In term four we’ve been working on our Passive houses. We looked at websites and pretended to buy a property for our house to go on. We wrote down what was good about where we were going to live and what the challenge would be. We drew a floor plan and a birds iview of our land and where everything was going to go.
Here’s my slideshow, feel free to pause and look at the pictures.
The concert is coming, the CONCERT is coming, THE CONCERT IS COMING! Yes the concert is coming! Yesterday on the 1st of December we had our school concert. My class was performing Dynamite and it was really fun!
First we had to choose a song to dance to. At first we decided on a mash up of Lean On and Thunderstruck. We started dancing to that but then we changed to the song to Dynamite by Taio Cruz.
We were practicing our dance from the start of term four up until the last minute before the performance. Our choreography was from Just Dance 3 which had some cool moves to Dynamite. There was this bit in the dance that we mucked up a lot in practices so we changed that bit to people doing tricks. I did a backwards walkover with my friend Charlize while Fintan did the worm. Then my friends Charlize, Mikaylah and I did the standing up scorpion. Jarrod juggled a soccer ball on his feet and Amelia, Amy, Maddison and Sabine did a bit of Irish dancing.
The day before the concert I felt really excited but really nervous as well. I couldn’t tell which feeling was the biggest. During the concert I was scared but I calmed down until I was laughing and smiling at my buddy for next year dancing down the bottom of the stage trying to copy my dance moves. After the concert I was so relived but had the urge to go on stage and perform again.
Next year I’m going to be a grade six and in grade six we get prep buddies. Over the past month or so we’ve been drafting, writing, illustrating and publishing picture story books for our new buddies. My book is called The Lunch Time Problem.
It was really challenging and fun doing our picture books. I wrote all the words and drew all the pictures. I put heaps of detail into the pictures and didn’t draw stick figures so my buddy will be able to enjoy listening to the words as well as looking deep into the pictures.
I really liked writing and illustrating my book because it was a chance for me to let my drawing skills out (which aren’t the best) and using simple words that are for a prep aged audience.
If I wrote my book again I would probably add some more action into it to make it more exciting.
This is my book in a video. It goes really fast so feel free to pause and play it. If you like my picture book leave a comment.
Today it went from being really sunny to pouring down rain! Ceri, a meteorologist and climateoligst came and talked to us about climate change. Climate change is a big deal on Earth and even if it doesn’t effect you it will effect generations after you. Climate change is REAL and is happening NOW!
97 out of 100 scientists say that climate change is caused by humans. That’s right, we’re the biggest and main cause! Since we’ve been using machines and burning fossil fuels carbon dioxide has risen and trapped heat from the sun underneath our atmosphere. That causes greenhouse gas which impacts on our atmosphere. Even though there are other things that cause CO2 like bushfires and volcanic eruptions humans are the main cause of climate change.
We have actual proof of climate change which includes, photos and graphed data, ice caps melting, oceans becoming warmer and their levels rising and glaciers (frozen rivers) melting and starting to run again.
There are gases other than CO2 that impact the atmosphere like methane which is caused by cattle farting and CFC.
Climate change is a big deal and we’re the only ones who can fix it.
I’m going to be a hero and save the one and only water from the clutches of the evil water wasters! I am going to save water! Today I met Anne, a fellow hero who saves water as well. She taught us about being water wise and sustainable. We got some information to read and then we had to present it to the judge at court. It was really fun!
I did my argument on coal power production and water use. I learnt that piles of coal are left outside coal factories and when it rains dangerous poisons get released and can go into lakes or streams. They use water to cool down coal which isn’t very sustainable and when the factories take in water they send it back out as polluted water which harms fish, plants and other wildlife.
Something I learnt from another group was that there is a gigantic rubbish island in the Pacific Ocean and the rubbish island is bigger then Texas! The rubbish that floats stays on the top but things that don’t sink down to the bottom of the ocean.
I will now use more containers instead of plastic bags and rappers so the rubbish doesn’t cause landfill.
Resilience is when you keep on trying and you bounce back when you fall. Your strong and you never give up.
On the 28th of October, all the year fives performed the song “Titanium” by Sia to the rest of the school. We chose the song Titanium because in the lyrics it included phrases like “You shoot me down, but I won’t fall.” We also chose it because Titanium is a really strong metal.
One of the times I’ve been resiliencent was when I was learning how to do a walkover in gymnastics. I tried and tried but I kept falling onto my back. Around three months later I did one which proves resilience is a really good life skill.
This week we have been learning about themes in texts. Themes are messages the author wants us to know or learn about.
I read a picture book called “The Cat Wants Custard”. Here’s a brief description of it.
The cat Kevin is trying to decide what to have for dinner. His owner offers all these treats to him but Kevin wants something sweet, something like custard. Kevin tries to get his owner the know that he wants custard by doing wacky things like making the letters of custard with his body and having a yellow sweater over the top of him in a bowl. When none of these things work his finale option is to wait for the fridge to open. When it does, he finds a bowl of custard inside. He has one lick and he hates it! Now he wants mashed potato.
The theme in this book
Topic: Needs and wants. Theme: Just because you want something doesn’t mean you need it.
That’s the theme in this book because Kevin the Cat wants custard but he doesn’t need because his owner is offering all these other things to him that would do him just fine.
Ahh! A cyclone is attacking school! Not really but my presentation caused a brutal storm on Wednesday the 7th of September when all year fives did a science expedition. The twist was that it had to be as an explanation text. My presentation was “I can explain how a cyclone forms.” We worked on it for around three weeks but the time went so fast, it seemed like only one day! It was a challenge but I got through it.
My highlight of the science expo was that so many people came to my presentation. They said they were really impressed and learnt a lot more about how a cyclone forms. I really felt like I was famous in that hour.
My lowlight was that my model kept breaking when people touched it.
I was great at and talking to the visitors who came and I used a lot of eye contact. As much as I wanted my presentation to be perfect, there was room for improvement. Sometimes when visitors came I forgot to point to the diagrams on my sheet and I repeated some things to the same person.