Project Trade-Up Reflection

September 17, 2018

Societies meet their needs by using the most out of the resources that they have and trade for other materials from other countries. One thing that I found really interesting was that countries in the past and now form alliances to further develop relationships together. Which helps me understand why countries form bonds together.

For example, when USA put tariffs on steel during 2002, the trade war did not affect Mexico and Canada’s exports, because America had a free trade deal with the two countries. The countries that was friendly with US really benefited from the relationship.

Completing this project, I learned that I can only work well in groups with all groups members fully engaged and concentrated in the project. For example, after changing our groups, I feel that all three of us worked really productive together, we were always focused on the tasks ahead.

Looking back on project Trade Up, I realize that the center of this project is to make us develop better Communication and Problem solving skills. For example, making trade deals with the other countries at the Trade conference challenged us to promote our resources to other countries and convince them to trade with us. Working in our groups challenged us to problem solve as a groups together. When we didn’t agree with each other, we had to work out a solution that most of us was happy with, and sometimes, we had to compromise.

However, a big question that I still have is: How can we link the skills that we have learned in this project with the other units in the future, is there a project like this in the near future?
 

There are many sustainable solutions that we can use to feed our growing population. One of the solutions my group came up with was vertical farming, hydroponics, and aquaponics. These farming solutions will save land, water, and produce more than plants that are grown in dirt. Producing more while reducing carbon footprint.

Another solution was to promote the idea of eating all the food that we buy. While millions of people on earth do not have enough food, we waste 1/3 of the food that we produce. The amount of food that we produce now is enough for the population in 2050, if not we waste a third of it. Another solution was to promote the idea of “weekday vegetarian”, eating meat only on weekends. This is important because livestock produces 100 times the carbon footprint of vegetables, and less of the food that we produce will be fed to livestock.

I thought feeding the future is a challenging and troublesome task before the project. But afterwards a thought if we put enough effort into innovating sustainable dishes for the future, it is actually a do-able thing.

The thoughts that I wrote at the start of the unit was all about the problems that I would expect with feeding the future. In contrast,  the thoughts that I wrote at the end of the unit were solutions for feeding the future, I knew more about the unit and asked more in-depth questions.

In 50 years, I think there are two possible state that our world could be in. One of them is that humans will have enhanced more efficient ways of farming, and less of the food that we produce will be wasted, and less green house gases will be released, resulting a decrease in global warming or maybe stop.

Another possible outcome is that there will not be enough food to feed our growing population, we will continue to increase the number of green house gases that we produce, sea levels will increase, continents will be flooded.

We either fix our problems or make it worse. The state that our world will be in 50 years will depend on the actions that we make now.

 

Ignite Week Reflection

October 16, 2017

I created a vanilla and chocolate layer cake with jam and whipped cream in-between the different layers plus a crunchy cookie crust in the bottom of the cake. It is covered by fondant, light green frosting on the top of the cake, and fruit decorated on top and around the cake.

 

My successes were making the vanilla and chocolate cake layers. Because I was good at adding the right ingredients at the right time and taking the cake out of the oven at the right time so the cake would be well cooked.

 

My biggest challenges making this cake is making the fondant. Because I had a hard time mixing all the ingredients together and it toke a long time to mix the ingredients solid enough to make fondant. It was also very hard for me to squeeze the frosting out of the bag and making the frosting stay in shape.

 

I grew in creativity because after my peers gave me suggestions to be more creative on my cake, so I decided to add cut pieces of fruit on top of my cake and also covered my whole cake with fondant. I also grew in innovation because instead of making a cake with one layer, I came up with a new method of making the cake with multiple layers of cakes. So I could put more jam and whipped cream onto the layers to make the cake taster.

 

I think the skills that I learned from this Ignite group could help me in the future by making more cakes and other deserts for my family and friends. It will also strengthen my interest in cooking and baking.

Future people

April 18, 2017

in the future

they will find us buried under cities

next to artifacts, technology, spirits

 

they say we were wise

they are clever and always wanted to learn more

 

they only found 33% of our history while they analyze the other 67%

they use high technology to record history that can’t be lost

they cared about their history and want others to know

 

history books will say ‘‘they were intelligent, brave, and risk-takers’’

they will find past civilizations and call it bright

they will put our artifacts in national museums like textbooks

 

in the future,

they will learn all the knowledge they can get from us

 

 

One Day 2017 Work-out video

January 26, 2017

I created a full body work-out video. I was successful demonstrating the warm-up workout moves in my video. It was challenging putting all the moves into an imovie, choosing the music, and editing the video. I think I will continue to make a work-out video next year, but making the moves more challenging, so the work-out is more intense. Maybe next time, I will focus on one kind of move.

 

December 6, 2016

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Dear Reader,

 

Do you want to read an action-packed, adventuress book that’s about two kids going into a fairly tale world? If your answer is yes, you must read a book called ”Land Of Stories (The Wishing Spell)” by Chris Colfer. You will join Alex and Conner on a adventure to the fairly tale world, on the way you meet Red Riding Hood, Jack (from Jack and the bean stock) and many more fairly tale characters. Will Alex and Conner make the wishing spell in time before the the queen finds out? Read to find out. I also highly recommend the following books in the ”Land Of Stories” series. The Enchantress Returns, A Grimm Warning, Beyond the Kingdoms, and An Author’s Odyssey. It one of my favorite fantasy series, you must read it!

My Favorite Poem

May 14, 2015

Hi,

My favorite poem is ‘I Wonder Why?’

I like it because, when I read it, Its pretty and rhyming. It is good to read aloud, The writer’s name is Sarah Foss, her poems are wonderful. And… here it is!

 

I wonder why?

Rain falls out of the sky.

Huge airplanes can fly.

All the dinosaurs died.

Hurricanes make high tide.

Some people are mean.

My eyes are green.

 

Do you like it?

And what is your favorite poem?

Please write in the comments.

I think is about something in the real world and something from her own world.

The website is http://www.poetry4kids.com/poems

Your Friend,

Christopher

thHi everybody,

Do you guys know the brand called Dyson?

Dyson’s Vacuum Cleaners have a lot of power, so it can suck up the dust easily. They made a experiment, they placed sand on the floor and place one of Dyson’s vacuum cleaner robot on the sand and it sucked up all of the sand on its path. They placed a vacuum cleaner robot from another brand, it only suck up part of the sand in it path.

One vacuum cleaner have many heads, some are them are for sucking dust in the corner, on the bed, the curtains, and the carpet.

In our summer house we have a large Dyson Vacuum Cleaner, its very powerful and the tank is big so you don’t always need to dump the waste. I think my Dad will buy the newest Dyson vacuum cleaner for our apartment in Beijing, China.

Now convince your parents to buy a vacuum cleaner from Dyson!

Seeya tomorrow in class!