Dear Future Grade 5 Students,
Hi my name is Alexis. Our central idea was Society’s responsibility is to build a physically and mentally healthy community. My topic was Preventions And Solutions to Air Pollution. I choose my topic because I have always wondered what are some preventions and solutions to air pollution. In this letter I will be giving you some advice about Exhibition.
My first piece of advice is to stay on task. It is very important to stay on task because if your whole group is not on task then you will never get any work done. Whenever my group was off task we would not get any work done one day and then we would have to do tons of work the next day.
My next piece of advice is to get along with your group members. It is very important to get along with your group members because if you are arguing with your group members the whole time you will never get any work done. For example my group would argue sometimes and then we would end up not getting any work.
My final piece of advice is to cite your sources. It is very important to cite your sources because then you will have to go back and find out where you got your information from which will take up time you could be doing other important things like researching. My group had that problem and we ended up having to go back to find out where we got our information from which took up time we could have been researching.
I hope this letter helps you through your Exhibition journey. Remember to always stay on task, get along with your group members, and always cite your sources the first time.
What is the biggest challenge you faced during Exhibition?
The biggest challenge I faced during Exhibition was answering my research questions because when I went to one website it did not give me much information and it was sort of back and forth. For example when I went to one website it had no information at all but when I went to another website it gave me a bit of information.
How do you work to solve or overcome that challenge?
One solution to that problem was one weekend I went online and I found a lot of good websites. For example when I went home one weekend and went on my laptop with my mom and found some websites that gave me lots of information. Another solution to my problem was a interview because he gave me lots of information about my research questions. For example I interviewed a guy named Ronald Papp and he is part of a wind turbine program and he gave me six paragraphs of information about my topic.
What have you learned about yourself since being involved and Exhibition?
One thing I have learned about myself since being involved in Exhibition is that I can get very frustrated when people are not doing what they are supposed to be doing. For example when we were on our last week of research the other people in my group were fooling around so it was very frustrating and hard to get them back on task.
Most important, interesting or meaningful thing you learned during exhibition? Why?
The most important, meaningful and interesting thing that I learned was probably that there is a lot of wind in Alberta so wind power will be very successful if we actually take the time to install and pay for them. For example if the Canadian government the Chestermere MLA and the Minister of Alberta Energy work together they can make Alberta have lots of wind turbines which will be way better for the enviorment.
What suggestions would you like to give the students who will work through exhibition next year?
One piece of advice that I want to give the new grade fives is to stay on task because it may seem long but it actually flies by. For example when you were working if you are fooling around you will never get your work done which will affect your showcase big time.
What was your goal and how did it go?
My goal is to not worry about other people and just worry about myself. I think I did an okay job on it because I sort of was telling them to stay on task a lot and what to do. For example if I was working and they would get of task I would say “ guys c’mon we have lots of work to do stay on task” and it felt like a had to do that a lot.
I think that I achevied having tons of different perspectives because when we were doing our presentation I talked about some different options for wind energy. For example I said that some people think that wind turbines ruin beautiful landscape and some people think that wind turbines look better than mountains. I think that I did a good job of talking loud because talking louder was our feedback from the grade fours and I noticed a big difference in my voice. For example when we were presenting to the grade fours I was very quiet and they could barely hear me and during the adult presentation I was louder and they could hear me.
I think I did not achieve being relaxed and slow down because I was really nervous so I just wanted to talk really fast so that I could be done the presentation so that I could take a few seconds to calm down before the next presentation. For example I would talk really fast and then the presentation would be over so I could calm down before the next one.
I am proud of my research because I feel like I answered my research questions really well. For example for my questions I had big paragraphs of very useful information which helped me a lot in my showcase. I think Exhibition is different from projects in the past because it is a longer process. For example most projects are around 1 – 3 weeks were Exhibition is about 10 weeks. I feel like my message inspired people. For example we almost had two full pages full of people’s signatures so that shows that they are interested and inspired. One skill that I will definitely take with me is my social skills. For example if you are working in a group you definitely need to agree and not get in conflicts with your group or else you will not succeed. Working with my mentor supported my learning. For example if my group did not have a mentor we would not have tasks to guide us through Exhibition and we would not know what to do.
I feel things are going good because I am done my artistic piece. I also feel things are going good because I am figuring out what I am going to say for my presentation. For example I am thinking about what facts to say and what order I am going to say the information in.
One skill that I showed was self management skills because I had to make my artistic piece by myself. For example when I was making my wind turbine and I had to do it all by myself except for some parts I had to have help with.
One attribute that I showed is communicator because I needed to communicate with my group in order to share my ideas. Another attribute I showed was Thinker because when I was writing my persuasssive essay I had to think about what I was going to write.
I showed communicator by when we had to think about what our staging was going to look like. For example when we were thinking about our staging I had to think what I was going to build and what materials I needed. I showed Thinker by when I was writing my persuasive essay. For example when I was writing my persuasive essay I had to think what I wrote and what was I going to write next.
My goal is just to worry about myself and not other people. My goal is going ok. It is going ok because sometimes I have to give people more than one reminder and sometimes I have to tell people what to do. One positive attitude I used this week is Curiosity. I showed Curiosity when I was wondering about some questions for my interview. An example of one of my questions is How much percent has windmill power grown over the last decade in Alberta? One skill I used is my self management skills. For example I had to email Lethbridge College by myself.
I would describe Exhibition as a good learning expierence. It is a good learning experience because you would’ve never got to learn these things about your topic. For example I learned that there are wind turbines down in Lethbridge.
Exhibition provides us with research skills and communication skills. For example I was using my research skills when I had to answer my research questions. Four example I used communication skills when I was suggesting an idea to my group.
One thing people might not know about exhibition is that you have to create key concept questions in central ideas in lines of inquiry. for example at the beginning of exhibition all the grade fives had to get together and create a central idea. One other thing that people might not know about exhibition is that you get to interview people. For example my topic is wind energy and I might be able to interview Lethbridge college and the Alberta Wind Energy Corporation.