The middle school retreat is a 3 day series of trips and activities the middle school does every year. On Tuesday we did white water rafting which I really enjoyed. The Shnippencop song was also very entertaining. The theme was rebuilding community but to be honest it didn’t seem to relate to anything we did. I think they should have made more activities that related to building community, such as more cooperative games like astroids.
In math class we graphed ourselves in numbers by using various graphs that gave facts about us. For example for my favorite number I chose 626 because 6/26 is my birthday.
The school year is ending and as usual we have to write a reflection on the year. My advice for the upcoming class is, you will have to do this assignment too! But for real, I would say that it won’t be that different from grade 6 so you don’t need to worry to much. What I personally wish I would have known is that we would have gone into quarantine. But I also would have wanted to know about the journal project in extended french earlier, so is you are in extended ask Mr Cinanni about it.
Now to answer some questions, how was my experience over all? I would say it was somewhat boring because of quarantine, but I liked it aside from a few assignments. What did I do well at? I would say that I did very well at english and math. What am I looking forward to the most about summer? I am very excited to go to CBB. And what books can I recommend? I would recommend “The Tipping Point” by Malcom Gladwell. Have a great day!
Recently in jewish studies class we had to take 5 verses from Pirkei Avot chapter 2 and connect each of them to a song. You can see mine down below.
Recently in math class we coded apps that could convert currency. We all made separate apps using the same slideshow made by Mrs Cleveland. The app can show you the exchange rate from Euros, Pesos, Pounds, US dollars, or Yuans to Canadian dollars. There is also a calculator that converts the amount of currency you typed in. We started by coding a dropdown box to choose the currency you wanted to convert and using an event block to show a set variable that contained the exchange rate. Then we used a different event block to calculate the amount of currency you typed into a text entry box. It was not always easy. Sometimes the slideshow was confusing or I would mistype some code without noticing it and it would make the app fail, but I did manage to complete it. I enjoyed seeing how combining certain blocks changed the way it worked, and experimenting with the code when it was not working as intended. I think everybody should learn at least a little about coding because of how prominent computers are in modern society. Here is the link to my app.
Over the last two weeks in Hebrew class, we have been working on making descriptive cards based on an animal of our choice. I chose the mimic octopus
I chose this creature for a maybe odd reason. When I was 7 or 8 I was watching the cartoon Octonauts with my cousins. The episode was about the mimic octopus and I’ve remembered the creature ever since.
The ID card is below:
במהלך השבועיים האחרונים בשיעור עברית, עבדנו על הכנת קלפי תיאור על פי חיה שבחרנו. בחרתי תמנון חקיין
בחרתי ביצור הזה מסיבה אולי מוזרה. כשהייתי בת 7 או 8 צפיתי בסרטים המצוירים אוקטונאוט עם בני דודי. הפרק עסק בתמנון חקיין
:הכרטיס נמצא למטה
We recently did a project in science where we picked a specific ecosystem and made a merge cube and research document on it. I chose the Rocky mountains. Here is my research plus a video of the merge cube:
This winter break was rather unusual, but I still enjoyed it! For the first four days my family rented out a COVID safe cabin in a nearby place (this was before the lockdown). We went on a hike there, and there was even a hot tub! Normally we would go to my grandparents condo in Florida for the break and several of our other relatives also come. Unfortunately, this was not an option this year for obvious reasons. While I missed Florida, the cabin was very nice, and I was happy we went.
I was aware we were going to the cabin for the first part of the break, and I felt that after we went home it would be as boring as watching paint dry. I was mostly correct, but some interesting things happened. For example during the second week of the break my paternal aunt, uncle, and cousins visited and we got to go on walks with them which was neat. So at the very least the break didn’t drag on forever. I also started playing Assassins Creed 3 thanks to Ben lending me a copy. My family and I also saw the Tik Tok Ratatouille musical, as well as Knives Out. I also took the free time to write longer and more complex sessions for my Dungeons and Dragons group, which was a major part of my staying sane.
My family does not have many traditions for winter break and New Year’s. Going to Florida was the only one. We don’t make resolutions, or have a party. I do not have many goals for 2021 but I would say my main goals are to be more social (inhibited by the pandemic), try new things, and practice for my Bar Mitzvah. I just hope it won’t be as bad as the wart of a year that was 2020.
Visual(This was the cottage we stayed at):
I recently made a biosphere in a bottle for a science project. This is a bite sized ecosystem in a jar. Here is my recipe and a video on the biosphere I made:
Disclaimer: This recipe is based on my biosphere but I cannot guarantee that it will succeed.
Making a self-contained biosphere
½ CM Gravel which can be found at the school baseball field or anywhere else with gravel.
½ CM Activated charcoal which can be bought from pet stores.
2.5 CM Soil which can be found anywhere with plants.
Abiotic elements: A moderately large and nice looking rock that will be the centerpiece of the biosphere. You can find this almost anywhere outside.
Biotic Elements: Grass, leaves, A 3 leaf clover, worms, Small bugs I think are ants, that I put in by accident and I can no longer see.
How to build:
1: Put about ½CM of gravel into the jar, find coffee filter/activated charcoal.
2: Insert filter ½ CM, be sure it covers the full layer.
3: Insert about 2.5 CM of soil. (Note: This is the part where the bugs likely got in.
4: Scatter around abiotic and biotic elements making sure it looks nice and orderly. Make sure plant roots are buried in the soil. Designer Tip: The bugs and worms seem to burrow through the soil which improves the aesthetics.
5: Insert about 100ML of water which may or may not drown the worms.
6: Close the lid but not fully or else the biotic elements will suffocate.
Recently in class we did a jewish studies project where we picked 5 jewish values from a list and did a slideshow on them. This was to teach us about the many jewish values, and we did learn about many of them. Here is my slideshow!:
After presenting it I feel that I over crowded the slides with info and I should have made cue cards instead, but other than that I think I did a good job.