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Chinese Studies
I have learned all different kinds of keywords and phrases in Chinese Studies. I have overcome some small difficulties in memorizing the keywords of each lesson but I have overcome these difficulties by studying hard before each test.

In art, I have learned how to make all different kinds of texture in my drawing. There are many different kinds of unique patterns and textures that I could use in my paintings. There hasn't been any challenges throughout this year in art. I think that I am doing very well.

Music has been fun to attend. I really like how we get to play on the xylophones and improve our note reading on Music Ace. I have learned all different kinds of music pieces that I can now play on the xylophone. My music is pretty good so no challenges has come to me yet.

P.E has been really fun. We have learned to play all different kinds of sports. After playing basketball in P.E, my perspective of it changed. I now like basketball much better than I used to. A challenge that I have overcome is to keep on going even if I am extremely tired. Forcing myself to keep going has made me stronger and faster. P.E is fun and good for the body.

I have learned a lot with Mrs. Cadogan, our counselor. From no bullying to the brain. It's fun to learn all about the different ways to stop bullying. I think the most interesting lesson was the one were we measured if we were left brained or right brained.

Story of Learning

I have done very well to achieve the goals I set for myself in the beginning of the year. These were my goals

Writing Goal:
I am going to try and look around me when I go on vacations, visits and many others. That way, I can get some ideas for my writing and jot them down in my notebook when I get back home. Right now, it is hard for me to think of ideas that would be interesting in my writing. I will measure this by carrying around a notebook. Whenever I see something interesting I will write it down in my journal.

Reading Goal:
I want to be better at writing detailed and specific reading responses. I will try and make my three paragraphs of my reading response as interesting as it can possibly be. I will do this by always looking back in my blog and see if I improved in writing my responses every other cycle.

For math, I want to be able to write an explanation of what I have done easily, smoothly and whenever I want to. Right now, it is difficult for me to write a full explanation without thinking for a long long time. I do the math puzzler every week and I keep track of them. This will help me improve explaining my work because every time I submit a puzzler, I must explain my work. I really feel that I can get better in this area.

I have met most of my goals and exceeded some of them. My new goal for writing is to spend more time editing and revising the whole piece and not only some small sections of it. I feel that I don't spend too much time on the overall piece of my writing, this causes me to make careless mistakes.. For reading, I'm going to work on reading more genres like non fiction, biographies and many others. I love to read fiction but I know that it would be good for me to read more non fiction books. My new math goal is to be more consistent in my work. Sometimes I read a question wrong or misunderstand it. I will work hard on getting 100% in all of my school work and homework. My goal for 6th grade is to read more about the world and fill my mind with interesting facts.

I have achieved my goals for writing. In holidays, looking around all the time and asking many questions helped me to fill my brain with ideas. Some of them I wrote down, some of them just stayed in my mind. Carrying a notebook around with me has helped me be able to remember my ideas for writing. It has been challenging for me to think of good ending for my writing, but I overcame this challenge by editing and revising my ending till it completely satisfies me. In reading, putting more detail into my work has helped me become better at my reading responses. It has been challenging for me to have deep and more thoughtful answers though but I have overcome this by thinking of the questions that I have to answer in a response as reading a book. I have not achieved my second goal yet. I don't usually look back at the other responses I wrote. I will try and do this when I have time. For math, my goals have been achieved. My explanations are deeper and more easy to understand. I can now write a full explanation without having to stop and think for a long time.

January 8, 2010

1. What is one piece of important learning in reading or writing you have gained this week?

This week, I was doing my non - fiction reading project. While researching for my project, I went into many websites and read many books. I learned that even if a website seems really boring, once you start reading the website, it can be very interesting. It is the same with books too. This connects to the famous phrase: Don't judge a book by it's cover.
2. Explain how this has helped you in your reading or writing.

In helped me in trying new websites. I used to think many websites were boring but know, once I read them, it is very interesting. For books, I now read any book. Even if the cover is gray and dull. This is good for me because now that I read a variety of books, I learn a lot more knowledge.
3. Explain what the difference is between a common noun and a proper noun.
A common noun is a noun that can be anything. A proper noun has to be a noun that is a certain thing.

Unit 4 Math Reflection

1. Tell why you think it is important to be able to divide numbers. For what kind of problems do you need to use division?

It is important to be able to divide numbers because for example, if you have $30 dollars, and a can of soda is $5, you can divided 30 by 5 and find out how many cans of soda you can buy. When you go shopping or want to split something into equal pieces, you need to divide.

2. Tell what part of this unit was the most difficult for you and why. Describe what you did to overcome any difficulties you had.

To me, the most difficult part of this unit is measuring maps. I overcame this difficulty by always trying hard when it comes to measuring maps.

The Parable of the Sower

One day, Jesus went out and sat by a lake. Many people crowded around him. It was so crowded that Jesus had to get into a boat while the others stayed on the shore. He told the people a parable. He said" A farmer went out to sow his seed. He was scattering seeds and some fell on the path. Birds came and ate the seed up. Some fell on rocky places that did not have much soil while some others fell among thorns and the rest fell on good soil. The seeds that fell on rocky places sprang up quickly because there was not much soil. The seeds that fell on thorns choked the plants. The seeds that fell into good soil will produce a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown."The disciples were confused and asked Jesus why he spoke in parables. Jesus replies by saying The secrets of the kingdom of heaven is given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has, will be taken from him. This is why I speak to them in parables.

After that, Jesus explains what the parable he just says means. It meant that when someone hears a message about the kingdom and does not know what is means, the evil one will snatch away what was sown in his heart. That is the seed the was sown along the path. The one who received the seed the fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word from God and receives it with joy at once. The one who receives that seed that fell on the thorns will be the man that hears the work and is scared that it would do him harm. The one who receives the seed the fell in good soil is the man who hears the word, understands it and produces a crop yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. This is what the parable means.

From this book, I have a connection to my life. In my life, I have been the person who picks up the seed from the thorns and I have been the person who picks up the seed that fell on rocky places. The time I pick up the seed from the thorns is when I am not brave enough to do something even though in my heart, I know I can. The time I pick up the seed that fell on rocky places is when I am brave enough to try something new. My heart tells me to go and so I do.

Writing Reflection

Writing Self Assessment

1. What do I notice about myself as a writer as I read through my work?

That my writing is smooth but sometimes, I repeat too many words and then my writing turns sour. I am working hard to change that. My beggining is better than it had ever been. I know how to start sentences in many ways and each sentence makes me want to read the next. Using tricks and details is not a problem to me anymore. Smoothly and quickly, I can think of a trick or detail to use in my writing. I have things that I am good at and thinks I can improve at.

2. How have I changed as a writer so far?

I am more aware of not using a lot of I's and and's. My sentences all begin with different words and I always put details and tricks in my writing. I think more about sentence fluency and punctuation than I have ever before. I always keep an eye out to things I can improve in.

3. What are three things I do well as a writer?

One of the things I do well as a writer is that I always concentrate on my work. Even though I get distracted sometimes, I try to keep my head down and think about my writing piece. Another thing I do well as a writer is that I try to put details and tricks that will hook my reader in and make my reader feel that he or she is in the story much as possible. The third thing I do good at is that I always think about the 6 + 1 traits and try and make my story as good as possible.

4. What are some things I want to get stronger at as a writer?

Even though I try to stop writing I's very often, it get very tricky for me to think of other ways without using I's. Then, my story turns out with about 30 I's. I want to get sstronger in thinking about other ways to say things without using I. Another thing I want to get good at is thinking about seed ideas. It takes me quite a long time to think about what I want to write. I feel that I can get stronger in those areas.

5. What is my favorite piece, and what are the things I love about it?

My favorite piece is called Pig's Heart Dissection. I like it because when I read the first few sentences, I myself get hooked in, even though I am the one who wrote it. Also, because I put many details and tricks in it to make the reader feel like he or she is in the story. Those are the reasons why I like the story Pig's Heart Dissection.

Math Rocks!

I like the part in Factor Captor when you get to do mental math (addition) and you have to be careful of what number you choose or else the other player will get more points than you. Also, I like adding big numbers together to exercise my brain. I always choose big numbers so that I can add them up.

An array might help someone find factors of a number because all you have to do is look at how many dots there are in a row and you will know 1 factor. Then, you look at how many dots there are in a column then there is your other factor. Also, you can make many different kinds of arrays for one product. So first, list all the arrays, then count how many columns and rows there are in each array.

I like pages 14 and 7. I like page 7 because I enjoy reversing number sentences and putting them into different equations like addition into subtraction or multiplication into division. I learned how to use big numbers to make a factor triangle. I like page 14 because learning the divisibility rules are really fun and will be useful in the future. I think that these divisibility rules are very interesting because it is cool how the divisibility rule works on all numbers.