My semester 1 goals are; I need to practice writing my narratives with more description and attention to detail. I will achieve this by using the 6 traits of writing and other strategies in my 100 word challenge homework and other writing pieces. I need to work on division with larger numbers. I can achieve this by practicing at home and asking for help if I need it. I need to practice writing better ‘Behind the News’ pieces and I can do this by using different writing strategies and applying feedback from other people.
I have achieved most of my goals from semester 1, some of them have improved but still need to get better. My narratives have become more descriptive, with attention to the details. My division has improved, especially with larger numbers. My ‘Behind the News’ pieces have improved because I have edited using different techniques.
Today we did a first aid session. A man came in from St. Johns ambulance to teach us. We learnt about the D.R.S.A.B.C.D, D – Danger, R – Response, S – Send for help, A – Airways, B – Breathing, C – CPR, D – Defibrillation. We also learnt how to do CPR on someone when they are unconscious and not breathing or put then in the recovery if they are unconscious and breathing.
I hope that nobody has to go through this but it is good that we know how to if we have to someday.
Prompt: Black, Flamingo, Extraordinary, Poked, Underneath
Some new neighbours moved in two doors down from me. I went down to have a look to see if they have any children my age. Instead of seeing a family, I saw a flamboyance of flamingos. Underneath one flamingo there was a little black puppy, frolicking around in some leaves. I couldn’t resist, I had to pat it. Slowly, so no one saw me, I hugged the puppy. Even though I tried to be quiet, the new neighbours heard me. Long story short, I got badly yelled at. But to make things worse, I got poked by a tree on the way home. This was a very extraordinary day.
I listened to the sounds of the night as I looked up at the stars above. I could make out the Southern Cross from the busyness of the sky. I heard the soft sound of crickets. I felt my fingers starting to freeze. I closed my eyes and enjoyed the soft mist on my face. I wanted to stay outside longer, but the time we did spend was pure bliss.
I watched the eternal flame flicker in the cool breeze. I stood at attention, even though I was shivering. I instantly recognised the tune as the man started playing the bugle. It was “The Last Post.” I enjoyed this wonderful song as I remembered those who served us at war, who risked their lives for our country. I was honoured to be a part of this ceremony.
Prompt: as I stared into the water it began to turn green
Summer has finally arrived. All year I have been waiting for the warm weather to come so I can go swimming. I grabbed my inflatable doughnut and ran up to the pool. I was about to jump in but as I stared into the water it began to turn green. I pulled a face in disgust.
“Dad, why is the pool green?” I yelled from the backyard.
“Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you.” My Dad replied, “Don’t go swimming because there is some mould or algae growing in the bottom of the pool.”
“Why didn’t I clean the pool last month like my parents told me?” I asked myself.
Prompt: But how would I know
Why did it have to happen to me? I just don’t understand, how could the world be so mean? I was texting my friends when a message pops up, saying that it couldn’t deliver my message because there was no internet connection.
“Mum,” I yell, “Is the internet out?”
“There is a glitch in the network. You can try and fix it if you want,” Replied Mum.
“But how would I know how to fix it?” My voice echoes around the house as I wait for a reply.
I look at my watch, it has been 10 minutes without the internet. I don’t think I can survive any longer.
I strongly believe that having a Doomsday Vault is an excellent idea to keep the plants from all around the world safe.
Firstly, just imagine if Australia had a huge bushfire that burned all of the native eucalyptus trees. If will didn’t have the Doomsday Vault we wouldn’t get those trees from anywhere else in the world and we would be left with no eucalyptus trees.
Secondly, if any type of seed gets wiped out, we will have backups to reproduce the species. There are many threats to plants, such as natural disasters, diseases, climate change and even wars.
In conclusion, I strongly believe that having the Doomsday Vault is a great thing to have.
Prompt: Sunshine, ice, frightened, purple, flew
The sky turned purple as the sun set. Bats flew past my window. Clouds disappeared. Sunshine had gone. I wasn’t frightened by the darkness, it was the shadows that scared me. Now that the light was no more, I could sleep in peace. I watched as frost started to appear on my window. A layer of ice had formed over the lawn. Slowly the temperature went down. I reached out to cover myself with a blanket, but it was so cold that my hand froze. The ice crept up my arm, eventually engulfing me. I was left as a frozen statue.
Title of experiment: Freezing water with sugar and salt
Team members: Alicia and Lara
To observe and explain how water freezes with sugar and salt dissolved into it.
I think when the sugar water freezes it will make the bottle expand and I with be clear. I think when the salt water freezes it will be cloudy.
- 2 small plastic bottles with lids that are the same size
- Water – enough to fill both the plastic bottles
- 1/3 of a cup of sugar
- 1/3 of a cup of salt
- 2 icy-pole sticks
- A funnel or piece of paper
- A freezer
- Carefully pour the sugar into one of the plastic bottle using the funnel or pieces of paper.
- Repeat step one with the salt and another bottle
- Pour a small amount of water into each bottle
- Use the icy-pole stick the dissolve the sugar and salt into the water
- Pour more water into the bottles so they are full
- Screw on the lids and put into the freezer
- After about 24 hours take the bottles out the freezer
- Observe the changes
When we dissolved the sugar into the water it was clear. When we dissolved the salt into the water it took longer than the sugar and it became cloudy. When we took the sugar water out of the freezer it was frozen and had become cloudy. The diameter had increased by 1cm. When we took the salt water out of the freezer it hadn’t frozen and it had stayed cloudy.
||The sugar dissolved easily into the water and it was clear.
||The bottle diameter had increased by 1cm. It had become cloudy
||The salt took longer to dissolve then the sugar, and had become cloudy.
||The salt didn’t freeze and it stayed the same cloudy colour.