In Humanities, we did a assignment for the unit Man and Earth. We chose a biome we wanted to research on and then made a model of the houses built in the tundra in Minecraft. The biome I chose is Tundra. I did it with my friend called Emily.

This is a example of a house built in a tundra:

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This is the model we made :













Tundra is snowy, and VERY cold.  Their houses are small and mostly made out of trees. The average temperature in winter is about -30 F. In tundra, it is a harsh winter but is cool in the summer. Tundra climate is usually between the 60-75 degree latitude lines. Tundra climate is mainly found along the coast of the Arctic Ocean.

There are lots of snow animals (Owls, polar bear, Ovibos, Arctic foxes etc. The animals that live in Tandra have lots of thick hair/fur on their bodies to keep them warm. Most of the plants in Tundra are low shrubs and trees such as dwarf willows and birches. Mosses are also one of the plants in Tundra.

I thought using Minecrsft was really fun and easy to use. (But it takes a little bit of time to get used to it) It doesn’t take much time to finish things if we get used to it and I enjoyed it alot. Also, there are many types of blocks to build, decorations and more so we could build many types of structures.  I was able to learn a lot of things and I want to use Minecraft again. It was fun and was quite easy to build things.

January Goal Setting :)

What important things happened in your personal life or school life in the last year?                                 One of the most important things that happened is Field Studies. Also, we got into middle school. 

What was good or special about it?                                                                                                                                        It was fun and we did activities we never did and also, I was able to talk to people who I really didn’t talk before. Also, it was my first time to stay in a place without my parents for 5 days. And in middle school, there are many classes compared to elementary school and lots of homework.

How did you grow or change?                                                                                                                                                                                                               I got used to more homework (kind of) and I think I am more responsible with my things.

How did your life change?                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Now, I have to spend more time on my homework and compared to before, I’m a little busy. Also, there are lots of things to learn.

Did you learn anything or decide anything that was really important?                                                                                                                                                                                         I learned about chemicals and other things in Science, making blogs in Tech, about Human and other things in Humanities, basic spanish in Spanish, new vocabularies in English and a LOT more. 

Did you go anywhere or do anything that was really important or interesting?                                                                                                                                                                                       I went to San Francisco for my first time.    🙂


My first goal is to be able to do a spike and a serve really well in volleyball. This goal is important to me because  I like volleyball and I want to be in the B team next year. Also, I am doing volleyball right now in P.E. so I want to be better at it. The benefits of achieving this goal are being able to do a spike and a serve really good in games. And also can go in B team. I would like to achieve this goal by praticing a lot. The steps I will take to achieve this goal are practice volleyball with my sister at a park every week.

My second goal is to be able to play Nihon no Warabe Uta without stopping in Koto. This goal is important to me because in koto, we are playing the piece Nihon no Warabe Uta and I want to play it without getting mixed up and stopping. The benefits of achieving this goal are being able to play the piece smoothly and not have problems. I would like to achieve this goal by practicing a lot at my home. The steps I will take to achieve this goal are playing the koto more than 3 times a week and practice the parts I can’t do really good.

My goal is to get better at English. This goal is important to me because I want to get better at writing essays and other writing. The benefits of achieving this goal are getting higher grades. I would like to achieve this goal by reading many books.



My Favorite Tutorial

My topic for tutorials is cooking. I chose three different tutorials, and one was how to make chocolate chip cookies, how to make pizzas, and how to make pancakes. My favorite one was the chocolate chip cookie tutorial. Which is this one↓

This is my favorite one because first of all, I love to eat chocolate chip cookies and I never made it by myself. From this video, I learned that,

  • there is a way to use unsalted butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, eggs, flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract, and chocolate chips. 
  •  Ruth Graves Wakefield invented the chocolate chip cookie by mistake which turned out to be famous. 
  • we don’t have to make the shape like a cookie when we bake it. We just take one scoop with a spoon and bake it and it makes a cookie shape when it is done. 

I thought the tutorial was good because she, the person who’s in the tutorial,

  • explained the materials at the first and showed it. It is good because we will know what we need to make it from the start so that we don’t need to watch the video to the end and see what we need. Also, we won’t have to stop it many times.
  • told us what the video is about and what it will look like from the start. It is good because we will know what we are making and the target.
  • told us the tips. It is good because that way, we could prevent failures and mistakes.

Even though it is a good tutorial, I thought these things would have made it better:

  • talked more slowly because it was hard to understand and I had to stop several times and play it again.
  • said what we could use instead for some of the materials because if we couldn’t find the materials, we can use similar ones or other things instead.
  • showed us correctly because in this video. She said to put in 4 eggs at first but she only put in 2 eggs. That made us confused a little.