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French: Chapitre 9 – Mise en train

Activité 1:
1)It wasn’t bad.
2) It was excellent, because she went to many places with her friends.
3) I think she does, because they were talking to each other a lot.
4) Because her dad had to call someone.

Activité 2:
1) Magali
2) Hélène
3) Hélène
4) Magali
5) Hélène
6) Hélène

Activité 3:
4, 1, 2, 3.

Activité 4:
1) le père de Magali
2) Magali
3) Ahmed
4) Hélène
5) Magali

Activité 5:
1) Allô?
2) C’est… à l’appareil.
3) Tu as passé un bon week-end?
4) Qu’est-ce que tu as fait?
5) Attends une seconde.
6) Qu’est-ce qui s’est passé?

Activité 6:
She and her friends went to village and boutique and Ahmed bought a doll for Magali.

Trash in Space?!

Recently, there are over 500,000 trashes orbiting the earth, which is quite a big problem in these days. Why they are made, because in around 60 years ago, USA and Soviet Union started competing against each other on space development. First space trash was made by mistake in 1964, American satellite called Vanguard 1, because controllers could not control it anymore, and it kept rotating the earth, so now scientists are more comfortable at leaving trashes in the space than before.


There are many sizes of trashes – trash that is as tiny as some insects, but there are also quite big ones like fuel tanks. According to NASA, those trashes orbit the earth at the speed of about 17,500 miles per hour (28,163.5km/h).


Even though trashes are very tiny, it’s very dangerous for rocket, because they might crash with each other and huge disaster might happen. Also there is danger that trashes might come back to earth. Some parts might burn while coming back to earth, but some big pieces might not burn and crash into the surface. This disaster happened in 1997, and it made a big crater onto the surface.


Many people say that building Space Shuttle that cleans up the space is the most encouraging idea. Now  US-based Star Technology and Research is trying to build the machine that picks up the trash. Then those trashes can be thrown in the ocean. Also Swiss scientists are working on satellite called Clean Space. This machine picks up the trash and throws it straight into the atmosphere so that they can be burnt in the atmosphere (hopefully).


I think that this is quite dangerous for the environment, because there is the danger of trashes falling into earth. If this happens, some country might be badly damaged, and serious pollution problem might happen. However, I think that it’s good thing that some scientists are working hard to clean up the space and fix this serious problem. I hope that this problem will be fixed as soon as possible and space will be very clean!


Unfamiliar scientific words:

  1. Orbit: The curved path, normally described by a planet, satellite, spaceship.
  2. Atmosphere: The gaseous (air) layer surrounding the earth.
  3. Satellite: A object that travels around a planet; a moon.


Works Cited:

  • Dolasia, Sona. “Trash . . . . . In Space?” DOGOnews. N.p., 20 Mar. 2012. Web. 08 Dec. 2014.
  • “Space Debris.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 12 Aug. 2014. Web. 08 Dec. 2014.


Qatar and Switzerland

The two countries I chose are quite developed and I think they are quite similar to each other. My research topics are that why those two countries are highly developed.

Qatar has life expectancy of 78 years, but surprisingly,  it increased a lot in 100 years. Also it is interesting to note that it has GDP per capita of 131,758 dollars, which is the richest and highly developed country in Arab region. I think it is that high because in Qatar, there are quite a few citizens (apx. 2.2 million) and also it has the world’s third largest natural gas reserves and oil reserves in excess of 25 billion barrels.

Switzerland has life expectancy of 80, which is one of the highest. It has GDP per capita of 53,672 dollars, which is third highest in Europe. I think it is that succeeded because even though there are a lot citizens (more than 8 million) in Switzerland they still get a lot money by food, and visitors. Because in Switzerland there are a lot of watch, cheese, and chocolate brands and more than 8 million visitors visit Switzerland.

Reading Response of Holes by Louis Sachar

I read a book called “Holes” this summer. I found that this book is very enthusiastic, exciting, and fun, that I burst into laugh while I was reading it. and also it pushed me a theme strongly. It is highly recommended for all readers. For the second question, I think that the theme of this book is “NEVER GIVE UP!!”, because the main character (Stanley) committed a crime and he was sent to the green lake. Although there were bullies and, fights, he never gave up digging the holes so that he managed to fit in with prisoners and he got a nickname of Caveman. I think that the symbol of this book is yellow lizard. In the green lake camp, it is very well known as a very dangerous animal because it has very sharp and big teeth and poison so if it bites people, they will really get hurt. I think that this symbol represents a danger, and maybe as well as don’t dig too much, because otherwise it will bite you, so that you will get hurt and have a terrible experiences. For the third question, I felt that the texts are strong, as much as coming out of the book. Because it was very enthusiastic, and also it had a very very strong message of never give up. Also my emotional response to this story is like very exciting, fun, and impressive. I have never read this sort of book before, and also it’s one of the best books I ever read overall. For the last question, I think that the author tried to publish a book that has strong message of never give up, because I think she really wanted to say it. Also I’m not sure but she might have used different vocabulary and grammar to make the message stronger and emotional. Then finally, she publish an incredible novel that is very emotional, exciting, fun, and impressive called “Holes”.

Field Studies Reflections

Overall, field study was great experience, where we could socialise with other people, and also do a good teamwork. Activity that I found challenging was canyoning. It required a lot of courage to go to waterfall, and slide, but it was extremely fun because it was full of thrills. Also I loved rafting, and MTB. I found climbing useful for the future, because I learnt how to tie ropes tightly, and the instructors said that it’s very useful for carrying things. For the rock climbing, I think this will be very useful not to end up at the bottom of wall. I felt that I want to go to Minakami again with my family, and I’m looking forward to go to field studies next time!


French: Chapitre 8 Mise en train

Activité 1:

1) It’s morning (around 10h – 11h).
2) She wants Djeneba to go to the market and buy some food.
3) She buys onions, tomatos, tomato sauce, and a fish.
4) Someone rang the bell.
5) She forgot to tell her mom that she has invited her teacher.

Activité 2:

1) Faux
2) Vrai
3) Faux
4) Faux
5) Faux

Activité 3:

1) b
2) d
3) e
4) a
5) c

Activité 4:

1) Animata
2) Djeneba
3) Djeneba
4) Djeneba
5) Mme Diomandé

Activité 5:

1) Encore du pain?
2) Non, merci. Je n’ai plus faim.
3) Tu me fais le marché?
4) Il me faut…
5) Volontiers!

Activité 6:

Ma mère et mon père font les courses.
Nous faisons les courses à la coop.


Science: Metals in News

Banana Peels – The New Water Purifier?

 Unfamiliar Scientific Words:

–       Nutritious:  Very good (healthy) for you; containing a lot of the substances that make your body grow up.

–       Carboxylic Acid: an organic acid containing a carboxyl group.

–       Chemical Residue: a small amount of chemical that remains after the main part has gone or been taken or used.

–       Miniscule: extremely small.

Summary of the article:


The main idea of the article is that how the banana peels can help to remove heavy metals from polluted water. The sciences that are being used is that researchers had found many compounds inside the banana peel like carboxylic acid, and the acids that bind to many metals came to contact. When carboxylic acid bond with a reactive metals, it creates hydrogen and a salt that are not poisonous. Bond is when two chemicals stuck together and chemically reacted.


I think this will be very useful for polishing stuffs instead of water because recently water cost a lot to use it so that it also saves money a lot. Also we don’t have to use the banana peel a lot. We can use it 11 times!! However, there is 1 bad point of banana peel. It’s that it can’t kill bacteria.


Works Citation


Dolasia, Meera. “Banana Peels – The New Water Purifier?” DOGOnews. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Sept. 2014.


























Science: Metal advertisement reflection

Things that I had to do:

  • Write in more detail to my advertisement
  • Do more research on tungsten
  • Write correct and neat bibliography
  • More photos of tungsten and product.

What I will do next time:

  • Do a lot of research on the metals
  • Write in very details in clear and neat sentences
  • Write a neat and clear bibliography
  • Insert more photographs of the metal and a product

Tutor: My goal for this year

My goals of this year


S – Specific


M – Measurable


A – Achievable


R – Relevant


T – Time contained


  • I want to be even better at math.
  • I want to improve English more than this year.
  • I want to be better at French.
  • I want to be better at tennis.
  • Since I’m new student this year, I want to make more friends.
  • I want to be better at everything.


Drama: Stereotypes

So what is stereotypes? It’s kind of label, usually led by appearance, nationality and culture. For example Japanese people do karate or kendo, and often eat sashimi and sushis. I think this is stereotypical because I’m Japanese and some of my friends do kendo and love eating sushis. But in someways stereotypes are useful. If you have meetings or have a lunch or a dinner with European people in Japan, you might go to Japanese restaurant so that they can taste Japanese food and Japanese culture. However, stereotypes might be bad because people might insult other people by religion, culture, skin colour, and books. I think this will cause power struggle. So we must not insult people by their own stereotypes.

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