2012 Three fun activities I did on the first day of Field Studies in hakuba

On the first day when we arrived to Evergreen Outdoor Center we gathered up had a talk and then had lunch. We once again gathered up and they explained what we had to gather to make our tent. We got all of the resources and then we started to make our tents. I was knowledgable because I knew how to help make a tent because I made one before.

This is two different tent groups making their tent’s

Once we finished we deposited our luggage into our tents we did three activities (actually did four but that one is not important). The first one we did was named helium hoop and also helium stick. For the helium hoop and the helium stick it was the same idea. Everyone had to place their two index fingers straight facing up to the hoop while holding it um from the bottom, and we had to get the hoop to the floor (same with helium stick except with stick). For some reason not everyone co-operated and the hoop (for some reason) went up instead of our goal which was down. We tried again and this time everyone communicated and co-operated well and we got the hoop to the bottom. We did the same with the helium stick. Once we got bored of doing it we tried with less people per thing and it was easier. I think it was because with less people its easier because they don’t have to communicate with too many people.

Not my picture

Next we went to a more open area and tried another activity that had to do with ropes. In this activity we had to stand in a circle and then we had to hold the end of one string in both of your hands so its like a string circle. We had to try and make a not with every string. We kept trying but it never worked and then one of the counselors gave us a hint. The hint was to pretend as if we were part of the string, so we went under and over each others strings but we never quite got the hang of it. When we finally gave up our counselor told us that 4th graders managed to do it and I thought to myself “great 4th graders are smarter than us.”

Lastly we did something named lava passing. The idea is to get everyone across a lava lake and the only way you can is by having a magical helmet on but you can only wear it to cross the river once. We got the idea and started thinking then we got the idea of making a large person carry a small, person and then make the small person wear the helmet to cross one more time. We kept doing this but there was a flaw there was not enough people being carried. So they made me (the strongest) carry two of the not the lightest people on my back for some reason. I succeeded and then they kept doing that with the strongest people and we finally made it. In that activity I was a risk-taker because I carried two (not very light) people on my back.

Learner Profile Example

Example of knowledgable:

Last week in science class when we were doing a quiz someone got 10/10. This demonstrates knowledgable

Example of Open-minded:

At the beginning of the year george told us he was from sweden and no one made fun of him. This demonstrates open-mindedness.

Looking Forward To Field Studies

Next week we are going to start doing field studies. In field studies we are going to do a wide range of activities such as ballooning, hiking, mountain biking, etc. We will sleep in tents and hotel rooms with tatami and beds.

I am looking forward to sleeping in tents because we will be in sleeping bags and sleeping backs are cozy. I am also looking forward to going ballooning and canoeing. I am worried about the hike and mountain bike because I am not very fit for that and I might get much too tired. I am curious about how cold the water is because I feel like swimming in that lake. Last of all and in total I am very exited about going to Hakuba for field studies.

Improvisation and Story Telling

Our first unit of drama is about improvisation. We have done many things in this unit such as statue, yes lets and thank you. These helped me develop my skills, approaches and connections to Improvisation. I am now going to talk about what I learned from these activities.

Skills-What skills have I learned in story telling?

I have learned to always keep a loud voice so that the audience can comprehend me. In story telling you need to accept and offer ideas that keep the seen going. Another thing I have learn’t is that I have to think quickly on the spot because or else there will be a pause in the performance so the audience will think its a mess up and it actually is.

Approach-How did I use my skills for story telling?

For the statues and the Co-op drama storytelling exercises I used those skills. I used my listening skills so that I could understand what was happening in the seen. I also used tone of voice to make it as if it was actually happening. I also used the skill of thinking on the spot which helped me to keep the story going and not stopping.

Connections-How could I use these skills in performance?

If I was in a play and forgot my line I could use my thinking on the spot skill and make up something close to my line but that still would make sense. I can also use my listening skill so  know exactly when to do what. I can use these skills in Improvisation activities.

6A Drama: Co-op Storytelling from YIS Arts on Vimeo.

6A Drama: Statues from YIS Arts on Vimeo.

Early Humans Talk Show Reflection

This a video we made for our project Early humans. First we had to choose an early human either Australopithecus Afarensis, Homo Habilis/Paranthropus Boisei, Homo Neanderthalensis and finally Homo Sapien.  Whichever one we chose we would have to research what they did what they ate how they lived that sort of stuff. We had to make questions for the interviewer (Homo Sapien) to ask us, and we also had to make the answers.

Later once we gathered all that information and made the questions we started to practice in order first Austrolopithecus Afarensis then Homo Habilis or Paranthropus Boisei finally Homo Neanderthalensis. The intervier asked us questions and we answered until we finished then he said the conclusion.

The thing that challenged me in the project was making the video long enough. For me it was easy to research about my hominid because it was a popular early human. I liked doing the skit because it was easy and I liked to talk about my hominid. I think I could improve in speaking louder and more clear.

PE Summative- What does it mean to be fit?

During this unit of fitness I have learned many things. For example I learned what fitness really means and the components of it. I have also learned my levels for each component. Here I will tell you how i learn’t all of these things.

On the first day of PE we all went to a wall wisher and wrote down all we thought we knew about what fitness means. He read through all of the ideas and not even one of them was precisely correct. He later then told us the definition, and it was this.  ” the ability to cope in our environment”.  I had always though that being fit meant to be strong and good at what you do, but it actually means to be able to meet the demands of my environment and that surprised me.

But before we started doing anything physical he taught us what the components of fitness were. I will now tell you what they are and also their meanings.

Cardio Vascular endurance (also known as stamina) is the ability that allows you to do sports like long distance running because your heart won’t slow down making it hard for you to breath.

Muscular Endurance is the ability that allows you to continuously use a muscle.

Muscular Strength is the ability that allows you to lift things.

Body composition is how much fat and muscle you are made of.

Flexibility is the ability that allows you to stretch past your toes and stuff.

To start the unit Mr.Noon made a circuit of things to do that would help us with fitness (all the things above). Some of the things were weight lifting the others were jumping jacks, burpees, etc.

The next thing we did was the cooper test, to test our Cardio Vascular Endurance. We went to a park which was 200 meters each lap and we ran for 12 minutes as fast as we could. Each person had a partner to record each of their laps. I ran 10.5 laps which means I went 2100 meters, my partner ran 10 laps which means he went 2000 meters. For a 12 year old I got a bad which is not very good.

This is a 400 meter track. For our test purposes we used a 200 m track.

This is the chart and I am in the 13-14 year old section as you can see I got a bad because I ran 2100 meters.

Later we did another test it was the same kind except this time we were measuring our fitness level for all the things like cardio vascular endurance, muscular strength, etc. Here are my scores for each one.

For the sit-ups test I got 35 sit-ups in one minute, this one was for muscular endurance.                                                                      For the push-ups test I got 29 push ups in one minute, this one was again for muscular endurance.                                               BMI  test for weight I got 52.4  for height I got 163.3  I got normal in the BMI calculator. very close to under weight. This was to test my body composition.                                                                                                                                                                   Sit and reach test. I had to stretch to my toes and I got 14 centimeters. This was to test my flexibility.                                     The last one was for muscular strength it was named Vertical jump test. I jumped 40 centimeters from the ground.

In conclusion I have not only learned that fitness is good for you not only because it benefits your body, but also that you don’t turn off at work or at school. Also I have learned what I need to improve in some of the aspects of fitness. My  goals for fitness in the next three months are to be able to jump 10 centimeters higher than my usual. The way I will do that is by going on my trampoline more often.  I want to be able to run 2500 meters in under 15 minutes. The way I will do this is to run 1500 meters every day. I would also like to be able to touch my toes with my fingers. The way I will try to reach this goal is by stretching to my toes as far as I can for thirty seconds every day.


Technology- Blog Investigation Reflection.

During these past 6 weeks, we have worked on three things. The first one was our Blog research , the second one was the Blog brainstorm and the last one was learning about word press.  The reason we did these things was because we had to understand what a blog was what you do on it and what you can do with it. I learned from this unit that if we don’t learnthe basics and know how to find out the important facts, we can’t make a good blog.


For the Blog research here we had to visit 3 blogs and write down what we thought was good about the blog and why we thought it was important. I think this helped us to make a better blog because if we added the things we thought were good then our blog will turn out better.  Another thing is to have pictures (the pictures should stay on the topic) so that the readers don’t get bored. Also, we need to have good fonts and designs, and we should be organized to get the readers attention. When I had finished working on it I found out what was a good blog. I observed my partners and I saw the different  perspectives people had. In the Blog brainstorm we had to make up 5 topics sub topics and details (each one inside of the other) of what we were going to write in our blogs. The reason we had to do the brainstorm was because if we ran out of things to write on our blogs then we will not post for a while. Therefore the viewers of my blog will get bored and go to another blog. So if we make the brainstorm in advance then we won’t run out of things to write. learning about word press  here we had to figure out by ourselves what each section did like adding a post, moderating comments, managing widgets, etc. I learnt how to create menus’ widgets and lots of other things.



The three most important criteria to me are organization, writing and pictures. I think to be organizational is very important because that way people on your blog can search for your things easily without having to rummage through all your posts. Also if your blog is not organized, it will look messy, and if it is messy, someone who wants to look at the same post they saw before won’t be able to find it. I also think writing is important because if you don’t use your grammar, punctuation and spelling correctly some people won’t understand what your saying, and if they don’t understand what you are saying then what is the point of going onto your blog? Another thing is that if your writing makes sense, is organized and is detailed enough it will show that you have a good understanding of english and that you are smart. Finally pictures. When someone doesn’t use pictures and only a ton of words the reader might get bored and stop reading. But when you do then they will see what is happening understand what it looks like and get a little bit more interested.


If you want to check if you made your criteria well, you can do these things. For instance, organization check that you have made categories. Then make sure that you have put your posts in each appropriate category. Writing check if there are any red lines below your words and if you have trouble with grammar you should say it out loud and listen to hear if it sounds right. Finally pictures you should first look at all the posts you have on your front page and see how many pictures you have put per post. So if I have one picture per post that is fairly well if I have two pictures per post then that is great.


In conclusion I am proud of myself. We have done a lot of work in these six weeks and it was hard. Like the brainstorm we had to make many bubbles of description and topics and stuff. Things I would like to improve are maybe writing more words in each comment and add a few pictures. I also might want to add to my blog put a background and other things. I loved to do this unit and can’t wait for the next!


Mise en Train, Chapitre 1

Tu as Compris?

1 What are these teenagers talking about?

2 What information do they give you in the first few lines of their introductions?

3 What are some of the things they like?

4 Which of them have interests in common?

1 These teenagers are talking about who they are where they live and what they like.

2 They talk about their age name and where they live.

3 They like sport, television and dancing.

4 Ahmed and Djeneba both like sports.  Stephane and Clair like dancing.

Vrai ou faux?

1 André aime parler au téléphone.

2 Ahmed n’aime pas le sport.

3 Stéphane aime écouter de la musique.

4 Claire aime voyager et danser.

5 Didier n’aime pas voyager.

6 Emilie aime faire de l’équitation.

7 Thuy aime la télévision.

8 Djeneba n’aime pas faire du sport.

1 vrai
2 faux
3 vrai
4 vrai
5 faux
6 vrai
7 faux
8 faux

Cherche les expressions

1 say hello?

2 give their name?

3 give their age?

4 say they like something?

1 Salut or tchao
2 Je m’appelle
3 J’ai
4 J’aime

Qui est-ce?

  1. Elle est québécoise.
  2. Il parle allemand.
  3. Il a quinze ans.
  4. Il aime voyager.
  5. Elle adore le ski.
  6. Elle n’aime pas la télévision.
  7. Il adore le football.
  8. Elle aime étudier.

1 Emilie
2 Andre
3 Stephane
4 Clair
5 Emilie
6 Thuy
7 Ahmed
8 Djeneba

Et maintenant, à toi

Which of the students in Salut, les copains! would you most like to meet? Why? Jot down your thoughts and share them with a classmate.

I would like to meat Stephane because he is very chill. Also I like dancing and swimming.