the end we didn’t know what happened because we every time we raced someone else’s car, their car finished first or our car fell off the track. Audrey and I were a little disappointed but we loved our car. This was a rally fun activity and I really liked the car Audrey and I created!

March 14

A Mango Shaped Space By Wendy Mass

In school we are reading books that involve social issues. My book club and I read a book that is a social issue book called A Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass.

The challenge Mia (the main character with the disease) faces is she has a disease called synesthesia. It’s when you see sounds, numbers, and letters and when you see (or hear) those things, than she sees color. She was trying to hide her challenge that she faces at school but than something happened at school which made her reveal her challenge that she has been going through for a while.

The challenge Mia faces affects how she interacts with the world because if she is talking to someone like her family or her friends than every time she says something than she sees colors. It is very confusing for her when she talks because she can’t concentrate on what she is saying when at the same time she is seeing colors when she talks. Also she doesn’t want anyone to know about her disease that she has and if she interacts with people around her than there is going to be someway that they find out. For example, when she was at school something happened that made her reveal what was happening inside her.

The challenge affects the way Mia thinks or behaves when she is alone because after what happened at school Mia was disappointed and at the same time she had to accept that she has a disease and a lot of people knew about it such as her friends and family. She had to keep thinking of different ways she could get rid of it and finally had to go to the doctors. Also when she was alone she got a message from a boy who also had the disease and they talked about it together. I think when talking about it to someone who had the same disease as her, Mia felt better because she was sharing her feelings. Instead of sharing her feelings with someone who doesn’t know about what’s going with Mia, she shares it with someone who knows about it and who has the same problem. I think it makes Mia feel better.

February 16

The Journey Over

At school we finally finished our stop motion project! My group and I have been working sooo hard on our project and my group and I finished today! I am so excited that we finished  first because we got to see what it looks like after we did a lot of work. I think that we finished first because our immigration movie wasn’t that long and our letter wasn’t that long. After we finished filming we had to import it to imovie.

The way that we recorded our voices onto imovie is we had this round recorder that stands up and we press play on that and on imovie. Audrey and I switched off saying the letter and it worked out really well.

In our imovie we printed out a paper guy and colored him in. Then we glued him to cardboard and we glued cardboard on the bottom to make him stand up. His name was Jonathan. We also printed out a paper “mother” and colored her in and did the same to her with the cardboard. She was Jonathan’s mother. They were on steerage. We made a bench made out of popsicle sticks for them to sit on. Then we had a green screen and painted the pizza box green until we got a steerage background. We made little pictures that we bring into the the immigration set while they talk about things like steerage, the dining rooms etc.

Overall we did great and had so much fun!

Here is the imovie my group and I made:

 

Here are some pictures during the project:

February 12

A Long Walk To Water – Read Aloud At School

In school my teacher has been reading a book to my class and it’s called A Long Walk To Water by Lind Sue Park. Here are the questions my teacher gave us to answer:

1: What are the qualities of effective leadership?

2: How does Salva demonstrate these qualities?

  • How might Salva’s philosophy help you in your life?
  • Why is perseverance so important?
  • How can you better develop the ability to persevere?

 

The qualities of effective leadership are respect others, honesty, work as a team/teamwork, courage etc. One word that I think fits best for qualities of effective leadership is confidence. The reason why I think confidence is the best word to fit this is because you need to be confident and you need to show confidence if you are a leader of a group. I think Salva demonstrates these qualities by working as a team with his “group”. I think this because there is a lot of fighting going around and I think that Salva tries to work as a team to keep everybody safe although his uncle did get killed by the soldiers. He also fits the word confident a lot. He is so confident to be walking outside finding food and also being near the soldiers which could be very dangerous. Also he walks around with no shoes on which also could be very dangerous. He could hurt his foot by stepping on something that is prickly or is like a needle. I think that he is very confident to be doing all of these things outside.

 

Salva’s philosophy can help me in my life because if something is hard or scary for Salva like going near the soldiers he just does it and he has so much confidence. That can help me in my life because when something is hard, challenging or scary for me I can just think back to Salva and say to myself , “if Salva is doing something challenging for him and he just it and has so much confidence, why can’t I just do what I’m going to do with so much confidence?” Once I do that I will get used to that feeling and just go ahead and do the thing that is challenging for me with so much confidence in me. I feel that Salva is teaching a great lesson here which is to always persevere. This lesson is not just going to me, it is going everybody in the world. Perseverance is so important because you have to learn how to persevere if something is challenging for you and there are a lot of things in the world that are challenging. If you don’t learn how to persevere than a lot of things in the world will be a big obstacle for you. Even though overcoming your obstacle is a good thing because you learn a lot from it, it also could be a bad thing because then you won’t be able to do a lot of things in the world because you didn’t learn how to have perseverance. I think a good way to develop the ability to persevere is to go and try new and challenging things in the world that will make you have perseverance because than you will get the feeling and then things will be easier for you to do in the world.

 

February 6

Part 2: Immigration StopMotion Project

Today we worked on some more immigration work. One of the problems that we had last time was we didn’t know who was going to say the letter. Our solution was Audrey and I are going to both say parts of the letter and we thought that would work after we thought more about it.

My group and I thought about this project more and we realized that it would be better if we made Jonathan and his mom standing up so that they can move around and not just sit the whole time. So we put a really small piece of popsicle stick on the bottom of the two characters so they would stand up. They didn’t fall over and it worked pretty well.

That was our learning experience today.

February 5

Part 1: Immigration StopMotion Project

In class we started filming our immigration project although we came across some challenges along the way. In my group we made a letter that our character, Jonathan, “reads” and we are still deciding who will read the letter. Also we first set up our background/set against kids lockers and some of the kids were coming out and getting things from their locker. That meant that we couldn’t set up our project there so we had to find a new place to film. We found a quiet place against the brick wall which was perfect.

Next time we work on our project we will try to finish our project. Finding backgrounds are hard so we might spend a few minutes next time working on that. My group and I also might add some more narration and words for other people in my group to say.

The way we film is we have a little camera that is connected to a computer and we can angle the camera which ever way we want and we can see the way we are putting the camera on the computer. Every time we film we press the button on the computer and take a picture and keep taking pictures when we move things around the set.

Thats all we did today and I know we will get more things done the next time we work on this project. I can’t wait to see the final project all done!

 

January 18

Likes and Dislikes

When doing this project there are some likes and dislikes. Some things that I like about this project is we get to be creative and use our imagination to build our own Rube Goldberg simple machine with our group. Also, we get to find different materials and use them in different ways which I thought was cool opportunity.

Some things I disliked about this project is it can be challenging to create a Rube Goldberg simple machine but at the end you are proud of yourself. Another thing that I disliked about this project is there are many fun and creative ideas that you can put into this project but your group has to agree with you and sometimes it doesn’t work out the way you wanted it to.

Some things that I LOVE about this project is everybody gets to share their ideas and their thinking. What I like about sharing our ideas is that when we hear other ideas we can learn from them and create even more ideas!