June 12

BTN

Facts – Purple                                                            Understandings – Lavender                                                                                      Questions – Blue

This was about family’s that were put to the test by being put into a natural disaster. One of the families had bush fire, and another had cyclone. Most of them were not prepared, and had to improvise. The children did a  better than the parents, because they had learned about it at school. 

I now understand more about that some people do fake natural disasters as something to keep them aware. 

Why were these 2 families chosen in particular?    Did their natural disasters have anything to do with the climate that they live in? 

June 12

100 Word Challenge

Willow stared at the grandfather clock and watched the minutes tick by. She stared lazily at the TV, waiting for her mum to come home. Then an idea struck her, she grabbed some clay from the cupboard, and moulded it into a volcano. Then she got baking soda, red food die, and vinegar, and poured them in. She didn’t have to wait long. Seconds later, lava exploded……. all over her mothers antique Chinese rug. As Willow was running upstairs, to grab a towl and clean up the mess, she heard her mothers car rumble to a halt. Willow stared sheepishly up at her mum, however, she couldn’t believe what she had done.

June 6

Persuasive Text – Pets

Think of a place where people are out all day, having fun with their friends, and walking their pets. I think that kids should be able to have the choice whether or not they want a pet. Dogs, cats, and birds are all loving and caring companions. Here are some ways to contribute to a healthier, happier life for kids and adults.

Don’t you want kids to be responsible and grown up? Pets teach them how to take care of something by themselves. It teaches them responsibility, independence, and bravery. It gives them a routine, and lets them practice taking care of something regularly. Give kids a chance to change their own lives.

Imagine a chocolate brown puppy licking your face, pushing you flat on your back, as you smile and laugh. Pets give us a companion to love when parents are gone, and a friend to hold, or cry on when you’re feeling sad. It might even give you pet a home. Was your pet from a shelter? Imagine a world WITHOUT pets. What would that be like?

Kids should be allowed to take care of a pet! Dogs need walking, and you can exercise kids while exercising your pet. If you get a pet that doesn’t need walking, like a fish, or a mouse, it can still be useful. Kids get practice by feeding it, and caring for it every day. It can also be good for the environment. Instead of getting riven to school, kids might want to walk to school, so they can take their pet for a walk. Here’s YOUE chance to make the world a better place.

Some people may say that pets are a nuisance, and take up time and money, but I disagree. I think they teach us skills we will need in the long run. Yes, sometimes they can be a pain, but I think that in this case, the good outweighs the bad.

Now you see that pets keep kids company, give them love, and some even keep tem active. Did you know over 90% of the world wants a pet as a companion? Like they say, a dog is a man’s best friend, and all pets are a kid’s best friend. If kids want pets, give them a chance.

June 5

BTN

Facts – Purple                    Questions – Lavender                    Understandings – Blue 

 

Cape Town has been struggling with a BAD drought. Just seeing rain makes people excited. It has been getting worse month  by month. Scientists predict that there will be no more water in cape town on June 4th, and that’s “Day Zero”. Since Feb. the 1st, people in Cape Town are only allowed 50 litres of water a day. Between cooking, shower, going to the toilet, and washing your hands, there’s not much water left to do anything else with. At 2014 water sources were at their capacity, but as the drought continued, water limits were stretched. ” If day zero does arrive, many will have to go to collection points guarded by security forces for a daily ration of only 25 litres of water. 

How did the drought get so bad, and why only in that particular place? 

How much less water does cape town have than Melbourne?

I  now understand more about the harsh conditions that Cape Town has to face, and why water is so important. 

June 5

100 Word Challenge

The huge bridge spanned the majority of New York. The gas from the cars sprinkled down like rain on all the citizens, and choked the children who played in their yards. One day, Oliver, a little boy of 6 with pink cheeks, and a cheeky grin walked out into the street. His mother pulled his little arm back, and yanked him inside the house to protect him from the gas, but at the last second, Oliver grabbed a daffodil. The mother started to cry when Oliver gave her the flower, because that was the last thing her husband gave her before he went to war. The next day, little Oliver went missing.

May 29

100 Word Challenge

Lily stared at the fruit, caressing it’s lumpy outer shell. It reminded her of a time when her grandmother was alive. Gran had been weeding the garden when Lily asked if she could help. ” No” snorted gran. ” You’d just mess up all my hard work.” She had ran off crying, and as she lay in her bed, the sheets over her head, she heard the door open, and the patter ,THUMP of grans cane. Gran had sat down next to her until she fell asleep. The fruit reminds her of gran. Hard on the outside, and sweet in the middle.

May 29

BTN – Africa

Purple – Facts 

Questions – Lavender 

Understandings – Blue 

 Cracks are appearing in a valley in Kenya making some scientists think that it could be the start of Africa splitting apart. The rips in the Rift Valley are getting bigger. “They believe the huge fault line is evidence the African continent will break apart over the next tens of millions of years.” There was heavy rain in Kenya, and scientists think that the flood waters created a split near the town of Mai Mahiu. “According to media company Face2Face Africa, the tear in the earth is more than 15 m deep and more than 15 m wide weaving through farming land in Narok County.” Experts say that in 50 million years, Africa will split in two. 

Will people be evacuated before Africa splits in half?      Why all of a sudden, are there cracks in Africa?

I now understand a little bit more about natural disasters, and that people from different countries are facing different difficulties. 

May 22

100 Word Challenge

I sauntered to school, a smirk on my face, and glint in my eyes. My project was the best, I could just feel it. I had spent 3 hours typing up all the facts I had researched on Jupiter. I push open the school doors, and strut down the hallway to my locker. I grab my papers from inside, and head to class. I barge into class with a feeling of achievement, until I see everyone else’s…. sculptures. Ms. Redwood walks over, and scans my papers, waiting for a response. ” But I didn’t understand the instructions” I wailed. Without a word, Ms. Redwood scribbles a 0 onto my paper, and walks off.

May 22

BTN – Same Drum

Facts – Purple 

Questions – Lavender 

Understandings – Blue 

When 13 year old Rita had to leave her home in Iraq, and move to Australia, everything was different. Lots of people at Rita’s school had the same hardship, of fitting in, and learning a new language. Rita, and other students from Aranmore Catholic College made a music video called ‘same drum’ . It was about “embracing diversity in Australia, and seeing talent opportunities for people with different backgrounds. The students worked with local musicians to write the track, and turned into a music video by Poppy. ” I think this project has 2 aims for me. One is empowering young people, and the other is increasing diversity on screen. 

Why was the song called Same Drum?
How long did it take to make the music video?

I now understand a little bit more about what some people from other cultures experience, and that there are some people who want to make sure the world has diversity, and different cultures.