BTN #9

The solar system

Link- The Solar System — our home in space-we82e3  


  1. Our solar system is divided into 2 categories, Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars are terrestrial planets. Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus are gas giants.
  2. Mars has a mountain that is 26km high and it’s more than 3 times as high as Mount Everest.
  3. Jupiter draws most of the dangerous asteroids away from earth.


  1. Why do the biggest planets have the most moons?
  2. What would happen if we didn’t have gas giants and all the planets were the same size?


  1. I now understand how the solar system works.

BTN #8

Mars Mission


Summary: Pink

Recalls: Blue

Questions: Lilac

Insight:  Aqua


This video was about how in 2012 NASA successfully landed a robot on Mars’ surface. It said that Curiosity is a robot that  with help us find samples that could help figure out if man kind could possibly live there in around about 35 to 40 years but that’s just a prediction, nothing is set in stone or written in blood.

  • It was an eight month journey from Earth to Mars. Its shield had to survive 1600 degrees as it slammed into Mars’ atmosphere. Then there was seven minuets to slow it down from 20 thousand kilometers to 0. They call it the seven minuets of terror.
  • If one thing went wrong 2.5 billion dollars and years of work could’ve been wasted.


  • Curiosity isn’t the first robot to land on Mars’ surface, but it is the biggest. It’s job is to roam around analysing rocks using a drill and even a laser. The aim is to learn more about what the red planet is made of. It’s also looking for signs of life.   


  • Mars is most like earth because it has an atmosphere and although it’s covered in dessert there are signs that there was once life there.


  • Are there other planets that have an atmosphere and are signs of water?
  • Are they still studying Mars now?


  • What I’ve learnt from this video is that not everything is as it seems. For example: A long time ago we didn’t even know that Mars’ could be a planet with human life on it.

BTN #7

Ancient study of astronomy



Summary- Pink

Recalls- Blue

Questions- Lilac

Insight- Aqua


This video talked about the ancient study of astronomy. It mention three main components of our  understanding today on the study of space. The three cultures were Babylon, Mayan and ancient Greek.  Even though there have been many discoveries over the years these are the base ones.

  • The Babylons invented one of the first calendars. It was a mathematical model that could record giant astronomical events and now you may recall them as things to record time.


  • The Mayans were interested in horoscopes as well as the Babylons.The Mayans had documents on their space study but unfortunately they were burnt by the Spanish conquistadors.


  • A Greek astronomer in Rome called Tallemy, discovered the Ptolemaic system. That was his most famous discovery. It stated that Earth was in the center of the universe. Later on this statement was proven to be incorrect. Also Hipparticus ( who was considered to be the world’s most famous astronomer) recorded many stars and invented the procession of the equinoxes. Which is the term for the earth wobbling around its axis.


  • What caused the Spanish conquistadors to burn the Mayans’ studies?
  • What made Tallemy think that the earth was in the center of the universe?


  • I learnt that we take a lot of things for granted , such as calendars but if these three cultures didn’t discover these things we probably wouldn’t even know what day it is.

Herald Sun #2

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


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. 





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.