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Paragraphs of Conflict Minerals

First paragraph:

There are a lot of different types of minerals that have different purposes in phones. Usually, minerals have good and bad uses. Some are light, some are heavy, etc. For example, gold is used for wiring because gold has good conductivity but gold is rare so it is expensive. Another example is that copper is used in a circuit board because it reduces the conductor channel by width and length. These examples show that each mineral has a unique positive side to it. Some have negative sides too. Each mineral used in making phones has a reason that is used instead of some other mineral.


Second paragraph:

There is a problem in the Congo, that 6 year old kids are going to the conflict mineral mines to work. This is a problem because people that mine there have a short lifespan because of the thick silicone dust. The average lifespan of the miners in Congo is about 40 years of age. BBC reporters found out that kids that are not of legal working age yet, work in the mines. Since people start working from a really young age, they die faster than other people in Africa. The people that work in the mines in Congo are not poor because they earn lots of money by selling the conflict minerals but they die earlier than they should because they don’t buy medicine. They buy ammunition instead. Adults in Congo should care more about the effects on kids working in the mines.


Third paragraph:

There are ways that schools can help solve the problems of conflict minerals. Schools give out many computers for students to use. These computers can be made out of conflict minerals so solving the problem of whether or not computers are made with conflict minerals will help to minimize the conflict mineral problem. One example to solve this is to recycle Apple technologies like MacBook, iPhone and Apple earphones. People are able to recycle Apple technologies at Apple’s official website and you can get iTunes cards in return. By using recycled minerals, the price of new products can be decreased as well. Recycling could be one of the biggest ways to minimize the conflict mineral problem. Schools that give out personal computers to students should try to do this.


Cites used in work:

• Wakefield, Jane. “Apple, Samsung and Sony Face Child Labour Claims.” BBC News, BBC, 19 Jan. 2016,


I think I did well on creating ideas for the planning because I made one topic fit into the final design so it all connects. For example, in the first one, I used simming, waves and rain which all connect to each other with water. I am proud of creating two completely different types of designs. For example, one is about nature and sports but the second one is more modern and about a things I like to do in my spare time. I can improve my cultural influence by explaining more about why that motif relates to me. I can improve my personal interests by adding different designs for that personal interests. For example, I included a person swimming but I can improve that by adding more people in the background.

I think my interlocking is pretty accurate but not super accurate because I think the waves are a bit messy in placement. If the waves interlocked well, it will look like there is people swimming in the ocean. I chose these colors because the colors next to each other are very different colors and I think it looks more colorful but still has unity. Although I don’t think it symbolises with anything. My colors are unified because the colors match when you place a mirror in the middle.

How can Science Help Human Reproduction?

Fertilization is when a male gamete (sperm) and a female gamete (egg) meet. When more people stop becoming fertile, the population of humans will decrease and that could lead to a big problem. Some couples have problems with becoming pregnant because of poor sperm quality. That can be helped by doing IVF which is when the egg and the sperm meet outside of the woman’s body. Using fertility drugs can greatly increase the chance of a woman to get pregnant. What the fertility drugs do is that it will increase the amount of eggs put in the ovary. That will also increase the chance of getting twins and triplets which those babies can be underweighted. You can choose to stop having children and still have sex, you can choose to take an oral contraceptive. Although there are some side effects to the woman such as weight, mood and blood pressure. These solution can affect the environment because there will be more people and that can be a good thing and a bad thing. The bad thing is that it will take more resources from the earth.


“BBC – GCSE Bitesize: Oral Contraceptives.” BBC News, BBC, 2014,


“Infertility.” NHS Choices. NHS, n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2017.



Unit 1 Final Reflection Blogpost

In art class, I learned about how to draw a black and white three dimensional self portrait. I learned that first, you will want to write the head, nose, eye and mouth. When you draw it, you will have to be careful of shape and the placement. You have to be careful with the shape of your face parts (eyes, nose, mouth) otherwise it might not look like yourself. I learned that you need to use shadows and highlights to make the value of the parts different. Than you have to start using a blending stump to blend the picture’s colors so the colors turning into another color looks natural.

I learned that focusing and practicing helps a lot in art class so you can get as much work done as possible. I learned that art class can be for collaborating because we often communicate and ask friends to check if the shadow, highlights, shape and the placement correct so at the end, it will look like you. I learned that focusing and concentrating on drawing the self portrait is not easy. You will have to manage yourself so you are focusing on the task.

I learned that drawing a selfportrait needs different skills. There is concentrating and focusing, collaboration and problem solving. You have to concentrate because you want to do as many things done but if you don’t focus on the task, you might not be done with your picture. You need collaboration because if you ask your friends, you might find mistakes that you didn’t see. Problem solving is important because you will need to find a solution to your problem. It might be hard but you can ask your friends so they can help you.


For Next 6th Grade Water Project For I&S and Science

Hello! Future grade sixes. I am going to give you advices for the big water project with science and I&S. My advice is to use as many websites as you can and book mark or somehow remember the websites you used. If you find a website that has a lot of words, don’t skip that website and actually read it because the websites that has more words are more useful. The most fun part of the project was cleaning water in science. You got to learn a lot of ways to clean dirty water. My mistake that I did was I didn’t put a lot of river vocabularies. Those were my advices for your project. I hope you get a 0… I mean 8. Stay positive!

Make sure to check out the website that I made and it is definitely worth checking it out! –>

Advice for the next 6th grade for writing an essey

My advice is to get as much examples and try to persuade the reader. Imagine you don’t think Roald Dahl is a great author and read through the essay that you wrote/typed. Than check if you got convinced that Roald Dahl is a great author.

Roald Dahl is a great author because he creates characters whose feelings readers naturally empathise with. His writing hooks readers and helps them empathise with the the character’s tough experiences. In Matilda, Matilda’s parents don’t care about their daughter: “Nearly every weekday afternoon Matilda was left alone in the house. Her brother (five years older than her) went to school. Her father went to work and her mother went out playing bingo.” (p6). Readers empathise with how lonely she is and her sadness do to her parents neglect. In Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, all the greedy and naughty children that won golden tickets failed to win the final prize. For example, Augustus Gloop leaned towards the melted chocolate river and fell in. Violet Beauregarde chewed the gum that Wonka insisted that nobody chew because it was not finished yet. In Roald Dahl’s stories, the good kids come out on top. Readers feel connected to the kids in the stories. They like to see good things happen to good kids and to not see the bad kids get rewarded. That’s why Roald Dahl is a great author.

                                                                                    This website has some interesting sites.