Unit 3 Spanish Reflection

In the third unit of Spanish this year, I think that I learned a lot on the topic of travel and vacations. I gained new knowledge of vocabulary, expressions, and verb conjugations.


1. What are 7 ways what you learned is like Harry Potter, Star Wars, or another movie of your choice?

My learning in Spanish is like the James Bond Movies.

  • Learning Spanish vocabulary is as fast as James Bond’s Aston Martins
  • I learn new expressions that are deadly like his guns
  • I can conjugate verbs that are irregular like the mysteries in the movie
  • The preterite is something that happened in the past like James Bond movies
  • There are many Spanish speaking countries just like there are many James Bond movies
  • Dialogue in Spanish is fast-paced like the movie
  • Command terms must be conjugated differently just like how James Bond sees the world in a different way

3. How is what you have learned relevant to other classes/material you are learning?

The things that I have learned in Spanish are relevant to other subjects in multiple ways. For instance, I have learned about the preterite conjugation in Spanish, which can be applied to any subject in order to have correct grammar and inform the reader of the time and place context that the text is in. Furthermore,  the fact that we learned about Spanish-speaking countries can be tied into the subject of I&S, to show or understand why certain countries speak French, especially because of colonization reasons.

7. Write down key words from your learning. Arrange them into a poem. (freestyle bars?)

Learning about travel and Spanish-speaking countries

This is all apart of my Spanish-learning studies

Preterite, irregular, and command verb conjugations

Should be all easy because they’re learning expectations

Hotel and travel plans, souvenirs and shopping

I’ll talk ’bout all of these in my new track that I’m dropping

Expresiones Del Pasado como la semana pasado

Signify the events that happened sometime ago

Frecuencia y Secuencia

Show how often something happened

Just like the times that you can hear me for thinkin’ I’m rappin’

9. Make a wordle or mind map of your learning.



Grade 8 Showcase Portfolio


Research Skills:

I demonstrated research skills in the subject of science. In the class of science, I was able to successfully gather a series of information from multiple sources in order to provide accurate facts and figures for my assignments. In addition, I have learnt how to improved my use of keywords, which has helped me to narrow down search results and access relevant answers.


Social Skills:

Social skills are abilities that I have demonstrated in most subjects. I believe that I have shown these skills most effectively in the classes of music and physical education (PE).


In music, my group and I have worked on constructing a song from scratch. I have consistently collaborated with my group members in order to create different roles for different instruments to play. I have discussed and actively engaged in conversations which has helped to improve and make changes to the final piece.
In PE, I have interacted with classmates in order to discuss strategies and tactics to help win games as a team. Furthermore, I have communicated with my teammates on the handball court to give advice and help. In addition, I have worked with my teammates to use the attacking/defensive principles of play in matches.



I have shown the communication skill in drama, english, and art.


In drama, I have communicated not just verbally but also throughout the use of facial expressions and body language. Moreover, I used the elements of drama in order to convey a simple message or a story in unit 1. In unit 2, I used my body stance and positioning to show my character for the Commedia d’ell arte.


For english, I have effectively shown communication skills throughout my writing samples. I have conveyed a story in my creative writing prompt and analysed the message and symbols in the novel “Skellig” by David Almond in unit 1.
I was able to communicate my personal interests and tastes in art throughout the construction of multiple pots. I created a coil pot and a pinch pot and designed them according to my interests and hobbies.



I showed a variety of thinking skills in the subjects of design and individuals and societies.


In design, I demonstrated both creative thinking skills and critical thinking skills. I used creative thinking skills when I was generating ideas for my animation, while I used critical thinking skills to analyse whether these ideas would be realistic and/or easy to make.
For Individuals & Societies, I used critical thinking skills in order to analyse and compare the development of different nations and the impacts of each nation during the data for development unit. I transferred my previous knowledge to make connections and bonds between information from unit 1 to unit 2.



In the subject of Spanish, I think that I am performing a good job of self-management. I have been able to stay on top of my homework and manage all of my papers in my binder. I have found the time to study new words and revise the phrases/expressions that I learnt in class.
However, I still need to improve on my self-management skills for math. Although I have been able to complete my homework on time, I still need to find time to revise and study my notes so that I can feel more confident during tests.



My Goals

Goal 1 For next semester, I would like to start being more productive and organised by prioritizing my homework. I will check the due date for each homework assignment and start on the assignment that has the closest due date, which will help me to finish the task on time.
Goal 2 I would like to manage my time and use it effectively next semester. I have not been achieving the grades that I have wanted this semester due to amounts of homework and assignments. By spending time on revising, practicing, and looking over my notes, I will be able to score better on my tests and assessments.
Goal 3 Finally, I would like to take neater notes. Since some of my notes were disorganised and untidy this semester, I was not able to read my own notes and lost key information as a result. Thus, I would like to focus on creating organised, neat notes for next semester in order to be successful when I revise my notes.

‘Expanding my comfort zone during G8 Expedition’

During the expedition week in October, I faced a wide variety of challenges in an unfamiliar environment in Minkami, Gunma. This trip has undoubtedly expanded my comfort zone, as I experienced a range of activities, including canyoning, rafting, rock-climbing, geo-caching, mountain biking, as well as multiple team building activities. In this expedition, I got out of my comfort zone when I performed mountain biking, rock climbing, and canyoning.

Mountain biking got me out of my comfort zone, as I rode a bike with a different braking system as well as a different type of suspension system. In addition, I rode on steep courses in the mountains, as well as extreme hairpins, which was a new experience for me. Even though I had lots of fun and was able to manage the courses, the experience was challenging and indefinitely got me out of my comfort zone.



Unit 1 Spanish Reflection

In terms of reading, I think that I am capable of understanding words that are unfamiliar by using context clues in order to make sense of the word or expression. I think that I am able to understand basic sentence and paragraph structures which helps me to comprehend the text effectively. However, I still make mistakes and errors when I am answering the reading comprehension questions. Therefore, I think that I should make sure that I reread the text twice in order to minimalise my mistakes.

My Goal for Reading: Reread the text and read carefully not to miss out on any important details or facts.

I think that my writing skills have the most areas of improvement. I am able to write with some flow and accuracy, however, I am not that confident in terms of verb conjugation and the spelling of some words. In addition, I think that I should use more terms and expressions from the unit in order to apply my learning in a piece of writing and familiarize the verb. Thus, in order to decrease the number of errors in my writing, I will make sure to create flashcards on Quizlet and try to memorize as much terms and expressions from the unit vocabulary in order to be able to use it in my writing.
My Goal for Writing: Use Quizlet more often to memorize key terms and expressions from the unit, as well learn the correct spelling and conjugation of some words.

In the area of speaking, I think that I am making a consistent progress, which is allowing me to speak with accuracy and fluency. This allows me to hold a conversation with others and understand the context. I think that I can work on using more expressions and vocabulary from the unit (again) in order to really comprehend what I am learning and apply it to my speaking skills.
My Goal for Speaking: Use more vocabulary and expressions from the unit by using the terms on Quizlet (mentioned previously)

Lastly, in terms of listening, I am confident in my listening skills, however I make mistakes from time to time when I do not understand a word and therefore try to spell the word and spell it with an error or errors. IN order to improve on my listening skills, I will listen or watch some Spanish videos in order to get familiar with the accents and flow of the SPanish language.
My Goal for Listening: Watch/Listen to Spanish videos in order to familiarize the SPanish accents and different vocabularies.

Spanish Goals ’16~’17

I have multiple goals for the subject of Spanish this year. [SMART Goals]

  1. Firstly, I would like to practice my conjugations for (most) verbs ending in -AR, -IR, and -ER. I will achieve this by learning and practicing the conjugations of 2 new verbs every day of the week for a month. This will help me to learn approximately 60 new verb conjugations every month. Since I have a Spanish dictionary at home, I will use this as a resource to help me choose my verbs that I will be studying. At the end of each month, I will write some sentences using the conjugated form of the verbs that I have learned.
  2. Furthermore, I want to practice my reading skills which will undoubtedly expand my vocabulary and show me multiple sentence structures. I plan on reading short excerpts or texts in Spanish once a week. I will either borrow these books from the library, browse some from home, or even read online PDFs or texts. I will keep a list of the books/texts that I have read each month. (Like a reading log)
  3. Lastly, I will practice my oral skills, increase my vocabulary, and improve on sentence fluency by speaking in Spanish with my  friends or with my dad as he can speak Spanish fluently. Everyday I will have (or attempt) a conversation with my friends for 10 minutes. This will help me (and my friends) to share some vocabulary terms that we didn’t know and share new expressions.

Will humans be able to sustain lives on mars?

With planet Earth slowly disappearing, humans have come to the consensus that in order to maintain developing the human race, citizens of Earth will have to sustain lives on different planets. This idea has brought many scientists to investigate the different planets and their factors. Mars is included as one of these planets. However, on Mars, there are major factors that deny the possibility to maintain lives there. Lack of oxygen, food, sanitized water sources and sustainable soil conditions are the biggest issues of living on the planet Mars. Of course, there are solutions to these problems as well.

Humans will be able to sustain lives on Mars, as long as they have food and enough oxygen. These two issues will be eliminated if we, humans grow plants on Mars. “How are we going to grow plants with no oxygen and unsustainable soil conditions?” you say. Simple. I have come up with two solutions that will eliminate these worrying issues. To start off, both solutions will require a dome with a valid source of oxygen to create a friendly atmosphere for the plants to grow in. This is due to fact that the Martian atmosphere mainly consists of Carbon Dioxide (95%). Plants must undergo a process known as Photosynthesis, where plants consume the reactants light and chlorophyll, producing oxygen and glucose, allowing for animals to grow and a friendly environment for both plants and humans.

My first solution that I am promoting is the idea that humans bring valid soil sources to grow the plants that will help us to live. Since Martian soil is not eligible to grow any plants, if we, humans bring soil sources that are capable of growing plants, we will be able to live on Mars. These soil sources may consist of most materials, such as human waste and the soil from Earth (which contains organic matter and minerals). Along with the dome, humans will be able to grow plants with this option. However, as this may sound like a good idea, there is sadly a limited value of such materials. The earth has a limited amount of soil that will run out one day, and humans will not be able to produce enough waste to grow the plants. This makes it an environmental issue.

Again, bringing food from Earth to Mars is another possible solution. This way, humans will be able to live in an environment with less plants, as they only need plants for breathing purposes. However, this solution will not be the *ideal solution, as it will costs tons of money transporting a huge quantity of food to provide for over 7 billion citizens. Furthermore, like the previous idea, there are only limited amounts of food sources available on this market. Despite the fact that food can be genetically modified to produce larger quantities, I believe that GM (Genetic Modification) is ethically not the right choice.

Thus, I think that it is possible to live on the planet Mars by growing plants using sustainable soil sources rather than transporting plants. Humans will be able to survive and develop for longer periods of time using this method.


Coffey, Jerry. “ATMOSPHERE OF MARS.” Universe Today. Fraser Cain, 19 Dec. 2008. Web. 15 June 2016.

By Andre M. (7B science)

Drama Folktale: “THe Dreaming Tree”

“The Dreaming Tree” is a Brazilian folktale about bullying.

Major plot points:

  • There once was a boy called Uaica who loved and lived with his grandfather. He was teased and bullied at school.
  • Once day when he got teased a lot, he stumbled on a branch and entered the dreaming tree, an enormous tree where lots of animals were sleeping.
  • Uaica fell asleep, and there, Sinaa, the Jaguar Man who had healing powers and eyes on the back of his head told tales and shared his secrets.
  • For days Uaica came to this tree to learn a new secret, and his grandfather was starting to get worried, so Sinaa told Uaica to never return to this place, and if he did he might never leave again. Uaica took his advice deeply.
  • When Uaica told his gradnfather about this tree, his grandfather fell asleep at the tree, and told Uaica to never tell anyone of this tree because it could harm their enviornment
  • When people got sick in the village, Uaica used his powers that Sinaa had given him and healed the villagers.
  • Sinaa told Uaica that he had done a good job obeying his command and that he had shown generosity to all, even his enemies.
  • Sinaa told Uaica more secrets and Uaica learnt to make more things out of simple material.
  • ONe day an evil woman and some citizens decided to steal some of Uaica’s treasures to obtain some power. BUt Uaica had the power to sense thigns and see beyond the ordinary so he knew they were there.
  • Uaica got mad and vanished beneath a rock.


Moral: Be generous to all, even your enemies

FOlktale: http://www.uexpress.com/tell-me-a-story/2007/4/8/the-dreaming-tree-a-folktale-from