August 23

BTN Starting your own business

http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4122695.htm

This BTN is how a 14 year old girl made her own successful business.

When Samara was 11 she started a business with her friend the goal was to raise money for the children’s hospital foundations Australia. So she started to make fairy houses. Overall she got $400 for the charity. She decided to continue with her business by making workshops for them and hosting kids’ parties. Her tips are to have a unique idea to market (advertise in a way) and profit and loss which is when you minus the materials from the items that are sold and see if you profited. When she was 14 she got over $2000.

Over a couple of days she got $400 but over 3 years she only got $2000 but she got the $400 when she was doing charity so it seems like people are willing to buy your product if you are fundraising for charity. Only Samara was explaining about the business and not her friend did she drop out it seems so. The only question I have is that if someone were to copy her would it still count or not because she doesn’t seem popular.

August 19

100 Word Challenge Week #41

“If you’re in trouble, or hurt or need – go to the poor people. They’re the only ones that’ll help – the only ones.”

What I think this means is that some people don’t bother helping people because they got… things to do(sarcasm). While poor people don’t mind helping out and have nothing better to do and maybe even get a tip while they are there. Also rich people may not care even if they are in need they just think they are better and they want to prove that. This is a weird one but hygiene problems, people may think everyone but themselves are dirty and just don’t want to touch them but poor people are already dirty and don’t care id they do get dirty

August 17

BTN Greece In Trouble

http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4274293.htm

Greek has been in trouble for the past few weeks/months because they have been burrowing money from other countries and they are now in debt.

Over the weeks Greece burrowed some money from other European countries and now are in debt but to pay all this money back Austerity happens this is when countries need to pay money back so they lessen the jobs, they give less pay, make more taxes and make everything more expensive this is bad because then the youth can’t get jobs and help themselves. Even decent families wealth-wise can’t buy wants and maybe even needs. Because of this protests are breaking out for Greece to give back the money and also people are trying out violence to fix this. My question is that how much money did Greece burrow?

August 16

100 Word Challenge Week #40

A Million Dollars

It all started when I and my friends just made some stupid comedic videos but it turned out it was much more than that all because of YOUTUBE! We just started posting and posting videos. And people actually liked it so… now we are very popular and we can’t stop posting them because the viewers want more and that’s good and bad at the same time. Because you post videos for your life but you earn a LOT of money. But this went too far and we got 1 million dollars to share by 4? We spent it on things we don’t need and now we’re broke and homeless.

August 6

BTN GST

http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4117206.htm

Right now the government is planning on raising the GST; I will be talking about that to you now. The GST is goods and services tax, so when you by an item or hire a plumber the government get 10% of the money but sometimes there are exceptions. Like there are some foods that don’t have GST because they are basic foods you need like bread or milk. The government agreed to this because otherwise the foods will cost more and some may not be able to afford them. But recently Tony Abbott has been trying to raise it in its percentage or cross of foods from the list. This really helps the government because the GST earns 50 BILLION dollars from its yearly! This also shows that without GST the government would probably go bankrupt. Before GST was a law people were debating for it not to happen, but the government won but now Tony Abbott is raising it and I’m guessing not many people will be happy. Tony Abbott wants to raise it but why does he want to raise it is the government having issues?

August 4

100 Word Challenge Week #39

I was with my little brother reading out a book for him but there was a page that wasn’t there before, but I read it out anyway. But it wasn’t normal it had a 5 slapped on the left hand side page and on the right it said “I wish I had known you when __________.” It was a bit weird but then some writing started to appear and said “Before the accident happened.” In my opinion this freaked me out and I was kind of going crazy but my brother was all neutral. In the bottom right hand corner it said “5.5.’05.”

August 2

Term 2 Unit Goal Reflection

Section 1

In term 2 we had done a project based on the animal/plant you have chosen our plant was the Boab Tree. I was working with Maya for the project; overall I think we had done well. What we had in our project was a type of billboard thing with all the information on it. Our project was split into 3 different parts: Adaptations, habitat and experiment. The adaptations part was the biggest with all of the Boab Trees adaptations such as it having spongy and shiny bark. The next part is the habitat: this was where the Boab Tree lived. Finally the experiment, this was where we used a model to conduct an experiment to show how one of the adaptations work.

3 Things I Found Interesting

  1. One of my favourite facts about this project was that the Boab Tree had shiny and spongy bark. What this does is that the shiny bark reflects sunlight of the tree to keep it cool and stop animals from climbing it. But the spongy bark sucks up water that stores it in the caudex, a caudex is when a trees trunk swells or thickens, but if it rains then the hand shaped leaves catch the water and guides it to their u like stems that guides that to the spongy bark that soon sucks up all the water.
  2. Adding onto the last one all the water stored in the caudex will get dirty overtime but the Boab Tree takes care of this by using the preservatives in its WOOD that keeps all of the water clean. I find this interesting because first of all there preservatives in the wood but how do they stay in the wood, can you answer that for me?
  3. The Boab nut/fruit may not seem like much but it’s a very important part of the Boabs life, because that is how it reproduces. If you didn’t already know the Boab Tree goes through dormancy, but its fruit stays on through dormancy this makes its fruit one of the on food around so when the fruit falls of all the animals want to eat it so they do. The seeds somehow don’t get digested and when the animal disposes of its waste the seeds are still whole inside of its feces this is good because it has manure and plenty of space to grow in which is also good since the Boab Tree can range up to 10-15 metres in height and a 5 metre diameter! So this how it reproduces and it’s a good way to do so because all of them are spread out.

2 Understanding I now have

  1. From finding out nearly all the Boab Trees adaptations above I linked them all and told you how they could have all worked together (I worked that out) and here it is again.  The spongy bark sucks up water that stores it in the caudex, a caudex is when a trees trunk swells or thickens, but if it rains then the hand shaped leaves catch the water and guides it to their u like stems that guides that to the spongy bark that soon sucks up all the water and to keep the water fresh it has preservatives in its wood.
  2. Also I found out that the Boab tree holds onto its nuts during dormancy to be the only food source around. Lastly the Boab Tree has flowers that open in the evening to get pollinated by: Fruit Bats, Moths, ect. I noticed that all of these animals come out at night so figured out that, that is the reason the flower opens in the evening.

 

 

2 Wonders I Still Have

  • The first wonder I have is how they boab tree keeps the preservatives in its wood and also linking to that does the Boab Tree store the water in its spongy bark when it’s not hollow (the Boab Tree can be hollow) or does it store pure water in its caudex?

Section 2

What are the most important things I have learnt?

During this term I have learnt a lot of things, but the most important things are probably how surface area affects cooling and also how surface area affects water retention. I chose these because we had to refer a lot to these lessons throughout the term because it’s obviously a big thing for survival in the desert since that you need to keep cool and preserve water also I have learnt a lot of new words and heaps of adaptation of animals/plants.

How did I learn it?

I learnt all of the things throughout: lessons, research, class, friends, presentations and excursions/incursions. With the lessons the structure we use is GANAG.

G-goal

A-Accessing Prior Knowledge

N-New Information

A-Application

G-Goal Reflection

Also we had to present our work at the end of the term and that’s also where I learnt a lot of information from other animals/plants.

What I’m going to do with what I’ve learnt

What I learnt this term I’m probably going to us it as general knowledge and use it if I ever decide to do science as a subject but if not I will categorize it into general knowledge and just bring it up when I need to.

Refer to unit goals

One of the unit goals (the class all had this one) was: I can identify the structural/behavioural adaptations of desert animals/plants and how they help it survive in their environment. I think I can do this well since I know a lot of desert animal adaptations and I remember the purpose for it but if I don’t I might be able to make up a pretty close reason for it. But overall I have learnt a lot this term and know a lot more than I did a term ago.

 

Summary

Throughout this reflection I have told you about the Boab Trees adaptations, how much I have learn, how I learnt it, the most important things I have learnt and what I’m going to do with what I learnt. But throughout section 1 and 2 this is what I have learnt that I told you: the adaptations of a boab tree, what I’m going to do with what I’m going to do with what I learnt, things I don’t know about and things that I found an explanation for.