BTN – The sizes and scales of our solar system.

This video was about what the sizes and scales of our solar system really are, and how a group of people made a time lapse to give us the real perspective of what it really looks like.

The first thing I learnt was that if you search up a picture of the solar system, what you find isn’t actually what the scale is. The video states that in pictures the Earth and The Moon, are shown very close together, when in reality they are farther apart. The second fact was that, you need 7 miles of empty space to make an actual model, and finally I learnt that, Venus is the same size as the Earth. Two understandings I got were that lot’s of people don’t understand how big the Earth is and gave me an understanding of how different in terms of sizes the planets are. A question was, has anyone else made an accurate model of the solar system?

Forest Clan

Forest clan.

It was amazing to see that with the raise of my hand life could appear in front of my very own eyes in disguise of a mere flower. I whipped my head around, pleased to see the many amazed faces of my peers. Their eyes sparkled with admiration.

“That’s amazing Zanna!” Winter exclaimed her eyes focused on the tulip.

Pride swelled up in me. A clear picture of me growing trees with my mind started to enter my thoughts.

Winter stepped in front of me indicating my glory was over. She raised her hand and a small oak sapling rose out of the ground.

I rolled my eyes. Of course Winter decided to outdo me. My face felt hot. I scrunched up my nose and impatiently started tapping my foot.

A shout rung in my ears, pulling me out of my jealous trance. My stomach dropped and my shoulders felt heavy. Aven, the most experienced elder, was calling my name.

Afraid of making her angry, I ran up to her. She looked down on me, her cold grey eyes piercing into mine.

“Come with me,” she hissed, grabbing my arm aggressively.

I racked my brains as we walked. What could I have done? Aven seemed impatient and in a rush.

We continued to walk through the forest away from Clan Central. Finally we made it to Elder Territory. I sat down on a fallen log only to be quickly stood up again.

“You need to go,” She snapped.

Dread filled my stomach.

“What?” I asked, my voice cracking.

“You need to go, I said!” She hissed.

Normally I would feel upset about news like this, but I was more confused than anything. Where do I need to go? Why do I need to go?

“Find your Father and go,” Aven spat. “I don’t care if you have to travel to a Water Clan. Just leave!”

She moved from where she was standing, grabbed my arm, and pushed me towards my shelter.

I felt frozen. I couldn’t move. I didn’t want to leave my home, the Forest Clan, my friends.

“Go!” She shouted, with such force that I moved without thinking.

I ran to the tent where my Father and I lived, the wind blowing my hair in my face. I saw him with his head in his hands, sitting on the floor of our tent.

“What did you do?” I cried, my voice cracking, salty tears running down my face. My world felt destroyed. I could see it crumbling before my eyes.

“Sweetie listen,” He said so softly it sounded like a whisper.

“Don’t you sweetie me!” I hissed and yelled at the same time. “Tell me what’s going on! Where are we going?”

“There is another Forest Clan somewhere,” He said raising his head to look at me an inch. “But that will be a long journey.”

“Explain to me why we are going!” I yelled again.

We walked through the central of the clan silently. I saw my friends laughing and joking around with each other in the distance.

With my hand I wiped away the left over tears on my face and kept my head down low to avoid the embarrassment of them seeing my crying.

“Where are you going?” Winter cheerfully asked running up to me.

Her green T-shirt and pants were covered in dirt. Her blonde hair was covered by such a thick layer of mud and soil it was hard to tell it was blonde.

I just shook my head and walked away regretting not saying bye almost instantly. As we walked out of the forest, it hit me. That was the last time I would see Winter. Sadness filled my stomach, while my eyes focused on the grass below me.

After waling for a while, the trees disappeared and a grassy field was ahead of us. Yellow daises were scattered across the grass.

My legs ached from walking. I could see the exhaustion on my Father’s face.

“Let’s rest,” He said to me. “I’ve packed the tent.”

Although we were tired, the tent was put up quickly, but quietly, do to our Forest Clan skills.

Father pulled some sticks he packed out of his bag and made a campfire.

I kept my head down low trying to avoid eye contact with him, as we sat near the campfire. The silence lingered for a long time biting down on me.

“In the world there are many Clans,” My Father started. I sighed. If I had a coin for every time he told me that story. Memories of me as a young child being told the story almost made me smile. I caught myself.

“No one knows exactly how many Clans, each one has some kind of element or theme such as Water, Fire, Air, Jungle, Ground, etc.”

I smirked without thinking.

“Dad I know!” I said but then quickly dropped my head down low again.

“But there are also outsiders, called Humans,” He continued. “Humans are creatures blessed with creativity and intelligence, but cursed with greed and selfishness.”

He paused. I looked up slightly and studied his brown eyes and wrinkles. His eyes flashed yellow from the fire.

“Most humans don’t know about us. So if they see a Clan member great consequences may happen. They could either be sentenced to death or forced to leave based on the Clan,” He said.

I looked up. I had never heard this part of the story. Father stared at me with his dark brown eyes. I could see the dark circles under his eyes and wrinkles around his mouth.

“Why can’t they know about us?” I whispered putting the pieces together.

“Like I said before, humans are cursed with greed. Imagine how much ‘money’ they would get if they got a clan member on camera.”

“Did they?” I asked, my head spinning.

“What?”

“Did they get you on camera?” I asked again.

“No,” He answered. “But it’s still too risky to be where that person was.”

“Why did I have to come to?”

My head was spinning with questions. Why? When? Where? I had so many more.

“I don’t know Zanna.” He said. “I think it’s time for bed.”

I could see the sadness in his eyes.

“But I have so many questions!” I yelled at him angrily.

“Good night!” He said gritting his teeth.

“Fine!” I exclaimed. “This is all your fault!” The words slipped out before I could stop them. I walked to the tent slowly.

The next morning I awoke on the ground to see my Father packing up the tent. I could almost see a raincloud about his head as he sleepily took it down.

He glanced my way, then quickly finished packing it up.

“We will arrive to the new clan today.” He said.

We walked across the field and up some hills until the trees came into our vision.

I squinted and stared off trying to unpack what could be through the trees. Thoughts of me having no friends in my new clan started to flash through my brain.

I looked up at my Father and resisted the strong urge to speak and ask him more questions.

We walked further until I finally laid eyes clan members.

My stomach dropped so quickly and unexpectedly that I leaned over and gagged. Panic rushed through me.

Eyes darted my way. They settled on me, judging, or so I though.

Panic darted around my stomach until I stopped it. I took a deep breath and tried to look around, focus on my surroundings. Still that tiny bit of panic sitting in my stomach.

A tap on my shoulder brought me back to reality.

“They say our shelter is over there.” Father said pointing to the left.

We walked that way until we saw a similar tent to our old one, its white fabric was held up by dark brown sticks.

“Excuse me,” A soft voice said behind us. I whipped my head around to see a girl who looked about twelve or thirteen years old behind me.

She had long curly red hair and bright piercing green eyes. Freckles we scattered across her nose and cheeks and she wore a brown dress

“I’m April,” She said. “Welcome to our Forest Clan.” She gently smiled at me.

“Over there is the Main Clan.” She pointed. “Follow me.”

“I’ll be there in a second,” I said back.

She ran off.

I looked up at my Father, who stood there watching April.

I ran up and hugged him. The warm embrace sent that tiny bit of panic in my stomach flying out.

“Thank you,” I whispered, and ran off to follow April.”

 

 

BTN – Models of the Solar System; Earth, Sun and Moon

This video was about the planets, stars, the moon, and the sun, and how they move.  It was also about the progress we have made in understanding the way space works.

The first face I learnt was that the ancient Greeks believed that the Sun, Moon, and stars rotated around Earth, in perfect formation. The second fact I learnt was that the reason this system was wrong (besides the fact that the Earth rotates around the sun) was that the stars do not move in perfect formation. They move back and forth in space. Finally I learnt that in the 1700’s Galileo Galilei an astronomer built the very first telescope and one of his biggest discoveries was that Jupiter has four moons.

The first question I had was; what other discoveries did Galileo Galilei make? And; were there any other other cultures that had a big role in space understanding, or was it just Greece?

My understanding was that we still have a long way to go in space understanding.

E – Safety :) With Zoe

This webinar was created to educate kids on scams and security. It was aimed at children in grades 3-6 about awareness of the internet and scams you might come across. From this, we should try to explore websites and get a better understandings of security and scams. It’s showed us that we have to be a little more careful and that’s what we are going to do. Maybe, they could’ve done more inclusive things.

BTN – Humans in space.

This Btn was about the progress of space exploration or humans in space. It gave lots of facts about the history of space exploration.

The first fact that I learnt from this BTN was that people have been living in the international space station since 2000. This fact kind of surprised me. It made me think of all the progress we have made with space exploration and having people in space since not that long ago.

The second fact was that, they are planning to make a reality TV show out of people going to mars. I knew about their plans to go to Mars already, but I didn’t know it was going to be a reality TV show. I feel like going to Mars would be more of a serious dangerous kind of trip. Not one you make a reality TV show out of.

The last thing I learnt was about space tourism. Companies like Virgin Galactic want to introduce tourism in space. Tourism in space is where they are taking people who sign up to space.

Two questions I had were, how much money does it cost to do space tourism? And how is SpaceX planning to bring people to Mars? What are their plans for shelter and food?

One thing I understood was that we have made a lot of progress since when we first got people into space. It has been a huge achievement and something we are going to make even more progress on.

My goals for next year.

One of my goals for next year is to be organised. I came to this school in year four, not knowing much about how the things here work. Although I am in year five now, I want to be more organised with things like: Debates, Goals and reflections, my diary, and homework. Being more organised could also improve my leadership and help me to become a leader. Organisation is something I have struggle with. It also feels nice to be organised because, you can get things done well and efficiently.

 

My second goal is to write about different topics. A lot of my previous goals have been to stop writing in fantasy. I never really achieved these goals because we haven’t done much writing this year. I want to start writing with themes like grief. I also want to write in different genres, it is important to do this because it can be fun to try new things, and write about something you don’t know much about. It can also help you find new techniques in writing like phrasing sentences.

Semester 2 reflection and goals.

My goals for semester 2 were:

I would like to get better at fractions since I don’t really understand them very well. I have gotten a lot better at fractions since I started the year due to all of the lessons we did. I understand much more than I did from the start of the year. We did lots of practice which made me much better.

I would like to learn how to write stories/narratives in different genres. We didn’t do much work on narratives, therefore I didn’t get much work on them. I still tend to write fantasy.

I would like to learn to give speeches without cue cards, to do this I can start out by giving dot points about the info I want and then eventually memorising them. I did a project with Chiara where we had to present without cue cards. At first I was nervous but then I got through it.

Semester 2 term 4 reflection:

I would like to get better at fractions since I don’t really understand them very well, I have got an even better understanding of fractions with decimals. Fractions have helped me understand decimals better even if I still don’t understand them 100%.

I would like to learn how to write stories/narratives in different genres, I still write in fantasy because I feel most comfortable writing it. I feel like this because I don’t have to know much about a place or topic to write it, I can just make it up. My next story will be fiction.

I would like to learn to give speeches without cue cards, I did a debate without cue cards so I am getting quite comfortable. I still am aiming to memorise long speeches without cue cards.

 

The future of Space exploration and Discovery

Before I start with my 3 facts, 2 questions, and 1 understanding, I watched a video about this topic, since I didn’t understand it completely. I won’t use the facts I got from this video, it just helped me understand more. Here is the first video Antony assigned us:

Here is the one I watched for more information:


The first thing I learnt was that Mars has 38% of Earth’s gravity. This means that you can jump really high, like on the moon. The second thing I learnt was that it takes 6 months to get to Mars. This makes me think about how annoying it could be on a space ship, going to Mars for 6 months. I feel like I would get annoyed.

Finally I learnt that Spacex is going to use Methane to get to and from Mars, because it can be made on Mars.

Here are the questions I had: How long will it take them to build the structures, based on the conditions on mars? And; How much food and water will they have to bring with them?

An understanding I had,was that it may be hard to get that many people to Mars in such a short time.

 

BTN – Space food

This video was all about the food astronauts eat.

The first thing I learnt was that some food that they eat is already made and prepared for them sealed in tight envelope like packages to avoid bacteria entering the or reproducing in the food. The second thing I learnt was that they drink out of packages that look like tubes with straws to drink from. I made a connection to the applesauce tubes you drink/eat from that fact.

Finally I learnt that scientists have to inspect the food to make sure that it is safe to eat and the astronauts won’t get ill.

Two questions I had were what different food items do Russia and the united states get, and if they ever eat desserts? In the video, they said that packages with a red label are Russian food items and blue labels are united states. I was wondering what kind of different food items they get.

Something I understand is that it must be hard to be an astronaut because you must have to watch what your eating and exercise a lot so that you can be healthy. Being in space with zero gravity probably doesn’t give you much exercise because you aren’t walking or running anywhere, you are just floating.

 

BTN – Space rock

This BTN was about meteors, comets, and asteroids, and particularly about one that hit Russia in 2013.

The first thing I learnt was that comets are made out of ice and dust and are usually on the outer part of the solar system. Since they are made of ice they melt when they get close to the sun. A second thing I learnt was that when meteors hit the ground they are called meteorites. I never actually thought about how they are different words. I guess I assumed meteor was slang for meteorite. A meteorite in space is a meteor a meteorite is one that has hit the ground. The last thing I learnt was that the force was 20 times bigger than an atomic bomb. This got me thinking about how dangerous things in space can be.

Two questions I had were if there were any other asteroids like that that effected the world like they effected Russia. My second question was, if the asteroid killed anyone. They talked about it injuring people but not killing anyone.

Finally my understanding was that even if an asteroid doesn’t hit you exactly, the shock-wave could kill you.