Book Week Multi-age Book Activity (UNFINISHED)

Today, for book week we had a multi-age book activity. This activity is when people from every class (not everyone, a couple of people) comes to a certain room to read a book and then do an activity around it. My group read the book ‘Kissed by the Moon’ by Alison Lester. 

Here is an overview of what we did:

Firstly, we went to our specified rooms after recess and I went to 1/2b. We then called for who was and then proceeded with the activity. We read the book and then did our activity based around the book.

Literature Circles: The Game Of The Goose (UNFINISHED)

There were 4 books chosen for literature circles, What do You Think Feezal, Hover Car Racer, Gilbert’s Ghost Train and The Game Of The Goose. I chose The Game Of The Goose. There were 6 different roles, Discussion Director, Word Watcher, Captain or Contessa of Comprehension, Passage Master, The Connector and Tally Master. I was the Discussion Director. In my group I have Fidelya, Alyssa, Melina, Ruby and Justyn. Fidelya was the word watcher, Alyssa was the passage master, Melina was the connector, Ruby was the tally master and Justyn was the captain of comprehension.

 

Read like a Writer:The Game Of The Goose (UNFINISHED)

Today for literacy, we did something called “Read like a Writer“. Read like a writer is basically   when you think like a writer for when the writer is writing the text

Ideas: The way that Rabbit didn’t like having baths, but he had the thought of wanting a warm and soapy one, made me think that he really wanted to be in his own house in his own bath.

Organization: First came his feelings after waking up, then came the first thing that popped into his head.

Valedictorian Speech

Good evening parents, teachers and the year 6s of 2014.

Even though I’ve only been here since 2011, I’ve made many friends and some have stayed with me for the whole journey. There have been sad times but even if I’ve overcome them, they will stay with me forever. I have many memories to stay with me for my whole journey of life, so I think I could be ready to jump onto the train of life.

I think we have all had great years, bad years, and even years of school that we considered our favourites yet that is only in primary school. There are 6 more years to go through so we can have more years to consider our favourite of all school years.

I’ll share the best moment I’ve had at this school Because we’ve all had good times at this school.

My favourite moment at this school was when I met my best friend, Cindy. I felt I was going to spend my whole primary school life with her and look at me now, she is still with me since then.

I think the best thing I have experienced at this school is definitely camp. I’m sure we’ve all enjoyed camp, excursions, incursions and what not. I liked the camp I had in year four, because there was flying fox, abseiling, and archery. They were all fun but I liked the flying fox the most.

There are many fun, moments, funny, moments, and even sad moments but since I’m that cheerful, I want to share my funny moment.

The most funny moment I’ve had is all the times my friends and I race, fall over and get back up, because we all end up laughing. It’s so fun to do that but we don’t do it anymore because we chat a lot.

The most fun excursion/incursion I’ve had is probably the met challenge or even Italian day. I like the met challenge because we get to race around but also learn about map reading, finding key locations and just having fun with the group. I like Italian day because we get to dress up and get to experience what it is like to kind of be in Italy. There are many activities that are able to be enjoyed.

Thank you for listening and everyone can enjoy anything. If I ever make, I’ll be on the train of life, then be on my way to experience everything else.

Farewell from Layla

GTAC Reflection Lesson 5: Fair Test & Rusting

Chris and Maria, from GTAC, came in for our final GTAC lesson.  We learnt about different variables and we did some experiments. Some of the variables were independent, dependent and controlled variables. I had a couple of questions about a fair test. What is a fair test and why is it called a fair test? I had a few questions but there were too many to put down.

The variables are independent, dependent and controlled variables, along with full control. Independent variable means that some conditions that are changed by the scientist.We did our first experiment where everyone had different results because we all had different materials. Dependent variable is what you measure in response to the independent variable. We did the same experiment but we all had the same materials but decreasing temperatures in water. We did 2 experiments and they were both fun to do.

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Our experiments were fun and they were quite easy to do as well. Our first experiment was how fast can an alka-seltzer tablet dissolve in differing temperatures? My table group took 17 seconds and others took way longer like 1 minute and 17 seconds. Our second experiment was what conditions increase the formation of rust? Every table group had to soak some steel wool in some water and then put it in different conditions, air, water, salt water and oil. We had to leave the beakers overnight and that wrapped up our final lesson of GTAC.

GTAC Reflection Lesson 4: Chemical Change

On the 4th of the 6th, 2014, us 5/6s, went to the science lab again and had a 4th lesson from GTAC.

Our first activity was definitions for reversible and irreversible change. An example for reversible change is, a change that can be undone, and for irreversible change is, a change that can’t be undone.

Our second activity was sorting some things into either, reversible change or irreversible change. Some things I wasn’t sure of like glow sticks and fireworks also plaster mixed with water. One thing from reversible change is boiling water and one thing from irreversible change is baking a cake.

We also did a POE chart (predict, observe and explain). Our first experiment for the POE was ‘Elephants toothpaste’. This was putting a few materials in a beaker and letting it mix together. When it rose, it came out of the beaker and it took shape and came out like a worm! The temperature increased and it was because of a chemical reaction.

We did an experiment with glow sticks and that was, what was inside the glow stick that made it glow. We also did something with plaster of Paris to see what happens after it becomes a liquid, to a solid of course.

We had an experiment with vinegar and bi-carb soda, being put in a zip-lock bag. It filled the bag with air and there was still bi-carb at the bottom of the bag.

Our last experiment was a fun one and it was called ‘Genie in the bottle’. Some black air came out like a genie coming out of  a bottle but the stuff still in the flask, MnO2 and H2O2, was a danger to the skin so we weren’t allowed to touch it.

That wrapped up our 4th lesson and there was going to be a 5th one.

The 5 Facts of Fiction: Glass Houses

Fact #1: Fiction is all about a character

Claire is a girl from Morganville College who is not wanting to stand up for herself. She is tall, short brown hair, pale blue eyes, she’s 15, sneaky, quiet and is always willing to get good grades in her work. She loves her science and is very smart. She’s willing to  get a scholarship for university.

Fact #2: Fiction is all about what a character wants

Claire desperately wants Monica, the meanest girl in college, to get out of her life for good because, for once, she wants to feel safe at school. She want to be safe but Monica hurts her physically more than anyone else but isn’t standing up for herself and she doesn’t have any friends to help.

Fact #3: Fiction is about how a character gets or doesn’t get what they want

Claire does get friends in the end but Monica is still bugging her to bits. She had to overcome Monica taking her away, hurting her a few times. Claire did overcome them but she still didn’t get what she wanted in the end.

Fact #4: Fiction is all about how a character changes

Claire changes by focusing more on her friends than her obstacles. In the beginning, she was able to be played with, hurt physically a lot. In the end, Claire is happy, with new friends, out of college but is still getting hurt but not physically as she used to. Claire understood to stand up for herself, with or without friends.

Fact #5: Fiction is all about a world that an author creates

This place was in a small town, full of vampires and forcefields, called protection. There was a college and small shopping strips. You never know where a vampire is or when they attack. The world is full of dust and roads, leading nowhere, all controlled by Monica, who Claire hates. Claire survives in this world, never knowing what will happen next. Claire learnt that true friendship is what that counts, not herself. I learnt that with or without friends, you have to either stand up for yourself, or stand up for others.

 

Glass Houses

Bitesize: Page 2, 7 (UNFINISHED)

There are millions of mixtures and compounds. For example: Iron sulphide is a compound and iron, sulphur is a mixture. You can take compounds and mixtures apart, separating it into the different substances but you can only take apart compounds with another chemical reaction. You can separate mixtures with a magnets and other things but with iron sulphur, you would mainly use magnets.

Term 1 Unit Reflection

Our term 1 unit for 2014 was government in Australia. We had to do a timeline of the road to federation. Click here for that post. It was fun to do and we learnt a lot from it.

THREE THINGS I REMEMBER:

  1. The federation idea was started by Sir Henry Parkes. He decided to connect all of Australia by telegraphs, but most importantly, FEDERATION!
  2. The 1st referendum of pro-federation groups, in 1893, didn’t succeed so there was to be a 2nd referendum.
  3. The 2nd referendum did succeddand a constitution was made and was signed by Queen Victoria in 1900.

THREE THINGS I NOW KNOW:

  1. I now know that federation was the thing that brought Australia together. Without it, we would’ve been still disconnected and unable to talk to people outside of the state.
  2. I also now know that Edmund Barton was Australia’s 1st prime minister and that created the upper and lower house, even parliament just to name some things that were made.

A QUESTION I AM STILL LEFT WITH:

What would happen if there was no parliament in Australia and if telegraphs weren’t created?

GTAC – Reflection 2

On May the 14th, Chris and Jacinta came from GTAC to teach us about the gas state and all the properties the gas state has.

We did an experiment with a beaker, a cup, a ping pong ball and some water. The beaker had the water in it and we placed the ball inside. We then put the cup over the ball and pushed the cup down to the bottom of the beaker. Do you know what happened? The cup filled with a little bit of water and the ball floated at the top by when we took the cup out, all the gas escaped and there were bubbles.

Some things I remember  are that gas particles are more spread out because there is more space so they can move around and bump off each other as well. I also remember that each particle bumps off the walls because it helps them move around.

I now know that gas particles are in air and air is a gas. Even though I had already known that, I still think it is a good thing to know. I also know that a ball floats in water because there is no liquid inside so it won’t sink and it has air inside.

A ‘what-if’ question I have is what if gas and liquid particles didn’t exist? Wouldn’t we die?