BTN – New Zealand earthquakes

What I learnt in this BTN was that, New Zealand gets lots of earthquakes being on top of where the Pacific and Australian plates rub against each other. I also learnt that there is an area around the Pacific Ocean called the Ring of Fire. It is called this because most volcanoes that are still active occur in the ring. Finally, I learnt that tectonic plates are always moving at least a couple centimetres a year.

Two things I understood were that, earthquakes are scary because they are unpredictable, so they could happen at any time, anywhere. Another thing I understood was that sometimes earthquakes can be mild and unnoticeable and sometimes they can be bad.

A question I had was what are good ways to prepare for eathquakes?

100 WC #2 Term 3

The last of the leaves began to fall creating a thick blanket over forest’s rough ground. Autumn was starting to take over the woods causing the trees to look thin and bare, like mere sticks. As the animals trudged along it’s ground, their feet crunching as they stepped on twigs and the falling leaves, they listened for the sound of twinkling, for they knew the faries would be coming soon. Then they did. They popped out of their hiding places spreading their wings and flew. Soaring through the air for them was like discovering a fantastic new book.

My goal was to make the story filled with detail and seem magical and whimsical.

BTN – Seed bank

The seed bank is not a waste of money. Nature is a big part of surviving in this world, so without plants and seeds we wouldn’t be able to live as well as we do today.

First of all plants are good for us. They provide oxygen for us. Not only do they provide food for us but they provide oxygen to protect the environment. Plants can be healthy things to eat, like carrots, potatoes, ect. If all the plants got wiped out from floods or other disasters than we would have none left. Vegetarians and other people who don’t eat meat wouldn’t have plants to eat. The seed bank would provide us with all the plants that got wiped out.

Second of all the seed bank can be used for research reasons. If all the plants got wiped out we could use the seeds and plants in the seed bank to do the research we need to, to learn about how plants grow, and other important things.

Lastly alike my first reason there is crop diversity. If all of one kind of crop gets wiped out the seed bank can replace the crop with a similar one or breed plants to make a similar kind. For example currently all banana plants are getting wiped out. The seed bank doesn’t have any banana seeds, so people who live off banana’s may be in trouble.

In conclusion the seed bank is good for back ups, research, and crop diversity.

Unit learning goals.


Unit Learning Goal 1: Science


I will . . . Understand key extreme weather terms, including:


Seismograph, Tectonic plates, Fault, Elastic rebound, Seismic waves, Body waves, Surface waves, Focus, Epicenter, Compressional stress, Tensional stress, Shear stress, Foreshocks, Aftershocks, Tsunamis.




Unit Learning Goal 2: Science


I will understand sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth’s surface.



Unit Learning Goal 3: Science


I can identify scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples’ lives.



Unit Learning Goal 4: Science


I will, with guidance, plan appropriate investigation methods to answer questions or solve problems.



Unit Learning Goal 5: Reading and viewing


I will, Identify and explain how analytical images like figures, tables, diagrams, maps and graphs contribute to our understanding of verbal information in factual and persuasive texts.Ter


Unit Learning Goal 6: Writing


I will Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience.



Personal Learning Goals: During this unit, I will …


Try to remember to put audacities on my BtNs and audacities and goals 100 WCs which are the best quality I can achieve by putting my best effort in while doing my homework.


BTN – Australian leaders


This BTN article was about leaders in politics and about their parties. I learnt a lot more about what the leaders stand for and what their parties are. Here is what I learnt:

The Liberals say they believe that Australia should have a strong economy. Which means they want Australia to have a lot of money and lots of students studying STEM subjects. The Labor party believes that life should be fair for working class Australians. Finally the Greens like to focus on the environment, but they also believe in equality and same sex marriage.

I understand that each party has their own beliefs. Some of them are similar but they all make up good parties to lead Australia. I also understand that lots of people like the parties for different reasons, so sometimes it’s hard to choose who to vote for.

A question I have was if any of the parties have beliefs that are the same?

Sunshine, Ice, Frightened, Purple, Flew 100 WC #1 – Term 3

To think I was so frightened before. While we flew over to America, my head was pounding. Actually arriving to my new school gave me so much happiness, it was like watching freezing cold ice melt in the sunshine and the realisation that its summer. It was like watching a sunset with all the colours in the rainbow, like red and pink and purple. Everyone was so nice to me. It was like discovering to fly, and flying over the most beautiful places in the world. I feel at home at my new school, and to think I was scared.

My goal this week was to relate to myself a bit. Even though I may of exaggerated, I related to how I was nervous about starting a new school, but it turned out fine. I did this by talking about how the character felt this.

Science reflection term 2

The integrated unit this term was science! It was focused around matter and changes. During it we learnt about: The types of matter, properties, transitions between types of matter, scienctific words, physical and chemical changes, and irreversible and reversible changes. Here are 3 things I found interesting, 2 things I understood about the unit, and a question I have still:

I learnt that a chemical change is a change in which a new substance is formed. Here are some ways I know of on how to identify a chemical change:

  • New colour
  • New smell
  • Light
  • heat
  • sound

A physical change is when a new shape of state of matter is changed but the substance stays the same. Like, ice melting. It may go from solid to liquid but it is still just water. Finally I learnt some scientific words that I found interesting like; viscosity (How thick or thin a liquid is), and malleable, (How stretchy/flexible an object).

I understand that everything is made up of matter and everything is made up of atoms.

While doing my experiment with my partner Chiara, I learnt a lot about science lab reports and about boiling and evaporation.

I learnt a lot about (as I said) boiling, evaporation, viscosity, and heating. I learnt all of that when researching our topic and observing what happened, while we we were preforming our experiments. I learnt that water evaporates from liquids first and fat and sugar will be left to burn with honey. I can relate my knowledge of that to other liquids like salt water, ketchup, and so on.

My goals at the beginning of this term were, to understand changes to materials can be reversible, such as melting freezing, evaporating, or irreversible, such as burning and rusting. I know a lot about changes now like chemical, physical, irreversible, and reversible than I did before. I still am not 100% sure on chemical changes but I still do understand a lot.

Finally my last goal was to use equipment and materials safely identifying potential risks. For this one I think that I could be a little more careful of what I do in the science lab, because sometimes I get ahead of myself and don’t realise what I am doing, and I can be a bit careless.