BTN-Disaster Recovery

Help! It’s a flood! This isn’t something you say or hear everyday is it? Pretty unusual huh? Well, you’d be surprised to know that in some places like Pakistan this can be emphasised a lot. In August 2010, Pakistan was having some pretty rough times. Floods were happening and we all know how devastating natural disasters can get. If you’ve been involved in one you’ll know what I mean but if not, here are some reasons why, after these chaotic events have happened, we should support those places to help them recover and get back on their feet because some natural disasters can be so destructive that it takes years for the places hit to rebuild and recuperate.

Firstly, what is there to lose! Sure maybe some money, food and water but we haven’t just been hit by a catastrophic event have we? We have way more than they do so why don’t we be sensical and help them out? They need it more than us so sacrificing a couple of things shouldn’t seem to bad in fact it should feel great that we’ve helped another community in need. All of it goes to a good cause and it will be used resourcefully. Some things we don’t need but want like lots and lots of money are a waste because it could be used on something way more important. We don’t need to be billionaires we just need enough for essential things to survive and maybe to treat ourselves a bit. So we don’t need all this leftover money to spend on things just for the sake of it. Money shouldn’t go to waste like that.Be sensible and give communities in need a hand.

Further more, how would you feel. Put yourself in their shoes. It sure isn’t a walk in the park or a piece of cake. For example, if you’ve just been involved in a flood and you were close to drowning how would you feel? Fear, exhaustion, hunger, thirst, coldness and sadness are just some of the terrible things people are put through during and after a natural disaster. It’s a serious issue and should be dealt with with care and sensibility. Be empathetic, economic and effective. Don’t dwell on the thought anymore or let any more time slip away and help those innocent, helpless people in need straight away.

Lastly, they would do the same for us. If the scenario was flipped and they were the ones with the advantage they’d certainly help us out. If we were involved in a natural disaster or experienced any type of grief they would support us as well. Treat them like we want to be treated and reciprocate in care. Don’t hold back because this is a serious issue. They trust us and we trust them. Possibly lives could be in our hands. They’ll probably get annoyed if we don’t help them and possibly not help us when an unexpected natural disaster strikes our way. They are very unexpected and almost impossible to completely predict. So remember, we have a bond between our fellow countries and this continues regarding what the scenario is, natural or not.

In conclusion, we should definitely continue to pursue our highly effective process of helping other places in need when stricken by a natural disaster. Firstly because it’s not much to ask for, also because they’re so devastating and lastly because they would also support us when something like a natural disaster would happen to us.

100WC-The Glowing Night Bugs

“Well if you want to go, you’ll have to finish your homework first.”
Sandra grunted, ran into her bedroom and called her friend Shirley.
“Hi Shirley, it turns out I’m not going to be able to get to the lake tonight.”
And then Shirley hung up. Sandra, devastated ran out the door to the forest. The sun was setting. After a while she started to see hundreds of small individual spots of lights surrounding her. “You’re my only friends, my mother isn’t fair and my friends don’t even consider my problem but you guys understand me.”

This was my prompt:


100WC-The Purple Kidnapper

My goal for this week is to prompt and leave clues for the audience to infer and imagine.

My prompt for this week was these 5 words to include in my writing:

Sunshine,   Ice,    Frightened,    Purple,    Flew

Two frightened boys ran past dropping some ice from their drinks. Soon after, it flew after them. The ice slowly started to melt in the sunshine and soon was plainly liquid. In that time, the purple creature caught up to them and made a loud, fierce, terrifying roar. The two boys stood there and stared up into it’s giant yellow eyes. They tried to run but it grabbed them with it’s vastly strong claws. It’s wings started to flap and soon after it was airborne. Then Suddenly, it flew away with tremendous speed and agility.

BTN-Seed Bank


The seed bank is a place that keeps seeds. They store seeds from Brazil to Mexico to India to Zimbabwe to Azerbaijan, you get the idea. There are 865 000 different types of crop seeds, like wheat, barley, potato and almost 150 000 different types of rice. I will persuade you why the seed bank is essential for the future of humans, animals, earth and obviously plants! It is not a waste of money!

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking seeds, what good will they do us! They’re just seeds for goodness sake! Well, let me convince you that we need seeds. Some plants are becoming rare because some farmers aren’t growing them anymore. They could be destroyed by natural disasters or outbreaks of disease. Climate change or even war can harm plants. So if we keep seeds, we can recover plants that we need to grow food. This is why we need a place to store these little fellas! This huge frozen vault A.K.A the seed bank in the arctic is perfect for the job! The seed bank stores 850 000 types of crop seeds! 850 000! That’s about the age of a grandma times 10 000! So, the next time you think about a seed bank think of it as something that will benefit us and our future hugely!

Another reason why the seed bank isn’t a waste of money is because it has a range of seeds. Imagine if we all lived on 1 food. That would be disastrous. The seed bank helps to keep a range of crops alive because they store them at freezing temperatures which sort of freezes them in time. This means that they can be used to grow into plants centuries later. So, if anything bad happens to the earth we’ve always got a back up. Wheat, barley, potato and rice are just some of the many delicious but simple crops the seed bank’s seeds grow into. As a result, we can eat a range of good foods and grow them whenever we need to.

Lastly, everyone is doing it! Nearly every corner of the world stores some of their seeds in the seed bank. Lots of places are already involved in this phenomenon and are planning to add to their vast collection of seeds. Australia is one of the places that is included in this miraculous marvel. They keep 11 000 seeds in the seed bank and plan to extend on this. If native species get wiped out like the gum tree for instance they wouldn’t be found anywhere else and would become extinct. This is a problem for animals’ habitats. In Australia alone we have over 20 000 native species of plants which is why we have so many seeds kept in the seed bank. Summing up, lots of places are doing it and know that it’s a wise thing to do to prepare for the future.

In conclusion, the seed bank is a future formulating, fantastically flexible, faultlessly feasible fanatical fan that assists the future of humans, animals, earth and obviously plants!


Integrated Studies Goals for Term 3-Natural Disasters/Extreme Weather


Unit Learning Goal 1: Science


I will understand that Sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth’s surface.

I will to learn how avalanches and volcano eruptions affect Earth’s surface.


Unit Learning Goal 2: Science


I will compare data with predictions and use evidence in developing explanations.

I will use evidence in developing explanations for how avalanches and volcano eruptions occur.


Unit Learning Goal 3: Science


I will with guidance, pose questions to clarify practical problems or inform a scientific investigation.

I will with guidance pose questions to investigate avalanches and volcano eruptions.


Unit Learning Goal 5: Reading and viewing


I will investigate how the organisation of texts into chapters, headings, subheadings, home pages and sub-pages for online texts and according to chronology or topic can be used to predict content and assist navigation.

I will investigate how the organisation of texts into chapters, headings and subheadings can help with the understanding and navigation of info in information texts.


Unit Learning Goal 6: Writing


I will reread and edit student’s own and others’ work using agreed criteria for text structures and language features.

I will reread and edit student’s own and others’ information texts using comments stating use of text structure and language features.


Personal Learning Goals: During this unit, I will . . .


Present my learning and research in a way that’s understandable for different audiences.

Communicate ideas and collaborate when working in groups.

Use text structure to improve organisation of information texts.

BTN-Rookie Reporter Leaders

Labor! Liberal! Labor! Liberal! Have you ever even considered voting for the greens? Well, if you haven’t, I highly suggest you do. One of the key reasons the greens are a very responsible party is that their leader is Richard Di Natale. I believe that the greens are a great party and you should definitely vote for them. Here are just some of the many reasons why Richard Di Natale and the greens are a fantastic party.

To start off, these epic, ego and environmentally helping heroes know that helping the environment will help the people. They know the beneficial effects there policies will make on not just the environment but the people as well. The greens believe that a healthy environment means healthy people. They have the ability to focus on the environment and the people. On the other hand, when you look at the Labor or Liberal party they don’t send that same environment friendly vibe that the greens never fail to achieve. This shows that the greens are a very strong party and are lead very well. So make sure you remember that the greens don’t just know but care about the environment which can benefit the people of Australia.

Another valuable aspect of the greens is that they persist! They don’t cry or sob or anything like that because they’re tough and never ever give up! Do you really want a cowardly party to govern our nation? I don’t think so! You want a stable, brave and responsible government! The greens can provide this. Whatever the other parties throw at them they can handle it and keep on going. They’re not the most popular yet but them and the Aussie people are learning and improving. By now, lots of Australian citizens believe in the greens and know that they are the most reasonable, responsible and rockin’ party they’re is! So, if you’re considering supporting the greens (which I highly recommend) take into account that they’re persistence is a great quality to have when fighting to become the governing party.

My third and final reason why you should get behind the good old greens is because they know what they’re doing. The Liberal and Labor party aren’t completely stable but the greens have the tactics to persuade you that they’re right! They have a mix of confidence and wits which are both essential qualities in a party. You need to have confidence to assure the citizens that you know what you’re doing. Don’t hold back. Wit is another aspect needed. You need to have information about what the people want and what they don’t. If you take that into account they’ll know they can trust you know what you’re doing. These aren’t the only qualities the greens have but they’re the two key ones that really help them in the running for government.

Summing up, the greens care about the people and the environment and know how they relate. They persist and never ever give up! And finally, they know what they’re doing. I hope I’ve persuaded you to support the greens or at least consider voting for them.

Here is the link for the BTN clip-BTN-Rookie Reporter Election

Term 2 Science Goals Reflection

My goals were to understand how solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways. Knowing that changes to materials can be reversible, such as melting, freezing, evaporating; or irreversible, such as burning and rusting. To understand science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena. My math goal was to compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations. My literacy goals were to take notes on my reading that will help me create a reflection or summary and when I am creating explanations for observations in experiments. Also to create scientific explanations and lab reports that follow a conventional outline and that clearly communicate my understanding. In this unit, we explored the properties of solids, liquids and gases that influence their use. We covered chemical and physical changes and how to identify them. We also learnt about reversible and irreversible changes, why they are or aren’t reversible and what reversibility actually is. Our main focus though was change in states and what influences/exerts them.

To understand how solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways:

I achieved this goal by testing and observing the way these states behave when you add or reduce heat from them. I was also able to identify the different observable properties of solids, liquids and gases. When you add heat to a solid it either changes into a liquid (melts) or changes into a gas (sublimates). When you add heat to a liquid it changes into a gas (evaporates). When you reduce heat from a liquid it changes into a solid (freezes/solidifies). When you reduce heat from a gas it either changes into a liquid (condenses) or changes into a solid (deposits).

Solid Properties-visible, has own shape/doesn’t change shape, compact molecules

Liquid Properties-visible, fills it’s container from bottom, changes shape, pourable

Gas Properties-can be visible or invisible, fills it’s container/room, changes shape

To understand changes to materials can be reversible, such as melting, freezing, evaporating; or irreversible, such as burning and rusting:

I achieved this goal by exploring the changes in states that can reverse other changes in states. Also by testing irreversible changes like burning and rusting and explaining why they can’t be reversed. Water (liquid) can be changed into ice (solid) if you reduce heat. This change is called freezing/solidifying. The change to reverse freezing/solidifying is called melting. Freezing/solidifying is a change from liquid to solid so to reverse that you would have to melt the solid to become a liquid again. Melting happens when you add heat. This is an example of a reversible change. An example of an irreversible change is burning. Burning isn’t a change of state just a change of substance. When something burns it turns into ash. Ash isn’t a state it’s a substance. This means that burning is irreversible. It’s also a chemical change and most chemical changes are irreversible.

To understand science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena:

I achieved this goal when Tiia and I conducted our own experiment. We wanted to find out if salt effected the speed of change in states or not. It turned out that both of the ice cubes we used had salt in them which meant there was no control. As a result, we didn’t find out the answer to our question. However, we still proved part of our hypothesis correct. We thought that when the water evaporated that it wouldn’t evaporate with the salt and that the salt would just stay at the bottom of the container. This turned out to happen. The salt never evaporated because salt doesn’t evaporate because it’s a solid. It would’ve had to sublimate but it didn’t because there wasn’t enough heat. The heater we put the ice next to was at approx. 45°C. This heat was only enough to catalyse melting and evaporation but wasn’t enough to exert sublimation.

To suggest improvements to the methods used to investigate a question or solve a problem:

I achieved this goal when learning about conducting our own experiment. Our class suggested that when presenting the experiments we could use a video example of the method. I agreed and thought that this would help represent our understanding and help the audience understand the process using a visual example.

To compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations:

I achieved this goal by comparing my data to my prediction when conducting the experiment with Tiia. We didn’t carry out the experiment properly but we proved part of our prediction, that the salt wouldn’t evaporate and would just stay at the bottom of the container. Our explanation was that the salt didn’t have enough heat. For it to turn into a gas it would have to sublimate because it’s a solid. We thought that was because there wasn’t enough heat. Therefor, it didn’t sublimate.

To take notes on my reading that will help me create a reflection or summary and when I am creating explanations for observations in experiments:

I achieved this goal when Tiia and I conducted our experiment. We did a little bit of research and couldn’t find anything about salt being able to evaporate. We also referred to our prior knowledge of change in states. We knew that salt was a solid and we knew that there was a change to turn it straight into a gas and skip the liquid stage. This change is sublimation. This change didn’t happen because the heater wasn’t hot enough. This helped us in concluding that the salt stayed there because there wasn’t enough heat to make it sublimate.

To create scientific explanations and lab reports that follow a conventional outline and that clearly communicate my understanding:

I achieved this goal when Tiia and I conducted our experiment. This link will take you to our Lab Report-Scientific Lab Report

In science, I could improve on my accuracy when testing predictions by conducting experiments. I could improve on this by practising and taking into account all the things that could go wrong in the experiment. Also by communicating with my partner better and making sure that we both know what to do and how to do it. From this science experience I have learnt that experiments need to be very carefully planned out and conducted. Research is a very important part as well. You need to be able to produce explanations not just from your data but from research as well.