August 5

BTN-Haiti & Chile Earthquake-Comparison

In this BTN article it explained earthquakes, and especially, the Haiti and Chile earthquake, these both happened in 2 months of each other, but they had a lot of similarities and differences but I am going to compare them.

In 2 months span of each other 2 earthquakes had occurred, the Haiti and the Chile earthquake. They both had very different magnitudes, with the Chile Earthquake having a magnitude of 8.8 (this caused the earth’s rotation to change a bit, and caused a tsunami over the whole pacific), and the Haiti earthquake having a 7 magnitude quake. Magnitude is determined on the Richter scale, so every time the magnitude goes up by 1 the force generated goes up 30X. I will be comparing the Haiti and Chile earthquake from each other in many different ways. Firstly the Chile earthquake had a much higher magnitude which should have cause a lot more damage and deaths, although this only killed 500 people, and the Haiti earthquake having a lower magnitude should’ve killed less people, right?! But instead this earthquake killed over 250,000 people in total, which is 500X more deadly than the Chile Earthquake. So you might be asking yourself why this may have happened but what it all comes down to is the money that the country has, pretty simple. Haiti is a tiny island and isn’t as wealthy as Chile so it doesn’t have as many supplies to reinforce their building so they are built bad and made out of weak materials, naturally causing more deaths. But in Chile, they have more money, so they can pay more money for reinforcement, but another factor also lies, Chile is situated near the ring of fire, a pace prone to earthquakes, no naturally they would be spending more money on earthquakes than other natural disasters, so they would spend more money on it. Now with my opinion, I believe the earthquake that was worse is definitely the Haiti earthquake. Even though it caused less destruction, it kills far more people, and they are the most important thing. People/life is worth more than anything else and shouldn’t be compared to money and building, even though the Chile earthquake had more destruction and economic loss, the Haiti earthquake was far worse due to the lives lost.

August 4

Principal Day Poem

Principal Day Poem

We know she can pay the tax

But we don’t know if she can play the sax

We don’t know what she plays

But we all know that it’s OK

She may have a case of dismay

But she doesn’t let that get in her way

No matter what she may say

She comes back every day

Even though this is only halfway

But what do we always say?

Rebecca’s coming back today!



July 21

100 Word Challenge Week #1

Sunshine, Ice, Frightened, Purple, Flew

I was standing on the edge of the ice glacier with my friend, waiting for the sun to rise over the other glaciers of ice. I was very frightened that I was going to fall off the edge into the icy water and probably with my luck I will hit the only piece of ice in the whole ocean for all I know. A purple bird flew in the way of the inevitable sunrise, and behind it revealed the sunshine. Underneath our feet the ice was beginning to melt a tiny bit for this surprisingly hot day, we bot slipped and started falling down below.

July 21

BTN Seed Bank-Persuasive

I believe this is a very good use of money because it will prepare us for what happens next because we NEVER know what’s going to happen, NEVER. So I think it is always a great idea to have those extra backups and it’s not doing us any harm is it? And as it said we may use this in the case of natural disasters, global warming, war, pollution, etc. and this happens very often. So think about it for a minute, a worldwide nuclear outbreak happens, every country is getting bombed, Suddenly there Is no plant life remaining and your just left with dead radiated animals, but have no fear because the seed bank is here and you can start making crops and rebuilding a society, of course this is unlikely to happen, but ANYTHING can happen! And it can’t cost that much of the world wides approximately 80 Trillion dollars, can it?

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!

July 17

BTN Voting

I believe that liberals should have won the election for one reason and one reason only, because they are focusing on STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). I believe this is a great idea because it helps our world excel and in the end if you are an author or you do sports in the end that is not going to have a big effect on anything and with STEM it could solve many of the world’s problems that we are having (Natural Disaster, Global Warming, Overpopulation, etc.) Also what keeps our world going is money and jobs, and this is what the liberals is aiming for, because in the end, nothing else will matter.

June 24

Science Lab Report Reflection


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.