BTN – Stress and bullying

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This BTN was about stress and bullying at schools in Australia. It was twenty minute long video all about statistics, facts, and things you can do to help with certain topics.

16,000 kids who were in years 4 – 12 were surveyed on these topics. Many kids felt stressed. For example: 1 in 3 girls said they were unhappy and 1 in 3 boys feel constantly stressed. That’s a really big number of children stressed in school. Stress, anxiety or worry can come from all sorts of different problems: it can come from family situations. Your parents could divorce, someone could fall ill, or someone close to you could pass away. You could be stressed out with your own after school activities or responsibilities. Bullying is another big part of it as well. Being continuously bullying is very stressful. You may feel scared to go to school to see that person because you don’t want to be hurt physically or emotionally.

Bullying comes in lots of different shapes and forms of bullying. About half of the children surveyed said they were bullied. This to me is very crazy, because it means that there are lots of bullies out there. It just feels like a lot of people and means that you probably know a lot of people who have been bullied, and have bullied others. Bullying can be using your words to target someone, using your actions: this can be pushing them, hitting them, kicking them, touching them where they don’t want to be touch on purpose. Bullying can also be on social media. People can comment mean things on your social media profiles and things like that. It’s hard to understand that bullying doesn’t last forever sometimes because it’s your life, but bad bullying rarely happens out of school, if your social media is private.

A question was, what are the different punishments for bullying around the world? In some schools you can get expelled. Another question was, what do schools do to help  kids who have bad anxiety and stress?

 

 

 

100 WC – A carousel with no horses

The fair smelt of cotton candy and every food you could think of deep fried.  The rides looked old and broken, which is why Dina didn’t want her child anywhere near them. Dina picked up Hailey and tried to walk away from the fair. Unfortunately for her, Hailey saw something. The carousel looked haunted. All the colour was drained from it. It looked broken and destroyed, especially because there were no horses. Hailey cried and cried, staring at the awful machine which was being run by a man with more tattoos than skin on his body. A carousel with no horses? Dina held Hailey tight and walked away from the fair.

The picture isn’t really like the story, but I wanted it to be different than everyone elses, and I thought it was close enough. Maybe, if I had more room to expand, I could of had it to do with the picture. For now, you can assume this is the child’s imagination.

Sturt’s Desert Pea Research Project

Sturt’s desert pea research project

This unit, our integrated topic was on animal adaptations specifically in the desert. For this we were all assigned a partner and an animal or plant in the desert. Me and my partner Estella were given the Sturt’s Desert Pea. The Sturt’s desert Pea in our opinion was kind of hard. There wasn’t that much about it online, and to find adaptations we had to look a little deeper than just finding a list online on it’s features. We had to find it’s adaptations with context clues in text, but luckily we ended up finding a few.

We had a rubric for our projects on the different featured we had to include. A couple things were quite hard for us and some things we thought we did well. Our model, in my opinion wasn’t that amazing. We used modelling clay to make it, but it was small and didn’t have many labels. The display for it (it’s environment) was paper. Blue for the sky, and yellow for the sand. A lot more effort would of benefited our model, but unfortunately soft modelling clay that doesn’t dry isn’t the best material for a model.

Three facts I found interesting:

  • The Sturt’s desert Pea has a long tap root. This helps the plant reach water deep into the soil. This Bis one of the key adaptations for the Sturt’s Desert Pea. All living things need water to survive especially in the desert.
  • The plant also has a hard seed coat. To protect animals from eating the seeds, and also to store water in the dry, arid desert until the next rainfall.
  • They have downy hairs on their stems to protect them from wind, frost, rain, the sun, being eaten by animals, and to keep moist.

Understandings: 

  • Because the Sturt’s Desert Pea is a plant, it needs special structural features to help it get water, because it’s not an animal and it can’t go walking around finding it’s own water.
  • The Sturt’s Desert Pea has helped me understand why plants have hairs on their stems. For lots of different reasons.

Questions:

  • We didn’t find any answers on this online so, do the black bosses do anything? We are pretty sure they don’t. At first the black boss seemed like the seeds or maybe even the fruit, but all the information online didn’t say anything about them.

The most important thing I’ve learnt from this project:

I have learnt from this project that when you are working in groups or partners, you should try your best to keep the amount of work even and balanced. At times it seemed like I was doing all the work, and sometimes even my partner Estella.

How I learned it:

On the day of the experiment, I realised how important it is to do balanced amount of work. I had the whole experiment to do, plus the data, observations, conclusion, reflection, and graphs. Even though Estella wasn’t actually there on the day, I now know for myself, and my partner in the future in high school and primary school.

What I will do with what I have learnt:

I can now, in the future when a teacher assigns a group project, get a better idea of how to balance the work we both need to do.

Goals for the next time I work in a group:

To check in with the progress that the other person is doing. This way I can get a better idea of how much more we have to do, how much we have done, and how long it’s going to take us to do the rest or the work. This is important so that you can understand what help your partner might need to complete the project, or if they can help you our as well.

Conclusion:

I have learnt a lot from this integrated topic. Not just about adaptations and the Sturt’s Desert Pea. I have also learnt important things such as, certain things you need to make a project better (by looking on the rubric.) I also found the topic really interesting and fun. Overall this term was a really effective in me and I think everyone else’s learning.

BTN – WanaCry

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Understandings or Insights

This BTN was about a very interesting topic. A virus that has recently blown up called WanaCry. Here are some facts, understandings, questions I got from this video.

WanaCry is a virus that has taken over more then 300,000 computers! No one knows exactly where it came from but some think it may have started with a secret government department called the National Security Agency. Apparently they go through technology software, searching for mistakes, that could be used to spy on people.

One of their mistakes was leaked online, and someone or some people decided to create a virus on it. It would pop up on the computer and threaten to delete all your viruses if you didn’t pay 400$ (Which it did) Viruses can be spread or infect your computer in many different ways. They can be downloads of the internet. Maybe a mod for a game or something like that, that you need to download. They can be from dodgy emails. These emails may be chain emails and by sending them you can infect someone else. It may also have a link you bring up that infects your computer. Finally, viruses can be spread on a network. If one person has a virus, they can spread through the whole network.

Two questions were who most likely did this? It’s a big deal and it would be great to identify the kind of people who do it. Also what other places did it effect? I heard about the hospitals but whatever important places did it effect.

An insight was it’s scary that these things can happen so quickly and they are so dangerous. It’s scary to think how vulnerable we can be online and on our computers.

Sturt’s Desert Pea adaptation predictions.

For our adaptations research project we’ve all been given a plant or animal to research that’s habitat is a desert. We also need to think about it’s adaptations. We are allowed to research them but first we need predictions, so we can reflect on them.

Here are my adaptation predictions for the Sturt’s Desert Pea:

If you didn’t know, Sturt’s desert pea is a red flower with black balls or peas inside of it. One of my predictions is that when the Sturt’s desert pea is dying, it will drop it’s peas that will act like seeds. They could be carried by things like sticking to animals or by the wind but they could also just stay where the flower died. This way it stays in a place with vegetation and grow, as opposed to being carried to some sandy spot in the desert where they could be buried or eaten by animals.

I also have a prediction that the layer covering the black pea may protect it from being eaten by animals? I’m not sure how this could work but I think the cover might it protect it in some way. The pea might be a very important necessary for it to survive.

Maybe the cover keeps it moist and keeps and stores the water inside of it. This is related to my previous prediction but more about keeping it hydrated and less about keeping itself safe.

100 WC – Art project

Max stared at his sculpture proudly. Fragile newspaper and glue made hands holding up a hamburger, barely helping it stand up. The art teacher raised an eyebrow.

“Did you make this Max?”

“Yes!” He replied a little too quickly.

The art teacher gently touched the sculpture. Within a matter of seconds it came crashing down, off the table. The newspaper and glue flopped onto the floor, leaving a gooey mess. The hamburger on the other hand smashed into a million pieces

From the pile of smashed clay, the teacher spotted something. A price tag on one of the pieces of the hamburger.

 

My goal this 100 WC was too use 3rd person.

 

Graphs – GPD per capita 2010

This graph shows the GPD in each county in 2010. The data shows that Korea earned the least, and the USA earned the most. I also concluded that these countries are very wealthy and earned a lot.

This is the right type of graph for this data because it suits large amounts, and it’s also very easy to see clearly who earns more and who earns the least.

Here is the data I made the graph from:

BTN – Pluto

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Insigts

 

This BTN was about Pluto, and why a group of scientists want it to become a planet again.

Pluto was discovered in 1930. Back then when they first discovered it, it was a planet. In 2006 Pluto was classified a dwarf planet. Basically, a dwarf planet is celestial body, that is too small to be classified as a planet.

Pluto is actually smaller than our moon and a couple other ones. It’s about 1/6th the size of Earth in diameter, making it 2,302 kilometres long. About 151 Pluto can fit inside of earth.

Some scientists want to call Pluto a planet again. Along with a lot of other celestial bodies. In fact these scientists want there to be 109 planets. They say the definition of a planet should be about it’s features and what you can find on the surface, stuff like that. That would make Pluto and our own Moon a planet!

Two questions were, does that mean we would have more planets in our Solar System or just more planets near us? Also if the moon became a planet, would we still call it our moon.

I think that their new definition of a planet makes more sense. I’m not completely sure yet, but I think it makes sense to have it be about the features of the planet. 

100 WC – WIDE, ORANGE, CROCODILE, WITHIN, COLLAPSED

I collapse on the ground exhausted. Regret spreads within me. Why did I think I could run in this race without giving up? I stare at the orange track, as I get up and walk away, avoiding my family who are probably watching me with wide angry eyes.  My Mother will be shaking her head disappointed. My Dad might be shaking his fist, and my little brother Toby could be playing with his stuffed crocodile, oblivious to my defeat. I keep walking, staring at the long track. People run past me with their arms up. They’ve finished all their laps. I still have two more to go.

BTN- Blood Donations

Facts that I got from the BTN

Facts I got from researching or prior knowledge

Insights

Questions

This was about blood donating and how it is really important to some people’s lives. Here is what I got from this video:

One fact that I found very interesting was that, one in three Australians will need donated blood at some point in their lives. This fact shows how important it is to donate blood if you are fit to do it, and old enough to do it. Many people obviously need the help, and from this BTN it seems very easy and worth it. You can only donate blood if your healthy and over the age of sixteen. This is so you don’t give anyone else anything bad. If you were sick and donated blood, you could pass something on which would be bad for that person’s health.

Blood can be used for many different medical conditions. It can go to people with Cancer and other diseases where the blood isn’t healthy. It actually can be used for 22 different causes which is amazing when you think about it. The human body has 5 litres of blood and you can use 1 litre to save 3 people’s lives. 

Another thing you can do other than just donating blood is donating plasma. When you donate plasma, they originally take the blood. After they’ve done that, they put it in a spinning machine and separate the blood from the plasma that comes with it. Once they separate it, they take the blood and put it back in your body. They take the plasma and use it to help someone who’s blood isn’t the way is should be or unhealthy. Plasma is more of a yellowish colour. 

In America, you can get payed to donate blood. The reason they don’t do this in Australia is so that they can avoid safety hazards. For example, most people donating blood will be doing it because they need the money. These people may be desperate for money, and people that are like this may be unhealthy. They can lie on the questionnaire, that ask questions that are very important to answer no to, just so that they can get the money. 

An insight was that donating blood is important. If you can, it’s a great thing to do because it helps someone in need. According to my Mum, the needle doesn’t hurt, the blood is easy to donate, and at the end you can get a cookie or something. In the end the actual reward isn’t just the cookie, it’s being able to help someone who is in need of blood.

What does plasma actually help? I know it’s to help unhealthy blood because it’s part of the blood, but I’d really like to know what it actually helps. Another question was what other causes can donated blood help, and what is wrong with the blood cells when you need to donate?

So in conclusion blood is easy to donate, it doesn’t hurt, and you get a free cookie! Every Australian should try to donate blood so that they can help someone in need.