Poetry: The 6 Room Poem

In class today, and on Friday, we were talking about a poem called a 6 room poem. It has a series of 6 rooms going like this: Room 1=Image or photograph, where you think of something amazing or something interesting to you but don’t think of a poem. Room 2= Colours, is it dark, hazy, shiny, bright, colourful? You think of the colours that the image has. Room 3= Sound, what can you hear? What kind of sound is it? Room 4= Do you have any questions about the image? Room 5= Describe your feelings about the image. Room 6= Look over the poem and find a phrase, word or line that feels important and repeat it 3 times.

Here are 2 examples of 6 room poems:

Small village, peaceful and sunny

nnSunny, shiny, daylight

nnnn Peaceful day, warm with play

nnnnnn Why not a bustling city or road?

nnnnnnnn I feel happy, in my happy place

Happy,njbjbjbjbjbjbjbjHappy,                       Happy.

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Here is my next example:

I’m at the door of the clothes shop, so big in size

Inside is the chattering of people, to find the right size

The light is so beautiful, with all sorts of colours

Does this have to be so big? How many people come here?

I’m excited, amazed and will want everything


nnnnnnnn Shopping,

nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn Shopping

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Maths Mate Term 3 Sheet 5 Q. 23

Predict: I predict this will be about finding the original number.

Read: I think of a number, divide it by 2 and then add twelve. If the result is 20, what was the original number?

Clarify: I had nothing to clarify

Big question: What was the original number?

Tool: I used work backwards

Solve: First, I took away 12 because I was working backwards. That was 8. I would then multiply that by 2 and that gave me the answer of 16.

Procedural Text: How to do the PERFECT Arabesque in Ballet

This is my handwritten one:



Aim: To learn how to do the perfect 3rd arabesque in ballet.


  • Light clothing
  • Ballet shoes (or socks)
  • Big space

How to achieve:

  1. First, you need to go into the center of a big space, with a flat surface.
  2. Next, point your left foot to the back, making sure the center of gravity is centered.
  3. Now, transfer your body weight to the front, still making sure the center of gravity is centered.
  4. After, reach both arms forward, the right arm higher than the left.
  5. Now, find a spot for you to focus on, preferably past your fingers on your right.
  6. After, make sure you are balanced and lift your leg slowly focusing on the focus spot.
  7. Finally, hold your leg up and you should now have a perfect arabesque.

You have now learnt how to do the perfect arabesque from a ballet master!

Maths Mate Term 3 Sheet 3 Q. 24

Predict: I predict this will be about finding the value of a certain number of beads altogether.

READ: Each bead has a value according to its color. The value of the first 3 strings are given. What is the value of the last string?

Clarify: I had nothing to clarify.

Big Question: What is the value of the last string?

Tool: Guess, check and improve.

Solve: I started by giving a value to each of the beads. I tried the dark one as 2, the lighter one as 5 and the white one as 6. I added the first string and it gave me 22, as given. Then 21 as given and 16 as given. I added the last string and it gave me 23.

Maths Mate Term 3 Sheet 2 Q. 23

Predict: I predict this is about solving a crossword, making sure each number fits into place.

Read: Fill in the crossword puzzle using the following numbers: 3 digits: 489, 789, 949 4 digits: 3726, 4790, 5768, 6728 5 digits: 54 842

Clarify: I had nothing to clarify.

BIG Question: How do you complete the crossword puzzle?

Mathematician’s Toolbox: Guess, check and improve.


layla's maths


Solve: First I started by firguring out wher 54 842 went. I added 8 and 9 to the for after 5. Under the 9, I put 4 then 9. Beside that 9, 4 and 7 was before it and 0 was after it. Under the 7 was 8 and 9. Under the 4 was 2. before the 2, was 6 then 7. Above the six was 2 then 7 then 3. On one side of the 7 was five and the other side was 6. That is how I solved that problem.

Conducting a Science Experiment (part 2) (UNFINISHED)

Today, we went to the science lab and we were setting up our anti-rusting experiments. My partner and I didn’t set ours up but we had fun watching everyone else.


If you want to know more about the experiments, please go to my other post: http://layla2014.global2.vic.edu.au/2014/06/17/conducting-a-science-experiment/

For my experiment, I predict that the nail that will be painted, will have hardly any rust on it because of the paint. The nail without paint will have rust on it, depending on what type of nail it is. (I prefer iron nails)

We all had to make POE charts. (predict, observe, explain) This is my chart:



Text Type: Narrative (Julie’s Sacrifice)

It was a peaceful day at school and Julie and Nicola were working on their project for maths. The lunch bell had rung and they both decided to go check out the old school house behind the main building. Julie and Nicola were in yr. 7 at St. Jane’s College which was an all girls college. They loved it there but the old building was a bit suspicious to the girls.

They went to the old school house and the door freakishly but surely opened on it’s own. Julie already wanted to go back to the school yard but Nicola said no. They went inside and the door shut, locking the girls inside. Julie screamed, trying to open the door from all angles but it wouldn’t budge. The girls were locked in for good.

Nicola was walking up the stairs, shivered and turned around, to see Julie just sitting at the door, shivering and scared. Nicola asked herself, is she okay? She ignored it and continued upstairs. Julie had remembered this school house before she was a ghost. No one knew she was a ghost but she really wanted to go back in time, to see old friends again.

“AHHH!” Nicola screamed. Julie ran upstairs, checking every room. Nicola was nowhere to be seen. Julie slid down the wall, sitting on the wooden floors. She started crying into her hands. Nicola was gone, forever. She couldn’t bare losing anymore friends.

Julie could see all the undead and she kept on hearing screams from downstairs. She ran into the kitchen to see Nicola as a ghost. Something was torchuring her. Julie screamed ‘NO!’ as she sacrificed her own life for Nicola’s.

“Julie!” Nicola cried, as Julie said that she had to sacrifice herself for Nicola. Julie was fading away and Nicola was crying for ages, until it was final bell. She was a ghost now so she knew how to escape. Now knowing her best friend was a ghost, she was willing to live for another hundred years or so, willing to sacrifice herself for others.

BTN: Chocolate

Three facts that I learnt are that cocoa was first used in Central America, as currency, a gift for the gods and a nice drink. A Spanish explorer used this drink in Spain and then eventually, posh people in Europe were drinking it. I also learnt that the first person to make chocolate was also posh. He added sugar and ground cocoa to it to make chocolate. I also found that chocolate is now made differently in our factories and no one can resist chocolate.

I understand that the way we make now is way better than back then. It’s way tastier. I also understand that chocolate was dated back to when Aztecs were around. A question I’m left with is how did chocolate get it’s yummy taste?

Maths Mate Term 3 Sheet 1 Problem 22

Predict: I predict this problem will involve using our estimation skills

Read: The sum of two consecutive whole numbers is 97. What are the two numbers?

Clarify: I had nothing to clarify.

Mathematicians tool box: I used work backwards.

Big Question: Which two consecutive whole numbers are the sum of 97?

Solve: I first started by saying, what is half of 90? It was 45. I doubled that to give me 90 and then added 3 to one 45 and 4 to the other. It was 49 and 48. I added them together and it gave me 97.

Decoda, The Saviour

Decoda was very excited because she was going to Russia, with her dad, to see her grandparents, who she hadn’t seen in 10 years. It was also Decoda’s 13th birthday. She was SO excited.  

Decoda was really happy when she got to her nonno and nonna’s house. They were excited too. They couldn’t believe how tall she had gotten. Her nonno and nonna had a dog called Piffles. He was very fluffy. They all did so many things while Decoda was there.

Decoda was walking Piffles. Decoda was sensing something. She hadn’t felt a sense that bad ever before. Piffles was growling really loudly. BOOM!!!! Piffles and Decoda both felt that, that was a bomb. Decoda, Piffles, her dad, nonno and nonna were all somehow safe. What had they just been through?

When the dust and smoke cleared, Decoda, her dad, Piffles, nonna and nonno were all safe. She was feeling horrible to what she just saw, but relieved that they were safe. Everyone who survived were helping Decoda make everything okay. Decoda had unleashed a power that she had forgotten about. It was the perfect day to remember, forever.

I wrote this short story exercise to get used to tying beginnings to endings, and use the paragraph sandwich (Topic sentence, Supporting sentence, Detail sentence, Supporting sentence, Detail sentence, Concluding sentence) to make the 2 middle paragraphs flow from the beginning of the story, then tie to the ending paragraph, all flowing into one short story.

For my story, I used feeling at the start, so I used it at the end. Feeling is to describe what the characters feelings are. Some other techniques to tie a beginning to ending are: intense action, sensory description, sound effect and intriguing question. In the first paragraph, Decoda was very excited to go see her grandparents but in the last paragraph, Decoda was feeling horrible because it was her worst birthday yet, but most action filled one yet.