100 WC Week 34

But where could I go? I could hear the screeching sounds getting closer and closer and I had nowhere to go! My heart was beating fast, as I say my escape.  There in the dark shadows was a ledge, almost invisible. My palms were sweating as I clambered up onto the ledge. By now the screeching was almost ear-splitting, and then I saw them. They looked like lizards and they walked on their back legs like humans. I closed my eyes and waited. And then they were gone. But were?  Then I felt a cold, scaly hand on my shoulder…

Maths Mate Term 2 Sheet 5 Problem

Question: Bobby’s car uses 9 litres of fuel per 100 km. How many litres of fuel are required to travel from Kogan to Tingura?

Maths Mate Sheet 5 T 2

Predict: I thought this would be about addition.

Clarify: I had nothing to clarify.

Find the big picture: How many litres of fuel does Bobby need to trave from Kogan to Tingura.

Solve: First I worked out that you needed to add up all the km together to get the total distance.

Then I worked out that they all added up to 400 km, so then I knew that there was four 100 km in 400 km.

So 9×4 is 36, so Bobby’s car needs 36 litres of fuel to travel from Kogan to Tingura.

Summary: I used my prior knowledge.

The Ocean’s Storm

Lightning bolts flashed in the dark blue sky and the rain poured down into the ocean. The waves crashed against the ship’s side and water gushed over the soaked deck. The ship rolled over the endless waves as the storm raged on.

The captain shouted frantically at his crew trying to sort out the confusion aboard his ship. The harsh wind blew viciously, whipping the weathered faces of the sailors. The mast creaked menacingly like it was threatening to fall over.

Every time the ship was lifted onto a wave it tipped dangerously to one side, causing the crew to hang on for their lives, trying desperately not to fall into the icy cold depths of the ocean. Because once you fell in, there was no getting back out.

After many hours of this horrible situation, someone cried “land!”, although this was not the greatest news to the crew. It was land but not the type they wanted.

The cliff face rose up through the mist as the waves crashed against it, revealing a sharp barrier of rocks perfect for ripping a hole in a ship. The crew rowed with every last bit of strength they could summon.

Gradually the ship began its long and painfully slow turn away from the rocks. It was pushed and pulled by the waves like it was the ocean’s toy.

Eventually after the most tiring, horrifying and terrible moments of their lives, the crew heard the sound of sand grating under the ship’s hull. They had landed on the beach!

 Firm ground welcomed them as they jumped over the ship’s sides and ran ashore. They had survived the storm. The trees rustled in the wind, the moon shone brightly through the leaves and the crew’s fire cast shadows in the forest.


100 WC Week 33

I think Lucy should go to school because it would be a great experience for her to learn to read and write because it would help her through life and she could be an independent person. I think Lucy would be able to get to school with a wheelchair or crutches, so she could get there by herself and be able to walk. A primary education would be a great and I think that Lucy should deserve to get one. It is sad to think that 57 million children don’t go to school and 24 million of them are disabled.

Maths Mate Term 2 Sheet 4

Question 22: Five ballpoint pens cost as much as two fountain pens, How much are six fountain pens if each ballpoint pen costs $1?

Predict: I thought this would be about division and addition.

Clarify: I had nothing to clarify.

Find the big picture: How much are 6 fountain pens.

Solve: First I worked out that 5 ballpoint pens cost $5.

Then I worked out that half of that was $2.50, so each fountain pen is $2.50.

Then I did $2.50 x 6 and that was $15.00. So $15.00 is the answer.

Summary: I used multiplication, division and addition.

Tying Beginnings to Endings

In the last few sessions the grade 6s learnt how to tie beginnings to endings, so you know were you story is going to go and not just having no idea were it’s going to end. You can do it with different styles, like intense action, intriguing questions, sensory description, sound effects and feeling. To write my story I chose sound effects.

Thump thump thump! My footsteps echoed thought the temple as I strode up to the ancient relic. The staff. Bang! As I clasped my hands around the staff there was a explosion. Crack! Rocks fell from the ceiling and pillars were dislodged form the ground. Boom! The pillars smashed against the stone ground as I made my escape.

Creak! The doors whined as they began to close on their rusty hinges. Whoosh! The wind races thought my hair as I sprinted towards the doors, the staff in my hand. Clang! the huge doors slammed shut just as I lunged out into the open air. Smash! I heard the temple collapse behind me as dust bellowed out of the building.

Plink! Plonk! I heard the rain patter down on the canopy of trees above me as I journeyed through the jungle. Squawk! Squawk! Went the birds in the treetops as I began me long journey home, with the relic safe at last.

GTAC Reflection Week 1

Today two people from GTAC came in to teach us about solids and liquids and how they behave and act. Their names were Chris and Maria. Chris studies forensics and biology and Maria studied anti venoms for snake bites.

We talked about how the particles in solids are packed together, but still have some space to move around, like play dough, they are called malleable solids. Some solids can change their shape but change back like elastic bands. Some other solids break easily and they are called bristle solids. Wood and glass are bristle solids.

We learnt this by doing some activities on solids. Such as we had to transfer play dough over to one beacon to the other, and take every one of its particles with it but we had to put it on a cup, with only a pair of tongs. We also had to act out what solid and liquid particles would look like. We pretended to be golden syrup particles, so we shook hands for three seconds tho show how and why their particles move. We were also water particles but shook hands for one second. The handshakes represented the bonds of the particles and how long they stick together for.

Then we talked about liquids. Liquids with low viscosity like water flow fast and freely, but liquids with high viscosity like golden syrup or honey flow slowly and stick together for longer.

I learnt that no matter how fine solid particles are, they are still solids if each grain holds their form. Something else I learnt was that each particle holds on to one another so it is very hard to take one particle away from a solid without taking others with it. Something else I learnt was that solids can still stretch and bend even if their particles are packed together.

Something I found interesting was that honey particles connect for longer than water particles, and that’s what makes them slower. Something else I found interesting was that solids like play dough are called malleable solids because they can be moulded into different shapes and hold their form and be stretchy.

I still don’t know what a liquid with a very very very high viscosity would be and how high they can be before they turn into solids. I still wonder if you put water in a freezer, when it is changing into ice, would its viscosity get higher and higher before it became ice?

I am looking forward to working with GTAC again and learning more about the four states of matter so I can get an even better understanding.

100 WC Week 32

Some of the words sounded like a foreign language, but I could still pick out some English words even if there were very few. The people wore black robes, with hoods pulled over their faces, concealing them from view and talked in hushed tones. They were talking about ‘burn’ and ‘now’ and ‘where’ but they all sounded harmless to me. That night there was a fire. The town hall was burnt to the ground, but got no further because of the stone paths and there was no breeze. The two people were soon arrested and life continued in the town.  

Spelling Term 2 Week 3

Activity 1:

Experiment: To do a test to make a discovery or find something out: He did and experiment on frogs.

Viscosity: How well a liquid flows: water=low viscosity honey=high viscosity

Hydrogen: A colourless odourless gas: Douglas couldn’t tell there was hydrogen in the air.

Helium: A very light gas that floats: Jim put helium into a balloon.

Composition: What something is made of: The composition of sea water is water salt and other compounds.


Activity 2:

I know that water is a liquid and has a composition of one oxygen and two hydrogen. Liquid particles are not that tightly packed so they flow. If liquids have high viscosity then they run slower. Honey has a high viscosity. The only naturally occurring liquids are the Earth’s outer core and the Earth’s surface or oceans Gases particles are very loose, so gases bounce around and are always moving. Helium is a gas, and you can’t tend to see gases. Most of the Earth’s gases are in the atmosphere. Solids have very tightly packed particles so they hold their shape and stay strong. Some solids are stretchy, like elastic bands and solids are not easily compressed. Nobody knows that much about plasma, but it sometimes occurs on very hot places like the sun and lightning. Nobody knows much because there is hardly any on earth so they can’t experiment on it. Solids Liquids and gases are made of atoms, molecules and particles.

Maths Mate Term 2 Sheet 3 Problem

Question 22 Four erasers cost as much as two pairs of scissors. How much is one pair of scissors, if one eraser is $1.50?

Predict: I thought this would be about addition.

Clarify: I had nothing to clarify.

Find the big picture: How much is one pair of scissors.

Solve: First I worked out that four erasers would be $6.00 so if two scissors are that much, it means that one pair of scissors is $3.00. So $3.00 is the answer.

Summary: I used my prior knowledge.