Reading Log Blog 27-28

Book #    27                             Words:                             Date: March 30

Title:  Living Buddhism                                                                             Author: Cavan Wood

 Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type: Non-Fiction. Religious Book

  • Opening Sentence: A religion without God?
  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

–       The Buddha as a teacher

–       we all suffer

–       suffering comes about from desire

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

– wheel of life[n]: we will be reborn many times in order to give us the opportunity to read nirvana (freedom from suffering or clinging to being)

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

I wanted to read books related to Buddhism since it took place in many Asian places, including Korea where I am from, in the past. My grandma, aunt, and mom are a great follwers, so I visited temples a lot, too. I liked the smell, towers, sculptures, and how people were so polite. My mom said she follows Buddhism, because not only does it not force you to follow it, but also she loves the teachings from Buddha. I am a polythesist, who believes in every God, so this was a great chance to know more about religion.


Book #   28                                                                           Date:  April 4

Title:  Living Judaism                                                  Author: Cavan Wood

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type: Nonfiction. Religious Book

  • Opening Sentence: Judaism is the name given to the religion followed by Jewish people.
  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

–       Martin Buber’s triangle of relationships: God, Self, and Others

–       Peace begins inside you.

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

– menorah[n]: a six branched candle-holder (found in most synagogues)

– mezuzah case[n]: container that contains a summary of what all Jews should believe

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

I liked the Martin Buber’s triangle of relationships, which refers to God, yourself, and others. The God created us human. So we human should help each other and worship God. One day, before I go to bed, I said prayers of: appreciate God that I am not sick for both physically and mentally, apologize my bads and how I can be a better person, and prayers for people who has difficulties and how I can help.

Reading Log Blog 25-26

Book #  25                                                Date: March 15

Title:  Fun with Chinese Characters                              Author: Peng, Tan Huay

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type: Non Fiction. Language Book.

  • Opening Sentence: As a means of visual communication, Chinese written characters are fascinating in their ingenuity and originality.
  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

rain character in Chinese (雨)

This looks like it is raining (four dots) And later, I found out ‘umbrella’(雨伞) has exact image of an umbrella. The second character looks like there is a stick, the roof of the umbrella, and angles.

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

–       primitive[adj.]: very basic or unsophisticated in terms of comfort

–       fish-bait[n]: African American people that are very scarce in a mostly white dominated area

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

I know that Chinese characters are imagery. But the primitive parts were quite similar, so it was difficult for me to memorize all the required characters. (not at school, but private lesson asks me to memorize them in short period of time) So I kind of lost my interest, so I tried to find a book that would help me get more interested in characters. This book was appropriate, it had origins of each character and Chinese stories.


Book # 26                                                                                            Date:  May 19

Title: Mad as a Wet Hen                                                       Author: Marvin Terban

Genre ~ Non-Fiction / Fiction Type: Non fiction. Language Book

  • Opening Sentence: This place is going to the dogs
  • Favourite word / phrase / sentence:

“She has a heart of Gold”: but actually Gold isn’t the one that is precious, nice, and pleasant for some people. I would say “she has a heart of vitamin,” because some people would rather be healthy rather than be wealthy, but most people want Gold and it represents everyone’s desire, so that kind of makes sense, too.

  • Vocabulary and new terms (with part of speech) and definition:

unsophisticate[adj.]: lacking refined worldly knowledge or tastes.

bonfire[n]: a large open-fire used for burning rubbish or as part of a celebration

  • Reflection, Connection & Personal Response:

“Positive as a button” was the reason why I chose this book. I didn’t know its meaning, so I guessed why a button would be positive. That was pretty fun. I wanted to predict more idioms and know what they mean, because those symbolic meanings are creative and innovative.

PBL process


Materials: 2 disposable dishes, tape, glue stick, clean wrap, baggies, 2 cardboard boxes, foil
















Again, be careful




put them is the same direction


like this


and push!!


but if you don’t put them in the same direction, you won’t like it














This time, with chopsticks

bEBgW edge!!


use tape: make a Doraemon’s helicopter


make 2 rectangles with cardboard box









and merge


now, time for rolling


which one do you think would be better? big one or small one?


Big one won the game, here are some tips


second experiment: would vertical edges help?


looks like this


I used hook and loop fasteners (Velcotape?)


and made a handle


someone took my spring filters. I used balloons instead (cuz it also has elasticity)



Actually, I had to make a hole, so I had to take all of the baggies out T^T


with(?) rectangle



that cylinder is a seam from the wrapper. I thought that could be another tool to make a roll.

Then, I attached a motor—> Videos


PBL plan

  • Tuesday: ‘making’ machine–cleanse the box, make the centre part
  • (HW) start beginning passage (essay)
  • Wednesday: ‘making’ machine– set the paper cup
  • Thursday: ‘rolling’ machine– make it

>build, research, record changes

>take photos/videos



> essay: introduction

> take photos: consistently taking

> making: use drills, install magnets, make an elevator

> rolling: plan A: using two cylinders

plan B: make a simple tool (spoon+cardboard)

  • Monday: make the elevator, be organized with pictures (order and explanation), plan B
  • (tuesday) at home, write half of the middle part of the essay
  • Wednesday: make a hole and install magnets
  • Thursday: plan A
  • Friday: finish essay

Rube Goldberg


gravitational energy: pulley system, tennis ball+notebook

motion energy: domino blocks, tennis ball by itself

First, when someone drops the ball, pulley system works(gravitational energy). The ball drops, and a paper cup slightly lifts. Then, a toy car inside the cup starts to move(motion energy). The car collapses the first domino block(motion). Then the domino starts working(motion). It provokes a tennis ball. The tennis ball rolls down a notebook(gravitational). The tennis ball goes into a parking lot.DONE!!

We had several fails. The pulley system had a problem a few times. If the system was working, sometimes dominos’ collaboration wasn’t very pleasant. Once, I took a video a wrong part. We had to build the whole system again. But finally, we finished taking video and uploading on Youtube.