Today my grade went to Ellis island! We had to get to school at 7:00am. The bus ride was about 1 and a half hours. When we arrived our grade went through security. Then rode a ferry to the island. After we ate snack we explored the lobby and had a tour guide talk to us about the experience at Ellis Island. After we looked at some exhibits, we watched a movie. It was pretty interesting. Later in the afternoon before we were going to leave we went to look for family members that might have pasted through. Finally we took the ferry past he Statue of Liberty and went to the buses.
Today our class went to a Peruvian restaurant for a Spanish field trip. The name of the restaurant is Pollo a La Brasa Misti Restaurant. The food was very good we had Pollo Saltado, Lomo Saltado, Tallarin Saltado de Carne, Pescado and Chicha Morada. My favorite food was the Tallarin Saltado de Carne because the steak and noodle were very good. I liked everything except for the Chicha Morada because it had too much lime and cinnamon. Other people liked the drink. Overall I thought it was awesome!
In our class we were assigned to write Where I am From poems for poetry month. We were going to print it out and hang it on the wall. We were also going to record it on video. A Where I am From poem is a poem that talks about the things that are special in your life. Our fifth grade has been writing this kind of poem for many years. I did not have much of an idea about what I wanted to include in my poem, but there was a template that helped us. Then we copied the poem and added it to a Google Doc. We edited it and printed it out. We hung it on the hallways for everyone to see.
My last coding project is on Tynker. I don’t have as much experience with creating games on Tynker. I decided to make a platformer game. I still need more practice making games on Tynker, but I am glad I learned something new. The object of the game is to get the coins and defeat the enemy. Good Luck!
For my third project on Scratch, I made a classic Pong game. Pong is one of the first video games ever made. It was made in 1972 by Atari. I decided to make this game because I enjoy playing it. The object of the game is to hit the ball with your paddle. Press space to start the game. To control the paddle move your mouse. Try to touch the ball a lot of times. The more you touch it the higher your score is. Good luck!
The second coding project I made was on Scratch. It is a game where you need to dodge the balls flying at you. You control yourself with the mouse. If a ball touches you, you lose! Try to stay alive as long as you can. One ball moves side to side. Another one follows you. The last one moves randomly. The score goes up every second you stay alive. I got the idea based on another Scratch game. Good Luck!
We were assigned to make four coding projects on either Scratch or Tynker. I made this game on Scratch. I like Scratch because it easy to access the coding blocks. This is a battleship multiplayer game! First, find a friend to play with. The way to play is one player uses the arrow keys to move up and down. The player presses space to shoot. The other player clicks Q and A to move to vertically and W to shoot. A player wins when he reaches 30 points. Good Luck!
In class, we were assigned to make Ignite presentations. An Ignite presentation is when the slides move automatically after 15 seconds. This lets you focus on the audience and not need to worry about the transitions of the slides. I did mine on why Scarsdale is a good place for families. We had a week to create and practice our Ignites. After a week, it was time to present in front of the class. I was really nervous because I didn’t wan’t to talk faster than slides were moving. This happened a few times when I was practicing. After a couple of people went, Mrs. Edwards picked me to present. I was terrified. I had no intention of going this early. When my presentation got put onto the screen, I didn’t have much time to get ready before it started. After the first slide, I realized that I was doing okay. I was sticking to the pace of my slides. After that I felt way less nervous. When I finished I was relieved. I was really happy I got it over with.
Last Wednesday, my group had our debate. Our topic was, should we be exploring underwater or in space. Nobody wanted to be on the underwater side so I volunteered with Kevin. We did a lot of research and came up with reasons and examples to support our claim. We also came up with counter to the other side’s reason and examples. I was very confident that we would do well. Finally, we were ready the for the final showdown, Kevin and Sam vs. Ally and Caitlyn! The debate was being videotaped. In the end everyone, including the other team, thought we won. We did a very good job. We were very clear and had better evidence. Ally and Caitlyn were a little bit too quiet.