Khmer is the only class that we get a chance to speak and learn Khmer. This round is round 2 of the year of 2018-2019. Khmer is a subject that like learning because it lets me know more about my language and do better on it either speaking, listening reading or writing. In class, we focus on grammar. Khmer grammar is similar to English, so I learn quick. We learn basic Khmer grammar in advance way, like part of speech. We get to do research and get to ask a teacher. We learned to break-down sentences into individual word and identify the part of speech as well as the function of the word in the sentences. After the research, we put all the research in one presentation to present to our classmates what we learned.
In chemistry class, we studied basic Chemistry and we did some experiments in the class as well. One of the labs that we did was a flame lab. The objective of the lab is “To observe the relationship between various elements and their emission spectrum” We had the different compound of elements and we burn it in the flame. We observer and there some color when we burn each compound. The compound of the lab was Barium, Calcium, Copper, Lithium, Potassium, Strontium and the Unknown. We had the unknown there because our teacher wants us to figure out what it is.
Here is the data that I got from the lab I did:
I also had discussion questions and conclusion as well but, this is only the data of the color.
Color of Flame (qualitative)
Wavelengths of light (in NM) (quantitative)
|Copper (II) Chloride||Green||612|
|Potassium Chloride||Light red||630|
|Strontium Chloride||Pink, Red||589|
The round one of literacy when focus a lot of reading and leadership. We read children in an advanced way and show that children books could help so much in different ways. We come across reading this book called “The Rent-Collector” about the life of people living in a dump. We lead every discussion on the book the book read by our-self. We also learned about poems and we wrote poems about the book that we read. This is one of the poems that I wrote from a chapter of “The Rent-Collector”.
On the bus, Ki and Nisey sit next to Sang Ly.
Look at her left, look at her right, what does she see?
Strangers are everywhere.
Seeing all the classes of different people on the bus doesn’t seem fair.
She felt isolated from the one around her.
Awkwardness and risk just to get Nisey to feel better.
Embarrassment for the family because Nisey cried.
To calm him down is more than satisfied.
Thinking of it while placing him on the shoulder.
Reading a storybook about a tiger.
As she is reading with the book in her hand.
The strangers made her feel like she is surrounded by her friends.
Everyone on the bus was listening to her reading.
Reading makes her friends and calms her son from crying.
Their destiny about becomes.
But the storybook she read hasn’t done.
Her friends were not satisfied
Didn’t get to finish the book even she tried
Her friends would do anything her to finish the book
A businessman told the driver to wait is all it took.
She finished her book and hold Nisey in her arm
The smile from everyone after listening to her is a charm
Getting off the bus, happiness with her
Continuing her trip to find the HEALER.
The time has come. Bob has been waiting for this moment for an entire year, its Khmer New Year. He joined a competition to buffalo race. The race started with many people that are attending and there are so many people are watching. Bob is a defending champion from the year. The race is about to start and his buffalo ran away from him. That buffalo ran so fast in a forest. Bob was so worried about his buffalo and about the race, he went in the forest and after 15 minutes he came back from the forest with no buffalo. The race started in 3 minutes, and he said down with his head down like he is giving up on finding his buffalo and about to cancel his race. Suddenly a pair of buffalo came out of the forest, and one of them is Bob’s buffalo. The buffalo ran into the forest because he saw his wife from far away, and haven’t met each other for 5 years since Bob bought his buffalo. Bob and his buffalo was so happy and had the courage to race. The race started and Bob buffalo was so fast that none of other can even compete. Bob won again this year with his buffalo in the year of 2018.
This story was inspired by a guy that dresses up in a funny looking, who join a race with his buffalo. He seems like a cool an interesting guy, he made everyone smiles and made the race more interesting and fun.
I wrote this poem in Khmer class.
On November 2017, I participate in an event with Khmer Sight Foundation. Khmer foundation is an organization that goes around Cambodia to help old people who have a problem with their eyes. The event was in Prek They. What I did in the event are helping Khmer Sight Foundation organization to help test the vision for everyone went to the have their check. I worked with new people that I never talk and never meet before it was hard. I am with my partners was calling out numbers for eyes checking, we told the people who want their eyes check to follow our instructions, but it hard to work with some of them because some of them can’t hear very well and some just didn’t really listen to what we said. I get to learn more skill like talking to old people and make them feel comfortable to work with us so it makes the process easier. I learned to read some complicate numbers that used to check our eye. To see how many people were there, it was so amazing to see how I can help Cambodian people. In general, it was a really great experience to help and learn new skills in life.
In October 2017, I had a class of physic. I learn about different forces in an object like a force of normal, the force of gravity, apply force and many more forces. I also get to learn about kinematic equations:
the picture from http://www.physicsclassroom.com
Furthermore, I learned about static friction and kinetic friction.
In class, I did an experiment with an object about kinetic friction.
|Material||Trial 1 degrees||Trial 2
|Coefficient of static friction|
|Sand Paper #1||51°||51°||57°||159°||53°||1.33°|
|Sand Paper #2||45°||45°||53°||143°||46.67°||1.06°|
|Sand Paper #3||45°||41°||41°||127°||42.33°||0.91°|
|Sand Paper #4||42°||51°||51°||144°||48°||1.11°|
|Sand Paper #5||51°||42°||51°||144°||48°||1.11°|
Here what we analyzed:
Our hypothesis before doing this experiment we thought that sandpaper # 4 and #5 will have the same angle because it is the same type of sandpaper. We also thought that the board itself has less friction so the angle for the object to start moving might be less than the other, like sandpaper. So the rougher the sandpaper is, the more friction force there will be since it’s going to have a bigger angle and takes more force to be able to move the object. So, sandpaper #4 and #5 will have the most friction and needs angle than the wood and sandpaper #1, #2 and #3 because since their roughness is less the #4 and #5.
Based on the experiment, the max average angle was 53 degrees and from that, the biggest minimum angle to make the object slide down is 1.33. The average coefficient of static friction is 0.997. Therefore, the average angle is 43.78.
The real thing might affect the data are: the measurement of the angle is not accurate, the speed that we pushed the board to go up, some sandpaper is not correctly stuck placed board(it was kind of curve surface not flat), we keep the board moving, we didn’t place the object at the same place every time, the shakiness of our hand pushing the board, we only measure when the object is moving we didn’t know exactly when it started to move and we started in different angle most of the time.
In August 2017, I had a class with Literacy. In this class so far I learned many from it. I learned to edit our own paper better, write an essay, write a good introduction, a good hook, use higher vocabulary, to shorten something but still means the same way, use transition word and much more that I can’t even write it all down. This class we had a project that learns to write a “coming of age” essay. In this project we write a true experience that happened in our lives and change our lives, that is the becoming of age essay.
Here is some part of my essay:
“On September 15, 2007, I was sleeping near my mother, suddenly I heard the sound of sadness, heartbroken, and everyone was crying. I immediately thought of my grandpa because I knew that he was very sick. I never thought he would pass away and left me all the sadness with me. I felt so sad and felt like there was no hope in life. I will never forget the memories and what he has taught me. ”
In August 2017, I had missions to complete by navigating in Phnom Penh City without the adult. I assigned to join with a group of four students to complete all those missions. We needed to walk and be negotiated and paid with the tuk tuk driver to drive us in the city. We completed the missions around lunch. What I learned was really helping throw life, like to take care each other in a group or team, to solve problems, to collaborate, to listen, to help and to do things by yourself without anyone support(in this case adult).
In September 2017, I had a great opportunity to learn and improve my speech and debate skill. I learned different ways to persuade, to be a better speaker, to be brave and take my time. So in this expertise I and the group had to debate on many topics like, “to eat or not eat meat?”, “should death penalty allowed in countries?” and “should Liger’s students bring their phone on the overnight field trip? ”. It was a really fun time learning a new skill that needed in the future.