November 14

Goals for last term and High School

My Goals

I would like to learn about ratios and scales, how to find out the area of a curved shape and  how to convert between percentage, decimals and fractions. And also some strategies used in narrative writing, and also how to do division with decimals. A way I can achieve these goals is participating with the class, trying my best and always being enthusiastic. Another goal I could aim for is shortening down my notes so I can write faster, because I will need this in high school and university.

Comments

With these goals, I believe I am going well and already have achieved some goals. I have learnt more about ratios and scales because since I am starting to understand math more I understand ratios more. Sadly we haven’t found the area of curved shape because that’s pretty high math and I’m in year 6. And I have found out how to convert between all fraction types. And I am on the way with my narrative because of I am told my narrative is going well so far, but we have not done decimal division.

Future Goals

Next year I am in high school so my goals will be about high school, so I would like to be always open to new learning opportunities, and will be ready for the new advanced subjects. I will also be open minded about the new subjects that they offer, like woodwork, biology, business, etc. that primary school has not offered us. I also know high school is much harder on homework, so I will be more organised and plan my homework so I get it done, I will also have to make new friends in the yard.

November 9

Space Reflection #4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLuq3CKqky8&feature=youtu.be

This article was about how a company named spacex is willing to try and send people to mars and start a colonisation there.

The company spacex wants to send 100 people on a spaceship to mars using one main rocket and 3 gas refuelling rockets, but while doing this they say it will take 80 days to get to mars which is an incredibly fast time and it will have a very low cost per rocket not even breaking the $200,000 mark, which is a very low price. They man running the lecture was talking about how to get there how to start a colony and getting everyone there in the first place , but he forgot to mention health, food, water and oxygen; Which you cannot find that much of on mars. When he was talking about the fuel he said he will be using methane gas, on Wikipedia they said this is a very popular fuel and I knew that our farts contain a bit of methane, so it is some sort of natural gas from plants and food, etc. He is also using this gas because for the return journey he says that the people on mars can harvest methane gas from mars itself and use that as a fuel, but from what will he harvest this from? As you can see spacex is a high end company and is dealing with some pretty high tech stuff, but I wonder if this is a government supported company and if they are legally allowed to send these people to space and most likely die if this becomes a reality?

October 28

Space Reflection #3

http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3693796.htm

This article was about how 3 years ago a meteor nearly hit Russia.

In 2013 a meteor nearly hit Russia, It was big and got far into the earth’s atmosphere, but the force was apparently 20X bigger than an atomic bomb, which is an unbelievable force because it didn’t even hit the ground and it got that much power from just falling, imagine if it actually hit the ground generating more force and making a MASSIVE explosion. Although it did not hit the earth’s crust  due to that it burned up before it could make contact with the ground. But what is the difference between meteors, meteorites, comets, etc. A comet is a chunk of ice and dust from the farther parts of the solar system; this is probably because it was very cold, but if comets are made of ice, where did the water come from? But although for some reason we call the hunks of metal that actually come in contact with our planet meteorites, instead of meteors; the one that don’t come in contact with out planet.

October 20

Space Reflection #2

This article was about mixed facts about the solar system and its planets.

The solar system is a series of objects that orbit the sun due to the means of gravity. The way that they suppose earth will end is when the sun burns out of energy, swelling up. This can either engulf earth entirely or just nearly completely melt the crust. That it will shrink down into a white dwarf and all the planets will depart from the suns orbit drifting away. Although on the internet I heard that it will swell up into a red giant star and the explode causing a supernova, or collapse on itself creating a black hole. Another interesting fact is that the sun makes up approximately 99.87% of the solar systems mass. This is a gigantic amount. And the earth doesn’t even take up all that much. It’s more of a tiny speck, with Jupiter taking up most of the remaining mass. If earth was created before the sun was created, what happened to the earth before it came part of the solar system and it started to orbit the sun?

October 13

Space Reflection #1

This Article, that can be found on my teachers ‘blog; antsclass. Is about how 3 different ancient civilisations discovered different things about astronomy.
There were 3 different civilisations that found out a few things about astronomy, Babylon, Maya and the Greeks. Babylon had discovered how to make such things as calendars and such, but I would also believe they created the system of how time works. An astrologer by the name of tamely that was born in Egypt while under the rule of the romans, discovered a system called the `Ptolemaic system`, which suggested that the earth was in the centre of the solar system which many believed, but now it is deemed false. Although he got a lot of his knowledge from a man called hiparcus. A question that I have and am sure a lot of other people have is how did they figure all this out in the ancient times, even if it was incorrect?

October 3

Goals I have Achieved and Where to Next

I have not learnt about ratios and scales and also how to find out the area of a curved shape due to the fact that I haven’t been taught them during class time. But what I did learn was how to convert from fractions, decimals and percentage when I was learning in class and also revision from last year. I didn’t learn about sound and the human body but on the up side we did learn about natural disasters another area of science and we learnt that through our integrated studies unit through making an information text. We didn’t have a topic on history so we didn’t learn about history nor did we work all that much on narratives for unknown reasons.

Due to the fact that our topic this term is about space, something I would like to improve on in the future is; a lot of random facts about space, because I don’t know all that much about space at the moment, I can’t really say what I would like to learn about, I would like to learn about anything really. I would also like to revise bidmas and do some pretty tricky equations. I also find shapes and angles would be very interesting so I would like to learn about that, and finally I would like to learn to make a map which I think my teacher said we were doing.

July 18

Natural Disaster Summary

A Natural Disaster is an unexpected case of extreme devastation affecting our environment and lives negatively or another definition is that Natural Disasters is any catastrophic event cause by nature or the natural processes of earth. This can have a massive toll on how we live,  this can be life-threatening and can destroy communities and cities. Natural disasters can come from land, water & the sky, this makes natural disasters different from what weather is since that natural disasters can come from the land & water. Natural disasters can be so devastating that no one is safe from one and can ruin lives. ALTHOUGH these catastrophic events are not classified as a Natural Disaster if these occur in unpopulated areas of the world because it won’t be classified as a disaster due to it not really affecting anything valuable.

Some examples of a natural disaster is a Tsunami, a tsunami is a gigantic wave created by earthquakes, landslides, meteorites, etc. the highest one that WAS a natural disaster was 100ft high. This is natural disaster because not only does it kill many people and the most lethal killing 230,000 people but they tear down buildings drift cars away ruining basically everything and causing a flood afterwards, sounds like a natural disaster to me!

Another example is Earthquakes, Earthquakes are measured in magnitudes the highest being 9.5 in Chile. Earthquakes occur by the plates of earth in the ground cracking causing the ground to shake this can tear down building and rip giant tears in the ground, definitely a natural disaster.

There are also hurricanes, hurricanes is a spinning storm that occur in places that are near water that are made up of clouds with high speed winds and rain. The fastest a hurricane has ever travelled was 300kmh. These can pull don’t building make trees fall loss of cars and property and tearing of part of buildings, this is a natural disaster.

July 18

Goals For Term 3

Unit Goals: Extreme Weather

 

 

As a result of this unit, I will

 

Unit Learning Goal 1: Science

 

I will understand that sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth’s surface: in the context of Tsunamis & Cyclones/Hurricanes.

Unit Learning Goal 2: Science

 

I will pose questions to clarify practical problems or inform a scientific investigation, with guidance, on tsunami’s & Hurricanes/ Cyclones.

 

Unit Learning Goal 3: Science

 

I will compare data with predictions and use evidence in developing explanations on my research of tsunami’s & cyclones/hurricanes.

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.

 

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 . . .

 

I will attempt to present my work better to an audience making it interesting and engaging while I still have all of the research and the facts. I will also try not to procrastinate and leave everything to the last minute!

June 24

Science Lab Report Reflection

Introduction

For year 6 standards the goals that I have chosen include; exploring reversible (Freezing, Melting etc.) and irreversible changes (Burning, Rusting etc.) And also how when doing science altogether you have to use predictions and gather data and using that evidence to make explanations of events. And for year 5 & 6 standards I chose; to plan appropriate investigation methods to solve problems and answer questions. And also describe which variable should be changed in fair tests and accurately observe, measure and record data, using digital technology when appropriate. This term I have learnt about the 5 states of matter because I didn’t know about the state of plasma and Bose Einstein Condensate, which was very interesting. I also learnt about how the particles move in the 5 states of matter and the properties of other materials within the 5 states of matter. A molecule consists of a nucleus consisting of protons and neutrons and electrons travelling around it, and also consisting of elements of the periodic table to make certain elements. How properties influence us how we use certain things in certain ways. I also learnt that D=M/V which is very useful when working out scientific explanations. We also investigated melting and we conducted an experiment with variables to test this, we put cloth around frozen milk and hoped it would melt faster but cloth insulates the head coming from our body, but the frozen milk doesn’t have heat so it insulated the cold. Then we did a lesson on Deposition & Sublimation where I learnt about what deposition & Sublimation is and we found some examples of this and that sublimation is solid to gas and deposition is gas to solid. Then we learnt how Bicarbonate & Vinegar mix and this is the chemical equation; NaHCO3+HC2H3O2àNaC2H3O2+H2O+CO2 which are SodiumHydrogenCarbonDioxide3+HydrogenCarbon2Hydrogen3Oxygen2àSodiumCarbon2Hydrogen3Oxygen2+Hydrogen2Oxygen+CarbonDioxide, but what actually happens there is a whole other story and I got proof I understand it in my Goal Reflection. We also learnt about Rust so we soaked steel wool cloth in vinegar to act as a catalyst the rusting, rust occurs when steel is with oxygen and sodium speeds up this process, the stuff in vinegar, The chemical equation is Fe+O2àFeO2 which is Iron + OxygenàFerrous Oxide Rust. Then at Mt. Alexander College we did plenty of experiments that are documented in my book which would make this introduction unnecessarily longer. Then I learnt A LOT more from the other presentation from other kids and my presentations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What I Achieved

During this term I have achieved have achieved a basic understanding of states of matter and how they work, throughout this unit I have learnt a lot and I understood it all. I have learnt about reversible and irreversible changes and this linking into physical and chemical changes. And I already knew that hypothesis, observations and evidence play a big part in your explanation but with this experiment I polished that off. I did use appropriate methods to solve problems and answering questions by simply conducting and experiment. We have tried to use different appropriate variables by trying to come up with 3 very different materials and this is an accomplishment, and I accurately observed data and measured it, but using digital technology I couldn’t really do because of our experiment wasn’t linked into graphs so it made it hard to use digital technology.  How I learnt about states of matter, reversible irreversible changes, physical and chemical changes, and all the extra fun stuff in between was with the lessons with Antony and the Mt. Alexander College Excursion.  Although how I learnt observations and hypothesis help with explanations, appropriate methods to solve problems, good variables and careful observations was from our research how and when we conducted our experiment and when we conducted our experiment. Although how I achieved the point in the rubric:Scientific Lab Report Rubric and it all happened in there:Scientific Lab Report but to recap we think we accomplished above expectations for planning and experiment and expected for the presentation.

Ways I Can Improve

Possible ways that I can improve from in this particular experiment is maybe make the presentation better because we had all the facts we just couldn’t share them with the classmates in an orderly fashion, and it was kind of boring and would’ve made the audience disengaged to fix this we could try to grab the audience’s attention with visuals. I could also research a bit more on the top and have more curiosity, like to explain more because something that happened in our experiment happened was the honey cube weighed more than the paint cube even though the paint sunk faster than the honey and this shows I could’ve found out a reason for this. But I thought of facts were good and the lab report was perfect.

What I Learnt About Science

I learnt that in science scientists have to make sure they are precise with all their measurements and their observations,  to make sure everything is correct and not flawed so they get a fair experiment and showing what actually happens. If they make a mistake then they have to do it all again and they have to make sure everything’s fair. So they get the exact result, basically they have to be EXACT & PRECISE.

 

 

What I Learnt About the Way That I Work

I learnt that the way that I work is that I work a lot on research and preparation but not all that much on presentation, which makes it hard to present. I also like to have a lot of research in my lab report and if there are any weird things that happen I am always curious and try to find out why. I can also drift off and sit there for a few minutes and not think about the task and maybe do something else and I don’t know why?

Goals in My Report

This really helped me achieve my goals in my report because mostly it was a science based goals and I am looking forward to the next 2 terms because they are all science based and I LOVE science and it’s my favourite subject apart from maths.

 

 

 

 

 

June 15

Prepared Speech Reflection

When preparing this speech I had no real difficulties, I already knew quite a bit about this topic from last year and I got opinion from other people. This speech was a matter of a lot of research and I coped with that very well I believe. Although a difficulty I did face was including all my important information and being able to fit it in to the time limit, and I am the sort of person that wants to go BIG, so naturally I tried to fit all of it. Also wording everything in an elegant matter and trying to make everyone understand the science was hard as well.

I think the strong points of my prepared speech was that I had a lot of research in it and that did the purpose of what a prepared speech is, to educate, and I think I did that very well, but this ended up with making more difficulties as well. I also I think I got fairly close to my time limit I got 2:40 and if I was aiming or 3:00 (which I was told I could do) or 2:00 (which was the average time limit). I had an average/adequate eye contact and my structure was good and my introduction was good although could’ve explained the science better and my conclusion clearly summarised all my points.

Although some things I can do to improve next time is that I can talk a lot a bit slower (I talked fast because of the length of the speech and the research), I could incorporate more public speaking strategies like transcendence, alliteration, etc. And I could also be a bit more enthusiastic and gripping to the audience. Like 100% I was enthusiastic about the topic but I can’t express that. And what I mean by gripping the audience is getting their attention so they listen and learn every single bit. And also something that may have happened is that I had TOO much research and not enough of what we’re trying to practise, public speaking, (Information was the majority and public speaking was the MinorityàInformation>Public Speaking). And I could’ve practised a bit more even though I thought it was fairly good it could’ve been better and I could’ve definitely of done that. And something else that was suggested to me was making props and graphs/tables which would’ve been good for my speech but I never thought of it and I can definitely do it next time.

5 Things that I thought I had done well was my research because it was most of my speech and I went very in depth into the facts and explained them, and there were a lot of facts that people may’ve had trouble getting their head around. I think I had practised fairly well, being able to speak the speech clearly but obviously it had to go fast as I explained before. I think my eye contact was adequate but not the best but I looked at everyone not just Antony and I did it often but I think that little bit more practise would’ve made it much better. I think I got fairly to very close to the time limit and this is always a good sign to a well-balanced, practised and structured speech. And finally my introduction & Conclusion was ace.

3 Things that you should avoid in public speaking is move from side to side from one foot to the other because this shows you’re nervous or unsure of something which will make people think of the speech a different way, but if you stand still people will think you’re confident ready to go and won’t even know if you are having difficulties or not. You should avoid having big cue cards that are hard to handle and you shouldn’t have them saying your whole speech but just a brief summary of each paragraph. And leave the cue cards down not right up in your face. Personally what I hate when someone makes a speech is when people pause, to look at the cue cards, put up a prop or they just forgot something because this affects it hugely, like if you’re stuck on a word but then you repeat the sentence or something, this just gets the audience even more confused about what’s going on in the speech.

The next time I present something I will try to evenly balance my speech form public speaking and Information because this speech was unbalanced and had much more information that the actual strategies of public speaking. I will also try to practise the speech more beforehand so I don’t have to look down a lot and it will make my speaking more fluent and ongoing. Lastly I would like to make better cue cards, make them a good reasonable size make them about of cardboard paper and hand-written and also I won’t put my whole speech on them, just a summary of each paragraph and practise will help hugely with that.