Culture Night

On Thursday, it was Culture Night and it was a very exciting event! It took an incredible amount of time and effort to prepare for it so it was a little tiring. However, it was very enjoyable as it felt good to present all the work we did. For math, Gry and I made a presentation powerpoint in which we combined the information for the four groups Government, Religion, Art & Architecture and Commerce & Leisure. Owing to Mr. Okada, who managed the slides, I was able to successfully present and give the speech. Thank you so much Mr. Okada!!!!

Click here to see the powerpoint we made!

Click here to see the script of my speech!

Click here to see the video of me presenting

My group which was G0vernment had to come up with the number and time systems of Charamba. In order to do so, we had to be very creative and also be thoughtful of how realistic the ideas were. In order to be able to discuss about possible ideas and to do our work quickly, we discussed on a document outside school and although it took a lot of time and effort to complete all the work, we felt extremely proud of ourselves when we finished it.

Math Speech at Culture Night

Math Speech at Culture Night

In order to explain the number and time systems well with visuals, I made posters about how the number system and the time system worked in Charamba. The pictures below are the pictures of the posters I made.

Charambian Number System Poster

Charambian Number System Poster

Charambian Time System Poster

Charambian Time System Poster

In P.E., we created our own original dance and although sometimes creating moves and memorizing all of the moves was challenging, we practiced a lot and we were able to dance confidently at Culture Night. It was very enjoyable and I would like to thank Mr. Wilson and Ms. Ayumi for helping us during the process. Also, thank you Ms. Nishizawa for helping us during the face-painting and Ms. Sugiyama for taking the videos for the skits.

Dancing at Culture Night!

Dancing at Culture Night!

Click here to see us dancing!

In English, we created our own Charambian myths that were related to our topic. For example, I was in the Government group and therefore I wrote about why there are six leaders for each district. Creating the myth was very enjoyable and owing to Mr. Smailes and his detailed check of my story, I was able to create a good myth. Below is the link to the myth I wrote. I hope you enjoy it!

At Culture Night, we also held a Reader’s Theatre and we presented a myth. It was really exciting and I really enjoyed telling the myth.

Reader's Theatre at Culture Night

Reader’s Theatre at Culture Night

For science, we learnt how constellations and the night sky were associated with different cultures and learnt how people from all around the world viewed the beautiful night sky. Learning about the constellations and looking at the Planetarium was very fascinating and I had a lot of fun. Also, I really enjoyed looking at the colourful lights that Mr. Vest let us see as a treat. My table group made a poster about “Pisces”, a constellation that was important to the Charambian tribe.

Pisces Poster

Pisces Poster

In Humanities, we created the Charambian culture from scratch and although sometimes it was challenging as we had to be creative and create our own, unique culture, it was very, very enjoyable and it was extremely exciting to be able to present our own indigenous culture at Culture Night. Also, researching about what cultures did in the past was very interesting.

Click here to read my “The Government of Ancient Times” essay!

Below is the picture of the poster I made.

The Government of Ancient Times Poster

The Government of Ancient Times Poster

In Design, we made an artifact that was related to our topic. As I was in the Government group, I made a box called “Chakampa” that was used to determine which leader was responsibe for which village’s finance etc.

My Design Project!

My Design Project!

Owing to Mr. Mayhew and Mrs. Smailes’ guidance, I was able to make a well-made project and poster and also write a good research paper. Also as Mr. Mayhew gave us lots of useful tips when giving speeches and practiced a lot, it really payed off and I was able to confidently speak.

Again, I would like to thank Mr. Okada, Mr. Wilson, Ms. Ayumi, Ms. Nishizawa, Mrs. Smailes, Ms. Sugiyama, Mr. Smailes, Mr. Vest and finally, Mr. Mayhew for organizing the whole event and other members who helped with the stage light. Thank you!!!!

Yumi’s Dance Performance 2014



When choreographing our culture dance for the Charambian culture, we put in a lot of creative and original moves such as the snow leopard claws. As snow leopards are sacred animals that represent the Charambian government, we put in the clawing moves. Also as the Charamba river is sacred, we put in the fish moves. Choreographing our own dance was very enjoyable and I really enjoyed dancing to the beat with colourful lights at Culture Night. Althought it was fun, it was sometimes hard to memorize all of the dance moves.

Also, some dance moves were challenging and to make it perfect, we had to practice a lot of times. However overall, it was very enjoyable and I think the dance was a great success owing to Mr. Wilson and Ms. Ayumi who guided us through the process and my group members Unnati, Jayson and Zachary. Thank you!!!

Dancing at Culture Night!

Dancing at Culture Night!


Click here to view my Culture Night Dance

Click here to see the story-board!

Ski Trip Science One World Essay

Ski Trip Science One World Essay Grade 6:

Did we experience science on our ski trip?

Transportation, Geography and Science:

On Wednesday 12th February at 07:30, we were all assembled at CA ready to ski and of course have a lot fun during the three days of the ski trip. We had suitcases and bags packed with what we needed during the trip. Of course I also had my big bag of sweeties!! We boarded the bus and left the school at 07:45 sharp. We were very chatty and we waved to our mothers and siblings to say good bye. Everyone was very, very excited. On our way to the airport, my friends and I played Uno and we  chatted about how excited we were.

We arrived at the airport at around 08:30. There, we checked in our bags and went through security check. When it was 10:00 our flight time, we were on the airplane with our seatbelts on. After the flight attendant announced that we were about to move, the airplane started to move. Gradually, it increased speed until it was moving at full speed on the ground. The movement in which the plane moves forward is ‘Thrust’.

Science and Me

A few seconds later, the airplane suddenly lifted and my stomach lurched a bit. It felt like my stomach floated for a few milliseconds. That was the ‘Lift’. It was an awkward but exhilarating moment! In order to both go forward and lift, the force of ‘Lift’ has to be greater than ‘Weight/ Gravity’ and the force of ‘Thrust’ has to be equal or greater. During the flight, I started to feel pressure and discomfort in my ears. An inflammation of the ear was caused by drastic changes in the atmospheric pressure, including changes in altitude and air pressure. You can also experience the same feeling when climbing high mountains and going scuba diving. It is called ‘Barotitis Media’.

Ear buzzing or ear pain associated with flying is due to unequal pressure between your middle ear and the cabin of the airplane. Your eardrum bulges outward or retracts inward during the inflammation. When you swallow, yawn or chew something, the eustachian tube inside your ear opens and allows air to flow into or out of your middle ear, which enables it to equalize the pressure.

Hidden Science

During the flight to Sendai, Yamagata airport I noticed that the bag of sweeties and some other snacks were like a balloon. It had expanded and therefore, it took a lot of time to open the bags as we were scared it might pop. When we get further from sea level, the air gets thinner. When riding on a plane, they keep the air inside thicker than the air outside so you can breathe without trouble. However, it is still thinner than on the ground. Therefore, the bag swelled as the pressure inside stayed the same but the pressure outside dropped.

Obvious Science

 We rode the gondola up to the very top of the mountain and observed evidence of deposition when we observed the snow monsters. Deposition is the process of changing from a gas to solid without melting into liquid. In contrast, Sublimation is the process of a solid turning into gas without turning into liquid. In the case of the snow monsters, the ice (blocks of frozen snow) turned into gas without melting into liquid (water).

During the trip, it was snowing most of the time and it was a great experience as in Kobe, snow is rarely seen. Snowflakes are made out of crystals or ice crystals that form inside clouds. The basic structure of snowflakes is the crystal lattice. The crystal lattice is the formation of the arrangement of water molecules. The snowflake’s shape is determined by the conditions (humidity and temperature) under which it is formed.

The process in which snowflakes are formed is at the beginning in the sky at super cold temperatures such as below 40 degrees celsius, the water vapor inside clouds condenses directly into ice. Then at a temperature between 40 and 0 degrees celsius, the water vapor condenses onto dust particles, making tiny droplets that freeze. Then as it falls towards earth, it starts to form its unique details.

The colder the temperature is, the sharper the tips of the crystal will be. The warmer the temperature is, it is the opposite. The ice crystals grow slower, making more subtle shapes. The ice crystals grow faster when it is warmer as the movement of molecules is more intense.

 Generally, snowflakes form in simpler shapes when humidity is low and more complex shapes when humidity is high. The structure of the snowflake continues to grow and change as it falls towards Earth. During the time falls towards Earth, the shape is not perfect as the wind and the atmosphere have affected the shape.

Although snowflakes have the same molecular structure, not one snowflake is the same as another and so they are all unique. There are many types of snowflake structures such as ‘Stellar Plates’, ‘Capped Columns’, ‘Sectored Plates’, ‘Triangular Crystals’, ‘Double Plates’, ‘Fernlike Stellar Dendrites’. ‘Stellar Dendrites’ and ‘Twelve-Sided Snowflakes’.

Science and Your Environment

Earth is warming up… It is warming up at a very fast rate. It is warming, warming and warming… It is called Global Warming. Due to global warming, the ice and glaciers are melting and the water level of the sea is rising. Also, the temperature of the sea is rising, pushing to extinction those species of animals that cannot adapt. For example, the coral in the sea is dying and the survival of many species of marine animals is at stake. Also, it greatly affects the polar bears as the habitat (ice and glaciers) of seals is collapsing and therefore, the number of seals are decreasing. That leads to the hunger of polar bears and eventually, it will be disrupt the ecosystem and it might be very dangerous.

Due to the rising of the water level, floods occur frequently. It is also shifting precipitation patterns and it is feared that it will be uneven. The main cause of global warming is the harmful substances some things emit. The chlorine atoms in sprays, greenhouse gases, chemical fertilizers, fossil fuels and other pollutants etc. destroy the ozone layer and that causes global warming. Also, carbon dioxide and other global warming pollutants are collecting in the atmosphere like a huge, thick blanket, trapping the sun’s heat which causes the planet to warm up. We are greatly impacting the environment in various ways and I think we should be grateful for the nature and preserving a good environment is essential. We can do so by preventing deforestation and recycling. Together, we can do it.


The ski trip not only helped me improve on my skiing skills, it also grasped my interest in the field of skiing and all the science related to it. When researching for this essay, I learnt a lot of things and I think ski trip science is absolutely wonderful. Finally, thank you so much all the teachers and staffs who supported us during the ski trip!!

Self Assessment 5- I think I have connected well how the ski trip was related to science. I put in lots of pictures that support the text. I have commented on how we impact the environment and all the relevant details and facts about ski trip science. I have used appropriate scientific language. I have put a reference page and gave credit. I think have organized all the information well.

Formative Dance Assessment

Team Members: Unnati, Jayson & Zachary

How long is your video? 42 seconds

What are your successes?

  • 1. We included the clawing moves as the sacred animal that represents the government of Charamba is the snow leopard.
  • 2. We have different types of moves.
  • 3.  There were some places that the people on the outer side had different moves than the people in the inner side.
  • 4. We danced at different levels.

What do you need to improve?

  • 1. We should be more synchronized.
  • 2. We should always be prepared for the next move.
  • 3. Everyone should make big moves.
  • 4. We should be more confident and be all together.

Briefly list your costumes and props.

Girls will wear light green or turqoise shirts with shorts. Boys will wear dark green shirts and jeans.

Click here to see the video!