WW1 Con Exhibition Reflection

This is the cover of my ww1 comic book. You can read the whole thing in my tPol blog post here.

In the project we presented in this years spring exhibition, we learned about comics and how to construct them, we learned about the different types of panels that help show images and ways to put text in the book to show thoughts, speech, narration, labels, and yelling vs whispering. This helped me to figure out different ways to illustrate my story and make it more interesting for people who read it.

We could’ve been more organized before hand, we had trouble finding our comics, there were problems with printing them and some people werent finished and had to print their own. Even though students should be more responsible with their work I think we could’ve started this project earlier so we had more time to work on our end product. I handed mine in late and barely made the print.

     Even though I didnt get to stay for the whole Exhibition I got to see the process in which builds up to it, setting up, getting organized, and finding your space where you’ll be presenting.  

My tPOL 2024!

“Thank you for coming to my presentation of learning. I am the expert on my own learning. I am also responsible and accountable for my own learning. You can expect me to give an honest evaluation of my progress. We will discuss my strengths and opportunities for growth. Thank you in advance for listening and for offering feedback that I can use to improve as a learner.”

Throughout my courses I’ve learned a lot and had many favourite projects in Maker, Humanities, and Science, these projects include ww1 con (obviously), let’s get riel, metaphor machines, rise of the frankenstuffies, seeing double, thrill us, and handle with care.


This year in maker I would miss out on showing off my learning with my assignments but I had a lot of fun working on projects and getting to know other students in my class. Next year I’m excited to be a better listener during lessons and not stray off topic. We did not do many projects in Maker this year but I had a fun time getting to know my group members in Thrill Us! And working to make a movie we could show to the class (even though I would’ve liked to spend more time on it).


In science I often didn’t have a problem with getting my work done, most of my assignments would be completed and handed in on time, there were the odd missing assignments but for the most part I was on time and enjoyed my work. I always like learning about how our world works and the science projects we learned about answered a lot of my questions. I often wonder about how certain things work and the science behind them and love to find the explanation. Learning the cells that make our world was really fun for me. I still remember and think about the lessons I learned over a year ago in grade 8. I’m so excited to continue to learn new things in grade 10. This year one project in science that stuck out to me were seeing double, and handle with care. In seeing double I learned about reproductive cells and how they work, I think I did well in this project because I wanted to learn about these cells and what each one does and the different types of reproduction in different species and organisms. My favourite type of cell reproduction was budding.


In humanities I would often struggle with handing in my work on time, I always had trouble with social studies assignments and finding parts of it that spiked my interest. I did have interest in my assignments this year but sadly my motivation in completing some assignments slowed me down and the finished product didn’t show my interest as much as I would’ve wanted to. In our WW1 con project I worked very hard to get my work done on time, and complete revisions, especially on my comic (even though I did not make the exact due date).

This is me fixing a revision!!

I hope to keep these habits up into grade 10 and with any of my goals / projects over the summer. 


With this I’m very ready and excited to go into grade 10 and even though there will be more pressure on me to do well, I’m ready to try my best. I can find passion in my projects and show off my learning and be proud of myself, and I can become the learner I’ve seen in other people I envied over the years. 

Since my mPOL I think I have made some good progress on my goal of getting my work done and handing it in. These past months I feel I’ve grown as a learner from someone to procrastinates a lot to someone who procrastinates a lot less! I’ve learned to tell myself not to wait until my class is over and forget about my homework after schools , I’ve developed good habits of working hard and finding ways to get my work done without getting bored or giving up. Even though quite a few of my assignments haven’t been handed in on time I’ve had much less trouble with getting work done and I will continue to make progress into grade 10.

My Learning of my Grade 9 Year so far

“Thank you for coming to my presentation of learning. I am the expert on my own learning. I am also responsible and accountable for my own learning. You can expect me to give an honest evaluation of my progress. We will discuss my strengths and opportunities for growth. Thank you in advance for listening and for offering feedback that I can use to improve as a learner.”

Looking back on my learning this year in grade 9, I realized that passion is the key to my success. While I have times where my work did not showcase my enthusiasm, I have also experienced projects that I found interest in that would reflect my creativity and love for learning.

This year I’ve worked on so many projects that helped me grow as a learner, some highlights for me were Metaphor Machines, and Let’s Get Riel.

Metaphor Machines

During this project I got to learn about the Revolution of Meiji. My group and I learned the story of the revolution and then got to work making a machine to represent it. At first when hearing about this I wondered how that could ever be possible, but after learning about metaphors and doing a worksheet showing us how to do them, I was able to make a connection to my machine that represented an event in the storyline of the Meiji Revolution. My connection was a ball on a string that swung from one side of the machine to another representing the government of Meiji swinging into new ideas. And my other group members made amazing connections too! Here’s a photo of the machine:

Let’s Get Riel

In this project we learned about Louis Riel and how he was portrayed. I enjoyed this project because we also got to learn about grammar. I love writing and telling a story and at one point wanted to be an author. I loved to learn about punctuation and how to make your writing proper because I love to get my opinions across properly and clearly so they can be understood in the easiest way possible. In this project I got to expand on my knowledge of writing and punctuation by learning new skills that will help me later on in life.


This year in science I had a lot of fun learning about advanced food chains, the periodic table, electricity, and especially how cells reproduce. I always love learning about cells and how they work and I’ve found them super cool since I had my first lesson on them in grade 8. In that lesson we learned about how the body and cells react when you get sick, I learned so much in that class and it answered so many of my questions like how the body fights off bad germs and the different types of cells. In my project on reproductive cells this year, Seeing Double, I learned about how different types of cells and creatures reproduce.

This project also answered a lot of my questions about the different types of reproduction, and how different animals or plants reproduce! Here’s a video I made with my group members representing the stages of mitosis!

Rocky Mountain High

One great learning experience for me was the storytelling in the Rockies field study. At first when I found out about this trip, I didn’t want to go, but after a while of thinking I finally decided to leave my comfort zone and go. Not only did I learn loads of facts about the Canadian pacific railroad that I often annoy my family with, but I also got super close with a few of my classmates and got to know them even better.

Over that trip we learned about the journey of how the railroad was made, and we got to visit different museums and landmarks to help us learn. 

Moving Forward

To do better in future projects, I’m going to try to find passion in all my projects by finding things I like to do in them. Such as writing stories, drawing, building, and designing. I want to be able to dedicate more time to them. By the end of this year I want to be able to find passion in all my work in order to exceed.

Loon Lake Field Study Review

Have you ever wondered why your brain works and why it’s so difficult to have relationships? During the past week my class spent a few hours a day learning about ourselves, and I know that may sound weird but we learned about how we think and create relationships with one another.

This year in PLP the whole grade 9 group went on a 5 day trip to loon lake, here’s a few things we did and learned while we were there.

When we first arrived we all met in the gym, after a while of getting organized we were assigned our rooms and were sent up to the dining house for dinner. At dinner we would all get assigned seats 

The first day we learned about what types of leaders we are, the types we’re modeler, Challenger, inspirer, enabler, and encourager, I was an enabler. We figured this out by answering 30 questions from a scale of 1-5, the questions would be a statement and your number would be how much you agree with that statement, 1 being that doesn’t apply to me at all and 5 would be that applies to me all the time. This lesson was our first step into learning about the uniqueness in ourselves.

The second day we learned about our social needs and triggers, we were asked to think about situations that push you away (threat)  and situations that pull you toward (reward).  We wrote down a list of about 5 things for each category, then we learned about our natural reactions to social situations. Something I found interesting in this lesson was that our social needs are like survival needs and that’s why some people get social anxiety. 

The third day we learned about our passions and the things we love, we went into partners and took turns asking each other “what do you love” repeatedly until we both had around 20 things each. It helped us learn more about our values, then we made lists of what we’re good at, then we would see if any of the things matched up. Then we sorted our lists into a table with 4 categories, the first was things that we like to do and are good at, the second was things we are good at but don’t like to do, the third was something you like but aren’t very good at, and the fourth was something you aren’t good at and don’t like.

On the fourth day we learned about emotional inteligance, we all were given 5 cards and went around the room finding people that we thought deserved the card we had, the cards would say things like “self control” or “empathy” and we would give those cards to the people we thought fit those things. It helped us learn more about ourselves and what other people see us showing.

And on the fifth and last day we learned about our own diversity and what we can and can’t control, we had a picture of 2 categories, internal dimensions and external dimensions, and we were asked to circle 3 of the words inside each catagory that we thought about a lot. The internal dimensions had things impacted by only you like your age, your abilities and the way you express yourself, while the external dimensions focused on things impacted by you and others, the things listed in external dimensions were like your relationships, your language, and your appearance.

How the Geography of the west has shaped us today


In this blog post, I want to share my experience and the lessons I learned during an amazing trip through the Rocky Mountains. This trip allowed me to appreciate the unique heritage and geography of the West. Join me as I reflect on my personal growth and the incredible places I had the privilege to explore.

This journey provided an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the geography that shapes the West. Through visits to Cave and Basin National Historic Park, Columbia Icefield, Rogers Pass, 3 Valley Gap, Lake Louise, Lake Minnewanka, Lake Moraine, Peyto Lake, and the Golden Skybridge, I witnessed firsthand the cool sights and learned about the geological processes that have shaped these areas.


While on the trip, we were all asked the question, how has the geography of the west shaped who we are? From what I learned, my answer is the West’s geography shaped us through its vast landscapes, adventurous spirit, and abundant resources.

Reflecting on my journey through the West, I cannot help but feel grateful for the invaluable lessons learned along the way. From conquering procrastination to immersing myself in the geography and cultural diversity of the region, this trip has reshaped my perspective and enriched my personal growth. It is important to embrace new experiences, challenge ourselves, and appreciate the world around us. The West has given me a deeper understanding of our diverse and beautiful country

tPol Blog Post

This past year has been one of the best school years I’ve had, I learned so much in Maker, Humanities, and Science in PLP this year, and I also had so many new experiences! In this blog post I will be talking about how much I’ve grown as a learner throughout the subjects I learned about this year, and my habits and work ethic.

This year in Science we learned about the immune system (small but mighty) matter (mind over matter), and tectonic plates (journey to the centre of the earth). I think I did my best work on the first project we worked on, which was small but mighty, here’s a link to the blog post I wrote about it: https://www.blog44.ca/melissag/2023/03/10/small-but-mighty/

We also made video games using scratch about the next project we worked on (mind over matter) I think I did a good job representing the states of matter in my game, here’s the link if you want to play it:  https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/843875581/

In Humanities this year, we learned about the outsiders, the Middle Ages (power play), the renaissance (radical innovations), Vikings (blue-eyed brutes in horned helmets), the colonization of Canada (consequences of colonization) and our final project, which was about how commercials effect you to make you want to buy their products, for that project we got to go to Oregon for a week! I really liked learning about the advertising techniques used to make people want to buy a product. When we went to Oregon, we got to interview the owners of some companies and make our own ads for them! I had such a fun time learning about my business, Marine Discovery Tours. Here is the ad I made for them, which was picked to be the biggest poster that we showed at the PLP exhibition!

Everyone in the group I was in made an ad, too which we showed at the exhibition this year! Here’s a picture of our stand:

My advertisement was on the easel, you can’t see it in this photo but it was there.

This year, in maker we learned about the cool things your iPad can do, we used apple apps like Keynote, Pages, iMovie, Photos, Camera, etc.. I won’t go into too much detail on what we learned about in Maker because I already talked about a lot of this in my mPOL. One of the things I did best in this subject was my interesting images keynote, I also showed this in my mPOL but I’m very proud of it. Here it is:

A main thing I could’ve worked on this year was getting my work done in time, I liked learning about the subjects we worked on this year, but I often got distracted from my work. I can say I did try harder this semester to get my work done. I know I still got some assignments late and will continue setting a timer for every day at 4:00 to remind me to do my homework.

Even though I haven’t shown that I can almost always hand my work in on time. I am ready for grade 9, and will walk into my first class of grade 9 with a hopeful attitude. I hope that I can have more motivation to get my work done and listen in class and will try my best to achieve these goals.

Small but Mighty!

For the past few months, my class has been learning about cells!

The first thing we did (learning about cells) was we looked at some presentations that our teacher made, the presentations were about famous scientists such as Robert Hooke, Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek, Theodor Schwann, Matthias Schleiden, and Robert Remak. They all discovered cells and helped make up the cell theory, which is:

1. The cell is the basic unit of life

2. All living things are made up of cells

3. All cells come from pre-existing cells

While we worked on the cell theory, we also got to look at our own cells with a swab and an agar. We looked at lots of cool things, here are some pictures of what we saw! (After that we made a field journal of what we saw.)

The next thing we worked on was the immune system! We learned about the different types of cells and how they protect the body. The different types of cells are, the antibody, the B cell, the T cell, the white blood cell, and the macrophage. We learned about what each cell does. the B cell makes antibodies to kill the pathogen (which is a disease or virus), the memory T cells remember how the immune system killed the pathogen, the killer T cells dissolve the pathogen. The helper T cell, along with the white blood cell, alert the immune system that it is under attack. The Macrophage eats the pathogen if the killer T cell doesn’t kill it. The antibodies are stuck on the pathogen by the white blood cell like an “eat me” tag for the macrophage. We also made pages documents explaining each cell as a character. Here’s an example of what I made:

Next we learned about vaccines. We learned about the conspiracies that people have made about vaccines and how they work. We also learned about the types of vaccines which were:

1. Inactivated Vaccines

Inactivated Vaccines are when you take some of the virus or bacteria, kill or inactivate it, and then inject it into the blood so the body recognizes it and makes antibodies for it. 

2. Live, Attenuated Vaccines: 

Live, attenuated vaccines use chemicals to attenuate the pathogen, which prevents it from causing disease. 

3. Subunit Vaccines: 

The Subunit vaccine puts a small piece of virus or pathogen and makes is very obvious to the body there is a pathogen.

4. mRNA Vaccines: 

mRNA vaccines are a copy of the recipe to build the structure of the pathogen into a vaccine, which is given to the cell and then is built by the cell. 

Next we made some health posters for kids, using their drawings of pathogens! Here’s mine:

My Tryptich and Historical Explination

This is my Triptych, it represents the change of innovations over time. What I learned from this project was how to edit photos using Super Impose, and a bit about photography and video editing while using the app. For the right picture of me, when I took the picture my hair had been messy, so I ended up putting a picture of my hair over the old picture. The left panel is me with new innovations during the renaissance (The time measuring devices that were newly invented during the renaissance). The right panel is m with the original versions of time measurement devices, like the clepsydra (basically an hourglass with water instead of sand), the hourglass, and the sundial. The centre panel is me with time measuring innovations now (showing how those innovations got better and more advanced over time)

Have you ever wondered how much past inventions impacted what we use nowadays? Do you think about how if these inventions hadn’t been popular or hadn’t been thought of, maybe some things that we have now wouldn’t exist. What conclusions can I make about how new ideas in the renaissance changed the world? The ideas from the renaissance changed the world by being fresh new ideas that people could later keep improving and improving into what they are today. If they hadn’t invented mechanical clocks, there might not be any on our world today. What conclusions can I make about the ideas people had before they changed the world? If people hadn’t had the earlier ideas of clocks, then we wouldn’t be as advanced as we are now, these early ideas have lead to the clocks they had in the renaissance, and the clocks we have now. What conclusions can I make about how new ideas from the renaissance have changed my world today? The new time measuring ideas in the renaissance changed my world by paving a path for new ideas, such as cell phones and modern technology. If mechanical clocks hadn’t been thought of, we might not have them today. If they hadn’t been thought of during the renaissance, maybe they wouldn’t have been as advanced as they are nowadays. If I could go back in time and see what these innovations used to look like in person, I probably would. Its so interesting how some of the items we take for granted today are so important, these ideas evolved over time to become what they are, and even though they are possibly the simplest things that we take for granted everyday, life would be so different without them. I wonder what the new ideas we have now will look like in the future.
For this project I learned about how inventions have changed over time. This helps me in real life because I know that I can take my old ideas and turn them into new ideas. I also learned about how it doesn’t just take one person to invent something, like if light, electricity, and the telephone hadn’t been invented, the iPhone would’ve never come out, or how Thomas Edison didn’t just invent the light bulb, he invented a path for future inventors to follow so they can take what he made and make it even better. These inventions had also been modified all around the world, in Nelson Socials 8 (pg 76), it said that people in Asia took some ideas from Europe for innovations that measure time, and tried to make one of their own, which later were used to make mechanical clocks back in Europe. So people can pass around ideas for an invention and make their own versions of them, and make a useful invention that people will use all over the world.

Reflection on Pandora’s box

For my Pandora’s box project I think I tried my best. My theme was corporate greed and I tried my best on my box. It didn’t end up looking like the design I made but I like it more then my design, because most people ended up making boxes the same as my original idea and mine was different. I bought a big wooden treasure chest and painted it black and put a tech-y design on the outside to make it look like a futuristic machine. Then I got my dad to cut a whole in the front and he glued some see through plastic to it so it looked like a window. Then I made a tree and an off/on button out of felt. I made some white clouds for the background and painted it blue, then I painted the floor green and added extra designs, like a dragon, some stones, and a river. Here’s how my original design looked: 

 I don’t have a picture of how it ended up looking but I think I described it well.

Middle Ages Reflection

The Middle Ages

A Sum of What we’ve Learned this Unit

In this humanities class, in this unit, we learned about the Middle Ages, here is a sum of what we’ve learned this unit. The Middle Ages were a rough time to be alive, they would kill and live unhealthy fast lives, without thinking it through. In the Middle ages, people were killed because of suspicions, differences, religion, and biased thoughts. Say you were a woman, happily living alone without troubles, the people who lived in the town could suspect that you are a witch and burn down your house, if you would survive, that would mean they were right and you were a witch, and they’d kill you, and if you didn’t survive, you weren’t a witch, but it was worth losing an innocent person in order to know the truth. 

       Peasants would work all day and wouldn’t sleep in proper beds, they wouldn’t eat proper meals, and would have to ration, while the king and the higher class people would be having a feast in the castle. The king would want to be bigger and eat more, because that was a sign of having money and riches. Peasants were more healthy and fit than the king, they would work all day and eat vegetables and fruits because those were less expensive if not free, depending on if their job was a farmer or not. The classes and power were organized into a pyramid, with the king on the top, the nobles just below him, knights below the nobles, and peasants on the bottom. On the very top, just above the triangle would be the church, because they would tell you about messages from god, and tell them they would go to hell if they didn’t do certain things. There would be stories of how awful hell was, there would be fire everywhere, devils and Satan, people would be tortured for eternity. 

Because people cared a lot less about lives, there were more wars and violence, like The Crusades. The Crusades started in 1095 and lasted almost 200 years ending in 1291. They started because Pope Urban II made a speech, inspiring Christians to fight against Islams for Jerusalem. Jerusalem was a sacred land where Jesus lived and died for Christian’s. They could’ve just had a conversation about Jerusalem, but the two sides already didn’t like each other, so they just fought. To make it worse, the battles didn’t end because they realized fighting was wrong or useless, they ended because they ran out of money. The battles were very expensive, and they had to end the wars because of that. Nobody really won, they just ended the battle. 

The Crusades were a really dark time to be alive, and we’re lucky to be born in such a peaceful time.