Multi-age literacy activity

On Thursday the 28th of August we had to go to another classroom to do some multi-age book week activity’s. The book that we did it on was called Barnaby and red chook. It was about a dog who lived on a farm and his job was to round up all of the chickens after they had a run around but one chook called red didn’t move from her favorite spot on top of the wood pile. So Barnaby jumped and knocked the wood over sending red flying into the air.

The next day Barnaby went searching for red and found her dead in the sheep yard. When Barnaby forced red of the wood pile he had caused her to have a heart attack, so he took red back to his kennel and lied down around her to keep her warm. After three days red came back to life and got better, in the end she and Barnaby became best friends. The activity we did was making a chicken run which is a long fenced area where chooks and chickens get to run crazily around the place in it.

We had to trace our hand on a piece of paper and add a beak where out thumb was and then do another side of the chook and then scrunch up bits of paper and stuff them in the middle of the chicken and staple them together. After they were stapled we had to decorate and add feathers on them. After we had done that we had to make our own designee of feet that make the chook stand up. Then we had to stick them onto the base that we where going to use as the base of the chicken run. after we had stuck them on we had to do the fence surrounding the chickens so they don’t get out, but that bit we didn’t get to do.

literacy circles podcast

This term we did a project called literacy circles. Literacy circles is when we chose a book and all the other people who chose the book you chose are in your group. My group read a book called Hover Car Racer, the people in my group where myself, Raymond, Declan, Afrah, Takee and Ore. Then you have to read the book and you also get a role which could be Discussion Director, Captain or Contessa of comperasion, connector, tally master, word watcher and Passage Master. Then when you finish the book the group has to work out how to present it. Our teacher told each group it had to be a podcast. Are podcast was a game show with Raymond as the host, Declan and Ore on team 1 and me and Takee on team 2. After we finished recording and editing the game show we did an interview. All of the questions Raymond asked us was about certain parts in the book. Some of the questions  where about the characters who are Jason: the main character, The Bug: Jason’s navigator, Sally: Jason’s Mech cheif and many more characters. Some of the other questions where what results Jason wanted to achieve and many more. Some of the other books where Gilbert’s Ghost Train, Game of the Goose, What do you think Frisle and Hover Car racer.

Read like a Reader

Why do Leif, Barda and Jasmine have to explore all around Deltora to get the seven lost gems of power? Why dose the shadow lord want to take over the land of Deltora and destroy the City of Del? I predict that after that get the last gem they will have to return to their long lost city which might have pure evil behind its stone walls, maybe a Fire breathing Dragon or something much worse.I am seeing in my head when they enter the Valley of the Lost, I could picture all of the fog, shadows moving around, dead trees and lives dangling from the walls. This series of books reminds me of when I was reading the Harry Potter books, even tho I only got up to the seventh book it still was a magical series of books. I had some feelings during the book, they were some scared feelings, for example when they entered the valley they were cast a spell which made it so they couldn’t move when a clocked figure appeared and he had burning fire like eye’s.

Beginning to Ending story

On a hot and sweaty day a family was on a fishing boat fishing. They had caught over one hundred fish in less than two hours. When they were about to call it a day their boat hit something like a rock or coral reef but the boat started to shake violently. Then their boat started to sink very slowly into the crystal clear water. The family saw a bunch of bubbles from the bottom of the boat raise from the water “We are sinking!” The son cried in panic. Glug, glug, glug was all that was heard from the ship’s hull.

As the family deployed the life raft the father suddenly screamed “THE FISH!!!!” as he bolted for the buckets. Then there was a sudden explosion from the bridge as the boat suddenly started tipping to the side while sinking and then a chunk of wood went flying into the air, causing the ship to sink much faster. Then there was a tremendous splash as the ships detection pole fell smashing threw the ship’s deck causing it to break in two. After that the ship slowly disappeared from view under the water. So they slowly began to row back so the beach with a heavy cargo, the boat had got weighed down by the buckets of fish so and water began dripping in.

Finally after one long hour they sashed up on the shore and then slowly started to walk to their fish truck parked on the beach. They poured their catch into the back of the truck and started driving home. “What should we have for dinner tonight?” the daughter asked in wonder, “we need to use all of the fish tonight” the son said. “How about Sushi” the mother asked “NO!” The dad bellowed “I want fish n chips for dinner!” he cried again. Then the car was filled with screams, cries and sobbing as they all argued of what to do with the fish, Then the mother who was driving got so frustrated she drove the car off a cliff into a lake where the fish escaped. “Well there goes our dinner” the dad said sadly.

GTAC reflection 2

On Wednesday the 21st of May my school class 5/6B went to Gtac. Gtac is a place where they do science and help with solving crimes like murder crimes. We had to catch public transport to get there first we had to catch a bus then we caught a tram to get there. When we got inside we went to the top floor using a staircase which was shaped like DNA, then we got inside and got lab coats on and safety goggles on. The scientists that would be teaching us had a lot of interesting stuff to do today. First we did a balloon experiment which was led by a scientist called Simon; the activity was to see how many balloons could fit in a large can with liquid nitrogen fewer than 196 degrees below 0.

We had to guess how many balloons could fit in it; I guessed that 10 balloons could fit in it. When Simon placed the first balloon in it went in easily so he put another and another into the liquid nitrogen. The total that could fit in it was 10 and when he pulled them out they reinflated back to normal. He said that the liquid nitrogen had compressed the gas particles inside the balloon which made it shrink and get all crackly. Then we had to draw on a piece of paper what we think an inflated balloons gas particles were doing and what the gas particles in the compressed balloon looked like. Then we did another activity which was to see what would happen if you placed a glass beaker with a balloon stuck on it, and then place it on a heat block, and to think of what the particles are doing inside it. So when it was placed on the heat block very slowly the particles started to float up into the balloon which made it inflate and grow bigger.

After that we had recess then after that we started doing activity’s with some other scientists, my groups first activity was to find out what was causing a big problem in Port Phillip Bay, it was a problem in the bay, it had caused an Algael bloom. They are giant floating underwater islands but it is a very bad problem. We had to find out what had caused it and it was a chemical reaction from shampoo and dishwashing detergent.

Then we did another one on oil spills in the sea and what it does and how to solve it. We got showed some photos of a tanker ship in the middle of the ocean which had spilled A LOT of oil. We got a beaker with some water in it and then got some oil, it was cooking oil not ship oil and poured it into the beaker. When it got poured in it sank but then floated back up and sat on top of the water and stayed there.

So that’s when we were showed what happens to marine animals and birds in the water. We got a feather and placed it in normal water a birds feathers make it float and the water just goes through there slick feathers while oil got stuck in the feather which could cause the bird to get stuck in the water. Also fish and sharks would die because of the oil clogging up their gills; they need water to breathe so with clogged gills they would drown.

Then we did an experiment to see what could get rid of the oil fastest, we had three chemicals; soap, paper towels and plastic spoons. We did a race of who could get rid of the oil fastest. First place was the soap, second was the plastic spoons and third was the paper towels, so the fastest way to get rid of oil is to use soap. After that we had our lunch, and then we did our last two experiments.

We had to go downstairs to the next activity. They were based on the same thing, which was how water from lakes gets turned into the water we drink. So we got a sample of dirty water and looked at it through a microscope and we saw dirtiness and little water bugs. Then we zoomed in on a couple of water bugs and saw a lot of interesting things on it, we saw scales, its legs and its eyes and head. Then we went back upstairs and did our final activity.

It was based on the same thing we did downstairs, how water from lakes gets turned into normal. First lake water gets through a process which is called Flocculation which is when dirty particles connect to the clean water particles. Then the dirty particles get put through another stage when the dirty particles get detached, it is called Settle. Then after that the dirty water particles get put through a filter where the dirt gets caught in a net like object while the clean water goes through.

Then finally you put chlorinate in it and then it is fine to drink but it takes a while to do that process. Then finally we had to fill out a sheet of paper which asked a few questions about the day and if you loved the day or you did not like it at all. I chose the I loved it face because it was a really fun day at Gtac because of the sciencey stuff that we did, they were all very interesting to do, to look at and to watch and then to experiment on. All in all we did over six experiments and all of them were very interesting and some were a little bit tricky but others were quite easy to learn about. So then we walked out to the tram stop and waited for the tram to arrive, then we caught the tram to a bus stop and caught the bus back to the school. So that was our exciting day at GTAC.

Australian Federal Parliament Representation

In this reflection I will be telling you about the State Government and the Federation. Also I will talk about the state houses and the government state members.

This pie graph is showing how many representatives go to each meeting to discuss laws and stuff like that.


This pie graph shows how many members are in the different states of Australia that work for the government. Also they represent that state which they are from in meeting and other stuff.


This was a fun and interesting project that we did. Most of us had learnt a lot more about Federation and Government. Some of the things we learnt about were what the number of members that are in different states and we learnt what the representatives houses are called and what the three levels of government are.


Henry C. Lee Forensic scientist project.

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The forensic scientist I have studied is Dr Henry C. Lee. Dr Lee is one of the most famous forensic scientists in the world. He was born on the 22 of November in 1938 in Rugao City which is in China. Dr Lee was the eleventh child of thirteen children. At a young age his father died on a cruse ship that was called the Taiping which sank in 1949. Dr Lee and his family fled to a country called Taiwan. He never attended University but graduated at the Central Police College. Dr Lee first worked for the Taipei police Department Where he became a captain. He moved to the U.S.A with his wife in 1965. In 1972 he qualified as a forensic scientist and started studying biochemistry at New York University. Then he became a forensic scientist.

Dr Lee has been a forensic scientist for over 40 years. He has assisted in the investigations of more than 6,000 cases. Dr Lee has investigated some very famous cases. He helped solve the Washington DC Sniper shootings and was asked to re investigate the assassination of President John F Kennedy who was killed 50 years ago in America. In 2003 he was consulted as a blood splatter analyst during the trial of Michael Peterson who killed his wife Kathleen Peterson. He has also investigated war crimes in countries called Bosnia and Croatia. Dr Lee once solved a murder where there was no body. Altogether Dr Lee has worked in 46 countries helping to solve crimes.

As well as his forensic work, Dr Lee has taught as a professor at more than a dozen universities, law schools. and medical schools. He has written or helped to write more than 40 books on areas such as fingerprints and DNA. His textbooks are used in the medical and forensic professions. Also he has his own TV show Trace Evidence and he has appeared in other Tv shows and movies.

Dr Lee has his own website where he talks about his most famous cases.

For his many years of outstanding forensic work Dr Lee has received many medals and awards.

He and his wife have been married for 40 long years and they have two grown children.

The two sites I looked at to find information out about Dr Lee were doing a google search and looking on Dr Lee’s website.