May 2017 archive

B.T.N Tasmanian Devils

Blue = Facts
Green = Questions
Red = Understandings

Tasmanian Devils died out in Mainland Australia around 400 years ago, but they still are around in the wild in Tasmania. Early European settlers hunted them, because they would eat their chickens, but now they are protected by the law. But since the mid-nineties they have had other problems. There is a disease called the Devil Facial Tumour Disease, and it is a contagious type of cancer, that effects the Tasmanian Devil. Scientists haven’t worked out what causes it yet, but it spreads when they bite and scratch each other. The tumours prevent them from eating by building up around their mouth, and they eventually starve to death. One of the solutions is breeding more Tasmanian Devil babies, so they don’t all die out. I wonder if they will be able to find a way to stop the tumor from spreading. I understand why the Tasmanian Devils are dying out and how zookeepers are trying to protect them. I wonder how long the program has been going on for.

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100 word challenge #13

My mouth watered as I stared at the hamburger. My stomach rumbled and I extended my arm to grab it. Suddenly there was a flash of green and the burger was snatched out of my hand. I looked around, trying to find the thief. There was no-one there apart from me. In the distance I saw another flash of green. I decided to go after it. As I came closer the light disappeared. Now all that was left was two paper hands holding the burger. I turned to leave. Something pulled me, and I collapsed into darkness.

Excursion to the Aquarium.

Today the 5/6’s went to the Melbourne Sea Life Aquarium. We went to learn more about our topic, adaptations of plants and animals, in the sea. Some of the animals we learnt about include; a lungfish, a salt-water crocodile and a cuttlefish. A lungfish has adapted so they can survive in a draught. As well as having gills like other fish, they have lungs so they can breathe air as well as water. The salt-water crocodile stays still, waiting for it’s prey to come to it. They can hold their breath for 2 hours so they can hide in the water. They also can survive without eating for 12 months, so if they fail to catch food they can just wait until they can catch some, without starving. All of these features help them catch food. The cuttlefish can camouflage by changing colour and features. This helps them protect themselves from predators. We also saw; penguins, frogs, sharks, stingrays, fish, sea dragons, sea stars and lizards. Lots of the animals could camouflage or had adapted in some way to help them survive. After seeing all the animals and how they have adapted to hide from predators or catch prey, I wonder if the sea animals have adapted to the weather/temperature.
Some of the photos:
The Link to the aquarium                     Website: Melbourne aquarium

My Graph

% of worlds wealth held in 2005
Richest 10% 58.2
2nd Richest 10% 16.8
3rd Richest 10% 10.5
4th Richest 10% 6.5
5th Richest 10% 4.4
6th Richest 10% 2.5
7th Richest 10% 0.9
8th Richest 10% 0.2
9th Richest 10% 0.1
Poorest 10% 0


% of the worlds wealth held in 2005

I chose this graph because it is a pie graph which is useful for percentages. I also chose it because, since some of the numbers are really small the extra graph to the side shows them clearly.



B.T.N. Skinny Model Laws

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Black= Summary
Green = Question
Red = Understanding
Blue= Facts

This B.T.N article was about models being pressured to loose weight, which can be unhealthy. Experts say that images of unhealthily skinny people allover magazines and the media, can effect young people to think that looking this way is fine and normal. But lots of the time the images aren’t even real, they’ve been digitally altered using photoshop. Italy, Israel and Spain, have already introduced laws preventing models from working if they’re unhealthily skinny, and now France has stepped in too. Since France is known as being one of the ‘fashion capitals’ it is a big deal. The new law says that companies can only hire models if they have a doctors certificate saying they are healthy. If a company breaks this law then they could be fined up to $100 000 and their staff could spend up to 6 months in jail. The law also says that is a company alters the photo, they need to say so, by having ‘retouched photograph’ printed on it. If this law is broken, advertisers could be fines up to $55 000. I now understand what the laws enforce and why it’s important. I wonder when Australia will create the same or a similar law. I wonder why companies had to be forced to not make their models look unrealistic and why they couldn’t just make them normal in the first place. 

100 word challenge #12

Prompt: wide, collapsed, orange, crocodile, within
Goal: My goal this week was to include dialogue.
‘Run!’ I shrieked as I yanked on my sister’s hand.
Everyone around me hesitated. In the distance another building collapsed. They took this as a warning and fled. Soon only four people were left. Me, my sister Mila and two of the palace guards. I was trying in vain to rescue Mila from the rubble. The wide landscape, which had once been beautiful, was now destroyed. The orange sky made the scenery glow. I felt Mila’s grip loosen as her limp hand dropped to the ground.
‘No! Mila!’ I cried. This can’t be happening. After everything; Mama and Papa being sent away, and now this. Mila was the one thing I loved apart from Jillum, my stuffed crocodile.  Papa hunted him down when I was 5 and now he is my only reminder of my old life. One of the guards pulled me away from her body and back within sight of the campground.
‘Goodbye Mila.’ I whispered, tears streaming down my face.

B.T.N. North Korea Threats

Recently, North Korea has been threatening some countries like the US, Japan and Australia to a nuclear war, and has been testing wepons the UN says it can’t make. But for around 40 years North Korea has been threatening other countries with war statements like this. North Korea also isn’t as powerful as it says. It is estimated that they have 10 nuclear weapons, while countries like the US or Russia, have approximately 7000 each. I wonder why North Korea is threating to start a nuclear war if they don’t have many weapons. I also wonder why North Korea is trying to      start a war in the first place. I now understand that Australians shouldn’t be too worried about North Korea’s threats.

100 word challenge #11

Prompt: …I couldn’t eat something so…

The wind howled in the dark of the night as I walked towards the city. The moonlight shone down on the skyscrapers, making it look magical. My stomach rumbled. I couldn’t eat something, I had nothing, and I wasn’t turning back now. In fact, I wasn’t turning back ever. The more I thought about it, the more glad I was that I left. I was finally free. The wind blew in my face, and I realised I had nowhere to stay. I looked around me and sighed. I guess this is where I’ll be staying for the next few weeks.

B.T.N. The Battle Of The Coral Sea.

Link to the video: B.T.N.

Blue = Facts
Red = Questions
Green = Understandings.

In World War II, there were two sides. On one side there was Australia, France, Britain, the Soviet Union, China and the United States. On the other side there was Germany, Italy and Japan. By 1942, in the middle of World War II Japan had conquered many countries in the pacific region, bombed a base in Darwin and won many naval battles, (battles at sea). All of this was part of Japan’s plan to take control over the whole Pacific Region. The Japanese forces were confident, so they decided to attack the Solomon Islands and Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea via the Coral sea. 

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If they did so successfully it would strengthen their forces, cut ties between Australia and the U.S and it would make it easier for them to attack the Australian military bases. Little did they know that agencies had cracked their codes and figured out their plan. In May 1942 the U.S sent hundreds of troops to join Australia’s and went to sea to stop the Japanese. The fighting went on for several days. Both sides searched by air for each other’s vessels and attacked them by launching fighter planes from huge aircraft carriers, who dropped torpedoes or bombs on the enemy. I wonder why they decided to send American troops over rather than for example, China who were closer. I wonder why Japan got involved in the war in the first place. I now understand why Australia needed America’s help in the war and why America and Australia have such a good military friendship. 

100 word challenge #8

Prompt: …the slime dripped through…

The slime drips through my hands and onto the floor. As I look at the gooey, green puddle I feel my cheeks turn bright red. 27 pairs of eyes watch me to see my next move.
‘Melissa?’ Mrs. Garbi turns away from the white board.
I can feel her cold, beady eyes staring into my back. As I face her, I hang my head low. This isn’t the first time I had misbehaved and it probably won’t be the last.
‘Melissa, Melissa, Melissa. ‘I guess you’ll be seeing me after school then.’ Mrs. Garbi shakes her head
I nod silently. Why can’t I ever get anything right?