GTAC Visit, lesson 5

On Thursday the 12th of July GTAC came to do their final lesson with us. Our goal for the lesson was, to conduct a fair test to explore the concept of rusting. Our first task was to say what we think rusting is so I said “Rusting is when something like metal, has been put into a certain type of water, so the metal would start turning brown and bumpy which will make it rust away.” Them we had to draw up a table in our books which had 4 columns going down the page, after we drew up our page we started doing our first experiment.

The materials we had to use were one tall and thin beaker filled with water, a tablet called Alka-seltzer, one medium sized beaker, a small beaker and a hand full of sand. First we pored the water from the beaker into the medium sized beaker, then we pored the sand into the medium sized beaker, and finally placed the alka-seltzer tablet into the beaker and watched it. After a few seconds is had dissolved  it has made the sand dissolve and it smelled like lemon juice and looked like lemon juice.

Then Chris said for us to walk around the room clock-wires to look at other the other groups results, some results were clear, others had used vinegar instead of water, one group didn’t use the sand that was there and one group used a completely different thing instead of a tall thin beaker. So there were lots of different results instead of one result. Our second activity was the same but we had to time of how long the alka- seltzer to dissolve in certain water temperatures, the temperatures we tried were hot water, warm water, room temperature water and cold water.

We had room temperature water, the amount of time it took the alka-seltzer to disintegrate in room temp water was 45 seconds.

Read like a Writer

Today we learnt about read like a writer, all we had to do was get out literacy circles book and choose a paragraph out of it. My book was Hover Car Racer and my paragraph was

“As the giant clock above the Start-Finish line ticked from 2:59:59 to 3:00:00 and the last hover cars shot across the line to the cheers of the 80,000-strong crowd, the Argonaut, piloted by Chaser J, was at the bottom of the leader board. Jason pulled his beloved car to a halt in his pit bay and dropped his head. In the most important race of his life-in front of 80,000 people; in front of the most distinguished pair of spectators he would ever race in front of- Jason Chaser had come stone-cold last.

Next we had to write down the Idea of the story, the Organisation of the story, voice, word choice, sentence fluency and Conventions.

Ideas: The idea that the author ( Matthew Reilly ) thought of was the future of racing and the future of cars.

Organisation: The organisation that the author was created was really good because it starts of with Jason losing a gate race and then Jason got better and better.

Voice: The voice you would use to read this book would be intense, Frustrated and Angry.

Word Choice: The word choice the author used was really good and descriptive, for example: Speeding Bluing Bullets to describe the fast hover cars flying past the grand stands.

Sentence Fluency: The sentence fluency was perfect for the book because it was perfect and descriptive about the cars.

Conventions: The comments and questions that are in the book are very descriptive and good.

This is my goal reflection, we had to pick three of the 6 steps, I chose Ideas, Voice and word choice:

Goal Reflection: 

  1. Ideas: The reason I chose ideas is because I can maybe use the books idea as a setting and a topic that I could use if I was going to write my own story.
  2. Voice: I Chose voice because in most of my story’s it just has a regular voice while in more story’s I should use more different voice sounds to make it better.
  3. Word Choice: The reason I chose word choice is because Many of the words in Hover Car racer are very describing like Bluing  and many more that I could use in story’s I create.

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.


Socialising On The Internet.

Socialising on the internet-cyber smart quide

Key Words:

Social,networking,variety,services,online,friends,family,information,identity,display,inappropriate, contact,scams,risky,personal,profile,parent,guardian, talking, sites,preferably,considerate,technologies and cyber smart.


How to be smart online:

You should never give away personal detail/information or private things because if you do give someone  your  password and the username they could give it to anyone and they and the people they gave to might give a your computer/laptop a virus or a bug. So never trust anyone unless it is your parents or a trusted adult. It also could be risky if you give personal stuff away. If you want to give personal stuff away always ask your parents or a guardian or a trusted adult. But it is also good to go on online sites  because you can get comments and constructive feed back from other people from all over the world! There are a variety of online sites and some you will have to give away personal detail and some you won’t have too and the ones that you have to give personal detail away. They could just be trying to hack your computer/laptop or phone!

Students jobs and teachers jobs

Student, our job

  • To pay attention
  • to learn
  • work hard
  • to interact
  • make the classroom better
  • to get along with people
  • fulfill goals that has been set for us
  • to have a good education
  • to try our hardest
  • be ready for anything
  • to be focused
  • to work together
  • to be optimistic

Teacher ,your job

  • teach
  • helps with problems
  • to take care of us
  • works hard to give us a good education
  • to engage the students
  • to teach us things we can use in our everyday lives
  • be prepared to focus and teach the class new things
  • communicate with the students
  • be optimistic
  • to be a role model to the younger kids
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GTAC perduasive text

GTAC is a place where primary students only get to go in term 4 when year eight’s get to all the time. I know and think that GTAC is suitable for all students primary and up. Because it is a fun, interesting and exciting place of wonder. Primary students would want to know how scientists do all those things to solve crimes from robbery’s to murder mysteries. Also GTAC is a great to go to for a university. Also when I went there we got to meet real forensic scientists and we got to solve a crime which was very fun, exciting and interesting  place to learn new and fun interesting things. Could solve a murder case in the future?

GTAC reflection

On Monday the 27 of October all the 5/6 band students went to GTAC. GTAC is a place where you get to do fun science activity’s. When I went there we had to solve a investigation about a dog called Alfie. One day he came back with a whole bunch of clues on him and how he had been getting out. We were showed how to solve investigations and how to use the Compound microscope and the Stereo microscope. Some clues Alfie bought back home were: A Beetle, Leaf’s, Seeds, feathers and water. After that we put on our lab coats and set to work. First we looked at the beetle and I was amazed of what the microscopes showed, They showed the beetle so close up and showed it’s body parts so close up.

Then we looked at the leaf’s which the microscopes showed very close up it looked like a bunch of sticks on one big stick. Then we looked at the leaf which was hairy and a bit sticky. Then we looked at the feather which looked like a whole bunch of sticks on a big stick. Then we looked at the seeds which looked like a hairy coconut. Finally we looked at the water which was a green goo collar and inside it there was a whole bunch of small plants and inside it there were little worms speeding across from side to side in a flash. They were like the superhero the Flash. After that we asked the forensic scientists some questions and then we left for school. When we arrived at school we got there around about 1:50 pm in the afternoon.

How To Make a Bar Graph.

                                         How to make a bar/ column graph.

By following this step by step guide you will be able to make a bar graph.By knowing how to create a bar graph it can help present and understand information clearer.

You will need:

  • Ruler
  • Data
  • Pencil
  • Paper

Method steps:

1. First collect your data so you have information to put in your graph.

2. Draw a horizontal and vertical lines that join on the left hand corner.

3. When you have drawn the lines on the vertical line label the numbers 0 to 50. Place 0 at the bottom and place 50 at the top.

4. After that label your data underneath the horizontal line.

5. Once you have labeled the horizontal you start your bars. You draw them to the number of objects you have.

6. Then finally you collar in the bars.

Finished bar graph.