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Research reflection:
For the past month, we have been researching body systems on our own.

One good thing about doing it this way is that, when we research on something, we learn while reading. :D

One thing I didn't like doing it this way is that, I kind of dislike researching... It's like, you went to a website just to find a simple answer and then you ended up reading this huge lot of article. After you finished reading that article, you found out that it's talking about something else... Plus, we won't know which websites tell the truth. It made happen to be made up! x-( It makes me mad!! Argh!!

I think Mrs. Smith planed it this way in order to make sure we are ready, ready, ready to continue with all the information in our heads. :) Then we'll find it easier to complete our very hard task. It benefits, the way it works, even though it drives people mad! :)

But there's one suggestion I have for Mrs. Smith is...
I mean...there's 2! Here's the other suggestion I have for Mrs. Smith is...
Let me think what it is...

The MAGIC School Bus:

Today in Science we watched the Magic School Bus about the Digestive System (a field trip in Arnold)...

One thing that is not true in the Magic School Bus was: All of us know that when we digest food, it's a bit longer and not in a short time.
I think that, in the large intestine, the waste are suppose to be pushed slowly and slowly into the exit. But it didn't it stayed there. Oh! Another thing... How could Arnold hear the voice coming from his stomach?? ^o)

But there are some that are true! One thing that is true
about that episode was that, every entrance through a different body organ has a valve (whole). And another thing, "Villi does" absorb nutrients and sent them through out the body. :):):):):):)
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According to the researchers, they found out that animals like the African elephants, "do" often die around the age 19. But those in the wild, can live up to about 56 years old!! Why's that?

These elephants at the zoo, suffer from having bad health (may include of over weighted & stressed). Now that elephants are suffering more and more, scientists are telling zoos to halt taking all kinds of elephants from the wild... And! To solve this problem that's now occurring!!

(Picture from "THIS" website) The zoos got the message and told them that they had already tried their
best to help those elephants.

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(Picture from the same website as this article)

Do you like to play with toys? How about when they are all brand new, sparkly, and attractive?? All the time???

It's truly GREAT!!! But! Of course "NOT", when they are covered with drools and played by animals first, is it?? It's like having a special gift that's second-handed!!

Julie Bishop, a cat owner, had this cat – Frankie. This weird 2 year old cat, went from homes to homes in Swindon and taking toys. Julie thinks that her cat doesn't know how or why he did this... Now, she's eager to return those toys to their owners.

Julie said that her at will always come home bringing lots of 'presents' for them... Those presents include numbers of soft toy animals.

Frankie is a weird and naughty cat, but he's also cute in some ways!!

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(Picture from the same link as this article)

Scary, scary!!! Hundreds and hundreds of those that was killed in Zimbabwe, died of a disease – cholera. Chloera is cause by the pollution of dirty water. People use these dirty, polluted water for their daily life. Because there isn't enough clean water for all the people to use, the government is feeling troubled.

Mr Brown said that countries all over the world should come together and work in order to get medicine for the people in Zimbabwe. If the disease carries on, it'll spread into other countries.

Is cholera difficult to cure? Well, it isn't. The problem is that Zimbabwe lack medicine for all those people who are infected.

It's kind of scary... Getting any kind of disease we all can suffer from it. :(

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(Picture from the same link as this article)

Dogs can be jealous too!! Tests were made and carried out in Austria. They experiment with 2 dogs and owners. There are 2 ways and the first one works like this:

Both of the dogs will be rewarded with food if they hold out their paws, allowing their owners to shake them. If 1 dog did, and the other did not, the one with nothing will feel sad.

The second way is that the dogs will be separated they'll do their tasks alone. Then, the dogs will then shake their owner's hand continuously, even though there'll be nothing as a treat...

By doing this experiment, scientists can prove that dogs can sense if they are treated unequally.

Sometimes, it may happen due to the relationship between dogs and their owners.

Dogs get jealous like we do!! We are similar in a lot of ways!!!! :)



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(Picture from "THIS" website)

A new park was set up in Cameroon, an African country. The purpose of this park was to have an area where people protect a critically endangered Cross River gorillas. Right now, there are about 300 of those species of gorillas left in the world and about 115 are living a another National Park, Takamanda.

Why are they endangered? That's because hunters and those who chop down tress, destroyed their habitats. Animal experts believe that in this way of building national parks, it should help these gorillas.


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(Picture from "THIS" website)

Eeewww, snotty puppy noses all slimy and slippery!!! Mentioning about "snot"... why do dogs have them? Oh! There's also another question we always wonder about: why do dogs sniff better than us, humans?

Now, we've got the answer to those questions!! :)

The snot that their noses produce, gives them those awesome sense of smell. Their noses also absorbs molecules quicker than others. That's how they smell and identify things out!! Cool isn't it?? Wish I could have a nose like that too... but I don't want a snotty those though... ¬_¬

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Picture from "THIS" website.

In Mumbai, India, the Indians took control of Taj Mahal Palace & Tower and killed lots of people. Three terrorists were found dead and parts of the hotel were on fire. Soldiers went and searched the whole hotel but it seems that this BIG event have ended. This is what happened...

The Indian terrorists were trained well, one of them carried a backpack filled with rounds of ammunition. It seemed that those attacks indicated high degrees with preparing because they know the layout of the building very well. Some of them were caught arriving by boat and disguising as guests for days.

The soldiers searched in a gunman's backpack and this is what they've found:

- found dried fruits (safe).

-400 rounds of AK-47 ammunition.

- 4 grenades.

- Indian + American money.

- Seven credit cards (from some world's leading banks).

- 1 national identity card (Mauritius, an Island).


It's really scary. Just imagine... You just want to have a normal vacation in India. Suddenly, you were caught by some strangers (terrorists) asking you questions and killing the others~ What a terrible sight (and I mean it)!!!!

(I only wrote a little... to find more information about this scary event... go to the link below...)

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(Picture from "THIS" site)

Long-tailed macaque monkeys are kept in cages after they've being caught and they suffer during the long journey to science labs in America and China. The BUAV (people from the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection) called for rules to be set up so these monkeys could be treated better. The monkeys aren't engendered, so why bring them out of there homes in the wild? When they capture these animals, they force them into the river and then seal them inside a container.
In these capturing ways, about eight out of 10 die of the way they are treated. This group also asked Europe and America to halt the capturing business of wild creatures and for nicer environment at monkey breeding centers.

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In Advisory, our goal was to build a tower with paper that can hold 50 g. In the end, our group (Lian, Annchi, Grace, and me) made this strange looking tower ~ an upside down flower tower. We were troubled by the balancing part. It should be able to stand when there's no weight on them, but it kept on falling. When the time was over, it finally stood! But, still, if we put the weights on together at the top, it went PLOP!

During this activity, I used 2 student outcomes and they are:

- Community Contributor = I contributed thoughts, thinking about how to make the tower for it
to be able to stand on its on.
- Effective Communicator = In order to do community contributor, I communicated a lot to my
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The experts tracked the beavers in Norway for about 2 months and then at last, they caught the whole family 1 male, 1 female, including 2 ~ 3 of their baby kits. The experts need to watch the creatures to make sure that not one member of one family are left behind.Now, they're being cared in a quarantine. The quarantine is where animals are kept while experts study them carefully, observing them if there are any diseases that may spread to other animals. In the spring time of 2009 they would be released into the wilderness once again.People used boats and if they want to catch the beavers, they'll need to catch them in the dark (nocturnal)

Beavers could / are :
- Stop fish numbers ~ blocking their routes = Effect fish industries.
- Create wetland environments for other animals (Some people are :) and others are :( about
this idea).
- Trapped by hunters (16th Century) to sell their furs ~ so wiped out.

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There was this hippo (pygmy) named Chico (above) at Heythrop Zoo that stopped eating... but with the help of a puppet, he happily starts eating now. The puppet that save the hippo from hunger, was also a hippo like Chico himself.

People that worked at the zoo was amazed and because of that, zoo keepers now used the famous gloves to feed Chico. Although the Chico starts to eat but the head keeper is still desperate to find the solution that lead to his problems.
This is what he said: "We had been trying everything as Chico was refusing to feed and when I saw the Madagascar hippo puppet in the supermarket I thought I'd give it a try. "We were extremely surprised when he took a liking to Gloria and we have been using it to feed him ever since."

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1. Person of High Character:
- I continued to comfort my friends when they needed me.
- I'll wait for them if they want me to.
- I helped classmates if they have problems with anything (Math, Science, Technology, and

2. Community Contributor:
- There was times that I helped put up some chairs after Wellness.
- I found things in the desk that I was at and either gave it to the teacher or to the owner.

3. Effective Communicator:
- I communicated with people when we played a game in Ms. Smith's classroom.
- I communicated with classmates in order to help them.
- I communicated with my group members about what we should do and how.
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In Humanities Class, we were being showed a presentation on how to set goals. So far, we only went through the first 2 steps...and those were to "Discover" and to "Plan". It;s all about finding what our values, roles, contributions are, and etc. As we shared our values with the whole class, all of us found out that sometimes we'll have to achieve in our lives. Now, I'm going to list 3 of my mission statements!
1. Come on! Speak up and be proud of your thinking, thoughts, and ideas!!
The first mission is:
To raise my hands ~ speak up and express everything I can think of to participate more in class.
- Maybe I'll raise my hand more and think of complex questions to ask.
- Like act as really being someone who's into doing some homework? :P
- Practice at home on ways to speak loudly (but not too loud).

2. Get your head of the table and show some respect dude!
The second mission is:
Sometimes, when the teachers and students are speaking or presenting something, I often get bored listening to all of their detailed descriptions. When I show I'm either tired or bored, I often lay on the desk, play with my hair, and yawn. So then, I'll improve by:
- Sit up straight ~ with my back tightly touching the chair. (Maybe bring a jump rope from home and tie myself onto the chair :P)
- Sleep early.
- Prepare something that'll wake you up from getting tired.
3. Wo, wo, wo! This is YOUR BIGGEST PROBLEM!! Try hard to keep it inside!
The third mission:
Sometimes, when somebody (no matter who) kept on bothering me, nagging me, shouting at me, losing his/her temper, and so on... I do too!!! When they do that, sometimes I... act calm, stare at them, and act as if nothing happened. And if I am absolutely mad mad mad mad (!!!!!!), about a certain purpose, I'll sometimes find a place where there's nobody, and shout about things I had problems with. To hide my feelings, I think I'll need to:
- Really try hard (force myself maybe) to contain my attitude.
- Take some deep, deep, deep breathes and exhale them out.

Maybe YOU have the same missions to take as I do! Look at the points and maybe they'll help YOU improve more!!!
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( Picture from "THIS" Website.)

Here are some time management tips that may help you with your "everything based on work you need to do and being organized".

1. Have a good study environment.
2. Take breaks after few minutes.
3. Begin with the difficult ones first.
4. Do set goals, but don't set too many goals before you do anything else, set a purpose.
5. Create schedules like a "To Do" list, calendars, and other kinds.
6. When using time, use shortcuts, and processes.
7. Classify if the tasks are urgent or important, both, or neither.
8. You can also study & review in other places, before and after class, with a group, use study sheets, and recite into your own words to say that you really understood what something meant.
9. Find focuses, perspectives, and look for information that might come out in tests, while reading. Plus, you can remember as you read along.
10. Use note taking techniques and other methods.
11. Keep track of time and improve the time you've spent doing something.
12. Reward your achievements.

Now that you've understand the tips of time managements... Remember them! Use them! They'll help you!

Links: To understand more... go to the links below and read again!!
1. http://www.studygs.net/timman.htm
2. http://www.coun.uvic.ca/learning/study-skills/
3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_management
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Will Barack Obama focus more on the Asia-Pacific region?
By Vishakha Desai Posted on Thursday, Nov 06, 2008.

As we all know, Barack Obama was elected as the US new president. Now, people all over Asia hope that he will support them. People were asking others about Obama's postion right now based on 3 issues ~ those are dealing with trading, foreign policy, and the geo-economic orders. All of us are still hoping that US new president we give the answers in a way of action.

Countries including India feel that the America and Europe have been on the sides ~ "free” and “fair” trade. But from a more narrow nationalistic perspective. If they are going to have "fair" trading, the new administration will need to deal agricultural problems ~ WTO. Most of all, it'll need to be include both free and fair trade and that comforted Asians that Obama will be alert and aware of their needs.

As the US economy falls lower and lower, the economies of Asian countries will continue to rise higher and higher. Until then, they will remain into such an important source on high technology and industrial goods.

And now, the eager of the answers they questioned, the Asian will continue to look forward into future and see Obama help change the world. The needs for Obama to lead the region’s new realities in condition, has been moved toward East. It is so very clear, that the future of the West will depend on the ways US manages the new power. Do you think so too?
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During the days in HIS, I've been:
1. A person of character:
- I will comfort people when they are sad.
- Today during Wellness, I helped to pick up the cones and gather the (about 4) soccer balls.
2. A community contributor:
- There was once when I say somebody's empty juice box. I picked it up and threw it in the recycle
- I contributed my ideas when our class was divide into two, at Language Arts class.
3. A critical thinker:
- Before I do any of the contribution of ideas, I will need to think deeply first and that's what I
- I ask questions if I didn't understand.
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For our class during Humanities, out teacher ~ Mr.Carpenter told the people who sat in the same table to look at each others' blogs and comment on them. My table mates are Annchi, Andrew, Chris, Spencer, and Wesley. There are 2 blog post that we need to look at ~ "Reflections on blogging" and "Reflections on learning".

When I was finished with all the reading I realized that sometimes we have the same thinking, ideas and thoughts. But sometimes, there are different. This way, by looking at their reflection posts, I can learn things I had not thought of before as I wrote mine.

Annchi ~ She really got into writing the reflections and thought really carefully!! She explained using a kind of conversation technique. She did great and wrote a lot of her thinking, deeply (very deeply). She separated the paragraphs into different parts for readers to understand what each blogs are saying and what they mean.
Andrew ~ He talks about sharing ideas + opinions with others and explore into more depths. Also, of interacting with other people and doing hands-on activities in order to learn.
Chris ~ He found a way of learning by asking parents + friends, writing the knowledge out, sharing, and practicing your grammar as you read along. By using this way, he learned stuffs.
Spencer ~ He used the 5 special words to express what he learned, and this showed that he learned things with those words. He also talked about writing blog posts are like journals (something you can enjoy.
Wesley ~ For Wesley, I did not see the 2 posts that he wrote and because of that, I was enable to give a comment, learn, and to reflect. :(

Important way of learning includes to reflect, look at other people's comments, and blogs!!!!
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Why do you think they do this?
- So we can feel what it's like to have another grading method.
- For us to easier understand ~ traffic light.
Why do you think this might be important in your learning?
- So we can try something new all the time.
- It may lead to other ideas on grading and report to the teacher.
What do you like about this approach?
- This system makes me have the feeling and eagerness of wanting to turn to bright green all the time!
- It is clear (easy to understand!)
- Makes learning fun.
What do you dislike about this approach?

I wish that it is better to have both the grades and the color symbols, so then we can see how much we are left till we got to our goals.
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Interviewing at least 2 students and 2 adults:

  1. Explain the benefits of being more organized.

Lian: I think that organizing makes everything easy to access and make everything a whole lot
easier. It allows people to find things easier and to save time for more important things!
Victor: The benefits are that you are always on time so you've got more time to work on it to
make it better
Sandra: I that then you can have more time to play and you can finish homework on time.
Spencer: I think organizing time is what we should do and it can make our life more specific.
Andrew: I think that it keeps us tidy and u can find the thing that u organized easily.

Mom: I think then you will not loose your information and things you need, focus and the main spot, and you won't waste time!!!
Ms. Fortune: 1) you can find things more easily, 2) if you are organized by making lists of things you have to do you can feel proud when check them off the list and get them done, and 3) you won't loose things.
  1. Explain what prevents people from being organized.

Lian: People get lazy when it comes to organizing because they want to do something else
before and want to organize it later. but then they get lazy as all humans do and then
they never go to do it.
What prevents people is listening to music, watching videos, playing games, etc…
Spencer: I think it's because every time they want to organize their time they will think of other things to do like chatting or playing games.
What prevents us from doing it is by being lazy.

Mom: I think laziness and being irresponsible prevents people from organizing.
Ms. Fortune: S
ometimes people get too busy or too overwhelmed.

  1. Create your own “top 5 list” of how to be more organized. In other words, what actions do people need to take to be more organized.

- To take or open the things or websites you need to do.
- Shut down anything that may distract you from concentrating.
- Take notes.
- Maybe set an alarm clock.
- Concentrate more and more!!!!

I think to be able to concentrate and to finish your work faster are ways to be more organized.
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Who are in the picture above?

The pupils at a school were dressed into their head master, Peter Sadler as a memorable treat for him.

Why are they doing this?

Because their head teacher was going to leave after his 18 years of organizing this school.

Where did they made this big surprise?

At a school in the Midlands ~ St Mary's Primary.

When did this happened?

This happened on the last day of Mr. Sadler at his school.

What did he see that made him jump?

In front of him stood students that were dressed with beards saying goodbye. Thanks goodness he saw the funny side because students will be in trouble for dressing as their head teacher.

What did he say about that special surprise?

"It was a wonderful joyful assembly - a lovely way to end the week."

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Who saved the what?
A dog (left) saved the kittens in a cardboard box.(right).

Where did the dogs saved the kittens?
It happened in Australia ~ a burning house.
When did this happened?
October 26, 2008
Did anyone stay behind?
Yeah~ Leo stayed to protect the kittens as the building began to burn down.
If he is stayed, did he have a chance to escape too, like the others?
Yes, he did. The fire fighters found him and helped them to safety.
Was he hurt during the time inside the house caring for the kittens?
Leo was hurt and he is having medical treatments.

Most of all, they were safe and brave (especially Leo)!

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Group =(S(andra).S(tephanie).S(erena).)

We, as a group are going to research on the relationship between an Ocelot and a prairie dog, and also some information about these two animals.

Where can I find information?
I can find information for my research project on the internet, books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, stories, news articles, magazines, posters, and asking others.

What are the best resources to start with?

The best source to start with is by using paper printed ones. That's because you can get a lot of information from all the thousands and thousands printed works. If you have found everything you have and wanted to research more, then you'll use the internet.

Why is it better to get information from a book or an online Encyclopedia than finding a site through a search engine?
Because the encyclopedia was proved that it has all correct information so that everyone can learn. Whereas the other websites, people might make them up and write the false information. Also the encyclopedia has a lot of information to reference from.

What resources could you use?

I could use wikipedia, and other encyclopedias
to do my research from. Maybe I can ask a scientist!

Which ones provided the most valid and detailed information?
Ocelot = San Diego Zoo Animal Bytes
Prairie dog = San Diego Zoo Animal Bytes

Below are some other sites we went to, to do our research:

Prairie Dog:

What made the provided resources better than doing a search engine search?
That's because then it'll be easier then searching into a lot of websites and trying to figure out if it was the true information.

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Who is this article talking about?
It talks about this escaped female hamster named Fudgie.

What was the duration of her "escaping" event?

It had a run for eight days before returning to her cage.

Where was she during the eight days?

She had gone down exploring a hole in the kitchen floor.

What did people use to try and get her out?

Fire crews used a camera and a vacuum cleaner to find Fudgie ~ but couldn't have her to come out.

When did she came back?

Then one day, she came back to the cage after the exhausting life underground.

How do people know she came back?

This is because, Zoe's dad, saw Fudgie in her own cage when he was about to set out for work.

How do the family feel?

The family was relieved that they found Fudgie at last!



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Who are mentioned in this article?

The goats are!

If the goats are mentioned, what is this all about?

This is all about the action of rescuing goats.

When did this occurred?

It occurred on October 23, 2008

What happened there?

Rescuers were trying more than 2 hours to descend a 60 meter cliff to safe the animal and lead it back to where there's safety.

The goat couldn't free itself.

Where are the goats needed to be rescued?

The goats are needed to be rescued at Great Orme, in Llandudno.

What had helped the animal survive after the rescue? How long had it been up there?

The animal survived by eating small patches of grass here and there on rocky ledges without getting injured. It had been there for 2 weeks already.

Who spotted it first?

The fishermen near the Welsh coast spotted it first and then found out that it couldn't be freed.

Who were involved in rescuing the goat?

Mountain rescuers /RSPCA/and the fishermen were involved.

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  1. http://supportblogging.com/Educational+Blogging
  2. http://www.masternewmedia.org/independent_publishing/blogging-how-to-blog/guide-to-publishing-first-blog-20071104.htm.htm
  3. http://carlodramaqueen.edublogs.org/how-to-get-started/
  4. http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html
  5. http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/The+3+i%27s+of+internet+safety
  6. http://lifehacker.com/software/top/special-lifehackers-guide-to-weblog-comments-126654.php
  7. http://carlodramaqueen.edublogs.org/leaving-comments-how-to-leave-a-comment/
  8. http://students2oh.org/
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After I went and reviewed my tasks, I found that I really learned a lot. Because I never really looked deep inside the definitions of words that are used every time while thinking. And those words include... Skills and knowledge and the understanding of ideas.
I remember that I asked my family, friends, and classmates on what they think each words mean to them and I found it so interesting that if I have found a larger amount of people to survey, I would surely love to.
I also went and think carefully of the ways I learn new things and that includes learning how to operate a new software. Most of all, the Bloom’s Taxonomy of Thinking Skills really shocked me on how thinking skills are presented this way. Studying how people learn and breaking it into parts did puzzle me a lot but it can help me understand more...
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~ Blogging ~
  • Why and how do we blog?
To know why we blog, first you'll need to know what is a blog.

We blog to improve ourselves by getting comments from others about your post like reading and getting reflections/responds/perspectives. It is also another way to communicate with people around the world, and in order to do that, it is to do a lot reading & writing. It can be educational that are blogged by students, teachers, administrators, experts, and others. In this way, we can have a better chance to explore the work while getting feedback from the readers.
  • Getting started...
Go to the place where you create blog posts and start to jot down ideas and scribble the whole thing in the text.
  • Good Netiquette...
To have good Netiquette is to act properly while you're online.
  • Internet Safety
Be aware of your usage of internet and be sure that it's safe! Don't expose your personal information for anyone you don't know.
  • About the ways you comment...
Give a comment with politeness and be friendly. Don't change your topic and give your good thoughts. Tell them what they need to improve.

Be sure that you do the things you are suppose to do!

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Question: In math and science, why is it more important to have a clear explanation than to have the "right answer"?

Answer: In math and science, having a clear explanation than the right answer because...
1. You can show what you think.
2. To explain your reasoning.
3. To show that you tried.

You need to understand what you are doing before you even try and get the answer right.

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Who: It's the "ice".

When: Now

Where: Arctic

What: The Arctic Ocean is gradually becoming warmer and less salty then before. Due to the highness of he temperature now, the sea ice are melting.

Why: These effects are made by the fact of global warming that is now occurring.



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Active learner = Yes~ I was ready to learn and see what the steps are needed to be done. No ~ I just sat there, looking tired and staring at the tube for observations that could be written down.
Person of high character = Yes ~ I helped my group members by preparing the goggles and other equipments for them and I also put the things away when our project was finished.
Communicator contributor = Yes ~ I put the things back where they belong after using them. I provided observations I noticed and passed them onto one of my partners, so she can write them down.
Effective communicator = Yeah ~ I communicated with my group to see if we did the right thing and if I missed out something. No ~ When we're about to finish the lab, we just took whatever stuff and put them away, almost not communicating with each other.
Critical thinker = Yes ~ I looked carefully at the tube and see if there's any qualitative observations to write down. I also tried ways on why there was no recording of the temperatures on some people's logger pro. No ~ I didn't think that we need to wear goggles before Ms. Smith told us to because they might harm our eyes.
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Who: People under 16




Around the world


Children were taking risks on fireworks and messing with some that are illegal. Firefights said that fireworks are dangerous because of the sudden explosion. Children under 18 (United Kingdom) were not allowed to buy fireworks.


-They would be breaking the laws.

- A firefight said that in the year 2007, above 500 people (under the age 16) were hurt by taking risks with the fireworks.

- The fireworks can explode as quick as lightning as soon as they're lightened.

- If you are older than 16 and have a special license, then you can only buy any kind of fireworks in Northern Ireland.

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Hey!! Have you ever learned a skill, a piece of knowledge and an new idea, then you used them in another useful situation?
Well, I do!
1. When reading magazines, books, newspaper, finding information about a famous person (etc...), I often find interesting vocabularies that might become useful in some essays, reports, speeches, and other huge projects. > Understanding and applying
2. I play soccer, and when I learn how bounce the ball with my head, lap and my foot, then during some sport activities and we compete, it may be useful. > Understanding and applying
3. Looking at the news happening to the world made me create posts on my blog and share with my class and others about warnings, new inventions and discoveries, etc... This way we can social and chat about news. > Understanding and applying
4. I have sketching classes before, and the teacher showed me the techniques in sketching so next time I will be able to draw better on posters and projects that needs drawing. >Understanding and applying

Did you notice that points 1 ~ 4 have this = ">Understanding and applying"? These 4 four points need to be understood and can be applied in other situation.

To understand is to really know what you are reading and doing. Get the things inside your head and understand the concepts.
To apply is to make use and using your knowledge you have understood in another situation.
Just note that, to understand and to apply, first you'll need to remember what you've learned!!!

If you find something useful for future use, write it down, take notes, or remember it inside your head! Even if you think you won't need it, it may still become a very useful skill, knowledge, or idea.
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Who: We, people

When: Everyday during our life...

Where: Anywhere you feel like... :)

What: Playing loud music for less than an hour can damage our hearings for 5 years. The loudness should be at the level which someone else can't hear your music when you have earphones on...

Why: Playing music with headphones could let people have a harder time to hear, when you get older. This is because, deep inside your ears, there are tiny hair that helps you to hear the sounds. If it vibrates too much, It may damage those hairs and may not become better.

Sound expert, Prof James Bridges provides some tips:

- keep the volume down

- use them from 1~2 hours (no more than that)

- don't push the earplugs too far inside your ears.


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Who: Scientists and experts.

When: (Last updated) October 8, 2008

Where: Near Japan

What: Scientists today think that they have found a type of fish that lived the "deepest" so far.

Why: They caught 17 weird looking snailfish on film that was almost 5 miles under the Pacific Ocean (near Japan). These researchers were excited about their new discovery, because old specimens that are kept in museums are the only examples of organisms that live in such depths until now.

About the snailfish:

- live in total darkness (near-freezing temperatures)

- feed on thousands of tiny creatures like shrimps.

It is really interesting that new organisms were found and maybe there are more to discover...


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Who: People

What: People fear that the biggest glacier in Europe (8,000 square kilometers and the deepest point ~ 900 meters thick) is melting quickly as days past.

Experts said that the melting rate is about a meter a year, because due to the rising of temperatures and less amount snow fall.Warnings had been spread around that these gigantic glaciers are melting and that will cause sea levels to rise, which may produce bad floods in different parts of the world.

On the other hand, this event may also give benefits to Iceland, because then warmer temperatures mean that crops farmers planted can grow longer.

When: They could disappear within 100 years.

Where: Vatnajokull, Iceland

Why: This is because of the pollution we made and are still producing large amounts in every seconds you sat in front of the screen reading this article!

This is certainly something we should think about and we should all make a difference!!



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Where: In Africa
When: On Friday
Who: Shot a lion taking down its prey.
What: One of the 24 hour cameras captured a shot of a lion taking down a prey. It is the first time this kind of event had been captured on live webcam. It caught camera shots on animals that includes lions approaching zebras, young hyena, hippo at sleep and a bat-eared fox. Wonderful length of film of a hyena's den.
Why: Exciting unique experience of camera films.
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A polar bear

Who: American Experts and Polar Bear, Charly.

When: Tuesday

Where: California and the Seaworld Marine Park in America


A 12-year-old polar bear named Charly is also in the hearing tests.

He's trained to respond when hearing a computer-generated tone. If he did done it well, in return there are rewards. And the rewards are food includes fruits, fish, and fat.

The trainer of Charly is called Mike Price and he said: "He very much enjoys the game. When I'm setting up equipment he gets really excited."


- Scientists are working on testing a polar bear's hearing.

- They are finding out if the melting of the Arctic ice is affecting the bear's hearings.

- They are worried that the noises we human created would scare the bears and make them think that the areas aren't suitable for them.

- They are finding out how sensitive the bears are to the noises.


Scientists found that the bears are a lot more sensitive to the sounds than we are.