Herald Sun #2

People flee as Hawaii’s erupting volcano destroys homes and sends lava, toxic gas into the air.

Link- http://www.heraldsun.com.au/kids-news/people-flee-as-hawaiis-erupting-volcano-destroys-homes/news-story/e1fdc54c016899d68ccca8fb1afad855

Summary- Pink

Recalls- Blue

Questions- Lilac

Insight- Aqua

 

This article was about a volcano from Hawaii called Kilauea. Hawaiians run for their lives as lava spreads in residents streets, distorting houses and cars and also they are freeing from  toxic gases the lava left behind. Some residents were quickly able to grab pets and other belongings when the eruption died down and others had to think about what was happening to their home, belongings and pets.

 

1. The volcano eruption was powerful and was a magnitude of 6.9

2. The lava grew up to 70 meters high into the air

3. The volcano caused a cliff to fall into the ocean water but it didn’t cause a tsunami 

4. The volcano Kilauea has been active for 35 years. It’s continuously erupting

5. Kilauea is the most active volcano out of the five on the island and is on of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world

 

1. What was the biggest explosion of the Kilauea volcano out of the 35 years?

2. How many times has Kilauea erupted?

 

1. I now understand that volcanoes can be life threatening like all natural disasters and I’ve also learnt how scary it is from someone’s point of view in the actual situation.

Herald Sun#1

Extreme weather sees residents battling a cyclone in Darwin and bushfires in NSW and Victoria

Summary- Pink

Facts- Aqua

Questions- Blue

 

This article was about how Darwin was battling a cyclone and Victoria and NSW were fighting against bushfires. At school for Integrated Studies we are learning about natural disasters such as volcanoes, cyclones, tornadoes, droughts, bushfires, earthquakes, ect. This is  a great example of how devastating and life threatening these situations can be. 

The tropical cyclone that hit Darwin caused a huge clean up. Residents had to clean up broken trees, buildings,ect. I guess that you need to stay strong no matter what happens in your life and push it behind you. Stand strong and let the past be the past because you create the future. 

Bushfires are just about the same level of devastating news. Bushfires cause lives being lost. Bushfires can start off from being a small flame and expand into a life threatening fire. Have you heard of the NSW bushfire survivor Turia Pitt. She was running a marathon and got caught in a bushfire she survived but in order to keep breathing there had to be some changes. 

  

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BTN#4

Summary- Pink

Facts- Aqua

My understandings– Blue

 

Kids are often asked to write assignments. But it’s not everyday an assignment can give you a chance to go overseas. A girl called Lucinda Duxbury wrote an assignment about a soldier called Leslie Varley Duxbury who fought for Australia in World War 1. It was his first and last trip overseas before he was killed on the battle field in France. Before Leslie left he wrote a song called Come On Australians. He was 24 when he wrote this encouraging song. Leslie and thousands of other soldiers traveled by boat. This is a very inspiring story by Lucinda Duxbury.

 

Australians soldiers in World War 1 saved a french primary school.

 

What I’ve learnt from this inspiring story is why we pay our respects to all those soldiers that risked their lives for us and who fought to protect our country so we could be where we are today. LEST WE FORGET.

 

 

Desert Adaptations Goal Reflection

This term we focused on animal adaptations as our integrated topic. In the past few weeks we have been working on a project about desert plants and animal adaptations. In this project we had to include a PowerPoint, annotated diagram, model and a science experiment. The main information we had to include was adaptations on our chosen animal/plant (mine’s the spencer’s burrowing frog).

 

I think my partner and I achieved a lot in working above expectations. Some things that I felt really stood out in our presentation were:

  • PowerPoint:

Navigational features– Bibliography that includes more than 3 sources correctly set out; Headings and subheadings that assist in navigation of text; Glossary includes definitions of all tier 3 language

  • Diagram:

Diagram carefully drawn that uses labels to identify and explain key adaptations that are central to your species survival in the desert.

  • Model:

Model includes annotations to identify and explain key adaptations that are central to your species survival in the desert.

  • Experiment:

Included a reflection – Would you change or improve your experiment if you did it again? What might be another experiment that could be carried out to extend knowledge of this area?

  • Presentation:

There is a close to equal balance of presentation time for each team member.

  • Collaborative skills:

Roles allocated according to ability and strengths but maintaining balance.

 

I feel that we could improve on presenting our project a bit more confidently because my partner and I were both a bit nervous and we stumbled on some words even though we knew them but fear got in our way. I also feel like in our experiment we should made the strengths and the same the way we dig the same.

 

Over all I think we worked above expectations because I feel like we presented our PowerPoint well, we hand drew our diagram without tracing and included labels of key adaptations, in our model we explained the environment our creature lives in and made it look life-like, we came up with an experiment inspired by the spencers burrowing frog’s digging implants, we followed our script and other than being nervous I think we did really well on presenting and I feel we used a lot of collaborative skills such as checking in with each other because we both agreed to do different parts of the project on our different skills and strengths.

 

3 facts I found interesting:

  1. A frog doesn’t chew its food but swallows it whole….with its eyes shut. Its big eyes bulge out of its head but also poke down into the mouth. When the frog has food in its mouth, it pushes its eyes down several times to crush it. Then it swallows.
  2. The name amphibian comes from two Greek words: amphi (meaning double) and bios (meaning life). It refers to the way these animals live in two worlds.
  3. Scientific name: Opisthodon spenceri

 

2 understandings I now have:

  1. That spencer’s burrowing frog doesn’t like hot conditions although they live in the in the desert instead they use their digging implants to burrow underground to moist conditions.
  2. That there’s no need to be scared of my own classmates because it’s just a project and there’s no need to be scared.

 

1 wonder I still have:

  1. Why are they the colour they are?

 

The most interesting thing I learnt:

  • Was that doing something this big would on my own would be hard so I’m grateful that I have a partner to do this project with me? It was also being able to trust yourself no matter how hard the project gets.

 

How I learnt it:

  • As the project went on I realised that I would have never have done it on my own on time and trusting myself helped me get through the project a lot easier.

 

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

  • Whenever I get a topic related to this I will use my prior knowledge about animal adaptations.

 

During this project I think I achieved a lot.