This week in project wonder I completed my level 2 of the 4 c’s and sentence structure. Since creately stopped working I had to draw my concept map on paper and I started rushing it since I wanted to get it done so my handwriting is a bit messy and the text bubbles are a bit lopsided and weird. Our class also made posters for a contest on the four different class rules. Which are 1 Give your best effort, 2 respect the classroom, 3 keep your learning environment/classroom happy, and 4 speak up for yourself. I made a poster for level one. I got extra time to finish my project since I wasn’t done. After the students made the projects they went around and voted on one poster for each rule. The poster that got the most votes would be hung up on the wall. There were two groups of posters that won, the posters that the students voted for and the posters that the learning coaches thought was worth hanging up. My poster got hung up for the ones that the teachers picked. I’m not extremely proud of my work I never am but it’s fine I guess because even though the poster isn’t my best work I’m not horribly ashamed of how it ended up. I have 7 project wonder units done (the bare minimum is 6 so I’m good) and I hope to start and finish at least one unit next week and by finish, I only mean levels 1 and 2 of the unit.
Last Friday, 6th grade went to blue Mountain for a field trip. Apparently, it was supposed to be an educational field trip to learn about the forces of motion but to me, it was just snow tubing. I didn’t learn much. By much I mean nothing at all and if I did perhaps learn anything I don’t remember it. I had a good time though, I laughed a lot and enjoyed the day with people that I’m close to. Even though I got an ice ball flown in my face on the way down the hill and almost froze to death because I refused to wear the coat that I brought with me and decided that I would be a good idea to stand in front of the fake snow machine till I lost feeling in the skin on my face. Not really, but I was cold.
Now to things that happened this week in project wonder I finished my level 1 of two units sentence structure and the 4 C’s. I would’ve gotten level 2 done of both levels if creately.com would be cooperative and allow me to make more than 5 concept maps. I also went through this whole thing of trying to make the links to the concept maps less blurry. It wasted a ton of my time. I tried out google drawings but the workspace for the concept map was too small meaning I probably couldn’t fit 10 text bubbles into it. So from now on, I’m going to draw out my concept maps on paper. Yes, I will be a bit limited for the size of my concept map but I write small but big enough that it’s readable.
I feel that I am not putting enough effort into my writing prompts lately so fixing that and along with completing maybe a few units are things that I hope to do next week. I also feel that not much was talked about in this weekly review but the text is long and I’m starting to feel that I am taking way too long on this assignment
Grammarly disapproves of my writing because there’s too much punctuation.
There will not be a weekly review this week since 6th grade will be taking a field trip to Blue Mountain.
This week in Project Wonder was a good week. I know good is a bland word but that’s all my unfocused brain can come up with right now. I started and finished my level 3 “essay” on going more in-depth with Author’s purpose. I also started working on level 3 for effective speaking which I have been holding off to do for a while. Our class was also allowed to bring our phones to class to download an app that lets you message your teachers because you’re more likely to look at your phone then you are your email so the teachers can see your message and respond faster. I got somewhere in my book Pet Sematary by Stephen King and I hope to finish it soon so I can read other books probably not by Stephen King though because I like to balance things out by reading books by different authors. I am less proud of the writing I did this week for a weekly review than the other ones but, I hope to improve that next week. Something that I hope to do next week is to finish my level 3 effective speaking “essay” and start a new unit by doing levels 1 and 2 of that unit maybe 3. If I have time I will start and finish level 4 in the effective speaking unit.
This week in Project Wonder was a bit boring and pretty uneventful in terms of not doing anything else than working on projects and recording information of how far I’ve gotten in the project and putting this information in a slideshow. I did have a conference with a teacher to decide an appropriate grade for this marking period. I finished a slide on leopard gecko morphs for my slideshow on leopard geckos so I could finally delete the bunch of pictures of leopard geckos that were eating my computer battery away. I still have a ton more screenshots and photos on my laptop but deleting those was a start. Also, I got levels 1-2 done on three of my unit projects which is really the only more important thing that I have really accomplished this week.
I hope that I can get finished reading this book called “I Want to Eat Your Pancreas” by Yoru Sumino. No, this book isn’t what you think it’s about. In older times if you had a part of you that was hurting, for example, your heart, stomach, or in this case, a pancreas people would eat that part of an animal believing that doing so would heal that person. The girl in this book named Sakura has incurable pancreatic cancer and the doctors estimated that she has about a year left to live. yet instead of living up to her dreams and living her best life doing what she wants before she dies Sakura spends what time she has left with the most boring, gloomy kid in the school. I want to finish this book by Friday.
I have been trying to read as many interesting books as I can to help inspire me to make something of my own. I love writing. But, after just a couple sentences on paper, my hand gets tired and I give up on writing. I also feel like my work isn’t the best when I type my ideas right from the computer I find that my best work comes from writing a rough draft then typing it that’s why a lot of my what I would call “better” pieces of writing are either week in reviews or just random ideas I write down. Though I love writing its not my absolute favorite I like drawing characters and making art to tell stories rather than writing them done. I find that sometimes writing down some stories it makes them a bit dull to me.
Next week I hope to finish level three of some project units and maybe find some way to include mental health into a project for a unit.
Not much happened during this week in Project Wonder, but there are a few things that I can go into detail about. One major thing that I worked on during this week is my project portfolio to keep data of all of the units that I started and completed. There wasn’t anything particularly difficult about filling out and adding information to my portfolio and I finished rather quickly since I only had one completed unit to fill out which were the dispositions project. I also started an independent study on leopard geckos which so far I don’t have to do any research for in school since I knew a lot about it beforehand. I also got to read a bit more of the current book that I am reading Misery by Stephen King which I’m happy about.
Last week, I made a paper airplane and almost won the “how long can the plane stay in the air” challenge/activity. I also got the last few chapters of my book Everlost finished during independent study, though I got stuck while working on my effective speaking project afterward.
During last week in Project Wonder, my table group took part in the Rube Goldberg inspired project which kind of failed since we started late because people were doing everything except brainstorming designs for the three parts of the project. I thought of some ideas (surprisingly) but I suddenly got confused with what was happening and what they were doing with the project and for some dumb reason, I thought I was going to be judged for my thoughts so I lingered back and kept quiet. Also, the people at my table were building the Rube Goldberg project in ways where my ideas simply fit.
On a lighter note, during that week we were also instructed to create a diagram on how to make toast. the steps ranged from when the ingredients were bought from the store until the person ate the toast. if we had a bit more time I would’ve taken this diagram further to include more steps to show stuff like how did the bread and ingredients get to the store? but yet again I didn’t have enough time. I enjoyed this activity because the little doodles I did for each step turned out pretty well, even though I felt a bit rushed.
Next week, I hope to figure out exactly what I’m going to do for my level 4 effective speaking project and start working on it.