Math Reflection Unit #1

A strategy i used to play FACTOR CAPTOR ( a new math game we are playing ) is that I make sure I get all the number out to make 60 then put down my counter on 60! Another strategy I have is to chose a number that CAN’T be multiplied.

Making an array is much easier for me because I can count the sides and top to figure out what the factors are.

This unit I have learned a lot, one of these things are how to find out if somethings is divisible by 2,3,4,5 and 6.

ENCOUNTER by Jane Yolen

This week we have been reading and talking about a book called ENCOUNTER.

This story is about a young native boy who had a dream, the dream was about giant birds in the water coming for the island he lives in. The next day 2 ships arrived at their island and people started coming out.Explorers. He warned his people that he had a dream about these big canoes but they didn’t listen, they welcomed the explorers to a feast and showed them what they do there because it was a tradition, but when the explorers started staring at their gold nose rings and bracelets. He and a few others from his tribe went with them on their boat and when they had just reached the point where he couldn’t see land anymore he jumped of because he changed his mind. He swam to the nearest island and started warning the people there to not welcome them , but they didn’t listen because he was a little child. At the end he is sitting on a tree log staring off to sea with a cute behind him.

It was very important for the boy to tell the others because he had a dream about it and was very scared, another reason is that he saw what the others didn’t see.Greed.

The lives of the locals changed because Christopher Columbus keep coming back and started to show them things they didn’t know and started building there and then it was over. The local people couldn’t get their lives back so they just helped Christopher Columbus make America.

I think it was a good thing for the Spanish because they got more money because of America, but for the natives it was good for the people who started to get bored of hunting and that stuff but for others they wanted to keep their culture but couldn’t do anything.


Pedro’s Journal #1

Right now we are reading a book called Pedro’s Journal.

Pedro is a young boy who can read and write in Spanish, thats why he has come with Christopher Columbus from Spain to get to India with Columbus’s crew of 40 sailors. He has stopped his life to go on this journey which is pretty impressive. We have learned that Pedro cannot swim and that he is the only living son of his mother. We have also learned that he writes and copy’s Columbus’s work that he writes. He has boarded 3 ships the Santa Maria, the Pinta and the Niña.

I have learned 2 new terms for sails, the lateen rigging and the square rigging. Square rigging is better for the wind as Christopher Columbus had ordered.

A connection I have to this is when my family was living in Fiji. Every weekend we would go out to sea and would sail and scuba dive to see what we could find underwater .