Word Scramble

We have begun to dig deeper into literacy topic poetry and we are now focusing on our spacing and pauses between our lines. We were given the task to use coloured paper to write words under the following headings  (each colour being a different heading); nouns, adjectives, verbs, prepositions, colours, short words and endings. We were to choose one or two of each colour and to create a poem of it. We first did a poem without the spacing but did another one with it.  You will now see why it is important to have spacing between your lines as it changes the way you say your poem. Eliza and I worked together to create our poems and we confident with our task.

Poem without spacing:

The owl’s greet her over green.

Poem with spacing:

Green’s inconsiderate talk,
Over interesting Grey,
Annoyed him red,
Think soft say he,
Push hard.

Term 4 Project-Poem: First Write

This term, we are doing our intergrated unit on the enviroment but our literacy topic poetry is going to tie in. At the end of term, we are expected to write a poem on the environment.

Here is my first write (the writing we do at the start of the term to see where we’re at. At the end of the term, we do a final write to see how much we have improved on):

Look after the enviroment,
Keep our world clean,
Look after the enviroment,
Keep Australia green,
Things we use each day,
Add to earth’s pollution,
Recycling our own waste,
A friendly world solution.

Carbon tax, carbon tax,

An ugly thing in this world,

Recycle our own waste,

Before we all suffer,

Of the bad thing we call CARBON TAX,

Never have we experienced this horror,

The horrible waste from our industries,

A complication of the generation,

X-rays of the world in the future we’ll show.

Term 3 Project

During the course of last term, everyone were determined to master a project on an area of exploration. After decieding for a long time, I chose to do a very unusual part in this field as I was in great interest of it. I worked officiantly and was amazed by the facts, discoveries and actions that have taken part in this area of exploration. This so called “short, sharp and sweet” project was assigned later in the term and was much shorter than expected as if time flew by as the days went on. We were assessed on our Word Document- that was to be handed in, and our presentation for bonus points.

Medical exploration has been one of the greatest fields of exploration both in a good and bad way. In the past, there has been many unethical behaviors in order to gain more profits, benefits and money. This has a big impact for the medical researchers as alternative medicine ties in with it. Alternative medicine and mainsteam medicine have began great conflicts whether or not alternative medicine has enough scientific proof for it to be called a way of healing. But, at the top of the list, the stakeholders of the medical reseachers are pulled together by different forces; some to learn, some to gain profits and some to get cures. These three areas of medical exploration were the baseof my questions; as we had 3 questions from our question matrix done prior to the project.

I felt very happy with my assignment and what I had in it. I felt confident with my information and resources. The only aspect I could have improved on was my presentation as I felt that it wasn’t rehersed enough. I could have improved it by practising at home in front of my family for the reason of getting used to talking to an audience.

During this project, I felt I learnt many facts, understood many things but was left with many questions. A few major facts I gained were that the stakeholders of the researches play one of the biggest roles in the discoveries. I also learnt that the pharmaceutical industries do a lot of unethical business as they are more interested in profit than in healing. Another fact I gained was that exploration is lead by different forces such as fame, curiousity, passion etc.

A couple of things I now understand that the alternative medicine is relied on traditions and culteral beliefs to heal. I also understand that in modern times it matters in the amount of money you have not how sick you are.

Lastly, this project left me wondering about why we won’t go back to the original, humane idea of medical exploration which is just simply to do good and heal.

To see my  full project, go to my Term 3 Project page.

Explorers Of Australia: George Bass and Matthew Flinders

George Bass was born in England (1771-1803). His friend to be Matthew Flinders was also born in England  (1774-1814). Together in 1795, they joined to battle the journey to New South Wales. Bass, the doctor of the HMS Reliance and Flinders, the all-important Midshipman.

Bass and Flinders shared the same interest, to explore. They explored Botany Bay and Georges Lake together. They became best friends. On their second voyage, they discovered Port Hacking and Lake Illawarra. They had also proved to Governor Hunter that Australia and Van Dieman’s Land (now Tasmania) are separated by sea.

In 1799, Bass resigned and in 1803, he sailed for Chile, South America. Unfortunately, the ship had disappeared and Bass was never seen again. Thsi was a very tragic moment for Flinders.

In1801, Flinders sailed back to England. As soon as he arrived, he was sent back to Australia and was put in charge of an expedition around the country, taking him three years to complete it.

After the expedition, he sailed in the Cumberland back to England. On the way, the Cumberland started leaking. He stop on Mauritius that was ruled by the French colony. At that time, the French were in a war with England and so the French thought he was a spy. They arrested him for six years.

In 1810, he returned and arrived in very poor health. Four years passed and Flinders died of bad health in 1814, aged 40.

China Town Reflection

On the 22nd of July 2011, the 5/6’s of MPCS went to China Town in Melbourne as a part of our inergrated unit, a World of Difference. We did various activities such as a tour of the Chinese Mesuem, experiencing some great Chinese food and learning about the way the Chinese lived.

Everyone gained knowledge from this great experience. We learnt about the traditions, foods and the impact the Chinese have on Australian history. The Chinese had many traditions like foot binding. It is where they sooth the feet and then break the arch of the foot. They wrap it around with bandages and they are kept like that for the rest of your life. It is to show beauty and to show that you are allowed to get married (you would have to have your feet binded to get married).  It was an exciting time and I learnt about the life of the Chinese a long time ago.

I felt that I learnt many things from the day. Some major facts I learnt were that the Chinese played a big part in Australia’s history and the Gold Rush. I also learnt that men were only allowed perform in theatres. I also learnt that the Chinese dragon is a great guardian to the Chinese. Some understandings I learnt were that the Australians were very racist to the Chinese when they first came to Victoria. Also that the Chinese is very big on religions and traditions like some other Asian countries. This day left me wondering did the Chinese do much trade or business with other Asian countries.

My Project

Zoe, Eleanor and I researched the Circulatory System. We worked together with great progress and were facinated about the true wonders of this system.

The Circulatory System is one of the most important systems in the body. It controls the blood flow! It starts of with healthy blood leaving the heart and going into the arteries. The arteries lead into the veins, then the veins leading it all around the body. This whole process is called circulation.

I felt very confident in both my presentation and in the efforts put into our project. We had the right amount of neccesary information. We all felt finished in both our model, cue cards and presentation. We explained our information at a moderate pace and we were clear with the information that we shared.

Some of the facts I learnt were that the Circulatory System is connected to both the Respiratory and Digestive systems because they both need blood to keep them working. Also that the three common diseases of the system are Hypertension, Cardiomyopathy and Coronary Artery Disease. Thirdly, wholegrain foods and exercise help keep the system healthy.

Some understandings I gained were that the there is more to the heart and blood. It is a whole variety of veins and arteries. I now also understand that the veins and arteries are like freeways for the blood.

Lastly, this project left me wondering about how the blood rushes to your head and why it happens.