Minecraft Silk Road

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The last few day in humanities, we have been making historical places from the silk road in minecraft. I made the Bell Tower from Xi’an (in China) with Shion. It was quite hard since I had to make everything symmetrical and it was hard because I had to use material that looks and was similar to the real material. I also had to use the right kind of lights and put them in the place to make it look similar to make it look

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more realistic. Unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to put lamps on every floor. I also made bridges to other places – to what Grace was making and to the Grand Bazaar (which is from Istanbul) that Kelly was making.

I couldn’t get in the server to get screenshots of it and the end but what I basically just made was the bell tower with 4 exits that led to bridges that led to other place.

Math Reflection

I’m in 6B and my math teacher is Mr. Fedley.
This year I have learned about
-Barcodes
-Codes
-Probability
-Divisors
-Division of Decimals
-Decimals and Fractions
-Patters, area and perimeter
-Measurement
-Statics
-Integers

For our Measurement unit we had to make a video about it.

For our Probability unit we made a poster.
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And for everything else with basically just did assessments.

I think this semester I enjoyed making the posters the best. I liked them since we usually only did textbook work and mathletics but when we made posters we could design it and write it as we want. When we did textbook all we had to do is just answer the question which was kind of boring.

I found the integers assessment (the last assessment we did this year) the most challenging. Since most of the stuff we did I know that we did it before but this I had never done before. It was also challenging since we had explain everything and if we got one sum wrong everything else went wrong – which happened to me.

I think next year I’m going to focus on checking my answer more closely because this year after I finished a test or something I only checked my work once. Then when I get my results I realize that the answers were wrong.

Overall I think I this year of math was pretty good.

Art Reflection

The unit we have been doing in the last few weeks in art is printing.

I think my design was influenced by Polynesia’s prints. I chose that culture’s prints because they were simple, but also were eye catching. They have a lot of simple shapes that you could see like triangles, circles and lines so it didn’t look too complicated. Here is the slide.

I liked 5th one the most because of the star shaped thing.

I think the most difficult thing was to make the parts perfectly symmetrical. Because first when you did it on paper you had to use a ruler and make sure everything is the same length. And while carving you had to make sure to be right on the pencil lines.

I had to carve little by little and not do a lot by once so that it didn’t get messed up. But on one part my hand slipped so I have a line threw one part. Also, atfirst I didn’t know that I had to do little by little so I accidentally carved a triangles off one part so that part wasn’t symmetrical anymore.

Here is my final product.

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I have learned that we do a lot of investigating and planning before we start the actual project (I found that similar to technology). I have learned how to blend colors, how to draw a realistic portrait and how to carve. I found the portrait drawing the most helpful since we learned about proportions and using gradations, and I can use that things to help me do other kinds of art too.

Tutorial

The last few weeks we have been making our tutorial. We investigated other tutorials and found the good points and the bad things about them. After that we planned out tutorial based on the facts we found out about other tutorials.

I think my tutorial connects to the class criteria because we put down all the good things we found out about tutorials in the investigate unit. I looked at it while I was making my tutorial to try to make it good.

For example theses are a few criteria that I thought I used the most.
Simple – The most simple explanation so the viewer can understand – I think I made most parts simple and easy to understand but not too simple so it doesn’t make sense at all.
Visual – Demonstrating each step while the voice explains – I demonstrated the step by drawing it almost every time.
Sources – Credit is given to media by others – I put credit for everything, even iMovie for the editing and QuickTime Player for the filming

I got new ideas by looking at these tutorials –
Grace’s Tutorial
Wonkyung’s Tutorial

I learned by their tutorials that lighting was really important since if the person couldn’t see what you were doing all they could do was follow there voice. Also, that you should show everything you need in the beginning so the maker knows what to use.

I got other ideas from the tutorials I found in the investigation unit. Like that the person tells you that you needed to follow the sketches. And also she tells you even the small details to make it look more neat.

I think I should’ve showed the stuff I needed in the begging too and show the finished product.

I don’t think I still find anything challenging. I learned how to do most things like picture in picture, voice overs and etc. But I found doing the voice overs challenging during the making of my tutorial since I has to remember the exact words and sentences, and if I made just one mistake I had to do all over again.

Im conclusion, I think I did pretty well this unit. I created my tutorial with most of the criteria and I uploaded to youtube. I hope that this tutorial was easy to understand and helpful.

Artist Statement

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The title of my artwork is Grace because, well, I painted Grace. During this unit we had to make a painting exploring different brush strokes and different colors. I think I have improved because even though I used to mix colors and not use them straight from the tube, I explored more different brush stroked. Some parts I used smooth strokes and other parts I used rough strokes. And if I did something I didn’t like, I found out how to cover it with different colors so it didn’t show.

I think the strength in my artwork and the colors since I mixed them really good and I used a variety. And I tried to put some highlights and shadows in it. I think the weakness in my work are that around the person, there are a few white spots, where I didn’t paint and some of the background overlapped onto the person. I think next time, I should paint the background, the person so the person is perfectly  over the background. Also I should’ve made the nose look more 3D since it looks kind of flat, and also put more shadows and highlights in the neck. I think it would’ve been better if I had a picture, since it doesn’t look that much like Grace.

I think I showed the persons emotion, or identity by the colors, the expression or the items. Because I showed mostly bright colors like orange and yellow for the person, the background was dark colors, like blue and green. But some of the blue was bright and some dark. So the colors showed both sides of the person. And I made the person holding a pencil so you could see that she likes drawing.

Video about how to change cm squared to ml

In this project we had to design a drink design and say how much ml fit in it. We had to explain how to convert the cm squared to ml.

Our drink was called ‘The Drink’ and 630 ml fit in it. We found this out by multiplying the height, width and length. Which was 630cm squared. And then we just changed the ‘cm’ to ‘ml’ which turned it to be 630 ml.

Tutorial Plan Reflection

The last few weeks, we have been planning for out tutorial. We made a storyboard and a timeline to plan it out. So we knew every single thing that will happen in out tutorial, when we were going to say something, how long each clip will be and etc. The timeline is for knowing when to do what, like a schedule. When I will put on voice-overs, when I will edit the tutorial and so on.

This is my storyboard. I think  meets the criteria of simple, because I tried not to put too much detail in it. I didn’t put too many subtitles in so that the watcher will only watch the subtitles, but only put a few subtitles so the watcher can get more focused on the drawing. I also think I demonstrate good annotations because almost each drawing has a subtitle on it. I think it showed good at introducing it, since every time I moved  to the next step it says so as I said before. And I think it has good introductions, because when I start every singles new step, like the line art, then the coloring, I say so the watcher knows.

This is my timeline plan.

I think the good point about my tutorial is that it is going to take time on every step so the watcher doesn’t get mixed up. I also think the viewer will know what I’m trying to teach since it has it written down on every step, so if the watcher misses something, they can just check it.

I think I need to learn how to the voice-over to do the tutorial. Also I think I need to find out how to put on subtitles with not the imovie subtitles, but if I can, to try to  make my own subtitles to put on.

Since we have finished investigating tutorials, and planning them out, soon we will start creating out tutorials. Using all the knowledge about tutorials we have found out in the last few weeks.

Our Introduction to Measurement

Our unit question are ‘How do we calculate using measurement?’. We have to find out different kind of things to used to calculate different kinds of measurement. Our Area of Interaction is ‘Environments’. For example if we are in a forest or something we can use a gps to measure your coordinates. My questions about the unit questions are. images

– What does a compass measure?
– How do you measure round things?
– How many different kind of tools are there to measure things?

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Here are some examples of units of measurements

– Seconds, cm and mm.

You can use seconds to measure time. For example if you want to measure how long it takes to drop something, you can measure it by seconds.

To measure the area of rectangle or a a square, you need to multiply the width by the height for example, Screen Shot 2014-03-06 at 5.15.19 PM

The height is 4 cm and the width is 8cm so them multiplied together is 32cm2.

To find the are of a triangle, you multiply the width by the height, but then divide it by 2.

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The height is 6cm and the width is 4cm so them multiplied together is 24cm and then divided in half is 12cm2.

Um. Measurement is useful because if you want something in your house you can measure it and when you buy the furniture you know exactly what size you need. If we didn’t have measurement everything will be

Portrait Description

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In this portrait composition is Grace. I chose her because she is one of by best friends. And she is the only one who isn’t in my class this year out of my friends so I chose to paint it. Next, I will paint her face yellow-orange-red and the background green and blue.

How and Why Do We Tell Myths?

osyssesA myth is kind of like a story. Each myth is about something, sometimes how the world is how it is and things like that. Right now, in English we are exploring the question ‘Why do we tell myths?’

People for a long time ago made myths up to explain the world. For example, the myth about Zeus was that he had 2 other brothers, one of his brothers, Poseidon got the sea, his other brother Hades got the underworld and Zeus got the sky to control. So the weather change along with his mood. If he was happy, the world had fine weather. If he was mad, there would be thunder, storms, lighting, typhoons and lots more. People thought this was true those thousands of years ago since they didn’t have any technology, or anything. So they just made up what they thought. Sometimes myths were just for entertainment.

So, a long time ago, people just made myths to explain how the world worked. Because they wanted to know how it worked, they just made it up. And sometimes, people just made them for entertainment, just like people write stories now.