Tunnel book reflection

Everything on my tunnel book describes something special to me or my family. In the first layer, the birds that are in different positions represent how life is, harmony, sweetness,and beauty. My mom,dad and sister represent how they are so important, caring and loving to me. The eye doctor chart represents my uncle who is an optometrist. There is a cruisers sign because that’s the swim club I do all year around for synchro. In the summer, I do speed, synchro and sometimes diving. I have me in my synchronized swimming suit because it’s m favourite sport. Last summer, me team came fourth in the provincials. At swimming meets, the water is freezing cold. My family calls me a water baby because I love the water so much. I have a popcorn bowl because every year we go to Disney on ice and get popcorn that tastes so delicious. I have a picture of a nurse because my moms a nurse and my grandpa works for a pharmacy. Playing the clarinet and piano is two of my passions! My first name means, guardian or protector.

In the second layer, the two eggs represent my good friends outside of school. The basketball in the hoop interprets that I like to play basketball. One of my favourite foods is sushi. I have pet African dwarf frogs named Tarzan and Twinky. I love reading. My favourite series is Percy Jackson because the books are suspenseful, has happy endings, and scary sometimes. I love picturing the ideas in my head because that helps me to understand it better. I am an Shia Ismali Muslim. Although I don’t have a dog, I am dying to have one! A couple years ago, I went to Disney land and then I started liking roller coasters. A roller coaster doesn’t only represent fun, it represents the hills and valleys in life. The good and hard times. The happy and sad times. The fun and not so great times. Flowers and butterfly’s make me feel as light as a feather and happy. I love the bright colours of nature. I have a picture of the ballroom at the Marriot because one year ago, my aunt got married there and my sister and I got to be the flower girls! In my family, ice cream makes everyone feel happy! My middle name means light and splender.

In the third layer, I have the Collingwood and Mulgrave symbols. In Kindergarten I went to Collingwood, then the year after I moved to Mulgrave! I have a picture of some chicks because my dad and his family owns a farm in Kamloops. My favourite restaurant is KOBE because I find it fun to watch them make the food right in front of you. I have a sun in the top right corner. Sun is always in every corner even if you don’t see it. Sun also represents summer with the sunny beaches, warm weather, and most of all..no rain! Also in the summer, Inaya and I put the sprinkler under the trampoline and then it sprays all over us. When there is no wind and very hot weather, doing that is one of the best way’s for me to cool off! Then, we would have popsicles on the trampoline and just relax and have fun in the sun.

At the back of the tunnel book, there is a picture of me when when I was five having a parrot on my arm. We went to Hawaii almost every year since I was one. When I was five in Hawaii, I also fractured my arm. That was not very fun. I was on the monkey bars, I let go and I fell on it. After that incident, I was more careful when I went on them. I loved going on playgrounds when I was little. My aunt always called me “Raiyana Banana!” All the pictures on my tunnel book is a puzzle piece. Life is a puzzle and can’t be completed without the other pieces.

Math Reflection, April 2013

I find that I’m a good mathematician if I know the concept and practice it. Chapter 11 was about operating decimals. I really found this math unit fun, interesting and challenging. My favourite part about this unit was multiplying by powers of ten because it’s fun and easy. I also liked adding more than two decimals in problem solving questions. I found dividing decimals at first was really challenging, I learned how to do it eventually. In other grades, we learned that if we have to turn a fraction into a decimal, we make it a power of ten then change it into a decimal. In this unit, I learned that it’s faster to just divide the numerator by the denominator. I also learned that when I am dividing, sometimes the number is recurring so I have to put a bar over the part that’s recurring. In general, I feel that I do pretty good in test performances. If I get a mistake, I know what I did wrong and learn from my mistakes in tests. Whenever I do math, I always try my best to get the right answers and always try to finish my homework given to me. I am very excited to learn more concepts.

Valuable Fingers

Your fingers aren’t only used to hold objects, or to write, fingers have a more valuable meaning. The pinky finger represents safety because it’s small and fragile. I feel safe when there are organized classrooms, friendly people around and students being respectful to other. When I see students sprinting down the hall as fast as a cheetah, I don’t feel safe in the risk of somebody getting hurt. Right now, to make others feel safe, I play with children at recess’s and comfort them if they get injured.

The finger that a ring goes on when a person is married symbolizes commitment. When I’m committed to an activity, I’m passionate about it and put my one hundred percent effort into it. I don’t skip practices unless I really need to. Even if I am committed to activities, I still make school my first priority.

The middle finger interprets respect. I respect others by listening to ideas, helping others and not excluding classmates unless there is a number limit in groups. I help the environment by not littering and by trying to use reusable utensils. Normally plastic utensils are coming at me screeching ” Don’t use me!” I respect myself by encouraging myself to do better and by thinking positively as much a possible.

When encouragement comes in place, my self-esteem becomes higher. The index finger represents encouragement. When a classmates says positive things about you, you feel that you’re a tremendously terrific person. You can believe in yourself more with encouragement. When you encourage others, they feel great about theirselves as well. It’s a win win situation!

The thumbs up sign stand for…FUN! My favourite sports are synchronized swimming, gymnastics, and basketball. I love to read, play the piano and clarinet. I like all subjects at school at am striving to learn more.

Action

These three units of inquiry, I took a little bit of action. In my second unit, I emailed my author of the book ” Angel Girl” by Laurie Friedman to see why she wrote the book about the holocaust. I didn’t get any reply though. Mrs.Ferguson asked us to research why eggs sometimes float and sometimes sink. I found out why and then did the experiment at home with one of our eggs a my house so I could see if my egg would float, or sink. My thinking has changed by learning about microorganisms, conflict, and architecture.

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Transdisciplinary Skills

Some transdisciplinary skills that I think I show strongly are my communication skills, and my research skills. I show good communication skills by talking to teachers about homework or work that I don’t understand so I can know what I am doing. If I talk to teachers, I talk to them in a respectful manner. I also use by communication skills by talking to friends and partners while doing any type of project. When there are oral presentations, I try to speak as well as I can. I also listen to other people’s ideas.

My second transdisciplinary skill I think I show strongly is my research skills. I think my research skills are good because I know what keywords to type in the the Internet, and I know not to go on only on website to find information, I have to support it with more evidence rather than only one website. I need to work on not only using the Internet though, I should use more newspapers, books, and articles in magazines. I also have good research skill because I take notes on the research I do on paper or on my iPad.