100 WC – Cushion, Scarlet, Annoying, Watered, Violin

Riley sat down on one of Mrs Smith’s strange patterned scarlet cushions. The girl looked around. A violin case near the front door. A purple potted plant sat on the table seperating them. Suddenly Mrs Smith’s annoying voice boomed so loud it felt as if it was right in Riley’s ear.

“Thanks for stopping by to drop of these cookies Riley.”

Riley faked a smile and quickly looked out the window to see if Riley’s Father was coming to pick her up. Instead she saw him across the road watering his garden.

Riley couldn’t take it anymore.

“Can I go?”

100 WC – Everyday vampire

“What are you a vampire?” Teased Andy. I knew I made a mistake, inviting him to my house. All he was going to do was touture me like usual.

The room was pitch black, like I loved it. Sunlight burned my pale skin even through windows. Andy placed his hand on the string to pull up the curtains. He grinned.

“Wait!” I screamed. The flash of ligh, as he pulled the string, made me fall, hitting my head on the table. Tears started to pour down my face as the pain started to register.

Andy squealed and ran away, leaving my by myself to squirm on the floor in pain.

BTN – Plastic bag bin

This BTN was about single use plastic bags in shops like Coles and Woolworths. Meg has been campaigning to get rid of these plastic bags for five years now, from writing to politics to setting up a petition to get rid of them for good in all of Australia.

The first fact was that plastic bags take 1000 years to decompose or breakdown and most of these plastic bags end up in the ocean. This means that these bags have been floating around in our ocean for years and will still be. Over 5 trillion pieces of plastic end up in our ocean. If that isn’t crazy enough, 80% of those pieces of trash are plastic bags.

Turtles actually think that these plastic bags are jelly fish. Floating in the water, it’s pretty understandable that these creatures would think they are actually edible, but the point is, that they end up trying to eat the plastic and end up choking and dying.

Coles and Woolworths are getting rid of their plastic bags all together, which means that customers will have to bring reusable bags to put their groceries in. This is really good to hear, because first of all, it’s less rubbish to go in the ocean, and second off all it might inspire other stores to ditch the plastic bags too.

An insight is that, if people spread the word of plastic bags, more people will try to make an effort to stop using them and buy resusable ones. Because of this, you need to try your best and tell people you know about it. It may not seem like a lot, just telling some people, but the cool thing is that they might tell other people too who will tell other people.

A question was, what is the rest of the world doing about plastic bags? Another one was, how long do experts think it might take for all plastic bags in Australia to be gone?

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.

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- 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.

100 WC – My food

I open my lunchbox, licking my lips. It smells delicious. I look inside to see my favourite foods, steaming rice and daal with naan. I don’t hesitate to dig in, but I’m interrupted by a girl across from me.

“Ew!” She spits at me. “What is that?”

I look at the ground, embarrassed. She has a lunchbox full of pizza and tiny teddies.

“My lunch,” I respond timidly.

She snorts. “I just couldn’t eat something so – so” She looks lost for words.

“Different?” I ask.

“I guess,” she says, shrugging, and pops a tiny teddy in her mouth.

 

My goal for this 100 WC was to do something with a character that less of us can relate to at our school. Our school has mainly kids who eat the same stuff as each other, but we may have a few who don’t. Some kids come from other countries (Like India the one I chose for this piece) For them it’s different. They don’t always have the same food we do.  I wanted to have a character who is of a different race.

(Sorry if I spelt any of the foods wrong or it didn’t make sense)

BTN – North Korea.

This BTN was about North Korea and their recent treats to bomb the U.S and Australia. It talked about the reasons why we don’t need to worry too much and why we will be okay.

The first fact was that North Korea has been threatening other countries for years, but has never actually ended up bombing or doing anything. They have also started releasing YouTube videos about bombing the U.S excepted they have never actually ended up doing anything like that.

North Korea also loves to brag about their weapons and how powerful they are, when most of it isn’t true. They claim to have things that don’t even exist yet and show off weapons in parades that experts say are fake.

North Korea has ten estimated nuclear weapons.This may seem like a lot, but in reality if they were to start a nuclear war, they might not have the best time, trying to beat the U.S (who are allies of Australia) who have around 7000 war heads.

Two questions were, what is Donald Trump planning to do about this and what is he saying about it?

An insight was that I wish the world was more peaceful. I know this is common and not very original, but it would make life so much easier for everyone.

100 WC – Ant

My goal for this 100 WC was to write in realistic fiction. I write a lot of fantasy and I wanted to try something new.

Half way through our picnic I saw an ant. To me this was nothing, maybe even a little annoying, but to my daughter this was amazing. Like the curious kid she was she followed the ant. After a while I decided to follow her, because I didn’t wan’t her getting lost. So I found her and there she was. I crouched down and watched the ant with her for a while. This annoying little guy that was stealing food at our picnic was pushing water. Pushing a tiny drop of water that would be a boulder to him. It was a little thing but to me it was amazing.

100 WC – Caught in the act

She’s metres away from us. She’s chasing us as we run through the castle. She’s laughing, like we have no chance, but we can’t give up. Not now. My legs ache, but fear has taken over and I don’t – I won’t stop running.

Finally. That magic cracked stone wall is ahead of us. I turn to the stranger. He turns to me. We’ve done it. We are going to make it out alive. I can almost grasp back on to my life. Get it back. Live life again. We run threw the wall, but it’s too late. She’s frozen us.

 

My goal for this 100 WC was to use interesting sentence fluency.  I tried writing lots of small sentences in a row. I’d like to use this technique in future writing.