Learning Blog on Specials

1. Chinese Studies
I learned how to write and read lots more Chinese characters, I learned how to play Chinese chess, I learned lots of tricks, so it is easier to go against other people, but it is still very hard, you have to use your mind a lot for this game, Chinese chess can last up to a few hours. I learned how to read more Chinese characters too.
2. Art
In art, I learned how to use different colors, how to add texture, and how to add shades and tints. We did a Great Ape Portrait project. Now in art, I'm doing this video projects with other three people about the Great Ape Portraits. Next year, my goal in art is to use more different colors, because I always use purple, blue and green, so I should add more colors, and change my color choices a little bit.
3. Music
In music, I learned how to play different song on the xylophone, and to read notes. I think I have improve a lot on my reading skills is music. We sang lots of different song, and we watched videos about different famous composers.
4. P.E.
I learned how to do more gymnastics movements, I learned how to play basketball, and how to shot baskets, I learned how to play floor hockey, and the tricks to get a goal in. I think, I should practice my running skills more, because if I run a lot, I will get very tired and all stressed out.
5. Counseling

I learned a lot about being nice to other people, and how to deal with bullies. We learned and read about different bullying, we also did lots of plays about bullying, so we can actually feel how the character really feels in real life. We also learned about left brain and right brain, if you use your left brain most, you are very good at studying and remembering stuff, but if you use your right brain, you like to be risky.

Story of Learning

I think I have improved a lot on my reading and math goals, because now I start reading different genre books, and I write important parts on post it notes, so I can remember what to write in my reading responses, and I can measure angles better, but I think I only improved a little bit on writing, because my goal was to jot down topics to write about on a little note book, but I only did it for a little while, and then I gave up, I think the main reason for why I gave up is, that I don't have time to think and bring a note book. For writing my new goals will be, good choice of topics, good choice of words. For reading, my new goals are, I will read slower, so I can understand more what the author is trying to say, and I can try to predict what is going to happen. For Math, my new goals will be to do more of what I'm not very good at, for example, simplifying fractions, adding and subtracting negative and positive numbers. My goal to help me transition to 6 grade is, to ask questions when I don't understand something.

I think for writing, my most successes is that I can now think of a topic quickly, I don't have to waste my time on thinking for a good topics, and I can come up with some pretty good words to use. For math, I had a very big challenge, which is adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers, but I overcome my challenge by working hard on how to do it, and practicing those kind of questions. For reading, my biggest improvement was that I can do infrencing while reading. My multiplication and division have improved a lot, because I am always practicing.

January 8. 2010

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

This week in writing, I learned about nouns common nouns and proper nouns, common nouns are like, a person, place, or thing, but it doesn't point out the exact, so if you write a sentence it will be like, a girl came to the library, girl doesn't say who, so it is a common noun, a proper noun is a noun that points out what it is, if you write a sentence it will be like this, Sally came to the library.

2. Explain how this has helped you in your reading or writing.

This helped a lot because now, when I write a story, I will first think, do I want it to be a common noun or proper noun? It helped in reading too, now I pay lots more attention to common nouns and proper nouns, that way I can see when the author uses common or proper noun, and I can do that in my own writing.

3. Explain what the difference is between a common noun and a proper noun.

Common noun doesn't point out the person, place, or thing, but a proper noun points it out. For example, my friend wears glasses, that has a common noun in it, Michelle wears glasses, now this sentence has a proper noun in it.

Time to Reflect

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?

I think it is important because, in different countries the money is different too, so you need to convert it into the money you know, and we need to division when we buy stuff because we have to see what is left.

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.

I think the most difficult part was when we had to ignore the decimal and make the remainder into a decimal, because sometimes if I don't read the question and do it, it's very easy to make a mistake because some will tell you to convert the remainder into a decimal, now I read my questions more carefully, now I don't have that many mistakes.


The same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. A large crowd of people gathered around him. Jesus got into a bout and sat in it, while the crowd stood on the shore. Then he told the people lots of things in parables. The seed sown along the path means that the ones who hears the message about the kingdom does not understand, and the evil comes and snatches it away. The one who received the seed that fell among the rocks is the man that hears the word and receives it with joy, but since it has no root, he last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. The one that received the seed among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of his life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, and it becomes unfruitful. But the one that received the seed that fell on the good soil, is the man that hears the word and understands it. The connection I have to my life is, that people should be like the man who received the seed that fell among the good soil, after we hear the word and understand it we should do it immediately.

Writing Reflection

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

I noticed that my opening sentences are pretty good, usually my last paragraph is good too, and I show lots of details.

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

I think that I used to much of the word "I", and I should do more describing.

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

My open sentence are good, I have lots of details, and I do a little bit of showing, which I have to do more of.

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

I think I should make my stories longer, show and not tell, I should use the word "I" less.

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

My favorite piece is Hermit Crab Hunt, I really like my open sentence, the paragraph describing how we catch the hermit crabs and the last paragraph.


Factor Captor is a lot of fun, you have to know prime numbers and the factors. When it is your turn to pick a number you want to find a prime number, because a prime number only has two factors, one and itself. At first I didn't know much about the game, so I was just randomly picking numbers, and was losing very badly. Now I know better, and is not that bad at the game anymore.

Arrays are made by dots lined up together, in columns and rows. You can find some of the factors are in the array like the first row is one, and the first column one is always a factor, and itself.

I really liked learning about, prime numbers and factors, we played lots of games about factors and prime numbers, one game was Factor Captor, in Factor Captor you just have to know about factors and prime numbers, I think learning about factors and prime numbers are a lot of fun.