why do we read?

December 2014

First, here is some information that you might need for this post – Fiction stories are not real stories and nonfiction stories are ( sometimes based on) real happened stories.
In class we made a padlet and then everyone could say why they read.

I think why we read depends on what kind of book we are reading and if the books are fiction and non fiction.
I think we mostly read fiction stories to relax and/or to enjoy ourselves. I read mostly because I like it and I to read fun books.But I think when people read non-fiction stories and people do not like it and they maybe do it for school I think they do it for knowledge and to learn from it. I think people read nonfiction to be inspired by what happened an they also want to learn about it.
But personally I think people mostly read for fun and because they like the books they are reading. Another reason  people read to get better with our vocabulary and learn new words.

Here is an example of a fiction story.




And here is an example of a nonfiction story and gives you real information.




Here is a link of a website that you can use for other reasons.

The effect of the music on the movie the nutcracker.

In music class we watched the movie the nutcracker.
First, here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKySM1ie2aM

In this post I am going to tell a few scenes where the music by Tchaikovsky effected  the mood of the scene.

the opening part from 1:35 to 2:28
I think this part with the violins  and the flutes it really sounds happy, a bit of a high and not slow note so it really gives a happy feeling. In the scene the boy runs and the sister behind him, they also slide over ice. The music really makes them look extra happy doing this.

35:50 to 36:09

A very low noise that makes it very exited and gives also a scary mood and the excitement really starts when the trumpets start playing. Then the clarinets go higher and higher to build up extra excitement and she fells scared but then a few mouses come out and then she finds it a dit funny. And then for her the scary mood is out.

1:06:18 to 1:08:20

In this scene the clarinets, violins and harp make the mood a bit frustrated, exiting and sad. I think the music fits the scene very well because what happens in the scene has about the same mood so I think in this part they really combine very well, I think that is very important in this scene and gives the message of the scene very good.

I think these parts of the movie really show well what mood there is.



Performance Reflection

For music class we performed the song yesterday for the rest of middle school…
Here are the steps of how I learned the song. First I practiced the lyrics with a classmate, but then I did not really do it a with the right pitches. Sometimes it was difficult to know how it worked so we only new the lyrics but after that we practiced with the whole class and then we learned how we needed to sing it properly. We then needed for homework to record ourselves singing it and put it on our blog, comment on it and let other people give us feedback too. During a few classes we practiced and then some people played piano and guitar. After that we went in groups outside and  then we practiced and we changed a few words and then it became very good! Then we also got feedback from other people. One of my feedback was to shake the thing a bit softer. I think also during the performance I did it better, so I think I had also improved with that too! In the morning before the performance we practiced  one more time so we would be ready for the assembly.

At the assembly when we performed I think everybody sang a bit soft because I think everybody was a bit nervous to perform for whole middle school. Also I think it was a bit like that because we were performing at the start of the assembly. Overall I think we did a good job! I think I could do better next time by singing a bit louder and I could also try to by more confident. Also next time I  could try to shake the object  more and be a bit more active.

Drama DIY Penalty Techniques Show

For drama with Kai I made a penalty techniques show of different penalty’s that are done by different players. We did this for the unit Speech so we needed to explain well how the techniques worked and how to do them.  We also needed to do the techniques step by step.

Here is te video:


There are some important skills you need when you try to teach something.  One of the skills we used for our video’s was step by step, It means that if you explain something how it works you tell it in steps and not just doing it and then the people who are watching the video they will not clearly understand how it works and then you actually don’t teach you just do it. In our video we explained how it worked and then also did it in steps so the people can see how you do the penalty so they can learn how to do the penalty and they can follow what they say easily it is when you can do the penalty works.