100 WC #20 Mr Williams and Roberts

Mr. Williams sat on the creamy brown bench in the park, the paint chipped and peeling, waiting for his wife Mrs. Williams to return. Mr. Roberts sat next to him with his book unaware Williams was sitting there as well. Williams slowly glanced over at him.

“Roberts.” He said to the man politely.

Mr. Roberts looked up from his thick book. He scrunched his nose up in disgust.

“I’ll be leaving then.” Roberts said quietly. He walked away from Mr. Williams leaving him there to ponder about the time of when his wife was going to return back to him.

BTN – the death debate

This article was about a debate about what should happen to two drug smugglers from Australia who tried to smuggle drugs in Indonesia. Indonesia has given the two the death penalty. Here’s what I got out of this:

The things I learnt were that, in Australia the death penalty doesn’t exist, the last person killed in Australia for a crime was a man called Ronald Ryan and that the death sentence can be called capital punishment.

The death Penalty exists in countries like Indonesia, Japan, China, and parts of the U.S.A. as well. It doesn’t happen anymore because of the protests before and after of a man sentenced to death (in Australia) because of shooting a police officer.

The two things I understood is that some people believe the death penalty is too harsh because the person could always turn their life around and that Indonesia believes that if the crime was committed in Indonesia they should suffer Indonesian punishments.

A question I had was what other crimes lead you to capital punishment in Indonesia? I can guess a couple like man slaughter, murder, drug smuggling but what other ones are there?

100 WC #19

Anna sat in her camping chair around the fire waiting for her dad to get back from fishing. The 12 year old hated waiting. The last time she was waited for her Mother she never ended up coming back.

The fire continued to crackle and rise as the girl kept waiting. Suddenly the flame of the fire flickered wildly then went out.

She felt a hand grab the back of her T-shirt and pull her back. The terrified girl shrieked loudly as she was dragged backwards. She kicked and screamed as loudly as she could manage, but ended up being unable to escape from the hand.

 

My goal was to use other words instead of the name of the person over and over again. I think I did well at this goal because I came up with a lot of new ways to call a character something other than just ‘the girl’ or the ‘the boy.

I got this hat…

I walked through the beautiful forest of Candy land. The gum drop trees and lollipop flowers were swaying to the wind. I felt something tugging on my leg. I looked down to see a little ice cream man. He was vanilla and had chocolate syrup hair.

No matter how hard I tried he followed me around everywhere I went. Soon he became one of my best friends as he followed me around. He showed me his friends and where he lived.

So my hat is actually alive. He is a little ice-cream man called Bob. And he is one of my best friends.

 

Goals and Reflection

 

My goals are to learn how to end my stories smoother without rushing them, and how to add numbers on a number line efficiently. To improve my behaviour in learning, I will practice writing just the ends of stories, and practice number lines as well at home to achieve those goals. I also want to gain more confidence in myself, and more qualities to become a leader. I will practice speaking to crowds, and try to be a leader in groups instead of a follower. I can also practice speaking to my family.

My reflection on the goals…

I can now end my stories with a message for a better ending and don’t have to rush them because I have learnt it is best to end with a message and have a theme. I think I have more confidence in myself as a leader and for important roles from the speeches I have done, I have gained confidence about speaking and delivering. For adding numbers on a number line for a better strategy in maths I haven’t used that strategy for any of my maths problems, so I don’t think that I have achieved that goal.

My future goals….

I would like to get better at fractions since I don’t really understand them very well. I would like to learn how to write stories/narratives in different genres. I can talk to my family and teacher about fractions and practice them. For writing, I can practice writing short stories I different kinds of genres other than 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.

Civics and Citezenship reflection

 

In the unit Civics and Citizenship we learnt about how the government worked and what it meant to be a good citizen. For the Citizenship we learnt about the 9 values and focused on some people who demonstrated those values. For Civics we learnt about the different levels of government, the different types of government, how voting worked, and what the process of making a law was like.

Facts I found interesting or surprising:

  1. For a bill to be passed to become a law it must be agreed on by the majority of voices in the House of Representatives then the same must happen for the Senate. Then finally once the bill has been agreed on by both houses the Governor General must sign it and then it becomes a law.
  2. The different types of governments are Anarchy- no government or laws, Communism- government controls economy and owns all businesses and farms, Democracy- the people elect the government, everyone has fair say in how the government runs, Dictatorship- the country is ruled by one non-elected leader, Monarchy- king or queen rules and government has most control, Republic- elected leader rather than a monarch, and Totalitarian- government prevents leaving and you are forced to do what they say.
  3. The three levels of government are federal- the things that affect Australia as a country like refugees and foreign affairs. State- that deals with stuff likes schools, hospitals and water, and Local that deals with local roads and pet control.

 

During our group project I think that I learnt a lot more about what the process of creating a bill is like. You need to do lots of research and you need to know the cons for the bill so you can argue against. I learnt this while we were doing our project because I realized that it was a lot more difficult than I would have thought making a bill is like.

During the excursion I learnt that the miners and the government had a war because the miners wanted their rights and to be respected and that’s how democracy was created. I learnt this at the museum when we looked at the touch screens and from the people who worked there. What I can do now with this is understand how the government works better. I now know about passing a bill and what democracy is so I will have a better understanding of how it works.

For the goals that I created for myself at the start of term one, I forgot which ones I choose but I can reflect on some of them that I know I could either work on or that I achieved:

For one that I think I achieved I had this one: demonstrate understanding of the process of making and changing laws. I believe I can do this pretty well. I understand how a bill becomes a law in the H.R and the Senate and I understand what goes into coming up with a bill.

Demonstrate understanding of the roles and responsibilities of leaders, and of democratic processes, when engaging in school and community activities. I know about the power and responsibilities of the H.R and the Senate and I also understand how a bill gets passed and the processes to change things about our country.

BTN – Young game designers

This BTN article was about a program called Game On where year 8 students got into groups to create video games. Here are some things I learnt about the program from this article:

The video games had to encourage maths and science and have aboriginal culture in it. They were split into groups to come up with a great video game and the winning one would be developed for real. The judges wanted to see games that were fun and educational to choose.

Two things I understood were that, video games are recently popular and that this project was to put education into it. I also understood that the project taught kids to program and design and got them involved.

The question I had about it was if the game that won will become popular? I hope it will because it would be great to encourage maths and science into video games.

My prepared speech on chip packages without air/gas

A lot of people complain about chip packets and how there is “too much air, and not enough chip.” While it is true that chip packets are mostly air that doesn’t mean the creators are trying to rip you off. In fact they’re actually doing you are favour. While you might think the bags are filled with oxygen they’re actually not. They are filled with a gas called nitrogen that keeps them fresh and stops them from going rancid. Let me set the scene for you:

You get a couple of packets of chips and put them into a big bowl. Then when you wake up the next day they are stale and don’t taste very good. When oxygen touches chips it’s a chemical reaction. The outcome is oxidation. This is because oxygen had touched them, instead of the gas called nitrogen. Nitrogen keeps them fresh and crunchy and doesn’t cause oxidation. But, relating back to the question of what would packets of chips look like without gas here’s the answer?

Gas cushions the chips in their bag. Without gas your chip packets would turn into crumb packets. Even with oxygen inside the bags the chips would stay in the shape they are supposed to be in instead of turning to crumbs.

Now finally let’s talk about Pringles. If you don’t know what Pringles are here is a picture. They are chips like any other but they are slightly different. Pringle’s packages are like tubes. They don’t have much room for space because the packaging is hard and the chips don’t need cushioning.

The two packages have different properties which makes them better for different things.

Now we have covered that chips need nitrogen to keep them fresh and cushioned, and that without gas inside the packets they would be crushed to crumbs. Thank you for listening to my presentation.

 

Here is my reflection on this speech:

I had a bit of trouble collecting research about my topic since there isn’t much about the particular question. I had to figure out most things by myself, and I had a bit of trouble making my speech short enough for 2 minutes.

Although I had trouble with collecting information and working with the time span I had I still had some things that I am proud of. Some feedback I got from the other students was that they liked my intro and that I engaged the reader. I also thought I did well at my conclusion and how I wrapped up the main parts of the text.

I think to make my speech the best it could be I could maybe try and fit more information about properties and the things we had been learing. Also, I will use more apropriate language for the topic. If we are learning about science I will use science language. If it is Maths I willuse maths language.

I can use the skillof speaking and listening I get from these prepared speeches during class time while we turn and talk, ask questions, listen to Lee and so on. It is also important to have these skills with your friends as well.

100 WC #18 Silence, orange. pyjamas, thunder, swam.

I sat quietly on my bed waiting for a noise. Silence swam through the air as I stared at the orange sunset. Thunder. A noise. Finally.
“Mum, Dad?” I wondered. “Where are you?” Tears started to trickle down my face onto my pyjamas. I wanted them with me. I wished the fire had never taken their lives. I didn’t want to live in the orphanage. I wanted my Mother telling me everything was going to be OK. Why couldn’t I have that? Why couldn’t I have a normal, happy, peaceful life like everybody else in the world?