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What I know, understand, and wonder about food, water, and air at the beginning of Science 8.

Matter is anything that has weight. Matter can be felt. This world is made up of matter. The rocks, sea, trees, land… Matter can also transform. If you melt an ice cube (a solid), it becomes water (a liquid). Matter has molecules or cells or something of that sort. At least the non living matter can be transformed. Some are harder to transform, while some are easier. Food, water, and air are all matter. You can feel all of them, and they have some weight. Air might have very less weight, but it still has it. My biggest wondering is how or why? Why is matter able to transform? How is it so important? I know there is something much deeper about matter, but I don’t know what it is. That’s my deepest wondering about this unit.

Shot Story Excerpt

This is my reading of my short story- The Darkness in Death

I’m proud that I have shown all my character well through dialogue, action, description, thoughts, and feelings. I am also proud that I showed the setting description nicely, using not only clear transitions, but also using techniques like telling the mood through weather. I am also proud that I slowed a lot of moments down by adding thoughts, which showed my characters a lot. I’m really proud of my speech because it was passionate and I had nice voice variation and pauses.
I’d like to work on my resolution more, because I agree it feels a bit rushed, the ending is the most powerful, so it should be slowed down more. Also, I would like to keep in mind to not to use too many commas. I would want to work on reading less during reciting.

Trees at AES

Partner Tree

My tree is the eucalyptus tree. It is particularly the Forest Red Gum. The scientific name is Eucalyptus tereticornis. The Hindi common name is Nilgiri or Safeda. It is a tall tree, and according to the book, it is approximately 22 meters long. The leaves are long and narrow, and are often curved.  

The fruit looks like this-  



There are a total of 3 Eucalyptus trees on the campus. Two of them are in the ES playground, and one is behind the tennis courts. 


A complete entry will have seven things-

  1. Class Notes
  2. What we did
  3. What we saw
  4. What we talked about
  5. What you think/wonder
  6. Picture
  7. Sketch

Best Notebook Entry

Typical Notebook Entry

Worst Notebook Entry
I have realized how important these entries are. They help us keep a record of our learning. If we forget something, we can always go back and revise it. My best entry is the one with most detail and depth. My typical entries are detailed but not as much as the best. I always have a lot of photos in my entries. One thing I don’t have a lot are sketches. Only a few of the entries have sketches. Also, I don’t categorize everything. It’s kind of like paragraphs with everything in it, because they connect so well, that it makes more sense to put it together. My worst entry is an incomplete one.

Money and Markets

Summative Assesments-

Thank You Note

Productivity Lab Report


Why did I chose these particular assesments?

  • These are summatives
  • I had more understanding of the concepts by this time
  • I put a lot of effort into these
  • I learned the scarcity graph in the first one
  • I learned about stocks in the second one
  • I learned about productivity in the third one
  • These summatives reflected on pretty much what I have learned overall

Felipe Alou Retell

How did you prepare for the test?

  • I payed a lot of attention during class, so I didn’t have to do extra studying
  • I re-read the chapters
  • I decided that I wanted quality over quantity, so I chose to right only a few chapters
  • I edited the Spanish version, cutting lines that I don’t need and re-writing it once at home

What are you proud of?

  • I am proud and really surprised that I got an extending for everything
  • I am also proud that I only got 3 less structures than last time, because I found this book pretty difficult
  • I am proud that I was able to use new variety of words, and I was able to right what I wanted

What would you do differently to prepare?

  • I would try to read some books before the retell for Esperanza that emphasize on grammar 
  • I tried to say things, but I didn’t know how to say it with proper grammar
  • I don’t have a lot of exposure with those grammar tenses, so by reading those specific books, I will automatically make sense


Looking at the process, describe why you choose to do what you did in the particular order and what connections are made between each step?
List the steps that you complete first in the blank.                                                                                                                                               

  • Table ___3____
  • Equation ___1____
  • Scenario (contextual situation) ___2__

What was your reasoning for doing the _______________ (table, equation, or scenario) first?                                    Looking at the graph, I made a equation. From forming the equation, I knew exactly what the line represented. I knew that in blue line, you are losing something, and in the green you are gaining something. I also knew the y-intercept.

How did what you did first, help you with what you did second? Describe the connections from the first to the second thing that you did.I chose to do the scenario second because it made it clear what the x and y axis were. Without those, you can’t possibly make sense of the problem. You need to make sense of the problem first before you solve it. It gives you an example and it gives meaning to the numbers. By doing the equation first, I was able to decide for the blue line that every three months a person is losing 2 pounds. Without the equation I wouldn’t have been able to decide the numbers. Likewise, in the green line, every three months, you gain 2 pounds.

What did you fill out next? How did this help you with your last step? Describe the connections from the first to the second thing that you did.
After doing the scenario, I knew that every month you lose 2 pounds for the blue line, and gain 2 pounds for the green line. With knowing this from the scenario, I was able to make the table. I knew that the line was growing/decreasing at a constant rate, therefore I was able to check my work through the table. If I hadn’t made the scenario or equation, I could not have formed the table. Also the table asks what the axis represents, so you have to decide first what the scenario is.

Overall, compare and contrast the two lines:


  1. The axis represent the same things
  2. They have the same x-intercept
  3. They have same scale
  4. The absolute value is a me for the y-intercept 


  1. One is a positive slope, one is negative
  2. You gain in one, lose in the other
  3. They have different y axis units
  4. The y-intercepts are different